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Things may not appear to be what they are and do you love what you do?

Things may not appear to be what they are…

As I sit here writing this I am in front of a warm log fire and it is snowing outside. How blessed are we that can do that.

Storm

As the storm rages on outside we sit comfortably inside our bubbles of existence separated and sometimes completely unaware of those nearby who are not so fortunate.

Ben, who is just fourteen has come running downstairs on this Sunday morning excited to see that it is snowing outside. How different it would be if he was out on the street somewhere wondering where his next hot meal was going to come from?

Fire

As the fire crackles in front of me and the flames lick upwards consuming the wood, (that commodity that is one of the few things that warms you twice), I realise that the storm that rages outside means I have to turn the fire down as the strong wind is making it draw more than usual.

What other things in our lives may appear to be a storm that are actually helping us I wonder?

What are you experiencing?

What are you experiencing right now that you are seeing as a trial that actually, if you stand back a bit and take a sideways look at, could be something that you can take advantage of in a way that you haven’t considered before and that will help you instead of hinder you?

Do you love what you do?

Is what you are doing in life really what you want to do? Is the job you have, what you do to, ‘make a living’ what you love to do?

Stop

Stop and think for just a moment and you will know.

If it isn’t and let’s face it, if you love what you do, you will never do a days work in your life, you will know straight away.

Question

The question then is what are you going to do about it? Are you just going to keep doing the same things over and over and expect something to change?

That, I think it was Einstein referred to, as madness!

Sit quietly and ask yourself, what is it that I love to do and if money were not an issue I would just do as much of the time as possible?

Spend some time on this as what you first think of may only be part of the story.

What next?

What you do next is up to you. Doing what you love can make you enough or even, more than enough, money if you do it in the right way. Decide on what you are going to do and write down clearly and without ambiguity exactly what it is that you desire to do in your life and if you have a true burning desire to do that then you will achieve it.

There are processes that enable you to do this with ease. Saltori is one of them.

Would you like me to write more on this? Let me know and I will happily do so.

If you like my facebook page then you will be able to easily see what is going on easily and you can contact me there as well if you would like to.

Best wishes

Alastair

Don’t Follow the Dog!

What dog?

A few years ago I watched a video of that exponent of the power of now, Ekhart Tolle. He realised just how powerful NOW is, so much so that he wrote a book with that title, The Power of Now.

The main point is – there….is….only….NOW.

Think about that for a second.

In fact what is a second?

It is really just a moment in time, one sixtieth of a minute, and, as it was passing did you notice that, oops, it’s still now?

So if now is all there is, what does that make the past and the future?

Well my understanding is that the past is just there for us to learn from. It is NOT to haunt us and make us feel bad.

The Future

The future is just that, the future, and when it arrives it will also be now! Can you remember the film that has the quote “There is no fate but what we make?” Even if you haven’t been told that that is how it is, maybe it is time that you thought about that.

The Past

If something is in the past we can’t change it. So why do we beat ourselves up about those things?

Someone once said something like, if something is annoying you and you can change it, then do so. If you can’t change it then change your attitude.

Notice that in both cases you made the choice to change, nobody else. The issue here, as ever, is that choice is the problem and the solution. Now you know you have a choice you can start to make one that suits you.

When you accept that the past cannot be changed, and does not have a hold over you, you free yourself from that burden and can move forward.

So move forward with love, leaving those things that have troubled you in the past, the lessons having been learnt.

Best wishes and feel free to comment to start a conversation. Share your experiences here as well to help others.

Alastair

PS – Oh yes, the dog! Well the dog was mentioned in the video. Ekhart was talking about the way that when we take the time to be quiet, some times we have thoughts that crowd in on our peace and contentment. I have written about too many thoughts going around in our heads but the dog didn’t figure!

It is possible to build our mental muscles to enable us to control these thoughts and get back control of those thoughts. It is the peace that having a quiet mind brings that is the end game here.

Picture yourself sitting on a park bench looking out across a path just watching the world go by. Here comes the dog. The dog is like a thought that pops into your head. Your choice is whether you get up off the bench and follow the dog as it walks by or if you sit still and let the dog walk away and release that thought and don’t follow it.

If you choose to let those thoughts go then you you can experience peace.

I trust that you will find that peace if it is your desire to do so.

More Reflections on Peace here.

Quieting Your Mind

Lots of Thoughts?

One of the things that can hold people back is the inability to have time to think about those things that they desire in life, their goals.

Without goals how will you know what to choose when a decision has to be made? (More on that another day I feel!)

Getting Some Quiet Time

There are times when one needs to quieten the mind so that one can start to introduce guided thoughts rather than just having to react to random thoughts that prevent us creating the lives we desire.

There are various names for the techniques of quietening the mind and being aware of ‘now’ and the power that there is in it.

The best selling author on creating the life you desire, Andy Shaw, calls it ‘No Mind’ and some people have real difficulty achieving this state of calm.

On this video you can see how Eckhart Tolle, another expert on this kind of thing, explains how to do this. He discusses how thinking can be an addiction in fact and how to regain your ‘presence’.

Not sure who said this but it can be said that a desire is a preference and a need is a requirement. The key to inner peace is to elevate ones addictions from addictions to preferences. (It may have been Neale Donald Walsch or he may have been quoting someone else, I only have the quote here so can’t check – if you know who said it please comment to let me know.)

It can also be said that:

Serenity comes when you trade expectation for acceptance.

Help

If you would like to learn more about this then you can access 5 free videos here that will show you how you can take control of your thoughts and tap into the power of your subconscious mind.

If you have any questions about this then please comment and I will reply privately if you mention your email address.

Have a quietly awesome day!

Best wishes

Alastair

 

 

Back in the USA

uAttend International Summit

Quick Update

I am currently about to nip off to the gym to work off some of the lovely food we have been enjoying here at the summit.

uAttend shows you what we are meeting about and things are really looking exciting with the plans that we are discussing for the system, more to follow on that is due course over on the uAttend site, Time and Attendance has never been so exciting!

If you want a glimpse of where I am check this out!

La Costa

The resort where I am staying.

First Aid!

First Aid at the HR Dept

Great Day Great People

It is always a pleasure to meet new people and hear about them and their lives. Today was no exception!

Ivor Duncan taught us all about how to administer first aid in the work place should that ever be required. We learnt how to bandage and carry out CPR and also that we have to shout for help a lot!

Great location, great atmosphere and lots learnt.

Thanks to everyone who gave their input today.

Best wishes

Alastair

Legal Stuff

What I write on this website is just my perspective on what I have done and where I have reached in the never ending journey that is life.

I desired to share that with people knowing that some, I would like to say all, may benefit.

Some will agree and some will disagree, that is their choice and they can only live their truth.

If you feel at all uncomfortable or disagree strongly with things I have written then please observe what those feelings are telling you about where you are in your journey right now. Above all, do not judge. Remember, observation is power, judgement is weakness.

There may be links on this website that indicate to the location the link points to that that visitor came via this website. Some of those links and any sales that come from them may earn me a commission of some kind. If you would like to visit sites that I have links to without the tracking please message me and I will give you the untagged link with pleasure, in fact, most of the time by hovering over it you should be able to work out what there is to use in the link that will get you to where you want to go without the recipient knowing I sent you. My motives in writing on this site are the highest I have available to me though so if you can use the links provided that would be great as it will enable me to do more and more good and to help more and more people.

Best wishes

Alastair

Fast and Furious

I loved the fact that I could see the lights shining forwards…

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Unexpected car show at Lyme Regis gave us the opportunity for this one…

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Not so fast but life must have been hard work on the footplate for the coal man!
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Now you see him…

DSC00716… Now you don’t!

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You have to be quick sometimes; I wasn’t that time!

Feel free to share any photos you may have that you want others to see…

Happy snapping

Alastair

 

Too Many Thoughts?

Lots Going on in Your Head?

Is it noisy in there?

Sometimes when going through life, and even when moving around doing day-to-day stuff, let alone when sitting still, there are times when our thoughts can crowd in on us and make things hard work!

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Find out if you have a crowded mind… Think of the best thing that has ever happened to you and then close your eyes and try to just think about that one thing. As you are thinking about it concentrate hard.

How long did you manage? Sometimes it might be as little as 2-3 seconds.

It doesn’t have to be like that. That is your ego trying to hold you back. You can take control if desire to.

One of the things that Andy Shaw guides you through in Creating a Bug Free Mind Chapter 2 is a technique on exactly how you can practise taking control of your mind. This is the first and most important step in taking back control so that you don’t have those thoughts crowding in.

I can tell you from personal experience that I used to have thoughts coming in all the time. Now I can choose to let those thoughts into my mind or not as I please. Until you experience the power of doing this it is hard to imagine what effect it has on you. Serenity and peace are the two words I would use I think.DSC00587

If you would like to know more then feel free to comment below and if you have advice for those with crowded minds then also get in touch.

To peace if you desire it…

Alastair

Collective Noun for Mobile Phones

I was having a conversation with a group of friends this morning when the subject of mobile phones came up as someone else we know had left theirs behind when they left.

I then asked what the collective noun was for a group of mobiles as I now had more than one with me. These are some of the answers:

    • Pest
  • Nuisance
  • Distraction
  • Annoyance
  • Irritation
  • Interruption

But for me, and this is a 13+ site so I think we are just about OK, the one that clinched it was:

  • A pain in the backside of mobile phones!

Feel free to replace the word backside with the one that fits with your countries alternative if you are outside the UK! (Arse was another suggested!)

What would you use as the collective noun for mobile or cell phones?

Questioningly

Alastair