What to Do When Do Not Know What to Do?

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Stop.

Sit.

Breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Listen to your body, what it is telling you?

Listen to your mind.

Observe and let go: you are not your thoughts or your sensations.

Do not fight yourself. Acknowledge for what ever you might find. Acknowledging what ever is, is the first step to wisdom.

Be there with the flow…

Realize you are the flow.

You are not your worries.

You are not your failures.

You are not your successes.

You are the flow.

Feel.

Embrace it.

Be it.

Share it.

Have a flowful day 😊

Janne

What You Are Grateful of Will Increase

Our experience of life is where are attention is.

What could you be doing instead of judging, worrying or complaining?

You could be grateful.

You could be joyous.

You could be creative.

Mostly when we feel lack, we are creating the scarcity for ourselves. We do not see how abundant the present moment is.

Being grateful is possible when you have nothing. In fact what ever is our circumstance, we have quite a bit of control over our own focus. We can decide what to focus upon: is it what is good, is it to the opportunities or is it to the negative. It’s our choice and our power.

Where and how we focus, that will increase.

Thank you for your attention, joy and energy to your life!

Janne

About Human Thinking Capacity

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Ability to think and not act on impulse is one great feat that most of us humans are capable of.

Being able to do, does not that we are doing it all the time and in all circumstances.

Thinking as an ability can bring tremendous value to where ever you are. The value of thinking is high, yet I fail to see abundance of thinkers who can also sell their high value at a high price. Therefore great thinking often goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Yet thinking also provides intrinsic value for the one who is doing it, it gives meaning and deep satisfaction to be able to serve something greater. Purpose and meaning is often times the main reason to engage in thinking activity.

“What is most thought-provoking in these thought-provoking times, is that we are still not thinking.” — Martin Heidegger

When I read this quote by Martin Heidegger, I thought it was spot on. Then my judgmental mind turned on and thought “wait, Heidegger…” I proceeded to learn more about him in Wikipedia. I am no-one to judge.

He even wrote similar thoughts what I’ve had “Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.”

Who could say that any life is less valuable than human life? Of course there are long traditions of believing and acting otherwise. Yet, for example does long tradition of human sacrifice or slavery make it right?

These are deep questions and I am no-one to judge. This is why we need to stop and think for ourselves.

Is what I am doing is it right? What it is based on? Is it fear? Is it love?

Read Deep Work by Cal Newport, if you want to understand more deeply what value your thinking can do.

Joy and energy to you 🖖

Janne

You Are Safe: Feel Assured

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Fear of death is hard coded into us.

As representatives of lives we have survived and continue on.

You have something to give. What parts of it you can give today?

Giving is a form of love towards. It’s part of the love story that is in between life and death.

Death is stagnation.

Life is movement.

We should rather be in movement, giving to and of ourselves than stagnate and die.

Fear cripples. Breathe shortens. Hasn’t death yet won?

Every moment we have choice to either move or stagnate.

Stopping is different than stagnation. Assurance and calmness are different than fear. Yet all look surprisingly similar.

Fear creates scarcity.

Love creates abundance.

Love is connection.

Fear is disconnection.

Ambassador of which you would like to be or become?

What you feel, you’ll represent. You can choose your feeling through your breathing. If you breathe deeply you are connected to love, if your breathing is shallow and non-existent you’ll join the ranks of death.

Breathe deeply,

Janne

Decision to Breathe Removes Fear

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Life is about making better decisions.

Learning decision making is life transforming experience. It’s in all life decisions, from the foods you eat to the activities you do.

Decisions have far reaching consequences. Even more so than we can understand. Both in “good” and in “bad.”

It’s not like all of our decision and choices automatically become better and we do not ever make any mistakes again. It’s more about over time making better choices, which lead to better results.

None of us is perfect.

In the end there is no “bad” or “good”, yet there is the process of becoming wiser if not for anyone else but ourselves. In the end the greatest good comes when we serve both ourselves and the world through the best decisions we are capable of doing.

Last days and weeks have been age of hysteria and mass panic due to the COVID-19. It’s amazing how fear shifts authority and decision making away from traditional authorities. In hysteria we want to react and the reaction time is long so then someone else steps up to fill that void.

Fear based decision making and fear based life is not what I would like to witness.

Mind is powerful. Equipped with fear it can produce the results of that fear even though the actual physical thing is far away.

If you read about mass hysteria and panic in Wikipedia you can for examples of this effects. 2001 Antrax reports and reports of symptoms just because people believed in them. Or another example is resignation syndrome where the refugee children falling into coma like states after learning their families will be deported (read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_psychogenic_illness).

We are not perfect beings.

We have to live imperfect lives.

It’s either excitement of living or fear of dying. Let’s not let the fear of dying take away the excitement of the living.

Let’s work to contribute today what we can.

Let’s enjoy the contribution what we are doing.

Some days it might be more.

Some days it might be less.

As long as we are breathing, we are sufficient and thus there is hope.

We all are going to die, there is no question about that. Because life is so amazing, we should not be limited by the fear of the death.

There is nothing to fear in death. Death is part of life. Just as life is part of death. Be now more considered with living your life with all your breaths.

Take a deep breath.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Remember your every breath connects you to the whole spiral of life. Upward spiral of life.

We cannot remember where we are going, we are all part of that amazing journey.

It’s our privilege to take as many breaths as we can.

‘Fear is excitement without the breath.’ – Fritz Perls, MD, the psychiatrist and founder of Gestalt Therapy

Breath is excitement. Lack of breath is fear.

Remember to breathe and remind your loved ones to breath as well.

There is no room for fear or worry, when we breathe fully and are present.

Breathe lovingly,

Janne

Service is the Best Marketing

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Simplest and most satisfying definition for service is in Cambridge Dictionary as “provision of a public need.”

Essentially the idea of service is to understand what people need and then serving that.

Bhavad Gita (as well as many other eastern and western tradition) have this concept of selfless service. In Bhagavad Gita it’s clearly explained that it’s selfless service that no new karma is born. Selfless service is a form of practice (Karma yoga or “yoga of action”) through which you can even consider practice to lessen the burden of karma.

In a selfless form you do not even expect any results out of the service. So in a sense it is a pure way of giving and serving.

In reality of course we are not able to devote total of our time to selfless service. There are some shorter term needs and solutions to be solved, such as livelihood or today’s meal for example.

Of course as brilliant creative minds we can solve this problems in time and for everyone. These are not problems that cannot be solved or and greatly delayed. In fact for many people it has already been possible and for many more especially the delay is already quite substantial.

Marketing is not a problem, marketing wrong things in a wrong time for wrong people is a problem and waste.

In many systems there are waste, something that is unnecessary to cause the desired effects. Then there are positive examples too. People are amazing by nature as long as they keep open mind and desire to learn for the good of as many as possible (“greater good”).

Sometimes service is communication, sometimes is more subtle.

Marketing is human, because it is about understanding the needs of people in deep way in order to service them in a deeply gratifying way.


Joy and energy! 🖖

Janne

Focus on What You Can Do

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Input is the work you do. You should do work every day to make greatest contribution (read Tiny Action Towards the Greatest Contribution).

You should design your days therefore action oriented.

Action is something you, yourself can do and decide about.

It’s about the use of your time and attention within that time. Where are you going to focus your attention to? You can choose and decide where you put your attention.

Where you put your attention, grows and gets stronger.

If it’s not in the right place, wrong things will come to your life and you will feel dissatisfied.

If it’s in the right place and right things, you’ll feel deep satisfaction and sense of progress with your life. Even if the actual outcome is still far ahead.

We are not our outcomes. We must understand that outcomes are shaped by small frequent actions piled on top of each other.

At best there are even many tiny, frequent actions working in harmony (other people), towards the similar purpose or goal. This is what I call the harmony of virtues.

What actions today, would bring about the greatest contribution to others?

Where is your attention?

Where do you spend your time?

How do you measure the actions within that time?

What you measure, can grow stronger. What you measure can be improved.

Measuring gives you feedback. If you do not measure it, it’s not clear enough. Measuring is a key.

Effects usually are seen in single metrics such as sales or cash flow. Yet those metrics are outcomes of actions.

When measuring the actual doing, there needs to be taken account both volume of action and the quality of action. This contradiction is hard to grasp. There are people who vouch loudly for volume or the quality. Yet both can be true at the same time. What times of benefits would the increase of volume and quality bring?

Everything has to start with the volume. Passivity has to be transformed into action (volume and frequency of doing), before it can be transformed into harmonious action (quality).

Keep your focus in the present. Do not cling to past. Do not cling on what other people are doing.

What matters is your virtue in the present. As Jordan B. Peterson puts it: what is the smallest thing you could do that you would do?

Do those tiny things that you do as well as you can. That’s your effort, that’s your energy, that’s your contribution and a gift for the world.

Tiny Action Towards the Greatest Contribution

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Taking action and making yourself to move towards your purpose is more important than the results of your actions.

Bhagavad Gita says this about energy: it must be first changed from passive to action, before it can be transformed into harmonious action.

Any movement is better than standing still.

Having written this, instantly my moral philosopher hat on my head I feel contradicted.

In my mind some action is better left undone in the sense of the total good. Yet action over passivity is right in most cases, we just need to recognize the limit. There is also this phenomenon called illusion of action.

Action is the first answer, not the only answer.

Taking more of the right actions is the key. And to take right action means to stop the wrong actions.

More and more of the right actions.

Daniel Pink had a short interview of Tom Rath in Pinkcast about the Life’s Great Question book. Tom Rath advises there to focus on the greatest contribution instead of passion. Greatest contribution is a clue towards the right action.

At the moment for me getting the book published is the greatest contribution I can make. I feel that writing the book was easy, now I am totally in my uncomfort zone with actual steps towards making the publication happen. Yet I’ve made decision and commitment to small incremental action every day to make it happen. Sometimes it might be more, sometimes less. I am making small progress every day that’s what matters.

In the same time as I am making small progress everyday and I am satisfied with that I am also able to keep what I most value in my life which is the habit of writing. Writing is the habit which I wouldn’t want to give up and after finishing my book I had a little bit over a month where I did not write every day. Then I realized writing is something I must do. I’ll figure out everything else in tiny bits and keep on doing the writing because writing is my creative medium which allows me to contribute the most.

At the same time I realize mere writing is not enough at this point and I need to get these writings published as well in order to continue growing as writer and in order to contribute more to the world.

You can do this as well. Understand your strengths, understand in what direction your greatest contribution is and take action towards that, every day. No compromises. You develop your greatest strengths in the direction what the world values and needs most. Both of these things may change shape during the journey and that is okay. By doing this, you’ll take a step by step. Always keeping on taking the step and you’ll see that the steps you’ve taken will form a path. Eventually a road. Travelling will become so much more easier. You’ll become the path, you’ll become what you’ve been doing, and you’ve become great at it because of the effort.

Joy and energy to your life 😊

Janne, writing and scribing on an apartment floor because writing is what I must do

Nature of being

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Nature of life is upward rhythm.

Nature of rhythm is space.

Nature of space is change.

Nature of change is being.

 

Change is absurd, how can any thing change if there can be only a moment?

Being in one, would be that the other one either has been or is becoming.

Becoming is something so incremental that to perceive is late.

 

Being is becoming, either conscious or unconscious. We are beings of becoming. We become the best we can when we are fully in the moment, we give our full attention what deserves our full attention.

Our attention is a tool to become what we are most capable of becoming. Of being, what we are most capable of being.

We can choose it in each moment.

To be what we are meant to be. It’s never to early, never too late. Because there is only one moment, where our attention brings our potential to the fullest and it’s now.

 

Delightful present moment!

JAnne

Is suffering a curse or blessing?

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Buddha taught us four noble truths. That there is suffering, what is the cause, that there is a way to stop it and the actual way.

Buddha also advised not to take this advise at a face value, but to through own experience realize what he had realized.

Attachment is easy. Attachment is the illusion that something, outside of us can make us whole.

We desire and crave for the sense of wholeness. We want to belong so bad, that we forget something. We forget our own power.

We forget that we are an avatar (image) of almighty creator as bible puts it.

In more scientific sense we are so far the ultimate tool builders, who exceed any other species known to us. We are able to create intelligence, that can operate on it’s own.

Life as an occurrence is an interesting, what does separate life from death? Movement. Life has movement, rhythm. Some sounds extend longer than others, many sounds can be play at the same time. It’s a brilliant concerto.

Yet we fail to see it.

Yet we fail to hear it.

Yet we fail to experience it.

Because we are too attached. Our minds are not present.

Our minds are not focused to what matters. We fail to be all that we could be, because we forget who we are.

We are so much. We are great.

It takes great silence to remember that.

You are not your job.

You are not your children.

You are not your family.

At times you can be, yet it’s not all you are. Remember, you are you. You are not separate, but part of all of this at a moment at a time.

Moment by moment.

You are so incredible: able to be so many things in sequence. Yet you get attached to a one thing or an another and thus failing to be present in the moment.

You’ll already know what you need to do? Can you accept that truth? Do you have the courage to do what you know you must do? Do you have the love the do what is right even despite you might not feel it?

What you have is what you think of it. If you think it is curse, then it is. If you think it is a blessing, that’s what it is 😊

Love and wisdom to you and to all your days! 🖖

Janne