Living in Harmony – Part 3

Harmony / September 22, 2015

In the final video in the series, Robert Najemy from the Center for Harmpnious Living explains more about the wider role of the Center, and how they are trying to make more people aware of the possibilities of achivieving a harmonious life.

We hope you enjoyed these short videos, and we look forward to featuring more amazing articles and videos in the coming weeks.

Help To Achieve Harmony

Harmony / September 20, 2015

There comes a time in life when everyone yearns for change. It could be to make more money or change our job. However, in many cases it can simply be to change our lives for the better. The right kind of steps matched with the right kind of development course can do wonders to help you achieve that harmonious life you yearn for.

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What Results Do You Want?

There are a number of personal development courses that will focus on different aspects, therefore it is important that you are honest with yourself when it comes to what part of your life you wish to improve. Going on a generic course may do wonders for other aspects of your life, but if it doesn’t do anything to help with the main factor holding you back, it can be a worthless investment.

Decide what results you’re after and give yourself realistic time scales. Having a clear goal makes it easier to reach.

What Is Personal Development?

Once a person has decided what results they expect to yield, a transformation process will take place. Once you start reaching your goals, you will see the benefits in other aspects of your life, such as your social life, as well as your financial affairs.

There is no magic trick involved, it’s simply a case of living a more meaningful life which will reflect in your social circles and place of work.

What Should I Look Out For In a Personal Development Course?

There is no right or wrong answer here, as long as you select a course that meets your requirements. While business-related development courses are all well and good, they will do little to help you achieve your personal goals. So it’s vital that a course centred on personal development is selected.

Look at the development courses available and see how they fit in with your own personal goals. Is this a course that will really help improve yourself? And you should also consider the kind of course that’s going to be most beneficial to you. Do you have the self-discipline to keep to an online course? If you do, a self-coaching program like that offered by selfcoachingtools.com might be perfect. Or do you feel that you would benefit best from a mentor or life coach, and need someone there to help motivate and guide you? Are you looking for personal development in a specific area? Perhaps your looking to enhamce your creativity, so some specialist creativity coaching would be useful?

Again, being honest with yourself in the first instance will help you gain better results from the path you choose to take.

Achieving harmony in our lives is effectively being happy with ourselves, and while we may be good people a series of traits can hold us back if we allow them to. Habits often build the foundations of someone’s character, which is why it can be so hard to change our lives for the better without the right kind of help.

Whether you’re looking to do a course, or speak to a mentor, ensure that the improvements you wish to make are possible with the course or mentor you have selected. It’s also important to ensure that you are able to keep up with the pace of the course.

 

 

Living in Harmony – Part 2

Harmony / September 18, 2015

Following on from the first video in the series, here is the next installment of Robert Najemy, from the Center for Harmpnious Living, looking at the idea of harmonious living and how we can work towards it.

We’ll post the next and final video in the series over the next few days.

Reboot Your Life

Harmony / September 16, 2015

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Rebooting a computer is a case of pressing a couple of buttons but rebooting your life is much more complex. Or is it? Can it be a case that you can make a series of changes to your life and find that at the end of it, you have completely rebooted your life without realising it?

Acceptance

Two of the most important things you can do to reboot your life is to accept you as you are and to find what you want from life and accept this as a good thing. Being at home in your own skin is crucial and also has the knock-on effect of having others accept you are you are. If people try to change you to suit their image of what you should be, don’t let them succeed.

Your interests, hobbies and passions are yours and shouldn’t be something to hide from. They may not be trendy, fashionable or what everyone else loves. But they are what is in your heart and you should accept this. So if you want to keep an unusual pet, take up a strange craft or visit a remote and un-touristlike location – that’s just you!

Make changes

Once you have accepted who you are and what you want to do, you can assess what activities will help make these changes. For some people, volunteering is a great way to reboot their lives and to give something back to others. It might be once a month at a local charity or something larger scale, such as travelling to Africa for three months to assist in a crucial infrastructure project. Whatever it is, it helps you gain perspective on your life and see the problems of others as well as helping them out in even a small way.

Another change is around those hobbies or interests. Set yourself a challenge around one of the things you love and do something you have always wanted to do. This could be something as ‘simple’ as sky diving or running a 5K, or something significantly more involved, like climbing Kilimanjaro, something which hundreds of people do every year. If this sounds like the kind of challenge you’re looking for, choose an organisation like the Kilimanjaro Climbing Company, who will support you every step of your Kilimanjaro climb. Whatever it is, set it as your goal and set a plan about how you are going to get there. Then stick to it or alter it as needed but don’t abandon it!

Take care

Some of us become so involved with life, we forget to take the time to look after ourselves. Or we do it because others think we should, not because it makes us feel good about ourselves. So consider taking care of yourself for yourself. Get a new haircut if you want to but don’t be influence by the hairdresser, the style magazines or TV shows – pick what you like! Treat yourself to a few new items of clothing and feel comfortable but smart in them.

As well as caring about yourself, try to care about others. We all know that there are those worse off than we are but try to imagine living in their shoes. Say hello to people who look like they need a smile or talk to someone that looks lost. Take a moment to be kind and both you and the person receiving it will feel better.

Living in Harmony

Harmony / September 14, 2015

The idea of ‘living in harmony’, or ‘harmonious living’ can often seem a bit vague to some people. So here, in the first of three videos in the series that we will feature over the next couple of weeks, is a video with Robert Najemy, from the Center for Harmonious Living, to help throw some light on the concept and guide you in your journey.

Check back over the next week or so for the other videos in this short series.

Healthier Diet = Happier Living

Harmony / September 9, 2015

Aiming for harmonious living is partly about looking at what we put into our bodies and aiming for foods that work in harmony with our bodies. Diets can often sound boring, lifeless and depressing but the truth is, there is plenty of food that tastes great, is easy to make and is good for us. Here are a few suggestions for delicious and healthy recipes you can try.

Grilled Branzino Fish with Lime & Herbs

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Branzino isn’t a well-known fish but is becoming a popular choice. It is fished in Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Egypt and Turkey as well as recently in Canada. Many of the American fish experts are rating its taste but also because it is both sustainable and inexpensive. It is also an easy fish to cook whole, as shown in this recipe. By simply rubbing the fish with olive oil then seasoning with salt and pepper, it is ready to go on the tray. Cover one side with basil, cilantro and lime and cook on a high heat until the skin is crispy and the flesh is opaque and flaky.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wraps have become a popular alternative to bread in recent years and are often found paired with Mexican flavours or sometimes just plain salads. Combining the wrap with Thai chicken brings a bit of spicy flavour and something a little different to the dinner table. Yet the recipe is also relatively simple – put olive oil in a pan and heat it, add ground chicken and brown it. Next, add flavours such as red curry paste, ginger, garlic, peppers and a coleslaw mix if you want then heat again. Lastly add some hoisin sauce and green onion then layer into the wraps and serve.

Grilled Artichokes

Many people have discovered the benefit of artichoke but find the actual cooking of them somewhat tricky. But with secret tips from top chefs, it is a remarkably simple task and comes down to steaming rather than boiling. Conventional wisdom says to boil the artichoke them grill them but by steam them until they are almost cooked, then grilling, a far better result is achieved. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper when grilling for extra flavour.

Quinoa Avocado Spinach Salad

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Mention salad and people often frown or shuffle off into another room. But by finding a salad recipe that packs a punch and has plenty of nutritional value, there is a real benefit to the no-meat menu option. This idea uses quinoa at the heart, cooked as per instructions on the packet. Make a dressing using garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Next up, roughly chop some spinach, half some cherry tomatoes and dice up the avocado. Add everything together, toss with the dressing and add green onions. Serve immediately or refrigerated overnight for extra flavour.

Zucchini Noodles and Grilled Shrimp

Creating zucchini noodles – often known as zoodles – means that you get a gluten-free base for a meal that is filled with goodness and lots of taste. By combining with shrimp, a simply but tasty dish can be achieved. The dressing uses basil, almonds, garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon zest. Next, heat the shrimp and season then add two spoonfuls of dressing. Make the zoodles and sauté for a minute or two then add the dressing. Finally, combine the two with cherry tomatoes and add the rest of the dressing if required.