tony robbins

the ripple effect of thought

energy is vibrational. it has a magical way of giving us information when we align to that energy field. too many times in my past, i'd ignore those signs. i'd only have my own worries at hand that i wanted to work on. i had my own mission. i was close minded. i was greedy. i was not seeing my fullest potential. 

i didn't feel the need to help others. but i've shifted.

and life gave me an opportunity to begin.

 
my wife and i on a hike. this is a way for me to realize new opportunities

my wife and i on a hike. this is a way for me to realize new opportunities

 

becoming aware of my senses, especially the ones that allow me to feel energy, i noticed something was upsetting. it wasn't upsetting me, yet it was still present. it was there in the room with me. 

that was my first speed bump.

the thoughts i think about become my reality. and far to often i would get confused about my thoughts and the feelings i'd sense. when i'd sense unsettling feelings, i'd change my thoughts to meet this new feeling. and all of a sudden, i'm now living someone else's reality, not my own.

so i question this belief. i question it because it doesn't make sense to me why i need to change who i am for someone else.

if someone else has a thought it is clear to me that that thought will become true for them. if our thoughts are different which they will be, our life experiences will be different. it is liberating for me to know i have the power to change my thoughts which affect my reality. and i do not need to change how i feel because of how someone else feels. they are allowed to live a different life.

but that vibration is still there. i could feel the energy. it was quiet. it was slow. it was tired.

i'm here to help. i'm here to heal. and i have the gifts that i can share that will help.

forgetting what i've always done in the past, which hasn't worked, i tried a new approach. i applied proven principles to counter that energy.

i asked, is everything okay? not getting to the root, i changed the question. are you tired?

yes she softly answers. 

is there something you want to talk about? silence. change the question my mind offered again.

and the energy shifted.

what is it that causes human emotion to behave in certain ways. if you had the choice to be tired, sad, happy, excited, energized, jazzed, what would you choose? 

now if you find yourself wanting to feel sad. accept that feeling. feel that emotion of sadness. sadness is an experience that is giving you a time to go within. why are you experiencing that sadness? it may be your ego answering back but truly embrace that feeling. 

this sadness is not who you are. it may be the experience you are feeling in this moment. it may be the only thing on your mind, but it doesn't need to control you.

maybe you feel tired. if you are tired, go to bed. get some sleep. rest. your body is talking to you.

if you want something different out of your body, decide to take on that different belief.

i lived a long time always coming home from work feeling tired. i had a long day. i had a long drive. all i felt was tired. it became my routine. it became the pattern i adopted for myself. it made me miserable. i fell deeper into a quote unquote coma. i operated each day but wasn't ever present. i simply went through the motions. silently wasting my day, i dreaded having to do it again and again and again. 

something needs to change. something needs to happen. this is not the life i envision for myself. i'm changing this behavior.

one night, it's 7pm, i'm alone, i've been awake since 4am, i decide enough is enough.

i'm sick of complaining about being tired. i'm sick of living this way. i want to learn. i want to read. i want to grow. 

but how can i do that when i'm tired, it's not possible, my mind interjects.

quite the contrary. 

anything is possible when you see life as an opportunity. and this opportunity presented herself to me powerfully as a lesson. 

i am willing to change.

i get up. i move. i alter my state of being.

emotion is created by motion i remember tony robbins telling me.

i made a cup of green tea - the caffeine will physically wake me up. this is what i'm called to do today.

i make that cup of tea. i wake up. i read. and i feel energized. i no longer want to just lazily go to bed. i no longer want to just come home from work and sit around. that's just not me. i've got bigger plans.

day after day, i continue to take charge. that feeling has passed. my mind has taken on a new pattern. and i'm energized to serve.

take your life to the next level by accepting who you are today. forgive yourself of any past experience. forgive yourself for any blame and guilt that you have allowed into your being. 

forgiveness is the key to awareness and awareness is your magic wand.

you have an immense power within you to be great.

when you throw a rock into a pond, a ripple effects occurs.

life answers the very same way.

so choose to continually throw rockets of desire into your mind, break your pattern of thought that is limiting you, and let that vibrational energy respond. it will thunder on. 

each day is an opportunity to begin again. how will you choose to begin?

go after what you want

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
— Elinor Smith

i was reading an article the other day, i know i should have written down the website but i forgot, but i came across this quote by elinor smith and needed to share it. 

there is so much power in her words! 

so much so i want to repeat them so i remember to apply them in my life!

...people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. they went out and happened to things!

so so powerful

it's a great tuesday, it's the start of a new year, and i'm pumped

i'm ready to make things happen

opportunities are behind every door

it's my turn to start knocking

& unlocking the door to infinite possibilities.

i'm applying her wisdom right now as i write this blog

after i'm done, i'll be searching, researching and contacting interior designers, galleries, art advisors, & more to get onto their radar. i'm going to ask them questions. i'm going to rack their brains. they are the experts. it's time to start working smarter not harder. it's time to get more exposure. i can feel my art ready to explode out of me, and i want the world to hear it.

 
hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

 

i'm making it big - it feels good to say that. hey i deserve it 

i'm building relationships with the right people 

i'm creating a business for myself that affords me the lifestyle i want

because i'm all about lifestyle design.

everything i do, i do because i am looking to spend more time with my family and friends doing the things i want to be doing. i want to be exploring. i want to be climbing mountains. i want to be making people laugh. i want to inspire. i want to heal.

if you resonate with my passion in this blog, please leave me a comment below. i'd love for you to share what tickles your funny bone, what inspired action do you want to take today that could change your life forever.

now go ahead and leave me a comment, you could even just say, hey derek, i'm here and i'm supporting you.

thank you for your wonderful insights

with magnificence

derek russell love
 

training + dedication + desire

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
— Lao Tzu

this is a daily practice for me. i know how important it is to focus my mind on what i'm wanting.

so with each and every day, i train my mind

i train my mind

to be open,

to be loving,

to be carefree,

to just be.

 
climbing a bamboo tree, just because

climbing a bamboo tree, just because

 

+ i'm expanding, my life is growing

i may be stressed at times

i may get defensive

i may get fired up

but i know

life is too short to worry

because

all that really matters is love.

 
wizzie! our love bubble, happy happy happy

wizzie! our love bubble, happy happy happy

 

in the comments below, tell us how you plan to implement this strategy that Lao Tzu offers us in your life starting today.

with love

derek russell
 

looking back at college

i'm 29 now and wow, it's been over 7 years since i graduated from college!

i was talking to kara about her experiences in college, and i wanna reflect on my years.

what a journey.

from getting my heart broken freshman year - it all happens for a reason. i'm now married to my twin flame! You rock kara!!

to an unbearable amount of stress from school work - i probably did way more than i needed too

to an infatuation with life - i began to love who i was

to happiness + joy - i found peace with myself and fun times with friends.

i learned a ton during my 4 years of college and not just what i majored in. but each and every experience gave me the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge. it opened up my eyes to the abundance in the world.

i was a freshman when i picked up my first wayne dyer book, the power of intention. i remember being immediately hooked by his words. they echoed so real to me. i could sit for hours reading his stories. there was something very special in what he was sharing with me. 

it resonated within me - the energy, the power of his words. i knew what he said to be true. 

and so college was a time for me to discover myself - well more of myself i guess. i was on my own and i could do anything i wanted to.

besides the typical college stories of late nights, girls, the gym and bars,

i really connected to my higher spiritual self.

i needed too.

with all the stress and anxiety, not to mention workload, that my engineering curriculum put me through, i needed a way out. 

yes, i was a very determined student. i wanted to do well. and i was confident with my ability to excel in school. but it wasn't that it came easy to me. i had to work harder than ever. i had to spend more time studying and preparing - again i probably did way more than necessary.

i'd go through phases where i didn't want to be there! i hated it.

but my college years gave me the opportunity to learn, to develop, and to practice my skills

i'm thankful for these times as they taught me to move past the fear.

when i found and applied the teachings of tony robbins, i was able to take action immediate action in my life to make it better. 

soon, i realized i could do anything i set my mind too

anything was possible!

what i also learned that proved to help me on so many levels was to listen more to what my intuition was telling me.

instead of doing what others were doing, i'd ask my heart for guidance.

here's a funny story that happened on more than one occassion. sometimes when a group of us were preparing for a test at the library, i'd go find a comfortable armchair that i could move into a sunny spot to soak up the rays. maybe it was natures way of restoring me and giving me what i needed most. 

and then what i did next will shock you.

i'd place a book on my chest and close my eyes.

yes, while my classmates were studying, i was sleeping. i called it my way of absorbing the material. 

and i still do it today.

i didn't ask questions when i felt this urge to "absorb the material". i just trusted myself and released all the worry i had. besides i'd already studied for countless hours day after day and needed a break. i'd done all the homework and understood what my body and mind needed. and that was to feel relaxed. 

now, how in the world did i discover that trick?

in high school, i was lucky enough to have been able to study reiki and became a reiki practitioner. in the simplest sense, reiki is a form of relaxation.

and i used this gift to help me through the tough times. 

i needed a way to calm down, to relax, and to know all is well.

 
That's me on the far right with my buddies holding the banner before Commencement

That's me on the far right with my buddies holding the banner before Commencement

 

i don't even want to begin to tell you how many times i tried to get out of engineering, more than i can count - and i was good at math.

but every time i thought i had had enough and was changing majors, something didn't feel right. something felt off. 

i paid attention to this feeling and started to go with the flow, rather than fight it.

instead of being right all the time, i took the huge risk (for me anyways) of being happy. and you know what, i still made out all right, and i was able to have more fun.

i needed to accept myself - hard for me to say, even now reflecting back on it years later.

i needed to show myself the love i deserve

now, i’d love to hear from you. do you have a personal practice that helps you through the tough times? 

leave a comment below and let us know. so many incredible souls join us for insight and inspiration so thank you in advance for sharing your voice to the conversation.

with love + appreciation

derek russell soulful sunday