BUT! Don’t expect short blogs promising simple solutions to life’s every problem – Expect to have to work your mind when you read as hard as you have to work your body when you exercise if you hope to achieve anything in this life – nothing worth doing is ever easy and that should include your reading regime.
Mastering any skill takes time and effort (10,000 hrs) so it stands to reason that life mastery is going to take a lifetime of both time and effort with a sprinkling of wisdom having been gained along the way.Adam Senex
There are no short cuts. Taking on progressively harder and deeper ideas is the only way to progress. I assume a shared level of background knowledge not to be found on social media, in short blogs, or any other place not requiring a level of sustained effort. maybe books would be a good place to start and not trendy soap opera books or autobiographies but actual books that theorise the human condition rather than exhibit and celebrate the worst side of that condition. Philosophy, psychology, sociology, metaphor, evolutionary psychology, hermeneutics, even mythology are all rich sources of often genius attempts at understanding the human condition. To that I would even add well interpreted theology – Neuroscience is another rich source of what may really be going on with us beyond our awareness. Once a level of mastery is attained in reading and understanding – the links between the disciplines start to form. Resulting in a constantly changing personal world view that makes a mockery of how anyone can ever have fixed beliefs about anything in this world. Open-mindedness is home, the place to return to each time you think you have the last word on anything. You don’t! Although you will often find yourself willing to argue for one view over another – the truth is that there is truth to be found in most views for somebody and things are rarely as simple or straight forward as they may seem. Once one begins to plumb the depths the blacks and whites very quickly become infinite shades of grey. And somewhere in between is more likely to be where we find the sweet spots. History shows that extremes in ideologies never work and still we find it impossible to compromise as a species. We Will DESTROY this planet and most of humanity with it before we see the error of our ways.
In a world full of distractions and trivialities – Humanity is suffering from mass Attention Deficit Disorder – the solution begins with each of us.
The structure of this blog.
“I write about awareness, progress, getting better and how that might work for us all in the real world. My writing by necessity is probably more rebel than Zen due to the numerous discoveries by other authors of what might be happening behind our backs. I attempt to map personal progress despite all our obstacles. I write to motivate, inspire and teach optimism in a very difficult world. I cover all aspects of life from health and fitness, work, relationships and everything in between. Getting better in the real world – whatever that might be!”
SWEET SPOTS – A Flexarian feels that the good life is discovered by the balancing of opposing forces flexibly and in a way most appropriate to each moment – Adam’s egoic mind
Pensees is a French word meaning a thought or reflection put into literary form. How philosophy was before it became overly categorized and structured mostly by egoic left brain dominant thinking.
I have taken the liberty of going back in time to when Philosophers used a freestyle form of writing more attuned to how thoughts come – as a random number of relevant points and paragraphs thrust into consciousness for no apparent reason – I suppose it could be considered more of a journal approach but from my point of view it allows the creative process to flow with my thoughts as I go through this process we like to call life. My thoughts are triggered for many reasons and show no respect for organisation and I like to get them down while they are hot and then expand them over time just in case they decide to evade me in the future. For thoughts in the now moment is all that there is. But they are only current thoughts and then they move on to a new present moment. There are many drafts involved in the process and publishing is a mere snapshot in the thought process. Thoughts can age very quickly indeed. There is never an ending or any finality in the process of life as we each interpret it right now. We never really know where it is leading. We are in a state of constant flux. Full of contradictions that rather than being frowned upon need to be acknowledged as part of the life process. We are never fixed – existentialists thought that death was the time we stop changing but let’s be honest even that mystery is open to interpretation. Nobody knows what is to come so it would seem prudent to live life as if it is either your first day or your last day. Both fit equally well. That way what happens at the point of the great mystery has not affected how we live our lives in this moment. That is what the flexarian attitude allows flexibility along the many spectrums that make up life in the search for our particular sweet spots for this moment and quite probably entirely different for the next. A sweet spot is never a sweet spot for all time. Everything changes.
The important thing is how you as readers uniquely interpret what you read regardless of my intentions. You have no obligation to agree with me. I am just a trigger for your thought process.
Thanks – I hope you enjoy the process and develop your own totally unique and entirely flexible world view and with it enjoy some excitement and peace of mind…
–Adam’s egoic mind–
“We are reality constructors – We have been gifted the power to create the illusion of who we are not and what life isn’t – We are stuck with our egoic minds constructing apparent reality mostly below the level of our conscious awareness and then bull-shitting the meaning behind our actions – but all is not lost – Let’s try to understand using egoic mind but somehow harmonising beyond ego so as not to abuse the gift by continuing on our current path of destruction by failing to understand and accept our own egoic minds! Paradox? Yes, but only to a misunderstood egoic mind that created the categories and separation in the first place – Egoic mind is both our best friend and our greatest enemy.”