On Decision Making

On Decision-Making - Michael MamasRemember… you can justify anything with the intellect, and people do. Ultimately, our intellect rallies around our feelings to justify them. Feel deeply within, which is different from feeling intensely. Wisdom is the integration of the fine (deep) feeling level with our thoughts, and ultimately, our actions. Wise decisions are based upon deep feelings, not intense emotions. Intense emotions are often (perhaps usually) not all that deep, not that wise. It is not wise to make decisions based upon whatever emotions overwhelm you.

In life, look at all the alternatives, consider all the facts, think, reflect and ponder, then go with the one you feel, from deep within, the best about… or in some cases, dislike the least. Consider the facts… pros and cons… but in the final analysis, what matters is how you feel about those facts from deep within, not how hot or cold your emotions are running. Wisdom is the integration of the depth of your being with your thoughts and actions. Thoughts and actions are best based upon the depth, not the surface. What lies at your depth are fine feelings, not intense emotions.

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Smart

Smart Blog - Michael MamasSomeone once said to the Guru, “Intelligent people might be smart, but they have no deep feelings.” To which the Guru replied, “That is not possible. The intellect is founded in deep feelings. Without a refined feeling level at the depth of one’s being, the intellect cannot be clear.”

Different people show their feelings in different ways, express themselves in different ways, but that is not for others to judge.

 

 

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Our Need To Feel Needed… And When It Must Change

Need to Feel Needed - Michael MamasThe Huffington Post just published one of my latest articles. It begins:

While recently giving a lecture in the San Francisco area, I was asked: “Would you please talk about the need to feel needed? It seems to be a very important, fundamental instinct.”

I responded by first saying it was one of the most beautiful questions I’ve been asked in a long time. I began by telling the story of two beautiful, white, draft horses owned by a friend. The horses were inseparable. Their worlds revolved around one another. They loved each other. When one of them passed away, the other, although perfectly healthy, also died within two weeks. We hear stories of long-term married couples having a similar scenario. So, let’s take a deeper look at what is actually going on here…

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The Last of the Mohicans

winter tree“Do not try to understand them. And do not try to make them understand you.” This beautiful quote from the movie is so far reaching. It feels best to put no limits upon it.

It applies to so much of life… to every single relationship… to dealings between cultures and to those whom we love so deeply… our children, our partners, our friends. To grasp anything, to name it, to define it, to decide you understand it… is to limit it. So much of life’s beauty lies in its unfathomability. To understand better is not to hold on, but is to let go.

 

 

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Why I Love College Football

College Football - Michael MamasA few quotes from the Alabama coaches before the championship game tonight against Clemson:

“It’s called being a champion. You have to have a team of champions before you can win a championship.”

“Wrong is wrong. I don’t care if everyone is doing it. Right is right. I don’t care if nobody is doing it.”

“Be where your feet are.”

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Winter Solstice

Today is the first day of winter. The Sun rises in the southernmost location. Many have been feeling the challenging events of the past year with the difficult jyotish influences. You may want to take a look at the Sun today knowing that by the time it returns to this position, life will be better for many of us. In fact, by 2020, the world will likely look much different and much better. Hang in there!

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Why I Teach: Reflections on Awakening Others to the Wisdom Within

Why I Teach - Michael MamasI just posted a new article on LinkedIn. It begins:

“For a couple of years, I taught college chemistry and absolutely loved it. Many people, including myself, love to teach. We enjoy sharing knowledge and watching the ‘lights go on’ inside other people when they come to those new understandings we’ve conveyed. However, for the past twenty years, my motivation for teaching includes, but has gone beyond, the more traditional motivations”…

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What Ever Happened to ‘Peace and Love’?

I just published a new article on Medium.com. It begins:

“I attended undergraduate school in the late sixties and early seventies when the hippie movement was at its peak. As a conscientious student, I didn’t have time for anything other than my studies. However, today I long for those peace and love ideals.

“Realistically speaking, what is peace and love anyway? Isn’t it far more than non-violence and free love? Doesn’t it include more than being respectful, compassionate, polite, and dignified toward all people, not just the ones you agree with?”…

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How to ‘Win’ an Argument Without Losing the Relationship

Win, Lose an Argument - Michael MamasEntrepreneur.com just published one of my new articles. It begins:

“Think about the last argument you got into. Did you win? Did you lose? Did it matter? Did you get angry and did it end uncomfortably? How did it make you feel and how did it make the other person feel? If you won the argument, how much did you really gain, and how much did you actually lose?”…

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Are Your Right & Left Brain Talking to Each Other?

Are Your Right & Left Brain Talking to Each Other - Michael Mamas SlideShareOften, our intellectual understanding and our feelings are in conflict.

We can’t help what we feel, even though we may know better.

To go with what we know to be true when our emotions cry out to go another direction can be very painful.

How do we attain peace within our being when our emotions and thoughts are in conflict?…

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Are Your Right & Left Brain Talking to Each Other?
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