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Olga Kostrova
Attended National Academy of Management, Kiev, Ukraine
Lived in Santa Clara, CA, USA
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So... A week ago Jan and I got separated... It could be tragic, but the tragedy is the work of the mind... Like any mortals, we are that smile emoticon Pushes and pulls, desire for control and freedom, all the usual suspects that break up couples and tear love apart... But not The Love... So, yes, of course we are back together...
From that (as from any experience), came the lesson I wanted to share with you... Watch, listen and enact, so it serves your relationships...
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When one hears / reads a story and it triggers a blend of emotions in him / her, the objects to deal with are not the story itself and characters in it, but your own triggers. Being triggered is the greatest opportunity for examination of one's [conflicting] belief system. If a story produces triggers it's the right story to be told. Now the right place to look is always WITHIN.
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Did energy of busy Tuesday (deadlines, people with their expectations and demands, media "news" that trigger fear and anger) already got into you? Maybe this conversation will bring relaxation to your body and mind, and open your heart? And please take any religious references just as pointers to "God" (goodness, divine)  within you... Just a metaphor... Much Love you, my dear ones  :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKkZoVyiQuo
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This morning is a morning of compassion for me... Compassion for my loved one, for my neighbors, for my coaching & healing clients, for people who I've never met, for you, for me... For every living creature who have been blessed and cursed with that “thing” we call Mind… The mind that rules our life, driving us to destruction, to isolation through resentments, to self-inflicted pain as an attempt of a resolve, to justification of lies behind which we hind… We don’t mean to hurt ourselves, yet we do (we sabotage, we invite undesired implication of our unconscious choices and habitual self-destructive behaviors)… We don’t mean to hurt others (by acting out our triggers, replaying outcomes of the fears we fear the most). We don’t mean to hurt, yet we do…
Can this vicious cycle ever be stopped? In the past I would say “yes, by waking up!”. But what the bunch of bull crap! When you immerse in the sleep, identify yourself with the sleep state, comforted by familiar pains in your sleep, how do you wake up… unless woken up. Pushed to the edge of the bed and hit the ground. Then in the shock, you do wake up… But unless someone make that push, or hits us with a magic stick, we keep sleeping, and keep dreaming about waking up…
I “know” it by observing it… Every single moment… I’ve known awaken state, I remember it… And I definitely know the sleep state, the one in which we operate day and night… Wondering, lost in thoughts and feelings, unaware… Until life and circumstances hit us with a stick. And thank goodness, it keeps doing it  :-)
Well, what can we do until then… Fell compassion in your sleep. Put it on your pillow, look into its eyes… Compassion open hearts and breaks the walls of cages in which we find trapped…
Fell compassion. FEEL first, feel everything you can, burn in pain if needed… and then feel compassion… To yourself for your pains, and to all those who you want to blame for it… Because someone has to be blamed!  :-)  It’s just easier this way… But, if we just dare not to go for “easy”, if we dare not to blame – not to blame other, not to blame ourselves, but just feel… all of it… And then, feel compassion…
Who do you have compassion towards now, dreamer?
And who should you bring it towards now, so your own heart opens wide open? 
Take a breath… Allow… Now say it. Who?
Much Love to you all, my friends...
much compassion...
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Thought of the day for you, my lovers...
"Healing" occurs when understanding of life's transience is total... or when we give up totally and completely our attempts to understand it...
All my Love to you, wandering angels  :-)
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The weak mind cannot wait...It cannot surrender to a period of "non-deciding", "non-concluding", as it finds safety in concluding... The Ego defends itself by concluding... It cannot withstand the wait in not-knowing, allowing... The Ego can't handle surrender in the Trust...
The weak mind cannot surrender to the silence to listen the heart... The weak mind can only hear itself and other minds... It can only hear its own voice or similar voices (here come well-intended advisers and "compassionate" friends) - the voices of dominance, defense of the Ego, the voice of judgement, compartmentalizing, claiming...
The weak mind is not a quite mind that can let go of itself and give a stage to the heart... and just wait to allow the true answer and resolution to arise... It's a busy mind, an impulsively acting mind, a controlling mind, it's a mind of destruction...
The weak mind destroys... It destroys what heart can withstand... The heart, vulnerable, open, bleeding, unprotected can withstand it all - the burn, pain, all that come with human Love..
The strong mind will not listen to itself, its chaotic jumping from one though to another, get seduced by one emotion of another into compulsive action. The weak mind is lead by anger in one moment, longing in another - it pushes and it pulls, it never stops...
The strong mind waits till all the noise subsides to give full attention to the heart... Let heart fully lead... completely surrender and allow...
The heart can self-heal, and has a capacity to heal it all... The heart never falls out of Love, never loses capacity to bear differences... For the weak mind constant practice is needed, witnessing its doings and observing how it destroys what's precious, meaningful... As soon as it acts on self-defense, it loses... It looses its own game, and it loses what's the only one thing worth nurturing, and for the mind fighting with itself for - Love...
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Dear +Olga Kostrova 
Absolutely true that the Ego can't handle surrender in the Trust... It is important to surrender to God and create communion with Him. You might find our article on how to surrender to God very interesting.
http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-practice/steps-of-spiritual-practice/how-to-reduce-ego/surrender-to-god/
In Gratitude,
SSRF G+Team
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“The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it. That’s the way the dance is designed. . . . And we get so that we’re perfectly willing to do whatever we do — and to do it perfectly. It’s like Mahatma Gandhi gets put in jail and they give him a lice-infested uniform and tell him to clean the latrines, and it’s a whole mess. And he walks up to the head of the guards and he says, in total truth, ‘Thank you.’ He’s not putting them on or up-levelling them. He’s saying, ‘There’s a teaching here, and I’m getting it; thank you.’ What’s bizarre is that we get to the point where somebody lays a heavy trip on us and we get caught, and then we see through our catch-ness and we say, ‘Thank you.’ We may not say it aloud because it’s too cute. But we feel ‘thank you.’ People come up and are violent or angry or write nasty letters or whatever they do to express their frustration or anger or competition, and all I can say is thanks.”

- Ram Das
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“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.”
“I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn’t create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.”
- Ram Das... (and I second it...)
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Whether you are an entrepreneur, or working on a project for your employer... or if you believe you have unfocused hyperactive behaviors, or notice cravings that lead to addictions... I hope this reflection will serve you today...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_5rZ_ZdkMo
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Coaching advise of the day: Be brave and fair. Don't be afraid to state your boundaries in relationships (both business / professional, and personal), don't be afraid to keep another one (maybe your partner? maybe a client? maybe a supplier or service provider?) accountable. It is an act of respect to yourself and to other. By keeping people around you accountable you hold them to their highest standards (instead of holding back and becoming passive aggressive, acting out your resentments). Keep your connections in integrity, don't bite your tongue when you need to speak up. Mutual accountability is mutual respect. 
It's not always easy, but so neither life itself :-) Be fair and be brave.
Much Love to you, my friends...
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I am venturer and adventurer:

Past ventures:
http://IdeaMamaClub.com (Beta was closed)

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"When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality". 

Who am I? Seeker… Thinker… Dreamer… Visionary… Inventor.... one you would call “a serial entrepreneur”, “quick-start”, “social innovator”. 
[re]Designing, [re]engineering, [re]inventing, discovering talents, connecting people, creating experiences, provoking thoughts, shocking those who narrow their minds – that what my life is about. 
Paradoxes, controversy, adrenaline – I eat for breakfast with a lot of salt and sugar. 
Life on the edge, emotions over the edge… That’s my world… And you are welcome to enter it.

About me:

People like myself... we would never be able to ‘make it” on our own without support of those with more tolerance to routine and details… May be people like you… who in their turn feel inspired and appreciate when get involved in project created by innovators… People “complete” each other in live, and they definitely do so in business… So, thank your for been different than me [smile] as together we make better things more efficiently and with more joy. 

Have a dream? Shoot? Share, let’s brainstorm… and SHAKE IT! 

Professional life?
I am the mama of IdeaMama Group :-) (well, I was)...

http://www.IdeaMamaAdNetwork.com/ - Pioneer of Pay Per Deal advertising model; B2B affiliate marketing for companies with high ticket product and complex sales.

IdeaMama Club (now the portal is down) - web 3.0 venture. A virtual social innovation incubator (currently under redesign - framework needs to be improved. Can you bring your expertise to make it happen? 

Currently building a community of extraordinary entrepreneurs, professionals, social innovators, philanthropists and you are welcome to join it
Bragging rights
I am alive... That's quite an accomplishment.
Education
  • National Academy of Management, Kiev, Ukraine
    2000
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