Living In The Moment

For years, while everyone had the hip Smart phones and I-Phones while I was stuck with the non-internet-connected flip phone. When I first received the Sprint flip phone, I felt hip and stylish, as if it were a hi-tech Star Trek Communicator! However, years passed and technology improved while I kept the same phone. While I felt out of touch at the time, in hind sight it was a blessing. I wasn’t faced with the temptations of Facebook/twitter/email bombarding me with alerts 24/7.

Because of my aversion to impersonal communication, my phone was used solely for phone calls.  Sometimes I would use the phone in place of a watch for time management or to get out of a stagnant conversation…”it’s getting late, I gotta go….” but never in place of it.

I recently watched a video that profoundly put technology’s importance into perspective. Please watch before continuing the post.

I’m confounded to understand why people act like those in the video, furiously trying to stay connected to people but loosing true connection to life. They are missing out on the EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THE MOMENT.

I’m not condemning innovation. On the contrary, technology is wonderful if used to improve passionate actions.

I recently bought an I-phone with all the bells and whistles…..and have become what I so reviled: Someone who substitutes online life for REAL life. I’ve been checking and updating my Facebook/twitter/blog/ more often….not urgent and can do from home. Texting and apps are a waste of time and distract you from the joy of living. Why? As we see with the male hiker, he talks on the phone while climbing to the top and coming back down the mountain. Taking away the fact that it’s extremely rude to others, there is nothing overtly wrong with that. The male hiker won’t likely get hurt or loose his way and he’ll get in his daily exercise while supposedly having a meaningful conversation.

But what is his missing? Exactly! What?? He doesn’t know what he’s missing. Perhaps a furry animal running about. Perhaps a rare flower under a bush. Perhaps the beauty of the glimmering sun as it sets across the city. Perhaps it’s simply clearing his mind and taking in a deep breath of fresh air.

“But we need to stay in communication!!”

Communication is essential to community but sometimes it is a distraction. Being alone is just as important as being with others, for it is in those moments when you are fully open to new, profound ideas and inspiration. When you are alone with your thoughts and feelings, there is no hiding from honesty within yourself.

For more on Knowing Yourself, check out my post: https://breathethislife.wordpress.com/2013/‚Ķ/12/who-are-you/

— Breathe This Life —

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In Response To A Climate Change Denier….

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Let’s leave our world in a better place….for our children’s future.

There seems to be a lot of emotion in the debate over climate change. As someone with breathing challenges, I am passionate in my belief that clean air is a world-wide necessity. I try to choose my beliefs in the same way I make decisions: a combination of facts, experience, ideals and reason. In my oppinon, working towards a clean air environment has many upsides and few down sides. It all comes down to “do we want to make a lot of money in the short term and let humanity die out or make less money now and allow humanity to survive longer?” Money or Life. Seems like a tough choice huh?

So I have been watching a lot of news and youtube videos of pundants discussing climate change. I respect that everyone is entitled to their oppinion and realize that every oppinion has a bit of validity to it. However, I recently read an article where one so-called “expert” spoke so passionatly against the possibility of climate-change that my brain almost exploded. It made me wonder, “Do those who balk in the face of overwhelming facts do so out of strong moral character or idealogical political reasons?” What is the difference? Questioning for the purposes of finding the truth is one thing. Skewing facts to fit a pre-concieved perspective is totally different. It’s the difference between being true to yourself or true to an agenda.

So, before people fruitlessly argue about climate change, it is important that we come to some baselilne agreements. Seeing eye to eye on these four principles allows our perspectives to be alligned and maximizes the chances of finding successful action to counteract global warming/polution/lack of resources.

These Are Four Guiding Principles

I am confident that we will not only find a way to compromise but will take successful action for humanity to prosper. Let’s agree:

1: That we actually want to come to an agreement and not just bullshit for political reasons.

2: On the definition of important terms such as “global warming,” “climate change,” “scientific concensus,” “opinion vs. fact.”

3: The differences between “man made problems” and “natural climate cycles.”

4. Regardless of our responsibility, do we want to make the effort to give our kids a world worth living in???

Once we agree on these basic ideas, challenges to our climate will be easier to overcome.

We are a resourceful species.

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