From Star Trek to Reality

Star Trek

When did you first see a Star Trek episode or movie? For me it was the second movie I ever saw in a theater, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I was about seven years old and the only other movie I had seen in a theater was, An American Tail. As soon as I saw it,  I was hooked, and a new Trekkie was born. The idea of a starship, engines pushed to the max, flinging itself in a tight orbit around the sun to exceed the speed of light and thereby travel back in time, made sense to me, even though the plot rode on a crazy idea that whales would determine the survival of earth. I loved the movie, and from that time hence, I have seen almost every episode, in almost every series of Star Trek. What amazes me is the attention to detail and the science behind the fiction. I crave the thoughts and ideas of traveling the stars and “…explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” That phrase has been a part, a piece of my life since the first time I heard it. Continue reading

Music & Meditation

The sign of a good song is the way it affects emotions, despite the current state of mind. Imagine the song that takes you away, from the current worries, and makes you feel like your floating in perfect harmony.   This may be a rare occurrence for some and has never happened for others, but it can happen. That’s the point.

When we carry stress or sadness for so long that we don’t remember that we even have it, we can’t work on the cause. We don’t realize anything is wrong and therefore carry a weight on our shoulders for life. I have found one way to help lift and release some of these pent up worries and emotions. Meditation is a good thing, but how many of us can even sit for the time it takes to do so? Next, how many of us can really clear our thoughts like we need, in order to meditate? Few, in my opinion. So how can we learn to calm our minds in order to do some real introspection? I think I may have found a way that helps to focus the mind, yet open up what we have buried away. This would be to combine music with meditation. Continue reading

Choose to smile – Choose to be happy – Choose success

Our state of mind is a choice that reflects the emotions we allow to have priority. Think about that for a moment; now picture the guy sitting on a bench with a frown on his face and his shoulders slumped over and leaning his head on his hands. We have all seen someone like this. Now think about how the guy looked, was he scruffy, were his clothes wrinkled, or did he look professional? What reputation did you give him in your mind? Did the sorry state of the man help to determine his image as you pictured him. I thought so. We all go through trials and hard times. Some times are better than others, but only we can decide our response to them. I heard a story, on the radio, a while ago that illustrated this point well; it goes like this:

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’  He was a natural motivator. Continue reading