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Mahjong and the Noisy Mind

I have been happily addicted to playing Mahjong on my phone.

The goal is to match pairs of identical tiles until all are removed from the board.

I rarely win. Maybe it is the soothing Chung Chong sound it makes when I match a pair.

The main strategy is to free up as many options as possible as soon as possible.

For example, clearing the tile with the two circles at the top of the pile opens up many possibilities.

The same with tiles on the edges.

The worst scenario is when a tile blocks copies of itself. I think there is a lesson in that! We do get in our own way sometimes.

It took me a few months to become aware that I was wasting a lot of mental energy mapping English names to the tiles: red sword, ‘n’, M & M, 1-bar, …

All that did was slow me down.

It is much easier to scan for patterns without thinking verbally.

Like when a person learns a second language and stops translating in their head and starts thinking directly in the new language.

Or a musician simply plays fluidly without thinking about theory or technique.

Simply playing in the moment.

Some would call that Flow.

If you find yourself with a Noisy Mind, no matter what you are doing, ask if the mental chatter, calculations, second-guessing, and like are helping with the task at hand or holding you back.

Look for the simplest, most direct way.

Easier said than done, but important for your success and peace of mind.

Practice Calm Mind, Grass-hopper.

Lighten Your Load So We Can Make It To The Other Side ~ Danielle LaPorte Podcast

I recently came across this podcast by Danielle LaPorte about letting go of things that weigh us down so that we can come out the current crisis lighter in spirit.

“Binding identities, grievances, expired dreams, regrets, possessions. Can you feel the pressure to let go?

Energetic stagnation makes us more vulnerable to all kinds of viral things—from negative thought patterns to viruses. I’m rolling out “The List of Letting Go” so we can lighten our emotional load to fit through this portal of change.” 

— Danielle Laporte

Danielle has an amazing voice and something in this podcast resonated with me. It may also resonate with you.

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The Optimist Creed ~ With Reverend John McLean

Reverend John McLean of Unity of Nashville offers a coffee talk every Friday morning.

This week he talks about the relevance of The Optimist Creed by Christian D. Larson.

This is a well needed message for these times and for our lives.

“THE OPTIMIST CREED

Promise Yourself…

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”


― Christian D. Larson, The Optimist Creed

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Rainn Wilson On How The Baha’i Faith Inspires Unity

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You may know actor Rainn Wilson for parts in The Office, Six Feet Under, and Many others.

The interview that appeared in Religion Unplugged provides a great introduction to The Baha’i Faith.

I know very little about it, though the following quote is why I am interested in learning more.

“Baha’u’llah’s teachings are very much progressive social teachings that are here for the unification of humankind,” Wilson said. “This is why I’m a Baha’i right now, especially because of this current political climate, Baha’u’llah’s message is one of love and unity and bringing people together. It’s the elimination of racial prejudice, the equality of women and men, elimination of extremes between wealth and poverty, universal education and the harmony of science and religion.” 

Rainn Wilson

See Video and Whole Interview at Religion Unplugged

Practicing The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success

I have often said that if you were to only by a single book on how to understand and live a life from a spiritual perspective, it would be Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success.

The book is short, barely over 100 pages.

Yet this book explains ancient ideas and Sanskrit words from Hinduism and Buddhism that we often use casually without fully understanding.

Words like Karma and Dharma.

The Seven Laws

  1. The Law of Pure Potentiality
  2. The Law of Giving
  3. The Law of “Karma’ or Cause and Effect
  4. The Law of Least Effort
  5. The Law of Intention and Desire
  6. The Law of Detachment
  7. The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life

Some may seem contradictory.

How do you reconcile The Law of Intention and Desire?

Deepak Chopra makes it look easy! A true Enlightened Master at work!

A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

Each chapter on a spiritual law is followed by short set of instructions for applying the law of to your life. Here are the steps from Law Seven.

“Applying the Law ‘Darma’ or Purpose In Life”

“I will put the Law of Dharma into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps.”

  1. “Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.”
  2. “I will make a list of my unique tallents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.”
  3. “I will ask myself daily, ‘How can I serve?’ and ‘How can I help?’
    The answers to these these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love’

A simple recipe for life!

My challenge is to know what my special gifts are?

The other six laws lead to the seventh law.

Each one has steps to follow for “Applying The Law of …”.

Recommendation

Read the book frequently.

Actively follow the steps to apply each of the Spiritual Laws of Success.

Repeat to make it a daily practice. By some coincidence, there are Seven Laws and Seven Days! You could loop through and practice a new law each day of the week.

Eventually you will integrate each of the Laws of Success to simple be living the Seven Laws of Spiritual Success every day.

Enjoy!

— Greg Dixon


Peace ~ Harmony ~ Laughter ~ Love Meditation

Here is a simple meditation to ground yourself.

The words may have come from Deepak Chopra.

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  • Peace
  • Peace
  • Peace
  • Harmony
  • Harmony
  • Harmony
  • Laughter
  • Laughter
  • Laughter
  • Love
  • Love
  • Love

Repeat to create a lightness of being and love in the world.

Breathing Variation

Here a version you can do with simple breathing.

Tip: Breathe deep into the bottom of your lungs, expanding your lower rib cage.

Your Body
  • Breath in deeply, thinking Peace
  • Hold
  • Breath out thinking Peace
  • Repeat three times
  • Repeat with Harmony
  • Repeat with Laughter
  • Repeat with Love

Love is the Key

The stream is on the Xenia Retreat Centre on Bowen Island, near Vancouver, British Columbia.

The retreat centre is open for bookings such as weddings, silent retreats, artist retreats, writing retreats, executive retreats, yoga retreats, and more.

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Walking This Path ~ An Exploration of Spiritual Perspectives

A New Path

I am embarking on a new adventure to explore various spiritual paths and beliefs, starting with my own notions. It will start with blog posts and will likely involve interviews with a wide range of seekers and thinkers. There could be a book or two. There could be a documentary.

Let’s see where this path takes us.

Spiritual Free Agent

My mother fled the farm and the Catholic church when she was 18. She raised us to be independent thinkers and make our own choices choice about religious or spiritual beliefs or lack thereof.

When asked, I will often give the following smart-ass answer:

I am an Existential Christ-ian Taoist Shaman with a Buddhist Interpretation. Or perhaps simply a Free Agent.

Greg Dixon

I say it mostly as a joke, though it begins to hint at a very broad range of enquiry and experiences.

A Pattern Emerges in the Rearview Mirror

Although I seldom had a plan, there are a few interesting patterns visible when look at the ground I have covered in my life:

  • Watched the interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyes on The Masks of God. I have the books in the locker.
  • Visited the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India where they have manuscripts from many different spiritual traditions and a tree descended from the Bodhi tree where Siddhartha achieved Enlightenment and became the Buddha.
  • Attended and done video projects with Unity churches, United Churches, and Anglican Churches.
  • Did projects with the Masons and Shriners.
  • Shot video of a Muslim marriage ceremony and related celebrations.
  • Read the Koran, The Book of Morman, the Tao Te Ching, the Tao of Pooh, some of the Old Testament, different translations of the New Testament, and tried reading the Bhagavad Gita. Not a master of any of the texts.
  • Visited the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati, India.
  • Toured Islamic sites in India.
  • Used a passage from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in my first wedding. There was a line about “Let there be space in your togetherness.”
    Indeed, there has been a few partners and over 5,000 Kilometres between us. We are still connected, though.
  • Been willing to try to understand the beliefs of any woman I was involved with.
  • Spent time in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malasia.
  • Have some Buddhist connections.
  • Spent a considerable amount of time with a Native artist shaman.
  • Have participated in and witnessed various Native ceremonies.
  • Am in awe of the natural world. As Albert Einstein said: “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”

Always a guest observer, never a member.

The Path Ahead

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There will be blogs and articles on topics that include things like:

  • New Thought and the Unity Movement
  • Why Christ-ian and not Christian
  • Prophets and Enlightened Masters
  • Why Taoism Resonates With Me
  • First Nation Wisdom On Multiple Levels
  • We Are All Related
  • Bizarre Interpretations of Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
  • Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, William Blake, and other writings.
  • Wonder of the Cosmos
  • The Miracle of Life
  • The Gardener
  • Why Many Eastern Traditions are Not Religions
  • The God of Your Understanding
  • Past Life Experiences

If you are inclined to dogma and fundamentalism, you will probably resist almost everything I will write about.

If you want to explore a range of perspectives, then this could be for you.

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Bonnie & Greg Available to Help in These Challenging Times

Bonnie and Greg
We are here to help you see the blue sky again

Welcome to the Age of Global Disruption.

Like many of you, our plans A, B, and C evaporated with the Coronavirus lockdown.

We have to adapt. The meteorite has hit the planet. Many people, families, and businesses will be devastated by the likely global recession. Millions more will die of COVID-19 and its variations. Millions more will be on the streets or succumb to depression and suicide.

The dinosaurs will go extinct, while other life forms will adapt and thrive.

The blessing in all of this is that humanity needs to figure this out and help each other through this.

Greg Dixon

And some people will survive and thrive with this. Some will succeed by serving and others will succeed through exploitation.

Why We Are In a Position to Help

Bonnie and I have been working to learn skills and acquire tools to help people and businesses.

And we have a natural instinct to help others, even when we need help.

I will give you a recent example. Bonnie got in the car and drove to a grocery store to get groceries for a friend who is shut-in due to the coronavirus.

We are not sure how we are going to put gas in the car or pay for insurance or buy food for ourselves next month. But today we can help.

There is a lot of need right here right now. Many of you are shut in afraid and need a helping hand.

Bonnie and I will do what we can to help. And we can help in a lot of ways.

What We Can Do To Help

People in Isolation

  • Shopping for the necessities and delivering to your home. We will practice social distancing and safe protocols.
  • Cleaning
  • Gardening. We can help put in a Victory Garden which could be a lifesaver for you.
  • Package deliveries

Your Story

One of our services is to create personal, family, and business story productions.

Now maybe the time before the opportunity passes.

Business Transformations

Bonnie and I have a head start on many businesses in terms of being mobile and online.

Here is how we can help:

  • Transform your presentations from in-person to online with live streaming, social media, and webinars.
  • Video production. We teach people how to use video with what they have.
  • Adapt from in-person to online delivery of services through online courses, membership sites, and online delivery of services,
  • Help with copywriting and marketing to make the needed adjustment.

We have tools and expertise to take the right idea from start to generating hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.

Maybe you have the right idea for this time?

Help Us Help You

We are prepared to do any and all of that according to need and means:

  • We will help individuals who need help on a donation basis. We will help if you can’t afford anything. If you can make a donation, great.
  • We will help businesses with free advice and resources.
  • We may also choose to help businesses with a contribution and joint venture agreement.

Contact Greg Dixon at gregdixon@sharedvisions.com to request help.

Help Us Help Others

Here is your opportunity to pay it forward or pay it back.

Make a contribution to help us help others.

Send money

Offer services or supplies.

What can you offer to help?

Contact Greg Dixon at gregdixon@sharedvisions.com to offer help.

Join The Team

The need is much greater than what we can do ourselves.

Please let us know if you want to help with your time or expertise.

Contact Greg Dixon at gregdixon@sharedvisions.com to join the team.

Exploring False Creek by AquaBus

False Creek Vancouver
Looking East from Cambie Street Bridge

One of your first impressions of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be that there is water everywhere. Burrard Inlet to the North, the Fraser River to the South, and False Creek in the middle.

Seawall with paths for bicycles and pedestrians follow the entire waterfront around False Creek.

Two companies operate cute tiny ferries to take people between eight locations around False Creek. Each stop has its own charm.

AquaBus
The larger AquaBuses can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers

We bought a day pass and shot photos and video of all eight stops served by AquaBus ferries. Here are the highlights.

Granville Island

Granville Island was an industrial area important during World War II. Today you can get fresh produce, seafood, unique arts and crafts and much more in the Granville Island Market.

Granville Island Market
Shops in Granville Island Market

Restaurants, Granville Island Brewery, theatres, art galleries, funky shops, and an art school for kids provide a lot to see.

Luis Martos is often playing at Granville Island

Stamps Landing

The next stop on our tour is Stamps Landing just West of the Cambie Street Bridge.

In June 1867, Edward Stamp build Vancouver’s first industrial operation, Stamp’s Sawmill.

Today the area features apartments with a fabulous view of the water and boats, Mahoney & Sons Irish Bar and Grill, The Wicklow Public House, and the charming Branas Mediterranean Grill. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Stamps Landing Sailboats
Sailboats at Stamps Landing. This used to be our view!
Branas Grill
Branas Mediterranean Grill

Orca Whales

Orca whales are a rare sight in False Creek. We caught 4 on camera just West of Stamps Landing.

We were blessed to catch a rare sighting of Orca Wales in False Creek
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