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Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

This will deal with religion, and general spirituality.

The Road Ahead

Posted by Jeremy Paris on June 7, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here.  I’ve been wanting to get my new blogging site up and running, but just haven’t yet and I can’t wait until then to roll out some new blog posts…so they will go here until I am there.

I was listening to a film-making podcast this morning on my long commute to work.  I was not “actively” driving and was coming up to a common bottleneck where the highway crosses Interstate 95.  Out of three lanes, one leads to an on-ramp in the left lane to 95 North, another leads to an on-ramp in the right lane to 95 South, and the lane in the middle gets riddled with commuters waiting until the last possible second to move to one of those two lanes…which of course brings everyone to a crawl.

Being on auto-pilot, when my lane (the center lane) backed up I chased the path of least resistance and moved to the lane on the right.  I passed about five cars before having to stop completely.  I was able to merge back to the center lane right behind the same car I had been following earlier.  Not learning my lesson quite yet I moved to the left lane when the center lane stopped, but not until it was moving very swiftly.  I now was feeling good about passing the 20 or so cars in the center lane and was about to declare victory when right at the point of the bottleneck I was forced to stop once again.  I waited for the bumper-to-bumper lane to open up…and it didn’t.  Just then I saw the car I had been shadowing earlier go by, and still I waited for my opening.  About five more cars went by before I had my opportunity to move to the center lane and move past the bottleneck into freely flowing traffic.

A smile formed on my face to break through the bitterness, and the hair on the back of my neck stood up.  Even though I was by myself I said aloud “Holy crap…I get it”.  What I just experienced in the car is what I’ve been experiencing in my life.  I know the path that I am supposed to be on.  I don’t exactly know where it leads, but I do know the path.  I am happy when I am on that path, but often times there are obstacles that cause progress on that path to slow down…or even stop.  When that happens I start looking for other paths to move to that seem to be moving towards a goal much quicker, and when I find one I jump on it.  That does move me forward towards that goal…but not on the path that I should be on.  I feel it, but move anyway.  When that new path meets resistance, sometimes years later, I end up back on my original path and feel good again.

Cliche or not, It’s about the journey, not the destination.  I know this, not because of the thousands of books it’s written in, but by the feeling that I have when I’m on the path that I should be on.  Even when progress slows to a halt on my path, it still feels more peaceful in my chest than when I’m off of it.

Find some quiet today and think about the path that you are on.  Is it yours?


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Vitamin D linked to Mental Illness?!? That explains it

Posted by Jeremy Paris on June 3, 2009

My 30-year project

My 30-year project

I read a great article about how Vitamin D deficiencies (lack of sunlight) are linked to mental illness.  That made me start thinking…my cubicle-farm J.O.B. is driving me crazy…LITERALLY!!!  It all makes sense now.  People back in the Little House on the Prairie days used to all work outside in the sun (come on now half-pint…you know you used to watch it).  Now we are herded into our 6×6 cubicle from sun-up to sun-down and they wonder why people are always on edge and stressed out.  Hmmm, I think I just may have to do a 30-year study on working out in the sun.  Anyone care to fund my project?

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Does a magic kiss from mom really heal?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on May 13, 2009

I was listening to an old CD this week on my long commute to work from my new home.  Optimistically, I get 45 minutes of quality audio-book or audio-course time.  Of course on days that I am driving my 7 year old to school we opt for the local country station…but I digress.

The CD was from one of Anthony Robbins courses and it included an interview with Deepak Chopra.  Deepak spoke of studies that were done in which people were given stimulants but told they were barbituits.  Not only did the person behave like he was on barbituits, but his body reacted like he was on barbituits.  Apparently whatever the mind thinks is real the body reacts to.  He also said there were people that were given a placebo and told it was a powerful chemo drug for cancer and their hair started falling out and gums started bleeding and everything.

This made me think about children.  When a child gets hurt or falls down, what is the parents reaction?  “Come here I’ll kiss it and make it better”.  Us adults laugh at the naive nature of the children, but if what Deepak says is true, then that kiss by the parent IS really making that boo boo better.  And the difference between that kiss being an ordinary kiss and a magic kiss all comes down to sales. 

What are your thoughts on this?  If you didn’t know, that’s what my comments section is for.  ;-P

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Running as Meditation

Posted by Jeremy Paris on February 28, 2009

Use what works for you.
Use what works for you.

I developed a love for running towards the end of high school, and did plenty of it during my 10 years in the Army.  I especially liked the long steady runs because I would often “drift off” during the run.  No matter what was going on in my life at that time I would always feel happier after my run. 

It wasn’t until after I was out of the Army that I discovered the reason running made me feel good.  It was my meditation.  My mind goes a million miles a minute from the time that I wake up until the time I go to sleep.  But during a long run my mind would shut off.  I don’t mean day-dreaming.  I was aware of everything going on around me.  In fact, I was more aware of everything around me.  I could hear my breath, the birds chirping and the children in the park giggling at the same time.  I would be taking in the beauty of the vegetation, and have an overwhelming sense of calm. 
About a year ago, someone was teaching me to meditate and explained exactly what I just explained above.  They said that the reason for it is that we have “self-talk” constantly which tends to block our senses.  But when we meditate (or when I run), that self-talk stops giving you an inner-peace. 
I read about this again in “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.  Interestingly enough, I don’t experience it as often when I actually try to meditate.  But give me a nice long run on a hot sunny day.  Mmmmmm. 

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Where have all the Prophets gone?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on February 26, 2009

by Benjamin West

Just before drifting off to bed a couple of nights ago I was thinking about the Bible.  I had just read the beginning of the Bible (not Genesis…the part before that where it gives you the history of the Bible), and noticed that one of the first people to alter the Bible, adding the marginal annotations and such, was a guy named F. S. Paris.  Any relation?  No idea.  I’m too cheep to pay for

As I’m staring at the ceiling, knowing that I have to be awake in less than 5 hours to do my P90X, I start analyzing it more and more.  I couldn’t get around one question that popped into my head.  “Why would God write the Bible, through Prophets, from 2166BC to 95AD and then just stop”?  Reading Deuteronomy 18:18, God said, “I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him.”

I wonder if God has been trying to put words into people’s mouths since then, but society has stopped trusting just ordinary people who claim to be Prophets.  It’s hard to blame us for our lack of trust when 99% of modern Prophets are just trying to increase their own profits.

What are your thoughts?

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