“Our thoughts have prepared for us the
happiness or unhappiness we experience.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The most important questions we ask ourselves are:
- what do you want with your life?
- what is the meaning of life?
- how to live to the fullest and regret as little as possible at the end?
In the book ‘The soul is a verb’, Philip Backmo (swedish author) share his views (professional as well) on those most important life questions/or situations.
Some quick take-aways from Chapter 1:
- Understand, that happy doesn’t mean ‘problem-free’. Our belief that happy people doesn’t have any problems at all is some way ‘denying reality’. To live happy (or well) = to live passionate, to live a full life, to cry, to feel pain and to laugh, because even a hard life is worth living!
- Imagine that life is a bicycle. You are driving in the middle of the road while hearing how people from different sides of the road are screaming to you: ‘Turn left!’ or ‘Turn right!’. Whom are you going to listen? The answer is no-one, but yourself. Because the views are different (from left and right). That’s why very important to have a good relationship with yourself.
- David Whyte said ‘relationships are internal marriage’. You are always interested how your partner feel, think, what he or she dream about or want…That’s the main fundament for your good internal relationship with yourself. You are kinda 2 in 1: you as you are and another you as your partner.
- How to handle those 2 of you? Self – awareness. There’re 4 ways to know yourself:
- get to know yourself
- take care of yourself
- be loyal to yourself
- live in the contact with your soul/spirit
And choose always the life you love, not the life that people expect you to live...
The author also shares a practice:
Draw a straight line with 2 points (A B), where A – your birth, B – your death. Look at that line and draw one more, but smaller one (perpendicular). It is you. Understand that any life on the Earth looks like this = has an end. You as ‘you’…has an end. It is a fact. Your believes doesn’t matter, because even if your soul will travel further (reincarnation) – ‘you’, as you know yourself, won’t exist anymore.
The goal of this practice is to appreciate everything what is happening with you – every day, and every positive (or negative!!) moment.
I hope you are motivated as hell now!! 😂🤪
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1. I’m going to share my pictures from Stockholm. Read description under the pictures.
2. My dog Daisy is Ok. Finally! Her surgery is planned for the next week.
3. I have to write 6-7 pages (minimum) for my psychological studies. It is in swedish, otherwise I’d share on my blog.
4. Japanese – goes well.
Portuguese – just started, so know nothing lol
5. My mum is still here, but she is leaving 3 november. Hopefully, I’ll have more time to post or write after she leaves, but my scheme is pretty tough. Only studying takes min 1-2 hours a day:
Monday – Japanese/MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy)
Tuesday – Portuguese
Wednesday – MBCT (practical)
Thursday – Portuguese/Japanese
Friday – MBCT (writing/essay/)
Saturday – Book edit
Sunday – Portuguese/Japanese
I’ll try to blog 2-3 times a week, but if I’ll disappear for a couple of days or weeks – blame Freud, Aaron Beck, Barlow, B. F. Skinner and Pavlov. 😱😎💃
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And at the end…poetry 🧐💃😁
‘I have loved in life and I have been loved.
I have drunk the bowl of poison from the hands of love as nectar,
and have been raised above life’s joy and sorrow.
My heart, a flame in love, set a fire every heart that came in touch with it.
My heart has been rent and joined again;
My heart has been broken and again made whole;
My heart has been wounded and healed again;
A thousand deaths my heart has died, and thanks be to love, it lives yet.
I went through hell and saw there love’s raging fire,
and I entered heaven illumined with the light of love.
I wept in love and made all weep with me;
I mourned in love and pierced the hearts of men;
And when my fiery glance fell on the rocks, the rocks burst forth as volcanoes.
The whole world sank in the flood caused by my one tear;
With my deep sigh the earth trembled, and when I cried aloud the name of my beloved,
I shook the throne of God in Heaven…’
Hazrat Inayan Khan
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