Archive for February 2014
The more you know yourself and empower yourself, the more independent you are. The greater your sense of self, the better able you are to differentiate yourself from others.
Independence involves personal awareness and inner resolve. The stronger these traits are, the stronger is your ability to make individual decisions and act in conscientious ways.
By making independent decisions and acting with mindfulness, you are able to avoid being thrown off balance and becoming entangled in conflict. And this is what gives you freedom from outside control.
The modern person hunts and gathers in the modern marketplace. In the old days of tribal life, people used their full capacities to sense what was around them. They watched, listened, smelled, and felt.
Today we are very shut off from the full capacity of our senses. We are overstimulated and overwhelmed with too much input and not enough of the right kinds of input.
When we go shopping in the supermarket, we tend to constrict our senses as we seek certain items and brands. This is because there is so much stuff that demands our attention. The larger the store, the more overwhelmed and constricted we are.
This causes us to function in a less than conscious way. And this leads to many less than conscious buying decisions.
Stores are consciously arranged to incite compulsive purchases in unconscious buyers. How many times have you returned home with a certain item and asked yourself, “Why did I buy this?”
Remember, buyer, be aware!
If it is better to give than to receive, why do we want so much? If it is better to receive than to give, why do we will still want more?
If we give and receive in equal exchange, we actually get the most from the transaction. This is because everything we do brings more than just immediate results.
Most of the things we do have far reaching effects. Almost none of our actions influence only the present moment.
In order to gain the greatest benefit from what you are getting, remember to give in return.
Productivity is a common focus in the modern world. We even have apps for computers and mobile devices to help us be more “productive.” In fact, we now have so many productivity tools that we can be completely productive using productivity tools.
But is this actually more productive? How many productivity tools do you need? Maybe being more organized in the first place is most productive?
Being productive is not based only on activity. It is embedded in attentiveness and self-discipline. What you want to produce and how much you want to produce are up to you.
Feelings and emotions are the moods and responses we have to internal and external sensations. They are based on outer influences and inner perceptions.
We sense things that elicit our personal reactions. And our responses to what we sense affect us physically.
When you watch a scary movie, your pulse races and your nervous system speeds up. When you listen to relaxing music, your pulse slows and your nervous system is soothed.
When you sit in traffic on your way to an important meeting, you feel “fight or flight” and can do little about it, except to just sit there and wait out the situation.
Are you going to let yourself get stressed out, or are you going to take control of your responses?
Life is dependent on the cycles of growth, transformation, and renewal. Whatever is taken is eventually reused or given back. Or, at least that is the way it is supposed to be.
During your waking hours, you expend energy, so you need to get some rest in order to restore yourself. If you grow food and harvest it from the soil, you need to replenish the soil in order to grow more food in the same soil.
When we use without somehow replacing what was used, we create an imbalance. There are no exceptions to this rule.
“There are few models in our culture for conservation, restoration, and replenishment of resources.” ~ Donna Thomson
Time management is something most people talk about but that few actually practice consistently. This is because we get easily distracted.
We get distracted by outside events, but we also get easily distracted by our own thoughts and emotions. Many people find it challenging to stay focused, because they have competing ideas and feelings.
When your mind is crowded with too many ideas and feelings, your energies are not concentrated. When your energies are not focused, your time is not used well.
If you want to manage your time well, do not be distracted by inner disorder.