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Carpe 86,400

One Lifetime = 2,366,820,000 seconds.

How do you measure your life?
How do you measure your day?
Your hours?
Your minutes?
Your seconds?

For the most part, TIME on a general scale, is something we take much for granted. I know I certainly did when I was young. Procrastination comes as natural as breathing.

If we squander so much time by nature, how are we then supposed to capture the moment?

Time is a precious resource, one of the most precious of all I would say. We can replenish our money, we can recover our health, but time is something you can never get back. Once you’ve lost it, it’s gone and the issue is that we take the next second for granted. We consider our every breathe to be a replenishment of the previous one, when in fact, it is not! Each breathe we take is a separate life of itself. Each one containing countless options, possibilities and decisions of which only one can emerge.

A close friend of mine asked me if I thought time stood still with a lover.
“When you kiss or make love, it feels like times stops” she said.
I believe the reason behind that feeling is because we are living consciously and attentively in the present moment. That kiss or that act of love is all we focus on. When you are in the present moment, there is no wandering of the mind to the past or the present. None of that exists. All you have is now. So it would make sense to feel as if time was frozen.

It is a beautiful thing to be in the present moment, we should all strive to live there more often.

Another beautiful think is to take chances, seize opportunities, take risks.

Life is a set of moments, all you need is one to change your entire life.

If it doesn’t work out, at least you tried.

Whatever you do, seize those 86,400 seconds over and over again!

i m a g i n e.

Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who has taken 6,700 seized and decommissioned guns donated by the Mexican government and turned them into musical instruments! The result is a haunting version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” like nothing I’ve ever heard before. When you see the instruments up close, you realize how awesome it is.

This goes to show that everything we create is beautiful. The intention of the creation of those weapons was far from holy, but the Universe had always intented them to end up in Reyes’ hands. Reyes says, he is “turning these agents of death into instruments of life.”

William Morris once proclaimed

The capacity of seeing beauty means the capacity for art. If you have a population which cannot see beauty, you will have a population which cannot produce beauty: a population which, even if a small amount of beauty is produced by the élite, will not generally acknowledge that beauty.

It’s true that there are bad things happening out there right now, people using guns to subdue others, but I dream of a day where weapons are no longer used, where they are recycled to make instruments, to decorate, to collect as memorabilia. The Universe always finds a balance. Always.

Today, I say a little prayer for artists. They are our future. Our hope. A manifestation of our deepest fears and dreams. There’s a tiny little artist in each of us with the capacity to create. Reach out and give your inner artist a hug today 🙂

Show your Awesome!

Dear Readers,

I’d like to share the start of something amazing and beautiful.

As you all know, I endorse Awesomeness.

I’m awesome.

You’re awesome.

We’re all awesome!

I know that and I’ve made it my mission in life for you to be aware of it too.

In an effort to share the awesomeness around, to spread it through the land of the living, to make it a palpable, living and breathing thing I’ve decided to do something very simple: This.

Today I’m feeling Awesome.

Check out the website, spread the word, if you would be so kind as to support the expansion of global awesomeness I’d be truly grateful.

Whatever you do, have an Awesome day!

All my love,

Dolly.

Four Laws of Spirituality

Today I want to share something very special with you. I want to share the 4 Laws of Spirituality as practiced by us Hindus. Now, this list is not absolute. It is a consolidated summary of the teachings of various spiritual masters. No matter what religion you follow or what/how you practice, the truth is that there is an underlying current that connects us all. These laws can be applied to any situation and adapted by any person. I hope they serve you as well as they’ve served me.

1. “The person who comes is the right person,”

Meaning that no one comes into our lives by chance, all the people around us, interacting with us, they are there for something and for something, to help us learn, evolve and advance in each situation.

2. “What happens is the only thing that could have happened.” 

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens to us in our lives might have been otherwise. Even the smallest detail. There is no “if I had done such a thing had happened about another …”. No. What happened was the only thing that could have happened, the best thing that could have happened and had to be well to learn that lesson and move on. Each and every one of the situations that happen in our lives are perfect, but our mind and ego will resist and refuse to see the positive side have also had.

3. “Anytime you start something, that’s the right time.” 

It all starts at the right time, not before or after. When we are ready for something new in our lives, it is just at this point that it is created. Every moment in your life happens only when it has to happen. Only when you are prepared, it will happen.

4. “When something ends, it ends.” 

The end arrives to allow something else to happen in your life. In other words, the
moments in your life are line up and they happen like in a Domino effect. Something has to end, to let something else begin. This is how evolution occurs. You have to learn to let something go, so you can enriched your life, with experience and wisdom.

I, personally, live by these 4 laws. To me, there are absolute truths of the Universe. I think I can coin my adaptive personality to these four pillars. Once you believe in them, and I mean truly believe in them past the point of shaken faith you will see the world in a different light. You will no longer use the word “coincidence” or “regret”. You will fall in love with new people on a regular basis, you will experience gratitude on an hourly basis, you will forgive easier and you will let go of the past.

Let me illustrate with this post alone:

Somehow, I came into your life (through this blog) and you ended up right here, right now, reading this precise post.

And if you are reading this today, it is because this was meant to reach you today, for some reason. Maybe, because you’re meant to learn something or interpret something, maybe you’re meant to share it with someone else. I don’t want to limit the scope.

Be happy and cherish each moment because they are each truly unique.

 

The Kiddie Explanation for Vegetarianism…

I love children. They are innocent, unassuming, curious and incredibly loving. If you’ve ever spent time with a young child you know what I mean. Their zest for life is infectious, their happiness takes root in you. You get an incredible feeling when you’re able to see the world through their eyes. You wish you could hold on to those moments.

As a parent, you want to love and protect your child no matter what. Dinner, however, is a different matter. Unlike most children his age, Luiz Antonio wants to eat his vegetables. It’s the other stuff that apparently gives him second thoughts.

This is not a Pro-Vegetarian argument. This is meant to expose you to the innocent nature of children. They don’t know what’s right or wrong but they have a basic intuition. They’re not born hating or discriminating. They’re taught to do it all. Luiz brings his mothers to tears by defending “The Animals”. His ability to graciously reason and empathize with his plate of food is heart-warming. I do hope you enjoy!

Pretty, Pretty Please… You are Perfect

How many of us spend our entire lives trying to be someone? How many of us have made all of our life decisions geared towards a goal, in the hopes of making something of ourselves that will live on after we’re gone. How many of us can really say: I’m content with who I am.

This comic written by Cavo Godoy with illustrations by Eduardo Lages originally written for sitiocroniquadrinhos will make you re-think your whole outlook on life. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who are you doing it for?

Most importantly of all:

Who are you?

 

And in the gracious words of one my idols,

Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than fucking perfect
Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing, you’re fuc*in’ perfect to me

You are perfect. You are imperfectly perfect. You don’t need to be anything else but who you are. Know yourself and trust yourself. That is my wish for you.

Ask Yourself!

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2013,

2013

We welcome 2014 with open arms. Will this year be different? Have you made a new resolution or have repeated an old one?

 

To me, every day is a new year, a new life, a new shot. My resolutions are decisions I make to change something and when I do, well, that’s my “new year”. A friend once told me she considered her birthday to be her New Year’s because it was the start of a new year of life for her and I thought that made a lot of sense. So… whatever you’re planning for this year, I wish you success! I wish that you DREAM BIG and fall somewhere among the stars and that you keep trying no matter what. Here are some prompts I’ve personally used to create my dream goals for 2014 that might come in handy for you too!

Ask Yourself…

1. What am I most proud of this year?
2. How can I become a better _____________?
3. Where am I feeling stuck?
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
5. Am I passionate about my career?
6. What lessons have I learned?
7. What did I my finances look like?
8. How did I spend my free time?
9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?
10. How have I been open-minded?
11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?
12. What projects have I completed?
13. How have I procrastinated?
14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?
15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?
16. Where has self-doubt taken over?
17. When have I felt the most alive?
18. How have I taught others to respect me?
19. How can I improve my relationships?
20. Have I been unfair to anyone?
21. Who do I need to forgive?
22. Where is it time to let go?
23. What old habits would I like to release?
24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
25. How can I be kind to myself?

My wish for you is that you take deep breaths, be in the present moment, smile always, be gentle and love hard this year!

-Dolly

PS- This is my 100th post! That’s one achievement down 🙂