Success defined by society: Keeping up with the Jones’

I think we should redefine the definition of success from monetary based to happiness. Would it be worth the risks to the economy? In my opinion it would, everyone would be happier generally, enjoy their lives more, have less regrets, follow their intuition more and we wouldn’t be destroying the planet. But society has heavily [...]

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Do magazines exist to fill an emptiness?

We all have emptiness we try to fill up with food, TV, relationships, shopping, drugs etc. I guess that's just a human thing to feel and do, at a very basic primal and unconscious level. I think we can do better than that, and become so much more self aware. 'Buy this magazine for a [...]

What would it be like to live a more liberated existence?

This is Simon Amstell's live at the BBC 'Numb' show, he talks about all sorts of great things, including the part I'm choosing to focus on for this blog post: He has some astute thoughts on the current human race and society today if he was to leap into the future and look back on [...]

“I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent.” Don Draper, Mad Men

A lot of us feel cheated by the universe at times, like it's out to get us, why us? It's conspiring against us, wanting us to fail. But actually the universe doesn't give a shit about us or about anything, it just exists, it's indifferent, it's neural. Which in a way it's quite nice, I [...]

“Everything and everyone around us, is fleeting and impermanent” – Brianna Wiest

Also: "Property is theft. Nobody 'owns' anything. When you die, it all stays here." - George Carlin It's up to us to build our lives how we want it and create our own inner happiness, we are the one constant in our lives, our own best friends. Things on the outside are fleeting and impermanent, [...]

“I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, the in-between is mine, I am mine.”

Pearl Jam - I Am Mine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkgv3LoQY2o I love these lyrics that I interpret to be about doing whatever you like with your life because it's yours, making your own path, self acceptance, empowerment and acceptance of the inevitable and uncontrollable. You can't help, change or control being born or dying, have to accept and respect [...]

“It doesn’t feed your soul, I’m still empty inside. The things you’re being offered can’t fill what we’re looking for.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3PalrfEF4g&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs Russell Brand on consumerist western society and celebrity culture and how he's been part of the charade but he's awake now and wants to wake others too. "Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our desire and self interest" He recognises qualities in himself of egotism, selfishness, lustfulness and because he recognises them in [...]

“All I can do is do my best and try to make it last” — Sister Sledge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s73zV15V50o A great quote to live life by, sometimes it's all anyone can do. There's many things in life we have no control over and if you tried your best, how can you have regrets? If you're the kind of person who's hard on yourself, bit of a perfectionist with really high expectations like me, [...]

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.” – George Carlin, 1937 – 2008

I love this quote, I agree with every point except maybe I’d argue we don’t talk enough or communicate enough about honest and deep things, we talk to much surface talk. I want to remember this bit everyday and try to embrace it if I can:  “We’ve added years to life, not life to years.”

Jim Carey has a profound experience

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsQJyKhmqkQ "I woke up and I suddenly got it, I understood suddenly how thought was just an illusionary thing and how thought is responsible for if not all, most of the suffering we experience. And then I suddenly felt like I was looking at these thoughts from another perspective and I wondered who is it, [...]