PURPOSE AND EGO

“We transform instantly as soon as the purpose speaks louder than the ego.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Which one speaks louder for you?

Did you find your purpose?

It is a fun trip while search for your purpose, and it is fun to watch how it evolves.

All the best,
Ozan

Image by Aravind Vijayan

Bravery

“Bravery cannot manifest in a mind that is too attached to what it has. If you are holding on for something too tight, you cannot reach for anything else.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

We hold on, and we let go.

This is eventually the balance of human experience.

This applies to every topic.

Bravery is the emotion that will move us from comfort zone to power zone.

And its one prequisite is balancing holding on vs letting go.

Read more about bravery & balance in ‘A Lean Mind’.

All the best,
Ozan

Image by Sammie Vasquez

Interview with Melissa Oatman

Awaken Your Inner Awesomeness with Melissa Oatman / A Lean Mind with Ozan Kulcu

Hi,

I’m glad to share that I’ve had the privilege to have been interviewed by Melissa Oatman on her amazing podcast ‘Awaken Your Inner Awesomeness’.

I’ve been following her podcast for a while, and she is touching really nice topics on self-help and spirituality. I especially love the space she creates in her conversations, and how much positivity she is spreading. I really suggest you to go check her episodes.

We’ve had a lovely chat about the topic of mind process and the emotions. You can reach the full episode on all podcast platforms now using the links below;

Google Podcasts

YouTube

Spotify

You can learn more about Melissa on her website, her Instagram page, or her Facebook group.

All the Best,
Ozan

Lens of Emotions

“We perceive everyone and every situation through the lens of our own emotions.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Let’s talk about the Lens of Emotions.

We perceive everything through our senses; practically receiving nothing more than signals of visual, audio, somatosensory, gustatory, olfactory, vestibular, etc. systems. The real sensations and the whole experiences, however, are made by us in our own mind processes.

The state of mind completely affects the whole outcome of the perception. The mind state includes an emotional state linked to specific core beliefs.

Each sense that the mind will receive will be processed through this lens of the emotional state.

The same situation, therefore, can create completely different experiences in different people. To go even further; the same situation can create different experiences in the same person in different times dominated by different emotions.

This is a short explanation of the fact that when you have a dominant emotion at the time, everything that happens to you will trigger more of this emotion. When you are angry, everyone will try to make you angrier. When you are joyful, everything will taste sweeter. The truth is that the actions by people are not that different, but perceived differently by the mind – through the lens of emotions.

All the Best,
Ozan

Image by Paul Skorupskas

Moment is All

“This moment is all the life we have right now.
Are you willing to live it?
Or would you rather let it pass by?”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

I admit this one sounds like Eminem lyrics.

Still; It is short, obvious and powerful.

Moment is slipping away.

Catch it…

All the Best,
Ozan

Image by Sidney Severin

Control the Mind

“We do control our mind all the time.
It is a matter of how consciously we do it
that defines the quality of our lives.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Sometimes, it may indeed feel like the mind is taking over us and the emotions start controlling us. Have you been there before? I have.

What is really happening in this situation is that the soul is disillusioned. It thinks it is the mind itself, or the mind controls the soul.

The truth is that the soul controls the mind. When the soul realizes that the mind is nothing more than an abstract manifestation of soul in the universal reality, then the soul is free of the mind’s games.

The soul has the full power over the mind, and the mind is nothing more than an operating system.

When you take a step back and detach yourself from the mind, you can start to use it in the way you decide.

All the Best,
Ozan

Self-Growth

“Growth is nothing more than transforming your imperfections into strengths.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

We humans like to make everything complicated. That is how the self-help has become an industry, hasn’t it?

There is no universal pill to solve all our problems. And growth is a bit more straightforward than we think.

Find your weaknesses. Transform them into strengths.

Plan is simple, process is difficult.

But you are powerful.

Have a powerful day,
Ozan

Image by Xuan Nguyen

Anger

“Each person who has changed the world for good in history are the ones who has managed to use their anger wisely.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

It’s okay to be angry.

Some situations deserve anger.

Anger can burn everyone around including oneself.

It can also revolutionize.

Anger is one of the most powerful emotion. It is the mind’s mechanism of preparing the body for a fight.

However, with great power, comes great responsibility.

By using this anger in a smart way in line with the principles can change the humanity for good.

Do not suppress your anger. Do not give into it.

Use it wisely.

Read ‘A Lean Mind’ for more about Anger.

Use your anger wisely,
Ozan

Image by Miguel Bruna

Empty Cup

“It is the long and difficult race that will give us valuable joy. Not the empty cup we get in the end of the race.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Joy is what we experience on the journey of life, not in the end of any achievement. It is hidden in the challenges and difficulties, not in any kind of perfection.

I love giving racing references to anything as I am an amateur racing driver as well. Racing has considerable depth to it that reflects different aspects of life on-point.

And this one is a tribute to one of my favorite drivers ever, Danica Patrick; for everything she did on and off the track so far.

Read more about the emotion of joy and how it is manifested in ‘A Lean Mind’ – Link in Bio.

All the Best,
Ozan

Despair Zone

“In personal growth, despair is just a beautiful place to be in.
Because this is where the floor is.
Therefore, this is where you can bounce back from the floor
and shoot for the skies.
If you have the growth mindset,
hitting deep down is the start of a great journey
up to power and serenity.

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

For whoever needs to see this one today.

If you’re down on the floor, be thankful of it.

Because now you can only build on from there, without fear of something to lose.

All the Best,
Ozan

Image by Ishan Gupta

Guilt

“The pain caused by the guilt is simply the rejection of what we are doing, where we are, what we did, and where we were; because one belief tells us that it is not good.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Let’s talk guilt.

It is a more common feeling than we think. Good news is that it is very easy to notice. We can realize guilt right in the body.

As soon as you feel guilt, unless this is a situation where you actually commited a crime, ask your mind why you feel this emotion.

Deep down, guilt is nothing more than rejection of what you are doing or did, because inner police tells you that it’s against your values.

See if the guilt actually as a point or not. Sometimes, it might have a point, then you can take it as a constructuve feedback from yourself.

If it’s really not logical, how about letting it go?

All the Best,
Ozan

Image by Isai Ramos

Judgement

“Most interpersonal problems start with judgement.
Judgement in relationships comes from expectation
and identification towards other people.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

Think of any defective relationship you have, it doesn’t matter how close relationship it is. Look into it deeper.

What was the problem? Why did that problem occur?

When you ask enough ‘Why’ questions, you might realize that the problem comes from judgement, expectation or identification from each other.

What if we recalibrate our expectation from others and remove judgement completely? What if we look at everyone and just appreciate them as they are? Without expecting them to do anything, or without questioning why they do the things they do, and without defining them with adjectives.

Judgement is just our ego telling others how they live life is wrong. Whereas in reality, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. They are both creations of the ego.

Expectation is only trying to guess how others act. As we mostly guess incorrectly, the problems occur. What if we just accept others and manage how we act by focusing our attention towards us?

Identification is nothing more than defining who the other person is – before we even define who we are.

How would that change your relationships? Why not give it a try?

All the Best,
Ozan

Image by Richard Lee