We think sometimes that the deepest secrets of life can only be uncovered in a monastery – can only be found at the end of a long and difficult journey to a land somewhere near the roof of the world. We don’t even dare hope that we will be one of the lucky ones who finds the true master to teach us a true path to follow. It seems too impossible. We think sometimes that the greatest adventure, the most meaningful quest can only be found by someone not bound by an ordinary life. That we must be free of family and job, with our backpack ready, and a ticket to some exotic destination promising possibilities….
But the truth is that seekers come in all shapes and sizes, living all kinds of lives. The truth is there is a power in each of us, a power that goes largely untapped and unrecognized, hidden even from our own selves. The truth is that we don’t have to go anywhere, there are no tickets to buy, no bags to pack.
But you do have to be ready to travel. The truth is that the quest exists, the journey is real.
The traveler is you.
– Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu.
‘Let me send a message to that kid, maybe in America, maybe some place far overseas, maybe somewhere deep inside. That someone IS watching, and listening, and caring. That there IS an “us.” That there IS a “we,” and that kid or teenager or adult is loved and they are not alone.” – Wentworth Miller
You know those random, uncontrollable moments that cause you to immediately panic or feel completely lost?
For instance, when you receive an unexpected phone call from an ex, or you run into an old high school friend you’d seriously like to avoid.
We’ve all been there. You think, “Why me!” You freeze, wide-eyed, confused, somewhat composed on the outside, but panicking on the inside.
Even if you’re alone, you quickly look around as if to ask someone else, “Fight or flight?” That’s life. Sometimes, unexplainable weird or arduous events just happen.
You catch your girlfriend cheating. You’re on your way to work and have a wreck. You just bought your favorite coffee, then you bump into a stranger and it knocks straight out of your hands.
You’re suddenly fired from your dream job, a position you’ve held for seven years. Or, in the extreme case, your mom calls you to let you know a close family member passed away.
Depending on your individual personality and coping skills, a small occurrence, like a spilled coffee or a fender bender can feel just as distressing as receiving the worst phone call of your life from your mother.
Recently, I experienced a high-anxiety moment, but one I found to be much more upsetting than the usual, everyday life mishap.
While sitting in the doctor’s office for my yearly check-up, the nurse walked in too calmly and far too casually to inform me, “You’re four weeks pregnant.”
And, just like that, my life changed. An unplanned pregnancy? Okay, it happens. I can do this.
However, the overwhelmed control freak in me immediately began to dissect my career, my future, my boyfriend, my body, what our families would think, and whether this one moment would shift my entire life plan.
Read the rest of my article published here : http://elitedaily.com/life/ways-relinquishing-control/970227/
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
We all reach points in life when the mundane habits of our everyday existence are no longer fulfilling. Maybe you feel stuck, aimless, or like you haven’t reached the level of success you’d envisioned having by this time in your life.
Perhaps people have taken advantage of your services, kindness or diligence, and you’ve selflessly given in. For many of us, certain aspects of life feel extremely depressing or overwhelming. This desperation drives us to ask, “Why am I here? What am I doing with my life?”
Truthfully, if you’re questioning your existence, you’re probably trying to navigate your way through a rough life transition. Whatever the circumstance, this is your shot at personal growth and evolution. Let’s face it: You might need a reality check.
Asking why you’re here is completely rational and should be addressed, but the answers are often very open-ended and never result in the life-changing solutions you probably seek.
Frankly, we need better questions. We must strip away the layers of confusion and stop wallowing in self-pity. So, why not be courageous, join the tribe of liberated minds and acknowledge that your choices dictate your life? Accountability is attractive.
What comes to mind when you think of who you are? Are you fulfilling what you believe to be your purpose? Or, are you a zombie, stuck in the dysfunctional behavioral cycle of procrastination, excuses and living in fear?
Continue reading Rosalie’s article, published on ELITEDAILY.COM: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Evaluating Your Purpose
Rosalie Bardo spent a day interviewing locals and tourists at Venice Beach, California along with Brittney Andreesen, the host of BrittneyTv.com
The two filmed an episode of “Hot Question” for BrittneyTv.com, asking:
“What Do You Want To Be Known For?”
They connected with entertainers, athletes, musicians, and the creator of the new DJ Skee DASH RADIO App.
“Often the simplest things are the most powerful. We are all CONNECTED and I genuinely believe we should never stop absorbing knowledge from those around us. Observe: Gain from another’s experience. We all have something unique to share, so go out and engage the world with compassion, patience and generosity.” -Rosalie Bardo
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My grandmother Brenda was born in the mountains of Alabama in 1942. By the age of 19, just months after giving birth to my mother, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Mental illness was not discussed in the 1950s and 60s like it is today. It was a taboo subject in rural areas of the South, which left many people shunned, hidden away and accepting the few treatment options that were often just radical experiments.
My grandmother was one of these hidden individuals. Brenda was institutionalized her entire adult life, bouncing around between mental hospitals and group homes in Alabama and Tennessee, until the day she died in 2012 at 70 years old.
Can you fathom being mentally and physically confined in a way that is completely beyond your control for 51 years?
Read the Rest of Brenda’s story here -> http://elitedaily.com/life/learned-live-passion-grandmothers-struggle-schizophrenia/