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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. …

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

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“Everything can be taken from a person except one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl There is an old Chinese saying, “Write your sorrows in sand and etch your joys in stone.” It is an invitation to us to reverse the corrosive pattern that inclines us to write our joys in sand, easily forgotten, and to etch our sorrows in stone. We love to remember the hurt and move past the joys. We must learn to cultivate the remembrance of the kindness, generosity and compassion received oft and always, even if tiny. …

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

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Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity. I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need. Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have. Otherwise the giving hand closes into a fist and won’t let 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 …

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

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That’s your job, to know what business is yours and what is someone else’s and what is Gods. If I fear something I can’t control, that’s God’s business. If I think I know what’s best for someone else, that’s their business. Do I know what’s best for me? That’s my business, my only business, that’s my only job, to stay in flow and to stay in my lane so I don’t crash into someone else. This is a life where I take full responsibility for my thoughts and stories and how the effect me.  A life without comparison. Stay in you lane, do you, and mind your business! If you find joy …

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

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Genius is eternal patience – Michelangelo Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Others might give up, get frustrated, and overtime get tired and burned out. They might blame the practice, saying it doesn’t work; while it is a normal reaction to blame something that doesn’t work, look closely. If you do something haphazardly and fail, don’t blame the system. Find out what can be done differently and make the necessary adjustments. Remember – Genius is eternal patience. 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 …

I AM...

I AM…

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Everything after these two words, “I Am” speaks on our former participation in the world. I Am – “this”, “that”, “man”, “woman”, “30 years old”, “70 years old”, etc. If you want one thing to meditate on, one thing to try and grasp, make it simply “I Am.” I Am… with nothing else attached to it is beyond what our minds can grasp, beyond our imagination. I Am is infinite and boundless and timeless. I Am… is so much more than any word which describes what I have done and previously experienced. Anything post “I Am” is limiting to what I truly Am. I Am is the opening and receiving of …

"Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God." An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

“Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God.” An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

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Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) I think when people come across this scripture, it turns them off, they know that on a surface level there is no way they are pure of heart- not totally pure, not in that way. I am not pure of heart. I have done wrongs, betrayed, not honored my word and I sometimes find myself thinking thoughts (towards myself and others) that are far from compassionate. That being said, does this mean I should walk away from the ability and chance to know God? “Pure of heart” is not perfection and abstinence and washing every person’s dirty …

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

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Want to know what is the antidote to the poison that is wanting? Giving. Giving is a medicine that proves you do not need because you have. Giving does not stop what you might get, it doesn’t stop you from living your life, but increases the capacity and availability to reception, to receiving. When to give, the more I empty my vessel from matter-less and heavy gas-filled wants. This empty nothing which weighs me down and takes up space. The more empty I am of wants, the more my heart, mind, and body can listen, receive and focus. Calm action = calm mind. We must cultivate peace throughout our actions, through our conduct, if …

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

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Our hearts could be described as huge muscles that open and close, shrivel and expand, soften and harden, love and hate. We have to work diligently to keep our hearts open, just as we have to work to keep other muscles in the body strong. Purifying our hearts is an ongoing process, like physical exercise. It is, as the poet Galway Kinnell writes, necessary to “reteach a thing its loveliness.” 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 …

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

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Free yourself Free yourself from yourself. Free yourself from your liked self. Free yourself from your bitmoji self. Liberate yourself from humanity. You do not have to believe everything your mind tells you You do not have to compare yourself to everyone else You do not have to Free yourself.   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