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What is dreadful is your reaction and inner resistance

March 27th, 2015 No comments

 

The ego cannot distinguish between a situation and its interpretation of and reaction to that situation. You might say, “What a dreadful day,” without realizing that the cold, the wind, and the rain or whatever condition you react to are not dreadful. They are as they are. What is dreadful is your reaction, your inner resistance to it, and the emotion that is created by that resistance. In Shakespeare’s words “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What is more, suffering or negativity is often misperceived by the ego as pleasure because up to a point the ego strengthens itself through it.

 

Be the Valley

November 30th, 2014 No comments


Through becoming less (in the ego‘s perception), you in fact undergo an expansion and make room for Being to come forward. True power, who you are beyond form, can then shine through the apparently weakened form. this is what Jesus means when he says, “Deny yourself” or “Turn the other cheek.” This does not mean, of course, that you invite abuse or turn yourself into a victim of unconscious people. …..

 

If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength. This spiritual truth is diametrically opposed to the values of our contemporary culture and the way it conditions people to behave. Instead of trying to be the mountain, teaches the ancient Tao Te Ching, “Be the valley of the universe.” In this way, you are restored to wholeness and so “All things will come to you.”

Similarly, Jesus, in one of his parables, teaches that “When you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place so that when your host comes, he may say to you, friend, move up higher. Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

- Tolle, New Earth

Unhappy is Not Who You Are

October 28th, 2014 No comments

Want more happiness?  who doesn’t?

“If there is unhappiness in you, first you need to acknowledge that it is there. But don’t say, “I’m unhappy.” Unhappiness has nothing to do with who you are. Say: “There is unhappiness in me.” Then investigate it. A situation you find yourself in may have something to do with it. Action may be required to change the situation or remove yourself from it. If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, “Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable.”

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is.

There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, “I am ruined” is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. “I have fifty cents left in my bank account” is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering. Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel. See the link between your thinking and your emotions.

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.

So, who doesn’t want more happiness?  Look at the ego

Sun Gazing – In the begining

July 15th, 2013 No comments

This post is for now a placeholder, I will write more about sun gazing here.

I will start to document my sun gazing with a daily blog article, an online log. I might include a photo of the sun from that day. And any other thoughts that come to mind, also any experiences I have.

 

To start with, I am new to sun gazing, but not enitrely. I have known of the benefits of ‘sunning’ for vision, where you close your eyes and look at the sun and move your head. It warms up the eyes nicely and is relaxing, it also has improved my vision. I fell out of that practice a year ago and now I’d like to get back into it in the form of sun gazing.

more will be added to this post later.

Fun Hobby: Gold Prospecting

June 3rd, 2013 No comments

I live in Minnesota, we don’t have much gold to speak of. I like to go on quiet walks and I like to take photos. For me, potography and biking are a couple nice excuses to be outdoors. I am considering exploring a new outdoors hobby: gold prospecting.

In Minnesota you cant expect to make any profit looking for gold, and laws allow only for gold “panning”.  If you like rocks and minerals this might be a rewarding activity to try.

I am a newbie to this, below I listed some resources I am researching, please let me know of other useful websites or areas within MN (especially the TC, and west and south the state) where  panning might yield  something.

 

thanks

 

Resources:

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/recgeo.pdf  (Recreational Geology in Minnesota)

http://umwgold.com/

http://www.minnesotagoldprospectors.org/

http://www.mngs.umn.edu/service.htm

http://goldminingandprospecting.blogspot.com/2011/03/gold-occurrences-in-minnesota.html

http://www.goldfeverprospecting.com/migodi.html

http://mn.umwgold.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNGold/

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/geologyrec/index.html

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/minnesotagoldprospectors/

http://projects.geothunder.com/2013/02/24/placer-gold-deposits-in-minnesota/

Since people are limited to “panning” in Minnesota many seem to like using a pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

Happy Apocalypse!

December 21st, 2012 No comments

Happy apocalypse day everyone

(and happy solstice, this is no ordinary solstice, why? the Mayan calendar ends tonight)

Nothing will happen of course, tomorrow will be just another day.

 

But, in the spirit of Apocalypse and all that, here’s some music you can enjoy.

 

 

A nice collection of apocalypse / epic collection of music pieces.

 

 

 

 


List of Songs in this compilation -


0:31 Two Steps From Hell – Archangel

3:04 Two Steps From Hell – Strength of Thousand Men

5:19 Killer Tracks – Legacies

7:09 E.S. Posthumus – Arise

11:19 City of the Fallen – Fire and Ice

13:59 Future World Music – Birth of A Hero

16:09 Brand X Music – Return Of The Dragon

17:33 Liquid Cinema – Voyage

20:00 Two Steps From Hell – Otherworld

22:49 Immediate Music – The Journey Home

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The OPINION That Matters, is …

December 13th, 2012 No comments
No matter what you say, what you do, or how you act,
no matter what decisions you make or how you behave,
someone, somewhere, near or far,
will take offense and disagree with you
or not like your actions/decisions/opinions.
 
 Moral of the story, is to be who you want to be,
do what’s right for you
Know your feelings about things, and make sure you feel good about what you do, say, think, hear, eat, or anything you decide on regular basis. 
You are the only one with the opinion that matters. 
 
Be true to yourself
If you live your life by looking at others, what others do and how others define living or success,
you’d be living someone’s else’s life,
someone else’s story,
someone else’s idea of what
‘living’
is
 
How do you know what you want?

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What To Do With Negative People

December 11th, 2012 No comments
Noticing people around you being negative?
family, friends, coworkers chipping away at your positivity?
Are you generally positive until you meet a certain someone?
Are you being stressed or negatively impacted by negative people?
Consider this
this article is also published here

Predict The Future

December 7th, 2012 No comments
The best way to predict the future of humanity at large is to create it.
The best way to help predict your own future is to work towards making it happen.
 ~ unknown (I came up with it)
Some times are for thinking, planning and doing
Other times are for being
Like yin and yang,
one should
seek
balance

What Are You Worshiping?

December 7th, 2012 No comments

 

Do not go about worshiping deities and religious institutions as the source of the subtle truth. To do so is to place intermediaries between yourself and the divine, and to make of yourself a beggar who looks outside for a treasure that is hidden inside his own breast.

~ Lao Tze

 

This article was also posted here http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-are-you-worshiping.html

 

Bit More Than You Can Chew?

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Feel like this sometimes?

Took on more than you can handle?

Bit more than you can chew?

 

Whatever it was

what ever it is

 

you can always put it down

spit it out

 

If only for just one moment

try it

just for now

put it down

 

 

 For now,

Allow your mind to

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Lonely or In Solitude

November 28th, 2012 No comments

Ever wondered “Lonely, Alone or In Solitude” ?

 

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.”

~ Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)

this article is also posted at: http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/11/alone-or-solitude.html

Nine Hours of Relaxing Beach Waves

November 23rd, 2012 No comments

This is so relaxing

Use it while reading, while relaxing, while meditating..

 

After a few minutes I noticed myself going into an altered state of awareness (like a trans) from these repeating beach wave sounds.

Any sounds of nature can be relaxing, especially water, like rain, a little stream or beach waves.

This video is 9hrs of this.

 

 

also find this article at http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/11/nine-hours-of-relaxing-beach-wave-sounds.html

Free Self Empowerment Dialog

November 23rd, 2012 No comments
Positivity and Self Empowerment Script
Read these lines to yourself, as often you as please, and notice every word and every thought you have. Read these calmly and read it patiently.
 
Her we go:
I give myself permission to say these positive words
Permission to read these calmly and in an approving manner
Only positive words
Only positive thoughts
I take this moment,
now,
I am at peace with myself.
I value myself as a person.
I appreciate who I am.
I am a valuable human being.Yes,
I am powerful.
I deserve to relax.
I deserve to be happy.
I deserve to relax now.
Yes, I deserve to see the positivity in everyday events
I deserve to take a deep breath now
I deserve to relax now.
I allow myself now, to take another deep relaxing breath.
As I notice a tense musle (maybe in my neck, back, or even fingers or feet) I relax
Let go of that tension in the muscle
now let go of some more
I take another deep breath now
and feel relaxation and healing calm spread all over my toes and fingers,
healing calm to my feet, legs, arms, neck..

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A Key to Successful Relationships

December 15th, 2011 No comments

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One key to successful relationships is learning to

say “no”

No-Nude-Sign

without guilt,

so that you can

say “yes”

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without resentment.”

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Bill Crawford

Say “No” Without Guilt

December 13th, 2011 No comments

“One key to successful relationships is learning to say “no” without guilt,

so that you can say “yes” without resentment.”

~ Bill Crawford

An Easy Method to Become and Remain an Optimist

December 12th, 2011 No comments

Wondering how to be an optimist? Someone with constant positive outlook, dreams and success?  This quote puts it nicely:

“I have become my own version of an optimist.

If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door.

Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

I Want To

December 6th, 2011 No comments

Repeat:

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I Want to

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I Can

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I’m Sure of Myself

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Einstein – Everyone is a Genius

December 1st, 2011 No comments

Einstein said “Everyone is a Genius”. I couldn’t agree more!

Our present day society and culture, ask people to learn in a certain way, hold certain jobs, take exams in a certain way, and those that dont fit or are unwilling to comply with the statuesque are considered dysfunctional or lacking… Wrong!

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11:11 11-11-11 Is Today!

November 11th, 2011 1 comment

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What’s 11/11/11?
It’s a day!

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Is it astrologically significant?

I don’t know!  I don’t know astrology.  I can’t even tell you if the date is really 11/11/11 for all I know the year might be wrong say 2014 instead of 2011, the date is probably normal and boring in other calendars (like the Muslim, Mayan, Hebrew calendars) today.
But, I can tell you the moon is full tonight!
And, no matter what the date astrologically (and corrected for error) might be,  that doesn’t lessen the uniqueness of this day.

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What’s so special about the date?

Nothing and everything!
It is what you make it.  Just like everything else in our lives and society at large, it is what we, human-kind, decide to make of it, and is ultimately what we make it, as a society and on individual basis. (Think: christmas, rituals, holidays, money, brands, trends, music,  laws, habits, best sellers, and others “labels” that we as a society create and agree to live by.. we created them, we made them all what they are).

So, consider making this day 11/11/2011 special.

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Pray?

Consider saying a prayer, pausing for a minute, being thankful, being hopeful, being positive, wishing well to others, extending love and smiles to others..

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Why?
Just because you want to.

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Wont it be nice for you, to look back in 10 years form now, and know exactly what you were doing at 11:11 11/11/11 ?
Do something special,  do nothing at all .. whatever suites you; just be aware of the moment.

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Small-Scale Farmering is Better, Says UN Report

June 1st, 2011 No comments

The “Agro-ecology and the right to food” confirmed what many in the traditional food movement already knew, traditional small-scale farming is better than large-scale factory farming.

My vision is to see a community farm in every town, neighborhood, or every few city blocks.  Modernity and civilization do not have to equal a separation of people from the natural world. People are happier and healthier around plants and fresh food, people and food have always existed together, children need to see their food growing and pick up fresh food. This is better for the health, mind, soul, and as this report shows this is better for the society, economy, and the environment.

Eco-Farming can double food production in 10 Years, says new UN report

GENEVA (8 March 2011) – Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report* shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.

“To feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most efficient farming techniques available,” says Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report. “Today’s scientific evidence demonstrates that agroecological methods outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production where the hungry live — especially in unfavorable environments.”

Agroecology applies ecological science to the design of agricultural systems that can help put an end to food crises and address climate-change and poverty challenges. It enhances soils productivity and protects the crops against pests by relying on the natural environment such as beneficial trees, plants, animals and insects.

“To date, agroecological projects have shown an average crop yield increase of 80% in 57 developing countries, with an average increase of 116% for all African projects,” De Schutter says. “Recent projects conducted in 20 African countries demonstrated a doubling of crop yields over a period of 3-10 years.”

“Conventional farming relies on expensive inputs, fuels climate change and is not resilient to climatic shocks. It simply is not the best choice anymore today,” De Schutter stresses. “A large segment of the scientific community now acknowledges the positive impacts of agroecology on food production, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation — and this is what is needed in a world of limited resources. Malawi, a country that launched a massive chemical fertilizer subsidy program a few years ago, is now implementing agroecology, benefiting more than 1.3 million of the poorest people, with maize yields increasing from 1 ton/ha to 2-3 tons/ha.”

The report also points out that projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh recorded up to 92 % reduction in insecticide use for rice, leading to important savings for poor farmers. “Knowledge came to replace pesticides and fertilizers. This was a winning bet, and comparable results abound in other African, Asian and Latin American countries,” the independent expert notes.

“The approach is also gaining ground in developed countries such as United States, Germany or France,” he said. “However, despite its impressive potential in realizing the right to food for all, agroecology is still insufficiently backed by ambitious public policies and consequently hardly goes beyond the experimental stage.”

The report identifies a dozen measures that States should implement to scale up agroecological practices.

“Agroecology is a knowledge-intensive approach. It requires public policies supporting agricultural research and participative extension services,” De Schutter says. “States and donors have a key role to play here. Private companies will not invest time and money in practices that cannot be rewarded by patents and which don’t open markets for chemical products or improved seeds.”

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Heal :: Be the Strong!

December 9th, 2010 1 comment

Do what it takes to heal yourself.

If that means seeing a healer, shaman, therapist or doctor, then do it.

If that means forgiveness, then forgive.

If it means experimenting with foods and drinks, then do.

If it means giving up foods, drinks, behaviors, weight, do it.

If it means changing a habit or more, do it.

If it means changing the way you think, change it.

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If it means giving yourself permission to heal, give yourself that permission.

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If it means taking personal responsibility, then take responsibility for your health.

But “don’t” pass-on the blame

don’t blame

for when you blame, you take “your infinite power”, and “handed it away”

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don’t handed your infinite power and health away

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Only the weak agree with blame-calling and the strong see it as petty.

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Be the strong

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I Saw a Hole in the Man, Deep Like a Hunger He Will Never Fill

November 24th, 2010 3 comments

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“And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, “We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.” The Man said, “I want to have good sight.” The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.” The Man said, “I want to be strong.” The jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.” Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.” The serpent replied, “I will show them to you.” And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the Man knows much, he’ll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.” The deer said, “The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.” But the owl replied, “No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.” Native American Wisdom

Comment:

I agree with this quote. However, I must say while many seem to have these gaping holes that they seek to fill (usually with food, habits or material items) some of us do not have the hole. The hole can be plugged, it can be filled. We are whole and complete as we are, we are divine and holy, all of us. Many do not know that. I wish everyone would have the insight and openness to see this on their journey, as this is my truth.

I suggest the following to help you fill that hole: Just Be, Meditate, Experiment with hypnosis, Spend time with nature, in nature, admire the beauty in nature, be alone, explore your own mind/body .. Reconnect with the spirit of nature, feel it, hear it, experience it, enjoy it! It is always there, just as the “answer to fill the hole” is, very close that many can’t see it. This answer is not in words, not in data, not even in seeing. It is so basic, emotional knowing in your gut, that many first need to slow down and reconnect with themselves before they can suddenly find this hole simply gone. The answer is always there, we just think it’s not because it is not in words or science, it is very personal and organic, so close. You just have to look inside of you, and be. When this hole is filled, then everything inside and outside will look alive, more colorful, more holy, you start to see things (everything) differently in some way.

In being, present, silent, alone, i nature, in the moment, you can see that you are whole,

now

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Thanks,

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It Never Hurts to Look at Your Beliefs and Question Why You Hold Them

October 16th, 2010 No comments

cosmosIt never hurts to look at your beliefs and question why you hold them. By asking “why” of your motives, thoughts and actions, you push, stretch and expand the capacity for the soul to express ItSelf.

WHY, WHY, WHY. Ask “why” do I see things in this way?

Then ask a bigger question:
Are you in love? Or are you afraid? Are you angry? Or are you enchanted… with yourself, with life?

Do you live in your Divine Inheritance of fulfillment, freedom, and joy? Be not afraid of whether you are worthy of these things, for you are born of them, to give birth to more of them, in your own unique way.

So shine on, you crazy diamonds!

Longevity? Activity, Olive Oil and a Positive Mindset!

September 18th, 2010 1 comment

Mariam Amash, an active inhabitant of an Arab Israeli village named Jisr a-Zarka, applied for a new Israeli identity card in 2008 and became popular because they found she could be 120 years of age!

The Guinness Book of Records currently lists 114-year-old Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Ind., as holding the title of oldest person alive. Even if Mariam is not 120 years of age, she’s still pretty old; her original birth certificate was issued by the Turkish/Ottoman authorities that ruled that region between the years 1299 and 1923.

How did she live to such an age?  maybe it’s just genetics, or just statistics.. but for whatever it’s worth I’d like to quote:

A granddaughter-in-law, Hamda Amash, 40, said Mariam is a “healthy, active woman. She walks each day and makes sure she drinks at least one glass of olive oil.” She was a pampered second wife who married relatively late, explaining the ages of her children, Hamda Amash said. “Her house is always full of people,” she said. “People like to come to her house. She talks to us about the old days. She knows the history since the Turkish times.” Turkish control over the Holy Land ended with World War I.

A devout Muslim, …

Next, I quote from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariam_Amash

As of February 2008, Amash was reported as being “remarkably sprightly”,[1] with 10 children, 120 grandchildren, 250 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren.[1]

She has bad hearing and can only recall portions of the past at a time, making her difficult to interview. In a 2008 interview with Al Jazeera English, she recalled the Ottomans as being “nice”, but did not like the British when they took over in 1917, and is satisfied with life in modern day Israel, especially with her government-provided social security. A devout Muslim, she has made the Hajj to Mecca five times. She claims to owe her age to olive oil, which she drinks every day, her avoidance of alcohol, and a local herb Palestinians often use for salads. She also stated that she expected to live “another ten years”.[3]

Disclaimer: can’t always rely on wikipedia for accurate info.

What I can ascertain  from the quotes regarding her longevity is the following:

1- She is active (and healthy)

2- Walks each day

3- Drinks at least one glass of olive oil a day

4- Her house was full of people (she is either sociable or simply surrounded by social interaction, love, emotions, communication)

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Success Is Not The Destination!

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Ponder on this for a few minutes,

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Success is not the destination, success is the journey.

Why do People Think They and Others Were Born Evil Sinners?

July 23rd, 2010 No comments

Why do people think that they (and all other humans) are born as babies with sin, with this burden of sin, disobeying a god, with an imperfection, with evil?

This notion is accepted in mainstream culture, just examine for a second where it came from, then ask yourself if you believe it.

I got news for you, you are born pure, clean, free of sin, perfect and beautiful. Humans are intrinsically good.

Think about it.

Have Another Drink. Why?

July 11th, 2010 2 comments

3d human with a red question markI constantly find myself seeing things differently than people I am with. Cultural norms that people accept as divine laws to live by amaze me every single day. I remember asking “but why” as far back as my memory goes. I probably asked “why” as a baby before I could even talk.

I’d see people do a certain thing, say certain things,  or react in certain ways, then I’d ask myself “why”? I asked why because the actions did not seem positive, or seemed lacking in judgment, logic, or respect. Asking “why” meant that something did not make sense to me.

If I verbalized my questions I usually heard unsatisfying answer, most of the time  the answers went like this: “because that is the culture”, or “because it’s in the bible”, or (this may be my favorite one) “because this is what people do”. Some may call you “weird” for questioning “what people do”. Years went by, my questions never got an answer.

Today, I have much more insight into human reasoning and behavior, coupled with love and understanding. Thanks to hypnosis, varied life experiences and guidance, I understand why people do things better.

Understanding something doesn’t mean I agree with it though. It also doesn’t mean I stopped asking “why”. I continue to ask “why” now purely from sheer amazement.

One simple, yet very common example that I came across recently was being at a party, with alcoholic beverages, and seeing a gal tell her friend “have another drink.”  When the friend indicated a “no”, the gal insisted and asked again trying to be more persuasive.

This made me shake my head in disagreement, I probably gave the persons a shocked look as well. I hide my opinions less than I used to do as a kid, some people don’t like that. I don’t care.

Replace the alcoholic beverage seen here with food, fashion, cars, work, computer games, opinions, actions, pretty much anything that a person (a groups, an institution, organization etc) may ask you to do (or think) because they think “it is cool”, or because “it is the way people do things.”

Now, if you take a moment to think about this, you may start notice how common this example is.

If your friend was a true friend, she/he would RESPECT your wishes and opinions. When you say “no” to any idea, a “real friend” would immediately respect your “no”, they will smile and move on to another issue out of sheer respect for you. It’s true that your friend my have the idea that drinking more means “you are having more fun”, she/he may want to see you have more fun based on their understanding of “having fun”, but if you said “no”, for whatever reason then a “no” is a “no”.

You do not need persuasion, you do not need someone to tell you how to have fun. YOU are the one having fun, you decide what fun is to you.

When your gut feeling, desires, or simple leanings go in one direction, if you are happy doing a certain thing, and are then faced with a friend (or anyone for that matter) telling you that this is “not how people have fun”, be bold and say “No.”,

“This is how I have fun.” “This is how I enjoy life”.

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Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

June 21st, 2010 No comments

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Was is worth it?

By Mahatma Gandhi

Is it Worth it?

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Hint: the answer is “No”

Your Cup

June 20th, 2010 No comments

Is your cup half full or half empty?