Why do we feel so entitled to life?

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As a collective entity if we look how we humans treat life, question then becomes to me why would we feel so entitled to our future and life?

If life is what we desire, then we should act according to that.

Many of our activities are grateful for the blessing of life and many are not.

True gratefulness would be that all our actions would be aligned with our desired state.

Yet it is in the human nature that we all cannot agree.

Our very survival is based on disagreeing. And survival of life as well.

Survival does not come without a sacrifice.

Status quo, paradise and all that would be nice. Yet it is not reality at the moment.

We need to make our values action and maybe one day the metaphorical paradise can be restored due to our sustained correct actions and efforts.

Humble and grateful should we be.

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

Is suffering a curse or blessing?

Pilviä, Taivas, Sää, Sininen, Huntu

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

Where to start?

Avaruussukkula, Raketti, Lähtö, Laukaisuun, Nasa

Everything starts somewhere. Where would you like to go? What would you like have to have?

Have you considered that your all actions are connected? All that you do either nourishes or starves your efforts to where you are going.

It’s not one or two things, is all the things.

Life is far from perfect. It’s far. Meaning that even if you know what you really need, there are few existing solutions that in a harmonious manner deliver just that.

From scarcity, abundance arises.

Scarcity is not real. It might be experienced with your current understanding as real.

Abundance arrives with understanding, creativity and power.

Creativity is power. Creativity is thinking. Creativity is ability to produce the desired results from perceived scarcity.

Creativity is magic.

Humans have the potential for this creative magic. We are magicians.

Life often and all the time provides what we want, even desire. However, when we what have wanted and desired arrives, we barely even recognize it. This happens because we may not be ready. We are not ready by ourselves, we are not ready in the moment.

Our expectations are that of immediate expectations. If something does not happen right away, we stop believing. Our wishes, become speech and they become actions. Yet it does not happen as quickly as desires and images form in our mind.

Perceived world is a world of physics. There is cause and effect causal relationship. There are physical laws and limitations. In our desires we fail to simulate this physical world with its laws and limitations, we skip that part right away to the end result and then are disappointed because world does not work the way we want it to work.

If we can remember this lesson that the world is abundant place and does actually provide generously to our needs and even to some desires, we can start to focus where our attention truly matters: making ourselves a better person.

Often times our desires are false gods. Even if we make our desires real we fail to see the consequences what are the end result of it. Some desires provide the satisfaction we seek with tremendous cost. Other desires are just pas-time fulfillment leaving even greater hole in our sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Strongest meaning to life comes from what you can contribute and give to the world, what value can you give. You can read more about giving in From Taking to Giving blog.

Learn to give more effectively what people need and you’ll have in plenty what you need.

Remember, peoples needs are individual. So are yours.

To be able to serve properly, you must start with your own life. Get your life together. Become the person who you would like to become, stop wishing for it start working towards it today.

Everything starts with you, everything starts now. Everything starts as you gain consciousness of being.

Start where you are right now, this moment.

Joy and energy 🖖

Janne

Belief Check

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Our beliefs are not necessarily based on facts or understanding, which is problematic for our and the sake of others. What are your beliefs based on?

Most of how and what we do in the world are based on our current beliefs. Therefore checking what our beliefs are based on is rather ongoing project. A good place to start is in parts of life where we are most dissatisfied with. There is probably bunch of beliefs that are not helping our cause.

I prefer checking my beliefs through writing, it’s somehow easier to objectively just question through my thoughts.

By questioning and testing beliefs happens to create a more accurate sense of the world. We may get more complete each day, yet no number of days is enough to get complete. Our quality of life is determined by our beliefs about life.

We get surprisingly lot of our beliefs from our environment. Because we are part of our environment, if we start to do the conscious work of seeing what beliefs serve us and what do not, we already improve the environment as well as our own quality of life.

Life Direction

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We have the ability to look forward, just as much we have the ability to look back or be present in the moment. Contentment of life depends quite a bit how much attention we fix on any of the states.

A year ago, I was browsing through a book of strategy at my friend’s place and there was this rough division of attention 70/20/10. 70 % in the present, 20% in the future 10% in the past. These figures have stuck with me ever since then and I think it’s rather applicable.

We feel most alive when we are doing things, and this requires us to be present most of the time and taking action.  What justifies more of the time spent on future, rather than in the past is simply that we cannot change the past, but we can create the future by taking action in the present. Therefore, it is necessary to remember a little bit more of the time what do we want to achieve and why.

Then once we have done our thing, we can sit back and reflect on what we did, how did it turn out and what did we learn from it.

Past is a place to learn and to be satisfied with the present, this line summarizes it very well: “Remember the days you prayed for the things you have now.”

Epicurus put even some more advice in to the similar thought: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

If we keep trying, it’s almost inevitable that we will succeed eventually. Our present comes therefore the utopia that we once dreamed of.

How Do You Like to Be Alone?

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We human beings are social animals. We simply cannot survive for long just by ourselves.

Yet the belonging and the other side of the belonging which is being alone is big part of our lives.

Stoics, the philosophy that concerns on how we can overcome our destructive emotions and focus on what we can control, has the concept of inner fortress. Inner fortress means preparing ourselves for what ever life will present us with.

Preparation in the present is all that we can do. It’s very closely intertwined with amor fati, the love of fate. To love what ever is right now and then work from there towards the desired goals.

What ever happens, that is the practice and preparation.

These are the thoughts I’ve lately noticed myself repeating to myself over and over again to make them instinctive. I’ve noticed that my personality is rather volatile. At parts in my life I’ve been fine being alone for extended periods of time, however then there are times I crave for company. Recently it has been so that I’ve been around so many people that I’ve forgotten how to be quiet by myself.

However, it is today that I realized it is exactly the amount happiness we have in our lives that we have no matter what the other people do. If we are happy by ourselves, in our inner citadel, that is the happiest we can be and nothing can take that away from us.

It’s the building of the inner citadel that we should put this time and then to enjoy it’s fruits. The more prepared your fortress is, the more you prepared you are for anything that the life will throw at you, the better you will be able to enjoy it, be it alone or with others.

The way you enjoy being by yourself is a good indicator thought, how well you are prepared.

Life is short, we better get ready.

When was the last time you listened to yourself, your mind, your body?

By listening here I mean just that listening if there is something to learn. Listening is different from taking action based on what you learned. Taking action based on impulse is animal behavior. Taking action based on considering all the relevant facts is considerate behavior.

We need to operate from our current state of affairs. For that we need to know in which kind of state our body and mind are. Sometimes even as adults we lack even the words to describe the feelings, states and thoughts and recognizing that is a good start.

Life is cyclical in nature. Our bodies to live through cycles and cycles within cycles.

Self-awareness helps us to be more forgiving and loving towards ourselves and others.

What Do You Do Matters

What happens to you, your circumstances they can either obstruct you or then you can accept them and work with them.

On 2014 I was living and studying in Porvoo, quite distant city from where I found a job opening that seemed like great learning opportunity for me. The thing was that I was dating this girl I really liked and then I pondered about ways to make it work. At that point wanted both things in my life and I figured out two ways to make it work, from which I chose the option to stay a bit longer in Porvoo and take the 1,5 hour commute twice a day.

The commute although long, not so troublesome, I decided to make most of it by either sleeping or reading. It was during this period in my life when I learned to read in focused manner and I adopted the habit of reading first 36 books a year. Now, I’ve read 39 books during 2018 in half a year. Reading hae become part of me through the habit that I formed during that time.

Later on relationship didn’t last, however the work and learning has turned out to be more than I had anticipated and the habit of reading had definitely supported me in that as well.

If I would’ve listened to my excuses or the terrified reactions of other while doing this or succumbed to the desire for comfort I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

Wherever you are, it’s what you do that matters. A good philosopher uses every opportunity to better oneself, because it’s within where our greatest enemy lies. Desire for comfort, fear, lust, addiction, obsession, envy, insecurity… I’ve seen it all and still do. It’s what we do with what we have that determines everything.

Example, I was falling prey for laziness and I didn’t know how or where I would write today’s blog. I’ve had plenty to do in my hands and social events I would like to be part of. How then? Well it turns out this social event wasn’t in easily accessible place and I do not want to pay for cab, therefore I end up waiting 15 minutes for a bus near my home ald doing what? Writing this very blog.

Obstacle becomes the way, world continuously provides opportunities for us to practice our virtue. It’s up to us to do.

Love is Actions; Action from Where We Learn is Growth

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Interesting and great things in life call for action, also known as work and love of that work. It’s everything from what we do, to who with we do.

Why to love?

Love is life itself, abundant, going against the law of entropy. Love takes energy, we have to give our all. However, energy what we have during our life will only increase during our lives through the action and work of loving the work and people in our life.

Energy consumed just changes form.

Once we use our energy, we build up the capacity for the energy.

The more of the energy we will use, the higher capacity for energy we will develop. In other words the more we love, the higher capacity to love we will develop.

And if we keep an open mind, we keep on learning from our endeavors we will grow. And as we will grow, we have more and more opportunities to teach others and share the love.

In this way the ideas get to ever larger audience, or reach even better those who really need it. Love and growth are deeply interconnected forces that create order and structure to life. They are what makes life exciting adventure.

With nature of love and growth are the obstacles, the entropy. Entropy is all around us. Even in us the entropy takes places. The can only retain so much of what we have learned. We are limited.

As limited we may be, but we need to consciously keep increasing our capacity to love (which equals action, which requires energy). We need to consciously put our energy to use every day for others, for ourselves.

Life rewards those who strive and in the end we all will die, and who knows what the universe has in store for us. May our atoms (and all the smaller bits) serve the universe well.