What My World's Like

Great words…

Jan
28

Everything begins and ends with our own individual behavior.

When we are honest with our emotions, however dark they may be,
we invite others to be real and to face their own pain.
And then real transformation can occur – that’s how we are going to fix this planet.

But when we suppress, when we are fake, we send a message out to others
that they need to be fake too and hold in their truth.
This is how things will remain the same.

Today, be real. You don’t need to be anyone else but who you are.
Being honest helps the rest of us find our truth.

– Yehuda Berg

The power of programming

Jan
27

program yourself

On a daily basis, millions of messages are presented to us by outside entities wanting to define and control us. Nothing about this is new in our modern world, and as time progresses, our exposure only seems to increase.

Marketing relies on exploiting the fears, insecurities, and desires of potential customers to make them actual customers. This process doesn’t occur strictly within the context of the marketplace for goods; we can apply the same process to the marketplace for ideas.

We are bombarded with messages about who we are, who we should be, who we could be, what we can do, should do, and could do. Without much consideration to the truth, applicability, or consequences, sometimes we agree with the messages and restrict ourselves from living in full expression of who we truly are.

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Enjoy life!

Jan
25

enjoy

Enjoy life. Every minute of it. Parts of the journey will be tough, but they will just be a part. Parts will be lonely, but those moments are just stretches in time.

There are ups and downs and both are necessary to develop us into the people we are to become; we’re all works in progress. So many of us are so so fearful of the imminent challenges, so we don’t live, but trust yourself. Trust your body, trust your instincts. Pay attention to yourself. Pay attention to your body. Know who you are, how you feel, how you react to certain situations…you can’t change anything in life until you recognize what’s what.

These were my thoughts this morning. Now’s the time to be great. There are times when I slack on my mission, but I’m getting better about staying focused.

Today’s my born day, and although I should do it every day, I really like to think about the people who enrich my life. That said, I’d like to thank all my readers. I appreciate you taking the time to share my world a little and reading my thoughts. Means a lot to me.

Here are a few selections from AFTA-1’s Love Is Real, Vol. 4 compilation I’m enjoying on this fine day.

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New neural pathways = new ways of experiencing life?

Jan
23

The concept of neuroplasticity was introduced to me a few years ago while watching What the Bleep Do We Know!? and has been popping up in my world recently. It’s quite fascinating and explains why change can be difficult, but very possible. Understand your biology and be inspired.

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Mastering love

Jan
22

love is...

I’ve spent the last few months contemplating love, dysfunction and the relationship between the two. Does the absence of love breed dysfunction? That question leads to several other questions, such as “what is love?” It’s an age-old question that I’m not equipped to answer with absolute certainty at this point (maybe another post), but I know that the two don’t comfortably co-exist, and yet so many operate in a constant state of dysfunction but try to invite love in and see no positive results. It’s both amazing and amazingly sad.

After a failed romantic endeavor, I spent months beating myself up about my ineptitudes, which–aha!–didn’t improve anything. Once I got over myself and was able to sift through all the many lessons, I found this:

  • How you love yourself is how you’ll love others.
  • Being able to love others only truly happens when you love yourself.
  • You learn love from your parents.
  • You also learn dysfunction from your parents.
  • At some point, you’ll have to sort out your mess from your parents mess and make new agreements with yourself about what you believe to be true.

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SPOTLIGHT: Nneka

Jan
10

I could barely contain myself as songstress Nneka (pronounced neck-ah) introduced this live performance of “Heartbeat” at the World Cafe in Philadelphia. The authenticity of her musicianship and the sincerity of its messages are immediately evident. Confrontational and political, yet humane, Nneka’s music forces you to feel. Perhaps she embodies Bob Marley’s message of being able to cure hate and anger with music. Perhaps…

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What My World Sounds Like: Sonnymoon

Jan
07

Welcome to Sonnymoon, Boston band comprised of Anna Wise and Dane Orr, both on vocals and effects. They’re pretty awesome. Reminiscent of Portishead, Feist, and Little Dragon. I won’t write too much; just listen. It’s good music, and I’m confident you’ll be hearing more of Ms. Wise in the future.

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Great words…

Jan
06

“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain,
not to shrink into a grain of sand.
Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all
and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”

– Og Mandino

Someone needs you

Jan
05

i need you

In my family is a very attractive young man with a generally ugly disposition. He’s been like this for years. No one really tried to find out why; we matched his attitude with more attitude. Maybe it’s pre-teen and teenage angst. Who can say? Honestly, I don’t think anyone cared what was bothering him; we just wanted him to be more pleasant. Sadly, I was amongst that group until a little over a week ago.

An explosive event triggered something I’d let slip away from me: those who are hardest to love usually need it most.

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