by Robin Sharma ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears’
Our inner and external worlds are very special places and success or being well off means nothing if we don’t have internal success and a sense of well-being.
Self mastery and the consistent care of ones mind, body and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of your dreams.
Until you empty your head of ideas, how can you get fresh ones in?
A 30 day (672 hours) programme of inner self development (personal, spiritual and business)
The Sivanan System is made up of 7 basic values and 7 fundamental principles.
You are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush green garden. This garden is filled with the most spectacular flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely tranquil and silent.
Savour the sensual delights of this garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy this natural oasis.
As you look around you see that in the centre of this magical garden stands a towering, red lighthouse, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the base of the lighthouse opens.
Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall, nine-hundred-pound Japanese sumo wrestler who casually wanders into the centre of the garden.
As the sumo wrestler starts to move around the gardens, he finds a shiny gold stopwatch which someone had left behind many years earlier. He slips it on, and falls to the ground with an enormous thud. The sumo wrestler is rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Energised, the wrestler jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left. He is startled by what he sees.
Through the bushes at the very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something seems to instruct the wrestler to take the path, and to his credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and eternal bliss.
The garden is a symbol for the mind (happiness is a journey not a destination)
The lighthouse is a symbol for your purpose (destiny)
The sumo wrestler is a symbol for kaizen (gratitude and centred on self-discovery, never ending improvement)
The pink wire cable is a symbol for life with discipline (live life fully, don’t put off living for today, willpower)
The stopwatch is a symbol for time (the most important time is right here, now so respect your most valuable commodity)
The roses are symbols for selflessly serving others (virtue and inspiring thoughts)
The diamonds are a symbol for embracing the present (wisdom).
If you look after your mind and cultivate it like a fertile rich garden, it will blossom, but if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace and deep inner harmony will elude you from all the toxic waste the pollutes our mind every day!
Apparently we think on average 60,000 thoughts a day and 95% of them we already thought yesterday and the day before that – most of them negative mental habits (the way we think is pure habit) so we’re essentially captives of the past, all of which block our potential emotionally, physically and emotionally.
The only thing we have 100% control over is our mind! The only difference between happy and unhappy people is how circumstances of life are interpreted and processed. Your ‘I can’ attitude is more important than your IQ. So you alone have the capacity to choose your responses to life. Searching for the positive in every situation is a habit.
Your outer world reflects your inner world, so if you can control your mind, you can control your destiny. There are no mistakes in life only lessons, there is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, and learn. To savour the good, one must know the bad. Stop judging events as positive or negative, good or bad, rather experience them, celebrate then and learn from them. You are more than the sum of your current circumstances, expect the best.
The secret of happiness is simple, find out what makes you happy. When you find what you truly love to do and direct all you energy towards it, abundance will flow providing it serves the lives other. If you want a happier peaceful life, think happier peaceful thoughts – persistence is the mother of personal change.
If you’ve always got one eye on your destination, there is only one left to guide your journey! Instead, focus 100% on the task in hand by being in the moment.
Luck is nothing more than marriage of preparation with opportunity.
Concentration is at the root of mental mastery. We mustn’t allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment is a miracle and a mystery.
Positive Daily Practices (mental fitness – your mind is like any muscle, use it or loose it) create a routine, same time, same place etc. to build and reinforce good habits
- When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
- Take time to think, min 10 mins daily first thing in the morning and last thing at night – silently contemplate where you are and where you’re going. Reflect on your purpose and how you are doing, go through the day and work out what you could do better next time.
- Mediate on the heart of the rose – stare at the rose, notice its colour, texture and design, savour its fragrance and think about the wonder of it, even the thorns represent life’s risks. Start to control your mind, not the other way around, power is silence and stillness, it connects us to the universal source of intelligence.
- Opposition thinking, the mind can only think one thought at a time so when an undesirable thought occupies the focal point of your mind, immediately replace it with an uplifting one., first be aware of any inspiring thought because self-knowledge is the stepping stone to self-mastery. Then think of a happy thought, smile and move to change your physiology. Only think pure thoughts, even one negative thought is toxic, treat your mind like a temple because everything is created twice, first in the mind as a thought then into reality, thoughts are things, material messages that we send out to influence our physical world!
- Consume a natural plant based live food diet; conserve your energy for important things not digesting non food stuffs.
- Use mantras and affirmations – any lack in your life comes from a lack of imagination.
- Think of a lake, visualise yourself as you want to be, all the virtues you wish for will come to the surface of the lake, become the person and mentally see yourself becoming (act as if) pictures affect our self-image and self-image affects the way we feel, act and achieve.
- Practice gratitude.
- Cultivate richer relationships, serve others, and give to those that ask, practice daily acts of kindness, the quality of your life depends on the quality of your contributions.
- Remember the ancient rule of 80/20 and simplify your life and needs to become fulfilled.
- Focus on priorities and maintain balance.
- Have the courage to say ‘no’ be ruthless with your time and say yes to the big things.
- Deathbed mentality, live today as if it were your last, how would you like to spend it? The only thing you take with you when you die is your conscience!
- Remember the power of laughter and hugging.
- Have quite me time to reflect – be silence, command your will to do as you want not the other way round.
- Seek to be superior to your former self not others.
- Become proactive and less reactive.
- Practice industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty and courage, act with integrity, and be guided by your heart.
- Never forget one of the finest motivators there is – music.
- Read biographies and books rich with wisdom to feed your mind morning and night, to get the best out of a book you must study it not just read it.
- Breathe properly and deeply – exercise doing yoga or walking.
- Commune with nature daily.
- Understand that fear is your own minds creation, be very aware of your own self talk, and make it positive.
- Ask properly, expect and you will receive, be specific and have a purpose.
- Fatigue is a creation of the mind, its quality not quantity of sleep that matters.
- You have the power to control your day, your dreams, thoughts, actions, deeds – make them good ones.