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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#Thedress that made the world talk (and fight) about seeing things differently.

“The dress is black and blue!” “No it’s white and gold, you’re wrong!” “No it IS black and blue!!! Can’t you see it?! It’s right there!" It’s fine to have fun arguing over #TheDress but people do the same thing all the time over things like religion, ideologies & opinions. We have a society where difference - such [...]

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 [...]

“People choose the paths through life that have the greatest reward for the least effort – that’s the law of nature that’s hard to defy” ~ House MD

It's a very natural thing in humans to do. Of course Some people defy this nature and instead work really hard, not thinking about a reward or recognition, because they might just love doing it. Like playing in a band that costs you money for equipment, practice time and to put on gigs but it's [...]

“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 [...]

“My brain is a computer, it will always run, because that’s what it’s designed to do.” – Giancarlo Esposito

http://vimeo.com/62754136 It's taken me a couple of years to come round to the idea of meditation and to see the benefits it will bring my life. I first had to experience a positive reaction and once I had that, there was no going back. Apparently meditating 30 minutes everyday over a long period of time [...]

“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 [...]

Accumulating, consuming, debt and freedom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XRPbFIN4lk "Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love." - An inspiring message, I agree with getting rid of the excess to feel more free and flexible. "What does freedom mean to you?" For me it's freedom from my own thoughts, mind and job. I don't feel liberated, I realise it and I [...]