russell on thought is subversive

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Thinking Patterns that Hold You Back

  • Filtering: You take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation.wrong-way-sign1-1024x768
  • Polarized Thinking: Things are black or white, good or bad. You have to be perfect or you’re a failure. There is no middle ground.
  • Overgeneralization: You come to a general conclusion based on a single incident or piece of evidence. If something bad happens once you expect it to happen over and over again.
  • Mind Reading:  Without their saying so, you know what people are feeling and why they act the way they do.
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Less Really is More

Stop buying the unnecessary.
Toss half your stuff, learn contentedness.
Reduce half again.
List 4 essential things in your life, do these first,
stop doing the non-essential.
Clear distractions, focus on each moment.
Let go of attachment to doing, having more.

Fall in love with less.


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Today’s Pearl


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Happiness or Meaning – What Should we be Striving For?

I think about that question more and more it seems. Or perhaps what I am really asking are the meta-questions – “What is the meaning of happiness?” and, “Does happiness, in and of itself, have meaning? By meaning I mean value. Viktor Frankl quote

It has become increasingly more interesting to me that the most free, affluent, technologically advanced nation in human history is apparently so miserable that it manages to consume the vast majority of the world’s anti-depressant supply. We don’t only take more per capita than most nations, we take WAY more which begs the question – why?… read the rest...

Life Happens in the Now


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Alan Watts Quote


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The Greatest Christmas Gift You Never Thought Of

This is the time of year when our thoughts should take a bit of a detour into more spiritual waters.kevin-carter-vulture1 Hopefully amidst all the chaos of Christmas shopping, traveling, the stresses of family gatherings and the commerciality of it all, we’ll  find the time to reflect on the Christ and what His birth meant to the world. Perhaps we’ll also ponder generosity and what the true spirit of giving is about. But what most of us won’t think about is our true nature and the true state of the world in which we live.… read the rest...

The Lottery of Birth

It is a puzzling phenomenon that the vast majority of people go through their entire lives without thorough consideration of why they believe what they do. The admonition of Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living” falls largely on deaf ears.tumblr_m8ily7gZMX1r5gy4zo1_500 Most never consider that their beliefs and values are not truly their own but the result of the lottery of their birth. Take me for example. I was born in the USA, to politically conservative, fundamentalist Christian, upper middle class parents.… read the rest...

Bhagavad Gita Quote

bhagavad gita quotes

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