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The People's champ must be everything the people can't be

The People’s Champ Must Be Everything The People Can’t Be

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  Speak to god in public Speak to god Speak god in public Speak god Not behind closed doors Wide open That place where there is no difference between prayer and breath.   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

Breathing In Uncertain Times

Breathing In Uncertain Times

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How do we practice compassion in a country—and a world—where the roots of racism and oppression run deep. How do we cultivate healing, develop trust, establish community, when racism might simply be a disease of the heart. How do we work with our thoughts and our beliefs in ways that nurture the dignity of all life? How do we ensure justice without fostering generations of harm and hate, internally and externally? How do we comfort our own raging hearts in a sea of racial ignorance, ill will, and violence, and how can our actions reflect the world we want to live in and leave to future generations? We are drowning in …

There Is Nothing To Wait For And Nobody To Blame

There Is Nothing To Wait For And Nobody To Blame

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

You are entirely responsible for cutting through your own laziness, addictions, and unclarity. There is nothing to wait for and nobody to blame. Whatever techniques are appropriate use them: Talk with your friends, use therapy, practice meditation or prayer, go on a VisionQuest, go on a hike, read a book, read scripture, walk in nature, keep a journal, study with the teacher. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, what matters is your actual commitment to discovering the deepest truth and aligning your life with it. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation of your …

Breathing In Uncertain Times

Breathing In Uncertain Times

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality.

How do we practice compassion in a country—and a world—where the roots of racism and oppression run deep. How do we cultivate healing, develop trust, establish community, when racism might simply be a disease of the heart. How do we work with our thoughts and our beliefs in ways that nurture the dignity of all life? How do we ensure justice without fostering generations of harm and hate, internally and externally? How do we comfort our own raging hearts in a sea of racial ignorance, ill will, and violence, and how can our actions reflect the world we want to live in and leave to future generations? We are drowning in …

blue in the face

You Could Meditate Until You’re Blue In The Face, But It Won’t Work

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You could meditate until you’re blue in the face, but it won’t work if when it comes down to it, you’d rather masturbate, read the newspaper, or watch TV then cut through your addictions, discipline your daily life, and give your gift from the deepest, most blissful self. The quality of your intent and the consistency and depth of your application determine the results of your direction. 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 …

Give Up Your Self Concern

Give Up Your Self Concern

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

When I really think about it, ALL my tension comes from me mulling over my own problems. From me worrying and fretting over the things i want and would like – this endless endless cycle! The cure is to give myself, to create a gift for others, to give what I can give. To remove myself from myself, remove myself from the myth that I have control, remove myself from my own worrying about the things I want and need and put myself into a state of living and giving The main source of bodily tension is self concern. The main cure is to give yourself to others.  Take the tension …

Take Away Anything That dulls Your Edge

Take Away Anything That Dulls Your Edge

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Remove distraction. No newspapers or magazines, no TV, no candy cookies and sweets, no sex, no cuddling, the reading anything while you eat or sit on the toilet, no movies, no conversation that is an about truth, love, for the divine. You are entirely responsible for cutting through your own laziness, addictions, and unclarity. There is nothing to wait for nobody to blame. Whatever techniques are appropriate use them: Talk with your friends, use therapy, practice meditation or prayer, go on a VisionQuest, go on a hike, read a book, read scripture, walk in nature, keep a journal, study with the teacher. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, what …

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

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This is not some hocus-pocus theory. You’ve become so good at distracting yourself from the suffering in your life. By putting all your attention into work, TV, sex, snacks, reading. Your suffering remains unseen and the source remains hidden. Your life become structured around everything that is sidestepping the suffering you rarely allow yourself to feel. And if only for a second, you touch the surface of your suffering, perhaps boredom, you quickly pick up the remote control. Feel you’re suffering, rest with it, embrace it, make love with it. Feel you’re suffering so deeply that you penetrate it and realize where it comes from. Open yourself and wait. Do …

Challenge Yourself

When Is The Last Time You Challenged Yourself?

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To remain conscious and undistracted? Actually challenged yourself? Like to finish that book you’re always talking about. Like, if you don’t write a chapter a week you all your friends $100? Like, if you don’t start that app (you are constantly talking about) within the next month, you have to take us all out to dinner- a nice dinner. The point is, there must be a consequence for freezing in the face of fear. You must instill consequences throughout the rest of your life, unless less you want to cling to the safety net of a comfy and superficial life. Fear is no longer an excuse, unless your being chased …

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

We have to allow things to simply come to us. We have to let things happen. Don’t get it twisted, this is just as active as a process as going out and doing more stuff, choosing to TRUST the work, effort and energy you have put in, and to simply allow things to now come, because the seeds have been planted. Otherwise we are just running around constantly trying to get and do more because it is never enough and we don’t actually believe that our work or effort matters. At some point we must let go and allow. When you open yourself up to not knowing. When you give …

Understanding and Managing Stress

Understanding and Managing Stress

by in Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Stress is something we all experience from time to time and it can be caused by a whole host of different situations. Some of the most common triggers include relationships, money and work or a huge change in our lives, e.g. a bereavement, moving house, unemployment or divorce. But sometimes, the cause of stress can be something minor like finding it difficult to deal with children or feeling unappreciated at work. In other cases, there may be no identifiable cause. Not all stress is negative, as research has found that stress, at a moderate level, can actually improve our performance level. Small amounts of stress can also make us more …

The only Time We Suffer, Is When We Go Against What Is

The Only Time We Suffer, Is When We Go Against What Is.

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The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want. – Byron Katie     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

It Hurts When I Argue With Reality

It Hurts When I Argue With Reality

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“I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.” The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want. If you want reality to be different than it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. You can try and try, and in the end the cat will look up at you and say, “Meow.” Wanting reality to be different than it is is hopeless. You can spend the rest of your life trying to …

Plant Your Passions DEEP

Plant Your Passions DEEP

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Even as a young man I knew passion was like a plant. Uproot it and it will wilt. Pluck at it and it will die. Leave it to thrive in the soul and it will flourish, weathering god, drought and winds. It is born with the soil, and well planted, it will live long and deep; as the soil shall live so shall the passion.   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 …

Do Not Lose Awareness Of The Suffering That Is Going On In The World

Do Not Lose Awareness Of The Suffering That Is Going On In The World

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Compassion is not blind energy. With it, we practice in order to learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. Do not lose awareness of the suffering that is going on in the world. Nourish that kind of awareness by whatever means possible: images, direct contact, visits, people, connection, story, and so on. We have to do that in order to keep both the awareness of the suffering and compassion alive in us. But experiencing too much suffering is not good. Any medicine must be taken in the proper dosage. We need to stay in touch with suffering only to the extent that we will not …

Storytelling Is The Truth Of It All

Storytelling Is The Truth Of It All

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To practice storytelling is to become alive. Life is precious, yet in our daily lives we are carried away by our forgetfulness, anger and worries. We are often lost in the future hopes, unable to touch life in the present moment. When we are truly alive, everything we touch or do is magnificent. To practice mindful storytelling is to return to life in the present moment, to take ownership of what has come before. When we tell our story, we see the suffering that is caused by the destruction of life everywhere, we that persistence and passion and resolve and compassion can overcome the hardest of times, and we vow …

Practicing Mindfulness, We See The Suffering That Is Caused By The Destruction Of Life

Practicing Mindfulness, We See The Suffering That Is Caused By The Destruction Of Life

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To practice mindfulness is to become alive. Life is so precious, yet in our daily lives we are carried away by our forgetfulness, anger and worries. We are often lost in the past, unable to touch life in the present moment. When we are truly alive, everything we touch or do is a miracle. To practice mindfulness is to return to life in the present moment. Practicing mindfulness, we see the suffering that is caused by the destruction of life everywhere, and we vow to cultivate compassion and use it as a source of energy to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals. When we see suffering, compassion …

I Know Who I Am. Do You?

I Know Who I Am. Do You?

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I know why I got here. How I get here. I know the extent of my crimes and betrayals. The wrongs I’ve done. I know when I’ve gone against my heart. I know who I am. Do you? Can you say that? Do you know that this, all this is your doing? And what’s to come, that’s on you too. So, who are you? If you don’t know who are, don’t ask anything else.   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. …

Nothing Can Distract You from Meditation When Everything Becomes Meditation.

Nothing Can Distract You from Meditation When Everything Becomes Meditation.

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I repeat: Nothing can distract you from meditation when everything becomes meditation. This is meditation without a path, without a goal, without a script. It is meeting everything within you as a good friend, as a teacher, as a lover, as a the thing itself. 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

God Does Not Want To Control You

God Does Not Want To Control You

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Come on. God does not want to stifle you, or manipulate you, or force you to do anything you don’t want to do. Quite the opposite. God will let you do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, with whomever you want to do it, and as often as you want to do it. When was the last time God stopped you from doing anything? #stopblaming #startliving 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 …

All Fear Is Outcome Based; No Longer Let Fear Stop You.

All Fear Is Outcome Based; No Longer Let Fear Stop You.

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Fear is crippling. Fear has stopped masses from living life, more importantly, form enjoying life. When you remove yourself from outcome you place yourself in income. I would say most and close to all fears are based on outcome, our attachments to what we want to happen or what we don’t want to happen. Here is mostly directly correlated to anything but what’s currently happening. unless in the moment your life is threatened, then fear has a purpose, what if your life is and threatened, what purpose to sphere have? What purpose does focusing on an outcome have? When I remove myself from outcomes, my attachment to outcomes, whether that …

Prayer

Prayer: Is A Direct Conversation With The Things You Already Know, You Just Didn’t Ask. 🙏🏽

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Not the thinking part, the knowing part. Too many people are in conversation with what they think, when simultaneously what they KNOW is there the whole time, they weren’t asking that part or giving that part a voice. You pray so often, you get so into it, that it isn’t 24 seconds of, “oh, thank you for this and this and this would be great, in your name, etc…” Its praying so consistently, conversing with that wise one IN you, higher self, true self, ego-less self (pick one), that your life becomes a prayer. Every step is that prayer of knowing. Like Hafiz says, “I am a flute in which …

Today Marks The Beginning Of A New Political Era

Today Marks The Beginning Of A New Political Era

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

Today marks the beginning of a new political era. America has rarely been more #divided, we have never before seen such a figure as Donald Trump assume leadership of the nation. Amid this turmoil, the community is grappling with how to best think, speak, and act in this fraught political climate, especially in regard to protecting the rights of minorities. My mission is to live a life that honors and upholds the well-being of others, to act against ignorance and hate in our world. May we keep our heads and hearts aligned over the four years to come. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, …

Inauguration Message To An Un-Presidential Precedent

Inauguration Message To An Un-Presidential Precedent

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I Will Not. Not now; not ever. I will not drink from your poisoned well of lies. I will not dine from your banquet of hateful xenophobia. I will not breathe your noxious air, tainted by your sequestered life of detached entitlement and filtered by your carefully constructed moat of homogeneity. I will not stand by in idle witness to the devastation you think is the beautiful path to progress, right and good. I will not attempt to see through your angry eyes, red-rimmed and hateful, your snake-iris view of the world skewed by a past that has shaped your hatred of all that is unlike you. I will not …

Patience Is Easy If I Let Things Happen

Patience Is Easy If I Let Things Happen

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

If I practice and master the art of letting things come, really just letting what comes come; I no longer need to be patient for the things I want, because I will receive the things being given to me. Just thinking “letting go” or “let go” eases the tension in my body, eases all the pressure i put on myself to get and get and get. I can continue to live and move towards goals and aspirations with no attachments to an outcome if I simply receive. In a state of receiving, I am getting what is coming, I have more room for gratitude and awareness to the things that are …