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THE NEW OCD

THE NEW OCD

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This is a guest post form a powerful and intelligent woman – Val Dokic – Check her out! “We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.”  Hey you. How’s it going? It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on my site. Please forgive me. I wanted to just sit & write about something that’s been weighing heavy on me. I hope I’m able to get my point across eloquently. So, as many of you probably know, I have a YouTube channel. Not a huge one, but I’m able to interact with lovely people all around the world. About a week ago I got a comment from a subscriber that …

Why Are You Unhappy?

Why Are You Unhappy?

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​ Why are you unhappy? Because, Everything you do is 98.98% for your self… And there isn’t one. 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 u

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

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

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“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 rebel, and there is nothing to do but let them settle naturally, too. Other stuff arises, …

​ There’s No Need To Pray To Anything

​ There’s No Need To Pray To Anything

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​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.

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​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?

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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

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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

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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 Heart Of Darkness Lives Within All Of Us

The Heart Of Darkness Lives Within All Of Us

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​“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

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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

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​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 …

You Need Much Less Than You Think You Need

You Need Much Less Than You Think You Need

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​ You don’t need the ultimate writing studio. You don’t need the perfect pen. You don’t need the perfect computer. You don’t need the most expensive program. You don’t need an enormous amount of money. What you need to do is begin. You need just enough space. You need just enough time. Just enough courage, foresight, and insight to begin. Begin. 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 …

We Are All One In The Ocean Of Life

​ A Fresh Take On Some Classic Words

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​Sensitivity: Let’s talk about becoming sensitive to the amazing harmony in the way the universe is put together. This is an elegant and charming universe if we make the space to recognize it.  Sensitivity is the ability to walk in the world while simultaneously being available to the world. Allowing the world to move you. In a fresh way, to see how are you haven’t yet seen, hear what you couldn’t hear, and BE in a new and present way. Time: (The hidden hand that holds all things). Time is an illusion and possibly trap. All of us with watches are on different time, even if they both say 11:11, the seconds …

It's Time To Conduct A Possibility Audit

Time To Conduct A Possibility Audit

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We are wasting time investing our life and energies into the superfluous, into the things we cannot take with us. If we were to radically shift our priorities to developing inner peace, inner compassion, inner knowing; we would feel this profound relief which comes from unburdening ourselves from the weight of worry, doubt, and fear of inconsequential things. This is an elegant and charming universe if we make the space to recognize it. The important thing is to make the space. Is to relax and let the highs and lows come and go, to stick to the practice of living no matter what. If you find joy and value in …

Brag About What You DON'T Know

Everyone Talks About What They Know, We’ll Brag About What We DON’T Know

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​It takes a person who is supremely confident to talk about the things they don’t know. What if on a first date instead of saying all the things you were good at and how special you were in unique you were you were not in shared what you didn’t know, what you were afraid of, wouldn’t that build more trust? If you’re willing to share what’s wrong, then there must be an awful lot that’s right. I need confidence to be humble, front run your weaknesses. Tell me what you don’t know. What you don’t know, will reveal what you do know. If you find joy and value in what …

​ In Every Challenging Situation You Have 4 Options

​ In Every Challenging Situation You Have 4 Options

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What you choose is up to you. There is no right or wrong, just choices. What you choose depends on your level of commitment. What you choose reveals the worth of the thing itself. Exit: Leave your country, leave your spouse, leave your job, get up and go. Neglect: Do as little as possible, try to go unnoticed, try and forget what’s happening, try and fill up your life with side hobbies and addictions that allow you to forget. Persist: See what’s happening and persist on. Believe in things changing, believe in a new tomorrow, believe that things will get better. Voice: Voice your concerns. Speak up and out against …

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Are Just Like Lenses Of A Camera

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Are Just Like Lenses Of A Camera

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A scene with 105mm lens looks different than it does with a 35mm lens, same scene, just different. There is no need to argue over which one is more true, both are true, they are merely different levels of magnification. It is in this way we magnify the stories of the moments in our lives. We zoom in on the pain and the discomfort and we let all the invisible good, all the blessings that are constantly here fall away to the background. What am I zooming in on? What is in soft focus? What is in sharp focus? We get to choose the lens in which we use to …

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

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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.

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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 …