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Is POWER The Talent You Have That You're Not Using?

Is POWER The Talent You Have That You’re Not Using?

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Is POWER The Talent You Have That You’re Not Using? Consciously or unconsciously, you are pruning your life of everything that is not relevant to what you really are as a human being. Powerful. I think human beings are so fucking powerful. I think our minds and wills and hopes and belief systems can bend space and time, I don’t just think it, I know it, physics has proven it. “When two or more minds come together with the same intention, anything is possible.” – Napoleon Hill We’re all blenders, we are all a Vitamix, some of us are just plugged in. Some of us are juicing that green smoothie …

I Would Like To Publicly Announce That I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

I Would Like To Publicly Announce That I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

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There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi I Would Like To Publicly Announce That I Have No Idea What I’m Doing… And I am okay with that. 100% okay. Because, LIFE KNOWS WHY I’M HERE. So I don’t have to tell you, show you, prove it to you, I don’t have to figure it out, I don’t have to work so hard, I just have to be here. Right here. Right now. Because life knows why. So I listen. I’m listening. I’m breathing. God knows why my body still keeping me alive, doesn’t have to, certainly does not, and here i am. Life knows. God knows. I just say yes …

Stay Grounded - That's All You Have To Do

Stay Grounded – That’s All You Have To Do

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When it isn’t money, it’s something else. It’s always something else. How do we get out of the world of something else? We get grounded. We ground ourselves, we stay grounded, in the here and now. Do not let your thinking trump your living. Do not let your wanting trump your living. The point is to live. Get grounded and live. Just for a moment, will you resist the temptation to understand, to make things better, to reassure, to provide answers, even to heal?  Will you be still and listen. Will you embrace what is, without needing to change or transform it according to your own needs and schedule? Just for a …

Meditation Is Not About Getting Rid Of It, But Understanding Our Relationship To It

Meditation Is Not About Getting Rid Of It, But Understanding Our Relationship To It

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Meditation Is Not About Getting Rid Of It, But Understanding Our Relationship To It. This is why we sit. Not to become better by process of elimination – if I remove a certain amount of so called “bad” things then I am whole, then I have arrived. What a nightmare, living to get to a place. Like living only to retire? Living to rot? We are waisting our meditations and lives if we are simply pushing for success, pushing so very very hard – that we are missing the point the whole way along? Meditation is play in it’s highest form, playing with the things that cause us to suffer, making them …

Living naturally is never easy

Living Naturally Is Never Easy

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We turn towards god only or obtain the impossible. Because some things are impossible and we don’t like what we don’t know. And yet, doctrines that explain everything also debilitate me at the same time – they relive me of the weight of my own life and yet I must carry it alone. If I could say just once, “This is clear.” All would be good, all would be saved, I would have billions – for I would make things clear. but instead, we make things forgotten- with drugs, alcohol and addictions, we don’t want clarity because we will never have clarity. Understanding the world is reducing it to human, …

What needs to die?

WHAT NEEDS TO DIE?

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WHAT NEEDS TO DIE IN THIS CULTURE? WHAT NEEDS TO DIE IN YOU? WHAT NEEDS TO DIE IN US? WHAT NEEDS TO DIE? “When appearances of this world dissolve, may I, with ease and great happiness, let go of all attachment to this world.” The death of the old always implies that something new is coming. One would have to think about what needs to die in this culture; what attachments need to slip away, such as white supremacy, male supremacy, and the sense that we are the really “good people.” America has a certain hubris about its virtue. Another thing would be our “unanalyzed” understanding of the word freedom. …

You Must Leave Yourself Alone

You Must Leave Yourself Alone

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In the tantras it is said that one must leave awareness alone, naked, without doing anything to it, and without creating anything artificial whatsoever. A great many people who have heard a lot about self perfection and happiness can never do this; they are always creating a lot of artificial conceptions and hopes and plans. They are attached to this betterment now that they know it exist. But people who have heard nothing of happiness do not tend to create artificial lies and fantasies and needs and wants, and I think it would be easy for them to leave their awareness alone and as it is, because they have not …

Man Is Always Prey To His Truths

Man Is Always Prey To His Truths

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”A man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he can not free himself from them.” – Albert Camus Myth Of Sisyphus The minds first step is to distinguish what is true from what is false.  Seeking what is desirable is not seeking what is true. And as soon as thought reflects on itself, what it discovers is contradiction. “I want to no longer want.” We are bound to our awakenings and conscious rememberings, bound to the morals that shape us. We are bound to our wanting to understand and comprehend. Although, understanding the world for a man is reducing it to human, stamping it with …

REST

REST

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Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless I am there to put it right. We are rested when we let things alone and let ourselves alone, to do what we do best, breathe as the body intended us to be, to walk as we were meant to walk, to live with …

Is POWER The Talent You Have That You're Not Using?

Is POWER The Talent You Have That You’re Not Using?

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If you’re addicted to worrying – detox – cleanse – stop being addicted to worrying- please- if not for you – for all of us! What is yours will come to you. You may have forgotten but remember TRUST & PATIENCE. Trust and patience Trust and patience. Consciously or unconsciously, you are pruning your life of everything that is not relevant to what you really are as a human being. – Christopher Rivas 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.  …

Spirit vs Soul

Spirit vs Soul

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Lorca once wrote, “Be weary of the spirit, the spirit can kill you, spirit will send you jumping off a cliff to change the world, but be careful, because your body might not be ready to fly.” Spirit is the thing that drives us. Soul is the thing, container, and vessel which needs maintenance and caring for. The soul must be nurtured so the spirit can be set free. Imagine a regular driver on a formula 1 race car- he/she will most likely crash and burn. But someone prepared, trained, ready can take corners at 100miles an hour. Spirit is the car capable of amazing feats, and soul is the …

Happiness In The Wrong Ways And At The Wrong Time.

Happiness In The Wrong Ways And At The Wrong Time.

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Wait a minute, isn’t happiness why we’re here? Isn’t happiness good for us? That’s why we smiley face emoji all the time and with everything. And yet, striving for happiness is an almost guaranteed let down for disappointment. Before happiness becomes a liberation, it is first a burden. There’s the anger you didn’t know better. The anger at yourself for what you’ve allowed. The grief for lost time. The strangling necessity to push people, things, ideas out, out because there’s no room for them. There’s the loneliness and isolation that accompanies the growth of self. There the new boundary lines and the opening of eyes that would rather be shut. …

On The Cushion We Can Do Anything We Want. We Can Be Anything We Want.

On The Cushion We Can Do Anything We Want. We Can Be Anything We Want.

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In our daily life, we have to learn how to work with our limits intelligently and productively. But when we are safely on our meditation cushions, we should feel free to go all the way. Mentally, we can perform any altruistic acts we like as a way of training our minds. We can imagine offering our body to a hungry tiger, saying, “Eat me up completely, to your full satisfaction.” We can practice lojong [mind training] in this way, even if in real life we might just throw the tiger the banana in our hand and run away (or even run away with the banana). It’s natural for there to …

What If All Actions Are Predestined According To Vibration?

What If All Actions Are Predestined According To Vibration?

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I was reading my newest, most profound, favorite book – Power Vs Force by Richard Dawkins; and he speaks about how we all vibrate at a certain number, and how raising that vibration even one notch, changes the world. I tied that into Destiny, I am fascinated by destiny, since the beginning of time, in all the Greek tragedies – a prophet sees the future and someone tries to avoid that future and by their trying to avoid it, it happens anyway. So no matter what you do, none of it matters – even if you think you have choice – because the end is mapped out according to your vibration …

Meditation To De-Stress

Meditation To De-Stress

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Modern life is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Make it easy with meditation techniques that can help you take on whatever life throws at you. Texts. E-mails. News alerts. Endless to-do lists. We get it: it’s hard to step away from the day-to-day without wanting to pull out your phone every five seconds. But despite our subconscious need to stay wired, the best thing for your sanity is taking the time to step back every once in a while. All it takes is a few minutes every day to feel the positive effects of meditation – both the short-term relaxation, and the improved productivity, creativity, and energy that’ll …

It Pays To Find Your “Flow”

It Pays To Find Your “Flow”

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It sounds like common sense: if you want to do more creative work, you work hard. Harder than everyone else. But meaningful work doesn’t have to lead to exhaustion at all: a few hours of total concentration and focus can change how you work and the progress you make. To attain peak productivity, you’ve got to have a plan. Your best work happens when you are in the mental state of flow. In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process …

My Services Are Worth More Than This Latte

My Services Are Worth More Than This Latte

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Why is it that people still ask me to help them with advice — in exchange for coffee? Don’t get me wrong. I like coffee. And I couldn’t be happier that you are finally waking up and ready for big change. Or that you are leaving one job to start your own. (Congrats, you’re an inspiration.) But the “pick your brain” email has become something of a problem for many entrepreneurs. Work is work, inspiration is work, art is work, so all those people are essentially asking for free work. There’s no latte on Earth (even with Starbucks’ newly-raised prices) that would cover what my consulting, story for corporate, entertainment charges to come to your office, interview …

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Baltimore School Deals With Conflict By Sending Kids To The Mindful Moment Room Instead Of The Principal’s Office

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What if elementary school kids began each day with a mindfulness breathing exercise, had the option of taking yoga classes, and were sent to a relaxing room to chill and re-center themselves instead of going to the principal? While this scenario seems like it would likely occur in a progressive private school, it’s actually the reality for students at Robert W. Coleman Elementary in West Baltimore. And these unconventional methods are helping the school community: during the 2013-2014 year, there were no suspensions. The thoughtful exercises and practices are part of the Mindful Moment program of the Holistic Life Foundation, founded by Ali and Atman Smith, two brothers who grew …

Don't Wait For The Crumble To Wake Up And Make A Change

Don’t Wait For The Crumble To Wake Up And Make A Change

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People are waiting or are motivated by the downfall, by the crumble to wake up and change. Don’t wait for the crumble, don’t get complacent with surviving. Thrive y’all, LIVE, right here right now – 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 a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us.

Doing, Being, and the Great In-Between

Doing, Being, and the Great In-Between

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Originally from Tricycle Can putting an end to the endless pursuit of becoming someone imbue our lives with meaning? We all want our lives to have meaning—but sometimes we’re unsure what that is. This question of meaning has many significant threads: it’s a question that touches upon our sense of identity and worthiness, and asks us to explore what we’re committed to in this life. George Eliot once wrote, “It seems to me that we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger for them.” I would suggest that it is the …

If You’re Gonna Blame Them For All The Shit You Gotta Blame Them For All The Good Too!

If You’re Gonna Blame Them For All The Shit, You Gotta Blame Them For All The Good Too!

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If you’re gonna blame them for all the shit you gotta blame them for all the good too! So, Blame elegantly Blame intelligently Blame consciously Blame them at the level of your soul! “If they had been the person I had wanted I would not be the man I am meant to be.” 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.

I Created Me… And You Can Create You

I Created Me… And You Can Create You

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So, prepare yourself. B/c our entire life changes in a moment. That’s it. One moment. It took 10 years to get to this moment, 20 years, etc… but the truth is, the CHANGE, this thing that matters most, the change is in the moment. This moment.   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.

Change the world! Right Now, Just Start, Right Now

Change the world! Right Now, Just Start, Right Now

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Go right to STEP 2 – we gotta go past step 1 and right to 2. It’s not, “Make money, change the world.” It’s just – change the world and then make money. Or just change the fucking world, right here, right now, with what you got, with a smile, with your voice, with action and your unique you-ness, change that shit, because we need it. It’s not make money make art, just make art… It’s not pay rent, then write; just write and then you will still pay rent… No more excuses, no more. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting …

How Can We Optimize An Individual's Life With Peace?

How Can We Optimize An Individual’s Life With Peace?

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Individual peace is the unit of world peace: A peaceful world is possible only if it consists of individuals with peaceful minds and peaceful physiologies. Extensive scientific research provides strong evidence that Meditation is effective in eliminating stress, anxiety and frustration, and in promoting growth toward a state of total peace and fulfillment in higher states of consciousness. The mechanics of this effect are explained in terms of individuals and groups of individuals identifying their awareness with the whole—the unified field of natural law underlying individual and collective life, thereby enlivening the values of all.   If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider …

GOD KNOWS WHY I’M HERE

GOD KNOWS WHY I’M HERE

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You feel that? Say that and feel it! “GOD / LIFE KNOWS WHY I’M HERE.” That feels good. So I don’t have to tell you, or show you, or prove it to you, I don’t have to figure it out, I don’t have to work so hard, I just have to be here. Right here. Right now. Life knows why. I trust that. I’m listening. I’m breathing. God knows why my bodies still keeping me alive, it doesn’t have to, it certainly does not. But it does, I keep waking up. Life knows. God knows. I just say yes to that and move on. If you find joy and value …