Bathing daily, eating daily, sleeping daily. Daily is the greatest gift we have to change our lives. Just by changing what we do a little each day means we can change the course of our lives over a life time. Yoga daily, meditation daily, fresh healthy foods daily, positive uplifting people, conversations, events, circumstances, daily. These steer the way to what ever life you want. Do it today.
Focus, concentration, endeavour, planning. All of these things are needed to reach any height, obtain any position different to where you are currently.
Realize that anyone who has anything in this life has obtained it through some effort of some kind. Even in supreme creation, what I call creating from a purely meditative state, takes training, discipline and attention to obtain the necessary state of mind.
Everyone has put in some form of effort somewhere, and where they are is defined by the effort they contributed. This is a good reminder.
Because of how reality works, and because of how our mind works with reality – a synthesizer of reality, of matter – what you put your attention on, what you thoughts comprise of, really, really matters. It really does.
Remember it’s like this: thoughts first, matter second: thoughts matter.
People see only that which they desire and they project their desire ~ OSHO
The best learning is in the field; “on the job”, “through the school of hard knocks”. Getting getting lots and lots of “Nos” is how you work out what is right. The more Nos, the more you learn. This is how nature learns. Go watch it. Watch a vine climbing a fence. It’s kind of funny actually: this is the opposite to how we are taught formally. We are taught to “do it THIS way”, and formally we spend lots and lots of time learning one thing, one skill. If there is one little variation in the reality of our subject, then that learning becomes the WRONG way – it simply will not work. And no skill has been built to see that it IS the wrong way. Even worse, it is wrong to even admit wrong! You have to learn this yourself, the “hard way”, informally. There is only built in you the expectation that it is the right way. What a recipe for disillusionment! Better to start with little knowledge and build a successful path through many, many “Nos”… This is the life.
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
Just pretend you don’t know how hard it is.
Hold your ideas up to the light.
Make a date to do something you’re scared of doing.
Sit under the stars or on the edge of the ocean.
Spend time with someone who believes in you.
Or with someone you believe in.
Make a list of everything you would do if you were guaranteed success.
Walk under old trees.
Take “can’t”’ out of your vocabulary.
Risks are worth taking.
Mistakes are worth making.
Take a deep breath.
Plant a seed.
It will grow.
I met Kevin Rudd once a couple of years ago before he was the Prime Minister of Australia. It was at a local restaurant in his electorate in Brisbane. He’s a sharp chap. Clean dress. Quick mind. Academic type. I like him. We spoke about general things and he asked me how many jobs my company would give. I said about 30, but I was thinking to myself, “I’m planning to have the manufacturing done in either Malaysia or Singapore. It’s much better there: lower costs, higher quality. The headquarters I’ll be moving to the US just as soon as I can. That’s where the market is”. But this didn’t need saying. It was a pleasant exchange. He knows what he is doing and the woes of Australian manufacturing industry is for another time, Insha Allah.
I’ve been thinking about what he was most concerned and interested about in our conversation: jobs. “How many jobs will I give?” Why? Why the focus on jobs, on money, on being busy? Well there are two reasons that I have worked out. One is cynical and other one is naïve.
The naïve view:
That people need to be busy to have a “satisfactory” life. Really? Working 40 hours a week doing something you don’t really have a say in, or doing the same repetitive task over and over? Computers and robots can replace most jobs in the world now, and they will eventually – in manufacturing they already have. So who wants a job where they’re just a robot? No one.
The cynical view:
The present western system of social infrastructure (i.e. Government and the services provided) relies on taxes to exist – contributions from the people in the society served by the Government. Tax on income (income tax) and tax on things you buy (sales tax) give all the funds needed to pay for the roads; the health care; the education and the entertainment. Sell a few bonds to cover the difference when it’s needed. Tax comes from peoples’ pay. Pay comes from their jobs. They pay their income tax before they get paid. They pay their sales tax when they spend their pay. So people need a job to keep the government going. Simple really. Why is this cynical? Because a “job” is no longer a “nice” thing, and a “government” is no longer efficient at providing what it’s supposed to give. It’s a very expensive service. Health care in the UK anyone? Legal support in the US my friend? Roads and communication systems in outback Australia?
So where does Kevin Rudd get his view-point from? Being cynical again, “Jobs” is easy to sell to get votes. “Job” is only a three-letter word. It’s easy to explain. It’s security for you and your family: if you don’t work you don’t eat; if you don’t eat you don’t shit, if you don’t shit you die!! So: get a job or die!!! Everything is set up for this: our education system, our financial system, our employment system. Everything.
A Job “works” in our current society. It’s the basic fundamental unit that makes everything function. Get more jobs, and everything will be all right.
However that only applies if you have an infinite amount of everything to consume, to make, to be busy in a “job” with! We don’t. We’re reminded every day about how small this little planet of ours actually is. Global warming, water pollution, land pollution, overcrowding, slums, dying soils, E.coli deaths from hamburgers, anti-biotic resistant bacteria – super bugs, mad cow diseases from feeding cows dead chickens… and so on and so on… This is what has been created: the consuming, un-conscious monster, stemming mainly in the US in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, mainly to provide more jobs, mainly to provide more taxes, for more Government! More, more, more. More profit, more food, more cars. More everything. But is this still working?
The average American – the average westerner – consumes about 90 kg of meat each year. Such a high meat consumption is way above what a human body needs and leads to all sorts of long-term social health issues (besides being overweight, there’s slow bowel movements leading to bowel cancers, transferring diseases from animals to humans and I don’t want to go on).
If the average western person simply halved their meat intake, all the current overproduction, animal mistreatment, pesticide pollution, over subsidization and everything else associated with this industry would stop. Over night….. So why doesn’t it? The need for more, more, more, and the program we have in us that drives this. Besides, what about all those “jobs” What will people do??? :o)
To pay for government you need taxes, for taxes you need jobs, for jobs you need business, for business you need consumers… So the western economic system, lead by America, has become the best consumer-job-tax-government model in the world. Around and around and around we go! What a ride! Stop I’m getting dizzy and want to get off!
It’s a dangerous little trap we have caught ourselves up in.
The irony of it all: mediation, the key to a fulfilling, happy life, takes almost zero resources to carry out. That’s the Universe laughing at us!
“JOB” ends up being a pretty dangerous little word.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t worry about this stuff. I just ponder it, working out how it all works. How we work. We, people, will always do what we have always done: our own thing. So, don’t stress. Just become aware, conscious – really conscious – of what you are doing and you can decide if you want to keep doing it or not.
Oh, yeah, and the solution to all of this is two 2 things. The first is to pay for government budgets entirely with tax on company revenues (not profit, revenue) and hence cancel all personal and sales tax. This will put the soul back into the company, and give people the freedom to grow and expand as they wish, as we have always done. The second thing is to create democratic, participation workplaces. This makes your job a nice thing to do. Train people in what this means, at school, in companies. Everywhere. (BMW and GE already do it)
Friday, January 12, 2007, 7:51 am, a man stood at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.
During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that about one thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.
When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100. This is a real story.
Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.
The outlines were:
In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour –
Do we perceive beauty?
Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
Helping me to remember: Become conscious. Meditate. Be with God.
…to not give any unwanted thing much attention. When it does’t feel good – turn your attention someplace else.