Mind Over Matter

I was reminded of something very important the other night while having some friends over for dinner. I had the pleasure of meeting a friend of a friend, he had so much knowledge to share and I am truly grateful for the experience.

We often forget that life is something to always appreciate, the most fundamental and simplest principle that is universal. Each moment is unique and rare and that we may never get these moments again, you never know what will happen to you tomorrow, next week, next year or the next five years.  Life is to be cherished. There is life flowing through us, through the people we know, the environment, nature, and animals all have this energy that flows through us.

I know that in my day to day living I’m focused on the daily grind, living in this fast paced city I rarely ever get to reflect and slow down. Give thanks always. No matter what religion or spiritual practice you have, its a fundamental concept that there is a Creator somewhere.

In this moment, in this time, in this space, we are here. Stay in the present moment and live.

I was truly humbled by his presence, wisdom and his overall attitude with gratitude, this new friend had brought me back to the spiritual principles that I used to practice. Living in New York City for two years now has taught me so many lessons internally and also has shaped my perspective about life. I have also met some amazingly talented people of all cultures and races, and New York City provides this for me even though at times I may miss California. I am grateful for all the blessings I received living here– Spiritually, Physically, and Mentally.

When I first moved to the east coast, people used to ask me why I decided to move all the way across country with no job lined up and not more than a few hundred dollars to my name. Simple Answer: Optimism. I wanted a change in my life and I was afraid if I never experience this I would never have this opportunity to really find out where I wanted to live and what I wanted to do for a living. I wanted to see if I could make it out on my own and if I didn’t try– I would regret not following my dreams. And a what if would always hang in the back of my mind.

The first three months spent upon moving to New York City was the loneliest of all time. I was away from family and close friends on the west coast and I was continually discouraged by the interviews I went to that didn’t end up going anywhere. I almost gave up, in fact it was a rough and emotional time for me– but still I kept on and stayed optimistic about my situation. By the third month I received a call from another company that I applied to, went to an interview and got offered a job as a Graphic Designer after two days! I had waited for the best opportunity, and here I am still, going on two years.

I always get surprised when my friends comment on how brave I was to be able to do a cross country move on my own, with no plan.  But I had a vision of what i wanted to create for my life.

My point is: We have to stay focused on the goal we want to achieve. Whether that’s getting a new job, finishing a project, etc. We have to hold the vision of us succeeding no matter how unhappy we are or how low we feel about our present circumstances. Having the understanding that the situation you’re in is temporary and things will eventually change. Persistence and determination is key– I know that I was insistent on getting a job and that even though I continually got rejected from the positions I applied for, I kept applying to a bunch of other jobs and eventually I landed one.

The reason we feel confused during a situation is because we are out of balance. The mental, spiritual, and the physical must be in balance if we are to get where we want to be. The mind is a powerful thing, it can lead us into places where we would have not thought possible. But it can also lead us into dark places that we don’t want to be if we are not careful about being conscious. Use the power of the mind to move you by being focused or you can be distracted and misled towards other things. We have no one else to blame for our misfortunes and failures. It is up to us to succeed, it is our responsibility to maintain our own happiness. Stay in that positive mindset and I promise you that it will lead you to places that will bring you blessings.

Love and Light,

DP

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