The Friday Dose #100

868 Relax and Succeed - Philosophy is like being in a dark roomWayne Dyer was a brilliant light in the world of mental health and he is certainly missed by many. I prefer to be happy that his existence and mine overlapped for so long and so with that gratitude I bring you this short video. Herein Wayne describes quite nicely the utter pointlessness of buying anything, moving anywhere, and/or changing anyone or anything external as a way of improving the internal quality of your life.

Your life experience is absolutely not an external experience. You’re life isn’t you going here or you going there, or doing this or doing that, or being with this person or in this place, your life is what you think about where you went, where you’re going and where you are. Everyone around you is also shaped not by themselves, but by your individual opinion.

Despite how it appears, you are the only person in the entire universe who sees the people you meet exactly the way you do, so there’s no point in trying to manage your reputation because you are also a different person to everyone you speak with. So relax, because the only person it’s comfortable to be is you, and once you’re firmly yourself you can begin to work on changing your thought patterns to better reflect the world you would like to live in. Enjoy, and then go create yourselves a fantastic weekend!

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.

The Friday Dose #81

We lost two giants last week. Two men with immense capacities for compassion. Most people know Dr. Oliver Sachs thanks to the film about him entitled Awakenings with Robert Deniro and in which Dr. Sachs is played by Robin Williams. Sachs was quite a character, having had an unusual life that included everything from setting weight-lifting records to being a best-selling author. The brilliant program RadioLab recently did a piece on Sachs once he knew his cancer had spread and the would soon be dying. It’s a lesson and grace that we can all learn from:

Dr. Oliver Sachs Faces His Own Death

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Next of course is Wayne Dyer. Wayne’s a legend in the transformational community and from my personal perspective, one of the clearest writers on the subject. Marianne Williamson’s (A Course in Miracles) prayer is so beautiful and thorough that I feel no need to add anything else. I wish every life was celebrated in this way:

We will all come to pass. Our days are limited and they are filled with potential. Use up as much of your own as you are able because there is no prize at the end–it’s the living that’s the prize.

Have a wonderful weekend.

peace. s

Scott McPherson is a writer, mindfulness instructor, coach and communications facilitator who works with individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations around the world.