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Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

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This is not some hocus-pocus theory. Your unconsciousness causes you pain 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. …

Give Up Your Self Concern

Give Up Your Self Concern

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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

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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 …

Is Everyone Just Using Everyone To Get What They Want?

Is Everyone Just Using Everyone To Get What They Want?

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It all comes down to powerlessness and a relationship with a higher power/something outside of yourself that says you can not control all. You can want things definitely, but at what point does this focus of wanting things steer you away from real human connection? The present moment? Is everyone just using everyone to get what they want? We are powerless over so many things in our lives I believe it’s more in an individuals best interest to be moved through the world and to be of service to everyone they encounter rather than focusing on their own needs (outside of the obvious essential ones) and self surrounding thoughts… Then …

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

At Some Point We Have To Give Up Trying So Hard

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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 …

Chasing The Dream

CHASING THE DREAM

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“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” – James Baldwin You pay more for car insurance because of where you live. You pay more for rent, way more than your place is worth. Your pay more for food, because it cost more in poor neighborhoods. Never mind that ”healthy” food is on average $45 more a month. You pay a higher percentage of your income in state and local taxes. You cash checks at places that take a cut. You can’t have a bank account because you can’t afford the fees. You pay more for public transit, because you can’t afford …

Once Upon A Time, People Were Not Separate From Each Other

Once Upon A Time, People Were Not Separate From Each Other

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Once upon a time, people were not born separate from each other. They were born entwined, kind of coupled with each other. So there were boys attached to boys, and there were girls attached to girls, and of course, boys and girls together in a wonderfully intimate ball. And back then we had eight limbs. There were four on top,  four on the bottom, and you didn’t have to walk if you didn’t want to. You could roll, and roll we did. We rolled backwards and we rolled forwards, achieving fantastic speeds that gave us a kind of courage. And then the courage swelled to pride. And the pride became …

Today Marks The Beginning Of A New Political Era

Today Marks The Beginning Of A New Political Era

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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, …

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Katy Perry’s Chilling PSA Against Creating A Database Of Muslims In The Country

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  The video opens with the story of 89-year-old Haru Kuromiya, a Japanese American who spent her childhood on a chicken farm in Riverside, Calif. Sitting on a chair, with a shawl covering her small frame, Kuromiya talks about that fateful day in 1942 when government officials took her father. She and the rest of her family were later given tags and numbers to wear, she said. Then they were placed on a train, and Kuromiya, who would have been in her teens, found herself living in an internment camp. “We had to leave our business, our homes and our possessions behind, even our pets,” she said. “We were an American farm family …

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On Self-Respect: Joan Didion’s 1961 Essay from the Pages of Vogue

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Here, in its original layout, is Joan Didion’s seminal essay “Self-respect: Its Source, Its Power,” which was first published in Vogue in 1961, and which was republished as “On Self-Respect” in the author’s 1968 collection,Slouching Towards Bethlehem.​ Didion wrote the essay as the magazine was going to press, to fill the space left after another writer did not produce a piece on the same subject. She wrote it not to a word count or a line count, but to an exact character count. Once, in a dry season, I wrote in large letters across two pages of a notebook that innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that …

Patience Is Easy If I Let Things Happen

Patience Is Easy If I Let Things Happen

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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 …

You’re Never Out Of The Game Until You’re Actually Dead

You’re Never Out Of The Game Until You’re Actually Dead

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You’re always in the game. Always… It’s not like you fail at somethign and then you’re out. No, you’re still in, despite how it might feel in the moment, you are still in. No subs here, no coach on the sideline to replace you; as long as you are alive, you are still very much in the game. So, if you’re down, get up. If you are frozen, move forward; just keep moving, one step at a time, one breath at a time. Life is a game, a game with rules, that if followed and respected can be played quite well. Play the game to the best of your ability …

Start A Successful Spa Business In 2017

Start A Successful Spa Business In 2017

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Do you want a career that leads to personal fulfillment? One way is to find a way to assist others. While there are many popular career choices that can help you reach this goal, like becoming a health care practitioner, there are other less obvious choices, like opening a small luxury spa designed to help people find peace, health, and a sense of well-being. If you’re wondering if you should invest in salon and spa equipment, here are some statistics to reassure you: During the 2008 recession, the spa industry enjoyed a booming business. 160 million people visited a spa, which represented a 16 percent increase in business over the year …

Ever Think It's Interesting That You Didn't Exist and Yet You Always Existed?

Ever Think It’s Interesting That You Didn’t Exist and Yet You Always Existed?

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People we meet, who enter our lives, who were not there before, if we think about it- we weren’t actually alive to them before and they weren’t alive to us, not in our small lives and small channels, then all of a sudden, we were very much alive to each other. But we were always alive and moving, always. It’s that thing in physics, that two things, two forces (and you are a force) are always moving towards each other- so we didn’t JUST meet and come alive, we’ve always been moving towards meeting. That’s just science. The more work we do on realizing that out tiny perspective, our small channel …

MONO NO AWARE

MONO NO AWARE

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In Japanese, “Mono No Aware” is the ephemeral nature of things. The idea that what makes something it all the more beautiful is the fact that it will fade. The shiny is not always shiny. The muscles get softer, the skin sags, the piece of music get sung like this once and only once. The young will not be young forever. The strong will not be strong forever. The idea that things are most beautiful and precious because they won’t last is quite powerful if you let it be. It’s all the most beautiful because it’s gone in a moment. A moment and time has changed.  The fragility of life that makes …

Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

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Radical acceptance is a term I run back to over and over. Basically put, it’s taking what is, the “good” with the “bad”, life as it comes, each moment a moment for waking up. It also means accepting who you are, all of it, all of you. Your strengths and your strengths and your strengths (before you judge them). You will not nor can not be everyone’s cup of tea. Even the Dalai lama has trash talkers, and Gandhi has haters, and Theresa has flaws. According to the “ideas” of right and wrong, the “perspective” of good and and “bad”, we simply can not fill everyone’s cup. We as practitioners, as …

It's Impossible To Do Good Work When You Have To Worry About Money

It’s Impossible To Do Good Work When You Have To Worry About Money

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It is impossible to do good work when you have to worry about money. As an artist, I should only focus on doing good work. This is difficult in the best of circumstances. Considerations about budgets and money while working are creative poison. Whether the idea requires five hours or fifty has no bearing on the quality of the outcome. Simultaneously, if we are in the thing itself, meaning surviving from what we make, not worrying about financials is not an option either. For, life is not predictable, and worrying about money is stressful, and what’s worse, this fear and desperation will show up in our work, in our lives. More interesting …

We Are Killing The Creative Class

We Are Killing The Creative Class

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  Our politicians hate culture; our media have given up serious reporting; our tech firms have stolen our content; our citizens are in hock to celebrity; our creators cannot make ends meet. To read Scott Timberg’s lament about the creative class is to despair about the state of American society. Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists—from graphic designers …

Be Careful When You Call For Divine Intervention, It Will Wreak Havoc When It Comes.

Be Careful When You Call For Divine Intervention, It Will Wreak Havoc When It Comes.

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Be careful when you call for divine intervention. It will wreak havoc when it comes. We have devised ways of containing it, but it always comes. I think of music, the spirits that good music can set free in you (without your asking), can be chaotic, overwhelming; just like life, when you’re truly touched on the dancefloor, it’s not just pleasure, but shock, tears, possibly unwanted revelations. I don’t know if you hear it, but lately there is this ever present beep – it’s like a heart monitor – do you hear it? … beep …. beep … beep. We are being watched and monitored and we are seconds, moments …

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We Must All Watch This Film On Standing Rock

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This Gorgeous Short Film Takes Us to the Heart of the Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff   Given what we’re seeing in the election’s aftermath, photographer–filmmakerLucian Read clearly picked a prescient title for his recent mini-doc series on inequality in the United States: America Divided, which aired on EPIX in October and November, took us to corners of a nation still hurting from the Great Recession—from an addiction-ravaged Rust Belt town reeling from factory closures to New York City, where the housing crisis proved devastating to many Latinos and African Americans. Premiering here, Read’s latest short film, Mni Wiconi: The Standing at Standing Rock, turns a camera on the plight of …

Heartbreak Reveals Who We Are

Heartbreak Reveals Who You Are. That Said, Fight To Love MORE

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HEARTBREAK is unpreventable; the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control… Heartbreak begins the moment we are asked to let go but cannot, in other words, heartbreak is the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way. There is almost no path a human being can follow that does not lead to heartbreak. Realizing heartbreak is inescapable, we can see heartbreak not as the end of the road, but the road. Heartbreak reveals who we are. Heartbreak asks us not to look for another …

Time Is Really Just Perspective

Time Is Really Just Perspective

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I mean, it’s always a minute, but is it really? I mean, a minute on a hot stove vs a minute with someone you love are very different. Same minute, but very different. You know this. You’ve experienced this. You’ve lived it. You live it- So if you’re waiting for the right moment to change, if you’re measuring your meditation or prayer time, judging it, weighing it; it’s perspective. 10min is really 20min is really 30min is really a 1min when the goal is waking up, being more authentic, being healthy and whole. All moments are simple moments. It’s all a moment after a moment after a moment; all moments made …

Good art makes you pregnant

Good Art Makes You Pregnant

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An Excerpt From The Giving Show: When I was in HS – actually my fourth day of HS the world trade centers went down. Now, regardless of conspiracies of how and why that happened – the city, nyc, my home, came together like I’ve never experienced it- anyone who was there, felt it. It was like another layer on top of an already delicious cake, this beautiful frosting that said we are not permanent and anything can happen and what we have is each other. But that cake was eaten and people went back to doing what they do, back to life as it was. Same during the crazy black …

Motley Crue Time For Change

Time For Change

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  I heard some kids telling me How they’ve lost all the faith in the way. They’ve been talking world peace And they’re wars in the streets The lines on their faces so deep A revolution or reach out and touch the day We’re overdue child Change Now it’s time for change Nothing stays the same Now it’s time for change I feel the the future in the hands Of our youth can be safe No more lies Old, tired fools tell our future With tarot cards and lies of crime We’re overdue child I’ll change… Not tomorrow, but today. Motley Mutherfuckin Crue   If you find joy and value …

The Only Real Possible Love Is Sincere And On Task. Honest And True.

The Only Real Possible Love Is Sincere And On Task

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The only real possible love is sincere and on task. Honest and true. On task: Meet a person Feel what’s honest. Call it out. Take it there. Exhaust it (if possible) … and when complete – appreciate it. Thank it. move on. To do more than possible, to do more than what you can is to stay off task. No matter what, stay on task. The suffering begins when we leave what is for what we want it 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 …