1. Wake up between 7:00 and 7:30AM each weekday.
2. Meditate each day.
3. Make your bed each morning.
4. Go for a run.
5. Go to the gym.
6. Practice your shot.
7. Compliment someone each day.
8. Read for class.
9. Don’t lie for 30 days.
10. Don’t drink for 30 days (barring special occasions :P).
11. One selfless act each day.
12. Don’t watch television.
13. Take one picture a day.
14. Spend an hour studying film or design.
15. Do something creative - draw, video-edit, produce music, design.
16. Start a daily blog, journal, or short story.
17. Read for leisure.
18. Sleep before 1:30AM.
19. Eat healthy.
20. Reconnect with an old friend.
(Source: becomingminimalist, via betungis)
Past and future are illusion. All that is, all that will ever be is the present moment. Your success in life is entirely dependent on understanding the previous statement. In all things you do, large or small, dedicate these three things in their entirety: enthusiasm, love, and awareness.
The greatest obstacle in life is your own ego. Your ego wants so many unrealistic things, and it has so many tricks to keep you under its control. In this way we are never satisfied, we are never happy. It takes time, but your dreams entirely depend on you conquering this beast we all have inside of us.
It exists because the world is scary, there are enemies everywhere and your brain needs to defend itself. But instead of the lions and tigers of our ancestors, our enemies are now other human egos. You must understand they are not your enemy, they are merely other people stuck in the unconscious pitfalls that we all suffer from. Forgive them.
You may be unhappy right now, ask yourself this, right now in this moment, are you in pain, is something causing you harm? Probably not. You are probably sitting in front of your computer after following some line for hours. If thats the case why are you unhappy? In this moment you are merely sitting here. Your unhappiness is a construct of your unconscious mind, it is a tool your brain uses to keep you under its control. Maybe you are upset about some past event that occurred, you go over it in your head over and over. And in this self pity you feel good temporarily, but that never lasts. Let it go.
Others wrong you. Why do they do it? They do these things to you because it makes them feel safe. It makes them feel better about themselves. The cycle is perpetuated as you you react in revenge and they do in kind. Millions of people have been murdered in this cycle. It’s bullshit, and if you’ve come this far, you might be one of the people in this world who will end up breaking this cycle.
Let it go.
Some of the people who read this may not understand it or agree with it. They may try to find reasons why it is wrong. What they fail to realize is that this is their egos trying to protect itself, it is solely focused on continuing its own existence. What I say has been said by philosophers and prophets for thousands of years, it is the enduring legacy of wise men. They pass it down as best they can. It merely requires that you find the words that make sense to you, for you to achieve a shift in consciousness that is enduring and everlasting.
Jesus said turn the other cheek. What we’ve found is clearly that, at times, this is fucking impossible. So what can be done? The truth is if you cannot change what is, you must surrender to it. There is pain in this life- it is unavoidable- but suffering is manmade, you do it to yourself. You can choose to allow it to pass through you, to not affect you as it has in the past. There is always a choice.
Some people are convinced that all there is in this life is what you can see. They stand against things like religion and belief because of the wrongs that have been carried out in the name of these things. What they don’t realize is that although these things are bad when people get carried away, in moderation and balance they are the keys to unlocking joy and happiness in all of us. We all have the capacity to believe. It doesn’t matter what you believe in, even if it’s nothing, but you need to express that emotion fully.
Self actualize, study Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. There are so many things we need but in order to achieve your dreams you must actualize them. It’s like Yoda was trying to tell you, “Do, or do not, there is no try” If you can find a way to get past your ego, to make it a tool instead of something that controls you, you can do absolutely anything.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a man who spent 30 years wrongfully imprisoned in a cell for his beliefs, beliefs I’ve come to take as my own:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
I know that statement talks a lot about God, don’t make the mistake of dismissing it because of that. Replace God with chaos, the devil, or whatever you please. His words are the truth. Light up the darkness.
It is not length of life, but depth of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Source: i-am-the-oracular-spectacular, via lauraho-deactivated20130222)