An individual who cannot communicate with something will become the victim of that something.

“That which a person withdraws from in this universe becomes, to a marked degree, his master. That which one fears becomes one’s master.

“If an individual were willing to communicate with anything and everything in the entire universe, he would then be free in the entire universe.”





“It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”
An Unknown Author

Your action for today is to write a thank you card or note to someone.

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Positive thought of March: let’s not be afraid. Let’s take action!

It often happens that we do not dare take action because we fear failure. This legitimate fear sometimes hides another one: the fear of being ridiculed and the fear of not being up to it. But this fear is honorable.

Let me reassure you: this is something we all have in common!

Fearing ridicule

Fearing ridicule is a proof of cleverness and great sensitivity. These two qualities honor the person who has them.

But let me ask you not to fear ridicule when you act in a positive and generous manner for your own good or that of others.

When you act this way, you are never ridiculous. First of all: ridiculous in whose eyes? In such cases, you are not ridiculous in absolute terms but you often feel ridiculous in the eyes of one person or several people!

When this happens, you need to ask yourself: “I feel ridiculous but why and compared to whom?”

Personal story

This reminds me of an anecdote. One day, I met someone who kept acting and succeeding in life. This person was successful in everything he undertook: business and emotional life. He was in good health and everything he touched turned into gold!

On that day, I asked him where this inner force of his, this courage to undertake things and this stream of success were coming from.

He looked at me, smiled and said in a both firm and soft voice:

“I am successful because, when I was a child, I did not dare take action out of shyness and because I feared ridicule. One day, as I was having classes, everything fell into place.

One morning, I took my courage in my hands and I asked a question the teacher a question related to something I did not understand! My question caused about half a dozen of pupils to start laughing.

First, I felt humiliated. I blushed and I would have hidden beneath the ground if I could.

Daring to act is forging ahead in life

Then, I do not know what came over me. All of a sudden, I became full of confidence, which had never happened before, and I asked those who laughed at me whether they knew the solution to my question.

They all looked at me and said they did not know it. That is when I had a revelation: it turned out that I had felt ridiculous in the eyes of people who were not worth it! Clever people would have written the answer down and would never have made fun of me. Quite the contrary, they would have thanked me!”

So, when you fear ridicule, ask yourself: “compared to what?” This will give you the strength to undertake things and you will experience success.

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The Proven Benefits of Optimism

Being optimistic does not consist in seeing things in a blind and blissful manner but instead from their most favorable angle. It is all the more in your interest to be optimistic since you will derive many advantages for your body and soul.

See your glass half full

Launching a project or seeing a situation from its most favorable angle does not mean that you are unaware of all the positive and negative directions this project or situation can lead you to. It simply means that you have resolutely chosen to see a given situation from its most positive angle.

By merely seeing things in a positive light, you increase your motivation, your dynamism and your chances of success.

As time goes by, you progressively become more enthusiastic. What is great is that your self-confidence grows as your chances of success increase! The reason is that you tackle any situation with more boldness. As a result, your odds of succeeding keep increasing.

Whereas tackling any situation with fear of failure, tying yourself up in knots in the face of the unknown, results in decreasing a big part of your chances of success.

If you are realistically optimistic, as is recommended here, if you do not delay and take action with conviction and if you put a lot of yourself into your actions, you can only go from one success to the other!

A profusion of advantages

This attitude, which I call optimistic-realistic, has proven its efficiency and has a real influence on your body and mind.

This form of optimism strengthens your body and reinforces your willpower, which has a positive impact on your psyche since it rids you of a great many negative emotions such as guilt, lack of self-esteem, underestimation of your personal abilities, fear of failure…

Adopting this optimistic state of mind will cause failures to be reduced. You progressively get rid of them because success attracts success. Being bold and doing things with more conviction creates a spiral of success that feeds on itself and generates a positive dynamic.

This resurgence of self-confidence brought by an optimistic attitude – especially if it rewards you with success – enables you to get rid of stress and reduce the impact stressful situations have on your mind and body.

You will communicate more easily and you will find it more and more easy to convince people that they should help you or support you as you implement your projects or face difficulties.

Repercussions on your health

There is another benefit to being optimistic: it leads to a better state of mind. It is proven that optimistic people have a better state of mind than pessimistic people.

A more optimistic state of mind reinforces your immune system. It has been observed that pessimistic people have poorer health due to their low morale.

Here are the other advantages of being optimistic: great joie-de-vivre, better social life, greater stamina and increased life expectancy.

Optimism, a complete “sport” 

For all these reasons, it is recommended that you be optimistic in a realistic manner. Do not refuse to see the drawbacks of a specific situation. Instead, tackle it in a positive way.

In a way, optimism can be considered as a complete “sport” since it requires the total involvement of your body and mind, which influence each other – generating common and mutual benefits.

So, take the plunge without hesitating and follow the path leading to optimism to succeed in life!

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The hidden side of equinoxes and solstices

We’ve known for a long time now that the Earth is subjected to astrological and astronomical changes but many people are ignorant of the spiritual meaning of these astrological phenomena such as – for instance – equinoxes and solstices.

What are equinoxes?

Equinoxes occur when the Sun lies exactly at the level of the equatorial plane of the Earth. In other words, it is at this very moment that the Sun spreads its light over both hemispheres in an equal manner.

The term “equinox” comes from the Latin word aequinoctium, a mix of aequus (equal) and noctis (night), meaning day and night have the same length. There are two equinoxes a year:

•  The first takes place between March 19 and March 21

•  The second one takes place between September 22 and September 23.

The dates on which equinoxes and solstices happen are approximately the same in both hemispheres. By contrast, seasons are reversed between both hemispheres.

Astronomical truths about solstices

Solstices are celestial phenomena taking place when the Sun is located at its greatest distance from the equator – either south or north.

Solstices correspond to the shortest or longest days (except for the zone located between the tropics). When the summer solstice draws nearer, days are the longest of the year. Conversely, the closer the winter solstice gets, the shorter are the days.

There are two solstices corresponding to the other two seasons – summer and winter:

•  June 21

•  December 21

To sum up, equinoxes and solstices mark the beginning of the four seasons from an astronomical but also astrological and spiritual point of view.

Four truths about the four seasons

Many celebrations linked to several religions and spiritual ways of life take place on these very key dates, so much so that it would take too long to list them here.

The most important is to know the spiritual meaning of equinoxes and solstices and what you can do to improve your existence when a season ends and another begins.

Spring equinox
Northern Hemisphere: between March 19 and March 21
Southern Hemisphere: between September 22 and September 23

This is the moment when projects should be implemented, the time to think about your own goals. This is the era of a renewal, a time when your opportunities are renewed to succeed in what you failed over the preceding seasons. It is a good period to take stock and go in other directions for the rest of the year.

Summer solstice 
Northern Hemisphere: June 21
Southern Hemisphere: December 21 

This is the moment when you should give a new impetus to your projects and rectify what did not work over the course of the previous season. This is the ideal moment to speed up and intensify your efforts to bring your projects to a successful completion and get to know people who are capable of helping you progress.

Fall equinox
Northern Hemisphere: between September 22 and September 23
Southern Hemisphere: between March 19 and March 21

It is the moment to put the finishing touches to your projects and bring them to life. You benefit from the experience derived from the previous seasons so take advantage of it. You can also be provided with many pieces of advice that will broaden your knowledge.

Winter solstice
Northern Hemisphere:  December 21
Southern Hemisphere: June 21

You should already have achieved the majority of your goals or be on the verge of doing so. Put the finishing touches to the projects that are still under way. Also, make the most of the benefits brought by the completion of your goals. Start thinking about other projects, which you will launch… over the course of the next season. 

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