The Friday Dose #133: Biocentrism

1038-fd-relax-and-succeed-i-have-the-same-religion-as-this-treeI haven’t changed my view of how the universe works since I was five. It all makes sense, but it makes sense as dreams within dreams. You can discuss parts of logically, but the whole is too expansive and complex to ever be captured by anything smaller than the universe itself. So while you can grow to the point where you can quite clearly see facets of creation, that perspective also exposes how infinite the universe is, and in accepting that fact there is a beautiful calm that comes over one when you no longer need answers.

Science has grown increasingly close to my understanding over the years, with there being major steps; as when science began to contemplate and then finally accept the idea of neuroplasticity. As time goes on these ideas seem less crazy and more possible and I continue to be on the hunt for bold scientists who are going in the same direction I am.

1038-fd-relax-and-succeed-biocentrismI don’t agree with every single statement that was made when I heard this interview in October, but I did immediately note this discussion as–by far–the closest description I’ve ever heard a scientist give to the reality I know.

I’m not sure what percentage of my readers are prepared to entertain ideas this big and complex, but if you are that type, I really do feel you have a good chance of illuminating some dark areas of your understanding if you do listen to this description of the dance that is done between what you see as you and what you see as the universe.

Ideas: Dr. Robert Lanza on Biocentrism

Have a great weekend everyone.

peace. s

The Friday Dose #131: Even When It’s Hard

1023-fd1-relax-and-succeed-comforting-lies-unpleasant-truthsI have a dear friend who was robbed, conned and sued for something she isn’t actually responsible for and all of that happened in a span of two weeks. When that happens it’s pretty easy to ask yourself why the world’s being so tough on you. That inclination is fine; we have a lot of programming in our lives that suggests to us that good things happen to good people. But so do bad things.

As Shakespeare suggested, what makes things good or bad is our thinking–our personal thinking. That thief wasn’t robbing their house, he was robbing a house. The con man didn’t pick her, he picked her job title. And the lawsuit is a deflection of responsibility by someone who made simple mistake and they just happen to be the only people to deflect that toward.

1023-fd2-relax-and-succeed-teaching-your-child-goodThe same holds true even for something as serious as cancer. We’re 10% us-cells and 90% other cells. Almost 70% of your body weight is other microscopic creatures that live on, in and off you, or rather we live off them. You are one big symbiotic system. You’re more like the Earth and they’re all the plants and animals.

We think cancer is a disease, but to cancer it’s just cancer. It’s cells don’t intend to kill or hurt us, they simply are being cancer cells and so they’re not cooperating in with the cells around them. It’s okay to go through some powerful emotions as you think about that, but just remember the pain is caused by cancer but the suffering is caused by the resistant thinking. Starting there is normal. The level of our health depends on how rapidly we can shift ourselves away from that resistance.

Scott Hamilton is now facing his third bout with cancer and here he discusses how he wants his family to face that idea. Of course it’s not good news and clearly he’s in pain; but it’s not unfair, it just is. He takes the pain but won’t add the suffering and he wants his children to know how to do that too. It’s one of life’s most valuable skills. In this way the cancer becomes a teacher, making Hamilton and his family mentally stronger and healthier themselves. Life is mostly opportunity. But it has its harsh bits. Such is the nature of yin and yang. I wish him the very best.

Scott Hamilton Approaches Brain Cancer With a Clear Mind

Be grateful. Things change fast. What you want isn’t as important as what you have. Enjoy it.

peace and a hug, s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #120: Your Nature

968 FD Relax and Succeed - We are natureThe only problem with this is: if you make something this cheap and easy then no one wants to believe it could be the solution to a big problem. But it is.

You are an aspect of nature. Yesterday I discussed the value of you communing with other aspects of nature; other people, animals, plants, earth, water, air. This isn’t some unpleasant assignment or painful procedure, this is freeing your body, seeing interesting things, breathing more deeply and slowing down.

Below I’ve included something funny yet meaningful to start us off and we’ll follow that with two fascinating videos. Immediately after you watch this first one seriously consider booking something to do this weekend with a friend or friends that involves you in actual nature, experiencing nature. And no, golf doesn’t count. 😉

Next we’ll take a peek into an excerpt from a TED Talk given by Suzanne Simard (the entire talk is available here.) She exposes some fascinating facts but pay particular attention to how similar we are to the world around us. Remember, your DNA is not that far off a banana and grasping and respecting that reality is worth a lot to you. Plus it’s just amazing:

And finally I leave you with a documentary I have literally searched for since my days living in Budapest. It’s called, Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden, and if you’d like to see an HD version apparently the Smithsonian has one. This film discusses the beautifully elegant and spiritually sophisticated relationships between the gardens, the gardeners and the people who visit with intention. It’s a great way to expand yourself on a rainy afternoon. It may be the most peaceful documentary you’ve ever seen. Enjoy.

You want your life to be happier and you want to be healthier. Go outside this weekend. Just don’t get lost in thought. Forget goals. Be with nature.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #119: The New Brain

963 FD Relax and Succeed - A beautiful lifeIn general people inside and outside of the sciences will tend to overestimate what is known versus what it is still unknown. It makes sense that brain researchers would feel they were studying a relatively well-known organ and yet earlier this year an entirely new, large and significant brain structure was discovered. Earlier this month they found out what it’s for.

Obviously if you’re social you will be in contact with more germs. So if you’re going to be near a lot of bacteria and viruses then it’s logical that your body would want you to have greater protection. It’s just that previously no one knew about the relationship between how you feel and how your immune system will work.

If you’re alone all the time there is little reason for you to need a robust immune system, much like someone who never lifts anything will have little reason to build up a robust set of muscles. Likewise, if you’re near people and you’re immune system is depressed, then it makes sense that your brain would encourage emotions that would make you less social. I’ve noted it in previous blogs, but until the last decade or so almost no one realised that being sad would lead to being sick. Now we know those observations were well-founded: being sad usually means being isolated and it’s likely the isolation that will lead to the health issues.

There is still much to be learned. Are your moods dictated more by your health or is your health dictated more by your moods? What we do know is they’re interconnected, so in the meantime the best thing you can go by is your own direct experience in life. Unless you’re somehow prevented from participating in your society, it’s a good sign if you’re mixing with others a lot, because now we know with even greater certainty that you will literally build the body that suits the life you live.

Decide who you want to be and the universe will do its best to cooperate with that. It all starts with you. Have a great weekend everyone.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #117

953 FD Relax and Succeed - This is why the dog is happierYou’ve got big problems. You need big solutions. It can feel like that, but there are no problems and there are no answers. There’s just stuff you can’t work on or there’s solutions you are working on, the rest all happens in your consciousness.

A while back I put up a video somewhat similar to this one. It ended up having one of the highest share rates of any video on my blog. There are now very few opportunities for your mind to do truly mindless things. I know it can feel like that’s all you do at work sometimes but there is actually a lot of mind in all that mattering. What you need is something meaningless.

Watching and listening closely to something that has no purpose and no point can at first seem strange. We’re not used to focusing on things that don’t immediately have meaning to us, but what if that’s the equivalent of staring into a fire after a long day? What if that’s the meditation all of us sacrificed as we prayed at the altar of efficiency? What if mindlessness is actually the answer to creating the opportunities for mindfulness?

Empty your mind. Watch it. And listen to it. All of it. It’s a measly 1:23 of your life. Keep watching it until you can relax watching it. Keep watching it until you lose your sense of your Self and all of your troubles and instead just be here, now, and observe and listen. You have no dog in this race. Your only job is to be:

Have a great weekend everyone.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #116: Present Moments

At any given time there are many very wise people walking this earth. These are people who have stumbled, worked, studied, practised and in my case lucked into seeing an underlying truth that impacts us all. These people are all guides, offering direction to us all.

Dan Millman is one of those gurus and his book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (and the film that was made from it) are yet another telling of the same tale told in these blog pages. People often tilt towards nonfiction when they want to accomplish something and yet the stories in “fiction” are often truer than any other kind that are told. If you haven’t seen the film I would consider it.

You put art on your walls, you spend time with friends and you watch various media. How much of it is done with eye toward expanding the happiness in your life? Would you hang a painting that makes your place look hip or because it made you happy? Do you listen to music that uplifts and motivates you or music that regurgitates your most emotional thought-filled moments? And do you watch movies filled with violence and victimisation or do you use that art-form to try to grow through art?

This film comes with some excellent, relevant recommendations. You can add mine to the list.

You always have choices. Remember that you can make them from a perspective of happiness. Have a great weekend everyone.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #115: Blue

939 FD Relax and Succeed - We live on a blue planetI’ve noted more detail on this subject in a previous post, but as amazing as it seems this is a fact: colours were invented. It seems absurd to almost everyone who first hears it and yet if science is insisting it is true then doesn’t it seem odd that you’re not curious about this very strange fact?

The Buddha warned you about the illusion; so what’s the illusion? The Tao says stay in the flow; what defines out of flow? When Shakespeare said, “There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so” what did he mean? And when gurus tell you to kill yourself they don’t mean literally, so what do they mean? What is this ego thing and what’s it do?

It climbs around inside your head on concepts with names like colour, nation, fair, legal, good, bad, happy and sad. Most importantly it climbs around on a concept you identify as yourself. Every worthwhile psychological and spiritual guide will lead you toward these meditations. You cannot live in the real world if you insist on climbing around on concepts within your interior thoughts even if you do share them with others.

Blue doesn’t exist the way you think it does. Nor do you or your problems. So instead of sitting around gossiping or talking about sports or clothes or cars or anything else, try considering that your mental health might actually heightened if you took those closest to you and you discussed stuff like this. Because only by dispelling the false you will you ever realise the power and glory in your true self and, if understood that, then maybe you won’t be as blue.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #114: Becoming You

935 FD Relax and Succeed - I wish I could show youMany people were too young when they learned about their true origins. Far before you were the child of your parents or the citizen of your nation or even a being at all, you were–and you still are today–the universe. And you continue to be an aspect of the universe today. This is not theoretical. It could not be more profound. Your connection to others and the world is not theoretical. You are here, this is it and it is happening.

Can you see you use your power of thought to make you into someone confident and capable one day and someone insecure and weak another? You are the same aspects of the universe living out the thoughts of a different life. Every single moment you choose your life; you direct these atoms and they take the instructions from your being and they act, they are, they be, they live.

Do not sit idly in potential. Do not use your power of thought to create a weak and ineffective destiny. You are made of the very same stuff as the people you admire the most. You are made of the same thing as your dearest lover and your harshest enemy. There is no space between you and us and it. We are all together. There is no real separation. The suffering is just a dream. Life is for living.

You cannot fail. You cannot get lost. You cannot be alone. You do belong. Live.

May you discover many rewards and connections on this coming weekend.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.

The Friday Dose #110

As you’ve likely noticed, there is a new trend in advertising that rather wonderfully hinges on the positive aspects of life. Hopefully it will take hold and almost accidentally–and this time positively–change the society it functions within.

If you read me often you know that I occasionally write about how advertising one of the most destructive and insidious forces in our world. It has historically always targeted our ego and its fears. We’re frightened into cooperating. We feel like we won’t be cool, or we won’t be in, or we’ll be somehow missing out. It’s where most FOMO is born.

At the same time and in this same world there’s a book I found very funny. It was written by a guy who lives not far from me named Will Ferguson and the book is called Generica (aka Happiness). It’s funny because it’s about a guy who writes a book that makes the whole world happy and that ruins the economy. It’s fiction but its central point is valid.

If our needs go away so do most of our problems. And if we’re not focusing on our problems, what then do we have time for in our lives? Ask yourself this question seriously. Ask your friends too. Figure out what your answers are and meditate hard on why you’re not following through. Is your life really not going well, or are just not fully living it?

Stop waiting for things to happen and start making them happen. And have a wonderful weekend. It’s far more up to you than you’ve realized.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.

Free Hugs

The world can get pretty lost in its ideas. There are school boards issuing directives to teachers to prevent them from hugging crying children lest the hugger possibly face some sort of terrible accusation and lawsuit. This is how lost we are. We believe it is wiser to protect our money from possible assault than it is to hug a crying child. That starkly shows how crazy our thinking has become.

125 Relax and Succeed - You must unlearn what you haveThose ideas are clearly clearly clearly not in alignment with what people naturally feel to be appropriate. And yet their compassionate nature is being over-ridden by thoughts. Rules. Policies. Fears about money or status. All of these only exist in human imagination. To trade our nature for imagined benefits is to steal from ourselves.

This video is a classic example of people letting rules, policies, paperwork and other people do their thinking for them. Why anyone would think we should put a stop to hugging is beyond me. These are rules for their own sake. It’s not like anyone suffers. We’re so lost we’re policing against decency, kindness and care. I suspect Toronto still even has its—strangers-can’t-feed-other-stranger’s-parking-meter—rule. A rule against giving. What a terrible lesson for children.

This was a beautiful idea, and we can thank those that fought against it, because they’re the reason the story became world famous and started a wave of this in dozens of countries. I still see people outside my local Farmer’s Market doing this pretty regularly. Bottom line, just watching this video will have you feeling better about the world.

Give someone a hug today. Because when you do that, you automatically get one too.

Enjoy.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations around the world.