Prosperity defined: Health; Happiness; Creativity.
The TED lectures that sometimes feature younger minds offer for me new ways of looking at the world. I watched the following today:
The young speaker offers a new approach to education, which is worth viewing, but also defined prosperity as health, happiness and creativity. In addition to health and happiness I had previously added abundance. Thinking again about prosperity I recognise that if the individual lives a healthy, happy and creative life, they will attract abundance as a result. I have replaced abundance with creativity in my definition of prosperity.
Welcome and an Update.
Welcome to all my new readers. I hope you will benefit from reading this blog.
My business has been absorbing all my available time and energy at the moment, so my apologies for lack of posting on this blog. Rain and storm continue to besiege me here in Colchester UK, and I dream of beautiful warm days.
I wish all my readers prosperity for 2014, a life of health, happiness and creativity.
The weather teaches humanity to respect nature.
The weather reminds humanity that nature is in charge.
I could weep, I look at the weather forecast… rain… then more rain. For more than three months one of the driest places in Britain, my town of Colchester, has been under siege of rain, storm and tidal surge. Back in October last year I saw my beloved tree destroyed by a storm, whilst last week an ancient oak wood in Wales was obliterated by a ten-minute storm.
I am watching a daffodil slowly emerge two months early, in a winter that so far has had few days of minus temperatures. I enjoy an occasional day free of rain, but most days I am fighting it out with the rain.
The UK Government called an emergency meeting of Cobra today as the west of Britain, Wales, Scotland and Ireland was expecting record tidal surges, high winds and floods of heavy rain. Canada and Northern USA face an enormous snow storm. California is heading into drought crisis with another year of poor rain.
Last night I went camping to get close to nature, waking to a river of rainwater that demanded entrance to my tent. Despite the weather the local foxes are screaming and fighting over mates. If I was being forgetful about nature, stormy weather and screaming fox reminded me who was in charge. Tonight I go camping again, and it is going to rain again.
Create and be attentive to opportunity.
These Colchester crows create their luck by positioning themselves and being attentive to the foraging squirrel, whose found nuts they will steal.
There is nothing mystical about luck. If the individual desires an oak tree in the middle of their garden, no amount of praying, meditation or mystical ritual will manifest an oak tree out of nothing; plant an acorn in the soil, give the acorn attention, and the chances are high after a period of time an oak tree will manifest.
In recent weeks I have been lucky finding many coins and currency notes on the ground that inattentive, stressed and drunk people drop upon the ground in the dark. This luck has been due to a few years of practice of observation as I walk around, a fun challenge of spotting coins on the ground, and thus I have an eye of a hawk, my instinctive scanning of the ground creates the opportunity to find dropped coins.
In my garden is a shed, upon which the pine needles of a tree fall upon the roof, decomposing into a mulch, and little blades of grass are growing, seizing an opportunity to live in the mulch of the shed roof. In my local park the squirrels forage for nuts they buried in the ground, with crows shadowing them, the squirrel find the nut, the crows seize the opportunity to grab the nut. Feeding ducks, individuals encounter seagulls swoop in to grab the food even before it hits the water. Our cat Helix sits attentive in hidden places watching the birds feeding at the food station, waiting the opportunity to grab a careless bird.
Luck is neither random or mystical. Nature offers the insight that living things create their opportunities through effort and attention. I find my coins because I trained my mind to spot them, then I maintain a watchful subconscious attention for the coins. Some seagulls I observe create opportunities for food by stamping their feet in a rain dance on the ground to trick the worms to the surface.
There is an experience called synchronicity, a type of coincidence where an individual thinks or acts in some manner that appears to coincide with an event, for instance I think of a person and a second later that person telephones me. Whilst synchronicity is one aspect of the weirdness in nature, at the core is an individual who has acted either in thought or deed to make space for an opportunity to arise of synchronicity.
Provide a solution to a need and you become a magnet.
My offered chocolate on Christmas Day attracted the delighted Colchester Castle Park squirrels to me.
A flower evolved perfume, colour and nectar to attract insects such as bees to pollinate it. Like anything in life the individual has to plant seeds for anything to grow, to offer the world something attractive to attract opportunities. Do nothing, gain nothing.
Over a week ago I regained ownership of my laptop bag from the cat Helix, denied its favoured bag to sleep upon the homeless cat then vanished upstairs, so it felt empty working on my laptop with no cat sleeping near me. In the UK Boxing Day sales I purchased at a bargain price a sleeping bed for a small dog at £3.50, placed the bed near me, then let nature take its course. Helix found the bed and as I hoped adopted it as its new sleeping base, I now have a cat back near me curled up like a happy sleeping ball.
To attract people, animals, plants or opportunities into your life, you have to invest resources of time, energy and money into things that they need. There is nothing mystical about becoming a magnet; understand what the other party needs then provide it.
Like this Colchester squirrel I give a bow to all my awesome readers.
A short post to welcome all my new readers, and a thank you to all my existing readers for your comments, likes and for following Liberated Way.
The Christmas period is a busy time for me as I try to meet the expectations of my business customers. I have a lot of blogs that I follow to catch up with my reading, and my posts will be irregular for a few more weeks.
In the meantime, just as in the photo of my little garden friend, a grey squirrel I took a photo of a few days ago, I give a bow to all my awesome readers, and I wish you all a grand celebration in the final days of 2013.
Everything works to its own timing.
Acorns work at their own pace emerging as an oak sapling many months after falling to the ground.
After a storm brought down a great oak tree last October in Colchester I salvaged thirteen acorns and planted them. I won’t see anything emerge from these acorns until spring, since they are waiting out the winter before emerging. Acorns like everything in nature work according to their own clock, they will emerge as oak saplings at their own moment and pace.
Humanity live in a fast paced world, a delusion that the individual can achieve instant gratification of any desire: lose weight, swallow a magic pill; instant fortune, buy a lottery ticket; new expensive gadget, buy it on credit. Humanity has a foolish opinion contrary to nature that everything desirable can like magic instantly appear, though many corporates promote this delusion with destructive consequences to self, society and the environment.
The individual can learn from the acorn, that everything in reality moves slowly at its own pace: better to lose weight over time; spend a couple of years achieving prosperity; saving up for a desired gadget.
I patiently wait for the oak saplings to emerge many months from now from the acorns I planted. My major business investment in a project staggered over many months rather than seeking a loan, a proverbial acorn becoming an oak tree at its own pace. Human civilisation and this planet would benefit from learning from the cycles of nature, that all has its moment, its own pace, its own cycle.
Give animals what they need and they will come visiting.
Offer wildlife what they need and they will come visiting as this blue tit did in my garden.
It is deep winter in England, and I am happy to see a major trend where anyone with access to a tree or garden hangs out food for birds. Retail stores at Christmas devote shelves in addition to Christmas junk a vast array of equipment and food for feeding wild garden birds. In human population areas the garden birds thrive in winter thanks to large quantities of food put out for them.
In the garden of my home a large bird feeding station offers a variety of food for birds, and they come offering plenty of opportunities for my photography. Because the cats also enjoy the visual eye candy the birds offer, they are vigilant and it proves challenging at the moment to get clear good photos of the birds, especially the blue tits.
If you can attract animals to your home area then it offers a great opportunity to connect with nature. Offer food, shelter and anything else an animal needs to survive and it will come, offering you many wonderful experiences with nature. I envy the home in Brightlingsea earlier this year that attracted a black bird to raise young in a nest in a hedge next to the front door.
Plant the right flowers, the bees will come; install nesting boxes and the birds will nest there; leave food out and the birds will become regular visitors. In the small urban garden I live at I have encountered foxes, hedgehogs, all kinds of birds, and I shared peanuts with a squirrel that came visiting this morning. Leave parts of a garden wild and it offers opportunities for animals to make their home there. Living close to animals makes life brighter and helps connect with nature.