Gudjon Bergmann

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Gudjon Bergmann has written more than twenty books, including two novels. In his work, Bergmann combines his passion for spirituality and religion with his deep interest in human psychology and his two decades of experience as a workshop facilitator and professional speaker. He has written extensively about self-development, including books on yoga, meditation, smoking cessation, stress management, interfaith and more. Born in Iceland in 1972, Bergmann moved to the USA in 2010 and became a U.S. citizen in 2013. He became an ordained Interfaith Minister in 2017 and is the founder and lead educator at Harmony Interfaith Initiative, an educational and social good interfaith organization.

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Gudjon Bergmann I have never suffered from writer's block. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I find that the time to start writing is when my book/article/short story is read…moreI have never suffered from writer's block. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I find that the time to start writing is when my book/article/short story is ready. Preparation is paramount in my process, but so is putting aside time to think. Long walks and house cleaning afford me the time to think and, in reality, that is where I do most of my writing. I never sit down in front of my computer unless I have a clear idea of what will run through my fingers.(less)
Gudjon Bergmann Over the years I have found that the best thing about something can also be the worst thing. That is the case in relation to writing. I find that the …moreOver the years I have found that the best thing about something can also be the worst thing. That is the case in relation to writing. I find that the best thing about being a writer is the ability to share thoughts, emotions, and ideas with others; to create lasting communications; to time travel. It can also be the worst thing, because when you share your thoughts with others, when you bare your soul, you have no control over how they will respond.(less)
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“Everyone who is alive can find something to be grateful for if they look for it. If you are among the few that can’t find anything, start with the fact that you are ALIVE and continue from there. Counting ones blessings is a barometer of mental health.”
Gudjon Bergmann, The Seven Human Needs: A practical guide to finding harmony and balance in everyday life

“At the end of the day, developing goodness comes down to a simple question: Will this emotion, thought or action, increase or decrease my capacity for goodness?”
Gudjon Bergmann, Experifaith: At the Heart of Every Religion; An Experiential Approach to Individual Spirituality and Improved Interfaith Relations

“What I call stupidity is not only lack of knowledge, although much of humanity could be elevated from poverty, dogma, illusions and war through traditional education. A thriving education system is the foundation for progress. But stupidity is not merely ignorance; it can also be a way of acting. If you act contrary to your own goals in life – you’re stupid.”
Gudjon Bergmann, The Seven Human Needs: A practical guide to finding harmony and balance in everyday life

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“Imagine being startled repeatedly during the day. This is stress in a nutshell. There is always a buildup of tension, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. We need to accept the truth that we all get stressed every day and we all need to seek balance to counteract the detrimental effects of stress.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Yes! You Can Manage Stress

“When you first start chanting or repeating your positive affirmations, they don’t make much sense. You don’t feel great about them because they strongly oppose your current reality. That’s the point. The affirmations should oppose your current reality. That’s how change happens. Everyone feels strange about using affirmations to begin with. But if you stick to the program, the power of positive affirmations will take effect.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Quit Smoking and Be Free: 7 Steps to a Smoke Free Life

“Positive affirmations are powerful, but they can be overrun by complaining and negativity if you allow your mind to focus in that direction. As soon as you start complaining about how difficult this process is, you have begun using negative affirmations, and that will in turn give power to your prior longing to smoke (as if that needs empowerment).”
Gudjon Bergmann, Quit Smoking and Be Free: 7 Steps to a Smoke Free Life

“Being positive all the time is such a catchy idea, and it’s easy to preach. I guess that’s why it is popular. But life reveals itself in successions of up’s and down’s and if you plan to be positive all the time you will definitely fail.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Empowerment Basics

“The yogic scriptures paint a picture of perfection, and perfection can be your aim, but I can tell you sad stories about myself and others who have entered into a state of premature holiness with unpleasant consequences.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Create a Safe Space: An Inspirational Guidebook for Yoga Teachers Who want to Further Serve their Students

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