It’s more than just a trip. The outdoors has plenty to offer:
beyond the scenic natural landscapes and well-nourished soil molded by a force more powerful than simply erosion,
the crashing cascade of water falling from atop a plateau, streaming down into the fresh water river,
willow trees extending its arms showing you can never overextend your welcome here,
then there’s the timid deer that trot about, wildlife is shy but nice when not provoked (our temperament isn’t so different. Don’t mess with me and I won’t mess with you),
then there’s the serenity of the grasshopper’s nocturnal symphony lulling you to deep sleep.
No need for curtains to shut off all that brightness from the street lights outside because we are underneath the tent now, it’s pitch black, with the moonlight providing comfort to us whom may still be afraid of the dark LOL.
There’s always that campfire you can have. The crackling sound of it is soothing, it mimics the percussion to go with the grasshopper’s orchestra. It all fits neatly into the perfect sleep sound so you can be sound asleep.
Camping provides you with the best sleep ever! You wake up the next day feeling refreshed, looking forward to the next day, wondering what adventure will we embark on. Most importantly, camping as a spiritual retreat is good for the soul. What do I mean by this?
For starters, camping puts us in an environment where we become more in tune with our senses, heightening our physical senses, eliminating all distractions, leaving you with your own mind, to not only be at peace, but to think deeply, to self-reflect, to connect with the infinite source of wisdom which is within us given by The Most High. We are spending time away from distractions of the world, away from the noise of the so-called matrix, that which extracts our energy into tasks that are merely meaningless, we lose our senses, our sense of self, and neglect knowledge of self to the point we not only forget who we are, but we stop seeking life-saving wisdom. Too busy creating a fake world, when the real world is already here, ready for our embrace, and camping is the closest thing to reconnecting with our roots in nature.
This poem by judeitakali, is written with such distinctive flow to it, the way chaos and order interact with one another, dancing alongside each other to bring in perfect balance. There’s also a hint of philosophy in it that allows us to understand the intricacies of this life we live, the pitfalls make us appreciate the triumph, rain makes us yearn for sunlight, and our gloomy days makes our next days that much brighter. What would life be if it is always perfect and orderly? How would we ever know how to deal with adversity without challenges and tribulations? Chaos is as essential as order. The poem I have reblogged describes this phenomenon. Give it a read!
I think it’s been cemented in your mind that everything begins with our thought patterns. The brain is a muscle we must not forget to exercise, for without the brain we don’t have any ability.
There is not only power in the words you meditate on.
There is also great power in VISUALIZING.
To see it, before it even exists, and only you can make it happen. You don’t even have the blueprint laid out yet, nothing has been printed out, the papers are waiting on you to sketch your visualization. The papers don’t draw themselves. Before anything can be drawn, first it must be visualized.
Creativity can freely form in your dome, prone to innovative ideas, seeing the sculpture molding before your eyes can witness it, your mind is showing you something different, a creation that hasn’t been done yet. You watch. You observe. Visualizing how the art will unfold, or how the story is told, you then manifest that onto the physical plane. With the stroke of a paintbrush or pen, perhaps typing sporadically, trying to get every detail on a solid copy, can’t wait to edit or review, the masterpiece you’ve just made.
And then we’re grateful for our talents.
Think about how amazing the mind truly is. That we can visualize things that don’t exist yet. Until we make them exist. We have the power to bring beauty into existence. I appreciate the artists and writers, who bring life onto paper, screens, or canvases, for us to admire and relate, to get a glimpse of the visualization that once lingered in their minds.
Cracks make us HumanExposing all our ColorsBeauty Beholden! We are all broken.Each one of us has chips and cracks,like the dishes we eat off of and cups from which we drink.The Japanese call it kintsughi and consider this to be the gift of pottery.We tend to disrespect our broken parts and throw them to the […]
The art of adaptability is not predicated upon planning, life is very unpredictable, and plans may not work.
Depending on plans means you still think the world revolves around you.
You may think your plans are amazing, but sometimes your plans aren’t the best, and there is more in store for you that you do not know about. But you cannot see it because you are stringent upon fulfilling YOUR plans.
This is why humility is vital. To allow room for prosperous opportunities to find you. You must accept the fact that you do not know everything.
There is no point in being distraught about ruined plans. Sometimes there’s no room for it… perhaps there is more to explore, or it may come time to endure a tribulation.
Life is laced with tribulations, so prepare for them. Get your mind right. All you got to do is endure that tumultuous storm, soon the dark clouds will subside, the silver lining makes the victory apparent, and the glimmer of hope emanates as the sun is released from atmospheric imprisonment.
In that day, you will feel a strong sense of gratitude and appreciation, as well as new found fortitude you never thought you had before. As a result, you are granted with specific wisdom as your trophy.
The more challenges and tribulations, the more strength and wisdom will be awarded to you. And life will no longer be so hard for you’ll have a sharper perception. Things that used to intimidate you no longer do.
So accept the invitation. And the higher the difficulty the more honored you must be, it means you are built for it, you just don’t know it yet! In the end, you’ll be glad you didn’t quit.
Nothing and no one can stop you.
Because when tribulations come knocking, you go against the grain,
And when you triumph, you realize your drive cannot be stopped.
You are able to adapt to any given situation.
This is what you have to look forward to when practicing the art of adaptability.
Social media has hindered people’s verbal communication and made some intellectually lazy. It’s also become somewhat addicting, creating a vicious cycle of depression, unproductivity, and negative self-image and sense of worthlessness. It has been stated that most people who are addicted to social media tend to be narcissists, or are depressed, and/or insecure.
***Here’s a disclaimer: The internet is a very helpful tool, and it’s become a platform for many creative talents to gain exposure. Artists of all types (musicians, visual artists, writers, poets, lyricist, indie film directors, actors/actresses, fellow bloggers, etc) have used social media of some form to market their talents to the world. This is an example of using the internet auspiciously in a productive and positive manner. So I’m not against all social media, it is a great marketing tool, and allows likeminded people to connect virtually and instantly. Not to mention is has helped the self-employed and small businesses grow and gain notoriety, creating more opportunities for one to prosper.
Now, let’s get into the topic!
How Social Media has Destroyed Minds
1. COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS & SEEKING VALIDATION
I vaguely remember the times before smartphones came out. Yeah, there were still social media sites, but they weren’t as popular or intrusive like they are today. Ever since the inception of the smartphones, social media has dominated the minds and monopolized the time of most people. You may be able to get your mind back, but time is something you can’t get back. Yet it is wasted daily, scrolling through endless pictures, memes, posts, and people compare themselves and their life to others, not realizing that most are facades. Though I do appreciate a comedic meme, comparing yourself to others can get toxic.
While you’re over here wondering why you don’t have what they have, they probably don’t have it either! And even if they do, that doesn’t mean you can’t have achievements.
Instead of being concerned about what you don’t have Focus on how to reach your goals. But you’d never know what they are by looking at another person’s accomplishments.
And we know how addicting social media can be for many. Spending hours and hours, feeling sorry for yourself or jealous, perhaps even hateful towards others. If you were to use that same time and energy on yourself, you’ll have your own story to tell, without the need to see if your life measures up to another person’s. If you ever feel worthless check out this blog right here. Your life is your life. It is not going to be identical to everyone else’s. Each person is born with their own blueprint. And it is up to us to build it with our own niches and creative spins. It’s more impressive that way: to do it your way. It gives you a better sense of pride in your gifts.
In some cases, what you see in a person’s profile may be a facade. The people you try to measure up to, may be trying to measure up to vain standards that only exist in the confines of lost minds, who endlessly try to “keep up” with relevance. But what they uphold isn’t relevant. It’s all vanity. Like King Solomon said that much of this world is vanity.
And speaking of vanity…
2. VANITY & NARCISSISM
These traits have always existed. Nothing is new on the Earth, but social media is a hotbed for vanity and narcissism. You don’t have to showcase any good character or talent, (i mean you could, but there are those who don’t) just appearances, and some have taken that too far, to the point of exposing one’s sacred body in the half-nude or straight-nude for creeps. There’s no love, but it is often mistaken with lust, and that’s just enough to satisfy an insecure person or a narcissist. Then, the attention becomes addicting, as the narcissist revels in the attention galore they receive daily, hypnotizing many, causing others to move solely by animal instincts. It continuously feeds the beast, heavily feeding the narcissists’ egos. Social media becomes their feeding ground for constant rejuvenation of narcissist juice, with no room for self-reflection, reality checks, constructive criticism, and differing opinions. They would perceive any of those things as an attack, and they’ll send their cyberminions after you to make you think you’re wrong even when you’re right. If you want to read more about the depth of emptiness that lies within the narcissists’ cold lifeless eyes, read this.
3. FACE-TO-FACE CONVERSATIONS HAVE BECOME A THING OF THE PAST
It is quite unfortunate indeed, that many of us are forgetting how to socialize the way we’ve been doing so since the dawn of time. I recall back in the early 00s, when the internet was a bit primitive and we had those cool flip phones, we had more in-person contact, block parties, barbecues, meeting up at places to gather at, laugh, and talk. And actually talking on the phone with friends was exciting, we told many stories, then calling became a thing to avoid. Most people prefer texting now. They say it’s because we’re just too busy, but what was different then when we once made time to gather for joy?
Just about everywhere I go… whether it’s a radiant sunlit day at the beach or park, I see people with their eyes glued to the phone, absolutely oblivious to the beauty of nature that is standing right before them. You can’t be on that phone forever! Pretty soon you’re gonna want to go for a swim at the shore. What’s crazy to me is when I see a group of Gen Zs hanging out without speaking to each other, they’re literally texting one another while being in each other’s presence. Wow! That makes no sense to me. [Now, before you “ok boomer” me, I’m actually far from being a boomer. I’m a young millennial, in the cusp of old Gen Z, born in 1995.]
A pet peeve of mine is when someone starts a conversation with you, then they browse through their phone as you’re talking to them, only capturing bits and pieces of what you’ve said. You know they can’t listen fully. It is so rude and annoying. We can acknowledge how it has chopped off listening skills. If you can’t listen well, then all communications have failed. You cannot communicate effectively without listening completely. How else could you provide a legitimate response to the person you’re conversing with? Instead, you get half-a$$ responses that don’t even correspond, so it’s really not worth talking to most people.
4. LOWER ATTENTION SPANS & INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS
It’s become noticeable how low people’s attention spans have gotten. I think part of it has to do with how diluted the languages have become in attempts to take things easier. Texting abbreviations have made us lazy with the spelling and linguistics. This could go on for so long that we’d probably forget what the letters stood for; the abbreviations would become a word in of it itself.
Also, not much thought goes into text conversations. You can easily escape from difficult questions if you’re texting. That’s why texting is the worst way to confront someone. It’s definitely not the way to address an important issue. But people do so anyway.
The preoccupation your mind has to social media can take a hold of you, to the point we’re no longer in tune with reality. And that can make us have lower attention spans as well. We become so inculcated in the easy read memes that may just be bias propaganda, the endless entertainment videos keeps us distracted from deep thoughts, diminishing our capacity for information absorption, and they’re damn sure not meditating because most can’t sit still for a minute without being on the apps.
Oh. And who needs to read books when you’ve got Sparknotes! Sparknotes is intended to be study notes to refresh your mind with the main events of a piece of literature. But many just skip reading and just memorize the notes they didn’t even write. No independent thought required. Thinking is just too much work!
5. WE’VE BECOME ADDICTS
That constant ping! you hear every time you get a notification sends an adrenaline rush to pick up your phone and see what’s going on. You just can’t stop getting on there until all notifications have cleared! But then there’s more and more! It never stops because it’s not designed to stop. I read a facsinating article about how social media was designed similar to casino rewards with psychological conditioning to keep people hooked on it, you can check out this informative article here. I’ve also written another blog regarding addictions: how temptations become addictions.
You know how the saying goes, that if you are “a jack of all trades you’re a master of none.”
Basically, either you focus all your time and energy on mastering one thing at a time, or you learn how to do various skills with just enough experience to get you by.
My question then comes…
Can we truly just master one thing?
Think about it. Knowledge is infinite. There’s a lot we have yet to learn, and that still leaves us with plenty of information waiting to be discovered. How far does the rabbit hole go for every subject?
And we’re only talking about ONE subject.
If we haven’t gotten ALL the knowledge of ONE subject, can you imagine the vast knowledge of the multitude of subjects?
It would take lifetimes.
So it seems that for as long as we reside in this physical plane of existence on the Earth, we will technically always be the “Jack or Jill of all trades” or “a master of none” because everything we learn is a work in progress no matter how much expertise we think we have, it’s not the ultimate. There’s no end to what we can acquire.
The moment we began to believe that we’ve completely MASTERED something, is the moment we set limitations on our inquisitive mind, we slow down our appetite to learn, and we close off any new information that comes our way.
See, when you remain humble you are open to new opportunities to learn and gain eye-opening perceptions. You never shut down the doors for new truckloads of information to stock up your mind with. Of course, you want to let it simmer in and marinate for some time before refilling the mind with a new batch of knowledge. You don’t want to get information overloadwhere you are so overwhelmed by vast information that you don’t even want to think anymore. You cannot come to a final decision. So you end up skipping the simmering part: the part where you let your brain soak it all in.
Information overload can be best described in the Spongebob SquarePants show, the episode where Squidward was trying to impress his rival Squilliam with his fake fancy restaurant: the part where Spongebob was made to study the entire book about “how to master fine dining in 20 minutes” and when Spongebob finished reading he basically exclaimed (in summation), “I FEEL LIKE MY BRAIN’S ABOUT TO EXPLODE!!!” If you want to watch a short clip click here, laugh a little, and you’ll see what I mean!
You cannot force your mind to absorb too much, too soon. Knowledge is refreshing and learning should be an enjoyable experience, not a migraine-prone activity. So it goes back to the question: can we truly master one thing?
I think not.
However, we can attain as much knowledge as we can, and use it to our best ability. But do not shut down the doors, you don’t want to prevent your mind from aggregating more insight. Be humble and never stop learning, plus no one likes a know-it-all!
Dreams can range from a replay of events from the previous day, a concoction of settings and characters throughout your life, or Dreams can be sacred messages meant for you to take heed to.
I’ve always have quite vivid dreams for as long as I could remember dreaming. They would be so astounding that I eventually began to write them down since I was a teenager. And to this day I’m still writing them down.
You may ask but why? Why must I keep record of my dreams? After all they’re ‘just dreams?’
Indeed, dreams have always been sacred since the beginning of time. But it seems like most of the world has forgotton, or are unaware of the power behind having some kind of foresight or knowledge that would benefit us.
Why You Must Write your Dreams Down
I don’t necessarily write down every single dream; only the ones of great significance and symbolism. Especially, if it includes a serious matter, if it involves people I know in the waking world, or simply if the message is potent. That way I can keep the dream on file, in case I receive additional dreams, or life events that may confirm what the overall message was about.
It is important to keep a paper trail of past dreams, in order to better understand the upcoming dreams that may coincide with it. The connection could be easily seen, and the records help you recollect past dreams. That way you can detect any patterns among reoccurring dreams.
What if I Can’t Remember My Dreams?
If you can’t remember a dream, then it is hard to write them down. However, I definitely recommend (if the dream is of great significance) to write it down AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP from that dream. Even if you’re sleepy. Because if you go back to sleep, you WILL FORGET the whole thing. I’ve been through that several times. I was just too sleepy, but I was mad the next morning. So, say you have an extraordinary dream, you wake up around 1 a.m. still sleepy of course, but you must write the dream down. The moment you awaken from a dream, the memory of it is still fresh in your subconscious mind. So write it all down. Then go back to sleep.
Then, make this a routine whenever you are compelled to write them down. You’ll notice better recollection, and details become more prominent. As you meditate on these dreams, you will find the interpretation for it. Any message that is sent to you is meant for you, it’s okay to ask for others for enlightenment, but ultimately you are the one who knows exactly what it means because the elements used are tailor-made for you to catch on to.
What Are The Benefits?
1. You’ll learn more about yourself. For instance some people dreamed of playing instruments they’ve never played before, and it motivated them to try it out. Come to find out, the talent was embedded in them. So, it could be that dreams show you what your talents are before you realize it in the waking world.
2. You may look at life from a different perspective which can be enlightening, bringing forth philosophical thoughts, which leads to greater wisdom. NOTE: YOU MUST ATTAIN DISCERNMENT to know what dreams to take seriously, and to know right from wrong, truth or false. I’m not suggesting that every single dream contains absolute truth. That’s where discernment comes in, to determine truth from lie. The more reason to write down your dreams, to keep tabs on it, and evaluate the patterns.
3. You may receive warnings of upcoming events, places, or people to be wary of. Don’t get paranoid of course, but remain alert. Alertness is part of the human instincts, so it is normal. There’s actually a theory that claims that dreams were a way our ancestors were able to keep their eyes open while they slept. Dreams would warn them of impending danger from enemies. It allowed you to prepare ahead of time. A survival instinct perhaps.
Don’t miss your opportunity to reconnect your mind with vast information beyond this world. Remember to always sharpen your mind. Think for yourself. Look at the bigger picture.