Monthly Archives: August 2012

Question 5: How do thoughts affect reality?

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What an open ended question! I mean everyone has very different thoughts, but we all live in the same reality. Some people are constantly thinking, while others “live in the moment”. That is another factor that makes this question difficult. I think it will be best if everyone answers this question using their own life as the example. Here goes my answer…

 

I am a thinker. I always have been the type of person who is constantly in thought. Over the years I have tried to be more in the moment, but a part of my brain is always in thought. Whether it be what I am going to do over the weekend, or me replaying a conversation; thoughts are always present. Now my reality is early college. I just started back at school last week and it is already intense. The teachers move quickly over topics and most things are only said once. My reality is fast paced and full of noise and distractions. Yet there I sit, quietly in my own world, thinking about my friends, lunch, my outfit, pretty much anything but school. I have noticed before that if I am thinking about happier thoughts then my attitude towards those in my reality will be better then if I am thinking about negative things. Sometimes my thoughts lead me to miss important information in my reality; and often times I stare blankly into space. My thoughts have a rather large affect on my reality now that I think about it. I have noticed that over 5 times during writing this blog post my mind has been many other places. I found myself thinking about what I could send as a text to my friend, when my parents were going to get home, how school would go tomorrow, and even about my outfit for school… on Tuesday. Therefore this blog post took longer to write and I made more typos then usual. Obviously my thoughts have a major affect on my reality.

 

How do you think thoughts affect reality? Post it as a comment! Share it on Facebook! Tell the world how you think thoughts affect reality.

Question 4: What is the interplay between fate and freewill?

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I am now back to doing my Soul Pancake posts; and this question is definitely a great one to get me (and you) back onto the Soul Pancake Journey. As usual I think to answer this question fully you will need to do it in steps. The first step is determining, What is fate? Dictionary.com says that fate is that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny. Honestly, that definition doesn’t help very much; in simpler terms fate is something that most certainly will happen to you, it’s something that you can’t escape. On the other hand free will is the ability to make up on your mind, and act on it. Now back to the initial question, how are these two things intertwined? For some people the answer may be simple; perhaps you don’t believe in fate, therefore they aren’t intertwined. But, since I do believe in fate it’s a little more complicated. To me the word fate reminds me of Mulan (if you read the post entitled Disney Culture you will understand where this is coming from). It was Mulan’s fate to save China, yet how she did that was her free will. No matter what happened in her life she was going to save China but how she did it was determined by her own free will. I know that using a Disney movie as an example makes the concept seem very farfetched, but it works in an average life as well. For example, I believe that when we are born our fate is determined; whether it be to cure cancer or be a world famous celebrity; the Universe (or God or Allah or Yahweh or whomever you believe in) already has that planned for you. But once you are born you are on your own. You have free will in your life; you make your own choices and mistakes. Some people might find their fate sooner than others; but in the end everyone finds their fate.

 

In short I think that the interplay between fate and free will is that your free will eventually will lead to your fate. So maybe it wasn’t your fate to work for minimum wage at the mall, but that was brought upon by your free will and the choices you have/had made, and you just have to know that it is only temporary; that your fate has yet to be shown to you.

 

What do you think the interplay is between fate and free will? Post it as a comment. Share it on Facebook. Tell the world what you think the interplay is!

 

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The Disney Culture

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You may have noticed that I haven’t made a post in a while, that is due to the fact that I was in Disney World for a week! Since then I have been working on making a creative space in my house. Normally, I would make a post about the next question in Soul Pancake, but for today’s post I decided to write about Disney after all my blog is named after Peter Pan’s home.

I have been going to Disney my entire life.. To me, going to Disney World is more than just going to an amusement park. Going to Disney is an experience; one that changes with age. When I was little Disney was magically.           I was the little girl who went around the parks in her princess dress.Image

I had every character’s autograph, and I even learned the Princess Stance from Jasmine. For me, Disney was that one place where all my dreams and wishes came true. I could see Cinderella’s castle, eat breakfast with all the princesses, and I could even perform with Belle. When you’re young Disney isn’t about the rides or the souvenirs, it’s about seeing your favorite movie live on stage,or  getting to run up and hug your favorite princess.

I went to Disney the most when I was young, but I also went when I was 12. At 12 you get in your head that your just a little too cool to take pictures with characters. But that doesn’t mean that going to Disney wasn’t/ isn’t an experience. At 12 I was old enough to understand and appreciate the details put into the theme parks. I was able to ride Splash Mountain and see all the details during the wait. That year I got to help with the planning of the trip, so I learned how to use a map, time management, and I even learned how to go with the flow. Even though I spent hours planning each day in the park, sometimes things don’t go as planned; for example we ran into a talking/walking tree; sure it put us behind the schedule I had but it created a memory that I will never forget. One of the greatest gifts I received from the trip was a chance to be a kid again. That was the first time we had went since moving 4 times. Moving 4 times in one year didn’t leave a lot of room for “magical moments”. Going to Disney really helped remind me that I was only 12, and having fun is an important part of being a preteen. Image

For this Disney trip I was 15. A teenager. Now most people assume that when a teenager goes to Disney they are only seeing it as an amusement park, but that is definitely not how I saw Disney. This trip was full of roller coaster rides, amazing shows, and fantastic food; but mostly this trip was full of magic. Not the kind of magic where you get items that you’ve always wanted, and not even the kind of magic that brings princesses to life. This was the kind of magic that was able to take a 15 year old girl, and make her feel like she was 5 again. It was Disney magic. It allowed me to get a break from the workload of an early college, get away from the drama of a 15 year old, and just have fun. I was able to sit on the ground and wait 45 minutes to see Voyage of the Little Mermaid, I was able to reach  the level of Star Space Cadet in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I was able to face my fear of the Yeti on Expedition Everest. I was even able to eat a crepe in France. This Disney trip was just what I needed; it was a reminder that there is still fun in the world, and that I’m still just a little girl. Being able to have the experience of feeling young again was the most magical gift I have received in a long time.

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On the drive home from Disney, I sat there thinking about a way that I could help keep that magic alive. I tried to remember how I had done it when I was little. Then suddenly I remembered. When I was little I would play with Disney toys,

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I would make the characters act out the movie that they stared in. Lucky for me I had seen the movies so many times that I knew them pretty much word for word. Thinking back I realized that these Disney movies have taught me valuable life lessons. I decided that to end this blog post I would list some of my favorite movies and the lessons they taught me. You would never realize how much you learn from movies, whether it be good or bad. But for today’s challenge I challenge you to think about what you have learned from movies. I know that now I am guilty of watching movies with very low life lessons, they’re mainly just comedy. But when I was little I learned a lesson in every movie I watched. So think about it. What do you learn from movies? Post it was a comment, share it on Facebook, tell the world what you learn from movies.

The Newsies: Seize the day; Anyone can make a change

Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming

Beauty and the Beast: Never judge/love another based on their appearance

Monsters Inc: Laughter has more power than screams

Toy Story: The power of friendship

Peter Pan: Growing up is important, but you don’t have to turn mean and grouchy in the process

Lion King: Hakuna Matata

Mary Poppins: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; finding joy and fun in things makes them easier to deal with