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Ghostwriter and Blogger - Matthew Frederick

Freelance Writer from Seattle.

Tag: life

You Are an Essential Ingredient to Existence

Get outside and allow the sounds
to move the hairs in your inner ear – with no judgment or reasoning

Have you ever stood in the rain and felt sincere gratitude that you’re able to experience that specific moment? Feeling the droplets of water crash into your skin?
How about sitting quietly outside – focused on nothing but the sounds of the nearby birds? Not in a way that attempts to figure out the meaning behind their endless chirping but – in a way to simply allow the sounds into your mind. Be present and experience the sense of hearing as nature sings?

If you have never done this – I encourage you to do this.
With that being said –

I do not meditate.

Not in the traditional manner – that is.

The most frequent response I get from this is something similar to this: (paraphrased)

“Why do you choose to not meditate? Isn’t it a good practice and/or ritual to maintain healthy spiritual/mental well-being?”

My response to that:

I certainly have no issues with meditation. If it works for you – that’s fantastic.
Maybe you’re interested or intrigued by a certain meditative practice – if so, you should investigate it and check it out.
I am in no way attempting to convince you that meditation is wrong or that you shouldn’t immerse yourself in your own curiosities. You definitely should investigate your curiosities – Always and without hesitation.

Why I stopped practicing meditation

A beautiful butterfly.

Meditation is absolutely 100% subjective.
That is to say – there is no definitive guide as to how to do it. Everyone has their own unique method of achieving stillness of the mind.
Sure, we all start with ideas and techniques from others but, in the end as our style develops, we shed some of those techniques for things we’ve learned along the way. Granted, many of the techniques and/or methods used remain similar – it’s safe to assume we bring our own personality and perceptions to the mix once we’re quietly engaged.

So far, so good.

After a few months of making meditation a priority – I slowly began to realize something.
Taking my perception into account – which is:

All events, situations, happenings – essentially everything that has happened in your life (and mine and everyone else’s) is somehow, in some way, connected and necessary for the other. This connection is likely beyond our human level of perception – its foundation is not capable of being perceived.
Life itself is one event, one happening. Not a series of events – which is how we perceive it now. How we’re molded to perceive it. Molded mainly through social institutions and societal structural values/beliefs handed down to us from the time we’re born to this present moment.

Our perception of time has a lot to do with this

Think about it like this –
The words you’re reading at this very moment is what this entire show is about. This connection between the two of us- at this moment with you reading these words after I’ve written them, holds the secret to the entire universe.

I know…sounds crazy, right?
I do believe it is true, though.
This is not me boasting about my writing, this is about you carrying out an action that is ultimately creating the entire universe. This could be anyone’s perception reading anyone’s words. It makes no difference.

In that moment – that conscious action is what the universe is manifesting. With the present moment being all there is – all past events are created in that moment as well. The present moment and our perception of time have a lot to do with it,  I believe.  

So – if I am practicing an art form that aims to quiet the natural flow of thoughts – thus disrupting the flow of creation and rhythm of energy – it shows that I do not truly understand that every moment of my life is what the universe is doing. It’s the main attraction. The ultimate show of shows. It’s music. Why aim to alter the natural flow?

Who am I to assume that life, this present moment, is not up to par and my subjective perceptions must be altered?

What do you think about this? Do you practice the art of meditation? If so – has it been an effective tool for you? I’d love to hear your take on this.

Thanks for reading, my friends.

As Always, Much Love.

-Matthew Frederick.

 

Politics and party hats

Photo Courtesy of Emily Tjaden www.thisincandescentlife.com

I thought I’d start the day by jumping in on the political opinion-party. I see all of you sporting those smooth party hats as you post your thoughts on Facebook — while you may or may not know, I am a party hat collector and self-assigned critic.

So…

I cannot sit in silence any longer – give me one of those sweet party hats.

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The Ultimate Reality – You Are the Entire Cosmos

I am 36 years old.
The Earth has completed 36 rotations around the sun during my physical existence. The ultimate carnival ride, right?

 

As a child, I was continually exposed to Christianity. It started early. If my memory serves me well, I’d say it began at the age of 5 or 6.

On Sundays, my family and I would attend church services. My brother and I attended “Sunday School” at the church before the sermon. I guess the reason for this was to mold our young, innocent minds?
Sunday School was strange. I recall feeling

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Create Time for All of Your Passions – Not Just One.

 

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Music is Everywhere

I started drawing recently. (The picture to the right is a drawing I did last week) I’ve always enjoyed sketching random things during idle moments or while chatting on the phone. But, the last couple of weeks has been more involved than that. In fact, this is the first time I have sat down to write in 5 days.

During this 5 day stretch, I did a lot of thinking while the pencil (and erasers) danced across the paper. Moments of inner-chemical warfare. Moments of pure bliss. Moments of feeling like I am merely creating a new version of resistance. Moments of embracing this newly found talent and running with it. Moments of wondering how I could balance music, writing, and drawing to where I can maintain full focus on all of them simultaneously — and this is where I am tonight.

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The Self Creature

I am getting a late start on today’s post. Not a problem though because I have a lot on my mind. Today was a good day. 

I woke up like a cat. Awake and alert within 3 seconds. I don’t know if that has ever happened to me before but, I have to say, it felt incredible. If you’ve never experienced this – I hope one day you do. 

I wish I knew how it happened so I could duplicate it and eventually make it a daily routine.

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The Flight of Truth

Welcome to day 3 of the super, excellent, magnificent extravaganzapalooza spectacular festivities.
This is a mushroom

This  is a mushroom

“Good evening LADIES and gentlemen. My name is MFrederick and uhhh…I’ll be your Captain-Pilot-Driver this evening. If you look to your left, you’ll notice uhhh…something that is on the left side of your body and in the same room as you. The mind is clear tonight, but we may face usual turbulence around 8:30 uhhh…as we make our way to runway 500, we ask that you please get out of your seats and clog up the hilariously small isle with all your over-sized carry-on luggage. Thank you.”

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My500Words Pin Placement

Good morning, my friends.

I am starting a 31-day exercise today. This exercise is something I already do every day but, not with the precise tracking and accountability as this one. The goal of this 31-day exercise is to write, at least, 500 words every day for a month. Allowable content consists of blog postings, fiction/nonfiction work, or basically anything that isn’t email.

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Hello – I Am Your Biggest Fan

pencil sigHello, my friends. So, here’s the deal – I’ve had this blog up for a few days. I’ve spent hours messing with everything (messing up everything too) and it occurred to me, I may need some assistance with the features. So – here I am.

My name is Matthew. I am a writer. I’ve approached writing in many ways over the years – but the one thing that has remained constant is my love for words and the craft.

I write short stories, slowly working my way into the world of freelance writing and I have a novel under construction. (Nearly complete with first draft)

The post below is the test post. Thanks for your time and thanks for reading.

-M.

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