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Stories Have The Power To Move Us

Stories Have The Power To Move Us

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The woman next to me on the plane just fist pumped, a powerful and unapologetic fist pump when the basketball went in the hoop during a game of one on one between the good guy and the bad guy on The CW’s “One Tree Hill.” It was the last shot, slow motion, and he (our hero) sunk it and she clenched her fist and pumped it! She was happy. Happy for our hero, happy for her, happy on the inside. She was happy. Stories have the power to move us. To make us happy. To make us fist pump no matter where we are. To make us smile. To move …

Calm Your Curls

Calm Your Curls (a Dominican boys hair journey through Hollywood)

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Original Article My grandma used to say, “tu eres el mejor actor en todo el Mundo.” She was right, I’m a pretty great actor, the best in the world is a big statement, but sure, thanks Grandma. Oh, and watch out Denzel. But my Grandma didn’t know the rules and walls I would be up against. Honestly, neither did I. “Mission number 1 in LA: Go unnoticed, sort of, blend in. Not too edgy. Not too soft. Be you, if you are something we all see you as, make sense? It’s tough. Be the best and stand out while blending in. Got it? It takes time, practice, and thick skin, …

Life After Instagram

Life After Instagram

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What can you tell me that I can’t figure out from your Instagram? What can you show me that your gallery of chosen pictures and 1min videos can not? Who are you besides these very carefully selected samples of who you wish to be seen as? This is the person I want to know. This is the person who heals and enlivens and enlightens and inspires and motivates and can crate change. Not the one inside the gallery being curated by the one inside the thing itself. Unsubscribe. Opt out. Now. Ppt out of delusion and tune into truth. There is life outside Outside of the scroll and feed. A …

It’s Not What’s Happening. It’s How You Relate To It.

It’s Not What’s Happening. It’s How You Relate To It.

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You can’t solve a problem on the same level is created. – Albert Einstein What’s really happening here? What’s here? What is really here? It’s Not What’s Happening. It’s How You Relate To It. It’s how much strength and power you give to the story. Our stories are a map, but they are not reality; a map, not the territory. They are real but not true. They will confine us or they will wake us up. This is true for a break up, a personal sickness, or your money in the stock market. What story are you telling? The, “this shouldn’t be happening story?” or the, “this is happening story?” …

I Am A Prophet. You Are A Prophet. We Are Prophets

I Am A Prophet. You Are A Prophet. We Are Prophets

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Your imagination is the single most important asset you possess. It’s your power to create mental pictures of things that don’t exist yet and that you want to bring into being. It’s the magic wand you use to shape your future. Your imagination is a treasure when it spins out scenarios that are aligned with your deepest desires.  Nothing manifest on this planet unless it first exist as a mental picture. The prophecies of our imagination tend to be accurate. Many of our visions of the future to come to pass.  On the other end of the scale, is all the things we get that we didn’t want. But we …

Waking Up The Nation

Waking Up The Nation

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Vietnamese monk, peace activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh speaks on the blessings that suffering can provide… When so many people die, we are shocked by it, and that shock can wake us up and it can help make awareness and mindfulness last. During this time, people are in a position where they have the capacity, and the opportunity, to look deeply into their situation and the situation around the world. That is why it is so important to make use of our suffering and not just complain about it. We have within us the seeds of despair, of anger, but we also have the seeds of compassion, awakening, Buddha-nature, …

Today I pray that you get everything you want, and I mean it.

Today I pray that you get everything you want, and I mean it.

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Today I pray that your wishes come true. I pray your wishes don’t harm anyone. If they don’t- I want you to have what you want, I want you to know that luck is not for the rare few, that we do get what we desire and need, that life is for us and not against us. Life’s lessons may not always be easy to learn, but life does not have to be difficult. We do not need to suffer to find our way forward. Here’s to our success, for the benefit of ALL beings. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting …

Your Dreams Are As Essential As life Itself

Your Dreams Are As Essential As Life Itself

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Your dreams are as essential as this tree and this ocean. Your dreams are as vital as nature itself. They are a part of life itself, a part of the landscape. Your dreams are not just a thing; they are meant to be honored. Honor it. Honor your dreams. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here.  This is a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us

You can have it all. You can have things that are good for you and good for everyone else too.

You can have it all. You can have things that are good for you and good for everyone else too.

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You can make your money so you can spend your money in the right ways. The choice isn’t success or monk, Buddha or lawyer; it’s far greater than that. Like all of us, you have desires for things that you don’t really need and are good for you. But don’t discard yourself for having them, also don’t think that every desire is tainted. Rather, think of your misguided longings is the bumbling amateur expression of a faculty that will one day before more expert. There are you practice as we work towards the goal of becoming a master of desire. It may take a while, but eventually you will get …

This is what God feels all the time.

This is what God feels all the time

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We’re imitating the creators of the universe. Turning life into prayer. We pray for what God and goddesses pray for, which is different from what humans pray for. Prayers are the engine of creation. Our prayers, these prayers are life itself: – May this unfold in ways that send benevolent consequences out in all directions, diminishing the suffering and enhancing the joy of every sentient being. – May all beings get what they desire if it doesn’t harm another, by doing this may become a more potent force for beauty and truth and goodness, lifting up everyone they touch. – May this rebound to the benefit of all creatures, All …

Nothing Is Wrong With You

Nothing Is Wrong With You. I Repeat, Nothing Is Wrong With You.

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Think of something you’re trying to change about yourself, are you coming from a place of acceptance or rejection? I repeat, nothing is wrong with you. The Personal Growth and Wellness Industries are Full of Shit A whole industry of coaching, websites, books, e-books, documentaries, $20 smoothies (this is not a joke, these are real -Erewhon) and coffee’s full of fat and monk tears that sell us a thousand different ways to help us change. Because we need changing. Most of them play on our self-rejection, marketing to the parts of ourselves that we disown while laying out a supposed plan to overcome them. Their common theme is the essence of …

Like Growth, Rot Is A Natural Phenomenon

Like Growth, Rot Is A Natural Phenomenon

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We should be weary of things that never decay. We should be weary of the people or situations that always stay the same. Like forest fires, forest fires are essential to the health of a forest. Things must decay, things must burn down, it’s is essential to growth. What is stagnant in your life? What must you let rot so that the freshness below may flourish. Keep moving forward, keep growing. Have fun. 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 …

How Do I Afford This Lavish Lifestyle?

How Do I Afford This Lavish Lifestyle?

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  By the good grace of others. All by the grace and kindness of others. I am fighting to give back nearly a portion of what I receive on a daily basis.   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 life. Join us

Why Creativity Is Vital To Mental Health

Why Creativity Is Vital To Mental Health

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of creative expression. Creating is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings. “Art is a guarantee to sanity,” said Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist who died in 2010 at the age of 98. She even went on to add, “…This is the most important thing I have said.” For Bourgeois, art was a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion. She says she remembers making small sculptures out of bread crumbs at the dinner table when she was …

You Can't Heal What You Won't Reveal

You Can’t Heal What You Won’t Reveal

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What are you ready to reveal? Or, what needs revealing? What needs letting go? What story no longer serves you? What stories are we constantly telling? What’s our goal with our life point of you? What’s our intention with hanging onto this stuff deep down inside? Let it go, let it out. Tell your story.  Like the story of paying bills – is it a shitty or great thing? Is it wonderful that they trusted you and lent you something that you might’ve needed. Personally, without my student loans I wouldn’t be the man I am today,  I wouldn’t have witnessed, touched, experienced, and tasted the things I’ve tasted! I have a great great …

Everything Is Of My Own Perception

Everything Is Of My Own Perception

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If I recognize that everything is of my perception, I will be liberated. Actually, it all comes from within: the wisdom, the light, and the five armed monster who eats on our fears and gets stronger. It all comes from my own brain, my own heart, all me. Even the things I hate are an image of my own awareness. “Don’t be afraid Rivas. Recognize it and I will be set free.” … That’s it, I’m done! I no longer can go on this way. I’m simply not compelled or driven to live an unenlightened life of suffering, driven by worry, fear, doubt, confusion and addictive emotions. I’m over that …

I Must Learn To Love The Fool In Me

I Must Learn To Love The Fool In Me

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“– the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and looses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and get hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protect me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.” – Theodore Rubin 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 …

Think Of All The People Who Had To Show Up Today So You Can Be

Think Of All The People Who Had To Show Up Today So You Can Be

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Think of all the people who had to show up today so you can be in this safe, well lit, friendly and comfortable environment that has you looking at this post right at this minute. There are countless people who work hard on themselves when you’re not around so that you can enjoy this very moment. Any goodness we encounter in the world is a gift from people now and in the past. A handful of people we know by name, and millions of others whose names we will never know. For their countless acts of generosity, we owe them our deepest gratitude. Our job is to take the lantern …

These Are Tough Times

These Are Tough Times

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​These are tough times. The way things are now is no different from the way things have always been. Uncertainty is just more apparent at sometimes than others. Hold to the center Neither paralyzed or burying our heads in the sand Hold to the center. Engage in the world knowing that even the end might not be the end Have courage Bear witness Show up when needed Take action Be light for yourself and others And practice is as if your hair was on fire. These are tough times. Times of great fear AND equally great opportunity. Full engagement requires us to know both.   If you find joy and …

How Can You Know What Will Happen Next? You Can't

How Can You Know What Will Happen Next? You Can’t

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​The truth is, once you really look at the nature of life, there is no way you can’t question all your beliefs. Once we take that critical eye we save for others and cast it upon ourselves we will also share with them the beneficence and sympathies we oft reserve for ourselves. Being in life means creating the conditions for life. Living life well means grace in adversity. Our destinies are inseparably stitched together. The destruction of one universe is really just the formation of the next. It’s between breaths. Between blinks. Between Steps. One has to come to accept it all. How can you know what will happen next? …

And God Said, "Did You Never Think, 'Death Is Coming'?

And God Said, “Did You Never Think, ‘Death Is Coming’?

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​And god said, “Did you never think, ‘death is coming?’ Is that why you slaved away on the pointless business of mundane life, and left with nothing? Don’t feel bad, everyone leaves with nothing, but some, enjoy the nothing a little more than others. … Will you be the one to deceive yourself? Or will you dance and play and have fun and realize there is no goal, there is nothing you could do or get that will allow you to enjoy this moment like actually enjoying this moment.   If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one …