Identity

If the Universe started from the Big Bang and that was a singularity or close to one, then what does that mean for our personal sense of identity?

If everything, including the stuff we are made of, started with something the size of an atom or smaller, one atom, not many, then are the many things in existence today, including us, just parts of one thing? And isn’t parts just illusory?

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Orange

There is a place I first visited with my parents about 40 years ago which has the largest orange I have ever seen.

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
He’s called William of Orange in Brixham, Torbay, Devon.
At the time it was hard for me to study him because there was an overwhelming smell of fish from the harbour. I’ve heard that it isn’t like that anymore, so I can take a closer look and see why he is there.

William of Orange

Deming Cycle: The Wheel of Continuous Improvement

This is a great summary of the Deming Cycle which the Japanese made their own and named Kaizen. It can be used for personal growth too.

Total Quality Management

The essence of continuous improvement lies in employees involvement. This happens when they improve their process, product or services by applying their creative faculties on  their work related problems and routine jobs. Kaizen (Japanese word meaning continuous improvement) provides these employees a platform to unleash their creativity.

Dr. J.Edward Deming, the famous quality guru, provided a simple yet highly effective technique that serves as a practical tool to carry out continuous improvement in the workplace. This technique is called PDCA Cycle or simply Deming Cycle. PDCA is acronym of Plan, Do, Check and Action. Deming Cycle provides conceptual as well as practical framework while carrying out Kaizen activities by the employees.  Let’s understand the concept with following illustration:

Deming/PDCA Cycle

 The four steps Plan, Do, Check and Action should be repeated over time to ensure continuous learning and improvements in a function, product or process.

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Enlighten

I remember when I was a committed evangelical Christian hearing that ‘all religions are the same’. This was 20+ years ago. I used to think that it was a stupid statement by people who couldn’t be bothered to learn about religions. I think now that I was partly correct. Let’s face it, ‘all religions are the same’ is something said or written quite often by people who have no care for religion. It’s a mere dismissal.

Today, I find myself with a different viewpoint on this issue. It’s not totally different, but there is something I believe that shines more light on the subject.

Everyday religion is that which is expressed through duality. Duality as in ‘this is me here, that is you there.’ As Pink Floyd expressed it on their Dark Side of the Moon album, ‘Us and Them’. From this perspective, religions are different and cannot be reconciled because of contradictions.

Mystical religion on the other hand sees through the eyes of non-duality. It is the religion of enlightenment. This includes mystical Christianity, Sufi Islam, Kabaalistic Judaism, not just the Eastern religions that are known for enlightenment teachings.

It’s not that all religions are the same, but all religions can lead to the same state of enlightenment, that we are all One.

Enlightenvia Daily Prompt: Enlighten

Health and Fitness

This year I was determined to try out kayaking on flat water and I did so. I’ve only done about 8 hours total so far and I don’t intend to do more until next year, as I wish to get fitter and healthier to make such activity more enjoyable. I would like to do a sea kayaking course next year though to be ready I want to strengthen my core, lose weight around my stomach and be in a lot better shape.

Whenever I have tried to make positive changes in the past regarding health and fitness, I have jumped in and sometimes done well at first but always backslide into poor habits. The last couple of days I have tried to make small changes the kaizen way by running for short intervals during my dog walking. Today, I recognised that when I got my bike out in the past I always tried to ride too far. I thought it would be a good idea just to get on my bike for shorter rides on a consistent basis.

I think Kaizen can help me and the book I’m reading on it is “One small step can change your life: The Kaizen Way.’ by Robert Maurer, Ph. D.

Small Changes

I’m starting to learn about a system of improvement called Kaizen by the Japanese. It’s a system which encourages small changes which can lead to large results when applied on a regular basis.

I also need to do some writing for an online course I’ve started in business writing. It’s business writing as in marketing copy rather than protocol.

Writing 101 – First Assignment

It’s time for me to write. I have 20 minutes to write anything at all as an exercise in Writing 101 by Word Press.

I’ve been very tired today. I’ve been trying to boost my energy by doing push-ups on the stairs and, my mind has gone completely blank… Squats, that’s it. I’m aiming for 20 repetitions of each exercise at a time and my goal is 100 reps every day of each exercise. Once I’ve achieved this I can them make it more difficult by using weights when I do squats and lower stairs for the push-ups until I can do them on the ground. Day at a time, girl…

What to write about now? I’d like to write short stories. I have no idea what the subject matter should be. I do have some resources such as this Writing 101 and some writing books to help me get started and then develop a style and find a creative spark. I wonder if meditation may help?

I usually think of nothing when I meditate which isn’t that often. I wonder if I could try meditating on a creative idea? For example, I was in Specsavers the other day to collect my new specs and I remembered a task in a writing course about making up a story about some people you see while out and about.

I saw an elderly couple while in Specsavers. They were both wearing baseball caps which is unusual in England, for elderly people to be wearing. I began thinking that maybe the guy was American and he had met his future wife while serving in the US Army during World War II and stationed in England before deployment to the battlefield. I could take that basic idea and create a detailed backstory.

Where did they meet, specifically? How old were they? What was his rank? What corps? What was her job? Who were their friends? Why did their initial attraction develop into marriage, which was lifelong, rather than he just going home without her? Did he or they ever go back to the USA?

What happened after the war? Where did they live? What employment did they have? Did they have children? If so, how many? What were their names? What were they like. Do they have grandchildren?

Can I spend time meditating on these questions and imagine a detailed lifestory for the two of them and any children and grandchildren?

Maybe it is time to give it a shot.

(Oooo you’re halfway there, Oh Wo! Livin’ on a prayer) 🙂