Put Your Phone Away: An Addict’s Guide to Unplugging

Put Your Phone Away: An Addict’s Guide to Unplugging

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Earlier this year, at a concert in Italy, Adele paused in the middle of her set to ask a fan: “Can you stop filming me? Because I’m really here in real life, you can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera.” In recent years, the relentless smartphone user has overtaken that tall guy wearing a hat standing in front of you as the most common concert pest. So much so that Apple recently filed for a patent on a technology that would disable iPhone cameras at concerts and other large events.1 Of …

The World I Aspire To Live In Is One With Fewer Boarders...

The World I Aspire To Live In Is One With Fewer Boarders…

I often return to the idea that life is very this or that. It’s here or there. You can argue for the middle, you can fight for the space in between, but usually it will always return to this or that, an action done out of fear or love. We cannot reject some and welcome others – there is not a piece of scripture in the world that doesn’t say we should love and care for all sentiment beings, not a certain kind of human, but all humans. If you don’t believe me, do some reading, see for yourself. I worry that the fears in this country are pushing people …

Training To Wake Up

Are We In Training To Numb Ourselves In The Face Of Fear? Or Are We In Training To Wake Up?

If we train ourselves to reach for a snack or pick up the phone to text or look at Instagram whenever we feel frightened or bored (yes, this is definitely training), then the next time we feel uncomfortable we will also likely reach for some comfort outside ourselves, eventually establishing a deeply ingrained habit, another brick in the wall of our mental prison. Are we in training to distract ourselves from inner discomfort or anxiety? Are we in training to numb ourselves in the face of fear? Or are we in training to wake up? Training in opening the heart, or training in shutting it down? This is what we notice …

ALL Beings Deserve Your Compassion

ALL Beings Deserve Your Compassion

You need to know that there is no scripture in the world that says you were here to love only a certain kind of person. There isn’t a scripture in the world that says this kind of person but not this kind of person. And if someone has tried to convince you otherwise, you need to read that shit for yourself, you need to do the work, you need to see for yourself. All beings deserve your compassion. Especially Now. 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 …

Like A Wave Returning To The Ocean

Like A Wave Returning To The Ocean

We have no personal experience of enlightenment, abundant peace, joy, for all those fantasies beyond the horizon and the minds eye. Yet we know it. We can feel it, we’ve tasted it, it’s as if it’s here if only for an instant and asking us to return home to it. It is beyond our imagination, it is beyond the horizon, it can only be described as, “I don’t know”. “I don’t know” is the infinite. How will I get to abundant peace? “I do not know”, other than to walk. To say, “I don’t know” is like the wave returning to the ocean.   If you find joy and value …

What Value Are You Attaching To Things?

What Value Are You Attaching To Things?

The thing itself gives no value or weight to the thing. We do. We give the thing all its value, all its weight. This pen is either a pen or a sword. This pen is revolution, or freedom, the ability to be myself, hope, maybe a way out. The circumstance of the person who sees the thing broadens or narrows it’s worth, it’s weight. So, what value are you attaching to things? Do you actually need them in your life? Are they causing you pain or are they setting you free? Look at the things you value for better or for worse, and tell me what they mean to you. …

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

Write Your Sorrows In Sand and Your Joys In Stone

“Everything can be taken from a person except one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl There is an old Chinese saying, “Write your sorrows in sand and etch your joys in stone.” It is an invitation to us to reverse the corrosive pattern that inclines us to write our joys in sand, easily forgotten, and to etch our sorrows in stone. We love to remember the hurt and move past the joys. We must learn to cultivate the remembrance of the kindness, generosity and compassion received oft and always, even if tiny. …

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

Gratitude Is The Foundation Of All Generosity

Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity. I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need. Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have. Otherwise the giving hand closes into a fist and won’t let 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 …

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

Mind Your Business. Stay In Your Business

That’s your job, to know what business is yours and what is someone else’s and what is Gods. If I fear something I can’t control, that’s God’s business. If I think I know what’s best for someone else, that’s their business. Do I know what’s best for me? That’s my business, my only business, that’s my only job, to stay in flow and to stay in my lane so I don’t crash into someone else. This is a life where I take full responsibility for my thoughts and stories and how the effect me.  A life without comparison. Stay in you lane, do you, and mind your business! If you find joy …

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

By Patiently Practicing You Can Produce A Miracle

Genius is eternal patience – Michelangelo Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Others might give up, get frustrated, and overtime get tired and burned out. They might blame the practice, saying it doesn’t work; while it is a normal reaction to blame something that doesn’t work, look closely. If you do something haphazardly and fail, don’t blame the system. Find out what can be done differently and make the necessary adjustments. Remember – Genius is eternal patience. 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 …