Many of the posts here on SubHopping are excerpt from a book project called The Power Book, which documents notes and concepts for making changes in your life that add to your personal power. But what does that mean?
Personal power is confidence and the happiness you feel as you acquire it. Many of us find ourselves in situations where we feel we’ve lost control or no longer feel good about ourselves. Jobs, relationships, materialism, ruts, addictions, health problems or a lack of diversity in the people and places you love- these are common issues related to confidence or what I like to call ‘mojo’. When you feel like you’re losing yours, it’s time get it back.
As grandiose as it seems, at SubCulture Hopping we’re going to tackle these subjects. That’s because they all have the same root causes and cures. The Buddha’s great revelation, the Four Noble Truths, showed those roots in the first two Truths:
- Life Is Suffering
- Suffering Comes From Desire
To liberate yourself from suffering you must stop wanting and start living. As simple as that sounds, our society has programmed us to want things that others define as desirable and make those desires our own. The problem is that we manage our lives to acquire things that are not essential to ourselves and this causes us to question ourselves at a core level. Fortunately there are ways to start managing your own mojo instead of aspiring to things that others expect of you.
That’s the theme of The Power Book and the underlying premise of getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing all those other cultural choices the world offers.
Wikipedia’s entry for Mojo defines it as:
“Mojo is a magical charm bag used in hoodoo, which has transmuted into a slang word for self-confidence, self-esteem or sex appeal.”