One of few possible ways to look at American foreign politics - this time with a grain of humor
A humorous look at the power we give to our leaders who should be serving us
What, or who in ourselves ever voices that call for a "new year's resolution"? Could we spare some attention to listen to it more often?
Sharing the experience of meditation is like trying to describe the taste of strawberries to someone who may have never tasted them. And yet, why not try.
According to the evident ratio between love and hate in this world - our need for conflicts outweighs our need for love.
After the national boast about enjoying the best of the worlds - one would expect to see a mentality of peace and content. What a paradox, indeed!
The eternal question: Why something has to die so that something else could live?
"Terra Incognita", or Unknown Territory - that's the path and destination of every real seeker of truth. All others settle for the apparent.
In our, partially animalistic nature, that part has from ever been tarnishing the shiny title of homo sapiens.
Looking in the mirror - do we see our unique self, or an embodiment of the many
Had Mona Lisa been frowning instead of that mystic smile - the painting wouldn't have been called priceless.
In so many ways, so many have cashed in on human strongest emotion - fear.
Counting blessings instead of curses inspired thoughts for this poem
Those inner demons, even when we imagine them as smiling--are still only demons due to be faced sooner or later
One way or another we pay for every excess of thinking, feeling and reacting.
Ultimately our life is our own creation, and so are excuses for not taking advantage of that truism
Devoted to the memory of my mother--with thoughts regular around Christmas time.
To some folks the old adage is valid in a reverse order: "Cry, and everyone cries with you--laugh, and you laugh alone".
De-hypnotized from the world's low-key survivalism--enjoying a self-created intimate reality
Sometimes we display caring because it's appropriate, not because we deep down care.
Sharing a meditative moment
A proposed alternative to hectic pace of living
About the use of "Happy Holiday" instead of "Merry Christmas".
Slow traffic in online writing may not mean anything mentioned in those smart strategies---it may just be mostly a matter of a chance, not a choice.
As surprising as it may sound, those "culprits" of public life---politicians and mainstream media---are not really to blame, just to be perceived differently. This article will offer an explanation for why it is so.
One of the biggest challenges of our life will always be getting to that gut-realization that unfairness of life may only boil down to our own frame of mind. For, there is nothing that mind cannot make better.
In so many people's vocabulary personal sovereignty may be confused for their civil freedoms, as they never bothered to further examine its deeper meaning which, when understood carries a seed of true liberation.
It only takes a change of our looking at all those obstacles to a state of inner peace for them to evaporate in our laughter over waiting for so long to do it.
Not knowing the abundance of our true nature we massively resort to mental beggary, escaping from our undiscovered resources in a hope that others may give us what we have failed to give to ourselves.
Reading between lines of someone's literary expression is not the same as their disclosing "where they are coming from"---hence this article.
An unsuspected big part of personal spiritual liberation is in cutting through all taboos---some of them truly crippling our potential and our capacity for joy of living.
Where does the civilian need for firearms really come from? Isn't it the people mimicking the government's continuous longing for the status of the "most powerful"--- fueled by a mass paranoia?
The time comes in every writer's life when the question imposes itself about how much that activity is stealing from energy, effort, time, and other important factors of living a full life.
While I don't know if legalizing marijuana is good or not, it doesn't prevent me to simply wonder why we really need more legal opiates instead of less.
After having received so many mistreatments, the theme of freedom is hard to see at its core---with all irrelevant conceptualizing, oftentimes merely touching some of its peripheral aspects.
Eating at times when we are not really hungry stems from emotional imbalances with a wide range of their displays. How to stop it?
To a different degree most of us are not easy to please no matter what others may do---and we often fail as we try to please them. Why is this so? Could we change?
In many hearts, there is a rebellious spirit refusing to let go of one memory about a big blow to the self-esteem--along with a secret desire for a target to rebel against.
Many ideas of pure fiction later on turned into reality. Personally, I hope this will be the case with my hypothetical---although realistic---model of political leader.
When we give a closer look at our privacy as a civil right, we can't but re-think about this deep need stemming from our ideas of a free world.
Why are we so fascinated by that minority of world population who qualify for daily news---while seemingly oblivious to the quiet majority who would give us a truer Big Picture of our world?
There are those uncomfortable questions placing us at a crossroad, as if expecting us to take a new direction in life. Are we up to it, or our comfort zone is the gravity forcing us to stay put?
There are many aspects of democracy which may sound great when put on the paper as an ideology---but it's greed for money and power which has perverted its tenets along with some other human values.
Painful memories, when re-experienced from a different perspective, may turn into anything in a range from emotionally neutral to comical---but first we have to understand "why", and "how".
What is brainwashing? It's hypnotically imposed will by certain social groups in form of false beliefs, which make us useful tools for their careers, popularity, or monetary profit.
Certain life truisms may inspire more when they are told as a personal experience---not as a dry lecturing about life. So, allow me to try it.
Mutual understanding may be one of the less understood concepts in the dynamics of personal interacting and big scale coexistence. Let's try to see what makes it so.
It's an eternal question without a hope to find an answer which would please a philosopher---but that's why we have poetry to keep trying with its answers hidden in a bouquet of rhymes.
There is a short step from true ignorance to foolishness. Why not pause a bit longer before making that step - for that pause alone may give a birth to a true mysticism in us.
Whole lifetimes will pass for some folks without them realizing how they have spent the most of their precious time living everybody's life---except their own.
It's been a tragicomic show for the whole world to watch, as a great nation with an incredible potential chooses to lose their once strong national identity.
In generations ahead of us people may be taking for granted their ability to choose their feelings---just because someone said they could, and then it became a trend. Why not now?
Love, as we know it, may not exist as such ---but rather as multiple possible combinations between certain eight aspects of loving with their different intensities displayed.
All those folks who have cultivated gratefulness as an attitude may not realize how such an emotional habit may not exactly be good for their mental health.
We may know the truth, but we need white lies to have something to live by, because without them life would just lose its meaning--- even that "meaning" being a part of that white lying.
Common cold might as well be viewed the same as common stress---both are indirect results of our "low voltage vitality", or a prolonged negativism in our attitude.
It may take more than pleasing our five senses to consider an existence, or even immediate presence. Beyond our five senses is a mind that tells them what to sense and what to leave out as "unreal".
There is a maddening and mysterious realm of the quantum, beyond our perception and even beyond logic. And yet, its proposed theory may hide answers to our most daring questions about life.
We may look the same under microscope or scalpel, but when all our parts are assembled into a whole, we may be more unique than we ever thought.
The need for musical expression is universal and a big part of being human. But, while music is to be an expression of art, some modern forms sound more like an episode of hysteria.
In a folklore of European tradition a scary character replaced some good parenting. What if a similar "bad parenting" is intentionally practiced by the Establishment--for profit and power.
There are some truly lovable mothers-in-law who respect the privacy of the newlyweds. And then, there are those who with their reputation deserved the humorous name "monster-in-law".
When it's about longevity, we have an advantage over a dog---we can extend it by using more of our consciousness that dog doesn't have.
Resorting to religion feels O.K. for some folks who could not find inner peace on their own without a help from "above".
The eternal question about dying is an intellectual outlet of our existential fear. It's a good fear, because we want to survive and live on --- but a useless one, because we cannot die.
If man could stick to his advertised promises and principles, so much more than marriages would be sacred in this world. But, "blood is not water", and many a promise has drowned in it.
With a little shift in attitude we could start noticing how there is an amusing side to ALMOST everything in life --- making easier those moments referring to that "almost".
Those romantic movies and paperback novels should not counsel us how to handle that deep hurt caused by someone we love. Love should provide an antidote for every poison in our heart.
The mystery of conscious mind - or even the physical brain - keeps tantalizing the finest minds with their elusive nature. However, scratching its surface may be fun and an intellectual adventure.
No matter how informed we may become by reading about that "smart stuff", it won't make much difference if it's a lack of wisdom, not lack of information that's making us unhappy humans.
When it seems like all muses of inspiration have turned their backs on us, maybe it's because we have been avoiding them.
Thanks to medicine and grandma who always made sure we ate an apple a day, we grew up into believing in our fragile bodily constitution that anything could damage from germs to draughty rooms.
Some races and ethnicities seemingly can't stop living in the past, and maybe it's time to stop making noble those traumas and start seeing it all through a scope of a diagnosis.
Metaphorically - focused on the notes of a favorite hymn we don't notice that we are not good singers. It could be the time to practice singing - instead of looking for a "right" hymn.
Many are the roads to enlightenment being offered on the map of deceit and illusion, while the only way to get there is to look down at where we already stand.
Those inner, unconscious eyes of authorities may manifest themselves at times when we are experiencing our nakedness---as if exposed with everything that we keep private and secret.
Stories about demons are not completely irrelevant to so called "human condition"; but stripped from their religious content they suggest a decisive step to free ourselves from demonic emotionalism.
Do we really have objective reasons to worry a lot, or is it that our worrying habit is fabricating those reasons? Is there a way to stop that nonsensical reactiveness to life?
Completely outside the question of God's existence stands this one about the logic - or an absence of it - in man's selectiveness while opting for a certain religious belief.
By sharpening our observation of what really is the core experience of living, we can unfold into immensely loving our life
Some folks may have it in their genes to age at a slower rate. The rest of us may have to do something about it - and we can.
It's almost unreal as a feature of adult behavior and may look downright pathetic, how some married couples can't give up their struggle over who is calling the shots.
Some of the most important and challenging life truisms are actually very simple, and it's only for our passion for complicating that those challenges are so hard to accept, and so easy to give up.
Personal growth cannot happen when we insist on sameness which means stagnation in this universe where nothing is still.
One good look at this world tells us how either our spiritual mentors are bad teachers, or we are bad students by not knowing how to stop glorifying them so much and start practicing their teaching.
When adults unconsciously refuse to outgrow their childish impulsiveness and self-centered attitude, that regularly affects their private, social, and professional life in negative ways.
There are elements in Christian faith that don't seem to benefit health, physical or mental, so those folks might want to consider focusing only on those positive aspects of that teaching.
As the only true parameter of being human is intelligence - all other global tenants having feelings in one form or another - the basic global issue seems to be a lack of it.
In a poet's soul there is this hiding seed of death - not the physical one, but the one of the only identity in which he feels at home. Then every new inspiration brings about a resurrection.
We know that pharmaceuticals often have unpleasant side effects, so why not consider a natural way to take care of high cholesterol.
Finding the cause of sleeplessness and naturally removing it makes so much more sense than getting hooked on sleeping pills or the night-time shot of brandy.
By recognizing both mental forces in our energetic makeup - ability to choose and willpower - we can greatly benefit by giving the priority to choosing.
There are certain personality traits which might explain that good and bad "luck" of those in a pursuit of success.
It will take time for the mankind to give logic its deserving advantage over believing based on a fascination with the mysterious and with a promise of immortality.
We were little and playful when they told us : "It's impossible". We believed and left our creative potential buried in those make-believe games.
If we, the lay folks maintain a mentality of willingness to settle for "the most prevalent view" - then how did the lay public ever accept that the Earth was not flat?
Having a clean and tidy mind is both a good preventive and curative measure in taking care of our overall wellbeing, and it should become as much of a routine as brushing our teeth.
It's been said that the broken bone gets strongest at the place where it heals. The same might be true for emotional wounds from betrayal, which, when healed make us emotionally stronger.
Even though an incorrigible optimist and romantic, sometimes I have to take a peek at those aspects of this world which never served me as an inspiration.
In so many ways we unconsciously hold ourselves back in life, and some of them we would never suspect, until we give a close look at our unconscious impression that others can see our thoughts.
Hospitals are strange places - they certainly save many lives, but hey also have the reputation of ruining some. So, beware as you are admitting yourself in.
Perhaps the most uncomfortable taboo - or a theme that we avoid facing individually and collectively - is our partially animalistic nature that's messing us up royally.
There is this widespread tendency, especially among religious folks to expect their life solutions from outside sources. Maybe they are missing altogether the mundane purpose of their existence.
Like a curse haunting us, some bad effects of parenting oftentimes cripple us emotionally - unless and until we snap out of it.
There is no point in debating about God's existence, because every such debate is aimless and doomed for a failure right from its start.
In this article I would like to address our natural, but not very recognizable ability to create new patterns of experiencing "out of thin air".
Most of the people tend to identify themselves by different labels depicting their being a part of a group or a mass of others. As we are about to see, that alienates them from who they really are.
It doesn't take a comedian to notice our funny side, but it certainly takes a dark kind of humor. However, let our laugh be good-spirited, coming from a loving heart.
With our paranoid survival instincts we are so quick to picture those hypothetical space visitors as enemies. No wonder, we never really learned to be our own friends either.
We seem to have some of that "You can't" already implanted into our genes; and then we got a generational renewal of it from our early educators and society. It may be the title of our life-script.
Betrayals in love may range from a one-night-stand to a complete breakup - and they leave a scar in us whether the relationship is mended or not. But how do we deal with them without going crazy?
Right now we are doing something only because we went a straight line from an intention to this act. Our whole future depends on knowing how to persist with an intention all the way to our goals.
The emotional freedom of most of us was greatly reduced by our early educators, oftentimes to the point where our emotional totality stayed unknown to us.
Every new idea needs a drive to turn into its realization, and only our gutsiness can take us where brains by themselves don't dare to go.
Some folks, either out of an immature mentality or a sheer opportunism refuse to grow up and cut loose from parents' ever helpful but tired hand. With love being a two-way street, where is theirs?
Many folks spend a life time under a subconscious spell of childhood prohibitive and punitive suggestions. Is there a way to snap out of them?
The secret of breaking the spell of loneliness is in ability to turn it into a productive solitude that carries a seed of a brand new socializing experience.
As we struggle to give some sense to our life, we may be missing the whole point - by giving up that struggle we give our life all sense it deserves.
These are the times when it's harder than ever before to tell apart reality from science fiction. The crazy part is that it all started with fantasy.
Why some self-suggestions can heal us and others can't? Why some prayers for health get answered and others don't? Well, maybe all of them would if we did it with a right mindset.
In the chemical recipes of our happy emotions there could be found some unusually opposing ingredients that may look like just sugar coating a pain.
Opening our mind is like labor pains at the birth of our spirituality - a sweet pain announcing the beginning of a new life.
While everybody wants to be happy, many are confusing happiness with excitement - and then they wonder why it's such a passing feeling. Well, it doesn't have to be that way, once we understand it.
It's a kind of sad to find out one day how the feeling is gone and replaced with boredom, without our understanding why. But there is always a way to get it back, if we want to give it another shot.
There seems to be a strong evidence about our face being a mirror reflection of our predominant emotions. Why not use it for maintenance of our youthful looks - because we can.
See those around who are "trying hard". Chances are, a decade from now they may still be "trying" - having lost that time when they could have won by just allowing it to happen.
Due to some unconscious trigger people may momentarily go oblivious about their behavior, saying things that they would never normally say. They may breach their agreement, but is that a betrayal?
As a feature in our interacting with others, competition may stem from insecurity or jealousy, so we may want to see this as true - in order to make our relationships more constructive.
Oftentimes in life we can't find the way out by returning where we came from - there is a brand new door to be discovered, and it's in ourselves.
Do you sometimes get this feeling that time is passing too fast? Maybe it is because of the sameness of its contents. So, try to give some variety to those ticking seconds.
"Evil" is a construct of man's mind, not a reality - at least not of those folks who junked it together with boogie-man.
Stress is not incurable if we are only willing to bring it down to a level where it's easy to beat it.
We can't know our intimate truth by analyzing it because it's quite elusive, and as soon as we try to label it, it is bound to turn into a lie.
Social de-personalizing has given us identities expressed by number, name, religious denomination, political orientation... - and it wouldn't be a big deal if we didn't start identifying with them.
Ultimately, nothing in life can replace that genuine joy of feeling at home in our own skin and pampering ourselves there - not merely showing a hospitality to ourselves at some rare visits.
It seems to be a little known fact that our deliberate acting can positively affect the way we respond emotionally to life - ultimately changing the course of our future events and even our health.
What a divine paradox it is, to feel so different, and with that feeling so much closer to everyone else, while allowing them to be different as well.
Life is filled with mysteries; and even those things that we take for granted have their enigmatic other side - if we are not satisfied with the obvious.
It's a pure joy noticing how people seek your company; but before that happens, it's good to be aware of some pitfalls in your attempts to achieve that.
Celebrating a religious tradition with all that togetherness, love, and attention - reminds us about everything that we are missing the rest of the year.
To be able to interpret others' behaviour and to attach it to a certain personality type doesn't really take a degree in psychology, but merely a simple system and some objective observing.
Some day when you catch your grownup kid giving you that same look of love that you once got from that playpen - in your happy heart you'll know you've done a right thing.
The more importance we ascribe to anxiety - the more it troubles us. An improved life style with a few tips to be followed may be all that is needed.
When we look around and nothing inspires us to be grateful, it may be time to stop living in our past and future.
Awakening is one of the most gratifying experiences anyone can have; because all victories over others in the arena of life don't compare to the triumph of victory over our own yesteryear's self.
More Damage and also Goodness Has Been Done to Ourselves and Our Coexistence by Non-Religious and Religious Beliefs Than by Any Other Aspect of Human Functioning.
To smart people of different opinions or tastes even knowing about the difference between disagreement and argument may give a hint not to turn one into another.
So many folks find it much easier to fill emptiness in their lives with others' business - than to improve what they have.
There is nothing rational about miracle of personal change. We don't understand it, we don't think ourselves into it - we simply allow it to happen, while stepping out of the way.
Our subconscious mind is willing to obey as soon as we are willing to make that contact with it friendly and simple.
It always amazes me as I see that affection between a pet and its master. Could a pet be an externalized symbol of his inner child?
Just like love, friendship has to be nurtured. Imitations don't, because nothing can turn bad with something that's already bad.
Women in love beware: seeing it sooner and not later could make the whole difference between a little painful moving on and a much more painful staying in a relationship.
Is that image in the mirror a final, only possible version of ourselves? Who and what else may be hiding behind that figure that we have so taken for granted? Who is the stranger looking back at us?
Are our emotions always running in front of us to meet situations? Do we insist on being on top of things? Or, do we follow inner guidance to deal with people and situations?
To hear only half of the truth is worse than to hear nothing. So why do we form the picture of our world inspired by what we hear on the daily news?
Our ego starts at the level where we have to do our own breathing, and means our will to live our own, unique self.
If there was a formula for a great marriage, it would all fit into one word: love. But love could mean so many different things to so many different people.
Gracefully getting old may only be an excuse for allowing ourselves to lose that spark of youthfulness which would pretty much ignore the count of birthdays.
In some ideal world leaders would cater to the interests of majority, and if they didn't, they would get fired - no help from their Union. Did I say "ideal" world, not this one?
It may only take a change of glasses to realize how nothing really is as it seems to be. The following is about that seeming part of our perception of truth, and adjusting to new glasses.
To an addict the prospects of living without cigarettes feel like life threatening, and that fear is the only obstacle on their way towards freedom from the addiction.
So called "common sense" is a tricky thing because something being customary may not be automatically correct. Our most cherished convictions may be a results of a "convenient" logic.
At one aspect of our functioning we are goal-oriented mechanisms with a feedback function telling us how much we are off our course. Its overstimulation makes us always "at fault".
Life is not just happening to us, and we are not merely passive spectators there - but doers, whether we do it intentionally or unconsciously. So, why not start taking responsibility for it.
The following thought provoking question is a challenge to our global conscience : Why do we need enemies? Is this need inherent in our nature; or is it a historical addiction? Any payoffs?
It seems like a fluke in human nature that we are so prone to count our curses instead of blessings, while missing the whole opportunity for an easy ride through life.
The growing evidence is pointing at a close connection between cellular intelligence and our strong beliefs, attitudes, and emotions - being expressed as the mighty placebo effect.
Every now and then a humble professional in the field of mental care will admit that his science is still in diapers, with more smart questions than answers.
At this age of numerous comforts, human rights, high level of hygiene, and a pampering technology - are we turning into a breed of sensitive softies?