There are no boundaries to your imagination

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Every single experience of what has happened to you took place within your own mind as reflections and interpretations of sensory information that have reached you from the external world around you. While this flow of sensory information is partly beyond your control, you still have a choice of what you expose yourself to. Reading books, meeting new people, experiencing nature are all within the range of your possibilities, and are all bringing you new sensory information, and thus novel experiences.

But your opportunities don’t stop there….

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What you remember – or don’t remember

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We would like to think that our different memories are quite accurate, but in fact, the memory is extremely unreliable. When we pick up a memory, we can not just “put it back” from where we retrieved it as it once was, but instead it has to be re-stored. In that process, it is not saved in the same state as it used to be, but is being distorted by our current mood, but also according to our wishes and expectations.

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Meditation – a Swiss army knife for the mind

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What is the most versatile tool you could think of? You may say a Swiss Army Knife, which in one package provides you with a knife, a saw blade, a pair of scissors, a bottle opener, a screwdriver and several other appliances.

There is a similar multi-purpose tool for the mind and that is meditation.

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Accepting things the way they are

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There is an old Taoist story about a farmer and his horse that is likely well over 2000 years old. The story teaches us to accept things the way we are.

One day the farmer’s only horse ran away. His neighbours immediately came over to commiserate, “We are so sorry about the loss of your only horse”. But the farmer just said: “Who knows what’s good or bad. We’ll see.

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Thoughts from a death bed

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A week ago, my father passed away at the age of 93. I was at his side the last three days of his life, and as he was drifting in and out of coma, I had many opportunities to reflect on life and death – thoughts that have been with me also this chaotic first week after his death. This blog post is not so much about him, although much could be said of the long and mostly happy life he led, but sharing some more general and universal thoughts that have gone through my mind.

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Befriend your breathing

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Your life started with an inhalation and it will end with an exhalation. If you are leading an average life you may take some 750 000 000 breaths in between. Your breath is always there, regardless if you are paying attention to it or not. In fact, your breath is the only constant thing in your life, which you can both observe and (within limits) steer with your will. Yet, most people never pay any attention to their breathing, except when being short of breath during physical exercise.

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The importance of being proactive

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A book that over the years have inspired me a lot is Stephen Covey’s The 7 habits of highly effective people. The first of Covey’s habits, on which all the six other rest is being proactive. Being proactive means taking full command of your life according to your own abilities.

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