All of us have an ego. It tells us things about ourselves and about life that isn’t true. In fact, the majority of thoughts your ego creates are based on fear and are designed to keep you from making positive changes in your life. Here are some of the lies that your ego feeds you each day. Read more...(601 words, 6 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
In all that we do and all that we try to accomplish, a person has to learn to deal with fear. Fear comes to you through a voice in your head, warning you to be careful how far you stretch yourself, or to watch out for the things you do, the thoughts you think and the ideas you express. This voice in your head discourages you and minimizes your efforts and talents, all in the name of safety and comfort. One of the most freeing things I have learned is that fear is a liar. It lies to you about almost everything and choosing fear is going to lessen your experience and stop you from achieving anything of consequence.Read more...(649 words, 7 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
How often do you really look at yourself in the mirror? Not just how your hair looks, or to shave or do some other habit of grooming, but look yourself in the eye and really see who is looking back. This is a daunting thing to do because you just may see something you didn’t expect, darkness.
Equal Parts are There
All people contain within themselves the ability to love deeply, show compassion, help their fellow-man and give completely to virtual strangers. There is also the capacity to be petty, mean-spirited, selfish, and discriminatory without too much coaxing. Read more...(953 words, 16 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
It is a difficult task indeed to start to think about what you are most grateful for. Many people will say money. Some will say love. Some will say family. Some will say something else entirely.
I am thankful for all these things, but to me there is no doubt that showing your gratitude is the most important thing to do. The feeling of gratitude is important. So for me I guess the act of feeling grateful is the thing I am most grateful for today. Here is why. Read more...(529 words, 9 images, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)
Inside every person in the world, there exists a conflict between your two selves.
Students of psychology have several different names for these “voices”, some refer to them as your ego, or perhaps your super ego, but for my purposes, I will address these two voices as Self I and Self II.
These two entities are constantly battling for control of our thoughts and actions. If you don’t believe it, who answers you in your head when you ask the simplest question? One voice asks the other one answers. It happens all of the time. Now let’s get to meet your two voices. Read more...(811 words, 11 images, estimated 3:15 mins reading time)
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
I think that I have to answer this question by saying that I am doing what
I believe in because I Am sincerely searching to find what it is I do believe in and what I am doing is giving me the ability to keep looking for the right path for me.
I believe for much of my life I was settling for what I was doing, and that led ultimately to a life that was unfulfilled, unexciting and fake. Read more...(510 words, 5 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
The ability to question things is one of the greatest gifts that people are given. It is not a skill that I developed until recently in life but I think it should be one that our society encourages in all people, everywhere, all the time.
Why We Don’t Question Anything
For much of my life, I was conditioned to accept what authority symbols in my life told me. Our parents started us off by giving us the rules of how we were supposed to behave and the baton of behavioral instruction was passed to teachers and religious organizations who managed to move me toward a fear based existence. “Do what we say or you are wrong.” That was the mantra of society. Read more...(540 words, 4 images, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
I was reminded today that I am grateful that I don’t really care what anyone else thinks about what I think and do.
I was reading a website which reminded me of all of the times when we are young that it becomes difficult to be who you are. Peer pressure, to be what and who society tells us we should limit us. It can become a lifelong affliction if you aren’t careful. So today I am grateful that I don’t care what anyone else thinks about who I am and what I do.Read more...(625 words, 11 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
It is difficult to stop worrying. When you really look at what you are thinking, much of it is based on untamed thoughts based on fear. Most worries are about things that are never going to happen.
But yet we worry on. The healthiest people seem to have a built in mechanism that allows them to release these thoughts before they settle into their brain and create another wrinkle or make one ill, because in the end, that is all that worry will ever do for you. Read more...(3000 words, 7 images, estimated 12:00 mins reading time)
What can you do today that you were not capable of a few years ago?
When I think back to where exactly I was 365 days ago, it never ceases to amaze me the jagged artwork that change has woven into the tapestry of my life. Each seemingly unconnected event has worked to put me exactly where I am supposed to be.
Many philosophies support the idea of a preconceived plan for everyone. I am not sure about that yet, but sometimes it seems like things fall into place in ways that you would never believe. So here are some of the things that I can do today that I was not capable of a few years ago. Read more...(1211 words, 7 images, estimated 4:51 mins reading time)
One of my favorite authors is William George Jordan. The reason for this is that his thoughts on many topics clearly resonate with me on so many levels. If you are wondering if you are doing the right thing or moving along the right path, pick up a book by W.G. Jordan and you will understand more about it than you may have wanted to. Here is a short list of topics he has helped clear up for me. Read more...(2032 words, 4 images, estimated 8:08 mins reading time)
There is little in life as frustrating as change. It comes along in life whether we want it or not and forces us to do something other than what we have been doing, whether we are ready to stop doing it or not.
Most people if not all people have at least a passing disdain for change and I think there are good reasons for this, yet I think we also all are well aware that change provides positives we need. How to deal with this mystery of inevitable and painful movement from one phase of life to another? That is the inevitable question. Read more...(968 words, 6 images, estimated 3:52 mins reading time)
All of us are duplicitous by nature. There is the person we allow the world to see and then there is the one we keep hidden and to ourselves. All people live in this duality and for many, it causes a constant struggle. Two paths are presented to us. One is the high road and the other is the low and they are based on the moral decisions that we make each moment of every day. Read more...(443 words, 4 images, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
There are so many ways to improve your outlook on life that it is virtually
impossible for me to list them all here for you, but in general, there are a few simple tips I can give you that have made my own personal enjoyment of life increase exponentially.
These are not extremely difficult things to do, solving advanced math problems or rocket science is difficult, finding peace should be simple.
It just requires you to honestly look at yourself and the situations that affect how you feel and making the choice to let events enhance your life not harm it. Read more...(1531 words, 4 images, estimated 6:07 mins reading time)
Forgiveness has been a difficult thing for me. Realizing that learning to forgive is one of the most important lessons a person can learn. I am constantly analyzing why I have difficulty letting some things go and moving forward.
For most people who I carried low expectations, forgiveness comes easier. We are all learning the lessons of life. It is when someone who I expect more from fails me, I find it extremely difficult to forgive. Read more...(469 words, 13 images, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(889 words, 14 images, estimated 3:33 mins reading time)
Life is full of moments, each with its own individual fanfare and trumpets. It is up to us to embrace the moment or at least to notice the potential each day brings.
Some live their life grasping with a focus completely on the past, hoping to find out their identity yet ending up with a hand that contains nothing but regrets about what the past has provided.
Today, this moment is all there is for you and the more you branch out your attention from that, the less opportunity there is for enjoying the here and now. Keeping your focus on the task that you are working on will allow you to enjoy life. Read more...(854 words, 5 images, estimated 3:25 mins reading time)
Every person no matter what they do has to find things that get him excited about life. They do not have to be complicated or expensive things. They simply get you going and allow you to feel happy about just living on the face of the Earth every day.
I would never presume to speak for anyone but myself but here are the things that I enjoy and make my existence a much more enjoyable experience. Read more...(1101 words, 6 images, estimated 4:24 mins reading time)
Life is a wonderful thing. It is destined to surprise you and lead you to places that you anticipated. I believe much of the enjoyment of life comes directly from inside of you and how you perceive the people you meet and the experiences you have.
Sometimes early in the journey of life, you may find life a confusing jumble of mixed messages and emotions. Even the greatest adventurer or psychic would struggle to smooth out the details and work through the challenges faced. Nobody ever said that the life would be easy, but in the end, it has the potential to be the most rewarding journey imaginable. Read more...(1210 words, 6 images, estimated 4:50 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(726 words, 5 images, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)