Monday, September 17, 2018

Rise up! You chose to!

In street language "turn down for what" is a question used by teenagers. "Turn up" is the act of getting drunk and high and being reckless so "turn down" means sobering up. Turn down for what? is really saying I am fucked up and I don't care no matter what.

Why, Mr. Anderson? 

Life has no explanations to give. It is an empty, meaningless flow of events that just go on and on. Whatever happens, has little or no importance. It does not really matter if you agree with me or not.

You are born, you think you live your life but actually you just eat, shit, fuck, and work and work until you die. You leave your kids after you so they do the same...

From where does this society come from? It comes from your home, your family, school, church, and your business. You are the painter and the picture. That is what you have produced.

Is this society the best you can do?

In today's article from World Economic Forum - The world has reached the lowest level of happiness in ten years the author Umberto Bacchi tells us some statistical data about society.

World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published on Wednesday...

Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006.

Turn down for what?

Are you living your life, waiting for the next moment to be better than this one?

Do you associate life with images of perfection? Like... perfect happiness in a perfect family with a plenty of sunshine and vegetables, with a perfect body doing even more perfect yoga asanas, and meditating in perfect green forest pursuing a wisdom to save the rest of humanity?

Every day you are faced with traps that encourage you to take life seriously. You are faced with all kinds of frustrations, turning everyday situations into problems, constantly on the lookout for shit to complain about and worrying about a bunch of things that simply do not matter.

You are very sensitive, your ego is big and you cannot tolerate simple truth. You get offended by rain, by look, gesture, words... especially words. "I am feeling offended" is an epidemic spreading across the world.

It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that." As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... then a whine. "I find that offensive." It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I am offended by that." Well, so fucking what. - Stephen Fry

And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re a carrier of the disease. It’s a mental condition whereby your ego grows up to the point where everything offends you. Symptoms may include hurt feelings, indignation, irritability, disappointment, grumpiness and an all-around allergic reaction to anyone who says or does something you don’t like. In one word - seriousness.

You try, you think, you plan, you work, and then there is no achievement. The thing that you desire never happens, it never comes. If life was a static, fixed thing - not dynamic and flowing - then you could achieve what you wanted, but then life would be a death. Life is life because it is dynamic, changing. You cannot predict its course, it is unpredictable. It is dynamic and flowing - always flowing nowhere.

If you are serious, then you cannot flow. Then you are frozen inside; then you become just a dead stone. Then there are resistances around you. You cannot melt, you cannot change as life changes. You have a fixed pattern, a fixed shape, and because of that shape you will resist change. Then you are not flowing with life, you are struggling against it...

- Life is Not Serious, Osho

Yup, the world appears to be fucked up right now. When you watch TV or read the internet news, you are bombarded by not so good, bad and really bad news. Do you have feeling that world is a terrible place? Was it better before?

Rise up! Things aren’t as bad as they seem.

If you think that there is no future for this planet I must say you're totally wrong. The Earth does not care about us. It just moves, flying 30 kilometers per second around sun. The Earth will adapt itself to different form of life and if it is necessary wipe people from its face. Some new mankind will come, not necessarily smarter than us... just different.

Accept the truth that you're living your life semi-consciously. There are plenty of issues that need to be addressed, sure, but things are actually not as bad as you project.

You can’t help it. You're the sense of presence occupied with useless thinking about past and future. You forgot that once you were a conqueror of the world, with enormous drive to live and love and fight... and you had a drive to go to the end of the world... and now, especially in the developed countries, when you have everything, you became a coward, always complaining about things, always on the lookout for threats, always seeing dangers, always dwelling on negative things...

... so you finish with depression, as 80% of the middle aged population of the west is, the horrible images from TV news have strong effect, indeed. It’s all a vicious cycle of negativity that continues to feed into itself, but what can you do, it’s the way you’re programmed.

The world is just fine. Leave it alone. None of this is necessarily true.

Friday, September 14, 2018

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Everything you want is a dream away...

I am 53. I don't have old photos. I destroyed all paper photos during a period of my spiritual search. I have done a complete recapitulation of my life and as part of that technique I burned my old photographs so I have no attachment to my past.

It’s been nearly sixteen years since I started out on the spiritual journey of self-discovery. Since then I've changed so much, I come so far, it’s hard to remember exactly who I once was. I know I was very ambitious, eager to make something of myself, to get the best of life. I was pushy, loud, confident, in one word just an asshole. I had no idea what really matters in life.

At age of 29, I arrived in Canada with my eight months old daughter, my wife and $10K cash money. I was learning English and I worked hard as a dishwasher to support family. My wife did not work. After a year of making salads and washing dishes I got my job as a computer programmer. I bought our first apartment in 1999 which I paid off ten years later, and just couple of months later I got into yet another mortgage debt. I divorced and about the same time I've been told by doctors that I have incurable conditions of bipolar disorder.

I hear people of my age talking about retirement, pension plans, and future in general. They are very much afraid of what will happen to them. They are afraid of getting old. I do not worry about such things. What is the future after all? An imagination. The future does not exist, it is just in the mind. People lose present moment worrying about the future, worrying about something that does not exist.

I cannot really say that I have discovered the truth but I am okay with understanding that nothing has value in this life. Events arouse desire, fear, anger, and you think it is "you". You get stuck talking to yourself, explaining, hoping, trying to find any meaning in all this.

I have learned that life has no explanations to give. It is an empty, meaningless flow of events that just go on and on. Whatever happens has little or no importance. People are born, they live their pity lives... they eat, shit, fuck, work and work and work more until they die. New people are born and circle is closed. Nature is smiling, the purpose has been accomplished.

In meanwhile...

Courage and optimism diminish with time

As you grow older, as time is passing by, you are becoming more and more a coward. With age you lack the courage to do or endure unpleasant things. Some of you appear as cynics but actually you are just timid, easily intimidated person.

The house that you own, the money in retirement fund etc. do not really protect you. It fools you. There is no security or any rest in this world, the picture of old people on the beach is not realistic. It does not show, the pills for high blood pressure, diapers, the lack of sleep, rheumatism etc...

With the age, you start remembering the most embarrassing crap you did in your life with perfect clarity. The kind things you did will be pushed away, you will forget them. The bad things come out from the dirt of subconsciousness. Instead to correct yourself, you start correcting other people in your life, your kids, spouse, neighbors, co workers. With age you have a fleeting sense of superiority over younger people so they start to resent you.

Believe me, nothing worthwhile comes with age.

There’s no meaning to your life, no reward for achieving all the things you've achieved. And please, stop saying that things were better back then in your youth. When you were young, the life was cheaper, happier and people were nicer. Oh well.

Trust yourself, really

If you think your partner likes you, you’re probably right. If you think your spouse cheating, you’re probably right. Your gut will never betray you although you may not know all details. Your intuition is all you have in this world. It never lies to you, for the simple reason - it does not know how!

Do whatever you want. Be your damn self. Don’t be a terrible person. Be nice to others. Be supportive of your friends... But seriously, do whatever the fuck you want!

Do you want glass of beer? Then just drink a beer. Do you want a peace of chocolate? Don’t be gross about it, and don’t eat a chocolate three meals a day. But I beg you stop beating yourself up about it and just eat.

Do. Whatever. You Want. The life is your show. It is your universe. Who else knows about your thoughts and feelings? There is no one else there, you are completely on your own. Everything is available to you. No one else can lead you, pull you, push you or carry you. No one else is necessary for you.

Be courageous, enough to fulfill a life fully understanding that there is only a glaring nothingness awaiting you on the other side. Live, fight like it matters...

Even if you are married, don't think too much about your spouse. I've started releasing my control over things and let things happen on their own, It is important to be completely independent and to know how to care about yourself. It is not easy to find someone with whom you can share your deepest secrets. But to be true to yourself is a feature worth to be cultivated in life.

You are on your life journey. Many of you are on completely different routes than I am, so the answers to questions Is There Truth in Life? is not applicable. Truth is relative. In my 53 years I have concluded that there is not such thing as truth. Everything that you know is false, there are only lies. You may have concluded something else... Does it really matter?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Everything, including yourself, is fake

In article, Everything is Fake: Top 40 Pieces of Fakery in Our World, published by Waking Times, it is said that our world is filled with an extraordinary amount of lies, deception, disinformation, misinformation, fakery, fraud, facades, mirages, propaganda and brainwashing. What the author has missed is the very important fake item... "I am" is fake, "You are" is fake.

It is not so difficult to define freedom. Freedom is an abstract term and it is related to bondage. If there is slavery then there is freedom. Indeed, the basic restrain in this world is your psychological state for a feeling of identity, personality, "me". Slavery is the feeling of the self. The feeling of yourself is the bondage. And the freedom is freedom of "yourself".

Interesting. When you know this can you be instantly free? Can you stop this imagination of yourself at once, and not go on always being free? Yes you can. To be free moment by moment is the only way out of this dreaming misery. Perception always takes place only in the present. Clearing of confusion can be done and must be done every single moment.

This is done by being aware in your relationship to yourself and another. Be aware what you are in your relationship to your spouse, child, boss, neighbor or to your car, house...

Society by itself is nonexistent. Society is what you, in your relationship, have created. It is the outward projection of your own inward thoughts - it is "yourself".

Do whatever you want to do in your life but be detached by understanding because whatever you're doing is an illusion. Things, events, people do not exist except in your imagination. It is impossible to perceive the truth, you can only see the false as the false, that is all that you can do.

According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, things exist in accordance to whether there is an observer or not. New mind-blowing experiment confirms that reality doesn’t exist if you are not looking at it. It basically suggests that world is a kind of illusion and exists only when you are active participant. Numerous quantum experiments were conducted in the past and showed that this indeed might be the case.

You are part of the illusion of time and space. Time is also an illusion. It is an illusion created by movements of your thoughts. The events - A causes B causes C is also just a very convincing illusion. The reality that you are experiencing is by no means an “objective reality” as you presume. In fact, it is more like a virtual reality.

In this illusion, going to be awake invariably implies the desire to attain something - and that is what you want. You follow teachers - if not that of a person, then of a book, of a teaching - because you want a result which will be satisfactory, which will give you security.

Ideas, imagination, hopes... are not truth. Truth is related to circumstances, from moment to moment. Truth is not a static thing. When you can go beyond your mind - which is the "me", which is the thoughts, which is the time, which has continuity - only there is a state of truth, everything else is fake.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why does life taste like chicken?

For all those new readers that recently started to read my blog... Welcome!!! I write here about  awakening, yoga and I face a great dilemma... why does life taste like chicken? I'm curious, did love and hate evolve independently or did they both inherit chicken-less from a common ancestor?

I am not saying that I know something. I know nothing. I don’t have any answer to give you. I write gibberish with bad grammar. Take it as that. But I must tell you, you are bound by your own concepts and beliefs.

There is no right or wrong, it is not important, really, by time, you will see that you are wrong about everything. And then you will discover why does life taste like chicken.

Have you noticed my efforts here?

I write articles about living life by being awake with special attention on the beauty of being content with what you have and who you really are. Sometimes I go off the topic and write like a nihilist but that is not really what I want to convey.

I’m definitely a goal oriented person — I always have goals, whether that’s writing a better post, doing yoga, improving my health, waking early, losing weight, or one of a dozen other goals I’m having in the last couple of months.

I enjoy my life and I am content with what I have — but realizing that without improvement, no matter how happy you are, the things will eventually go downhill. If you don’t fight and strive for better, well, you have given up on life.

You choose whether you are happy or unhappy.

If you’re unhappy with your life right now, I will say that it’s because you’ve chosen to be unhappy. It sounds harsh, but it’s completely true. Pardon me, you are reading my blog, so you're neither homeless nor clinically depressed nor the one who undergone terrible tragedies or abuse in your past. You're normal human being so this applies to you.

I hear you, your life is crap, and of course, you're going to be unhappy. Your job isn’t going well, your relationships aren’t going well, your finances are very bad, you're overweight, your life is a mess.

But listen to this... it’s proven that it’s not the conditions that make you unhappy, but your choice of thoughts, your attitude.

When you're unhappy, you focus on all the bad things in your life. Not only that, but you continually think about how bad things are, you complain, and you ask, “Why me?” You walk on the verge of inaction and eventually depression. You become grumpy and cynic. That, in turn, only made the situation worse. It certainly does not help you.

I am not saying focus on only good things in your life and have positive thoughts. I don't say that! Because while you have problems at your work and with your relationships and with your finances or health and all that... there is still the opportunity to be content with yourself. How?

Simplify your life.

Get out of debt. Be active, have your health under control, even if you are overweight. Be happy, despite your conditions, simply because you chose to be happy. Find satisfaction in what you already have, instead of wishing something else.

Be satisfied with less, with a simpler life, rather than always wanting more, always acquiring more. Examine why you want more, and solve your issues. At the root of wanting more is not being satisfied with what you have. Stop acquiring, start enjoying!

I don't say I don't want a new stuff. I am not immune to wants, I have learned to catch myself now and then to spend enormous amount of money for going out, for vacations and expensive gifts for others. I have never wanted anything for me personally, I have a problem of giving out so much to other people.

The reason I get into financial trouble is that I give to others more than I can afford. That's my problem, you have your own problems.

If you are fine with your finances you're most probably not satisfied with your significant other. Your partner doesn't behave how you want him/her to. That’s often at the root of relationship problems.

Being in the relationship isn’t always easy, as you are usually trained to try to change people. Well, you will only find trouble if you try to change your partner. You will never change neither their mind nor their behavior, only you will succeed to make them unhappy, and in turn, your relationship will suffer.

I also had a problem with my girlfriend, but when this happened, I tried to remind myself to love her as she is, for who she is. She is a beautiful person, just as she is now, and I realized that there is absolutely no need to change her.

Most of you who read this are not satisfied with the work or job you do. Well, every job wants to make you robot-like creature and you should rebel. You should not stick with a dead-end job and a boss that treats you like shit. If you’re unhappy with your job, change it.

Having a touch of indifference towards job you do will generally help you. Complaining, being grumpy, or negative will not improve your chances to get things better. Actually, that leads to problems at work.

When you find yourself unhappy with something, or with what you don’t have, take a moment and become aware of your surroundings, of yourself as being alive. And I would bet things will change. 

Stop, and remind yourself of your simple existence.

When you find yourself unhappy stop for a moment. Take a moment to think about the wonders of life and the reasons you're alive and you are here on this planet, at this very moment.

Stop, and consider why you feel the urge to go visit New York or Las Vegas or whatever-fuck-land, think about whether that is really what you want. Take a pause, consider why you want something. Are you not content with where you're, what you already have? And why not?

Take time to appreciate your life! Reflect on your life often and on a regular basis. I do this early in the morning when I watch the sunrise. Show people you appreciate them, do not love them from the far but be close to them. It’s good to appreciate people, but it’s even better to show them your appreciation. Smile, spend time with your loved ones, thank them out loud, thank them publicly.

Learn to enjoy the simple things!