Strategy and tactics are surprisingly important to the arts.

Many people look at arts and artists and form an immediate judgment. Weak. Unattached. Odd. Rebellious. Unique. Hippy. Soft. And similar notions of the non-warrior.

Let me just set the record straight. This is not the truth.

Artists ARE warriors. Maybe not in the traditional sense of strapping on armor, taking up swords and guns, or the like. But we still gird our loins to do battle.

In high school, there was (and I am guessing probably still is) a major gap between artist and jock. …

Questions are the key to bridging the conscious and subconscious.

When I first experienced psychotherapy as a kid, I was initially perturbed by the endless questions in answer to my own.

Why am I sad? Why do you think you’re sad? How come I feel so alone? Why do you think you feel alone? Am I doing the right things? Do you think you’re doing the right things?

That’s totally annoying, right? I think I went off on my therapist about that (in as much as a seven-year-old kid goes off on someone). What this taught me, albeit indirectly, was to look within for answers before looking without. …

You alone can provide for your health, wellness, and self-care.

Welcome to Planet Earth. You, in this physical form, get one go-round. How long that will be is indeterminate based on factors inside and outside of your control.

The factors outside of your control you can do not a damned thing about. Natural disasters, mass shootings, car accidents, and other life-threatening outside occurrences can strike with no warning. That frightens the hell out of some people. But for most, it’s something you vaguely acknowledge and do all you can to avoid.

But it is important to acknowledge, and I’ll explain why up ahead.

Then there are the things that can…

I, for one, don’t suffer fools easily.

Presently, the United States is a nation of surreal paradox.

On the one hand, you have some of the finest tech and scientific minds you can imagine. On the other hand, you have people who think the Earth is flat and vaccines cause autism or implant microchips. Some schools teach robotics and advanced math while others teach creationism and refuse to acknowledge ongoing racism in the country.

It is very hard not to see people lacking reason, logic, and understanding — and not be frustrated by them. …

Creatives use imagination to expand the knowledge of the world.

I have not been to Disney World and Epcot Center in over 30 years. But the two times I want prior to that, I loved the Journey into Imagination ride.

At its heart what a lovable purple dragon named Figment (as in a figment of your imagination). I adored this ride and have not experienced it since it was revamped twice.

But the notion tapped into something I’ve held all my life. Imagination is the spark that changes the world.

Children have this incredible ability to visualize worlds beyond the conception of most adults. When I was a kid, the…

The positivity of this statement is tremendous. You belong here.

You might know your life’s purpose. Or you might not. Either way — you belong here.

I know a lot of people who struggle with questions big and small. They search for meaning, try to understand why they exist, the impact they have on the world, and more. Questing to understand life is good — it helps us to grow and learn. But whatever you find along the way, you belong here.

I get how that seems like a lie. A large portion of my life has been spent not belonging, not fitting in, feeling like and being an outsider…

The writer’s equivalent of rinse and repeat. Create — Revise — Repeat.

When I was 9 years old, I had an idea. A sci-fi story came into my head. It wasn’t long before I sat down with notebook, pen, and markers and started writing. Soon I had Wildfire — 50 illustrated pages of sci-fi adventure.

A two-minute exercise for anyone in need of release on any given day.

It’s easy to neglect self-care.

We get caught up in work, the issues of our friends and families, economics, politics, and lots of other bullshit that doesn’t serve us.

This leads to stress; fear and uncertainty; depression; anxiety; and mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical discomfort. Unchecked and ignored, this can make you physically ill — or outright kill you.

To add insult to injury, we see selfishness too easily and readily. Thus, even the tiniest iota of self-care gets neglected, ignored, denied, and put off for other things.

Self-care is not necessarily a major, costly thing. It doesn’t have to…

A healthy diet and exercise program include applied mindfulness.

For most of my life, I have struggled with my weight and fitness. I was a chubby kid, not much of an athlete, and that was my life for a long time.

When I got into medieval fencing, I found a sport I had some skill in. There was a period in my mid-30s where I was fencing as much as four or five times a week.

After a super-unpleasant experience following a run across an airport to catch a flight in my mid-20s — I joined a gym. I gained some decent muscle mass — but remained heavyset nonetheless.

Who I am — an honest assessment of my flawed, imperfect self.

Almost ten and a half years ago, I began to explore this philosophy I call Pathwalking. Over that time, all of the articles I have written, additional blogging on mindfulness, conscious reality creation, positivity, and the like have changed who I am and how I approach my life.

The change has been for the better. But while I am in a good place — I am still working on becoming more of who I desire to be.

I have been on the cusp of realizing the life experience I most desire for years now. Part of why it’s been the…

MJ Blehart

I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain.

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