“Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing.' Between the two, my life flows.” ~Sri Nisargadatta Mahara
How to exercise with a cast in 4 easy steps: 1. Get yourself some surgery 2. Buy $12 forehead paddle board ball from Amazon prime. 3. Wake up out of your Percocet stupor. 4. Strap on your fake leg and start swinging! #Itsharderthanitlooks
Wanted to make sure the doctor operated on the correct foot so I pre-marked it for him🤓#posteriortibialtendon#percocet
I just read this and it opened my mind to these ideas. The idea of a universal basic income has been around for a long time, and Nixon nearly signed it into law. I like the notion of getting rid of the nanny state and putting money directly into people’s hands. If you think there is no way to pay for this, or universal healthcare or free public tuition, please read this book and learn how little the very wealthy actually pay in taxes. This is not socialism, but a simple redistribution of wealth that was never earned to begin with, or accumulated in a rigged system. Take an afternoon and read this book. There’s a ton of common sense here and a bunch of research that will challenge your intuitive assumptions.
“We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth So how about you? Do you feel this? Rapture is a big word, and I think too easily confused with excitement, but how about just feeling pleasant for no apparent reason? I suspect it might be the basic nature of our minds, only our outer and inner lives get too loud to sense it. I think the quickest way to this place is play. Kids and dogs know it by nature. We just forget to keep playing.
I was a chubby baby and I imagine very heavy to lift. Thanks Mom💪💙. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the moms in the world. This is a difficult and too often invisible role in life, and I appreciate you. Thank you for bringing more conscious and caring souls into this world. We need them more than ever.
Tat Tvam Asi. Thou art that. Do you ever feel this? When I cut down on the noise in my life, both the external noises of podcasts and to-do lists, and the internal noises of craving and aversion, I get glimpses of it. Those moments renew me, and humble me, and bring a sense of peace to my heart.
“I refuse to believe in three things: cash, clock, and calendar... never be enslaved by these three.” ― Sharad Vivek Sagar
Sometimes 3 hours of sleep and a delay filled 12 hour travel day will reward you with a sight like this. Exhaustion of the body is an interesting thing. If I can tune in and see past the uncomfortableness of it, I notice that my nervous system is just more sensitive, and I’m just tuned into the prickly nature of feeling tired. However, it can also tune me into deeper perceptions of beauty. Fasting and staying awake all night are a part of many spiritual traditions for this reason, and I think also why some have mystical experiences when they are very sick. It’s almost as if the needs and desires of the body recede, and make room for the higher senses to come alive, allowing for deeper experiences of meaning, insight and wisdom. But sometimes I just feel damn tired and need to sleep.😴
Me and my brother Jim. I have always loved this quote. We all exist in relation, to people, to our environment, and even to our ideas and beliefs. We all carry around the stories of our childhood, and of all our past experiences. But how do we carry them? How have we told them and continue to tell them to ourselves? That is the relationship. Forgiveness of others and ourselves can do a lot to lighten our load. Shame, bitterness and resentment are heavy burdens. Unloading these packs is a lifelong process. I’m always surprised at the unfinished business of forgiveness that arises in the deep silence of a meditation retreat. Issues I thought I’d resolved come forward to show me what I still need to release. It is difficult work. Our hurts showed us how and where to protect ourselves, and may have served us for a time. Letting go of the contraction around a memory feels like taking off a layer of skin. But to continue living fully, this is necessary work, and can change the way we hold a relationship in the heart. As Rilke said, “Ultimately, it is upon our vulnerability that we depend.”
I read this book last year, and I think it’s had the most lasting impression on me of any book I’ve ever read. I wish this was required reading in our schools. Wilkerson tells the story of the migration of millions of black families out of the south after the civil war and up to a few decades ago, but the way she tells it is through the very personal stories of a few people. It reads like a Steinbeck novel, and it’s filled with not just knowledge of this overlooked aspect of American history, but the visceral feeling of it as well. Most powerfully, she conveys the great weight of our racist history, and how we are intimately connected to it today. I don’t think a white person can ever truly understand the black experience, but this book is a bridge to a deeper empathy, and to a shared responsibility to keep working toward a more inclusive and equal world.
“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity.” ~Thomas Merton
I enjoyed this book. It’s a strange and wonderful journey full of synchronicity and beauty. Thank you Swami for sharing.
When’s the last time you put your bare feet on the Earth? Probably the same day you got your last tetanus shot. But if you can find a stretch without discarded needles and glass shards, I recommend it. It feels great, especially the cool mud. But there’s more than that. Am I suggesting there is an invisible energetic connection that we share with the Earth? Yes! And there’s some science to back this up. There’s a great book called “Earthing” that will fill your rational brain with interesting facts. And there’s a great short doc on youtube about a whole Alaskan town who tried earthing to interesting results called “The Grounded.” But doesn’t it just make intuitive sense? We are made of the Earth elements, and not just once in the womb, but continually from birth to death. The Earth grows food that we eat that becomes our bodies. Our skin renews itself completely every 27 days, our liver every 6 weeks, stomach lining every 4 days, and our entire skeleton about every 10 years. The Earth is growing us every second in an imperceptible dance. Now go be an Earthling! Also if you sing Stayin’ Alive while watching this video my barefoot gait is a perfect match🕺
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“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.” ~William Butler Yeats
This girl came to one of my shows, sat right in front and propped up this stuffed doll of her brother in the chair next to her, who’s in the air force and couldn’t come on the family vacation. She was a great audience member and he gave my show a double thumbs up.
“In order for a thing to speak to you, you must regard it for a certain time as the only thing that exists. And through your laborious and exclusive love, the one and only phenomena is now placed at the center of the universe, and in that incomparable place on that day it is attended by angels.” -Rilke
I am not seeing the world as it really is. I am seeing the world as I am.
“We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” ― Terence McKenna
Each that we lose takes part of us. A crescent still abides, Which like the moon, some turbid night, Is summoned by the tides. ~Emily Dickinson
I was lucky enough to have the time and resources to get in the water with these magnificent creatures the other night. It’s something I’ll never forget. They are massive and impossibly graceful, and it was humbling and magical to be in the water with them. Several times they swam so close they brushed against my head, and that made me giggle into my regulator. There is an adage to spend your money on experiences, not things, and adventures like this always confirm that for me.
I'm an excellent driver.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -J. Krishnamurti
This is face you get when your funny faces are bombing with the under 9 months crowd. It made my heart happy to see you Will and your newest creative endeavor. Nice to meet you Stella! You chose your parents wisely🙏🏼
"Normal is someone you don't know very well." -Anonymous
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." -Albert Einstein
"The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love." ~William Wordsworth
“Take hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence, listen to the existence and become part of it.” ~ Osho
Anyone willing to check me for tics?
"A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him." -Pablo Neruda
Today I was sitting in the Montego Bay airport, getting ready to board a flight home, and trying to respond to a few important emails before the plane started boarding. I only had a few minutes. This kid, probably 18 or so, approached me and asked me to fill out a tourist survey he was obviously hired to pass out. I politely told him I didn't have the time, and that I wasn't a tourist anyway but just passing through, and I was trying to get a few things done on my computer. He said ok, but didn't leave. He started talking about working and some other things. I honestly didn't hear him, because I was very focused on my internal agenda of getting those emails answered. I was politely but not really paying attention to him. He kept talking though. I slowly understood that he just needed to be heard. I noticed my hands on my keyboard, and felt my body language dismissing him. I decided to surrender the agenda I was so focused on and give him my full attention. For me, it's a rare gift to receive someone's complete attention, so I make an effort to give it when I'm conscious enough to notice that I'm not. He started talking about how he liked to write poetry, and he asked me if he could show me one of his poems. Again, I felt my mind wanting to finish my emails, but I closed my computer and said sure I'd like to read one. He opened his phone and showed me this poem. I read it and told him that it was a wonderful poem, and asked if I could photograph it. He told me his aspiration to start an instagram page with his poetry. I gave him my instagram and told him to send it to me when he got it set up. I asked his name and told him mine and we shook hands. Then he smiled and went on his way, passing out his surveys. A small encounter, but it reminded me of something important. We are defined in relation to the people we interact with. Those relationships, no matter if they are a life long or only a few minutes, give our lives meaning and shape who we are and how we give. Thank you Javon for your gentle persistence in the face of my contracted "to do list" mind. I enjoyed meeting you and I hope you continue sharing your poetry.
Love is messy.
We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of the dreams.