We lose clarity and power when we focus on the future or the past, which are both vague and irrelevant to the Now. Power and clarity are experienced by focusing on the only thing that can be truly focused on, which is always the Now.
“Here and Now is the only place everything you want can find you. Stop searching. You are already in the space that holds everything in it. Live in it fully, using what is available to you Now in absolute joy, knowing that you are complete.”—
You cannot help but create and transform Life. Your very existence transforms Life as you live it. Life flows through you in the Here and Now, and is transformed by how you flow it and live it in the moment.
When it comes to transforming your life in a positive way, it is never about denying or resisting your Here and Now situation. It is always about embracing and using your current situation positively.
Changing your life positively then, is not about concentrating on changing it, but about concentrating only on what is Here and Now and living in that space fully. It is about using whatever is available Here and Now positively. The positive transformation then takes care of itself; it is a natural product of your living the situation in a fully positive way.
The positive or negative nature of your Life experiences utterly depends on how you direct the flow of the current situation of your life. This all comes back to your choice of state of being once again.
Paradoxically, the quickest way to change your life in a positive direction is to enjoy living it Now. It is only when you give your current situation a positive meaning, and use what is available to you Now, that your current situation changes into something more positive. The strange thing is that the situation changes positively when you enjoy it fully and stop caring if it changes at all.
You cannot act on anything other than the Here and Now. So it is most beneficial for you and for the enjoyment of your life if you act fully Here and Now, in whatever way you can. It does you NO good to bemoan what you cannot do in your current situation. It does you NO good to wait for your situation to change before enjoying your life. There is only Here and Now. That’s all there has ever been and ever will be. So your life will never get better until it gets better Here and Now.
You will never be more powerful than you are Here and Now. So use that power by fully using what is available to you Now to enjoy fully living your life.
I’m in an appreciative mood so I want to take some time to thank my followers and the random people who like and reblog my stuff.
Believe it or not, those little likes and reblogs kept me writing, and since my writing helped me become the person I am today- who I like to be- I feel like I owe some appreciation to all of you for helping me become who I am today. I know I’m much happier than I was when I started this blog and I thank you all for helping me with that.
Special hat tip to the small core group of people who like and reblog my stuff regularly. You know who you are. I appreciate it!
“As long as you exist you always have an abundance of something. It can be an abundance of love, health, joy, passion, knowledge, wisdom, strength, positive attitude, friends, family or something else. Don’t discount these things. Sometimes it is these things that we are all abundant in, but take for granted, that can make the difference in our own or another’s day. For what good is monetary abundance alone if we don’t have an abundance of all these other things in order to enjoy the money in the first place? The fact that there are miserable millionaires shows that monetary abundance alone is not enough.”—
“Just do whatever brings you excitement and joy in this moment, that you can take action on with integrity. It doesn’t matter if all you can do is go out for lunch. Do it. Enjoy the fact that you have the abundance to enjoy a nice lunch out. This is the way to experience and appreciate the abundance you already have available to you. Appreciating the abundance you already have is the way to experience an expansion of similar abundance. You always have some form of abundance available to you as long as you exist. So use it and appreciate it. If you don’t use it and instead wait for what you think you need in order to start enjoying your life, you only play up a sense of lack, which then creates an expansion of lack in your experience. In that case, you will probably be waiting for the rest of your life to truly start enjoying it.”—
If you think you need something that you do not now have, from where do you think you will get it? There is no “out there” to get it from. There is only Here and Now. Here and Now is from where and when you access all the abundance in existence.
When it appears as if things are changing and something appears to be coming from “out there” what is actually happening is that your perspective of the infinite Here and Now has just expanded to include what has just come into your experience. All processes occur by just such an expansion in perception.
The unified nature of Life means everything is simultaneously happening right now. This then means that you already have all that you desire. However, you experience the stuff you desire in increments, so that you can actually experience having it, and experience the joy of knowing more of what you already contain.
When it was said that you are infinite, it wasn’t a joke!
If you exist Now you must be infinitely and eternally supported in your existence, because Now is the only time there ever was and ever will be. If you exist Now, you always have and always will, in some form or another.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”—Patanjali (via songsabouttheunspeakable)
What are your thoughts on intrinsic motivation ? I'm tired of doing even things that are good for me (like living more in my heart, letting go or trying to be financially autonomous) with the constant feeling of effort and internal resistance. Someone might say my "ego" wants to protect itself/me but I feel I've explored everything under the sun and my heart just doesn't resonate with the concept of effort nor do I feel it lines up with the idea of living in the moment.
You pose an interesting question. I can relate to your feelings of resisting effort and being tired of doing things. I’ve been there myself. I got sick of doing anything, thinking “what’s the point?”. My heart doesn’t resonate with effort either. I found, after being bored of doing nothing, that it does resonate with challenge and exploration though. My own experience of that “what’s the point?” feeling was that it rose from my perspective of limitation. I feel it may be the same for you. How else can you say you feel you’ve explored “everything under the sun”? You can only feel that way if you are limited in your perspective, and this limitation can quickly remove any motivation to explore and live Life.
I know it’s very easy to feel limited, simply because there is a limited perspective being espoused around us all the time. Society keeps talking about the same things, leading to a closed in feeling, in which you can maybe say you feel you’ve explored everything. It is up to you to move past that limited perspective, and to explore what Life holds beyond society’s perspective of it. You’re probably already on that path since you’re sending me a question. Society may not like to think so, but there is far more to Life than the “news” it keeps yapping about.
You won’t find those other parts of Life by being limited in your perspective though. So I suggest you let go of your expectations (it is your expectations saying you’ve explored everything under the sun) and see what Life has in store for you. The weird thing is, you say it’s an effort to let go, when it can be one of the most effortless things you can do. I think by dropping those expectations you will find some motivation, if only to explore what more is under the sun. A practical suggestion is to break up your routine. Routines can have a hypnotizing effect, causing you to think there is nothing more to Life. So stop going to the same places and doing the same things. Explore something new, however small it is.
Finally, the concept of letting go of expectations opens you up to more of what is already here. It is not about an effort, which is usually about creating something from scratch or of resisting something else. Life already naturally and effortlessly contains everything you want to explore. By simply being yourself and letting go of expectations you will be exploring and effortlessly uncovering what is already here. This also brings you in the moment automatically, which is something you say you desire, because you’re not focused on the past idea of how you’ve explored everything already.
I hope this helps. It is entirely possible that this doesn’t make sense. If you need more clarification, or if I’m totally off mark with my answer, please let me know. I would love to take another crack at it.
“The only reason you are not where you think you want to be is because where you currently are serves you more. When where you want to be serves you most you will be there, only it won’t be “there” anymore; it will be “here”. Here and Now is always the place and time that serves you best. It is actually the only time and place that can serve you. So live Here and Now fully, trusting that it does serve you.”—
“What we are predominantly looking for, is a sense of belonging. All that we desire is desired to accentuate a feeling of belonging. This means all the health, wealth, knowledge, love, support and other joyful experiences are desired for this very reason.
The solution for this seeking is to first believe we belong, which leads to a perception of all the ways in which we belong. If we believe we belong, we perceive the world completely differently. We see a world that supports our growth rather than one that inhibits it. We experience a world that is reflective of our joys rather than our fears.
To believe we belong we must believe that we are not some sort of freak accident that just happens to be here. We must believe that the world and everything in it is not an accident. We must believe that if we are not an accident, the world is our home and is capable of supporting us as we naturally are. The question is: if we don’t assume the world is our home, and therefore supportive of us, then where is our home? Are we doomed to being nomads in an inhospitable Universe forever?
If we assume the world is our home and supports us, this would mean that the world is in fact an infinite, unlimited space, capable of expanding infinitely to reflect our own continuous expansion. But we will not experience this infiniteness if we don’t first believe we belong. It all stems from this foundation.”—
“Believing in our limitations stems from a belief in our own alienation. It all comes from the belief we are a cosmic accident that just happened to come into existence in a cruel, harsh, unflinching Universe. It is all about convincing ourselves that our environment is not suited to us, which means we must struggle against it for survival. And when the struggle is too great, as we believe it would be if we followed our dreams, then we must give up our dreams and instead protect ourselves from this bastard of a Universe.”—Sohail Desai
The pain of believing in an inherent environmental limitation and an inability to experience our desires and dreams is akin to being able to walk but convincing ourselves our environment limits us from doing so.
The only reason we do not believe in our inability to walk but do believe in our inability to dream is because the cessation of walking would be too immediately painful while the pain of ceasing to dream is not immediate and has been dulled by becoming normal.
Believing in our limitations stems from a belief in our own alienation. It all comes from the belief we are a cosmic accident that just happened to come into existence in a cruel, harsh, unflinching Universe. It is all about convincing ourselves that our environment is not suited to us, which means we must struggle against it for survival. And when the struggle is too great, as we believe it would be if we followed our dreams, then we must give up our dreams and instead protect ourselves from this bastard of a Universe.
This is something no other organism believes. The reason the organisms of our world do not succumb to stress in the way we do, even in the face of their own challenges, is because they know they belong. Their actions spring from a sense of belonging, which naturally reduces stress levels. They exude a sense of grace.
The irony is that most of the challenges they face- the ones we point to in our quest to prove our belief in a life of struggle- are predominantly the result of mankind playing out its own sense of alienation. We seek to dominate them and the world so that we can feel that we have staked our claim to the world, and that we have won against the cruel forces of nature.
If we felt a sense of belonging to our world, we would seek to express our true desires and our dreams, but those desires would include the thriving and fulfillment of other human beings and of the natural world we live in. We would see that the world is suited perfectly for the experience of our desires and our dreams. We would see that the world is us, just in another form. We would finally stop being aliens in our own world.
The only organism to alienate itself from its own environment.
The only organism that is afraid of being joyfully natural, and instead seeks to limit itself to normality while being miserable doing so.
The only organism that actively seeks to alienate others from their natural selves by trying to get them to be something they’re not. This attempt is directed at other human beings and the environment, including all the other organisms that make up the environment. We don’t see the value or supportive nature of the natural order of things, and so we seek to change it.
The only organism that mistrusts its environment and its own existence by believing its environment is not ideally suited to its complete needs and wants. Life can’t support our desires, so we might as well deny them , we think. Life is limited, while we attempt to be unlimited, so we rail against Life at large, not thinking that it is our belief in our own alienation that has us believing and experiencing that Life is limited. “Look at all the ways we don’t belong! Life is cruel. Life is a struggle!” is our message. We are the only organism with such a message.
The only organism that uses its abilities to its own disadvantage. Our ability to think in the way we do, that ability which separates us from other species, is used to deny our own sense of belonging. This separates us further from the natural world, where every organism naturally believes in its own sense of belonging and in its ability to live a fulfilling life. Try convincing a bird or a tree that it doesn’t belong or that tomorrow won’t bring it what it needs to fulfill itself. The natural world lives in absolute trust of its existence. We do not.
Instead of believing we live in a hostile world out to kill us, we will come to realize that the world is supportive of us as it is supportive of all of its species.
We will realize we are the part of nature that thinks and dreams, and that nature naturally and effortlessly supports the complete experience of those thoughts and dreams just as it supports the complete experience of a lion or a gazelle.
We will realize nature supports WiFi, computers and other advanced technology. We will realize nature supports books, reading, language and music. We will realize nature supports curiosity, desire and knowledge.
Just as a lion doesn’t think for a second that it doesn’t belong with all of its “lionness”, we also won’t think we don’t belong with all of our humanity. We won’t diminish our ability to think, dream or create by believing that we must compete with the rest of Life in order to experience what we wish to think, dream or create. Neither will we aggrandize these abilities by exploiting the parts of nature that don’t have these abilities. We will rather think of these abilities as parts of nature, as natural as a leopard’s ability to climb trees.
Just as any animal doesn’t use its abilities to quell insecurities, but instead uses them to simply live its life and fulfill its desires, securely in balance with all of nature, we will do the same. And just as any animal doesn’t lie around worrying about how it isn’t supported by Life, but instead plays out its obvious support with grace, so will we. But where a lion is fulfilled with gazelles to eat, water to drink, a pride to procreate and ample territory, we will be fulfilled with the needs of our bodies as well as our advanced intellects.
As each of us declares who we are, through our thoughts, words and actions, the world naturally and automatically seeks to support that declaration. It will provide us with whatever is needed to be that person we have declared ourselves to be. Indeed, it has done so all along.
Our intellect is not separate from the natural world and Life itself. It is a natural and tangible part of it; as natural and as tangible as our own bodies.
Instead of saying something isn’t true and creating a sort of tunnel-vision about Life, I think we should say something isn’t true from our perspective right now. It is a fact, proven over and over, that our perspective is always limited, and therefore can always be expanded. So why be so arrogant to proclaim that our obviously limited perspective is all encompassing? Why not be open to the vastness of Life by letting go of our expectations about what is real and what isn’t? After all, what we now consider unreal, could one day be very much real, and we will realize once again that the only thing that is truly limited about Life is our perspective.
It is only when our theories are put into practice that they come alive. Theories lived become experience, and experience has a depth to it that gives it much more influence in terms of teaching us about Life. The aliveness of experience is what makes it appealing to us. In general, we enjoy learning by doing rather than just thinking. So why do we exclusively teach kids by putting them in rooms and bombarding them with information? How much of that information do we remember from our own days in school? Now, how much do we remember from our experiences? Did we learn how to do what we do by reading about it or by doing it?
It is actually very arrogant to believe in true limitation. It is arrogant to believe that somehow we can outgrow Life itself by holding a desire that Life cannot fulfill. To believe in our limitation is to believe in Life’s limitation. To believe in Life’s limitation is to believe that it cannot be larger than our limited perception. This is sheer arrogance.
To be humble then, is to constantly follow our dreams and our desires with the belief that Life somehow is grand enough to contain the fulfillment of those dreams and desires and any other dreams and desires we will hold, for eternity. It is also holding no expectations of how Life will express the fulfillment of those desires, because of the understanding that Life is grand enough to work in ways that we currently cannot perceive.
So be humble by being bold. Be humble by being curious. Be humble by being creative. Be humble by being a dreamer. Be humble by being open to the unexpected and, by association, to Life itself. Follow your dreams and believe in the infinite grandness of Life.
It is in desiring more that more of Life gets uncovered and experienced. It is built into the structure of Life for everything to ask for more, because Life itself desires to know more of what it contains through the living of our desires. That is what growth is all about.
The only difference between you and your highest self is perspective. Similarly, the only difference between your current life experience and a joyful life experience (if your current experience isn’t joyful already) is perspective.
It is not about becoming abundant; it is about uncovering the abundance that is already here.
It is not about becoming intelligent; it is about uncovering the intelligence that is already here.
It is not about becoming brave; it is about uncovering the bravery that is already here.
It is not about becoming joyful; it is about uncovering the joy that is already here.
It is not about becoming confident; it is about uncovering the confidence that is already here.
It is not about becoming expanded; it is about uncovering the expansion that is already here.
It is not about becoming passionate; it is about uncovering the passion that is already here.
It is not about becoming supported; it is about uncovering the support that is already here.
It is not about becoming free; it is about uncovering the freedom that is already here.
It is not about becoming healthy; it is about uncovering the health that is already here.
It is not about becoming loved; it is about uncovering the love that is already here.
It is not about wanting; it is about uncovering the fact that we already have it.
We already contain everything we desire. Our world already contains an infinite number of experiences, some of which also represent our desire. Life itself already contains an infinite number of experiences.
Our desire does not create ourselves anew, but rather uncovers another aspect of what we already contain. Our desire does not create the world anew, but rather uncovers another aspect of what the world already contains. Our desire does not create Life anew, but rather uncovers another aspect of what Life already contains.
This is a completely different perspective from our current limited perspective. Now, we can be seen as what we actually are: beings that contain an infinite number of possibilities, waiting for us to uncover them. The world can be seen as what it actually is: a field of infinite possibilities, waiting for us to uncover them. Life can be seen as what it actually is: an even larger field of an infinite number of possibilities, waiting for us to uncover them as well.
If we went back in time, we would tell the people of the past that they already contain the ability to create all the great things we have created today. It is only their limited perspective of themselves and their world that stops them from seeing this potential ability. Similarly, if our future selves came back to our present time, they would tell us the same thing. We, and our world, already contain what we wish to be and experience in the future. It is only our limited perspective that is stopping us from seeing this right now.
You are a being of infinite potential, which means you contain everything you could ever be, do, or have. So it’s not a matter of wanting what you want, but a matter of choosing what you want, because you already have what you want.
"How intelligent are you?"; it’s "How are you intelligent?"
It’s not: “How creative are you?”; it’s “How are you creative?”
It’s not: “How powerful are you?”; it’s “How are you powerful?”
It’s not: “How rich are you?”; it’s “How are you rich?”
It’s not: “How loved are you?”; it’s “How are you loved?”
It’s not: “How supported are you?”; it’s “How are you supported?”
It’s not: “How connected are you?”; it’s “How are you connected?”
It’s not: “How attractive are you?”; it’s “How are you attractive?”
It’s not: “How worthy are you?”; it’s “How are you worthy?”
It’s not: “How blessed are you?”; it’s “How are you blessed?”
It’s not about fitting into someone’s idea of what “intelligent” or “rich” or “loved” means, but about being your own version of those ideas. Many people live despondent lives because they do not believe they are intelligent, or rich, or supported, because they live by others’ definitions of those ideas. They need to realize that they fit into their own idea of what it means to be those ideas and they can then develop themselves and their lives based on the fact that they are intelligent in their own way, or rich in their own way, or loved in their own way.
The first set of questions bound you to develop along others’ definitions in order to fit into them. The second set give you the freedom to redefine the definitions, so that they include you and your passions.
The inspiration for this post came from a talk by Sir Ken Robinson which can be found here.
I find taking pictures or filming things is a great way to express appreciation for whatever is my subject. Through the focus of my lens I declare what I think is worth focusing on, and as I appreciate the photos or film that result, I realize why I appreciate the subject and what makes it so special to me. I also find that if I’m taking photographs or filming, I actively look for things to appreciate. Photography helps to create a whole new perspective of the world; a more appreciative one. This perspective stays with me even when I don’t have a camera with me, and I find myself appreciating the beauty of things around me a lot more. It’s a great perspective to experience.
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