Cultivating Gratitude Year-Round

The only way to attract abundance is to practice feelings of abundance.

Even if you believe you have very little, or nothing, to be grateful for - you will not have abundance come into your life until you commit to practicing the attitude of abundance on a daily basis.  Similarly to when you practice happiness, when you practice gratitude, your feelings of abundance will become immune to external circumstances that may otherwise derail you. Here are a couple of strategies to help you strengthen your sense of gratitude, and thus bring more blessings, joy, and love into your life.

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Treating Depression with Meditation

Self-destructive thoughts create a negative feedback loop that physically carves that perspective into your gray matter, practically etched in stone. Think of the rain eroding a mountainside, carving a valley out of the dirt. The deeper that valley is eroded by the rain, the likelier the chance of any future rainfall to travel the same path and cut the valley even deeper, exponentially creating a feedback loop. Your thoughts are the rain, your brain is the mountain. It’s up to you where you want to the rain to go, but it might be a herculean task to reverse the erosion when you’ve indulged in self-destructive thinking for as long as I did. But it is possible. 

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Happiness is a Skill

Happiness is a skill. But choosing to be happy doesn’t mean living in denial of your life’s challenges. It means finding happiness within yourself and from yourself, and therefore not allowing your happiness to become dependent on externalities outside your control. You have to develop this skill like any other: by practicing.

So how can you practice happiness? It might be easy when things are going well - when your wallet’s fat, your belly’s full. But how can you be happy when you’re afraid to lose your job, your spouse, your life? Life is guaranteed to give you setbacks and disappointments, so how can you develop the skill of happiness then? 

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The Nature of Consciousness

Scientists and philosophers have puzzled over this question for ages without agreement. For many, discussing the c-word in academics is taboo - as the gaping hole in our vast library of human knowledge, it’s best left unmentioned. However, quantum physicists, neuroscientists, and cosmologists are slowly breaking these taboos now, using modern discoveries to bring new light to these ancient questions. 

I reject the materialist notion that the mental state spontaneously arose out of physical processes simply through natural selection. I don’t reject natural selection - it’s an excellent description of how forms change over time. But the process does not explain the development of the subjective experience. It may even articulate how subjectivity developed neurologically, but that still doesn’t explain why. What is the purpose of awareness? 

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