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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 …

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Throw Your Shit Out

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  All our suffering can be seen in the fact that there are 35 story high storage units which take up 4 city blocks. This is not an exaggeration. These buildings that store all the things we don’t want, the things we don’t want around. But we also don’t want to get rid of them; and if we asked what was in them, 80% of people would have no idea. We pay someone to hold these things we must continue to hang onto and not use. What else are we hanging onto and don’t want to let go of? And with what currency are we paying for it? Why are …

United Divided States

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I write this essay because it is my duty as an artist and citizen of this country. It is my duty to stand up against, not our new president-elect, but to stand up to everything he stands for and represents. To combat his hate with my love. I want to address something and make it very clear, for everyone, but mainly the Trump supporters in the back that can’t seem to understand why this is difficult. This election was not about the candidates. It was about the platforms they have been brought to the mainstream. Opposing platforms. One based in love, hope, equality. The other, our new president elect’s platform, …

You Will Never See A U-Haul Behind A Hearse

You Will Never See A U-Haul Behind A Hearse

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You are born into a life where everything given will be taken away. That’s a fact. Or as I like to hear it, “You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.” That everything you came in with, stays: Your blood Your love Your honesty Your vulnerability Your knowing Your peace Your truth Your breath… All there until the very last moment. Everythign else, all the things you bought and wanted and suffered and fought for, all that stuff leaves. The idea isn’t to liveforever but to create somethign that can live forever. To make something extraordinary, to leave some fantastic good behind. … A little poem: Because the dying is …

The Greatest Monster Of Them All is Boredom

The Greatest Monster Of Them All is Boredom

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The Greatest Monster Of Them All is Boredom Don’t get eaten. No matter what – DON’T GET EATEN!   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

The Artist Can Not Interfere With Injustice As A Man.

The Artist Can Not Interfere With Injustice As A Man

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As man I have a preference For happiness, as an artist, I still have things to bring to life. All are striving for connection, beauty, and calm, in a world where there is fear, confusion, ugliness, acts of terror, inequality, violence, and hate.  All of this is art. All of this is the path to art. Art is proof, art is the power to heal a broken spirit, to heal so many of us who have lost our way. Move me. Show me beauty. Shock me. Make me think. Bring me work that makes magic out of nothing. Great revolutions are always metaphysical. If you find joy and value in …

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole

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Here is exactly what we need to do to save our great society. The information here is what we’ve all been waiting for. By doing this we can make Bernie the president on Inauguration day rather than President-elect Donald Trump. Actually, no we can’t. There is no loophole that allows a random person to assume the office of president. That’s pretty basic common sense but yet you clicked or even shared this article anyway. Now that right there is the real point of this post… Our social media sites have been flooded with misinformation in the past few months. While this has always been a problem, it now appears to …

The Fear Of Death (It's Not All Guaranteed)

The Fear Of Death (It’s Not All Guaranteed)

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I have dreams of enacting this harsh and cruel therapy. Where someone pays me to make someone think their plane is crashing. To put the fear of death in them. To make them wake up and see that it’s not all guaranteed that being grumpy on this plane is pointless right now. To appreciate what was and what is. And when it’s all coming to a head and the waking up is beginning, right then right the plane rights itself, the chaos comes to a stable place and he/she, our secret client wakes up. Whether everyone else is a dummy or a plant and how to let airlines let me …

You Deserve A Lover Who...

You Deserve A Lover Who…

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You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep. You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin. You deserve a lover who wants to dance with you, who goes to paradise every time he looks into your eyes and never gets tired of studying your expressions. You deserve a lover who listens when you sing, who supports you when you feel shame …

Universal Rules Of Art

Universal Rules Of Art

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Universal rules of art – Be Creative… Like seriously, create something that is an explosion of the outside meeting the insides, ala Big Bang. – Don’t judge it… until you have to. – Allow yourself to be moved, don’t put yourself into a place of movement. – Be brought to tears, do not bring tears. – Don’t tell me what you can show me. – Creating is living doubly, in the world and not in the world. This is called losing one self to find oneself. – Expression begins where thought ends. – Resist the temptation to explain. – Resist The Temptation To Understand. – The artist commits himself and …

My Services Are Worth More Than This Latte

My Services Are Worth More Than This Latte

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Why is it that people still ask me to help them with advice — in exchange for coffee? Don’t get me wrong. I like coffee. And I couldn’t be happier that you are finally waking up and ready for big change. Or that you are leaving one job to start your own. (Congrats, you’re an inspiration.) But the “pick your brain” email has become something of a problem for many entrepreneurs. Work is work, inspiration is work, art is work, so all those people are essentially asking for free work. There’s no latte on Earth (even with Starbucks’ newly-raised prices) that would cover what my consulting, story for corporate, entertainment charges to come to your office, interview …

Don't Wait For The Crumble To Wake Up And Make A Change

Don’t Wait For The Crumble To Wake Up And Make A Change

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People are waiting or are motivated by the downfall, by the crumble to wake up and change. Don’t wait for the crumble, don’t get complacent with surviving. Thrive y’all, LIVE, right here right now – 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 a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us.

If You’re Gonna Blame Them For All The Shit You Gotta Blame Them For All The Good Too!

If You’re Gonna Blame Them For All The Shit, You Gotta Blame Them For All The Good Too!

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If you’re gonna blame them for all the shit you gotta blame them for all the good too! So, Blame elegantly Blame intelligently Blame consciously Blame them at the level of your soul! “If they had been the person I had wanted I would not be the man I am meant 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 coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here.  This is a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us.

I Created Me… And You Can Create You

I Created Me… And You Can Create You

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So, prepare yourself. B/c our entire life changes in a moment. That’s it. One moment. It took 10 years to get to this moment, 20 years, etc… but the truth is, the CHANGE, this thing that matters most, the change is in the moment. This moment.   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.

Change the world! Right Now, Just Start, Right Now

Change the world! Right Now, Just Start, Right Now

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Go right to STEP 2 – we gotta go past step 1 and right to 2. It’s not, “Make money, change the world.” It’s just – change the world and then make money. Or just change the fucking world, right here, right now, with what you got, with a smile, with your voice, with action and your unique you-ness, change that shit, because we need it. It’s not make money make art, just make art… It’s not pay rent, then write; just write and then you will still pay rent… No more excuses, no more. If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting …