The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: June 2013

Pathwalking 78

Is Pathwalking realistic?

The short answer of course is YES.  The long answer is much more complex. 

It is fundamental that you have belief in order to make Pathwalking work.  If you do not believe in your path, if you do not believe in yourself, if you do not believe that the choices in life are yours to make, then Pathwalking cannot work.

Belief.  Faith.  Conviction.  Hope.  Trust.  Give it whatever label you wish.  Without this emotion, without this feeling, without this knowledge you will be unable to walk any path at all.

In what way does faith or hope or what-have-you make this at all realistic?  If Consciousness Creates Reality, as we have discussed before, then when we take our belief and add emotion and energy and action to it, we can make it what we want to make it.

So far, I am not convinced of the realism of this.  That’s part of the complexity of this notion.  You have to believe in your own empowerment, your own abilities, your own energy.  You have to make choices, and you have to KNOW, you have to have faith, that in the choosing you can make the path you want.

We have come to associate the idea of belief with religion and spirituality.  We easily see belief in things we cannot see or touch, but we do not believe in ourselves, our abilities, our own power.  We are asked to put our faith in untouchable extremes, in teachers, in gurus, in leaders…but we do not believe in our own capabilities and potential. 

Society expects conformity.  Do your part, do your job, be a contributor.  Get married, raise a family, hold down a career and have a car, a mortgage, credit cards…or at least some combination of these things.  Society expects you will do what you will do the “right” way.

And this is where the next issue is.  The right way for me is not the right way for you, nor the right way for necessarily anyone else.  Yet we are expected to follow this idea, this very singular path, in order to be accepted.  Anyone who deviates from that is suspect.

And who are these deviants?  By-and-large these are your artists, your poets, your teachers, your scientists, your actors.  People who often wind up labeled as “geeks” or “dorks” or “nerds” or generally viewed as being “socially awkward”.  And while some of us embrace the things that make us unique, others do all that they can to deny this aspect of themselves, in order to be more “acceptable”.

Now you’re generalizing.  Of course I am.  It is impossible not to.  I can oversimplify this even further.  There are, in my observations of the world, three kinds of people.  There are leaders…there are followers…and then there are those who simply go their own way.  Many leaders, many more followers…but the fewest are those who choose to live for their own life, blaze their own trails.  Pathwalkers.  That is what I strive to be…and I believe that I am a happier person for that choice.

I do not wish to choose for others.  I do not intend to lead, save perhaps by example if that strikes anyone to follow.  Nor do I wish to have others choose for me as a follower.  I am capable of figuring out who I am and what I want from life.  I am a Pathwalker.  You can change between these three variants, and like all things, choose who and what to be along the way, if you do not like who you are now.

It is important to note that this is NOT, in fact, realistic for everyone.  If you are a leader, you may be unsatisfied if you have no one following you.  If you are a follower, you may be unsatisfied without guidance and leadership.  But if you are the go-it-your-own-way type, Pathwalking is what you are after.  And it is utterly realistic. 

Still not convinced.  How does this pay your bills?  How does this play out in the real world, in practice?  I am content in that I have made choices for my life that make ME happy.  I have tremendous support from the people I have CHOSEN to have in my life, and I BELIEVE that this works.  I will not deny I am doubtful sometimes, I will not deny that it can be overwhelming, and it is NOT easy.  But it IS a realistic notion, it is allowing me to make choices that are right for me.  I am able to support myself just fine. 

I am the most content and happiest I have been with my life.

And I believe if more people chose for themselves things that made them happy, they could make this world a better, brighter, more peaceful place. 

Are YOU content?  Are you happy?

 

This is the seventy-eighth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Thank you for joining me. 

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Pathwalking 77

As we began to explore last week, Pathwalking is about more than just the mind and spirit.  The body cannot be ignored.

This week I am going to focus on my approach to improving the body temple as an equal part of the mind/body/spirit trinity.  The four aspects I am focusing on in order to better treat my body in regards to Pathwalking are Diet, Exercise, Meditation and Sleep.

Diet.  For me, this is not about restricting certain foods or any crash course idea like Atkins or Nutrisystem.  Diet is about what I am putting into my body, and how much is involved.  To wit, many years ago I was reading the label on the back of a can of soda.  Realizing just what was in this, I decided I did not want to be putting this into my body.  Over time I started to avoid artificial sweeteners, most fast food, and most other chemical-heavy massively preserved things.  If my body is a temple, then I need to treat it with respect.  That means that I should be mindful of what goes into it.

This can be a difficult process.  When you are busy running from point a to point b and juggling work, family, a social life…sometimes fast food or the vending machine is the answer.   The key is moderation.  I am pretty sure that once-in-a-while is not the issue.  If lunch is a bag of chips and a soda; and dinner is fast food and more soda; and snacks are regularly candy bars….the body gets flabby, overall health is neglected, and this is where the problem lies.

Like all things Pathwalking, this is about choice.  Don’t just put food into your body – choose that food wisely.  It makes a pretty big difference along the way.

Exercise.  For some people this is a chore.  But I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to the gym and used the elliptical machine or lifted weights or used a stationary bike or treadmill and come away feeling better.  Yes, there is that burn from the weights on the muscles, the heavy breathing and strain of a good cardio workout, but the reward is clarity.  Your heart pumps better and more efficiently, your muscles strain less to do what they do, and the mind is able to work more easily, more clearly.

The problem with this, often, is finding and making the time for it.  Again, when you have a busy schedule to juggle, worshiping the body at the gym or taking a walk or going for a swim can feel overwhelming.  But remembering the reward that comes of this can inspire me to make it happen.  Another choice to be made.

Meditation.  This is a process that I consider part of the program for the body.  Our modern society is instantly connected all day, every day.  We are in need of stillness, to better prioritize our actions, to examine our plans, to still be awake but give all the thoughts a chance to run around unimpeded, without deadline or a place to be or a job to do.  Whether it’s a minute or two or longer, I believe meditation is not just for the mind and spirit, but the body needs this too.

Taking the time to meditate can begin to feel like a hassle, like yet another thing you just have to do.  But I find, when I DO pause to meditate, I come away with added clarity, and a reset more powerful than any nap.

Sleep.  Last, but not least, the body needs rest.  This is different for everyone.  Some people need at least eight hours of rest to function.  Some of us need less, some need more. However, ignoring sleep is not healthy.  Rest is required, and for some of us does not come easily.  However, when you mind the diet, exercise and meditate – sleep becomes an easier task.

My issue with sleep is twofold.  First, I seldom sleep more than six to seven hours a night, and find I almost never fall asleep instantly, it can take twenty minutes or so.  Second, my brain is not fond of shutting off.  I find when I am doing better with my diet and exercise and meditation this improves, but nevertheless it is something that does not come easily to me.  And despite my personal issues with sleep, I am still a fan of the practice and getting necessary rest.

I can easily go into greater depth on these topics, but I think for now simply bringing to mind the need to attend to the body in the process of Pathwalking is sufficient.  Furthermore, what I need to do for MY body may be vastly different from your needs.  But having a plan in place is the first step.  The second, of course, is carrying out the action.

This is very much a work on progress.  I consider this, in fact, a new direction with regards to Pathwalking.  If, as I postulate with all of this, consciousness creates reality, than that applies to ALL of reality.  Ergo, the body cannot be ignored.

Pathwalking is choice, and I want to choose not only to control my thoughts and emotions, but my body and its health.  All of these make me one.  All of these make me whole, and being whole makes me happy.  Isn’t that the primary point of it all?

 

This is the seventy-seventh entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Thank you for joining me.

Pathwalking 76

Pathwalking is about more than just the mind and spirit.  The body cannot be ignored.

Throughout this process I have explored ways of thinking, ways of feeling, ways of acting and being.  But it is not just a mental, emotional and psychological discipline…Pathwalking also has a physical aspect that can easily be neglected.

For some exercising the body is easy.  For others, the spirit moves readily.  And for still others, it’s the mind that gets the greatest workout.  And while one aspect may dominate, the others are seldom completely neglected.  The first parts of choosing to Pathwalk are mental and emotional, but you cannot ignore the physical, too.

The idea of mind, body and spirit as oneness finds expression in holistic practices, Yoga, religion, philosophy…across all kinds of disciplines and ideologies.  More readily found in Eastern philosophies, the concept is still expressed across the world under different names and explanations.  But these three notions make up the single soul of you, of me…of everyone, however we express that.

When I began to explore the idea of Pathwalking, it was almost wholly focused on the mind and spirit.  I wanted to feel more readily, to think more clearly, and to tie these together.  All my life I have sought such, and let my body get less attention, less focus.  My body is not neglected or ignored …but my body temple could use some renovations.

I, like many people I know, have struggled all my life with my body image, my size, weight, and BMI.  I have cycled up and down, losing, gaining, losing and gaining weight and mass again and again.  I have obsessed about my diet, obsessed about exercise.  I’ve done many different things, and for every success in tackling this issue there has been at least one if not two failures. 

In what way does this tie to Pathwalking?  The oneness of the soul is the intricate connection of the mind, BODY and spirit.  I’ve spent a year and a half now exploring various aspects of the mind and spirit in Pathwalking, but the time has come to give attention to the body.

To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

I am beginning to chart a new course as I walk my path, working to strengthen and improve the body temple.  The container of my mind and spirit needs to be attended to.  To continue on this path, to improve upon the work I have been doing for the mind and spirit, I will give the body greater attention.

I am still working this aspect of Pathwalking out in my own head.  But I believe that to take it to the next level, to truly make my life as I would want it, I have to care better for my body.  All of us come to this from different places. 

Some, I have no doubt, already treat the body temple with all the love and respect it deserves.  But I need to improve this, and this is how I will be approaching it.  Much of this I am already striving to do…now I will be sharing it.

I am exploring four aspects to focus on in order to better treat my body in regards to Pathwalking.  These are Diet, Exercise, Meditation and Sleep.

To truly care for the body temple, we need to have balance.  I have been writing about the mind and spirit connection in this regard all along, but the body is equally important in this equation.  It is important to remember that to really be one with the self, which I think is an overall goal of Pathwalking, I have to give proper respect not just to the mind and spirit, but also the body.

Next week I will focus on Diet, Exercise, Meditation and Sleep, and their importance to the body and overall to the notion of Pathwalking.  We have been working all along on control over our emotions and thoughts as we choose the path of our lives, but to give this even more power and focus, the body will also be given its due.

How do you treat your body temple?

 

This is the seventy-sixth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Thank you for joining me. 

Privacy

Privacy has become a major topic of conversation recently.

More specifically, violations of privacy have been all over the media.  And the outrage is vocal and impressive.

However, the blame, which everyone is trying to ascribe, really comes down to one place.

Ourselves.

After the events of 9/11/01, Americans allowed the government to take unprecedented actions in direct violation of our constitutional rights to “protect” us from terrorism.  And, this should come as no surprise, the US government extended and expanded this, digging even deeper than we thought we gave them the mandate to do.

I do not care what side of the political spectrum you are on – but if you really, truly want privacy – keep it off the internet, and off the phone.

I’m sorry if this is in any way offensive, but let’s be honest – do you think that ANY ‘e’ media is really, truly secure?  Given the digital nature of modern mobile phones and other information technologies, is it really that much of a shock that our privacy is nearly non-existent?

We can and certainly should demand that the government roll back these abuses of the Bill of Rights and stop spying on us in rather Orwellian ways…but truth be told, if we want something to remain private – it is up to US to keep it so.

So many people “check in” to a site on Foursquare, post their locale on Twitter or Facebook or G+.  And yet, even with all these lack-of-private actions, they proceed to post how offended they are by the government’s civil rights abuses.

If you really, truly want to maintain your privacy – then don’t put anything on a social media outlet, in an e mail or through a text message or phone call that you want to keep to yourself.  Try good old fashioned face-to-face time in a non-public forum for real confidentiality.

That is the best way to maintain your privacy.  In the digital age, where we can use a GPS to find point “a” from point “b”, have instant communications via multiple resources, is it REALLY that much of a shock that they can look back at us?  Are we that surprised that this data is being gathered and stored?

Of course it is wrong, and violates our civil liberties…but we let it happen.  Yes, we should demand that they back off and stop playing Big Brother…but we can also take direct action, and give them less data to sift through.

Just a thought.

Pathwalking 75

Life is a day by day experience.

Every day brings with it something new, something different, something unique.  Every day presents a new challenge, a new opportunity, new duties and new privileges.

How we approach each new day, right from the start, is going to have a major effect on the day’s outcome.  It is so very easy to forget this fact, and equally easy to let it drag us down to somewhere we would rather not be.

If you wake up in the morning, and you stub your toe getting out of bed, have no hot water for the shower, get caught in traffic on the way to work, and have to park as far from the door as possible (in the rain, no less) how do you think you will be feeling?  What is your attitude towards your day?  What is your mindset?  Are you thinking positively, or negatively?

If you wake up in the morning, and you see the sun out the window, take a perfect-temperature shower, experience no traffic en route to work, and get a nearby parking space, how do you think you will be feeling?  What is your attitude towards your day?  What is your mindset?  Are you thinking positively, or negatively?

Of course, these are the two extremes of this concept.  Most days are going to be mixed.  You get out of bed and everything is great until you hit that abysmal traffic and wind up ten minutes late to work, and cannot find parking.  And while the long walk into the building from the lot is in the sun, you cannot help but feel a twinge of jealousy of those hitting the beach while you’re inside doing a job.

Except that you CAN help how you feel.  Because, as we have discussed many times before, feelings are something we each have control over.  We can choose how we let things affect us, and ultimately we can control how we choose to feel about them.

I feel like I feel.  I have no control over this, its emotional.  You’re half right – it is emotional, but you have ALL the control.  You choose how you feel.  If you do something that makes you feel bad, if you choose not to do something to correct that, then you have chosen to feel bad.  We convince ourselves that these things are out of our control – but nothing could be further from the truth.

Pathwalking is about choice.  And I have learned through trial and error and repetition and experiment and experience that choices are many, far flung and frequent.  Not a day goes by where I do not make choices.  And that sometimes proves to be something that can be hard to swallow.

Sometimes it seems like it would be really nice to just coast along.  No effort, no choices, no decisions, no possibility of choosing poorly or wrong.  This is of course not the way the world works.  Choices are always being made, big and small, conscious and subconscious, important and unimportant.  Pathwalking is about taking more action with regards to choices, and how they are made.

Every day is different.  Sure routine might make them seem similar, but they never truly are.  The weather outside, the ambient temperature and humidity, how clean or unclean your skin feels, the sensation of how your clothes fit your body, smells in the air…subtle aspects of the world are never exactly the same.  Keeping this in mind, we can choose every single day to make it good, or take it badly.

I am working every day to keep this in mind.  I can choose how I will let my day be, how I will feel about the activities planned and surprises that might crop up along the way.  When I hit traffic, do I become angry, or accept the opportunity to enjoy an audio book or music for a longer time?  If I find parking far from the door, do I get annoyed about it, or enjoy the extra time walking across the lot outside?

Every one of these are choices.  I am a Pathwalker, and I choose how my environment will affect my mood.  And if today is less than perfect, I strive to make tomorrow better.  I get to choose my day, every day.  I am always seeking, walking, and making choices along that path.

Do you experience the wonders of today, or keep hoping for a better tomorrow?

 

This is the seventy-fifth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Thank you for joining me.

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