I have the privilege of sharing with you, insights from, the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com author, Christina Diaz. In this interview she talks about what inspired her on her journey, what tips you can use to live a more positive life and what she does to stay positive.
Q) Christina, I just love your website, the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com It offers so much to its readers. Can I ask what the inspiration was for sharing your knowledge on the subject of positive thinking on a website such as this one?
A) Well, it came a point in my life about seven years ago that I was very fed up with my own patterns of thought and behaviour. I seemed to react to the same problems in the same way - in a way that left me feeling powerless no matter what I did. I started to read books on changing one's own thoughts, and I came across authors and concepts that proposed a whole new way of looking at life and, most importantly, gave me hope that I could actually change the way I dealt with life. Having experienced such a breakthrough, I felt so elated that I started to share my findings with friends. Roughly at the same time I was thinking of starting a web site - so a web site about what was changing my life felt the next logical step.
Q) On your site you feature your own e-book, “From Conflict to Calm”, this invaluable book teaches it’s readers how to deal with difficult people at work. This is a book so many people could really relate to. Can you tell us why someone might want to purchase this book, in your own words?
A) Someone may want to purchase my handbook because they're going through a situation of conflict with someone at work and they have lost any hope that it can change, unless they leave their job. I had to work through feelings of irritation, anger, depression and revenge when dealing with my own boss, and I arrived at a stage of clarity that allowed for a solution of the conflict. I wasn't the only one having conflict with my boss - so I decided to share what I discovered going through my own process, so that other people with conflict at work could also find calm while still having to deal with a difficult someone.
Q) In the question above I ask about a book you have written, one question I love to ask people is, is there a book that has made a profound difference in your life. I read on your website that the book, “Life’s Little Missing Instruction Manual”, by Joe Vatale was that book for you. Can you tell us why this book is so important to you and is there any other book that has had a huge impact on you that you would like to share with our readers?
A) Joe Vitale's book was important to me because it was the very first book that introduced me to concepts like visualization, gratitude, or the power of thought - and it was life-changing. I took notes from it and I put in practice its suggestions, seeing amazingly beautiful results. We can say that Joe Vitale's book threw me into positive thinking :-) Other books that have had a huge impact on me are "You can heal your life" by Louise Hay and any of the Abraham-Hicks books - they all transmit peace and hope that, no matter how bad one's situation, there's always a way to change one's own thoughts and feel better. I love that all of these books perspire love and acceptance - something we all long for.
Q) You talk about being grateful on your site and this is one thing I believe to be one of the most important tools in the fight against negativity. Can you tell us what having a attitude of gratitude has done for you?
A) In a very straight-forward way, it helps me to regain calm and balance when I've experienced an upsetting situation. Throughout my day I have to deal with a number of difficult people - and sometimes their behaviour can be very upsetting. As soon as I can I remove myself from their presence and return to finding my own peace - and looking around me and expressing gratitude for the things that are around me and for what I already have works marvels.
Q) One of my favorite sections on your website is your “No Worries” page. There is a saying that goes something like this,” Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.” Can you share with our readers one tip or technique you use to live in the present moment?
A) Using the senses always works - focusing on what it is that I'm seeing, hearing, smelling... just noticing, without having to describe what I'm perceiving, is the perfect gate to come back to the present.
Q) Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with us, I know my readers will love what you have shared with us here. Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers, any last tip or piece of advice you would like to share?
A) Sometimes the mind fails - when times come tough, and thoughts seem to run in an unstoppable negative stream, I always go back to the breath. Nothing needs sorting, nothing needs resolution - if you can just go back to focusing on your own breathing you will, little by little, find the calm that eludes you. I put this in practice whenever the situations are so difficult that they become almost unbearable, and it always works.
Christina, I want to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview with us and I would also like to take this time to thank you, my readers for taking the time to get to know a little about Christina Diaz, she is a dynamic woman who is touching the lives of countless people with the work she is doing on her website the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com