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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.

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

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

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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 …

I Must Learn To Love The Fool In Me

I Must Learn To Love The Fool In Me

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

“– the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and looses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and get hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protect me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.” – Theodore Rubin 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 …

Think Of All The People Who Had To Show Up Today So You Can Be

Think Of All The People Who Had To Show Up Today So You Can Be

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Think of all the people who had to show up today so you can be in this safe, well lit, friendly and comfortable environment that has you looking at this post right at this minute. There are countless people who work hard on themselves when you’re not around so that you can enjoy this very moment. Any goodness we encounter in the world is a gift from people now and in the past. A handful of people we know by name, and millions of others whose names we will never know. For their countless acts of generosity, we owe them our deepest gratitude. Our job is to take the lantern …

These Are Tough Times

These Are Tough Times

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

​These are tough times. The way things are now is no different from the way things have always been. Uncertainty is just more apparent at sometimes than others. Hold to the center Neither paralyzed or burying our heads in the sand Hold to the center. Engage in the world knowing that even the end might not be the end Have courage Bear witness Show up when needed Take action Be light for yourself and others And practice is as if your hair was on fire. These are tough times. Times of great fear AND equally great opportunity. Full engagement requires us to know both.   If you find joy and …

How Can You Know What Will Happen Next? You Can't

How Can You Know What Will Happen Next? You Can’t

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​The truth is, once you really look at the nature of life, there is no way you can’t question all your beliefs. Once we take that critical eye we save for others and cast it upon ourselves we will also share with them the beneficence and sympathies we oft reserve for ourselves. Being in life means creating the conditions for life. Living life well means grace in adversity. Our destinies are inseparably stitched together. The destruction of one universe is really just the formation of the next. It’s between breaths. Between blinks. Between Steps. One has to come to accept it all. How can you know what will happen next? …

And God Said, "Did You Never Think, 'Death Is Coming'?

And God Said, “Did You Never Think, ‘Death Is Coming’?

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​And god said, “Did you never think, ‘death is coming?’ Is that why you slaved away on the pointless business of mundane life, and left with nothing? Don’t feel bad, everyone leaves with nothing, but some, enjoy the nothing a little more than others. … Will you be the one to deceive yourself? Or will you dance and play and have fun and realize there is no goal, there is nothing you could do or get that will allow you to enjoy this moment like actually enjoying this moment.   If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one …

​ The Habit Of Right Living

​ The Habit Of Right Living

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​Hafiz wrote, “I understand the wounds that have not healed in you. They exist because god and love have yet to become real enough to allow you to forgive the dream.” ​We must care for the world and all living beings and plants in order to survive ourselves. Cooperation within a species in order for that species to survive. Escaping from suffering is something I have to do for me, and of course, for you. There is no room for passivity. This is not a one way process. Being human is a matter of living a sublime way of life. A lifetime of living and practice with no tangible goal …

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace

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Do not wait till you’re body is dead to Rest In Peace. What a cop out on the joys and ecstasy of rest. Rest now. Rest easy. Be in peace now. Enjoy rest now. Between the practice, between play, between the exercise, rest. The actual rewiring happens when you are sleeping or at rest. And if we could go into a state of total not-knowing, with no thoughts, that’s the best environment for the brain to rewire and rest. 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 …

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 …