Ways to Embrace Mistakes as Life’s Lessons


Mistakes – Ways to Embrace Mistakes as Life’s Lessons

“If you make a mistake, be gentle on yourself and encourage yourself to learn from it, let go and move on”.

Ways to Embrace Mistakes as Life’s Lessons

There are no mistakes in life; only lessons. What this means is that whenever something happens, there is a gem for you to learn from. If you can learn to accept mistakes, shortcomings, and unwanted events as opportunities for learning and personal growth, then you’ll feel less stressed and fearful, you’ll be more confident and self-assured, and your life experience will be more rewarding and fun.

If you do something incorrectly or wrong, or you do something that makes you feel bad, you may get angry with yourself. Most of us have a habit of beating ourselves up mentally over and over again.

The fact is that when you make a mistake, there is a lesson for you to learn. Mistakes are gifts. They offer you the opportunity to explore an area where perhaps you are deficient, need additional knowledge or training, or need to reevaluate your approach. Perhaps you were rushing. Whatever the reason, if you take the time to explore what happened, you can learn what you need to know to correct the situation and to put systems in place so that this same mistake does not recur.

Some people refuse to accept that they did anything wrong. It was someone else or it was the system. This is known as a victim mentality. They rationalize, deny, make excuses, justify, and blame. These people have not yet learned to accept responsibility for themselves and for their actions.
When you do something wrong or something doesn’t quite work out the way you want, there are ways of managing it so that you learn the lesson, move on from it, and grow stronger in the process. By adopting these three approaches to life, you can learn to handle yourself gracefully and deepen your relationships with yourself and with others.

1) Be open to making mistakes
Accept that you’re human and that each of us will do things we regret. Each of us will take a wrong turn, hurt someone’s feelings, or make bad choices. Be open to making mistakes and embrace them as an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons. They hurt sometimes – a lot of the time. But if you open to learning from your mistakes, you will be able to move on rather than wallowing in regret or disappointment. If you don’t learn the lesson, it will repeat itself again and again in different situations until you get it. Experience is a hard teacher.

2) Be aware
In other words, look for areas of improvement. Be on the lookout for “mistakes” or ways to strengthen your character. Be aware of what you are doing, why you are doing it, how you feel, and how you make others feel. This way of thinking is about being proactive and seeking betterment to avoid unnecessary blunders. If you are aware of how your behaviors impact others, then you can determine whether that is enhancing or hurting your relationships.
You are responsible for how you are received by others.

This is a matter of emotional intelligence. You must be aware of the impact your words and actions have on others. Sometimes, your words just don’t land right or you say something but it is not what you meant to say. People have difficulty expressing what they really mean. By being fully aware of how you impact others, you maintain an open state of learning which allows you to constantly practice being a better person – a better you.

3) Accept full responsibility for yourself and your life

Whatever happens, whenever you make a mistake or you are involved in a misunderstanding, take responsibility. There is always something to be learned or improved even if the other person was wrong too.

Accepting responsibility is liberating. Yes, it’s hard to admit you were wrong. But it demonstrates strength, courage, and a commitment to personal excellence. It’s respectful. By doing so, you demonstrate that you care about yourself and the other person.

When you accept full responsibility for yourself, you also accept responsibility for making things right. If something was done poorly, then you can fix it. If something was misunderstood, then focus on building greater understanding in your relationships. When you accept responsibility, you demonstrate the highest level of respect for yourself and others. And you learn to make better choices to avoid problems, mistakes, and misunderstandings in the future.

By being open to learning life’s lessons from every event, situation, and encounter; by maintaining an awareness of how you are received in relationships with others; and by accepting complete responsibility for yourself; you empower yourself to create richer, more meaningful relationships with others. You also will also develop more self-respect and learn to stop beating yourself up over your mistakes; instead taking responsibility, making things right where necessary, and committing yourself to developing greater integrity and a more mature character.

An Open Heart

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An Open Heart
The heart is like a flower – unless it is open it cannot release its fragrance into the world. The fragrance of the heart is made up of the qualities and virtues of our spirit. Most of us have learned how to keep our heart closed in a world that would trample all over us if we let it. Being open hearted today seems to require tremendous courage. It is a courage which comes only when we realize that no one can hurt us, no matter what they say or do. They may hurt our body, but if we have realized we are a spirit, nothing outside can touch us if we so decide. Little by little, practice opening your heart to those you think have hurt you. Realize it wasn’t them that hurt you, it was yourself. And it taught you not to trust and you closed your heart. A closed heart is in need of opening. And when you do, you will have begun to heal yourself.


Honesty & Clarity

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Honesty and Clarity
Honesty does not mean simply speaking your mind. Honesty means to be very clear about everything going on inside you. Where there is honesty, feelings become pure and clean. Honesty is where there are no other thoughts or feelings inside, other than those that God himself would have. Such clarity is reflected in your words; they will be filled with the power of truth, and spoken with ease and without hesitation. The genuine honesty cultivated within you is what will reach out and touch others.


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What is a Chakra?





Chakras Explained For Those New To Spirituality


If you’ve found this article, you’ve probably got some questions about Chakras. Perhaps you’ve just heard the word used and are looking for a definition, or maybe you’re looking for a little more in depth information. I’m not going to try to be the be-all end-all guru on Chakras, but we will look at some of the basics, with a little more in depth information thrown in that I feel is useful if you’re interested in studying further or learning how to develop a higher consciousness of yourself, your spiritual life, and the impact you have on the world, as well as the world’s impact on you.


The word Chakra originates in the Sanskrit word cakra, which means wheel, or circle and didn’t gain popularity in English, or even the western world until very recently. Historic mentions of the word Chakra or its plural Chakras didn’t emerge until late in the last century around 1967. It was during that time that westerners began to be exposed to more eastern religions, and began to become aware of spirituality that included the self, rather than being focused on worship of a single deity.


There are seven basic Chakras that are recognized nearly universally, and quite a few more that are not necessarily controversial, but aren’t as widely discussed. For the purposes of this article we’ll look at the seven Chakras that are more widely recognized.


Each of the seven Chakras can be thought of as a spinning energy wheel inside our bodies. They process subtle energy that we may not even be aware of in the physical realm and convert it to chemical, cellular or hormonal shifts within our bodies. The Chakras react to different physical, emotional and spiritual forces at work in our every day world. In order to bring these seven energy centers into harmony, you have to be aware at a physical and at a spiritual level of everything you’re exposing yourself to. The people you interact with, the foods you eat, even the television you watch or the music you listen to can negatively or positively effect your Chakras.


We’ll look at each of the seven Chakras in the order they’re within your body, from top to bottom:


The Crown Chakra:


The Crown Chakra is exactly where its name says: the top of your head, where a crown would sit, were you wearing one, your highness. On the physical level, it supports deep brain functions and most of your bodily functions that you can’t consciously control like your reaction to pain (it hurts!) or your heart beating. If you have reached a state of consciousness where you can turn off pain, or control each beat of your heart, you likely aren’t reading this article.


The Crown Chakra can become out of balance when you lose a sense of connection or relationship with your higher power. That’s right: Chakras aren’t necessarily against your religion, just because they aren’t mentioned in your particular holy texts. This Chakra can also become out of balance or weak if you’re feeling lonely, or are unsatisfied with your career. Symptoms of a weak Crown Chakra are often migraine or tension headaches.


The Third Eye Chakra


This Chakra is right I the middle of your forehead. Right there where you’d have an eye, if you were an ogre, perhaps. (Don’t tell Shrek I said that, Ok?) A weakened Third Eye Chakra can be caused by a loss of sense of purpose, either in your personal, or professional life. Most often, symptoms of an out of whack Third Eye Chakra are headaches that occur towards the temples.


The Throat Chakra


Once again, this Chakra is right where its name says it is (see, this isn’t so difficult after all, is it?) and deals with issues of honesty and communication. Your Throat Chakra can become weak if you have trouble, or more often are afraid of self expression. If your personality is repressed that is, if you aren’t able to be your true self, or you often feel compelled to just go along, even though you don’t really want to, it is likely your Throat Chakra has become out of balance. Physical symptoms of a weak Throat Chakra are sore throats, swollen glands and disorders of the gums and teeth.


The Heart Chakra.


I’m not even going to say it. You know where this Chakra is by now. And, where do you think we get expressions like “heartbroken” from? Its from the Heart Chakra, which can become weak when you’re feeling unloved, are struggling with self-acceptance or are simply experiencing bad relationships, professional, platonic, familial and romantic. Most often, a weakened Heart Chakra manifests itself as chest pain, asthma or circulatory problems.


The Solar Plexus Chakra.


For those of you who don’t know, your solar plexus is directly behind your belly, along your spine. Now, the Solar Plexus Chakra becomes unbalanced if you’re experiencing issues controlling yourself. If you lack self control, or if you’re struggling with your self esteem, you’ve likely knocked your Solar Plexus Chakra out of balance. Most often, this Chakra being weak manifests as stomach pains and upset stomachs.


The Sacral Chakra


The “Fun” Chakra, the Sacral Chakra deals with self image issues and sex. Like I said, the fun Chakra. This Chakra is located, quite honestly in our hips and our genitals. A weakened or out of balance Sacral Chakra is caused by body image issues, and from poor or painful sexual experiences. If you have trouble opening up to someone in a relationship, you most likely have an out of kilter Sacral Chakra.


The one significant symptom of a weak Sacral Chakra is a lack of sexual desire, or even a self doubt as to your sexual appeal.


The Root Chakra


Dealing with money and our sense of security and belonging, the Root Chakra can become weak if you see money as the solution to your well being. If you totally depend on circumstances beyond your control for your sense of belonging or of self worth, you will most definitely knock your Root Chakra severely out of balance. Symptoms of an unbalanced Root Chakra are often eating disorders, unexplained leg pains and immune system disorders.


I hope you’ve enjoyed our little journey into the beginning of your Chakras, and I hope that you’ll keep coming back to learn more about your own spirituality, and how you can effectively change your perception of the world, and the world’s perception of you!


What is Emotional Freedom?

Freedom Concept

Emotional freedom can be a difficult concept for most of us to define, as it means 10 different things to 10 different people. The average person tends to struggle with their emotions, as there are certain feelings that are tough to overcome and events take place during the course of our existence that is not easily processed.


To me, emotional freedom means having the ability to place our emotions to the side and handle an issue while we are in the proper state of mind to do so. How many times have you over reacted to something that took place, only to be forced into a sheepish apology at a later date? How often do we end up thinking over past regrets in our heads and end up making ourselves miserable in the process?


When we truly embrace the concept of emotional freedom, we no longer have to be a victim of our emotional swings. In my life, I’ve experienced countless heartbreaks and personal setbacks, but thanks to emotional freedom, I realize that these issues do not have to define who I am as a person.


We all have that one friend or family member who cannot break free of these chains and these are the people who we should be using as inspiration. Instead, I find that we tend to fall into the trap of believing that our feelings somehow trump other people’s, that we “deserve” to feel the way that we feel.


On the other hand, we look at other people and our first instinct is to tell them to get over it and move on. Emotional freedom is all about taking that same advice and applying it to our own existence, instead of being hypocritical.


One of the questions that I am asked most often is how to go about the process of obtaining emotional freedom. Clearly, this is not something that happens overnight and we must take the proper steps to achieve our goals.


The best way to get started is to begin by taking responsibility for your own feelings. While this concept may certainly seem simple, it seems to elude a lot of folks. We have a tendency to blame others for making us feel angry or sad, as opposed to examining the context of the situation and figuring out what is going on inside of our own psyches.


Taking responsibility for your feelings is as easy as splitting them into two different groups. There are the feelings that are brought on by our own actions and thoughts (which are also described as wounded feelings).


For example, let’s say you are in the process of creating a speech or presentation at your place of employment, but you have placed a lot of pressure on yourself not to mess it up. This causes us to feel anxiety and in order to obtain emotional freedom, we must be willing to look within and pay attention to our own needs.


By getting more in tune with ourselves and realizing when we are causing our own depression or anxiety, we are able to free ourselves from the tyranny of our own emotions. Wounded feelings are the product of our own experiences and when we refuse to acknowledge this fact, we tend to become excessively dependent on others for our own happiness.


The other group of feelings that we experience are our core feelings, which are caused by circumstances and events, as opposed to our own innate issues. I, like most of us, have been in a few terrible relationships (romantic and otherwise) over the course of my life. These relationships are toxic and core feelings are the mind’s way of letting you know that you need to make a change, immediately.


While I am here to tell you that we do not cause this feeling, we do have more control over them than we realize. Most of us are familiar with the concept that we do not control what other people do and that all we have control over is our reaction to their choices.


Emotional freedom means refusing to allow the actions of others to affect our own personal feelings. When we feel lonely, sad or heartbroken as the result of someone else’s actions, it is important to manage these emotions, since they have the potential to become wounded feelings if we are not careful.


In order to achieve true emotional freedom, you must make a conscious decision to take full responsibility for your own feelings. This means no more blaming your parents, your friends, your former significant others, your bosses or anyone else for how you feel. Feeling anger or sadness is a typical aspect of the human experience, but these feelings do not have to seize control over your thought process.


Those who avoid taking responsibility for their feelings are doomed to experience wounded feelings forever. They end up becoming a “victim” in every situation and turn into the type of person who honestly believes that they would be happy and well adjusted, if only the world would decide to stop picking on them and treat them more nicely.


Emotional freedom is achieved gradually, but the first step is to accept the role that you play. Our feelings must be embraced, instead of avoided. When we embrace our sad and angry feelings, we develop a far greater ability to learn from them and use them to grow as a person, instead of stagnating.

Spiritual Progress




There is a benefit for you in every situation. If that is, you know how to look for it. The idea behind steady spiritual progress is to see every circumstance and situation (particularly those that challenge you) as a tailor-made lesson in your personal plan for self-development.

For example, in a situation where hurtful or angry words were exchanged, why not see it as the chance either to perceive things about your own character which need changing or to rehearse some virtue or quality that you need to put into practice more often?

Actually, we should be grateful for the opportunity to evaluate ourselves. In this way you can transform anything into a constructive lesson. Never think that you’ve learned enough and now can stop. You should love it when people try to correct you or give you advice. It keeps you alert and gives you plenty of opportunity to put your truth into practice. It’s a sign of great danger to be unable to accept criticism and instead use your understanding to criticize others. Realize deeply the significance of every moment, and your spiritual progress will be assured.