Spirit always takes precedent over matter. It is better. Of course. But the world we live in is fundamentally characterized by matter. This state of existence is physical and material. Our goal, though we live in the world of matter, is to infuse our brains and bodies with spirit, which we also call liveliness and happiness. Yet many times we cannot be happy, and we find ourselves just going through the motions of life without spirit, ghostlike or even in a depression.
The realm of spirit, also known popularly as the afterlife, on the other hand, is the opposite of the world of matter. It is fundamentally spiritual, and is not of matter. It is pure spirit. Thus it is impossible to feel very little happiness or nothing at all in the world of spirit. In fact, in the afterlife one is much more alive than here in the physical world, because that life is wholly spiritual.
Encourage love -Julianne Hough
We keep each other going.
Plan your funeral and you are sure to die tomorrow. Plan your life and you may well live to 100.
Something’s got to be at steak!
You got to be hungry!
Live with some urgency
Thank God for music, my savior! -Pitbull
A stumble may prevent a fall, or a stumble may begin a fall. (Gretchen Rubin)
If God wants to see how hard life is, let him become a man!
He who comes back from the abyss is stronger for it, and in the end will win.
Let us imagine this scenario. You are out and about in society, let’s say, at a restaurant or a cafe, in downtown of wherever you live, your city. And your lunch mate, your friend, has gotten up and left the table, and you are left alone…alone with your thoughts…but you are not thinking. There is nothing you are thinking about. You are eating your sandwich, drinking your pop, and looking around the room, the walls, the ceiling, the other people, and out the window. But there are no thoughts in your head. Does this mean you are not thinking? No! You are thinking. You are thinking without language. You are thinking with your face when you observe. You are thinking with your hands, when you move them. You are thinking with your arms, when you move them and with you are thinking with your eyes when you look closely.
Language is not the only means of thinking. Observation-without language-is a form of thinking. To observe is to think. It is to think about what you are looking at. The people and the place, and yourself. Who you are, what you are doing and the way you look. To know the way you look is a form of thinking. Without language. Unintellectual. And so we may be tempted to label it as unintelligent. But it is nevertheless profound…it can be, if you are able to look carefully. To see the full picture of reality. The full restaurant, the full scene out the window, the full aspect of your fellow creatures surrounding you and your full self.
We are all told that meditation is a good thing. According to the consensus it calms you down and makes you relax and feel good. But is this really true? Moreover, what’s the catch? Meditation can be quite boring. I know because I have done it! Is it worth enduring 20 to 25 minutes of keeping your eyes closed, sitting still and doing nothing but “being alone with your thoughts”? No, it really isn’t. It’s very hard to do. It is worth only for its own sake so that you can proudly proclaim “Wow I did something hard!” like the marathoner who keeps running on and on and on, just to see how far he can keep running. But endurance and perseverance come with a reward. It is usually only after you have “worked your butt off” that you start to feel real results. Back to meditation … I don’t advise it to anyone reading this. BUT, I do sometimes practice a short form of meditation. I have a meditation logue, and I have a timer. I sit at my desk, make as if I am praying, and begin to meditate. My goal is simple: “How do I feel?” And I write down my mood at the moment: bored/tired/happy/depressed/anxious … so on and so forth. I always stop at 5 minutes. However, I find that going to a coffee shop and being around other people is also a mood booster and has the same effects as meditation. In fact I would say, being in a nice setting in a room full of like minded people, makes you feel much better. So go out and have yourself a nice cup of joe today!