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Instant motivation (book 19 of 26)

Instant motivation (book 19 of 26)

September 23, 2018
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Instant motivation – the surprising truth behind what really drives top performance written by Chantal Burns, is a book about “the difference between how we really think and how we think we think” as Rory Sutherland, Vice chairman of Ogilvy & Mather states on the cover of the book.

“All feelings are created by Thought. 

Your feelings are the felt experience of the Principle of Thought taking form, moment to moment. 

Thought and feeling are inseparable. 

Whatever you think, you will feel. Whatever you feel can only ever come from Thought in the moment. This is how the human operating system works.”

It is. 100%. Even though we all, I think, have that special area, where we d o  n o t believe it works this way. But here’s the thing about principles, like for instance the principle of gravity, they are always applicable. There are no “exceptions to the rule” when it comes to principles that govern life on Earth. And the principle of Mind, Thought and Consciousness are just that: principles.

“[…] the content of thought isn’t the issue. It’s our preoccupation with the content of our thinking that gets us into trouble and it’s our understanding of how the system works that gets us out of trouble.”

We-might-think-a-particular-thought-but-we-don-tAnother way to phrase this is: “The problem is never the problem. The problem is always your thinking about the problem” which Cathy Casey stated during the first Supercoach Academy weekend I attended back in 2014. For me, understanding that my state of mind is the driving force of how I experience my everyday life, and not external factors, has been a huge part in why I enjoy life so much more today than I used to. And more than anything, when I got this: “We might think a particular thought but we don’t have to listen to it. It doesn’t have any inherent power over us unless we give it power.” life shifted in a way that means it will never be the same again.

Oh the relief, when I understood that I didn’t have to listen to and act upon all the really weird and not-so-constructive thoughts that zoomed through my mind! And this is, in essence, what this book is about. Clearly written, easily described, with plenty of examples from real life, it’s an easy way to gain deeper understanding to the human condition and more than that, insight into what shapes the human experience on Earth.


The book I am blogging about is part of the book-reading challenge I’ve set for myself during 2018, to read and blog about 26 Swedish and 26 English books, one book every week, books that I already own.

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Beauty (book 18 of 26)

September 9, 2018
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Beauty. Pure beauty.

There. I could finish here. Because it’s true. Pure beauty, that’s what this book is – Beauty The invisible embrace authored by John O’Donohue. And the funny thing is – I normally abhor audio books, but this one, read by John himself… now that I might truly enjoy, I believe. His soft-spoken rolling sweet Irish accent is wonderful to listen to, and when I was reading it was as if I could hear him whispering in my ears, that which my eyes were taking in. That’s actually how I was recommended the book, by my former coach. She told me to find the audiobook!

Which I didn’t (not for lack of trying). All the same I am very happy that I bought the physical book instead.

Beauty John O'Donohue“These times are riven with anxiety and uncertainty, given the current global crisis. […] Our trust in the future has lost its innocence. We know now that anything can happen, from one minute to the next. The traditional structures of shelter are shaking, their foundations revealed to be no longer stone but sand. We are suddenly thrown back on ourselves. Politics, religion and economics and the institutions of family and community, all have become abruptly unsure. At first, it sounds completely naïve to suggest that now might be the time to invoke and awaken beauty. Yet this is exactly the claim that this book explores. Why? Because there is nowhere else to turn and we are desperate; furthermore, it is because we have so disastrously neglected the Beautiful that we now find ourselves in such terrible crisis.”

Beauty was originally written in 2003, yet, upon reading this paragraph, I feel John O’Donohue is talking about this very moment in time. Climate crisis. Refugees. Wars. Natural disasters. Nationalism on the rise in more places than I care to know. As I write this, the voting in the general election in Sweden 2018 is four minutes from closing time. Four minutes until the counting of all votes will commence… and I fear the results which is totally unprecedented in my life.

“The way we look at things has a huge influence on what becomes visible to us. […] Eventually the windows of the mind become blinded by an imperceptible film of dead thought and old feeling so that the air within becomes stale, life lessens and the outside world loses its invitation and challenge. When no fresh light can come into the mind, the colour and beauty fade from life. There is an uncanny symmetry between the inner and the outer world. Each person is the sole inhabitant of their own inner world; no-one else can get in there to configure how things are seen. Each of us is responsible for how we see, and how we determine what we see. Seeing is not merely a physical act; the heart of vision is shaped by the state of soul. When the soul is alive to beauty, we begin to see life in a fresh and vital way.”

Based on my social media feed, I am saddened and frightened by what seems to be visible to people. How they see… and what. And who’s to blame. Pointing fingers. Painting doomsday images, where Beauty is long since dead and buried. This is not what I need right now. And I don’t think it’s what you – or we as a collective – need either. We need the opposite:
To behold beauty dignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.

Yes. Please, more beauty. For me. For you. How I wish for you – and you, and you, and you! – to experience more beauty.


The book I am blogging about is part of the book-reading challenge I’ve set for myself during 2018, to read and blog about 26 Swedish and 26 English books, one book every week, books that I already own.

 

 

 

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