Bullying – something that happens far too often to us (or by us) as we grow up. When we’re young we almost don’t realize the impacts of it. We don’t put two and two together, or have the knowledge and understanding to realize that something we say to someone today could affect them forever.
The lasting effects of bullying aren’t the result of being weak or unable to move beyond the names we are called, but can rather be attributed to the fact that often we don’t have the tools or the know-how to pick ourselves up after we have fallen. After all, our society does not see a profit in that kind of personal strength, and so attention to such skills and tools fall behind the lines and numbers that train us to become cogs in a machine. We’re then left to figure it out for ourselves, if we have the time, wisdom, or support around us to make it happen.
I can recall times when I was young where I was involved in name calling, I can also remember times of rejection, where everything in my world turned upside down as the people around me suddenly gave me the cold shoulder, all because I didn’t choose to fit in with what they did. Both hurt.
Fast forward to today, and running Collective Evolution brings all of its own challenges. It’s the INTERNET! The magical place where you can share amazing and empowering information but also have people hate you for doing so even though they don’t know you. Where people have the freedom to talk crap and make up so much about you without knowing even a little bit about who you really are. Over the past 5 years I’ve heard it all. Anything from evil hidden agendas to being a crazy extremist simply because I feel we’re capable of doing more than we do now.
Just recently I went through a couple days of feeling down simply because I slipped up for a short period. I let the names, the attacks, the accusations – all completely misguided – get to me. I ignored the 90% of people who say amazing things, who love what I share and offer words of encouragement. Instead, my focus shifted and those 10% became really loud. As a person who does what he does because he loves other people, wants the best for the world, and is kind and honest with everyone, I couldn’t believe the misguided perceptions some people had of me.
But that’s only because for those moments I forgot it was the internet. I forgot that these people don’t actually know me. I forgot that most of the time poeple lash out because of their own unconsciousness and their own pain. It’s not about me, it’s not about what I say, it’s about how they feel within themselves.
Don’t Take Things Personally!
For the reasons stated above it’s important to not take things personally. Ask yourself; what is it about what someone said that makes you feel sad? Do you believe it about yourself? Do you think they are right? Why is it that we are affected so much? Reflecting of this can often help us learn more about ourselves also.
We live in a world where learning to navigate your emotions and how you feel is not important. We live in a world where being depressed and taking medication for it is more common than people being happy. The video below shares a powerful message. It just so happened to fall into my lap two days ago, when I was feeling down and out by what others have said.
Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It
- The Facts:
Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.
- Reflect On:
How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?
I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.
When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.
In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.
This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!
Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee
You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.
In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.
There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!
Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.
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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)
Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.
Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though the ancients felt the same way.
Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.
Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.
Here’s A Little History
In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.
Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.
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