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Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

We all have a tendency to think that change means that we need to change our outer environment, like our workplace or relationships, in order to be happier in life. However, life flows from inside out. Therefore we need to change our inner environment first. The outer is but the manifestation of the inner. Try to change to a more positive environment within and see what magic flows from that practice.

Changing positions or relationships might gain us nothing at all. There is no guarantee that our next workplace or relationship will be any better. The most important thing is to search deep within our hearts to discover the source of the negativity.

Why not work for better self-management? Why not develop a more positive outlook about everything in life?

Our first task is to discover why we are so frustrated. Are we being singled out and meted with harsh treatment? If the answer is yes, then we need to know why. There is a cause and effect chain in operation in the Universe. Inquiring deeply into it in our current circumstance and learning how to work creatively to rise above the negativity is the pathway to true freedom, strength, and wisdom.

This approach works miracles again and again. We forget that we continually trigger the negative within our own mind from our preconceived notions and expectations. We ourselves may be suffering from reactivity and myopia. We need to check the glasses through which we see before trying to change the world around us.

How do we better manage our own internal environment and ourselves? Try these tools and see the difference. In coming days you will get one tool each in 5 part series.

Begin with the following

Daily Morning Practice

First, pause for half an hour before rushing off to work. This is the essence of good time management. By taking this extra half hour to do 20 minutes of deep breathing and meditation and 10 minutes to organize and plan the workday, instead of rushing, we achieve a certain calmness. With that calmness comes clarity. We remember what our tasks are and what needs to be done. We will be able to perform mindfully, without as much stress.

Doubt will flee and the agitation at play in our mind will disappear. This planning and organization will make things much easier. And the easier they become, the calmer we become. The calmer we become, the more we will achieve.

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