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18 minutes | May 14, 2018
Exploring the System of Life for Happiness!
Life is an Emotional Rollercoaster Ride.. one moment you’re happy.. then, something happens, and you’re feeling down .. Examples are plenty .. starting a new job .. dating someone .. going to a friend’s party .. first, you’re excited .. engaged, hopeful.. emotionally solid.. energetic .. Then, something happens, someone is in your way to reach your happiness .. that you thought I’ll be getting when your started your new job, new date, new meeting, new party.. But all end up in disappointments, unhappiness, confusion. Do you wonder why? Let’s explore the system of life to find the ultimate happiness that we all deserve. The post Exploring the System of Life for Happiness! appeared first on r2r.org.
12 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
We Live for Love
It was a Spring evening in Istanbul, about 36 years ago, when my dad invited me to a business dinner he was planning to have with one of his clients from Germany. I was 15 then. The reason for the invitation was that I spoke German – I was going to German High School in Istanbul then and I guess my dad wanted me to practice my German. The dinner was normal, usual business dinner. The conversations were not that interesting for a teenager. So I was getting bored.. but something happened and woke me up…our guest, the German business man, posed me a question that no one had asked me until then: “Arda, hast Du Dich verliebt?” Which meant .. have you ever been in love?” I was like .. what .. hmmm… what kind of question is that for a teenager? I wanted to say… Ja, aber naturlich Herr Schneider .. yes, but of course Mr Schneider.. – but I didn’t…. Instead .. I said ..nein..niemals.. nope, never.. Well.. I was a shy young man at the time and didn’t want to reveal all of my cards.. …. Now let me ask you the same question .. How many times have you fallen in love? .. and how many times of falling is enough to find the one? I hope you have as many as you could have, as there lies the beauty of life.. where you feel the love in every cell in your body .. and sense that jubilant, exuberant electricity running through your veins .. raising you to the clouds of heaven .. and its bliss making you feel invincible against the mighty threat of any daring .. … The post We Live for Love appeared first on r2r.org.
18 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
Guided Meditation for Feeling Not Good Enough
Were you able to relate to some of the personal situations that I mentioned in Episode 8 that made me feel not good enough? If so, this guided meditation is just for you. It will help you process the emotional stress and the physical tension created by a situation or a person that made you feel not good enough. The post Guided Meditation for Feeling Not Good Enough appeared first on r2r.org.
22 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Sometimes, I don’t feel good enough, and that’s ok!
We attempt to discuss our unexpressed feelings, mainly not being good enough. Why do we feel not good enough? And what do we do when we feel down, and insecure? Even though, many of us feel this way, we’re afraid of those negative feelings and keep them suppressed. We need to learn new tools to deal with the stress and anxiety these negative feelings bring into our lives. In reality, we can’t negotiate with our feelings, and can’t control what we want to feel. These emotions naturally arise as a result of people and situations. We can only learn to stay grounded, and accept what’s coming up. This episode is great for: dealing with stress and anxiety, depression, fears of not being good enough, personal transformation, personal growth, spiritual growth, empowerment, love, compassion, kindness to yourself and to others, fulfillment. self-awareness, embodiment. The post Sometimes, I don’t feel good enough, and that’s ok! appeared first on r2r.org.
14 minutes | Feb 5, 2018
How do you spark your relationship?
If you’ve been in a relationship for a while … I have a question for you .. do you remember exactly how the beginning of your relationship was? .. the first days, weeks, months of dating your girlfriend.. or your boyfriend.. You remember that spark? .. You remember that chemistry? .. Now fast forward .. now at least 6 – 9 months passed .. And you guys are looking at each other, probably on a Sunday afternoon, on the coach and wondering how you guys ended up in this stagnant routine of what you call .. relationship .. So what happened to that fire .. ? is it gone? Are you guys done? Before you throw the towel.. let’s explore some unique ways to get you out of this slump .. and then, you decide what to do.. Ok .. now .. you know these things happen.. ask your friends.. everybody knows .. relationships cool down.. But why? Why do they get old, and so stagnant? My friend, the reason is “we box” .. Yes.. we judge our partners.. and we put them in a box.. initially.. in the beginning.. in that sweet exploration phase of a relationship .. everything looks great .. we look for ways to connect.. like .. “oh, we like the same ice cream”.. “oh, we have the same TV set” .. “oh, I can’t believe we both love Paris” .. and we think we’re in love, and we met our soulmate.. So we jump right in .. little later.. again, maybe 6 to 9 months .. things start to get settled down.. and both sides start to feel comfortable with each other – the usual protective guards go down .. the masks start to wear off.. Right around that time we begin to observe our partners and try to answer a totally different question now .. you remember.. in the beginning it was, “oh my god, you see how well we’re connected?” but now the question becomes .. “is she right for me?” Once we ask that question, the answers never leave us alone .. “oh yes, she’s late to all of our meetings” .. or .. “oh, she didn’t call me right away, when I told her I had something important to share.”..or .. “oh, she’s always on her phone whenever we do something together” As our judgements keep piling up, we start to put our partners in a tiny, little box.. What do we do with that box? Of course, we keep stuffing more judgments into the box, and the box keeps getting bigger and bigger.. But the real question that I’d like to explore is .. How these judgments make the energy in the relationship go stagnant.. Here’s a big discovery .. Cause we keep our judgements to ourselves.. So imagine now .. two people .. both of them.. yes, it’s not just you.. but your partner as well .. keep building these walls of judgements and labels of each other.. and no one wants to communicate anything .. everybody keeps everything to themselves.. For what? .. to avoid the conflict .. But, hello.. the relationship has slowed down, going down the drain, it’s stagnant.. it’s not moving.. and you’re trying to avoid a conflict..???? You see – how you get yourself trapped in this vicious cycle.. Here it goes.. you label your partner, don’t tell her, keep withdrawing yourself, then, she realizes that you’re distant, then, she pulls away, and now, you judge her even more .. No one talks! The energy gets contracted .. the relationship gets stagnant.. and you two are just looking at each other wondering — who’s gonna take the trash out .. Don’t be discouraged though.. you’re not alone .. most of us go through this experience, and we’re going to explore some profound methods to ignite the relationship again .. and bring it back to its early days.. But, here’s the tricky part .. Our judgements are our defense mechanisms.. so usually, they’re offensive – (best defense is offense, as human psyche knows it very well..) So if you tell your partner any of your judgements of her, she’ll be offended .. rightfully so .. cause she won’t see it that way .. and she doesn’t need to agree with your perceptions … That’s when everything becomes stalemate .. so in order to break through this deadlock, we need to open up .. and share our “feelings” .. yes, our “feelings” .. For example, your partner doesn’t text you enough .. or share her thoughts as much .. or doesn’t show interest in what you do .. Even though you feel frustrated, or ignored, or disrespected .. you choose not to say anything .. I can see that.. if you opened yourself up .. and be vulnerable.. your partner may say .. “oh, you’re so judgmental”.. or “oh, you’re so sensitive”.. or even “I’m done with you” Yes, there is a possibility of being accused or blamed or even dumped .. however, in truth, we all have feelings.. she does, he does, you do, I do .. and we’re entitled to have them.. And without openness, everyone takes each other for granted .. As a result, we keep running into same routines, same patterns, and things get old .. the box with judgments grow bigger, and the air gets tighter.. When that happens.. we immediately go to our ultimate defense mechanism.. which is “escape”.. so the question becomes .. “shall I stay, or shall I go?” You know how the story goes on from here.. close to 60% divorce rate, more couples unhappy, yet, everyone is afraid of opening up, communicating their true feelings.. we keep breaking up .. we keep escaping .. So what if you opened up to your partner, courageously communicated your feelings to them, and tried to add some fresh air to your relationship .. Would you like to give your partner a chance to respond.. would you let her explain what’s going on in her life, in her head, in her heart .. can you hold space for her thoughts and feelings .. and can you guys talk things through and, tell her your feelings, share what you think of her .. and also how much you appreciate who she is .. You know .. Nobody has one side that is bad.. or one side that is good .. when you’re only seeing the bad side, you’re blind to the good .. maybe, and who knows, maybe you can rekindle your connection as you both reveal your vulnerabilities, and tenderly find out that you even share some common judgements and feelings for each other .. But the only way you can find that out is to open up .. and be vulnerable to your partner by sharing your true feelings .. As you realize this requires an energy shift .. for that I’m going to give you a quick practice to ground and neutralize your energy .. and from that space, you can take your first step to ignite your stagnant relationship so that you can bring it up to another level .. Now .. take a deep breath in .. and let that tension roll off your body .. find your feet.. and ground yourself by feeling the floor underneath your feet .. take another deep breath in, and as you exhale, keep your focus on the bottoms of your feet .. Try to apply this technique to neutralize your energy when you’re communicating your feelings to your partner .. and see how everything flows from there .. try to be open and truthfull.. and keep your focus on the bottoms of your feet .. at all times.. Good luck my friend .. and please let me know how it goes .. The post How do you spark your relationship? appeared first on r2r.org.
11 minutes | Jan 20, 2018
6 – Overcome Failed Resolutions
Here are the secrets of manifestation … What part of us says .. “Starting tomorrow, I’m going to wake up early, and exercise” .. and then, what part of us stays in bed the next morning .. ?? I know .. we probably mean it well the night before when we commit ourselves to waking up early and exercising.. But, something happens and alters everything in about 8 hours later.. So I decided to investigate this and understand what’s happening within our psyches.. And .. here are the results.. It looks like we have different personalities.. !! yes, we have different personalities that are active at different times, .. and they act differently according to our moods.. You may think that executing on our resolutions is a matter of changing our mind, or our moods or our thoughts .. I’ve tried that in the past .. without much success .. and you may certainly try that route also, and see if your victories last .. in my experience, my success slowed down over time and left me with more frustration and resentment .. Without manipulating our thoughts, we need to find another way to overcome our failed resolutions .. How can we break through what’s holding us back? The key to success is to integrate our different personalities. Before we could do that, we need to understand why we have these personalities.. For example, the part of us that says I’m going to exercise might be a people pleaser .. in other words, the idea of exercising is not ours, but it’s somebody else’s .. it may well be our partner’s, our friends’, or maybe our parents .. but, we’re basically responding to others’ expectations of us .. we just want to be accepted by them.. approved by them … and basically that’s why we commit to exercising in the first place.. You may say, what’s wrong with that? I want to exercise too .. I agree with them, and I should be exercising.. Yes, I understand .. you can be very convincing to yourself, and try to do it. But at the end of the day, if it doesn’t last, the question remains .. why don’t we follow through our resolutions? At this point, we need to dig a little bit deeper into the workings of the psyche. Here’s what’s going on .. Your commitment is made by your mind. Your heart and your body are left out from this decision making process. You can’t really get up early and exercise, because you may not be a morning person after all. And that’s your other personality. When you have (and we all do) different personalities clashing – in other words, the “people pleaser” going against your “I’m not a morning person”, then your mind, your heart and your body are not aligned. The probability of success to implement and manifest a resolution in that misaligned state is very unlikely. Then, the next obvious question is, how to align these major centers. How does your mind, heart and body come together to bring a positive change and deliver to you exactly what you want in your life? .. Here are the next steps … and these are the secrets of manifestation.. When you decide to do something, anything, it is a mental activity. Everything is formed in your head. Sometimes, like in our example, you don’t even know if this is something you really want, or your decision is influenced by others’ expectations. Therefore, it’s always a good thing to bring your idea of “doing something” down to your heart. Just to see what kind of emotions you experience around that decision.. Visualize the situation through your heart, and see what you feel. And don’t be afraid of feeling everything in your body. Welcome all that is arising. Without judgment, simply notice what’s happening in your body. So in our example, when you visualize yourself getting up early, you might not like the feeling. You might already feel some sort of resentment, like “why do I have to get up so early.. it’s still dark outside” .. with those words, the warmth of your bed will pull you back.. and you won’t be able to resist, and forget about exercising very quickly .. To expand our example, I’ll share another common experience .. at one point in your life, I’m sure, you wanted to join a gym.. again, when you visualize it, you may find out that you don’t like the plastic, rubber scent in the gym, nor the white neon light that shines upon you when you’re running on the treadmill, or the mirrors are everywhere or the people are all around you .. What are the chances of going to the gym on a regular basis when you’re feeling like this? So you can apply this to any decision in your life.. Try to connect with it, not just in your mind, as a thought, but as an emotion in your heart, and as a sensation in your body, then you’ll know whether what you’re trying to bring into your life is going to be a permanent one.. Here’s another tip.. If you connect with something at that level, meaning everything, your mind, heart and body are all aligned, then, you can’t wait to do that activity.. Your body will be craving, your emotions will be all excited, and your mind will be going nuts until you do it.. because you’re so aligned with that activity .. Now, take a step back, and see what your failed resolutions are .. then try to visualize them to feel what you really want to bring into your life? And here’s our final step .. Let’s say .. you genuinely want to move your body .. your mind is already engaged with this idea.. Now.. Do you really want to move your body? .. check in with your heart.. Then, ask your own body what kind of movement it wants to engage in.. Maybe your body wants to dance, or hike, or stretch or doesn’t want to move at all .. Now, you’re back to square 1.. you are at a neutral position now .. what would you like to do? .. maybe in the morning, all you want to do is to have a cup of coffee.. or a nice breakfast .. or reading your friends facebook posts .. or sleep in for another 15 mins.. If that’s what you want, accept it and do it .. and while you’re doing it though, observe yourself, and see how much fun you’re having.. if you’re joyful, that means everything is aligned.. if you’re not having fun, that means, one of them is out of alignment.. and you’re conditioned by some outside influence.. As you can see, this is more of an internal work, then, doing something to respond to the pressure of others.. however, over time, you’ll get to know yourself, and make your own decisions, set your own boundaries, and execute on all failed resolutions that were yours .. meaning that they were truly your own resolutions .. 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10 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
5 – Managing Holidays
Another holiday season is upon us, and we all have expectations and certain images of what we’d like to experience in holiday spirits .. For most of us, this is our favorite season of all. Families and communities get together in their festive spirit to celebrate life. It is a time of reunion in joy, gratitude, love and compassion. And for some of us, holidays also mean stress and anxiety. If you’re one of those who anticipate some challenging times ahead, don’t worry, you’ll be amazed by the things you can do to change your experience and make it a joyful one this year. You will agree though – these intense emotions are not fun. Having stress and anxiety make you lose a lot of energy and make us feel exhausted and depleted. So if you want to have a completely different energy this holiday season, you might be interested in looking at some of the situations that trigger you and make you experience those negative, draining emotions … Thinking about this holiday season, and what’s going on in your life, do you feel you have too much to do, things to organize, gatherings to go to .. and maybe you don’t have much time to do all of that.. so naturally you might be feeling overwhelmed.. Maybe you are worried about meeting others’ expectations .. or your own for that matter, as you try to make everything perfect .. and this pressure alone makes you feel exhausted, and depleted .. How about your partner or people around you, who are making irritating comments or unwilling to help you with all the chaos that is going on .. ? Are you getting annoyed? Are you frustrated? Or maybe .. you’re feeling lonely that you don’t have anybody to celebrate with or you don’t feel like joining others .. because simply you don’t feel connected with anyone .. Whatever your situation might be, simply identify what’s going on in your life and how these things make you feel .. Just observe your thoughts, your emotions and the physical sensations these emotions create in your body .. simply notice and stay with whatever is arising .. As you keep observing what’s going on in your head, in your heart and in your body, you may start to feel a sense of separation from all that is arising .. like an outside observer, keep looking in with some curiosity .. Now, as you keep these stressful situations in your attention, start to challenge them .. and ask yourself the question of “what if” .. Let’s go through the scenarios we mentioned before .. For example.. What kind of things do you do to meet others’ expectations? What if you didn’t do any of those things that were expected from you? Are you afraid of being judged, or embarrassed, or not being recognized? What kind of comments do they make? What kind of attitude do they show? What if you told them how their remarks or attitude make you feel and how much you don’t appreciate all of that? What would happen? If you did that, are you afraid of not being loved, or not being accepted, or simply getting rejected? What are your expectations of others? What if you didn’t do everything yourself this year and nobody else took initiative? Are you afraid of things getting out of control, being chaotic, or not perfect enough? What makes you think that you’re not connected to people? What if you strike up a conversation and let it flow as it may? Are you afraid of being rejected, or not being understood or not being interesting enough? Once you start to peel off some of these layers of your emotional reactions, you may come to realization about why you really stress out. Without falling into the trap of blaming others or yourself for that matter, can you turn your attention inward and show some self-compassion to yourself? Maybe you had these hidden fears underneath of your reactions. Can you embrace yourself as who you are with some warm understanding of your Self .. Maybe, because of your acceptance of yourself, you will be able to stand up and express how you really feel to the people who care for you .. Without going too far, just see what you can do with this .. see what’s available to you when you accept your feelings as they are, and see if you can try to communicate your feelings freely to others in a different way.. Meaning like .. “hey, I’m feeling overwhelmed now, can you help me with this?” “Oh, I didn’t like your comments, I’m wondering what you meant by that” “We’re running late to the party again, but I’m curious when we’ll be there” And with that curiosity in all of your communications .. see where the conversations go .. notice how the energy flows between people .. Yes! there is a big chance that this holiday season will be filled with long lasting joyous memories of openness, love, compassion and gratitude. You’re holding the key .. open the door and step into your power of accepting your Self as who you are .. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Please share them with me through the contact form on R2R.org. Until next time, stay empowered. Happy Holidays Everyone! The post 5 – Managing Holidays appeared first on r2r.org.
14 minutes | Sep 30, 2017
4 – Self-Observation Meditation
The Self-Observation Meditation is the first key practice in the Rise 2 Realize method, as described in The Seeker’s Manual. Mastering this technique naturally allows you to create space between you and your thoughts. As a result, you slow down your emotional reactions to trigger events and make better decisions by being consciously present in the moment, at will. The practice of self–observation is the gateway to a deeper self-awareness, which is the first step towards a personal transformation that leads to a more joyful and fulfilling life. When you practice this technique regularly, you will start to have more time to discern and access to your inner knowing and wisdom. As a result, you will naturally take things less personally and preserve the energy that you usually drain through emotional reactions towards stressful situations and difficult people. The post 4 – Self-Observation Meditation appeared first on r2r.org.
14 minutes | Sep 29, 2017
3 – Looking for a Secret Door
Is there really a secret door that will take us from our mundane, monotonous routines to a more joyful and fulfilling life? Let’s explore together if there is one, and if so, how we could find that secret door. In our first episode, we talked about how we trap ourselves in our Comfort Zone, and how it is so difficult to step out of it into the unknown world.. What this really means is that, to feel safe, we naturally contract our boundaries and stay in our known routines, instead of exploring what’s outside of the mundane world. In this world, we play lots of established roles, as a result, it’s very difficult for us to dare to explore what’s beyond our comfort zone .. we accept what’s expected of us and silently do it.. Even though all feels automated, and routine, we’re generally very comfortable with this world we have created .. because we know it.. we know exactly how it works.. After a while, exploring anything out of this automatic, to some degree, unconscious routine becomes inherently riskier .. we know what we know .. so why should we risk this routine for something unknown… But, life doesn’t leave us alone in our little comfort zone… Life keeps pushing us .. we start to run into uncomfortable situations.. things don’t go the way we want.. we keep having arguments and conflicts with our significant other, with our kids, with our boss, colleagues, friends, parents.. It’s so interesting that even though we’re exhausted after each and every argument, and promise ourselves not to engage in these situations.. we keep running into them .. I call these situations .. limiting life patterns .. they’re definitely patterns, cause they repeat provoking similar emotional reactions in us every time we’re triggered.. and they’re definitely limiting, cause each trigger drains our energy and prevents us from living our full potential, our best version of ourselves.. Ironically, these limiting life patterns hold the secret door to a better life .. Let’s explore these situations closely.. and find out how to look for that secret door.. and enter into a life of our dreams.. In order to do that we need to learn some life skills… Isn’t ironic that we’re taught math, physics, biology, chemistry and so on.. but nothing about the necessary life skills to cope with these fundamentally limiting life patterns that we constantly face on a daily basis.. But fortunately, life becomes the school and the teacher and provides us with opportunities to learn new skills to advance our life beyond our comfort zone. How? Through our trigger events … every limiting life pattern cycle starts with a trigger.. Which is the people and situations that provoke our intense emotional reactions .. That’s exactly where the secret door is … And we usually miss it .. Each time we’re triggered .. we ignore it… we exhaust ourselves in anger.. in frustration.. in resentment.. We don’t quite understand why we react .. we usually think the other person or that particular situation has caused us to react .. That’s true on the onset .. because our attention is outward, on them.. and we blame them.. But we miss valuable insights into what’s happening behind the scenes, within us, within our subconscious .. within our internal programming .. And the secret door passes by, and leaves us with our anger, sadness, frustrations and hopes that one day the person or the situation will change so that we’ll be happy.. Unfortunately, our hopes slowly vanish as we find ourselves facing another trigger event, living through yet another limiting life pattern again.. To be honest.. this happens to all of us.. we suffer whenever we get triggered.. each and every time we lose our center .. and blame the other person .. we take their comments, their actions, their opinions personally .. our thoughts and emotions run all over the place and our attention goes to them.. and we miss to register what’s happening internally.. we identify with our thoughts and start defending ourselves.. we see the other person as our enemy, someone who’s out there to get us.. who’s out there to steal our happiness .. And our attention outward, we miss the secret door.. again.. But how can we not take things personally when people ignore us, or when they don’t see us or hear us, or when they criticize us all the time… It’s tough .. yes it’s very tough.. What we want to be is Neo – on the top of the building in the movie Matrix, and dodging the bullets that these trigger events are throwing at us.. to be able to dodge the bullets.. We need to be quicker than them.. We need some space.. we need to create some space to slow down the impressions that we’re receiving from the trigger events .. Things are happening so quickly, we get sucked in into all of our internal dialogues, thoughts and emotions that get reflected and played out in the outside world.. and we’re getting hit.. No one likes these conflicts … no one wants to get stuck in these limiting life patterns .. The key to see the secret door is to slow things down and have a little space to discern what’s going on in these situations .. It’s a tough one because each trigger pushes us away from our center .. in that ungrounded state, it’s very difficult to dodge the bullets .. we’re too involved.. We need a new life skill in order to learn how to step back from everything and observe what’s happening .. internally and externally.. almost like an independent third person looking at ourselves from a distance.. This life skill is self-observation .. and in my opinion, it’s the most important practice that we can use to slow things down and give us a chance to find that secret door we’ve been missing all along.. During self-observation .. we simply stand there .. patiently… and simply observe ourselves going through the motions .. This is not an easy practice .. Cause we feel overwhelmed, and usually get lost in the heat of the moment whenever we get triggered .. and when we do, within a second, we fire up our defensive actions.. and exhaust our energy .. so initially, it feels like there is not much hope to slow things down.. But we can only try .. maybe we can make an extra effort to step back from the situations for a second to observe what’s going on every time we’re triggered .. and maybe that separation from our thoughts and emotions, right there and then, will help us to slow things down.. Hopefully one day, in one of those moments, we’ll have the courage to separate ourselves from our thoughts so that we can step out of our comfort zone and respond to trigger events differently .. our only hope, and also our only commitment is to bring ourselves to that moment of trigger and give ourselves a chance to have that courage to take a conscious step to explore what’s beyond anger, frustration, resentment that we’re feeling.. Without ignoring them, only by accepting our emotions, by staying with them, and by observing them.. Otherwise.. we know exactly where this path is leading .. more defensive actions to protect ourselves .. create more walls to feel safe .. separate ourselves from everyone around us for security .. and we know the safety and security of the known world will eventually lead us to the entrapment of our souls.. Instead, deep down, we want to give our souls freedom to experience what’s beyond our comfort zone and allow our lives unfold in our unique and full self-expression – without fear, without stagnancy and in pure creativity, inner joy and fulfillment. That’s where the journey starts for all of us .. every time we’re committed to make that conscious effort to self-observation and slow things down to express ourselves fully and uniquely .. we will soon rise above our limiting life patterns and get closer to realize our full potential.. In any given moment.. in any given situation.. Whenever it’s possible, whenever it’s available.. The post 3 – Looking for a Secret Door appeared first on r2r.org.
9 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
2 – Found Presence
A few weeks ago, I was shooting the first episode for Rise 2 Realize (live on Facebook) … and something very interesting happened .. I found Presence .. You probably saw the video on the Rise 2 Realize FB page (watch it here) .. or on YouTube (check it out) It took all together 5 takes to do it.. First 4 were disaster… I couldn’t go beyond the second sentence.. I was too anxious .. I was shooting it at a park near my house.. and getting distracted by tons of locomotion around the park.. Nothing was working.. After 4 tries, I had to stop and head to the office as I had a client coming in at noon.. When I arrived to my office.. it was 20 minutes to 12.. I thought maybe I can try one more time .. I immediately grabbed my iPhone and went to another park near my office.. and set everything up.. But I realized that I was getting more anxious .. cause I now had only 15 mins left for a 7-min video.. And on top of that, I was genuinely worried as the first 4 takes were a disaster, and there was no reason that this one would be any different .. I had promised to myself that I was going to do my first R2R video on July 11, 2017.. in other words.. 7.11.17 (what can I say… I’m a numbers guy!) .. And I had back to back sessions the whole afternoon, so I didn’t have any other time that day to shoot this video.. So the pressure was on .. big time .. And the question remained: how was I going to make this take the final one? Then, I started pumping myself up.. I said.. yes, Arda! you can do it!! .. You got this, man!.. Even though that got me excited for a few seconds, it didn’t feel genuine and as a result, it wasn’t that much help to overcome my anxiety .. Now, I had only 12 minutes left.. the clock was ticking!! Torn between.. Yes, I can do it .. and No, I’m going to fail again.. I was seriously tensing up .. Then, this strange thing happened.. I decided to take a step back from all of that.. from the positive .. and from the negative.. While I was removing myself from the situation (energetically), I took a deep breath in.. and exhaled all the tension I was feeling in my body and released all of it into the earth..through the bottoms of my feet.. In that moment, I felt no tension, a weird calmness, and an inner feeling of nothingness … Now.. I had only 11 minutes left and I wasn’t feeling the pressure anymore .. somehow I went into a zone.. connected with my core.. with my own energy.. There was no thought in my head.. And.. without thinking .. I reached out and pressed the go live button.. 3, 2, 1 .. I spoke for 7 minutes, without any interruption.. the words were coming out naturally … I was just there .. sharing my thoughts, my ideas.. Right at that moment, and for the entire 7 minutes, I was swimming in a magical energy .. I was present .. I found Presence.. My question is .. as always .. Can this be duplicated? Can I (and also you) get in touch with that kind of powerful, but neutral energy? Can I (and also you) get in the zone at my (your) will? I don’t know how quickly we could get in the zone and allow this powerful life force energy take over for that profound calmness and authority .. but it’s certainly something worth experimenting whenever we find ourselves in anxious situations .. Also a quick note: I’ve been curiously researching this force (as part of the Law of Three) last 6 months .. it was incredible to be able to finally feel it so strongly .. effectively .. Before you leave, I’d like to share the following poem with you .. Found Presence Have you ever sensed life felt its magic received its gifts Maybe you have While I was too busy Getting pulled into Success and failure Being called Good and bad Labeled as Beautiful and ugly What if it’s all the same As successful so failure As good so bad As beautiful so ugly Wash all of that out What remains is Life itself As pure as is That is exactly Where I found presence And now I realize I have never lived before #rise2realize #spiritual growth #mindfulness #meditation #personal growth #empowerment #inner power #compassion #awareness #life The post 2 – Found Presence appeared first on r2r.org.
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