Do I live in a friendly or a hostile Universe?

This is the second part of Einstein’s philosophical thoughts.

Einstein who is best remembered as a scientist, found wisdom in his search for true, He said this:

“The most important decision you’ll ever make is
whether you live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe”

This literally can change the way you perceive the world, the way you perceive reality, because if you choose to live in a hostile world, then you will find a hostile world everywhere you go.

You may think these are just feeling good words, which may sound nice, and eventually may work for some issues, but they can’t change the word as it is.

Well these words are more powerful than you may think, let’s have simple example of how we perceive the “world outside”.

Try to remember when you were going to buy a car, let’s say you decide to by an specific car from a brand, almost everyday when you are on the streets, you may start noticing the same model of car you want to buy, you start noticing there are different types of the same model you want to buy, and you start encountering more and more cars of that brand than ever before.

The cars did not show up magically that day, they already were there before, but you didn’t notice them, because you didn’t think about them, but in the moment you start to think about it, they seem to show up more and more.

There is no difference with what Einstein said, (after all he is considered the brightest mind of the last century) when you choose to live in a hostile word, you start to find bad news, the people you talk to seem to tell you bad news most of the times, you find the worst drivers on your way, and bad news become a part of your life. It doesn’t mean there are not good people or good news, but you chose to live in a hostile Universe, therefore you perceive a hostile Universe everywhere you go.

The opposite is true as well, when you choose to live in a friendly Universe, you start to see opportunities everywhere you start to see more and more good news, or maybe you stop watching the news, you find good people all the time, good things start to happen. It doesn’t mean that there are no more bad news, it is just that you decide not to focus on them and start focusing in good things instead.

Trungnpa Chogyam in his book The Sacred Path of the Warrior has a very important observation:”we can actually cure ourselves of depression if we recognize that the world we have is good”

If you decide to live in a friendly world and wake every morning saying to yourself

I live in a friendly world.

Then at some point, you may find yourself in a different word, because you discovered reality is nothing else than what we perceive trough our thoughts, through the memories we have accumulated from the past, and that it is different to everyone, because everyone has chosen, even without knowing to live in a friendly or a hostile world

It is your choice

God Bless you

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Are you living in the present moment? If not, this video could help.

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Ric learned a lot from being in the edge of death, and he shares his learning in a very simple way. Being close to death makes you put things in perspective, makes you realize you have been wasting precious time doing something that is not worth it, expending too much time being worry for things that have already happened or that may never happen.

Eric says this

“I collect bad wines”

He says if he has a good bottle of wine and he is with th right person, he will open it, because he may never have the time to open it.

He also says he doesn’t argue now to be right, he wants to be happy instead.

Don Juan the chaman in Carlos Castaneda’s book is always talking about your own death, it says that your death can teach you more than your own life, because knowing you are going to be death takes away the urgency to accumulate possessions. It also makes you braver and stronger, because you know that one day you are going to be gone.

He also says something that really caught my attention, he says that he wasn’t rally afraid of death, though he didn’t want to die, because he wanted to help more people, he wanted to see his sons grow up, he wasn’t afraid of dying.

It makes you wonder that being so close to death could make you see it as it really is, as something natural, as the next step towards our evolution, returning back to the Source, returning back to the state of peace and endless consciousness. Return to God, which I believe it couldn’t be sad at all.

But for now we only have this moment and nothing else, so we can keep busy living or keep busy dying.
It is your choice

God Bless You

http://on.ted.com/A7hv

Gratitude

Here is this beautiful video about gratitude, about presence, about living in the now, in the only day we have: TODAY.

In the first place I thought about explaining the meaning of the content of the movie, then I realized I didn’t need to explain it, you just need to see it by yourself to experience it.

I hope you have a great day.

God Bless You

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Meditation: a scientific approach

During the last decades, there had been several studies about the benefits of meditation. When people in the early seventies started to hear about meditation, they thought it was like a new ORIENTAL religion, and the ones that would practice it would feel good and would try to convince others about the benefits, but most of those were convinced because they coul see a change in the other person. Actually when you meditate, you feel good, and that should be a satisfactory argument, but for us in the occidental world, we need facts in order to believe in certain things, like meditation.

That is why there had been so many studies about meditation, because we know it’s good, but we need to see the numbers, the data, the benefits of practicing it in a way we can understand.

Some studies found that the brain of the meditators have increased the gray mass, like the one published at Psychiatry Research:

Analyses in a priori regions of interest confirmed increases in gray matter concentration within the left hippocampus

They studied prior non meditators who meditate for 8 weeks, and found out extraordinary results for the meditators.

The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress, so meditators not only increased their capacity to focus, but they decreased their capacity to suffer stress in the same conditions that they used have before.

Sindya Bhanoo explains this study in a simple way in the New York times

New York Times: How Meditation can change the brain

There have been other studies to regular meditators, like this one expalined in the BBC which was made to Buddhist meditators:

BBC: Brains of Buddhist monks scanned in meditation study

In the study they found out that the meditators have an high capacity to reorganize the neuronets:

When one relaxes into the state of oneness the neuronets change andr the psychological wall between them and their surroundings. Meditators claim to have a deep harmony between them and their surroundings.

Unfortunately all this studies can’t give you the experience of meditation, that can’t be explained with words, because each one experience it in a different way. So try it now if you haven’t done it previously, and if you already are a meditator, now you know some scientific data of what you are already experiencing.

God Bless You.

Your Happiness Doesn’t Depend on the Place Where You Are

Imagine you are in a luxurious hotel on the beach, there is a gorgeous view from you room, you are seated in a hammock with a cold drink and in the perfect warm weather, then you receive a phone call, it is your assistant telling you you have lost everything you have in your business. You would not feel good, even though the place is a perfect place, the news make you feel miserable.
On the other hand imagine you are just walking on the street where you usually walk everyday, then you find an old friend from school that you have not seen for years, it makes you feel good, even though the landscape is the same you see everyday.
So happiness is not a matter of where you are, it doesn’t come from the outside, it comes from the inside, yes a beautiful place surely helps for you to feel good, but it doesn’t guarantee that you would be happy in that place, and if a landscape makes you feel happy it is because you are connected from the inside with the landscape, therefore you feel happiness and bliss.
I remember one day I was driving back home and then I looked at the sky and saw one of the most beautiful sunsets i’ve ever seen, the clouds were so bright, lightened by the sun, with different colors each one, there were also light beams that crossed the clouds making it look like a Renaissance painting. I felt instantly happiness and bliss, because something that beautiful touched my soul. Then I thought everyone was enjoying that sunset as I was doing, but when I looked at the others drivers I realized that everyone was on their own business, trying to answer the phone, talking, but most of them seemed to be in autopilot, not focused on their driving, the road or the sunset, they were focused on their own thoughts, they were focused on the current of thoughts we all have inside of us, then I realized that I was the only one that was aware of the master piece of God painting a gorgeous sunset, just for me.
Next time you find yourself in a beautiful place, be aware of it and enjoy it.
And next time you realized you are have unpleasant feelings, be aware of them and remember that it all comes from the inside and you have the choice to change that, regardless of the place where you are.

God Bless You

Anger takes you away from the Present Moment

“The most important thing we miss when we are mad is the present moment.”

Have you ever observed a child in the moment when he is really upset, he does not listen to us or to anybody.

Yesterday my oldest son was upset, and I was trying to talk to him asking him to pay attention, when my youngest son told me:

” He is not listening now that he is angry, it happens to me when I am upset too”

And it is true, when we are angry or upset, we are having in our minds thoughts about what happened, we are having thoughts about the past, trying to justify us and trying to convince us that the other person is wrong

Sometimes, we are having thoughts from the future, thinking about what we would do to that person or what are we going to do about the situation in the future.

All these thoughts are ego justifications; the ego does it because is trying to convince us that we are the ones that are right, therefore making the others wrong. The ego does this in order to distract us from the most important thing in our lives: The Present Moment.

This moment is also called ” The Present”, because it is a gift from God, and it is given to us in every breath we take, in every instant we are alive.

Therefore the secret is to be present, because in the present moment there is no place for anger, so if we know this, next time we are mad, it is possible that we could be able to return to the present, and in that moment we will realize, that the anger is only feeding us with thoughts from the past or the future.

If we commit to make an effort to be present most of the times during the day, then we will not only get to reduce the times we get mad, we will be living the life we were meant to live.

God Bless You

Listen to God

If you want to hear what God wants to tell you, close your eyes , quiet your thoughts and listen.

We have been thaught to pray by talking to God, but we have not been taught to listen to see if God is talking to us. Consider the story about a religious man who got caught in a flood. He was so sure God would not let him drown, then a boat passed and offered him help. But he said, “I am a religious person and I am sure God will help me.” After a few hours the water started to rise and a motorized boat passed by offering help, but he again replied “I am a religious person and I am sure God will help me.” At the end of the day the water was so high he had to climb to the roof. Then a helicopter passed by and offered help, but the man was so sure God would help him that he didn’t accept it. As the water got higher, the man finally drowned. When he arrived in heaven, he asked God why He had not sent help and God replied, ” I sent you two boats and a helicopter and you rejected them!”

When we pray, we have a tendency to talk and not wait for God’s reply. Are we listening?

God is in the silence, which is inside of us. He is in the space between our thoughts, but we often have so many thoughts, we don’ t permit ourselves to quietly listen to God’s response. Meditation is a great way to go back to this silence, calming our minds and making us conscious of the space between our thoughts.

So the next time you feel like praying, listen to God first. You may not need to say a single word.