Inner satisfaction is crucial to your success and well-being. Your inner satisfaction will determine how well you live your life on a day-to-day basis. When you realize that what you have is enough, that’s when the existential angst evaporates and you realize that who you are is here, fully present, experiencing life as it is.
Breakthrough transformation usually happens in silence, when the chattering of the mind has stopped. The truth reveals itself when the ego is not involved. It is a process that can be introduced in ones life through meditation, art, yoga and process orientated retreats. Real transformation is life enhancing, nurturing and leads one to living their life’s purpose in a conscious and profound way.
Our habits and behaviors shape our destiny. I have been to hell and back and when I look back, I wouldn’t change a thing. For it is through my experiences I have discovered the power of life transforming habits.
“Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison
Quitting is easy, but it takes a lot of courage to keep going when you can’t see the end result. One way to not loose your focus is to smell, taste, feel and touch what success looks like for you. My teacher Goenkaji used to say, “The path is very long…but every step on the path will take you to the final goal. Keep taking steps on the path.”
Feeling sorry for oneself is an energy draining, self-destructive habit. Self-pity turns an intelligent human being into a victim and creates a very toxic relationship with friends and family. It stops one from recognizing that the ego has a chokehold on them and is masquerading as their friend.
Emotionally intelligent beings experience reality as it is, not as they would like it to be. Another trait emotionally intelligent people have is that they don’t indulge in addictive behaviors. They know that escaping reality is not an option. They have come to realize through their own life experiences that the safest place is in the eye of the storm, where you experience the “what is” and then make an informed choice based on inner integrity.
The best antidote for self-pity is: strong work ethic, walking ones talk and staying focused on ones life’s purpose.
Everyday when we wake up in the morning, we go through an energy distribution phase where we make a decision, consciously or unconsciously on what we are going to focus on. Empowering habits lead to a successful life. Whereas, disempowering habits lead us to mediocrity in every aspect of life.
I am excited that I have been invited to teach a cultured sourdough workshop by Sprouts cafe at University of British Columbia on March 30th. In this workshop graduate students at UBC will discover how to make healthy sourdough bread without using any baking soda, baking powder, commercial yeast or corn starch. Most baked goods that are produced commercially are not health sustaining long term. As they contain too much sugar, butter, and undigestible flour. Sourdough baking is a delicious, sugar and dairy free alternative, that not only tastes good but is easy to digest.
The amazing thing about cultured sourdough baking is that the carbohydrates are pre-digested during the process of culturing and the nutrients are made more bio-available. The lactic acid in sourdough slows down the rate at which glucose is released in the blood stream. And also lowers the cultured baked good’s glycemic index.
Cultured Sourdough Baking Workshop
March 30th, 2017
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
I am very excited to be teaching a “Sourdough Goodies” workshop through the Graduate Students Society, for grad students at Simon Fraser University.
In this workshop students will discover how to use sourdough starter to transform conventional pastries into more nutritious sourdough treats that taste delicious and will make one feel great. Sourdough cookies, pies, cakes and loaves become more bio-available through fermentation.
During the workshop students will sample various sourdough pastries, see a presentation on sourdough goodies and receive a demo on making a sourdough piecrust, cakes and cookies.
As the Director of Graduate Student Society, at Simon Fraser University, I am very excited to be working on the project “GSS Mini School”. The mini school offers 1 to 2 hour, free workshops to all graduate students as a perfect energy booster for reducing anxiety, enhancing emotional wellbeing and finding much-needed relief from the general stress inherent to studying at a university. Our goal is to increase graduate student engagement one workshop at a time. Some of the workshops and events we will be offering are:
- nature walks
- learn to knit at the graduate student lounge
- discover how to make healthy, delicious desserts
- enjoy a free movie night with salad and pizza
- Networking mingles that help increase engagement with fellow students
I have been invited to speak and facilitate a workshop at the 10TH International Conference on Imagination and Education on July 2nd to July 4th, at Simon Fraser University, downtown campus. The workshop I am facilitating is on how to go from Stuck to Unstoppable in Education. In this workshop conference participants will discover how to:
- build a growth mindset culture in classrooms
- change student’s thinking about success and performance to manifest positive change
- collapse disempowering behaviors and habits to improve a student’s productivity and enhance their performance