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Put Your Phone Away: An Addict’s Guide to Unplugging

Put Your Phone Away: An Addict’s Guide to Unplugging

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Earlier this year, at a concert in Italy, Adele paused in the middle of her set to ask a fan: “Can you stop filming me? Because I’m really here in real life, you can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera.” In recent years, the relentless smartphone user has overtaken that tall guy wearing a hat standing in front of you as the most common concert pest. So much so that Apple recently filed for a patent on a technology that would disable iPhone cameras at concerts and other large events.1 Of course, some of this has to do with preventing unauthorized recording, but it is also …

The World I Aspire To Live In Is One With Fewer Boarders...

The World I Aspire To Live In Is One With Fewer Boarders…

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I often return to the idea that life is very this or that. It’s here or there. You can argue for the middle, you can fight for the space in between, but usually it will always return to this or that, an action done out of fear or love. We cannot reject some and welcome others – there is not a piece of scripture in the world that doesn’t say we should love and care for all sentiment beings, not a certain kind of human, but all humans. If you don’t believe me, do some reading, see for yourself. I worry that the fears in this country are pushing people …

Training To Wake Up

Are We In Training To Numb Ourselves In The Face Of Fear? Or Are We In Training To Wake Up?

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If we train ourselves to reach for a snack or pick up the phone to text or look at Instagram whenever we feel frightened or bored (yes, this is definitely training), then the next time we feel uncomfortable we will also likely reach for some comfort outside ourselves, eventually establishing a deeply ingrained habit, another brick in the wall of our mental prison. Are we in training to distract ourselves from inner discomfort or anxiety? Are we in training to numb ourselves in the face of fear? Or are we in training to wake up? Training in opening the heart, or training in shutting it down? This is what we notice …

ALL Beings Deserve Your Compassion

ALL Beings Deserve Your Compassion

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You need to know that there is no scripture in the world that says you were here to love only a certain kind of person. There isn’t a scripture in the world that says this kind of person but not this kind of person. And if someone has tried to convince you otherwise, you need to read that shit for yourself, you need to do the work, you need to see for yourself. All beings deserve your compassion. Especially Now. 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 …

Like A Wave Returning To The Ocean

Like A Wave Returning To The Ocean

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We have no personal experience of enlightenment, abundant peace, joy, for all those fantasies beyond the horizon and the minds eye. Yet we know it. We can feel it, we’ve tasted it, it’s as if it’s here if only for an instant and asking us to return home to it. It is beyond our imagination, it is beyond the horizon, it can only be described as, “I don’t know”. “I don’t know” is the infinite. How will I get to abundant peace? “I do not know”, other than to walk. To say, “I don’t know” is like the wave returning to the ocean.   If you find joy and value …

What Value Are You Attaching To Things?

What Value Are You Attaching To Things?

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The thing itself gives no value or weight to the thing. We do. We give the thing all its value, all its weight. This pen is either a pen or a sword. This pen is revolution, or freedom, the ability to be myself, hope, maybe a way out. The circumstance of the person who sees the thing broadens or narrows it’s worth, it’s weight. So, what value are you attaching to things? Do you actually need them in your life? Are they causing you pain or are they setting you free? Look at the things you value for better or for worse, and tell me what they mean to you. …

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

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“Everything can be taken from a person except one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl There is an old Chinese saying, “Write your sorrows in sand and etch your joys in stone.” It is an invitation to us to reverse the corrosive pattern that inclines us to write our joys in sand, easily forgotten, and to etch our sorrows in stone. We love to remember the hurt and move past the joys. We must learn to cultivate the remembrance of the kindness, generosity and compassion received oft and always, even if tiny. …

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

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Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity. I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need. Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have. Otherwise the giving hand closes into a fist and won’t let go. 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 …

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

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That’s your job, to know what business is yours and what is someone else’s and what is Gods. If I fear something I can’t control, that’s God’s business. If I think I know what’s best for someone else, that’s their business. Do I know what’s best for me? That’s my business, my only business, that’s my only job, to stay in flow and to stay in my lane so I don’t crash into someone else. This is a life where I take full responsibility for my thoughts and stories and how the effect me.  A life without comparison. Stay in you lane, do you, and mind your business! If you find joy …

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Genius is eternal patience – Michelangelo Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Others might give up, get frustrated, and overtime get tired and burned out. They might blame the practice, saying it doesn’t work; while it is a normal reaction to blame something that doesn’t work, look closely. If you do something haphazardly and fail, don’t blame the system. Find out what can be done differently and make the necessary adjustments. Remember – Genius is eternal patience. 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 …

I AM...

I AM…

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Everything after these two words, “I Am” speaks on our former participation in the world. I Am – “this”, “that”, “man”, “woman”, “30 years old”, “70 years old”, etc. If you want one thing to meditate on, one thing to try and grasp, make it simply “I Am.” I Am… with nothing else attached to it is beyond what our minds can grasp, beyond our imagination. I Am is infinite and boundless and timeless. I Am… is so much more than any word which describes what I have done and previously experienced. Anything post “I Am” is limiting to what I truly Am. I Am is the opening and receiving of …

"Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God." An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

“Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God.” An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

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Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) I think when people come across this scripture, it turns them off, they know that on a surface level there is no way they are pure of heart- not totally pure, not in that way. I am not pure of heart. I have done wrongs, betrayed, not honored my word and I sometimes find myself thinking thoughts (towards myself and others) that are far from compassionate. That being said, does this mean I should walk away from the ability and chance to know God? “Pure of heart” is not perfection and abstinence and washing every person’s dirty …

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

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Want to know what is the antidote to the poison that is wanting? Giving. Giving is a medicine that proves you do not need because you have. Giving does not stop what you might get, it doesn’t stop you from living your life, but increases the capacity and availability to reception, to receiving. When to give, the more I empty my vessel from matter-less and heavy gas-filled wants. This empty nothing which weighs me down and takes up space. The more empty I am of wants, the more my heart, mind, and body can listen, receive and focus. Calm action = calm mind. We must cultivate peace throughout our actions, through our conduct, if …

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

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Our hearts could be described as huge muscles that open and close, shrivel and expand, soften and harden, love and hate. We have to work diligently to keep our hearts open, just as we have to work to keep other muscles in the body strong. Purifying our hearts is an ongoing process, like physical exercise. It is, as the poet Galway Kinnell writes, necessary to “reteach a thing its loveliness.” 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 …

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

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Free yourself Free yourself from yourself. Free yourself from your liked self. Free yourself from your bitmoji self. Liberate yourself from humanity. You do not have to believe everything your mind tells you You do not have to compare yourself to everyone else You do not have to Free yourself.   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

The People's champ must be everything the people can't be

The People’s Champ Must Be Everything The People Can’t Be

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  Speak to god in public Speak to god Speak god in public Speak god Not behind closed doors Wide open That place where there is no difference between prayer and breath.   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

Breathing In Uncertain Times

Breathing In Uncertain Times

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How do we practice compassion in a country—and a world—where the roots of racism and oppression run deep. How do we cultivate healing, develop trust, establish community, when racism might simply be a disease of the heart. How do we work with our thoughts and our beliefs in ways that nurture the dignity of all life? How do we ensure justice without fostering generations of harm and hate, internally and externally? How do we comfort our own raging hearts in a sea of racial ignorance, ill will, and violence, and how can our actions reflect the world we want to live in and leave to future generations? We are drowning in …

There Is Nothing To Wait For And Nobody To Blame

There Is Nothing To Wait For And Nobody To Blame

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

You are entirely responsible for cutting through your own laziness, addictions, and unclarity. There is nothing to wait for and nobody to blame. Whatever techniques are appropriate use them: Talk with your friends, use therapy, practice meditation or prayer, go on a VisionQuest, go on a hike, read a book, read scripture, walk in nature, keep a journal, study with the teacher. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, what matters is your actual commitment to discovering the deepest truth and aligning your life with it. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation of your …

Breathing In Uncertain Times

Breathing In Uncertain Times

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

How do we practice compassion in a country—and a world—where the roots of racism and oppression run deep. How do we cultivate healing, develop trust, establish community, when racism might simply be a disease of the heart. How do we work with our thoughts and our beliefs in ways that nurture the dignity of all life? How do we ensure justice without fostering generations of harm and hate, internally and externally? How do we comfort our own raging hearts in a sea of racial ignorance, ill will, and violence, and how can our actions reflect the world we want to live in and leave to future generations? We are drowning in …

blue in the face

You Could Meditate Until You’re Blue In The Face, But It Won’t Work

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You could meditate until you’re blue in the face, but it won’t work if when it comes down to it, you’d rather masturbate, read the newspaper, or watch TV then cut through your addictions, discipline your daily life, and give your gift from the deepest, most blissful self. The quality of your intent and the consistency and depth of your application determine the results of your direction. 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 …

Give Up Your Self Concern

Give Up Your Self Concern

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

When I really think about it, ALL my tension comes from me mulling over my own problems. From me worrying and fretting over the things i want and would like – this endless endless cycle! The cure is to give myself, to create a gift for others, to give what I can give. To remove myself from myself, remove myself from the myth that I have control, remove myself from my own worrying about the things I want and need and put myself into a state of living and giving The main source of bodily tension is self concern. The main cure is to give yourself to others.  Take the tension …

Take Away Anything That dulls Your Edge

Take Away Anything That Dulls Your Edge

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Remove distraction. No newspapers or magazines, no TV, no candy cookies and sweets, no sex, no cuddling, the reading anything while you eat or sit on the toilet, no movies, no conversation that is an about truth, love, for the divine. You are entirely responsible for cutting through your own laziness, addictions, and unclarity. There is nothing to wait for nobody to blame. Whatever techniques are appropriate use them: Talk with your friends, use therapy, practice meditation or prayer, go on a VisionQuest, go on a hike, read a book, read scripture, walk in nature, keep a journal, study with the teacher. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, what …

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

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This is not some hocus-pocus theory. You’ve become so good at distracting yourself from the suffering in your life. By putting all your attention into work, TV, sex, snacks, reading. Your suffering remains unseen and the source remains hidden. Your life become structured around everything that is sidestepping the suffering you rarely allow yourself to feel. And if only for a second, you touch the surface of your suffering, perhaps boredom, you quickly pick up the remote control. Feel you’re suffering, rest with it, embrace it, make love with it. Feel you’re suffering so deeply that you penetrate it and realize where it comes from. Open yourself and wait. Do …

Challenge Yourself

When Is The Last Time You Challenged Yourself?

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To remain conscious and undistracted? Actually challenged yourself? Like to finish that book you’re always talking about. Like, if you don’t write a chapter a week you all your friends $100? Like, if you don’t start that app (you are constantly talking about) within the next month, you have to take us all out to dinner- a nice dinner. The point is, there must be a consequence for freezing in the face of fear. You must instill consequences throughout the rest of your life, unless less you want to cling to the safety net of a comfy and superficial life. Fear is no longer an excuse, unless your being chased …

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

We have to allow things to simply come to us. We have to let things happen. Don’t get it twisted, this is just as active as a process as going out and doing more stuff, choosing to TRUST the work, effort and energy you have put in, and to simply allow things to now come, because the seeds have been planted. Otherwise we are just running around constantly trying to get and do more because it is never enough and we don’t actually believe that our work or effort matters. At some point we must let go and allow. When you open yourself up to not knowing. When you give …