Less is more!
August 5, 2011, 1:40 am
Filed under: Organization

What’s the deal with the links on the left side of the page?! “About” will tell you what the aim of this blog is – to simplify your life. Sometimes you just have to cut to the chase. Drop the drama. Lighten up. Takes a lot of practice. A lot. A lot. Oh, I’m tired just thinking about it.

“Word up!” will lead you to Bible Gateway where you can see verses highlighted daily. Today’s verse was: “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV And Word up! is number one on the list.

The following categories are inspirational teachers and works that I have been reading for years and who truly resonated with me. I have to add a disclaimer to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Web site (“Dr. Dyer”), that I do not agree with all his philosophy on religion, but he is an amazing psychologist with a great life story and a large number of works under his belt. Some call him the father of positive psychology. I’ve learned a lot from his books, videos and Web site. He has also studied the Tao extensively (like me), from which I draw much of my philosophy of balance and simplicity, and has allowed me to see the ways in which Jesus actually teaches these things, which I’m excited to write about in the future.

“Costa Rica” will lead you to the sad and lonely world of the diminishing MySpace, where you can see the amateur blog I kept in 2009 while teaching English in Costa Rica. This was a truly enriching year and I’m excited about saving money to go back this January, if God wills it.

“Be Here Now” will lead you to a wikipedia page explaining this book created by the Lama Foundation detailing the journey and transformation of Dr. Richard Alpert, PhD. into Baba Ram Dass. Alpert was a psychologist who researched the use of psychedelic drugs at Harvard and attempted to create a constant state of euphoria through the use of LSD. This is some pretty heavy material. Eventually Ram Dass sees that euphoria is “here now” and perfection comes through practice. It’s like a catch-22 though, because once you say you’ve “got it” you’re drawn back into human suffering. Just be here now! It’s basically a book that teaches westerners how to pursue a yogic path. Ironically, this book was also a past influence of Wayne Dyer. It is said to be a “countercultural bible” for its influence on the hippie and spiritual movement. I first read this book in 2007 and loved it enough to hang out with it since then. It provides some insight into eastern psychology and explores key concepts in living simply. It, however, does not replace the Bible.

“Stroke of Insight” is a work by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained brain scientist, who experiences a stroke first hand. She has a deeper understanding of brain malfunction as a stroke survivor who had to work tremendously hard through her recovery. This Web site was set up to educate people about the importance of a balanced brain and what we can do to keep it in tip-top shape. The brain is such an amazing, vital and powerful organ. This work truly moved me and continues to help me see my work and my experiences not only from a psychological perspective, but also a physiological one. Brains are fascinating! Just say synapses or neurotransmitter and I will be invested in the discussion!

“My work” will take you to the Web site for Providence Community Services, Inc. a behavioral health agency in North Eastern Pennsylvania. I travel to schools, daycares, community settings and homes to provide behavioral and mental health services to children. This is a truly challenging and rewarding job, which requires ongoing education! Oh, those little ones keep you on your toes.

All these left-hand links are a combination of my present and past influences, which have lead me to where I am today and which motivate me to write, learn and pursue the simple life. Less is more!


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