What are you sure of in life? What philosophy can you stand behind and not shy away from because you are sure of its validity? We all have some non-negotiable items in this cache. The sun will rise, the sun will set. Life is fleeting. You must work hard to be successful. The government is looking out for your best interest. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. There are many points of view which are considered by people constant, unshakable and permanent fixtures in life and creators of our reality. Yet in reality, they are only interesting points of view that you can choose to believe or discard as you see fit.
Beliefs are the ideas which we have chosen to provide a particular attachment to. These are thoughts that we have been told during the course of our lives that have been backed up by experience and our emotional reaction to them. It is important to recognize our beliefs because they will form the paradigms of our lives. These rules will determine the reality that we experience in our lives, so recognizing the limiting beliefs and actively working to change them can make your life much more positive.
How much time in life do we spend worrying about being perfect in all we do? How often do we succeed and what would it mean if we were perfect? All of these thoughts had me feeling like my head was spinning off. So I thought I had better write about it quick!
How much time in life do we spend worrying about being perfect in all we do?
We are all seeking truth in one form or another in our experience of life. The path to truth for each of us is more than likely going to be unique to our lives and will not look exactly the same for any of us. Following your path to truth is going to be a one of a kind journey. So follow it with passion and allow others to do the same.
Question everything and only accept those things prove true. How do we learn? There are several different ways that we can infuse our minds and souls with new ideas and knowledge. However, each individual needs to determine the validity of each morsel of information for themselves, regardless of the source that is providing it. Don’t believe anything except after individual investigation and introspection have proven it to be so. Finding what is true for you is vital to living a life that is honest and true to yourself. What beliefs you accept will determine your reality.
Each person that I have ever met has in one way or another basked in the glow of their individuality. The certain perks and character traits that made them uniquely them. I have as well clung to these traits to separate myself from the crowd, to show my unique value. Yet I look at society today and see that I am participating in a world that is manipulating all of us into a prison of individuality. This is a prison that keeps us separate from learning about ourselves and our own thoughts. It makes me wonder what I am missing. We are all connected, all we have to do is look for it.
No matter what life brings you, each person has the ability to either be grateful and appreciative of the experience or they can be angry and disillusioned. The choice is always in your hands. Always.
Things Go Wrong Sometimes, Be Grateful
This is an easy idea to cope with when things are going well. There is plenty of money to do whatever you want, all of those you love are healthy and happy and the biggest decision that you need to make is what form of entertainment is in store for you this evening. Of course, you can be grateful and appreciative of this situation. Yet I know many people in just such a predicament and there is very little gratitude or appreciation.
The conversation occurs subtly behind the actions of
the day. It is one that we are a huge part of but we rarely take the time to analyze the tone or tenor of which we are speaking. This is self-talk, an ongoing dialogue inside your head that will contribute commentary on the happenings you experience. Too often people just accept the conversation and it is most decidedly dripping with negativity. We tend to be extremely hard on ourselves and give extremely harsh criticism, often crushing our own confidence and self-esteem. Once a person becomes aware of this talk though they can make the conscious effort to change their self-talk and start building a more positive self-image. This will change the way you look at yourself and the way others look at you as well.
No matter where you are in the journey of life, there are going to be opportunities today to practice kindness of some sort, which will enhance someone’s experience on Earth in a positive way. If you need any convincing that taking this action will improve the world than I wanted to provide you with 5 reasons that kindness is awesome and you can be the catalyst for this today, right here and right now.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”
― Henry Ford
What It Means To Think
The ability to think is a craft that has been too often disregarded by the majority of people today. There are so many other things that we let fill our minds rather than pure unadulterated thought, and when we do use our thoughts they are often twisted, negative vines of gossip or judgment that do no positive good to ourselves or anybody else. The good news is that it is not too late to learn to focus on the moment and allow your thoughts to lead away from the negative and toward the positive of creativity and creation.
From the time we are young, those figures in our lives responsible for molding our behavior seemed determined to limit us in some way.
Many of the limits were common sense, “don’t play in the traffic”, or “don’t jump your bike off that ten-foot ramp!” These warnings were clearly to keep us safe and maintain our well-being, but there were many warnings that have limited our existence. These did not have the same intent. We were told not to try one thing or another because the pain we might suffer if we failed. As we started to create our image of ourselves, we were immediately placed within the boundaries of fear.
Masks of Life
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how much you have, you have spent a significant part of your life creating and wearing masks to hide your true identity. Real masks that have become convenient in hiding our true identity in social situations. They bring us power, acceptance or even can allow us to survive. Unfortunately, once used, they become quite permanent.
Have you noticed that the beliefs that you cling to and carry around inside determine what your experience in life is going to be?
Over the past 10 years, I started to look at my core beliefs and have found that my programming had left me with a raft of limiting beliefs that were determining just what the outcomes of many of my experiences were going to be.
I have been carrying around a lot of things that are silly, self-defeating, demeaning and just plain wrong. It was under these conditions that I determined to see if I couldn’t change them a bit, because as I saw it until they were different nothing was going to change.
Never give up on yourself
All people have moments when they have to question themselves. Things in life won’t always go your way and there are going to be a lot of times when it may seem hopeless. Everything you encounter seems to be against you and it can become somewhat unbearable and in that moment of darkness and frustration, you may feel like giving up. Those are the times when you should stick with it because there is a great moment for changes that will bring good things into your life that you are looking for. Change is constant and inevitable and will allow for tough times to end.
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
― Albert Einstein
I have never read a quote that describes my connection to music as well as this one from Albert Einstein. As long as I can remember there has always been music in my life which has comforted me when I was down, encouraged me in life and motivated me to achieve things that I have and am accomplishing.
I was faced with the question today of whether or not anger is a bad thing or a good thing. It is my personal belief that anger is one of the emotions that you should avoid because it is one of the emotions that stems from fear. However being the open-minded person that I am, I am willing to look at the emotion of anger from a neutral standpoint and decide once and for all if it is desirable to be anger or not.
Each new experience with someone that we have change us on a fundamental level. Sometimes I have difficulty being creative or thinking about what things to write about. I remember fondly of the days when I could simply see a question, and quickly and easily organize my thoughts, and express my feelings about it. But sometimes I follow the same format and I struggle to form a sentence. Fortunately, there is no stagnant stage in the process of creativity.
I have often considered that truly practicing gratitude is an important step into bringing more of what you want in your life into your life. Each and every day I am more and more convinced this is true. I had often talked a good game about being grateful, really taking a moment and appreciating the things in my life, but my process was off.
For much of our lives, we are continually hoping that our luck is good and it will bring us good fortune. Unfortunately, I have found over my life that there is no such thing as luck. Events occur and we assign the value to them. They are not going to be to your liking simply because you have a lucky rabbit’s foot or find a four-leaf clover. Luck simply doesn’t exist.
Fire is an element that represents many things to many different people. To me, it has a symbol of purification. This is because when I looked into the fire, I saw the future ahead of me and the past was left behind.
The Significance of the Fire
There needs to be a bit more explanation than that I suppose. In life, there are people who come into your life and cause only a ripple in the large tangle of life’s experience. Then there are those that are destined to leave a deep emotional crater, that you are destined to carry in your life. How much and how long you carry it is up to you.