Monthly Archives: June 2012

What is the meaning of life? Time to realize it.

People often wonder what the meaning of life is all about. I think here was even a comedy show from Monty Python about it.

To be honest, the meaning of life, in a general sense, means you were put on the earth do DO SOMETHING. At the very minimal LEARN SOMETHING.

I must have already lost some people based on those two statements alone. Do Something? Learn Something? What does that mean? Is it referring to the fact that I shouldn’t party every weekend? Does it mean this? Does it mean that?

What the meaning of life means (in my eyes), is that you were given birth, lived your life, for the purpose of discovering yourself as a human being and doing something significant before you go. This could mean creating a picasso art painting. It could mean that you helped someone in desperate need. It could mean that you wrote a book. It could mean that you smiled to someone on the subway who was about to commit suicide that day, but because of your smile, they held on for one more day.

I think it is an indisputable fact. People were born here, for a deliberate reason. You might go through your whole life and not understand why… and then.. the day comes. Omigosh, I can’t believe it!  Something happened today that was completely out of the ordinary that I was a part of..  (Now you can see it)

I believe that the earth is nothing more than a “proving ground” or “testing ground” for souls.  Sure, they give you a body, and let you run around amuck like children, but when truth comes to shove.. they watch how you react.

What IF the earth was just that? A trial or testing ground for souls.  You are not allowed to move on spiritually unless you become a decent human being on earth?

Sometimes you don’t get all the answers you want, simply by asking questions. Once in awhile, listen to the silence around you, ask the questions and see if you can intellectually hear answers in your head.

I realize that last sentence might seem strange to someone. “See if you can intellectually hear answers in your head”

Let me clarify.

We’ve heard terms like our “alter-ego”, or our “guardian-angel”, or the “voice of our conscious”.. It is that voice that you hear in your head that seems to come from abroad.

If you slow down for even just 5 solid minutes. Block out the city noise around you.  Breathe, and think of some questions, and listen…  You might be given an answer back. Where does that voice come from? Is it you? Or from some place far away? Is it the universe?

Actually it does not matter what you hear, as much as it means, how willing you are to know yourself, what you are capable of, and what you will try to do tomorrow.

For the people that still don’t get it:

You weren’t given life, to be born on earth, to watch TV, to buy the latest cell phone, and to dine at the best restaurants.

Perhaps you were put here to develop into a real person, with some importance, to give back to society, your neighbor, family, or even a stranger. But you exist for a reason. Some people never find that reason. Some people do.. It’s actually up to you. Are you receptive to the idea you can do some good while you’re here? Or are you just here to party your heart out without a care in the world?

Having fun, is nice.

Caring about the purpose of your existence is deep, and shows that you have a heart, are intelligent, and are in tune with things.

Understanding who you are is free. It just takes some time to realize who you are…

Summer solstice: What is it, and why is it important?

Most of us have heard the term “Summer Solstice”. But what does it really mean, and why is it important?  Here are the reasons why the summer solstice is an important event, and why you should appreciate it..

In short, the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, but there is so much more than that..

Did you know that when this happens, it means that there is 24 hours of non-stop daylight north of the Arctic Circle?  If you lived there, you’d care. 🙂

At the same time, this is when 24 hours of darkness is experienced south of the Arctic Circle too.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, ok big deal. Two spots on earth it’s either 24 hours of dark, or 24 hours of light. Is that all this means? Nope..

In some parts of the world, namely Scandinavia, Estonia and Latvia, the summer solstice is actually the the most celebrated holiday other than Christmas.

When the summer solstice happens, this means that the sun is at its northern-most position in relation to the equator for the northern hemisphere and its southern most position for the southern hemisphere.  This only happens once per year.

Now here is the weird part… and you, yourself, might have experienced this..

During the summer solstice, people feel different.  They can’t put their finger on it, but they feel more energetic, and emotionally better.

 

We know that a sunny day makes us feel better in general, but why?

The sun’s rays allow us to use the cholesterol in our skin to be converted into vitamin D, which we need.

WHAT?

It is true.

 

This is why we are emotionally in a better frame of mind during a sunny day. The heat of the sun feels good. The brightness is pleasing to our eyes. While all of this is going on, there is a healing and cleansing going on physically with our bodies.

I read that sunlight prevents 17 different kinds of cancer from this website.

So the more we talk about the summer solstice, the more it seems obvious that it is celebrated for a very good reason. It’s a time to feel emotionally well, physically well, and to celebrate an event that only happens once a year.

The topics about summer solstice I’ve shared so far is only scratching the surface.

So we could sum up the significance of summer solstice these ways:

1) the sun is shining on the earth this time of year, more than it does any other time of the year

2) the sun has a huge impact on our bodies, how we feel, and our emotional well being

3) We’re converting cholesterol in our skin into vitamin D for “free” because of the sun, this happens more frequently during summer solstice.

4) Certain cultures and countries celebrate summer solstice almost equivalent as if it was a “Happy New Year” event on a paper calendar. To be honest, it makes you wonder why we celebrate a paper calendar New Year more than we do a summer solstice when the latter seems to be more important to us than the former.

So Happy Summer Solstice to you!!  Until this blog post, I didn’t know what it was either. But knowing now that the flaming ball of radiation in space called the Sun is actually giving us things we need as humans to survive.. and the fact that these few days during the summer solstice is when the Earth feels it the most. Sure. Sign me on, I celebrate it too. The Summer Solstice is a good thing, and it makes me want to walk outside and feel the sun that much more.

Life is funny sometimes. We’re so busy texting and watching TV, that a simple concept like the summer solstice needs to be explained. We should have learned this in school, or better yet, from our own parents long ago.

 

 

 

Being rich is boring. Receiving an inheritance and being wealthy sucks.

If you are rich and wealthy and found this blog post, then you’re lucky. Personally, I watched a documentary on how rich kids who inherit fortunes get bored easily. That makes perfect sense.

For regular people, everyone thinks that if you are born into money, life must be so easy and they look down upon you. You’ll have servants in your life who give you a fake smile, which you see through, because the family has money.

From an early age, you are taught, to respect money and how lucky you are to have a family with fortune, but how lucky are you?

What IF, you were ready to make life more challenging, and wanted to be important in your own way irregardless of your family path?

All of this is possible! Being rich does not have be boring, and having an inheritance does not have to be such a burden if you use it the right way.

So what could you do with your fortune?

Always giving money to charity just to gain tax deductible donations is boring. But it doesn’t have to stop there..  Perhaps you are not using your fortune the right way.

What if you..

..do something out of the ordinary? Find a struggling entrepreneur, a business person in need of funding. Make their dream come true. Who knows? Maybe a small investment on your behalf ($50,000) could double in the next couple of years, and at the same time, you helped someone else who needed the money to get started?

Investing in the right people, even on a gamble, for a wealthy person can turn into a WIN-WIN scenario.

If you have wealth, use it in a creative way. Enjoy your gift and share it with other good natured people (even strangers) who can help it grow.

Strategically using your wealth to financially back a struggling entrepreneur could have unexpected rewards. Think about it. Why let your money sit in a bank account, when you could invest $50,000 into a sole proprietor who has the talent, but no funds?

I’ve never understood that about rich kids. They have more money than they can spend in their life, yet they don’t seem to seek out the people who could really use their help. I’m not talking about charity. I’m talking about the silent majority of new start up business entrepreneurs. People that have a dream and want to get there, and are looking for that “angel investor” to help them make it come true.

I already know, if I won the lottery tomorrow, that is exactly what I would do.. I’d give a bunch of money to charity, but I’d also reserve some money for helping out a struggling entrepreneur who could really use the help. The bonus here, is if it paid off in the long run, together we could generate more money and help charity even more.

Want to know where I’d start?

Two places:

http://www.indiegogo.com        or        http://www.kickstarter.com/

Both of these are project proposal websites that have posted business plans. These entrepreneurs just need is funding. You could send them $5 dollars or $5,000 dollars.  There are rewards for your contribution, (or you can be anonymous too).

Seed money is a beautiful thing to a project. Problem is, that everyone expects banks to be the only source of funding.

What about wealthy kids who have inherited their wealth and want to help build something?

Why does life suck?

Someone, out there, is eventually going to type into a search engine “why does life suck?” and they will be hoping for an answer.  In this blog post, I will answer that question, or at least do my best..

Life sucks, in general terms, because people wake up each morning hoping that every new day will bring something different. A new idea, a new thing to marvel over, something that will make yesterday seem like the stone ages.

The reason life can sometimes “suck”, is because most of us are caught up in this circular warp. We’re forever going to bed at similar times of the night. We’re waking up at similar times of the morning. We’re drinking that similar coffee, and having that similar breakfast to start the day off..

We work the similar jobs, or go to the similar school, and then have that similar wonder each day that passes “why does life suck”.

If you, as a person, have never thought that… “why does life suck”.. then I have no idea why you were able to search out this blog post, or why you are reading this far in…

..but for everyone else.. here’s the answer to your worries..

“WHY DOES LIFE SUCK?”

To be honest.. life doesn’t stuck. Perhaps your perception of life sucks. That means, you’re in the wrong lane of the superinformation highway of life. It means you need change, and need it now.

Even if your life seems manageable, it’s still creating this “it sucks” feeling in you. This is a key time to look at life around you, and instead of blaming life, learn to decide why you have allowed an environment around you to be created this way.

Does life suck, or perhaps you, as a person, have allowed it to suck?

It sounds like I’m giving you answers in riddles, but to be honest, sometimes life works that way.

In short, I can tell you why “life sucks” today.

..it is because you didn’t change the path significantly yesterday..

THAT’S RIGHT.  Your yesterday is the reason you are feeling, seeing, and experiencing today.

So when someone gets upset about the way their life is going “today”, the real answer is embedded in the way they acted “yesterday” or the week before, or the week before that…

You are experiencing life today, because of what you neglected to do yesterday.

It is as simple as that. Sorry to be the bringer of bad news (and remember the adge: don’t shoot the messenger)

..but if you really look at it. Today, the way you feel about it, has a significant reason for happening, based on yesterday, a few days back, a few weeks back, or a few months back.

To change this situation, so “life doesn’t suck any more” is quite easy…

Make a significant change today, of any sort, so that when tomorrow shows up, it may become a different day as a result of your change.

It could be anything.. here are some examples of how to achieve real change

1) Quit your job: (be careful with this one, unless you have a for-sure opportunity elsewhere)

2) Say goodbye once and for all to that annoying friend

3) Spend a solid 2 hours learning about a new talent, or trade that you are interested in – work at it

4) Re-arrange your habitual duties. Are you the type of person who wakes up, pours yourself a coffee, and sits on youtube each morning? Well the next morning, avoid youtube, pour yourself an orange juice, and walk around the block instead.

…DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF YOU WANT DIFFERENT RESULTS…

So if you realise “today” only happened because of what you did “yesterday” perhaps tomorrow, “life won’t suck quite as much any more”

Think of what you  want for the future, and know, that your actions today, really do dictate tomorrow.

Hopefully some of this helps.

(ASMR) The sound of rain, how to appreciate it, instead of hating it

It is easy to hate rain.  When it rains, we get wet. Everyone loves a sunny day, so when rain shows up, it puts a damper on things (pun intended). But are those real reasons we should hate rain?

People can be strange this way. After stepping out of a nice shower, people feel clean, and they’re happy they had one. But if water falls from the sky, all of a sudden it’s a bad thing. If you really look at it, rain is under appreciated.

Rain cleans the world.  It washes away dirt. It cleanses things.  It fills up the water reservoirs in the city, so when you turn on the taps, you get water.

Ever heard of a rain dance? Native indians knew the importance of rain.  People all around the world in dry climates beg for rain. Those same people that beg for rain would laugh at people who complain about it.

The human body consists of 57% water.  So you’d think that people who can’t live more than 72 hours without drinking water wouldn’t hate rain quite as much as we all do.

“Oh no, it’s going to rain!”, is a common complaint we hear often.

It’s like listening to gorillas complaining that there are too many bananas.  Why do we complain about rain?

What’s even better, is the sound of rain. There are CD’s you can buy, just to give you the sounds of rain. There is a thing called ASMR, and I don’t know if you have heard about this phenomenon, but it finally has a name.

ASMR is an abbreviation for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Never heard of it? That’s quite possible, since it’s not widely talked about.  Perhaps you’ve experienced ASMR without knowing about it.

ASMR is an experience when sound can trigger pleasurable senses in your brain, and more often then not, you logically cannot explain why.

It could be ridiculous things, like someone turning pages of a magazine. Or someone shuffling through their purse looking for their lipstick. It could be the pitter patter of rain on the window.

Good sounds, and pleasurable sounds don’t always come from Lady Gaga. Not that I have anything against her as a musician, but she does have competition for pleasurable sound, and it could be as simple as the rain.

So the next time it is raining out, rather than duck for cover, and curse at it. Take a second glance.  Watch the rain, watch how leaves and plants respond. Smell the freshness in the air. Listen to the sound, and appreciate this is nature’s way of speaking aloud.

We’ve all heard the phrase “take time to smell the roses”.

…maybe now it’s time we learn how to appreciate rain, instead of hating it.

What do you think?