Posts tagged #Present

Should You Live Like You’re Dying?

     Watch the Video! "What Does It All Mean?" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #25)

Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by astrophysics.  The history of time.  The scale of the universe.  The remarkable fact that despite slim odds and multiple extinction level events, we are alive and conscious today. 

And when I think about what I should focus on every day, I often feel torn.

Posted on January 29, 2015 .

Radical Acceptance

     Watch the Video! "Radical Acceptance" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #11)

Can you feel pain without suffering?  How about suffering without pain?  Although we often use the two terms synonymously, they are different concepts. 

A woman in labor might feel pain but not suffering because she is joyful about having a baby.  On the flipside, a mother might suffer because her child is in prison, but she is not having pain inflicted on her. 

This distinction is the key to the concept of “radical acceptance.”  Suffering arises when we wish things were other than they are.  We long for a reality that does not exist, and that difference between the reality we want and the reality we see is suffering. 

Posted on October 16, 2014 .

The Secret to Dealing with Feeling Overwhelmed

     Watch the Video! "Overwhelm" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #9)

If you’re living in contemporary society, you probably have a to-do list… maybe on a legal pad, computer, phone, post-it note, sticky pad, left hand, or some other surface. 

And every time you look at it, you might get that sinking feeling of, “I have too much to do and it won’t all get done.” 

Your brain might then fill in, “And you will be fired, your loved ones will leave you, and you will die.”

No wonder we feel so much stress and pressure when we look at the tasks on our to-do list.  Our brain is telling us, “Do these things or die alone!”

Posted on October 2, 2014 .