The Power of Emotional Agility & Why Discomfort is the Price of Admission to a Meaningful Life

https://www.richroll.com/podcast/susan-david-356/

“When we block or suppress or push aside emotions, we actually stop ourselves from being our most effective, successful beings.” ~Susan David, PhD

“The way we navigate our inner world – our everyday thoughts, emotions, and self-stories – is the single most important determinant of our life success. It drives our actions, careers, relationships, happiness, health; everything. For example: Do we let our self-doubts, failings, shame, fear, or anger hold us back? Can we be determined, persevering toward key life goals, but just as importantly, have the insight and courage to recognize when these goals are not serving us, and adapt?

According to this week’s guest, the key to successfully navigating our inner world isn’t immunizing ourselves against stress and setbacks. And it doesn’t involve ignoring uncomfortable feelings. Instead, it’s developing something called emotional agility – the teachable ability to confront difficult emotions, gain critical self-insight from these feelings, and ultimately use this newfound awareness to adaptively align our values with our actions and make changes to bring the best of ourselves forward…

[This is a conversation] about how and why our emotional landscape, the everyday thoughts and stories we often hide from the world and oftentimes ourselves, are the single most important determinant of life success. And why navigating life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind leads to empowerment and agency.

It’s about why we must overcome the urge to ignore difficult emotions and behaviors to instead face them willingly, as a neutral observer, with curiosity and kindness. It’s about identifying your core values as a path to willpower, resilience and effectiveness. And it’s about how developing this skill called emotional agility – essentially mastery over our emotions, thoughts and stories… But more than anything, this is a conversation about the perils of avoiding uncomfortable feelings. Because the tough emotions are the price we pay for a meaningful life.”

Susan David’s TED Talk: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage.

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The Minds of Men | Official Documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes

http://www.truthstreammedia.com/

“The Minds of Men is a 3+ year investigation into the experimentation, art, and practice of social engineering and mind control during the Cold War — a mind-bending journey into the past that gives startling insight into the world we are living in today.”

 

SOCIAL MEDIA IS PROGRAMMING US

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/05/07/they-admitted-social-media-is-programming-us/

“We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are. The short term dopamine driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works; no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mis-truth, and it’s not an American problem — this is a global problem.

We are in a really bad state of affairs right now. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other… Your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed

If you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you. If you push back on it, we have a chance to control it and rein it in.  It is a point in time where people need to hard break from some of these tools.” ~Chamath Palihapitiyah (former Vice President of User Growth – Facebook)

https://www.youtube.com/user/TRUTHstreammedia

Ten Ways to Transform Failure into Success

https://themindunleashed.com/2018/03/chin-up-buttercup-ten-ways-to-transform-failure-into-success.html

1. Apply the Backwards Law…

2. Transform demons into diamonds…

3. Transform failure into a game…

4. Process over Progress…

5. Allow yourself to not give a fuck…

6. Transform your failures into steppingstones:

Look at each of your failures like hard-earned rungs on the precarious ladder of life. Separated, these rungs are just hardened failures collecting dust in the attic of your suffering, but if you put them together you form a ladder that you can climb up into something meaningful.

Collect your failures like the precious little information engines that they are. Combine them for ultimate combustion.

It’s all a matter of perspective. You can choose to languish in the prospect that your setbacks have nothing to teach you, or you can choose to empower yourself by transforming your setbacks into steppingstones toward something greater.

7. Have a sense of humor about failing…

8. Transform failure into art…

9. Let go of your attachment to success…

10. Transform pain into power:

Transforming pain into power is transforming failure into passion. Pain can be your greatest teacher or your ultimate destroyer…

Rise up out of your pain by becoming its student. What you learn will guide you into a robustness of spirit, which will ultimately help you become a force of nature (interdependent), as opposed to merely forced upon by culture (codependent).

The transformation of pain into power becomes a passionate expression of self-overcoming. A fierceness is born that is magnetic. It lights your soul on fire. You become a beacon of light in a dark world, or, even better, a beacon of darkness piercing the blinding light. In short: you become a force to be reckoned with as opposed to a pawn to be toyed with. Despite failure, despite success, the world is yours.”

The Search for Meaning in Modern Life

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/01/05/search-meaning-modern-life/

“Whether rationally, instinctively, or deep in our hearts, most of us know that something is not right about how human societies are managed. Human life is not yet in balance…

We are manipulated by our mainstream medias at unprecedented levels, and constantly fed with a controlled flow of information. This process is the old mind of humanity, still operating through control, censorship, and consumerism. In this way our contemporary societies are increasingly centered around emotion to a degree that allows people to be entertained as well as manipulated like never before…

Ancient religious-spiritual traditions have long talked about ‘energy predators’ that are said to feed off from unstable human mental and emotional states. The early gnostic Christians referred to some of these as the Archons; various North American Indian tribes refer to Wetiko/Wendigo; Don Juan in the Carlos Castenada  books refers to the Predators; and South American shamans have long talked of spirits that feed off from and fragment the vulnerable human inner state/soul.

We must wonder why it is that our modern cultures promote entertainments that manipulate and play upon excessively distorted images of mental and emotional anguish as well as exaggerated portrayals of sexuality… These forms of stimulation directly target a person’s mental, emotional, and physical states, which in turn hampers the operation of harmonious, developmental energies.

Modern life is increasingly a life addicted to high stimulation. Yet by its very nature it also creates anxiety. Many people are forced, or seduced, into lives that are continually stressful and busy. There is no room for the spaces, the intervals, of internal reflection…

A whole society can be distracted. There is a pertinent analogy here to how, in 256AD, the Persian army took Antioch from the Roman Empire. Many of the inhabitants were attending the roman theatre and were oblivious to the enemy archers who had climbed up behind them into the stands. The actors down below had seen the enemy archers and were desperately trying to warn them with hand signals, but the audience did not understand, thinking it part of the entertainment – until it was too late. They were amused up to the point of death. Perhaps we too, in the words of social critic Neil Postman, are ‘Amusing ourselves to Death.’”

The Demoralized Mind

https://newint.org/columns/essays/2016/04/01/psycho-spiritual-crisis

“[M]ost people today are unable to identify any sort of philosophy of life or set of guiding principles…

Human culture has mutated into a sociopathic marketing machine dominated by economic priorities and psychological manipulation. Never before has a cultural system inculcated its followers to suppress so much of their humanity. Leading this hostile takeover of the collective psyche are increasingly sophisticated propaganda and misinformation industries… Today’s consumers are by far the most propagandized people in history. The relentless and repetitive effect is highly hypnotic, diminishing critical faculties, reducing one’s sense of self, and transforming commercial unreality into a surrogate for meaning and purpose…

For the younger generation, the course of boredom, disappointment, disillusion and demoralization is almost inevitable. As the products of invisible parents, commercialized education, cradle-to-grave marketing and a profoundly boring and insane cultural programme, they must also assimilate into consumer culture while knowing from the outset that its workings are destroying the planet and jeopardizing their future. Understandably, they have become the trance generation, with an insatiable appetite for any technology that can downsize awareness and blunt the emotions. With society in existential crisis, and emotional life on a steep downward trajectory, trance is today’s fastest-growing consumer market…

We are long overdue a cultural revolution that would force a radical revamp of the political process, economics, work, family and environmental policy. It is true that a society of demoralized people is unlikely to revolt even though it sits on a massive powder keg of pent-up frustration… With its infrastructure firmly entrenched, and minimal signs of collective resistance, all signs suggest that our obsolete system – what some call ‘disaster capitalism’ – will prevail until global catastrophe dictates for us new cultural directions.”

The History of Main Stream Media’s Brainwashing Campaign

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/the-history-of-mainstream-medias-brainwashing-campaign_072017

“The media has had a long history of brainwashing the public. Finding its roots in communist regimes such as the former Soviet Union and China, propaganda is now the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction and it is constantly being used on the unaware American public…

The goal is the destruction of capitalism, or in layman’s terms, the complete abolition of economic freedom. Whether one believes that the media is deceiving them or not makes no difference, the propaganda will still work. (Please Google “Operation Mockingbird”, or follow this link.)  Unfortunately, you can fool some people all of the time, or all the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all the people all of the time…

Without propaganda and brainwashing, leftist policies would have died decades ago. People are born wanting freedom from tyranny.  It takes an effective campaign starting in childhood to change their minds and support their masters willingly while decrying those who seek actual freedom from oppression

If ever anyone wants to know why alternative media has gained a foothold, it’s for the simple fact that those who dare to question the mainstream media’s version of events; are to be labeled as false and “conspiracy theorists,” even though their views obviously make the most sense. Conspiracy theorists don’t only have to believe in alien abduction or reptilian creatures anymore. Now, all they have to do is question authority or the media’s scripted version of events; and that was by design as well…

Wake up and question everything. Start to understand freedom. Follow the money trails…

Ask any American today and they will tell you that slavery is wrong, yet when you lay out the factual and logical case that the US government is a corporation which owns them, they get physically uncomfortable. And virtually no media outlet will print this simple truth because they would lose money. That’s a big red flag that the brainwashing has been successful in the democracy and soon-to-be USSA.”