I recently had a conversation with a group of people who became very..um..passionate in their discussion about beliefs.While some defined the discussion as a passionate debate, others more emotional, defined it as a heated argument. But what caused the difference of opinion and view of the discussion might be saying something about how we view ourselves as individuals. Are we confident about our position in the debate, or insecure?
Debate is a good thing most of the time. It’s an exchange of ideas, a challenge to linear thinking that may cause opposing sides to expand their views. It may even alter a long held perspective, directing it down different avenues of thought that never occurred to an individual before.
I’ve noticed, however, that many times, informal discussions evolve into passionate debates that eventually break down into heated arguments that leave one or both sides of the conversation with hurt feelings, angry emotions and sometimes long standing feuds between individuals.
And this is especially true if the discussions are about one of the three taboo subjects that you don’t discuss with family or at the dinner table: religion, politics or money!Continue reading →
Combining Your Spiritual Mission With Your Life’s Work
Some people think you don’t really understand passion until you reach a certain age in life. Others believe if you are encouraged as a child to follow your dreams, you can discover your passion when you’re still young enough to focus your energy on making it happen. I don’t think it matters what point you are in life, if you have a passion and supportive family and friends, you can find a way to live it.
That might be the biggest key of all. Having the support of family and friends. Too often in our society today, we’re pushed to be successful at any expense. To study hard and work for the best grades in school, to attend the best school, get the best degrees and work at the best companies. Being successful is all to often tied to financial gain instead of having a fulfilling life.
Unfortunately not that many of us, at least here in the States, know how to appreciate what we have and what we’ve worked for long enough to enjoy it. We attain “things” and soon after, we’re pushed to acquire the next thing that we’re told will make us “happy”. It’s a shame that the drive to succeed doesn’t come with the drive to be truly happy and true to yourself. Continue reading →
Today many people will experience new love, others will rekindle old love, and some will find the strength to walk away from destructive love. It’s a day where people often allow their emotions and heart to get in the way of what they need and allow what they want to take over. But are your emotions the better guide to making the right choices?
The answer might be easier to figure out than you think. We often tell people to “Follow your Heart” when making important decisions. While that might sound like good advice, it’s often the wrong thing to say. Our heart or emotions are often clouded by a variety of psychological elements. Past hurts, nagging voices in our subconscious, fear and trepidation of a potential future of pain and distress all play a role in forming our emotions and emotional responses. Continue reading →