Achieving and Appreciating


Writing and publishing this post will be an achievement for me. It’s helpful to consciously acknowledge when something would be an achievement, and when something has been achieved. An achievement is something we’re proud that we accomplished.

Appreciation is also something we can consciously acknowledge. By “consciously acknowledge” I mean it requires mental focus, and by focusing on the things we appreciate, we attract more of it into our lives. Appreciating is consciously acknowledging and savoring the beauty, worth, and value of something.

Achieving and appreciating are powerful self-improvement techniques. By using both of these mental skills, we can truly create a more positive experience for ourselves, and by extension, a more positive world.



Finding a Third Way

A while back, I wrote about how anxiety could be helpful in terms of becoming more mindful. I’ve been feeling more anxiety than I have in years, and I’ve needed to focus on being more mindful once again. It’s a useful mental skill to have.

I’ve noticed how, during my ecstatic and joyful moments, limiting beliefs and negative emotions show up right after (I used to call it being manic depressive, or bipolar, or whatever). My solution is to not pursue an escape route or run away from this familiar pattern. Being mindful of the pattern–without doing anything that will add to or take away from it–creates a third way; one that transcends the problem.

When we think of things in terms of duality, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find a solution to the problem. However, what if the solution is already an inherent part of the problem, and our role is to simply find a third way? Sometimes it feels like we have to choose between the lesser of two evils, but this can be liberating, because we can take the magical door that appears when we finally say “fuck it.”



Calling the Shots


I suppose it’s natural to forget that we’re eternal beings. Maybe if we can remember that, we wouldn’t be in such a hurry. I feel better when I realize I’m not the only one calling the shots here; I have a higher self.

After doing whatever it is I think I should be doing, there comes a time to put down the pen and simply appreciate. We’re not always on the same wavelength as our higher self, but that’s OK. We can still respect the sanctity of a single lamp turned on at 2am.

The mind is hungry for knowledge. I’m devouring all sorts of information about everything under the sun (and beyond). And with this, another leaf sprouts on the branch.



May the Force/Source Be with You

LukeIt’s interesting how I ended up being Luke Skywalker. Like him, I started off naive, enthusiastic, and action-oriented, wanting more than anything to leave my humble beginnings and go on a grand adventure, but then I gained some life experience, dealt with my father/son issues, and grew to understand and respect the power of the Force/Source.

Although Luke was the hero of Star Wars, I always admired Han Solo, and sometimes I’ve been more like Han than Luke, but as it turns out, I’ve been on the path of the Jedi all along.

Taking action used to be the first thing I did in any situation, but now I’d rather use the power of my mind. Whereas in the past, I’d get the urge to take action, or do something just because I didn’t know what else to do, or tried to fix problem after problem, or any other reaction caused by a disturbance in the Force/Source, I now find it more powerful and satisfying to raise my vibration, observe what happens around me, and take inspired action.

That’s the Jedi Master’s way of doing things.

Emotional Flare Ups


Sometimes no matter what you do, there will be emotional flare ups.

The journey then becomes–more than ever–one step at a time, one breath at a time, one word at a time.

Appreciate and be grateful for each step that you’re able to take.

The opposite of depression isn’t happy, it’s appreciation. Maybe depression should be called depreciation, because it’s a state of not being able to see beyond the darkness.

The mind has cast its net too far and wide. It’s important to bring your attention back to what’s in front of you. Focus on just that one fishing pole, and the fish of good feeling will bite, if you’re patient.

Prayer helps. And singing, even if it’s just humming a tune. Or turn on some soothing music.

I ask my True Self for help, guidance, support, and love. Then I take one step at a time through the darkness.

The light always comes again.

The storm always passes.

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Reworking Life Areas

I’ve been inundating myself with self-improvement material, and my inspiration levels are sky high and beyond. In fact, I made some changes to the Life Areas pie.

The Life Areas are now:

  • BODY
  • WORK

“Mind” is now “Thoughts” because in this system THOUGHTS + EMOTIONS = MIND.

Thoughts are in the conscious mind, and emotions are in the subconscious mind.

“Resources” is now “Wealth” because it’s more exciting. This Life Area has been called Money, Finances, Resources, and now Wealth. That was a reflection of my former ambivalence towards creating wealth, but my feelings have changed.

I’m loving these YouTube videos of Earl Nightingale’s audio cassettes; an awesome example of technology evolving consciousness, and vice versa (that he sounds like Unicron is a bonus). I recommend listening to Bob Proctor while you’re at it.

I’ve worked with these kinds of teachings — along with other philosophies — for the past 10 years to improve myself, and I believe it’s the best way to direct the mind towards accomplishing goals. There may be more to life than success, yet it’s still an essential part of life.


Automatic Positive Thoughts

I was startled awake by a visceral dream this early morning. In the dream, I was having a terrible argument with my girlfriend, J. It got me thinking that I still have intense emotional energy from the past aka ‘baggage’. That’s what my intuition tells me.

Memories seem to trigger emotions, and vice versa, but it’s more like the memories are recurring, perhaps obsessive, energetic thought patterns. In other words, I think the emotions we feel from our memories are intense because they’re new, fresh, and happening right now. The memories themselves, these ‘thought patterns’, are also new, but they’re matched against other patterns, and if they’re similar enough, the mind says ‘that’s how it is’.

After a while, you can end up with a mind full of ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts), but what if you can become mindful of APTs (Automatic Positive Thoughts) instead? I’m sure I can’t be the first person to coin that phrase, but in any case, I’ll accept a cup of coffee in appreciation.

Here are some examples of APTs, if such a thing exists, according to me:

I can…
I believe…
I choose…
I can make…
I am willing to…
I am letting go of…
I have the power to…
I am open to receiving…


  • Let’s see what happens when we start our sentences with more empowering words.