The quality of our questions determine the quality of our lives. For instance, when you are playing a game or sport. "Do you play not to lose?" OR "Do you play to win?" In the end, the answer to the questions will determine the choices you make. another set of questions "why does this always happen to me?" vs. "what is it that I want?"
The answers to each of these questions will attract an answer and bring it into your life. Therefore, I ask, what are some quality questions you ask yourself?
For me the most important question has become "how does this make me feel?" or "what am I feeling right now?".
By stopping for a moment and taking the time to ask myself this in any given situation, I create a space that usually gives me enough time to respond to the situation at hand or change my point of focus :)
answered 02 Nov '11, 13:43
Yes this is an excellent question. When you play not to lose, you know this is serious and your life is on the line. But if you play to win, you may get cocky, over-confident, and careless.
Both the Samurai and American Indians had a saying before battle, "Today is a good day to die." What this did was to get it out of their minds-the fear of dying-so that their minds could be on survival and the battle itself. If you go into battle with a mindset of winning instead of surviving, you will be on the offense, and thus at a disadvantage. The one that waits for the right opportunity is the one that wins. He knows at any moment that he could lose, thus his senses rise to their peak and he survives to fight another day. It is like the spider that patiently waits for its prey to land in the web before attacking. The bug that just rushes in to attack the spider hasn't a chance.
Here is an old American Indian question: "A fox is running after a hare, which will win?" Many would say, "The fox has determination, he is faster and smarter, so he would win." It is the hare that would win; because the fox runs for a meal, the hare runs for its life.
After being in several minor accidents that left me with major muscle pain, I asked something like, "Why does this keep happening to me?" My mom said that she read that people who ask that keep having the same kind of problems. Well something like that. It made me think about the questions I ask. I started noticing that I can come up with an answer for just about anything if only I ask. The problem is, I only ask other people questions, so if I am not around other people, I don't ask questions. This site has helped a lot with that. (Thanks!)
So my questions that I ask, not on here necessarily but in life, have evolved. I realed that I need to be careful what questions I ask, because I might not like the answer.
This question has a link to some interesting questions. However after reading the thisarticle Kriegerd posted in their comment here, and part 2I can see what's missing. It combines what I learned in The Isaiah Effect by Gregg Braden about the feeling of it already being true with asking the right questions. I just read part one and two from Kriegerd's link and am excited to start using them.
The kinds of questions I will be asking now will be positive, in the present tense and something I want. Like, "Why am I so healthy?" "Why is my life so perfect?" "Why am I such a good mother?" "Why is my house so clean?" "Why do so many people love me?" and stuff like that.
Edit 3/20/12 I was talking to someone about the question, "Why am I always so healthy?" and they mentioned dropping the word 'always'. I didn't ask them why, but asked myself why later and planned on asking her if she had a reason. I tossed it around and realized that the word 'always' dilutes the present tense now with past and future. The only time that matters is now, so by dropping 'always' and being healthy now gives it more strength in the present. Adding 'always' is like adding 'will be' to it, keeping it in the future.
to lose or to win that is still duality. know this you can lose and win and win and lose. but you want a quality question how aware are you for you and other and how it all fit in? and how are you going to make your life and the life of other better in the future using the now moment? well experience and enjoy.
answered 02 Nov '11, 04:18
It's interesting, because the focus of our mind is directed by questions, and focus of our lives by what we answer to those questions, however at the same time there is a space between the question and the answer in which you can choose what is your answer going to be. If you observe this process closely, you can break continuity between questions and seemingly logical answers. Thereafter, your answers might not be dependent on your questions at all. And if you observe yourself even more deeply, you can be able to decipher from these questions and answers who you think you are. And just as you decipher, you can encipher new values and they will reflect themselves in new set of questions and answers.
I believe you can use both, different questions and answers to change your perception of yourself, as well as undertake the journey to the core of your perceptions in order to understand it and change it, thereby changing questions and answers you ask.
The real question is, who do you want to be when defined in measures of this world. Anyone who understands how everything relates to itself, how the universe works, must also recognize that the potential he has within himself is infinite.
For me "why" oriented questions are less effective that "what" questions. I ask myself, "Why did I do that?" or "Why did you do that?" Elicits a very different response set than asking, "What did you hope to gain by doing that?" "what was your purpose in doing that?"
The checkout lines move more rapidly for me since I quit asking "Why does this always happen to me?" And often I heard others in the stuck line say the same thing. I quit putting energy into it and if the event happens (rarely) I ask myself, "What is good about this?" Often I get an insight from talking to someone in line, or see something of value.
But if I put a lot of energy into asking myself "why" questions, I head down more stuck dis-useful situations.
Ask questions that will make you feel good.
answered 15 Mar '12, 08:49
there are several,
answered 20 Mar '12, 21:34
For me the question is not whether I am playing to win or lose. Not at all. My question is am I having fun playing the game? If I enjoy the game, play it, if not, find something I do enjoy. I think that *having fun is what we all want and it is the primary, absolute primary force behind all our decisions in life.*
We all are constantly moving in the direction of pleasure. Sometimes it is a matter of degree, moving away from pain could be considered pleasurable.
My father was a newspaper publisher. We had a pressman who was outstanding in his work, yet he constantly complained about working, but he had to work to support his family and all his money went to that objective, so he was drowning in work that did not make him happy. He wanted to spend his money elsewhere and that his family was wasteful with how they spent his money. So, even though he was being paid the highest salery of all our production workers, he was also threatening to quit unless he got additional raises to support his wasteful family.
I asked him why did he not just move away where he had no obligations and use his money to play. He said he would feel terrible if he did not support his family. "So you are happier working and supporting your family? Then you are happy."
I can't say that changed him, but growing tired of his constant carping that was depressing other workers, I suggested to him that his threats to quit were being heard and we were thinking about firing him. Faced with this certain reality, he found greater joy in his job. He focused on liking his pay, liking his special parking place, liking his benefits, liking his co-workers, liking his work.
But moving away from pain is not really moving toward joy. If he no longer worked for us, he would have taken his state of mind, his problems with him and found the same dislike at another place of employment. Like a person who leaves one relationship and finds another that is the same, just with a different face.
We have the "power to create worlds". But in order to do this successfully -- and I use the term "successful" in an equal context as "happy" -- we need to go inside and change our default behavior, our expectations. And believe me, friends, 'expectations' and 'default behavior' are the same. Then there is no effort in changing our response to dis-useful situations.
decided I wanted to weigh 180 pounds instead of 230. Changed my default behavior about food and was at my desired weight in three months, and have stayed there. No effort. No diet. No 'giving up the things I liked'. Just liked different things to eat. Just liked different things!
Play to win? Play to not lose? Neither. Play to play. Play because that is what you enjoy most. We are doing this anyhow, but we can do it with greater enjoyment, and that is the bottom line! Have fun!
When Lawrence of Arabia wanted a major desert chief to join him in fighting other desert tribes, he said, "You will do this, not for the money, not for the power, not for justice, not for the prestige -- you will do this because it is your pleasure to do so."
answered 21 Mar '12, 04:54
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