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Many of you who read this aren’t going to believe this story, but it’s true. As a spiritual person I love meditating, and a scientist might call the boys in white coats to tie me up if I told them exactly why, so I’ll get into the “why I meditate” in a future post. For now, I want to tell you the dangers of meditating. Now, we all already know the obvious dangers like meditating on a train track or meditating in a public park where someone can steal your purse, but I’m talking about the dangers of meditating right here in your own back yard. I’ll quickly throw “watch out for bird poop” at you because that’s not why I’m writing this either.
This is a story that literally JUST HAPPENED! And you should be careful it doesn’t happen to you!
Now if you’re not a fan of funny stories then maybe this particular blog post isn’t for you, because it’s not serious like most of my material. Today I saw the bright sun and felt really good so I thought I’d put on some of my better, fancier clothing, a set of clothes I haven’t worn in almost a year because it’s really expensive. Just remember that because it’s going to make this even funnier.
It was about lunch time when I already accomplished everything I had wanted to do today. I had gotten food for the cat, had washed the bathroom, did work on the computer, made some money, watched the news, but what, I asked myself, shall I do next?
My answer, as you’ve probably guessed, was “meditate in the garden.” of course, I was NOT brilliant enough to change my clothes before I finished my tea and stepped outside. The birds were chirping and the neighbour’s dog was quiet for a change. All was perfect, or so it seemed…
Ah, I remember it so clearly. Hmh, so clearly, in fact, that I can make a brief list of just how perfect it was.
- The grass was soft beneath my bear feet.
- A frog in my pond was croaking just like they do in the movies when something romantic is about to happen.
- A couldn’t smell the neighbour’s dog poop as I usually do every time I step close to a window that’s open just a crack.
- A little pink cloud was blocking the sun from my eyes.
- A butterfly nearly kissed my nose.
- I think that’s about it.
Now, thanks to that brief list, you can imagine just how romantic and awesome my meditating experience was about to be. Well, I had only gotten down to my usual position in the grass, had only closed my eyes for not even 5 seconds, when–Tsssss!–the sprinklers turned on and sent a jet of pressurized water right into my face. For a brief second I wasn’t sure what in the world was happening and so I screamed at the top of my lungs like piggly little school girl from a cheesy 1920s horror movie.
It’s not the case anymore, but I was PISSED! Now I don’t mean I was pissing wet. I mean I was freaking PISSED OFF!!!
If you know me just a little bit you’ll know I don’t get angry that often, or practically ever for that matter. While writing this I literally can’t remember the last time I got angry before this. Now if you don’t know me, you can still probably imagine how silly I looked when I tried to kick the sprinkler water as if that would do anything. It just made me wetter, and I slipped, getting dirt all over my fancy outfit…
How could meditating produce the opposite effect that it’s supposed to create? Well, you just read it, my friend. I was not relaxed one bit. I stormed back into the house and called Irrigation Victoria BC to change the time when the sprinklers go on, and I (regretting it now) complained more than I probably should have. I know it wasn’t their fault that I decided to go out and meditate at the precise moment they had set the sprinklers to go off, but the man on the phone was nice and brightened my mood nonetheless. They left after re-adjusting the sprinkler system right before I decided to write about this on my blog.
Now if you have any stories about how meditating in the garden can go wrong, I’d love to hear them! Contact me via email, tell me the whole story, and I might just start a series by posting it on my blog as a guest post! i hope this story brightened your day and, most importantly, prevented this from happening to you!
Is there a difference between wisdom and knowledge? This is a subjective question, therefore the answer can be yes or no, depending on your beliefs. The writer of this blog post, however, believes there is a gigantic difference. As much as I’d love to be having a water balloon fight in the beautiful weather (visiting family in Seattle again), I’ve decided to treat my reader’s with this special topic today!
To begin my argument supporting that there is a difference between these two intellectual factors, I’ll now display academically accepted definitions of the words.
- Knowledge = facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.
- Wisdom = the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments.
Already you can see a slight difference, as wisdom requires knowledge but knowledge doesn’t necessarily require wisdom. I like to think of knowledge as information, and as we all know, information has the inherent ability to be incorrect sometimes. Wisdom, however, is NEVER INCORRECT! Wisdom always tells us the right coarse of action, even though we may choose not to take it. Knowledge, being incorrect or false, has a chance of leading us down the wrong road. We must be careful where we get our knowledge from because it is a thing that everyone has. But wisdom is something you can only get from rare sources, as not everyone has it.
I’m going to go a little beyond the board here when I say knowledge was invented by man. Since everything is a perception reliant on the law of relativity, our knowledge of everything is merely an illusion. For example, we say the sun is bright because our eyes hurt when we look at it. But how can we really know the sun it bright, as there might be other alien races who consider it rather dim?
One of the greatest pieces of wisdom quoted frequently is “we know nothing!” Have you ever heard someone say that a person who thinks he knows everything has a lot to learn? Ancient wise people would always make at least two assumptions about everything, because there is always a chance that your first assumption may be wrong, so why get attached to it?
Now let me take this a little further when I wisdom was here before we were. Animals use wisdom when they rely on their instincts, because wisdom is based off of universal laws.
So what is the major difference between wisdom and knowledge?
In my opinion, in a summary, the greatest difference is that knowledge is invented by us and wisdom was here before we were. For example, your mechanic might suggest a certain type of wrench for a certain job because he has knowledge about that subject. Knowledge about cars and wrenches came after us. But such wisdom like “the last shall be first and the first shall be last” is a universal law that affects all life on Earth, and has been affecting it long before we were here. Don’t believe me? Well, next time you get on a cramped and crowded public bus, be the last one to get on and surely when it comes time to get off, you’ll be first! The same goes for sand in a bucket, or molecules on a stick.
In other words, wisdom is here whether we’re here to notice it or not, a knowledge relies on us to exist.
To learn more about the universal laws of the universe, consider watching this video!
Now feel free to disagree with me, because like I said this is all subjective. Everything I know is an illusion, even the idea of wisdom itself!
What is the law of relativity?
The law of relativity is a universal law that affects all life, especially us humans on Earth. It states that everything we see, touch, smell, think, hear or taste can only be perceived relative to something else. For example you might find that cucumbers taste rather bland only because you’ve tasted brandy, and likewise sadness doesn’t feel so good when you have happiness to compare it with. If there wasn’t anything rock-hard in this world then we might be calling pillows rather hard. If you’ve never seen what’s outside the cave, then whatever’s inside the cave is all you know.
Everything has a complete opposite, that is the law of polarity, and because of this law of polar opposites we can experience and understand a full spectrum of uniqueness between each extreme in every aspect.
Now what does knowing all this have to do with being grateful?
Because you know that your problem may be large at one moment and then small at a different moment once your perspective has changed, means that you know everything is a perception, EVERYTHING, and we can choose to look at our problems from any perspective we want. You might decide to look at the problem of your phone breaking and see it as an opportunity to upgrade, advance and grow. You might see a dull day in your work week, be down for a few minutes, then remember the law of relativity to see that your dull day compared to so many things is actually one of the best days in the world! In other words a day can only be dull if you make it dull, because you decide which perspective you look at things with.
Still, where does being grateful fit into all of this?
GRATEFULNESS IS THE MAGIC SWITCH TO ACTIVATE THE LAW OF RELATIVITY IN YOUR PERCEPTION!
If you’re looking at a serious problem in your life and there’s no way you can see good in it, activate the law of relativity by shifting your perception with gratefulness. The mind is a magnificent web of orderly energy and we can weave it as we wish. “Are you asking me to be grateful for my father’s death?” No, but I’m sure there are things that’ve come out of your experience that you can be grateful for, like a memory of you together at a restaurant, or the fact that you have since become more independent. Remember that although your situation seems horrible, you can choose to remember that it’s only what you make it.
Some people go as far to say that even good and evil don’t exist; they’re mere fabrications of the mind.
Knowing this, you can choose to be grateful all the time, and never will you have a dull day again!
While visiting family in Seattle, Washington I was disappointed to find out that during my one weekend there my uncle and his three little children would be going through some intense Spring cleaning. I just wanted to relax and take a break from all my hobbies but I found myself having to clean … yuk! It wasn’t until 5 minutes into the cleaning process that I realized this was so fun!
Now I learned something very valuable. No longer do I think of cleaning the outdoor surfaces of a house a laborious chore. Now, after having had a water park party extravaganza with three little excited kids I look at exterior house cleaning as something to do for fun! How?–you might ask…
It’s simple: with music, bubbles, sprinklers, a BBQ and beverages, you can have so much fun pressure washing and using the hose that you and the kids won’t even realize you’re actually doing work. When cleaning the outside of your home with the whole family, the kids should always get the soap duty, so long as they know not to eat it. Kids have so much fun squirting soap onto the side of the house and we even put soapy water in their toy squirt guns and had a role playing adventure where we pretended the house was a monster and we had to shoot it and attack it with water and scrubbers!
We found ourselves having so much fun cleaning the house that we only stopped for a break when the food was done!
Now I ask myself “why just have a backyard BBQ party when you can have a water park, too?” The sun was hot and bright that day so it was refreshing to run through the sprinklers and spray each other with water. After a while our project turned into a water balloon fight and we forgot all about cleaning the house until one of the kids shouted “monster!” and we teamed up again to wash all the soap suds off the house siding with our water balloons. Splash! Splash! Splash! Never had a monster been so clean!
It wasn’t even 3 PM before the real help arrived. Tired after battling the great monster for hours, it was a relief to let brave knights in shining armor finish the monster off for good. Well, they weren’t really knights; they were the roof cleaning Seattle company we hired to clean the roof shingles and we just pretended they were heroes beheading the monster with their their magic moss killer spells. My uncle found it was too dangerous to let the kids climb onto the roof, so he ordered these professionals to see the job done. They joined us around dinner time for a break and even had a little water gun fight with the kids before they went back to work.
At that point the kids really thought the roof cleaning knights were brave because after that long day the children were more than ready for a long, long nap. Now as I finish writing this post for my blog I think I’m just about ready for a nap, too. I hope I dream of a water fight! I miss the kids already…
By the time we reach adulthood we form many subconscious habits that can make their way into the conscious mind as problems when they start to create consequences. For example having the habit of sleeping in on weekdays may become a problem in later life when you wish you had more time during the day, and you’re always wondering why that thing you’ve been trying to do for three years still isn’t done. Other good examples are not brushing your teeth before bed, not putting money away for the future, but by far the most notorious habit that we end up regretting is not exercising and not staying fit.
The best way to stay fit I found is by finding something you enjoy doing that’s also physically demanding. A good friend of mine recently found a passion for golf and being a man who never used to go out much you can start to notice the improvements golf has made on his health. For my neighbor, gardening is a great hobby that keeps her physically active. For me, it’s diving and skateboarding.
But how do you find the hobby that’s right for you? Great question!
It’s not often that some random person on the internet will have the desire to publicly broadcast their personal love life and their quest to find love, but this talk that I recently shared with a dear friend worked wonders for her life and now she’s insisting that I spread this knowledge that helped her so much. So now here I am posting on this friendly blog to share my personal love life.
Finding My Balance As a Skateboarder
I love being a skateboarder. It gives me a deep sense of freedom and accomplishment. The first time I rode a skateboard I was in high school. Everyone was doing it so I thought I give it a try. Of course, the first time wasn’t really a pleasant experience, or even memory for that matter. I fell down a lot, but that made me more eager to learn how to skate. I thought, if I quit now, then I’ll never know what it feels like to flip your skateboard while you’re suspended midair.
By the time I realized how much time and hard work I need to invest so I can do that backside flip I’d been dreaming about, I was already way into the deep. I was having so much fun that it didn’t matter how many times I fell, hit the ground, or even broke my fingers. All that mattered was finding my balance on the board.
Try something different with me!
Swimming into the depths of the sea along with the fishes and corals is what I do for a living. If you find that exciting, then I can say it truly is. It almost feels as though I live in the water or the water lives in me; many times I no longer find any distinction. Being in the water always makes me feel fortunate to have diving into the deep as a day job.
Diving comes naturally for me living along the coast. I was barely aware of many things in life when I knew this job was my calling. While most people dream of being 30,000 feet above sea level, I enjoy going into the deep blue, 400 feet under the surface.
The thing about diving is that anyone can do it for pleasure. But what sets professional divers apart are the grueling conditions that confront our job. Mostly, I’m at the mercy of the whims of men as well as the whims of the sea. It doesn’t necessarily look like a recipe for happiness, unless you get the education, training, certification and experience to be ready for anything.
Aside from being a swimmer my whole life, I give credit to my mentors who provided me the skills, training as well as my first job as a commercial diver at 18. I remember how I couldn’t wait for it and how it occupied my mind all through high school. As soon as I finished, I knew I was ready.
There’s a cost to finish the certification, degree program and training programs that specialize in underwater works. But since I aim to embrace it as a career, I had to pay for what it’s worth. Little did I know at the time that all the work I have been doing as well as all the hours I have been putting to develop myself, skills and knowledge would pay off big time.
Diving Into The Hawaiian Blue
One of the best perks of my diving job is the travel. The most recent, and inspiring one at that, was the Hawaiian coral reefs. You would think working against the backdrop of such a scenic landscape is enough. But that’s not all. It’s a great opportunity that I was also able to participate in a project that aims to protect the beautiful coral reefs found exclusively in this isolated little island. If I can define the Hawaiian coral reefs in one word, then it’s perfection. It’s only right to aim our environmental projects at a place that least deserves to be defiled by the harsh effects of commercialization and other activities.
How Much Do Divers Earn?
Depending on your specialization, the salary of a commercial diver can range from 40,000 to 60,000 USD. Aside from the competitive salary and the high demand for divers, the opportunities have no boundaries. If the sea is your working field, then there’s apparently no limit.
But diving isn’t just all about the perks. You are paid well due to the specialization it requires and for the reason that the dangers of being at the sea is real. Sometimes I have to be on a 12-hour shift for three to six weeks straight. If I have to wait until the next project, then I spend my time working as a diving instructor to maintain my livelihood.
I have seen so many beautiful coastlines in my young life. I have also felt the different kinds of outbursts of the sea. My work as a commercial diver has given me such a blessing of endless opportunities and a perspective that my world is limitless. If it takes being a diver to protect our waters and all the creatures in it, then I would give my life to uphold this advocacy as it has been the water that sustained me more than half of my life.
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