Mama's Raja is turning one in a few days,. I can't believe a year has passed by already. How is everyone else feeling about their babies fast approaching birthdays? I don't know if I should be happy my Raja is growing up or crying my eyes out because he is growing so fast!

For his upcoming birthday, we are using the same gift giving rule we have used in the past with our other children. "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." I think it keeps things simple and also ensures we don't go crazy with present's.

So, what did we choose?
We chose a baby walker When babies are beginning to walk, you could see the joy on their faces with every step they take. I eagerly await seeing the joy on Raja's face with this one, a plush Harrods cotton blanket for wrapping up and snugging in, something he loves doing, a Ralph Lauren bodysuit, a Mini Masters Boxed Set (The set includes: Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, and In the Garden with Van Gogh.)

But always remember, play is how babies learn and develop, so make sure you're in on the game too. Encouraging play, initiating interactive games like peek-a-boo, plus talking and cuddling will all help him to learn and grow. In the end, the best toy to help your baby develop the skills he needs is you.

We aren't having a big party. just a small family celebration here at the house and a little cake. it's all he needs. I think he will be pleased. Let’s be honest. No 1-year-old remembers their first birthday. They may want to see a photo of themselves later in life, sticking their hand in a cake, and I will do
that. But, I'm not throwing a big, expensive party for him yet.

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If we're connected via Facebook, then you already know. I'm gearing up for 30 days of Loving-kindness Clean Detox Program filled with meditation and yoga in October. Yes, I guess you could say I caught the meditation bug which in my opinion is the best kind of bug to catch! I was introduced to meditation by my ever faithful personal yoga guru. It is said that the sound and pronunciation of sanskrit mantras can lead to a transformation within. There are really so many benefits to chanting.

As with anything we do, it is all energy. And the type of energy we put out in the world is the type of energy we will receive. The vibrations of your practice will have a ripple effect. You may begin to see the world through fresh new eyes. You may begin to be more conscious of the things you do and say. These are just some of the shifts that can happen from consistently practicing.

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So, what's a detox?

Detox. It's a word that carries so much hope for some  -- and so much fear to others . Detox the smart way and you're in for clearer skin, more energy, and a smaller number on the scale. Detox drastically and you're likely to do more harm than good. But with so many detox plans out there, and so much conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of each, how's a girl to choose the cleanse that's right for her? 

And boy, do I need one right now. Lots of work, not enough time to shop for (and prepare) healthy foods, and a jam-packed social calendar has caused me to rely on all the wrong things. I haven't eaten correctly for more than I could recall. I finally put my foot down "stomp!" lol and created a daily detox plan for myself. I'm also hoping to get my after birth tummy down as much as I can. " about up-coming pressure!"

Ready, Set, Action Plan: Prep Days

Start by Sipping Water

Starting a detox isn't easy, especially if you're not accustomed to eating this way daily. That's why I have built 8 bonus days of Action Plan prep into the calendar: The eight days before you officially begin your plan.), So starting on Monday, 23rd, September, 2013 use these tips to prepare for your 30-day plan. I always suggest slowly cutting these foods out of your diet (caffeine, wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, eggs, and meat) so that Day 1 of your detox isn't so shocking -- both physically and emotionally. 
  • Start by purchasing a juicer. I have been juicing for a number of years and so I've gone through quite a bit of juicers. And this is what I've learnt, choosing a juicer depends on your lifestyle.Ask yourself a few questions; What do you want in a juicer? What is your lifestyle–are you busy or do you have more time to spend juicing? Is juicing a casual thing or part of your daily routine? Do you want to be able to juice wheatgrass or would it be mainly veggies?

    Based on your answers, here are my recommendations:
    If you want a centrifugal juicer, I would recommend the Omega 330 Mega Mouth Juicer.
    If you want a masticating type of juicer that cold presses the juice and one that will juice wheatgrass, the best model I’ve found is the Omega 8005 Juicer.
    If you are looking for a reasonable juicer, my top pic is the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601
    If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. 

Juicing Tips;

  1. Focus on vegetables, but include some fruit. I’ve found that one small apple makes a huge difference in flavor. 
  2. Include 1-2 root vegetables–such as carrots or beets–to add additional flavor and antioxidants. I like to include either 2 small carrots (1 large) or 2 small beets (1 large). These tend to contribute a tad more sugar and a nice earthy flavor, adding complexity.
  3. Add at least one leafy green vegetable.I love using broccoli and spinach, but others likely work as well.
  4. Include one watery vegetable. Cucumber, celery and other watery vegetables help dilute the too-strong flavors of the previous 3 ingredients. This can make a big difference in drinkability, while adding some nice flavor and additional vitamins.
  5. Don’t forget a garnish. A small amount of a strong flavored item such as ginger, lemon, mint or other herb can make your juice a real pleasure to drink while adding highly concentrated antioxidants.
  6. Consider adding back a few scoops of the fiber that is filtered out by the juicer. This will make your juice more filling.
  • Rid your kitchen of junk. Is it heartbreaking to toss all of that delicious food? You bet. But I'm telling you -- if those chocolate covered raisins are on your shelf, and the frozen pizza is sitting in your freezer, you will reach for them in a moment of weakness. And those moments of weakness will happen. 
  • Stock your kitchen with staples. Here's a quick run-down of the staples that will get me through this detox: wild mountain rice, almond butter, agave nectar, steel cut oatmeal, organic nuts, organic raisins, avocados, every kind of organic vegetable and fruit you can imagine and tofu. (to name a few). 
  • How fresh are your cooking oils and spices? If you don't remember when you purchased them, now's a good time to upgrade to fresher, healthier options. Remember, these changes aren't just for the next four weeks, but will hopefully become healthy habits for life.
  • Also, before your plan begins, start your day with a glass of hot water and fresh lemon juice. This can aid in the detoxification process you'll be following in the coming week. Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you're a coffee drinker, start to wean off; swap one cup out for green or white tea. I don't ever consume coffee, I prefer to make a body scrub or soap with coffee than ingest it. 

The plan;

Here's the low-down on this detox: It's a low-fat, vegan diet that includes whole (organic) foods, low-glycemic fruits, raw veggies, and lean vegetarian sources of protein (think beans and tofu) to balance your body's pH and rid your body of toxins. The plan includes drinking two green juice's one on morning and ideally, another one every afternoon.

In the coming weeks, we'll be doing meditation and yoga, the routines will be perfect for beginners and don't require any technical equipment, but you should have clothing you feel comfortable moving around in. I do yoga barefeet but, If you prefer there are no-slip yoga socks you can purchase. When I just started practising yoga I bought from Gaiam .. they are comfortable and just fabulous!.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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As a woman on the path to success we expect to feel a sense of achievement when we see that we have reached the top, where we wanted to be. How does it look from there? Will the world and people around you look beautiful? Will the journey to the top be pleasant and memorable? For so many women whom I have met this journey has certainly not been easy. It is not always a journey of mutual support, upliftment and friendliness. Instead, you have to be careful about who is conspiring to push you down. There are many challenges, not just due to gender bias, but also due to an unhealthy competition and jealousy from other women themselves! This kind of journey can be very stressful and takes its toll on our body and mind.

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ~Lao Tzu

In this world where everyone’s lives are open for all to see through social networks, it’s easy to constantly compare yourself with your peers and competitors. While healthy competition is a good sign, blatant jealousy isn’t. For me, I focus on being my own competition. I compare my own past and try to get better every single day. It help's me become the best ME I can be without falling prey to petty jealousy.

My guru says; one who manages all challenges that life gives is successful. 
However, what are the skills that we need to be able to do this and succeed?

Every year I do an exercise where I write out my perfect day. The other day, I looked back at what my ‘perfect day’ was 5 years ago. It was almost the exact opposite of what my vision of success is today.

Back then I wanted ease. I wanted no alarm clock, little work, and a life of luxury. What I've come to understand is that in creating the ability to have that life of luxury, I’ll have to go through my fair share of failures and struggles.

Those failures and struggles are where I’ll develop into the woman I want to be, a success, and a better human being. Why, then, would I want to forgo that growth? Why, even if I'm able, would I reach my idea of success, and then simply stop my evolution by lulling in to a life of ease or a life of focusing on other people's short comings, or on conspiring to push other's down ?
Just because success is attained doesn't mean our growth as people, entrepreneurs, or leaders, comes to a halt. Look at Teddy Roosevelt. He never stopped achieving, accomplishing, and growing as an individual until the day he died. The same with Andrew Carnegie, and any other person in history who accomplished anything of great value.
Discover the right way to create a compelling vision for your life and a path to lead you there. Learn how to create core motivation, harness your untapped personal power, and avoid the trap of self-sabotaging beliefs. Finally, uncover the #1 way to magnify the sense of inner joy and personal satisfaction you experience every day of your life.

So what do I do when I have to face one of life's challenges? Other than taking it to the mat, I go through my list of pointers I have for managing my life's challenges.

Commitment – One failure can lead to another success later.
Time – It is not sufficient to invest money to nurture or develop anything unless I give it my time.
Setting an Example – A successful woman doesn’t just show you the way; She walks the talk.
Team work – inspire participation and contribution.
Silence – Nurture quietude and calmness.
Reflection – Sit quietly at the end of the day, looking back at all the day’s activities, seeing where, if and how I made a difference. Reminding myself of the successes, as it can inspire me to do more.

So as I continue my life's' journey, I continue to celebrate my own achievements, however small they may be. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day. I continue to be passionate about my life. I continue to love myself and respect my own life because I believe in my own capabilities. I understand there is a whole world of opportunities out there so I don't need to play petty girl games with anyone. What you can do; start focusing on your lines, your brand, and living with integrity in your own life. Don't look to me as a yardstick for comparison, but as an instrument for inspiration – you might be surprised to find you have the same qualities within yourself.

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My lunch today was an ever simple RAW pumpkin soup with a glass of infused water. It was fast, simple, and sweet enough to be rightly called dessert, yet it’s totally guilt free. This soup is also loaded with enzymes, nutrients (such as beta carotene), and natural carbohydrates.

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I just whipped up some toothpaste using bentonite clay, Tulsi, grapefruit seed extract, myrhh extract, baking soda, living water, probiotics, himalayan pink sea salt, coconut oil and fennel essential oil blend.  Yummy!

Why natural toothpaste? Most commercial brands contain Fluoride, a toxic chemical that has not actually been shown to reduce tooth decay, and certainly not at the rate that a diet low in phytic acid can. Fluoride also has been linked to thyroid damage and hosts of other problems.

Like most commercial health and beauty products on the market, toothpaste has been industrialized over the years. Here are just a few of the questionable ingredients commonly found in commercial toothpastes:

The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It ThereFluoride. While fluoride is supposedly the ingredient that prevents cavities, it doesn't do that job very well and can actually be very toxic to the body. In fact, if you suffer from acne outbreaks around the mouth and chin area, fluoride toothpaste may be the cause! (If you haven’t already, check out The Case Against Fluorideand The Fluoride Deception for more information.) Fluoride-free toothpastes are becoming more common, but unfortunately it’s not the only ingredient in toothpaste you should be avoiding.

Titanium dioxide. There are some concerns that titanium dioxide is carcinogenic.  The biggest problem is that nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide can be absorbed through the mouth and may cause toxic damage in the cells of the body.

Glycerin. (man made). This is found in almost every toothpaste on the market (even the natural ones). Glycerin helps give toothpaste its pasty texture and keeps it from drying out. But it can also leave a coating on your teeth that prevents them from remineralizing.

Sodium lauryl sulfate. It gives you the foamy cleaning action we all expect from toothpaste, but sodium lauryl sulfate is also a strong chemical surfactant that doesn’t belong in our bodies.

Artificial sweeteners. I don’t know about you, but I generally avoid chemical sweeteners like sorbitol and saccharin. Unfortunately, these are commonly used in commercial toothpaste to make them taste sweet.

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It's beauty time again. You know what that means? Let's head to our kitchen we'll be raiding our tea shelf today.

Did you know that the antioxidants in tea can be highly beneficial to your skin especially the delicate skin around the eyes? Tea tightens the skin while the caffeine is highly effective in reducing the dark circles and puffiness. Try this at home eye treatment to improve your appearance and dump the appearance of tired looking eyes, or black circles.

DIY Tea Bags Eye Treatment
 Take two organic green tea bags and place them in warm almost boiled water, let them steep for about 5 minutes.

Wrap them in plastic wrap, glad wrap or place them in a freezer bag.  Leave them in the fridge for about a half hour or the freezer for about 15 minutes.  When you’re ready to use them the bags should still be slightly damp and room temperature or cooler. If they dried out in the fridge just run them under tap water for a few minutes. Then just place one tea bag over each eye, lay back, and leave them there for 20 minutes. The tannins and caffeine will get to work, and ten minutes later you’ll look and feel refreshed. Amazing!

Do you have any other beauty tips involving tea? I know green tea can be used as a toner for your face (bonus points if you add apple cider vinegar). Anything else I should know about?

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Mint is one of those workhorses of the garden. Once you plant it, your hardest job is keeping it from overtaking everything else in the yard and figuring out what to do with it all. Did you know Mint is one of the oldest and most popular herbs that is grown around the world. There are many different varieties of mint, each having its own subtle flavour and aroma.

Mint as Minta Spacata is a plant that has been long used in diverse cultures, such as India, the Caribbean and even Spanish speaking countries. Mint has a sweet flavour, with a cooling after-sensation. Both, fresh and dried mint are used in preparing a large number of recipes, including curries, soups, chutneys, salads, juices, and ice creams.

Its health benefits include:
- Soothing the digestive tract and if you are having stomach ache then it can be of great help
- Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, cleanses the stomach and also clear up skin disorders such as acne.
- Mint acts as a cooling sensation to the skin and helps in dealing with skin irritations.
- Mint helps in eliminating toxins from the body.
- Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth and combat bad breath.
- Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.

Here's a very simple tutorial on how to make mint extract at home


approximately 1 cup mint leaves
2 cups vodka


Sanitize jar
Harvest mint, ensure leaves are cleaned.
Either with your hands on with a mortar and pestle, bruise the mint. Tear the leaves a little.
Store the mixture in a cool, dry place for 1 month. Give it a good shake every few days.
After 1 month, strain the leaves, pour the extract into an air-tight jar and store in a cool, dark place.
The spearmint extract should last at least 1 year, if not more.

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I have been so busy at my day job over at WISC that I have neglected here a bit. We have been trying out new equipment we got in from China and I must say it's really amazing! But today, I decided to take a much needed day-off. The team and I at WISC have been working ferociously the past 2 months.even working through holidays, so a day off is very welcoming.

I did my regular daily morning rituals; yoga, meditation and sun salutation's with my ever faithful guru. Then I spent most of the morning online, it's amazing sometimes I get so unispired by the online entrepreneurship world. So much of the emphasis is on getting clients, traffic, and likes - likes, traffic, clients. Even seems the new online trend is 'inspirational' I wonder how many actually live it.  Most seem to be just sitting behind a computer trying to hustle. But such is life...I guess.

I on the other hand, always believe in being the change you wish to see. LIVE the life of your dreams. Speaking of dreams, I've always wanted to get a bit more earth connected, so I've decided to get into nature lately, I've already begum  realizing how balancing and healing it is for me without even trying. For those of you who work a lot and don't get a lot of nature time during the day, you may want to try this thing called "Earthing" I just recently heard about. It is where you spend 5-10 minutes sitting or standing on the Earth each day. For example, in the grass, beach, forest, or other. It helps us to connect with the earth's rhythms so we stay grounded and in balance. Try it and let me know how it goes for you and if you notice a difference.

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Smoothies are a great way to fill up while also getting many of your daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Another bonus: They taste great! Try yummy fruits such as apples and blueberries, which are

packed with fiber and antioxidants. Adding fruit to your smoothies is also a way to grab extra nutrients you may have missed in meals.

Fresh fruit, a good blender, and a little know-how are all you need.

For a tasty smoothie packed with protein and vitamins, combine these ingredients in a blender:

Sliced, chilled mango slices
Flax seed
Young coconut water

The method:
Add all ingredients to vita mix and blend well. Garnish and enjoy.

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❤ Biryani Rice

I usually visit Passage to Asia in Chaguanas, just to purchase one item; their biryani Rice!  Passage to Asia serve's authentic Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisine. They provide sit down table service as well as a pick-up service. There are dozens of variations of biryani in India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East – is comprised of layers of rice and vegetables or meat. The first time I decided to make vegetable biryani at home, I hesitated for months, as the list of ingredients is quite long and the multi-step cooking process seemed tedious. But eventually I gave in, made a trip to a local supermarket to pick up a few ingredients. I must admit here, it seems more complicated than it really is so please don't hesitate as long as I did to try your hand at it.

When making biryani,  Basmati rice is recommended; the long grains of of this rice are perfectly soft and don't stick together. Your choice of vegetables in this recipe can be quite flexible, and you can use raw or frozen veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and green beans. I opted to use fresh veggies, as this was the main reason I decided to try to make biryani in the first place. I didn't particularly enjoy the frozen veggies in my biyani and always said I'm sure this will be much better if fresh veggies were used in place of frozen ones.

The important thing to note here is, the rice and vegetables are cooked separately with a heady blend of spices and then layered in a dish and topped with crunchy nuts and sweet raisins. When spooned onto a plate, all the components get mixed together and provide a beautifully satisfying blend of flavors and textures which is guaranteed to take you on a fragrance journey.

Vegetable Biryani Rice
Serves 7-8
4 cups basmati rice (I used white but you can use brown if you desire)
5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon sea salt

6 cups chopped mixed vegetables (such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, green beans, corn, etc)
4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2-inch piece ginger, minced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 cardamom pods
3 cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
Sea salt to taste
2 teaspoons saffron

1 teaspoon ghee or vegetable oil
1/4 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Rinse the rice three times or until the water runs clear.
Soak rice in water for at least 30 minutes then drain.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the rice, spices, and salt. Boil until the rice is just tender and chewy, about 10 minutes. Drain well. Return to the pot and cover to keep warm.

Briefly steam the vegetables until just tender but still crisp.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large heavy bottom pot, heat the ghee or vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, stirring, until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring, for a minute. Add the saffron and continue cooking for a further 2 minute. Add the spices and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the water, vegetables, and salt, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are warmed through.

 Spread half of the rice in a baking dish. Spread the vegetables evenly on top and then the remaining rice. Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.

While the dish is in the oven, heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the dates and almonds and cook, stirring, until the raisins are plump and the cashews are toasted and crunchy.

To serve, scoop rice and vegetables out of dish and place of plate, garnish the biryani with the dates and almonds. Add a sprig of cilantro as garnish and serve warm as a main dish or side dish.

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❤ Mama Raja

As you know, I have four boys, my first three are not vegan. I remember after my 3rd I kept saying he will be a vegan just like his mommy. Well, that didn't last long as his papa started introducing him to different types of meat and dairy from early. So I have made a concerted effort to ensure my last son who is fondly called, 'Mama's Raja' continue with healthy eating habits. Have you ever realized when our kids are young we give them the absolute best start in living a healthy lifestyle and as they mature we start feeding them junk food? I believe feeding children a healthy vegan diet with touches of raw-somely good food provides them with an enormous amount of benefits that they simply couldn't get from standard American kid foods. Unlike candy and highly processed snacks, eating vegan foods provide all the micronutrients they need to support a healthy growing body.

Mama Raja, was founded in hopes to inspire parents and caretakers to make delicious and nutritious homemade baby food – to help provide your babies with the absolute best start in life.  After all, healthy eating habits take a lifetime to develop and it’s best to start from day one. Join Mama and Raja on our growing up healthy, happy and holistic journey.

Today's recipe features fresh, all-natural, vitamin-rich ingredients.  It is delicious and full of vibrant, beautiful colors.  

Why do you make your own baby food?
I've  decided to make my own baby food because I want to provide Raja with the freshest foods possible.
If you would like to start this also, please remember before beginning a solid food regimen, keep in mind that breast milk or formula should remain the primary nutrition source for the first year. In the beginning, solids are more about exploration than subsistence. Babies are introduced to new tastes and exciting textures all while honing tactile and social skills associated with mealtime.

I believe it's important to pay close attention to your baby’s cues before beginning a solid regimen, after he is at least four months old.  Research shows that introducing solids any earlier could lead to food allergies, obesity and diabetes.

Your baby might be ready for solids if he/she

Sits up alone, without assistance
Consistently seems hungry after a full feeding
Shows interest in or grabs at your food
Can refuse food by turning head
Has outgrown reflex to spit out solid food

I recommend introducing one food at a time, I usually wait at least one week (7 days) before introducing another food. Watch closely for adverse reactions such as excessive gas, diarrhea, vomiting or a rash. If there is a reaction, discontinue food and wait at least 2 more weeks before reintroducing the food.

ALWAYS consult your pediatrician prior to beginning any new food for your infant. Discuss making homemade baby food with your pediatrician.

The ingredients

Purple broccoli
1 cup living water

The tools
Stainless steel pot
Baby bowl & spoon

The method
1. Peel and slice squash,
2. Wash and slice carrots
3. Prepare broccoli by rinsing well then sterilizing.
4. Add 1 cup living water to pot, add prepared ingredients and bring to boil.

When veggies are soft (should take 10mins) depending on range type. drain remaining water then add to blender. Use the pulse button to bring to desired smooth consistency.

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❤ Brag Week

Logging into facebook today I discovered this week is considered brag week. Imagine there is actually a #BragWeek where everyone can brag about something..anything.  How is it done? you brag about some part of your life ensuring to use the hastag #BragWeek. Of course, you know, I must give this a go.. but before I do let's talk a bit about pride. Because you're sure to know there will some people that would think to brag about oneself means you are full of pride. So let's first look into what is pride and is pride good or bad?

Pride refers to the pleasure or satisfaction achieved after doing something good. The Merriam- Webster dictionary defines Pride as the "quality or state of being proud: as inordinate self-esteem, a reasonable or justifiable self-respect, or a delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship."

In Spanish there are two words to describe the two aspects of Pride (Orgullo and Soberbia). In first place, there is the sense of pride that make you feel good about something in which you put effort and love. This aspect of Pride is the warm sense that make you feel proud of being part of that something that make you feel special; this is good pride (Orgullo).

On the other hand, we have Soberbia, the pride that's referred to as negative pride. In Buddhism it is listed as a key affliction, along with attachment, aversion, greed and anger. But pride is also a source of strength and achievement, isn't it? To find out more I decided to explore the way in which Buddhism addresses Pride.. As with all aspects of Buddhism, the object itself has no inherent characteristics - it depends on the motivation behind observing the object. So Pride should be both "Good" and "Bad".

‘The more intelligent a person is, the greater the possibility of a spiritual fall due to Pride.’ (Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, 2006, p. 43) Therefore it has been emphasized by many great spiritual teachers and saints that spiritual aspirants should watch out carefully for pride; as well as for envious thoughts and actions that is a manifestation of pride. In fact envy is an indication of the person only being interested in self improvement; therefore the tendency of devaluating of others is strong in him.

It is recommended by GMCKS that to avoid a spiritual fall due to pride, one must be extremely ruthless with himself in eliminating pride. One of the ways to eliminate pride is in fact by developing good self-esteem. People who are humble normally have good self-esteem; one must know his weaknesses as well as his strengths. In fact ‘Self-esteem and self-honesty equal humility.’ (Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, 2006, p. 47)

So can we posses Orgullo and still be humble to others? Personally, I believe that Pride is a good thing once the motivation behind the pride is good we most certainly can also be humble. Me for instance, I posses a great self esteem, I am most definitely not envious of anyone, I am humble, I do not believe myself to be greater, or better, than others. I am only great as I am. I have always ensured my pride goes hand in hand with humility. Personally, I am proud of who I am, of all the things I have achieved. I have nothing to prove to anyone because I AM ME. I am not a knock off or a wanna be Leigh, I am Leigh. Yes, being proud of things is inherited in the human nature, but it is always important for us to know how to manage these feelings to engage within society.
… to avoid a spiritual fall due to pride, one must be extremely ruthless with himself in eliminating pride. One of the ways to eliminate pride is in fact by developing good self-esteem…
An authentically empowered person is humble. This does not mean the false humility of one who stoops to be with those who are below him or her. It is the inclusiveness of one who responds to the beauty of each soul. ... It is the harmlessness of one who treasures, honours and reveres life in all its forms."

Is it wrong to make something and be happy when it turns out exceptionally well? It all comes back to our motivation behind the pride.

So back to #BragWeek, my brag this week is
Love me or hate me the choice is yours but it doesn't change the fact that I am great! ‪#‎LeighLopez‬ ‪#‎Passion‬ #BragWeek 
 Why not try it, find something in your life you would love to brag about then pop back and tell me all about it.  

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