Archive for November 9, 2012
Landscape photographs by Zsolt Zsigmond. He is a Hungary based photographer. His work is really amazing and no words to express it. When I saw these photographs it was fantastic and very impressive. So I thought to share these kind incredibly fantastic photographs with you all. When you look at these photographs you may get stunned by work he dose. The landscapes are really mind-blowing. The photographs of flowers are awesome. Each photograph has some tremendous power in it; especially the photograph of sky, no words to express his work.
One of my devoted practices is to make regular gratitude lists. I aim for every day. Lately I’ve gotten a couple of notes, both from strangers and friends, saying this jotting down of thanks helps them. It’s certainly not news–people have been counting their blessings since the first breath, I imagine. But here are some reasons you might want to add it to your handful of spiritual supplements. You could reduce your stress and improve your overall health.
Looking at the positive, trains your brain to see the good things as much as you do the not-so-good. You can see the genuinely positive elements in negative experiences without being in denial or absolute optimism. Some say that “like attracts like”–and when you see your life as generally good, more good will come to you. Appreciative people are more popular than complaining, negative people. You can shift your mood from hopeless to hopeful; grateful people are happier, less fearful and depressed and more optimistic. You can realize you have enough, now–making you less easily threatened, more fulfilled, and more generous.
You’ll inspire other people to count their blessings, thereby spreading happiness in the world. When you are filled with gratitude it’s much harder to see yourself as a victim and much easier to be full of happiness and pride. Your love-light will shine a bit brighter and we need more love-light–especially yours.
It’s easy to get down on yourself every once in awhile. Maybe your career is not going the way you expected it, your relationship is struggling or you’re just feeling stuck in your life. Confused about what to do with your life? Feel stuck about what steps in your career you need to take next? You already have all the answers in you. You might just need to go out there and find it. Start paying attention to everything around you. When you are in your car, turn off your radio. When you are at home, turn off your TV and computer. Sit in silence and begin to ask the questions you have in your mind. Become your own private investigator and begin putting a microscope over your life.
Keep a diary. Write your questions with your dominant hand and answer them with your non-dominant hand. Instead of going outside to find the answers, from friends, authority figures or family members, start to flex your intuitive muscle by taking notice of everything going on around you. You will start to see the answers you’re looking for inside yourself. So you’re not where you want to be right at this moment. But envisioning your dream job seems like too much of a leap. To get from where you are to where you want to be, you don’t have to do big to think big. In fact, stepping too far outside your comfort zone may make you want to crawl in and hide forever; instead take turtle steps. Turtle steps are the smallest infinitesimal step that someone can take that doesn’t shake them to their core.
Want a career as a freelance writer, but quitting your day job seems too scary to do? Don’t quit. But use your free time to research about others who made the leap from full-time to freelance. If you reach a point in your life when you feel like, “you’ve bit off more than you can chew” or you feel stuck, burnt out, or blocked in your life, try this. Fill in the black with what automatically comes to your mind. What you answer could provide insight into what’s blocking you in life. Filling in the blank bypasses our preconceived notions and limiting beliefs by answering in a subconscious way. Like a snow globe, sometimes we need to shake things up a bit to give us a beautiful new perspective. Trying these strategies may help you open up to change in breaking your limited beliefs.
Dualism is how we explain Reality – Monism is how we experience Reality – Neomonism is the recognition that a logical paradox is not an existential reality. The Way has no boundaries; words do not have constant meanings. But because people want to say, ‘this is’, boundaries were created. Let me tell you about these boundaries. There is left and right; there are theories and debates; there are divisions and disagreements; there are victories and defeats. The wise person does not deny these boundaries, but pays no attention to them. Non-dualism has fascinated me since I was introduced to the academic study of philosophy. One of the first issues we studied in the Introductory Class was that of whether Rationality or Intuition was the source of true knowledge. It struck me almost immediately the answer depended on the context. When one is communicating in the language of the mind, rationalism holds, and when one is communicating in the language of the heart, intuition holds. The language of the mind can be thought of as Yang and the language of the heart as Yin in the Tao we call Mind. It is not the case that we have a rational mind and an intuitive mind working side by side, no matter what it looks like it is doing.
My main objection to the Non-dualistic approach is over the use of the term “illusion” The term is commonly taken under the connotation of false, which leads to a negative attitude about physicality. I prefer the term “allusion’, taken under the connotation of a ‘pointer at a deeper truth’. The sides of an apparent duality are allusions that point to a deeper truth. Reality is not ‘this’. Reality is not ‘that’. Reality gives rise to ‘this’ and ‘that’ and is neither, in and of itself. Our calling metaphysical truth “Deeper Truths” makes a lot of sense when viewed this way.
Our hassles in discussing the apparent dualism arise from a condition I call limerence, but it is called Monism, an assumption that one or the other side of an issue is the truth. I submit this is a mistaken approach because we confuse the oneness of mathematics with the oneness of metaphysics. Consciousness is neither rational nor intuitive it is a rational intuitive unity that is harmonious. It is neither Mind nor Body; consider the Taiji; neither Yin nor Yang that comprise the entire image. This either/or stuff is linguistic, not existential.
Compounding the issue with limerence is our campfire story of the metaphysical as beyond the physical. This is only part of the campfire story for at the same time, the metaphysical is within the physical. To have an ‘outside’, one has to have an ‘inside’, and the Divine Oneness is neither exclusively. Outside and Inside are linguistic conventions that have no more reality than ‘this’ and ‘that’. Thinking along the terms ‘outside’ is a consequence of the language of the mind while thinking along the lines of ‘inside’ is from utilizing the language of the heart. A coin is one of the best examples; we do not have a thing called tails sitting next to a thing called heads; what we have is a tails/heads unity. It is from that unity the coin becomes valuable; we could not spend them in the marketplace if we were to file off one side of the coin.
In the language of the mind, gravity is the reason water flows downhill while in the language of the heart; it can be said it is the nature of water to flow downhill. We need to get away from the idea that one or the other campfire story is the truth, because it depends on the context of your discussion as to which language you are using. Neither language, in and of itself, is The Truth, at most it is partial truth.
Keep in mind that the languages are harmonious compliments rather than the conflicting opposites we are taught. Problems arise when we take our campfire stories as absolute rather than relative truth. We are not in possession of infinite knowledge therefore we should not make the claim “This is it.” While the campfire story told in the language of the mind has much validity, there are aspects of reality it ignores in order to make things fit. The same can be said about the campfire story told in the language of the heart.
Find the middle ground where they have commonalities, allowing one to shed light on the other. Drop your clinging to the idea of Oneness in a mathematical context. Reality is neither Material nor Spiritual in essence; it is a from which Material and Spiritual arise. It is this that non-dualistic philosophy refers to as it points a finger at the Moon.