Raise Your Self-Esteem To Raise The World!

By Lyca Shan | May 15, 2009

 

Author~Speaker~Lyca Shan

Founder of Firewalker Enterprises:
"Just Imagine If You Could Overcome Any Obstacle In Your Life…" Firewalker  Enterprises was born with the publication of the autobiographical book "Firewalker" and has expanded to touch on a variety of other creative efforts including this blog around the topics of Self Empowerment and High Self-Esteem, all sharing one very powerful message:

"Your Past Does Not Dictate Your Future!"

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Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

By Lyca Shan | December 18, 2009

Success through a positive mental attitude is not just the name of a famous book by Napoleon Hill, it is an important part of working with the laws of the universe.  You get back what you put out may sound like a cliché, yet time and again it has proven true.

Napoleon Hill was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time.

Hill stated many times in his writings that the success formula required a complete and total understanding of the spirit of giving. He named this concept "The Golden Rule". Many times he was quoted as saying "There is no such thing as something for
nothing".

The inner world of our minds, is a catalyst and creator of our external world. Success through a positive mental attitude is well expressed by some of his quotes:

·    "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."— Napoleon Hill

·    "What you think, so you will become." — Napoleon Hill

Download a free copy of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.

If you are wondering about the truth in all of this, stop for a minute and take a look at every man-made object in your vicinity, from coffee cups to skyscrapers.  What is the common denominator?  Every single one of those things was once only a thought in someone’s mind.  Yet now here it stands in the physical realm.

 


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Mind-body Yoga

By Lyca Shan | December 12, 2009

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Mind-body yoga Yoga is an ancient art focusing on developing harmony between mind-body and spirit. Yoga is a Hindu discipline that promotes this harmony through a system of postures and rituals. There are many different types of yoga, most fit into the definition of mind-body yoga. I found this article discusses the mind-body yoga connection:

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ARTICLE: Yoga: A Legacy That Enriches Your Well Being By Rick Maguire Well regarded as the oldest practice of self-development, Yoga received a legacy status in India about 500 years ago. Yoga beautifies your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well- being. Moreover, Yoga motivates you to focus on your potentials as well as self-awareness. Yoga has several methods to start with and to carry on a healthy life. These methods include physical postures, breathing control as well as meditation. Though Yoga helps you to cleanse & refresh your mind but most people engage in Yoga to shape up and to get better with their health and well-being. There are only a few who really get into pure mediation and self-reflection without doing or performing the Yogic asanas.

Yoga is misconceived as a series of steps to be followed but actually it is an ever-evolving process that refines your self more as it itself gets evolved. Over time, Yoga enriches your soul & enhances the self-awareness as you practice it. Yoga improves your body & strengthens control on your body and mind. Yoga enhances your capability to direct your mind and to interact with the object of your concentration. However, Yoga requires a real dedication in order to achieve these goals and enjoy its corresponding benefits.

Starting its journey from India, Yoga has become a widespread practice nowadays and has influenced & benefited millions around the world. You will find yoga classes and groups in almost every city and region. The most common form of Yoga involves proper coordination between breathing and body. This right coordination of physical exercise and harmonized breathing improves the blood circulation, provides a positive relief to the body and increases one’s vitality, potency and flexibility. Yoga has several forms; few of them are fast aerobic workouts while few include effective & powerful precise styles for the fitness conscious people. Few forms of Yoga are gentle and focus more on remedial causes. Yoga can be practiced by anybody.

It is open to all people of different ages, beliefs and lifestyles. It can be learned by simply reading good books & references. Although it will be more advantageous if you go for a personal tutor or attend a prestige Yoga class. Undoubtedly, Yoga will be a plus for your health and well being but you must decide on to a form that fits your physique and your lifestyle. You must be aware of your own qualities so that your learning is guided properly because each form of Yoga has its own unique form of meditation.

While practicing Yoga, it is advised to use good mats that act as a cushion on hard floor and choose your clothing that lets you move freely to optimize your flexibility skills. Rick Maguire is an weight loss expert and has an extensive range of articles on weight loss, exercises, obesity, the weight loss pill Phentermine and other health issues to his credit. For a glimpse into his article gallery, visit the website: http://www.phentermine-effects.com

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As you can see mind-body yoga as a whole go together. This holistic approach to your overall wellbeing integrates the physical and mental, creating the mind-body yoga connection.


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Perception And Reality

By Lyca Shan | December 9, 2009

Perception vs. Reality: Are they one and the same?

"If you believed there is purpose, meaning and significance
behind everything, how much more would you see?"

Many times in my life I have caught the hint of a hidden reality, that vision that eludes us when we concentrate too hard on the obvious, a fleeting image in our peripheral vision that challenges us to look past our pre-conditioned perceptions. Have you every had a sense of wonder overcome you through what appeared to be a common experience when observed from the outside? It can be something small, a hint that there is much more beneath the surface. Perhaps on an early morning walk such as I experienced… “From a road that circled the lake I watched the sunrise light up the edge of the desert. Birds stretched, flitting from tree to tree. Everything suddenly came to life. Early risers walking their dogs, nodded in passing. Prickly pear cactuses abounded, red flowers and fruit crowning the edges of their fleshy leaves. A jumble of small storefronts lined the avenue. By the look of it they had been here before this town was a town, sitting silent witness to the turmoil of the growing population. I paused by a stucco building under renovation — perhaps new owners preparing to open a little restaurant. The front door lay invitingly open and all was quiet. I couldn’t help but peek inside for a moment. Strains of dirty light filtering through the paint stained window flooded the place. Throw cloths covered most of the furniture; white looming objects bucking their shrouds. Is this emptiness an illusion? I wondered, while sensing a history, a presence in the shadows. I placed my palm on the bare bricks, tracing the cracks in the mortar, closed my eyes and felt a part of the building. Is it normal to see so much in something that appears empty? I heard a rustle, saw a fleeting shadow from the corner of my eye, but never straight on. I could sense these realities in the half-light, but they vanished when I turned to look at them directly.” Perception hinges on our own interpretation of events. I believe we are all equipped with an inner barometer; and that 6th sense that tells us that our present reality is only the tip of the iceberg, a huge adventure awaits…


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Personal Power Storytelling

By Lyca Shan | December 7, 2009

What is personal power storytelling?

As I mentioned before, one of my favorite mentors, John Di Lemme, says "I believe in the power of storytelling." Have you ever gotten caught up in a good movie or book? You can’t pull yourself away from it, you stay glued to the pages or screen just to see what happens next? That is good personal power storytelling.

So imagine now that you have something important to relate? Some of the best memory improvement techniques are developed around the fact that our minds are wired to pay attention to context, to a story unfolding, as opposed to stray facts and figures. So learning important lessons can often be comprehended best in the form of a story.

Stories also give the speaker creditability, who are they? Where do they come from? Why should you listen to this person about this topic? I find that I am most interested in those movies and books that are real stories, written about inspiring people that actually do or did exist. Something in the authenticity of that gives a person hope and aspiration to attain their own triumphs. So when I give a demonstration or speech around the concepts I am creating on "mental self defense strategies" I like to start with my own personal power storytelling.

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Meditation Techniques

By Lyca Shan | December 6, 2009

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"Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life. Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits. And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it. You could even try it in your own living room! Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same. The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of debris and prepares it for a higher quality of activity. The negative thoughts you have – those of noisy neighbors, bossy officemates, that parking ticket you got, and unwanted spam– are said to contribute to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and shutting them out is allows for the ‘cleansing’ of the mind so that it may focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts. Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input – no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch – and try to detach themselves from the commotion around them. You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is your goal. It may seem deafening at first, since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you. If you find the meditating positions you see on television threatening – those with impossibly arched backs, and painful-looking contortions – you need not worry. The principle here is to be in a comfortable position conducive to concentration. This may be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking. If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep. Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense. The place you perform meditation should have a soothing atmosphere. It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in. You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and if the contortionist in you is screaming for release). You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses. Silence helps most people relax and meditate, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn’t such a bad idea either. The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value. You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness. The principle here is focus. You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight. One sample routine would be to – while in a meditative state – silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. It works wonders. In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort (or non-effort – remember we’re relaxing). Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to the body. And there has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of such. So in the near future, who knows, that mystical, esoteric thing we call meditation might become a science itself!"


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Innovation

By Lyca Shan | December 1, 2009

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"The Power of innovation is a talent that everyone has. If you’ve ever marvelled at somebody’s creative prowess, guess what, you can create and innovate too. It just takes time. Everyone is born creative. The box of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential. You know how long it took to learn to ride a bike or drive or to never commit the same mistake again? It’s the same with innovation. It takes a bit of practice and a lot of time before this mind function comes easily when called. This article will teach you a few tips on how to bring innovation into your life. Don’t listen to what other people say.

Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the input of other people will only bring cacophony to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won’t. And the help you will probably get comes in the form of negative feedback. If all those geniuses listened to their peers, we would probably still be living in the middle ages. Spend time on it. I cannot stress that enough, although, please do not mistake this tip to tell you to quit your day job entirely. Do not. This involves some tricky time management but with a little discipline you’ll be able to squeeze both in. Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins.

Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up. Record your dreams. Aren’t some of them just the craziest things that your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you’ve had these dreams before, and I’m sure have, this only shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within. So jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you. Find your own style. You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Matisse. You’ll know Hemingway wrote something by the choice of words on the paper. So it is the same with you. People will appreciate your innovation more because it is uniquely yours and that no one else would have thought of what you were thinking. That will let people see how valuable an asset you are. Don’t hide behind nifty gadgets or tools.

You don’t need the most expensive set of paints to produce a masterpiece. The same way with writing. You don’t need some expensive fountain pen and really smooth paper for a bestseller. In fact, J.K. Rowling wrote the first book of the Harry Potter Series on bits of tissue. So what if you’ve got an expensive SLR camera if you’re a crappy photographer? Who cares if you’ve got a blinging laptop if you can’t write at all? The artist actually reduces the number of tools he has as he gets better at his craft: he knows what works and what doesn’t. Nothing will work without passion. What wakes you up in the mornings? What keeps the flame burning?

What is the one thing that you’ll die if you don’t do? Sometimes people with talent are overtaken by the people who want it more. Think the hare and the tortoise. Ellen Degeneres once said that if you’re not doing something that you want to do, then you don’t really want to do it. And that’s true. Sometimes you just want something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion. Passion will keep you going. Don’t worry about inspiration. You can’t force it; inspiration hits when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable moments you should prepare. An idea could strike you on the subway, yet alas, you poor unfortunate soul; you have no sheet of paper to scribble down a thought that could change the world.

Avoid these disasters. Have a pen and paper within your arm’s reach at all times. I hope this article has helped you bring more innovation into your life. Keep in mind that you’re doing these things for your own satisfaction and not anybody else’s. But soon enough they will notice, and everything should snowball from there."


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Journaling

By Lyca Shan | November 21, 2009

Journaling Can Open The Doors To Your Own Internal Dialogue To Success…

Take this first step towards fire walking through your fears!

Imagine yourself standing in front of a long path of red hot burning coals, you can actually feel the heat on your face as you stand there, willing yourself to step forward on your bare feet.  How would you feel if one day you actually defied the laws of physics through sheer force of belief?  Then think…if this is possible, what else am I capable of? How many doors of possibility does that open?  This was the experience I had. But even for those that have not done a fire walk, "Firewalking through your fears” is a wonderful metaphor for “fire walking” through the often chaotic history of our lives, which can be a painful but freeing journey in itself.

For centuries the human race has used writing to communicate vision to each other, and equally important (or perhaps more so) to bring to light our internal vision.  Many studies have been done showing the psychological and physical benefits of discovery and release through the process of journaling. Having experienced first hand the healing effects of this, I believe there is true healing in expression through language.  In this case writing in the form of journaling.

How many times have you gone over and over a hurtful memory, an angry recollection of a past situation, re-living it in your mind, and actually rewriting it “I should have said this! Or that! Why I oughta!…”  Now imagine if you could consciously choose how to re-write the emotions that hold you captive.

The process of transforming the memories of your past into words of the present in a certain way, can be used to forge a new experience of life and freedom from the prison of pain that certain memories of past experiences cause. Journaling is used as a mechanism to connect with your subconscious, the force that guides your every day life with the same invisible ease as breathing.

 


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Exploring Success Through Positive Mental Attitude

By Lyca Shan | November 18, 2009

What does Success Through Positive Mental Attitude really mean?  Success through positive mental attitude is one of the governing factors in the "get what you give" dynamics of life. You attract who you are at any given time. I know that I have the most amazing ability to wreak havoc in my own life with my moods (in a negative way) never asking "how did I achieve that wonderful depression?"  And wouldn’t you know it, somehow I am able to recreate it with the snap of my fingers.

So why is it any more difficult to achieve success through positive mental attitude?  Conditioning, that is why. It is amazing how many of us constantly go through life creating speaking and thinking negative affirmations all day long to ourselves, “I always do that, I’m so stupid, etc.” causing our ill emotional and mental states and counteracting success through positive mental attitude with an on-going dialog of negative self talk. Read the rest of this entry »


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Meditation as a Stress Relief Technique

By Lyca Shan | November 18, 2009

Using meditation as a stress relief technique is one of the age old practices that enhances both mental and physical well-being. There are many variations in technique and age old training traditions for meditation practice. The benefits of meditation have been examined by experts in the scientific field as well as yogis, teachers and medical professionals. 

I found a wonderful source of meditation audios that I have been using from a site called: Meditainment.com
You can try out a free meditation for fun on their site.

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Here is an article written by Deborah Shipley, that gives a wonderful overview and basic understanding of what meditation can do for you and how it is used as a stress relief technique:

Meditation 101
by Deborah Shipley:

(yoga teacher, publisher of a free monthly
e-zine on self-esteem, and an e-book author.)
"Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart." -Bhagavad Gita
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