Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hidden in plain sight

Sometimes the best things in life are already in our life but are hidden in plain sight.  What I mean is it may be a very small change to our daily routine that has a hugely significant positive effect on our lives over time.  Sometimes it may be a bit of good advice from a friend that we dismiss because it doesn't fit with what we know. We simply can't see how important what they said to us is so we dismiss their wise advice or idea and do not reap the benefits. 

Many times we may think that we need a certain thing to be happy and in some way we are missing something in our life when in reality we really have all we need.  It's already in our life stored in someone or something that we simply have not recognized. 


If you think you lack,  look again.  There is so much you can do right now to bring more joy into your life.  So much abundance right before your eyes.  Just look again with expectancy.  Look deeply, contemplate.  Your life is rich and full of potential for even more richness.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Your life is only as good as the quality of your thoughts

We all want a better life.  We all want to be happier every day.  To feel those feelings that make us feel happy and alive.  Those feelings that make us feel hopeful, peaceful, happy.

Imagine for a moment a time in your past where you felt a sense of awe and reverence.  Maybe it was a time in nature viewing a huge waterfall.   Maybe it was while at the beach, playing in the ocean watching the waves as they just keep coming and coming.  Crashing waves with so much power. The thrill.  Maybe is was during a thunder storm watching lighting strike and having huge rumble of thunder as it's low frequencies shake everything.  Remember that feeling of awe and excitement? That sense of reverence realizing the power of nature?  How about watching a good inspirational movie like "It's a wonderful life"  with Jimmy Stewart.   The part where "a flood of townspeople arrive with more than enough donations to save George and the Building and Loan"?   You felt touched.  You felt a sense of compassion.  This made you feel alive. 

Maybe it was a time you opened up your wallet and gave to a needy person, bought them groceries or helped them fix their car.   You felt compassion.  You felt love.  You felt as if your life had such worth and a reason for being here on this planet other than just to use up resources.  You felt alive.

These noble feelings don't have to to be just reserved for rare occasions. You can live daily with the hope, inspiration and excitement that you felt during these situations.  Just simply be aware of your thoughts.  Are they thoughts of happiness, giving, compassion?  Are they thoughts of judgement, anger, fear?

Your life is only as good as the quality of your thoughts.  Your life is not somewhere in the future or somewhere in the past.  The fact is you don't have these things. You only have this moment right now. You are only living now in this very moment.  Focus your attention there.

The thoughts you are thinking right now are determining your feelings and either inspiring you to feel hopeful and happy or fearful and angry.

We can be greatly influenced by what we watch on tv, listen to in music or other people we are around but ultimately we decide the quality of our thoughts.  We decide what TV programs we watch or what music we listen to.  If you think your not being effected by these things then think again.  

An example of this is how huge corporations spend millions of dollars in advertising just to have 30 minute commercials between TV shows knowing that they are actually creating emotional ties between you and their product.   They want to create positive associations in your sub conscious mind so that you desire their product.  

Why would they do this if it didn't work?  The fact is that it has been proven that it does work so if they can have your attention, they can in a sense, program your mind.  They can influence you to desire their products hoping you will act on these desires and eventually buy them.

Have you ever noticed that the mainstream news channels only show you a small part of what is happening in the world?  There has to be more going on that is news worthy right?   They repeat one story for several days interviewing different guests, discussing this one issue.  What they are really doing is trying to set the agenda for the people.  They program the masses on what "should be" thinking in regards to certain issues.  They set the quality and content of your thoughts.  You may feel like they are not influencing you and that you think for yourself, but just the very fact that they are only showing you what they want to show you is influencing your ideas and opinions.  Like the famous music artist John Mayer says in his song " If you own the information, you can bend it all you want."

It's obvious that with air time so costly and limited,  they can only discuss so much.  So my question is "Why don't they choose more noble things to talk about"?   Don't get me wrong, sometimes what they are discussing is important and noble and should be given attention but what about things like poverty?  What about things like the problems with school lunch programs feeding our children low nutrient processed foods laden with high fructose corn syrup?  Or about how our teachers should be paid more but also required to do more and how the standard of our schools should be higher?  

If I was running my own news network, you can but that I would spend the air time differently.

Where am I going with all of this?........

When you choose to allow others to have your ear, you allow them to set the quality of your thoughts and this sets the quality of your feelings. Since your life is now in this very moment, then your life is only as good as the quality of your thoughts and since you can only think about one thing at a time, then why not choose positive noble thoughts?  Thoughts of kindness and compassion. Thoughts of hope faith and love? Thoughts of restoration and healing? Thoughts of health and prosperity?  It takes the same amount of energy to think of these things as it does negative thoughts of anger, resentment, fear, etc. so why not choose the noble thoughts?

 Life is really too short to spend your mental energy on negative things.  I'm not saying ignore the negative but how you intrepret the negative means the world.  You can choose to view life's  challenges with a positive expectancy attitude or a negative dreadful one.  It's really a matter of choice. Your choice. Choose your thoughts  wisely. 

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cannabis reduces inflammation in the brain and could benefit some

Cannabis has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain and slow down the aging process.  Gary Wenk professor of psychology/ neuroscience  The Ohio State University explains

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How to Live a Rewarding Life even with chronic illness

We all have to face challenging things in life.  Life is full of suffering and if we aren't experiencing some now, we will most definitely experience some later.  In life, some are faced with what appears to be more suffering than the average person.  This of course is how it seems but it is really hard to measure and compare since no one but God actually knows what each man has to face and why.

How about the man wrongfully convicted for a crime who spends 20 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit?  

What about someone who is faced with a chronic illness causing much pain for them that they daily have to endure?

Most who live in pain, don't go around telling everyone that they are suffering, they simply suffer alone and do the best they can to manage.   I often wonder if the grumpy lady working the register at the local store has much more going on in her life than just a bad attitude.

How does one live with a chronic illness and find hope and meaning in this life?  How does one life with the disappointments that life will certainly bring?

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer has committed his life to teaching what he calls "Mindfulness based mastery and well being practices"   to help people improve their quality of life in spite of the pain, fatigue, or malaise people with illness face.  He has worked in psychotherapy for many years working with these people.  In the video below, he shares his story and some great wisdom to help us all find more meaning and peace in life even as we are all faced with challenges.

For more inspiration from Dr. Larry Berkelhammer check out his blog on his website. He's got a lot of really great wisdom there.