Article: The Luck Factor

The loser’s guide to getting lucky
By Professor Richard Wiseman
University of Hertfordshire
From BBC Online, 22 December 2003: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3335275.stm#tips

“Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve? A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.

Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck.

I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune.

I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and, over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.

The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune.

Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities.

I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside.

I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying: “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.”

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high.

Anxiety

It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.

As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else.

They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends.

They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Self-fulfilling prophecies

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.

My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.

They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck.

I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person.

Dramatic results

These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck.

One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky.

Finally, I had found the elusive “luck factor” .

Here are Professor Wiseman’s four top tips for becoming lucky:

– Listen to your gut instincts – they are normally right

– Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine

– Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well

– Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call. Luck is very often a self-fulfilling prophecy. ”

 

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Article: Introducing Mind-Body Bridging

 

This text is from Mind-Body Bridging Institute at http://mindbodybridging.com/more-about-mind-body-bridging/ where you can read the full article:

About Mind-Body Bridging

“Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) is based on the premise that the mind-body state hindering optimal functioning results from overactivity of a system called the Identity System (I-System). All your thoughts, emotions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours that limit optimal functioning are the result of an overactive I-System.

According to Dr. Stanley H. Block, developer of MBB, the human I-System evolved in order create a sense of human individuality through divisions of family, clan, religion, culture, race, nation and species. Without it, humans would lack self-interest, direction and drive. However, an overactive I-System exaggerates our sense of separateness by restricting awareness, creating anxiety and disrupting the harmony and balance of our mind-body connection. In modern society, this unfortunate condition is nearly universal.

I-System overactivity leads to a busy head and tense body, and the myriad of symptoms, conditions and diseases that accompany this high-stress and emotionally limited way of being. In short, the I- System is a built-in commotion machine, creating a life of separation and ongoing tension.

You can learn and experience how to put your I-System to rest during the activities of daily living, and achieve optimal functioning, with MBB tools. Through this management of your I-System, you can gain access to your full potential.”

 

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Poem: Hot Air Balloon

 

out of
nowhere
in exact timing
a hot
air balloon
is appearing
to the sky

effortlessly
like my
lighter
thoughts
it moves
across the
ether
with
balanced
air
and
fire

airy
lightness
united
with
grace,
the bigger
perspective
right at
hand

the peculiar
sense
of ease and
peace
reaches
deeper
yet
lighter,
a renewed
memory
of a
light filled
morning
that was there
since from
the beginning

flirting
with
the fire

– Deelia ©

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Article: A Paradigm Shift Definition to Open New Doors on the Path to Enlightenment

 

By David Zambrano at ezinearticles.com

What is a paradigm? It is a set of mental attitudes and beliefs about an area of your life. Your mental paradigm will define things like how much you can achieve in that area, how much enjoyment you take from it, and if you continue to evolve in your understanding of it or not. This article will show you what it means to shift your paradigm, and the new worlds it can open to you.

A paradigm shift is a necessary step in your spiritual growth, and a paradigm shift definition will be important to you because it will give you an idea of what you are going through when it comes to pass. I will give a more day-to-day example, and then we can talk about how this relates to spirituality.

Let’s say you have to do a job that you hate. You don’t see a way out, and your only solution is to keep showing up every day. One day you wake up and realize that you don’t have to do it anymore. There comes a point when you see opportunities and ways out that were under your nose the whole time, you only blinded yourself to them. Nothing changed in your situation from one morning to the next, what changed was you. This is a paradigm shift definition.

How Does This Apply to Spirituality?

This same process also applies to our spiritual lives. Our personal inner growth journey can be long and difficult. We have to juggle inner work with jobs, kids, marriage, and the millions of other things that keep us busy. We can lose steam for our spiritual quest, and before we know it we forget why we started out in the first place. How is a situation like this in relation to your inner work the same as a bad employment situation?

The answer is that it is the same. A paradigm you designed for yourself most likely unconsciously has blocked you from inner growth, from new ways of dealing with new responsibilities. Sometimes it can seem like our spiritual growth is put on hold to deal with the pressures of life, and this is when a paradigm shift definition will kick some holes in the walls of our prisons and make new doors for us. This shift may be a new spiritual understanding that integrates our day-to-day life with our spiritual growth, or a new fire in our hearts that makes us get up an hour earlier every day to give time to our selves.

Take Action

Take a moment now and think about any areas of your life where your soul is thirsty for more attention. Take this new paradigm shift definition and examine the ways in which your mental attitudes or paradigms are blocking you from opening new doors of opportunity in your spiritual growth. Things to look out for are a lightness of spirit, or a feeling of freedom, along with the answers you were looking for. Trust these even though they may seem unlikely, because you will be in the midst of a paradigm shift.

For more information and a FREE 5 day mini-course on creating change energy in your life, visit http://www.SpiritualExcellence.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/David_Zambrano/911742

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Article: Doctors Say Your Word Choice Can Hugely Change Your Brain

 

“Dr. Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldmen, authors of life-changing book, “Words can change your brain”, wrote that “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” By using more positive words in our daily lives, the areas of our frontal lobes are exercised, making it more effective.”

Here is the article:  http://www.lifehack.org/420483/doctors-say-your-word-choice-can-hugely-change-your-brain

 

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