Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Musing

Some spooky thoughts follow - excerpts from a talk presented on Halloween (Full text here.)

Stop Ear Pollution!

Many people are comfortable taking up a cause, something they feel good about. Fine. Let me suggest joining the movement to end Ear Pollution. Let’s define Ear Pollution as the amount of complaints and complaining spoken around the world. Do the math. Wow! Actually, this really is pollution and detrimental to a joy filled life. Don't worry about your "carbon footprint," become more aware of your "complaining footprint."

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you end Ear Pollution? One complaint at a time.

Important difference between a statement of fact and complaining:

• A complaint is NOT a statement of a fact

• A complaint is NOT an observation of someone’s behavior

• A complaint IS personalizing the observation or fact.

Facts are neutral, complaints are charged with negative energy.

It is said that behind every illness lies a complaint. The physical body responds to the thinking, or dominant thought patterns. In a real sense, chronic complaining, and the mind-set it creates, affects health. In a sense it's the question: Does a sick person complain because he/she is ill? Or is a person sick because he/she complains? You don't find people who are happy complain, certainly chronically. I think that gives us a big clue. All you have to do is survey people you know, and yourself as well, and you will see the strong connection between dis-ease and chronic complaining.

Happy Halloween!

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