We’re all looking for pure bliss and resounding ecstasy. We want to drop our worries and feel alive, feel connected to the magic of this world. All too often, though, this desire results in the abuse of alcohol, drugs and other legal or illegal substances. In using or abusing these substances, the user often does more harm than good.
But alcohol and drugs are completely unnecessary and actually quite costly to both your body and your wallet. There’s another way.
It’s natural. It’s safe. It’s free. It’s legal and always available to you.
Every year on my birthday, I like to thank the people who help influence my life in some way, direct, indirect, small, large, whatever.
At this very moment, I’m overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and love for all the lessons I’ve learned, from all the inspiration I’ve received, for all the mirrors to myself.
Thank you, my readers, for reading. For commenting. For reaching out. For helping me to understand that this journey is not one I traverse alone and that sharing my reflections is not in vain. To the friends, loved ones, associates, strangers, enemies and opposition who reflect me to myself, who challenge me to grow…thank you. To those who inspire me, teach me, receive me, and amplify my light…thank you. To the brave, the scared, the weak, the strong, the beautiful and ugly spirits…thank you for showing me where I am and where I have to go. Thank you for love. Thank you for light. Thank you for life. I am abundantly blessed & abundantly grateful. 🙂
If you ever want to experience a natural high, practice gratitude. Find reasons to celebrate life. You’ve only got this one (that you know of).
For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought veal was baby lamb. For as long as I’ve known the word ‘veal’, this has been so. Recently, I discovered that veal is not baby lamb. Veal is, in fact, baby cow. Beef. What I don’t eat. What I haven’t eaten in almost ten years. Or so I thought until I learned the truth. My ten year cow-free streak is over.
What else am I sure I’m right about that I’m definitely wrong about?
What beliefs are you fervently holding onto that hold no truth outside of your world?
Things that make you go “hmmm…”.
For many, many months (dare I say years?) I’ve been thinking about– and sometimes talking about– starting a book club. Well, a book has finally snatched my attention and intrigue so much that I’m seriously craving conversation about it. That book is David Deida‘s The Way of the Superior Man. While directed towards men, the book really has great value for both sexes.
“It’s winter. Hibernate. Go inside.”
This is how I think.
Therefore, I’m going inside.
On a train ride to work last week, I noticed how plugged-in I was. iPod. Blackberry. Kindle. Then, I looked up and realized how plugged-in almost everybody was, in some way.
There never seems to be enough time in the day, to the point that relaxation and doing absolutely nothing seem indulgent, even disgraceful. Always something to do, clean, cook, see, hear, taste, etc.
We’re always giving away our attention, often at our demise.
He should not be too lazy, happily stagnating in the zone of security and comfort.
Nor should he push far beyond his edge, stressing himself unnecessarily, unable to metabolize his experience.
He should lean just slightly beyond the edge of fear and discomfort.
Constantly. In everything he does.
– David Deida, The Way of The Superior Man
I’ve been a fan of jazz composer, bassist, and pianist Charles Mingus for some time now, but I’ve just discovered a new song via the Mingus Big Band, a group of New York musicians who specialize in Mingus’ compositions.
“Moanin'” is from the 1993 Nostalgia in Times Square. Listen to this song! It enraptures you. Jazz requires attention. Quintessential cool.