To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. ~ Criss Jami
If a man prioritizes his relationship over his highest purpose, he weakens himself, disserves the universe, and cheats his woman of an authentic man who can offer his full, undivided presence. ~ David Deida
The spiritual is the parent of the practical. ~ Thomas Carlyle
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. ~ Emily Dickinson
Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities. ~ Patti Roberts
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. ~ Albert Einstein
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. ~ Oscar Wilde
There are two kinds of perfect: The one you can never achieve, and the other, by just being yourself. ~ Lauren King
The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. ~ Michael Jackson
“Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.” ~Joseph Sobran
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. ~ Carl Jung
“The basic fact is that humanity survives through kindness, love, and compassion. That human beings can develop these qualities is their real blessing.” ~The Dalai Lama
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” – Buddha
The last song of 2011, made for the 10k and counting rap contest made possible by Dansonn. It’s about living in the deepest sense of the word. Life is more than just making a living because it’s the ultimate opportunity to manifest happiness and to learn something. Whether creation is a wonder of God or a function of nature, either way we were all brought together so we can get to know ourselves within each other. Living the good life is my expression of what living means to me. Check it out down below!
Like I mentioned before I made it for an online rap contest. Of course I’m in to win, so if you think I deserve the credits then feel free to go here and vote for me by clicking like!
Regardless of the outcome 2012 will be an exciting year with lots of new adventures and experiences. You can expect many inspiring posts and a lot of fresh and crispy tunes. You can even subscribe to this blog now to receive updates by email! I don’t believe in new year resolutions because I think we should be able to make life changing decisions each and every day. There’s no point in waiting until the year is over. The power to decide is in the here and now. We don’t want to live tomorrow as if it were yesterday, but we want to live today as if it were tomorrow.
I wish everyone a prosperous and inspiring 2012 and please don’t hestitate to make your dreams become reality! Like Michael Jackson said “The power is in believing“. Make the best out of it; live the good life.
Enthusiasm equals life. You feel it when you look at a small child who’s running around and laughing, or when you play with your dog. When we get excited we feel alive and apart from enthusiasm being the strongest motivational power in the world to get things done, we also just want to be happy in the here and now.
People have different ideas and plans in what they want to achieve for themselves, but we all pursue them for the same reasons: We want to feel good. We believe that when we reach a certain goal we’ll feel content and fulfilled, but this is not the case. Rather it will be a slight disappointment because the goal is achieved, yet nothing really changed.
The nature of goals
This is something that came to my mind as I was reading about the philosophy of having no goals. The idea behind it is that setting goals and achieving them creates more stress than happiness and that we don’t need to set goals in order to be productive. The reason why is because enthusiasm alone is the biggest driving force behind success and achievement and is a much stronger source of motivation than having a deadline or a goal on your to-do list.
This makes sense. I myself for example don’t get excited about things because they happen to be on my list of goals, but because I love doing them! The same applies to things I’d rather not do. Just because those things are on my list doesn’t mean I get more excited about them, but rather it becomes a source of stress and frustration. Instead of forcing yourself to do something you dislike, it’s also possible to rearrange your mental programming so that you can get excited about those things.
Pleasure and pain
What we like or dislike is not something that’s set in stone from the moment we’re born, but it’s something that’s programmed into our system in accordance with our experiences. Human beings are driven by the desire for pleasure and the aversion towards pain. What is pleasurable or painful is not a matter of fact, but a matter of perception.
Those who are into advertising know all about changing perception by linking pleasure to whatever they want you to buy. Because these processes usually happen on a subconscious level we’re not even aware of the huge amount of influence commercials have on us. So why wouldn’t we use this science to condition ourselves in a way that is beneficial to us?
What I’m talking about is basically NLP and it’s a very practical method for reprogramming self-limiting attitudes and systems of belief by changing the parameters and values of pleasure and pain. We will get motivated as soon as we link pleasure rather than pain to doing something that we didn’t feel so excited about before.
The supreme state of being
But to me that’s not enough. As far as pragmatism goes my mind also needs philosophical nourishment. I want to go beyond pleasure and pain and see what really drives me. The pleasure of getting a certain result is one thing, but the enthusiasm in the moment itself for doing what you love makes the result irrelevant. It is that feeling which everyone is trying to pursue as they set their goals and imagine their future achievements.
The illusion is that fulfilment is waiting for us in the future. Life happens in the present moment only and that’s why they say there is no way to happiness, but that happiness is the way. It is the passion itself that makes life worth living, because it’s in that state that we really feel alive. The proof that results and achievements don’t equal happiness can be deducted from the fact that there are many successful people who don’t feel fulfilled and happy.
In the end I believe happiness in itself is the biggest success of life and that it’s impossible to go wrong when you feel excited and enthusiastic about the things you do. The best thing is that apart from personal fulfilment it also creates a wave of upliftment that affects the people around you. Everybody likes to be around those who feel good, because it makes them feel good as well.
Be a good person
Our biggest desire is to be in that state of happiness, fulfilment, excitement and passion. I believe that is what life is all about, because it can only be lived in the here and now. Enthusiasm is something as profoundly beautiful as a blossoming flower and should be treated with care and love.
I find it really awful when people bash in each other’s enthusiasm and excitement. Would you ever do that to your child? I don’t suppose anyone would. At the very least nobody wants to be part of those who do. There’s definitely something to be said about a realistic approach, but that doesn’t mean that there is no space to let an idea grow into something that we can work with.
When we’re supportive then not only will beautiful ideas grow into realities, but also we will nourish the enthusiasm and passion that will blossom within ourselves and others to create even more beautiful things and live a fulfilling life. It becomes a productive cycle of happiness that other people will want to contribute to.