Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Embarking on the Considerative Process

The way we think about our life, other people and our surroundings is crucial in how we feel and what we experience. If we focus too much on our own experience, we lose touch with everything outside of our own self; if we focus too much on other people, we have minimal ability to take care of ourselves. Without due consideration and thorough analysis of our thought processes, we're not engaging efficiently nor effectively in transforming not just our own self but also our community.

It can be a worthwhile effort to consider and challenge the most simple and mundane aspects of life. If we've never given any consideration to our day-to-day activities, we're potentially missing efficiencies and not maximizing our effectiveness. Further, efficient and effective effort on the daily level is highly useful in maximizing our power on the "big" life issues.

When we're not stumbling over our own attempts at progress, our frustration level drops and the momentum builds to push us through and over those big obstacles we face. Also, the lack of friction with our day does not drag us down. Our day then becomes a renewable resource that we can utilize in achieving our objectives and goals.

This daily considerative process should be thorough without being harsh or judgemental. By exploring our daily routine, we have a laboratory in which to change variables and sort through the results. It is oftentimes difficult to link true cause to direct effect. Repetition, however, is bountiful in our daily life. Therefore, we can take note of the direct connection between our thoughts, feelings and actions with our daily life experience.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Drawbacks and the Alternatives of the Elation Zone

Different states of mind are associated with both productive and destructive outcomes. One of the more challenging states of mind is the elation zone, where feelings of positivity are intense, enhanced and sustained. It alters our perceptions and our reactions as well as how we interact with both the environment and others.

We interpret the majority of data as being proof to sustain that elation zone. This elation zone feels as if the tide is high, and we've become immersed in the extraordinary and intense sensations that make up the elation experience. We're so thrilled about how good we feel, we neglect and elect to ignore what we're losing at the expense of gathering and attempting to hold onto that excited, vibrational state in our body/mind connection. Any excited state burns us out when sustained for an extended period.

This heightened state of awareness and action can certainly accumulate a mixed bag of results and effects. The constructive potential is high but so is the potential to destroy and tear down what we see or what we choose to ignore. Redirecting this raw energy can be a critical step in beginning to move forward with a more durable productivity.

If we change how we experience this raw energy, we can transform our present moment tremendously. Instead of directing it externally, we could have a direct experience and sit with the energy and get to know it, we'll learn to adapt it to our needs instead of becoming haphazardly rampant. The attempt here is to disengage the energy from undesirable and unintended consequences. We do not want to lose this personal power zone; we simply wish to channel and harness it effectively and effeciently.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Transforming Home into Healing

The alteration of atmospherics can be a huge distraction from making fundamental, substantial changes in life. There are a few atmospherics, however, that are fundamental to a productive and healthy daily life. The structure of daily home life is one of these fundamental aspects that can eliminate and degrade any positive, productive life output.

Home can be a source of stability, of instability or be entirely neutral as a resource. We must diminish these sources of instability at home. How we accomplish that decrease has been an ever-increasing struggle for modern humans. There are so many mounting issues and areas of distraction possible at home; this is where we begin our journey. Our goal is to have a space where we can renew our spirit and revive our body in every day of our life. The transformative potential in these efforts can be expansive and beneficial.

The mounting pile of valid concerns and ever-increasing issues appears too daunting to tackle alone and is quite individualized. For this reason we will concentrate on dimishining and eventually eliminating areas of distraction at home. When looking at homelife, there are a few obvious needs that we must deliver: rest, replenishment and recreation.

Rest has the appearance of being self-explanatory, yet, it is of the highest imperative to achieve, otherwise there will be no replenishment. Rest is critical to achieve anything substantial and lasting, so it deserves more than just a casual examination.

There are three aspects of our life that require rest: mental, emotional and physical. Without proper rest, none of these life attributes will act effeciently nor effectively. These three aspects intersect and inject everything we want to accomplish.

Mentally and emotionally, we must disengage the mind and the heart from the day's experiences. There are a variety of ways to do this. For some people taking stock of the day's challenges and triumphs can be a highly useful way to let go of the day before we rest. For others, this could become a source of obsession over the challenges and gloating over what we've overcome.

When we take stock of the day, we must avoid making any value judgements, positive or negative; we're taking an inventory in order to take note of what has happened or what hasn't happened, not to obsess and become a greater obstacle. Daily life can present numerous opportunities to tear ourselves down and feel terrible about our life. These are not productive ways of analyzing the efforts and results of the day. We must distance ourselves from guilt, shame and blame tactics, especially against ourselves.

Our efforts aim to disengage from these negative, tear-you-down attitudes and activities and bring the day to a close. If we want to feel terrible about ourselves, analyzing our day can absolutely yield increased terrible thoughts and feelings about ourselves. We must inject patience, compassion and understanding into this effort, or we lose the ability to fully rest our minds and our hearts.

If our mind is spinning out of control with no productive, beneficial results, then we're not resting whatsoever. Every activity leading up to rest and replenishment must be focused on just that. Through the exploration of alternative methods you will discover what works best for you. The key is to make home a renewable source of rest and rejuvenation in all aspects of your life. This is the foundation for transforming your life into a vessel that helps to transform our reality.

Unrestrained Freedom Crisis

Structure, as hampering as it can be on new progress, is critical to building upon previous progress. Unrestrained freedom can yield very destructive consequences. Finding a balance between these competing principles is a constant struggle for us.

A productive, unsuffocated daily structure requires much maintenance and discipline as well as openness and flexibility. The objective is to create a dynamic system in which to live our life. The more complicated the system, the more intensive analysis necessary to maintain it.

That is why we're focused on creating the most simple system possible within the current social structure. Any life within modern day society requires intensive analysis, no matter how simple it is. Too much structure stifles a person. Too little destroys any progress.

It is the lack of an analytical arm in our daily activities that we've been missing. Without it, we've been adrift, momentarily finding valid points. Without structure and analysis of those progressive efforts, we're blind to the potential they offer us and others. We can do this. We must only try.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Beginning Anew

Here we begin anew our drive to rid this self of ignorance.

The daily grind can overwhelm our senses and our perceptions. Keeping all the balls we've decided to juggle in motion may require an enormous amount of mental, emotional and physical resources.

My daily life has become clogged with all this empty activity. We've lost our ability to focus, to drive and to consider anyone including ourselves; we've lost everything imperative to a successful, happy life.

We restart this adventure here and now. We will explore what distracts and dissuades us from this journey. We will be firm with our effort, yet remain patient with ourselves and others as we forge forward.

May we regain our focus and our drive to be successful and happy. May we continue to open others to the true happiness that is just beneath all that they see and experience.