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Are “Bad” Things Really “Good” Things?

In his article Love the Bombs, the popular personal development blogger Steve Palvina asks,

“Do you feel that poverty, war, famine, disease, imprisonment, etc. are all negative experiences that we should avoid as much as possible? Are these scourges that we must rid the planet of? Are they terrible things for anyone to have to experience?”

The vast majority would answer “yes” – don’t you think?  I bet Palvina would probably add global warming into the mix too.  He  goes on to explain his logic,

“These experiences have been with us for a long time for a very good reason. They help us grow. And so we’re going to continue creating them as long as they continue to serve that purpose so well.”

According to Palvina, there’s no point in trying to change the world,

“You’re not going to change these aspects of reality, not because you don’t care about people, but because deep down there’s a part of you that recognizes the intrinsic value of such experiences, even if you’re not ready to consciously acknowledge that.”

He concludes that “the world is perfect as it is”.  Palvina says that what really needs attention is your relationship to it.

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My current question and focus of reflection:

Do I want to live in the world of concepts or do I want to live in the world of direct experience?

Retreat and Digital Sabbatical ~ I’m Off!

Retreat and Digital Sabbatical

As you read this, I am cozily ensconced in my meditation retreat, which started today, and off the internet for one week   This is one of my six adventurous summer experiments.  I’m excited to let go and retreat.

Why Retreat?  

Because I know true happiness and freedom can only come from looking within.  It can only come from honestly facing one’s self.  From courageously embracing and releasing whatever we find –  the good, the bad, and the ugly – with love and gentleness.

Meditation is a powerful way to transform negative thoughts, emotions, and habits, and bring more  joy, confidence, ease, and compassion into your life.  This is how we can change the world, one mind and heart at a time.

I won’t be:

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What Makes You Feel Better?

Filling out medical forms the other day, I came across these two questions:

  • What makes you feel better?
  • What makes you feel worse?

These are the quintessential questions, aren’t they?  They apply not only to our physical well being, but to our emotional, mental, and spiritual health as well.  They empower us to transform the negative into the positive; unhappiness into contentment.

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Dr. James L. Wilson offers a similar exercise to determine what contributes to your health and what detracts from it.

He suggests taking a piece of paper, dating it, and drawing a line down the middle.   Write the heading “good for me” at the top of the first column; write “bad for me” at the top of the second column.  Then let you stream of consciousness pour onto the page in a simple list format.

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Independence Is an Illusion

Rhododentrol - Indepdence postIndependence is an illusion. Every moment of your life depends upon the kindness of others and a healthy, abundant environment.

Your birth depended upon your parents.

The food you eat depends upon the earthworms that create compost; a flow of raindrops and the warm sun in the sky; the bees that pollinate plants; the farmer that tilled and toiled; the driver that delivered the produce to market; the seller who offered the goods; There’s the shopper, the cook, and the dishwasher too.

There’s all the beings that gave their lives to bring you a meal. The insects and pests killed with synthetic or organic pesticides. The third-world workers drinking in toxic fumes to bring you special, exotic foods. And that’s not even touching upon the actual beings you decide to eat.

The net of interdependence just goes on and on.

Were you to live alone on an island, you would still need water and food to survive. And, due to the winds, you still would not be immune to Fukushima radiation, the great folly of men.

You can’t escape interdependence.  It’s foolish to think you are on your own.

There’s not a single thing that blossoms on its own.

So please, never think for a moment that you are independent or separate. Instead, see interdependence. Love one, love all.

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The True Path to World Domination

Some seek to dominate the world.  I seek to dominate my mind and heart.

“Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water.  A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion.” – The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

When you conqueror your mind, your perceptions, and your heart, you conqueror the world.  Empires come and go.  Wisdom lasts forever.

[Yes, this was sparked by all the buzz around the World Domination Summit.  It’s not a criticism of the event or the organizers.  It’s simply my take on world domination.]

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