Dying Daily #259: Gratitude for Responsibilities

I shirked and shied away from responsibility for a vast majority of my life. I called it different things like laziness, or not giving a…something. I couched it behind different pale ideologies like resisting the capitalistic desire to control my life through work or not buying into the western concept that our lives should be regimented into a functional grind. …

Dying Daily #258: Gratitude for Pain

We need pain in life. That reminds me of the things people sometimes post in response to a break-up or the cancellation of their favorite show, often with a Naruto meme. While that kind of pain may be just as real, today we are talking about physical pain. Maybe we can talk about the the other kind before this gratitude …

Dying Daily #257: Gratitude for the Body

It is also a little weird that we have a body when you think about it. I make these hands and fingers move as I need them to and my feet go where I want them to and all that, but I don’t really know how I do this. I just do. As a matter of fact, if I think …

Dying Daily #256: Gratitude for Existing

The most basic place for gratitude is in the very fact that we exist at all. This gets weird when you think about it too much. The only reason we can even think about being grateful for anything at all is because we exist. Whatever it is at the mouth of this river of consciousness, this awareness, gives us that, and …

Dying Daily #255: Gratitude

Gratitude is everything. The happiest people I know are grateful. The unhappiest people I know are ungrateful. Gratitude takes a sad person and gives them joy, ingratitude takes a happy person and makes them miserable. Gratitude is what allows someone to endure all sorts of injustice and hardship and emerge stronger and more resilient instead of broken and cynical. A …

Dying Daily #254: It’s All Right Here

I had a weird thing happen when I was up in the mountains this last time. Everything was as it always is up there. It was beautiful and cool and all mountainy and not West Texas. I enjoyed the time alone and the time off and hanging out and hiking. It was nice. But it wasn’t everything I thought or …

Dying Daily #253: Mindful Lifestyle

I think this post means we have talked about mindfulness in everyday life for an entire month. Looking at my potential topic list, I could honestly go another 30 days, but I’d like to write about some other stuff. So how do we pull this whole month together into a mindful lifestyle? It all starts with being present, in this …

Dying Daily #252: Mindful Workday

There is no such thing as a routine day or one day being the same as any other. There is infinite variation and diversity in everything we do, we just get dulled to it. The bagel you ate this morning was completely new, it’s just hard to see because you eat them everyday. This is a trap that is especially …

Dying Daily #251: Mindful Morning Routine

I think it is Tim Ferriss who I’ve heard say that if you own the morning, you own the day. I doubt he’s the first or only person to say this, because there is a lot of truth to it. It seems like everyone who has a spiritual practice or a routine or ritual of any kind engages it first …

Dying Daily #250: Mindful Day Off

I recently caught a lot of (loving and thoughtful) flack for saying that our pasts and our problems are in our imagination. Way back, I caught a lot of flack for saying weekends aren’t real and that the idea of days off is stupid. I still believe this, but in a softer way. It makes me sad to think that …