Nathan Barinstein – An Incredible Channel of Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I have found the most incredible, inspiring channel on youtube, called Nathan Barinstein (you can click on the name in blue to check it out, or just look up “Nathan Barinstein on youtube). This is a super interesting and entertaining channel and all of the videos that have been uploaded to it are FASCINATING. To anyone who reads this blog, please go check it out, you won’t regret it.

This is a youtube channel for anyone interested in travel, in self-discovery, and beautiful cinematography.

Here are the links to some of the videos (click on the titles below):

What is Happiness?

Meeting a President

Flying In An Old American Plane 

I really do think they’re worth checking out, and you can subscribe to the channel to get notifications whenever a new video goes up.

You can thank me later!



The Blame Game

Morning, I’ve got a good one for all of you today.

It’s quite easy to go around living your life blaming. It doesn’t matter what or who you blame, but as long as you are always performing the act of blaming, you never have to shoulder on responsibility. Many people do just that all their life – to avoid the harshness of the real world. Like I said, it isn’t difficult to live that way at all. Taking on responsibility requires facing reality, which is something many people do not have the courage to do. It certainly isn’t always the most inviting option, particularly in times of weakness.

Clouds of Honesty

Live honestly. Take ownership. (Photo credit: Mick E. Talbot)

So many live seeing the world as the cause of all of their faults. People choose to view things that way, for if they look at themselves as the reason, then they are truly at fault for not living the life they wish. And although that may be the reality, it is a cruel and bitter reality indeed.

The people, places or things around one can quite easily be blamed as the reason(s) why one’s life is unsatisfactory. In fact, some have gotten so good at doing this, at skirting the responsibilities of life, that they have made this sad way of living into a game.

The Blame Game.

It’s a game we all know, occasionally play, and hate to see others play. It’s a selfish game, played with one’s intentions well and truly above all others’. It’s a game ruled by weakness.

Pointing Finger Is Pointing

Pointing the finger is to focus solely on others. (Photo credit: Adam Crowe)

Why do so many choose to participate in this style of living? It’s an awful way to live, firstly, but what’s worse, it’s a game no one can ever win. It is a never-ending process of pointing the finger at anything but one’s self. You can never win, because responsibility is a part of life, and without it, one does not allow themselves the chance to freely live.

Why take on the painful truths when it is so much easier to find something/someone else to put at fault? Because integrity is left behind in the quest to constantly use others to avoid pain for one’s self. Honest living becomes an impossibility when one seeks to blame others for their faults. You are not being truthful with others, nor are you being truthful with yourself.

The biggest misconception, though, if even unsaid, is that the lack of responsibility will contribute to staying happy, as reality can be a very harsh place at times. But the truth is that doing this only moves one farther away from a place of happiness by suppressing crucial components of life. By relinquishing honesty and living selfishly. The blame game is a perfect way of staying in a little bubble, and makes it impossible to stay connected with the universe, or to live with value and awareness.

It is worth it to participate in the ruthless cycle of blame?



The following is a post by a new monthly contributor to this blog, ZF, about his view on awareness. Enjoy.

There is something fascinating about awareness, our abiliy to step back and see things in a different light – when we choose to, of course. So much time and energy is wasted in our daily lives when we are stuck in our ways, married to our beliefs, and therefore see nothing but what our heads tell us to see in front of us.


Let your true “I” emerge. (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

At any time, you can choose to view things from the perspective of the soul – the still part of you, the true “I.” You let your true “eyes” see things as they are, without panic, without letting fear and other emotions take you to places you ultimately would rather not go. How is this accomplished? By creating distance from your mind – your thoughts, your physical self – and letting the silent witness observe what’s there. Every time I do this, I realize there’s more to the picture than I am seeing, and what a difference that makes! I may still be afraid, or angry, or sad, but then THAT becomes the thing (the emotion) that needs my attention, not the reaction to it. I am then able to pay attention to what I’m feeling rather than being consumed by the reaction that wants to take over (the mind, the ego).


Who is responsible for the chaos?(Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

It’s not easy, of course, at least not at first, and requires practice to strengthen the muscle. But next time you are spinning out of control – thinking too much, talking too much, doing too much, reacting in a negative way to the smallest things – ask yourself what is truly happening, how could it all be so convoluted if not for your actions and your own perspective? Who is the “Convoluter” creating all this chaos? The mere asking will create space and allow you to see better what is going on. To see that you are not your thoughts, you are not even your emotions – those are all a part of our false identification. We are beings – beings who have experiences, who feel, who are here to evolve. Our true selves are much grander and much more expansive than we even allow ourselves to know.

The more you practice this, the more you will begin to see life differently – your work, your time with people, your time alone. This isn’t to say that you won’t feel things in the process! Of course you will, but by spending time with your emotions – without letting them consume you – you will have an opportunity to learn something about yourself.

Standing Tall in the Morning Light

“When you change how you see the world, your whole world changes.”(Photo credit: Brian Hathcock)

It’s a different way of looking at life and a way to live it more richly and fully. Relationships blossom and the world around you is very different, because you’re different and you start seeing everything in a new light. This reminds me of the following quote:

“When you change how you see the world, your whole world changes.”

–Aman Motwane

It starts with you.

It’s a work in progress, no doubt, and it’s completely useless to bash on one’s self because one is not yet “there.” Getting there takes time and patience. I’m living proof and there’s no rushing it, only gently trying to create that space over and over again till it becomes the normal. After all, practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes normal. And what a wonderful way to live when full awareness is our everyday norm. ZF.

Stop Living in a Bubble

Hello, hope today went well for all of you.

So I’ve been pondering quite a bit on what exactly I wanted to write about these last two days. Obviously, I didn’t get to blogging yesterday. It’s not because of a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of inspiration. These are heart-felt pieces that you’re reading on this blog, and sometimes I just can’t put the heart into it.

What I felt, what came to me today, was how much we stay in our comfort zones. It’s a huge barrier that we set around ourselves, and it only holds us back as people. If you do only what feels safe, you won’t go anywhere. You’ll stay exactly where you are, never learning, never growing.

I wrote something similar to this a while back, about showing one’s self to world. The difference from that time to now, is that the fear is more about exploring outside of what you know, what you’re comfortable with. Our world isn’t all cushy and welcoming – it’s an uncomfortable place out there, get used to it.

The motive, though, is the same: to avoid pain. It’s something we naturally do as human beings, as animals. But to avoid the pain of exploring the unknown is to avoid growth as a person, and thus the fear is an obstacle that must eventually be scaled like any other impediment.

That is rather ruthlessly put, and I’m aware of the fact that nothing really is that straightforward. It’s just a bazillion baby steps, if broken down properly. It’s something to grow out of, to constantly push yourself to do just a tad bit more, experience that one tiny new thing. It could be picking up that disgusting garbage laying on the ground in front of you. It could be spending time and getting to know in a new way, people you unfairly judged. It takes time, just like anything, but seeing the world that you’re missing is well worth the your time.

Why? Because the reason for living (in my opinion) is to see everything. everything. From pain to joy to enmity to friendship. The poor life, the rich life, the life right in between. Maybe it takes more than one lifetime. Maybe you don’t see it all on Earth. But you see it all eventually. Currently, right now, we’re living in a place that is full of these things, and witnessing them is what counts. Living in a bubble that is designed to keep yourself contained deprives yourself of these experiences.

I think the perfect example to keep in mind are those clouds of teenage girls that just follow each other around, afraid to be independent. I recognize that being a teenager is a scary time, and insecurity is a given in that part of life (we ALL know about that), but it’s just a perfect example of how that kind of fear to step out of one’s comfort zone inhibits what one can do.

Sphere in room

I like to think of one’s comfort zone as a sphere. You make it as big as you’re willing to go. One day, though, your little sphere won’t just be a tiny bubble in a room, it’ll be the whole room itself. Only you can get it there. (Photo credit: crdotx)

The most important part of exploring the things outside of one’s sphere of exposure, as I like to put it, is that you discover more about yourself. Not only do you learn how you react and interact with different things, but you see yourself in the world. It’s a bit hard to describe, but simply put: you’ll see yourself portrayed in many different ways, in many different forms. Our universe is a reflection of one’s self, as one’s self is a reflection of the universe we live in.

We all have a part of everything around us, within us. Often times, we deny that fact to ourselves. No way am I a homeless person! And yet, despite my different circumstance, some of that is a part of me. I believe we live on this Earth to discover more of that, however you choose to see it. To expose these things to ourselves. To widen and widen the bubble we live in until it encompasses everything.

Think on that.


Slowwww Down


Ah, well, there are many things that I have still to learn.

Speed seems to be everything for people now. Not only does it seem as though there are technological advancements daily, but everything is instant now. Texting/Social Networking/Skype – it’s all so immediate. Everything is in your face, trying to suck up some of your attention and time and money.

Everyone wants faster, better, more efficient. If you have the newest iPhone, you’re cool. People will give you more attention, guaranteed.

What we forget as we grow into this accelerating maelstrom of digital connecting, is that it’s


Never does there seem to be the time to stop. (Photo credit: antony_mayfield)

affecting our entire lives. Our entire life suddenly has to be faster, better, more efficient. There’s no time for breaks if you want to be successful.

If you can’t get enough sleep, there are “solutions” for that too. Please welcome our good friend caffeine. A consistently used short-term solution. It’s unhealthy to rely on such “quick-fixes” to say the least.

That’s where many of us have gone. At the velocity that everything is going, it’s impossible to keep up otherwise. Want to make more money? Push yourself harder. I have heard of lawyers making an excess of money but never being able to take breaks or vacation, because the line of work that they are in constrains them from doing so. When does one plan so end the vicious cycle?

That’s completely missing the point of living. You don’t come into your life with anything material, and you leave without a single material thing, so why make it the goal of your life to compile something ultimately meaningless (in terms of growing as a person)?

I recognize that there is now a certain level of necessity to money in living, and there’s no escaping that. Again, it’s a balance – losing yourself in material pleasures vs. abstaining so much as to not enjoy life. Finding that balance is crucial, and one of the keys to moving in the right direction.

I say these things today, because I myself have come across those exact issues. I’ve become very fixated on the success of this blog, the success of everything in my life. My achievements are never enough, as I must always be better. There is no way to keep up, to always be able to move faster and faster.

The solution? Slow down. It may seem like a contradictory statement, but it make sense. Obviously accelerating to higher levels of speed is harmful and not working. What’s the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

–Albert Einstein

Life is an awful and frustrating place if whatever it is that you’re doing is never good enough. It all stems from how you choose to view your life, and the perspective that you choose to have. A failure for one can be a success for another. You’re the only one that can pick which you’d like to view things as.

Possibly the most important part of slowing down? Many beauties of life are subtle and hidden, and can only be found with patient eyes. For me, this is where much of the value of living resides. Gluing yourself to your computer, although an amazing tool, will bring your quality of living down a bit.

Slowing down in your life allows for more space to listen to what your mind and body are feeling in response to the things around you. One can exist more ‘in the moment’ and truly extract things otherwise impossible to find in life. You can find your bliss if you don’t race through life.

So slow down and re-evaluate what really matters to you – these are the things that should always take top priority. And if you value them enough, you’ll make them happen.