Mirror images

Mirror images

haunt my waking dreams

a cruel phantasm of existence

I see myself again and again

torn apart

cobbled together

a Frankenstein Monster

a mockery of life

just a semblance of what it is

to be Human

To be filled with life

To be whole

Only for these mirror images

to reflect back my truth

 

Truth telling

How honest are you willing to be?

One of the most painful experiences can be the telling of our truths as we see them.

Whether it’s telling a friend what we really think of their actions, or letting someone know about the bad things we did, telling the truth can be  amazingly uncomfortable.

But it can also be one of the most liberating moments as well.

Being honest about who we are, what we have done and what we think of others and the world can help you to develop your subconscious mind in a myriad of ways.

We hold things back from others starting at such an early age that it becomes routine to lie and lie some more, and this can chip away slowly at your soul.

Just letting go of those lies and being truthful in your life can alter so many things.

But you just need to take the leap and make that simple choice to be honest.

Truth can set you free.

Purgatory

 

I reach out
grasping
but there is nothing to hold onto
Falling without end
The wind tears my skin
again and again
Purgatory is within
There are no boundaries
between past and present
A cycle of fear and disgust
played out, no control.
I empty out through blinded eyes
and overflow, choking on the waste
of memories.
Freedom only in death.
Life only in forgetting.
Can’t forget. Still alive.

-Jason B

Finding our limits

We have become a soft society, seeking out ways to maximize our comfort and minimizing any kind of discomfort.

This may seem like a good thing, and it is in some ways, there is nothing inherently wrong with being comfortable and finding more efficient ways to do things, especially when it frees up time to do what you truly wish to do.

But unfortunately this seems to lead us to two different extremes.

There are those who wallow in comfort, never getting out of their comfort zone, and subsequently causing a myriad of psychological and physiological issues in the process. Then we have people who cannot seem to recognize that we all have limits and we need to respect those limits before our systems break down as well.

There is a fine line we must balance upon, the idea is to find your limit and very gently cross it, and then retreat and allow ourselves to adapt over time to a new limit and so on.

But many people just don’t take the time for the  introspection it requires to know your limits and overcome them in a healthy manner, while others simply never even begin the search in the first place.

Human beings are adapters, probably the greatest species to ever come into existence on this planet, because our limits, although many, are still radically small compared to the limits of most creatures on this planet.

We should be grateful for this, and push ourselves to be the best we can be, but within reason, and not to the detriment of other things in our lives, like our health and the health and happiness of those we care for.

Find your limits, push them, but remember that life will push back, and it is a hell of a lot stronger than we are.

 

Words worth hearing Vol.2

“We need a new diversity – not one based on biological characteristics and identity politics but a diversity of opinion and worldviews.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something. Forgiveness however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” -Criss Jami

Does Humanity have meaning or is it just meaningless?

What does it mean to have purpose?

We talk of these things as though they naturally have import, but they are simply another set of ideas made up by Humans to give meaning to the drudgery of life, especially modern life.

The dreams of those who search for meaning in a life that has none except survival until our final deaths.

Should we just survive? live everyday following our base desires and needs without thought to the future and what we leave behind, releasing ourselves from the concept of responsibility for those who come after us.

Or should we aspire to make of ourselves something more, something greater, even if that concept of greatness is made up as well, does it have any less weight to it?

I wish I was the type of person to simply say yes it does and leave it at that, but unfortunately my brain refuses to let things pass so easily.

What I can say is that in my head and my heart I truly wish that all of us, from children to elderly, ascribed as much meaning as we could to each of our actions, bringing depth and wonder to everything that life has to offer, because I believe that even if it does not have some kind of spiritual meaning, it still will have a positive impact on those around us and future generations, leading to a better world for our descendants as well as all the creatures that share this beautiful planet with us.

If we cannot appreciate people leading happier lives because we did the best we could in our time, then what else is there?

It may all be made up fantasy in our heads, but at least it has some concrete positive effects, and that’s pretty much all we have.