I AM...

I AM…

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Everything after these two words, “I Am” speaks on our former participation in the world. I Am – “this”, “that”, “man”, “woman”, “30 years old”, “70 years old”, etc. If you want one thing to meditate on, one thing to try and grasp, make it simply “I Am.” I Am… with nothing else attached to it is beyond what our minds can grasp, beyond our imagination. I Am is infinite and boundless and timeless. I Am… is so much more than any word which describes what I have done and previously experienced. Anything post “I Am” …

"Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God." An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

“Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart, For They Shall See God.” An Examination of (Matthew 5:8)

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) I think when people come across this scripture, it turns them off, they know that on a surface level there is no way they are pure of heart- not totally pure, not in that way. I am not pure of heart. I have done wrongs, betrayed, not honored my word and I sometimes find myself thinking thoughts (towards myself and others) that are far from compassionate. That being said, does this mean I should walk away from the ability and chance to know God? “Pure of heart” is not perfection and abstinence and washing every person’s dirty …

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

Want To Know How To Have Peace?

Want to know what is the antidote to the poison that is wanting? Giving. Giving is a medicine that proves you do not need because you have. Giving does not stop what you might get, it doesn’t stop you from living your life, but increases the capacity and availability to reception, to receiving. When to give, the more I empty my vessel from matter-less and heavy gas-filled wants. This empty nothing which weighs me down and takes up space. The more empty I am of wants, the more my heart, mind, and body can listen, receive and focus. Calm action = calm mind. We must cultivate peace throughout our actions, through our conduct, if …

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

We Have To Work Diligently To keep Our Hearts Open

Our hearts could be described as huge muscles that open and close, shrivel and expand, soften and harden, love and hate. We have to work diligently to keep our hearts open, just as we have to work to keep other muscles in the body strong. Purifying our hearts is an ongoing process, like physical exercise. It is, as the poet Galway Kinnell writes, necessary to “reteach a thing its loveliness.” 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 …

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

Your Unconsciousness Causes You Pain

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. …

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

You Do Not Have To Believe Everything Your Mind Tells You

Free yourself Free yourself from yourself. Free yourself from your liked self. Free yourself from your bitmoji self. Liberate yourself from humanity. You do not have to believe everything your mind tells you You do not have to compare yourself to everyone else You do not have to Free yourself.   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 People's champ must be everything the people can't be

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

  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

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

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

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 …