Habit 1 – Be Proactive

(Review based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.)

To be proactive is to take initiative and responsibility for our life and to make decisions based upon principles & core values… This video includes a basic definition of habit 1 and some perspective as to how we might enhance our ability to be proactive.

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JY

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LIFE (PLAY-DOH FOR THE MIND)

For your unique palate and edification, a cup of tea with a mild Neoplatonic flavour and a twist of Lila from the Vedic tree, no need for sweetener to take the edge off, it is best to contemplate this experience with the eye that allows one to see.

This fictional piece may appear to reside somewhere between solipsism and a gnostic climb, but like the platonic myths passed down through the hour of glass of time, it contains a quality of truth that emanates a beautiful chime.

So what is life if not play-doh for the mind; a place to build up castles and break them down to begin anew! To give and receive, to let go and exercise our unique individuality and all the powers & principles that reside within. For how can one self-reflect if not through the other, if we remain one like the sun, then how can we ever know our full brilliance & potential in all that is done…

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JY

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MY CREATION STORY (The Affable Leprechaun)

Here resides a spoken ditty to help capture a significant aspect of my creation story and/or autobiography series. This piece is rendered in the poetic simplicity of the Affable Leprechaun; a fictional character from Ireland who immigrated to Newfoundland during the Potato Famine of the mid 1800’s. My wee Piper is a storyteller by trade who possesses the magical power to interpret dreams, read your psychology with his tarot and charm you with his music! As an alter ego and persona, he reveals that part of me that remains forever a Youngman; free to be whatever we choose to see through contemplation. In his travelling bag he carries 4 gifts. Through these items the Piper will lead us to reason what is truly good for one and all, so close your eyes and use your greater imagination, for the Piper is calling you to join him through emancipation!

JY

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Mindfulness Meditation Exercise

One means to experience mindfulness is to turn your awareness back to the eternal moment by placing your focus and attention on your life force, the breath. In a sense mindfulness is like coming back up from the depth of the ocean in order to breathe again. It allows for clarity of mind. Here is a brief mindfulness exercise that may help to spark your interest; however, it is highly recommended to work with someone who is certified to teach this age old art. Before you watch the video it is good to loosen up with some light stretching, then get comfortable in front of the screen but maintain good posture to stay alert. Next psychologically prepare yourself for an awesome experience. It is best to use headphones. Ready to go; of course you are! One final suggestion to get you into the flow. Without being too hard on yourself, should you waver from the task, keep your eyes gently placed upon the centre of the image in the video and consistently remain aware of your breath going in and out. Just place your awareness back on your breath if your attention should slip away and breathe naturally. It’s ok to close your eyes if the motion picture causes you discomfort. Enjoy!

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JY

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Through the Eye of Eternity

Alan Watts – Through the Lens of Eternity
A journey through the lens of Eternity
Ideas & concepts that illuminate the mind
Quotes by Alan Watts
Selected & narrated by Jason Youngman
Music – Accessing the Coma – By Altus

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JY

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Words Empower One To Be

Here is a list of empowering words & ideas that can be used to bring solace & invigoration to the mind. For the Contemplator these words possess a power or virtue conducive to raising ones resonance and vibrancy.

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JY

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Intro to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Here resides one of my all time favourite reads. The first time this book ended up in my hands it did little for me. Yet as time passed certain passages came to mind that left me questioning whether it was such a good idea to ignore it, not to mention a number of people in my circle held it in high regard. After a few more attempts at reading with an open mind & heart, its wisdom seemed to open up to me in a wondrous way and now I make it a point of reviewing it at least once a year.

Click here to access my video playlist for a brief introduction to its key concepts.

JY

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An Overview of Plotinus’ Thought

“To the degree the soul goes toward the formless, being completely unable to comprehend it because it is not defined or stamped, so to speak, by a richly coloured stamp, she slides off and is frightened that she may have nothing.” Plotinus – Ennead VI-9-3

Plotinus – Overview – Part 4

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The Roots of Platonic Thought

Providing a little background to better understand our western roots in Platonism [Spirituality] and our soul’s longing to know its true self through the ground of being.

THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND
(Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view)
The Evolution of the Greek Mind from Homer to Plato.
The Mythic Vision – By Richard Tarnas
Adapted & narrated by Jason Youngman

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The Practice of Dying Well

“And we must consider that humans have forgotten That which from the beginning, and now still, they want and long for. For everything reaches out to That and longs for It by necessity of nature, as if divining by instinct that it cannot exist without It.” – Plotinus

The urge for dissolution which exists in each one of us – a yearning to return to that original state of unity – may one day press upon us with such intensity that nothing else will matter. Even matter itself may seem to act as nothing more than a drag to keep us entombed.

Now the truth of the matter is that most of us will seriously consider dying. So how do we prepare for that dreaded day or do we just wait for it to happen and throw ourselves into the raging waters of despair and yet why does the framing of this question imply that death is a terrible ordeal…

“Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.” – Socrates

Socrates is not the only philosopher to give serious thought to death. He even went so far to say that the unexamined life is not worth living. In other words the maverick is suggesting that to live a fulfilling life we need to engage some kind of spiritual psychology.

Deep within each of us is a desire for non-self (En Sof) and there is also a desire to develop our ego-self. Both of these positions reside at opposite ends of the scale so to speak and if we tip too far in any direction we naturally lose balance and equilibrium.

Our non-ego self is without parameters. It does not abide by the same means as the ego, as in its passion to get ahead in life, to become wealthy, influential or popular. In truth the inner-self or the locus of the soul gives no mind to the things of this outer world.

There are ways to give expression to our inner-self. Such as learning to become more mindful of our dreams, meditation practice and creative art. In particular both poetry & creative writing are excellent modes of remaining connected to the non-self or that aspect of the soul which is interconnected with all individuated souls, as well as That which is without division, multiplicity or tangible form.

Love & light,

JY

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