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From self-published to traditionally published; this is PART I. of a blog series detailing the evolution of my new book published by Wisdom Moon, titled: The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas.

More than a decade ago, I wrote a self-published work which I affectionately called The Sixth Tier, A Handbook to Enlightenment. Good luck trying to find it now! It was composed of six chapters which focused on various ways to search and find self-actualization in a world of indifference. I wrote this book in response to a series of life changing epiphanies or awakenings that engulfed me in 2001. After hitting rock bottom after the still birth loss of my first child and namesake, I found a new and enlightened vision of the world we live in. I truly believe you sometimes have to hit rock bottom before you can evolve to the next level of consciousness. Sadly though, my new-found awareness was quickly besieged by ego and false-self, which unfortunately muddled my True Nature. 10 years ago, I understood  how the Universe worked and my place within this grand dominion, but I was far from releasing myself from the perils of ego and false-self. In hindsight, the Sixth Tier reflected a lot of this anger and ego in small refined levels.

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The Sixth Tier, 2001

The Sixth Tier did get an offer from a small independent publisher but I decided to have it self-published instead. I was hesitant to accept the publishing offer for several reasons. First, I was going to have to sign away the rights of a book that I put my heart and soul in. Secondly, I was not finished with the whole body of work – I knew deep down this was not my best foot forward; there was room for improvement. Due to the pressures of ego and other false perceptions, I rushed the entire writing process. It became more about being a published author and less about the final product; an error in hindsight. There are many good elements to The Sixth Tier, but it was not a completion of the process – it did not reflect my life’s work. Thus, at the end of The Sixth Tier I wrote, “To be continued”.

Since 2002, I have studied Buddhism extensively and I have continued to put to work the many ideas and concepts found in my first published effort. One of my decade long goals was to bridge science with spirituality and meditate on a daily basis. More than a decade later I have emerged as a much more complete person. I have challenged my false self and settled into a new-found notion of True Nature – an unwavering energy found within that is driven by a Quantum Universe. Over the years I have toyed with new ideas and wrestled with old philosophical quandaries. About three years ago a new-found inspiration encircled me. I began to rewrite The Sixth Tier as it should have been years ago and in 2011 I again self-published the rewrite now known as the The Responsive Universe – Meditations and Daily Life Practice (recently pulled from the shelves).

I was a little disappointed I could not get the Responsive Universe printed by a traditional publisher. I am sure many of you know how tough it is to be a published writer. Even after self-publishing the RU, I actively pursued handfuls of smaller wellness and boutique publishers. I did not lose faith! I was successful in getting several articles published by MindBodyGreen and All Things Healing. My social footprint on Facebook and Twitter grew as well. Eventually through luck and my own positive manifestations, the RU was picked up by Wisdom Moon Publishing in 2013. Wisdom Moon Publishing is a boutique publisher with an emphasis on wellness, mindfulness and philosophy. It was a perfect fit!

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About the Book:

We all have within our grasp the ability to wield the power of quantum energy as it relates to the Universe and our intrinsic True Nature. Based on science and inspired by Buddhist ideals and new world philosophy, the Responsive Universe will lead the reader into a world of self-discovery, karma and wellness.. By following the creative and insightful meditations and  daily life practices, you will begin to free yourself from a false-self that may unknowingly govern your actions and reactions; the result being a spacious new vision of your true-self: A boundless vision bathed under the liberating light of self-actualization and enlightenment.

In Part II. of my journey toward publishing the new and improved Responsive Universe – Why this book is different and how it will change your life much like it changed mine….

John C. Bader

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9dalai091814Can insecurity be your friend? Kind of an odd question isn’t it. I would imagine we all harbor insecurities in some facet; maybe sometimes unknowingly.  You know, the concept of enlightenment is just that… a concept. We can all understand what enlightenment means. My understanding includes endless bliss with no suffering: Buddha Nature… That is just it, Buddha Nature is a concept and not necessarily a place that exists within reality. Now, you may be thinking, “well, shit, why have I been reading your dumb blog?”. Hey, even the Dalai Lama has bad days. No one is free from the perils of conflict, challenge, loss and emotional and physical pain. It is part of life. The polar opposites of pain and bliss coexist so that we can find some sort of middle ground in this thing called life. The idea is to understand that we do in fact live in a Responsive Universe and that our goal is to be mindful of the concept of enlightenment and balance that with our ego and false-self.

So, how can insecurity be your friend?

Experience has shown that we need to push ourselves to be better. Most of the world it seems is walking down hill – following – taking the easy path. Yet self-discovery and social evolution requires you to walk up hill. One such shift in perception is putting yourself out there to be appreciated and discovered. When the ego is involved, there are complexities involving fear, guilt, shallow self-confidence and insecurity. These superficial emotions are not who you are. Underneath the shell of a reality that society has molded is your True Nature – unadulterated and unfettered. When you connect to your true-self, void of ego, you find true empowerment – authentic fulfillment. The idea is simple… Be mindful when you feel insecure…. It is a road sign in life to change direction… Do something different that challenges you to leave your shell and break the chains of insecurity.

But how do we get to this level of space and clarity? By pushing yourself – By walking up hill instead of down hill. You will know you are shifting your thoughts and actions in the right direction when you feel naked and insecure to those around you. That is your ego intervening – saying you are not good enough in the eyes of others. Again…. This insecurity you feel is not who you are – only a distorted reflection. A good rule of thumb in life is this – if you feel insecure or if making a positive change in your life seems abrasive or difficult; If there is internal insecurities that arise from within, then you are challenging your ego. This is good! Once you fulfill a seemingly uncomfortable task like publishing your writing or art, breaking up from a toxic relationship or quitting that dead-end job to pursue college – whatever your advancement, if it is a little abrasive or difficult, odds are that means you are on the right path. Be mindful of this and create the space inward and outward to make small but positive changes away from insecurity and into the warm bathing light of self-confidence.

John C. Bader

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The Universe gave birth to all known elements that exist here on Earth. A simple chemical circumstance; born from basic elements like hydrogen and carbon, led to the origins of life on Earth. The right mixture of compounds, light, temperature and natural electricity (lightning) is all that is needed to create the building blocks for cellular structure. These early compounds were the ancestors of DNA. Gravity brought various molecules together to form the first cells which then became more complex elementary compounds. It took hundreds of millions of years for the first tiny plant like organisms to sprout, giving off oxygen. We as humans are a thread that connects back to the first cells that inhabited Earth billions of years ago. Humans are a survivor of adaption and evolution.  It has not been a perfect process. Still, 14 billion years of cosmic evolution can breed many possibilities; especially when there are basic life building elements like water, carbon, oxygen and light available for the Responsive Universe to dabble with.

 

 “We are the product of 4.5 billion years of fortuitous, slow

biological evolution. There is no reason to think that the

evolutionary process has stopped.”

–  Carl Sagan

Humans continue to evolve today. Over the course of the next few thousand years there will be shifts in our development both biologically and socially. Will adaptation and natural selection weed out the weak and unnecessary? I thought long and hard about this philosophical quandary and at first my heart settled on the notion that people who are connected to the sublime energy that is our surroundings and the Universe; people with mindfulness, compassion and a giving nature would evolve to the next level in our human story – leaving behind those that live through greed, fear and ego to eventually wither away. One facet of evolution is how animals tend to breed with other animals that appear strong, attractive and healthy. In humanistic terms, when I think of strengths I think of people living through their True Nature and not their ego. My idea of strength is fighting for what is right, helping others, gaining wisdom and offering love and compassion to those in need. Strength is fighting our compulsions and addictions and not being a slave to our control patterns. Logic would serve that people who are searching for self-actualization would be more likely to carry on their genes generations later; mainly due to the energy and vibration they may surround themselves with. Yet, who continues to hold on to the power?  War Lords and dictators, religions based on blind faith and greedy corporations that control our food and money. It is kind of fucked up….

All we have is history to look back on. For hundreds of thousands of years man has evolved leaving behind the Stone Age to be greeted by the Modern Age. Still under the social static of dogma and progression is this human instinct to dominant – For thousands of years there has been war as stronger tribes or nations weed out the weak manipulating and raping resources along the way. What does this mean for our evolution? What does this mean for our social evolution? What does this mean for our species?  I got to be honest and say that my gut tells me our evolution is a path to human extinction. With climate change, war, global starvation and water and natural resources being plundered, the future does not look positive. Granted it will take another 1000 years to destroy ourselves but we are off to a good start – especially the last century.

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For hundreds if not thousands of years, there have been philosophers, light workers and philanthropists that humbly give and do not selfishly take – yet this is a minority that though noble, is not something that has evolved into our commonplace society. Why? Our world has always been ruled by a powerful few that controls the masses. I know in my heart and soul that giving, compassion and love is the true path of our evolutionary existence, but will this path lead to a holistic utopia or will greed and gluttony send us on a path of extinction?

In many ways evolution (especially social evolution) is a personal choice. We all have choices to make on even the most personal levels: Eating right and exercising; meditation and expanding our minds – connecting to nature and the sublime energies that created the Universe. These acts of progression lead to a more self-actualized future. It is our obligation to teach our children the same virtues. If an environment fosters the capacity for change, then adaptions will foster the evolution of species. As environments change, so do the creatures that inhabit it. Change is relative and if the right surroundings are present, then anything can happen. The birth of humans and our conscious thought is proof of that…

So, as we continue on with our human experience we are faced with two veering paths. One is a path of mediocrity, wrought with conflict and suffering – the path of ego. And then there is the difficult path up hill that leads to wisdom, compassion, space, clarity and responsiveness. It is a path that leads to self-actualization… It is not the easier path, but when we listen to our inner voice and not the ego that many times unknowingly governs existence, there is another world to be discovered – a Responsive Universe….

…and so I trudge forward on my own path of human, social and spiritual evolution….

John C. Bader

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fourthgodI personally feel today’s contemporary view on God and religion is this prepackaged vision of an incomplete revelation of totality. It’s like an antenna reaching up to the heavens above but only broadcasting one of many signals in the broad spectrum of the Universe (kind of like Fox  News).  Each of the planets many religions are unique to its own region and cultural evolution and yes each is very similar in its merits and basic message.  But what is this seemingly universal view of God as a Supreme Being?  On the outside, looking in I see distinct shades of inequality, a disconnect from self, increased fear and learned dogma when we do not see ourselves as equal to God. Buddhism leaves open the prospect of equality across man and spirituality – probably why Buddhist philosophy resonates so well with me.  So in my own spiritual pursuits, I have never been a big proponent of a Supreme Being. When I dig down deep within my gut, my intuition tells of a different story. It is the story of a vast and even infinite Universe of light, vibration and energy. The Cosmos is everything and broken down to the most common denominator, that is really the definition of God isn’t it? …..EVERYTHNG.  When we look at the word EVERYTHING we need to consider ourselves as part of this equation. You can look at the Universe and marvel at its impressiveness and power. Like the concept of God the Universe is infinite, creates life and is a place where anything is possible. We can see the Universe as this massive entity separate from humanity and consciousness or we can see the Universe and us as one – simply a product of each other. Humans considered separate from the Cosmos seem small, inferior and lacking but when we see ourselves as an integral and intrinsic part of the Universe it opens the door to a whole new understanding of self. Instead of relying on blind faith or others for salvation, the chalice of enlightenment exists within.  When we see ourselves as products of the Universe and the Universe as products of us we find new empowerment, fear dissolves and there is this feeling within that yes, anything is possible. This is an unsettling notion to religious leaders. To find God outside the Church or outside a specific religion would change the entire global social-political/spiritual model. The same people would not be in power after such a shift in perspective. Would there be less war? Would we unite more and join forces to abolish slavery, famine an inequality?

What is God?

God is a boundless orb, an infinite sphere; a Universe whose presence is felt by the mind and the senses. God’s infinite sphere has a center that is everywhere and a circumference that is boundless. God is an indescribable celestial consciousness that guides and directs all life in form and non-form. With this in mind, we know logically that books and rules cannot truly govern our faith. The Dalai Lama summed it up elegantly, “There are billions of people on this Earth, each with their own individual, spiritual needs. It seems we need billions of religions too.”

I personally do not need religion; only my own True Nature….

Further Reading: God as it relates to the Responsive Universe

 

John C. Bader

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2truenature022514Our goal as intrinsic, instinctual beings is to awaken to our full potential spiritually and also socially within our respective environments. Our heart beat and thoughts marry us to this boundless Universe that surrounds us at the sub atomic level. It is from the Cosmos that our energy arises and returns. Quantum Physics is now beginning to shed light on this dynamism of conscious energy that binds our source of existence to the sublime. Our burden as social creatures is to share this wisdom, love and compassion with others. The evolutionary goal as humans is to awaken and connect to our True Nature; shifting our energy and focus away from ego and false-self to a more authentic and empowered existence.

An awakening is the next step in spiritual and social evolution. To see the world for its beauty and gifts; that humans are connected as one and not divided by our petty beliefs. An awakening transcends dogma and ego – non duality its common denominator. Words may not be able to describe such feelings of love and wisdom but deep within our heart and mind we can feel its space, clarity and responsiveness.

Do you want to awaken to your full potential? Everything you need to awaken is already within. The art in life is creating actions that shift the pendulum of experience to betterment.

Here are some great ideas for evoking that awakening within:

There is no better path to betterment than through yoga and meditation. This connection to body, mind and breath fosters stillness; sans of ego. There between the thoughts of past and future; fear and fantasy is your inner wisdom shimmering like a sea of diamonds. Yoga and meditation will create an environment for insight to arise – take heed to this energy and inner-wisdom and even in times of conflict and challenge an illuminated path will reveal itself.

Diet and Exercise is also an important step forward. This may sound like too simple of a remedy but there is a spiritual and social side to general wellness. Our bodies will respond positively to good, clean food and routine exercise.  We need these two healthy attributes to evolve. The burden is to be conscious of food sources, read labels and help educate others in their path to wellness. When you treat your body like a temple with good food and exercise you are creating inner credibility and also setting a good example for friends and family.

Born from diet and exercise; born from regular yoga and or meditative practice bears this mindfulness that transcends ego and the static of the world. The next step is to center yourself within this new sustainable realm – merge the heart and mind as one from which only love, compassion and wisdom emanates. The more centered you are the less fear, anxiety, addiction and stress will dictate your life. From a centered being arises intent and confidence. Yearn to awaken to your fullest potential. Push yourself and be mindful!

If your goal is to awaken then let your thoughts and actions be your guide to self-actualization. Let your actions reflect your karma and credibility so that when you cross the threshold of energy changing form your legacy or signature is that of omnipresent illumination.

John C. Bader

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space012514Within our vast, boundless mind is a tremendous amount of empty space. Space for recollections, tasks, dreams and involuntary motor functions. Our everyday thought processes rent just a small percentage of this available space. Within this space is facilities like the ego which harbors our fears and anxiety; visions of the future and memories of the past. Surprisingly, this makes up much of our thought trails on a daily basis. As humans born and continually inundated in western culture, we tend to unknowingly attach our identity to this ego which tends to drive most of our thought processes. Through societal conditioning our identity becomes defined by our most intimate uncertainties, challenges and struggles. We are stamped out of a mold, labeled and categorized. We are closed off and claustrophobic. Yet, we forget that our being; our existence is also defined by that vast, boundless space within. In order for the ego to even exist it needs that space within the mind to latch on to. We forget that we in fact this vast and boundless space that allows the ego to even exist. When you realize that you are bigger than your life’s most uncompromising challenges and conflicts, you realize we are a part of something bigger – conscious, instinctual energy occupying space; illuminated by celestial wisdom and energy.

Space is the quality of openness in our minds. Physically, the brain seems small, but the mind appears to be so vast.  Take the stars we see at night as an example: The bright twinkling stars we gaze upon at night are actually neighborhood stars and are just a handful of the billions of stars within our Milky Way Galaxy. Then there are billions of other galaxies within the Universe – each with billions of stars to their own; stretching across infinite reaches. The Cosmos is vast, maybe infinite. Much like the Cosmos, our mind is also vast and seemingly infinite. The idea that we can visualize and conjure up such vast numbers and distances within our mind adds to the wonderment. Look at the dream world where anything is possible and yet an undeniable facet of our mind.  In fact, once you connect to your True Nature, there is a feeling that the mind and the Universe are related; perhaps symbiotic; simply different windows to the same vista. The immensity of the Universe boggles the mind, and the spacious nature of the human brain amazes and mystifies us as well. While you can measure a human brain for size and depth, when you think of the mind and all its processes and capabilities, the brain seems to defy dimensions and appears infinite.

The goal is to take this space that already exists within the mind and allow it to permeate your daily life. During meditation, visualize this space within. Through mindfulness, try to settle into this space. During challenges and conflict, make space within your mind so that you do not react blindly and create bad karma. When anxiety and fear take hold, make space for such temporary things and remember that you are the space that allows the ego and negative feelings to even operate. You are so much more: Vast, boundless and intrinsic to the Universe.

“Breathe in Positive Energy… Breathe out Boundless Space….”

Feel this space as you exhale. Imagine yourself surrounded by boundless space. Look up into the night sky and marvel at all the boundless, infinite space. Look inward…. Does the mind have a fixed border? Can you pinpoint the boundary of the mind? The mind is boundless!  Be this space… Settle your being into this space that exists inward and outward. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly….

“Breathe in Positive Energy… Breathe out Boundless Space….”

John C. Bader

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mantraofthemonthIn this new 2014 blog series titled, Mantra of the Month, we will be focusing on our first meditative incantation. A “mantra” is a word or group of words designed to evoke a mindful response. This word or phrase is meant to act as a trigger to help focus on a specific topic or thought. Born from ancient Hindu Vedic literature and common in Buddhist circles our Mantra of the Month is:

“Breathe in Positive Energy, Breathe out Negativity….”

Remember, in a Responsive Universe what we think we can create if we exhibit the right confidence and intent. As a meditative exercise, take a couple of moments out of your busy day and focus on this mantra. But first, what is positive energy? Well, it is everything tangible and intangible that surrounds us and constitutes us… At the most basic sub atomic and cellular level, humans are made up of atoms and molecules composed of energy. Quantum energy is the basis for all matter both seen and unseen. In a Universe of light, energy and vibration, humans are connected to this dynamism that links instinctual wisdom and consciousness; a common dominator for human existence. Through meditation and mindfulness we can imagine and visualize this energy passing through or entering our body – its basis is pure, unadulterated and indestructible. It is the opposite of ego and all that is negative within our lives. As social creatures we are constantly inundated with negative energy in the form of fear, jealousy, anger and false-confidence – some more so than others. The key is to center our energy and connect more with that True Nature within.

For a helpful exercise, pause for a moment and breathe in deeply 5 to 7 times. First, take a deep breath and feel your chest inflate with oxygen. Hold this breath for a couple of moments and then exhale, expelling all that is negative from your body and aura. Simply, visualize negativity, disease and addiction leaving your body with the out breath. Repeat this exercise several times.

Breathe in positive energy and breathe out negativity….

Breathe in all that is positive: Energy, light, love and wisdom… Hold your breath and then slowly exhale allowing all that is negative to leave your body: Negative thoughts, feelings of anxiety, or bad experiences; let anything negative leave your body on exhalation allowing only your True Nature to remain; steadfast and unshaken. Think of negativity as clouds obscuring the sun. As you slowly breathe in and out imagine the sun breaking through these clouds casting warm, healing illumination down on top of you. Do this several times and be mindful of this shift in energy. How do you feel now? Centered? Lighter?

Try this several times a day and notice the difference. Do you feel more relaxed, positive, inspired or revitalized?  Use this exercise when you are feeling a little rushed, stressed or overwhelmed… This is a great exercise right before a sit down meditation session!

“Breathe in Positive Energy, Breathe out Negativity….”

 

John C. Bader

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Happy New Years to all of you reading this…

For those of you that are returning visitors to the Responsive Universe – I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate your energy, time and consideration. It means a lot to me!

For those of you new to the Responsive Universe – Welcome!

2014 is going to be an exciting year as there is change in the air. Change is good as it is intrinsic to our being. The more adaptable we are to change the more we will evolve and advance in this grand and amazing Responsive Universe.

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I am excited to announce the soon to be published Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas: To be edited, published and released by Wisdom Moon Publishing in 2014. This new version of the RU will be bigger, better and more in tune with our ongoing journey to self-discovery and illumination. More details to come!

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On the Responsive Universe Blog get ready for my new blog series titled: The Mantra of the Month.  I am also excited to exhibit the wisdom and energy of several select guest bloggers and writers throughout the New Year. Our “Guest Blog” focus in 2014 will be on Meditation and Mindfulness. I look forward to all the new and inspiring contributions!

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On my official Twitter page we will be continuing with the popular Blog Share Friday which includes like-minded content including healthy recipes, travel, and literary wisdom from fellow bloggers. I am so reverent for the 41,500 followers on Twitter – thanks so much!

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Join me on Face book for updates and inspirational shares as we all disembark on this much-anticipated journey in 2014.

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Again, with much appreciation, energy and reverence,

I thank all my followers, friends and fellow writers. Best of luck in 2014!

Sincerely,

John C. Bader

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2014 rocks!

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I will keep this short because some of you probably need to get back to wrapping presents…

So what does Christmas mean to a Buddhist… Hmmm… maybe I should rephrase that: What does Christmas mean to me; a guy raised in a Christian household but his suffering and wisdom understood with more clarity and insight through eastern philosophy.  I meditate daily, watch my Karma and really see no internal or external connection to western based religious dogma. I am not a proponent of organized faith but Buddhism speaks to me…

From an American perspective, what is this thing we call Christmas? We see advertising for it in October.  Some want the Christ back in Christmas! I guess I don’t blame them… Most of the big retail corporations only what your money in their coffers… You have got Santa competing against Jesus and Target competing against Walmart. It is a stressful time of year and I think a lot of us caught in the cross fire are thankful when it is all over.

…still, you know what? I love Christmas!

I love the twinkling little lights, the decorations and yes, the food! I love how everyone is in a good mood and people give like no other season. The energy is alive and flowing during Christmas and there is something special about that moment when the dawn illuminates freshly fallen snow and the unmistakable glisten of excitement we see in the eyes of our children. For a moment it seems like everything is perfect in the world. I even like Christmas songs.. even the religious ones like “Silent Night” 🙂

Do I thank Jesus for that feeling?

Yes, we celebrate Christmas. We strings lights, hang holly and buy our friends and family gifts. Still, Christmas for me is not about religious dogma. It is about winter solstice, light, energy and love. Winter is part of the celebration of the Mandala of life. In autumn we see the trees turn as fall takes the hand of summer. Then it is winter that casts its cold gaze over our world. Yet, there is faith that spring will come. Yes, for me, Christmas and New Years is a time to celebrate our lives, be reverent,  to give and center ourselves in the energy of illumination, love and wisdom. A celebration of the past, present and yes… the future!

My Birthday is the day after so do not get mad if I say Happy Holidays to you all!

Ah, hell with it…. Merry Christmas!

John C. Bader

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gratitudeGratitude: The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful (dictionary.com)

Seems like a simple definition; yet, there is a lot to be said about gratitude. Much of the wellness and happiness in my life can be attributed to gratitude. Trust me, it will always be an evolving practice but the results are fascinating and very empowering.  In fact, I think the quality of gratitude (in many facets) is really the key to self-discovery. From gratitude comes compassion for yourself and others; from gratitude wells credibility, positive energy and karma – these are the bridges to wellness and happiness!

Over the last 10 years I have been slowly taking power away from my ego and false-self through continued mindfulness.  It has been a gauged process with many triumphs and setbacks along the way.  I am speaking for myself here, but I think we all tend to learn the hard way when it comes to life lessons. This road to self-discovery is long and challenging; and knowing this, we also should understand that life is not perfect and either are you and I; ….and trust me; I am okay with that notion…. Still, through the pitfalls and successes, a measurable quality of passive narcissism and shallow self-confidence has been disappearing from my actions and reactions.  Again, it took time, but I am far more mindful and aware than I was a decade ago. Proof tends to be in the experience. As an example, the materialistic things that pleased me years ago no longer govern my happiness and wellness today. I am more reverent for what I have and not what I don’t have. This change in personal philosophy is a defining benchmark in my life as I continue to walk toward the light.

We all gain our energy from inward and outward qualities. Energy is gained by how we interact with others in society and our environment. This energy can be positive or negative depending on its source and our most basic perceived and conditioned needs. When we react through ego (many times unknowingly), we care what other people think and base our self-esteem on elements in life that are not fixed or permanent (like money, objects and effluent friends). The common result is suffering. Yet, when we exhibit all facets of gratitude in our lives, there is only room for true authentic energy and dynamism to spring forth. Every act of gratitude is projected out into this Responsive Universe; only to return as positive energy and karma. Every act of gratitude pushes the ego and its influences farther away from intention – the result is genuine, clear concise actions in life that allow us to live under the warm and healing illumination of self-discovery.

I get comments from time to time on twitter and Facebook stating things like: “it is not as easy as it sounds”. Yeah, I get that… but nothing good in life is easy. The road to self-discovery is an uphill path that requires continued mindfulness. Even in my journey, I slip and fall on occasion… that is life…

…but a life full of gratitude is a life rich with promise with a destiny more in the hand of optimism and less in the shadow of ego and false-self.

John C. Bader

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