Life, Though It Sounds Simple, It's Not Easy
Life, Though It Sounds Simple, It’s Not Easy

Life, Though It Sounds Simple, It’s Not Easy

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! “Let your mind settle naturally in mahamudra and live from there.” Mahamudra is all about not-thinking, letting the mind settle so deeply that it does not do anything. This is where we are meant to live from. The basic instruction for mahamudra is to let body, breath, and mind settle naturally. Though it sounds simple, it is not easy. At first, you feel like you are doing nothing, and it takes a while to appreciate that that is exactly what you are doing (or not doing). The productive and achievement-oriented parts of you start to …

​ There’s No Need To Pray To Anything
​ There’s No Need To Pray To Anything

​ There’s No Need To Pray To Anything

​Prayers to the lineage, prayers of refuge, prayers for bodhicitta [the wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings], prayers of devotion, prayers of praise, prayers for protection and activity, dedication prayers, good fortune prayers, offering prayers, and aspiration prayers. There’s no need to pray to anything. If done from a settled mind, what we are praying for arises naturally. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation of your choosing, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here.  This is a home for all things related to maximizing ones …

Contrary To Popular Belief, It's Okay To Want To Be Perfect.
Contrary To Popular Belief, It’s Okay To Be Perfect.

Contrary To Popular Belief, It’s Okay To Be Perfect.

​This whole concept that nothing is perfect, or that one shouldn’t aim for perfection is, in my eyes, wrong. Now, this is simply my take on things, but… Everyday, I look out at an elegant universe with an unbelievable amount of balance to keep things in tow. Even as we make decisions to hurt our world, it does it’s best to find balance, to support itself. If the sun goes off even by an inch, we burn or we freeze. If trees decide to stop turning poison into oxygen we die. If my body decides to not do the millions of functions it has to handle on a second by …

​ How Many Things Can We Be Aware Of All At Once?
​ How Many Things Can We Be Aware Of All At Once?

​ How Many Things Can We Be Aware Of All At Once?

Can we be conscious of the forgotten The suffering The alone The men and women in prisons The hungry The betrayed The lost… Can we be aware of them all? They are part of the planet, they are human, they are flesh and blood, they love and suffer and worry and love to laugh and be in joy. They are in this meal and in this traffic. They built this highway, they manufactured this plastic container, they made me tires and a car; they are here. How can I be aware of them all? How can I give half as much as I have received? How can be aware of …

All We’re Ever Doing Is Creating Or Destroying

Everything on a Macro and Micro level. We are making, creating, composing, building or tearing down, killing, melting, destroying. Creating our lives, our careers, our lunch, our 1 year plan, our bodies, our minds, our heart, our dinner, our portfolio… Destroying a word we no longer need to use, a story that doesn’t serve us, a relationship that has reached it’s point, a habit that is more harmful than helpful, a friend that is more frenemy then friend. So, what are we creating and what needs destroying? What are we destroying that really needs creating? What are we creating or think we are creating that needs destroying? This is the question …

Judge A Person By The People Around Them

Judge A Person By The People Around Them

We’ve heard it before, “Want to know a man/woman, see who he hangs out with most.” “Judge a man by all the people around him, the ones he spends time with most.” At this moment, everyone I know is doing really well. Like, really well. Making money. Learning. Growing. Dreams coming true. Loving. Falling in love. Being in love. Making life and promises and commitments and having fun. This has the potential to be a very dangerous thing. To feed on my ego, to prey on my weaknesses and fear and jealousy; “why them and not me?” Or, I can celebrate it, because they are the people around me. I can …

The Ultimate Guide To An Anti-Inflammatory Shopping List

The Ultimate Guide To An Anti-Inflammatory Shopping List

A Guest Post From Our Friends Over At Positive Health Wellness: Inflammation is a normal response by the immune system. When used properly, it can aid the healing process. However, more often than not the immune system attacks healthy cells. The immune system is confused over the cells and components that are good and bad for the body and acts thinking that it is doing you some good. Some irritants can also cause inflammation of the skin and areas of the body like the digestive system. When our bodies do become inflamed, there is excess pressure placed on the nerves. Circulatory systems are narrowed, and the brain is told that …

The Heart Of Darkness Lives Within All Of Us

The Heart Of Darkness Lives Within All Of Us

​“I could be Adolf Hitler”… Is simply the truth. I could be, with the right conditions and the possible draw of the card, I too am capable. It’s not to crazy to believe; that each one of us is capable, somewhere, in someway, of the madness we condemn. By acknowledging this universal truth, we can shatter the walls of the ego that divide us from others. Only when we can confront the ‘heart of darkness’ that lives within all of us. Prince Siddhartha became the awakened Buddha when he saw his own dark heart and mind, rather than merely his “potential.” It is only when one identifies totally with their …

Your Awareness Will Set You Free

Your Awareness Will Set You Free

Thich Nhat Hanh states, “When I have a toothache, I discover that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. That is peace. I had to have a toothache in order to be enlightened, to know that not having one is wonderful. My nontoothache is peace, is joy. But when I do not have a toothache, I do not seem to be very happy. Therefore to look deeply at the present moment and see that I have a nontoothache, that can make me very happy already.” ​It is our awareness that sets us free! In other words, think of it as having “Vuja De”…Vuja De: The opposite of Deja vu – …

We Are All One In The Ocean Of Life

We Are All One In The Ocean Of Life

​The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer – Gandhi Like individual droplets of water merged to form the ocean, we are all one in this life. The consciousness I hold flows through the drops around me. When collective consciousness unites together in belief, cause, or nation, it may form flowing ripples or crashing waves in the world in which we live. World peace is a worthy goal and even more important, a state of consciousness. As I affirm thoughts of peace, those thoughts ripple out to the world around me. I choose to live in peace with all humankind, and …