“Your/Focus”

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Your life is what you make of it…provided there’s opportunity. Freedom is the ability to choose freely from the possibilities, not necessarily do anything, but responsibly taking what’s available as long as it doesn’t diminish the lives of others. Fairly simple and straightforward? Why does humanity continue to struggle with this formula?

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My current visit to Romania has brought all of these questions to light for me. The shadow of the half century of communism lingers across the generations captured by its effects. It’s not as easy as lifting the curtain to expose the opportunity. It takes many generations to accumulate the context of liberal democracy with the transformative benefits of capitalism to raise the possibilities for everyone. More than anything it’s re-enforced the social issues of the United States and our struggle to overcome the pitfalls of generations struggling with each other to improve the system.

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Deep at the core of this human condition lies it’s roots of potential equality distorted by the divergence of unequal opportunity. Every single generation widens the lens for their space in our evolution, but narrows its focus down to its lack of true relevance as that generation expires. Somehow we continually fail to effectively accelerate the adaptation to the rate of change for every generation alive at a given moment in time.

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Rather than lift people upward, we destroy their imagination of hope suggesting they try harder. Social complexity grows much faster than our understanding of how we all fit together. It feels like we all focus so much on how we arrived losing sight of what’s ahead. The next three decades will determine the fate of our entire species. I’ve decided to be engaged in that process, ignoring the inability of those around me to participate. This will be my final commentary about the generalities of our social failures. The remainder of my documentation will surround my engagement of saving our existence.

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#engaged #transformation

“You/Think”

The loneliness of only being yourself…

…terrifies the fuck out of us

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Nobody has this figured out, it’s anyone’s guess as to the why we’re here. Every generation churns out yet another layer of anxiety over the reason behind our why. The feeling of being alive is intoxicating, yet subversively paranoid simultaneously. Who else hears our thoughts, surely they echo across time.

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Desire poised just beneath the surface of fear. Luring our spirit into its web of ecstasy and exotic fulfillment. Never relenting it’s constant reminder of the darkness within all of us. Only the strands of guilt hold us back from over indulgence. We can’t help ourselves for wanting, we can’t forgive ourselves for accepting.

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As long as we don’t feel threatened, we feel we must know something special. Our vision of our existence is how everything fits together for us. Surely everyone else feels the same way about themselves. Suffering is a poor choice, cheer yourself up so no one feels badly about themselves. Anger will get you through the night.

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Peace is the constant dream, if only we could locate its calm. Surely there are moments of this mythical clarity, but suffering to find them seems to be the barrier of resistance. Tolerance for the suffering is the weight of that feeling for existence. Life’s tide rolls across our memories, washing clean the residual effects. Leaving behind nothing but guilt for not trying harder.

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Wasting away all those moments of being present in the suffering and not breathing in the essence of the space between the passing seconds. For its not fear of dying, it’s forgetting that our time falls within those gaps of anguish over the why. It’s love we seek, and how that feels. Reassuring our entanglement over how we arrived at another moment, and the weight lingers still.

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You think because that’s all the mind knows to do. You feel because that’s how we deal with our thoughts. You live when you train the will to accept. Love is the harmony of realization of this transformation. Once you figure that part out, there’s no space for anything else. The fear, anxiety, and suffering subside for the tranquility of compassion. The weight of living has been lifted…

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#love #life #peace #acceptance #compassioN

“Dystopian/Utopia”

Our view of the lives we lead is more influenced by what we eat, than what we understand. The affect of mood seeps into every attempt at discerning our interpretation of the reality surrounding our existence. This sense of how we feel about a train of thought is deeply rooted in the bacteria of our digestive system, and the balance of normalcy between billions of microbes working to breakdown the content of what we consume as nourishment. Consciousness arrived long after nature developed this system for supplying the body with the necessary fuel essential to survival and thus reproduction. The ties between our bodies responses to the what we ingest are profound. Every cell throughout our body is in constant and continuous contact with effects of the digestive process. At the cellular level, we budget energy to correspond to the rate at which its replenished. Individual cells don’t store energy, thus their usage is dependent on an efficient means of continually delivering that source. Through the adaptation of consciousness and higher levels of cognitive deliberation, the body’s response to what we derive as fuel is highly regulated by the master of all human regulators, emotion. How we feel is the most significant indication of our state of being. Controlling the lens that we view our reality through is  all the control we possess. 

 

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“...waiting out the rain” 

 

I can’t help but wonder what the extent of our industrialized food culture contributes to the current state of affairs here in the U.S. I realize it’s not that simple, and the complexity of any modern day society is immense with contributing factors, but the anecdotal occurrences of digestive disruptions within my world causes me to consider the effects. Even if it’s just a small part of the why, it’s one aspect of life we have all the power to regulate. With the rate of change for everything around us soaring as humanity expands the volume of ideas converted to reality, the fundamentals of our existence are vital to our continued well being. The average lifestyle is trending away from what has allowed our species to become what it is today. The very basis of healthy is being challenged by convenience in order to keep pace with the speed of our social development. All the while, we are biologically tethered to the fundamentals of life itself. Eating, sleeping, and exercising are the foundations of how we arrived at today. Budgeting them into the modern lifestyle, while capitalizing on the advancements of all that change development is the challenge.  

 

 

 “...sneaky passenger”  

 “...sneaky passenger” 

 “If all we know, is all we have”...what we know matters most! In today’s world, this is what separates the majority from the 20% taking advantage of their understanding of how we exist. 

 

https://twut.nd.edu/PDF/Summary_Diffusion_Theory.pdf

 

How we rank in this paradigm greatly influences our outcomes. How you view your life helps determine the trajectory for your progress. Understanding the effects of change in regards to progress allows the individual to ascend upward, while defiance lowers that trajectory downward, even to the extent of despair. Now imagine the effects of your mood on this situation, and the realization of that next bite of food contributing to your place in life. Low and behold, the big picture is just a collection of small brush strokes, and the details really do matter. Creating understanding, observing the creators, awareness of the observations, and continually updating your story is the process for being included. Authoring your individual story with knowledge delivers a vastly different outcome than feeling good or bad, depending on what transpired and calling it luck. 

 

   “...Mansfield, LA”   

  “...Mansfield, LA” 

Decay is rooted in the stagnation of growth. Growth is only limited by the infrastructure of the organism. Trees attain the height their individual structures will support absent of external influences. Humans are given our internal structure from our ancestors genetics. We fulfill that capacity with the fundamental basis for supporting life by eating, sleeping, and physical activity. Growth as a person, emotionally and intellectually is chosen and lacks the constraints of infrastructure as previously described. Decay comes in the form of rationalization of your lack of effort and subsequent failures. Isolation is the end game of this path, leaving you alone and suffering the misery of being disconnected, or possibly worst, being surrounded by people just like yourself. 

 

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  “...hidden treasure” 

 Knowing who we are and accepting our role in that is about the best anyone can achieve. Staking a claim to the notion of control in hopes of satisfying our desire to have or achieve can backfire. Life is a struggle for all forms of life itself. Peace is not being consumed by the challenge of life, and embracing the unknown as an opportunity rather than something terrifying. Managing your emotional impulses, so that they align with the decisions they’re intended to support. Stop wanting and start living...

 

 

#guidelines