Wednesday, April 30, 2008
So many people are always making plans
Sometimes out loud to others
Usually to themselves
Endlessly modifying what they will do
If this and that comes to pass
So few act upon those plans to make them come true
Why do they do this?
Because it makes them feel less unempowered
Less of a failure
To have a dream of another more successful world
A world where they are in control
A world where they succeed
A dream where things go as they imagine they might
And over time these dreams become intertwined with their every day life
Never or seldom spoken out loud
Lived inside their heads
Until one day many years later something obliges them to acknowledge that the dream is not going to happen
Others keep the dream going until their end days
Plans that might have been
Plans that ought to have been
If only this and that had not happened
A life spent thinking if only
What a shame reality was never fully experienced
A life incomplete
A life not accepted for what it was
For what happened
Never mind they will all have to live the life over to face what was given to them
Karma does not allow us to refuse to accept what she brings
We have to do it over and over until we do accept and learn
This is why we have so many lives
To learn and grow
Observe how some people you know always seem to have the same problems
Over and over
Simply stated this is why some are less conscious than others
Those who learn their lessons move on those who do not keep repeating until they do
So if you have dreams then make them come into reality
Or let them go
Live life day by day as it is presented to you
Plans are fine
Live them or leave them though
There is nothing wrong with accepting life as it comes or as it is
Life is not about impressing others
Many think it is though
Life is about learning and growing our consciousness
Growing to be better more loving human beings
Less selfish, more loving
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
But not enough to satisfy every-ones greed
Isn't that the truth
How many more times do we have to watch greedy people grabbing more for no other reason than they can
Can grab, so do grab, even when they have more than enough
No idea what to do with it except maybe material toys, houses, boats, cars important things like that
And the media behaves like there is something admirable about this greed
A world obsessed by money
Because the greedy ones have no idea that they pay a very high price for their greed
Karma is not a joke it ensures that we pay to the last detail for our greed
Then we wonder why there is so much poverty and pain around us
This is karma in action
Yes this is what happens next time around
Experiencing to the last centime the exact opposite of what they experienced as greedy people
Monday, April 28, 2008
One week just full of tension and difficult situations
Nothing to do about them
No way to change things
Just having to hang in and take it
Holding tension all week
Mind spinning around with negative possibilities
Never leaving you alone
Mind insisting to go over and over nasty scenarios
Week finally ends
New week arrives
The dreaded meeting/situation occurs
The outcome is positive not at all as you had imagined
The world did not end, life did not stop
Amazing how you had never thought of that possibility
Never imagined that outcome
Relief is amazing
And then other nice things come along
Life is good again
Tiring too as the stress comes off
A day or two of rest with the relief pouring out
Balance returns, humor too
Two weeks, one down one up
When will we ever learn that life is cycles
Nature all around us works in cycles
Pretty well everything does
We are the same our life has cycles of tough times and others of well being
Smart people learn to flow with these cycles
All of us can handle the good times
Or can we?
Too many go over the top
So when the harder times arrive the adjustment is more brutal
The trick is to find a way to shorten the distance between difficult and pleasurable
Soften the curve if you will
Not to go so high in the good times and not to go so low in the bad
If we can learn this then life is much more agreeable
And the how?
Control of the mind
Not getting so carried away when times are good and not allowing the mind to spin in negative circles when times are harder
Same story whatever we look at in our lives
Controlling our minds is all
No not drugs they come at too high a price
Just learning to empty the mind
No thoughts good or bad
Like little children living in the moment
What will next week bring?
Live life now in this moment now
Learn to let things go
Learn to live in this moment now
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The British Independent On Sunday Newspaper has today published a Happy List
Which as they say is "celebrating those Britons who have given back, enhanced the lives of others and realised that in an acquisitive society there's a crying need for values other than mere materialism.
This list is as it says an antidote to The British Sunday Times Rich List which is published to great fanfare every year"
As the Independent points out a list of people who make a positive difference to other peoples lives is more interesting than a list of those who have devoted their lives to making money
"The list is, of course, a wholly artificial exercise, but our hope is that the 100 people here represent values that need trumpeting, and make for role models more worthy than £50,000-a-week footballers, their shopaholic partners and those who have done nothing more demanding than inherit lots of money."
The criteria used were "those who make the lives of strangers happier, that this is their prime motive in doing what they do (as opposed to a side-effect of it), and that their example deserves celebrating. And, after considering the conditions under which community happiness tends to flourish, we elected to look for candidates in 10 categories: philanthropy, charity, mental well-being, physical health, pleasure (ie those in the media and culture who make us feel better), environment, innovation, volunteers and time-givers, community activity, and entertainment."
How nice that such a list has been created along with insights into what they all do
How pleasant that we can celebrate something other than money for a change
Think how much of our media is to do with money
The media in and of itself exists to make money
Advertisers are there to make money
Politicians are often talking about money
Articles on fashion, cooking, homes, cars and the rest are often about money one way or another
Unfortunately most of us are obliged to spend money all day long as everything today from communications to water to travel is about money
It would be interesting to measure the happiness of the people on the two lists
It is difficult to imagine making money as bringing much happiness compared to the satisfaction that is brought by helping others
And in your life are you helping others?
Are you bringing happiness to others?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
They stand silent and empty all through the winter
Then about now they all turn green
Ever thought of the technology that allows hard wooden trees to produce soft green leaves?
Leaves of all shapes and sizes
Blossoms that appear almost immediately afterwards
Amazing shapes and clusters
And for most of us we do not even notice
One of the most powerful major outpourings of energy seen in nature
And we remark casually how nice it is to see green trees again
Often oblivious to the wondrous events that they presage
Animals and birds alike joining each other to start the process of procreation
Humans too seeing each other in new ways
What a cycle!
Take the time to experience the beauty of nature in full flow
Pay attention to your local fauna
Get out and enjoy walking in nature
Be alive to our world as it blossoms and grows
Spreading new life over the planet
Times might be stressful but nature is our balm if we do but use her offerings with wonder and appreciation
Appreciate your world
Today and every day
Friday, April 25, 2008
Local psychological nervousness and sometimes rioting depending on location and culture
Throughout history that is
And is there any reason why these times should be any different?
One of the more alarming recent developments around the world is the steep increase in many food prices
Many reasons are given from commodity price increases to bio fuel growth
Can leaders really be so slow as not to have realized that growing ever larger quantities of subsidized and lightly taxed bio fuels would result in increased food shortages and higher prices in many countries?
Apparently it is so
Politicians encourage bio fuel growth when many people on the planet have no affordable food
Things are seriously amiss when politicians encourage policies that lead to steep food price increases
This is how it is today with pundits telling us that prices will not come down again because of multiple factors
Again and as usual for the consumer this is force majeure
In countries where most are poor events can spiral out of control
In the West events might be different but the political fallout can be as unpredictable
We all need to eat so must change our foods or buy less
Eat out less
Cook more at home
Stop buying so many ready made meals and take aways
And while doing so observe with interest how the price of food is an emotional topic anywhere
Indeed it is one that politicians ignore at their peril
And we the consumers pay as usual for politically manipulated crop subsidies and incentives pandering to special interest groups
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Families are often portrayed as islands of harmony in a world of disharmony
Once in a while they are
Some siblings like each other
Some children love their parents
Often they do not
One way to feel more comfortable with your family relationships is to look at them differently
In truth our parents are only our genetic parents
Our spirit is our own and is not shared with anyone
Seldom does one spirit move down one genetic line meaning we have all experienced life in many different families and cultures
We have all been male and female
We choose our parents because they can best start us off on this life in the way we need to learn the lessons we came into this life to learn
This does not mean that they necessarily love us or are even very kind
It does mean that they shape us towards what we came here to learn
Often our brothers and sisters and other relatives are those we have know in other lives and with whom we have unfinished business
Our karma puts us in relationship with each other so that we can resolve these relationships and learn to treat each other correctly
Once this way of looking at your family is understood then many things become easier
We do not need to accept manipulation by family members
We do not need to pretend to like each other
Yes we do need to behave with kindness and consideration
No we do not need to spend time with each other if we do not want to
Families are great teachers, often tough ones
So be it so is life
Clear your thinking about your family and you free yourself in many ways to get on with what you are really here to do
There is no choice about the family you are born into
There is a choice about how you understand this relationship
A choice about how you behave
Family choice if you will
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
People can sometimes be amusing
As can frivolous events
Times where things are not serious
However frivolity can sink into crass behavior quite quickly
Then it is no longer amusing
We have all been present when behavior goes beyond what we feel acceptable
What do you do?
Look away, pretend not to hear
Pretend not to see
Then if it is repeated or continues
What do you do?
Tells a lot about you
Tells a lot about any of us
In life there are many things we cannot prepare for
There are others we can
Behavior getting out of hand is one where if we know ourselves we can react immediately as and how the situation demands
This is truer when we are clear with ourselves
When we know without any doubt what is and what is not acceptable
Then we act as we feel is appropriate
Our life journey prepares us to some extent
Our moral and ethical values the rest
Then it is up to us
Are you clear with yourself?
Can you respond reasonably?
Action is usually needed even if it s merely to move away
Sometimes though it might demand that you take a stance
Do you have the courage?
Be prepared because the time will come when you will find yourself in such a situation
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The case against mobile phones is gathering momentum
Evidence of dangers to people from mobile phones is increasing.
But proof is still lacking, largely because many of the biggest dangers take decades to appear
Cancer, tumors and other diseases are likely to be increased although most research has so far proved inconclusive.
But an official Finnish study found that people who used mobile phones for more than 10 years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the same side as they held the handset.
Equally alarming, Swedish research revealed that radiation from mobile phones killed off brain cells,
This indicates that today's teenagers could go senile in the prime of their lives.
Studies in India and the US have raised the possibility that men who use mobile phones heavily have reduced sperm counts.
Most countries have done little to warn their citizens of these potential dangersIf you use a mobile phone, and who doesn't, then please observe the following simple rules
Keep conversations to a reasonable length
Use extension devices where possible and practicable
Hold mobiles slightly away from your ear when using mobile only.
Concern about long term effects is real and in such a situation it is smart to limit our possible damage as much as we can
Monday, April 21, 2008
Pollution is dulling the scent of flowers and impeding some of the most basic processes of nature, disrupting insect life and imperiling food supplies, a new study suggests.
The potentially hugely significant research – funded by the blue-chip US National Science Foundation – has found that gases mainly formed from the emissions of car exhausts prevent flowers from attracting bees and other insects in order to pollinate them. And the scientists who have conducted the study fear that insects' ability to repel enemies and attract mates may also be impeded.
The researchers – at the University of Virginia – say that pollution is dramatically cutting the distance travelled by the scent of flowers. Professor Jose Fuentes, who led the study, said: "Scent molecules produced by flowers in a less polluted environment could travel for roughly 1,000 to 1,200 metres. But today they may travel only 200 to 300 metres. This makes it increasingly difficult for bees and other insects to locate the flowers."
The researchers – who worked on the scent given off by snapdragons – found that the molecules are volatile, and quickly bond with pollutants such as ozone and nitrate radicals, mainly formed from vehicle emissions. This chemically alters the molecules so that they no longer smell like flowers. A vicious cycle is therefore set up where insects struggle to get enough food and the plants do not get pollinated enough to proliferate.
Already bees – which pollinate most of the world's crops – are in unprecedented decline in Britain and across much of the globe. At least a quarter of America's 2.5 million honey bee colonies have been mysteriously wiped out by colony collapse disorder (CCD), where hives are found suddenly deserted.
The crisis has now spread to Europe.
Politicians insist that CCD has not yet been found in Britain, but the insects have been declining here too, and the agriculture minister Lord Rooker has warned that "the honey bee population could be wiped out in 10 years".
The Independent - 20.04.08We know so little
We have so little time.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".
And bees are now disappearing from Europe as they have from the US
Concern started in the US last autumn, and has now hit half of all American states.
The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, and the East Coast 70 per cent .
It is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and occurs when a hive's inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers,
The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die individually far from their hives.
The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony collapses will not touch it
The implications of this spreading situation are alarming.
CCD is now occurring in many European countries from Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece and Italy with an English commercial bee keeper stating that 23 of his 40 hives had been abandoned as other bee keepers in Scotland, Wales and North East England have claimed losses as well
True to form the British Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs insisted: "There is absolutely no evidence of CCD in the UK."
Leaving British officials aside elsewhere scientists have begun to suspect radiation from mobile phones and other hi-tech devices could be responsible
The theory holds that radiation from mobile phones interferes with a bee's navigation system,
German research has long shown that bees' behavior changes near power lines.
Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. .
Dr George Carlo, who headed a massive study by the US government and mobile phone industry in the Nineties on the hazards from mobiles, said: "I am convinced the possibility is real."Time will show but as with many other things we may not have so much time left
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Accepts as normal what it finds when entering this life
Whatever they find is how it is
This even if older observers consider the country or society to have gone to the dogs
No matter the new generation just gets on with learning what they are fed by their elders
Later some might challenge what they have been told
Some might rebel
Most buy into the system and become part of the whole
Some make contributions
Others just while their lives away
And what have we got to say about what we are leaving them?
Have we learnt anything?
Don't see too many jumping up to apologie for the mess the world is in
And what wisdom are we sharing with the next generation?
We have not even looked at what we are doing ourselves let alone being able to discuss this with the next generation
And what do you understand as being the reasons?
Could it be our greed?
Our obsession with economic growth maybe?
Or our lack of spiritual values
Whatever the truth the fact that we are not even conscious that dialogue about our world is the starting point is not very encouraging
In your own life become clear about what you are here for
So that at least you can share your thinking with your own children
The next generation are smart and they deserve at least a dialogue
Sticking their heads in the sand and hoping things will magically work out is not an option for them.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Yes it comes to all of us from time to time in our lives
Has it come to you yet?
Did you have the courage to move on or did you sit still and rationalize that it was safer to stay where you were?
Our friends might suggest we stay, it's safer, it's such a good job and so on
Sometimes this might be good advice however it is your life not theirs
Life is about change amongst other things
Trying to avoid change is like trying to stop the tide coming in
It doesn't work
Our lives are composed of major and minor periods
In each of these we have to learn lessons and once we have learned them then nature allows us to move on
Our karma also dictates that we experience things over and over if we do not learn
So the trick is to know if the decision to move is the right one or not
There are opportunities that we should not take
Others that we should consider
And those we should take
Your life view will help determine what you do
Your values will add something too
Then there is that inside voice which whispers to you
Do you listen to it?
It is known as our higher self by some
Whatever the name if you are honest with yourself and know this to be true
then that voice will be the best help you can get in making those decisions about whether or not it is time to move on
If you work at it this voice or feeling can be used more and more
Last thing before you go to sleep think of something that is on your mind and ask the question directly of your higher self
When you wake in the morning often the first thought you have is important and often that thought can answer your question
It might not be what you expect
It might not seem relevant
Hold it without challenge
Without modifying it
Look at it later in the morning
Act upon it if it feels right
This can be done more and more with questions and situations that arise in our lives
And not just asking questions when we go to sleep
The main thing is to be open to this voice or feeling and this takes practice like everything else
After a while you realize that what is happening is beyond mind
It is indeed your higher self
Our minds get us into so much trouble because they are forever comparing, evaluating, judging
Because that's all they know how to do
And when we do this naturally all our perceptions and prejudices are factored in, which is why we make mistakes
Learn to find that voice in you, this is usually easiest if you let go of the worrying and think about other things
Change the subject
Do other things
It will be there however it takes time so stick with it
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sometimes we can see that it takes a very wise man to do good works without danger of doing incalculable harm
A highly developed man might know who to relieve of pain and who to leave in the mire
Because the mire is their best teacher
Poor people will tell anyone who is able to win their confidence that disastrous mistakes are made by those who come from different classes or backgrounds and endeavor to help them
Kindness and gentle treatment will sometimes bring out the worst qualities of a man or woman who has led a fairly presentable life when kept down by pain and despair
None of us know the darkness which lurks in the depths of our own natures until some strange and unfamiliar experience rouses the whole being into action
As soon as one begins to understand what a friend and teacher pain can be, thinking man must be appalled before the mysterious problem of human life
And though he may long to do good works, equally dreads to do them wrongly until he has himself acquired greater power and knowledge.
The above is from an old nineteenth text and while not politically correct today is thought provoking
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Is something that comes into our lives from time to time
Or is it really there all the time?
Leaving aside your favorite magician or illusionist
And your politicians, how can they do what they do, a mystery indeed!
Consider how many mysteries are there in your life?
Or do you feel in control of everything
Is your life so simple and sure that there are no mysteries allowed?
Some people very much need to be in control
And so they construct lives of simple actions and beliefs so that they can pretend to be masters of their lives
Not one of us can honestly say there is no mystery in their lives
How about consciousness where does that come from?
Love how does that work, why did I fall for that person?
Life where did that start, and death what really happens?
Is there a God or are there lots of them or none as the Buddhists say?
So what is your chosen mystery?
Most humans have one or more that keep coming back to them through their lives
Think about it what mystery is with you?
Often they start when we are still young
What have you always wondered about and yet done nothing to examine?
If you do agree that there is at least one mystery then take a minute to understand honestly why you have never done anything about it?
There are answers to most things it just takes some determination to find the answers
Could be that the mystery you sit on is the key to why you are here in this life
Staring you in the face waiting for you to finally get around to doing some research into it
Is this true for you?
Most people push their mystery away even when it concerns themselves and their own behavior
Mysteries usually have something to teach us
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Something we all face at some point
Be it a driving test, an exam, a promotion, a relationship breakdown whatever
How did you handle this
Did you go on and on thinking about the reasons why
How unfair it was
How it was not your fault
Did you go back and try again
Did you give up and walk away
Sometimes better to walk away but often we have to or need to take it again
To try again, prepare better, understand more, why we did not succeed
In life failure is a hard lesson and can really get to us
Learning not to obsess is also difficult as our minds turn and turn on the why of failure
Not leaving us alone over and over
Accept when there is nothing to be done, really let go not just the words while continuing to secretly worry
Till time calms us down
Again we can see how mind controls our life
Our mind that obsesses
Determine to learn to control your mind because if you do not then it will do more damage to you than anything else
Stay in the moment
Look at your life in a broader context than this failure
Appreciate what you have in life and do not put yourself down for the failure
Be honest enough to acknowledge if it was really your fault
Failure comes to us all at some time prepare yourself mentally with how to deal with it
Do not go into your next situation with the idea of failure for that is a sure fire recipe for creating just that
Failure and what it means is something worth looking at because it can shape and change your life
And it comes to us all at some point
Monday, April 14, 2008
Humans have always migrated and traveled, without necessarily living nomadic lives.
What is now being called nomad ism is not about taking journeys it involves much more
A modern nomad is as likely to be a teenager in Berlin, San Fransisco or London as some senior businessman
They may never have traveled anywhere, been on an aeroplane or moved address
Even if they stay in one place in a small town their relationship to place, other people and time is what makes the difference
Indeed, how far they move is completely irrelevant.It is the permanent connectivity that defines the modern nomad
seems that these people, who are growing in number, build stronger relationships to those they already know such as family and friends
This is at the expense of meeting new people or expanding their relationships in the physical world.They move from place to place throughout the day doing emailing, work and play
Little distinction is drawn between work and play all merges into the day
More and more of their essential information is stored on line rather than in any one place or machine
Only a few years ago this was impossible as machines and connectivity were clunky and difficult to carry around
Today a mobile phone, Blackberry or laptop is all that is needed
By tomorrow one device will suffice
At this point social implications become more important as the machine is no longer the marvel as they will be familiar to us and taken for granted
The social implications are not clear today however rules of etiquette are emerging as to where mobile phones and Blackberries are acceptable and where they are not
We can observe that they are pushing their way into more and more places, the next being aeroplanes
Are you part of this?
Do you store more and more of your files, your life and work information on line?
Pay attention to your own life and see if where it is going is what you want
We are all caught up in this the question as usual is whether or not it is on our terms or those of others who lead the way or drag us with them
Make conscious decisions to take the best from this movement
Make equally conscious decisions to bar or prevent yourself from becoming totally beholden to technology
Be aware how these things are changing your life and that of your friends and acquaintances
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Loss of libido isn't a problem we associate with men.
The myth is that if men have a sexual problem, it's that they can't get enough,
Women are the ones who invent headaches and feign sleep.
In fact, this isn't true.
For many men there is the problem of lack of desire or erectile dysfunction.
And this has become increasingly common over the last few years
There could be many reasons for this new caring sharing man feels more comfortable talking about this or.we are expecting more of ourselves, and men, like women, are feeling the pressure.
Men are meant to be not only breadwinners, but also caring, hands-on dads who deliver mind-blowing orgasms.
The myths say that men want sex from puberty to death but, in reality, a man's sex drive can fluctuate for all the reasons a woman's can.
He can be stressed, unhappy, tired or under pressure at work.
Sex is about desire emotion and expectations and these go up and down and sometimes disappear
Testosterone levels fluctuate, with some men enjoying an active sex life yet recording low levels of the hormone, while others have higher levels but a lower sex drive.
Where does that leave us?
Current wisdom is to talk and discuss the situation with each other
Separate or accept that this is how it is
Such is our current wisdom
Here's another thought
The population is meant to go down there are more than enough humans on this planet
Loss of sex drive in males and females is part of this adjustment
Sex becoming a drive for procreation only is also predictable
Sex disappearing as a form of entertainment is also likely
Men and women seeing each other as sex objects would also decline
Men and women wanting sex would also decrease as an urge or need
Leading to different relationships
Relationships based on other criteria
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Spring summer a softer season is nearly upon us
A time when trees become softer leaves emerging
Flower blossoms appearing everywhere
Birds in spring song mood
Color increasing all around us
Days longer, nights shorter
And humans we too shed our winter coats
A time for softer behavior as well
A time to engage each other would be the old way
Sitting outside, smoking, talking, drinking
Modern citizens should stop smoking, cut down on drinking and anyway there is not much time to sit around
Sitting around is becoming a holiday activity
Drinking, eating, letting go are not so easy to fit in with our running around and endless busyness
Decide to give yourself more social time this spring and summer
Not so much rushing around
Organize to explore places, meet people, do new things
Have some fun whatever the other conditions in your life
Do not buy into media fear of harder times
Money comes and goes you are the one who decides where your head is at
Difficult times are even more reason to enjoy other things
Things of beauty, things of nature
No excuse for not enjoying each day
Taking some time to chill out
No prizes for nervous breakdowns and ill health
Consciously enjoy every day
Softer times can be so refreshing and rejuvenating if we accept their beauty and become so ourselves
Softer times, softer style, smiling at this the time of our lives
This time now, there is no tomorrow
Friday, April 11, 2008
Is a three in one vaccination being forced on English school children
Mumps, Measles, and Rubella are the three
Many parents are concerned that this vaccination can cause problems such as a heightened risk of autism
Various problems that only appear in the late teenage years or later include MR, extreme tiredness and other symptoms of ill health
Nonsense say the government it is perfectly safe
How can you know the long term effects of a vaccination that has not been tested over many years?
Secondly parents can with difficulty obtain the vaccinations separately and on the indications for the individual vaccinations it is clearly written do no have other vaccinations within one year
And the government is promoting three in one vaccinations where if there are long term problems these cannot and will not be known for many years
Many doctors in other European countries are on record as saying that this is not a safe or reasonable approach particularly on young immature immune systems
Nature does not give anyone three illnesses at the same time
Too often governments are riding roughshod over parents forcing them to accept things that they do not feel are safe or proven.
What to do?
Examine the different websites giving information on this subject
Our own point of view is that nature intends young immune systems to experience flu, chicken pox and some other diseases in order to strengthen these systems.
Giving young children multiple vaccinations is not natural nor does it help the immature immune system develop in a normal way
Others diseases such as TB are certainly better protected by vaccination but not more than one at a time
As adults we are obliged to make choices for ourselves and our children
Make your choices after taking the trouble to inform yourself as to what is said about the various options
If that choice leads you into disagreement with government or other bodies so be it
It is your life
Do not surrender your individual choice to others
Choice should not be surrendered without careful thought and consideration
Thursday, April 10, 2008
A word used by advertisers to persuade us that their latest offering should be bought
A word used to describe so many things that are not
And yet it still has power over us
We look, we read in hope of finding something better
New is a strong tool to catch our attention
But what is really new?
If you think about it there is little that is really new
True there are countless innovations
Countless innovations hailed to solve ever more problems
And yet as we use our computers and other modern devices we are aware also of the time they take to use
The concentration and attention they demand of us
Time that in other generations was used for social intercourse, playing, relaxing, enjoying life
Time that has gone, no longer available to us as we scurry through our modern lives
New ideas are not so frequent variations on a theme yes, plenty of them
That it is necessary for all of us to experience new thoughts
Which is why the word new always catches us
Just as new products bring pleasure or curiosity so new ideas can do the same
New ideas in what area then?
The restless area deep inside all of us
The small voice that queries is this all there is?
Is this really what it is all about?
Surely there should be something more
Are there any new ideas about how it all works
Why I am here
What it is all about
These ideas come in all shapes and forms today
Plenty of books explain
Plenty of people profess to know
No they do not
If they truly had the answers then these would resonate powerfully within us
They would resonate with the truth
A truth beyond words, beyond doubt
With todays new ideas for a short while the placebo effect might work on us, then it wears off and we are back where we started
So maybe new is not where we should be looking
Some of our ancestors were pretty smart
So smart that they did not leave the important stuff lying on the table for idiots or evil people to pick up and abuse
So what did they leave and where?
They left in every millennium teaching to guide us on our own individual journey
All of them said over and over it is an individual journey
Each of us must undertake this journey by ourselves
As one said "no one saves us but ourselves"
"No one can and no one may"
"We ourselves must walk the path Buddhas merely show the way"
And so it has ever been
Therefore the next time you see the word new beware
Maybe new does not have the answers that old does
Keep looking, keep questioning
If you truly try and are sincere then one day nature will give you some clues
And then you can start your conscious journey towards the light
It might take many more lives however one day you will understand that it is the only way
The teachings of the Perennial wisdom that is
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Is considered one of life's major attributes
Learning patience however is another thing
Some say fishing is a good way to learn one type of patience
And here is the challenge there are so many different variations of patience
Our lives are stressful and patience is needed in so many different ways and situations
Patience in your car when people are driving badly around you
Patience when stuck in traffic
A boss who does not listen, a selfish neighbour
Sitting at the airport, on the metro, in the check out line
Family members who drive you up the wall
And so the list goes on
How do we improve our patience?
Acceptance of some things is a start because while we can control or influence some aspect of our lives others are beyond us
Accepting them and letting them be as parts of our reality is helpful
And for the difficult ones deep breathing occupying the mind with other thoughts is one way
Another is to drown out the situation with your ipod
And the real challenge is to understand that there will always be things in our lives that require patience
Knowing and accepting this is another step along the way to becoming more patient
Notice also that as with so many other things it is our minds that are the key
If I can control my mind then my patience improves
Simply stated I can control my emotions and I have more patience
It does not get to me
So yet again I can see that our minds are key
And your mind?
Is it a support or hindrance to the things you want to achieve?
It is one of the only things over which you can have complete control
Not easy in fact the most difficult thing a human can do is to control the mind
The benefits are enormous they change your life completely
Having patience is one of the most challenging yet rewarding attributes man can attain
Develop yours consciously
Conscious focusing of the mind is a beginning.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Amazingly trite remark and true
If your heart is filled with fear, or stress as some prefer to call it, then for sure the wear and tear is greater than if you are feeling quiet
Such a simple concept that it does not need elaboration
So how come so many forget this?
The speed of modern life, constantly doing things
Modern media and life make it hard to hold onto quietness
Constant bombarding of the senses our forced acceptance of this bombardment
First clue we allow ourselves to be subjected to constant noise both external and internal
The external we all know
The internal is less obvious it's all those things the external persuades you are important
That you should worry about
Things like your success in life as measured by your possessions
Your worry about relationships
About doing everything that needs doing
Not making mistakes
Sticking itunes into our ears is only a partial solution to noise reduction
Yes many stick itunes and MP3's into their ears to reduce noise
Going into their own choice of sound and diversion
Brave effort but unlikely to succeed when the internal noise is so pervasive and persistent
Peace and quiet do not come through noise so easily
And if peace and quiet do not come through noise then our stress is likely to increase
Want to reduce stress then find quiet
Quiet to meet yourself
Quiet to experience emotions free from the stimulus of noise
The movement from stress and fear is not easy when you never let go
Never experience the quiet that allows you to understand where your fears are hiding
And hide they do
Nobody wants to hold their fears in front of them
Real peace and quiet are found when we treat ourselves with respect
When we have time and energy for ourselves l
Time to meet those fears and reduce that stress
Quieten those worries by putting them into a better perspective
How much time do you give yourself?
How much quiet time do you give yourself?
Bet you've had other thoughts while reading this
Give yourself a break
Quietness is the gateway to peace of mind
Noise is the gateway to breakdown
Sunday, April 06, 2008
It is current and topical so why not have a look
The dictionary defines a conspiracy theory in this way:
- A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or
matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance
rather than an individual or isolated act.
There is a certain negative undertone to the term "conspiracy theory" in today's society.
Detractors will point out that many conspiracy theories contain certain features that undermine their credibility.From an individuals point of view it is easier to dismiss ideas that sound outlandish or just different
However it is thought provoking to take some ideas on board and let them float around until you become clear about your own reaction and point of view
Where the ongoing events are not clear it is hard to judge whether or not they are credibleWhere they are in process this is also difficult
Where various components are not visible and the conspirators not approachable it is tough to evaluate
Even if you do not like the whole concept of this particular conspiracy theory certain aspects such as electronically chipping people are already here today.
Not theory they are already here on prisoners and others tagged in the name of security
It does not take much consideration to see how several other features of this particular conspiracy could also quickly become reality
You then arrive at the tipping point where it is too late to take action against the conspiracy
And what action would you take anyway?
Maybe the lesson from exposure to this topic is to think about what if anything you personally might do
Or do you believe that it is not possible to fight back?
That you are dis empowered and have no chance to contribute to anything so big of this nature?
That the government and others should do whatever is needed
"They", the famous they, maybe they are the ones who should do things
Is it all too far away from you?
Being electronically tagged is very personal and not far away
So even if the other aspects are not close to you tagging is
And what will you do about this?
If not for you then for your children?
Think now not when the situation is already decided
This is our world today things of this nature are happening and are evolving
Not a dream, not a nightmare
A reality of these decades now
During our lives now
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Is due to arrive in London today
The media is discussing if the brand, the Olympic brand that is, will be damaged by possible protesters making a noise or disturbance for Tibet
Not if the Tibetans should be supported
Not if the media can help the Tibetans in anyway
Not whether or not the Olympic movement has always been about politics
Not whether or not the Chinese have brought this upon themselves
And so it is in our modern world a preoccupation with the business aspects of the Olympic movement
What are your thoughts about Tibet?
Add your voice as you feel is appropriate or did you already
Or did you feel it is not really to do with you?
What did you feel?
Do you feel?
Our thoughts on issues like Tibet define us as much as the clothes we wear and the words we utter
Moral issues will be with us all our life
They help define who and what we are
They shape us and our lives
Tibet is one such
Friday, April 04, 2008
Can sometimes be breathtaking
The British Prime Minister announces that in spite of his Government Advisory panel stating that cannabis should remain a class C drug that he intends to reclassify it as a class B drug
We need to send a message that it is unacceptable to smoke cannabis
It is fine and legal to smoke cigarettes and increase your risk of lung cancer
It is fine and legal to drink alcohol and become an alcoholic
Cannabis kills few if any people in any given period
Cigarettes and alcohol kill many thousands every year
British politicians like those in most other countries are incapable of being honest about this subject
Prohibition does not work
It does not work
Young people in Britain are having their DNA taken when arrested for possession of cannabis
Labelled criminals for life
Their elders drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes without fear of legal action
The idea that all dangerous substances could or should be subject to similar treatment is never discussed as an option
Can it be that this man and others around him perceive some political advantage from trying to look tough?
Bad advice he is already perceived as a wimp by bottling out of calling an election
Shame that so many will have their lives affected because of his silly decision
Silly because he has not the courage to address the wider issue of how society could best handle all dangerous drugs
Now there's a chance for him to do something really useful.
Sadly as ever hypocrisy rules
Thursday, April 03, 2008
My life is unimportant
I am unimportant
My life adds up to the square root of nothing
Nothing I do makes any difference
How I live is so average, so boring
For many this is their strongly held belief
And so it is
Condemning themselves to unnecessary unhappiness
Where our minds go so go we
If you want this to be true then say it often and believe it to be so
Bring everything you do into support of your perception
Make it, live it, wallow in self pity
If that's what you want then go down the road of misery and failure
Please try not to take others with you
Most of us would like to find meaning and satisfaction in our lives
Through different eyes we can
Let your eyes, convey images of life and love
Negative and boring or light and loving you process information as you will
For what our minds absorb becomes our reality
For many life is amazing filled with things to do and learn
Your perceptions help create your reality
We might be nobody however the only true judge of this is our higher selves
Not our fellow man who is busy struggling with his own demons
Let others be, focus on your own experience of life
When we choose to live our life in a positive way then so it becomes
Even the most trivial thing has meaning
A meaning to our higher selves
A meaning which over time brings peace of mind
Every day is there for us to do our best, the best we can
To make some contribution every day with whatever comes our way
Unimportant to others maybe but for us it is our choice, we are doing the best we can every day
And that's just fine
Over time this attitude changes us
Moves us from fear and loneliness to being at one with nature and the world around us
Where our minds go so go we
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
As we might be sometimes nevertheless we need to keep our cool
Not to show our shock
Not to say something inappropriate
Not to turn away
Times like these can be really testing
How do you do in shock situations?
Depending on the type of shock we can see how we handle such situations
How we react to different situations
Some of us avoid anything that might expose us to danger or shock
Other people move away
Make some excuse and stay away
What do you do?
Can you handle shock?
Better learn it's part of our experience in life and a useful indicator of where our control and consciousness is
Was a time when humans had a purpose
Had a direction right or wrong they knew what they were doing and why
A shared vision even
What is our purpose today?
More bland life accepting rules and constraints, muddling through each day?
Once upon a time leaders lead
They are guided by opinion polls, which tell them what to think
Lobbyists who prevail upon them to support their narrow interests
Global issues that they are enjoined to support
Apart from a sad lack of leadership mankind is aware of the damage he has done and is doing to his planet
As a result few believe in a bright future
Previous generations did
Previous generations looked forward with hope towards the future
What can we look forward to?
Global warming, exhaustion of resources, overcrowding, social problems, more opportunistic diseases and so on, a litany of modern fears
It is at such time that leadership is required
Leaders who can see a way to reignite human hope
Leaders who can see a way out
Sad truth most modern leaders are created in societies that demand they come up through the structure of politics
A structure in most places of corruption, greed and self interest
A structure divorced from it's constituents
Time to break out
Time to find a way forward
There is a way, but not through more of the same
Not through compromise and sell out
Only through vision and the articulation of that vision can we move with excitement and enthusiasm again
Through the articulation of ideas that resonate with truth
Reminding us maybe of things forgotten
Things we need to overcome our current malaise
Will such a leader appear?
We have to wait and see
He or she is out there somewhere.
Is it time?
What's your guess?
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Is Planet Earth experiencing so much change?
Global warming, financial problems, social problems you name it
Well many answers are being given
Many being searched for
And still most of us feel nervous as the answers proffered do not satisfy
They do not hit the button
Our lives seem empty in some ways
There seems to be a feeling that there ought to be more
More than what we experience
To which one could reply in many ways
Mankind senses that the way we are behaving is not right
We make excuses for things that have no excuse
We go along with bullshit that is just plain wrong
We pretend not to notice the lies
Inside we know things need not be like this
Political correctness is out of control no one says what they think any longer
Everything is dressed up in spin and distortion
Mankind intuitively wants truth
Mankind wants to live in love and harmony
In our hearts we are fed up with violence
It might be beyond us to change the world
But if you do want to then start by changing yourself
Get honest with yourself
Live by values you truly believe in
We want truth
Then live your own life in truth
Find the courage to say no to the lies which come your way
A life lived in truth is bearable, one lived in pretense and fear is not
Listen to your heart
Act on that faint whisper
Live in love
Let the fear go