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Does it make a difference if you are driven by love vs hate?

Does it make a difference if you are driven by love vs hate?

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Do you want justice because you hate suffering? Or do you want justice because you love justice? Do you hate what’s happening? Or do you imagine a world where all people get what they deserve? What’s your approach? What’s your angle? Can you do both? Can it all live inside you? Does it make a difference if you are driven by love vs hate? What can we relearn? Not all darkness is bad. Not all shadowy places are scary. Not all secrets are shameful. Not all pain is evil. it’s never too late to ask questions. It’s never too late. If you find joy and value in what I do …

Never Surrender To Distraction!

Never Surrender To Distraction!

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Personally, I do, all the time. And I have to remind myself (all the time), pretty much everything I interact with is trying to distract me, trying to take me from myself, trying to sell me something, an idea or a product. Just think about how much we spend on our phones. Distracted time checking-in, feeding on feeds and scrolls, and we still find ourselves feeding. How much of that distracted time can we put towards being in the world, towards being engaged with others, towards being with ourselves, being engaged with ourselves? I figure a lot. When we check out from distraction we get sight, we get to see …

Inside my body is the energy of 30 Hydrogen bombs

Inside my body is the energy of 30 Hydrogen bombs

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

All physical matter as we know it is made of energy. And all physical matter can be converted back into energy. And it takes a tremendous amount of energy to make even a single particle of matter. In the human body there is 7 x 10 to the 18th power jewels of energy… Which translates and is equivalent to 30 Hydrogen Bombs. Inside my body is the energy of 30 Hydrogen bombs. This is a fact. Right here right now I have the power of 30 Hydrogen bombs, and what am I gonna do with it? What are you gonna do with it?   If you find joy and value …

Your Desire For Love Will Just Keep Coming and Coming and Coming

Your Desire For Love Will Just Keep Coming and Coming and Coming

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I invite you to meditate on the relentlessness of your yearning for love. Recognize the fact that your eternal longing will never leave you in peace. Accept that it will forever delight you, torment you, inspire you, and bewilder you — whether you are alone or in the throes of a complicated relationship. Understand that your desire for love will just keep coming and coming and coming, keeping you slightly off-balance and pushing you to constantly revise your ideas about who you are. Now read this declaration from the poet Rilke and claim it as your own: “My blood is alive with many voices that tell me I am made …

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

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

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?

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

  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

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

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 …