Planting seeds, cultivating them and watching them bloom in the upcoming seasons…

This is an article posted by my dear friend and guest writer here, Argy Kontogiannis. I found it so inspiring and meaningful, so “Diamond Cutter” (which has been our business and life bible for her, my business partner and myself for the past year: The Diamond Cutter by Geshe Michael Roach), that I felt a real urge to share her words and thoughts with you.

Here it goes, en-JOY!!!

In Sanskrit, sankalpa means intention directed toward a specific outcome. Sankalpa praises the nobility of the effort rather than focusing on what you are doing wrong. An intention is a promise you make to yourself about what you intend to do, be, or say.  The longer you desire a specific intention, the more powerful of an imprint it creates throughout the years. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Visualization is the key, picture yourself surrounded by your intention, this becomes an even more powerful tool in turning your thoughts into reality, much like an alchemist.  A large portion of our outside self and what surrounds us, is shaped and formed in accordance to how we talk to ourselves in our secret place. An intention is a way to put positive thinking and desires into action. Intention is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on the present moment. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you and make a commitment to align your actions with your inner values.  You direct your life towards what you treasure the most and then your heart and mind will align in a similar direction, bringing you more peace.

There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe…. The soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness.

The new year is a time for starting fresh, a time for reflection and thinking about where life is calling for a change.  Set an intention this year praising the efforts rather then focusing on the failures.  When we become more mindful, focus on less and prioritize our time better, we get more out of it and don’t end up spreading ourselves and our energies too thin or burning out, getting sick, or causing further injuries. Create an intention and open yourself to the universe.

We stress, we rush, we exhaust ourselves all week. Part of our busy life indeed. But when do we get some down time? On the weekend? Pretty much not so much. Our downtime is used for catching up. Sound familiar?  Or most of the things we make ourselves sick worrying about, don’t even happen.  I like to put worry into it’s own perspective: “worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but you never get anywhere.”  All it does it takes away from your positive thoughts and experiences.

We fear that we will not be on top of things, we are anxious that time is running out.

Sure, there are deadlines. Things we have to do by a certain time. Slow is not about slowing down as much as it is about taking time. How is that for a “being caught between a rock and a hard place”?

If I say that slow is not as much about slowing down as in spending more time doing the same thing, it is about paying attention, being aware, and being in the moment. Often we rush ahead only to get there and then realize we missed something, have to go back or do it over.

Slow is also about quality. The choices we make based on the quality of time versus the speed. The quality of ingredients in our food versus the time it takes to get on our plate. Or the time we take to eat it. We only cheat ourselves if we choose poor quality fast food since we will be hungry soon again and instead have to spend time again to get more food, more money, and again time to eat it.  Again, quality vs. quantity, which indeed is applicable to many areas in our lives.

Apart from the fact that we work more optimally if we take a break every so often. Our brain needs it. Our body needs food  and water for fuel. Your soul needs some space and fresh air to breathe. This all creates and environment where you can be more efficient in what you do…and it might just end up costing you less time afterall.  And maybe even less time being sick and visits to the Dr.’s office, which ultimately can cause you less money, considering that you may have to sometimes pay more for quality food or quality service.

But there a certain things that I won’t compromise when it comes to your health.  Your health is indeed your wealth, and all of the money in the world won’t suffice when you are battling a fatal illness or living a poor quality life and being limited to what you can do because of your health.

Each day is a gift, that is why we call it the present.  Everyday lived is a miracle, indeed many things have to go right, just so every system in your body and all of your senses are functioning normally or up to par, therefore everyday is survival and shall be cherished, treasured, valued and celebrated.

You get out of it what imprints you put into it, and treat your body good and you will get more out of it for the long haul.  And you are only in this body, in this form, once this time around, make the most of it.  Life’s too short, have a little fun, don’t always take yourself so seriously.  Most people won’t remember what you did, or what you said, but they’ll remember you for how you made them feel…

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.  May you welcome your challenges and every relationship as opportunities for growth and serving a purpose that help to lead you into the direction you need to go. May love be your guide in every moment of your life and may you live every moment of your life.