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How To Change Your Life For The Better In One Month

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I want to start off by saying that I am in no way an expert on this thing we call life. I have had my fair share of ups and downs (trust me) and on this roller coaster ride they are inevitable. I have been at some pretty low points and have resorted to some pretty extreme measures in order to “help” myself or “save” myself.

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What I learned, after various attempts to “fix” myself, was that I had the power all along, and all I had to do to turn my life around was to be able to see that. Self-help books didn’t help, counselling didn’t help, and other “healing” techniques didn’t seem to help (for me anyways) because as I said, the only thing that was stopping me from having a good, purposeful life was myself and I needed to learn that I held the power within me. I held the power to step into who I am and trust that I had what it takes inside of me to let go of past issues and be who I am meant to be.

And wow, what an incredible realization that was. I still have issues like everyone else, but these are the tools that have helped me on this journey toward living a more purposeful, connected, and meaningful life. I hope the following tools can help you as much as they’ve helped me.

Week 1: Journal & Set Your Intentions

1. During this first week of your new life, try and get up half an hour earlier each day. Journal between 1-3 pages every morning, specifically doing stream of consciousness journaling and just write whatever is in your head, even “this is stupid, I’m tired, I don’t want to do this.” Whatever comes to mind, just write it down.

I have found this to be extremely beneficial first thing in the morning, as having all your thoughts out of your head and onto paper clears up your mind for the rest of the day so you don’t have to waste time thinking about the same things over again. At first it may seem pointless and even monotonous, but eventually you will begin to gain insight about what is working and what isn’t working in your life.

2. Use some of this journaling time at the beginning of the week to set out your intentions for what you would like to change, or consider some new activities you would like to start doing. Become clear on what it is that you want out of life and record those ideas in your journal. You may be amazed with what the simple act of putting things on paper can do to bring ideas to fruition.

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3. Try to stay away from electronic devices in the early morning hours. Don’t wake up and check your phone first thing. If you use it as an alarm, just turn it off and get started on your morning routine.

Week 2: Clean Up Your Space, Mind & Your Diet

1. Get organized. Sort out your things, clean out your closet, and do a massive spring-cleaning, aiming to de-clutter your space. Having a clean and peaceful environment will help you feel calmer and less anxious. Write down a list of things you need to get done (calling your mother, a project, banking) whatever it is and do at least one of these tasks each day.

This also helps clear up some space in your head. If something pops up that you can do right away, just do it. I need to take the garbage out, I should water the plants, I have to respond to that email.. etc. If you think it, try to do it right away. This will get you in the habit of just getting things done.

2. Try cutting out processed foods altogether. This may mean a bit more effort on your part, but for your health’s sake it’s worth it. Depending on what your diet already looks like, you may want to consider adding in a green smoothie and a salad daily and trying out some new, healthy recipes.

For the more adventurous eater, you may want to try a simple cleanse, which can really help get the ball rolling on a new, healthier lifestyle. Try and limit eating out, and if you do, choose healthier options. Start drinking warm lemon water every morning when you wake up, before anything else.

3. Instead of watching T.V. in the evening, take a nice walk or read a book. Try to keep screen time to a minimum; this will help you break your habit or addiction to it and you’ll feel much better.

Week 3: Cut Ties To Friendships & Things That No Longer Serve You

1. By now, you are probably feeling clearer on who you are and what you want. I’m quite certain that we all have friends that we know don’t have our best interest at heart, or who seem to drag us down. Quit making plans with those people. If they are people you are dating or seeing, and you don’t see any real potential, do yourselves both a favour and quit pursuing them out of loneliness and a need for companionship.

You are wasting time that could be better spent bettering yourself. Sometimes, (and this is important) you really do need to put yourself first. You can only give so much before you start giving away your own worth. If people don’t recognize that, move on.

2. Do you have any unhealthy addictions? Chances are, you do and it’s time to own up to it. If at some point in the back of your head you have thought I really watch too much television, I really shouldn’t be drinking so much or so often, I know smoking is bad for me, I need to quit, or I should really cut back on caffeine then it’s likely that you do have an unhealthy addiction and admitting it is the first step towards being able to change it.

Take the necessary steps to break the addiction. If you need to take a one month alcohol cleanse, then do it. If you need to take a break from weed, do it. Try cutting back on sugar and anything else that you know is harmful to your body.

3. Replace addictions with something else. Take up a healthy activity like running, yoga, swimming etc. Go for a hike! Get out in nature, explore. Try replacing alcohol with kombucha or coffee with green juice or tea. Just do something differently for a while and see how you feel, mentally and physically.

Week 4: Cut the Shit & Live The Life You’ve Always Imagined

1. What are your long-term goals? What are the ideas or plans you have always had in the back of your mind and thought, one day? What can you do right now to get yourself closer to those goals? Start making a plan. You want to go travelling? Set up a savings plan and set a date.

This will motivate you to make it happen. If you have enough funds, book the plane ticket: this will make it easier to save knowing that it is actually going to happen. You want to move or experience a new state/province? Start looking for a place and cutting any ties that keep you feeling stuck. Quit buying things and accumulating more debt; paying off your debt will give you the ultimate sense of freedom.

2. Are you in a relationship that you feel is holding you back or you know in your heart that you don’t want to be in it anymore? Make a move. Either end it, or make sure it’s known that certain things need to change. Wasting your life in a relationship you don’t want to be in is very damaging to your soul and self-worth. Staying in something out of fear of change is no excuse.

Do what you know is best for you (I really can’t stress this enough!). Alternatively, is there someone you’ve been seeing and have wanted to take it to the next level, but aren’t sure how? Express your feelings and say what you want. Either they feel the same or they don’t, but you might as well find out!

3. Take risks and take chances. Step into the fear of the unknown and out of your comfort zone. After all, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Be bold. Say “hi” to a stranger at a bookstore, get a new haircut, try out skydiving, face your fears! Finally learn piano, guitar, German! Do one thing a day that scares you; it’s invigorating to feel so alive!

You are amazing, you are awesome and most importantly, you are worth it. You, more than anyone else, deserve your love, care and attention. Don’t forget that. You’ve got this!

Much Love

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On Taking Life Too Seriously

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Much of the time in life, we allow ourselves to take situations VERY seriously. This will sometimes turn pain into suffering, or prolong the challenges we face for growth. It also stops us from truly finding peace in life.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you feel a constant sense of anxiety in your life? Underlying everything? Where do you notice you take life or situations too seriously? What do you do to begin connecting back to self, and taking life less seriously?

Do you go through life with constant angst? A feeling deep down that there is always a little bit of stress or a little bit of worry? I’ve been through this. And in some ways, I thought it would never go away. But I focused on self awareness and living in the heart enough to kiss those days goodbye.

We can sure take life too seriously at times can’t we? I mean it’s fair. We have stresses in life that we get caught up in, we go, go, go, go, and often forget to take a moment to breathe. In Western culture, it’s all about obsessing over goals and getting there and telling ourselves sotries about what life will be like when we do finally get there… but what often happens to us when we live this way? We step into unconsciousness. We stop taking time to FEEL.

I want to help us remember to be STILL with this.

Various experiences and events have taken place in my life that have challenged some of my deepest ideals, belief systems and concepts that I felt were a part of me. This has gone on and occurred in my entire 11 year journey of truly changing myself. Whether it had to do with the work I do, friends, the world, relationships or big decisions in life, many things were challenged. It has truly been an incredible ride.

We sometimes might think “when will all the change and ‘chaos’ end?” A good question indeed, but isn’t this what we are here for at this time? To truly look at ourselves, look at all that we hold onto and all that we define our reality with. Literally everything! If you are feeling like you are the only one out there going through this stuff and feel like everything is backwards -that things are constantly being challenged, know that what you are experiencing is perfect, and we must remember to have fun with it!

Not Just A Human Experience

We are not here at this time to simply have ‘a human experience,’ we are here to evolve the human experience. It’s different! Stop looking at the past to tell us what to do, how we should move forward, and what ‘the greats’ did in our past to figure things out. We are not in that time, and the zeitgeist of our time now is not to simply exist but to be present as we deeply evolve the way of life on this planet.

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We hear a lot “but we’re human, just embrace that!” That’s all fine, but what does that mean? What is a human? How should we be? Does being human mean accepting the world as it is? Are we capable of more? Can we redefine what it means to be human and what life should look like? Why do we give up so easily on dreaming big about these things?

I used to accept MANY limitations about myself and what I could do. But eventually, I was faced with the chance to let all that go, and reimagine what was possible. Even when everyone told me I was crazy and I couldn’t do what I was trying to do, I used my connection to self and consciousness to create it. Because I believed I was capable of more, and so is everyone else. This is how Collective Evolution, the site your on, came to be.

Embracing Change

After experiencing the many deep questions and challenges I have thus far, overcoming them and moving forward, I have one very special thing that I have reminded myself about over and over and truly understand to a deep level. We are here to play and evolve! None of what we are experiencing is as serious as we think!!

The mind and ego can make things very real, very dramatic, very frightening. I know! But the highest aspect of who we are is always clear, always neutral, and always sharing with us exactly what we need to hear because IT IS US! We are not the mind or the stories it creates that makes things so serious. They are there because that is our challenge. To go beyond the mind and the stories it creates -so we can experience this sensorial world and remember who we truly are (click to listen to my podcast on this topic.)

So let’s remember, whether it’s life choices, relationships, friends, work, family, sports, or everyday events, know that it’s just an experience! We can spend our whole lives always caught up in the drama and the intensity, saying “oh my gosh things are so tough, the world is so crazy, my life is upside down, and I’m so busy!” but where does this lead us? This is a question we must ask ourselves.

If we remain caught up in these perceptions, repetitive patterns of mind, we will continue to miss out on the entire journey we are on because we are lost and caught up in the mind. We perpetuate our so called “suffering” when we make things serious and make them a big deal. When we can see it for what it is, we allow the emotions to subside, allow back in our full potential and know how to take action forward. This is called finding true peace.

I’m not talking about simply accepting things and saying “well get over it” or “that’s how it is, so deal with it.” No. I’m talking about truly seeing things for what they are. Seeing why we color something in a particular way. Seeing the belief system behind why something is good or bad or right or wrong or even why it’s serious!

I promise you, behind every strong emotion, every serious situation, there is a belief system that makes it that way. One that is held in the mind and made real by the mind. But the mind is not YOU! See the story! Let it go and just play! You will find much peace and joy in flowing through your experience in this way.

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Have You Realized The Profundity Of Our True Nature?

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  • The Facts:

    In life, we typically move about, seeing all material for what we define it as. This makes things convenient in a way, but there is a profoundness to not only seeing beyond these definitions, but also tapping back into full potential.

  • Reflect On:

    Have you ever tried practicing the awareness that you are not your mind nor your body? Why do we identify so strongly with just our physical body, and is it time to begin to remember we are much more than that?

Who we really are has been staring us in the face the whole time.

Take a look at your body, but look at it from a completely impersonal perspective; free of any thought about it at all. Without labels like arms and legs; without any sense of ownership, just as it is. Look in the mirror at your face, your eyes, but look without the thinking mind. This body that you get to use and throw around the joint, is a product of the universe. Conditions were apparently perfect here on Earth for Humans to exist. A magnificent sculpture, carved from stardust, gases, cells, minerals, heat – one of the most complex arrangements of cells and energy you have ever laid your eyes upon.

There is no boundary to the human body; there is no “in here” and “out there.” The body is a constant flow of energy, never a stationary or permanent thing we could pin down. There is a constant flow of air coming in and out, molecules by our skin, bacteria breaking down food in our stomach, there is no boundary between the body and the environment. It’s like a river, never the same body of water in any two moments.

Then, how about all the stuff the body perceives. All the sounds, tastes, smells, visual images and so on. The human body makes the whole world we’re privy to. The brain selects a very narrow band of frequencies and constructs reality according to the bandwidth of what our senses relay for us. The visual spectrum is only a very narrow band, while other sentient beings select out different bands for their viewing pleasure. So reality as we know it, never exists objectively, only subjectively through the being that is observing it. Without an observer what does it exist as? Just a soup of frequencies I suppose.

I find this phenomenal! There are little reality bubbles existing wherever a sentient being is alive. Energy has coalesced into the form of a human being, a giraffe, an ant, a butterfly, a chameleon, an amoeba, and through these configurations, the universe is observing itself. It is having experiences with itself.

1619136_420984308034739_245289130_nSo essentially, the whole world that you exist in – the reality bubble that you spend your entire life in – is entirely made by the human body. Your human body. Everything, all of it. Look at the image your eyes are creating. Look at how immaculate, perfect and impeccably high the resolution is! Check out how infinite the colour palette is. Take another look in the mirror at the wonder of your eyes. Those things stuck in that head, those things that we call eyes are absolutely wondrous biological organs, composed of trillions of living cells; living in harmony, being fed by the fuel you place in your mouth. Those things are taking frequencies of energy, sending it at light speed to your brain, where trillions more cells convert it into a picture. WOW!

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And while I’m on that subject: have you ever wondered how electrical signals in the brain – how realistically an infinite amount of neurons in our brain – can create the conscious experience of sound out of electrical impulses? How does something biological turn electricity into the conscious experience of smell? Into the emotion of love, of anger?

So look around you. Look what you’re part of. You’re on a planet zooming through space at hundreds of kilometres per second, circling around in a gigantic galaxy. You’re amongst animals, forests, bodies of water, lightning, rain, drought, plants and soil. You’re amongst life! You’re seeing it unfold right before your eyes, seeing life in all its animation. I don’t see why it should seem like there’s anything else to do, other than admire what we’re amongst, and create.

Just as the bus motors down the street, so too does the galaxy arms revolve around its core. A child eats breakfast, while an asteroid erupts as it passes through an atmosphere. We are as much an expression of this universe as the plants and galaxies. This universe has arranged itself in such complex ways, in such exquisite patterns, so that it may know itself through our eyes. We have become an aperture for energy to know what it inherently is.

When we look deeper into our own nature, we find that things are even more extraordinary than what exists in the physical realm of bodies, animals, plants and stars.

There is this notion of separation in our society, where we exist separately from the outside world of other stuff. We are separate from the table, our house, other people and the whole cosmos. We feel this too, because we feel that we are the human body, or the thinker somewhere in the head. But this notion is learnt, cultivated, but not all cultures prescribe to this way of being at all.

The whole world is consciousness; it all exists within, not out there somewhere. This is the worldview slowly being ushered in by quantum mechanics and eastern traditions. They’ve arrived now at the same point, but there is obvious resistance because the old system composed of survival-of-the-fittest, authority, institutions and competition rely on our illusory separateness for vitality.

Consciousness is the way in which biological functions of firing neurons in the brain are turned into a conscious experience. Consciousness is something transcendent of the physical world, and is therefore never affected by the  realm of form. It is so perfect and complete already, not needing fulfillment or healing in any way.

The thing is, most of us don’t feel this way though. We still feel separate, small, incomplete and not an integrated part of the whole. We still feel like we are locked up inside a head looking out at separate stuff. But there are ways in which consciousness can shift and identify with something much deeper. The first step is usually quieting the mind through meditation. Our thoughts have run rampant, and we’ve taken this incessant internal monologue to be who we are. But if you do one session of meditation, you’ll see that the mind comes in all by itself, starts up fantasies, conversations, judgments and memories all by itself, while you are trying to focus on your breath. While you’re trying to be silent, the mind has other ideas. Meditation shows us we aren’t the thinker at all; it shows us that we are the witnessing presence OF thought.

A thought is as much a sensation as the taste of ice cream is; we’ve just placed too much emphasis and belief in thought. So rather than identifying consciousness with something superimposed upon it (the mind, the “small self”, the ego) we can shine the light back in on itself via techniques like meditation, and identify as pure consciousness itself. We become not only the witnesser of all sensation, but we merge with it, just as we did with the mind. The feeling of self shifts from the mind with all its thoughts and ideas about the world, to sensation. And sensation is essentially the universe! You become the whole universe.

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When Is The Last Time You Were GENUINELY Yourself? If You’re Still Thinking About It, Read This.

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Some of us go our entire lives without truly being ourselves. There may be many reasons for it, but we often find ourselves living via others' expectations or approval.

  • Reflect On:

    When was the last time you noticed yourself hold back or be different than YOU because you were worried about what someone may think or do? Worried about challenging someone? Perhaps just appeasing people's egos?

Being 100% authentic to who you are, and at peace with it. Living from the Heart. Feeling comfortable within yourself. At all times. With everyone. No matter what “people dynamics” you are exposed to.

Now that’s a tough one for an ego who needs the approval, love and acceptance of others. Inner-peace sure is conditional when we are afraid to have our mind and its beliefs challenged in one way or another. But instead of basing our actions and state of being according to the fears, worries and desires of our ego, what we should ask our heart instead is:

Is it really worth it to compromise our natural state for the sake of appeasing the ego of others? Is it worth it to step away from our natural state and rather buy into our own egoic beliefs and fears?

The truth is, when others are truly comfortable and at peace with themselves, they won’t need you to change who you are. And when you are truly comfortable and at peace within yourself, you don’t need others to change who they are. Only the ego does.

When you have reached a state of utmost clarity and inner-peace, the only thing that can really make sense… is to BE who you truly are!

So the bottom line is, when you are authentic and at peace within yourself, YES, there will always be egos challenged by you, yet there will always be souls INSPIRED by you. In both cases, it is as perfect as it can get 😉

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This is a simple reminder, not long, just simple. You can read it today, pass it on. Deep wisdom doesn’t have to be super long. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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We interviewed Franco DeNicola about what is happening with the shift in consciousness. It turned out to be one of the deepest and most important information we pulled out within an interview.

We explored why things are moving a little more slowly with the shift at times, what is stopping certain solutions from coming forward and the important role we all play.

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