This is a sponsored post courtesy of Exceptional Life Institute. All opinions are my own.
Wellness and self-improvement have really been my focus since Margsy was born. As soon as we got the opportunity to meet our precious miracle I became focused on my own wellness, happiness and over all well being because I want my little girl to grow up in a peaceful and safe home environment where her mamma is centered, happy and engaged.
I’m pretty open about my struggles with anxiety here on the blog and so, when Exceptional Life Institute offered up the chance to review Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve by Monica Ortiz I jumped on the opportunity because after reading a brief synopsis of her book I knew that it would be something I’d absolutely love. My anxiety has always been “there” but during my pregnancy with Margs it really took on a different level of intensity and ever since I’ve been battling with flares that have the potential to leave me feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and volatile.
Although Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve is a short read and written in very simple terms the content of this book really promotes questioning your own life path and making self-discoveries that encourage your own self-healing, spiritual growth and consequently personal evolution. Ortiz focuses on this idea that when we come into the world we are whole and as a result our “core” is pure and prepared to love, respect, accept and otherwise thrive. But, as she points out, our own life experiences have the potential to be damaging which can leave us facing strife and uncertainty that can upset the delicate balance within our core creating negative behaviors and inner turmoil.
Her book is divided into 12 chapters that are each individually focused on exploring different elements of the Universal Principles which she suggests are at the base of living a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle. As I made my way through each chapter, Ortiz used personal stories to highlight how struggles within each individual principle could manifest itself and subsequently cause discord and prevent contentment and success.
Chapter Six: Universal Responsibility particularly hit home for me. I’ve spoken a little bit about our decision to live a more frugal lifestyle and to focus on more centered living but until now I’ve had a hard time explaining why we’d continued on the journey after we’d achieved our goals. After reading the 6th chapter, I finally felt like I found an explanation for our long-term commitment to this radical lifestyle change. I then asked Mer to the read the chapter and he agreed that our shifted focus on detaching ourselves from the constant need to over consume was fueled and maintained by a desire to live a more centered lifestyle focused on building and nurturing relationships with those people, places and things around us.
I’ve only given Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve one read through thus far but I’m looking forward to reading through a second and perhaps third time to really take in the lessons Ortiz provides. Each chapter is divided into “the teaching” which provides some backstory as to why the principle is important to our lives, “the lesson” which highlights a personal relatable experience with the principle in question and finally “learning it” which suggests useful and implementable strategies to implement to obtain success and evolve.
And now, I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Consideration, compassion, respect, honesty and love should all be earned, not expected” (56)
How have you earned consideration, compassion, respect, honesty or love today?