Neat Self-Improvement Trick

Neat Self-Improvement Trick
March 18, 2016 Admin

This is a quick post detailing one of the neatest self-improvement tricks I have stumbled upon in the last year.

It sounds ridiculously simple and I think most people are inclined to feel dismissive about it at first, but it is to simply take a minute at various times of the day and silently name five things you are grateful for.

When I first heard it I thought it was sort of common sense, and far from mind-blowing, but I have been overwhelmed by just significant it has become in my life.

I think the power of it arises in part from just how externally focused we are in modern life. Sure we might hear all sorts of psychotherapy inspired nonsense, and there is an overwhelming obsession with the nebulous concept of ‘happiness’, but for the most part we are far less inwardly focused than in prior times.

Many people go through the day almost never being in silence. They have music or the radio on in the car, television on at home, and a cell phone connecting them with work through all hours of the day. Taking a few seconds to communes with oneself, or one’s God, is thus quite revolutionary.

In times of anxiousness or worry I almost begin doing it compulsively, as if by focusing on those things I am grateful for, I will make it less likely for the universe to throw me a curveball, and knock me down from heights of arrogance.

The other powerful component of it is that it seems to have a real metaphysical, almost-spiritual component. When I started doing I was basically just talking to myself, but that soon changed to where I now do it in part to ‘God’, in part to the Universe, and also to my ancestors. Ancestor-Worship is something I want to start focusing on more and more on this site, as it seems to be, as Jack Donovan has said, a potential bridge between modern man and spirituality. In a modern age in which science has “killed” religion, as Nietzsche predicted, ancestor worship may be a more natural inclination among our tribe of Western men. It also seems very normal and natural, as it was practiced by our Nordic ancestors, and was (in various guises) a strong component of The Lord of the Rings.

Finally, I will end with the following quote from the Trad Youth Network, making a similar point regarding thankfulness and one’s practice of it: (thanks to Lynda for the link!)

Everything given to us in our lives is a gift from God, and the Legionnaire understands that we should give thanks for every blessing bestowed upon us. Saint Basil the Great told his flock that “When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes. When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way. Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.” Prayer is instrumental in helping us appreciate everything that God gives us and working to make us free from the siren song of materialism and greed.

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Comments (10)

  1. Laguna Beach Fogey 1 year ago

    Despite the ugliness of much of modern life, there is still beauty and joy to be found if you know how and where to look.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Thanks for the comment Laguna Beach. I think in many ways just as much as the life and safety and geography we are trying to defend from our foes, it is the beauty of Europe and the beauty of our cultural/artistic/sociological heritage.

  2. Michael 1 year ago

    Great article and a must for modern living. The more you read and think about what is going on in our lives at present, it is easy to feel despondent and bitter. Life is precious and worth living, growing to realise that through this exercise is a perfect way of staying in touch with reality.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      In a lot of ways the conflict in Europe puts just how precious and beautiful life is into clearer focus I think.

  3. Lynda 1 year ago

    This is a valuable insight into being fully alive in the present. Thanks for sharng

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Thank you for the kind words Lynda!

  4. Michael 1 year ago

    To learn about the philosophy behind the above, read Three Philosophies of Life: Eccleesiates: Life as Vanity, Job: Life as Suffering, Song of Songs : Life as Love by Peter Kreeft.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Thanks for the recommendations Michael! I am going to check those out!

  5. Matt Edge 1 year ago

    Ancestor worship is good, but it depends on what sort of ancestors you have.

    If they are the myopic and degenerate sort of Baby boomer generation defined by their apathy and cowardice,, then I do not want to worship them.

    The Anglo world has a certain problem which mainland Europe will not have. When the truth becomes known the Germanic, Scandinavian, and Slavic people will realize that they did nothing wrong and have indeed a mandate to exist.

    The Anglo people on the otherhand were on the wrong side of history. They allied themselves with the most genocidal regime in world history in an attempt to exterminate Europe, they created Israel, did all the Jew’s dirty bidding, enforced their usury worldwide, and now when the chickens come home to roost I wonder what exactly will moralize the Anglo in their fight for existence.

    The German has Hitler and the valiant example of the SS to worship–these people nearly exterminated Bolshevism from the face of the earth while being heavily outnumbered. The Scandinavian has his valiant Viking ancestors to look up to–those brave men who once upon a time took the fight directly to those murderous Christians who were destroying Classical Europe at the time. The Slav can know that his ancestors withstood the most genocidal onslaught in history and survived with an endearing humility and toughness that makes Western men look like women.

    But the Anglo? What did these philosemitic, extra-European people achieve apart from warring against Europe and universalize Jewish usury throughout the world? Do such people even deserve to survive?

    Time will answer this question. But due to my upbringing in Austria I stand firmly on the Germanic side and I will never forget the unforgivable crimes the Anglos committed against my people.

  6. Lynda 1 year ago

    Judaic supremacy has many vectors, Matt. Bolshevism is only one of them. And it is the form that their Revolution took when they established the state monopoly socialisms for the world wars.

    In the 17th century when it came to power in England and Scotland (under the unification of the two crowns) – it was their Protestant and Parliamentarian vector which organised the Civil War 1642. Cromwell (and the Parliamentarians) financed from the Synagogue of Mulheim and its Amsterdamsee Wisselbank overthrew the Stuart monarchy and the Church of England which governed under the remnant of Magna Charta. In 1688, they invaded in forcle under their front man William of Orange to settle thees debt of the Parliamentarians to the Synagogue. That would all estates of three nations England, Scotland and Ireland in allodial title, owned henceforth by the Bank of England set up to own all land and monetize sthe debt to the nations of tenants to The Judaic Crown.

    In Germany they used the Fugger banking dynasty and the Protestant reformation to come to power.

    In America they used the Second War of Indepenence (the Civil War) to destroy the rights of the states against the Federal and then in 1913 they used the Federal to institute the largest money trust in the world (for the ownership of the USA) by establishing the Federal Reserve as a subsidiary of their Corporation of the City of London.

    The German Nazis were no friends of the Slavic nations which also fought outbreaks of the Bolshevik Revolution in the interim between the world wars: Poland, Czekoslovakia, Ukraine, Hungary etc. If the defeat of Bolshevism and the liberation of Russia was the real story of the Nazi Party they would have done everything possible to work with the Slavic nations of Central Europe (that would have been the untermenschen) to build a united front against the Soviet. But instead they invaded in force, threw down martial law, exectuted patriots (especially Christians) and did everything possible to soften those nations up for Soviet invasions – nations which had successfully put down Bolshevik revolutions using their national fronts.

    Especially Poland. The last great European cavalry charge is the Polish nationalist Hussars against the Nazi panzer divisions.

    This was the nation that stood virtually alone in 1920-21 against the Red Army invasion of Europe in force under Trotsky. They did have some support from Ukranian troops. And (lest we forget) the most valiant American Airborne 7th Kosciosko bombed the Reds at the Battle of the Vistula and there is an important momument to these American heros in Warsaw.

    The Soviet invasion of Europe (Plan A) for the Bolshevik takeover of Europe is conveniently airbrushed out of European and American history because if you go digging into it, you find out what Professor Anthony Sutton found out: the Bolshevik Revolution (which the Russians call the Jewish Revolution) was made in the USA and financed by Wall Street investment banks namely Jacob Schiff and Kuhn and Loeb (through their Warburg subsidiary in Germany, I might add).
    Catholic Poland Repels the Communist Invasion of Europe 1920.
    This is how they saw what they call “The War of Annhilation”

    That is why people with military traditions like Poland are still standing strong against the Islamic invasion.

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