Have You Found Your Passion?

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What is passion? From people I have discussed with, we have found that passion is surrounded by a creation of boundless energy. This energy comes from seemingly nowhere, yet it rejuvenates the soul!

We all know that eating, drinking and exercising can promote energy and that these present themselves through the body, but what of passion?

Passion must then come from the mind! I hope you would agree with me when I say that passion is not energy created from the body, but from the mind. This has been talked about in many places online and I believe this as through my personal discoveries.

So I ask you again, what rejuvenates your mind, soul and spirit?

People ALWAYS told me to ‘find my passion’ and I tried very hard to search for it… I would ask them what it should feel like and they wouldn’t be able to articulate it, they would just say “you’ll know”. This was not very helpful but I now understand where they are coming from!

Passion is rejuvenation, yes, you should “know when it happens”, yes, but what does it feel like?

Passion feels like a soul that is complete. When a passion is undertaken, time should not matter. A passion eliminates any other concerns of the mind; it makes stress and worries the ghosts of a distant past.

It’s like riding the biggest wave like a pro; it’s like climbing Mount Everest without exerting any effort; it’s like never studying and getting 100% on everything. It’s the effortless reward.

Finding that energizing activity does not happen overnight, but whether you know it or not, you have probably dived into that great sea of effortless. The trick is to realize you’re swimming and make sure you don’t go back onto dry land, where energy is drained from the soul.

I’ll give you the first time I realized Philosophy was my calling. My friend wanted me to go to the bar with him at 11 PM; I was considering it until I remembered the groups I was going to start in college. I started speaking to myself imagining the questions people would ask me as I was presenting the idea to them about the club (ironically Philosophy club). I decided to tell my friend I wasn’t going to go with him. Instead, I spent TWO HOURS talking to imaginary people about the club and my passion of philosophy. After the two hours, at 1 AM, I was still not tired. I was actually feeling extremely ALIVE. THAT was the moment I realized I had found my Passion.

Can you find your effortless Mount Everest?

It’s in the Stars

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Last night, I was halted in my tracks; I was stopped dead.

It was a typical, cloudy day in Alberta and night was upon me as I went on a sugar-craved Slushie run. After I left the convenient store, I crossed the nearest street and then was on a narrow path back to my house, then I looked up.

Dead center in my view was the big dipper. I stopped thinking. I stopped breathing. There were no clouds blocking those stars. The clouds were blocking out much of the sky and yet I had the perfect view of the dipper.

I was in complete awe of this beauty for many seconds. Something so far away and yet still so beautiful. So perfectly lined up for my appreciation and entertainment.

And I think to myself: How can people look at the stars and still wage war and chaos?

We are part of a gigantic cycle. Everything organic lives and dies. Trillions of cycles constantly fading in and out of existence, and yet only man tries to create his own warped destinies.

I’m all for self-control but how can a human see the stars and not think “I’m part of something much larger than myself” or “Everything is so spectacularly unique, why do I thrust my own ego and pride so greatly?”

The woes of the adult human are great, but in consideration of the universe, we are but a spec of dust. Why spend time concerning ourselves with the evils (ego, control, power, hatred,) when we have been blessed with the opportunity for such powerful happiness?

 

 

Displacement Heartache

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My mother has always held high hopes for the future and in the past, that meant travelling around Canada to find new opportunities for herself. I have realized I am the same way now; I move around quite frequently looking for the next adventure.

But this time it’s different.

I moved from Vancouver to a place in Alberta recently and for the first three nights, my heart ached with pain. I had not felt this pain when I moved before, or at least I do not remember it. The pain felt as if it was an infection seeping into all my organs and like churning butter, it would vibrate around my mid-section.

I thought to myself how devastating this must be for young children who lose their homes. How painful to the emotional soul it is to lose home, friends and sentimental places. How painful to know nothing of the new place for days, weeks, or months.

Vancouver was my home… I had a VERY cozy place there. But now I am displaced to a new house which surely isn’t as nice, but fits my future better. But the body does not care for the benefits of the future, it only cares for the present. My body was telling me this was a very, very bad call.

Even now, if I reflect back to my old place, my body starts to feel these churning emotions.

Fear. Loneliness. Regret.

So powerful.

And how powerful can they be in one’s life if not aware of them. I imagine how scarred kids must be from this sort of change. I wonder how many people have went through this and ran from their feelings. I wonder who denies their freedom from the fear. And I wonder what are the best ways to prevent this pain from these new paths.

Destroying Bad Tendencies with a BAD Video

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As I arrived home late on this fine evening in Alberta, it struck me that I had to create a video today to post on YouTube. I HAD to post one because it was in my daily planner (which i REALLY try not to disobey) and I had told a friend about my video obligation…

I set up a waxpaper backdrop to cover the view of my basement but it did not go as planned. There was still much of the basement viewable and WORSE of all the lighting made me look like two-face.

I almost gave up on the video for the night, BUT then I realized my past times that I had halted occurrences because of “flaws” that I would point out. My perfectionist tendencies ALWAYS made me second guess anything that was out of order and organization. I would even be visibly upset if I got anything under 90% in school. My expectations on myself were out of control and I still work to get over the issues of them.

I HAD AN ‘AHA’ MOMENT.

Why not just post a terrible video?

I preach to myself to have less shame and anxiety about things, so why not follow through on it! I also could complete a video for the day and not feel like crap ignoring my daily planner!!!

No Shame Success!

The Video In Question:

http://youtu.be/iZOS5YpYLtQ

It is terrible BUT like every situation I go into, I’m will find the positives. So yeah, if you did watch the video, I’m sorry for its terribleness but hey, I will improve!

I’m just getting started.

Don’t Fear the Questions

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I’ve recently completed a book called Socrates Café by Christopher Phillips. If you don’t know of Socrates already, he is a Greek philosopher of past. He is the center player in the Socratic Method which aims to create answers by asking loads of questions. That being said, the author goes on a journey with hundreds of people to ask questions and continually improve their understanding of concepts and their perceptions about things ranging from food to love.

The author makes a very understandable point that everyone can learn from the Socratic Method of questioning. More important than just asking questions, is defining terms and asking the right questions.

For example: You could ask yourself “what is the meaning of life” but this is a very loaded question that doesn’t have much personal use. The more appropriate way to approach this question for individual benefit would be “How should I give my life meaning”. These simple adjustments in wording and perception of problems is what Mr. Phillips displays very powerful in his book.

It’s a true journey into our souls and to understanding the universe within our minds. Some people would argue that we are insignificant creatures in the scheme of the universe but this isn’t true. Our minds are so advanced that even for the best philosophers, it takes decades for them to understand themselves, if ever they do. We have our own HUGE universe within our grasp and I would say the only ‘insignificant creatures’ are the ones who don’t try to explore their universes.

In the book, he questions all of the primary methods:

  • What is the question?
  • Where am I?
  • Whom do you need?
  • What’s it all about?
  • Why ask why?

These may seem very general and I assure you that in the chapters of this 200 page book, he contemplates far more specifically with his Socrates Café friends.

After reading this, it has only solidified my views on how I should operate. The world is gigantic with so much experience and knowledge to be had and it’s a shame to block things out of fear and ignorance. It’s a far more daunting task to explore the inner universe with its goods and evils, yet I think for a rich life, it must be done to find enlightenment. I don’t think you can really enjoy life if you don’t enjoy yourself first.

Why do most people quit questioning things like a child would, full of wonder? It seems that we are scared of questions and of curiosity that could lead to pain, but I’d argue life is about understanding and benefiting from every experience whether good or bad.

If out of these rambles you take anything, take “No fear will confine me” because it’s a shame for anyone to put themselves in their own mental prison.

Ridiculous In Pink

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Yesterday it was raining too hard to go without an umbrella. I went back into my place and found only one umbrella there. A bright pink Victoria’s Secret umbrella. My friend had taken my blue one and left her pink one!

I was left standing in the porch area of my place deciding what I should do. My mind was initially like “Can i be seen with this umbrella?” and “This is going to be so embarrassing”… I almost wanted to just walk in the rain!

But I said screw it and went with the neon pink umbrella. I owned that umbrella. And I, of course, got some interesting looks and smirks but looking it over:

Why is it such a big deal?

Its a color. A pink umbrella. When you take the perceptions out of it, its just an umbrella. That’s it.

It amazes me how we categorize so many things, especially something so basic as color… All I know for sure is that yesterday was a great day and I got my errands done. From now on:

If people want to judge something, I’m going to let them. But I will not give so much thought to something that does not deserve my focus.

Want to Quit Smoking?

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Smoking is the epitome of impulsiveness. The brain decides its time for a smoke and the mind quickly follows suit and thus, a person smokes. This is so hard to stop because the brain has a certain influence over how we act. This relates closely to how men often stare at pretty women. Its not necessarily a conscious act, it’s pure instinct and impulse brought on by the brain’s basic logic.

So what can we do to stop this impulsive behavior?

One proven method, experimented by Stony Brook University, is that smokers commit to recording every smoke they have during a day. Its simple, write down in a notebook or your phone, every time you smoke during a day. That’s the first step.

How does this stop the impulse to smoke?

For one, having to put the information down will seem like a chore. This ‘pain’ will start becoming related to smoking, thus making smoking less desirable to the brain.

The next step is to commit to smoking the exact same amount every day after you have recorded on day 1. How does this stop the impulse to smoke you may ask?

Impulsiveness and long-term views are inversely related. When one is impulsive, long-term consequences are typically ignored. When one becomes long-term oriented however, impulsiveness decreases! When committing to smoking the exact same amount, the brain will also consider this a chore.

The most effective way to get over impulsive acts is to make them into chores and have negative stimuli. Having the stimuli related to smoking such as recording the smoking time and following a schedule are two chores that the brain does not want on its impulsive level.

This will ultimately lead to the mind being in control. You may smoke when desiring it for yourself but the instinct to smoke will slowly go away due to the long-term view you have adopted with the chores!

Try it, commit to the recordings and scheduled smokes, and you will start to find you get sick of smoking at the level you currently are.

Author’s Experience: I was being very lazy. My brain was telling me to sit around and do nothing but look on my phone, etc (impulsive, easy acts) for hours on end… So I followed this method and recorded every aspect of my day for three days. On the second day, I was so sick of recording and seeing the time I sat around, that I started to do more productive things than sitting around! Now whenever I just sit around, its never for very long because I remember the huge annoyance that writing my whole schedule was! This method works, people!

THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT :

The brain is not necessarily against our success, it is only wired for the easiest paths of existence. Making the ‘easy’ paths become an annoyance or chore will always lead to the beneficial paths being more valued by our brain.

Frustration

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It may be the worst feeling out of ANY of them. I would rather be hot-blooded angry rather than be frustrated. I would rather be crying into my pillow than be frustrated. Yet, frustration has seeped into my life.

As I learn After Effects, I get this frustration. I watched a 13 minute tutorial and tried to duplicate the work and it took me an hour and a half. And the work wasn’t nearly as good as the tutorials.

I try to tell myself that I’m new and it’s fine, but my brain hates that I’m not skilled yet. I can feel my hair falling out as I work through it.

Its very ironic because I (my mind) know that its slow but good progress, yet I (my brain) says that something is terribly amiss.

However, I will continue to battle through the storm!

P.S: This post is for my own personal encouragement. I know someone will read this… And I’m not one to go back on my word EVER so I must go on. Its the perfect little system of encouragement :)

P.S.S: Thank you to whoever reads this. You are my reason not to give up.

Long-Term Mind-Blown

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Up to this point in my life, I’ve procrastinated.. I’ve been lazy. I’ve squandered my gifts. Most damaging of all, I never looked to the future. It was always about the current day, possibly the current week. Never a year or more.

But now I SEE the power that long-term thinking has.

Consider this:

You learn 1 thing about Photoshop per day. Literally, you open it up, check out one of the tools (lets say paint), you use it on a picture, then you shut Photoshop down. You would learn 365 things about Photoshop per year.

365 pieces of information for anything is quite spectacular and each day, it requires under 10 minutes of your time! I find this extremely shocking even when the math is so simple.

Now, If you learned 5 things about Photoshop each day, and lets say only forget 1 each time (cause nobody is perfect), you would have learned 1,460 things in a year! That’s completely PRO.

It would take 30 minutes a day. That’s 1/32 of your time or 3.125%. Hardly even a fraction.

I must ask myself: WHY DON’T I DO A LITTLE EVERYDAY?

I laughed and shook my head as I typed that because I can have no excuses… Not if I post this, not if I want to be consistent, not if I want to back up my words. Considering how so little effort each day can reap a huge knowledge-based reward… Damn.

I hope you can see what I’m getting at. I wish you the best on your ventures and remember it doesn’t take much work per day to become skilled at something; its all about goal-setting, dedication, and consistency.

Commitment

Can YOU Stay Alive?

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After reading a book with some logic and philosophy viewpoint tests, I came across one test that I think everyone can enjoy. (Some of the others were quite dull.)

In this game, the objective is to stay alive. There are three scenarios and you pick from two answers for each one.

Each person has a very different perception of what being alive means and this games verifies which part of yourself you value most out of soul, body or mind.

That’s all I will explain about it. Follow the below link and don’t over think the scenarios.

Answer as honestly as you can. Its quite fun!

CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU CAN SURVIVE

And please let me know what part of you that you save! And if not anything, RIP…

Soul

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