Is happiness related to meeting expectations? Is unhappiness related to not meeting expectations? Are expectations related to standards? Are standards related to perceptions and beliefs? Are perceptions and beliefs truthful? Is what is truthful real? Is reality true?
Can reality be questioned? Can beliefs be challenged? Can standards be evaluated? Is expectation related to judgment?
Is appreciation the opposite of expectation? Can appreciation exist regardless of outcome? Is appreciation related to the spectrum of choice? Is choice related to power? Is power related to freedom? Is appreciation free-ing and/or powerful?
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl
“We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.””- Alan Watts
Time and energy are the obvious important resources, yet “focus” may be the most crucial. If they (would-be corruptors) can get to your focus first, then your time energy space spice money and mind are up for grabs next. Cracking your focus is cracking the egg shell of your egg mind.
Can it really be this sinister? Yes. If you are not working on your dream, then you are working on someone else’s.
Fortify your eggs, deepen your focus.
“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” – Carl Jung
A nice one illustrating how our own entire life is simply an argument for our own unique perspective, bound by our oscillations, and regardless of morals. Thus the importance of gaining perspective(s) and expanding awareness(es), that is to navigate the cosmos.
“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” – Rumi
This one suggests that the oscillations that form the boundaries of our perspective are ego based, that we can reset these boundaries by melting them. That is if you care for expansion, or more importantly that it makes sense to you.
There is a mindset paradox where on one hand you are full and on the other hand you are still hungry. Ambition is not synonymous with contentment, in fact they are on different teams, are we supposed to choose a team?
Thinking about it in this one or the other way, you can see the shadow sides of both. Ambition can be corrupted by greed envy etc, while contentment can lead to laziness detachment etc. There is a balance.
On our boat of purpose, we will need both eagerness and gratitude (among other things like focus, bravery, intestinal fortitude, etc) to navigate the murky waters and find the most flowingest of flows.
Happy New Year! To you and your people, live long and prosper!
Allow yourself some prosperity, allow yourself some fun.
Your invitation to the next level has arrived, do you accept?
Alright, let’s cut the shit. Sometimes there are people that are too cool to read or upgrade. These people say they already have everything they need. These people are liars. Quit lying, liars.
A psychologist named Abraham Maslow created a model to better understand what drives human behavior, “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”. (Google it.) It is in the shape of a pyramid with the first level being physiological needs (food, shelter, etc) and the last one, the top of the pyramid, self-actualization needs (realization of potential).
“What a man can be, he must be.”
Everyone has needs. And since life is ever-changing, meeting our needs becomes ever-adapting. And with each adaptation there are new potentialities.
Understanding this is to also understand motivations. Everyone is behaving in a certain way, for better or for worse, in order to feel better about their priorities of particular needs.
Sure we are perfect as is, sure we have accomplished a lot already. Yet there is always another level to reach. Not just for the sake of productivity, but for a sense of purpose. Not just material purpose, but for evolution of the human species.
If we can imagine a nugget then we have an un-actualized nugget waiting for actualization. If we can dream a nugget then we must realize a nugget.
Think a nugget, a nugget appears. Infinity nuggets.
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary—but love it.” – Friedrich Nietzche
Reminds me of a quote I heard from Kappy, “Heaven is right now, Hell is wanting it to be any different.”
It is no longer what it is.
It is what I is.
That is, it is what you is. You are paradise.
If all is light, then all is a light show.
Behold the showcase of photons!
I just finished season 1 of “The Bear.” It’s great. The older brother gives the younger brother some cool advice. “Let it rip,” he says in a posthumous note.
I always liked this saying so I Googled it. Apparently in the 1800s when racing a steamboat, the engine would explode or “rip” from all the pressure. What’s cool about the saying is that while there is inherent danger built in, the ripping, there is also a fearlessness, the letting.
So it seems the opposite of fear is not exactly no fear. The opposite of fear is acting regardless of it’s presence. This must be the flow state.