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For this challenge, you will need one quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti every day, a notebook and a pen. It doesn’t matter which day of the month you will start this challenge. You can start it anytime and anywhere. Think of this as a sign from the Universe and whenever you see this post you can start the challenge, either 1st or 31st of the month. 

Jiddu Krishnamurti is an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. He has been proclaiming the necessity of total spiritual freedom (even from teachers) through persistent self-awareness.

Every morning read one quote. If you are not a morning person or don’t have plenty of time in the morning, try this challenge at any time of the day when you can. But, I would recommend doing it in the morning before your day start.

You can download the pdf-document at the end of this post, so you will have these quotes on your computer or phone. 

Sit in a quiet and peaceful place and be in touch with what you read. Read the quote for the day. You can say it out loud if you prefer to. Did it provoke something in you? Does it remind you of something? Is there anything you want to do? Did you learn something new about yourself? If not, what did this quote means? Do you agree?

Perhaps every quote won’t awake too many emotions every day, but I believe that you will have a new motivation each day. After 30 days, read the notebook and all the stuff you wrote. I am sure that you will learn many new things about yourself.

You can do this exercise with your morning coffee or tea, on the road to work, or somewhere in between. It will not take you more than 5 minutes a day, but I am sure you will feel empowered afterward.

It’s great if you’re not a type that wants to meditate, but I believe that each of these quotes can be seen as a sign from the Universe to you, help you raise your awareness, and motivate you. If one or several quotes provoke in you something big and you can’t deal with it alone, please consult with a therapist.

If you are interested in other mental exercises, check out these posts:

The Mental Exercise That Completely Changed My Life

Thich Nhat Hanh – Personal Development Challenge

Deepak Chopra – Personal Development Challenge

Louise Hay – Personal Development Challenge

How To Forgive Yourself And Live The Life You Deserve

30 days with Jiddu Krishnamurti, personal development challenge with free pdf printable document

Day 1

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” 

Day 2

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” 

Day 3

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. Krishnamurti Quotes

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.” 

Day 4

“It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.”

Day 5

“Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.”

Day 6

“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”

Day 7

“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.”  Krishnamurti Quotes

“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” 

Day 8

“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” 

Day 9

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”

Day 10

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are, undergoes a transformation.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are, undergoes a transformation.” 

Day 11

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” 

Day 12

“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.” 

Day 13

“Do it or don't do it, but get on with it...” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Do it or don’t do it, but get on with it…”

Day 14

“Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also. ” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also. ” 

Day 15

“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that, there is a joy.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that, there is a joy.” 

Day 16

Find out for yourself what are the possessions and ideals that you do not desire. By knowing what you do not want, by elimination, you will unburden the mind, and only then will it understand the essential which is ever there. Krishnamurti Quotes

“Find out for yourself what are the possessions and ideals that you do not desire. By knowing what you do not want, by elimination, you will unburden the mind, and only then will it understand the essential which is ever there.”

Day 17

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.” 

Day 18

“If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity.” 

Day 19

“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.” 

Day 20

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” 

Day 21

“The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.” 

Day 22

“Analysis does not transform consciousness.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Analysis does not transform consciousness.” 

Day 23

“To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.” 

Day 24

“The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It's only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It’s only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.” 

Day 25

“Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity in oneself and in others, is education.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity in oneself and in others, is education.” 

Day 26

“From innumerable complexities, we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“From innumerable complexities, we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.” 

Day 27

“Happy is the man who is nothing.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“Happy is the man who is nothing.” 

Day 28

“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.”

Day 29

“It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience - to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears - and yet keep your mind very simple; and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience – to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears – and yet keep your mind very simple; and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.” 

Day 30

“The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.” Krishnamurti Quotes

“The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.” 

Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes – Free Printable

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This is one of the 2-minute desserts I make when I’m lazy or don’t have the time to make something more time-consuming. It’s healthy, made only with fruit, cocoa powder and honey or another liquid sweetener (like maple or agave syrup). However, very often I omit the sweetener if the banana is ripe enough and is giving enough sweetness to the cream. 

avocado chocolate healthy mousse
avocado chocolate healthy mousse

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 banana
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut the avocado and the banana in a deep bowl. You can use a fork to mash the fruit, or if you want silk consistency you can use a hand blender
  2. When the fruit is mashed, add cocoa powder and honey, and continue mashing until you get homogenous mass
  3. Put the mousse in a nice bowl and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts:

Energy 422 kcal; Protein 6.9 g; Carbohydrates 63.2 g; Fat 21.2 g; Fiber 16.3 g

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Healthy Chocolate avocado banana mousse

Two Ingredients Summer Recipe Your Children Will Love

Fresh Apple Cream

This recipe was one of my favorite summer breakfasts when I was a child. My mom always made this cream when we had lots of peaches at home. Now that I have a baby I remembered the things my mom gave to me while I was growing. This recipe brings me good memories, so I want my baby to have the same happiness as I had when I was eating this peach recipe. 

If you need inspiration, here’s another great idea of an old-time recipe my mother always made:

Fresh Apple Cream

Summer kids recipe with peaches and biscuits

Ingredients:

3 medium-size peaches
100 g biscuits

Directions:

  1. Cut the peaches, remove the pits, and put them in a food processor. If you want you can peel them also
  2. Add the biscuits in the food processor, along with the peaches, and mix until you get a homogenous mass. If the mixture is too watery, add more biscuits. If it’s dry, then add more peaches
  3. Serve the cream in bowls and enjoy.
Two Ingredients Summer Recipe Your Children Will Love

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Summer Baby Food Ideas

Decorating cookies is my No.1 hobby, so every celebration I make, whether is a birthday, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day or something else, I make decorated cookies. For years I used the royal icing as a technique, so I decided to try the fondant technique for these cookies. I figured that it’s much easier to work with fondant than with royal icing. The royal icing is quite specific to work with in terms of getting the right consistency. The fondant is easier because you just roll it and make shapes with the cookie cutter. 

For my Baby Shower Party I made these cute cookies together with my sister in law. It was very fun to make them, especially the part when you make the details. I used the edible pens mostly for decorating because I found them very convenient if you don’t have much time to make different shapes with the fondant. 

Baby Shower Sugar Cookies, table decor

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Baby shower decorated cookies with fondant icing
Baby shower decorated cookies with fondant icing
Baby shower pink decorated cookies with fondant icing
Baby shower decorated cookies with fondant icing in a vintage tray
Baby Shower Fondant Icing Decorated sugar cookies
Baby shower decorated cookies with hot cocoa

Ingredients:


225 g butter (softened)
200 g sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
350 g all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

Fondant for decorating

Directions:

1. In a large bowl beat butter with sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated

2. In another bowl mix flour and baking powder and add them gradually in the butter mixture. Mix the batter by hand until a soft dough is formed

3. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to chill, or 20 minutes in the freezer

4. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper

5. Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, around 6 mm thin. With a cookie cutter cut any shapes you like. Line the cookies on the baking trays and bake them around 10 minutes, depending on their size. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely

6. When they are completely cooled start decorating with fondant.

Baby shower decorated cookies with fondant icing, cookie bear

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Baby Shower Celebration – It’s a Girl Theme

Pink Food Ideas

Last year I was pregnant with a baby girl, so I decided to throw a Baby Shower, in spite that in my country (Macedonia) is not very common for expectant mothers to make celebrations of this type. With the help of my sister, mother, and my cousin, I managed somehow to organize and be ready in time for everything that I planned to do. Everything you see on the pictures is homemade, except the macarons, because the attempt to make my own macarons was a disaster, and I didn’t have time and strength to make another batch. 

It was springtime so I decided to throw the party in my parent’s backyard. 

Most of the stuff was made with ruby chocolate because I wanted a natural pink color in the desserts. If you want some ideas on how to work with ruby chocolate you can check these links:

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol.1

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol.2

We made two tables: Sweet and Savory. In the next pictures I will explain everything that we made for my perfect Baby Shower 🙂 

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Baby shower party
baby shower table decor
It's a girl balloon, Baby shower party

We decorated the sweet table with lots of flowers. For every treat I printed declaration where it wrote the name of the treat or the ingredients.

Baby shower party, french macarons in a jar
Strawberries dipped in ruby chocolate, baby shower food ideas

I think that the ruby chocolate strawberries were the first treat that was gone on the table.

Colorful Outdoor Tabletop
chocolate truffles, baby shower food ideas

We made three types of chocolate truffles: black, white and ruby. They are very easy to make, just boil heavy cream and pour it over the chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted. Leave the mixture in the fridge until is firm and shape balls with your hands. Roll them in shredded coconut or ground biscuits. The white and ruby truffles are rolled in coconut and the black truffles are rolled in biscuits.

chocolate truffles, baby shower food presentation
baby shower decorated sugar cookies

Decorated cookies are a must for every celebration I make. These are classic vanilla-flavored sugar cookies decorated with fondant and edible pens.

Here’s the recipe: Baby Shower DIY Cookies

homemade ruby chocolate, baby shower food

This ruby chocolate brick was made by my husband, and I must say it was a delicacy. He tempered ruby chocolate and made very interesting filling with ruby ganache, honey, butter and crushed coffee beans.

baby shower food ideas

My mother was responsible for the savory table. She baked crescent rolls and made 2 types of creamy salads.

I painted two mugs with porcelain pens with “It’s a girl” quote. I still use these two (the other one is on the seventh picture, where I kept the pink forks).

baked chicken fingers, baby shower food ideas

These chicken fingers were sooo tasty, and they weren’t even fried in oil. Before baking they were dipped in egg white, ground parmesan and ground cornflakes.

homemade beetroot hummus, baby shower food presentation

I love this beetroot pink hummus.

Baby shower table presentation, it's a girl
Baby shower party
Baby shower party

Pink, pink, pink….we even made pink popcorns. They’re made with melted ruby chocolate. Perfect snack.

Earlier I mentioned that I ruined a batch of pink macarons. Well, I didn’t throw anything, I just found another purpose for the ruined macaron mixture. I overbaked the macarons until they were firm in touch. When they were cooled completely, I put them in the food processor and blended until I get dust. I used that dust for decorating the truffles. I had leftovers and I used it for decorating this Ruby chocolate cheesecake.

Baby shower gifts

For drinks, we filled pitchers with water, fresh fruit, and fresh herbs. Perfect non-alcoholic drink for warm days. The glasses were dipped in red-colored sugar and tied with a pink ribbon for better presentation.

We also prepared presents for the guests. Everyone got their pink lipstick with a Thank You Note.

Baby shower drink ideas

We really had a great time. I wish all the expectant mothers to have a blast for their Baby Shower. I hope I gave you some ideas for the party preparations. If you want some more ideas about your Baby Shower feel free to ask in the comments.

For another theme party ideas check out this post:

Bee Party Ideas

Baby shower for baby girl

Congratulations Mamas!

If you’re a cheesecake lover and like the unique taste of ruby chocolate, I definitely suggest trying this piece of heaven. Me and my family love the ruby chocolate taste, so last year I made lots of ruby creations. If you want to see some of my ruby chocolate art, you can check these links:

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol.1

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol.2

When I made up this recipe I was pregnant in my third trimester and I couldn’t get off of the bed, so I had to make my husband make this recipe, under my supervision. Actually he altered the recipe and it turned out even better.

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Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake
Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

280 g plain biscuits
150 g butter (melted)
Splash of condensed milk

Filling:

220 g cream cheese
250 g mascarpone cheese
500 g sweetened condensed milk
200 ml heavy cream
20 g powdered gelatin
400 g ruby chocolate
350 g raspberries

Decoration:

Pink powdered meringue (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a microwave or on a stove on low heat
  2. Ground the biscuits in a food processor and mix with the melted butter. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of condensed milk
  3. Press mixture in a 25 cm round cake tin with a removable base
  4. In a small pan add the raspberries and cook them on low/medium heat until they get a jam consistency. Put the pan aside to cool completely
  5. In a double boiler melt the ruby chocolate and let it cool
  6. Dissolve the gelatin in a little bit of water (you can follow the instructions on the package), and heat it on low heat until every granule is completely dissolved. Let it cool
  7. In a deep mixing bowl put cream cheese and mascarpone cheese and mix them with an electric mixer
  8. Add condensed milk and heavy cream and continue mixing
  9. Pour the dissolved gelatin in the mixture while the mixer is still on
  10. Add melted ruby chocolate into the mixture and mix until everything is well incorporated
  11. Pour half of the cream mixture in the cake tin over the biscuit crust, and spread evenly with a spatula
  12. Add the raspberries jam over the cream and spread all over
  13. Pour the other half of the cream mixture over the raspberry layer and spread the mixture evenly
  14. Put the cake tin in the freezer and let it sit for at least 3 hours before you’re planning on serving
  15. For the decoration, I had a pink powdered pink meringue, which I prepared according to instructions, and made macaron shapes on a baking tray lined with baking sheet. I put the tray in the oven and I overbaked the macarons until they were really hard on touch. I let them cool off, and I put them in a food processor and made meringue dust.
Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake

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Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake
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How to work with Ruby Chocolate

The tempering of ruby chocolate is not much different than working with dark, milk, or white chocolate. 

You’re starting with heating the chocolate in Bain-Marie to 45°C. Then you’re lowering the temperature to 26°C by adding callets in the melted chocolate, and then you heat it to 29°C.

To be sure that the chocolate is well tempered you can dip the tip of a knife into the tempered chocolate and wait for 5 minutes. If the chocolate is hard and with satin gloss then the chocolate is perfectly tempered and you can continue with molding or making other creations out of it. 

When you’re molding, always be sure that the molds are well cleaned and are perfectly dry, otherwise, the chocolate will have stains. Polycarbonate molds are usually used for making all kinds of shapes of chocolate (bars, pralines, figures), but you can use silicon mold too.

Equipment:

  1. For chocolate tempering, you will need Bain Marie pot (or in my case I used a pan for heating the water and put a glass bowl over it)
  2. Thermometer to measure the temperature of melted chocolate
  3. Piping bags
  4. Spatula for scraping the chocolate out of the molds

In the following pictures there are some of my ruby chocolate creations I made this year. For other ideas check out my previous post:

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol. 1

For more detailed videos on how to work with ruby chocolate you should check out these links:

How to work with ruby chocolate – Tempering and other essentials

Molding ruby chocolate

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Callebaut Ruby Chocolate
Ruby Chocolate RB1, Callebaut, tempering
RB1 calletes
Ruby Chocolate RB1 Easter Bunny, Callebaut, Moulding chocolate
Molding tempered ruby chocolate; Making Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs
Ruby Chocolate Easter Eggs, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate Easter Eggs, filled with chocolate candies; Easter Bunnies in the back
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate bars, filled with coffee and honey ganache
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake
Ruby Chocolate covered strawberries, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate dipped strawberries
Ruby Chocolate cake pops, RB1, Callebaut
Cake Pops, decorated with tempered ruby chocolate and with ruby chocolate callets
Ruby Chocolate cake pops, RB1, Callebaut
Cake Pops

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Ruby Chocolate Facts

This beautiful pink delicacy is a variety of chocolate, first introduced on the market in 2017 by Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers. It is known as the Fourth Chocolate, alongside dark, milk and white chocolate varieties.

This chocolate is made from cocoa beans which are fermented for lesser time than usual and treating them with acid and ethers, thus giving the finished product its natural pink color.

The ruby chocolate is characterized by its acidic flavor that reminds of the taste of raspberry mixed with white chocolate.

I made lots of creations with ruby chocolate callets over the past year, so I want to share with you my experience with this type of chocolate. I recommend everyone to try tasting the chocolate because it has a very unique and interesting flavor.

If you’re interested in knowing how to temper ruby chocolate and make chocolate shapes check out this post:

Ruby Chocolate Creations Vol. 2

For interesting recipes and pairings check out these links:

Ruby Chocolate Pairing Ideas

Ruby Chocolate Recipe Ideas

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Callebaut Ruby Chocolate
Ruby Chocolate with dried fruit and nuts, RB1, Callebaut
Tempered Ruby Chocolate, decorated with dried fruit and nuts
Ruby Chocolate tempering, RB1, Callebaut
Tempering process
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut, Tempering Chocolate
Ruby Chocolate molding, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Making chocolate mendiants with dried fruit and nuts
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
My branded ruby chocolate
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut
Mostly Woman Ruby Chocolate
Ruby Chocolate, RB1, Callebaut

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I just finished this wonderful life-changing book by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, called “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children“, and I exctracted some of the quotes I like in the book. I warmly recommend reading this book if you’re a parent or if you’re planning to be. 

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Quotes

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“Conscious parenting means that in our interactions with our children, we ask: Am I dealing with my child in an aware manner or am I being triggered by my past?”

“When you’re able to respect the unfolding of your child’s particular journey, you teach them to nurture their own inner voice and simultaneously honor the voice of others.”

“Our ability to accept our children is directly linked to our ability to accept ourselves – both as we are presently, and for what we have the potential to become.”

“If our relationship, house, job, car, and other externals are what we rely on to make us happy, we are enslaved to ego.”

“Emotional reactivity is a reason to go inward, focusing on your own growth. Once you realize there are no enemies, only guides to inner growth, all who play a part in your life become mirrors of your forgotten self.”

“Life challenges become emotionally regenerative opportunities. When you encounter a roadblock in your life, whether a person or a situation, instead of seeing it as an enemy to be reacted against, you pause and ask yourself: What do I perceive I’m lacking?”

“When our children are permitted to feel their feelings, they are able to release them amazingly quickly. They come out of the pain understanding that pain is just another sensation. The anticipation of the pain is often more intolerable than the actual pain. When our children experience their pain in its pure form, without fueling it with resistance or coloring it with a reaction, the pain transforms itself into wisdom and perspective.”

“I expect to be triggered, entangled, overwhelmed, and to engage in egoic parenting at times. However, I will use the lessons embedded in these occasions to evolve as a person and to help my children evolve as well.”

“Life happens, pure and simple. No matter how we try to manage it, it has a force beyond logic or coherence. When we swim in the ocean, we allow the water to move our body. We don’t protest: ‘How dare this wave be so high? It should be low.’  We accept that we have no dominion over the ocean. Indeed, we find the unpredictability of the waves exhilarating.”

By modeling an attitude of trust, and approaching life with gracious ease based on this trust, we teach our children to draw wisdom from all of their circumstances, instead of viewing some aspects of life as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’.”

“We promote trust whenever we encourage our children to speak up and be heard. They learn to trust themselves as we tell them, ‘I admire the way you put your thoughts together,’ and assure them, ‘I trust you to do the right thing.’ Should they happen to make an unwise choice, we don’t allow this to cause us to indicate a lack of trust in them, but simply tell them in a matter of fact manner, ‘You made this decision and now you are learning from it.’ Lack of trust doesn’t enter the equation.”

“How can I use this struggle for higher evolvement? It’s a matter of not allowing our identity to be defined by the events in our life. Instead, we understand that it’s how we either respond creatively or react negatively that defines our fate.”

“When we either experience a compulsion to change another’s mind, or allow them to trigger us into a state of overwhelming emotion, we are no longer conscious but in ego.”

“Who we were before becoming a parent doesn’t and cannot exist with the same ferocity. Once children enter our life, their impact is indelible, and we are required to reinvent ourselves in response.”

“In this stage, it’s as if our being were saying to that of our child: ‘I no longer know where you begin and I end. Days and nights blend into a haze of brilliance and fatigue. I am elastic, rubber, and wax. I bend to your will with no resistance, no boundary, transparent like glass. Even when you aren’t with me, I am with you, imagining you. There is no moment in which I exist separate from you.’”

I’m not here to judge or approve my child’s natural state. I’m not here to determine what course my child’s life should take. I’m here as my child’s spiritual partner. My child’s spirit is infinitely wise and will manifest itself in exactly the way it’s meant to. My child’s spirit will reflect the manner in which I am invited to respond to my own essence.”

“Worrying gives us a reassuring sense we are ‘doing’ something, fooling us into imagining we somehow have some control over things.”

“When we teach our children that their success in life is dependent on their performance, childhood becomes geared toward the future instead of being experienced simply as childhood. Children learn that who they are, as they are, isn’t enough in the adult world.”

“When we aren’t solidly grounded in our own essence, we tend to compensate by creating an external life in which just about everything becomes a ‘big deal’. Lacking an adequate sense of our intrinsic value, we feel a need to exaggerate, bend over backwards, and overanalyze.”

“When you foster your children’s creativity on a daily basis in the same way you supply them with the right nutrition, you teach them one of the most valuable lessons of all: to rely on their inner being to solve life’s problems. They have an intrinsic ability to think outside the box, and only your anxiety causes them to doubt their inner voice.”

“How wonderful if every parent would convey to their child: ‘You are a creative person. Be free with your imagination. Take me to places in your imagination so I can visit and revel. Imagine all you want, and express yourself without fear. How else will you know your limits? You have the capacity to place your unique imprint on the universe. At the same time, there’s a sense in which you are at once many beings in a single being, so don’t marry yourself toa single way of expressing yourself too soon. All you need to be is you, and you can express who you are in any way you choose as you develop. Don’t worry so much about the ‘logic’ of a project. If you believe in it, do it. Life isn’t about the money you make, but is a matter of engaging in things for the sheer joy of it.”

“Some children are mature for their age, while others mature more slowly. So caught up do we get in sticking to traditional notions of age and maturity that we fail to recognize the unique temperament of each child. Pushing a child to ‘grow up’ simply because their chronological age is more advanced is a fruitless exercise that can only destroy the child’s sense of worth. When we feel ourselves becoming frustrated because our child can’t ‘be like others their age’, we are wise to remind ourselves that age is simply a construct – and illusion that, if we buy into it, can curtail our child’s spirit.”

“No one can cause us to feel a particular way. No matter how it may appear on the surface, at a more elemental level no one has this power. If the seeds of irritation, helplessness, frustration, or tension weren’t already within us, they couldn’t bloom.”

“Everyone around me is a reflection of me.”

“Your unconsciousness isn’t your children’s to inherit; it is yours to excavate.”

“Matching our emotional energy to that of our children is far more effective than asking them to match their energy to ours.”

Be Your Best Self!

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