Paradise Is In Your Mind

Written by Nitika Chopra

You have the power to make your own choices and be your own person and hope is a power that you possess. Hope is continuing to go forward, it is continuing to live through that moment when you feel that hope has disappeared…

Do you have hope when all seems lost? Do you know how to feel excited and passionate about life even when you have NO clue what tomorrow brings? Join author Nitika Chopra as she shares “Paradise is in Your Mind.

No matter what is coming at you, no matter what is happening or not happening, do you know how to create a paradise within your mind?  How to have hope when all seems lost, how to feel excited and passionate about life even when you have NO clue what you are doing with your business? How to have hope when you’re frustrated you haven’t lost that 15 lbs you have been trying to, or deeply sad that you haven’t found the love of your life yet?

These questions are meant to ignite something more in you. I am inviting you to dig a little bit deeper, to push past the point of resistance and breathe in an ounce more of hope.

Maybe you’re thinking that you need more than what you already have. Or feeling that happiness and joy are in something that you must work hard for. I am here to tell you that you can have those feelings of happiness, passion and love right now. These are the experiences that you cannot buy but thankfully have 24 hour access to.

In the words of India Arie, “So you act, so you feel, so you are” is a powerful reminder that you hold the key to your own happiness.

Creating a paradise in your mind and ultimately in your reality takes faith. You must step into this space of living, feel it and act from it in order to experience more of it.

Power + Perception + Presence = Paradise

You have the power to make your own choices and be your own person and hope is a power that you possess. Hope is continuing to go forward, it is continuing to live through that moment when you feel that hope has disappeared. You get to make the decision that no matter where you are or what is happening, you can say, “I am doing my best and I believe I am destined for great joy in my life.” and you know what? You will get through it.

Perception is everything. How you see the world and how you see yourself in the world makes all the difference. You can choose to see it as a dark scarce place or you can choose to see it as an ocean of abundance. Your perception will deeply reflect your actions, your thoughts and state of mind. The whole idea is to “keep shining your light” so that you may walk right into the experience of what you want.

Presence Be in the present moment. You are not your past and your future has yet to happen, you are forever expressions of now and the more present you stay, the calmer the mind, the quieter the soul. In the present you don’t hear the past as it shouts “this is what you should have done” or the future saying, “this is never going to happen”. Hope lies in the present moment and the present moment is creative. Decide what your actions, thoughts and feelings will be in this moment and take a step forward. With presence also comes gratitude. And expressing gratitude for where you are right now is powerful. You enter a place where you can freely, beautifully and simply smile. Your life feels fuller, your heart feels better and with taking life one step at a time all begins to feel lighter. So, keep a gracious centered heart and you will always be guided.

Believe in your power, broaden your perception and be present with it all. Paradise is in your mind. Start there and never stop having hope.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
I have accepted that I have a curvy body!  I am not a toothpick and I never will be, all I need to do is take care of my body and it will continue to take care of me.

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
I appreciate that I take the time to get to the root of what is really going on in every situation. I don’t just assume or jump to conclusions, I take my time and do the work to authentically figure out the truth in situations.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
One of my most rewarding achievements is starting Bella Life and turning this experience in to getting my own talk show.  I still have goals to grow my site to an even bigger one and to fully monetize the site.

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
My not-so-perfect way is that I am really sensitive.  I always say it is a blessing and some times a “curse”.  Because I am sensitive it makes me much more compassionate and kinder to others, but it also has me take things so much more personally which can get tricky!

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my FRIENDS.  I feel so incredibly blessed to have close friends that I can lean on for any and everything.

About the author

Nitika Chopra

Nitika Chopra is the passionate, colorful and inspirational voice behind, the online lifestyle magazine she founded in 2009. Nitika believes that love and happiness are possible in every moment, and she has dedicated her life to helping others embrace this mindset. With “Your Bella Life,” Nitika’s dream of empowering women to find affirmation in every moment is coming true.

Nitika is a certified life coach, a go-to resource for young women around the globe, and a motivational lifestyle guru to her thousands of monthly readers and fans. Each week, Your Bella Life offers original content in a variety of categories, from fashion to finance, written by over 30 experts in each field. Nitika encourages her readers to actively participate in the online conversation and to overcome life’s challenges to lead a vibrant life bursting with color.

Growing up, Nitika battled debilitating health problems that made it difficult to walk with ease for many years. This challenge, among others, fueled her passion for helping individuals and has made her an empathetic resource. “I can relate to most of the issues young women are going through today — sometimes just sharing my experiences with them can make their journey transform from hopeless to hopeful.”

Harnessing the power of communities and social networks, Nitika created Colorful Conversations, a series of networking events and social gatherings for women. She has also created strategic partnerships with companies and brands she supports, including Juice Beauty, Glow Gluten Free, VMV Cosmetics and Soho Sanctuary.

In 2011 Nitika was invited to speak at the prestigious REVEAL conference hosted by Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation on healing one’s authentic soul wound. She regularly interviews inspiring influencers on Burst TV, an online video channel that she produces and hosts, such as Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly.