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Smokers Have Already Quit

by on December 30, 2011 under Education, Health

Smokers Have Already Quit ShirtWhy would you persist with activity like smoking cigarettes in the face of mountainous evidence that smoking kills? Well, lets take a look at it.

Human beings are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Pleasure is perceived as something that supports our values and pain is perceived as something that challenges our values. Pleasure is provided by perceived benefits, and pain is experienced with perceived drawbacks.

For a person to conduct any activity they need to be motivated to do so. That motivation comes from a perceived imbalance in the ratio of benefits to drawbacks expected from conducting the activity. If you expect more benefits than drawbacks you will do it, if you expect more drawbacks than benefits, you won’t do it. Common sense, right?

Well for a smoker to continue to smoke, they must perceive more benefits than drawbacks in smoking. Lets look at some of the common benefits reported by smokers:

  • It relaxes me
  • “Its a social activity”
  • “Smoking helps me think”
  • “It gives me a break”

So for a smoker to continue smoking, they prefer these benefits, over the all-to-well advertised drawbacks. What I notice about these benefits though, is that they are all immediate, and short lived. As we know the ultimate drawback of death, is long term.

So smokers are trading off these short term benefits, ultimately for their life. This is why regular smokers have already quit. They have given up on the idea of a long, healthy and vibrant life, and sometimes you can see it in their body language, their actions, and their attitudes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying smoking is bad. I’m saying that at the most fundamental level, regular smokers have given up on life. This is a choice smokers’ have made, either consciously or unconsciously, and that is fine. People are entitled to their choices. Yes smokers burden the medical system and therefore all of us through medicare, but hey, they also stimulate the economy and pay ridiculously high taxes that relieve the pressure on our income taxes. The truth is that the benefits and drawbacks for all of us are balanced.

My values are on life, health, and vitality, so personally, smoking challenges me. I would be happy if smoking in public was banned entirely. The smell is unpleasant and I feel my lungs choking up even when I smell cigarettes at a distance. This is my body’s natural defence mechanisms responding to avoid the toxins in cigarettes. I am ok with you smoking, but do it in private. It is not my desire to share your passive smoke and your ultimate fate.

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What is Karma?

by on November 13, 2011 under Education

[singlepic id=96 w=280 h=210 float=left]We all say it, we all think it. When something ‘bad’ happens to someone, we say: “it was Karma”. We know it was Karma, but do we really understand what Karma is, and why it is?

Karma is the universe acting to bring balance into your life and your perceptions.

Life is a process of evolution to ever higher states of consciousness. You cannot progress to a higher level of consciousness until you have learned to see your current situation in a state of balance and love. Only then are you ready for the next growth step. The universe is an amazing thing; it constantly and ever presently provides us feedback to let us know where we are unbalanced in our perspective, to help us bring balance and love to the situation, so that we may evolve to the next level of consciousness and contribute more meaningfully to the wider evolution of the planet.

The majority of people live in ignorance of this process. The universe maintains balance.

If you look very carefully you can see that in times when you are elated, you will be humbled, and in times when you are depressed, you will be supported. You stand up on a chair being a clown, getting elated, then the chair breaks, humbling you back into balance. That is an obvious example of Karma in action.

One thing we have to realise about Karma, is that it is about our perception of our actions as measured against our true self worth. Your true self worth is your balance point. Your fulcrum. The universe will continually bring you back to your true self worth, drawing attention to it, because real evolution occurs when you improve your self worth. That is the goal of the universe acting in your life through what we call Karma.

Your Karma is created by the void between your perception of your own actions and your true self worth. Nothing else. The void creates the attraction; Nature abhors a vaccuum. If your perception of your actions is above your self worth, your Karma will bring you down into balance, if your perception of your actions is below your self worth, yor Karma will lift you up into balance with your self worth.

The key to attracting and manifesting ‘good Karma’ is to elevate your self worth and be humble about your actions so your Karma is always lifting you up. If you can do this you are aligning yourself with the universe and the universe will support you through everything you do.

Take care, CE.

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