Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's easy to feel good

I've been hammering away at this feel good stuff for a few years now and there's nothing new under the sun. I've been finding books written over a hundred years ago that basically say the same things. So, it turns out it's not the message that changes, it's how it is delivered and who the audience is. This brings it down to a kind of marketing exercise.

Anyway, it is easy to feel good.

Forget tomorrow.

Forgive yourself.

Say yes a lot.

Breath deep and relax.

Forget tomorrow.

It's OK.

You did well.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Immerse yourself in a hundred thousand blessings

The good news is that if you are a mouse, recalling happy memories will relieve you of depression. As humans, the same thing applies. Why stop at one happy memory? Immerse yourself in many blessings and live from that place. Your mind will never be the same again.

Friday, June 12, 2015

May I be happy

If you're looking for a technique to make you feel good then this is it. It's simple, works on all layers of the mind, and is totally transformative. It does, however, require some persistence. If you persist then the results are truly amazing.

Here's how it works:

1. Repeat the phrase "may I be happy" over and over again, all day long.
2. Don't try to make anything happen, just repeat the phrase.
3. You can mix in other phrases, such as "I love you", just keep them simple.
4. When you find yourself thinking about something else, bring back the phrases.
5. Repeat for a couple of weeks

That's it. It just works.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Develop your yes mind

Give it a try, things tend to go more smoothly with an instantaneous yes response. Clearly, we don't want to become a doormat and this is where assertiveness comes in. It's like a professional yes even when you mean no. 

The mind training here is a kind of letting go. Yes allows us to stay in a more open, relaxed attitude.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Rapunzel wisdom and the mind

I'm using wisdom here as 'seeing what is going on'. It turns out that once you can see something (in your mind) and name it, then it no longer has the same power over you. Hazar! Therefore, once we understand a little bit more about how our mind works then we learn to loosen up a little and things don't seem so bad. That's why people keep writing self help books and why scientists go through a life of bearded bliss trying to figure things out so we can understand what is going on.

So then, what are the basic wisdom nuggets regarding our minds? What can we name?

1. We are not our thoughts. This comes through loud and clear. They are mind processes.

2. Feelings, thoughts and the environment shape each other. If you can see this, then you have made a significant step into wisdom.

3. We can't control what happens, but we can learn to control our responses.

4. We can control who we associate with, how we feather our nest, what we do in life and how we choose to spend our free time, what we read, watch and listen to. Here, we find the levers for happiness and feeling good.

That's probably enough wisdom for one day. c4yourself (that doesn't mean blow yourself up, rather see for yourself). It's there for the taking.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Essays on idleness

I came across this book recently - it's like a mediaeval Japanese blog. There are plenty of little gems within the pages but perhaps we should take delight in the art of idleness ourselves. Idleness is not being lazy, it's about cultivating space in our lives to do nothing. We observe time passing, we feel our moods, we find still places in our mind. These are not trivial things. After all, nothing really happens to anyone - as the book suggests. True wealth is watching time pass, not letting it slip by unnoticed. Explore idleness, explore the joy in being idle.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Beyond the wanting mind

There's a lot of ecstasy out there. Then stillness.

 Now, we get a glimpse of something different. A mind without concepts is different from an everyday mind. There is no time, no things, no you and me, no such thing as yesterday or tomorrow or now. Without these things there is no cause and effect universe, which is interesting. Perhaps the world is not what it seems. Perhaps there is another way of seeing things.

Now, I'm a rational person but these things make you wonder. What is beyond the human mind? What is the universe really?