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1) Find your own path

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

Life isn’t about following others; you have to find what works for you.

That means discovering your passions, and what you consider to be your life purpose.

Without this, you may feel lost.

Though friends and family mean well, taking time to yourself is extremely important so that you can understand what in your life you need to change or shift to be in alignment with what you need.

2) Become undaunted

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

Your life purpose or passion may seem like a dead-end or nearly impossible, but it’s part of who you are.

Without that mindset, you can make it down the road of life and have a lot of regrets.

Success isn’t dependent on money or recognition; it’s dependent on the happiness and fulfillment that flows from what you’re doing!

Honor your truth.

3) Take small steps toward your goal

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

An insurmountable task or objective isn’t as overwhelming when take small steps everyday.

Write down small goals for each month of the year, and what you need to do make it happen.

Then go do it.

4) Work hard

“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.”

One thing is for sure: success does not come from sitting on the couch and doing nothing.

Once you set your mind to being successful, be prepared to work feverishly hard at what you want.

You will need to make sacrifices…but they’re worth it when you’re following your goals and dreams.

5) Think positively

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Watch your thoughts; think of them as actual things rather than imaginary constructs.

This helps you to understand how powerful they can really be.

Coming down on yourself only hinders you and holds you back.

Thoughts are powerful creations that shape our lives.

6) Embrace your failures

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Take a step back and really look at your successes and failures.

Wouldn’t you say that your failures informed you how to be successful?

That’s true of all endeavors.

Keep on working, and move on to the next step.

It’s all just part of the process.

7) Don’t compare yourself to others

“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

By comparing yourself to others, you put yourself in a negative state of being.

This makes you more nervous and less assure of yourself.

The happier and focused you are, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

8) Get the right friends

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”

Environment is stronger than will.

If you want to be successful in whatever you’re doing, embrace those that lift you up and encourage you in your goals.

Negativity weighs you down.

9) Live a balanced life

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

Being successful isn’t just about working all the time; you need to play and find your spiritual practice too!

Being a balanced is the key to not losing fatigue or wearing out, which in turn increases your chances of success.

10) It’s about the journey

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

Ultimately, the joy of success comes from what you’re doing.

Recognizing this can save you lots of heartache.

The best perspective to have on the path to success is to be present to what you’re doing and enjoy it.

This gives you freedom and a sense of fulfillment… and that’s true success.

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Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures nature has given us.  Their vibrant colors and graceful floating dance from flower to flower is truly breathtaking.  Seeing them is always lovely and special. Some people believe that butterflies carry messages from angels or are signs from deceased loved ones. Butterflies have such a magical presence and quality that it’s easy to see why so much symbolism surrounds them.

Have you been seeing a lot of butterflies lately, either in your waking life or in your dreams? If so, the butterfly may be appearing as a power animal for you and is trying to tell you something.

Change is coming

If you’re seeing butterflies, you may want to ask yourself what changes you need to make to live more in alignment with your true, authentic self.

Or, if you’re already experiencing huge changes and transformations in your life, the butterfly may simply be appearing to remind you it’s going to be okay. Change is a normal part of life. Trust in the process and rest well knowing that the gentle butterfly is helping to guide you through.


Can you think of anything more free than butterflies as they glide gracefully from flower to flower? They are the epitome of freedom.

Perhaps the butterflies you are seeing are trying to tell you to set yourself free. If you are feeling closed in or purposely closing yourself off from people or opportunities, perhaps it’s time to stop. It can be a scary process, but let the butterfly inspire you to keep moving forward along your path.

Live to the fullest

Butterflies generally have short life spans. Most live for only a week or two. Some species like the Monarch can live up to six months. Even so, that is not much time in the scheme of things.

Although we live much longer than the butterfly, life is short and time moves quickly. Sometimes we don’t realize it and all of a sudden, the years have slipped away. Butterflies teach us to enjoy the present moment and make the most of our existence here on earth.


Nobody would disagree that the butterfly is one of the most beautiful creatures in nature with its vibrant colors and true grace. But the butterfly starts its life as a homely caterpillar.

Only until it goes into its pupal state – goes deep into its inner self – does it emerge as the beautiful creature we see. We all have the ability to go deep within ourselves and develop our beautiful qualities while letting go of our more ugly nature.

The next time a butterfly crosses your path, take heed of this beautiful messenger. You are obviously meant to receive a message of great importance!

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Remember that this is a children TV program  Avatar “The Last Airbender” where one of the characters are trying to reach their spiritual potential. He is guided to open his 7 Chakra centers for his highest being as it is blocked by emotional muck. All the concepts are simplified accordingly, however it is amazingly accurate!

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There are moments in our lives where we feel utterly and entirely lost. There are no clear directions or paths for us to take, just one big ball of confusion without an instruction manual or a tutorial as to how to "live."

This is more than okay, for we all become lost in life every now and then. Sometimes it's better to surrender yourself to the universe and let the world show you your next adventure.

The next time you feel like you're completely lost, remembering these quotes could save you a lot of trouble and time the next time it happens to you!

1. "You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."

If you are constantly looking back on the past, then you can never truly live in the present. You must keep moving forward in your life no matter how lost you feel. Now's the time for you to go out there and discover new and amazing things you could be enjoying!

2. "Sometimes you need to talk to a three-year-old just so you can understand life again."

This means that sometimes adults too often let the serious things in life suck all the joy and fun away from their lives. Sometimes we need to have a quick chat with the younger side of ourselves to revisit what it means to live again.

Let yourself be a kid every now and then, not everything needs to be so critical all of the time.

3. "Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be."

This is pretty self-explanatory. However, there are times where the answer is not always clear, reminding us of who we are, what we love doing, and where we would rather be right now.

Sometimes the answer for a new direction or path is usually the obvious one right in front of us.

4. "If it doesn't open, it's not your door."

If your calling isn't exactly calling back to you, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps it was something that you really wanted to try but didn't work out.

That's alright, there are bound to be other doors that you can open, that are made to be opened specifically by you. Never stop finding new opportunities to test yourself!

5. "If you don't like where you are, move. You are not a tree."

If you are not satisfied with where you are living, then be that change you so desire. Find the place that is just right for you, and stop at nothing to achieve those dreams and goals.

If there is nothing holding you back and you have the means to go and fight for what you want most, do it. Follow your gut instincts!

6. "Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us."

One of the most important lessons in life that we must learn is how to accept the good times, along with the bad times, in our lives.

Sometimes, the bad things that happened to us, happened for a reason, giving us a new path to go on for newer and better things. It may be hard, but find that new direction to embark on, take it, and never stop moving forward.

7. "Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come."

Remember that not everything is permanent. Being temporary can actually be a very beautiful thing.

There is always another path that can lead you to something much better or something that you've never experienced before. Be open to the limitless possibilities of the world around you!

It's okay to feel lost, just remember that you have more than one path that lies ahead of you! The world will always give you the chance to try something new!

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Zen is a philosophy or school of thought based in Buddhist teachings that focuses almost entirely on meditation and intuition. This philosophy is all about mindfulness and self awareness in every moment. When you think about it, sarcasm is all about self awareness and intuition as well. You have to have a full mindful understanding of yourself and the subject in order to successfully execute sarcasm.

Your tone, body language and wording should be intuitive and deliberate, or else you might very well be misunderstood by those around you. Below are 8 great examples of that witty zen sarcasm that you’ll love!

1. Always Remember That You Are Unique, Just Like Everybody Else.

There is something to be said for the solidarity that comes through our differences. Even though we all have individual talents and traits to bring to the table, there are always infinite unifying similarities that we share that simply cannot be denied. We are all singular in many ways, but we are all the same as well.

2. Sometimes You’re The Bug And Other Times You’re the Windshield.

Life can be a wild ride and there’s no way to predict the future. One day you might be on top of the world,dominating the game in all aspects, and then the next day you’re down in the dirt, clawing your way out of a hole. Either way, the potential of tomorrow is endless and wonderful. There’s no telling what the dawn will bring.

3. If You Ever Feel You Are Worthless Remember That You Are Full Of Expensive Organs.

Perspective is one of the biggest principles in zen philosophy. There are always a hundred different ways to look at life and all of it’s challenges. You may be feeling silly or self conscious about the body you live in, but from a different point of view (the black markets salesman or the person on the donor list) that very same body is a treasure or a miracle.

4. If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything.

The truth may not always be the most comfortable path to take, but in reality it is the easiest and simplest. Deception takes a lot of work and effort and will always set you up for failure. You will never have to panic about whether or not you’re remembering the truth accurately for the right audience because it will immediately be there in the forefront of your mind, no work required.

5. Never Test The Depth Of Water With Both Feet.

We shouldn’t act out of total fear at all times, but we should also be wary of acting with total abandon. Be smart and cautious about making new decisions. If you wish to take the risk then do so, but don’t be foolish about it.

6. Don’t Walk Behind Me, For I May Not Lead. Do Not Walk Ahead Me, For I May Not Follow. Do Not Walk Beside Me Either. Just Pretty Much Leave Me The Hell Alone.

This is a clever way of saying let me be myself and do what I need to do, don’t project your feelings or needs onto me. In other words, it’s sort of a mind your own business phrase. It’s important not to place your focus on others or to depend on them to determine your position or direction in life and this is a fairly polite yet firm way of telling them so.

7. Everyone Seems Normal Until You Get To Know Them.

Fitting in with the crowd or seeming “normal” is part of the wiring of the human brain. Blending in once helped us survive in a harsher world, although it doesn’t benefit us in the same way now.

The point of this saying is that it’s easy to look like a plain average person from a distance (that could be physical or emotional) but the closer we get to people, the more clearly we can see all of their little eccentricities and unique quirks.

8. Never Miss A Good Chance To Shut Up.

We tend to think of silence or emptiness as having no value, but truthfully it is a precious thing. There is much to be learned in silence. We need not fill every blank space just because it feels a little uncomfortable. Sometimes taking a step back and shutting up offers you a new and more helpful perspective.

9. A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Broken Fan Belt And A Leaky Tire.

There are struggles in every endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you are at the end of the journey just because things have gone wrong. You have to expect difficulties to arise from time to time, it’s simply the way life goes. Don’t let the bumps along the way discourage you from completing the task at hand. You will get there if you just keep trying.

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Being an old soul refers to how you view and approach life.  The views of an old soul are like those of someone much older; someone who has lived a long and fruitful life.  Old souls approach life with a greater sense of knowledge and wisdom.  Old souls are often perplexed and unable to relate to the things people their own age consider fun or important.  And, sometimes they just feel out of place.

Old souls innately have a connection with the universe and nature and can reach inner depths that others can’t imagine.  It takes a very special kind of person to love an old soul.  It can be challenging, but man is it worth it!  Below are 5 things you should know before you fall in love with an old soul.

1. They spend a lot of times in their heads

I mean…a LOT of time.  Old souls create rich inner lives and often do a lot of thinking and soul-searching. When you find them lost in thought or daydreaming for long periods of time, don’t be afraid to gently pull them back into the real world.  The key word is “gently.”

2. They don’t care about material possessions or gaining wealth or status

To old souls, none of those things really matter.  They don’t really care about how much money someone has or what kind of car they drive.  Old souls prefer not to live the typical modern lifestyle with an emphasis on materialistic things.  Rather, they concentrate on the important things in life that money can’t buy.

3. They will at times want to be alone

Old souls need a lot of alone time to reflect and decompress from whatever’s going on in their lives. So, they need that special someone in their life to understand that, rather than feel rejected or upset when they want to be alone.

4. They have unconventional ideas about life

Old souls see the world and life on a much larger scale.  Because of that, their philosophical views can impact their relationships and the way they interpret the things that happen in their lives.  Be prepared to be amazed by the way they see things.

5. They have an easy-going, carefree nature

In fact, it’s so easy-going that sometimes it can seem like they don’t care or as though significantly hard moments aren’t as hard on them.  It’s not that they don’t care or that they don’t feel grief or sadness.

They just aren’t impacted on the same level as most people.  They see each struggle in life as a moment to learn and an opportunity to make them stronger.

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By Nadia Vella

Did it ever happen to you, when you were with a person and you felt a bad vibe, as if the person was stealing your energy?

“Everything is energy” is one of the main axioms of science, and human beings are no strangers to energy transformations.

An interesting study was conducted at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, which shows that plants can absorb energy from other plants. Olivia Bader-Lee, a physician and therapist, followed the results of this investigation.

The science that studies the behavior of energy in living things is called bioenergetics.

This research was conducted in algae, specifically in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. It was discovered that in addition to photosynthesis, it also have an alternative source of energy and that would be to absorb energy from other algae. The charge of this research is the German biologist Olaf Kruse, and its findings were reported on

According to Bader-Lee, our bodies are like sponges, absorbing energy that is around us. “This is exactly why there are people who feel uncomfortable when they are in a certain group with a mixture of energy and emotions”.

“The human body is very similar to a plant that sucks, absorbs the energy needed to feed your emotional state, and can energize the cells and increase the amount of cortisol and catabolize, feed the cells depending on the emotional need. ” continues Bader-Lee.

That is why many people can change their mood which leads to being nervous, stressed, angry, anxious, sad, but also happy, optimistic and laughing.

Bader-Lee says that over the centuries, man has lost that connection with nature, in which the exchange of energy could bring enormous benefits to humanity.

Ultimately, the spirit is energy, and what we call “supernatural” is nothing more than the manifestation of different energies in the world. This was known in ancient cultures from every continent, but science has decided to ignore it and only few scientists dare to address these issues, for fear of criticism and rejection by the scientific community.

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The United States aren’t exactly well-known for our math prowess. Unfortunately, along with science, it’s one of our weaker subjects. Something about our curriculums just doesn’t work effectively enough for most kids to retain beyond middle school. We are trailing pretty far behind many other first world countries around the world in mathematical comprehension and application.

In very recent years, since some light has been shed on this situation, we’ve been trying out different approaches and making an effort to turn the tide. We have improved a little in some areas, and now we’re ranked about #35 in the world for mathematics, which clearly still isn’t anything to be particularly thrilled about.

This math equation is not necessarily all that unique or complex. It went viral across the world after it was introduced and got big in Japan. It appears that in the 1980’s, things were different, we were doing a little better with our numbers then. While 90% of Americans in their 20’s could successfully answer the problem at that time, for some reason, only 60% of that same age group can do so now.

I’ve always struggled very much with math, my personal talents were more suited to social studies, history or english. Words, I can work with, but numbers not so much. Evidently I am not alone in this, but why is it that Americans have such difficulty with the subject? What do you think we can change in order to improve our student’s understanding of math?

Can you solve the equation? If so, why do you think it’s such a challenge for so many others?

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