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NEGATIVE TAPES

NEGATIVE TAPES

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Are the stories we have on repeat That we run to (often when we are afraid or challenged) Are the stories we have on repeat- which are not reflecting truths. Once the tapes are erased. Now I can love myself consciously. Now I can have my own thoughts. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally. It is appropriate for me to love myself unconditionally.   If you find joy and value in what I do and …

John and Mary

John and Mary

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Imagine my right arm is Mary, and my left is John. Only Mary and John don’t know they’re one body, they think they’re separate. One day John gashes himself. Mary looks at all the blood dripping and says, “Yuck, get that mess away from me.” Or she thinks: I’m not a doctor, if I try to help John I’ll get dirty, or I’ll get sued. What happens? John dies, Mary dies, I die. But one day Mary and John go through an epiphany, or a great enlightenment experience, and they realize they’re one body, they’re Me. So now when John gets hurt, Mary doesn’t even think about it. She goes to …

If Everyone Around You Is Doing Well - That's a Good Thing

If Everyone Around You Is Doing Well – That’s a Good Thing

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It means you are in good company. What’s that saying, “Judge a man by all the people around him, the ones he spends time with most.” “but what about me? Where are my riches, where is my break?” I get it, I do. But you must be diligent in erasing that old unnecessary tape that plays on repeat. That tape is a lie, their success is your success. if you stay diligent, if you keep going. Just look at those around you. In my own life, everyone I know is doing really well. Really well. Making money. Learning. Growing. Dreams coming true. Loving. Falling in love. Being in love. Making life …

I Stay Away From Anything Too Human

I Stay Away From Anything Too Human

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I quickly realized easy on in life that all of what I loved in this life was way beyond human. That the things I wanted to feel and comprehend and be inside of were the things beyond my comprehension, the things I didn’t know, the things beyond the horizon, beyond my knowing, the invisible stuff makes life richer and gives me life beyond life and a constant awareness of the death of all things; constantly killing what I think I know and giving birth to what I know I know.  So, to this day, I insist and know, that I am not concerned with the human. Will you join me?   If you find joy …

Don't compare your practice reel to their highlight reel.

Don’t compare your practice reel to their highlight reel.

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

That’s just dumb… ESPN has crafted a 16 billion dollar business by taking an hour and a half- to 2 hours of game footage and condensing it to as little as 30 seconds. Just the highlights. Just the good stuff. The ooohh’s and the aaahhh’s.  Instagram has done this as well; except we’re the editors, we’re the ones condensing hours and days and months of footage and practice time and hard work and effort and the boring stuff and  the no’s and the lost moments and turning it into one or two images we choose to share.  The problem is most people don’t realize this. You don’t realize that when You’re going through your feed looking …

We Need To Turn Off Our Devices

We Need To Turn Off Our Devices

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And we must close our eyes. When the screens in front of us go blank, we have a better chance to become aware of another screen, a screen “behind our eyes,” the screen of the mind. Then, if we sit quietly, watching the breath or reciting a holy ones or lovers name, that inner screen will empty out until it appears formless and radiant. And once we make contact with this bright, empty mind, our craving for fresh screens comes to a stop. We enter a state, where we have nothing to achieve and nowhere left to go.  Eventually you might or might not return to the phone, when this occurs, …

I Can Die At Any Time, In Any Place

I Can Die At Any Time, In Any Place

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Anyone can die at anytime and anyplace. That’s a fact. Nothing that we think we are, do, feel, or have has any essence, substance, stability, or solidity when it all melts away. All the somethings in and around us with which we occupy ourselves with from morning to night, in a moment are nothing to us if we die. When we die, they will dissolve our tight grasp, be forgotten in our minds, lost in our hands, fallen into a numbness out of our mind and body.  Once we become aware to the ever present possibility of death, we become liberated. We realize that we are essentially free at all times …

Consciousness Becomes Everything It “Touches.”

Consciousness Becomes Everything It “Touches.”

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Like, when you rear-end the car in front of you and you were surprised, because you thought you were the cellphone. Seems foolish, but, that’s how it goes. What we touch, what we place in our path, is what we become. So, what should we be putting in front of us? What should our foremost consciousness touch, adopt, and become? I see that is a pretty simple formula for becoming the thing we wanna be. If you want love put love in front of you, put yourself in love. If you want time this, put kindness in front of you. Does it feel like the world is crumbling and ending and …

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? If you find joy and value in what I do and share, …

REST

REST

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Show me a more beautiful 4 letter word.  “Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind, beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts like the relentless fury of the pounding waves in the infinite ocean of samsara.” Revel Enjoy Sensual Time REST 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

There is no such thing as nothingness

There Is No Nothingness

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There is no nothingness- Lucretius There is no such thing as nothingness, we didn’t come from nothingness and we don’t go into nothingness.   Everything we are, everything we touch and know came form something. There is and never was a nothingness. Nothing came from nothing.  When we die, we don’t go into nothingness, we don’t leave, we make something else. Recycling is simply the thing we knew in our bones that was true of our own star dust made selves. We have been doing this earth and life thing over and over. Being aware of this cycle of death and rebirth and transformation, adds a little gravitas to being a good …

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

You are the product, not the Internet. It uses you more than you use it. “If it’s free, you are the product…” and you are often the product. You are being bought and sold, you are being brainwashed and used and steered and herded, like cattle. You are not grass fed and free range, you are in a slaughterhouse within an advertising agency with a red dot on your head and a bullseye on your back, you are weighed and measured and bought and sold and your attention is the sole purpose of someone’s budget. You are told that the most recent should be seen first, that the most recent …

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

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You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, …

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Prayer is saying hello to a God whose name is unpronounceable. Prayer is saying hello to all. Prayer is making friends with the habit of listening and listening to our lives– the chaos and disorder, the stories we know and everything we do not know– in the presence of God. Prayer includes the grace and gravitas of what a greeting conveys but that most of us miss. Prayer is the unmade bed and the being-made love of the lives we are co-creating this day with God. Prayer is listening to the bigger world and for the surprising stories in the presence of God. And prayer is a yearning, the honest …

We Must Make Space For Silence. Silence, A Dying & Extinct Thing

We Must Make Space For Silence. Silence, A Dying & Extinct Thing

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We must let silence exist. If for no other reason, that is why you meditate and unplug and walk away and be still, to embrace silence. As a medicine, as a teacher, as a friend. Whatever it is, it is crucial that we create spaces and times of silence. “Silence is becoming extinct,” according to Gordon Hempton in his essay, Learning To Listen, “there are 14 places left on the planet where you can experience no outside noise pollution for at least 15 minutes.” DO what you can to keep silence alive. Silence is true vulnerability. Silence is the essence of peace. Let silence exist and it will feed you. …

A Teacher Of Fear Can Not Bring Peace

A Teacher Of Fear Can Not Bring Peace

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Fear begets fear. Peace begets peace. It’s not more complicated than that. We need solutions, I need you to share with me solutions, a monkey can point out a problem, pointing out the problem isn’t hard. I need artist and thinkers who are brave and resourceful enough to explore the front tears of beauty and truth and joy and compassion. Not zombies and crumbling and devastation and apocalypse and the end of the world. Less bitching on the old world and more imagining the New World. We must begin to organize and rally around March is that praise the solutions and the good things happening. All this focus on what’s …

Lack Of Clarity and Lack Of Understanding Is Always Painful

Lack Of Clarity and Lack Of Understanding Is Always Painful

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In the fall, you don’t grieve because the leaves are falling and dying. You say, “isn’t it beautiful!” Our lives are the same way. There are seasons. We all fall sooner or later. Hard moments happen to us at one point or another. It’s all what it is. It’s beautiful to be a leaf, to be porn, to fall, to give way to the next, to become food for the roots. It’s life. Always changing its form and always giving itself completely. All doing its part. No mistakes. When the rough moments happen to us it’s our story that brings the lasting pain. When we tell our story, we realize …

Porn Is Killing Your Imagination

Porn Is Killing Your Imagination

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If you are an artist, anyone, but especially an artist, you must stop watching porn. It is not inspiring you, it is telling you a one-sided story about what it means to make love. Making love and having sex is one of the most creative task imaginable; and unfortunately we have been saturated with a handful of ways in which it should look, feel, and sound. Boys and girls, young and old, confused; they don’t know what they want, they don’t know what they like, what feels good to them, because this image is playing in their head over and over and over again, they cannot separate themselves from the …

5 Ways To Seriously Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways To Seriously Boost Your Immune System

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

How do we prevent madness and bodily sickness? Eat healthy – sure. Exercise – sure. But, there are other ways, powerful techniques that will boost the immune system and holy system in far more profound ways. Exercise your imagination regularly. Get in the habit of feeding your minds eye with images that fill you with wonder and vitality. Eliminate uhs, you knows, I means, and other junk from your speech. Avoid saying things you don’t really mean and haven’t thought out. Stop yourself when tempted to make scornful assertations about people. Take on an additional job title, beautifier. Put it on your business card and do something every day to …

Stay Commited

Stay Commited

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Stay committed. Just stay committed. Stay committed to Art, to being an artist, to making, unveiling, allowing, and releasing joy, compassion & beauty into the world. Stay committed to everything beyond what you think you knowStay committed to everything beyond what you think you know. Beyond imagination! Beyond plans and best possible scenarios. Think beyond the horizon. Think OCEAN. Think expensive. I think returning to oneness. Stay committed to meeting yourself, every day. In every moment. To not taking your truest self for granted, to not getting caught up in the story about who and what you are. Meet yourself. Stay committed to seeing the beauty, genius, compassion, invisible things …

5 Tips For A Successful Meditation Practice

5 Tips For A Successful Meditation Practice

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1. Create an event on your calendar with specific times for your meditation. I recommend 2-3 times per week to begin. Saying you’ll do it everyday if that’s not where you’re at would be tough. The goal is continuation, whether at home, a studio, in your car, or outside even for just 5 minutes a day. 2. Experiment. Beginners should be experimental.  Try different types of meditation, mindfulness, mantra, Qigong, tapping, breathwork, sound baths, sitting, lying, breath etc. Exploring the different modalities keeps it interesting and you will likely vibe more with one than the other. I’m a breath and mindful breathing guy myself. 3. Make the time. If Kobe, Oprah, Arianna and Bill …

The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18.

The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18.

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18. This is considered normal. There are thousands of films, television shows, that depict people doing terrible things to each other. If you read newspapers (who does that anymore?) or the Internet, you have every right to believe that bad nasty things compose 90% of the human experience. The authors of thousands of books published this year will hope to lord you into the glamour of killing, addiction, self hatred, shame, betrayal, extortion, robbery, cancer, and torture. You will be hard-pressed to find more than a few novels, films, new stories, and TV shows that dare to depict life …

5 Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness

4 Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is about becoming fully aware of what’s happening in the present moment. And in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to miss what’s going on around you. Many people go through the motions of their daily routines without being fully aware of what’s actually going on around them. Whether they’re distracted with something that happened yesterday, or they’re worried about something that might happen tomorrow, they’re missing out on what’s happening right now. Research shows mindfulness benefits brains and improves emotional behavior. Attention spans improve, better mental health, and they become more resilient to stress. There are many ways to practice being more mindful. Here are 5 simple but effective ways to practice mindfulness. …

What Conditions Would Need In Order To Feel Like You Were living In Paradise?

What Conditions Would Need In Order To Feel Like You Were living In Paradise?

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I need artist and thinkers who are brave and resourceful enough to explore the frontiers of beauty and truth and joy and compassion. Not zombies and crumbling and devastation and apocalypse and the end of the world. I need less bitching on the old world and more imagining on the New World. I need those who are ready and willing to share that this time, this moment is ripe and ample and conspiring for my success. That in order to live in paradise i must begin with my perception of paradise. I must begin by simple walking in paradise. I need the brave few who are willing to join me? …

Stories build us up or they tear us down

Stories build us up or they tear us down

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I am doing whatever you say I’m doing. I am your story of me, no more no less. This is how some people and their concepts stick inside of our heads, because our story around them is that they are inspiring or motivating or repulsive. I am your guru if that’s your story of me. I am your enemy if that’s your story of me. Byron Katie says, “There’s no one out there but your story,” in her book loving what is. You tell one story of your partner and you turn yourself on. You tell another story of your partner and you turn yourself off. Uninvestigated stories often leave …