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Life Doesn’t Only Have One-Speed

Life Doesn’t Only Have One-Speed

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While riding my bicycle along Boulder creek to the library last weekend, I had an interesting insight. You see, I generally don’t change gears on my mountain bike, even though I have something like 18 of them.

I prefer to stick with one gear, and pedal faster or slower depending on the incline or decline. Somehow I got in this habit, and I’m not sure how. It is actually not typical of my normal behavior. I usually like to utilize any technology I have available to me.

While I was struggling to get up a hill, I questioned why I wasn’t changing gears. Thinking about this, I came up with an analogy for life in general.

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Confessions of a Perfectionist

Confessions of a Perfectionist

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Admittedly, I am a recovering perfectionist. I have always thought that was a virtue rather than a flaw. Until recently, however, when I had the thought: What does perfectionism accomplish, except procrastination?

Now, by no means am I saying that we should perform low-quality work. Whatever we are doing, I think we should give our full effort. It is admirable to give our all, and it leaves us feeling fulfilled.

However, whatever we do is never going to be perfect. No amount of time or effort will ever leave a project flawless. We can find myriad ways to refine whatever it is we are doing, but all we will accomplish is exhausting more time.

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Your Enemy is Your Greatest Teacher

Your Enemy is Your Greatest Teacher

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For most of my life, I believed that although I wasn’t likely to convince some people of my spiritual beliefs, that they should be grateful that I was sharing my wisdom with them.

Recently, however, I’ve come to see that these people who refuse to agree with me are my greatest teachers.

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Be Your Own Guru

Be Your Own Guru

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Do you remember growing up, and thinking that parents and teachers were almost an entirely different species than you? They seemed so far removed from us, that they almost seemed superhuman.

Do you remember when this illusion was shattered? It is similar to finding out that Santa Claus isn’t real.

As we grow up, most of us realize that our teachers were really just regular people. This happens for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that we become teachers and parents ourselves, or at least have close friends who do.

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Waking up Is Hard to Do: 5 Steps to Higher Consciousness

Waking up Is Hard to Do: 5 Steps to Higher Consciousness

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“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…”
―Neil Gaiman

How can we truly know if we are awake? Only by first recognizing that we are dreaming can we begin to know what it means to start waking up.

I am going to use an analogy that will run through this blog, which I hope will help illustrate how waking up happens. The analogy will be having your eyes closed or open (partially or fully), and I will explain the 5 progressions.

Of course, I am referring to the spiritual “waking up,” not merely the physical act we perform each day. To wake up spiritually is to raise your consciousness so that you become increasingly aware of the true nature of reality.

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How to Edit and Write: Right vs. Left Brain

How to Edit and Write: Right vs. Left Brain

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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
-Benjamin Franklin

Writing is something I have–like most people–been doing since grade school. Only recently, however, I’ve begun to take it very seriously. I can’t believe how long this has taken me, but the other day I discovered a trick which will help anyone who ever writes.

Unless you are illiterate–which you mustn’t be if you’re reading this–then this blog will apply to you. Let me begin with some basic physiology about the brain, and how it operates during writing, and then I will give an analogy to better illustrate the point.

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