There Are No Ordinary Moments

There are no ordinary moments. Dan Millman

“Our greatest battles lie deep within our own psyches as we face fear, insecurity, and self-doubt. These internal adversaries pose a far greater threat to our lives and our well-being than the external difficulties of daily life. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato”

― Dan Millman, No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life

“Whatever our circumstances, everything can feel so simple, so beautiful, and so right when we no longer pay attention to the mind’s incessant chatter.”

― Dan Millman, No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life

“Energy follows thought; no matter how hard we work or how much we know, we tend to rise to our assumed limits, and no higher.”

― Dan Millman, No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life

 

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow (psychology)  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Components

Jeanne Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow.

  1. Intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  2. Merging of action and awareness
  3. A loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4. A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
  5. A distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  6. Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience

Those aspects can appear independently of each other, but only in combination do they constitute a so-called flow experience. Additionally, psychology expert, Kendra Cherry, has mentioned three other components that Csíkszentmihályi lists as being a part of the flow experience:

  1. “Immediate feedback”
  2. Feeling that you have the potential to succeed
  3. Feeling so engrossed in the experience, that other needs become negligible

Just as with the conditions listed above, these conditions can be independent of one another.

Flow theory postulates three conditions that have to be met to achieve a flow state:

  1. One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress. This adds direction and structure to the task.
  2. The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows them to adjust their performance to maintain the flow state.
  3. One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and their own perceived skills. One must have confidence in one’s ability to complete the task at hand.

 

The Autotelic Personality

Csíkszentmihályi hypothesized that people with several very specific personality traits may be better able to achieve flow more often than the average person. These personality traits include curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. People with most of these personality traits are said to have an autotelic personality. The term “autotelic” is acquired from two Greek words, auto, meaning self, and telos meaning goal. Being Autotelic means having a self-contained activity, one that is done not with the expectation of some future benefit, but simply to experience it is the main goal.

 

At this point, there is not much research on the autotelic personality, but results of the few studies that have been conducted suggest that indeed some people are more prone to experience flow than others. One researcher (Abuhamdeh, 2000) found that people with an autotelic personality have a greater preference for “high-action-opportunity, high-skills situations that stimulate them and encourage growth” compared to those without an autotelic personality. It is in such high-challenge, high-skills situations that people are most likely to enter the flow state.

 

Experimental evidence shows that a balance between skills of the individual and demands of the task (compared to boredom and overload) only elicits flow experiences in individuals characterized by an internal locus of control or a habitual action orientation. Several correlational studies found need for achievement to be a personal characteristic that fosters flow experiences.

My Comments

Moments are ordinary only if we coast through them.

In my TED Thought Exercise Diet post the first item under Thought is

– Awareness:

The ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. Giving your attention to awareness is the beginning of Spirituality.

My hope is that you continue researching this topic and have more extraordinary moments.

Chopping Axe

My favorite chopping axe is the Kelly Perfect pattern from Kelly Axe and Tool Works.

Chopping Axe

The shaded area was hand filed to thin out the blade. This is done on both sides of the axe head. Take notice the thinning doesn’t go all the way to the edge. If you were to taper all the way to the edge it would be a feather edge and very weak.

This edge is very good for chopping wood, but doesn’t take kindly to hitting rocks or chopping roots. It is especially well suited for lopping branches off of a fallen tree.

Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

Can your faith (belief) make you sick?

(Don’t miss the end)

King James Version

Mat 9:22  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mar 5:34  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mar 10:52  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Luke 8:48  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Luke 17:19  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

The Greek word translated as faith means: assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity, persuasion, or trust.

The Greek word translated as hath made whole means: heal, preserve, save (self), do well, or be (make) whole.

These are all clearly stated as Faith Healings by people remembering and recording the ministry of Jesus.

My questions; whose faith and whose healing? Clearly the BELIEF of the individual healed is credited with bringing the healing.

faith heal·ing   ˈfāTH ˌhēliNG/   noun:   healing achieved by religious BELIEF and prayer, rather than by medical treatment.

Faith healing   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  “Miraculous recoveries have been attributed to many techniques commonly classified as faith healing. It can involve prayer, a visit to a religious shrine, or simply a strong BELIEF in a supreme being…Faith healing can be classified as a spiritual, supernatural, or paranormal event, and, in some cases, BELIEF in faith healing can be classified as magical thinking.”

– Belief:

Programmed subconscious intentions built by your deliberate choices.

Authenticity is a collection of deliberate choices that you have made that honor who you are.

Placebo effect:  a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s BELIEF in that treatment.

Belief (complete faith) can be very strong; it is the internal apothecary of the mind. Have complete faith in your body’s ability to heal itself.

Now for my big question;

Can your faith (belief) make you sick?

It must be able to work in either direction!

In your belief about your body; do you concentrate on health or illness?

What programmed subconscious intentions are guiding the Energy/Spirit that runs your body?

hy·po·chon·dri·a (hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə)   A condition in which a person often believes that he or she is ill without actually being ill, or worries so much about becoming ill that it affects his or her life.

hy·po·chon·dri·a  (hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə)   n. :

  1. The conviction (a strong persuasion or belief) that one is or is likely to become ill even though there is no medical evidence of illness.
  2. A psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive concern about having a serious illness. Patients formerly diagnosed with this disorder are now often diagnosed with either somatic symptom disorder (if physical symptoms are present) or illness anxiety disorder (if physical symptoms are not present). Also called hypochondriasis.
  3. Plural of hypochondrium.

Now when someone tells you “It is all in your imagination” I hope you have “second thoughts”.

Analytical-Literal Translation

Mar 9:23  So Jesus said to him, “If you are able to believe [or, to have faith]-all [things are] possible to the one believing [or, having faith]!”

Mar 9:24  And immediately, having cried out, the father of the young child with tears said, “I do believe [or, I do have faith]! Lord, be helping my unbelief [or, my weak faith]!”

Read the account for the rest of the story.

On your Energy/Spirit level all things are possible!

TED Thought Exercise Diet

TED Thought Exercise Diet

This is my trinity of health in the order of importance to me.

 

  1. Thought:

The mind is everything. What you THINK you become.   Buddha

– Awareness:

The ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. Giving your attention to awareness is the beginning of Spirituality.

– Deliberate Choice:

Choice made consciously and intentionally.

– Belief:

Programmed subconscious intentions built by your deliberate choices.

Authenticity is a collection of deliberate choices that you have made that honor who you are.

Placebo effect:  a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s BELIEF in that treatment.

Belief (complete faith) can be very strong; it is the internal apothecary of the mind. Have complete faith in your body’s ability to heal itself.

– Spirituality:

The belief that you are inextricably connected to everything by a power much greater than all of us – LOVE. Practicing spirituality is therefore practicing connection to everything.

– Rest:

Relaxation and rest (sleep) are important to health and need to be done consciously and intentionally.

 

  1. Exercise:

– Stamina – extended aerobic activity.

– Strength – activity that tests your strength.

– Stretch – activity that extends the limits of your movement.

 

  1. Diet:

– Eat a variety of foods.

– Fast or at least eat less food.

– Drink lots of water and eat foods that contain lots of water (fruits & vegetables).

– Treat eating as a sacred ritual; eat consciously and intentionally.

There is no love but God’s

A Course in Miracles: LESSON 127

There is no love but God’s

Partial quote from the lesson:

“Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.

Love’s meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it. If it could make such distinctions, it would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner, and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.

Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. And it must elude the mind that thinks of it as partial or in part. There is no love but God’s, and all of love is His. There is no other principle that rules where love is not. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and the Son which holds Them both forever as the same.”