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The Thing You Want Most Is The Thing You Should Give Most Of

The Thing You Want Most Is The Thing You Should Give Most Of

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You want a care package Give a care package. You want a job Prep people with the tools to get the job. You want wealth and success Put people into a position to achieve wealth and success. You want to travel, show, allow people, send people travelling. You want letters, send letters. The thing you want most is the thing you should give away. I often have to remind myself of this beautiful law of life. The world really is a giant return to sender, what we give always comes back. So you want love, love more. Forgiveness, forgive more, forgive yourself more. When I think I have nothing, nothign …

True Success Lives Inside

True Success Lives Inside

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True success lives inside, it has nothing to do with isolated things or attainment. Being successful as a total person, attaining a successful lifestyle that benefits not only yourself but everyone around you, that is success. Little-self needs more success, as it can go away any minute. Big-self is humble and grateful for success knowing that they are not better than anyone but more fortunate than others. Success then becomes a gift for which we are thankful. Our success then becomes a stewardship, a responsibility to exercise influence for the greatest benefit of all. Solid confidence comes from the knowing that the source of success is already within. That A …

All We Want Is Bliss

All We Want Is Joy

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JOY.  FUN. BLISS. Absolute abandonment, not a care in the world. We all know what that feels like. We’ve all had a blast, those days and night we will never forget. Right? (Ideally, sober, but even alcohol and drug induced). We all know that day, that time, that moment, moments of bliss – yes? They are moments that stand out compared to the rest, because not everything is fun and bliss and easy and joy. Not everything is the same, yes? But we know these moments, this joyous state of being is possible – right? Because, we’ve experienced it, so IT IS POSSIBLE. I used to think everything was to quiet the noise, but now I’m …

I Am Absolutely Capable Of Perfection

I Am Absolutely Capable Of Perfection

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I am absolutely capable of perfection I am absolutely perfect I don’t need to have flaws I don’t need to have mistakes I don’t need to have weakness I don’t need to have something wrong I don’t! I always want someone I love to say that something I do still needs work and / or adjustments because I don’t believe I am capable of perfection. I don’t need that story anymore. I don’t need people to tell me my work is bad or flawed or needs work. I am moving up. I am. I already am. – Christopher Rivas

Being An Artist Is Hard, Being Mindful Can Help

Being An Artist Is Hard, Being Mindful Can Help

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Mindfulness can help for those in-between moments when it matters most. Art. Meditation. They’re a good fit, since awareness of your body, speech, and mind, and of the surrounding space, is a key element in art making. Indeed, contemplative art groups have existed for a long time. Many theater and dance exercises—such as body scans and spatial awareness drills—are meditative to a great degree, and many acting teachers believe the craft demands a process of self-discovery. When I first discovered mindfulness through meditation, I had an instinctual feeling, that meditation and are feed each other—that meditation can enhance acting, creating, writing, dancing, and any artistic pursuit for that matter. Since that day, mindfulness has leaked …

Mindfulness For Actors

Mindfulness For Actors

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Mindfulness Many of us will be familiar with this term. It has become more and more widely used. For the sake of clarity, though, let’s be absolutely certain of its definition. Mindfulness is, essentially, present moment awareness. It is similar to selflessness, but, strangely enough, it is achieved by becoming aware of ourselves! It is an awareness of the present moment—of being in the now and existing within it. The term ‘mindfulness’ can appear misleading to some, as it might hint at intellectualizing or rumination. For those of us who feel ‘stuck in our heads’, mindfulness, at first glance, sounds like throwing petrol in a fire. In fact, it is quite …

Flower from the cracks

Out of The Rubble

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 Out of the rubble comes something beautiful.  Well earned and well deserved. There will always be rubble. There will always be hard times. There will always be adversity. But if we can stay positive, present, and persistent; realize that it’s all a part of the journey of self, then we can flourish! Out of anything we can make something. We are always growing. Always moving forward. Turning dirt into gold. Embrace the broken in your life. embrace the unknown. Live in the, “I don’t know.” Know that all things are here to help shape and strengthen you. Within all of it is something beautiful. Something extraordinary. Your truth, shining and powerful beyond measure. …

I Wish I Didn’t Know What I Wanted…

I Wish I Didn’t Know What I Wanted…

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I wish I didn’t know what I wanted… That’s freedom. The, “I don’t know.” It basically saying, “I love it all”, or “I love”, or “yes”, or “I let go.” From Alan Watt… “That what I want, basically, what I really want, is what you want. And I don’t know what you want. Surprise me’. But that’s the kinship between “I” and “thou”. So when I ask, I go right down to the question, which we started with: “What do I want?” The answer is “I don’t know”. When Bodhidharma was asked, “Who are you?” which is another form of the same question, he said “I don’t know”. Planting flowers …

True Success Lives In Spirit

True Success Lives In Spirit

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True success lives in and supports the spirit, it has nothing to do with isolated things or attainment. Being successful as a total person, attaining a successful lifestyle that benefits not only yourself but everyone around you, that is success. Little-self needs more success, as it can go away any minute. Big-self is humble and grateful for success knowing that they are not better than anyone, but more fortunate than others. Success then becomes a gift for which we are thankful. Our success then becomes a stewardship, a responsibility to exercise influence for the greatest benefit of all. Solid confidence comes from the knowing that the source of success is …

Everything Sent Out Always Returns

Everything Sent Out Always Returns

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We shall eventually have to accept responsibility for every thought, word, and deed. Take responsibility for exactly whatever suffering we have caused others. It is in the sense that we each create our own heaven and hell. Nothing dissolves dishonesty faster than the simple act of revealing the truth. The only way to increase your power in the world is by increasing your integrity, and by understanding and building a capacity for compassion. Knowing our own and everyone else’s human foibles gives rise to forgiveness, and then to compassion. Compassion is the doorway to Grace. Grace is the final realization of who we are and why we are here, and the …

How To Be A Genius

How To Be A Genius

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A universal characteristic of genius, is humility. The genius knows and attributes all insights to a higher influence. The challenge of the genius, the problem we are always facing is how to transform that which is perceived in one’s private understanding into a visible expression that is comprehensible to others. Genius lives in the question. The genius knows that one cannot pose a question without the answer already existing. Hence the phrase, “question and answer are merely two sides of the same coin”. The genius poses a question and is open to receive an answer. A genius’s powers are, inspiration and vision. A genius values life. The genius knows that …

Your Attitude Is Making You Sick

Your Attitude Is Making You Sick

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Generally speaking, physical and mental health are based upon positive attitudes, where as ill health, both physical and mental, is associated with such negative attitudes as resentment, jealousy, hostility, self-pity, fear, anxiety, etc. In psychoanalysis, positive attitudes are called welfare emotions, and the negative-ones are called emergency emotions. Unless the basic attitude that is causing the energy and balances is corrected, all the chiropractic and acupuncture and reflexology mean nothing because the illness will return. You want to get better, you want to get stronger, you want stop suffering? You want to go where you need to go? Literally, just bring the body to the meeting. If you really expose yourself …

To Create I Must Prepare Myself For A Long Time...

To Create I Must Prepare Myself For A Long Time…

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Here I am, alone with silence. Discovering that is enough when a single thing is beautifully done with love. – Christopher Rivas … The Mindful Actor & Mindfulness For Artist   Read more: The Power Of Art Is…. If you wish to comprehend the difference between chaos and meaning, simply contemplate the difference between noise and music.   Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You? – Work with me here With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

5 think big questions

5 Think Big Questions

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“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire What are we not saying, what are we pretending not to know? All possibilities open up when we stop deceiving ourselves. Let’s start asking bigger questions. Let’s test our limits and challenge our small perceptions. “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan There are many questions in life for which there are no set answers, or such diverging opinions on answers that just raise more questions. Here are just 5 philosophical questions for you to ponder. Meditation is often useful in helping people to search …

Stillness Is An Essential Part Of Acting

Stillness Is An Essential Part Of Art

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Make Art. Use Your Heart. Share Your Heart. Be Your Art. – Christopher Rivas It’s the sitting, the “stillness”… When you’ve been that still and contemplative, your sensory awareness is heightened and more sharply focused, stillness is the essential part of art. It’s the beginning. It’s what prepares us, allows to hear and receive the inspiration. Stillness allows the actor to listen. Stillness allows the actor to respond. Stillness I think of Bruce Lee: BE WATER MY FRIEND Mindfulness is an essential part of an artist process. Check out The Mindfulness Artist & The Mindfulness Actor … Guided coaching to unleash the true He(ART)ist in you. Make Art. Use Your Heart. Share Your Heart. …

the mindful artist

The Mindful Artist

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The Mindful Artist I had always wanted to become a great artist but now I want to become a great human being. – Christopher Rivas As a Storyteller – the word I use to encompass all the imagining, creating and He(Art) sharing I do – I know, understand and am so grateful for the importance of a mindfulness practice in my art. It’s the mindfulness that reminds me how important it is to be an artist. It’s the mindfulness that keeps me grounded with my intentions and purpose and responsibility as an artist. Whatever your art is, whatever your practice, mindfulness will only make it sharper and clearer.  Set up a …

Let's Get Honest People

Let’s Get Honest People

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Let’s get honest about who we are. What are our strengths, and what are our weaknesses? What is holding us back and what is propelling us forward? How well do we know ourselves? By knowing who we are and why we do what we do, can we suffer less? YES, yes we can. What a disgrace it is for man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength for which the body is capable. – Socrates A very simple first step to knowing thyself is: List your five strengths and five weaknesses Ignorance is bliss, until you have tasted bliss, then the rest is just ignorance – Christopher Rivas Some …

the mindful actor

The Mindful Actor

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Acting without an authentic connection to self feels false. We want to watch things that are true. That truth is what connects us to each other, to art, to our world. In this course you will obtain the necessary tools to bring YOU into the casting room. There is only one you. And simply put, by being you, you will book. Be it commercials, films, or episodics, these tools will give you the confidence and ease to unlock your potential as an actor and dynamically full human. Each week we will work through the skills that one acquires with a mindful practice and how that goes hand in hand with …

random acts of kindness

Random Acts of Kindness in School: The Breakfast Club

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If everyone in the world decided to do 1 unselfish, kind act per day, the world would instantly be a better place to live. It doesn’t matter if you donate your time or money to a charity, help a stranger with their packages or even send an funny email to a friend to make their day. The purpose of this site is to showcase your actions everyday that are just for the purpose of bringing happiness and goodness into the world. Hopefully when other people see what you do, it will inspire them to do Good as well. So share your kind acts or acts that you view or read …

Your Perfect Day ItineraryYour Perfect Day Itinerary

Your Perfect Day Itinerary

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How do I want every day to look? How do I want to feel every day? What am I creating daily? Who am I spending my time with? What places am I exposing myself to? What passions am I fulfilling? Your perfect day. If you can’t see it, can’t describe it, how are you going to have it? Believe it or not, what you think and say ad feel matter; knowing this, put that energy and those feelings into manifesting and creating your perfect day. You deserve a perfect day. First, you are creating your perfect day on a general (macro) level: In my perfect day I wake up energized, refreshed …

get grounded

Before You Do Anything, Get Grounded

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Grounded. Like with electrical energy, like with wiring, we’re a running current and so many things are happening at once it’s easy to forget our center. To get grounded is too find or center. To get grounded means to tap into the now. What is happening right here, right now? To remember your breath and your body, and what do you hear? Little things that can all happen in a minute. Take a moment to center yourself. Acknowledge where you are and where you’re heading. How do we retain a calm center when all the structures we have centered our lives around appear to be falling away? Jobs and careers are disappearing …

school mindfulness

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

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Original Article By Katrina Schwartz It was lunch time at Marysville School in Southeast Portland when thefire broke out. Teachers quickly herded their students out of the building to the sports field behind the school as the old colonial-style building burned. The fire that traumatized students and staff alike was in 2009, when Lana Penley was in her second year as principal. The 460 students and 50 staff members of the K-8 school relocated to a vacant school building in another part of Portland, displaced from their school site for three years as the district rebuilt the Marysville building. “We were already a school that struggled, and then adding [the fire] on top …

If Bad Thoughts Get Planted In Your Head

If Bad Thoughts Get Planted In Your Head

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If Bad Thoughts Get Planted In Your Head, they will grow into bigger negative thoughts you look fat = ugly, unlovable | stop being stupid = you are os dumb | that’s not important = worthless BUT… If GOOD thoughts get planted, healthy, positive thoughts will grow! cute smile = I’m beautiful! | great work = I will be successful! | this is a good idea = My dreams matter! Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

7 Keys To Success

7 Keys To Success

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True success in my view is one where you are okay. Where you are good. Not this is good and this is shit. Not over worked or under worked. Not stretched thing or simply not stretched at all. BALANCE. Success is balance. It has everything, spirit, wealth, health, abundance, creativity, peace, sweat, relaxation, hard work and sacrifice. 7 Keys To Success according to me and success people who I’ve studied, admired, and learned from. See it. Create a vision. Set an intention. Let go of How. “How will I. How can I? But how?” Master Your Mind. Master Your Tongue. Master Your Body. Build A Winning Team SERVE See it. …

Dream On Dreamer

My Personal Declaration

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Who are you? What do you stand for? What’s your dream? What type of legacy do you want to create? How can we become great together? We all need to declare our truth. We all need to know our truth and own our truth. We all need to be reminded of the things we stand for, fight for and believe in. We need to be reminded because it’s to easy to be tested, too easy to forget, too easy to give into fear. Here is My Personal Declaration: Have faith and trust, know the nothing can be forced. Be kind to myself and others. Live in Abundance Be honest. Have humility …