Tag: awareness

awareness

Fantasies Of The Mind

One of the most immediate functions of the human mind is to fill in blanks where blanks remain outstanding.  The sensations that flood in all the time would drive us insane if unfiltered, so the other part of the brain’s primary functions becomes filtering things down to what it believes are necessary in the moment.  …

growth

Where We Are On The Path

Growth is a weird thing.  So critical to our happiness, but so difficult to understand. Our society focuses so much on goals and targets and objectives and ranking and levels that it becomes difficult to see that there really is no end but the end, if you know what I mean. We don’t reach a certain point …

awareness

Early Mornings

I like early mornings, sort of. I like the silence they bring, the quiet hour (or two, if I’m lucky) before the house starts to move and time for work happens. Sometimes, though, the early morning can go fuck itself. Like today. When I woke up at 3:30 to a dream of the police literally …

awareness

Gradual Truth

I read somewhere that the truth dazzles gradually. It seems apparent that this is only a half-truth in itself, but it does ring true with my concept of the truth earworm, and that a perspective rooted in reality inevitably spreads. I’ve worked with a number of people that had “impeccable” reputations.  They were looked up …

growth

Attention Versus Awareness

I feel like these are two are halves of the same coin, although that would imply opposites when it’s almost more symbiotic. Attention is more focused than awareness.  Attention hones in on a single item. A conversation. A project. A favourite television show. Awareness is more general and less specific. It’s the sense of space …

fear

Can I Hack It?

There’s a fear in me.  A fear that clots my blood and shakes my marrow. A fear that chases me at every turn, and that’s responsible for every failed project, every deleted manuscript and every unsent story.  It’s responsible for the concern that my friends and family will read what I’ve written and sneer, or …

awareness

Self-Labels

Maybe I’m just not a fan of labels. I wrote a few days ago about how we shouldn’t define ourselves by our jobs, that our actual selves are something beyond “architect” or “woodworker” or “environmentalist”.  We don’t get to be labeled petty fucks because we’re a lawyer or a bland because we’re accountants.  We don’t …

growth

Expanding Worlds

Twelve times in the past seven years, I’ve read the same book about naming your genius. Twelve times I’ve come up with a name, then immediately started second guessing it.  Every time, I end up having to read it again, because I’m just not getting it. But every time, I expanded a little.  It forced …

personal development

Ego

I’m torn on ego. On one hand, it’s clear the thing can get out of control.  See: Donald Trump, Gwyneth Paltrow, my old bosses.  (Although, I suspect a better explanation for all three might be deep seated insecurity combined with defense mechanisms and entitlement excess.) On the other hand, it’s important to have a centre, …

spirituality

Minimalism, Part 2

One thing I’ve seen over and over again in self-help books is that you should surround yourself with only the things you enjoy.  The people you enjoy.  Don’t get involved in negativity. Leo Babauta’s minimalist approach, which while I appreciated it for its GTD connotations (with a twist!), he also posed this theory as a …