Why Pain Is Not As Bad As It Seems

Pain comes in all different forms and intensities, and usually we cannot predict when, where, or how it will arise. Because it hurts, a natural response is to view it as an antagonist, something to fight against and silence. But really, it’s just a communicator, trying to tell us something. It’s immediate message is obvious: something is causing the body harm in a particular place that we should give our attention to. It also is telling us something perhaps more profound, more symbolic. Rocky Korda has shared with us a huge lesson he gleaned from a TED Talk about our relationship with it.

“I saw this beautiful video on Ted talks by a woman named Elizabeth Lesser, who talks about being open about your feelings and being authentic with others’. I scooped out a sentence she said throughout the lecture that I found extremely beautiful and empowering. She said this: “Ask the pain what it’s come to deliver. Something new wants to be born” and i thought, ‘wow! that is one way of looking at pain!’. Meaning, it teaches you a few valuable lessons in life: a) pain is a process; it’s not a thing–it is temporary and it will go away b) it’s here for a purpose–and the purpose is not for you to be in pain, but to learn from it and c) embrace the pain in a way that you can gain from it. If you see pain as something that is here to bring something to life, then it’s a good thing. And it hurts less.”

If you want to see the original TED Talk, click the link below. We all experience pain, so share this with others to help them see this sensation in a new way.

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A CGI Short Film On How To Deal Effectively With Fear

A CGI Short Film On How To Deal Effectively With Fear.

Some fear literally stops us dead in our tracks–an adrenaline rush and a quickening heartbeat are hardly unnoticeable. Other fear creeps into the background and we don’t notice, or even recognize, at first. But even when we do, it keeps holding us back.

This otherworldly CGI video depicts a way around the fear-bound situations so many of us encounter. The scene is not long but holds layers of figurative meaning to unpack. Read what Aurelija Salickaite has to say about her inspiration for the project:

“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you if you allow it.” is a short animation I have made myself while in the process of trying to understand fear that was stopping me from living. I made this animation because I was lost between what people say about fear how we need to fight it and not think about it or get away from it and that led me to a very bad place. I would love to continue share it with the world with no purpose other than bringing people together and help spread the visual metaphor.

Spoiler alert: below is Aurelija Salickaite’s perspective on the video’s meaning. If you want to watch first to see how you interpret it, skip to the link now. But don’t forget to come back and read her intended message!  

“Explanation and meaning behind it: “The light, the energy, gives power to the person’s heart, and with her eyes closed she moves towards that inner light. When she falls, the doubt, the fear, comes out. And the idea is that the fear grows and moves with the person. She tries to understand the fear, and notices that it moves like she moves. It is a part of her rather than something to get away from. The goal is that the person manages to take a step. And that is all you need, because fear will always be there. Only with conscious understanding of it’s existence we can move with it.”

Share this video with anyone who may appreciate an artistic look at moving forward unimpeded by fear and doubt.

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Girls: No Matter How Down You Feel, You’re Not Alone

A Bold Girl is Who I Am! is a beautiful marriage of inspiring content, clever design, and witty insight. This 3-in-1 book series is written to explore the vast landscape of emotions that adolescent girls experience – from tragedy and despair to joy and elatement. Though it touches on the hardships many young women face, it more importantly provides a heartfelt look at the other side, the light at the end of the tunnel. This approach was carefully chosen in order to help reduce the allure of suicide attempts, suicides and self-harm so many adolescent girls experience.

Nkechie Ilori explains, “I want the world to see the pain, the beauty, the reality of growing up female. I want people to understand a young woman’s powerlessness AND unwavering strength. A Bold Girl is Who I Am! is my way of speaking out on their behalf, and to them.”

The three books were written after careful analysis of teen girls age 12 to 19. In a survey of 333 young women from 11 global ethnicities, the following was determined:

1. Well over half of the respondents wish to change their physical appearance, namely their physique;

2. A staggering 56% of the girls report that they do not love themselves; 25% said they do love themselves; and the remaining 19% weren’t sure;

3. Nearly 2/3 of the respondents (71%) indicated that they do not talk to their parents about how they feel.

Ilori has defined three current action steps you can take to help bring healing love and acceptance to girls everywhere:

1. I would very much like support from REAL LIFE STORIES of girls who had it tough, but came out strong by confronting the status quo.

2. People can also kindly share the Kickstarter link

3. Thirdly, I’d like service provision, such as printing out the A1 fliers and spreading the word in their communities

This was an Uplifting Causes submission. Thank you Nkechi for submitting this cause to the Uplifting Content Community and doing your part in helping make the world a better place.

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A Rap For Kids Who Feel Less Than

This lyric rap video is a fun, meaningful way that Bolaji O communicates the truth of how able we all are. Here he is to introduce his cause:

We all have a purpose and special genius within us. We may not have revealed it yet, but it’s there within us. All humans, one just as much as the next, are worthwhile and meant to be here for a significant reason. Other people’s superficial judgements are simply their own false reaction to a fraction of reality.

I’m a children’s book author, who struggled with social anxiety growing up. When I became a Dad, I created Brave Young Heroes to help my kids, and others, find their voice in the world. Here’s a short video I created in response to a friend’s autistic son being bullied. Enough is enough. It’s called #DISSability

Watch and share with any kids that might need some reassurance that they are more capable and incredible than they know with this rap.

DISSability. An anthem for every kid who's ever been devalued …

#DissabilityI wrote this for every kid, who's ever been devalued or dismissed.If you've ever been picked on, passed up, or counted out? This ones for you.#OurKidsWillChangeTheWorld

Posted by Brave Young Heroes on Thursday, September 7, 2017

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A Reminder To Live Your Passion Now

A Reminder To Live Your Passion Now

Pablo Zubiria has crafted an expert compilation of the various things people can do in this world. There is so much in nature to explore and so much of human invention to experience. We have so many choices about what to do with the time we have, and really the main factor that matters is that we feel good about what we are doing. In this series of present moments we call life, with endless opportunities, the question is, what will you do?

We find all sorts of reasons to procrastinate and make excuses, but as Pablo tells Uplifting Content, “… we should live in the present and stop wasting time. If there’s something we are passionate and really care about, we will find time regardless.”

So go out at find what you really love to do and your passion! But first, take three minutes and get some inspiration from the link below and share with whoever you think might benefit.

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Inspirational Words From One Incredible Young Man

Regardless of the dark times you’ve seen, you CAN turn your mind–and your life–around. Rowan Tyne, still only a teenager, has gone from severely depressed to smiling and ready to bring people up with him. You’ve got to see the passion and wisdom this inspirational young guy has; it’s pretty extraordinary. He’s proof of the importance of freeing our true voices, our inner songs, for the world to hear. Here are some brief words from the man himself:

“I am an 18 year old young man and I have really big dreams. After healing years of deep inner wounds over the past year and a half I have felt a calling to help people enjoy their lives more and live with purpose.

Please share this video and spread the message it carries!

Unconditional Love, Rowan Tyne

This was a My Uplifting Content Submission. Thank you Rowan for submitting your work to the Uplifting Content Community. We are so grateful to you for making a difference and uplifting people in your own special way.

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This was a My Uplifting Content Submission. Thank you Rowan for submitting your work to the Uplifting Content Community. We are so grateful to you for making a difference and uplifting people in your own special way. This was a My Uplifting Content Submission. Thank you Rowan for submitting your work to the Uplifting Content Community. We are so grateful to you for making a difference and uplifting people in your own special way.

5 Simple Steps To Feel Thankful Even When Your Life Is Down The Toilet

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

You don’t believe in it anymore.

At least, not at the moment.

You know, when they say you have to appreciate life to feel happy. And you tried. You really did.

But come on, you need to have a reason to feel thankful.

That you don’t have now.

Right now, you can’t even think of anything to lift your mood up. You feel your life is messed up.

How often do you feel that way?

Maybe it’s when you just got fired from your job, or your boss didn’t give credit for the hard work you do. Or maybe it’s when you just had a big fight with your partner and you felt like you guys had nothing in common. Or when everything you touched would turn into broken pieces, you spilled your coffee to the precious tablecloth, you forgot to save an important file before the power’s off.

It seems that bad things happen in a row and once they start, they will not stop.

And you are right. They will not stop until either you break everything you have in your life or you are not in a bad mood anymore.

Apparently, your best choice is to stop being in a bad mood, as quick as possible before you either hurt yourself or someone else.

Here are 5 incredibly simple steps to feel thankful, they work even when you think your life is down the toilet.

Take Long, Deep Breaths

This is the crucial first step. No matter what you are doing or how urgent it is or how bad you screw up, it can wait for couple minutes.

When life goes down south, we often freak out and do lots of things without careful consideration in the effort of trying to fix things up. Unsurprisingly, the harder you try to fix it, the worse the situation becomes.

Stop whatever you’re doing, sit back and take several long, deep breaths.

This will help you to prevent or push away the panic attack that is rising. What’s more, it stretches your lung, pumps oxygen to your brain and allows you to calm down and relax.

Ignore Your Current Situation And Find Gratitude Outside Of It

Unless you are on fire literally, ignore your current situation. If you keep focusing on the terrible reality you are facing, you will not be able to find any gratitude.

But if you stop dwelling on the thought of how messy your life is, the connection between your thought and your feeling breaks, making it more difficult for you to remember why it bothers you so much in the first place.

So no matter what you are doing, the best thing to do is to take a step back, ignore your current situation and find gratitude somewhere else.

Make a list of the things you are grateful for and write down the reason why. This will not only shift your focus from negativity to positivity but also deepen the positive emotions to your brain.

Get To Know Your Emotions From A Different Perspective

So what is it exactly you are feeling in your current situation?

You are mad, angry, confused or all of that?

But really, your current situation, whatever it is, cannot bring you that many feelings. It can give you one or two, and that’s it.

However, your feelings and memories, especially negative ones, are like all the dominoes in a chain. Once you drop one, all will fall. You mess up one time, all the bad memories return to convince you that your life is done. One feeling triggers another until all of them collapse. And you are left feeling broken and vulnerable.

How do you make it stop?

The answer is simpler than you think.

Write down how you feel because of your CURRENT situation. That’s it. No more.

If you just got fired from your job, write down what you truly feel.

“I’m worried I cannot provide my family.”

​“I’m scared I would lose my house.”

​Acknowledge your true feelings. And be grateful that you are still able to feel them. Because a lot of people can’t.

Be Thankful For Being Given Some Challenges

​Imagine when things are going your way. “Life is great!”.

​But what if when everything is going your way all the time? What will you feel?

​Remember when you are a kid and you didn’t know how to brush your teeth? At that time, brushing your teeth was a challenge and you felt wonderful the first time you did it all by yourself.

​Now you brush your teeth every single day. Do you still feel the victory and the excitement of a conqueror?

​Of course not.

So instead of screaming to the world how messed up and difficult your life is, be thankful for it.

​You know why? Because you will be much stronger after it.

​They are your tests after all. You can make it through, you have what it takes. And that’s how you transform your life, to turn from a caterpillar to a butterfly.

Find Hope And Feel Thankful For Life

​If you are still struggling to feel thankful, look around you, do some research and learn what other people have to deal with.

You might don’t know this. But…

​Some people’s lives are in danger. They have to recklessly get out of their house to do things, with a constant fear that a bullet might accidentally shot through their head anytime.

​Some people are starving. They can eat anything they find, but there is nothing left around them.

​Some people are dying from some sickness or diseases. They know they are dying but there is nothing they can do about it.

​Some people’s fanciest dream is to have enough money so none of their children is hungry.

​Some people’s biggest wish is to have something on top of their heads, so their family will not get when under the rain.

​Now, do you still think being fired from your job, having a big fight with your partner or losing an important data is a disaster?

​You see. It’s already a miracle for how well things have been working out for us, how we are still breathing and how we can work to pursue our dreams.

​That miracle doesn’t work for everyone. But it already works for us.

Being Thankful For Every Single Breath You Have Left On Earth

​Imagine this.

Life happens. Again. Some bad things just happened, and they are out of your control.

​Guess what?

​This time, you are going to take a short break, go for a walk while breathing deeply.

​You feel so much better after 5 minutes walking. And you think about your life, 5 minutes ago.

​You feel so silly. Why does it even bother you in the first place? It’s nothing compared to how wonderful your life is. You are so grateful for everything. You are living. You are breathing.

​You know this feeling will vanish soon. But thank God, you can still have feelings. And that’s lovely.

​And you know your chance is right there at the corner.

​Your life is not done. It’s not down the toilet. It just has ups and downs, which you are so indeed grateful for.

​“Thank you, life, for testing me. And I thank you, myself, to give me enough strength to overcome all the obstacles come in my way. Thank you”.

The original article can be found here.

A New Take On Failure

This video seriously changes lives, and your life could be one of them. If you are having a hard time making changes in your life, that’s partly because changing is hard. But the people in this video are here to remind you not to give up. You never know when the success will happen. But fortunately, if you truly want something, the hard times will pass and good will come.

The video also reminds you not to fear failure. There will be failures. That’s part of living. But as long as you spend time on yourself–bettering yourself, learning, and doing what you want to do regardless of what others are doing or thinking–you can live your dream. You absolutely can.

This video’s music, the loud, passionate voices, and the images of other motivated people will surely inspire you. Greatness is in everyone, which means it’s in you too. Find it and let it out!

Secrets To Finding Fulfillment And Success

It’s all about now. And using the now to thrust yourself, with faith, into the future. You don’t know how things will turn out, but you can trust that if you figure out what you love, and then focus on doing that regardless of others’ opinions, things will work out great.

This video will help show you that there’s a way–led by your intuition, by your courage–to keep starting over even after you’re knocked down. To relentlessly live your life and not anyone else’s.

This montage of powerful video clips and strong words will leave you awe-inspired, shocked, and wanting to be one of those people who goes hard until they make it. It will make you want to see what you’re capable of. You must remember, you are capable of more than you think you are.

So go find out because no one else can but you! Share the video to inspire others too!

Why Obstacles Aren’t Obstacles At All

Traffic cones lined up in a track and field.

People often run from obstacles, which is understable. But Mateusz is here to tell you that obstacles can actually really help us out. And we can get past all obstacles. We all can. All we have to do is decide to. Once we make a decision, we just need to keep showing up, doing what we can, showing up, doing what we can.

To experience this video–the music and images of these very strong people and the overlaid galvanizing voice–is to feel the power we all have within. Watch and feel stir within you, the knowing that you too can get to whatever level you desire.

The deep power of possibility is waiting to be expressed through you. Spread the motivation with others by sharing this post!