Saturday, November 28, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
Don't let this deal pass you by!
Take heed and seize the day.
You wouldn't want to miss this.
Think about how you would feel if you did miss it!
This door of opportunity only stays open for so long.
You'll regret not taking advantage of this offer!
You wouldn't want to feel regret would you? You wouldn't want to pine over the past if you missed this excellent and fruitful opportunity!
Just think about how much better your life would be with this type of offer. Think of how much more content you will be knowing that you seized the opportunity while it lasted. So why not choose happiness in the future? It's a lot better than feeling regret, isn't it?
Think of how all your friends may have this offer! Think of how you might be left out!
Opportunities come but once a lifetime. You wouldn't want to miss your chance. You wouldn't to live the rest of your life trying to recreate this missed opportunity, would you?
Just don't worry about it. You can figure it out later. It will be worth it even if it means a little more debt. You can work that off. You have a job. You have good support. Don't let this offer pass you by!
Limited time means a limited time.
So why wait?!
Take advantage of this deal today!!
Saturday, November 21, 2015
You caught me in a good mood.
It's a nice day in my head and outside.
It is a great moment right now. I would hate if you would see me in a bad mood. It is night and day. So many moods and so many problems...
( end sarcasm )
What are moods?
- Moods are emotional states that we go through in out life. Moods lie on a wide spectrum. Everything from anger to joy to tired and energized. We tend to fix ourselves in our own moods. We unconsciously lock ourselves into these learned patterns of emotional turmoil. Rarely do we just sit and let the mood pass through. The attachment to a mood is a distraction from our true and authentic selves.
Mood based behavior is common amongst fellow bipedal hominids. Moods are easy to use an excuse. Moods are easy to latch on to based upon the severity and context of the moment. When we choose to attach ourselves to moods, we are choosing to remain unconscious and not reflect upon our inner turmoil or joy.
You have to reflect before you project.
Joy arises when you are present. Joy is a byproduct of being aware and grateful. Anger and discomfort are teachers in disguise. One can simply analyze his or hers internal storm and simply breathe through it and relax. When you relax through conflicting emotions, you let it flow through you. If you resist, the bad mood tends to take over because of your added struggle.
Emotions and moods are great sign posts to look inward. It is a perfect time to ask yourself questions. It is a perfect time to recenter. It is not a perfect time to point a finger at yourself or others.
Are you in a bad mood?
Are you intent on staying in that bad mood?
Are you using your bad mood as a way to escape from the present?
Are you letting moods pass and teach you?
Are you taking responsibility for your moods?
Suffering arises from the attachment to a mood. It is defining yourself through a fleeting set of chemical reactions. There is great growth when noticing changing moods. Moods are the clouds of your indestructible sky. The illusion becomes apparent when we identify the clouds as ourselves.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Why are you so offended?
What makes you "feel" offended?
Is being offended an inaccurate and irrational reaction to the context of the situation?
Surely most of us have been offended at least a few times in our lives. It's a gritting surge of negativity and adrenaline that takes over us much like rage or anxiety. We keep close ties to emotional subjects that have impacted us or loved ones in the past. We adopt ideological biases that veer us to certain mindsets whether they are rational or not.
When someone gets offended, their brain and consciousness gets hijacked by fear and wavering emotions. A person can choose to react based on understanding where their offended feelings are coming from. When a person over reacts in a rude and emotional way, they are projecting past wounds and separateness onto the offender. The offended in this case has triggered something deep within the offendee that has not been analyzed or understood. The person offended may try to lash back in an order to preserve his or her moral autonomy and thrust the authoritative mindset onto the offender.
The offender and the person offended are both at fault for lacking self knowledge and awareness. It is important to know what is good and how we see morality, but when it is conveyed in a violent manner it becomes moot and destructive.
The best thing to do if you feel yourself being offended is to ask yourself this.
Why am I so offended?
- This question allows you to open yourself up to the present and relax. It allow you to go in deep to see why you feel such disdain and stress. Surely, you are responsible for your own actions and reactions. Blaming the offender is an escape from understanding of the self and your authentic being. Taking responsibility is the righteous way to escape the unconscious cycle of blaming.
Once we take responsibility and let negative energy move through us, we can move forward without aggression. When we are present with our feelings, we let them dissolve and transmute into calmness. Being offended holds no value. When we see the inherent destructiveness that perpetuates itself in our lives and society, we can truly make an effort to change and move forward.
Look I have to be real with you.
I am just so sick of your opinions. Yea you heard me right. I'm constantly bombarded with personal opinions on a daily basis.
I think this.
You think that.
I mean it's great. We're all human beings with emotions and all that, but where does this end? What is the value of constantly expressing your opinions on different things? Is there a common ground we can all agree on?
I think it's time we really evaluate what the value of opinions actually hold. That's just my opinion!
Most of us operate under some sort if cognitive bias that is influenced by past experiences and what we comsume. We sometimes fall victim to easy persuasion and media manipulation. We gravitate to people with similar opinions and often see ourselves preaching in an echo chamber. How many of us look at opinions in an objective light? How many of us step away from our own biases and analyse them as if they were colorful rocks?
Are opinions a means to an end? Are your opinions offering a different perspective that might widen the perception and critical thinking of others?
By seeing what value our opinions can offer, we can see how we can grow and spread helpful perspectives among varying mindsets.
Understanding opinions is a big step in understanding the self and the concept of "I". When you make an opinion and voice it, you are speaking from a place of identity. You are projecting your identity through words and actions. Can an opinion be an expression of an authentic self or can it only be an expression of self interest?
"I think this and I am this so I think you should hear what I have to say. "
When being aware of your opinionated process, you can filter through what has the most weight and value. Is your opinion of the utmost necessity to prove a point or to leave your mark on a conversation or social media post? Why make an opinion in the first place if it may not express any rationality or truth in the first place?
Opinions mostly derive from the mind. Although an opinion can be derived from past experience, it is filtered through the lense of one individual. This does not mean that opinions cannot be helpful at times. Opinions in the form of advice can aid in more constructive critical thinking for the person asking for advice. A person can accurately assess a person's advice and dissect it in order to fit their needs. In this case, advice exists as an educated opinion filtered through a cognitive bias.
The subjective spectrum of opinions allow for a great deal of uncertainty and speculation for the real world. Opinions are catalysts for conflict. One person can be so identified with their opinion that they see it as an objective reality. The severe attachment to an opinion is an act of unconsciousness. The identification with an opinion with a delusional attachment to an illusory sense of self. When rationality and common sense wither from a conversation and opinions dominate, there can be no end or resolution. When both parties realize the errors and biases of their own opinions, they can start to make common ground and a path towards reason and truth.
Opinions are inherently human. Animals and trees do not have any need for opinions. Opinions create the illusion of separateness fueled by the ego. Natural systems are in flow with what is.
Opinions are part of compulsive thought. They are a never ending cycle that perpetuate itself through experiences and thought itself. Can progress come from this cyclical opinionated madness? An answer to this question would be part of the cyclicl compulsory opinion universe. If you were to analyze this question without immediately trying to find an answer, you would allow yourself to break free from the bind of opinions. You could relax and surrender to the present and dive deeper into your consciousness. What would happen if you didn't have an opinion on this matter? What would happen if you just didn't mind not having an opinion?
Seeing the opinion process is important in expanding your awareness. The act of trying to completely eliminate opinions would be a resistance to what you are. Being mindful of an opinion will show you the light that your previous opinions have been blocking. The compulsory need to share your opinion will absolve and only be present when you are truly present.
After all this I ask myself, why am I writing about this? Am I just writing because I have an opinion about opinions? Am I biased in my own opinion of opinions? Could my sense of reality be completely dominated by opinions? I need not seek direct answers on any of these questions. Questioning your own opinions without looking for answers will open you up to the inner connectivity of the universe. How I feel about your opinions is my opinion. When I see your opinion as only an opinion, I can open myself to compassion and understanding. I can divert myself to listening more than trying to just get my point across. I can relax knowing that my opinion of opinions is just an opinion.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
What are you doing?
Yes.. Right now.
Are you wishing you were somewhere else?
Are you enjoying what you are doing?
Are you present in this moment or focusing on a past or future thought?
Is that thought more important than what you are doing at this moment?
Is thinking about what you were thinking about in a past moment a conducive use of your time?
Does it make a difference if you figure out what you were thinking or feeling in a past moment?
Does it make you feel guilty or sad when a thought from a past event or action emerges in your consciousness?
Do you try to resist it?
Do you let the thought pass as if it were a storm cloud or do you try so hard to get rid off it and it gets louder?
Are you meeting all your expectations?
Right Now? As a whole?
In the totality of your life?
Are these expectations derived from goals that have definitive ends?
Do these goals give you the idea that you will be more "complete" if you accomplish them?
Do you feel less adequate if you are not aligning yourself with your goals?
Do you feel incomplete at this very moment or even most of the time?
Do you strive for the approval of others?
Are you constantly trying to be seen or be approachable?
Are you kind?
Does this kindness influence your daily decisions?
Are you being kind to yourself at this very moment?
Are you doing what you want to do?
Yea. Right now?
Are you doing what you want to do with your life?
That's ok too.
Are you motivated by the act of asking questions?
Do you think asking questions about your intentions and modes of thinking are useful to you?
Does asking questions open up your mind and awareness?
Does questioning everything in your life organically open the space in your head and the doors of opportunity in your life?
When you aren't immediately reaching for a solution, does questioning widen your perception?
Does the idea of uncertainty excite you or turn you off?
Does the consistent questioning of your inquisitive nature make you question why you are questioning yourself in the first place?
When you question yourself questioning questions, do you tend to question the questioning of questioning yourself asking questions?
Do questions beget questions?
Do questions never end?
Will there ever be an answer to the consistent questioning of questions?
Will questions solve anything?
Does it need to?
Can questioning truly question the purpose of questioning?
Can I ask you a question?
How are you?
What are you doing?
And it it worth answering right now?
If we stop asking questions and start blindly living,
Will we ever know the who, what, where and how?
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Well would you look at that little trinket there! It's so sparkly and nice. It pairs well with that ceramic cat and old looking scientific books. I can see that you have a very nice living area.
May I see your closet?
I'm interested in what you have tucked away. Maybe a few forgotten Christmas presents that you never cared for? Maybe some things that you have can relate you to the past, but you are too afraid or attached to get rid of.
Where does the stuff play a meaningful part in your life? Do you miss the stuff when you're gone? Do you see the meaning in the mountain of stuff? Is it tucked away inside only to relate to at a later time?
The new things replace the old things. We can all agree that this is true. We can all agree that our closets are filled to the brim from things of the past we may have bought on a whim. Some of these things hold fond memories. When the things trigger past like warm relapses, the object becomes a rememberance marker. We get emotionally attached to the object and chose to hold onto to it since it has given us some meaning to our life journey.
These meaningful objects become out environment reminding us the importance of surrounding ourselves with material. This may seem fine and unobtrusive, but how many of us question why we choose to attach ourselves to such objects? Do they become part of ourselves? Are they essential in widening our consciousness and helping us grow? Or do they simply make us feel comfortable and complacent molding us into habitual creatures?
No matter the historical relevance to your life, stuff is stuff and things are things. When we truly see through the attachment of material, we can learn let go of things that no longer serve us. We can observe these memory containers and detach ourselves from the past and place us in the present. When one or a few of things break, what is our reaction? Do we get sad, hurt and angry? Do we immediately fill ourselves with regret?
When an object of emotional significance breaks, we have the potential to express gratitude for it and let it go. We can thank the binding attachment of memory itself for allowing us to be more present. For to look inward and see that the past is gone, is to accept the present for what it actually is. You will see the objects as mere aesthetic automotons that we choose to decorate our journey. We can gratefully give away and remove these objects with the gleeful intention of giving us more space for what counts, the space within ourselves. When our inner space is at peace, the outer will reflect it. The objects and stuff of necessity will orgnically manifest itself when your inner stuff is dealt with.
Your Stuff or my stuff,
It's all an illusion,
These material things have lead us to confusion,
It's the barrier we create and the ego we inflate,
When we latch on to all these objects,
But consider in fact,
You will always be intact,
Even when an object tends to break.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Where do you stand on comfort in your life?
Do you gravitate towards comfortable places, situations and people?
Do you seek comfort in material and warm thoughts?
In our industrialized society, we search for things that make our lives more convenient. We tickle our pleasure sensors with instant gratification, molding our lives around ease and expediency. If some of us are approached with a situation that includes more creative thought and effort, we freeze up or tend to go down a negative spiral. We have been socially conditioned to expect things to go the way they were expected. Easy. On Time. Transient. Thoughtless. Unconscious.
How do we deal with discomfort?
Do we see discomfort as a signal to immediately escape the situation or feeling or do we see discomfort as a way to learn to grow?
When we let go of resistance and flow with the uncomfortable moment at hand, we allow ourselves to relax and be attentive to what needs to happen.
When step out of our own way, the way of habit and routine, we allow ourselves to be present with the unseen. We get out of our own way and go out of our way to explore and discover new territories. Consciously going out of our own way allows spontaneity and creativity to blossom and come into a hearty and vulnerable fruition.
It has been shown that taking different routes while driving or walking has a fundamental impact on our neurological wiring. When we stray from predictability and routine, we can open our lives new fresh and new perspectives.
You have to go out of your way to go out of your way. Shake it up. Let obstacles and worldly challenges be teachers for your growth in consciousness. Let the discomfort of the situation to inform and guide you. This is much like much of the teachings of Marcus Aurelius. He said that the obstacle is the way. Non resistance and recognition of what is will surely add spice into your consciousness soup.
Take a moment to get a friend flowers or a piece of fresh fruit. Go out of your way to show a close one you care by the thoughtful action and discourse from your banal life routines. Let yourself walk with no direction and breathe with conviction. Going out of your way is a valuable intention.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
There it is!
You see it?!
You missed it!
What did you miss you say?
Well it was the Trend Wave?
What is the Trend Wave you ask?
I'll tell you....
The Trend Wave is the vacant and transient permeation of what is popular and what is forced upon us in our society. It comes and goes with peaks and valleys. It begs you to stare at it with its flashy colors and mystical seductive charm. It gives the illusion that by participating in a vapid consumerist cycle, you have the potential to be liked and to fit in with all the snooty cool kids. It gives you the idea that by simply acquiring material, one can better his or herself and earn the accolades of their peers.
Each trend wave is even more bombastic and short as the one before it. It strikes like a snake and fades quickly like an ice cube on a hot plate. It tries its best to cater and appeal to your sub conscious and hidden inner demons. I mean who doesn't want to fit in? Who doesn't want to confirm? I mean why not enjoy it while it lasts?
You have to stay on point with what is happening. If you miss the latest trend wave you will certainly fall behind and risk being uncool. You'll embarrass yourself in front of your most hip of friends and colleagues. It takes great vigor and investment to be able to afford to be part of the mass consumerist pop culture. It takes a special sense of worry to discipline your mind in dulling itself in order to support the money machine. Just think how hip and fresh you could be at the coolest of cocktail parties. Think of how many opportunities for compliments and reassurance you will get from your friends!
The Trend Wave is coming,
Coming our way,
We must certainly not let ourselves stray,
What's trendy may mend me,
It may certainly send me,
Into a state of content,
I'm fully aware,
That my like is a share,
Of a bigger material complex,
I must support this regime,
And feed this machine,
So that I can free myself from worry.
I'm a slave to what's cool,
I most certainly don't drool,
And all my devices are updated currently,
Just as long as I know what's new,
My life won't go askew,
I'll get the newest gadget,
I'll let the old things decay,
And you best stay away,
From my latest and greatest purchases,
I'll surround my life with the trends and that's how I'll make my friends,
And I'll stay with this tingly sensation,
What's that you say?
There's a new way to pray?
It involves spending most of my money?
Well sign me up for the best thing,
It sounds interesting,
Ill take you up on your product,
I'm riding this wave and looking to stay,
For the next big glittering distraction,
My blind complacency and desires will soon conspire and take over my human reaction.
You wake up ready to go!
Ready to execute the tasks that will fill up your day!
With determination and vigor you go through your morning routine. You follow past patterns and go through the motions. Out the door you go!
Time is money ain't it?
It's your imperative to successfully complete tasks in a given 24 period is it not?
Go. Go. Go.
Where has the time gone?
Where has your day gone?
It seemed to have vanished before your eyes. You were meaningfully preoccupied. At least that is what you think. But who am I to decide?
You were too busy or slow down.
Too busy to reevaluate your decisions. Surely you were just operating under learned habits and the drive to complete menial tasks.
They say that time flies by when you are having fun. Why is that? Why do we see time as a means of completing errands and floating from one thing to the next? Why have we not explored the elasticity of time itself? We fight against the clock to accomplish things that we think will sustain us or even just temporarily reward our monkey mind in the moment at day's entirety.
Let's explore the elasticity of time shall we? How can we escape a regimented schedule and really let time flow organically with the way we do things?
Where does stopping( and sitting or standing) factor in our days?
Where does concentrating on our breathing and watching our thoughts fit into our daily routine?
You must be aware of the concept of time itself. You must be conscious of your own perspective and rat race.
When you slow time......
When you are aware of what you are doing and align it with the present moment, you are experiencing the totality, fullness and potential of time. Time doesn't turn into a race from one location to another. It doesn't focus on the menial means to an end completions you are use to in the modern rat race of society.
In each moment you have the potential to calmly respond and react to what needs to get done. Your awareness can guide you into making decisions in concert with the rest of your day. You can pick up the metaphysical paddle and flow with the river of life. The tasks and unseen problems that manifest in your day are like the waves against your invisible kayak. You have the choice to peacefully and artfully react with those waves or panic like an animal and stress out. It is the small moments that allow for opportunity and growth that will shed light and ease us through time.
These small moments to recenter ourselves are the most important in really appreciating and experiencing time. It is not a necessity to see time as a competitor when you are flowing with it. Of course, this takes practice. Let time be a teacher and let time be a catalyst for meditation. You are a part of time. When you allow yourself to surrender to the construct of time, you allow yourself the freedom to experience more of the unknown. The unknown has the best discoveries and lessons. Who wouldn't want to experience such treasures?
When you can slow down you can see the true value of time. You can see through the fog and see the importance of what is. Executing tasks will come with ease.
So what do you do when you wake up?
Focus on that breathing and slow yourself down.
Do this until you feel a calmness rush through you.
When you feel the sense of ease, evaluate what you need to do for the day.
It truly helps to write things out.
What is of most priority will stand out to you.
Let things unfold. Sometimes a decision is not meant to be forced.
Feel your intuition.
Knowing is feeling.
Recenter when you feel the need to rush.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Hey don't mind me.
I'm just living my life over here!
Sure it may seem strange. I like to do jumping jacks while whistling home on the range.
Sure I may seem "weird" while I collect some leaves and make a fake beard. I can assure you I'm sane even when I get excited and dance in the rain.
I can assure you that everything is ok. I prioritize things that make me want to play.
Feel free and come up and talk to me. I can assure you that I may or may not mention broccoli. It's one of my favorite vegetables and it can go a long way. I sometimes prepare it with beans at the end of the day.
When's the last time you danced?
In a shopping mall or in a park?
Maybe in daylight or in the dark?
Was there music going on or did you dance to your own song?
When's the last time you talked to a tree?
Did it make your conscience feel a lot more free? Did the tree's nature make you believe that all things in the universe have the potential to make you see? Possibly see through the things that were originally unseen? Did you see through the things that were making you mean?
Sure I may stand out from a bunch of people, but my spirit is free and my dance is the steeple. I like to take deep breaths and recite the alphabet. I like to pretend like I'm swimming on a pool in an imaginary jet. Like the Innocence of a child I can never forget, how important it is to learn from regret.
Have you looked at the person across the aisle,
As you look for cereal in a uniform style?
Have you locked eyes with a stranger,
Knowing that there is no immediate danger?
Don't mind me I'm just living my life over here. I have no interest in interrupting yours. I may throw a right jab of unpredictability into your world, but I can assure you that I won't get you boiled.
Spontaneity is my name,
Unpredictability is my game,
You can watch me all you want, but don't take it for granted. You can inspire others after I have ranted. You don't have to listen, but I hope your day is enlightened. I hope you can breathe deeply and your perspective is less tightened. After all your life is not much of my concern, but I can assure you that I don't want you to crash and burn.
Just be present like I do and you just might see,
That every problem in your life,
Is just a creation,
From an illusory,