Winner: Scott’s Favourite Friday Dose of 2014 #1
You spend a lot of time focusing on how you wish you were different. You call some things flaws and other things qualities and you focus almost all of your energy on hiding the former and almost none on nurturing the latter. The fact that you and your friends can find different people attractive, you prove to yourself that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And yet you strive for an ideal outside of yourself.
This blog is about telling you that it’s you that controls your experience. It’s you that decides which chemistry you flood your brain with it. And like dark or rose-coloured glasses, that chemistry impacts how you see yourself. But what if someone invented something that allowed you to experience different chemistry than is your habit?
What if a scientist created something that enhanced your ability to influence your internal chemistry? What would it feel like to look through the eyes of people who truly believe that you are beautiful just the way you are? There are such scientists, and they have created a class of drugs that people can use to affect the chemistry of their brain. And what happens when they do, can simply be beautiful. Just make sure that anything you do is done with qualified people, in a legal setting that ensures your safety and of the treatment’s effectiveness:
Don’t just read this blog and check it off in your rush to complete tasks. Send them to your friends. Instead of gossiping or talking about contestants on game shows, start philosophizing. Dig in to your daily experience. Attempt to pull away the curtain that conceals the world from you.
Our lives don’t get better because we find something outside of ourselves that will improve our life. We don’t become beautiful, we don’t find love and we don’t have a good life. Those are things that emerge from the inside out. We create beauty, we create love, we create a good life. So stop paying so much attention to what’s coming in, and start paying more attention to what you’re actually doing with this incredible opportunity called life.
I love you. s
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.