words of the wise

We all know by now:
Our thinking can hold us back
because it can be too negative and too wishful.

And don’t
we need some
negative to spare us disasters
&
some wishful to spur visions?

In the
wise words
of the wise everywhere:
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
In new words, Don’t take the
spices and knowhow
out of the
kitchen.

And the
saying could mean:
Notice what you’re doing! or
Don’t reveal your strategy before a contest, etc.

Teachers can use the putting of wise sayings into one’s own words to give their students a creative exercise using sayings like the one above. And afterwards ask, Who would like to read their translation? Then have them take turns reading what they have created and fun is likely to happen.

As you know, their are many books of great quotes and sayings to draw from. The combination of exposure to your selections of great thoughts and a child’s deep participation in the essence of the sayings can build a reservoir of lifelong positivity and practicality. This is my opinion, obviously, but it may actually happen. It surely can’t hurt can it?

Also, a parent can write a saying on a piece of paper and give it to their child and say “See if you can put this saying into your own words.” And afterwards, talk about what he or she has written. And a parent can also put his or her child’s suggested saying into their own words and then talk about it. A daily exercise taking turns?

• Parents and teachers should give an example
or two when introducing the exercise.
• Suggested time allowed for creation: 3 minutes or
until the class noise begins to rise.
• Suggested age: The child should know
how to read and write.

To your students or child you might say, You may be asking Why are we (or) Why am I doing this?

You can answer, It’s an exercise in creative writing. It gets your mind working to create something original. You’ll catch on and it’s fun…creation feels good.”

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creativity

It’s a well known

fact that

when a

person has

different kinds

and various sources

of knowledge flowing into his or her life,

the more likely it is this is a

person who will bring

new stuff into

reality.

the big six in a nutshell

What are the six best uses of our time?

education (skills, trades, creativity, studying, etc.)

relaxation (breathing exercises, meditation, sleep, etc.)

exercise (walking, yoga, sports, interval training, etc.)

diet (eating small or no amounts of sugar or grain products, etc.)

interacting (with family, friends, and coworkers) 

adventure (books, trips, hobbies, charity, romance, children, etc.)

And all six can happen on the same day!

reality’s hand

What is the most important thing we are not aware of? How can we find out?

Notice the realness all around and imagine it’s willing to dance. Imagine putting one hand on reality’s waist or shoulder and the other holding reality’s hand.

Move as if leading or following and see how reality responds. Best is to keep the mind from automatically fiddling with language and this is not easy. Being present and aware for periods of time is child’s play and we are past that so we think.

Is it that silence is boring and we jump back into language automatically before the identity can start to relax? Constant language usage is the default setting in humans and forms a corral for what is possible for the thinker and serves as a time filler and a wonderful outlet for creativity.

What a great tool. It’s no wonder why we’re all hooked on words. What happens when there is no thinking? Sports has a term for it: flow. Flow is a period of no thinking and all action and things go very well.

Science is telling us meditation (the goal of which is to relax the mind enough to reach silence) is good for the brain and its juices (hormones).

Regular meditation is a type of dancing with reality and has been passed on to us by the ancients and their descendants. It’s a path out of the language corral. Is it that when reality shows up full strength, it’s a real shock because reality has been so muted for so long?

As a spiritual practice, to meditate is to court the universe, which is to court our creator: our own being, the animal we ride. Both sages and modern scientists say meditation weakens unhealthy stressors and fosters a more positive outlook.

These three things: learning how to deal with stress, growing a more positive outlook, and coming to the place where one is consciously courting the universe (your own animal) are arguably the three best things which can happen to a person. All three can happen with the practice of meditation.

To sum up: meditation (communing with one’s nature by relaxing language for a while every day) allows the body to do a better job of keeping a human healthy physically and mentally. Meditation also allows us to be spiritual. The sages say the benefits of meditation grow in strength when practice is daily.

 

waiting and hoping

Are we all in some way waiting and hoping? Does this keep us fixed on a future which doesn’t have the best odds of happening because just using the word waiting makes the hoping a long shot? Does waiting give the impression that the one waiting cannot do anything to change the situation and is left to take whatever comes?

So what to do? What to think?

Does being occupied doing something constructive help proper thoughts come in their own time? Is it a much better situation than doing nothing and waiting for the proper thoughts to come so they can be acted upon?

Does activity spark positive thinking? Does variety spark creativity?

 

death

Every now and then I stop and think Are my days really numbered? Is it that I won’t be an exception? Was I born too early for science to save me from death? Shocked again! Can I ever get another break? Was being born alive my best and worst break ever?

Is it that death has talent and can be used for good by helping me to see time differently, making colors are little more intense, and bringing to mind how everything is made of the very same thing and is marvelously complicated.

Is it that energy, matter, creativity, awareness, and time combine and merge again and again and eventually created my ride, the human animal? Is life the perfect condensation of time?

Does knowing the death of my ride is coming for sure, one of the things I can believe in? Does reality look on not waiting for me to pay attention to it? Is reality hidden safely away behind the clankings of my monologue?

 

gravity our grandmother

Is the sun our father and our mother the earth? Is every living thing on earth their offspring? Are they good parents?

Do the sun and earth continue to give freely to us humans the ability to care for ourselves and each other? Do we all suckle our mother still and bask in the rays of our father?

Is the universe our grandfather and grandmother? Was grandfather the Big Bang and grandmother its condensation? Is gravity our grandmother?

Could there be a generation before the Big Bang? If so, who or what would be the father and mother of the proposed multiverse? Could the proposed multiverse itself be one iteration in a very long line back to the father and mother of it all?

What if an imaginary couple like the father and mother of it all were real? Would the couple be called the mystery, the inexpressible, and be composed of awareness the father and creativity the mother?

Are awareness and creativity the greatest of all gifts passed on from our parents? Do they “go together like a horse and carriage”?

Is life a ride on the mystery?