Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Awakening to Your Inner Awareness

Why are we doing what we are doing? Does that make you happy?
Are you living up to your true self?
Are you leading an authentic happy life?
These are few such questions that I like to ponder on every once in a while. I had never paid attention or felt it was necessary to ask such questions to myself- to find out who I'm or what I want to be? But gradually as I felt the need to know the answers to these questions, I walked backwards to query about my journey so far? I was curious to know if I had really made any changes to myself; or to my life?
A quest to know yourself, to find who you are is the journey of "The Shift." This book came to me as a reference read to match my answers (to above questions) to my real life. This wonderful book, The Shift by author Mo Issa is a must-read to know thyself; to find your inner awareness, and to see yourself rise while connecting to the spiritual being.

When I received this book for a review post*I was way too excited to find the wisdom and all the hidden gems in the pages. I am lucky to have read such a great book.

By being able to develop inner awareness, you will become much more involved with your life because you will begin to accept and love reality exactly as it is. With awareness you gain a sense of spiritual power. You become an observer of yourself; and when you become a witness of your thoughts, feeling, and emotions; you'll understand what it is trying to say, and see how your thoughts cause you to react and also act in certain ways.

I will share few of my favorite lines from the book:

"There was another stronger version of me out there in the universe; I needed to walk toward it and claim it. I was waking up to my authenticity. I began to recognize that I was multifaceted and wore many masks that hid my true self."

"This new me picked up all the guiding signs the universe was throwing my way. We can't hear the music if we don't allow ourselves to listen."

"I had an extra responsibility to delve deeper into myself. My insatiable urge to learn was my driving force. I was hungry to know everything about myself, dedicated to knowing myself in every way. I did every self-analysis test available and reflected on my purpose, vision, and aspirations. I had one ultimate goal: to continue going inward and maintain that feeling of aliveness all the time, not just fleetingly."

Amazing motivating lines. Isn't it? I totally adore the way author Issa has described his thoughts and observations which can be easily related. This is one of those books you'll want to read again and again. I couldn't stop myself from highlighting the passages as I kept reading, and kind of ended drawing lines in the paragraphs of the whole book!

My favorite part of the book also includes the tone author uses- is so raw, authentic and vulnerably pure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to find more to their life; who is on a quest to discover their true self, and to almost everyone- who want some motivation and inspiration to look at their life in a different way.

I love how Mo Issa is asking us to develop authenticity. He shares his personal stories to motivate us to be daring in a world that revolves around ego, power, and money. He also explains in this book the concept of being who you are even if it is against the rules and how good it feels to be at peace with yourself.

By reading this far if you have felt even a pinch of inspiration, then I would ask you to pick this book and read- and I'm sure you won't stop until you complete the book!

If you really want to rethink your life, and or are ready for a change, read this book and learn how.
Do leave me your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to share your views and opinion about the book- if you have already 'The Shift'!

*P.S: This is a sponsored post. The book was sent to me for doing a review/feature post. But all the views, opinions, or thoughts expressed here are completely mine.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vulnerability-The Need For An Authentic Life

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Why do you think being vulnerable is so powerful?
I feel because, "it sets me free to be just me! I can just be myself without having to wear too many masks for everyone around me."
As Dr. Brene` Brown says, "Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage...When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives and our work."

Embracing vulnerability is the first step on the journey to a wholehearted life. Vulnerability is a sign of strength, and not weakness. Being vulnerable may put us on a risk of being hurt, being judged, and being rejected; but it will also help us in opening all the doors of insecurities we have had been hiding behind- and stepping out (of our comfort zone) to be more strong and fearless.

In personal relationships, we are more attracted towards words like: trust, honesty, authenticity, and transparency. People feel more secure to connect with us from that open honest space. They start to see the trust and equally engage to open their heart. Being vulnerable give us that powerful space to make the kind of connections we need to grow and feel better about our own self.

Displaying vulnerability will help people to connect with us on honest terms, without being afraid of sharing their limitations. When you understand why vulnerability is so important in the first place, you'll be more motivated to embrace it.

I remember why I started blogging in the first place! I kept doing it because I liked writing, it helped me vent, and led me to more opportunities. Even though just the thought of baring my failures, hurtful past, and my weaknesses in front of an unknown world of internet  gave me shivers, but I had to do it anyways! I wanted to share the possibilities of becoming a new better person- even after too many failures. And there was no better way than writing, to connect with like-minded friends and groups- who are waiting to see that spark in their life or career again!

Deep and genuine connection with oneself or with another human is what we all genuinely want! But that connection is only possible when we become strong enough to completely reveal layers of ourselves. Vulnerability is a journey of powerful transformation of our lives. And that transformation becomes authentic when we develop the courage to show up being real- just the way we are- good and bad, beautiful and ugly, successful after failing infinite number of times.

Cultivating authenticity and vulnerability in our daily life means showing up, saying no to all of the things you feel is wrong, speaking what is true in our hearts, and creating the courage to share our deepest emotions.

I'm currently reading two of such amazing books that talks about, "vulnerability being our strength, and not a weakness." Stay with me to read more about this wonderful book called, "The Shift"- that will take you to a new journey of self-discovery and inner awakening.

I hope the year 2018 bring the best in you and me and for all of us. Wishing you all A Very Happy and Successful Year 2018.

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