6 Steps to Change Perspective

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche.

What can You see in the image?

Look carefully…

Yes! Well Done!!

 This image is called the “Rubin’s cup” and it shows a big truth about the so called reality. In the image You can see either 2 faces or a cup, but You cannot see both at the same time.

…..What does it mean?….

It means that, our experiences, acquire different meanings depending from the perspective we are looking it from. Life is all about perspective. We can choose to see the 2 faces, or the cup; (a more common one) we can choose to see the glass half empty or half full.

…..So You are telling me that I can choose which meaning to give to each of my experiences?…

BINGOOOO!!!! This is it! Think about a rainy day. If You were planning a picnic with friends in a beautiful park, how do You feel about the rain? And how do You feel instead, about the rain, if You planned to spend a day relaxing at home, reading a book or watching a film? And how do You feel about the rain if You were a farmer and has been a very drought week?

….WOW!!! So… It is HOW I FEEL about something that gives the meaning to it!!!

BOOOM!!!! Yes again!! And this is a process You do it unconsciously to any given situation in Your Life. But the good news is that, having the awareness of how these stuffs work, You can consciously choose the meaning You are giving to Your reality, changing the emotional state You are in.

It sounds great!!…. But How can I do It?

The process is very simple and fun, and once You get used to it it will become automatic! I’ll guide You trough the 6 steps to change perspective!

Your Turn!!

  1. Step 1: EXPERIENCE: Think about a moment, a situation, or a challenge that You are currently facing. See it, hear it, feel it. How is it strong in a scale from 1 to 10?
  2. Step 2: AWARENESS: Then ask Yourself: What meaning AM I giving to this situation? How Is the meaning I’m giving to this situation serving me? What am I focusing on?
  3. Step 3: PERSPECTIVE: If I could change the meaning of this situation, which one could I choose? Which other meaning, that will serve me better, CAN I give to this situation? What else? What else? (be creative and see how many different meaning You can give to that situation)
  4.  Step 4: CHOICE: Now choose the meaning that serve You better and start creating the new story of the event based on it.
  5. Step 5: LESSON: Everything in Life happens for a reason. And the reason is that in any given event there is a lesson to learn for our physical, mental or spiritual development. Until we learn the lesson, other similar events will keep on recurring in our life, in order to help us fulfilling our purpose. This is the nature of KARMA. The last question is the reflection on the lesson presented in the event. Instead of asking “Why this always happen to me?” use smarter questions like: What was in it for me? What is the lesson I got to learn here? Knowing what I know now, what can I do next time? and now, be still, listen to your inner voice and pick the first world, image or sensation that comes up to You. Don’t judge it, because this Your lesson, given from Your Greatest Master.
  6. Step 6: ASSESSMENT: Now assess Yourself about the situation asking: In a scale from 1 to 10, how strong is my feeling towards that situation?  And measure Your progress from the first answer.

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Simone Vincenzi                              ~Your Power to Shine~ 

10 Health Benefits of Water Fasting

“Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”Philippus Paracelsus, M.D. (1493-1541; Swiss physician and alchemist. . .considered one of the three Fathers of Western Medicine)

Fasting is an ancient remedy for Physical and Spiritual Healing. The benefits of water fasting have been underlined through history from the VIP’s of physical and spiritual development like Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, Moses, Jesus, Mohamed, Gandhi etch… All of them used water fasting to support their body in healing illnesses and for their spiritual growth.

mmm… Interesting… What really happens in the body while water fasting?

Our body, usually, uses as primary source of energy a sugar called glucose, most of it coming from the food we eat. The glucose in excess is then stored  in the liver and transformed in a reserve of glycogen. When we fast, the same healing process that happens during our sleep take place. The glycogen is used to recover damaged tissues and, when finished, the body shifts over to ketosis, using fats as main source of energy.  Usually the ketosis process starts after the first 3 days and, after 7 days the body, in order to preserve his protein, the body starts turning  nonessential cellular masses such as fibroid tumors and degenerative tissues, bacteria, viruses, or any other compounds in the body into energy.

…Wow!!!  Our Body is a really smart buddy!!!

…So… I’m dying to know what are the main benefits of water fasting!

OK….OK… calm down…. The benefits of water fasting are countless! Today, with our technologies, we are actually able to measure what are the physical benefits of water fasting. I choose to list the 10 benefits, physical, emotional and spiritual that are more relevant to me and, if You’d like to know more, at the end of the page, You’ll find useful links from the online community.

1. Detoxification

“Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin.” During water fasting all the toxins in our body are expelled, creating inside the body an ideal environment for growth. This is responsible for a healthier skin, teeth and gums.

2. Stronger Immune System

During the water fasting, the energy is diverted away from the digestive system to the centres that deal with our metabolism and our immune system. Restoring their natural function.

3. Feeling of rejuvenation and extended life expectancy

All the damaged tissues and major illnesses are repaired, living the body in the optimal state for growth.

4. Healthier Cardiovascular System

The blood pressure is stabilised and the cholesterol level is decreased.

5. Improved skeletal and muscular systems

Fasting induces significant anti-inflammatory actions on the skeletal and muscular system. Healing from almost all pains, aches, arthritis in muscles and joints.

6. Weight Loss

mmmmm………… I’m wondering why!!! Also it has been proven to be one of the best remedy for obesity. The substances that turn on the genes of obesity are stored in body’s fat. Eliminating excess fats, helps the body get rid of these particles.

7. Increased Will Power and Self Control

For most people not eating for 10h is a big challenge. Fasting improve self control and will power, putting the faster in a place of control over the body reactions and the mind.

8. More Energy

The most expensive activity of the body, in terms of energy expenditure is the digestive process. During the water fasting the same energy is directed towards other activities leaving the body with more energy.

9. Increased Body Sensitivity

During the water fasting all the sensations of the body are increased, creating a deeper sense of awareness of the wonderful creation that is our body.

10. Increased Spiritual Connection

As the faster gets rid of the physical toxins also the spiritual toxins and the emotional wounds flush out. Emotional wounds are stored in the energetic system of the body. Cleansing it trough fasting creates a new space for emotional healing and for positive emotions to come in. It also quiets the mind, creating the emotional and mental environment for a deep spiritual connection.

I want to Thank all the people that shared these valuable informations in their blogs, websites and articles. If You want to know more visit:  http://www.gaianstudies.org/articles4.htm       http://drbenkim.com/fasting.html                     http://www.allaboutfasting.com/benefits-of-fasting.html

The reason why I decided to post the blog about water fasting is because I started a “21 days water fasting challenge” yesterday foundraising for http://www.gracechildrensvillage.org/ A community project based in Uganda. Please support me with Your kind donation http://www.justgiving.com/Simone-Vincenzi.

Your Turn!!

I’d love to hear from You what do You know and think about Fasting.

  • Have You ever thought about doing it?
  • If Yes, what brought you to the topic?
  • What is Your big WHY?
  • What obstacles could You find on the way?

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How to Understand People’s Challenges and Help them Grow

Hello Dear Followers!!

I wish I’m finding You well Happy and Joyful!!!

5 days of breaking personal barriers, overcoming limits, challenges laughs and lot of fun with amazing and motivating Young People. This has been, in few words, the beginning of the NCS, a Youth Leadership Programme that will end with the creation of a social action that will positively impact the areas Wandsworth, Leicester, Southampton and West Berkshire. The first part of the programme was hosted at the PGL centre in the magical setting of Osmington Bay, Dorset, and now it’s time to rest and reflect about the learnings that were in this experience for me.

In these 5 days I’ve learned a lot about Young People, their reality, passions, interests and how to relate with them effectively. I have been observing other, more experienced, trainers and the most effective tools they use to engage with them. I’ve pushed myself beyond the mental barriers and fears of “I cannot do It”, having to be an example for them in all the activities.

But the biggest learning for me, out of this experience, was the reminder that everybody has his own story, reality, fears and beliefs. What, for me, could seem easily done, without effort, for others can be a massive challenge.

So how can we fully understand people’s challenges, without being judgemental, and encouraging them to grow at the same time?

I found the following 6 steps process to be very useful for me in a couple of situations.

  1. Get the person out of the challenging environment to disengage with the triggers of discomfort and start walking.
  2. While walking change the topic of the discussion and get the person associate with positive feelings. Get the person to see the big picture and his past achievements.
  3. After the creation of this new internal environment ask the person: “How was the task challenging for you?”, “When and Where was it challenging for you?” “What was challenging for you?”
  4. To follow, ask: ” What was the biggest challenge you overcame so far?” and find commonalities, attitudes and strengths that can be useful in the future to overcome the same challenge.
  5. Now ask :“Knowing what you know now, what can you do next time to move a step further, if the same challenge is presented?”
  6. To finish praise his openness to share something so personal with You and leave the person on a high.

I leave You with the following Chinese motto.

A  family were sitting down to eat waiting for their son to come in from the fields. The son eventually arrived an hour late. His father asked why he’d taken so long, he replied, “I was helping the wheat grow”. The next morning the father went out to the field and all the wheat had died. He asked his son, “What did you do”, “I pulled all the stalks up a little to help them grow quicker”, he replied solemnly. 

I’m Looking forward to see You tomorrow!!

Love and Light!!

Your Power to Shine

 

 

Leadership: a way of Life

“Leadership is diving for a lose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved, it’s being able to take it, as well as to dish it out. That’s the only way you are going to get respect from the players.” Larry Bird

Good morning to You! I wish I’m finding You well and Happy while writing.

Today is a meaningful day for me, a day of excitement, power, reflection and feelings. Today is a day I’ve been waiting for long time. Tomorrow, with the uberrocking Team Wandsworth, is going to start the Autumn NCS (National Citizen Service), where more than 300 Young Adults will experience a Challenging Leadership program, that will finish with the creation of a social action that will positively impact the life of the community they are living in.

As I stated at the beginning today is a day of feelings… A cocktail of Excitement, Expectation, Expectancy are running through my body, blended in the shaker of Uncertainty and Curiosity. A lot of thoughts are running between my years right now. And the one I picked up to develop in this post is the main reason Why the NCS will be so life changing for the life of these Young Adults.

Leadership…

What is really leadership? It is not just one of the most frequents words used in today’s society. It is not just a skill. It is not just concept.

So…. What is Leadership?

I believe that Larry Bird, one of the best NBA player of all history, flag of the Boston Celtics in the 80’s, is a living example of what, how, who and why a great Leader is.

A Leader, is the person who is the first to jump in and the last to surrender. A Leader is the one who dives for the loose ball, putting aside the fears and should, taking the jump into the risk.

A Leader is the person that with his charisma and actions excites the crowd, and get all the people around involved and willing to support him. A Leader has the ability to excite.

A Leader is the person who takes the risk and responsibility when necessary, but also empowers others to do the same, stepping aside and motivating from the back.

A Leader is the person that through his words and actions is able to get the respect from the others.

A Leader is not just a Leader for one day. Leadership is an attitude. Leadership is a habit.

Leadership is being coherent and true each moment and in each situation.

Leadership is Change.

This is the reason why I’m so excited about NCS. The seeds of leadership will be planted in the adults of tomorrow, the adults that will lead us in the future!!! Come on!! Let’s make it!!

I wish You an empowering day and we see each other in a week!!

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Much Love to You

Because You have the Power to Shine

 

 

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