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Profoundness…

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

“Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego.

Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise.

After that day, we become seekers.” ~ Peter Matthiessen

A terrific post about Wise Owls and Old Fools…

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Today I read a post on intenseexperiences.com about wise owls and old fools that I highly recommend you read. Let alone that I absolutely love and am so much fascinated by the owls, but the above mentioned article goes much deeper than one might think. There are many old fools among us that are pretending to be wise owls, and when one knows how to distinguish the two, than falling as a pray to the old fools will not be that easy anymore…

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owl pictures by FreeNaturePictures.com

Enjoy the new week and be always Fabulous 🙂

Law of Attraction Cravings…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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At times I really do not get it. The teachings about the Law of Attraction, and how to make it work I mean. Because of the cravings for material things – these teachings are putting you back in your mind, and these cravings are everything but pleasant. If you compare these Laws of Attraction teachings with the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, and of Frank J. Kinslow – the writer of Quantum Living and The Secret of Instant Healing among other titles – and their point regarding Awareness, and shutting down the egoic mind – than I start to see the difference between playing the game of life within yourself, or without yourself…

If you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now,” or prefer to listen to this same book instead of reading it – here is a link to the audio’s of this book to listen for free. And I highly recommend to listen to this audio book. It will really change you, and how you perceive this world of ours.

Influences…

Monday, November 1st, 2010

“Inflexibility with regards to our goals can lead to stubborn behavior. Meanwhile, logic can free us from our fixed ideas. However, fear of change can also lead to reactionary behavior as we resist the unexpected. Holding on to the status quo can be useful, but only to a point; knowing when to let go is crucial…”

The above quote was on a text file for a few years, and only now it feels like the right time to post it on totally useless.

Can We Get to the Real Truth?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

By not knowing how to get deep down to the real Truth is such a mood killer. You know – THE TRUTH? The one and only, and with no excuses whatsoever? What angered me, was the fact that two people are viewing the truth differently from one another, and claim that the real truth is theirs. How can I, or we, or you, be absolutely sure to have the real and only truth, and not the other one instead?

The thing is – we cannot choose for the absolute truth. The absolute truth would always have two sides. And the only choice that we have is to utter the less undesirable one. Or we pay the price by separating us from the part of the truth that we cannot accept.

And if we cannot get to the real truth – than what is the point of searching for a way to get to it? And if the day exists, than there is also night? And if there is good, than there is also bad? Is truth necessarily good? Or you think that the truth is bad? It always depends for what means it will be used, and by whom, and this is so frustrating…

In Defense of Boredom

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In Defense of Boredom

How many times a day, whether at work or at home, do you say or think to yourself, “I’m bored”? If you’re anything like me, it happens unconscionably often. When I was a girl in middle school, I’d constantly complain to my teacher about my boredom, to which he once replied with the age-old saying, “Only the boring get bored.” As soon as he said this—more than anything out of a desire to please the educator on whom I had a dizzying crush, something akin to the Van Halen song, “Hot For Teacher”—I kept my feelings of boredom to myself.

Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun questioning this notion that boredom is a negative feeling, that it’s merely the unfortunate product of living in a modern world with too much time on our hands, in which we don’t have to constantly do physical work for our survival. A couple of years ago, I read Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Gay Science. In one excerpt, he explains the difference between a true thinker and a mindless worker. He says, “They [thinkers] actually require a lot of boredom if their work is to succeed. For thinkers and all sensitive spirits, boredom is that disagreeable ‘windless calm’ of the soul that precedes a happy voyage and cheerful winds. They have to bear it and must wait for its effect on them. Precisely this is what lesser natures cannot achieve by any means. To ward off boredom at any cost is vulgar, no less than work without pleasure.”

Nietzsche’s take on boredom is a fascinating concept, one that I think should be considered seriously, especially by those of us who live fairly “normal” lives. Fear of boredom is what drives us to be always doing, regardless of whether or not the activity is meaningful. This manic desire for action manifests itself in different ways. One example that comes to mind most of you will be familiar with– surfing the Internet addictively. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m guilty of this pretty much daily, and when all is said and done, I do think the Internet has revolutionized our existence more or less for the better.

But while free time spent on the Net can be useful, particularly with staying abreast of what going on in the world, even the informative, has constantly updated Internet news cycle can be harmful if taken to an extreme. The Internet has bombarded us with astounding amounts of data, such that warding off boredom via the Web becomes, simply put, an addiction to information. And by information, I don’t mean the kind of well-developed gems resulting from hours of deliberate pondering; I mean just quick facts, bits of data that we swallow and immediately discharge, without ever really digesting anything.

Charles Baxter, a renowned novelist and essayist, writes about how our allergy to boredom (or stillness,” in his words, which is essentially the lack of action) has had a profound effect on today’s fiction. Baxter argues that currently, there is hardly any stillness in fiction, simply because we fear and ignore stillness in our daily lives. He notes, “If, however, we have truly lost the ability to be interested in stillness … we will have lost the capacity to be accurate about an entire dimension of our experiences.”

So, if you’ve got some extra time on your hands, then enjoy it. Revel in it. Boredom isn’t a disease, and it’s not inimical to a happy, productive life. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay to just sit and do nothing.

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This guest post is contributed by Emily Thomas, who writes on the topics of top online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: emily.thomas31@gmail.com.

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