Saturday, May 31, 2008
We all can once we understand reality
So often our perceptions get in the way
Feeling that only certain people can make a difference
That we are not special enough
We think we should do this or that or be like this or that because others are
We feel dis-empowered because we are not famous or rich or important
We let these and other thoughts dominate our perceptions of our value, our worth
Time to stop doing this
You are letting your life slip away
It is a silly dis-empowering game
Not all of us are going to be celebrities, rich or famous
Nor would most sane people want to be
Nature does however expect us to do our best every day
Yes every day
And only this
So every day decide to be the best you can in whatever comes your way
And if you have aspirations to change the world then as all the wise men say start with yourself
Because only by getting your head clear about yourself can you then move on to making your contribution to changing the world
And yes you can
It is up to you
Do you have the courage and discipline though?
Because that is what changing ourselves requires
Lots of hard work
Then and only then will other things become clear to you
Things that allow you to see how and where you can make your contribution
Your heart becoming open to others
And your actions fitting your talents
So stop the self pity and get started
This life is so short don't waste time being frightened of shadows
Friday, May 30, 2008
To find beauty in a life of stress
A life where there is not enough money
Little time to do anything other than work and chores
Yes it is tough
And yes in a way it is
And yes maybe they do
Hear it again
Maybe you cannot change the things in your life today
But the way today is inside you
To know that nature only asks that we do our best each day
And changing your feeling of frustration to one of peace inside accepting that this is how it is
Be the best you can in every detail
Everything has a beginning, middle and end
So be it
The truth be known it is for all of us one way or another
Find pleasure in what you have and not in what you don't have.
Yes it is as it is and it is only you who can change this
It's how you perceive things
Our perceptions are all
Change them and your life changes
Make these changes today because tomorrow never comes!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Not in elections although you might well do that too
No we mean everyday
Everyday when you buy something you are voting
Every time you buy something you are voting
You are saying I approve of this product
I like the way it is made
I support it
Through more selective choices you can improve and strengthen the messages you send out
We are all sending out powerful messages
Take more time with your choices
Make sure they send the right message
Support only those purchases that endorse your views
Do not vote for companies or organizations that abuse and misuse
Voting for your choices does make a difference
Become more thoughtful and conscious of what you support
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When you want to find a way to grow vertically
To increase your consciousness
To evolve spiritually
Let go of what though?
Not an easy thing to understand particularly if we are new to this arena
If our life has been one of so called normal actions
Normal material life in the Western value system
Makes it not so easy to withdraw enough to see where we are
The starting point is usually that we do not understand or see how much tension we operate under
Most of us are stressed, it goes with being a modern human
So letting go means learning how to relax
Learning to slow the mind down
Learning to relax the body
And yes modern humans need to learn these things
Learning to just be without the need to think of or do anything is a novel concept for many
For most this is not the way to relax
Rather they take a joint, a line, a drink anything that will do it for them
Others a coffee, a dvd, film, tv, a book again anything that will do it for them
Maybe sex, an argument, endless telephone conversations anything to take us away
Away from what?
The idea of being quiet with ourselves is alien to many
Being alone even is a horrendous proposition for many
So one of the first steps in evolving consciousness is seeing how much we keep busy while calling it relaxation
Next is to let go
Right where we started from letting go is about slowing the mind and the body
Can you even go five seconds without thinking?
Now see how letting go is important because if your system is constantly working then for sure you are not relaxing even if you like to call it that
Just letting go is not so easy but it is a starting point
A starting point on the long journey to higher consciousness
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Do you have one?
Mothers who decide to live their lives through their children
Trying to realize their own ambitions through their children
Using their children as personal slaves
Often mothers say they dedicated their lives to helping their children
That they sacrificed their lives for their children
Up until the time their children leave home this might be true
After this time it is not true
Parasitical mothers will not let their adult children go
Intruding and controlling every aspect of their adult children's lives
Phoning every day checking what they are doing
Demanding service and attention from their adult children
Some adopt the poor me sick person approach demanding constant attention from the adult child
Never letting them free
Don't you say bad things about my mother
She sacrificed her life to give me what I have
Many actually believe this self serving PR from their mothers
If you choose to give time to your mother fine
If you do not and resent her interference in your life then change it
Be firm and clear and if necessary cut communications with her
Do not ruin your life because of her selfishness
Parasitical mothers will not let go so it is up to you to break this unhealthy relationship
Only you can do this
Wake to your own life
Monday, May 26, 2008
Must be your move of choice if you wish to help
Help is probably the wrong word contribution would be more apt
Or even accept your own personal responsibility to act
We are all in this mess together all of us rich and poor mean and generous
The mess our planet is in is what we are talking about
Sorting this mess out is no longer a spectator sport
We are all involved we all created this mess over many lives
The childish idea that we could endlessly take and abuse without putting back and conserving is now haunting us
Whether it is too little too late does not matter
What matters is that each of us decides to change first right now without waiting to be told by any so called authority
Now is our time to act on a personal level as well as a global level
Gross consumption will no longer do
Showing off by buying endless things is out
We are in difficult times possibly terminal where each and every one of us must make our own choice to behave in a more intelligent manner
It is no use watching TV and saying "they" should do this or that
There is no they
To get this world changed and give our selves a fighting chance needs each and every one of us to change
Change our lives from more of everything to less of everything
This means frugality
Frugality does not mean poverty
It means cutting back
It means making sure you consume less
That through your own behavior you influence those around you
This is how we change our world
Start today please
Choose frugality for life please
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Of course it is never enough you must have more
So sit with others like yourself
The fight to get it, those long hours, all that scheming
The compromises all those deals
The questionable behavior
Result in yet another driven person
Few feelings, they went long ago
Is it life they buy or just things?Or is it just a temporary respite from the loneliness inside?
Only when you have all the toys is this clear
What a shame but it is never too late to find the truth
Sadly not many will
Look around you and see who has life satisfaction
Not the ones who keep taking, surprise surprise it's the ones who give
A life spent taking and you lose
A life spent giving and you can find peace of mind
Selfish or selfless, taking or giving we must all choose our own way
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Do you get time for yourself?
Do you take time for yourself?
Often we get so caught up and so busy that we do not make time for ourselves
For a while this is fine then comes the day where things come unglued and bang
We lose our cool and explode
This experience can shake us to see how violent we can be
Afterwards we can experience a great tiredness
We wonder where did that come from?
Frequently our life sweeps us up again and we push aside thoughts about our outburst
Shrugging our shoulders, getting on with our life
Guess what in a few weeks, months or even years the same will happen again
Certain things might push our buttons and make us explode
These are important as the root cause once identified can be alleviated
However today we are looking at the time you give yourself
However busy your life
However much you love your partner, children your mother whoever
Take time for yourself
Make time for yourself it allows you to see where things are going well and other areas where maybe you need to give some attention
It is surprising how many people do not know themselves
Always have reasons why they cannot find time to do things purely for themselves
Do not be one of them because ignoring your own needs leads to problems
Problems that will not go away without your attention
But apart from anything else it is nice to create and spend time with ourselves
It changes the rhythm of our life
It shows us clearly how wound up we are, where we have tension
It gives us different perspectives
Giving time to ourselves is not a luxury it is important to our well being
Take time for yourself.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The word religion
As every dictionary can show, comes from the Latin word religare, to bind or collect together
Thus whether people pursue a common idea with or without, a deity in it,
if they are bound together by the same and one belief in something, then that belief is a religion
Not our common understanding to be sure, however it is interesting to know the actual derivation of a word and how it can come to mean something very different
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
We get out of bed
Do you stretch before getting out of bed?
Just a thought because it is a good idea and helpful for our systems
Do you wake up naturally or do you use an alarm?
If naturally then do you find thoughts coming into your head as you wake or do you take a while before thoughts come you way?
Do noises disturb you or do you sleep right through noises in the early mornings?
When you get out of bed do you have a fixed routine?
So many different ways to handle a simple yet important part of the day
If you are under stress then you can well wake up feeling tired
With a negative feeling about the coming day
If you have something nice in front of you then a totally different feeling
Sometimes you can't even sleep for the excitement
Or if traveling a nervousness about being late wakes us differently
As with most things in our life by themselves they might not seem important, however collectively all our little things add up to how we experience our lives
Getting out of bed starts us off every day
Consequently how we do it can shape our day
Try to start each day with pleasure at the idea of the day
Whatever it might bring is unknown to us when we get out of bed so better to treat it with pleased anticipation
This even if we are not looking forward to something because seldom do things work out as we imagine and having a more positive attitude might help change what comes our way
How it turns out is unknown but whether it is going to be good or bad it still makes sense to approach it positively
Taking the time once we are out of bed to meditate is not many peoples idea of how to start the day however if you do this even for five minutes you will find it makes a difference
Because it calms us down, settles our minds and puts them in a softer mode
Better still is to think about the coming day before going to sleep so that you know what has to be done and when
When we wake we have no pressure we know what we are doing
We do not start the day in a panic worrying and stressing about what has to be done
We get out of bed so many times in our lives that we hardly notice how we do so
Try being conscious as to how you start the day
Does it help or hinder you?
Review your daily start to the day and make it the first pleasure of the day
Not some mountain to climb full of worry and pressure
You get out of bed everyday
Do it better i
Improve your start to the day
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Placebo is a substance or procedure which a patient accepts as a medicine or therapy but which has no specific therapeutic activity for the condition.
Any effect is thought to be based on the power of suggestion
In it's common form we come across it in descriptions of medical procedures
A pill of chalk or some other innocuous substance
Through research we now know that the placebo effect is often huge
Particularly when suggested by an authority figure
A placebo can offer up to 35% of the efficacy of any treatment
Over one third of the cure can be in suggestion - a placebo
Less considered are how we are constantly manipulated in other areas
In sense a placebo effect
If we look we can see the placebo effect in marketing, in PR, politics and of course in
Most of us have bought things because of the idea that somehow a brand is better than a non brand
That a celebrity uses a certain product therefore so should we
That using brand x toothpaste is best because doctors use it, recommend it
A new car is better than an old one
That our sexual desires will be met if we smoke a particular cigarette, drink a certain spirit
That if we vote for party x we will be given heaven on earth
Is there an area today where manipulation and suggestion are not used?
How many of your decisions are made through laziness?
How many are made because others make the same choice?
How many are made because you feel it will enhance your image?
Take time to consider why you are buying a particular product
Or voting for Fred
Or following a recommended procedure and swallowing particular pills
Too often we surrender our choices to others who manipulate us for profit or power motives
Review your decisions and inform yourself of the real merits of suggested choices
Leave the placebos to others
Live life with less illusion.
See suggestion for what it is manipulation and subtle pressure and sometimes not so subtle at that.
Understand when you are being offered a placebo
Monday, May 19, 2008
Long before Christianity people understood and knew that evil was around them
They did not think of or understand the idea of a devil because before Christianity there was no devil, the devil being an invention of the Christian church
Evil though does not exist in nature
There are two forces in nature one of creation and the other of destruction
Both are needed and cannot exist without each other
Without destruction there is no possibility for creation, the destruction being a condition for the renewal of life
Creation follows destruction as night follows day, the two being part of the whole
Evil only came many many millions of years ago when human beings developed the power of mind
Mind was the major evolutionary step where man saw himself as separate and distinct from his fellow men
In our history as man began to use his mind for selfish and egotistical reasons so began the increase in evil
This started the growth of evil on this planet
Evil has grown as man has become more selfish
Evil though is a necessary stage in mankind's evolutionary journey
A stage where he can develop conscience
A conscience of morality and ethics
Of right and wrong
Evil shows man more and more clearly that he is responsible for his behavior
What he needs to do and how he should behave
Without evil would man learn these lessons?
Would we as individuals?
For the temptation to selfishness and evil are inside us all
And this fight is really the fight described in all the world's major religions
A fight that if we lose then humanity loses
If humanity loses then humanity goes
And at this time evil and greed are kings on this planet
Will we learn in time?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Of all the humans to have lived in the past two hundred years H P Blavatsky (HPB) was one of the few to be have been taught directly by Masters.
Or to be more accurate one of the only ones we know about
A Master is a higher being who has totally mastered his or her mind, thoughts and emotions, and has achieved great knowledge and power and become united with the universal soul
Throughout history there have been Masters as indeed there still are today
True masters are not known to the public and seldom come into the public eye
Occasionally and at particular times in human history they come to teach publicly
HPB worked directly for her Master during her remarkable life
Many have wondered how HPB knew so much detail on so many subjects
The following is her explanation of how she was taught and learnt
"Knowledge comes in visions
First in dreams
Then in pictures presented to the inner eye during meditation
Thus I have been taught the whole system of evolution, the laws of being and all else that I know
The mysteries of life and death, the workings of karma
Not a word was spoken to me of all this in the ordinary way, except perhaps by way of confirmation of what was thus given me
Nothing taught me in writing
And knowledge so obtained is so clear, so convincing, so indelible in the impressions it makes upon the mind, that all other sources of information, all other methods of teaching with which we are familiar, dwindle into insignificance in comparison with this
One of the reasons why I hesitate to answer offhand some questions put to me is the difficulty of expressing in sufficiently accurate language things given to me in pictures and comprehended by me the pure reason, as Kant would call it
Theirs is a synthetic method of teaching
The most general outlines are given first
Then an insight into the method of working
Next the broad principles and notions are brought into view
And lastly begins the revelation of the minuter points"
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Is between spirit and matter
Between light and goodness
Darkness and evil
It began on our globe with the first appearance of contrasts and opposites in vegetable and animal nature, and continued more fiercely than ever after man had become the selfish and personal being he now is
Nor is there any chance of it's coming to an end before falsehood and lies are replaced by truth
Selfishness by altruism, and supreme justice reigns in the heart of man
It is selfishness, especially; the love of self above all things in heaven and earth, helped by human vanity which produces mortal sin
Man has to become acquainted with, and gain the mastery over, every nook and corner of his heterogeneous nature, before he can learn to discriminate between himself and his personality
To accomplish this difficult task two conditions are absolutely requisite
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds
And two one must crush the personality beyond resurrection
Old sounding words perhaps however they say how it must be
Can you see why this applies to you?
Can you see how selfishness is at the core of your experience of life?
Selfishness gets in the way of solving so many things
Take time to see yours
Friday, May 16, 2008
I thought they were forever
Then one by one for different reasons they melted away
Some moved away
Some fell out
And my partner did not like others
Over time we had nothing left in common with each other
And so we came down to the last one or two
And what have I learnt from this?
That nothing lasts for ever even in my short life
I am the centre of my life and others just come and go
What is really important is that I be true to myself
That I am honest with myself
It is really nice to have one or two friends
In reality that is all that anyone has one or two real friends
Humans who you can talk with about anything
Who know you through good and bad
Who will be there for you in times of need
Does not matter if you are rich or poor one or two real friends is all most of us really have
Give pause though and consider if you only have one or two friends and that they are getting on with their lives and you with yours
Then learn to be polite and nice to those around you because they are the ones who you see every day
They are the humans who are in your life day to day
So if they are in your life respect them
Give them presents
Presents of your good energy, a smile, a word, your attention
Give out love
Giving out love or light is a good feeling that you can help make their day more pleasant for no other reason than you feel to do this
The more we give out the more life teaches us that this is the way it should be caring for each other
And when we care and pay attention to others then life looks after us too
Selflessness is truly the way to grow
And as we grow so our values and energy changes in positive ways
Ways that show us how satisfying it is to help others
How this brings a greater taste to our lives
As a bonus it makes us feel better
So even if your day in mundane and filled with the usual stuff you can come to the end of it and know that you did your best
That you contributed to someones life
Your friends will always be there
The people you mix with day to day they are in your life too
Respect and honor them as you would have them do to you
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.
The study – carried out over the past three years at the
Professor Barney Gordon, of the university's department of agronomy, said he started the research – reported in the journal Better Crops – because many farmers who had changed over to the GM crop had "noticed that yields are not as high as expected even under optimal conditions". He added: "People were asking the question 'how come I don't get as high a yield as I used to?'"
He grew a Monsanto GM soybean and an almost identical conventional variety in the same field. The modified crop produced only 70 bushels of grain per acre, compared with 77 bushels from the non-GM one.
The GM crop – engineered to resist Monsanto's own weedkiller, Roundup – recovered only when he added extra manganese, leading to suggestions that the modification hindered the crop's take-up of the essential element from the soil. Even with the addition it brought the GM soya's yield to equal that of the conventional one, rather than surpassing it.
The new study confirms earlier research at the
But the fact that GM crops did worse than their near-identical non-GM counterparts suggest that a second factor is also at work, and that the very process of modification depresses productivity. The new
A similar situation seems to have happened with GM cotton in the
Monsanto said yesterday that it was surprised by the extent of the decline found by the
Critics doubt whether the company will achieve this, saying that it requires more complex modification. And Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute in
A former champion crop grower himself, he drew the comparison with human runners. Since Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile more than 50 years ago, the best time has improved only modestly . "Despite all the advances in training, no one contemplates a three-minute mile."
Last week the biggest study of its kind ever conducted – the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development – concluded that GM was not the answer to world hunger.
Professor Bob Watson, the director of the study and chief scientist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when asked if GM could solve world hunger, said: "The simple answer is no."This article does not touch upon the other dangers that this situation is producing upon the land, animals and insects that used to feed and live on crops and crop fields
Not to mention the long term effects on humans of eating GM foods
Eat natural foods where you can
Learn to read labels
Do not pay attention to industry and media hype
Move towards simplicity
Move towards less red meat, less white breads, sugar and salt
Instead plenty of salads and vegetables
What a world
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Do you respect yourself?
Do you stand up to your darker side?
Do you acknowledge that you have one?
A side that comes out and undoes those nice things you do.
If you cannot respect yourself then do not expect others to
Most humans can feel and sense dishonest people
If you do not respect yourself your hiding or blustering can be felt
It is not comfortable to live a lie
Tough for them nature and karma will find them out over time
How do you feel about yourself?
If like most there is work to be done then get on with it
So many people live life like it is some sort of dress rehearsal for a magical later time when they will finally get around to all those things they always meant to do
Never happens, well seldom and usually because nature intervenes and says enough
By slowing you down through some life changing situation nature can demand your attention
And for some even this is not enough, sorry silly people nature always wins
Nature tests all of us and it is how we face these challenges that counts, not necessarily the outcome
For healthy self respect be honest with yourself
Test your integrity rid yourself of self serving illusions
Perceptions based on unreal and false assumptions
Base your self respect on what you have earned through your endeavors
Face your fears and yes you have some
At the end of it all only our vertical growth counts for anything
Vertical growth means spiritual growth
Not burning incense with a silly smile wearing funny clothes
Rather the nice things you do unasked for by others
The growth of compassion in your heart
The thoughts and actions you give to the wishes and well being of others
Through this we gain self respect
By being nicer human beings our self respect grows to the point where we truly like ourselves
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Did things go wrong?
I got through all the interviews
It was all agreed
All tied up
Then suddenly without warning I didn't get it
Horror, disbelief, rage, anger, violent thoughts
Many or all of these go through our minds
Immediate thoughts of how to change it around
Slow realization that it is final
No way to change anything it's gone
All those ideas of a brave new job gone
And all that time and effort I invested
No payment for any of the time I spent
I could have been looking for other jobs
Or was it?
Every interview process is a learning process
Every time we walk into uncharted waters we learn
True all true however the major lesson is this
You were lucky to learn that it would not work out early in the game before you had invested even more of your time
Lucky not to get the job because for whatever reason given it was not for you
And who knows what would have happened had you been taken on?
Adopt a philosophy that accepts rejection with a smile understanding that it was not for you
Learn to keep things at arms length emotionally
Let go of your ego
See that it does not matter, other things can now come your way, be open to new ideas and possibilities
One day at a time
Pick yourself up and be extra busy push thoughts of the rejection out of your mind
Let time pass and later, much much later, you might understand why it did not happen
Monday, May 12, 2008
If wisdom were to vanish from the universe no one yet would suspect himself a fool
He who neglects his duty to his conscience, will neglect to pay his debt to his neighbor
Two things are impossible in this world of illusion, to enjoy more than karma has allotted; to die before one's hour has struck
He who has subdued himself, may hope to subdue others. One's own self is the most difficult to master.
Hatred is never quenched by hatred; hatred ceases by showing love; this is an old rule
Daily practical wisdom consists of four things - To know the root of truth, the branches of truth, the limit of truth and the opposite of truth.
The road to sin is a wide highway; the way out of it a steep rugged hill
Thoughts alone cause the rounds of rebirths in this world; let a man strive to purify his thoughts, what a man thinks, that he is; this is the old secret
Man consists of desires. And as is his desire, so is his will; and as is his will, so is his deed; and whatever deed he does, that he will reap
Sunday, May 11, 2008
On everything under the sun
Ever more of us on the planet
More of us hustling
Often more confusion and junk
Simply stated there is only so much genuine talent
So many possible insights or genuine advances
Beware the hype on the dust jacket
And that does not mean the hype on the dust jacket
Take the time to check out the author's background
So little genuine knowledge
And that's just non fiction
In the field of fiction so often authors having found a storyline then repeat it over and over with slight modification year after year
Magazines too find a formula and churn out the same things week after week
Same same same and do we notice?
Do people buy to learn or reaffirm?
Do you read to learn or reaffirm your points of view?
Do you read much at all?
We watch lots of TV although many are getting bored with the endless violence and poor choice
So people are spending more time on line
Moving away from control over what they watch
With reading it should be the same, move away from what you already know
Move away from the breathless hype
The popular choice
Move into areas new to you
Make time for reading things that advance your knowledge of the truth
Many of the things mainstream society believe to be true are not
The true story of where we came from for example is far more exciting than any Hollywood fantasy
Reading is also relaxing taking our minds into other realms
Taking our minds off our worries
Opening them to ideas
Learning should be a life long journey
Many lives are just repetitions of things learnt while young
Reading is often the easiest way to access new knowledge
Inform yourself about where to find the truth of things important to you
Enjoy finding out what others have to say.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The joker In the pack is our emotions
When without warning everything feels terrible
Nothing seems worth doing
Life is heavy and unpleasant again
Negative thought on negative thought
You might not believe it but those negative thoughts can be tamed
Banished every time they appear
Those feelings of uselessness and severe depression can be brought under control
In the sixties many people were doing acid, LSD and everything else they could lay their hands on
Then the word began to get around about bad trips
Not realised was that the bad trips were usually a function of the person's fears
Funnily enough even today we do not understanding that if you have fear then indeed a bad trip can well come your way
Not as a result of drugs but simply because the fear will manifest as anger or depression when something triggers them
If you have guilt, suffer from stress, harbour dishonest or negative thoughts then many things can act as the trigger
What we call emotions are often triggered by our fears
If you have fear then negative experiences are more likely
What is in your mind in the box labelled negative
Things undealt with are going to spring loose
It is only a question of time
Not if just when
So to lessen your bad times get rid of your fears
Which leads us to your memories
Your stored worries
Your unresolved issues
Fear of or memory of bad experiences
They can be removed
If they are not removed then believe more negative experiences are coming your way
More downer negative days
So removing those stored memories is necessary for a more pleasant life
This is not easy as we like to hide our fears, deep deep inside where we won't stumble over them
As with physical pain we avoid those things that might hurt us so with our emotions we avoid those areas where we might get hurt
So when someone touches or gets close to this area off we go denying and hiding those that we have fear of
To remove this source of violence or fear means addressing the memory that triggers them.
As a first step locate those easy ones, often things that you have been putting off
The less serious ones
It is tension that triggers negative thoughts and actions
So make it your job to take things less seriously
The more pressure you remove from your life the less likely the explosions
Learn to see that life need not be so serious
We make it serious
We ourselves create our world
We imagine our negative futures
Imagine instead positive scenarios
Pay more attention to having fun in your own life
As you get more relaxed so it is easier to approach your fears, to find the causes of things
If you do these things then the joker will appear less often in your life
Friday, May 09, 2008
Like eating too much
Too much sun
Not enough sleep
Working to much, no time for anything else
Or just plain worrying about something all the time
Not big worries but there is always something that we worry about
Over time worrying really affects us
It negatively affects our immune system
It certainly damages our physical health
Our sense of humor goes missing
Our balance and objectivity is impaired
Our ability to enjoy life suffers
A long list to be sure
We are not stupid so how come we let this go on?
Seldom do we consider that the act of constantly worrying about things all the time is avoidable
Worrying seldom brings solutions
Things we worry about seldom turn out as we imagine
So why do we do it?
Lack of thought about what it does to us
So take time to talk to yourself, yes sometimes we need to do this
Get your own attention for a minute
And agree that as worrying is not helpful and is certainly detrimental to our well being we choose to stop it
Next decide to notice how much you worry and yes you need to do that too otherwise you will just plow on with worrying about this and that
Decide that every time you catch yourself worrying you will move your focus of attention onto something in your life at this moment now
In other words stay in this moment now and stop projecting what ifs
If you can become more and more conscious about how much you worry this is a good starting point
Becoming able to move your attention and focus from worrying to things in the here and now will over time help to relax you
The more you can chill, relax the better your state of mind
It is only the start of the long journey to find peace of mind
A phrase used so casually and so little thought about
Peace of mind is what we are all searching for because it offers total protection
Protection from the ups and downs of life
The ability to handle all that life sends our way with equanimity
Start looking consciously for yours today
Peace of mind is the best known protection from the harmful and negative challenges of life
Worrying is the best known way to cancer and ill health
Let your little worries go they are cumulative and dangerous
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Warm weather arrives and thousands more cyclists take to the road
More and more every year
Cycling brings so much
Different perspectives on life
Different perspectives on your town or city
For work and leisure
Freedom from standing around waiting for buses, subway cars and the rest
Pleasure of riding when and how you want
Can cover quite a distance in a short time
Changes your psychology
And you do you cycle?
Skateboarding and roller blading might be a bit extreme
From road bikes to mountain bikes and other types in between there are so many choices today
Many have disc brakes, good gears, and modern suspension
Ranging from cheap to mega expensive
In many places you can hire them
Pick them up at one point and leave them at another
In Paris hiring is all the rage while in Denmark and the Netherlands most have cycles
Why not change your life and habits this summer?
Cycling is such a change
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
A saying we have all felt or said at some time or another
Does love come to you like some sort of present from the outside or do you open to love from the inside?
Modern Internet dating says you advertise your wares and people out there respond to your profile
A marketing, advertising campaign
Many sniff that this is not the way to find love
And the alternatives?
Parents send their children to certain schools so they can create the right relationships
Live in certain areas
Join certain clubs
Move in certain circles
Go to certain churches
Send their children to particular riding, dancing, sailing, ice skating, music and other schools
Go to certain places on holiday
And so it goes on the list is endless
Parents trying to stack the cards in their children's favor
And does it work?
Not so that you would notice
According to the best available information divorce is chosen by fifty percent plus or minus within the first five years of marriage in many countries today
And this across all sections of society
And marriage itself?
Only fifty percent want to get formally married
Whether or not we marry might not be important
How we choose each other is more so
Physical lust for each other is one not so helpful criteria although it is amazing how many men go down this road
On the other side marrying for financial security is a route chosen by many women
Neither is very sound leading as they do to trouble as the parties begin to understand what they have done once the novelty wears off
Becoming aware of each other's real character
Finding the hidden nasties that were not apparent in the first flush of relationship
Myriad little disappointments
So examining what we are doing is a useful starting point in trying to find a better way to steer the odds in our favor
So often our objectives are muddled
Our perceptions of each other unclear
Often we are chasing our parents ideals not our own
It is from their perspective, from their times handed down by their parents even
Marry a professional man is another example of old thinking
Because a professional today is just as likely to lose his job, be flung out, more so than a craftsman who has enduring skills
Marrying for trophy reasons again so many do
Just to impress the world, not sure the world really cares though
Look at what you want
Is it realistically attainable?
Can you deliver?
Start with yourself
What are you bringing to the relationship?
If you want a trustworthy honest partner
Are you trustworthy and honest?
If you want loyalty
Are you loyal?
Are you so funny?
Want him to love you, do you love him?
If you cannot love yourself then how can you love another?
A simple challenge and one that needs looking at
So many do not love or like themselves
Later they then project this dislike onto their partners once the novelty of the relationship has worn off
So the starting point is myself learning and accepting how I truly am, because otherwise I live a lie which one day will out
Liking and loving ourselves is harder than it might sound, and do you?
Only when I like and love myself can I really fully open to another
Love is so often conditional, meaning that it is not really love
Even or particularly when the conditionality is hidden and never spoken
A hidden agreement a transaction no less, this is not love
Love is unconditional, can only be unconditional
Unconditional love can only arise if we can let go our fears
What is your sign?
You might not believe in such things however your likes and dislikes to put it another way are certainly a factor in any relationship
Do you know yours, do you know what works or does not work with another person?
Can you step beyond your parents?
Or are you actually inviting someone else into your life to share your parents?
Your views of children are they shared?
Is religion an issue?
Would you let go your religion?
Can you compromise?
Do you compromise?
What is your view of life and what it is about?
So many issues, things to ponder
The main one though is creating in yourself what you hope to find in another
Finding the truth about yourself is a good starting point
Whether you meet over the Internet a party, family, or friends are maybe not so important
Being able to open yourself to another before making commitments most certainly is
And we cannot do this if we are playing games with ourselves
Sharing a life with another is not easy
Reducing the variables is certainly a start
Maybe living alone is also an option
Maybe the hassle is not worth it so live alone
Quite so, however if this is your choice then choose it after looking at life with another otherwise it could be that you are running away, hiding, rationalizing your fears
Whatever you choose make your choices on the basis of knowledge not unchallenged perceptions.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Myself, do I?
Do I like others?
Do you change your mind?
Are you moody?
No matter, liking or disliking is about what pushes our buttons
Good and bad
The game is to increase what we like and lessen what we do not like
Take five things you do not like
Are they the same as five years ago?
Turn them round and try saying I like, this might sound silly but try it
What does this show you?
Practice this exercise and start to notice how many dislikes are no longer so important to you
Let them go, make them likes
Having more likes than dislikes is surely easier on yourself
We can loose so much energy disliking things
Make your dislikes likes.
Consciously liking things in life moves our energy into a more positive state
Moving our energy into a more positive state is good for our health
Our immune systems improve the less stress we put upon them
Liking more things in life and disliking less is a positive move
Noticing something we do every day consciously is helpful to our wellbeing
Monday, May 05, 2008
For much of our lives we have no plan b)
For some situations however it makes sense to have a plan b)
Do you have all your critical documents and emergency items easily to hand?
If you lose power can you get at your critical possessions?
You lose your luggage
Your wallet, handbag.
And so the list goes on
But a big deal on that one occasion in your life when you need them
Have a plan b)
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Is a young Spanish motorcycle road racer
He is also the reigning 250cc World Champion
He moved up to the Premier class this year and amazed everyone with his speed and ability in the big class
He won his first race at the third race of the year having finished third and second in the previous two races
After the third race he went to hospital and had an operation to reduce the pain in his right arm which had been swelling up during the races
He then flew to Shanghai for the fourth race of the year and in early practice had what is called a "high side" accident
This happens when the bike spits you off in his case at around one hundred miles an hour in what everyone agreed was one of the most vicious high side accidents any one had ever seen
He was thrown into the air landed hard on his feet, fracturing his left ankle and sustaining severe trauma and bruising to parts of his right ankle and foot.
Lorenzo came back to the circuit the next day, was lifted onto his bike and finished practice in fourth position, a remarkable feat itself considering his pain
He raced and amazingly came in fourth in spite of not being able to move around comfortably on his bike, 800cc racing bikes require a lot of foot movement to help steer them
Jorge Lorenzo showed will power of a high order
He showed courage to get back on his biike and go quickly after such an appalling accident
The world of motorbike racing is one where everybody gets hurt from time to time
Riders know this, they accept that it goes with the job
Will power however separates them
Some never really come back after accidents others come back, seemingly more determined than ever
Will power is not something easily understood by those who have never been to the limit
It is however something that lies dormant in all of us
Have you used yours?
Do you use yours consciously?
The need for will power can manifest in many of our activities
It is important to understand our will power because one day or another for sure we are going to need it
Our mental attitude to adversity is key
Our will power is an extension of our mental approach to life
This mental approach is indeed something we can toughen up
Take time to improve your mental hardness
Our will power can prove critical in many situations
Jorge Lorenzo is learning a lot about his
The race in Shanghai was on his 21st Birthday.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Give me your change
I have no food
I have no work
What is you reaction?
Do you give?
What feelings do you have for the other person asking?
Do you judge them?
Do you observe they don't really look so bad?
Do you have points of principle?
And what might they be?
Your life is most certainly influenced by what you do in such situations
How you think about others less fortunate than yourself has an effect on the karma you are creating
If you are traveling in countries where there are a lot of beggars then maybe best to give once a day and then learn to live with beggars
Wherever you are find it in yourself to be generous
A heart that has compassion is moving in an evolutionary direction
A heart that is closed is moving in a decaying direction
Selfishness is one of man's greatest problems in our modern world
So many are totally preoccupied by their own lives
Leading selfish greedy lives
Unprepared to accept any interruption of their lives by others less fortunate than themselves
All of us will need help from others at some stage in our lives
Yes all of us
A simple test of yourself is would you like to be treated this way?
The way you treat others would you like it?
Treat others with compassion
This does not mean being an idiot it does mean having thought for the well being of others
Life can bring us so many surprises
Bring nice surprises to others when you can
Friday, May 02, 2008
Know what they know
Previous generations of parents would be comfortable to admit that they did not know many things
They openly worked hard so that their children would have the chance to know more
To move beyond where they had got to
Somehow this seems to have got lost
Many parents today are pretending that they know a lot
Are certain of how things are
What a joke!
Look around you who really understands why things are as they are?
Few people today know, did many ever?
Particularly today as our problems mount
Or were they always there and we just did not want to see them?
We thought we were so clever
Then along comes what we call global warming, vanishing species and introduces the idea that we are on borrowed time
Now it is official we are in a mess
Now maybe we can officially accept that we don't know as well
So lets be sympathetic to our parents they knew little about many things
Because society knew little
Humanity today knows little
The more we learn about our world the more we have to admit that we do not know very much at all
Only when we get real can we start to learn and grow
Pretending we have answers when we have no clue is not helpful
The starting pint for any enquiry has to be an inventory of what we do know
Not the bullshit
Not the perceptions
And this will take several generations to get to the truth of things because we have so many vested interests who want to deny the truth
All have vested interests
Many would prefer to die rather than acknowledge that they do not know
So lets be kind to our parents because they did not know
Just make sure that when it is your turn that at least you have taken the trouble to inform yourself
That you know what you know and acknowledge what you don't'
So that you can have a worthwhile relationship with your children and theirs in turn
Parenting was never easy
Dome well it is the most challenging thing any of us can do
How will you do, how are you doing?
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows,
undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.
The study – carried out over the past three years at the
Professor Barney Gordon, of the university's department of agronomy, said he started the research – reported in the journal Better Crops – because many farmers who had changed over to the GM crop had "noticed that yields are not as high as expected even under optimal conditions".
He added: "People were asking the question 'how come I don't get as high a yield as I used to?'"
From The Independent newspaper issue of - 20.04.08
Time after time we have been told that GM crops are the answer to the world's food problem
Many Governments have forced GM foods on their citizens
Governments have pushed for their introduction at every opportunity
Governments have repeatedly denied that they have any harmful effects
Now we have evidence that they are not the answer quantitatively
If not quantitatively then how about their safety?
We are now left with the yet unsolved question as to how much harm they actually cause
To human systems over time
To immune systems
To other animals, insects and birds what harm do they cause?
Given a choice many animals will not touch GM foodstuffs
Again we are told they cause no harm
How can anyone know?
They cannot GM modified foods have not been around long enough for anyone to say categorically that there is no harm
Next time you are in your local Supermarket look at the number of soya based products
Then see how many are GM soya
It is your choice what you put in your system
Personally we prefer those products that are the most natural and the least modified
Open your eyes to what you put inside you because by the time we do have evidence about the dangers of GM foods it will be too late
Make your own choices, informed choices