Know Your Limit, Stay Within It

As a human being, one of the universal truths are to know yourself.

As a process, or opus, there are many chances and changes to learn and respect.

The good, bad and ugly make a beautiful song.

We fortunate ones sing throughout our lives.

Another truth is to forgive and forget.

We practice this song many hundreds of times before our end of days.

‘Truth and beauty, that is all’, we are forever being the student and teacher.

The ugly is just another side of beauty and a lie is a lie, is a lie.

There is real purpose within this house, we all live and die.

No truth is too small or insignificant…

The Digital Life

Can you get an algorithm to do that?

I want to spend ten minutes in the washroom, five at meals and one hour at work.

Why do I have to sleep?

Speed dating, why not speed friends and family, speed relationships.

Okay, maybe I am missing the point: digital things are okay, but it is up to me to control myself when I choose to use them.

A Tool For Awareness, Contemplation

The Jack Kornfield book on”Meditation For Beginners” is wonderful.

I like being more insightful, philosophical, meditative in a contemplative and awareness orientated way.

I also like how I am inspired to feel, think, act and believe.

I have more purpose.

Jack Kornfield calls it a way of being, I also like how Allan Watts quotes it.

“The art of living…, is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past… on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”

The first time I heard about “The Art of Living” was by the Author, Sharon Lebell or her translation. I have a fondness for translations and how to choose them.

But I am very interested in growth. New limitations are a kind of growth that accompanies many parts of the process.

I like Jack Kornfield ‘s notion of freeing one’s compassion.

I am dabbling in philosophy, writing, journaling to work towards waking up.

Meditation when not excessive will support my progress.

Good luck with yours!

Virtue’s Too Nice For Avarice And Vice

Or are they one and the same,

Every vice has a craving associated with it.

Every person has a vice and a craving,

‘Who does it’, may sound like the right question.

How often…

Place vice on a pedestal and get really bad.

Deadly sin no longer has a ring on its finger.

Mortal has a better sound, had the flu of late.

Make me date,

There are viruses that would make your hair curl.

The body can’t tell the difference between protein and a virus.

All roads lead to recycling,

Who said anything was good to eat,

We better beat that drum.

Rum, rum, rum.

The race, the digital age, designer drugs

The timer is set, watch the news to hear the latest doom and gloom.

Set the stage with disaster to welcome our next triumph: recycle, reuse,

Are we part of a life cycle or a death cycle?

Cloister, cluster, life can be a mom with despair.

Yet, we are topping out with our population and poverty has been cut in half.

The good news and good life is a proposition.

Gravity is good when it holds things together.

Universal is almost as big, we strive to bring ever piece together.

Gloms together like real life, can it get any better?

Teacher Vs. Student: The Way

In the east, there is a mystical presence felt by those in the west. In this dialogue, the teacher shows the student how to find the power in breathing for compassion, simplicity and patience.

Teacher: You must breathe in your belly to calm your body. Or into your chest to warm yourself and accept your pain.

Student: how do I find balance, when do I breathe one way or the other?

T: Just breathe and ask me again when you know the answer.

Student: Will I ever know?

Going For Flow

Happiness is flow.

The outcome is produced through hard work at whatever comes naturally to you.

Your decision is key.

Fortunately, humanity is hard wired to become recipient, participant and generator.

When it happens we spend our resources and feel grateful that we have attained some self-mastery over our inner experience.

Go for flow, your life depends upon it.

Thank you Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Feeling Happy

The absence of ‘monkey brain’-10,000 thinks.

Feeling flow-like being in the zone while executing a particularly difficult sports move.

Being busy: raising kids, going to school or working overtime.

When the brain is quiet, it goes crazy: sometimes people fill up on junk food, talking, TV.

Other times people feel bored, tired overwhelmed and depressed anxious and sad.

Thinks get worse when the brain gets stuck in a down mode.

People exercise, challenge themselves with a study or project.

Some people get a second job.

So, mindfulness works out monkey brain and allows the brain to feel inner peace, compassion and emotional stability.

Why not earn happiness through a practice of mindfulness.