Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts

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You don’t need to be an artist to appreciate the beauty of nature.

You could just as easily be a scientist or a mathematician, but there are certain qualities that artists have that make them more attuned to noticing and appreciating the little details of life around us. And because they see things differently, they can help other people become aware of what is right in front of them too.

Nature provides strength for those who contemplate it.

The natural world is full of strange and beautiful sights that are both interesting to look at and inspire thought.

Thinking about how something came into being can be inspiring in itself, but having the opportunity to see it while your mind contemplates these ideas makes the experience even more special.

Nature has always provided strength for human beings – both physically and spiritually – even before we knew about DNA or quantum physics.

The same is true today.

In a world that moves at such a fast pace, it’s easy to lose sight of the little things and take them for granted.

But if you look around you, there is so much beauty for you to appreciate and enjoy – from the smallest flower to something as grand as a range of mountains.

It’s easy to take this strength for granted until you are up against a seemingly insurmountable challenge.

And when you are amid hardship, it can be difficult to remember why strength found in nature is so important.

If you have experienced strength gained from nature in the past, then that strength will likely come into your life again in some way or another when you need it the most.

Nature’s strength is a strength that never fades.

It can be found in mountains, streams, forests, and so on – places where humans are usually put at a distance.

However, if you find yourself in nature at some point during your life – either by chance or because of necessity – then it’s not hard to let this strength become part of your life’s foundation.

This strength provides peace and serenity even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.

And if you can appreciate nature, no matter how much time you have spent within it, then its strength will likely be yours for as long as you live.

Encouragement and inspiration

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Many studies have been conducted to see how strength is found in nature and what encourages humans to be strong. The level of support received by humans by the natural world has been linked to the closeness of a person’s proximity to it. Those who are close to nature tend to have higher strength levels, whereas those who are farther away from the natural environment tend to be less resilient.

One of the main things that encourage humans to be strong is their social relationships, especially with family members. These relationships exist in nature too. Think of the herd of elephants grazing across Africa or the wolves of Siberia. They work together, thrive together, and survive together.

These are the things that we can find strength in when we appreciate nature and look at it with awe. The beauty of nature can be inspiring if you allow yourself to be open about the lessons that we can learn from the environment, the wildlife, and our interactions with it. It gives us something good to focus on during times when they’re necessary. We can always find the strength to endure and persevere in what we admire, whether it’s beautiful scenery or the strength within a pride of lions.

Nature is one of the most powerful sources of mental, physical, and spiritual strength. The more we appreciate what we have, the more strength we find within ourselves to continue fighting on. Our strength can come from different places, and it’s important to realize that strength doesn’t always mean strength in terms of having muscles or how much power you physically have. It might be strength in terms of strength of character, strength to push on despite our fears, strength to endure.

Beauty and Power

The beauty of nature is all around us and it’s easy to take for granted. The world is full of amazing beauty, and it’s something that we can all appreciate. Nature has a way of influencing us and making us feel better. It’s a reminder that there is something good in the world, and it’s something that we can all think highly of.

Appreciating what surrounds us is one of the most powerful sources of happiness. The natural world can provide a source of positive feelings and thoughts that will last for as long as we’re alive. It is easy to take it for granted, not be aware of it or just not have the time to appreciate it. The quote – the title of the article by Rachel Carson reminds us that the more we appreciate what’s around us, the more strength we’ll find within ourselves to continue fighting on and doing good in this world.

Just like the power of positive thoughts, thinking about and being part of the natural world can also be extremely powerful. Positive feelings can give us a boost when we’re feeling down, help us to learn faster, and even make our physical health better. To become happier and stay happier we must learn to appreciate nature and find sources of positive feelings everywhere.

Think of Mother Nature’s intricate beauty and how many positive feelings it can evoke. Whether you’re at the beach or in a forest, watching an insect or looking at a starry sky – you will find positive thoughts that will make you feel good.

And Finally…

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Regardless of your current situation, there are things you can appreciate and enjoy. And if it’s the natural world that inspires you to be strong, then remember that the more we admire what surrounds us, the more strength we’ll find within ourselves to continue fighting on. The beauty of nature is all around us and it’s easy to take for granted. It gives us something good to focus on during times when they’re necessary – a positive source of feelings and thoughts which will last as long as life itself.

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I release the need for this in my life.

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You only leave old habits behind by starting with this thought “I release the need for this in my life”. As the seed for this post I borrowed those words from Wayne Dyer. It takes conscious effort to release the need for something that has become part of your life, but it is possible. You just need to start with this thought “I release the need for this in my life.” The more positive thoughts you have, the more likely you are to form new healthy habits and stop worrying about what’s not good for you.

The healthier your thoughts, the more likely you are to form new healthy habits.

Whenever you feel like your thoughts are negative, try to refocus on positive things. For example, when I’m feeling down, I will go for a walk and explore the fields and farms near to where I live. Or if it’s cold outside, then I’ll go to a nearby park and feed the birds. Nature always lifts my spirits and reminds me of all the good things in life.

I am mentally, physically, and spiritually supported by my surroundings and my environment. I have trees and wildlife nearby. During the depths of winter, there is life stirring. It may be footprints left in the snow by a fox or a heron that has been searching for food.

Life doesn’t give up because it’s raining, and neither do I. There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothing! If you live in a wet, windy, and rainswept country, get some decent waterproofs, and get out there! Stop making excuses and improve your mindset. If it’s a hot, tropical part of the world, get a big hat, plenty of sunblock, and the means to carry plenty of water!

As I look and walk, my mind wanders to my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I find the thoughts of old habits occasionally start to form in my mind. They are old. I have cast them aside. I do not need the painful past to invade the pleasant present. I am living in the here and now.

What if there was a way to release the need for something?

What if you could get rid of an old habit, release it from your life, and start fresh with new ways of living?

There is. The keyword here is “release.” You release the need for whatever is causing you pain and suffering in your life. It starts with one thought: I release the need for this in my life. It takes conscious effort to release the need for something that has become part of your life but it’s possible if you just start by thinking “I release the need” or “I stop”.

How can I release the need for those hurtful and self-harming behaviours?

The mindset needed to overcome bad behaviour is one of release and positive change. In order to release the need for old habits, you need to start by changing your thoughts. You can do this by filling your mind with positive thoughts and images.

Thoughts are the beginning. Action is needed to make it happen.

If I wanted to, I could spend an entire day procrastinating and not following through with a willingness to change.

Writing this blog is one of them. I try to write every day. I want to improve my mindset and share my journey with others. Some mornings I’d rather do something else. I have a fear that the thoughts and words won’t flow through my fingers and into the keyboard.

I have to stop being fearful. I have no need for fear in my life!

I type, I edit, I publish.

There are times when I am uneasy and feel stressed by other things going on around me, at this point I need to find a way to release that stress. I have no need of stress in my life.

Everyone has different needs to relax. For you, it may include things like yoga, meditation, or aromatherapy. For me, it is exercise and strangely enough, writing.

Creating, hosting, and promoting this blog is something I enjoy. As an aside, if you’re reading this, I’m not doing it for you. I’m doing it for me. This is what I do to keep moving forwards.

It may take time and a whole host of different activities before you find one that works for you. Make time for it every day. Let the stress out and the relaxation in.

Finally, it’s important to be patient and gentle with yourself as you work through these changes. It can take time to leave harmful behaviour behind. With patience, you will release the need for these old habits.

I often say that learning to be happy is like learning a new skill. Nobody has ever won a championship the first time that they take part in a sport. Champions are made with effort, tenacity, and determination. If you want to change, you have to DO it.

Practice, practice, practice!

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The change will happen. You will become mentally stronger. You’ll become more capable of dealing with tricky situations. You’ll release the need for bad habits and replace them with good ones.

Life is a journey that doesn’t stop when you decide to release the need for something. It fills up with new experiences, new opportunities, and yes… even more happiness!

Get started today by thinking “I release the need for this in my life.”

Take control of your mind, release the need for harmful habits and form new ones. Don’t stop believing that you can release your bad habits. You can do it! I release the need for this in my life.

To conclude, it’s important to remember that you have the power within yourself. You can change your life by changing what is going on in your mind and around you. Start with a small step today and start tackling those limitations, negative thoughts, and old harmful behaviors from your life!

You can do this. Let it go. Release it.

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Eternal Truth Needs A Human Language That Alters With The Spirit Of The Times.

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Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychiatrist, created the quotation that begins this article. The spirit of the times is in a constant state of flux. It changes and evolves as we do, often unknowingly due to our evolution. What was once acceptable by society might be deemed inappropriate now, and vice versa.

Every so often, there are moments where the spirit of the time has changed enough that it becomes necessary for people to learn a new language to understand eternal truths. In Jung’s eyes, this is because translating what he deems “eternal truth” into words without having it change meaning is impossible. He believes that every human being should strive for understanding eternal truths because they can’t fully grasp them otherwise – but not by using any old language. If you don’t use a language that changes with the spirit of the time, meaning will be lost.

It’s hard to understand eternal truths without an understanding of how one spirit can change and evolve as we do. This makes it necessary for people to change and evolve their language as new ideas, new concepts, and new activities become apparent.

What is an eternal truth?

Simply, eternal truth is an entity or proposition that can be true at all times. That’s to say it would have no relation with time whatsoever- always and necessarily so!

The answer to life’s ultimate question is eternal truth. It transcends time, always existing and being true no matter what happens in history or how long ago it was first posited as an idea by philosophers of old!

Eternal truths do not change, sometimes people are not aware of these truths. They have a framework of beliefs and actions that have prevented them from discovering the truth.

Finding the truth

I spent a LOT of time thinking that I had all the answers to my problems, and the problems of others. I was wrong. I do not know everything.

I had to be willing to change my thoughts and my interaction with other people to discover where I had gone off the rails. I needed guidance.

Here’s an eternal truth that I’ve discovered “The more I learn, the less I know.” As I ask more questions about the truth and who I am, it uncovers more questions.

Searching for truths has sent me on a long journey. A couple of years ago I was going to leave a job and travel the world. I wanted to explore, see new landscapes and meet new people.

The truth is I was trying to run away from my problems. I thought a fresh start would enable me to change.

It wasn’t going to work. I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know the truth about what it meant to be me.

As Covid spread throughout the world, travel was restricted. I wasn’t going anywhere geographically. Once I accepted that my plans to run and hide had been totally derailed, I got off the pity pot and I chose to explore the innermost parts of my mind. I became introspective. I learned a new way of thinking.

I asked for help.

I found assistance and guidance amongst a fellowship of like-minded souls that had a similar problem. I found some of the answers that I was looking for and I put those suggestions into action.

As I practice at living a better life and practice at doing “the next right thing”, I’ve found that my communication skills and my linguistic skills have changed. The truth is still the same, I express it differently.

What is my eternal truth

I had to change. The path that I was on was destructive to myself and others. My actions would cause harm to my body, my mind, and my soul. The journey wasn’t pleasant. It was a constant battle between my addiction and trying to escape from that addiction.

The truth is I needed help and I had to be willing to listen and then to act.

The spirit of the times is one of change, it is an evolution of my spirit. Undoing the bad takes time. Like learning a new skill, it takes practice. Nobody runs onto a football pitch for the first time and wins the world cup.

I have to keep seeking the truth – my truth – if it takes an eternity, so be it.

I hope that you are encouraged to seek your truth. It may be good, it may be bad. You won’t know until you look and embrace it.

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Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat

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Sometimes we have to reconcile our emotions, thoughts and feelings in order to understand why we feel certain ways. This quote is about learning to accept all of your contradictions so you can keep it together and who knows-this could be a moment of enlightenment.

How do you become more creative if you’re not as intelligent as most people? How do you stay positive when there’s too much negativity around us these days? How do we deal with the feeling that everything is becoming overwhelming or chaotic?

How do you deal with the feeling that nothing will ever change?

There are contradictions in everything, and it’s how we deal with these differences that define who we are.

We all feel differently about different things at different times for various reasons. We may think one thing when someone is in need of help after an accident but another when the same person isn’t injured at all-why?

People aren’t always going to do what’s expected of them or behave how we think they should.

Learn to live with the contradictions since there’s no other way

The world is a chaotic place and it seems as though nothing is constant except change-even that is constantly evolving.

Yes, everything feels overwhelming sometimes but the only way to reconcile those feelings is by learning to accept those contradictions. Don’t fight them or try to change them because you can’t. We don’t choose how we feel, we just feel.

You won’t be able to explain everything but accept that things are changing and try not to let those changes overwhelm you so much that your emotions take over your rational thoughts.

Why is it important to understand how we feel and to be aware of our thoughts?

Perhaps the best answer is that, by understanding how we feel and why, we are better able to shape our thoughts. Our thoughts often control how we feel-our emotions are amplified if we think about things that make us angry or sad, while our moods can lift simply by thinking of something happy. So by understanding how we think and why, we’re in a better position to change the way we feel.

One way in which this reconciliation might take place is through ’emotional reconciliation’. This reconciliation happens when an individual has two different opposite emotions about a similar event- for example being relieved because they found their lost keys but slightly upset because someone was mean to them.

How can you reconcile your emotions?

People deal with these conflicts in many different ways- some people try to look on the bright side, or rationalize it somehow. Another way is to talk about it with others and get their perspectives on how they might feel if they were in a similar situation.

When there’s too much negativity around us, it can be difficult to stay positive. One way to do this is by keeping in mind that negativity is just another side of the coin.

Another way is by remembering that negative events are usually over quickly while the good ones last longer-a bad mood usually lasts for about an hour while feelings of happiness can last up to three hours.

A great way to stay positive is to always remember that things will get better and it will all balance out eventually. You also need to stop worrying so much because it only makes things more difficult for you.

The reconciliation of thoughts and actions

Another way to keep things going is by reconciling our thoughts with our actions. This means that each action we take should be the result of a thought-for example, if we want to eat something but know it’s bad for us, we could think first about how eating healthy foods makes us feel better and then come to a reconciliation that makes us feel good about our choice.

This reconciliation helps us to understand that we can ‘do’ things without always having to act on those ideas immediately-this gives us time for reconciliation of thoughts, emotions and feelings before deciding how to act.

Enlightenment

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Reconciliation helps us to understand why we feel certain ways and opens the door for redefining. This redefining helps to balance out the body, mind, and soul because it allows the body to be in sync with the needs of the mind and vice versa.

This reconciliation can lead to enlightenment because it helps us understand why we feel certain ways and opens the door for furhter mental, physical and spiritiual growth so that as circumstances change, we can keep it all afloat.

All in all, reconciliation of thoughts and actions is when you accept your emotional contradictions, body mind and soul. This reconciliation allows us to ‘do’ things without always acting on those ideas immediately. This reconciliation can lead to enlightenment because it helps understand why we feel certain ways.

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Six Months to Live : It’s Not About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

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Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.

We’re all running around, living life to the fullest and not taking everything for granted, at least trying not to… When was the last time you thought about what it’d be like if you could only live every other moment? What if you were given six months to live? What would your life look like then? Would you appreciate so many things more than before?

Living with 6 Months to Live

Do I have six months? Six years? Six decades? I have no idea.

I am trying to live my life with an attitude of gratitude. Every moment I am not living, I try to thank life for the past and present and looking forward to the future – no matter how short, or long, it may be.

It means never dwelling on negatives in the past, only appreciating them for what they are; an experience that made me stronger, wiser, or happier than before. It also means enjoying every day with open eyes and a curious heart, simply because every next moment could just as well hold great opportunities to live out my dreams.

With limited time I would notice rainbows in unexpected places–everywhere if possible–and thank the world for blessing me with another marvel of nature. I might become more attuned to people’s energy around me so much so that conversations with strangers stop being a rare, awkward event. If I got the chance to meet another person with six months to live, we would help each other make each day a little bit better for the world around us. If it meant leaving a legacy of unconditional love and kindness behind, then that’s what I’d do.

To tell you frankly, my life is already like that now, but I can imagine it would be even more like this if my days were numbered.

Why It’s Not About the Destination

I do not consider myself alive unless I actively drink in each moment–eyes wide open and an ever-curious mind. The destination is never as important as the journey itself, which means every destination is meaningful and should be cherished.

Not only will every hour of the day be alive with celebration, but also forgiveness and love for all that I’ve done in each moment. No more regrets about times when things went wrong or decisions that made me weaker than before.

It’ll even mean not dwelling on painful memories of past mistakes because they only live on in the past and they cannot waste my time anymore.

Six months to live is not about age, it’s about time…and I want to spend my hours alive living with an open heart and mind.

The Things I’ve Learned In My Life So Far

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Life is comprised of many different things. I have good times, bad times, and even some in-between ones. But no matter what happens, I learn something from it.

There is always something new and wonderful to explore. It may be from the comfort of my chair, it may be from the summit of a high mountain, there is so much beauty in the world I have yet to discover…and once I’ve found it, I can never let go of it.

Anywhere is alive with possibilities. I need not visit a grand place or meet grand people to live a wonderful life, for I am alive already. Each day holds more than enough magic within itself.

When the bad moments occur, I know this. They do not last forever, no matter how distressing or painful they feel at the time. Each moment is alive in itself, the good ones are alive too, and they don’t last forever either.

This Too Shall Pass

Living in the now and living for the moment is what I must embrace. If living in the present and living each day to its fullest is the mantra that I must hold on to, then living under difficult circumstances will not be so dreadful.

I intend to live every moment to its fullest, even when it’s hard or hardly bearable.

Did you know the Buddhist concept of living in the present is called living a moment by moment existence? They do not live their life day-by-day, but rather every moment of every day.

They even have a quote to go along with living in the present: “When breathing out, breathe out completely. When breathing in, breathe in completely. If the breathing is not full, disease will arise.”

Buddhists look at living in the present as living a fulfilling life. I do love living in the now – living every moment to its fullest potential, but it’s easier said than done and yes, it does take practice.

Beautiful Pain & Painful Beauty

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These are all things I’ve found important to remember whenever times are tough or when I’m having a bad day. Life is very much alive and full of beauty if you stop to look around; even the most worrisome times have their benefits.

Living in the present is living every moment to its fullest potential. This means living with an open heart and mind, embracing challenges that make me stronger, living for today instead of dwelling on painful memories of past mistakes, and living in the present with the skills and knowledge that I have is enough for today.

I am learning new skills and knowledge that may be of use tomorrow.

In the future, I may find my body wracked by a terrible disease. I believe that because of the skills I’m learning now, I will be able to adjust to a different way of living. I will change to match my circumstances and I will have enjoyment, love, and gratitude.

Every challenge, every defeat, every rejection has made me stronger, more capable, and more alive.

I am determined to treat each day as though there is a countdown timer running, maybe it is six months; who knows? I will embrace every moment, good or bad.

I hope that you do too.

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If you are charitable to others but not to yourself, then your charity is incomplete.

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Be Charitable

Buddhist teachings encourage us to be charitable not just to others but also to ourselves. That is our bodies, minds, and spirits. We can show our body charity by ensuring we eat well and get enough rest. Kindness to the body includes hygiene, proper clothing, and shelter as basic necessities as well as massage or other forms of body maintenance such as yoga. Our minds need care with adequate sleep, time for meditation and spiritual reading, and a nutritious diet that provides sufficient energy for body and mind. We can be charitable to our spirits by ensuring we live in a spirit-friendly environment: one that is not hostile, critical, or spiritually empty and devoid of meaning and purpose.

Do Not Neglect Your Body

We can use the body as an example of how we sometimes do things for others but neglect ourselves. While we may feed friends dinner out at restaurants, we may not eat well ourselves at home. We would do well to remember that our body is an instrument for the mind and spirit, so instead of using it as a machine for others’ enjoyment, we should treat it as a gift from our parents and the universe.

Kindness to the body includes a healthy body image and body language—for example, smiling instead of frowning will work wonders for body confidence.

Treat Your Body With Care And Love

When we don’t feed or exercise or cleanse or care for our bodies, we run the risk of illness, injury, chronic pain, fatigue, and weakness—all of which can affect us physically and mentally. If we ignore these symptoms or simply dismiss them as a normal part of life or the aging process then perhaps we are not acting charitably toward ourselves. If you don’t want to get sick from eating junk food, then you’d better be kind to your body. If you don’t want to suffer from a lack of sleep, take care of yourself and go to bed early.

Look After Your Body And It Will Look After You

If we make a sincere effort to be body-charitable, our body will serve us well—and in turn, we can make the body charitable to others by taking them out to eat, massaging their feet, or giving them a shoulder rub. We can be body-charitable by exercising—making sure we do something that works our body (not just an activity that uses the body like reading). Just like a spiritual practice, exercise is not meant to punish but rather to create and maintain, so we can again use body charitable means to do for others.

Take Care Of Your Mind

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Our minds need rest too. Relaxation is not just for the body. By getting enough sleep our mind can feel rested and make better decisions. Mind charitable means for us would be ensuring we have a quiet, peaceful environment at work or home, free from distractions.

Treat Your Mind With Respect

We can treat our mind like an inner environment that needs to be peaceful, calm, and yet active. Mind charitable activities include meditation (and mindfulness), yoga (and other body-mind practices like tai chi), reading spiritually inspiring books, journaling about the spiritual journey, and taking good care of our body so we have energy for mind work.

Cultivate A Life With Spiritual Principles.

I would recommend cultivating a life based on principles. Doing so will help you live with greater meaning and fulfillment, which in turn leads to happiness. Your spirit and connection with others, your environment, and the universe is probably different from mine. That’s ok. We all have to find our path. I followed the signposts and suggestions given to me by others. I have to walk it. They won’t do it for me.

A meaningful life is not one dictated by work, family, or other people’s expectations. It is a life that inspires you every day to wake up with anticipation of what lies ahead. You should wake up happy to be there and grateful for your body, mind, and spirit. This gratitude should translate into body-mind-spirit charitable actions.

I discovered that I have to build my framework before I can help others to build theirs. I have to look after myself physically, mentally, and spiritually so that I can encourage others to be the best that they can be.

And Finally…

The Buddhist teaching encourages us to be charitable not just towards others but also our own bodies. When we don’t feed or exercise, it can lead to a lack of self-care which may affect you physically and mentally as well as make getting sick much easier for other people.

Generosity is a virtue that has been extolled by many spiritual traditions, including Buddhism. The Buddhist teaching encourages us to be charitable not just to others but also to our body, mind, and spirit. When we don’t feed or exercise or cleanse or care for ourselves, we run the risk of mental, physical, and spiritual decline.

It is important to note that charitable actions need not be all or nothing; small efforts can go a long way in helping our body, mind, and spirit stay alert, active, happy, and alive!

Do something to look after yourself today. You’ll feel better for it!

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