Don't compare your practice reel to their highlight reel.

Don’t compare your practice reel to their highlight reel.

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! That’s just dumb… ESPN has crafted a 16 billion dollar business by taking an hour and a half- to 2 hours of game footage and condensing it to as little as 30 seconds. Just the highlights. Just the good stuff. The ooohh’s and the aaahhh’s.  Instagram has done this as well; except we’re the editors, we’re the ones condensing hours and days and months of footage and practice time and hard work and effort and the boring stuff and  the no’s and the lost moments and turning it into one or two images we choose …

We Need To Turn Off Our Devices

We Need To Turn Off Our Devices

And we must close our eyes. When the screens in front of us go blank, we have a better chance to become aware of another screen, a screen “behind our eyes,” the screen of the mind. Then, if we sit quietly, watching the breath or reciting a holy ones or lovers name, that inner screen will empty out until it appears formless and radiant. And once we make contact with this bright, empty mind, our craving for fresh screens comes to a stop. We enter a state, where we have nothing to achieve and nowhere left to go.  Eventually you might or might not return to the phone, when this occurs, …

I Can Die At Any Time, In Any Place

I Can Die At Any Time, In Any Place

Anyone can die at anytime and anyplace. That’s a fact. Nothing that we think we are, do, feel, or have has any essence, substance, stability, or solidity when it all melts away. All the somethings in and around us with which we occupy ourselves with from morning to night, in a moment are nothing to us if we die. When we die, they will dissolve our tight grasp, be forgotten in our minds, lost in our hands, fallen into a numbness out of our mind and body.  Once we become aware to the ever present possibility of death, we become liberated. We realize that we are essentially free at all times …

Consciousness Becomes Everything It “Touches.”

Consciousness Becomes Everything It “Touches.”

Like, when you rear-end the car in front of you and you were surprised, because you thought you were the cellphone. Seems foolish, but, that’s how it goes. What we touch, what we place in our path, is what we become. So, what should we be putting in front of us? What should our foremost consciousness touch, adopt, and become? I see that is a pretty simple formula for becoming the thing we wanna be. If you want love put love in front of you, put yourself in love. If you want time this, put kindness in front of you. Does it feel like the world is crumbling and ending and …

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? If you find joy and value in what I do and share, …

REST

REST

Show me a more beautiful 4 letter word.  “Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind, beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts like the relentless fury of the pounding waves in the infinite ocean of samsara.” Revel Enjoy Sensual Time REST 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

There is no such thing as nothingness

There Is No Nothingness

There is no nothingness- Lucretius There is no such thing as nothingness, we didn’t come from nothingness and we don’t go into nothingness.   Everything we are, everything we touch and know came form something. There is and never was a nothingness. Nothing came from nothing.  When we die, we don’t go into nothingness, we don’t leave, we make something else. Recycling is simply the thing we knew in our bones that was true of our own star dust made selves. We have been doing this earth and life thing over and over. Being aware of this cycle of death and rebirth and transformation, adds a little gravitas to being a good …

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

The Internet Does Not Have Your Best Interest In mind.

You are the product, not the Internet. It uses you more than you use it. “If it’s free, you are the product…” and you are often the product. You are being bought and sold, you are being brainwashed and used and steered and herded, like cattle. You are not grass fed and free range, you are in a slaughterhouse within an advertising agency with a red dot on your head and a bullseye on your back, you are weighed and measured and bought and sold and your attention is the sole purpose of someone’s budget. You are told that the most recent should be seen first, that the most recent …

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

You Do Not Have To Be Good, a Poem By Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, …

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

Prayer is more than saying prayers or talking to God

Prayer is saying hello to a God whose name is unpronounceable. Prayer is saying hello to all. Prayer is making friends with the habit of listening and listening to our lives– the chaos and disorder, the stories we know and everything we do not know– in the presence of God. Prayer includes the grace and gravitas of what a greeting conveys but that most of us miss. Prayer is the unmade bed and the being-made love of the lives we are co-creating this day with God. Prayer is listening to the bigger world and for the surprising stories in the presence of God. And prayer is a yearning, the honest …