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Birthmark Location Meanings: Reveal Your Psychic Abilities And Weaknesses

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Our ancestors knew that a birthmark is a sign indicating how the life of its owner will develop. Nowadays most people do not pay much attention to their birthmarks. Some people even remove their birthmarks with a laser. However, esotericists believe that birthmarks can tell us a lot about our hidden strengths, weaknesses, and even psychic abilities! Moreover, if you know the birthmark location meanings you can always “read” any person which will give you a better understanding of who you’re dealing with.

In this article, we will share with you detailed information about birthmark location meanings!

Birthmark Location Meanings

The Three Witch Marks

In the Middle ages, a woman with birthmarks in certain places could pass for a real witch, and for this, she was burned at the stake. Psychics, esotericists, and sorcerers believe that some birthmarks can really indicate psychic abilities.

So, people with birthmarks on one of these three places of the body, have psychic abilities:

1. A Birthmark on the Temple

A person who has a birthmark on the temple has a very developed intuition. If you have such a birthmark, you should listen more to your intuition and pay attention to your feelings. You should also trust the thoughts or ideas that come to you spontaneously. Such a thought would be very helpful.

People with a birthmark on the temple can predict the events that have yet to happen. In addition, such people are able to distinguish the truth from lies and understand what kind of person is in front of them. They “read” people very well and their first impression about a person is always right.

2. A Birthmark Above the Knee

A person with a birthmark slightly above the knee is a true magician. Such a person has a strong connection with the other world, and in his/her dreams he/she often sees the deceased family members reporting important news.

3. A Birthmark Above the Upper Lip

People with a birthmark above the upper lip have the ability to easily convince and even hypnotize others. There’s something inside them that attracts people like a magnet. However, a person with a mark above the upper lip should constantly monitor each spoken word, because his/her statements can be easily realized.

Any person under the influence of emotions can say an offensive phrase or wish somebody bad, but it is especially dangerous to do if you have a birthmark above your upper lip. When you say something negative to people or about people you are able to really jinx these people and even ruin their lives!

Women’s Birthmark Location Meanings

Birthmark location meanings on the face of a woman can say a lot about her character, abilities, and talents.

Birthmark Above the Bridge of the Nose

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If a woman has a birthmark above the bridge of her nose it indicates her good intuition and intelligence. Such a woman always seeks to learn something new and correctly uses new knowledge in life. Moreover, such a woman can become a clairvoyant due to her ability to communicate with the other world.

Birthmark on the Forehead

If a woman has a birthmark on the forehead she has the ability to predict the future.

A Birthmark in the Right Corner of the Eye

A woman with a birthmark in the right corner of the eye is very jealous, suspicious, and scandalous.

Birthmark on the Right Eyelid

Women with a birthmark on the right eyelid often experience anxiety. Any trouble can easily drive them into stress. At the same time, such women are smart and talented. They can become a great poet.

Birthmark Under the Right Eye

A woman with a birthmark under her right eye is capable of experiencing deep feelings. If such a woman falls in love, this feeling will last if not forever then a while. Such a woman is kind, gentle, and charming. Often, it is a sign of noble blood.

Birthmark Near the Nose

Women with birthmarks under the right eye near the nose never know what they want exactly. They change their minds several times a day. Moreover, such women are very quick-tempered and overly emotional. Such women usually have a very passionate but short-term relationship.

Birthmark in the Middle of the Nose

Women with a birthmark in the middle of the nose love to travel. Such women are very creative, restless, easy to communicate, and very outgoing.

Birthmark Under the Left Eye Near the Nose

Women with a birthmark under the left eye near the nose are very jealous. If the birthmark is further from the nose it shows sensuality of a woman.

Birthmark in the Left Corner of the Eye

Women with a birthmark in the left corner of the eye constantly criticize themselves. Because of her own internal problems, such a woman often comes into conflict with others.

Birthmark on the Left Eyelid

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The birthmark on the left eyelid of a woman speaks of her ability to quickly and permanently memorize information.

Birthmark on the tip of the Nose

Women with a birthmark on the tip of the nose like to joke, they are pleasant to talk to and like to break the rules. They are literally attracted to everything forbidden. In a romantic relationship, they are very frivolous, often behave childishly and even funny, therefore nobody can be angry with them. Such women are looking for their place in life for a long time, changing specializations and jobs.

Birthmark on the Cheek Under the Eye

A woman with a birthmark on her cheek under her eye always prevails her feelings over her mind. She turns her romantic life into drama. She has a ‘talent’ make things complicated and turn life into ‘soap opera’.

Birthmark Under the Nose

Women (as well as men) with a birthmark under the nose attracted to everything mystical and seems to have solutions to any complicated problems. They can be asked for help in solving deadlocks and they will give good advice. You can trust such people with a secret and you will not regret it.

If a woman has a birthmark right under her nose she is independent, loves to travel and enjoy life.

But if a woman has a birthmark above the lip (further from the nose but closer to the upper lip), on the contrary, prefers home comfort and tranquility.

Birthmark on the Left Side of the Nose

Women whose birthmark is on the left side of the nose, like to seduce and provoke. They often shock others with their extravagant behavior. However, they take marriage very seriously and think a lot before getting married.

Birthmark Above the Upper Lip on the Right

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Such a birthmark indicates that a woman likes to weave intrigues and is sometimes cruel. She likes to dominate over a man. She avenges her partner for any mistake he makes and does not forgive insults at all. Such a tough woman is very appreciated at work. It allows her to successfully build a career and achieve brilliant results.

Birthmark Under the Lower Lip

Such women always seek true love. But at the same time, these women are very jealous. Such women may have bad health. Usually, other people feel the need of protecting and defending such a woman.

Birthmarks on the Lips

Such a birthmark shows that a woman has a very soft character. Such women do not know how to be responsible for their actions. Often they are lazy.

Birthmark on the Left Cheek

A mole on the left cheek next to the ear is a sign of a complex character. A woman with such a birthmark is silent, sullen, prone to depression.

A birthmark on the left cheek can often be seen in creative people: writers, artists, poets. The talent of these people is noted and encouraged. A woman with such a birthmark is talented in literally everything she undertakes, and especially in love! She is charming by nature!

Birthmarks on the Corner of the Lips

A woman with birthmarks in the corner of her lips is incredibly attractive, sexy, and desirable by many. But loyalty, unfortunately, is not her trait.

Birthmarks on the Cheekbones

Women with such birthmarks are capable of leading people, achieving goals, and constantly growing in all spheres. These leadership qualities are particularly evident for women, whose birthmarks are on the right cheekbones.

Birthmark on the Chin

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A birthmark on the chin is a sign of power. Such women are outwardly cute and soft, have the strength of character, and unbending spirit.

If a woman has a birthmark on the chin on the right, such a woman is resourceful, cheerful, always believes in her strength, tactful and wise.

And if a woman has a birthmark on her chin on the left, then such a woman has a lot of bad habits, is capricious and selfish.

If the birthmark is in the center of the chin, its owner is very stubborn. It is absolutely useless to argue with such a woman! Believing in her good intentions, such a woman can destroy the favorable atmosphere in any team.

Birthmarks on the Ears

Women with birthmarks on their ears are very original in the perception of the world. They often brag about their inner insecurities – that’s their way of protecting themselves. They strive to fight with their insecurities and blocks and eventually win.

Men’s Birthmark Location Meanings

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Birthmark on the Cheek

A man with a birthmark on his cheek is very extraordinary and has strong will power.

Birthmark Under the Nose

A birthmark under the nose shows a mystical potential of such a man. This rare sign gives a man the ability to predict the future, to interpret dreams, and to be a real magician.

Birthmark Under the Corner of the Lower Lip

If a man has a birthmark under the corner of the lower lip it indicates him as a jealous and lazy person. At the same time, he often unsuccessfully struggles with bad habits.

Birthmark on the Chin

A man with a mark on his chin is despotic and aggressive, knows how to achieve his goals. It is very important for such a man to create an unbreakable family that follows the traditions.

If a man’s birthmark is on the chin on the right, then such a man can be rude and greedy. He is very inflexible in relationships due to his inability to see the situation from another person’s perspective, to look at the problem from different angles.

If a man has a birthmark on the left side of his chin, such a man knows what he wants from life and constantly improving himself.

Birthmark in the Center of the Lip

A man with a birthmark in the center of the lip loves freedom. If the birthmark is located closer to the left side then such a man usually is a wonderful husband and father.

Birthmark Location Meanings On Different Parts of the Body

Birthmarks on the Arms

Birthmarks on Women’s Arms

Any birthmark on a woman’s arm indicates that she will be happy in her marriage.

Birthmarks on Women’s Right Forearm

If the birthmark is on the right forearm, then such a woman is very successful in her career or in building her own business.

Birthmarks on Women’s Left Forearm

A birthmark on the left forearm shows that a woman is ready to do anything for the sake of family happiness. Often such women marry early and give birth to many children.

Birthmarks on Women’s Elbows

Women with birthmarks on their elbows usually make money out of their hobbies.

Birthmarks on the Left Arm Below the Elbow

Women with such birthmarks usually lie a lot.

Lots of Birthmarks on Men’s Arms

Usually, when a man has a large number of birthmarks on his arms it indicates that he is faithful and will be a great family man.

A Triangle of Birthmarks on Men’s Arms

If you can see a triangle made of birthmarks on a man’s arm then you can be sure that such a man is always surrounded by women, but he struggles to make a final choice of marrying someone.

A Birthmark on a Man’s Forearm

If a man has a mark on his forearm it shows that this man will live longer than his wife, but his family will never need money. Also, pay attention to the size of the birthmark on man’s forearm! If the birthmark is big then such a man has very good potential to become incredibly rich.

A Birthmark on Men’s Right Arm

Such a birthmark is a sign of a real leader.

A Birthmark on Men’s Left Arm

Such a birthmark is a sign of struggle with external circumstances.

Birthmark Locations on the Hands

Birthmarks on the Palms

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Such birthmarks are a rare phenomenon! They show the fate of men and women. People with birthmarks on their palms are considered special. Both men and women, like to stay alone. They may have pets, but do not seek to marry. Such people live a long and healthy life.

Birthmarks on the Right Palm

Such people are hard workers. They succeed in their careers.

Birthmarks on the Left Palm

Such people are considered hermits. They usually have a close connection with nature, so they live in private homes and hate noisy cities.

A Birthmark Between Woman’s Fingers

If a woman has a birthmark between her fingers it shows her potential to marry a very rich man.

A Birthmark Between Man’s Fingers

The mole between the fingers of a man indicates that he will have to solve many problems in life, but eventually, he will cope with all.

Birthmarks on the Fingers of the Left Hand

So the mark on the finger of his left hand suggests that the person will be very disappointed in something. It can be a breakup or a betrayal of a friend.

Birthmarks on Women’s Thumbs

Such women successfully marry, give birth to healthy children. But it doesn’t happen in youth.

A Birthmark on the Thumb of the Right Hand

A person with such a birthmark is usually an invaluable cook.

A Birthmark on the Index Finger

Such a birthmark indicates a very talented person. People with birthmarks on their index fingers have very bright personalities. And the brighter the birthmark is, the more talent is shown. If the mole on the index finger appeared during life, then it shows that the time for a bright change came.

A Birthmark on the Middle Finger

Such a birthmark shows that its owner will create a strong family and the children born in such a family will be healthily and happy.

A Birthmark on the Pinky Finger of the Right Hand

It is a symbol of financial well-being.

A Birthmark on a Woman’s Ring Finger

It is a bad sign. Usually, such women don’t get married. If the mole appeared after a woman got married. It is advised to hide such a mole under the ring.

A Birthmark on a Man’s Pinky Finger of the Left Hand

It indicates that such a man will divorce multiple times and there is a big chance for him eventually stay alone.

Birthmarks on the Neck

A Birthmark on a Woman’s Neck

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Such a woman is cheerful and charming. She often repeats the fate of her mother.

A Birthmark on a Man’s Neck

Such men are considered thinkers and philosophers. They are very calm and rarely reach heights in material terms.

A Birthmark on the Back of the Neck

Such a birthmark shows a lack of finance. People with this birthmark should never take risks and get involved in gambling. They should constantly count the money and plan every dollar they spend.

A Birthmark on the Front of the Neck

Such a birthmark is a sign of a really rich person. This birthmark acts as a money magnet! It’s recommended for people with such birthmarks to invest their money in the business.

Birthmarks on the Right Side of the Neck

It’s a sign of very realistic people. Such people have the power to overcome any obstacles and solve even most difficult problems.

A Birthmark Right in the Center of the Neck of a Woman

It’s a sign of the woman who loves herself and beautiful things.

A Birthmark Right in the Center of the Neck of a Man

It’s a sign of a selfish man.

Birthmarks on the Chest/Breast/Nipples

Birthmarks on the Left Side of a Woman’s Breast

It is a sign of a very passionate, but not faithful women. Usually, women with these birthmarks experience lots of problems in their personal life.

Birthmarks on the Right Side of a Woman’s Breast

Such a woman usually has a wonderful life, a happy family and healthy children. This woman is loyal, constant, and in old age will be surrounded by the care of grandchildren, children, a loving husband.

Birthmarks on Women’s Breasts

It’s a sign of a great mother.

Birthmarks on the Nipples

It’s a sign of the disease. Birthmarks on the left nipple predict heart disease, and on the right – an accident.

If you notice a lot of birthmarks under the right nipple of a man, it speaks of his weak will power. Such a man can not be trusted because he can easily change his mind and betray. But if there are only one or two birthmarks then a man can do a lot for the sake of a loved one.

Men with birthmarks under his left nipple are very brave, courageous, romantic. They usually become wonderful husbands.

Birthmarks on the Right Side of a Man’s Chest

It is a sign of the craving for alcohol and women.

Birthmarks on the Left Side of a Man’s Chest

Such a birthmark indicates prudence, good luck in business, which is achieved by diligence. If you notice the mark on the left side of the man’s chest, know that he is a good lover.

Birthmarks on the Back

Birthmarks on a Woman’s Back

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It turns out that the birthmarks on a woman’s back are a karmic sign. They appear because of grievances in past lives. Women with birthmarks on the back should communicate with others carefully, do not trust people completely, so as not to make mistakes again.

Birthmarks on the Upper Part of a Woman’s Back

If a woman has a lot of birthmarks on the upper part of her back, such a woman is accompanied by physical ailments and psychological problems.

Birthmarks on the Left Side of a Woman’s Back

Such a birthmark indicates that a woman is endowed with a great sense of humor.

Birthmarks Just Above a Woman’s Blades

Such birthmarks predict a difficult life. But this does not mean that such a woman will not be able to overcome life challenges.

A Birthmark in the Middle of a Man’s Back

This is a sign of a very kind, smart and reliable man.

Birthmarks in a Man’s Lumbar Area

This is a sign of an honest and loyal man. Men with such birthmarks should never risk. Their financial prosperity should be achieved only through hard work.

Birthmarks on the Belly

Women with birthmarks on their bellies are very emotional, overwhelmed by passions. Usually, such women love to eat, constantly dieting, but often break down without losing any weight. If these women develop enough will power they can turn their lives in the right direction and start eating properly.

As a rule, men and women with birthmarks on their bellies are very attractive.

Men with birthmarks on their bellies are very sexually attractive and like to dominate the partner.

A woman with a birthmark on her navel is talented in choosing men, she is happy in marriage, loves and cares for her children.

A man with a birthmark on his navel usually is pretty wealthy and has a good family.

However, often men and women with birthmarks on their navels are pretty selfish.

Birthmarks on the Shoulders

People with birthmarks on their shoulders are very strong, but on their way of life, they face lots of problems.

A birthmark on the right shoulder is a sign of a very calm and intellectual person who is very lucky in business.

A birthmark on the left shoulder is a sign of a successful person. But this success is related to work and business while their romantic life is not so happy. As a rule, such people are considered real debaters, defending their position in life.

Birthmarks on the Head

If a birthmark is hidden in the hair and has the appearance of a cross, it speaks of major troubles.

A birthmark under the hair of a different form suggests that its owner is able to manipulate people.

If birthmarks are hidden behind the hair, it is a sign of very smart and successful people. Often they become excellent teachers, write books, get involved in spirituality and esotericism.

Birthmarks on the temples is a sign of sensitive people. A person with a birthmark on his/her left temple is talented, but can often have headaches, so he has a bad memory and confused speech. A birthmark on the right temple predicts a hard life.

People with moles on the temples are recommended to hide their birthmarks from other people’s eyes because they are karmic signs given from above. People with marks on the temples can be mediums, healers, predict the future.

Birthmarks Under Arms

Women who have a birthmark under the left arm usually successfully marry a good and wealthy man. They also have pretty good careers. Usually, such women have a very good character.

Men with a birthmark under the left arm are soft, but they are great husbands and fathers. They are good at managing money and always help their friends. But sometimes their openness and inability to say “no” can be used against them and turn their lives into trouble.

A woman with a birthmark under the right arm is very strong and this quality often scares away men. Therefore such a woman usually is not too happy in her personal life.

A man with a birthmark under the right arm is very stubborn, smart, brave, wealthy, but in romantic life is not too happy.

Birthmarks on the Buttocks

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If a woman has a birthmark on her right buttock then such a woman is very frivolous but incredibly cheerful and sociable. Very often such women choose their friends for the sake of their interests, and therefore rarely find real friends.

A birthmark on the upper part of a woman’s buttock is a sign of a woman that tends to waste money, and their passionate relationships rarely lead to the wedding.

Birthmarks on the lower part of a woman’s right buttock are a sign of a lazy, greedy, and selfish person. Usually, it’s not easy to see the true face of such a woman because they skillfully hide their shortcomings, posing as lovely persons prone to self-sacrifice.

If a woman has a birthmark on the top of her left buttock then it’s a good sign. These ladies are faithful, hardworking, kind, and loving. They make great wives.

Women with birthmarks on the lower parts of their left buttocks are very smart. They successfully build their careers. However, they are not very lucky in their romantic relationships.

Men with birthmarks on the upper part of their right buttocks are considered lazy, cunning, and unreliable husbands. These men are at great risk of going to prison.

Men with birthmarks on the bottom part of their right buttocks are nice men, caring husbands, great friends.

A man with a birthmark on his left buttock has a powerful charisma. He fascinates people. Such a man knows how to make good money and be a good husband.

Birthmarks on the Legs and Feet

Men with birthmarks above their knees are creative and intelligent. However, if the birthmark is small then such men can be alcoholics.

Women with birthmarks above their knees are mysterious, very silent, very attractive. However, they need to monitor their psychological state.

If a birthmark on the leg is closer to the groin then these people are very hardworking, love the stability, and therefore always save money and think about tomorrow.

People with birthmarks on their hips from behind are very lucky and cheerful.

A birthmark on men’s left feet on the right indicates a smart and joyful person.

A birthmark on women’s left feet on the right is a sign of a woman’s impermanence.

Birthmarks on the left feet on the left is a sign of rich and wise men and sad and serious women.

A birthmark on the right foot indicates women’s loyalty and care and men’s resourcefulness.

Birthmarks on the toes are the signs of problems with health.

Bottom Line

Though our birthmarks can tell us a lot about our fate we should always remember that everything is in our hands! Knowing birthmark location meanings, empowers you to know and understand your strong and weak sides. So if you decide to take control over your life you can always change your behavior and thus your destiny.

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Ishvara Pranidhana: The Art Of Living For a Higher Purpose

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Are you one of those who sincerely turn to the path of knowledge of spiritual truths, the search for the meaning of life, the comprehension of the essence of being? Do you seek to understand the nature of your Soul and your true purpose? Then you are one of those spiritual wonderers who is able to see the world beyond the material limitations of the physical world and strive to live your life for a higher purpose. In this article, I want to introduce you to Ishvara Pranidhana which means attunement to the supreme consciousness. The practice of this Divine principle will help you to plant in your heart the highest degree of piety through which the mind comes to Samadhi.

Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras on the theory and practice of yoga. It describes the goals of yoga and the principles of techniques needed to achieve them.

The two first stages that the Sutras describe are the principles of Yama and Niyama.

Yama is a set of ethical norms that teach us to communicate with others in the right way.

There are five Yamas:

  1. Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.
  2. Satya (सत्य): truthfulness, non-falsehood.
  3. Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing.
  4. Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): chastity, marital fidelity, or sexual restraint.
  5. Aparigraha (अपरिग्रहः): non-avarice, non-possessiveness.

Niyama is the step of forming self-discipline and uplifting spirituality.

Five Niyamas are:

  1. Saucha (शौच): purity, clearness of mind, speech, and body.
  2. Santosha (सन्तोष): contentment, acceptance of others, and of one’s circumstances as they are, optimism for self.
  3. Tapas (तपस): austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance.
  4. Svadhyaya (स्वाध्याय): the study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches, and actions.
  5. Ishvara Pranidhana (ईश्वरप्रणिधान): contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), attunement to the supreme consciousness.

All these principles are interdependent. If you break one of the Yamas or Niyamas, you are bound to break the others. And if you improve in the practice of one principle, then the practice of other yamas and niyamas will also be improved.

For example, if you violate Satya by allowing yourself to lie, you will not be able to practice Ahimsa. Or, if you do not observe the principle of Saucha and pollute your body and mind, it will be difficult for you to practice Brahmacharya.

What Is Ishvara Pranidhana?

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Ishvara Pranidhana is the fifth niyama described Patanjali which means the contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), or attunement to the supreme consciousness.

Ishvara is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “supreme, God, the Absolute Brahman, True Self, or Unchanging Reality”. Pranidhana means “dedication, devotion, or surrender”.

In the Upanishads, the word Isvara means “a state of collective consciousness”. In this sense, there isn’t a Godlike figure we are supposed to worship or devote our actions to, rather ‘God’ represents a state of collective consciousness, and therefore represents all of us too.

Thus, the fifth niyama teaches us to surrender to God or Higher self, meaning, cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe and making each action an offering to something bigger than us.

A person who practices Ishvara Pranidhana, dedicates the merits of his actions to the Supreme, and coordinates every step he takes (all actions, thoughts, words) with the expediency for the benefit of spiritual development. He is not looking for personal gain, his actions are pure and sincere.

Thus, when we are talking about the practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, we mean our complete surrender to God (our own higher self). If we can dedicate our lives to serving the God that dwells within everything and everyone, we will move beyond all feelings of separateness and free ourselves from the dualistic mindset. If we can say without reservation, “I give You myself: my body, my mind, and my heart, to serve the Highest Good of all,” then we will be freed from the stress, anxiety, self-doubt, as well as from negative karma.

The Idea Of Surrendering

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In our modern society, the feelings of separateness and disconnection prevail. Ego and pride are people’s main motivators, and being strong and domineering over others are the main qualities of successful people. Most of us silently accepted that this is how life goes and there is nothing we can do about it. Our egos made us believe that we, human beings, are somehow in control of the universe. Therefore, the very idea of surrendering seems like something negative, as it implies a sort of weakness or defeat.

Our minds were programmed since ancient times that surrender means losing. This belief comes from military terminology where surrender means the opposition to the victory. And it makes sense since the very nature of any war or competition is built on duality. For us, human beings, it’s normal to see surrender as something bad because our minds are stuck in the duality and it’s hard to see something beyond these limited paradigms.

In spirituality, however, we don’t limit our beliefs with “right or wrong” labels. Instead, we are learning to see the hidden meanings of everything by overcoming the dualistic mindset. Thus, victory is attained as we willingly surrender our limited idea of who we are (i.e. our name, our jobs, our problems, etc.) and create the space needed to feel our true Self, our Divine Spark which is limitless.

Surrender requires self-discipline, trust, and faith. Ultimately it will take far more effort to cling to the smallness of the ego than it will surrender the Higher self.

Applying the Practice of Isvara Pranidhana to Life

#1: Examine your path

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Start with introspection. Ask yourself what you are guided by in your life when you choose the path that you follow throughout your earthly incarnation. After all, intentions are the main criterion that reflects the sincerity of your actions, words, and thoughts.

Examine your path, the purpose you live for. Are your intentions dictated by ego, prestige, greed, or pride?

Think about your strongest motivation in life. Are you motivated by selfish motives? Or, is every action you do aim at improving this world, creating good, bringing light and love, joy and warmth to this world? Answer these questions honestly. What do you live for? A sincere answer to this question will clarify for you the meaning of your existence and direct you to the true path of life.

#2: Practice letting go and non-attachment

Letting go of the fruits of our actions and non-attachment are a focal point of the Bhagavad Gita

If we’ve put a lot of effort into something, we often get attached to a result of our actions. Questions like: “Will they like me?”, “What if I’m not good enough?”, “Will my project be successful?” are perfect examples of attachments to a result. All this worrying about things we have no control over is the main cause of our suffering.

Instead of worrying and focusing on the result, concentrate on the process and the idea of service – meaning, dedication of the process of doing to God. In this case, you’ll be fully engaged in the action without thinking about what might or might not happen.

The practice of surrendering requires us to acknowledge that we can do our very best in each situation, but we can’t really do any more than that. Realizing this simple truth essentially allows us to fully engage and be present in what we’re doing, bringing all our energy to the present moment and experiencing it fully just for what it is.

Such attitude to the process helps us to develop trust and faith that are essential for our spiritual development.

You can do the same action with or without God. However, when you’re doing it without God (guided by ego) you’re facing all kinds of challenges, obstacles, worries, and suffering. But when you’re acting with God (focusing on offering your action to the Divine), you know that any outcome is beneficial because this is what God wants. This approach gives you satisfaction with any result – because you have your trust and faith that whatever happens as a result of your actions is for the highest good for all.

#3: Stay open

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In our daily life, Isvara Pranishana can be also seen as an opening up to what isThat is, instead of fighting against life’s twists and turns, you are remaining open to experiencing life as it unfolds.  

When we are remaining fixed and rigid in our conditioned patterns, habits, and limitations, we are doomed to a limited life. Whereas surrendering has an expansive nature that boosts your development. Surrendering is hugely challenging because it means transcending the ego, and the ego will do everything it can to stay in control over your mind.

Worries, conditioning, judgments, and perceptions are the “hooks” that the ego pulls us by. Without those “hooks” the ego would not exist. Therefore, it tries desperately to cling on when we work on quietening it.

Surrendering requires trust in the Universe and the courage to express ourselves for who we are, as we are. Each time we choose to surrender, we move closer to freedom. 

Conclusion

When we see ourselves as a part of one whole, we are no longer in the illusion of separation (duality). This leads to the emergence of healthy altruism towards all living beings and a sincere desire to share the divine light of our hearts, which becomes possible due to the disclosure of this light in our souls. When we observe the principle of Ishvara Pranidhana we become free from egoistic motivations in our behavior and in our activities.

  

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How To Stop Overthinking: 6 Effective Strategies

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Overthinking is a habit that if not taken under control can cause tremendous distress and suffering. When overthinking, our brain tries to convince us that all those worries and ruminations could be helpful. Many overthinkers have a firm belief that they can come up with a better solution or prevent themselves from making the same mistake if they spend more time thinking and analyzing. All these can lead to analysis paralysis which becomes a real problem. The more you think, the worse you feel. Overthinking often leads to anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, and other negative emotions that may cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing the situation clearly. In this article, I want to share with you 6 effective tips on how to stop overthinking and take control of your mind.

What Is Overthinking?

Overthinking is basically what its name suggests – thinking too much. When you are going over the same thought, again and again, so that your brain becomes incapable of translating this thought into actions or positive outcomes. When you think about something too much or for too long, that you can’t get it out of your head and feel worried or stressed about it – this is overthinking.

Do you often worry about the future, catastrophic predictions about events that haven’t happened yet? Do you think with regret about your past, “should haves” and “could haves.” Do you fret over what others might think of you or let negative self-talk build up in your mind? These are examples of overthinking.

If you are one of those who tend to overthink an important decision, replaying all the options in your head, you may experience “paralysis by analysis”. You are so afraid of taking the wrong action, so you take no action at all.

Overthinking often leads to sleepless nights when your brain just won’t turn off, increased symptoms of depression, elevate your stress levels, and cloud your judgment. 

Common Types Of Overthinking

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Nick Wignall, a clinical psychologist, suggests four common types of overthinking:

#1: Worry

This is one of the most common types of overthinking where we imagine possible problems or dangers in the future.

“Of course, anticipating problems or threats in the future is often a good thing to do! But helpful planning is different from unhelpful worry in that worry doesn’t actually lead to new information or insights that can be helpful. For example, your spouse is on a plane flight and you start worrying about different ways the plane could crash and kill your spouse. This kind of thinking doesn’t actually keep your spouse safe, plus it adds a lot of stress and anxiety to you.” – Nick Wignall

#2: Depressive Rumination

This type of overthinking is about replaying events from the past in an unhelpful way. A depressive rumination is a specific form of overthinking our own past mistakes or failures.

“As opposed to helpful reflection, depressive rumination is unproductive and doesn’t lead to anything but shame, guilt, and sadness at oneself. Depressive rumination is one of the key drivers of not only depression but also self-criticalness and low self-esteem.” – Nick Wignall

#3: Angry Rumination

This type of overthinking is similar to depressive rumination except the object of the overthinking is other people and their mistakes rather than yourself.

“For example, after a fight with your spouse, you find yourself replaying arguments you’ve had with them in the past and going over evidence of why you were right and they were wrong. Although it often feels good in the moment, angry rumination tends to lead to aggression, resentment, and distorted beliefs about other people in our lives.” – Nick Wignall

#4: Fix-It Mode

This type of overthinking happens when someone is sharing a painful or difficult experience with you and you have a hard time tolerating the anxiety that comes from hearing it. It affects you in a way that you begin thinking about best ways to fix the problem or do things differently.

“Fix-It Mode is a form of overthinking because you’re applying problem-solving-style thinking when what would be more helpful is to simply listen empathetically and validate the person’s difficulty rather than trying to fix it (and make yourself feel better in the process).” – Nick Wignall

Of course, there are many other types of overthinking. But the four listed tend to be the most common and often produce the most suffering.

Why Do We Overthink?

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Often, the tendency to overthink roots in unhealed trauma or deep emotional issue. Here are the most common reasons why we overthink:

  • childhood trauma
  • obsessive desire to control the situation
  • intolerance of uncertainty and tendency to pretend that things are more predictable than they are
  • perfectionism (as intolerance of feeling less than perfect)
  • an excuse for procrastinating or avoiding decisions
  • you see everything as a problem to be solved with lots of thinking
  • excessive fear of conflict

Of course, there are many more reasons of overthinking. But the listed seven are some of the most common. The above causes are a good place to start if you want to stop overthinking.

How To Stop Overthinking?

Now let’s talk about how to stop overthinking. Here are six strategies that I find most effective.

#1: Identify the Emotions Behind Overthinking

First, try to identify what emotion is hiding behind your overthinking. For example, when you start overthinking by worrying about future events, it might be the case that overthinking is functioning to relieve or alleviate some anxiety you have about your future. Overthinking may temporarily distract you from your anxiety temporarily and give you the illusion of control in a short term. However, it’s not solving the problem but only makes it worse. Therefore, it’s essential to look for the emotions behind overthinking and ask yourself if there’s a better way to deal with them.

When you take time to identify your emotions and validate them, it helps you to become more productive in the long run.

#2: Challenge Negative Thoughts

Overthinking is often a response to feeling bad emotionally. But if you allow your negative thoughts to take control of your mind, you end up feeling even worse. It’s easy to get carried away with negative thoughts. The most effective way to switch the frequency of your thought patterns is to practice positive self-talk.

Next time when you start overthinking, pause for a moment and point out that your thinking is not entirely accurate. This simple technique will help you to achieve a more balanced and emotionally neutral way of thinking. With practice, you’ll learn to recognize and replace negative thinking patterns, before they work you up into complete insanity.

#3: Focus On Problem Solving

Overthinking your problems isn’t helpful – but looking for solutions is. If it’s something you have some control over, think about how you can prevent the problem or challenge yourself to identify a couple of potential solutions. If it’s something you have no control over – think about the strategies you can use to cope with it. Instead of overthinking your problems, focus on the things you can control, like your attitude and your effort.

#4: Schedule Time For Reflection

Instead of dwelling on your problems for long periods of time, try to take a brief reflection on them. Constructive reflection can help you to see more clearly how you could do things differently, recognize potential pitfalls to your plan, and perform better in the future.

For example, you could schedule 10 minutes of “thinking time”. During that time period let yourself think, analyze, or mull over whatever you want. But when your time is up, move onto something else. And when you start overthinking things outside of your scheduled thinking time, simply remind yourself that you’ll need to wait until your next “thinking time” session to address those issues in your mind.

You can’t simply make yourself stop worrying. But this simple strategy will train your mind to do it at the right time.

#5: Change Your Activity

If you can’t make yourself stop thinking about something, try to change your activity. Things like exercising, engaging in conversation on a completely different subject, or working on a project can help you to switch the focus of your attention and stop overthinking. Doing something different will put an end to the negative internal dialogue.

#6: Practice Mindfulness

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The mindfulness practice will help you to train yourself to be aware of things without thinking about them. By practicing mindfulness we become able to notice when negative thought patterns arise and shift our attention out of thinking mode and into awareness mode.

You can start practicing mindfulness by simply paying attention to the experience of every activity during daily life rather than thinking about it. Or, you can practice mindfulness meditation. For doing it, simply sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath for 20 minutes.

The Bottom Line

Overthinking takes a lot of energy. It takes away your inner peace and harmony. But the good news is that overthinking is a habit and habits can be broken with the right approach and enough patience. If you want to stop overthinking, the key is to understand why you do it and then implement the strategies to eliminate it.

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30 Old Soul Quotes To Better Understand Your Spiritual Nature

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Being an old soul refers to how you view and approach life. Usually, old souls look at life through a vignette of experiences they may not have lived during this lifetime, yet, but somehow, just seem to know. If you feel like you’ve lived before, and you have wisdom you can’t explain, you could be an old soul. Whether you’re an old soul or not, our collection of 30 old soul quotes could be relatable to you or some of your friends and family. When reading through these old soul quotes you may start recognizing yourself (or someone you know) and understand your (or someone’s) spiritual nature better.

Here they are 30 insightful old soul quotes!

30 Old Soul Quotes

#1

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“There is a beautiful thing inside you that is thousands of years old. Too old to be captured in poems. Too old to be loved by everyone but loved so very deeply by a chosen few.” ~ Nikita Gill

#2

“The Old Soul is more inclined to be a lifelong learner, constantly feeding his thirst for insight through his own persistent efforts. His learning has not been forced into him through education or learned out of obligation, but has been absorbed out of curiosity and personal choice.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#3

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” ~ Nicole Lyons

#4

“Old souls are humble enough to acknowledge that life is random and surprising, but are comforted by the fact that they can always choose how to react from what happens. And the ability to reflect on one’s life is an absolute must. As an old soul, you know that it’s up to you to make it through this life in one piece. And you ensure that you take time everyday to reflect on what has transpired in order to learn about how you can move forward in life.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#5

“My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.” ~ Charles Bukowski

#6

“Old souls come into this life with an agenda to experience and complete karma, while new souls want to make form out of light, and experience what it’s like to be a being in a body. As such, the new souls’ experience is a bit more lighthearted, where being an old soul can feel heavy. But in addition to that, because the old soul comes to this life with more experience and understanding, they’re able to handle obstacles and challenges with greater clarity.” ~ Randi Merzon

#7

“As an old soul, you get tired out around people quite easily. Some old souls would identify as introverts, but it’s more than that: if you are an old soul, you feel like both your body, mind, and soul need rest. This is probably why you love taking breaks from everything and everyone. From time to time, you like going somewhere different, where no one knows you, and you like to rejuvenate your energy with the unknown or with nature.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#8

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“I don’t belong on earth, my soul is from the stars. I’m visiting this planet for a while so I can help people listen to their hearts.” ~ Nikki Rowe

#9

“There is a special kind of person in our world who finds himself alone and isolated, almost since birth. His solitary existence isn’t from a preference or antisocial temperament– he is simply old. Old in heart, old in mind, and old in soul, this person who finds his outlook on life vastly different and more matured than those around him.” ~ Alethia Luna

#10

“No one enjoys being a newbie, but in fact, the benefit of being a new soul is that they carry around a lot less karma.” ~ Randi Merzon

#11

“Some people say an old soul is simply more mature than those around them. But that doesn’t tell the full story. An old soul creates their own path while the rest of society follow each other like sheep. Banality and toxic energy are non-existent in an old soul’s life. Instead, an old soul questions conventional wisdom and critically thinks for themselves. They’re not concerned with gossiping or making money. They want to understand more about life and what makes the universe tick. ~ Lachlan Brown

#12

“Anyone who takes the time to attentively listen is either an old soul or a romantic one.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

#13

“Be grateful if you look younger than your age while also being wiser than many of your contemporaries. It means the fire of your Old Soul is alive and well. Embrace it. Surround yourself with those who celebrate this fiery Light shining bright out of your soul; those who are summoned to fan your glimmering flames and dance within them. Embrace them.” ~ Omar Cherif

#14

“Old souls are misunderstood for several things. For possibly appearing standoffish. For their desire to be alone — read, introvert. For acting withdrawn. They are deep thinkers. They could be considered daydreamers. And more often than not, when they speak, the attention quickly and quietly moves to them because you know they’ve been waiting for just the right time to say just the right, meaningful thing.” ~ Kym Klass

Old Soul Quotes

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige

#16

“If you are an old soul, it’s likely that you have been referred to as more mature than your friends, even from a young age. You might have always felt like you were a bit older, not just physically, but mentally. Perhaps you didn’t always get along with people your own age because you were seeing things from a different perspective. And how they see things seem short-sighted to you. It can even put you off when people can’t look at the bigger picture. It can be difficult when you are young and don’t understand why you are different, but as you age, it becomes more clear that you meant to be this way. Being an old soul is a gift, not a curse.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#17

“Innately, the Old Soul carries a sense of world-wariness as he stands on the outside, looking in. As an observer, the Old Soul like the Steppenwolf feels an all-pervading sense of alienation. He is the ultimate Outsider who is both in the world, but not quite of the world at the same time.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#18

“Old souls are givers — but they don’t do this for attention. Rather, it is something that has been ingrained in them from the beginning. They’ve just always known it is better to give. And they do that with passion.” ~ Kym Klass

#19

“Many people are drawn to old souls, for they radiate a sense of peacefulness and inner strength that is captivating and reassuring.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#20

“People who have old souls don’t require outside validation of their worth or value. A lot of people turn to others, the internet, their jobs, or another outside source of validation to make meaning in their lives, but as an old soul, you see the value of your experiences and what you bring to the table so there’s no need to exhaust your efforts in those areas.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#21

“The concept of the old soul is inspired by the idea that our bodies are containers for spirit, and an old soul is someone who continues to reincarnate in order to heal or complete karmic agreements.” ~ Randi Merzon

#22

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“The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are.” ~ Unknown

#23

“A new soul wants to be fresh and new and maybe have a more hedonistic lifestyle, while an old soul wants to go into the depths and learn. Old souls may also feel somewhat isolated, as they can see through much of the illusion and separation in modern culture.” ~ Karen Brailsford

#24

“In a world of sensationalized automated newsfeeds and fake news, old souls are now more needed than ever.”

#25

“People who have old souls are often found at home. It is where they feel safe and secure. It’s where they are happiest. People who have old souls don’t have to look far outside themselves to find what really makes them happy. And if you find yourself bound to home as much as possible, then you’re definitely an old soul. There is nothing more restful than being in your favorite couch, tucked under a blanket, and simply enjoying the comforts of the place you made for yourself.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#26

“When we talk about ‘old souls’ in the realm of psychology, we are often referring to those individuals who seem to have inherent wisdom and a grounded sense of being in the world—often far more than would be expected for someone their age.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#27

“Old souls are certainly introspective, but they don’t only think about themselves; they’re known to be thoughtful in a broader way, and they enjoy collecting, connecting, appreciating, and learning. Despite perhaps coming across as all-knowing, an old soul is keenly aware that they’re a student of the universe, not a teacher. Given this truth, it’s clear that old souls are more interested in the depth of a story than the superficial details.” ~ Mary Grace Garis

#28

“Old souls know that there’s always more than one way to look at something, and they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. That doesn’t mean you always agree with the person you’re talking to – but you do find it easy to understand their perspective. This ability to see both sides of an issue makes old souls fair-minded – rather than just going with their gut, they make decisions based on carefully accumulated facts and opinions. The downside? Old souls often appear uncommitted to their own point of view. If people accuse you of being changeable, just keep in mind that what you are is rare. Not everyone will see what you offer, but your ability to see others’ perspectives benefits everyone.” ~ Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Old Soul Quotes & Sayings

#29

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“Old souls are picky with people they choose to spend time with. They don’t like superficial relationships. So they would rather be alone than to be with people they don’t relate with. As a result, they are often seen alone.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#30

“Old souls serve a wonderful purpose here on Earth. We use our wisdom that we have attained through many lifetimes to pass down to others, so that we may have a peaceful, happier world. We see life differently than most people and have a unique sense of how to approach the world with an open mind, and a strong will that keeps us grounded in our convictions. An old soul sees through ancient eyes and understands with an ancient heart.” ~ Aurora Eliam

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