The Buddhist position is no matter how things change, all states are perfect states. There is nothing wrong, nothing to do or fix.
Our birthdays are occasions to celebrate the fragile little flame that is our lives. We can consider where we're going, how short our lives are and what they are for. And we celebrate with genuine friends and close family.
Existence is constantly changing. It takes courage to accept this and to move gently with our flow of life. Living with awareness and acceptance of change is our way to live blissfully. The Persian poet and Sufi master Rumi wrote: Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
The paradox of Wu Wei, or doing nothing, is being 'effortless in action'. It's also been described as relaxed action, and is an absence of activity. Wu Wei is the opposite of rigid and anxious and is as simple (and as difficult) as acting with a state of heightened awareness, and flowing in the given moment. With full awareness, we can see what we are doing in a moment and let things drop, without the act of dropping them. We can let activity disappear, without forcing it to disappear. It’s about the realisation of a perfect economy of energy.
Osho talked about energy having two dimensions. One is motivated, goal orientated, going somewhere, a doing energy, and an energy where everything is a means. Then there the other energy, unmotivated celebration. With unmotivated celebration you relax, there is no tension, no seeking is done, there is nowhere to go. Here is all. You are the goal. Your energy flows, but not toward a goal. It flows as a celebration. A celebration of breathing and consciousness. There is no need to do anything but understand the movement of energy, the unmotivated movement of energy that flows but not towards a goal. He stated 'You are breathing and you are alive you have consciousness, celebrate it!'
I've discovering Buddhism teaches us to become responsible for ourselves, as only then can we understand the mind. Buddha taught that when we depend on others our dependence will not allow us to understand who we are. And when we become totally independent, even though we might tremble in that aloneness, we can encounter ourselves. Buddhism teaches that being independent, alone, is the only way to reach the source of our being, and to encounter ourselves, understand the mind and comprehend the immaterial, or simple emptiness. Thought is seen as the inner material and when dispersed, you can encounter only immaterial space, or immaterial emptiness. This is also where physics arrives, as matter when studied can be observed to disappear, where it can not be called matter, so they call it immater, immaterial, or not matter.
Dr. Shoma Morita (1874-1938) was a psychiatrist, researcher, philosopher, and academic. He developed 'Morita therapy', which was about accepting life as it is. The 'patient' learned to set and achieve goals, but to be satisfied with their life in the moment. Morita therapy emphasised the importance of letting nature take its course.
Sitting, just sit, walking, just walk... above all, don’t wobble.
According to Osho, to live well is to live totally, intensely, passionately, spontaneously, without any fear. And for a life lived like this, death can come as a great rest. He describes death as the ultimate 'flowering of life' which can be enjoyed and celebrated if it follows a life lived rightly.
Choiceless awareness is essentially a message of Buddha from twenty-five centuries ago. Choiceless awareness is to be in a state of unpremeditated, complete awareness of the present without preference, effort, or compulsion.
Krishnamurti advised against following any doctrine, discipline, teacher, guru, or authority, including himself. Krishnamurti (1895–1986) often commented on choiceless awareness, writing "the presence and action of choice indicates confusion and subtle bias: an individual who perceives a given situation in an unbiased manner, without distortion, and therefore with complete awareness, will immediately, naturally, act according to this awareness – the action will be the manifestation and result of this awareness, rather than the result of choice. Such action (and quality of mind) is inherently without conflict."
Choiceless awareness is to 'reflect' and 'watch', being aware, but not choosing. When we choose, we lose watching, because the moment we choose we will start clinging. And when we have fulfilled these two simple things – reflection and watchfulness, then... nothing binds us. We are free. If we can practice only these two things – reflection and watchfulness – nothing else is needed. You are free you.
Krishnamurti stated "Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity." Krishnamurti stated that for true choicelessness to be realized, choice – implicit or explicit – has to simply, irrevocably, stop; however, this ceasing of choice is not the result of decision-making, but implies the ceasing of the functioning of the chooser or self as a psychological entity. He proposed that such a state might be approached through inquiry based on total attentiveness: identity is then dissolved in complete, all-encompassing attention.
Krishnamurti asserted that choiceless awareness is a natural attribute of non-self-centered perception, which he called "observation without the observer".
Osho, was an Indian 'godman' who stated thoughts are not ours; they are just floating in the air. His wisdom was to live in a state of no-thinking, where we simply watch, remain conscious, but don´t think. The practice he advised was to become really integrated in our awareness, and absolutely open, but use our energy of awareness to become like a citadel, where thoughts can't enter.
Fatherhood is an emerging field of study, with the impact of fatherhood being an objective and documented phenomenon. Kids who grow up with a present, engaged dad have an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence, fewer psychological problems, and tend to have higher IQ test scores by the age of 3. They are less likely to drop out of school or wind up in jail and are more likely to have high-paying jobs. They also tend to avoid other high-risk behaviours, and enjoy healthy, stable relationships when they grow up. The 'Father Effect' is the umbrella term for these benefits of having a present, engaged dad. There needs to be a minimum amount of time spent together, but the quality of time is more important than the quantity.
I've never had an overarching 'vision' for life. I instead lived spontaneously, taking action on the things that excited me. It worked famously for nearly two decades, until I stumbled into adversity. But adversity is a marvellous teacher, and while it hurts like hell, it also provides perfect opportunities to grow.
I have often thought there must be meaning to living. One of my oldest teachers suggested the meaning of life was practicing your will-full directing of attention. Following your focus of attention. Following your expectations. And arranging your activity according to your imagination. This morning I found this from Allan Watts, who was one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience. Allan put it like this: 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 sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.
Beauty has been deemed to be an essential ingredient in a good life dating back to the earliest recorded philosophers. The philosopher Immanuel Kant defined beauty as a reflective judgment and viewed the experience of beauty as something we feel. Kant also thought that when we think something is beautiful we want everyone to agree with us. While an aesthetic judgment is essentially a verdict of taste, studies have found that a population will predominantly find unison in what they determine to be beautiful.
Some time after the 5th century, the terms landskift, landscipe or landscaef were adopted in Britain, describing human-made spaces in the land. Dutch painters had used the term landschap when referring to paintings of inland natural or rural scenery. In 1988 Daniels & Cosgrove (The Iconography of Landscape) defined landscape not in physical terms but as an outward expression of human perception, stating “any landscape is composed not only of what lies before our eyes but what lies within our heads.”
The Orange economy, or the creative economy, refers to everything that is developed through people’s creativity and inspiration. It was coined by British writer John Howkins, a British author and speaker on Creative Industries. John argues the creative economy will be the dominant economic form for the 21st century with ideas, creativity, imagination and innovation experiencing exponential growth. The colour orange is associated with youth and happiness, and considered by many consider to be the colour that is the most fun, and associated with culture and creativity.
The universal human emotion loneliness is actually a state of mind, despite its more common definition as a state of solitude or being alone. Researchers define loneliness as feeling lonely more than once a week, and it's not necessarily about being alone, but feeling alone and isolated. Just three or four quality relationships who share similar attitudes, interests, and values has been proven to ward off loneliness and reduce the negative health consequences associated with this state of mind.
Rod Martin, a psychologist, started studying humour seriously in the 1980s. He concluded that there were four humour styles: self-enhancing, affiliative, aggressive, and self-defeating. Self-enhancing is smiling wryly at life’s absurdities, affiliative is cleverness designed to make people like us, aggressive is having a laugh at the expense of others, and self-defeating is making yourself the butt of the joke. Martin found that affiliative and self-enhancing humour are the healthiest, with self-enhancing humour being especially useful for personal mental well-being. Life is a humorous experience, and if we lighten up we can see mistakes, fumbles, faux pas, failures, plans gone awry, and awkward moments with the humour they deserve.
People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources. They may not be doing it purposely, but their own biases can lead them astray. And the problem becomes larger when they share their self-generated misinformation with others. These memory errors tended to get bigger and bigger as they were transmitted between people. We need to realize that internal sources of misinformation can possibly be as significant as or more significant than external sources.