Don’t be a dump yard

If someone would dump their garbage to your yard, would you be cool with it? Probably not. In fact, it’s hard to find a person who’d be okay with it.

Yet, many people allow others to dump their trash into their minds when it comes to social media, ads, TV, radio, etc.

Why are we so protective of our material possessions, but not so much when it comes to probably the most precious thing there is – our mind.

This is why I don’t watch TV at all. I can’t choose what is shown to me. Whatever is on at that particular time, I have to watch it, and 99% of the time, the stuff that is shown on TV is absolute garbage and a waste of time.

News – either on the web, TV, or on paper are mostly negative, so for me, it’s automatically garbage. I don’t need any negativity in my life. I want to surround myself with positivity. It’s contagious. And so is negativity – that’s why you should stay away from it. That includes negative people.

Social media is pretty much the same. You think you choose the things on your feed, yet somehow so much trash comes as a” bonus.” Someone’s baby pictures, memes, music videos, or other dumb stuff.

All this influences our thinking. It does it so subtly we don’t even notice it. E.g., most people would say they’re not affected by ads shown to them – yet why do companies still show ads then?

Don’t be naive and think these things don’t affect you, because you’re special. We’re all affected. So this is why it’s best to stay away from that stuff in the first place.

The point is simple: don’t allow any random stuff to be thrown at you. Be the chooser of what you listen, watch, and read.

KRISTJAN

The law of use

The law of use – which is one of the laws of the Universe – states that if knowledge has been revealed to you, you have to use it. Wisdom is not meant to be hoarded.

Let’s take getting fit and eating healthy as an example.

Infringing the law of use would mean that a beginner would consume hours upon hours of video content, read fitness blogs, buy and read different books on food, etc. without taking any action. It’s hoarding information. And it’s useless.

According to the law use, the better approach would be to consume e.g., one book or course and then take the next couple of months action without any new theory whatsoever.

What happens when you don’t use what has been given to you?

The answer is quite simple and straightforward: it will eat away your soul.

KRISTJAN

On freedom of outcome

Spiritual teachers talk about this concept of outcome independence. It means that one shouldn’t be dependent on a certain outcome but should accept whatever happens.

E.g., if you expect to have a picnic the next day but instead it rains, it’s better to accept the fact, as you can’t do much to change the fact that it rains. Resisting the fact that it rains, would be close to mental illness.

However, in many situations, no matter how many times we tell ourselves to be “free” from the outcome, we still wish a certain outcome, and if we don’t get it, we’re affected by it. We might feel shitty, and that’s normal. It’s hardwired into our brains, and we can’t simply “think” it away. I.e., no matter how many times you tell yourself to be independent of the outcome, you’re still going to be very much dependent on the outcome.

Solution? Do the thing until you get the desired outcome.

I think it’s perfectly fine to be dependent on the outcome as trying to think away something pretty much hardcoded into our brains is close to impossible to do.

KRISTJAN