Winner: 2014’s Dose of the Year
Wow have I got some fun stuff for you. Life can be heavy. It’s good to buoy ourselves up on a routine basis. It should be an active part of your mental health regime to ensure that you ingest some enjoyable experiences during your day. Many of these will come from interactions with other people—your customers, co-workers or friends—but some will come from media as well. So encourage the sad people to join you because it will help make them happier, but choose friends who are good at being happy and then go do happy things. Play sports, run, play board games, converse, whatever. And if you’re going to take in any media, try to have it tip heavily towards positive things. You feel what your brain eats and digests. So be mindful of what you give it. I would recommend something along these lines. If you don’t think the world around you is conscious then maybe your thoughts just travel at the wrong speed. What if you sped the world around you up? Would it seem more intentional then?
Next you’ll see the incredible artistry of Melody Yang, daughter of Fan Yang the renowned Canadian artist. There’s nothing I can really say here other than I’m confident you’ll be impressed by the mixture of art and science, she’s got some remarkable skills, and it’s easy to enjoy:
And finally we’ll send you off by sending you around the world to a the sort of street artists you too-often walk past on your own streets. I remember hearing in an interview that Tom Petty and members of the Eagles used to busk on street corners and people had no idea who they were walking past. There are certainly some brilliant artists working on the street in my city and I’m sure there are in yours too. Pay more attention. It would be good for you and them. This really is very, very good. Enjoy. 😉
That should have you feeling pretty good so carry that feeling forward. You’re an awesome person who has a lot to give. Feel your own wealth by sharing it with others. Go out and create a great day with positive vibes and patient, tolerant and helpful good deeds and that will be all we’ll need for the world to get better. Love you all.
The Friday Dose is a collection of cool, interesting and surprising discoveries chosen for their potential to distract you from any painful thought loops that may be disrupting your sense of peace. Enjoy.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.