POETRY TO UPLIFT THE SOUL

Here’s a little something out of the ordinary to whisk you off your feet and into the domain of creative imagination. All jokes put aside poetry evokes an instant beauty and harmony within me, especially when it is being channelled through one who has cultivated such talent. The wonder of poetry is that no matter where we are in life, whether sick in bed or riding the waves to an early death, the fire of poetry warps time back into that eternal moment of sorts, where everyday language becomes mundane and futile in comparison.

So what’s up with this cute middle aged man reciting poetry on top of Mount Scio? Surely the gravity of Saturn ought to have him out of sight bringing order and stability to the economy. Oh no! Not another Peter Pan to charm the young at heart to remain forever free from responsibility and reading poetry!

Just testing the water for now to determine if sharing my heart’s recitations should remain a regular thing or not. Trying on a new hat here so to speak and watching the mirror of karma for feedback. Not to get all personal on you but one of the challenges for me when it comes to sharing this form of art is that a part of me feels selfish or rather egotistic. And I may not be alone in this awkward belief. For instance just recently one of my non-cyberspace friends told me that reading poetry to others is like a dog licking his testicles, which is kind of repulsive don’t ya think. It’s not as though my dirty underwear is drying outside on a cloths line or something.

The poets quoted in the video from beginning to end: William Butler Yeats, Ernst Dowson and Robert Frost. Each of these poems have been impressed upon me through significant artists and teachers; kindred souls. In a sense a spark of their fiery passion leapt into me as they were reciting their imperfect version of a holy good; surely not everything has to be glittered with holly wood.

JY

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Who is Socrates?

Who is Socrates?
THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND
Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view.
By Richard Tarnas
Narrated by Jason Youngman

 

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Everything is meaningless! Says the Philosopher

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Philosopher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Now that was rather pessimistic yes? Yet these bitterly resounding words are ascribed to a king who is known for his unparalleled economic advancement and growth, not to mention his prudence and capacity to judge matters wisely.

It is lovely and probably even essential to raise our head above the clouds but it’s also necessary to keep our feet on the ground. A light study of pessimism can be a grounding experience. It may also help us to better relate to those around us who subscribe to such views. We may discover that it can be useful under certain circumstances and may help to release the hot air of pretence that can keep one floating along in the clouds. Continue reading

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The Book of Dead Philosophers

In the spirit of Socrates’ apology and defence, The Book of Dead Philosophers is about how philosophers have died and what we can learn from philosophy about the appropriate attitude to death and dying. Simon Critchley has provided an intelligent and philosophical approach to help prepare for that inevitable day. In learning how to die well we may come to appreciate our lives all the more even when the world appears cold and grey.

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JY

 

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Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind

(My review of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey)

“To begin with the end in mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.” – Stephen R. Covey

JY

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Habit 1 – Be Proactive

(My review of 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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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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