Another post- reflections

It seems like it’s been ages since my last post.

Saying that I am an unfinished product or a work in progress is an understatement.

On the contrary, every time I lose focus; I lose my bearings. Finding my compass each time gets easier but the obstacles still linger. Those pesky things are ready to come at me at all moments. If I leave myself unchecked and unaccountable, I deviate from my rules based approach or principles that allow me to stick the process.

However, each time I can feel that I am nearing towards removing the froth and learning to hold gems in this continuous space for self-development and self-discovery. This is despite the fact that I have made big mistakes.

As humans there are so many biases built in us, it’s very difficult to sometimes stay objective and be  present. These pesky biases and our own ego and unconscious mind work against us. It is like a ceiling that always has room to go one level up every time you get near it or pierce through it.

A lot of what I write is like a constant stream of thoughts just put forward in a new way or through a different perspective. Like most of what I wrote above I can recall discussing similar ideas in my previous blogs. Cup of Knowledge and Secrets of Self.

I have never mentioned the perspective that I take on the sources of thoughts. I have written about it elsewhere but not here. I take a traditional look at the sources of thoughts. Psychology also has a similar way of putting it together.

In my belief, thoughts that we have stem from our mind, the heart, the soul and our nafs (ego). Understanding which thoughts stem from where is useful knowledge and a great struggle too. It helps unlearn the unconscious behaviours, habits and beliefs we hold. It also helps understand what actions we should take to ensure growth and progress. Being aware of the thoughts in real time is extremely hard. In retrospect however, a lot can broken down in smaller digestible bitesized information.

To put this in context or through way of an example, I want to understand why is it that I am relapsing from my compounding habits that have provided me a solid framework. Meditation, exercise and martial arts. These 3 habits have helped me the most to build up skills such as patience, discipline, grit, perseverance.

There are patterns to be observed in the universe. The northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere night skies. The zodiac belt. Similarly, most of our lives can be seen as a pattern of repeating things occurring over and over again. I am in this moment trying to get an objective view of the last couple of years and limiting factors and beliefs that break this pattern down each time it trends up.

Less is more. This one principle can help me recognise these limiting factors and beliefs before they sabotage me.

This post has been laying in my drafts since Sunday. Consistency can sometimes be a struggle in writing too.

To put things simply… there is an emotional imbalance.

Another key principle that has helped me simplify things is and helped me stay in reality is, “You don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.” James Clear

In addition, this has also helped me adopt a minimalist mindset.

No Pain, No Gain

Pain is the best teacher but no one wants to go to his class- Choi Hong Hi.

I came across this quote when I first started looking for martial arts clubs. I was trying to find a club where I could learn skills and improve every day. I wanted to go to the class and face the pain.

So here’s a collection of more Pain Quotes:

1. No Pain, No Gain-Old Proverb

2. Sometimes You Must Hurt In Order To Know, Fall In Order To Grow, Lose In Order To Gain, Because Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Learned Through Pain.- Pain (Naruto)

3.Do You Understand Pain A Little Now? If You Don’t Share Someone’s Pain, You Can Never Understand Them- Pain (Naruto)

4. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. Walter Anderson

5. Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure. Rumi

6. After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here. Walt Disney

7. It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. Julius Caesar

8. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it! Charlie Chaplin

9. True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it. Daniel Goleman

And…. here’s one from me. It’s more a belief… which keeps me at it, and gets me going.

10. No soul is burdened beyond what it can bear. No Pain is greater than your ability to overcome it.