Stop! on Flickr.
When you love doing something but have a deadline, it can ruin all aspects of enjoyment. Swap deadline with an authoritative parent and you have the same suck of fun. Distance yourself from that person or that deadline and your hobbies all come crawling back.
Onwards and upwards.
I thought my mind went anal after reading Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path.. now my mind keeps referring different emotions to philosophers. For example, feeling anger and instantly relating it to Seneca by reminding myself that anger comes from my own expectations not being fulfilled by those around me and can be, therefore, a rather selfish feeling.
I really think a silent retreat would do me a world of good.
My body does not understand negatives. In fact, being negative is a walk way towards obsession. For example, ‘Do NOT eat that chocolate’, turns into just ‘chocolate’, ‘DON’T drink alcohol’, translates into ‘Alcohol!’, leaving your mind to constantly think it wants these things. By knowing this, I would like to attempt to turn this trick into something positive but keep it negative.
"Don’t play that guitar!" or "Do not practise Yoga!!".
The less you think about something, the more natural it is and you just sort of click into a balance. Think too much and it turns into an obsession whether you like it or not.
Funny, I should have noticed this a long time ago. Bummer.
Ramble ramble ramble.
"Kings and philosophers defecate, and so do ladies."
It’s nice to be reminded.
Rishikesh, India on Flickr.
Today I’m paying special attention to observing the mind.
I have watched my mind flagging up a chocolate cake that’s sitting in my kitchen right now. It has reminded me of it several times now. It even mapped out several different routes to it and is persuading me that I “deserve” it.
The mind is a funny thing. I’ll continue watching it. I wonder what it will do next. ;)
Everyone should watch this Ted talk.
Keeping in theme with 20’s confusion.
Preparing for the day ahead of me; listening with a cup of tea. Have a full day of yoga awaiting in Polmont. Hello Sunday.
This is still one of my favourite yoga playlists. Have a listen :)
This makes me feel better about my crippled brain for mathematics.
The ultimate obstacle in life is learning the art of fighting that overwhelming feeling of wanting to do everything and anything. Take up knitting one week, forget about it the next. Painting another and a new instrument the following. The knitting needle falls under the bed and lays there for what seems an eternity; the guitar collects dust and badly needs new strings.
Then I put time into perspective in a way that sinks. I’m 22. The retirement age is roughly 65 and hopefully I’ll live on for a while after. I have more than 40 odd years of life still ahead. 40 years of exploring, 40 years of playing that dusty guitar just a little, 40 years of picking up knitting needles. Time is forgiving as each moment of learning builds up in your mind bank. Like a dripping tap that eventually fills a cup.