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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Day 1109: How far does your Empathy go?

We all have limits to our empathy - but what does it mean to lack empathy? What value does empathy have if we are unwilling or unable to act on it and actually support those we see suffering around us?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Day 1108: My Acts of Terror

Another day of horror passes as yet another airport is bombed and more are killed in the name of something. Something that is nowhere near worth killing for. This keeps happening and will keep happening, there's not much you or I can do to change it today or even tomorrow. What we can change is the way that we create ourselves - the thoughts, judgements, beliefs, opinions that we have to, on some small scale, justify some of the awful things that people do. If you have just one thought about how you judge someone as being inferior to you then you are part of the creative force behind inequality. The acts of violence that someone commits all started with one thought, and that thought was fueled by the similar beliefs and opinions of the people around them. None of us are innocent - we all contribute to the world system and our society to some degree. It's time to start reflecting on exactly how we are living as the creative force of our world and ourselves.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Day 1107: What is Real Democracy?

The recent Brexit vote brings to light the absurdity of our current definition of the word "democracy". How can just over half of people be called the majority on any scale of fairness?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Day 1106: From Passive to Active Participation

If we sit idly back and accept everything in the world as being "just the way things are" then nothing will change. Change starts with each one of us - we need to actively participate in creating the change we want to see in the world.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Day 1105: Inner Chasms

The standard operational procedures in the average human life are centered around doing whatever is necessary to avoid, suppress and ignore all the things that we don't like or understand. There's a pill for everything these days - don't like how you're feeling? Well you have hundreds of pills to choose from that will make you feel like an entirely different person (for a time. T's & C's apply). Feeling sick? There are some pills to suppress those pesky symptoms you're experiencing (T's & C's apply). Don't want to face yourself in developing a long term relationship? Leave the bastard and find someone new! In the process of running away from ourselves we've become rather good at ignoring and pushing down those parts of ourselves that we don't like - but what are the consequences of doing this? Are we not actually breaking ourselves into pieces?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Day 1104: Integrity in Sales

We all know that the sales industry is filled with liars and cheaters, but somehow we keep falling for their little tricks. We enjoy feeling special, we enjoy being treated well - so much so that we'll buy something that we don't actually want, or go into a bad deal. In the way the system is designed right now, people feel that it is necessary to lie, manipulate and even cheat in order to survive - and yet wouldn't we ALL feel better if we brought integrity into the marketplace. As it is now, everyone comes out feeling like a loser and the ones who don't are either psychopaths or immune to emotional manipulation.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Day 1103: The Hunger Effect

We all know how much our mood can be influenced by missing a meal or two, hunger tends to make us ill-tempered and emotional. Imagine for a moment what it must be like for those people who experience this every day. How much does hunger effect the direction and outcome of their inner selves and life choices?

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Day 1102: Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone

What is holding you back from trying new things, or from developing yourself in an area or skill that you previously dismissed (or even avoided)? I don't like cameras, but given the opportunity to develop myself in creating videos, would I deny that point of self development simply because I fee uncomfortable in front of a camera? My immediate response is "EEEEK! Camera!!" and then *run away* - but who am I within that response? Am I the master of my life or a slave to my thoughts and experiences?

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Day 1101: Releasing the Control Freak Within: You don't have to do Everything Yourself

Some of us feel like we need to do everything ourselves, that other people are just not up to the task and that if you want something done right, do it yourself. Sometimes we convince ourselves that with every single project or responsibility in our lives, if we don't do it then no one will. Living this way is not only stressful and often overwhelming, it is also simply not effective or practical. It also prevents other people from developing themselves within roles of responsibility and initiative. Sometimes, you just have to step back, give someone else the opportunity to take responsibility within a role and then support them to become effective within it.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Day 1100: Outsider

Most of us have experienced feeling left out, unwanted, judged, unwelcome - but few of us recognise the true source of this personality system: Self judgement.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Day 1099: When you Believe that you're Stuck

We all get stuck sometimes, stuck in our thoughts and emotions. Most of the time we can snap out of it, but sometimes those experiences become overwhelming and we feel like we have no control over them. We sink deeper into despair and powerlessness. We feel like we're drowning. We feel like there's no way out. As much as we feel like we're lost within the thoughts and experiences, we are there only because we believed those thoughts in the first place. We believed them to be true and real. We did not question for even a moment whether our thoughts (our mind) have our best interests at heart.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 1098: Might as well have Pulled the Trigger

There are many terrible things that happen in this world, mostly carried out by human hands. It's easy to claim and feel as if we are in no way responsible for those things, for those acts of violence. However, if we look within ourselves we will see that there are thoughts, judgements, beliefs, words and actions that we have lived that are discriminatory, violent, superior etc. Each of these seemingly small concessions that we allow ourselves form part of the whole that we see in the world - ie in other people. So when someone shoots up a gay nightclub, you may not feel responsible at all - but remember that the gunmen internalised all of the judgements about gays from all the people he/she met during their life and created such an intense emotional reaction to gay people that it built over time into a complete possession where they then channeled all this rage into a violent act. We are each creators in this world and society, no matter how seemingly insignificant our contribution.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 1097: Violence Within becomes Violence Without

We're a rather violent species. When we get frustrated or angry we tend to lash out and try to beat the offender of our good sensibilities into submission. If it's an animal, we may physically beat them (stupid dog, shouldn't have done that, you were asking for it!). If it's another person we may imagine punching them in their stupid faces (stop being a dick). But in the end, that violence within us becomes part of the reason that we are so willing to accept the violence we see in the world around us. If we are violent we better be ok with the violence around us, or else we may be forced to re-evaluate ourselves. So, we tell ourselves that violence is just a natural part of the human condition, it's normal to have outbursts (If you don't be quiet this INSTANT I will leave you on the side of the road!). Violence is natural... Or is it?

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 1096: Desensitized to Everyday Horrors

50 people die in a shooting in Orlando and the world is up in arms. Everyone is talking about it. People are putting up temporary profile pictures to show solidarity and support for those who were harmed in the event. As terrible as the Orlando shooting was, there are far more horrific things that happen on a daily basis that people don't seem to care about at all. Is our acceptance of the atrocities taking place justifiable?

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Day 1095: Bullied by Bravado

It is quite common to see people bullying each other into submission simply by putting on a big voice and a big attitude. We don't like conflict so most of us will try to avoid it by simply submitting to the bully, regardless of whether there is any real substance backing them up. Not all fights can be won, but choosing to back down because of a fear response shows only that we remain slaves to our programming.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Day 1094: Prove Your Success and Maybe I'll Love You

We have so easily come to accept the family dynamic (that is often portrayed in movies and media) of one or both parents only coming to fully love, accept and support their child once the child "proves their success" or "proves that they are the best". This is obviously not a healthy relationship, and yet it is so often turned into and emotional and romanticized moment of being "reunited" in films, when the child finally "proves to the parent" that their choices were "right". Furthermore, where else in our lives may we be unknowingly creating this same conditional relationship?

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Day 1092: Pay for the Privilege of Eating Healthy Food

How many people in your life do you know who must compromise their diet due to their financial position? How is life all about paying for the privilege to live and never actually getting out of the point of survival? How do each one of us actually participate in the creation of the world system the way that it is?

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Day 1091: Skimping on Medical Care

How many people do you know who will put off going to see the doctor because they're worried about how much it will cost? If it's one or more, then that's too many.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Day 1090: Boiling and Bubbling Nasty Thoughts

Why do we sit and stew about the issues we have with other people? Why don't we simply walk up to them and get everything out into the open so that it can be directed to a happy conclusion?

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Day 1089: Living Income Guaranteed: What’s Next?

After three years of presenting the proposal for a Living Income Guaranteed and upon witnessing the ongoing developments with Basic Income in the Political System, we will be discussing the next steps of expanding our movement. Watch our final edition of the Living Income Hangout. Take part in the announcement of our upcoming project that will continue to contribute to both world and self-change.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Day 1088: Different Paces, Different Paths

We tend to forget that every person is different, has different tolerances, histories, designs, strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, requirements, etc. In forgetting this, we tend to judge each other. We stop trying to understand each other. We start pointing fingers and talking about fairness, but in truth, what is fairness? Isn't it about considering the unique nature of each individual, instead of trying to force everyone into all the same boxes, labels and shapes?

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Day 1087: Forcing Change

We all know that trying to force things to go the way you want often ends up doing more harm than good, but it is still our most common response to situations that are not going our way. In order to truly get to a point where people and things are moving smoothly and effectively you have to allow for that element of exploration, personal experience and understanding.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Day 1086: A Natural Violence

If you look back at the history of humanity you will see a lot of evidence supporting the idea that humans are naturally violent. Take a look at your own life, at the small moments of anger and frustration where you lash out at someone or something else, instead of slowing down and looking for a better solution. Certainly, we allow our emotions to get the better of us - but do we have to live according to whatever it is that we're feeling in the moment?

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