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More of my world views, insights, thoughts, observations

23/10/2015
  • Never let anyone keep you from doing what you want.
  • If you give too much power to the opinions of others, you will become their prisoner. Thus, if you stop caring about what others think, you don’t have to sacrifice who you are or want to be. You can’t control others’ opinions, but you can try to keep your own fear of those opinions at bay.
  • Australia is an emerging market dressed up like a developed economy, and which, of course, has suffered mightily from the commodities carnage and China’s transition away from an investment-led growth model.
  • In addition to having no Bill of Rights, Australia’s Government is mean-spirited and oppresses its own people whilst being nothing more than a vassal of the US and the UK.
  • There’s only one thing in your life that you’ve never yet done but are guaranteed to do. It is our single greatest unsolved mystery and therefore causes a lot of anxiety and a lot of speculation. Some of us think about it often, perhaps more often than we realize.
  • To get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you need to step out of your comfort zone regularly. The more comfortable you get with trying new things, the less you’re going to avoid it and the more you’re going to say yes to new challenges.
  • If ‘meaningful coincidences’ occur with no ‘causal relationship,’ but seem meaningfully related, this is synchronicity. In other words, if unrelated incidents happen to you and you find yourself seeing things in a different way and feel more connected to who you are because of these experiences, then you have just experienced synchrony. Carl Jung concluded that synchrony is a governing dynamic which underlies the whole of human experience and it is quantum mechanics that verifies this statement.
  • And that fear I’d felt, the disembodying confusion, seemed to be a drug I was now addicted to, because moving through the ordinary world—watching CNN, reading the Times, walking to Sant Ambroeus to have a coffee at the bar—made me feel exhausted, even depressed. Perhaps I was suffering from the same problem as the man who’d sailed around the world and now on land, facing his farmhouse, his wife and kids, understood that the constancy of home stretching out before him like a dry flat field was infinitely more terrifying than any violent squall with thirty-foot swells. ~Marisha Pessl (2013) Night Film p. 508
  • It appears that mindfulness is being usurped by the corporate industrial complex. However, it is absurd for people to espouse mindfulness while not their deeper values or daily life. It is as senseless and egoistic as practicing some kind of secular “prayer” for the sake of health and feel-good benefits. In its proper context, mindfulness is supposed to be Right Mindfulness, and is but one of eight components of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is supposed to be grounded, contained, and expressed through Right view, Right intention, Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, Right concentration. The divisions of the Noble Eightfold Path are to be developed more or less simultaneously, as far as possible according to the capacity of each individual. To fixate on non-judgemental mindfulness alone is bullshit.
  • The worst that could happen to us is that we have to die, and since that is already our unalterable fate, we are free; those who have lost everything no longer have anything to fear. ~Don Juan Matus
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