30 April 2011

On How To Be Inspired

"To be inspired is a state of being, 
it is a process of becoming, 
it is a way of life."
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Last Friday, after almost a four hour quiz on writing a legal opinion on "whether or not former president Ferdinand Marcos may be allowed to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," I rushed home to meet my good friend Seamus (http://cseamus.wordpress.com). He asked me if I was free at 6p.m. and if I was willing to go with him into a "How to be Inspired" seminar. I told him, "Sure, sounds like fun!"

The seminar was sponsored by the NGO Reintegration for Care and Wholeness Foundation, Inc. It was from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ugnayan Hall, 3rd Floor Partnership Center,C. Salvador St.,Varsity Hills Subdivision, Loyola Heights, Q.C.

The speaker was Mr. "Dan" C.P. Caballes.  His advocacy is for self-development, family empowerment and parenting. There were more or less fifty of us who participated, a mixed of young and middle aged people. 

Registration was free. We just had to bring food to share. I still couldn't believe that seminar was free of charge. I admire people who help other people through their advocacy.  They have such noble hearts. They are people who truly care.

At first we thought it was sort of a Bible study thing. When we first entered the the room we even saw a man holding a Bible on one hand. I told my self, "If this would be a religious thing, I wouldn't mind." I was game for anything that had to do with being inspired. It turned it wasn't. The seminar was spiritually-centered. (Not religious centered)

Here are impressions of the seminar:

The seminar started by defining what inspiration means.

With sir Dan, an inspirational speaker. 
"The search for happiness is, for most people, directed outward. The perfect relationship, the best job, the right friends, the ideal environment are all perfectly valid goals we aim to achieve. Like someone who stumbles in the dark and gropes her/his way or
even curses the darkness, we may choose to stop and be still for a while and get to realize that we may be holding a candle and matches all the while. In other words the key to happiness lies not outside of us, but within."

"Inspiration comes from the inside. It is an end in itself. Motivation, on the other hand, is more of a goal centered driving force. Motivation is more ego-centered compared to inspiration."

"Inspiration has to do with living a spiritual life. (Which is different from religious life) Although, one can also be spiritual through being religious, one must know the difference between the two."

"To be inspired is not a goal. To be inspired in not an achievement. To be inspired is a state of being. It is a process of becoming, it is a way of life."

"The answer to empowered and spiritual life is found within ourselves.  It is within us, like a way of life. It is achieved by following certain guides and ideas that help us to depend on our own self for well being and happiness."

Ways of the  inspired. The following are true for people who are inspired:

1. Being completely honest with myself .

2. Minding my own business.

3. Ignoring others who are minding my business.

4. Releasing my need to be in control.

5. Recognizing my divinity.

6. Settling my own rules for beingness.

7. Learning to trust myself.

8. Understanding how life works.

9. Understanding the power of my thoughts.

10.Living in the moment.

11.Living my potential.

12.Creating my dream life.

"The key to happiness lies not outside of us, but within."

Photo from http://www.soundoflife.net/


khantotantra said...

3. Ignoring others who are minding my business.>>> gusto ko to!!1 tama, dapat walang care sa pakealamero sa buhay ng may buhay :D

rah said...

@khanto, Mahirap maging inspired kung lagi nalang natin iniisip kung ano ang sinasabi ng ibang tao sa buhay natin. Just ignore them. Just refuse to be affected by their chismis or being meddlesome. Mahirap din maging inspired kung "nangchichismiss tayo ng iba." Kasi hindi natin nakikita yung mga sarili nating mali, instead.