The Crucible: the blog of Joshua Scott Onysko

We have arrived.

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It’s that time of the year again where we feel compelled to make resolutions, ones that come with the promise of creating a new life, the life we truly want. When we think of that perfection and what we need to accomplish to get there, what do we see? What we see more often than not is everything we think is “wrong” with us. In our most basic nature, we are constantly feeding a conflict within us, this conflict is a war we have been waging from the time we…read more

My 20 Year Commitment

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This Monday 20 years ago I made a commitment to myself. I was on a journey and taking inventory of my life and how my actions affected my state of being as well as the world around me. I wanted to make better decisions that I believed would make a more positive impact on myself and my environment. I committed myself to a plant based diet and to never raise my voice in anger again. These two actions are not by themselves in any way independently viewed by myself as…read more

True Expression

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All humans want to be honest. All humans want peace. All humans want to do what is right. So, what causes the disconnect between our authentic desires and our reality? Fear. Fear is an omnipresent fork in the road. You see it when you look back at your life and recognize when you went against your true nature and made a decision that you later regretted. We are not honest when we allow the fear of hurting ourselves or someone else bind our actions. We commonly choose conflict over peace…read more

True Happiness

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We’re all searching for our true passion in life. To me, the key to finding our purpose is to first find true happiness within ourselves. When I think of true happiness I think of the kind of happiness that is not attached to another person or thing. True happiness cannot be found by obtaining something or having somebody; it exists in understanding, appreciation, and the ability to be present. Twelve years ago, when I was backpacking through India, I read a story. It went something like this… A middle-aged man approached…read more

What To Do About Nothing

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Hindus and Buddhists have a word to describe volitional formations, mental dispositions formed by an inner will that affects action patterns, that word is samskāra. As with most words of an ancient language or philosophy, the sentiment of samskāra has remained steady in contemporary times but the meaning often deviates. One of my yoga teachers says that samskāra is the perpetual habits that bind us to our past, present and future. Our life’s work (or many lives’ work) could be to free ourselves from this karma, eventually breaking away from…read more

How Do We Measure the Significance of Each Experience In Our Lives?

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Recently I’ve noticed my mind creating a system to weigh each experience that I have. When I observe the process, I notice that it begins with taking the immediate outcome versus the long term advantage into account. I’ve noticed that the long term advantage tends to supersede any previously held thoughts or conceptions I might have had. In theory, our mind’s ability to sort through the millions of experiences we have every day is quite remarkable…or is it? I’ve been trying to break the patterns in my own mind since…read more

Gratitude Will Set You Free

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Most parents teach their kids to say “Thank you” when somebody does something for them or gives them something, but a true sense of gratitude is a bit more complicated to understand. Gratefulness is a state of being that is born from the understanding that in every situation, there is space to be thankful. Whether the situation is positive or not is irrelevant: there is always space. This is not an emotion that can be forced – it is one that is either inherent or learned through finding a deeper…read more

You Thought Taxes Were Ripping You Off…

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People in almost every country I’ve traveled to spend so much time complaining about taxes and how much of their money their government is taking. What you very rarely hear people talking about is how much of our lives, money, experiences, and dreams are stolen by the charlatan in our minds. This voice that we have been listening to since a very young age lies to us all day every day. This voice is the one that tells you 101 reasons why you can’t succeed, why you can’t try something…read more

What May Come

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The revolution that we seek starts with our dedication to strive and to make better decisions in every moment; not only for ourselves but for the world around us. In the hearts of all humans you will find a desire to find relevance. When we talk of relevance we generally think big. What mark can we make on this earth and in this life? We tend to get ahead of ourselves and lose motivation based on our own internal feasibility study. We are constantly running plays on what we think is…read more

If You Live Your Truth, You Won’t Waste Time Disproving Others

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In traveling this life we learn many skills, some of which do not serve us. One of the skills we pick-up is “labeling.” It is not always a negative practice, but more often than not it is. We identify ourselves and others with many things and drop each other into categories. For example, many of my friends would say I am a democrat. This label effectively drives a wedge between me and anyone who does not fall into this category. We spend so much time declaring the differences between ourselves…read more

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