It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year, now we are past the frenetic Christmas rush. Many people are off work this week and have some time to pause, take stock, and plot a new course.
Like a ship in port, sometimes we need to look at what cargo we are carrying, and work out what we would like to add to our inventory. We may need to make physical repairs, cosmetic improvements, or perhaps there is inner work to be done. Perhaps the engine needs greasing, or the mind needs cleaning, maybe motivation needs stoking and maps pored over, to plot new and exciting journeys. Continue reading New Year – Resolutions, Reflections, and Random Acts of Kindness
I want to share some wisdom I have gleaned from several books on the subject of achievement, on getting things done, and making progress towards your goals. The principles can be applied to any fields of life, from spiritual development to material success.
The first thing I want to say is that it is wonderful that you are even considering a project, a venture, a creative endeavour or planning to make changes to increase your quality of life.
Everyone who has ever achieved anything worthwhile, like inner peace, fitness, happiness, material achievement or mastery, have all had to sit where you are now, they have all had to start. From the author to the entrepreneur, from the person who lost weight to the person who learned to paint, they have all had to to find the motivation to start and stick to it, to carry on achieving little step after little step even when assaulted by the vilest self-doubt or depressions. Continue reading On Writing, On Getting Things Done
In its simplest sense, karma is like a neural pathway, a pattern of thinking made regular, a pattern of habit made into effect. Cause and effect, this being that becomes, this ceasing to be that ceasing to be. There is only one thing we can do about the karma that is forming our consciousness and our world in this exact moment, and that is to set an intention to create new and positive karma. In this exact moment karma is forming, and this is worthy of reflection.
Continue reading Karma and the Now – Purifying the Old Threads and Creating the New
If, like me, you have shunned the suit and tie and are bravely plowing ahead with your craft, then, like me, there will be demons and dragons to face on the road. It can be a long, hard road. Be it writing, music, art, starting your own business, or being self-employed, the pitfalls are similar and can be categorized. In the eyes of the world; or at lest as far as you think, you may be a failure..but sometimes we must travel desolate lands to reach greener pastures. Continue reading The Warrior and the Creative Path – Demons and Doubts
It can be easy to take a first step, but how can we help ourselves to stay on the path? The principles here work for any kind of work, be it creative projects or any kind of spiritual or self-help work.
Spiritual or personal development, or completing projects, is about habits. It is the daily meditation, or the daily work, the daily writing. The regular little steps we take, as droplets erode rock over time. Keeping with a routine or practice is in effect about continued motivation and inspiration. So how do we do this? Continue reading Motivation – Staying on Your Path
Digital life has created as much disconnect as it has connection. You only have to see the scenes of people at a gathering immersed in their screens to understand this. These screens, have they become more interesting than our friends? Is the constant and massive stream of information so important, or is it angry birds and crushing candy? A friend could never entertain with so much so fast, the odds are loaded.
Facebook gives us all an idealized glimpse into our peers’ lives. We can all hide behind the screen of our public presentation, or pick up our phone when we feel that itch or awkwardness. Continue reading The Modern World and The Myth of Shambhala
Are you constantly setting goals and then letting yourself down, do you make lists, do you have to make the same list days, weeks or even months later?
First things first – if you don’t make lists and have goals, then the first thing to do is to start. However before starting this, what we need to do is to decide what it is we want out of life. Life is either short or long, depending on your mindset, and there are so many different ideas and attitudes as to what makes a good life, or what people want out of life. Continue reading What do you Want in Life? Set Goals and Discover What Motivates You
What is it you wish you did that you don’t?
What do you put off for whatever reason?
You can’t live in the future, and you can’t have your rewards in the future either. Why wait until x is right or y is done, or z conditions are in place? There is never a perfect time or place, there is only here and now. If we wish to achieve anything, we can only ever progress here and now. Continue reading Procrastination