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Friday, May 30, 2014

What Fills Your Head?

Clearly, we all have varied interests. John's into politics, Ted's into football, Marguerite likes the theatre, and Evelyn runs marathons. So those interests we hold, obviously form part of what fills our head. But let's take that a step further. We all have 'lives'. And our lives consist of our family and loved ones, our work, our hobbies, our social lives, etc. So again, part of what fills our head is related to that. But beyond all of that, we still have other pockets of interest in our minds.
  • reality tv shows
  • social media
  • non-stop televised sports
  • soaps (or what passes as something slightly different in our more modern televison viewing, but could be classified as soaps: those series with season after season of episodes that keep us chained to them)
  • non-stop news coverage on the canned channels that offer little room for anything other than the latest sound bite
  • rom-com's (movies or books)
  • thrillers (movies or books)
  • physical exercise: jogging, walking, circuit training, exercise classes, etc.
  • money
  • power
  • prestige (social, academic, professional, etc.)
  • youthfulness
  • being accepted
  • shopping
  • gardening
  • illness
  • following the latest news of your celebrity of choice
  • attending political rallies
  • attending back-to-back social events
  • worrying about what others think of you
  • gossiping
  • getting published in peer-reviewed journals in your chosen discipline
  • getting your art/music/film/book reviewed on major platforms
  • doing charitable work (bet you didn't expect that on this list!)
  • attending mass/church/synagogue/mosque/satsang, etc. (bet you didn't expect that either!)
Disclaimer: Do I not do any of this? Of course I do. I'm also there - at least in some of those places - and often grappling with myself about it. And do note that some of the potentially 'better' activities are - in my opinion - only better when they are done from a position of self-reflection, as opposed to from a position of either the ego wanting to show others something, or from mindless following of what someone else is doing or saying, or from a mindless (perhaps also desperate) need for momentary distraction.

As I observe people, both in my private practice and in my personal life (and as I observe myself), and as I observe what cinema and television serves up for us to consume, most of which does not encourage what I'm talking about here, I have to ask myself what has happened to contemplation? To self-reflection? To the inner quest for growth and understanding? To being mindful? How is it that we spend the bulk of our existence distracting ourselves with all of the above (some of which, admittedly, depending on how it decorates your existence, is very important to living a good life)?

Think of it this way: how much of what fills your head provides you with joy? With peace? With improved inner well-being? How much of it raises your energetic frequency? How much of it causes you to feel your life is worth living? How much of it makes you want to continue on the same path, knowing that each step forward creates even more of what you already have? That for me is the benchmark.

What fills your head?

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Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:

Rewiring the Soul

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Reviews From the Back Cover:

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself 

"The human being's directory to the soul. A breakthrough for those seeking practical assistance, those of a more mystical bent & every soul awaiting discovery." Toni Petrinovich, Ph.D.; author: The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come."
Chris Griscom: Spiritual Leader, Author (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“Eloquent and comprehensive, showing how your primary love relationship may be a sacred vessel that transports you and your partner to a place of mutual healing and expansion.” 

Robert Schwartz: Author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 

The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 

My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is just out. Click here to download an excerpt. 

From the Introduction: It is your right to live a life of love. It is your right to understand that loving yourself first is not a selfish way of behavior, but one that allows you to live that life of love. However, it's highly probable that you never got the instruction manual explaining exactly how to accomplish this. Possibly your family - and it may have been a loving family - considered loving the self an act of selfishness. Or perhaps the members of your family simply didn't practice loving the self, and of course, what you didn't see - what was not shown to you - while you were growing up, meant that you just didn't learn how to apply it to yourself. The closer you are able to move towards loving yourself, the closer you will be to living a life of love - quite independently of whether you are in a love relationship or not. A life of love can be lived with or without a partnership, because a life of love implies that you know that it all begins with you by loving the self. The more clearly you understand how to love yourself, the more clearly you will see that it is very hard - if not impossible - to love others in ways that are unrelated to fulfilling any of your needs. Loving yourself first is - for so many of us - one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do. But know this: the benefits affect you in every particle of your being - body, mind, and soul - and are greater than you will ever be able to imagine.

Note: If you are wondering why this blog is now only appearing on alternate days (excluding Sat/Sun), it is because I also post on my other blog on the others days. That other blog is The Tao of Spiritual Partnership, so named for another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.