23 Paulo Coelho Quotes to Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose.


There are certain books that seem to cross your path at the perfect moment, giving you seemingly-divine answers to the questions you’ve been painstakingly struggling over.

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is one of those books for me.

23 Paulo Coelho Quotes to Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose

This book helped pick me up out of a dark place and see the world in a new light. I re-read it at least once a year, and every time I discover something new about myself.

These are 23 of my favorite Coelho quotes. I sincerely hope that some speak to you just as they did to me.

The secret to life.

“The secret to life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

The world’s greatest lie.

“At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

The power of belief.

“When you want to something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Live in the present.

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”

The language of the world that everyone understands.

“The language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.”

Why you shouldn’t fear the unknown.

“People not need fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.”

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

The nature of the world.

“Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive …. and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.”

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

What happens when our loved ones die.

“Those who don’t return become a part of the clouds, a part of the animals that hide in the ravines and of the water that comes from the earth. They become a part of everything…they become the Soul of the World.”

Why we can’t see the future.

“The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances.”

Find your life’s purpose.

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

The only way to learn.

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

Love, explained.

“Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.”

What makes life interesting.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The thing that kills your dreams.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

In simplicity there’s beauty.

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

Why we shouldn’t judge others.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

3 things we can all learn from children.

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

The importance of putting yourself out there.

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

Everything happens for a reason.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

Defeat | Paulo Coelho’s Blog


 

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Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold?

The tree says to the leaf:
‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap, we are one thing.’

Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated on reaching that mountain and discovering that nature has cloaked the summit in storm clouds?
The man says to the mountain: ‘You don’t want me this time, but the weather will change and, one day, I will make it to the top. Meanwhile, you’ll still be here waiting for me.’

Does a young man, rejected by his first love, declare that love does not exist?
The young man says to himself: ‘I’ll find someone better able to understand what I feel. And then I will be happy for the rest of my days.’

Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness, but when those moments pass, we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect.

Wait patiently for the right moment to act.
Do not let the next opportunity slip.

Take pride in your scars.
Scars are medals branded on the flesh, and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle. Often this will lead them to seek dialogue and avoid conflict.

Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.

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How to Get Back into the Energy of Your Life.


The energy of the mind is the essence of life. ~Aristotle

For years and years I lived by striving and trying to get release from all the confusion that constantly surrounded me.

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Pain was the name of the game. Poor relationships, strange people, strange happenings followed me like a heavy dark cloud, ready to burst again all over me.

I experienced life like a drowned rat.

This was so unfair.

I was trying my hardest. I wanted to be good. I wanted to do the right thing. I wanted people to think well of me. I wanted love and happiness and all those other things we all want.

I analyzed, and thought and analysed and debated and created all my opinions, that I honoured one hundred per cent. I laid down high expectations for myself and waited for the pay off. I worked hard, sacrificed, went the extra mile, was kind, giving and loyal and still I got major bad press.

What the heck was going on?

I went on my journey of self-discovery. I went to numerous counselling sessions and followed different spiritual teachers. Always striving to find the answer, seeking the Holy Grail, wanting a silver bullet, but it all escaped me. Until striving changed to thriving.

Alleluia for the capacity to change, to let go, to live and thrive in the life you were meant to live.

And if it can happen to me, it certainly can happen to you.

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~Rumi

So what has changed?

Today my life is completely different but it is only different in so much as I experience it differently. I kinda know what is going on now, I kinda understand more, I kinda know what I should be doing, and I definitely know it works. And it brings me peace, joy and freedom.

Here are 5 ways to get back into the energy of your life:

1. Stop getting involved with your thoughts

I realize now that I frequented a cheap room in my mind that was negative and critical. I got into a conversation with my inner critical voice and I trusted it. I believed it was telling me the truth. I believed I had a handle on my circumstances, but unfortunately I was only living in the illusion of thought.

I upgraded to a better room, more luxurious and more eloquent. The view is nicer from this room.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale

2. Drop your beliefs, opinions and expectations

Many years back, a friend said to me “You are very opinionated” and I thought she was very rude. However I realize now she was correct and I must have been a pain in the neck, blabbing my opinions inappropriately.

My opinions, beliefs and expectations are scarce on the ground. I am happy not knowing anything, and I am exuberant  with all the possibilities and potential of life.

3. Hold no judgement

How we judge is how others will judge us. We can see in our manic world how beliefs lead to judgements, and how the latter can affect individuals. Who am I to judge anyone?

It is a great relief to stop judgements on others because I can also release judgement on myself.

We can never judge the life of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path. ~Paulo Coelho

4. Allowing the mind to resolve itself

When something outside our selves triggers an emotional response, we usually go into an automatic negative program. If we get involved in this program, then the outcomes are varied but can be horrendous.

If we practice awareness and restraint, we can allow the chaotic thoughts to settle. When we give time to this, the mind will resolve itself and come to calmness, a place of no thought.

5. Connect with your inner wellbeing

The fruit of this practice is the experience of our life’s energy – joy, peace, freedom and wisdom.

If we let go of our thoughts, and all the attachments that go along with those thoughts, we will experience being alive and engage with it with our pure potential.

I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other. ~Harvey Fierstein

So I challenge you to get back into the energy of your life, devour it, dance it and live it. It is the way it was meant to be. You were born to lead a rich conscious and empowering life.

Source: Purpose Fairy

 

How to Achieve and Sustain Balance in Your Everyday Life.


I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. ~Zig Ziglar

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It seems there are times when we all feel that life would be so much easier if we had more time in the day or if we could only cater to this or that a little bit more. We wear so many different titles in our lives, parent, son/daughter, spouse, brother/sister, friend, significant other, co-worker, etc.

How do we fill each of those roles successfully when we are only one person? Where is that line, how do we find it and once we do, how do we stay balanced? Well, since cloning humans is still far off, we have to look at why it is so hard to achieve and sustain balance in our everyday lives.

Many of us use the wrong definition of Balance, which is probably why we have such difficulties finding or achieving it. In today’s society, we look at and define ‘balance’ as a verb; meaning to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of symmetrically. Now how could anyone ever hope to BE a verb? By this definition Balance is an action that we try to DO all day every day – no wonder we become so exhausted when trying to ‘balance’ our lives. What most of us fail to realize is that; when it comes to our daily lives, Balance is necessary but it is not about symmetrical distribution or weight. We shouldn’t feel as though we are walking a tightrope or constantly being pulled in different directions. The balance that we all seek to acquire is actually a noun defined by: mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

Simply said Balance is acquired internally and reflected outward…it is never the other way around. The answer is simple – the balance we all seek is within ourselves. It is important to allow ourselves some time in our busy schedules to unwind and clear our minds, even if it is only five or ten minutes a day, because this is where we begin to understand what we need from ourselves to reach mental steadiness or emotional stability.

Solitude is not the absence of company but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. ~Paulo Coelho

The daily stress that we often carry comes from the lack of balance or the feeling of being stretched too thin. We often feel overwhelmed, unable to be everything to everyone or unable to be many places at the same time. However if you stop to think about it – is that really what is required of us? Balance is not about being everything to everyone all at once. Balance is about understanding ourselves, what we do and do not want; who we are and are not; what we are and are not capable of and staying true to ourselves.

We need to find the “middle way” in our own lives. It is the art of finding balance. Reflecting upon our lives, we soon discover what serves us well – nurturing calmness, ease, and simplicity. We also discover what it is that leads to entanglement, confusion, distress, and anxiety. Wisdom is being able to discern the difference, then knowing what we need to nurture and what we need to learn to let go. ~Christina Feldman

Instead of allowing ourselves to be defined by all of the titles we wear daily, we should instead define those titles by simply being ourselves. What this means is; once you have a clear understanding of who you are and what you want, your priorities will fall into place and you will be able to naturally and effortlessly achieve the state of habitual calm behavior and judgement. This then provides the desired sense of peace and balance that we all seek.

Source: Purpose Fairy

 

 

50 Books That Changed The World


For centuries, books have been written in an attempt to share knowledge, inspiration, and discoveries. Sometimes those books make such an impact that they change the way the world thinks about things. The following books have done just that by providing readers an education in politics and government, literature, society, academic subjects such as science and math, and religion.

1. The Republic by Plato.
2. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
3. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine.
4. Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.
6. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.
7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe.
8. On Liberty by John Stewart Mill.
9. Das Kapital by Karl Marx.
10. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
11. Guerilla Warfare by Che Guevara.
12. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
13. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence.
14. Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
15. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
16. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
18. 1984 by George Orwell.
19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
20. Iliad and Odyssey by Homer.
21. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
22. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
23. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
24. The Arabian Nights Entertainment by Andrew Lang.
25. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
26. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupry.
27. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
28. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
29. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi.
30. The Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft.
31. The Second xxx by Simone de Beauvoir.
32. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
33. Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
34. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson.
35. Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton.
36. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.
37. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
38. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
39. Geographia by Ptolemy.
40. The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein.
41. The Bible.
42. The Qur’an.
43. The Torah.
44. The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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45. The Analects of Confucius.
46. The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas.
47. The Bhagavad Gita.
48. I Ching.
49. Tao Te Ching.
BONUS:
50. Bartleby by Hermann Melville.

 

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