Perfect Conditions

There are occasions in nature when conditions are perfect and beautiful, miraculous things occur. A rainbow, a solar eclipse, a new born baby, these can be seen as examples of perfect conditions within nature.

However, things are rarely perfect in our day to day lives. To wait for perfect conditions is seemingly to wait for eternity.

What I am sharing in this Vlog is how silly it sounds when I speak about waiting for the perfect conditions the begin something. A more practical solution would be to decide what it is that we want to achieve and in what time frame, and get to work. Things we put off till tomorrow rarely get done. The only time to act is right now!

There is a biblical quote that can be found in Ecclesiastes 11:4

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done, literally, “He that observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”

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Take the 10 Year Test

How far have you come over the past 10 years? A whole lot has changed, that much I am sure of!

Speaking with friends recently I came up with an idea about a 10 year test. The premise of this is you look at where you were 10 years ago, you could use your social media profile and look back at some of the images you posted 10 years ago to get an idea of where you were at. Or you could simply take a quiet moment to think about where you were in your life 10 years ago.

Once we have looked back at the person we were 10 years ago and how much we have changed, it will be easier for us to project out to our future selves 10 years hence and take action regarding where we want to be in the next 10 years.

If you think this is a good idea, and know someone who might enjoy taking the test, please share the YouTube link. Remember, our life is in our own hands..

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Our experience makes us who we are

In this episode I will explain how everything we have experienced up to this very moment has made us who we are today.

All of our impressions, everything we watch, read and hear impacts our psyche in a big way. The implications of this idea can help us to understand our past, and the things that we experienced when we were younger, our present, regarding how we choose to spend our time on a daily basis, as well as our future, if we continue along the same lines day in and day out.

We have every right to make our lives better, to make them the best we are able, and I believe that knowledge and understanding of who we are plays a huge part in this process. I hope the Vlog gives you what you need to move ahead in your own life.

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Season 2 – I’m back ft. Joe Rogan

I was gone for a minute, but I’m back now.

It has been several months since I posted my last full Vlog. On a few occasions I sat in front of the camera to get back into it but felt too much resistance to get going. The I heard some words of wisdom from Joe Rogan which made me think more seriously about getting back on the horse and starting “season 2”.

All this is explained in the video below. I hope to be uploading more regularly now that I have got some momentum going, hopefully once a week or so. This should allow for better quality content due to more thought and preparation going into it. Enjoy and share!

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The Dhammapada audio-ebook part 1

Below is a link to part one of the Dhammapada audio-ebook I have shared on YouTube. There are the first 6 parts on my YouTube channel and I intend to complete the book in time.

It is a great fount of wisdom, and can be easily digested and contemplated to help us in our lives.

https://youtu.be/ve62oNlZixg

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Reality Update!

I took a step away from Vlogging and Blogging a couple of months ago. It was taking over my life, everything else that I enjoy doing fell by the wayside and I was getting progressively less and less happy. I thought about coming back with a Vlog, but why not a blog? If people want to know about whats going on with Lewis Kirk at Fragments they will read it, if not they will just scroll on by……

We have to be careful what we wish for, because it may not take the shape or form that we imagined. The reality may be very different from our perception of what it would be like. This is where I came to with my Vlog on youtube.

Sometimes I have grand ideas about curing the world of its suffering in one Vlog. One inspirational talk will cure the world.. ha. But I truly feel we all suffer to some degree and that there is a cure for suffering. This gets me to the heart of this article.

There are two sources of information that have initiated this thought process; The book Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari and the Netflix original series Black Mirror. I read Sapiens a few months ago followed right after by its sequel Homo Deus. Black Mirror has been on my radar for years but I never got round to watching it. These two together have influenced me in a big way, even thought I am only four episodes in to Black Mirror.

Here is my thesis. Some people yearn for what is real, others wish to escape reality. If we yearn for what is real, and have the means to attain that, we will engage in activities that we love, maybe hobbies and being around other people at parties or on holidays. If we wish to escape reality, there is a chance it is because we don’t have the means to enjoy it. Where do you find yourself? Escape or experience?

Why would we want to engage in a reality that consists of waking up, going to work, coming home and dealing with hyperactive children, and then finally have two hours of restbite before beginning all over again. For me, as someone who wishes to participate in reality I have a few options in how I spend my few spare precious hours at the end of an evening or early in the morning.

I like to read, I have been studying Hungarian for a few months, and I also feel an urge to meditate longer and more often than I do. But these things require an effort at the end of a long and stressful day. I must summon some energy reserve from somewhere deep within me to spend an hour reading, or learning Hungarian vocabulary, or god forbid, sitting with my eyes closed for a whole hour!

So whats my point? What am I getting at?

If we don’t make an effort and move towards real things, this would include real experiences, real interactions, real life, then just the opposite will occur. When there is no effort at the end of my day, and I have no energy reserves because the kids have played up, or because my body is tired, or because I am feeling a little down, what do I end up doing? Watching Youtube? Watching TV? Scrolling through social media. Now you may relate to these thoughts and feelings and you may not, but you must have an opinion one way or the other.

(A thought just occurred that I should erase everything to this point and forget about it) But why? Why do I care what people think about my writing? Why is it important for it to get lots of views? Because that is what we are told gives us meaning.

  • Lots of followers and subscribers
  • Lots of likes and comments
  • Lots of money and status
  • Lots of friends
  • Lots of hours spent watching Netflix

But none of this is real! They are just numbers. More is better.

But if we strip ourselves of all of these numbers, all the social media friends, even all the real friends, all the money, everything. What is left?

Yet this is most real thing that we have, and we are masking it with anything we can get our hands on.

Watch Black Mirror. Read Sapiens. Get informed about where we might be heading, and then ask yourself how it looks and if it is something that you would want to experience. And if you think I am exaggerating or becoming paranoid that the machines are coming for us…. Just look around the next time you are in a public space, or on public transport, or anywhere that you can find lots of people. You can even do some introspection and look at yourself. Maybe its better if we perform it as introspection.

Do I experience the world around me fully. Where I am, the people I am with, the surroundings, the smells, the sounds? Or am I more interested in what the screen can deliver for me? What someone else is doing, where they are, someone else life. Can there be anything less real than being more interested in another persons life than your own?

There is a choice. We can live our own life to the full. Follow our dreams, begin a new hobby or learn a new language. Read a book, (sapiens…). Begin a mindfulness/meditation practice. Something real.

Alternatively, we can remain hypnotised by the screens that are all around us, distracting us from reality and the present moment. These are two distinct paths, leading to two distinct realities.

The choice is yours.

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I took a step back – Now Apple are advising the same!

I have recently taken a step back and a break from my social media. I deleted it from my phone! Having the app on your phone is like having a cupboard full of sweets and chocolate in the house when your trying to loose weight, its just too easy.

Whats interesting about this is that Apple have released a new keynote software update speaking about exactly the same thing; “screen time software.”

This software allows your to access weekly reports of your activity; how much time you are spending on your phone, where you are speeding it. How often you pick up your device and whats drawing you in.

Watch the video to find out all about it!

Link to YouTube

 

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