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Everything Created Must First Be Imagined

Everything Created Must First Be Imagined

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Einstein wasn’t just smart, I mean, yeah the dude was smart, but more importantly his imagination was BOOM BANG – out of this world! Literally and figuratively, he was imagining what others couldn’t, he saw what could be, and turned it into what is. IMAGINATION goes hand in hand with HOPE. IMAGINATION / HOPE HOPE / IMAGINATION It’s medicine. The medicine to explore what can be. For the sick and trauma filled I work with, through the power of story we tap into imagination, we tap into what was and what could be. This what could be, this imagination and hope is essential to recovery, essential to life. I gotta know there is …

Wake Up And Make A Choice

Wake Up And Make A Choice

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What are you doing all this for? What’s life about? You know how many people are busy making a living that they never took the time to make a choice about how they wanted to design their lives. They never took a second to make a choice; choices have been made for them and they have no idea. Right now, make a fucking choice!! Make a choice about your life, for your life. Make your life a masterpiece my friends. The American Dream, they call it a dream because you have to be asleep to believe it… Wake up and make a choice.   If you find joy and value in …

We All Get What We Tolerate

We All Get What We Tolerate

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Stop tolerating the shit that don’t serve you. Stop tolerating just being okay. Stop tolerating coasting and living pay check to pay check. Don’t just solve the problem Find the source of what’s causing it in the first place and resolve that shit!   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.

Its time to start doing the right thing

When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.

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Its time to start doing the right thing right when you know its right, not when its fucking convenient. Right now because its right. The American Dream, they call it a dream because you have to be asleep to believe 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 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.

Before You Pray For Yourself, Pray For Someone Else

Before You Pray For Yourself, Pray For Someone Else

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Promise me, that before you pray for yourself, before you ask for something from something out there; pray for someone else, pray for someone else’s good, then ask for what you want and need. It won’t hurt to send love and blessings somewhere else, there will be plenty left over for you. 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 Energy Of Potential

The Energy Of Potential

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We live in difficult times. War and violence, racism and hatred, and socioeconomic and environmental concerns have left many of us fatigued and fearful. What practices and strategies can we summon from life to aid us in facing the chaos of the world? What practices can help us enact an ethic of healing, especially as activists and allies, so that we can live boldly instead of lashing out or shutting down? What is needed right now? This is a thought and energy that I can feel very potently circulating the globe. We are in a time of mass uncovering, things are being revealed at a rapid rate. The energy of potential and healing and growing is tremendous. It is here. How can we …

Sustainable Thinking

Sustainable Thinking

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We are so obsessed with this word lately – Sustainable: Sustainable 1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level. “sustainable fusion reactions” 2. able to be upheld or defended. “sustainable definitions of good educational practice” Sustainable happiness. Sustainable fulfillment. We want to just have something that we can maintain, that we can sustain, in a healthy and mindful way. So, lately I’ve been focusing my energy on “Sustainable Perception.” How do I sustain a clear, clean level of perception on and in the world? A perception that heals more than harms? A perception that loves more than hates? A perception that inspires more than diminishes? If I’ve learned anything as a storyteller. Everything …

I Don't Know Why We Got Here

I Don’t Know Why We Got Here

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I don’t know how, I mean i know how– the bird and the bees, yes… But the billion other things I don’t know. I know we suffer, but I know we are not meant to suffer. I know that I have to do whatever I have to do, whatever I can to enjoy this moment as much as possible. I know I need to train my perception to realize that for whatever reason (reason doesn’t really matter) I am here and my immediate needs are met. I woke up this morning – Think about it, I woke up this morning, I woke up this morning, Gotta smile when I say …

The Art Of Contagion: How To Be More Contagious

The Art Of Contagion: How To Be More Contagious

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We have to be contagious. CONTAGIOUS (adjective) 1. capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object: contagious diseases. 2. carrying or spreading a contagious disease. 3. tending to spread from person to person: contagious laughter. 1) We have to be capable of transmitting joy, love, abundance, mindfulness, compassion, kindness by bodily contact. 2) We have to carry this contagious love with us at all times. We have to make sure we don’t lose it. 3) We have to make sure it SPREADS, from person to person, like laughter, like love. More contagious than anything else. No one said a virus had to be bad, no one said an outbreak was always deadly. …

How Does Suffering Manifest For You?

How Does Suffering Manifest For You?

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It’s happening, even right now, we are pushing our sufferings into a corner, or covering them up with ice cream and social calendar bookings. These sufferings don’t have to be huge and earth shattering, like not knowing where your next meal will come from, yes, for some people, that is their reality; knowing this doesn’t mean you don’t suffer for not being happy and fulfilled din your job – suffering is suffering. And compassion is compassion. Compassion moves us into the suffering of the world, not away from it, INTO the suffering in a very creative way. It opens the doors to a universal thing we ALL experience. Suffering and compassion …

Turning Ordinary Into Magical

Turning Ordinary Into Magical

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What is the process which turns the ordinary into magical? A person doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious to know that there is something greater than the self, than the force we think we we have control over; it’s physics. It’s a force beyond our control that pulls things and people together. Extraordinary is simply more delicate than ordinary. Then we have to go back to the ordinary with a sensitive and extraordinary eye, making it unordinary; making it magical. Ordinary to magical is a process, it’s a practice, it takes a commitment to seeing, being, and living in a world that is magical. Are you committed to being in …

Where Does Knowing Live In You?

Where Does Knowing Live In You?

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You are either thinking about what you know, or you’re thinking about what you think you know. They are very different. One is in the body. The other is floating around. How do we get to a place of speaking, being from from what we truly know? Not what we think we know. Where does knowing live in you? What do you know? Actually know? Your mind is in every cell of your body. Knowing lives in you. Language is our second language, body language is our first language. We know what we know on a cellular, a visceral level, and we translate it into language. Thinking is tick tick time. Knowing is now …

Stuck and Waiting For The Flow

Stuck and Waiting For The Flow?

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Stuck and waiting for the flow? How do you support what needs to break down? How do you hold what needs to fall apart? We all must de-construct in order to re-construct. We get so wound and tied up to the stories about who we are that sometimes we just need to let it all go stitch by stitch. We need to break, safely, we need to allow the old to fall away. Chances are this isn’t pretty, this is okay. This is healthy. Illness is a healthy reaction to a sick situation.  We must hold space for the breaking down and letting go. We must create space for the illness to …

5 Lessons Millennial Beings Must Learn

5 Lessons Millennial Artist Must Learn

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I have worked with artist in their 20s and artist in their 80s— and I’ve noticed some patterns with the under 25 crowd that are cause for concern, and some of these habits need to be broken before they rob you of your moment. 1. Notice what others in your generation are doing and do the opposite. Making a grand living as a artist sounds extraordinary, right? It is. But you won’t become extraordinary by mirroring the habits of ordinary people. Enough cat videos already. Less Facebook. Burn your DVR. Read plays. Read theory and philosophy. Challenge ideas. Rent classic films from the library for free. Go to museums. Be intentional with what …

give love project

Start A Chain Reaction Of Giving Love

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  The Give Love Project was founded with the intention to re-evaluate how we give and inspire more joy and human connection. We felt there was a need for a physical presence to symbolize this movement, so we created a giving chain that we hope to inspire a chain reaction of love all over the world. All LifestyleDezine readers get a 10% off their purchase with Coupon Code: LoveLifestyle This is a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us.

It’s Time To Create Timeless Time

It’s Time To Create Timeless Time

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It’s time to create timeless time. It’s time to plant impossible gardens. It’s time to dance and shake. It’s time to give up what we think, and move into what we know. We now know what was once simply belief and hope. We now see what we couldn’t yet see. People inherently have an eye for beauty. I think so. I like to think so. I do. I believe others want to see the beauty as well. But, it’s a choice. It’s a narrative often run through the filter of circumstances- are enough things going right for this to be beautiful? For most of us a beautiful moment is based …

Things Are Not Getting Worse, They're Just Getting Uncovered

Things Are Not Getting Worse, They’re Just Getting Uncovered

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Things are being revealed. We are unearthing the cracks in the system. Look deep enough and you will find flaws. Give it time and the flaws will reveal themselves. We are covered in flaws and imperfections- they have forced themselves to the surface. The world is now on notice, the world is not (hopefully) aware, conscious, and present that we need more love, that our actions matter, that we can not be innocent bystanders. We are realizing how much we are soaked in fear, doubt and worry. We are noticing that most people exist in a state of lack and fear their inherent survival. We are hearing the cries and the …

We Need Better Pigeons

Art Is Pointless Without Passion

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Art is pointless without passion. You have to go out and create art. Get an actual job doing what you love and make a living by being yourself. You can’t just let other people define the rest of your life, and say you will be a joke and a failure. Follow your heart. You will end up happy and free, not a starving artist. Love your art and contribute to society by inspiring people instead of wasting time letting others tell you you’re worthless. You can change the world. You can change the world. You can change the world. You can change the world. This is a home for all …

23 Emotions People Feel, But Can’t Explain

23 Emotions People Feel, But Can’t Explain

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Sonder: The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. Énouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, …

There Is So Much Good Coming Your Way

There Is So Much Good Coming Your Way

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There is so much Good coming your way. I repeat: There is so much Good coming your way. Good you haven’t even thought of yet. Good on a level you have yet to experience, but its there, waiting, saying come get me, let me in, I’m ready, are you? Can you embrace that there is a plan for you? And its not insignificant, It matters. Nothing is too grand for you, nothing is to good to be true for you. Say yes to this fact. Say yes to your soul wanting to know itself more, wanting to let itself shine a little more. You are never a victim, this is …

Candamaharosana Tantra: Worship Women

Worship Women

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How sad and infuriating that the woman and her sacred lotus went from being worshipped to demonized. The enslavement of women under the man…when men used to kneel at the feet of the Goddess…the giver and taker of life…power stripped from the divine feminine…and given to a punishingfather…and a virgin worshipped….in the light “untouched” by man…while the sacred whores…are deemed….dirty and taboo…ravished and/or raped in the dark. I had a spiritual teacher who once said mankind is doomed until he can acknowledge and express his dark sexual energy with his beloved…in the light. Lots to chew on… ‘I am nowhere if not in the bodies of all women. So rejecting all …

Heartbreak Is Unpreventable; Inevitable.

Heartbreak Is Inevitable, Make Friends With It

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Heartbreak Is Unpreventable; Inevitable. Heartbreak is the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control, of holdings in our affection those who are inevitably moved beyond our line of sight. Heartbreak begins the moment we are asked to let go but cannot. Heartbreak is something we hope we can avoid, something to guard against; the hope is to find a way to place our feet where the forces of life will keep us in the manner to which will keep us from the loss that all other human beings have experienced without exception since the beginning of conscious time. Heartbreak may be the very essence …

Finding Joy In Each Moment

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Suffering: The refusal to accept what is. I think that about sums it up. Whether we are trying our best to not allow what is, or we are in complete denial of what is, it all has to do with evading the truth. As put so eloquently by Alice Miller: “The truth about our lives is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, our perceptions confused, and our body tricked with medication. But someday the body will present its bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child who, still whole in spirit, …

Overcoming pain

Overcoming the tales we tell ourselves about physical pain

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A Second Arrow Story – Overcoming the tales we tell ourselves about physical pain We sat in chairs. It was evening. The room had carpet. I probably wore a wool sweater, because it was my first winter in England and I was a senior in college and I had just discovered wool. All of us, about a half dozen students, sat in padded chairs, except one boy who was so perfectly perched on a zafu that I immediately decided he was pretentious and would never reach enlightenment in any religion. The teacher, a Scottish man in his fifties, had an open face, the kind of caritathat made me think of books …