At last, we have arrived at the Lord of the Rings' epic conclusion, and whoa… There’s a lot to unpack in this movie. From Messainic symbolism to the Witch-King of Angmar, this story is filled with nuggets of wisdom…. Not to mention some badass scenes and speeches that’ll make you want to jump up off your couch and slay a dragon!
The movie opens with the cautionary tale of Smeagol and Deagol, giving us the much-requested backstory of how Gollum came to find the ring and eventually become what he is at the time of the movie. As it goes, his brother Deagol finds it after being pulled into the river by a fish...don’t ask…. and Smeagol takes one look at the ring and kills his brother so that he can have it. This scene is especially strong in identifying the power of the ring to manipulate others and the power it has over the weak-minded, a visual that was much needed to grasp the ring's darkness.
Once Smeagol puts the ring on, everything...
The relationship we have with money is spotty. We have loved it and hated it; protected it and squandered it. We have believed money to be the root of all evil. Yet, we have said it to be good when we have it in abundance. The back and forth relationship we have with money is tumultuous at best, and why would it not be so? Besides health, happiness, and loving relationships, many individuals would say they desire to have more money...or better yet, financial freedom. In fact, it has been argued that money is the key factor in attaining a healthy lifestyle, a loving relationship, and overall happiness and life satisfaction. So which one is it? Is money evil or good? The answer is neither.
Money is first and foremost a neutral energy based on the frequency that we are emitting into the universe. If our relationship or awareness of money centers around scarcity we will only be aware of its nature in this regard. But what happens when we shift that perception to one of unlimited...
Are you a creative person? Do you work with paints, photos, or a pen? Some people find joy and inspiration in art, and you love that you can provide that.
Even though you love being creative, suffering through creative blocks can be difficult. While some experts say that experiencing a creative block is normal, how do you deal with it?
Acknowledging that you are experiencing a creative block is one of the first steps to actually dealing with it. From idea generation to even putting the idea on paper, a person suffering from a creative block will find it challenging to tap into their creativity.
Reliving your romance with your creative side should always take priority. You should engage in creative thinking activities that will keep your mind active, whether it is for work or play.
Dealing with a creative block is a serious concern. You have to work hard to keep the creative juices flowing. Here are...
Have you heard of spiritual colors? While spirituality is often associated with everything white and light, there are so many other colors that speak of healing and spirituality just waiting to be discovered.
When was the last time you took out some crayons or pencils and just sat there and colored? Perhaps you can no longer remember because it was back when you were in elementary school.
Perhaps you had different characters printed on the page, and you had a whole set of crayons beside you. Your eagerness to fill the page with color was just there. And when you started, you felt calm and content.
It was not a perfect sheet after, but it was not what you were truly after. Rather, it is about the process. It was the act of using the crayons and making beautiful things about it that made the activity worthwhile.
If you felt like this when you were a kid, can you imagine transforming those crayons into healing colors? You might just have found an effective...
Do you feel like you're always in fight or flight mode? Perhaps you quickly get anxious or angry when things don't go the way you thought they would. Getting out of this negative mindset requires you to let go of the need to always be in control. More than likely, your control issues have been less helpful for you than you initially thought.
If there is one thing that you should know about life is that nothing is predictable. Even when you do your best to improve your circumstances and prepare for the worst, things can always turn out differently. This fact of life is why it is best to let go of being in control of everything. You must accept that life comes with its own set of uncertainties. After all, whether you acknowledge it or not, your excessive need for control only gives you unproductive stress. Perhaps it has even pushed you towards procrastination of your responsibilities.
When you have a fear of losing control, you...
Do you know what triggers your employees' innate motivations? While their pay is a strong motivator, studies show that what really pushes employees to do their best is the emotion behind their job and if they feel appreciated. Motivation theories say that in order to keep their employees motivated, in addition to the things mentioned above, managers also need to learn how to reach the individual.
There are several types of motivation strategies, but only a few will be effective for your team. It is your responsibility as a leader to figure out what will work the best. Knowing how to motivate every member of your team can be overwhelming, not to mention frustrating, and may feel like a waste of time, but it will be worth the effort if you can do it. If you can create a culture of inspiration and motivation within your workplace, your employees will enthusiastically come to work day after day. Here are eight tips to get you started:
Do you feel stressed because you have too much to do? Have you ever considered that perhaps it isn’t that you don’t have enough time, but perhaps you have misplaced feelings of anxiety? Or possibly, and this may be a hard pill to swallow, you may have poor time management?
Like most people, you may feel like you don’t have enough time on your hands. However, experts say that your feelings, while valid, don’t reflect reality. Sometimes, the feeling is caused by several different factors that do not include time at all.
So why does it feel like you always need more time?
Did you get so excited to accomplish a lot in your day that you wrote down too many things to do on your list? While it may seem like a good idea to have a loaded list as it might encourage you to work harder, it could often cause those feelings of anxiety.
It is believed that the place in the body that houses our thoughts is located in one specific place. But is it just in the brain? Anyone who has taken a philosophy class may wonder if it's just the brain that makes people think their thoughts. Perhaps it is our souls that directs us how and what to think and feel.
Are our thoughts just a product of natural human anatomy? Is human biology responsible for the ideas in our head and the emotions in our hearts? A lot of things are thought about whenever people engage in philosophy.
Have you ever thought about how to become a philosopher? Perhaps it has never crossed your mind, although you wonder how these people came to be. While some people think that philosophers only question things in life and their existence, the only question left to ask in return is, why aren't you?
It is reasonably common to dismiss that philosophers only want to question the things that do not fit their...
When you have questions about love and life, who do you run to? Is there a person you trust with how you feel? Does this person have all the answers that you seek to find for yourself? If you have a spiritual guru who tells you exactly what you need to hear, you are lucky.
Most people spend their time on Google trying to find answers to their life’s biggest questions when they should be turning to themselves.
People often go to their life guru whenever there is something they need to know about themselves. Most of the time, this happens when an important decision needs to be made. Who do you turn to when it feels like something about your life you don’t understand?
You seek the wisdom of a teacher or a life expert who you think has insights about life. They are the people you believe will be able to help you understand yourself. You think that they know you more than you know yourself.
But is this true?...
Are you one of those who carry their meditation crystals wherever they go? There's no need to be embarrassed about believing in the healing powers of jewelry and power stones. Their beauty is not so that you can wear a pretty accessory from time to time.
If only people looked closer, they would realize that healing jewelry indeed comes with special powers. These gems are infused with millions of years of history on Earth, granting them a different kind of magic that helps boost your mind and positive energy.
Learning how crystals work should help you decide which ones you need. But then again, like any exercise or diet programs, not all crystals can be used to your advantage. You have to make sure you find the one that works well for you.
The use of the crystals on a day-to-day basis takes a lot of practice. What works for others may not necessarily work for you. Although this is a fact, the good news is that there...
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