“It’s simple: free your mind and your ass will follow.” – Junior, from the movie Platoon.
Yesterday I spent some time mapping out my purpose and specifically addressing how the Zen Motivation blog fits in with what I want to achieve. That got me thinking about Simon Sinek’s Start With Why presentation he did for TED. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out.
Ok so why Zen Motivation (besides it being a cool name)?
I believe as Socrates believed that the unexamined life is not worth living and that while we draw breath, we have a duty of care to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.
This fits in with something I picked up from Nietzsche called the Eternal Return which is basically this:
that there is infinite time and a finite number of events, and eventually the events will recur again and again infinitely. Consider the world as a super-complex chess game. If games of chess are played one after another forever, eventually a game will be repeated since there is only a finite number of possible games. It is the same with the world; eventually events will recur in the same order. The world is an eternal process of coming to be and passing away. The process, however, has no beginning or end. Eventually every combination of matter and energy will be realised and repeated an infinite number of times.
In Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, he breaks it down like this:
What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence — even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!” Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: “You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine”? If this thought gained possession of you, it would change you as you are, or perhaps crush you.
Mind blowing I know. That’s why I believe we must strive to become the best version of ourselves every day.
This also ties in with my stoic belief that true happiness, personal effectiveness, and tranquility can only be found through the focus and application of mastering our minds, which is the one thing in this world that is truly ours.
Skipping ahead to what I want to do with Zen Motivation and that is to guide and mentor people on how to develop strength of mind and strength of body – or as we used to say in old Army lingo – build character.
There’s so much competition for our minds today, and most of us sleep walk through life letting outside influences control and rule our minds. We embrace the consensus trance as reality. For want of a smartphone (or substitute smartphone for any other thing that exists outside of your mind), we’ve surrendered the greatest instrument we’ll ever own.
I am here to say WAKE UP and free your mind, and I want to help you to do that even as I struggle daily to stay awake and keep my own mind free. My sincere wish is that we help each other stay vigilante and stay awake.
Yesterday, I talked about the Warrior’s Path and that I use the term warrior not because I am a warmonger or seeker of conflict, but because I am a peaceful warrior orientated on the internal struggles – the struggles against self-importance, against binding habits, and against the state of sleep most of us take for waking. These struggles take place on the true battleground which is our minds.
Let me wind all this up by sharing my grand vision with you which is to create an oasis where people can come and learn how to be a better human being through the practical application of positive psychology, practical philosophy, and fitness through strength.
I hope that you will be a part of this journey with me.
Become the best version of yourself,
Excellence in all things.
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