Ok, so what comes next?

Entropy is a bitch. Make friends with it.

 

Don’t let anyone tell you that they know what happens after your bodily processes cease to function. No one really knows, but some who have “passed through the veil” and returned, have seen a glimpse.

 

Some see God, some see deceased relatives welcoming them to heaven. Then some see a dark place, a place of rest…oblivion. Those people’s stories are what I am interested in. Why is their experience with death so different than the souls that see God and heaven? I have a theory; the individuals that find that place of oblivion are at peace with death. They know that everyone and everything is subject to entropy.

 

Entropy, it is not just a destroyer but a recycler or sorts. Entropy is an “inevitable truth” of things. There is more to the story as you will see. Entropy works along the opposite line as well. Death, Destruction, the passage of time, an instrument of Entropy/Life, growth, development, reproduction, old age (if you are lucky) and Death that gives life to other beings. Trees grow up and take in the nutrients of their fallen ancestors. Yes the circle of Life is driven by Death and Death is driven by Life.

 

Humans are afraid of Death because of its seeming permanence. We spend so much time as a race running from Death, all the while knowing in our hearts no matter what religious or spiritual belief that we may hold dear to us…that Death will outpace us someday and we will submit to the final embrace. Religion is based on the fear of Death. The question is not how we should prepare for Death and the afterlife, but how are you living today?

 

Are you a decent human being? Do you try to help others when you can? Do you take care of your family? Do you show loyalty to your friends and loved ones? Friends that is all that we can do as people. Do the best you can every day and if you can make a difference in someone’s life. Be the superhero for the person that needs it. We are only here for a short time. Examine how you feel about Death. Don’t shy away, talk to Death. Make it your friend and hang out with it. Death isn’t to be feared any more than Life is.

 

Entropy is inevitable, make a peace treaty with it now while you still have a say in at least your part of the relationship. Maybe if you find the reasons you are afraid to die, then you might find a more compelling reason to live a full life.

~JP~

Manipulation 

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“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

 

~ Miyamoto Musashi ~

 

The modern life with all of its wisdom as wonderful as it can be at times is hollow. Advertising agencies, government, public institutions and the like would have you believe that you have to seek all of your answers and information from them. When you seek “your” truth by looking outside of self (heart-self), you become a volunteer (notice I did not say victim), nay a willing participant in manipulation and hypnosis.

Notice how you feel after watching a television commercial. Do you want what they are advertising? Are you hungry after that burger commercial? Are you feeling a sense of discontent? Do the words or images go through your mind like a song stuck in your head? Congratulations! The advertisers of said product have hooked you. They manipulated your attention; put you into a suggestable state of mind with a catchy tune and bright flashy colors, and you never even noticed.

 

Now imagine if you will a young child maybe 2-4 years old. That young child is still developing mentally as well as physically. A precious child, which we as parents unknowingly throw to the wolves of consumerism every time we let them watch television or go on the internet without supervision.  That young child will be bombarded by thousands of advertisements and influences blasting through our televisions until they are adults. All the while a lesson is being taught…consume.

 

Manipulation comes from outside of us and television and the internet are just two of the newest and sadly most effective ways to influence and manipulate the masses. Stop participating in the manipulation of your life. Stop believing everything that you are told without thought. Stop looking to politicians to fix your problems. Wake up! The politicians and media want you to stay asleep; that way the manipulation is easier and you feel nothing.

 

You are the only one that can change your life, by work, by struggle; by thought and deep consideration of what is “your” truth and what it means to you. Seek nothing outside of yourself.

 

JP

 

 

Success and Failure

Success is just failing over and over again, until you succeed. ~ JP ~

Let’s face it. No one likes to fail. In fact failure in western society is looked down upon with disdain. We are taught from an early age that we should do certain things in life to “succeed”, examples of this are that we should go to school and get good grades moving from grade to grade getting ever more “successful.”

Success in our culture means winning. Losing is not even a thought amongst most of us, because losing is failure. Failure is painful because most of us have been trained from a very early age to believe that failure is bad, that failure is to be avoided at all costs.

We have been lied to by our parents, teachers, employers and society.  It really isn’t their fault though, the “failure is a bad thing” mentality was taught to them from their parents, teachers, employers and society, and
so it was passed on to us like a virus. Failure is not a bad thing and with the right mindset “failures” can be a launching pad for further reflection and subsequent course changes in our life.

Failing must be looked at with an eye towards change instead of an end game. We all fail, every single day. Everyday millions of people beat themselves up for not doing something the “right” way.  The Greek philosopher Socrates has been attributed with the quote, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

I agree. When we do or don’t do something and then feel like we have failed, instead of berating ourselves we should take Socrates advice and examine our actions with an dispassionate observer’s point of view. Examining and thinking through actions/inactions will help in discovering the real reasons for the supposed failure.

Failure is only as permanent as we let it be. Failure is a teaching tool, a moment in time and should be dwelled on it order to grow and change, but not to wallow in. The next time you feel like you have failed yourself or another, give yourself the space to step back and realize that you are human and that it happens to everyone. Failure can defeat you or propel you onto bigger and better things with the mindset of self-forgiveness and inner reflection.

Go out into the world and fail big! Success however you define it is always built on the ruins of failure. Always.

JP

Compassion.

Deep inside each one of resides a Bodhisattva.

The nature of a Bodhisattva is compassion. Compassion for all living beings, starting with oneself.
It is easy to give into the negative self talk that arises when we question ourselves and ask if we can in fact be a person of kindness.

That false inner voice of our ego that says we are not good enough, or we lack something. That false voice keeps us from being compassionate not only to others but to ourselves.

Compassion towards others will tame the ego. The ego may thrash around like an angry beast, but truly it has no power other than what you give it. In the end peace and understanding will win out. Observing the ego without judgement for what it is (a small child), will calm it like a still lake after a storm.

You and only you control your life and the Karma that you create. Your life and destiny reside squarely on your shoulders.

Be a compassionate person this week. Help others with no expectation of repayment or even a thank you. Observe what emerges not only from others but yourself.

JP

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Teachers

Teachers are all around us. They can be our children, our spouses, parents, friends, employers virtually anyone. The trick lies in knowing how to listen when others are sharing their thoughts. You know the old saying, “wisdom from the mouths of babes”.

Being able to be a quiet listener will teach you about yourself, others and your surroundings. Everything speaks to those with the wisdom to hear. Quiet your mind, still your heart and listen to the sounds and sights around you.

When you feel you have something to share, then politely share it in the calmest manner that you are capable of. Don’t force your views, opinions or heartfelt beliefs on anyone, especially if those views are designed to “save” them from something.

Only those who can listen, really hear and see and feel others feelings, pain or emotion can teach. The teaching I am speaking of isn’t the conventional type of teaching but a teaching/learning matrix that comes from a higher place.

If you are blessed to have one of those people in your life then you have a gift from the Gods. Use that gift with appreciation and don’t ever waste the opportunity to listen. My dear wife is my blessing, teacher and friend and she is wise beyond her years, I love her very much.

Learn well,

JP

The last day

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In a cold winter’s night the moon just past full hangs in the sky, a reminder that mankind’s measurement of time is completely arbitrary. If you were to ask the Earth what year it was, what answer do you think you would receive? I would suspect no answer at all. It would not be because the Earth (Gaia) is not capable of answering but because the question has no answer.

Humans are so fond of measuring things, money, time, the dimensions, energy output all kinds of things. In the end though what does that lead to? Control of the environment? Good guess I suppose but with the limited lifespan of the individual human and the small amount of “geological time” that humans have even been walking on the surface of Gaia, who is really in control of the environment?

I do not think that it is humanity. We could all be whipped off of the surface with a strong solar storm (radiation) global deforestation, nuclear winter you name it, there are a lot of ways to get rid of us pesky humans. Gaia has rid herself from thousands of species in her long existence. What makes humanity any different?

We are not special here we are among many other species that we as a race seem to think that we are here to control and use at our will. If anything we should be caretakers of other beings on this planet, not overlords. It is folly to believe that the rate of killing on this planet can be kept up indefinitely. It is wrong to kill in most cases. The killing I am talking about is and has been going on, on a global basis for so long now that it seems normal to the unaware masses.

Today is not the last day of any year in particular it is just a mark made by humans to try to find some sense of control. The “time” has come for us all to wake up to the fact that there are others beings on this world that need our help, need our kindness, need or kinship. If we can’t even be kind to other people how then can we be kind to other species, let alone our beloved pets.

As you spend the first day in an artificial New Year tomorrow, ponder my words but better yet find an animal, a person or even yourself and be generous, loving and kind…you never know it might be the last day you see the sun rise over the horizon. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you could not find some humanity in yourself and reach out to others even if it is your cat or dog and give them some of your love?

 

Be well,

 

JP

 

On a dark sea

I have been posting some rather dark writing on Face Book of late and comments and concerns from two of my friends started me to thinking more about friendships. Let me start by saying that my wife (D) is my best friend, hands down. She has been with me through so much, we have helped each other get through some tremendously harsh times.

We have had good times as well and I hope we always will. There are times that I see more of the dark side of life and I used to express anger but that has changed some as I have learned to communicate in lets just say more productive ways. Writing is a therapy for my soul and I don’t expect everyone to get what I am writing. My writing is and always has been for me. If I can touch someone with my words and apparently I have, all the better.

 

On a dark sea I drift now.

Like a lost soul sometimes afraid and sometimes bold. 

I fear not the darkness that has me in its hold.

For the night is nothing but absence of light.

I am still now but ready if need be, to fight.

To watch over the child who has a destiny, that is my employ.

Not a chore but a simple and pure joy.

Be well this night my friends,

For we never know when it all ends.

Drift on the dark sea as it turns bright with life.

Our time here is but short and need not be filled with strife. –JP

 

Good night.

 

JP