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Awakening Is About Lifting Everybody Up Together

Awakening Is About Lifting Everybody Up Together

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​You are as valuable and important as anyone who has ever given you a tour, a teaching, or a lecture. Just because you or someone has a podium, stands on a stage, or has a spotlight doesn’t mean they are superior to you or you to them. We are in this together. Are we here to maximize our own reward or to share the fruit of our labor? Awakening is about lifting everybody up together.   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 …

​ Crazy Wisdom

​ Crazy Wisdom

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Cut the crap Own your shit Fear no one (Especially yourself). Cut through the narcissism, the hypocrisy, the self indulgence. Cut through mental noise and clutter, cut through the confusing story lines in your head that amplify the drama in your life and in the world. Show up Walk forward with trust Show up wherever you are needed, wherever you find yourself, fully present Because it’s the right thing to do, for you and for me.

​ The Social Media Prayer

​ The Social Media Prayer

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​This is dedicated to all of us beings who wander around darkened with delusions, not knowing our own lives are the truth, not the ones on the screens. Misguided in desires, wandering around with lust and clinging, why not me? O, to be him to be her; not knowing our own beautiful selves as great bliss. Compassion for miss conceiving beings who wander around not knowing that our own minds and hearts are born free from the need to compare to others. Compassion for all of us who are trapped by the presence-habit of addictive and objective veils, not knowing we are the truth. May all of us stuck in …

Real Love

Real Love

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Real Love Seeks to find itself To uncurl itself To blossom from itself. Real Love Is trying to come alive in us Despite our doubts, assumptions, and fears. When we see love from this place We can find it anywhere. Real Love Comes from knowing And allowing Ourselves to be seen. Real Love Despite it all We are seen And in turn We see. 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 …

​ Intelligent Faith

​ Intelligent Faith

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​I see the bloody horror in the depth of my being Despite my green juices and charity donations. The truth that I may and can inflict pain on others. I “own” all my evils” I could do anything, I am capable of everything. I can be anyone I have condemned as separate from myself. The way not to fall into that trap is to make sure you keep nothing hidden in the closet. Keep everything out in the open.   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 …

What We Love Most Is In Us, Of Us

What We Love Most Is In Us, Of Us

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​No matter how wonderful something is, when we break it down and look deeply into it, for it’s secrets and mysteries, we see that there’s nothing in it that is separate from the thing itself. It’s the composition of things that make the instrument sing. I think what we love most is us, in us, of us. 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

​ A Being Without Faith

​ A Being Without Faith

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If faith is strong and pure, anything can happen. But if we lack faith and devotion, and even if the God and goddesses themselves were standing in front (as they are) of you, you would get nothing. Hey being without faith is said to be like trying to make a stone float, like an armless man in front of treasure, like trying to grow a plant from a burnt seed, like a blind man trying to find his way in a temple. 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 …

Everything After "What If" Is By Nature, Pure Imagination

Everything After “What If” Is By Nature, Pure Imagination

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

​What if I lose my job? What if my marriage fails? What if my health fails? What if I don’t have enough money? What if I don’t enough time? What if she or he doesn’t like me? What if I make a fool of myself? The thing is, everything after “what if” is by nature, pure imagination. And because it is imagination, it means it can be changed and we have a choice. You can imagine something different. You can make some better, happier, healthier, more exciting stuff up; as opposed to the same ol’ – all the stuff you don’t want. What if you were OK? What if it …

It All Starts With An Act Of Creation

It All Starts With An Act Of Creation

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​It all starts with an act of creation. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just some resemblance of what your thinking. Creating who and where you want to be. Two things matter most: material and intentionality. I imagine storytelling as this spiritual power to both create and keep things alive. Through story I can keep alive and honor the spirits of those come and gone. I can heal and entertain and teach and invigorate. Whatever I mumble I can manifest into form. Life materializing from the ether. Our words can do this, I am proof of this, both to and against my benefit. So, what words am I speaking and …

​ Unfold and Untangle

​ Unfold and Untangle

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Unfold and untangle. Without the mind. Think, hope, speak and behave properly. Without the mind. Take responsibility for your actions. Without the mind. Now Throw this away Let it go Without the mind.   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

Keep On Asking, Keep On Seeking, Keep On And You Will Recieve

Keep On Asking, Keep On Seeking, Keep On And You Will Recieve

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“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Keep asking, keep seeking.. Is there something you are needing from life today? Does it seem like it’s taking a long time to come to pass? Be encouraged because scripture after scripture agrees that through a little faith and patience, you will inherit. If you’ll stay in faith, if you’ll keep on seeking, it won’t be long until you see that breakthrough! The problem is that most people give up just before they get their miracle. They stop when things get hard or …

​ How do you afford this lavish lifestyle? Inquiring minds want to know.

​ How do you afford this lavish lifestyle? Inquiring minds want to know.

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

A friend asked me this and I had to let him know: To please not believe the hype. Not lavish, nor expensive. Just finagling and staying with friends and buying groceries and telling stories and going to school and playing the game, and growing and learning. You don’t have to own park place and board walk to win at monopoly. At the end of the day, this is the Game Of Life. And there are rules, and we can finagle and move within them to make them work in our favor. It’s one part hustle, one part awareness, a lot of parts consciousness and intention. So, don’t look at my Instagram …

If You Have Hope, You Have Fear.

If You Have Hope, You Have Fear.

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I don’t want to give you hope, I want to give you knowing. Hope is synonymous with fear, they are two sides of the same coin, they need each other. You are hopeful of something that deep down inside you fear might not come true. Knowing needs nothing. Knowing is ever present and constant. A steady stream flowing through you, from you, of you. 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 …

Selling Snake Oil

Selling Snake Oil

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

We’re all up against all this feedback from the outside world, it’s all this social media, it’s all “How do I compare myself?” It’s all this illusion people are creating for themselves about how perfect things are. Or aren’t. Or how perfect other people’s lives are. Or they’re using it as a platform to shame or hate. I think wellness is a great idea, I also think people are promoting information that has no backbone. I think people are preying on others weaknesses. I think wellness is necessary and different types of practices about stretching your mindfulness and consciousness are valuable. I think we’re really scared and confused and we’re looking …

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 …