What are the benefits of happiness? People who are happy don’t suffer from depression, doubt, or anger as much. Happiness helps you be productive, problem solve and be creative. It can help you be more sociable. It can help you have more success at work, […]
Author: Jorge Robleto
Why do you want the things you want? For many, the obvious answer is because they want to BE HAPPY. This leads to another question, how do you think you can achieve happiness? This is where things get tricky, but for many people, the answer is found in external factors. This could be through the attainment of material things like a car or a house or through the praise and approval of others. This is the path most people take, but did you know that there is another option?
It’s called eudaimonic happiness. Eudaimonic happiness is happiness that comes from within regardless of the environment or circumstances. This course focuses on the way that you can unwrap the layers that are preventing you from experiencing this JOY in your own life.
We will look at 6 layers:
- DESIRE: How have society, friends or parents influenced your desires? Do you know what your authentic desires actually are? If so, what are they?
- LIMITING BELIEFS: What are the beliefs that are holding you back?
- IDENTITY/EGO: How can you kill your old identity and reveal who you truly are?
- TIME: How much time are you spending thinking about the past or the future? Is this taking away from your ability to focus on the here and now?
- CONDITIONING: How can you shift patterns and conditions that are triggering drama and unhappiness?
- MOOD/EMOTIONS: How can you intentionally create emotions within you that are positive?
If you’re tired of the negativity in your life and are ready to discover what true happiness looks like, then I encourage you to join me on this journey.
Are you ready to unleash the joy within you? Learn how to let go of limiting beliefs, feel excited and motivated to succeed, re-wire your brain to create more happiness now, and take back control of your feelings and emotions. I want you to experience joy in your daily life. I want to see you reach your highest potential. And I want to help you do it! So, let’s begin this journey of exploration together.
Contact me through e-mail: email@example.com
Disclaimer: Many of the concepts in this course are from © Copyright Transformation Academy
You may think that the people around you, and society at large, have little to no influence on who you are… but that’s just not true. If you take the time to reflect on your beliefs and where they come from, you’ll soon realize how […]
I recently started to help some friends develop goals for their lives, and begin the process of making them a reality. What I discovered though is that goals only make sense when you know what your purpose is. If you don’t know WHAT you want to do with your life, then the motivation will not be there to actually follow through on any goals.
Knowing your Purpose is the foundation to attaining fulfillment and happiness. Once you figure out WHAT, then you can move on to HOW. It’s a process, and it’s one that I want to help you through.
The FIRST step to having clarity on your life purpose is to understand how the beliefs of your parents, friends and society have influenced you. And to distinguish whether these beliefs help you grow or whether they are holding you back.
Then, you have to look at your PASSIONS and interests. What makes your heart beat faster? What makes your eyes light up?
TALENTS and skills are the next point of analysis. Are you naturally skilled at something? What talents have you developed throughout your life? What’s important to remember though is that just because you’re good at something does not mean it’s a part of your purpose. I was always good at Math in school, but it’s not something I want to spend the rest of my life doing.
Understanding your PERSONALITY type is the next step. When you better understand who you are, you can then unlock what your natural gifts are, your strengths and the type of people that you need to surround yourself with in order to succeed.
Taking time to look back on your life EXPERIENCES may help you discover some forgotten truths. They may also shed light on what you were made to do.
COINCIDENCES or seemingly random events will be the next focus. Sometimes, these unexplainable occurrences hold clues to where your life is headed.
Thinking about your own BELIEFS that hold you back, and creating new ones that will EMPOWER you comes next. “It’s too hard, I have no time, I’m too old” are common beliefs many people hold that limit them and create a barrier to fulfillment.
Once you have taken all of these steps, it will be time to reflect on everything you’ve learned and write down your life purpose.
Are you ready to discover your life purpose? Learn how to take advantage of your natural talents, embrace your passions, understand your personality and create beliefs that will empower you to live a fulfilling life. I want you to find meaning and joy in this life. I want you to pursue your dreams and to believe that they are possible. And I want to help you do it! So, let’s begin this journey of exploration together.
Contact me through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: Many of the concepts in this course are from © Copyright Transformation Academy 2017
Note: featured image by Flavio Pasco
Geraldine Morelli started her own charity in support of wild animals in 2014, and after connecting with her through Instagram, I asked her if she would do an interview with me. Art intersects with so many aspects of life, and finding ways to not only […]
Benny stands at the entrance of his home and warmly welcomes me in. His demeanor is calming and gracious. I automatically feel transported to another part of the world as everything in the apartment is Africa-themed. We sit down and after he offers me something to drink we begin our interview.
The most obvious of questions is how does a man from Iran living in Germany become a wildlife photographer in Africa?
As a child I liked to watch documentaries about lions and other animals. We had an old t.v. in our home, and while the rest of my family wanted to watch movies and shows, I fought to watch documentaries about Africa. And I fell in love with Africa. Ever since then, it was my dream to go to Africa, sit on a tree and watch the giraffes and zebras roam free. I never gave up on that dream and I worked hard to reach it. In 1995, I finally got the chance to go for the first time. When I arrived in Uganda and got out of the plane, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was coming home. This feeling has never changed. Every time I go to Africa it’s like coming home.
My wife is always worried because she says I forget to drink or eat. She says, ‘you hang around the lions and forget everything else.’ I really do forget everything else. Nothing is as important.
What is your favorite place in Africa?
I cannot say exactly what my favorite place is because at different times in the year, it’s a different place. In February, the best place to be is Tanzania. Wildebeests, zebras and other animals give birth. Thousands of animals are born and where there are this many animals, predators are not far away. They attack their prey. So a lot is happening in front of your eyes. It’s interesting to see all of this. In August, the great migration takes place in Kenya, in the Masai Mara. It also depends on what you want to see. Namibia has the most beautiful landscape. For me, it is the most beautiful country in the world in terms of landscape.
If you haven’t seen Africa, you have really missed out. The wild parts of Africa, where you can go on safari are the best parts. Eastern Africa down to the southern tip is where you find the big game and safari areas.
Our conversation transitions to some of the problems that Benny currently sees in Africa today.
The amount of space for the animals is continually diminishing. The number of people there now really scares me. I remember 20 years ago while traveling through South Africa, the 300 km road to Kruger park was mostly empty land, open savannah or protected areas. Today, when you travel the same road all you see is city after city. There are only a few open spaces that are owned by private game reserves. It is horrible to drive on these roads now. In Kenya, Tanzania, it is the same everywhere.
Do you ever worry you will not see these animals in 20 years?
Of course. There are environmental protection organizations that have different ways to approach these problems. WWF tells people that if they keep their natural treasures they will profit. This organization appeals to the greed of men to do something good and that’s the only way to keep people away from the animals. If they don’t see profit in it, they will kill it. Part of my job is to show the beauty of nature and make people want to conserve this beauty. When people want to see these animals they go on safari with me, take photos and spend lots of money in these countries. Billions of dollars are spent in Africa because of safari. Many corrupt governments in Africa only keep reserves open because of the money coming in through safaris. They would sell it right away if there was no money in it. Even now they try, although these places are under protection, to sell the rights to oil companies. Africa is rich with resources and many of the national parks have resources underground. The governments always try to see where they can make more money. If it’s tourism, they keep it. If it’s not, they sell it. The biggest problem in Africa is corruption.
What are some of the things you are doing to help improve the situation there?
I support environmental organizations like Greenpeace and WWF. To conserve what is left. To show the beauty of Africa. To try and keep alive the wildlife for the next generation. Sometimes they ask me to support them with their projects. We create projects together. For the last 20 years I always give a part of my income to different environmental organizations. It’s not just promoting but also giving them money so they can run their projects. That is something we can all do to help.
There are problems, of course, but what are some of the positive aspects of this continent that draws you back?
There is no place on the planet with more adventures to be had. There are so many beautiful places. You can still have the feeling that you are the first person walking down a path. That’s the reason why I spend six months a year in Africa. There are still places where I can escape civilization, go for adventures and do photography. I have many friends there. Although we know there are many problems, we enjoy our lives to the fullest. I don’t sit at home depressed, I know what’s going on, but I try to enjoy my life. I have made friends among the animals. I am also able to pay my living expenses with what I love to do. To get paid to do what you love is one of the greatest gifts. Many friends of mine are rangers. They would never do anything else. The rangers are not well paid. They have their small income but they are happy. They smile when they come back from their day walk. It’s a big difference between making 500 dollars a month and your body is finished because you’ve worked in a factory or if you make your 500 dollars by going on safari with other people. Sitting and watching the animals. It’s a different life. If I wasn’t a photographer I would be a ranger. I would live as a ranger. I studied to be a ranger and that’s why I can work with animals because I know many things that others don’t know. That’s why I can sit in front of lions and cheetahs.
What can you teach me about the so-called dangerous animals from your encounters with them?
I was attacked by lions, leopards, rhinos, anything that is dangerous attacked me. The reaction you have to these attacks is always important for your survival. If you know how to react, you will live to tell about it. If you observe the animals closely you will notice that different animals come across each other every day. For example, elephants chase away lions with a mock charge. And when the lions want to drink and there’s a cheetah, they try to charge them away. It’s not a real fight, it’s a charge. What they are saying is, ‘this is my territory.’ The animals didn’t want to kill me. I was simply in their way. So it’s important that you know how to handle it. When it comes to this situation. I have learned that you must stand tall. In the case of big cats, you need to make yourself bigger, shout at them and be aggressive. Make them feel threatened by you. The energy is what makes the lions stop. I have photos and videos right in front of lions. Two lions attacked me, but they didn’t kill me.
Can you tell me about your most recent projects?
I have written five books. A 3-D book I wrote is in five languages. My newest and largest book is in English and German. It is a fine art book that comes in two versions. The cover is made of luxury acrylic glass, and the back of the book is made of the finest Italian leather. I also made sure to have the highest quality photo book paper from Japan. It is a book for art collectors, investors of art and people who just love Africa.
What is your message?
The nature in Africa is beautiful. There are still empty and wild places on this planet to explore. We must conserve them for the next generation.
I walk away from my conversation with Benny Rebel content but also with some concerns about whether or not we will be able to conserve the natural wonders of the world. Society is so obsessed with material things and wealth, that we forget to value nature. We are always in pursuit of the next big thing. The next new gadget or toy to purchase. All while we exhaust our natural resources and negatively impact our planet. Will we still have the opportunity to witness the roar of a lion, the speed of a cheetah, the strength of the elephant in 20 years from now? That will be determined by the actions we take today.
You can have a look at Benny Rebel’s fine art book by clicking on this link. You can also purchase limited edition fine art prints on his website benny-rebel.de. Benny Rebel offers photographic safaris through Africa. A land that he has extensive knowledge about. You can find more information about these tours right here.
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Have you ever heard someone say, don’t talk about religion or politics if you want to get along with people? This appears to be the dominant sentiment in the West. We shy away from upsetting or inconveniencing people, so we rarely engage in conversations that go beyond the superficial.
- The weather is nice today, eh?
- How’s work going these days?
- Have any plans for the weekend?
For years this was my stance as well… until very recently.
I would be the first to tell you that I have seen first-hand how religion and politics cause harm to people. The division that it promotes between families and communities is real. One look at the American presidential election would confirm this. A quick skim through European and colonial history would also show us how religion has been used to control and destroy many innocent lives.
With this in mind, we instead choose to find common ground with others. Why can’t we all just get along, we say. The danger with this view though is that it does not lead to progress or understanding. It only shows our unwillingness to wrestle with issues that have a real impact on all of our lives. Apathy allows others to fill the void and take advantage of us. Negligence from many young people aged 18-24 lead, as many have claimed, to the Brexit campaigners victory in the British referendum. One could say that many of the older people who voted to leave will not have to face the consequences of that decision, whereas the young people who didn’t vote will have to experience the negative backlash more harshly, for many years to come.
The other extreme is also just as ineffective. Preaching to the choir is not the way to bring about real unity and true understanding. We look for people who are like-minded and we express our views as if they needed any convincing. To persuade someone who already agrees with you is not progress at all. We can scream Make America Great Again as loud as we want at Trump rallies, and not get one extra vote from democrats. We can make fun of Donald Trump as viciously as we want among our more liberal leaning friends, and not get anywhere with Republicans.
Here’s the point…
Politics matters. The decisions of our governments will affect our lives in one way or another, for better or worse. Laws passed will have an influence on global warming, future wars, job opportunities, health services, etc. If you are a citizen of this planet, then you have a responsibility to care and engage.
Religion matters. The interpretation of religious texts will have an impact on how billions of people live and think. We have seen how a bad interpretation can lead to disastrous results. We have read about how certain movements have gained influence over millions of people and lead them to discriminate, and in extreme cases, kill anyone who disagrees with them. We have a responsibility to our fellow brothers and sisters on this planet to change the narrative. To promote religious interpretations that lead to more love and less hate; to more understanding and less separation. But we must be a part of the conversation in order to make a difference.
So share your views with me. Whether religious or political; I am open to hearing you out. I want to understand. I want to get into the Roman colosseum with you and fight tigers and lions until we reach a better understanding of how to live well. Help me be a better person by showing me another way of thinking. I will not hide behind my fear that I could be wrong. Let us show the world that dialogue and respect are not mutually exclusive. Share religion and politics with me.
Note: featured image by William Clajus