February 19th, 2018
The hermetic principal on rhythm can be applied to so many aspects of life ad-infinatium. This principal can be overlooked in many of the mundane tasks that we go about doing day to day. Not recognizing this principal can lead aspects of ourself to find expression in unproductive ways that are not conducive to living at our highest potential. The principal of rhythm moves like a pendulum which can have innumerable lengths in its period. Some examples are waking and sleep, the in breath to the out breath, the ocean tides, day and night, etc etc. The principal of rhythm is not only limited to nature but acts out in our mental patterns and day to day work/leisure/play habits. In order to see this pattern it is necessary to understand the difference between the objective mind and the subjective mind which can be read in books by Carl Jung or other books on transcendental or transpersonal psychology. But for the purposes of this article and not to get into a long winded discussion; The objective mind is the part of our psyche that can observe itself, in yoga it is when we come back to our breath and realize the “I Am”-ness of ourself. The subjective mind is the state of our consciousness when we are going about our day to day things attracted and guided by our senses and all the things our mind unconsciously becomes subjected to. I will be writing an article more about this in the days to come.
The rhythmic pattern I want to talk about in this article is reading and writing. When reading our mind absorbs many new ideas, thoughts and ideas. We don’t often attribute this as part of a rhythm however consider this. Where does the information we amass go? Does it find a useful expression? According to hermetic philosophy there is a law of use, one cannot hoard information to the self without consequence. Considering that according to hermeticism every thing has polarity as well and we should ask ourself, what is the opposite of the inflow of information. It is the outflow of information, it is the expressions that we have as a result of the inflow of information and this outflow of information needs to find a constructive use, else we will bottle things up inside or bother our loved ones with things they care not for even if our intentions are for the best.
Some of the outlets for creative expression are applying what has been absorbed as new information in your own creative twist. There are no two perspectives that are exactly alike, your expression is a gift to all of humanity. I will end this article on the note that the expression of a flower does no good if the flower stays bottled up in its bud.
February 11th 2018.
How many of us go day to day with our typical consumerism habits of not applying very much mindfulness in what we purchase? How much consideration is given to the types of food we buy, the clutter we fill our house with and how much it affects our health? If your like me, I spent many years not giving 2 cents of thought to my own day to day spending habits getting everything we need from a grocery store or big box store simply because a product that fit the form I was after was offered to me and I knew not other reason to think anything differently. If I was buying canned peas or carrots, it was canned peas and carrots and there was no thought in my mind as to where it came from.
I would like to introduce you to a concept I call building a trusted network of staple supplies for your home. In today’s world if we are going to become responsible citizens we need to understand where our staple sources come from. That is because contrary to the thought that we are small and one consumer cannot influence how the millions of other people purchase things, but this is simply not true. You have real power to influence, if you do not believe me try something new for the better and pay attention to how many other people are also on this path, you will surprise yourself. Also even large corporations are struggling to make a tiny extra profit due to the fact that either they grow or bust in the stock market, it doesn’t take as much as our mind tends to tell us.
Making a habit of doing a little research a little at a time to source staple products locally from sources that make you feel good about where you spend your hard earned money gives you a sense of greater purpose as belonging to a community as opposed to singular cooperate consumer. So let’s get right into it. Here is a list of ideas that can be used to get going on this path.
– Visit a farmers market and talk to your local farmers and producers. You will be amazed at the advice you can get about cooking veggies that a farmer can offer you that you just can’t get at a grocery store. For example I noticed that after eating a lot of potatoes, I would find my breath heavier that before so I asked the local farmer for a potato substitute that was lower in starches. I was told that I could combine Rutabaga, Celery Root, Turnip and mash it together as an improved potato substitute that was overall a more healthy option and is less boring in my option.
– If you eat meat find a local butcher who sources from a local farm. Often times it does not cost more money and you will appreciate a much fresher taste and overall value that will keep you going back.
-Supplements. Get your supplements from a local owned natural food store. Often times these small food stores will have a person on staff who specialized in supplements and can give you valuable advice for helping select the right supplements for your needs. These local owned shops take greater care to source supplements from reputable suppliers which you will be glad you did.
– Bakeries are a great place to find a possible trusted supplier. You can talk to your baker about the ingredients they use, such as if they are sourced from local sustainable growers or if you have particular concerns due to food allergies.
These are just a few of they ways we can apply mindfulness in our day to day shopping habits which can go along way to make us feel good about where we give our vote (dollar) for the type of world we want to live in for the sake of our health and passing along good habits to the younger generation.
February 11, 2018.
This website is dedicated to sharing information about information I have learned from my new found love of reading books. Up until 2 years ago I could barely have read only what was needed to get by in elementary school and through college. I enjoy reading so much, I listen to audiobooks in my car while driving to work and fall asleep with a book by my side. I feel a strong desire to share the wealth of information I pick up along the way and making new connection amount different sources of information that pave the way for new expressions of the knowledge and insight gained.
The readings focused on are towards the growth and evolution of human consciousness. This site will discuss topics regarding the deep phiosophy of Eastern Yoga from Swamis, research from scientists on molecular intelligence, insights into body consciousness and other related topics such as ancient astrology and alchemy. The goal is to make practical use of this information and find new ways of integrating it into our everyday lives.
It is my hope that the discussions on this site will spur new ideas and challenge ourselves to live out the best, after all we are stuck on this planet till our time comes and we might as well make ourselves just a little better each and every day.