The Devil is in the Structure – NEW BOOK COMING!

Yes!  Soon, very soon, we will be proud to present our second book:  “The Devil is in the Structure:  How Structure Seals the Fate of Individuals, Businesses, and Society” by Barbara Piechocinska.

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This new book could be seen as a prelude to our “Choose Joy” book.  The reason is that it goes into detail explaining exactly why it is important for all of us to learn to become more self-empowered, independent, independently thinking, and happier (yes, this is essential) human beings.

This has to do with the transformational times we are living in.  We are currently undergoing a radical transformation in the structure of organisation of and in society.  The hierarchical, authoritarian structures we see in society are on the way out.   Some of them may fall apart (such as the European Union), others might end up blowing up spectacularly (such as our financial system, but let us hope is does not happen), yet others may simply be replaced (such as a number of companies).

Living in these times it may be difficult to realise what is happening.  It is difficult to see because we only have our past to serve as what is normal, real, functional.   And we do not know what is to come.  The change will probably be easier to describe for future historians who look back at these times.

Without really knowing what is to come, how do we prepare for it?

The argument in “The Devil is in the Structure” is that we are moving towards non-authoritarian societies and the best way to organise them will be using the knowledge of the masses.  But for that to work the masses need to be comprised of independent, diverse, and joyously productive individuals.   This is not an opinion, more of a mathematical fact in autonomous organisation models.

So, the best thing you can do to prepare for the future is learn how to become self-empowered, independent, happy and pursue the highest expression of your essence.

More about the book

“The Devil is in the Structure” also shows how the application of a new perspective, namely the perspective that structure creates fate, can be useful in vastly different areas.  It shows examples from biology, psychology, activism, businesses, financial institutions, to socio-economic systems.

It goes into how the architects of any structure, be it a business, an institution, a reading group, or even a treatment for some disease can take advantage of the structure to attain their goals in peaceful and harmonious ways.

GreekTragedyIt also shows how many of our present structures are designed in ways that makes them exactly counter productive.  It is as if we were designing a Greek Tragedy, where each individual is doing their best to solve a problem and yet their efforts are exactly what is creating that very problem.  Such can be the power of a structure.

The book also goes into psychological structures that are formed in us as children.  If we are unaware of these we will keep repeating certain patterns and keep suffering in particular ways and think that this is just who we are.  Understanding our psychological structure is the first step in becoming liberated from the effects the structure exerts on us.

 

By the way,  there is now a character test available online where you can identify your particular structural make-up.

So, in summary, the book spans a wide range of subjects, but it does so from one particular perspective, that structure is immensely powerful.  By the end of the book the ready should have a grasp of how to apply this perspective to his or her life on a personal or even global scale.

 

 

 

Offsetting the Negativity Bias

By the power of your mind you can deliciously focus a good life into existence.  Really.

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It’s true.  We all have a negativity bias.  We tend to scan for negative experiences more than for positive ones and focus on them more than on the good stuff around us.

This may have been good for our survival as a species, as we have learned to avoid bad situations that might even lead to our death.  However, in today’s society things tend to be more complex, and our negativity bias can get us into trouble.

For instance, although over time the negativity bias improves our survival, it does not necessarily provide the best health and wellbeing.  Focusing on the negative we become fearful, stressed, anxious.  If it is only for a few seconds, then this is not a problem.  But when this becomes a chronic state we greatly affect our health and wellbeing.

Furthermore, what we focus on is what we tend to experience more of in our lives.  This means that if we focus on the negative, we will tend to build beliefs about our world that reflect that negative.  If we have been lied to and cheated, then we will develop a lack of trust and it may be easy to also develop a belief that people cannot be trusted.  With this attitude we will tend to evoke situations where it becomes easier for others to cheat us again.

Imagine a boss at your workplace who sits you down and tells you that they believe in you and want to give more freedom and opportunity for growth.  Now imagine a boss who does not look you straight in the eye and always tells stories of how his employees are no good thiefs.  Which of these two bosses would you have an easier time cheating?

What we focus on becomes our experience.  The more we focus on the negative, the more we will tend to see it and inwardly feel it.  This will overtime make us more depressed, grumpy, and bitter.  And this is what will tend to happen if we let our negativity bias reign.

But there is something we can do.  We also have the ability to learn from positive experiences.  However, they do not automatically stick to our mind as the negative ones.   We rarely start obsessing about the positive events of our days.   But having the ability to choose what to focus on, we can decide to take in the good and marvel in it.  By creating a practice where we choose to do this, we will be making it easier and easier for our mind to go there, and even for our brain to wire these connections.  This will make it possible for us to enjoy our daily events to a higher degree, to feel satisfied, fulfilled, happier.  Over time we will be forging these positive connections in our minds, as opposed to the negative ones.

Positive focus, brings the experience of your cup spilling over, wiring this experience into your brain, affecting your mind from then on.

Here is a video on a two breath practice that you can incorporate into your day in order to offset the negativity bias.  It is based on the phrase “There are no ordinary moments”, from the movie “Peaceful Warrior”.  Take a look.

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ChooseJoyBook

If you are interested in more practices that can make you happier, take a look at the book

“Choose Joy – On Joy and Freedom for the Logically Minded”. 

It contains ten chapters, each outlining a perspective that may lead to more happiness, and each finishing with a specific practice.

The First Book is Out: Choose Joy

 

If you are like most of us, then you have much more power to choose the way you feel than you think.   You do not have to be the victim of the whims of the world and people around you.  There is a way for you to choose more joy in your life, in spite of contrasting experiences.

The first step is to recognize that you have the power to choose how you feel.  Once you truly get this, then you there are a number of different ways for you to practice your insight, so that you may benefit from it.

“Choose Joy:  On Joy and Freedom for the Logically Minded” was written for precisely that purpose, to help you recognize and step into your power to feel more joy.  It contains a number of perspectives designed to convince your logical mind that you do indeed have the option to choose how you feel.  And, to follow it up, it also presents a number of practical exercises that will assist you in making the insight your experienced reality, not just an intellectual pursuit.

If you are curious, I invite you to read no more than one short chapter per day, or better yet per week, and spend the rest of the time putting it into practice.

“Choose Joy” is only the first in a series of books, all dedicated to inspiring and exploration into a more freedom and joy.

You can already get your copy from Lulu and soon from Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and more…

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