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

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

In awe of your creative abilities

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Where is the greatness but in you?

Life as an experience is miracle if we look at the odds.

Then at our present we may not feel that way. Feeling certain way is, because of the evolutionary advantages of conserving strength among other reasons and complexities.

Life is a result of complex process. At least it is complex in comparison what our conscious mind is at times able to handle. At our best even our conscious mind is a miracle. However, hungry, exhausted, stressed and worried? Not quite so.

It takes another almost miracle to create environment where we are at our best. To create that we need other people who understand this.

Of course societies at large are becoming better and better at this, despite of everything. That’s why there is over 7 billion of us today,  more than ever before.

It is illusion that work is over. There is plenty of work for those of us willing to pick up slice of that responsibility which does not belong to them.

To solve problems which have not yet been clearly defined, requires wide range of different skills and above all the one elusive quality that makes us human: creativity.

Creativity is awesome.

What will you create today and how will you share it?

Creativity does not have to wait until tomorrow.

Creativity does not call for perfection.

You might start as a child like level, however do not be embarrassed of that. Think of Picasso, who tried lifetime to reach that state again. That is the cycle, irony and cosmic joke of life. We are afraid to begin, yet once we have got up to a speed we desire to return to that state. And it might take decades of masterful effort to be able to call oneself beginner again.

In order to figure out your strengths and creative tendencies, think of something that interests you. Start doing it with low barrier and commit to it for thousand repetitions. Do not judge yourself until you have thousand repetitions behind you. Then start to ask yourself if this is something you would like to continue in longer term.

Committing to something for thousand repetitions is under three years if you do it daily. It might seem like a lot, or a few, depending on your perspective. How about just be present and do something today?

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Have an awesome day!

Janne

Be What You Can Be

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As human beings, we are both similar and different. Belonging is our basic need, so is being different, unique, ourselves! When both of these needs are being fulfilled, we can start to make most of what we can be.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” ― P.T. Barnum

The latter need, of being unique is takes virtues such as courage. Rejection at point or another is inevitable.

What you experience, makes you stronger.

If you are willing to listen and learn from it, you’ll become wiser.

You will not be like everyone else, you’ll be different, and you will make a difference.

Observe and reflect, write your thoughts, feelings and experiences down. They will lift you up one day.

A lot of what you can be is determined by who do you lift up. We are not in this life alone, we are looking to belong to something greater than ourselves.

See the potential for good in others and treat them better than they deserve. Eventually you will find that it’s those people that will help you to become what you can be at your best.

Love What You Have

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Loving the present moment makes life magical.

No more clinging to the past.

No more desiring for the future.

Focusing and enjoying the present releases energy to be happy. When we are happy we tend to be more cheerful and creative. This translates to productivity and social likability as well.

We can work from the present to increase the odds of good things happening in the future. However whatever happens, our life experience is limited to the present.

Loving what you have is easier said than done. Personally I find it easy to accept present and love it after 16th Karmapa meditation.

Three Thoughts About Happiness

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Happiness sounds good and it’s part of the story of the many. The stories what happiness is and how it can be achieved vary a lot.

  • “Perhaps happiness is synchronising one’s personal delusions of meaning with the prevailing collective delusions.” Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

At times I think happiness is a collective delusion about how things are, so Harari has put it very well as words.

  • “Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.” Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Ability to delay gratification and making that habit can lead to a similar that like that of squirrel who stashes nuts, forgets about them and then rejoices of its findings. Meaningful things take time and that’s why they require delayed gratification.

  • “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

Stopping the wanting never stops until we stop it. I think finding happiness and contentment in the present helps one to delay gratification.


Happiness is experience and experiences happen in the present moment. All of the thoughts above affect to the present moment, so therefore these and many other paths are open to those who want to experience more happiness. Good to remember that in the core of the experience is being present.

Have a great evening!

Janne

Finding What’s Really Important

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Past is past, we should accept that and move on.

Future has yet to come, we shouldn’t worry about it too much.

What we are left with is the present. Using the present moment in smart ways to do important things is the one key skill that we need in life. We need to have the capacity i.e. courage and social skills to have the difficult discussions for example.

Time flows. Experience is of the time is relative. We if we feel pleasure our focus is in that and the flow of time seems quicker. If we feel pain the experience of time slows down.

It’s our abilities to identify the critically important things, in smaller and smaller chunks and then do that which is most important and get that done that makes our time spent feel very meaningful.

In fact it doesn’t involve a lot of work, but a lot of prioritization skill. Also with prioritization it’s very easy to think that doing this or that. However, have you ever considered are these the actual tasks that need to be done? Skillful people learn to recognize and break down the tasks that actually need to be done, instead of just looking and retaining the status quo, they challenge it completely.

Often the tasks that are at hand can be broken down into further tasks that are actually important.

Do What Makes You Better

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Living things go upstream, while dead things flow with the stream.

What makes life fun is the learning and progress. Sometimes these take time and frustration takes over first. Learning happens often in breakthroughs and come with emotional cost.

I’ve felt this frustration lately and I haven’t been able to pinpoint it. I’ve reached saturation point in my interest to absorb new ideas and at the same time to refresh myself with the old ones. This is feeling and just my experience. Probably this is not even true: I probably could get interested about yet many things and I still learn a lot.

Yet at this point I’ve accepted the feeling that every now and then I do not have interest for such things. Instead of finding something new or getting excited about the old I’ve been meditating a lot lately and I’ve tried to pinpoint the thing that I need or should focus on at the moment. Yet I’ve not found the thing, however I’ve had some breakthrough thoughts.

Such as the title: Finding the stuff to do what makes my life better.

Yesterday I was pondering what would my life look like if I were the hero of my life.

What would you be if you could be the best you?

Identity is the greatest leverage and we should think therefore carefully who we are and what kind of things we want to further during our lives.

We Have All That We Have

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We do not have anything more than the present. We do not have our past and certainly not our future.

Suffering is created by clinging either to the past or the future.

If we go to past or the future we are distancing ourselves from the present. This in turn creates a vicious cycle of suffering, because if we are going to past or the future, we will lose present again.

All that we have is now, the present. Present includes everything. Buddha understood this very well and he also understood about the thinking and action which leads to these results.

In addition to the present, our present mindfulness or our thinking is all that we have. In fact we are not our thinking, because we can observe our thinking. Yet only few of us consciously exercise this human superpower called ‘thinking critically what we are thinking.’

We shouldn’t let our thinking taint our present experience, because present is all that we have. We should come to accept what we have and be happy with that 🙂

15 Thought Provoking Quotes and Book Recommendations

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Line taken from its original context may be surprisingly curiosity arousing, thought provoking or even misleading. Fifteen lines from some of my favorite books:

  1. Sugar is cancer” – Tom Rath, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
  2. Everybody is in sales.” – Daniel Pink, To Sell Is Human
  3. Everybody works on straight commission.” – Brian Tracy, The Science of Money: How to Increase Your Income and Become Wealthy
  4. There are leaders and there are those who lead.” – Simon Sinek, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
  5. Ask no more or less of anyone than you would of your own child.” – Bob Chapman,  Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
  6. What if optimism is a learned skill, one that can be permanently acquired?” – Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
  7. Spend your free time the way you like , not the way you think you’re supposed to .” – Susan Cain Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  8. There’s a common belief that creativity flourishes when criticism is withheld, but this turns out to be false.” – Adam Grant, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
  9. You can’t extinguish a bad habit , you can only change it.” Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  10. Once a person stops searching for information and self-knowledge, ignorance sets in” –  Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not!
  11. We give too many fucks when our coworkers don’t bother asking us about our awesome weekend.” – Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  12. Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship in your life.” – Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
  13. One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  14. People often experience big breakthroughs… and then find a way to avoid relishing their achievement.” – Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
  15. Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people.” – Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future