Habits

It’s safe to say that most of us have a bad habit… Or two, with which we wish to rid ourselves. But do we have the same outlook in forming good or more beneficial habits in our lives?

Repeated performance of good or bad actions forms good or bad habits. Habits are automatic machines in ones psychology which enable a person to perform an action without conscious effort. To perform a good action in this way is very beneficial! It follows then, that it is most detrimental to allow any bad habits to form in daily life.

Ease comes with repetition. Many of the greatest athletes and sportsman of today have simply habituated themselves to perform at the highest level. This law should be used to perform good and beneficial actions. Bad habits are destructive to health, life and inner peace. Overeating, smoking or any other well-known bad habit can cause unhappiness, anxiety and at its worst physical disease.

According to its training, a parrot will repeat a positive compliment or a vile insult. So the bird should be taught only to speak good words, otherwise the owner may be embarrassed if the parrot curses in front of select company. A bad habit, like the evilly educated parrot, will repeat itself against ones will any moment, anywhere and bring sadness and dissatisfaction.

Samuel Johnson said; “The diminutive chains of habit are seldom heavy enough to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Some people form habits (good & bad) more easily than others. Someone with a weak will may perform an action only once, and that will be enough for the habit to form. Others with more will power, seemingly have great control over their lives and actions. These people, even when in the company of smokers, drinkers, adulterers can keep tight control of their actions and not be led astray.

If we find ourselves already in the clutches of a bad habit, we can be cured by using the antidote of good actions, good habits and good company. We have all experienced times when we have made a clear intention not to perform an action, only to find ourselves no more than an hour later indulging ourselves in the said action owing to the force of the creation of bad habits.

In conclusion, the first thing to do is diagnose the bad habit to eradicate or the good habit to be incorporated. Next, be vigilant of your actions during the day. It is quite obvious, but if you wish to stop smoking it’s not the best idea to carry cigarettes around with you. If you wish to be a faithful husband it’s best not to frequent strip clubs. And if you desire peace and contentment there are actions to be performed and others to be avoided.

Progress is a slow process when it comes to habits, and like the reformed alcoholic the best attitude is one day at a time. With dedication and right action, I’m certain your life will evolve into one you will be satisfied with!

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Belief

This post will provoke your thoughts. Whatever one believes they must respect others views. That being said, there must be an objective reality which is closer to the truth. By making sure to question everything and verify ones experience, we can surely get closer to that truth.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

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Good Will

In these times of prosperity and plenty its easy to overlook those less fortunate among us. Spare a thought for those who will be spending tomorrow alone. Spare a thought for those who wont be visited by Father Christmas or have a lovely roast dinner with all the trimmings. And most importantly be grateful for those loved ones you will spend time with over the coming days. Be thankful for your dwelling and funds that pay for the gifts and food. Many don’t have these things to be thankful for!

And if you wish to spare more than a thought, get active and go and knock on that elderly neighbour and wish them a Merry Christmas. Get that homeless person you always see and cup of tea, or call up that family member you’ve been out of touch with for too long. Its the season of Goodwill after all.

Merry Christmas! Drink (and eat) responsibly! x

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Black Friday

Black Friday is a term which the media has created. It is ‘a day of bargains on the busiest shopping day of the year.’ Huge sales, massive discounts, hurry, deals, will end monday. All this language has a huge influence on those receiving it. Just check out the news story’s that were delivered yesterday and you will clearly see how people become effected and influenced by the media and consumerism.

George Gurdjieff says that; ‘Man is a machine and is completely controlled by external influences. All the people you see, all the people you know, all the people you may get to know, are machines, actual machines working solely under the power of external influences.’ Any of you who have seen any ‘Black Friday’ footage will be able to verify instantly that those individuals who partook of the retail madness were completely under some external influence, that being the media and the giant corporations who want their money.

The above paragraph may seem cynical and pessimistic but I assure you it’s not. Black Friday is an extreme example, a clear indication of what control the media has over those who allow it. I have spoken before about this and many are trying to help people see whats happening in the world today.

So where do we fit into all this? If you waited for a shop to open because of the huge sales, rushed in to grab something that you don’t really need and assaulted someone who tried to grab your stuff. Then you are under the influence of the media and Black Friday. If you have heard before that individuals are influenced by the world around them, by people, by planets and stars and many other variables then you are aware of the situation.

KNOW THYSELF is one of the simplest pieces of spiritual advice one can receive. If you don’t know that you are under the influence of the world around you then how can you do anything to remedy it. If you watch adverts on T.V and find yourself half dazed walking to the shop and buying something you don’t need, then you will struggle to do anything about it. But if after reading this you observe what happens if you watch a news programme with death and destruction on it. If you pay attention to how you feel after an advert inadvertently telling you that your not good enough because you don’t own their product, you will see what influence these impressions have on you.

One of Gurdjieff’s followers asks a very important questions in regards this subject, and one we can all learn from, especially someone who punched their fellow man for a cheap television:

‘Can a man stop being a machine?’ Gurdjieff’s response sheds a stunning light on our current situation.

‘It is possible to stop being a machine, but for that it is necessary first of all to know the machine. A machine, a real machine, does not know itself and cannot know itself. When a machine knows itself it is then no longer a machine, at least, not so much a machine as it was before. It already begins to be responsible for its actions.’

I would appreciate any comments you might have on this subject. Post them here on WordPress or alternatively on my Facebook page. Even if you disagree with the above or have some criticism I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Shine Bright

I have been inspired this morning through my spiritual teacher and his kind loving words. This here is my attempt at doing the same, as best I can with my limited understanding.

The world today, as i’m sure those of you who regularly watch the news are aware, is full of darkness and inharmony. We find ourselves in this modern, advanced civilisation surrounded by war, famine, poverty, injustice, corruption and darkness. Where did it go wrong?

Many souls are attempting to reform the current situation. Doing their best with what they have to remedy the circumstances the world is in. What these great beings would advise us to do is our own small part in our daily lives.

I will share the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi here to better relay what I am trying to say:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.”

There is a severe shortage of light in the face of this darkness. It is easy to go with the current and react to negativity with negativity, to hatred with hatred, to injury with injury. Many people believe this is the only way to react to such things. I strongly disagree!

St. Francis gives us the perfect remedy for what we can do in our daily lives as we go about our business encountering all manner of people living life. When we encounter hatred, let us respond to it with love. When we come in contact with someone who is full of doubt, we can try our best to fill them with faith. A family member who is sad for whatever reason will need nothing more than a turn of events by being given the gift of joy.

It is easy to add to what this world has in abundance, after all this is what has brought us to where we find ourselves. It is more difficult to go against the current and show that there is an alternative. Light can only be seen in the presence of darkness, so what better stage than the world today. Shine bright and do what you will.

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Your Brain

The brain is pretty awesome, you have to admit!

“There are approximately 100 billion nerve cells in the brain; and each of these communicates with the others through connections called synapses. The total number of possible connections is 25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, Dr Herbert Benson estimates.

Put another way, if you made a stack of sheets of standard A4 paper, with one sheet for each neuron connection, the resulting pile of paper would be approximately 16 billion light years high- stretching beyond the limits of the known universe.

Therefore, the brains potential for forming new pathways- and thus new habits of thought and behaviour- seems to be practically unlimited.”

Use the inherent power of you mind wisely. Positive thinking cannot be ‘undermined’!

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World War III

To begin this blog I should start by defining War:

– A conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.

– A state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: ‘The two nations were at war with each other.’

– A contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812, 1916, 1935.

– Active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words.

Simply by defining what War is, thanks to Dictonary.com I have made my point. We are at war with ‘terror'; ‘A conflict carried on by forces of arms, as between nations’. The nations in this instance being; The United States of America, Great Britain, and Australia, possibly more. We are at war with ‘terror’ (the opposition) in the form of militant groups in the location of Iraq. Are the countries mentioned above not just a massive, well structured, well funded and cooperative militant group?

Russell Brand and his news series ‘The Trews’ will inform you in much more detail what I am about to attempt to formulate. I would highly recommend the Trews, even at the expense of ‘The News’!

The Trews will tell you in detail how the media and those individuals who own media companies have an agenda as well as an obligation to deliver the news. A good example of this is the current cuts to the fire brigade which are, by cause and effect increasing deaths by fire. Why is the media not covering this story? Why are we not being told there is an increase in deaths due to government cuts? I will leave you to think this over.

Islam. What is it to you? Terrorists? Jihad? Isis? Well if you looked into the religion you would find Islam is in fact submission to God (Allah, Jehovah etc.). Why does the media not inform us of this? And inform us that there are Millions of peaceful, God loving, some God fearing Muslims across the globe! If you look into Islam even for one afternoon you could find this yourself. So for the sake of a few, say 10% of Muslims (at a stretch) are the stereotype for the the entire Muslim world? Again, think for yourself. Anyone who knows a Muslim closely will be certain this moment.

So imagine the scenario if you will. Russell Brand has kidnapped and taken over the BBC. The Trews is coming to you, news at 6, the news if the news was true…

“Hello. Subscribe here to get the Trews beamed directly into your consciousness! We are at War!! We’re bombing the poor people of Iraq. Think of the women and children, mothers and daughters getting blown to bits by the good taxpayers money! And those bloody Americans and laid back Ozzies have joined the bombing party. The party where every bomb is about 8 grand, hundred of nurses!! And why are we at war you might ask? To deprive these militant organisation of there funding. To go into their country and steal their funding. Their funding is oil. Ok….. So, to start a war with them. So we can go into their geographic region and steal their oil. Bloody hell is Hitler back on the scene!?”

My impression of Russell Brand delivering the news (Trews) at six.

Where do you and I come into all this? We must wake up to our situation and position in this system. To look into what’s actually occurring in our world, in our countries, our cities and our communities. If you browse the articles on this this blog for even five minutes you will find a Fragment of something, a thread which you can follow as long as you are comfortable. There are infinite threads. Brand speaks of Spirituality. You will find on this blog posts about Zen, Gurdjieff, Positivity, The Mind, Astrological Sun Signs and more. These are real and helpful tools for life.

If everyone on the earth followed any of the following; the path of Buddha, the way of Jesus, the teachings of Krishna, the pillars of Islam, mindfulness of Zen, Kriya Yoga, Theurgy, or even more fundamental; treating others how you wish to be treated yourself. This world would have no war. The nations would be as one. And every community would be harmonious, at peace and filled with happiness!

‘You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope one day you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.’

Think what you will. That’s the wonder of life. But I choose happiness at the expense of hunger, light in the presence of darkness, hope in times of despair.

‘For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.’ -St Francis of Assisi.

Please share you comments on this heartfelt blog post I feel urged to share here or on Facebook. Or at least ask yourself which you desire in your life; happiness or suffering.

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