Walking meditation

I walk a lot. Lately, I’ve begun using this activity as an opportunity to exercise improved control over both my body and mind.

With the body, I’m taking more deliberate steps, and maintaining improved control – oversight might be a better word – over their placement and motion. When walking the dog, I allow him more leadership – especially on my days off when I’ve nowhere in particular to go – which provides a sort of training and practice for me of giving over control to the virtuous end of allowing my dog some healthy liberty. I also get to exercise some healthy apathy in managing my response to things which are either outside my control, or for which I’ve given up control.

As for my mind, I’m aligning my thoughts to keep better watch over my breath; that steady in through the mouth and out through the nose which does wonders to balance thinking in alignment with the body. Once I hit my rhythm my walk becomes almost a float, in the same way the rest of my living is buoyed and maintained through purposeful, deliberate choice and action. It’s a better way of walking, and a good model to improved living.

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The Good Life Meditation for March 24th, 2017

I think I’m going to change the format of this activity a little. I’m alright with the fact that I don’t have enough time in the morning usually to add any detail to the sections listing my objectives and principals, as these are linked to elsewhere (and here) in the post. However, I would like to use this time to add more details about my day’s plan, as this seems a very good use of my time. So, I’ll add the objectives and principals below, and then come back and add the section on my thought and action plan immediately below this intro bit. Let’s give this a try.

Today’s Thought and Action Plan

My thought plan for today is to do my best to maintain oversight of my thinking. To maintain focus on worthwhile subjects which help myself and others make forward progress in life, while avoiding focusing of subjects such as gossip, self-pity of unproductive self-deprecation, excess leisure or work, or other thinking activities which do little more than fill the time and keep me from making better use of my life.

My action plan for today is to keep better watch on my breathing, which is the foundation of my more deliberate living. When I’m done writing here I will make a healthy breakfast, before preparing to take my motorcycle to Lior’s Motoride for service. While the bike is being worked on I will go to Denny’s with the computer where I can do a little personal work. When these activities are done I’ll head back to Irvine and perhaps go for a swim at the beach.

In summary, my thought and action plan today are about oversight, management and directed control of my thinking and consequent action.

Click here to read more about the objectives and principals listed below

Objectives

I have five objectives which I strive for through the course of the day.

  1. I want to build and maintain sound principals which I can use in life
  2. I want to be in control of my emotional reactions
  3. I want to do things which are good and in accord with my principals
  4. I want to recognize the true limits of my control and live with this in mind
  5. I want to recognize the opportunity to virtue in every circumstance

Principals

My twenty principals are the guides in my life which help me steer a more virtuous course through each day. By remembering and abiding these I am better able to manage my life and make good day-to-day decisions. I can also respond better, keeping better control of my emotions and thus engage better with the individuals with whom I work and live.

  1. War
  2. Reason (Honesty & Objectivity)
  3. Homunculus
  4. Home of Good and Evil
  5. Principals (Necessity & Virtue)
  6. Atomic
  7. Nature
  8. Maturity (Wisdom & Fortitude)
  9. Social (Diplomacy & Justice)
  10. Feast of Offal
  11. Temperance (Suffering, Simplicity, Apathy)
  12. Agency & The Great Indifference
  13. The Best Seat in the House
  14. The Path of Wildness
  15. The Risk of Avoiding Risk
  16. Sin & Damnation (Falsity, Credulity, Faith, Superstition & Dogma)
  17. Complete Oblivion (no final Reunion, Reconciliation or Justice)
  18. The Great Life Adventure
  19. The Season of Philosophy
  20. Arena & Utility

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My dead muse is gone

My dead muse is gone… The only words which remain now are my own. These thoughts that remain are familiar…though they come with that same labored effort I’ve known since youth…like pulling a heavy root from hard soil. It was easier when my dead muse led the way, allowing me to follow behind as she stepped easily through abstraction, and pointed the way towards silent impressions I cannot seem to muster on my own by way of my dull pedestrian life. I expect a trip back to the desert will secure our reunion. Though I wonder if she’ll ever follow me back again? Has she perhaps seen enough of civilization’s vain and glossy proposals of meaning? Has she had her fill of our fearful efforts to hold back her night? The words are gone. 

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The Good Life Meditation for March 23rd, 2017

Here’s another day and opportunity to live with my personal philosophy and life plan as the foremost component of my deliberate effort to live well and better as a citizen and member of my society and community. I haven’t been doing the verbal part of this effort since I began writing The Good Life down each day, and I can sense how this has reduced the significance of this effort in my life. There really is something to speaking, or at least thinking, out all of my objectives and principals as a means of bringing them forward in my mind, ready to use and abide throughout the day. So, starting today I will speak The Good Life – or at least think it out – in my mind as I begin my commute to work.

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Five Objectives

The Good Life consists of the following five objectives. The ordering is important insofar and helping to present the ideas in an unfolding manner.

  1. The development and maintenance of good, sound life principals
  2. The cultivation of good emotional reactions
  3. The performance of good actions
  4. A recognition of my true scope of control
  5. Honest assessment of opportunity

Twenty Principals

  1. Principal of War
  2. Principal of Reason
  3. Homunculus
  4. The Home of Good and Evil
  5. Purpose (Biology & Virtue)
  6. Atomic Principal
  7. Principal of Nature
  8. Principal of Maturity (Wisdom & Fortitude)
  9. Social Principal
  10. Feast of Offal
  11. Temperance (Simplicity, Suffering & Apathy)
  12. Agency & The Great Indifference
  13. The Best Seat in the House
  14. The Path of Wildness
  15. The Risk of Avoiding Risk
  16. Sin & Damnation (Falsity, Credulity, Faith, Superstition & Dogma)
  17. Complete Oblivion (no final Reunion, Reconciliation or Justice)
  18. The Great Life Adventure
  19. The Season of Philosophy
  20. Arena & Utility

Today’s Thought and Action Plan

Lately, I’ve been focusing my thinking on the simple act of monitoring my thoughts in an effort to keep them on-track and to not let them wander. I’m especially interested in keeping my thoughts focused on my work during the hours when I’m supposed to be working. This isn’t really much of a challenge, as I am naturally inclined to keep focused on my duty, though it’s a bit of a challenge to keep these thoughts on productive work rather than to let my mind wander to work-related worries. I find that monitoring my breathing helps. I learned from a Sam Harris podcast to breath in from my mouth and out through my nose which I like. I do this during my work breaks while I walk around the block which helps. So, my thought plan for today is to keep this up and to practice more better breathing and thought focus techniques. I am getting better at this.

My Action Plan for today is to get on the motorcycle at the right time, which is early enough to allow me to ride in the slow lane between 55 and 60 MPH which is both pleasant and safe. I really enjoy riding slowly to work, listening to my podcasts and enjoying the unfolding scenery. When I get to work I will start my job on time and stay focused on my tasks. I will lay out my job goals for today, and begin working on them in turn. I will take my breaks, and resume work on time. I will also spend some time today focusing on improving my work-related skills in order to make myself a better asset to the company. I am fortunate to have a  Gartner subscription where I can read interesting IT and business-related articles which are helpful. I’d also like to begin working towards getting my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, which will improve my value to my company. Finally, I’m going to look into the Masters degree program on offer by the County in the field of Social Work, as I think this will be a good degree to have as a backup in case this whole IT thing goes south someday.

When I’m done with work I will come home and spend a nice evening with my family. I love them very much and I’m so lucky to have them.

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Has my dead muse died?

Is it possible my dead muse has died? Is that even feasible? If not truly dead, she certainly seems less present. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so long from her dead home out there in the desert? Maybe the spell has simply worn off? She can’t utterly be gone, as I hear her faint whisper now as I type these words; like a distant cold wind across a skeleton landscape of stones and sand; hushed and muffled; indifferent and absolute.

Setting up house

Where will you set up house? Though the body must reside in some shelter of a sort to keep it safe and warm, the mind needs only space and liberty sufficient to exercise its native capabilities and natural inclination. These places are not incompatible; though an excess of the former may indeed distract from the latter; while too much of the latter may cause disconnect from those who share our former.

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The Good Life Meditation for March 22nd, 2017

Another day of life… How very fortunate I am. How might I use this time well? How can I keep conscious of my responsibilities as a father, husband, son, brother, friend, coworker and citizen? How can I also remain honest to my own nature, and move forward in the best  manner possible while in service to all of these?

Affirmation of Human Rights

I must remember the lesser represented individuals within my society, and keep in mind their rights and make choices which serve not only the interests of the many, but also the few and the one. This is a tough balancing act, as compromises must be made.

Five Objectives

These five are my objectives for today. I will strive to improve the day through their pursuit.

  1. The Development and Maintenance of Good Life Principals
  2. The Cultivation of Good Emotional Reactions
  3. The Performance of Good Actions
  4. Understanding My True Scope of Control
  5. Honest Assessment of Opportunity

Twenty Principals

  1. Principal of War
  2. Principal of Reason (Honesty & Objectivity)
  3. Homunculus
  4. Home of Good and Evil
  5. Principals (Biology & Virtue)
  6. Atomic Principal
  7. Principal of Nature
  8. Principal of Maturity (Wisdom & Fortitude)
  9. Social Principal (Diplomacy & Justice)
  10. The Feast of Offal
  11. Temperance (Suffering, Simplicity & Apathy)
  12. Agency & The Great Indifference
  13. The Best Seat in the House
  14. The Path of Wildness
  15. The Risk of Avoiding Risk
  16. Sin & Damnation (Falsity, Credulity, Faith, Superstition & Dogma)
  17. Complete Oblivion (no final Reunion, Reconciliation or Justice)
  18. The Great Life Adventure
  19. The Season of Philosophy
  20. Arena & Utility

Today’s Thought and Action Plan

My plan for today is to maintain better control of my thinking and the subsequent decisions and actions which follow from my thoughts. It’s tough being at work. It’s tough being away. It’s tough taking on the many responsibilities and challenges of being a grown man with a job and a family. I have many worries which rise up into my thinking throughout the day. These flavor, temper and push my consciousness to places where I am more reacting than acting, which is a little like having someone other than me at the controls of my own life. My goal in keeping better watch and control on my thoughts is to maintain this control and to act more as my own first agent. My action plan is to watch my breathing throughout the day, and to control this as a mechanism to maintain first focus.

I expect I’ll face some challenging moments today. For example, I haven’t been able to spend any time on one of my projects this week (or for the last few weeks) which really needs some attention. To handle this I will place this project first on my list to attend to today. However, I will only attend to this AFTER I have wrapped up yesterday’s activities. There’s more to add to this plan, though sadly it’s 5:32 AM now and I need to go to work.

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