Compassion-that is all!


To be a student of compassion, does not necessarily increase compassionate behaviour.

There is an arc or continuum that starts with empathizing with someone suffering to actually helping them out.

Loving-kindness mindfulness is being mindful of oneself and reaches into the people throughout the world.

There are three forms of compassion which span the intellectual, emotional and our concern for others.

So why help ourselves help others?

The “Altered Traits” by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson revels why and how in their ground breaking book and research.

It says mindfulness will enhance empathic concern, activate good feelings and love, and activate brain circuitry to register the suffering of others.

It proves that in 16 hours of mindful loving kindness meditation, that we can reduce intractable unconscious bias towards other people.

Who wouldn’t want to be more compassionate?

Imagine what a lifetime commitment can do. 

Love Of Writing, Living and Working

The limits of doing what you love are complex.

Starving is not an option,

Paying the bills takes 8 hours a day out of the equation.

Some might say it kills the whole idea of becoming a writer full time.

But living is more complex,

To live the good life requires a practice,

My primary spiritual job is to practice philosophy for my own sake and others.

So I do all three at once, it takes a lifetime to accomplish and perhaps society will encourage this act through their new measures for a universal basic income.

I believe in finding a balance with all three.

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Judgement

Don’t make things into good and bad,

It’s not my job.

Passion gone astray,

Illusion is a mental demonstration of insanity.

Don’t act on reaction,

It’s not a very good job.

Rehearsal may make a good practice,

But bad habits are bad habits.

Don’t avoid decisions,

Some are good and some are bad.

Practice helps sort the good from the bad,

With support from family and friends life’s problems can be overcome.

Learning to live will make the experience a work of art.

The art of living is just another way of expressing the ‘good life’.

The Scent Of Religion

The association is strong with people and culture.

To understand humanity is to understand and accept religion within each of our limitations.

Not all people believe the supernatural aspects of a belief, but many love the ceremony, community and art embodied in all religious ways.

It’s true that there are difficulties in accepting the whole package.

Atheists are borne out of a strong desire to live without supernatural belief.

Many people have a good sense of skepticism in their day to day lives.

There is a lot more we have in common than we are different.

Science and philosophy attempt to fill the gap.

But we all look for answers.

And platitudes are mostly empty answers or partial at best.

So, the struggle to live and thrive is still a good goal.

I hope you continue to discover meaning and purpose for your entire life.

Music

Sometimes the song repeats, over and over, in my head.

The band, Rock and Roll, all that Jazz, it’s the sound, the lyrics…

The first thing I hear is not the band or the type of music, or the sound for that matter, I hear the voice.

Remembering a beautiful, perhaps troubled, singer/songwriter:

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Thinking About The Opus

A life in progress…

The body grows, works and produces.

It is lifelong in its overall fruition.

Art imitates life, the chance to live brings an opportunity to live well.

Failure and success are two ends of a continuum called ‘societies product’ or individual product.

Product does not make human beings.

The way to be is an open ended process.

What is your recipe?

Being Outside (Anti Anxiety)

Being aware of the sights and sounds:

Silence permeates the Forrest, the air hangs thick and fresh, a bird call, the tree, rock, water and hill.

It all fills the landscape with space, a beauty that roams free.

The calm, still, silence in nature captures the awareness of my whole self to deflect any worry I may harbor for the future.

To stand tall, outside my anxiety with high energy inside my body, I push myself to step towards the object of my depression.

Another words, I use my energy to act by doing the thing my anxiety engulfs.

I walk strongly, calmly towards and through the object of my anxiety.

I slowdown only to refocus my intention to do the things I am anxious to do until I am done and home to a safe place to rest.

I call it my anxiety workout.

I strive to use my high and moderate energy level every time I am anxious to do the ‘anxiety workout’.

I practice my anxiety workout to develop the habit in my day to day affairs.

I feel the inner landscape of my Anti Anxiety as a balm against any fear of freezing with anxiety.

I don’t worry about anxiety, I embrace it with all I am able to be in the moment.

Anxiety is truly a state of mind that comes and goes with some regularity, but remains forever an experience to use as a practice like a form of active meditation.

Anxiety is something to feel while I perform the everyday action of my day to day affairs.

It rises and falls like the tide.

I do not drown in it, I swim through it.

Anxiety is an addition to my awareness.

It is a counter weight that slows me down to a speed that allows me to see, feel, and sense in greater detail.

As a writer or human being, anxiety enhances being who and what I do to the degree that makes me clear in more moments rather than less.

Anxiety seems to make me clearer, sounder, calmer, still, silent, without harm toward myself or others.

Yes, I need to work through it like homework.

Yes, I spend my energy doing it on the regular basis.

Is it worth doing? Yes.