Mind with a body… (part deux)

The more I thought about the previous post, the more my mind realised what a huge concept it really is, the mind is AWESOME!

“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

So much suffering is self created, it’s never happened, it may never happen, but that fear can stop you from doing something great. It can stop you from trying some crazy new food. It can stop you from taking the great job you could so so well in. It could stop you from living your dreams. It can stop you from living up to your true potential.

Your imagination can create your reality. I’ve been a self created victim of thinking negatively in the past, we probably all have. People have told me in the past I couldn’t do something, told me that I was not capable, and in a moment of fear I’d absorbed this bullshit, and held myself back. I HELD MYSELF BACK. Think about it. Nobody physically held me back from doing it, my imagination had created a negative situation and I’d scared myself into inaction. “We are more often frightened than hurt” (and the physical hurt would have been so much better for me, because I could have taken it as a learning experience)

Our minds are so powerful, but that power can be for good or evil.

“There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Shakespeare

In other words, your thoughts on any situation can create suffering or joy.

A mind with a body…

Talking to a customer at work one day, and this guy was super posi. I mean a genuinely happy guy, smile and a handshake for all. Guy could have sold ice to eskimos. And in the middle of the conversation he said something that stuck with me “You are a mind with a body”

Now W. Clement Stone was the originator of that phrase I believe, and it stuck with me. A mind with a body, mind with a body. What does this even mean?

To me its a statement that all of your personal power comes from your thoughts, and your thoughts alone! Your ability to control your own thoughts is your power!

And everything you see around you, is a product of the mind! From the computer I’m typing this on, to the shoes on your feet to the house you live in to…. Well you get the idea! The mind is the connection between you and the universe!

Your mind is all powerful.

I’m going to go into more depth on this in an upcoming post!

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.”

Consistency is key to everything in your life, both positive and negative.

An example, is how the hell did I end up fat, drunk and stupid?

By CONSISTENTLY eating crap, CONSISTENTLY making terrible choices and refusing to accept my responsibilities and CONSISTENTLY neglecting self education.

How do I fix this?

By CONSISTENTLY eating healthy foods and working out, CONSISTENTLY accepting responsibility for my own actions and CONSISTENTLY engaging myself in reading and learning with focus.

Dean Wormer from the Animal House movie.

Rediscover!

Yesterday, I did something I hadn’t done in maybe 20 years. Now I love skateboarding, in all its forms. I street skated for years, curbs, blocks, ledges, benches. From around when I was 12, much of my weekends and my weeknights sometimes were spent looking for freestanding curbs, waxing them, seeing it turn into a bust, moving on. Some places were police/security free, and then as I grew older, I got the fear.

What might happen? What if? What if I break my arm? (did manage to shatter my elbow, and got berated by my then boss) and I’d also let people get into my head, was I doing this trick wrong? Someone told me I was doing it wrong. I stopped doing it, unsure of myself now. I was the generation where we sat there looking at trick tips – photo sequences in magazines, I’d watch Streets of Fire over at someone’s house or maybe The Search for Animal Chin.

So I settled. And remembered what was awesome, but fell into “adulthood”, later than some but the “fun” now seemed to involve regret and coming down. And you know something, it went against every value I’d been brought up to believe in, and that, can send you into a spiral. I’ll probably go into this more in a later post. I still skated, on and off over the years, never really got into park skating though.

Anyways! What did I do? I skated town for the first time in maybe 20 years. A friend suggested it, and yeah I’m onboard! (Thank you brother!) We went and rolled around, I searched for the old spots, now mostly gone, found some new ones, met some guys who ride electric unicycle wheel things, saw some longboarders, even some rollerbladers. People who were stoked on life. The sun was out, I slammed pretty hard, life was awesome.