Friday, November 17, 2017

It’s Easier Than You Think:

Having a peaceful existence is easier than you think. Of course writing it down and making it accessible to everyone is not as easy. In order to do this I might have to give you a few personal examples that might make me seem full of myself but I assure you that there is nothing special about me. Peace mostly comes from knowing a secret that you won’t find in school.

I wrote the 
happiness exercise years ago to try and help people to see what the secret to peace really is. It really takes committing your life to keeping that space for letting people be who they are everyday even though in the exercise I ask people for only a 3 day commitment. The reason for the 3 days is just to get people to glimpse at the possibility. The ultimate goal of following the exercise is that by opening up to accepting the people in your life at whatever level they are you will begin to accept yourself. You do not have to be anything but what you already are and the same goes for your people. That is the secret to peace.

A few years back I went to an event with a couple of other people who also manage offices in other areas of the business that I work for. These two ladies actually said to me in regard to how calm my office is, “I want to absorb some of whatever you have.” I told one of the ladies I went to lunch with, “I can tell you the secret but you probably won’t believe it works.” I told her that you cannot meet people in a battle between wills. Anytime you engage in that way no one will win. Just imagine how frustrating it is when someone tells you that you have to do something or else and then compare that to how it feels when they just ask you politely. I know in our office we have a lot of folks saying yes when they might have said no because we don’t use force and we give them a choice. We just choose to take the gentler approach.

Another example is this. In the last job I had before I started my current job, I was asked to teach a day class in an art camp for children. During the process of planning the camp we had numerous meetings. In every meeting we spent most of the time talking about how we would disciple the children and how we would keep them corralled in the individual classes throughout the park where the camp was taking place. The lady who was directing the project explained to us that she had always handled projects with children in this certain manner and that it had always worked. After about the 5th meeting like this it became so unbelievable to me that I finally had to speak up. I just said, “I am not going to do anything you have suggested and these children are going to be amazing.” And, folks, that is what I did and they were. I did not give them one rule, I did not direct their actions in anyway and I had zero issue with any of the children. Here is a little glimpse into what my campsite looked like.

The class I taught was 
the arrow ceremony and the art was making really creative arrows for the ceremony. The hope was that I might teach the children to be creative in their own way while also learning to set goals. I hung dream catchers in the trees, burned incense in the air and played tribal drum music out in to the world. I also threw a blanket on the ground for any of the children who wanted more solitude while they worked. I gave them paint, ribbons, silk flowers, feathers, fabric and thin wooden dowels and then I told them about the ceremony and set them free. Let me tell ya folks, it was the place to be. These children were so calm and relaxed. It was the favorite class of the day. The lady who directed the event came to me at the end of the day and she said, “You have amazed me.” The thing about it was that I did not do anything really. I just allowed. 

I just wanted to talk about happy class again. It's been on the blog a long time.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5 magic minutes

I think I may have finally captured the idea I have been trying to get across in previous videos. This may only be the 3rd video of 4 but I think I say it's the fourth. I lost track.

Monday, November 6, 2017

get busy living

I've had a few people ask me how I stay young so I'm gonna tell ya.

When I had my first child, Lance, my mom went straight into trying to make me an adult the way she thought a proper adult should be. Anyone, including her, that knows me should know that trying to peddle your way onto me is not ever gonna work. The first, second and fiftieth time she told me to dress my age I completely ignored her.  It ain't what I do. I always wear whatever speaks to me. I don't care if it's the style. I don't care if anyone else will or won't like it. I don't care if the head of every person I pass spins around exorcist style in disbelief that I'd go out of the house that way. In fact, I kind of like it if it disrupts their day. If what I wear is something anyone worries about I think they have more problems than being offended by me. So I've got that goin' for me, which is nice.

I don't believe that getting old is a matter of how old you are. You know you see people of all ages both able to do whatever they want and also debilitated by sickness and disease. There was once a man locally that was over 100 years old, who delivered meals on wheels to people 30 to 40 years younger than he was. I once helped judge a senior beauty pageant in Crossville and one of the former winners was there, in her nineties, wearing high heals and a toe ring. No one helped her go on stage when they all went up for the crowning. I have an aunt who is in her seventies that the last time I saw her, was wearing ripped jeans with feathers paint on the legs. This chick still looks as beautiful as ever. You’ve just gotta live like your living and not dying.
hotel fun
I don't stop doing all the things I want to do out of fear. My body is capable, so I don't let the fact that I'm 51 get in the way. I don't take medication. I don't go to the doctor. I don't listen to pharmaceutical commercials that tell about meds I should take. I don't participate in awareness gatherings for disease. It is a proven fact that the more we practice awareness the larger the effect on the population. More awareness = more sick people. I don't need reminders that sickness can happen. I live like it can't. And I don't let people put that stuff in my head.
I believe you have to use everything about your being to keep it young. You need to move in every way you are designed to move and do it often. I believe you have to use your lungs to full capacity a few times a day so that they don't forget how to take deep breaths. I believe you have to keep your nails cared for so that they don't get yellow, thick and crusty from neglect. I believe strongly in use it or lose it.
Plain and simple I still play.
Surround yourself with things you love and don't worry what anyone else will say or think about it.
I experiment with life. These photos are mostly from my fourties because I've moved to Instagram over the last few years and it's much easier to pull down photos from Flickr. You can also go over there on the left to see my Instagram feed for more recent photos.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

5 magic minutes

Monday, October 30, 2017

up is down and down is up

I try to have a thing figured out before I post about it but I'm not sure I'll ever get to the bottom of this. The thing I'm talking about is the great divide. You're either left or you are right, few fall in the middle. I've always leaned left. Well, not even lean, I'm totally all in and not about to compromise left. I see all the people who look at the world so different than me and I look at where they get their information and to me it seems insane that they cannot see through the kind of hate they spread when the exclude other groups. I see a lot of exclusion going on over there and I just cannot be part of it. I'm not even trying to bash people who don't agree with me. I'm just putting it out there like it is in my head and I'm being honest about it. That is all. Please don't stop reading here though cause I might take this in a direction you may not expect.

I take in so much information all the time from so many sources and so many different ideas and ways of being that sometimes, it borders on falling off the edge. I subscribe to Gaia TV and it is a hub of about any seemingly crazy idea you can dream up. Imagine anything and you can probably find it on Gaia. Be it aliens, ancient aliens, JFK conspiracy, secret space programs, meditation, healing, afterlife, pyramids, sacred geometry, earth energy grid, etc. it's all there. Am I suggesting you look into it? No I am not. It will only serve to confuse you as it has me. There are people on there, scientists, astronauts, CIA, journalist, Air Force, NASA, I'm talking high ranking people, who say they know for sure that there are aliens and that they are in and out of our atmosphere on a daily basis. And these people claim that there is a secret space program literally underground that no one knows about where our government is in contact with these aliens. They say that there are space stations all over the dark side of the moon that we fly into and out of all the time. Whether you lean towards believing or not believing (I'm in the latter camp) it can still make you feel crazy just knowing this stuff is out there somewhere. 

So, here's why I even bring any of this up. I cannot figure out what sort world we are really working with. Do we have people on the right convincing their people that they are 24/7 in danger, need a gun and that everyone is their enemy and wants their tax dollars so they can lay back and never have a job. Then we've got the other side where our enemy is global warming, people on the right that exclude anyone not like them, and wealthy people who want to take away any chance we have to help those whose survival depends on getting help. And still there is this other thing where there seems to be some conspiracy to cover any ancient knowledge that could advance civilization. I don't know where to fall anymore. On the one hand I want to turn off Gaia and never think of any of that stuff again but then there are people on there of such high ranking, saying absolute insane things and I cannot understand why they would say these things and risk looking like one flew over the cuckoo's nest, unless it were true. 

The only thing I can figure is this. People put ideas into the world to make money. They sell conservative shit to the conservatives not because it is true but because people are thirsty for it and it will make money. Others sell liberal shit to the liberals because they need to think that the world needs saving and that they are gonna be the ones who save it. The far out there shit like Gaia, sell their ideas to what's left because there is a market for that. They really have all the bases covered. Meanwhile, here we all are, confused, separate and lost at how to move forward. I'm not saying there might not be some basis for some of what we feel but all of it still could be a product they are selling and we are buying. If we all start getting along and loving each other there isn't much of a market for that. It is way easier to sell ideas to keep people separate. If we all were somewhat on the same page we wouldn't go out looking for answers and buying up the ones that seem to support what we already believe. 

So I'm not really sure why I decided to write this but when you read it and look at it from your own lens and twirl it with your own experience, maybe you'll be able to write along with me and help me figure out how we can come together in a place where there is no market for separation. Cause baby, separation is high on the stock exchange in this world we live in right now and I think we need to stop buying shares.
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