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Mind Exposure 2-21-2016

In life there are many ups and downs, sometimes you may even hit rock bottom and lose all that you had worked so hard to get. It not so much the material possessions themselves but the security you once had that is the greatest loss in such situations. The loss of a place to lay your head down at night and place that you can be at home. Being without a home is not an easy thing at all, though a home is not four walls and a roof either. I myself had experienced living on the streets for a short time, I ate in a soup kitchen or two as well. I was amazed to see how many people did live in the woods and alleyways, I was also astonished by their sense of community within their groups. Tell you, I would not suggest living on the streets for anyone, but it is a humbling and mind sobering experience.

To this day, I truly believe my experiences with being homeless was something that God wanted me to experience, having multiple perspective views on life is a great gift. During this period of time I was homeless I had met some really great people whom just either got dealt a bad hand in life or made one bad choice in their life. Though I doubt any of them will ever see this post I want to say thanks to all of them that helped me during that period for without them  i am not sure if i could have survived during that period of my life.

Well I guess what I am getting at is home isn’t a house, possessions don’t make one happy and the fellowship I found during that period was the  thing that helped me through it all.  Friendship, companionship and family are the greatest treasures we have as humans. Be that the companionship is found with another human or with a furry companion such as a dog or cat.

Any material possession can be replaced but a true friend, companion and family member can not. They are once in a lifetime gifts we receive and because they are we should cherish them greatly.

 

 

Mind Exposure 2-21-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2-21-2016

In life there are many ups and downs, sometimes you may even hit rock bottom and lose all that you had worked so hard to get. It not so much the material possessions themselves but the security you once had that is the greatest loss in such situations. The loss of a place to lay your head down at night and place that you can be at home. Being without a home is not an easy thing at all, though a home is not four walls and a roof either. I myself had experienced living on the streets for a short time, I ate in a soup kitchen or two as well. I was amazed to see how many people did live in the woods and alleyways, I was also astonished by their sense of community within their groups. Tell you, I would not suggest living on the streets for anyone, but it is a humbling and mind sobering experience.

To this day, I truly believe my experiences with being homeless was something that God wanted me to experience, having multiple perspective views on life is a great gift. During this period of time I was homeless I had met some really great people whom just either got dealt a bad hand in life or made one bad choice in their life. Though I doubt any of them will ever see this post I want to say thanks to all of them that helped me during that period for without them  i am not sure if i could have survived during that period of my life.

Well I guess what I am getting at is home isn’t a house, possessions don’t make one happy and the fellowship I found during that period was the  thing that helped me through it all.  Friendship, companionship and family are the greatest treasures we have as humans. Be that the companionship is found with another human or with a furry companion such as a dog or cat.

Any material possession can be replaced but a true friend, companion and family member can not. They are once in a lifetime gifts we receive and because they are we should cherish them greatly.

 

 

Mind Exposure 2-21-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2-21-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2-20-2016

In modern society one can easily lose touch with who they are, lose their true identity. With the overwhelming amounts of information, social customs, common core beliefs and experiences going on around a person its hard to hold on to what is truly yourself. Most of us never give our minds a rest from the hectic modern world, our minds become overwhelmed and even somewhat impaired from lack of rest.

Simple things such as camping, hiking and yes even taking a long scenic drive can help relax the mind so can meditation and even listening to some relaxing music. It basically boils down to what they call some ME time, time for you to be alone and let go of the stress of modern society and life. Time to be just yourself and enjoy the simple fact of being alive itself.

Find you the time and find you that special place where you can just sit and relax. Even if it is just on the front porch watching the birds in the trees or feeling the soothing breeze. Its your life, your world to embrace  and  you have the right to be happy within it.

Mind Exposure 2-20-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2-20-2016

In modern society one can easily lose touch with who they are, lose their true identity. With the overwhelming amounts of information, social customs, common core beliefs and experiences going on around a person its hard to hold on to what is truly yourself. Most of us never give our minds a rest from the hectic modern world, our minds become overwhelmed and even somewhat impaired from lack of rest.

Simple things such as camping, hiking and yes even taking a long scenic drive can help relax the mind so can meditation and even listening to some relaxing music. It basically boils down to what they call some ME time, time for you to be alone and let go of the stress of modern society and life. Time to be just yourself and enjoy the simple fact of being alive itself.

Find you the time and find you that special place where you can just sit and relax. Even if it is just on the front porch watching the birds in the trees or feeling the soothing breeze. Its your life, your world to embrace  and  you have the right to be happy within it.

Mind Exposure 2-20-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2-20-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2/11/16

Love, something that everyone seeks and each of us has within ourselves to give. Love is one of those things you must give in order to truly receive and appreciate. Love can not be limited only to those we know or just our family. Love must be unconditionally given and received or it is not love in its truest form. Many religions and philosophies point to the value of love and its necessity in our world. Selfishness, fear and hate seem to be more common place in humanity. Love and compassion are looked down on as if they are properties of the weak and/or meek.

We have a choice to make in our lives, we either can be compassionate, forgiving and loving beings or we can follow the path of greed, anger and fear. One brings you the riches of this world, which is temporary and that can be taken from you by another. The other offers the riches of the heart, which can not be stolen but can be shared freely. Do not get me wrong, we all want nice things and we should have what we need. But to put material possessions above the well-being and happiness of others is selfish.

Love starts within yourself, you must learn to love yourself and others unconditionally and be open to accept the love of others. Get over and let go of this worlds labels that separate us all, for no man nor woman is greater or lesser than another. If we be different in beliefs, sex, nationality or color it is unimportant. We all come into this world the same way and in the end we leave it through the same avenue. We all have hopes, dreams and we also all experience fear, anger and disappointment. The only thing that divides us is the belief we are different. Sure we are diverse in beliefs and looks but the core of each person is the same. We are alive, we are human and we all are in this life together.

Alone one person can make changes in the world, but collectively there is very little that humanity can not achieve and/or overcome. Until we learn to put aside our differences of opinion and beliefs and learn to accept unconditionally those differences we will remain being our own worst enemies.

Mind Exposure 2/11/16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2/11/16

Love, something that everyone seeks and each of us has within ourselves to give. Love is one of those things you must give in order to truly receive and appreciate. Love can not be limited only to those we know or just our family. Love must be unconditionally given and received or it is not love in its truest form. Many religions and philosophies point to the value of love and its necessity in our world. Selfishness, fear and hate seem to be more common place in humanity. Love and compassion are looked down on as if they are properties of the weak and/or meek.

We have a choice to make in our lives, we either can be compassionate, forgiving and loving beings or we can follow the path of greed, anger and fear. One brings you the riches of this world, which is temporary and that can be taken from you by another. The other offers the riches of the heart, which can not be stolen but can be shared freely. Do not get me wrong, we all want nice things and we should have what we need. But to put material possessions above the well-being and happiness of others is selfish.

Love starts within yourself, you must learn to love yourself and others unconditionally and be open to accept the love of others. Get over and let go of this worlds labels that separate us all, for no man nor woman is greater or lesser than another. If we be different in beliefs, sex, nationality or color it is unimportant. We all come into this world the same way and in the end we leave it through the same avenue. We all have hopes, dreams and we also all experience fear, anger and disappointment. The only thing that divides us is the belief we are different. Sure we are diverse in beliefs and looks but the core of each person is the same. We are alive, we are human and we all are in this life together.

Alone one person can make changes in the world, but collectively there is very little that humanity can not achieve and/or overcome. Until we learn to put aside our differences of opinion and beliefs and learn to accept unconditionally those differences we will remain being our own worst enemies.

Mind Exposure 2/11/16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 2/11/16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 1-17-16

100_00631In life there will always be conflicts of interest, differences of opinion and clashes of cultural ideologies. To put it bluntly, we will always have to deal with the fact we all think and feel differently than one another. The key is to embrace the fact we are different, enjoy the diversity within the human race. If we all had similar thoughts and carbon copy emotions , then this would be a very boring robotic life.

It’s best to avoid conflict by being understanding of the differences between us, but sometimes I is unavoidable. When you unable to avoid the conflict, you should always remain respectful and embrace the differences between you and your adversary. No reason to take anything personal, even if it is directed at you personally. If you take everything personally, you only give the other person power over your emotions and you diminish your ability to reason. It best to take what is aimed at you objectively, keep your emotions and your ego out of the equation. Emotions will come in to play later after you have had plenty of time to process the conflict in whole.

Be positive, be yourself without regret, fear of rejection and expectation of acceptance. The only reward one should seek is the satisfaction of being true to yourself and to your nature. Plus by being true to who you are, you can see yourself more clearly. The more you accept the good and bad within who you are, the easier it is to improve the amazing and complex person you have become.

 

Ray Barbier

 

Mind Exposure 1-17-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 1-17-16

100_00631In life there will always be conflicts of interest, differences of opinion and clashes of cultural ideologies. To put it bluntly, we will always have to deal with the fact we all think and feel differently than one another. The key is to embrace the fact we are different, enjoy the diversity within the human race. If we all had similar thoughts and carbon copy emotions , then this would be a very boring robotic life.

It’s best to avoid conflict by being understanding of the differences between us, but sometimes I is unavoidable. When you unable to avoid the conflict, you should always remain respectful and embrace the differences between you and your adversary. No reason to take anything personal, even if it is directed at you personally. If you take everything personally, you only give the other person power over your emotions and you diminish your ability to reason. It best to take what is aimed at you objectively, keep your emotions and your ego out of the equation. Emotions will come in to play later after you have had plenty of time to process the conflict in whole.

Be positive, be yourself without regret, fear of rejection and expectation of acceptance. The only reward one should seek is the satisfaction of being true to yourself and to your nature. Plus by being true to who you are, you can see yourself more clearly. The more you accept the good and bad within who you are, the easier it is to improve the amazing and complex person you have become.

 

Ray Barbier

 

Mind Exposure 1-17-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 1-17-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015

mp900427741Serving Humanity, Something most of us rarely think about or we leave it others to do. Doing such things as feeding, clothing and help find housing for the needy or just showing kindness and hospitality towards strangers, visitors and others in general are all part of the territory of helping / serving fellow human beings. Why stop at humans, stray, abandoned and abuse animals also need compassion and food. A heart that is compassionate towards all life is a healthy heart. To put aside our own egos and our nature to be self-serving and to embrace a compassionate and humble mentality is quite honorable. It’s easy to be like the majority and worry only about oneself and those whom one loves and knows. It may a bit hard to be humble and dedicated to serve others, but the rewards are great. The satisfaction of helping others is just one benefit, the other benefit includes the friendships that will e forged in the process along with the creation of better self character. You will become more positive through doing positive and compassionate works. Though it is said one can not get into heaven on good works alone, that implies good works are one of the requirements one needs to enter. Good works are a reflection of ones heart and spirit, this is what makes the works truly good.

 

This Post Made me think of Matthew Vs 34-40

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was  hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee  hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 34 -40

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015

mp900427741Serving Humanity, Something most of us rarely think about or we leave it others to do. Doing such things as feeding, clothing and help find housing for the needy or just showing kindness and hospitality towards strangers, visitors and others in general are all part of the territory of helping / serving fellow human beings. Why stop at humans, stray, abandoned and abuse animals also need compassion and food. A heart that is compassionate towards all life is a healthy heart. To put aside our own egos and our nature to be self-serving and to embrace a compassionate and humble mentality is quite honorable. It’s easy to be like the majority and worry only about oneself and those whom one loves and knows. It may a bit hard to be humble and dedicated to serve others, but the rewards are great. The satisfaction of helping others is just one benefit, the other benefit includes the friendships that will e forged in the process along with the creation of better self character. You will become more positive through doing positive and compassionate works. Though it is said one can not get into heaven on good works alone, that implies good works are one of the requirements one needs to enter. Good works are a reflection of ones heart and spirit, this is what makes the works truly good.

 

This Post Made me think of Matthew Vs 34-40

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was  hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee  hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 34 -40

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015 was originally published on Mind Exposure

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015 was originally published on Mind Exposure