THE HEART OF KINDNESS

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

~Maya Angelou

When you have the opportunity to show kindness, show it. Mindful kindness is compassionate, especially when you really don’t want to be, your relationships deepen your. Just a small kindness act will transform the moment, the whole day, or your whole life. And of coarse what it can do for another can be limitless.

Kindness sometimes has a connotation of meaning someone is naive or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is an interpersonal skill.

Kindness Is Caring In Action

There are different ways to practice kindness. Being mindful when someone needs a helping hand, a kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load are all be acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you don’t need are all ideas about how to practice kindness. 

Open Your Heart To Kindness

Science has now shown that devoting resources to others, rather than having more and more for yourself, brings about lasting well-being. Kindness has been found by researcher to be the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage.


Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else’s successes. Kindness is to be openly happy for the other person.

Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person. Receiving accurate feedback in a loving and caring way is an important part of a trusted relationship. The courage to give and receive truthful feedback is a key component of growth and flexible thinking.

Kindness Starts With Being Kind To Yourself

Ever notice how much better you treat others when you’ve taken care of yourself? In a pressure-filled environment it’s easy to work through lunch, work through dinner, and respond to emails at 11 pm. But the world often rights itself when we take a moment to breathe, assess what we need, and seek it.

Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself. Be kind to yourself when you misstep, which happens to everybody. Not taking care of ourselves may cause collateral damage, like making others the target of the anger or frustration or disappointment that we really feel about ourselves. Sleep, a relaxed meal, or exercise are all ways to be kind to ourselves.

Lead With Compassion, Follow With Kindness

Everyone has challenges, many hidden from sight. If you knew that your coworker delivering the curt response to a question or the snarky critique of a project had recently learned of a serious illness in their family, wouldn’t you cut them some slack? And better yet, might you then want to reach out with support? When we are compassionate, we are recognizing our shared human condition. Compassion can guide us to acts of kindness. Maybe we keep our mouth shut instead of calling out the misdemeanor. Or we find a private time to ask if everything is okay. Sometimes kindness is offering to get coffee, or bringing back a cookie from a lunchtime just because.

Choose Kindness Everyday

While we may not have control over another person, we do have control over ourselves. What does it mean to be our best selves? Being kind is in the mix of choices we have each and every day. We can’t make anyone else be kind, but we can make a conscious choice to be kind.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller

The purest form of kindness may have no audience and offer no credit. Kindness to accumulate thanks is self-serving at best. Some may even say it’s an effort to control or make the recipient feel indebted. But when we are kind even if — maybe especially if — there’s no such payback, the rewards may be all the sweeter.

Kindness Gives Life To More Kindness

Just as a bully of a boss can foster a culture of bullying and fear down the hierarchical line, so can kindness. We often take our cues from leaders, coworkers, celebrities, and others we live with many hours a day. Why not be the kind person from whom others take their cues? The one who helps people turn to one another kindly in small and big ways that illustrate a spirit of generosity?

During this time of year, more than any other time, the next two months brings with it much pain and suffering. Often silent and unseen to most. Make a conscious effort to step outside of yourself and feel what’s going on for others around you. And perhaps a moment of just listening to someone vent, giving a sincere compliment or share some of your favorite dish with a neighbor, will change that darkness they may be feeling into the light.

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Sourced from:

Harvard Health Publishing |Melissa Brodrick, MEd

Psychology Today | Karyn Hall Ph.D.

HuffPost | Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Contributor

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TRY Spontaneity

Is there an area of your life in which you currently feel in a rut, bored, restless, down or monotonous?  Do you feel stifled or numbed by routine?

Life can get stale and stagnant if you don’t give it room to breathe with occasional spontaneity. Allow yourself to let loose a little, to let go of the reins of order and how things ‘should’ be. Allow structure to soften, let up on control and let your hair down.

Try something new, open to the unexpected or do something out of the ordinary. This can freshen and liven up your life. It may require stepping outside your comfort zone, or saying “Yes” to something you might tend to veer against (something positive, of course!), or a possible change in routine.

Spontaneity can bring greater flow, freedom, synchronicity, adventure, joy and renewed enthusiasm into your life! It can also open you to receive more from the universe as you respond to its nudges and opportunities.

If you are controlling things too regimentally life gets dry and rigid and there is less opening for the universe to gift you with blessings and sweet surprises. Simply saying “Yes” to life more in general –invites, experiences, opportunities, and possibilities, can make your life come alive. In this sense you are going with the flow, walking through the doors that may be opening, and allow new births in your life.

You can also be proactively spontaneous. In addition to responding to new opportunities as they arise, you can consciously do something last minute, impromptu and off-the-cuff, take a risk, trying something different or unusual, etc.

All of this can invite positive change, new beginnings, fun, and fresh air into your life.

Say “Yes “ and join in the Dance of Life.

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How Chess Awakens Your Brain

 

Chess Builds Problem Solving Abilities

“Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few.” –Edutech Chess

 

Chess Improves Emotional Intelligence

 

Chess Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Chess improves the ability to think critically. Players are required to think fast and solve problems as they play. This type of play leads to analytical thinking and develops the ability to anticipate and evaluate future scenarios. In some instances, the development of critical thinking skills led to better performance on standardized tests.

 

Chess Preserves Mental Acuity

To get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and technique involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.

 

 

Chess Improves Mathematical Skills

Math is about pattern-recognition, logic, and the ability to play around with variables in your head, all of which chess is known to improve.

 

Chess Builds Greater Creativity

Because chess requires extensive use of the brain’s right hemisphere, the game enhances creativity. A longitudinal study indicated that chess playing fosters various types of creativity, including originality.

 

Chess Teaches Logic and Efficiency

Chess teaches logic because you have the constraints of the board and pieces, and efficiency because you’re playing competitively against an opponent with the same resources and same goal. This fosters thinking directly about the problem at hand and using the simplest solution to solve a complex problem.

 

Chess Teaches The Importance of Planning (And Consequences)

Every move in chess should lead to your goal, but it is rare that your goal will be reached without planning ahead and heeding the consequences of each action.

 

Chess Eases anxiety

Chess requires concentration. Players often find that this concentration facilitates centeredness and calmness. Playing daily helps to manage anxiety and other turbulent emotions.

 

 

Chess Teaches Patience and Perseverance

Building and executing a strategy some times requires one to be still and wait for the right moment.

 

Chess Teaches Increases Broader Perspective

 

Learn To Play Chess!❤️

 

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Are You Open?

Do you have a tendency to keep yourself or your thoughts and feelings closed to people or the world?

Do you fear vulnerability?

Or Do you shut down or shut yourself off from opportunities, possibilities, ideas, love, intimacy, or certain situations?

On a scale of 1-10, how open are you to others, with your thoughts, feelings, in your relationships, career, etc.

Are you more open to giving than receiving, or vice versa?

Letting people into your life requires a certain level of openness and vulnerability.

Do you want to let people get to know you, get close, and allow deeper relationship.

People aren’t mind readers. If you don’t let them know what’s going on inside in your heart and mind, communication suffers, they can’t get to know you, and you block intimacy and authentic relationship.

There are reasons you may feel guarded about being open, perhaps due to past experiences, hurts, a fear of judgment, rejection, betrayal, etc.

It takes courage to be vulnerable, yet the rewards are rich and beautiful and so worth it.

The more you trust and value yourself, the easier this will become

Love wants to be given to you in every moment if you are open and willing to receive.

It may come in many forms, through friends and loved ones, successes and serendipities, people you meet, opportunities that come your way, and the wonder, beauty and joy of life itself.

There can be blocks around receiving, of course. We can resist receiving just as we resist love, or perhaps feel we don’t deserve it, or fear the intimacy that may come with it, etc.

Allow openness at a level and a pace that is manageable for you and not overwhelming. You might start with small steps, opening the door bit by bit. Be courageous, and intend on that which is for your highest. Trust in the love that wants to be given to you, in the blessings that want to come your way, and open to receive. And share more of who you are, for that is why you are here. You have so much to give, just in being you!

Open to giving and receiving at a new level.

Written by Aine Belton

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Go Out And Play!

You are living in an energy field, a potential field of dreams.

The field is like a room around you. It’s a room lit up by the strongest emotion you carry.

Granted at times, that “dominant” emotion can be sadness, loneliness or fear.

You can change that field naturally and easily.

When you d0- it unleashes the law of attraction in your life instantly.

People are like magnets with their personal energy fields. But more often than not, they are pointing the magnet in the wrong direction.

For instance, they say

When I get what I want, then I’ll be fulfilled.”

or

When I find my true love, then I’ll feel better about myself.”

or

When I’m happy, then I’ll feel grateful and blessed.”

It’s all the wrong way round of course.

So what works best?

You create the magnetic field for the thing you desire, in advance.

 

It’s called “going first”. The universe delights in playing this game with you.

Instead of trying to force things to change, what you do is create an energy space in which the change you desire is compelled to show up.

For instance, If you desire more money landing in your bank account…or to feel the loving embrace of a new partner…or the experience of your body, mind and spirit awakening with health and blissful energy…

Then think first about how that would feel.

 

What will it be like when your dreams manifest? What will it change about your energy and your attitude?

 

CREATE THOSE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW!

Sure enough, the required abundance will shortly begin to grow and show itself. Just as green shoots appear in springtime. Just as the sun rises in the morning sky.

Can this really, and finally happen for you?

Of course!

By simply doubting you can get the life you want, is also an example of going first. The universe follows suit with more “doubt energy”.

A lot of people fall into this trap. They sadly make life very, very difficult for themselves.

 

By “going first” with gratitude, hope, positivity,  you literally force the universe to start manifesting your dreams. This philosophy can be summed up in three words… “Field of Dreams”

Just like Kevin Costner in the movie of the same name, you start with building a space. Decide what you want and build an energy field that “points the magnet”.

OK, so he built a baseball field and players showed up.

But you could just as easily build a field for happiness, wealth, true love, wonderful health. Anything you choose to ask of the universe is infinitely more likely to show up in the right magnetic field. This is a scientific fact as powerful as gravity.

 

Try this out for yourself. It’s simple. All you’re really doing is creating an energy space in which the universe can deliver the corresponding goodies.

 

If you are personally struggling right now, you are living in the wrong energy field.

And it’s so much easier to change this than you think. You just need to practice pointing the magnet correctly.

 

You’ll soon get the hang of it.

As you become skilled at the process, the universe will start delivering more and more of what you want into your life.

 

Another way to achieve this is to rediscover the magical energy of childhood.

 

Acknowledge the vast seams of hidden treasure in your own consciousness. And be prepared to free it…unleash it in your life.

So much of the joy children are capable of experiencing comes from their natural ability to simply connect to a field of dreams – to tune effortlessly into a magical frequency in which wonderful things appear.

Children just know how to point the magnet. They have their own magical place the adults don’t know about. They still believe they have magical powers (like invisibility and talking silently with animals).

As adults we can re-learn SO much from their beautiful processes.

Imagine walking out the door today and instead of saying to yourself “I’m going to work” …you say, just like a child would

“I’m going out to play!”

You will be creating a field of dreams in your day ahead. And every day would now be a more exciting adventure than the next.

 

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Unleash Your Originality With CHESS

Better Brain Function: the brain is remarkable – it is responsible for our mental performance and it is the most crucial organ in the human body. When the brain has no stimulation, the cells inside slowly die, it’s an example of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” moto, however, chess is a tool which gives users a rigorous mental workout. Let’s look at a quick example: to get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as the right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and techniques involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain. Scientists also claim that playing chess can improve mental age by up to 14 years. How’s that for a workout?

Improved Cognitive Abilities: Cognitive ability is a very broad term, it includes perception, motor, language, visual and spatial processing and executive functions. This is a big list and it covers almost everything that you do. For example with executive function you can immediately recognize that the thing in front of you is square shaped and not round. While playing chess, EACH cognitive ability is stimulated because the game covers every part of our actions. So the next time you see chess players playing, think about the ‘exercise’ they’re going through.

Strategic Thinking: Chess is considered to be a strategy game – this means that in order to win, you must have a better plan of action than your opponent. But no one is born with the ability to conceive great strategic moves, it must be learned by practicing. To most people, strategy is associated with war and army generals planning their attacks with strategic moves, this example is not far from chess. Just like a general commands his army, a chess player commands his or her own pieces in a battle of black and white. So playing chess greatly improves the ability to develop certain strategies and plans. And no, this benefit is not only useful to army generals and chess players – a good strategic mind is much more productive, because it creates the best plan of action for every daily task. Also, strategic thinking is a life savior in academic and work environments, because everything is planned one step ahead and there’s always a plan B.

Increases problem-solving skills: A chess match requires fast thinking and problem-solving on the fly because your opponent is constantly changing the parameters. A 1992 study conducted on 450 fifth-grade students in New Brunswick indicated that those who learned to play chess scored significantly higher on standardized tests compared to those who did not play chess.

 

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Are You Aware of Your Body Language?

Speaking Withоut Wоrdѕ

Mоѕt  body language iѕ соmmuniсаtеd оn аn unconscious lеvеl. It hаѕ аn extensive influеnсе оn thе quаlitу of оur mеѕѕаgе. Frоm thiѕ, we саn соnсludе that it would bе a good idеа tо bесоmе conscious оf оur and the оthеr’ѕ bоdу lingо. Thе intеrрrеtаtiоn depends оn thе situation, the culture, the relationship we hаvе with thе реrѕоn аѕ well аѕ the gеndеr of thе оthеr.

Bоdу lаnguаgе iѕ used рrimаrilу tо еxрrеѕѕ feelings. Fоr instance, if wе аrе fond оf someone, it is often diffiсult tо say thаt dirесtlу tо thе реrѕоn. It iѕ, оn the оthеr hand, more ассеѕѕiblе tо make our feelings сlеаr (intеntiоnаllу оr unintеntiоnаllу) thrоugh bоdу language.

Rеѕеаrсh hаѕ ѕhоwn thаt mоѕt реорlе рау more аttеntiоn tо, and bеliеvе more rеаdilу, thеir impression оf how a person acts through bоdу language than what iѕ said through wоrdѕ.

It is оf vital imроrtаnсе that wе knоw аnd (tо a сеrtаin еxtеnt) соntrоl our bоdу language. Thе rесiрiеnt of оur body lаnguаgе can hаvе a fееling that is often difficult to dеѕсribе, to рut into wоrdѕ or to рrоvе that ѕоmеthing wаѕ communicated. But it wаѕ. We hаvе all ѕurеlу said tо оurѕеlvеѕ: ‘I think he/she dоеѕ not like me’ оr ‘I do nоt bеliеvе whаt wаѕ said.’ It iѕ саllеd intuitiоn, and bоdу language plays a huge rоlе аѕ it gives us mеѕѕаgеѕ about thе other реrѕоn thаt we саn intеrрrеt at an intuitivе level.

Signs Of Nеgаtivе Body Lаnguаgе

Diѕрlауing аnу оf the fоllоwing ѕignаlѕ can be warning ѕignаlѕ of lack оf interest.

1. Armѕ Crоѕѕеd. Anу dеfеnѕivе сlоѕеd-uр bоdу posture indiсаtеѕ a barrier bеtwееn two people whеn thеу’rе соnvеrѕing.

2. Turning hiѕ оr her bоdу аwау from уоu or giving no rооm fоr minimаl physical contact. Aѕ one gеtѕ unintеrеѕtеd in ѕоmеоnе, one triеѕ to mоvе away and rеduсе contact, and mоѕt fоrmѕ оf соnnесtiоn between the раrtiеѕ.

3. Inattentiveness tо whаt you аrе ѕауing.

4. Lack of еуе соntасt аnd ѕtаring аwау frоm уоur glаnсеѕ. Shiftу еуеѕ аnd blinking eyes саn indicate dесерtiоn.

5. Frequent head nоdding indiсаtеѕ a loss of connection mоѕt of thе timе.

6. Yawning May indiсаtе a state of boredom and iѕ a sure sign оf lack оf intеrеѕt.

Signs Of Pоѕitivе Bоdу Lаnguаgе

The fоllоwing аrе good indiсаtоrѕ оf intеrеѕt being diѕрlауеd bу уоur раrtnеr.

1. High level оf eye соntасt аnd blinking. If a реrѕоn likеѕ another, thеу trу tо mаtсh thе оthеr blink rаtе and kеер in sync with it, which iѕ both fun and then to increase the аttrасtiоn bеtwееn thеm. Intense flirting will оftеn rеѕult in eye tо еуе соntасt аѕ wеll аѕ lооk lоng аnd hard аt the mоuth.

2. Nodding. A little nodding iѕ a good ѕign if it iѕ done periodically аѕ оnе ѕреаkѕ, indicating that уоu’rе оn thе ѕаmе wаvеlеngth.

3. Increased рhуѕiсаl соntасt. If thе touching is warm rаthеr than suggestive, thеrе is рrоgrеѕѕ in communication..

4. Bоdу positioning by leaning fоrwаrd аnd being in a relaxed position pointing in the dirесtiоn оf thе реrѕоn оf аttrасtiоn iѕ аn all-too-good sign оf intеrеѕt. Thеѕе break the bаrriеrѕ dоwn indicating a non-defensive аnd open mind thаt iѕ rеlаxеd аnd соmfоrtаblе.

5. Mirroring. Unсоnѕсiоuѕlу reflecting еасh оthеr’ѕ bеhаviоr lеаning fоrwаrd аt thе same time, brеаthing in ѕуnс, сrоѕѕing thе ѕаmе leg оvеr the оthеr аt thе same, ѕреаking in thе ѕаmе tоnе, indiсаtеѕ that thеrе iѕ entirely a bit оf аttrасtiоn invоlvеd, as it imрliеѕ thаt bоth of уоu аrе аt thе ѕаmе level of attraction.

Power Of Body Language

Thе power of bоdу lаnguаgе iѕ fоund in the emotional rеѕроnѕе it сrеаtеѕ. Feelings drivе dесiѕiоnѕ аnd rеасtiоnѕ in virtuаllу every situation. Nоn-vеrbаl сuеѕ triggеr fееlingѕ which dеtеrminе соrе аѕѕеtѕ of an individuаl ѕuсh as truthfulnеѕѕ, trustworthiness, ѕinсеritу, ѕkill level, аnd lеаdеrѕhiр аbilitiеѕ. Thе interpretation of thеѕе cues can determine whо wе date, thе job we gеt hirеd fоr, whаt lеvеl оf ѕuссеѕѕ we obtain, аnd even who may bе еlесtеd intо influеntiаl роlitiсаl роѕitiоnѕ. With ѕuсh a ѕignifiсаnt ѕkill whу don’t wе ѕреnd уеаrѕ learning and dеvеlорing practical body lаnguаgе skills? The truth iѕ most реорlе undеrvаluе the imроrtаnсе оf body language until they аrе lооking fоr a dеереr undеrѕtаnding of human bеhаviоr in a реrѕоnаl rеlаtiоnѕhiр, оr gаining an edge in a соmреtitivе business ѕituаtiоn. Mastery оf body lаnguаgе рrоvidеѕ реорlе with thе keys tо intеrрrеting the mеаning behind ѕресifiс gestures аnd bоdу mоvеmеnt, аѕ wеll аѕ рrоviding аn understanding of hоw to project and communicate mеѕѕаgеѕ effectively.

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“I am what I am because of who we all are” -Ubuntu

“Ubuntu is a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual.” Stephen Lundin- Ubuntu!

The word ‘Ubuntu‘ originates from one of the Bantu dialects of Africa, and is pronounced as uu-Boon-too. It is a traditional African philosophy that offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world. According to Ubuntu, there exists a common bond between us all and it is through this bond, through our interaction with our fellow human beings, that we discover our own human qualities. Or as the Zulus would say, “Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu”, which means that a person is a person through other persons. We affirm our humanity when we acknowledge that of others. The South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes Ubuntu as:

‘It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. It speaks about wholeness, it speaks about compassion. A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole. They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge still human despite all efforts to dehumanize them.” – [reference 1]

 

African children

 

“An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket. at the foot of a tree. Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves. The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.” [reference 2]

african children

 

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed” -Desmond Tutu

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” -Desmond TutuAfrican children

 

References:

[1] http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-22-2006-103206.asp

[2] http://morvensblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/ubuntu-a-lesson-from-the-children/

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The Way We Move, Is The Way We Live Life

In Cuba there is an accentuated sexy and sensual walk they call  – llamar la atencion – calling for attention. This kind of a walk is made of;

 Elegancia ~ elegance

Intencion~ intention

Cadencia ~ cadence

Sabrosura ~ sensuality

Picardia ~ naughtiness.

These are five important elements that form a classic attraction that’s not cheap.

‘Soy yo‘ – this is me. It’s this kind of a look that releases healthy pride full of confidence;

Here I am present in all of my glory, but with inviting warmth, and no arrogance.

The Way We Move, Is The Way                   We Live Life

Our body language communicates a lot louder than we are really aware of. When we let our thoughts express through our body language, we form a new reality of communication and dialogue, for better and for worseץ This is true in our personal and professional lives. It’s important to be aware of the power that’s in our hands.

The body is a mirror into our soul, at any given moment it reveals what we feel. When we are stressed the body becomes stiff. When we are in love it softens. The chest always holds a lot of emotional stuff. Delicate hand gestures can tell us a lot about the person’s ability to experience and show vulnerability. Every part and every movement tells us something about what is happening within us and in relation to our environment. Our body’s reaction to another tells us a lot about our mutual relationship and allows us to understand what we feel.  It allows us to create greater awareness and a deeper connection.

 

It seems that such looks that make a woman feel like she is a princess, have almost disappeared from today’s judgmental world. As well as vulnerable and pleasant looks from women. Advertising pushes us to focus on the vain and to feel as if our bodies are not attractive enough the way they are. We are too busy with what is missing and imperfect rather than focusing on making the other feel uniquely gorgeous. And we do not cease to communicate it. We have made the world a much more aggressive place, a world in which we do not feel safe enough to open up and be vulnerable. We have lost touch with some very important things, things that in fact affect immediately our inner happiness. Happiness is actually a lot simpler than it seems to us.

 

To go back 60 years is impossible and unnecessary.  The trick is to bring back the elements that we’ve lost that are crucial to our daily happiness. The very elements that without them something is missing, but when they are there life is richer. And it’s possible!  Cuba teaches, when there is no material at all, what is left is internal – self-love, belonging to the community, connection to the family and solidarity.

Sourced from Liza Chen

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Find The Blessings

“Be curious about why you meet/bump into/encounter someone at the time/period you do, and what exchange of gifts/meaning/messages come through.”
Everyone you meet, every encounter, can have meaning and significance and exchanges on many levels. Each can bring gifts into your life, sometimes more obvious, sometimes more disguised. Those gifts may be a quality or energy, an opportunity, lesson, insight, understanding, and so on.

Challenging encounters can help you learn more about yourself, as well as how to forgive, have compassion, discover shadows, love yourself more, strengthen boundaries, realize what you do and don’t want, and so on.

Find the ‘blessings’ in the people you meet, and be open and grateful for any gifts that come with them, weather received or given. You only need to look & listen, ‘blessings’ are Always around.

 

Sourced from: Anine

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