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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter...or holidays or whatever to not offend anyone...

Hey there...I know it's been awhile...I apologize and will make up for it with a plethora of material and new useless info in the near future...
First some new notable and exciting releases in music...

The Drive-by Truckers have been at it for almost a decade now, with their 2001 magnum opus masterpiece Southern Rock Opera setting the new standard for the state of southern rock music. With that, they were christened as a new Skynerd or Molly Hatchet. Luckily, they didn't didn't go down from there. Instead, they have extended out in so many different directions, on 2003's Decoration Day and 2004's The Dirty South. With their new A Blessing and a Curse, out this Tuesday, they continue their exploration of not just the underbelly of southern life, but of any life that has had it's share of more hard luck than good fortune. And the southern rock tag has been pushed to the side more than ever. Opener "Feb. 14" sounds like a lost Replacements track while "Aftermath USA " shows their Stonesy side. The three guitar and singer-songwriting assault of Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley & Jason Isbell (whose "Daylight" is my personal fave) share duties perfectly, balancing straightforward balls out rock with heartwrenching slow burners. They are one of, if not the most consistent and hard working American rock bands out there so do yourself a favor, go out and get this album, but if you don't trust me, you can stream it here first...

In my eyes, Josh Ritter can do no wrong. His first two discs, The Golden Age of Radio and the masterpiece Hello Starling established him as an heir apparent to the Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley/James Taylor school of singer songwriting. But he has truly bucked any comparisons to anyone who has come before him and carved out his own place very definitively with the new album The Animal Years. He wears his heart and his politics on his sleeve and it shows right away. Opener "Girl in the War" literally brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it, while the 10 minute closer "Thin Blue Flame" will make you think about everything in the world and in your own life that is right and wrong. There's something to be said about a singer songwriter who stirs that much emotion with his words and music. I've seen him live and he is one of those performers that knows how to wrap the audience around his finger...catch him at World Cafe Live in Philly on April 27th...check it out.
You can also stream his album here...but trust me, you'll want it before you're done.


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What are your 50,000 thoughts a day creating?

Our thoughts create our reality. This is a simple truth known by all people involved on the spiritual path. It is one of the most taught universal principles in the personal development field. Yet it is one of the most misunderstood!

People practice visualisation, affirmations, they use hypnosis, subliminal programming or countless other tools to transform their lives. However they fail to recognise one key area in their lives that hinder these wonderful techniques from being effective.

They sit day after day visualising their perfect scene and yet nothing happens. Why? They have followed all the instructions to the letter! They have chanted and imagined! They have formed a colourful, vibrant scene in their minds and affirmed that this is their reality. Then all of a sudden things get worse! What is going on?

Would you like to know the secret? Would you like to know why these people get no results? Would you like to hear one powerful statement that explains everything?

Good. I will tell you why these people get no results or even opposite results to those they are aiming for -simply because of the following truth. Consciously controlled thoughts such as visualisations do not materialise - ALL thoughts materialise!!!
Most people believe that if they visualise for 10 minutes a day their lives will magically transform. This is not the case. You must change your core thinking. You think approx. 50,000 thoughts a day. How many of those thoughts are working against your ten minute visualisation?
You can control the thoughts that enter your mind by changing the way you view the world. You can decide which thoughts you give energy to and which thoughts you discard.

The thoughts that you follow and give energy to become more dominant than the thoughts you discard. Your subconscious mind records these as your dominant picture on the issue at hand. You then move towards this picture because your subconscious mind starts making your outside world reflect the picture that you have stored internally.
Your mind should be on whatever you want. The picture you need to have is a positive vision of you already having achieved your goal. To realise this vision you need to focus and concentrate. Remember thoughts are real, they create your reality.
Let's say you have been visualising a new house. You spend your ten minutes in meditation picturing yourself living in your dream home. You finish your session and get up feeling positive that you will achieve your goal. Then during the day you get a heating bill through the post and exclaim "Oh no look how expensive this is I cannot afford to heat this house". Where is your focus in the present moment? What are you affirming? You are telling your subconscious mind that you cannot deal with what you have. You are affirming that your life is not how you want it to be. If you knew without doubt that within a week you would be moving to your new home would you honestly be worried about a heating bill? Perhaps other doubts creep in like "I should be happy with what I have", or "I will never get this house looking the way I want it" and so on and so on.
These thoughts that are not aligned with your goal. You are not giving complete attention to what you want. Whilst you are dealing with these other lines of thought your attention is not on your goal.
If you are aware of your thoughts you will suddenly realise that you have spent much more energy on counter productive thoughts than on creating a dominant picture of the goal you want.
Point your focus in the direction of you're the life you want. Think about what you want NOT what you don't want. It's that simple.

Your focus determines your reality. Change your focus and you change your life. personal development plan