Check out this article from The Commonsense Philosopher:
Then, find out how you can take steps to be “fully in the present,” by visiting my Daily Minutes post! I hope to provide more resources as time allows, so that together, we might initiate a Spiritual Awakening in our spiritually dead world.
When beginning self-study, it can be extremely hard to get through the crucial first step, self observation. It is our human nature to perform learned behaviors over and over, until what was once new, becomes routine. For example, take your drive to work. When you first started your job, you might have planned or experimented with different routes, in order to ensure timely arrival each day. Once you found a route that suited this need, you probably have not deviated from it since. Because your ride to work has become second nature, your trip might now include finishing your makeup on days you’re running late, or mentally combating rush hour traffic by way of an audio book escape!
You are able to do this, because after your mind performs the same learned behavior day after day, that behavior eventually becomes a habitual action, requiring no thought whatsoever. Therefore, your mind is free to focus on other, “more pressing” issues. Unfortunately, examples of this habitual action are found in many areas of our lives where it should not be – in our marriages, relationships with friends, and in going to church or related events.
Because we have trained ourselves into this mess, we must train ourselves out of it as well. That is why self-observation is so important. You must first be able to identify these habitual behaviors, or areas of your life that you’ve set on autopilot. As a result, your mind will begin awakening to the fact that you do not control certain aspects of your behavior. Once you’ve identified these “mind tricks,” you will begin to catch yourself prior to their execution, therefore improving your self-control and gaining true self-consciousness.
I hope this document helps you in the observation of your daily actions, so that you might begin to awaken your mind to the world around you. You do not have to record every single day of your life, but when beginning self study, it is important to understand the areas of your life that need the most work.
Click Here for PDF Document: DAILY MINUTES (PDF)
I was left speechless after reading this article. Jack Kelley never disappoints!!
Click Here: Who Is The Restrainer? – Gracethrufaith.
I’ve been working on a ‘Beauty’ category for my blog, where I plan to share key health & skin care benefits whose key benefits are derived from naturally occurring plant extracts.
The delay in my “Beauty Launch” is due to the overwhelming amount of information out there, regarding the myths, traditions and uses of these extracts. So that this category “fits” properly with my other categories, I’m having to sort through relevant [historical] information for each plant’s key benefits, and how they have been traditionally used by our ancestors. It’s coming (eventually), but it is definitely a timely process of development & coordination!
You will find a wonderful article by clicking the following link. This ‘plant study’ will give you an idea of the type information I deem ‘relevant’ to my current blog content.
Enjoy! A plant study of myrtle.
In addition to the outline/notes I will be posting on Gerald May’s book, Addiction & Grace, this looks like a pretty awesome resource!
Click Here for direct access to pdf: Addiction & Grace Reading & Discussion Guide (pdf)
I am passionate in sharing the knowledge I’ve acquired through self-study, by modeling man as a machine. I discovered this method of at ardue.org, and recommend it to everyone I know who might be searching for more out of life.
In this model, we are told that there are moving parts within man’s “machine.” Each part (or function) operates independently from the other, and each has it’s own “mind.” However, the overall mechanism of man’s machine is dependent upon which of its parts are functioning the best. Similar to a car, man has an engine to make him run, wheels to make him move, a steering wheel to point him in the right direction, and even a computer chip to notify of possible malfunction.
Analogies and visual aides are my best teachers. This is the first in my series on Man as Machine: FUNCTIONS OF MAN
I will forever be grateful to Duncan Macdonald, for compiling such a large amount of knowledge from various sources, and putting it in one place for me to find! 😉
Gypsy Musings of the Soul