You must be willing to change. You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough.
You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your sins. You must be willing to have hope. You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better.
You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best.
You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you.
Get up and make something of yourself.” —Jack Barakat (via beautiful-ambition)
Emotions Out Of Control? Try This Simple Breathing Trick
Mind Body Green writes:
Emotions run amok? Try this simple breathing trick to gain composure, no matter the situation.
We all know that life can become overwhelming. Often the first thing we forget to do is simply breathe! When you get panicked by sudden, unexpected changes, you may breathe too fast, too slow, too jagged, or just forget to take a full breath altogether. This can leave you feeling exasperated, lethargic, and unwilling to handle whatever it is that life throws at you.
Your breath is the first thing to return to your authority. The first step to gaining control of anything is to own your breath.
Swami Swatmarama wrote on the practice of Pranayama in the original text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, "When breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady. Therefore, one should restrain the breath."
This simple, yet ancient alternate nostril breathing exercise is designed to calm your mind, no matter what state it’s in. So take a seat and sit cross-legged.
Find more information on controlling your breathing here.
1. Don’t interrupt. Let the speaker finish what they are saying – and at a speed that is comfortable for them – before formulating your own response.
2. Give the speaker your full and undivided attention. Ignore what is happening around you and block out distracting noises.
3. Pay attention to…
It is important to remember that your perspective is just that…your perspective.
It is not necessarily the answer.
So when you find yourself judging the situation of another, please remember that they are not in your shoes…but theirs.
And they must do what is right for them.
And that might not be what is right for you.
But that does not automatically render it wrong.
So it’s been 8 months in Lagos, Nigeria so far. I’ve met so many interesting people, still trying to make friends, had more downs than ups but the few ups are always worth the downs. I’ve had great opportunities come by me … and many kept on going by lol. But I still feel more exhilarated everyday. It still feels so different from all my years in the States repeating the same routine. A lot of days, I wake up here with no clue what new obstacle I may face (can get pretty disheartening at times), but I think I’m really going to try to stick this one out and hopefully be in a position to showcase more of the beauty of home. More on my IG - Yagazie Emezi
- Having sex every day.
- Saving sex for your wedding night.
- Never having sex.
- Having sex with different people.
- Having sex with one person.
- Having sex with a person of your same gender.
- Loving sex.
- Hating sex.
- Being loud.
- Being quiet.
The only thing wrong with sex?
When it’s not consensual.
Because that’s not sex. That’s rape.