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There is no such thing as nothingness

There Is No Nothingness

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There is no nothingness- Lucretius There is no such thing as nothingness, we didn’t come from nothingness and we don’t go into nothingness.   Everything we are, everything we touch and know came form something. There is and never was a nothingness. Nothing came from nothing.  When we die, we don’t go into nothingness, we don’t leave, we make something else. Recycling is simply the thing we knew in our bones that was true of our own star dust made selves. We have been doing this earth and life thing over and over. Being aware of this cycle of death and rebirth and transformation, adds a little gravitas to being a good …

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

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You are the product, not the Internet. It uses you more than you use it. “If it’s free, you are the product…” and you are often the product. You are being bought and sold, you are being brainwashed and used and steered and herded, like cattle. You are not grass fed and free range, you are in a slaughterhouse within an advertising agency with a red dot on your head and a bullseye on your back, you are weighed and measured and bought and sold and your attention is the sole purpose of someone’s budget. You are told that the most recent should be seen first, that the most recent …

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

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You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, …

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

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Prayer is saying hello to a God whose name is unpronounceable. Prayer is saying hello to all. Prayer is making friends with the habit of listening and listening to our lives– the chaos and disorder, the stories we know and everything we do not know– in the presence of God. Prayer includes the grace and gravitas of what a greeting conveys but that most of us miss. Prayer is the unmade bed and the being-made love of the lives we are co-creating this day with God. Prayer is listening to the bigger world and for the surprising stories in the presence of God. And prayer is a yearning, the honest …

We Must Make Space For Silence. Silence, A Dying & Extinct Thing

We Must Make Space For Silence. Silence, A Dying & Extinct Thing

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We must let silence exist. If for no other reason, that is why you meditate and unplug and walk away and be still, to embrace silence. As a medicine, as a teacher, as a friend. Whatever it is, it is crucial that we create spaces and times of silence. “Silence is becoming extinct,” according to Gordon Hempton in his essay, Learning To Listen, “there are 14 places left on the planet where you can experience no outside noise pollution for at least 15 minutes.” DO what you can to keep silence alive. Silence is true vulnerability. Silence is the essence of peace. Let silence exist and it will feed you. …

A Teacher Of Fear Can Not Bring Peace

A Teacher Of Fear Can Not Bring Peace

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Fear begets fear. Peace begets peace. It’s not more complicated than that. We need solutions, I need you to share with me solutions, a monkey can point out a problem, pointing out the problem isn’t hard. I need artist and thinkers who are brave and resourceful enough to explore the front tears of beauty and truth and joy and compassion. Not zombies and crumbling and devastation and apocalypse and the end of the world. Less bitching on the old world and more imagining the New World. We must begin to organize and rally around March is that praise the solutions and the good things happening. All this focus on what’s …

Lack Of Clarity and Lack Of Understanding Is Always Painful

Lack Of Clarity and Lack Of Understanding Is Always Painful

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In the fall, you don’t grieve because the leaves are falling and dying. You say, “isn’t it beautiful!” Our lives are the same way. There are seasons. We all fall sooner or later. Hard moments happen to us at one point or another. It’s all what it is. It’s beautiful to be a leaf, to be porn, to fall, to give way to the next, to become food for the roots. It’s life. Always changing its form and always giving itself completely. All doing its part. No mistakes. When the rough moments happen to us it’s our story that brings the lasting pain. When we tell our story, we realize …

Porn Is Killing Your Imagination

Porn Is Killing Your Imagination

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If you are an artist, anyone, but especially an artist, you must stop watching porn. It is not inspiring you, it is telling you a one-sided story about what it means to make love. Making love and having sex is one of the most creative task imaginable; and unfortunately we have been saturated with a handful of ways in which it should look, feel, and sound. Boys and girls, young and old, confused; they don’t know what they want, they don’t know what they like, what feels good to them, because this image is playing in their head over and over and over again, they cannot separate themselves from the …

5 Ways To Seriously Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways To Seriously Boost Your Immune System

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How do we prevent madness and bodily sickness? Eat healthy – sure. Exercise – sure. But, there are other ways, powerful techniques that will boost the immune system and holy system in far more profound ways. Exercise your imagination regularly. Get in the habit of feeding your minds eye with images that fill you with wonder and vitality. Eliminate uhs, you knows, I means, and other junk from your speech. Avoid saying things you don’t really mean and haven’t thought out. Stop yourself when tempted to make scornful assertations about people. Take on an additional job title, beautifier. Put it on your business card and do something every day to …

Stay Commited

Stay Commited

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Stay committed. Just stay committed. Stay committed to Art, to being an artist, to making, unveiling, allowing, and releasing joy, compassion & beauty into the world. Stay committed to everything beyond what you think you knowStay committed to everything beyond what you think you know. Beyond imagination! Beyond plans and best possible scenarios. Think beyond the horizon. Think OCEAN. Think expensive. I think returning to oneness. Stay committed to meeting yourself, every day. In every moment. To not taking your truest self for granted, to not getting caught up in the story about who and what you are. Meet yourself. Stay committed to seeing the beauty, genius, compassion, invisible things …

5 Tips For A Successful Meditation Practice

5 Tips For A Successful Meditation Practice

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1. Create an event on your calendar with specific times for your meditation. I recommend 2-3 times per week to begin. Saying you’ll do it everyday if that’s not where you’re at would be tough. The goal is continuation, whether at home, a studio, in your car, or outside even for just 5 minutes a day. 2. Experiment. Beginners should be experimental.  Try different types of meditation, mindfulness, mantra, Qigong, tapping, breathwork, sound baths, sitting, lying, breath etc. Exploring the different modalities keeps it interesting and you will likely vibe more with one than the other. I’m a breath and mindful breathing guy myself. 3. Make the time. If Kobe, Oprah, Arianna and Bill …

The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18.

The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18.

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The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18. This is considered normal. There are thousands of films, television shows, that depict people doing terrible things to each other. If you read newspapers (who does that anymore?) or the Internet, you have every right to believe that bad nasty things compose 90% of the human experience. The authors of thousands of books published this year will hope to lord you into the glamour of killing, addiction, self hatred, shame, betrayal, extortion, robbery, cancer, and torture. You will be hard-pressed to find more than a few novels, films, new stories, and TV shows that dare to depict life …

5 Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness

4 Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is about becoming fully aware of what’s happening in the present moment. And in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to miss what’s going on around you. Many people go through the motions of their daily routines without being fully aware of what’s actually going on around them. Whether they’re distracted with something that happened yesterday, or they’re worried about something that might happen tomorrow, they’re missing out on what’s happening right now. Research shows mindfulness benefits brains and improves emotional behavior. Attention spans improve, better mental health, and they become more resilient to stress. There are many ways to practice being more mindful. Here are 5 simple but effective ways to practice mindfulness. …

What Conditions Would Need In Order To Feel Like You Were living In Paradise?

What Conditions Would Need In Order To Feel Like You Were living In Paradise?

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I need artist and thinkers who are brave and resourceful enough to explore the frontiers of beauty and truth and joy and compassion. Not zombies and crumbling and devastation and apocalypse and the end of the world. I need less bitching on the old world and more imagining on the New World. I need those who are ready and willing to share that this time, this moment is ripe and ample and conspiring for my success. That in order to live in paradise i must begin with my perception of paradise. I must begin by simple walking in paradise. I need the brave few who are willing to join me? …

Stories build us up or they tear us down

Stories build us up or they tear us down

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I am doing whatever you say I’m doing. I am your story of me, no more no less. This is how some people and their concepts stick inside of our heads, because our story around them is that they are inspiring or motivating or repulsive. I am your guru if that’s your story of me. I am your enemy if that’s your story of me. Byron Katie says, “There’s no one out there but your story,” in her book loving what is. You tell one story of your partner and you turn yourself on. You tell another story of your partner and you turn yourself off. Uninvestigated stories often leave …

I need nothing I need nothing I need nothing

I need nothing I need nothing I need nothing

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This is less metaphor and more fact. I need nothing. Some people need things, I am and this is not one of those moments. I need nothing. Everything I might need, I have. Thank God and all gods and all deities and blessed ones and anything that makes this reality possible. I need nothing. Any itch is desire and a want. Not bad, but good to know the difference. I need nothing. Not now at least. Or now. Or now. You get it. I don’t even need to be more mindful, or more happy, or healthier, or meditate more, or sleep more, or go to work, or leave my house, or …

I Believe In Life

I Believe In Life

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I believe in life. I believe in the beauty of life. I practice/my practice is life. Life set me free and reveals all things and loves me and shows me how to love and is the essence of joy always ready to rub itself on me, over me, leaving me swimming in life joys! Like a wave returning to the ocean. Less of a swimming and more of a being. Embodied In life’s ocean. I practice being in the ocean of life.   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 …

Pronoia - One who suspects people of plotting to make them happy.

Pronoia – One who suspects people of plotting to make them happy. – One who suspects people of plotting to make them happy.

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“I believe reality is a marvelous joke staged for my edification and amusement, and everybody is working very hard to make me happy.” Terrence McKenna Pronoia Paranoia in reverse. One who suspects people of plotting to make them happy. Others are conspiring behind your back to help you. The suspicion that the universe is a conspiracy on your behalf. Life is a divine conspiracy to awaken us to our god like nature and become co-administrators of the divine plan for evolution.   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 …

Humanity And Our Ongoing Desire To Understand This Life Thing

Humanity And Our Ongoing Desire To Understand This Life Thing

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It’s tough to get to involved in the search for ultimate meaning in a world where it’s hotter every year, crazy people carry guns, a reality TV stars the new American president, and students pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a college degree. What do I do? Initiate a revolution, go on retreat, or just drink, get distracted and try and get laid? What do I do? Timothy Leary would say, I need to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Drop out of the headlines and stories of what is, and attune to what is; what really is. I don’t know all, but I know I play a …

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. …