When we peel back the labels, and the job titles, and being cool, all work can be an opportunity for liberation.
Livelihood + Lifestyle
November 2010 Roundup: 30 days of grandiose gifts. And the champagne is still flowing.
October 2010 Roundup: There’s pain all around us. It’s tempting to fret, pace, yank your hair and worry yourself into the ground. But it’s not pro-active. So refuse to do it.
Increasingly, we are voting with our dollars, ceasing to fill the holes in our souls with plastic stuff, and living more lightly on a highly-burdened eco-system.
7 things I know about active letting go. De-cluttering is a practice—like meditating or playing the piano. Shedding, clearing and carving space is a creative act.
The internet is a massive landscape, and the turkeys have email access. You need to learn to chuckle when they squawk.
Them: “But what will we sit on?” Me: “Sit on the floor. Pile up on the couch. You’ll figure it out. The sooner you get rid of it, the sooner the right chair will show up.
August 2010 Roundup: depression vs. sadness: the power of mincing words. Sadness strips you raw. Depression muffles and muddles.
Tell the truth, tell it fast, deliver it with sincerity and care. Words are arrows.
July 2010 Roundup: There are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness.
This ends a message to your subconscious, and your subconscious takes things way too literally (this is one of those times when you want your subconscious to take you way too literally.)
“Ain’t it kind of sad that you gotta talk to people about being themselves?”, he asked me.
Here’s a formula: Start telling the truth to yourself in as many ways as possible. And then start telling the truth to a few more people. Extend.
STUPID CRAZY is the unrealistic, delusional, (and often inflated) thought that you can accomplish big, fast, amazing professional things while keeping the rest of your life in a state of perfect balance.
When you’re the start-up beggar, it’s tough to be choosy. But remember the rules of nature: otherwise cute and friendly animals tend to get vicious when their territory or uh, nuts are threatened.
I give a zip-zap run down of what I think is up in the industry right now. I also talk about generosity + entrepreneurship, and the power of telling your own story.
Why we’ve become too politically corrected when it comes to giving our opinions and the intersection between sovereignty and collaboration.
The paradigms of collaboration, the pain of being edited, and creating a culture of yes.
No one can tell my story or share my acumen like I can. My experience is what I sell and the more I show up, the better.
Illusion-nuking-initiation-heat. Phoenix fire licking my soul. Cleansed to naked. Clothed by loved ones.
Sometimes, at the start of your journey, all you may have in your inventory to “sell” is passion. And sometimes, that’s enough to open doors. If you’re loving what you do and believing that it’s going to make a positive difference in people’s lives–whether it’s your wedding photography, your coaching methodology, or your zero point energy invention, then, you my friend, are ahead of the game…
This ain’t just a blog, or a drop in the bucket, this is a sacred feeding-post on the way to more.
Look back on this year and get very clear about what sucked. What didn’t work, got mired with resentment, felt onerous, weighed you deadly down? A note on resentment: you can’t continue to do things you fully resent and think they’re going to transform into enjoyable activities over time. It just doesn’t work that way…
On Connect with Mark Kelley, I’m bitchin’ about people bitchin’ about being busy. Watch.
I’m habitual Purger of Stuff. Can’t stand clutter. Nic nacs give me hives.
An hour or a day or a week of solitude. What was the quality of your breath? The state of your mind? How did you get there?
Kiss some more ass. Offer to work unpaid for two weeks. Give your ideas away for free–chances are you’ll be asked to execute those ideas.
The highlight of the evening had to do a very animated conversation about clits and literature. Not in that order.
So simple and nourishing. It is a book of rare transmission that sparks one’s deeply innate desire to be real.
A Buddhist in Brooklyn on opening your heart and minding your manners.