love is the answer.

February 25, 2014 | filed under #notetoself, inspiring, thoughts | Leave a Comment 

browninpedernales

Today, I learned that a friend I made during my time in Haiti, Jeffrey Brown, passed away recently. He was pure sunshine and love. Peaceful, patient, warm, and bright. His heart was infinite. He was a retiree from Austin and all he did was find different ways to spend the remainder of his life being of service and spreading love.

In our last correspondence, he wrote the following:

“Love is the answer, no? The journey gives us so many opportunities to love each other, and as many challenges to test our understanding of that truth. I struggle often to stay focused on how patience, understanding, and peaceful, ‘gentle’ loving is always the most profound and effective way to connect and be with our brothers and sisters. When the love connection occurs, it’s the best thing in the world.”

Today, I’m saddened because we lost a really good person, an active contributor to improving the conditions of this world. However, I’m also inspired to love deeper, wider, further, freer, and bolder. Love is not a finite resource; it has no end. Should we ever find we might have emptied our well, all we need to do is dig deeper.

Thank you to my friend for leaving a legacy of love for those of us you touched. We appreciate you.



encyclopedias.

February 24, 2014 | filed under plain cool, spotlight, watch this | Leave a Comment 

really digging aamer rahman‘s comedy and excited to follow his development.





osho wisdom: love.

February 23, 2014 | filed under consider this, moment of truth, pay attention, rewritable words | Leave a Comment 

if you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
so if you love a flower, let it be.
love is not about possession.
love is about appreciation.

– osho



thich nhat hanh on living mindfully.

February 23, 2014 | filed under inspiring, moment of truth, pay attention, watch this | Leave a Comment 

i first read thich nhat hanh almost a decade ago in college. to me, then and now, he’s fly. eternally wise with a bright spirit. watch.

happiness is a living thing and we need to feed our happiness in order for our happiness to last.
it’s like love. if you don’t feed your love, it will die.
and the practice of mindfulness is to practice understanding and compassion.
and that is the foundation of happiness.



spotlight: kyle abraham

February 21, 2014 | filed under plain cool, spotlight, the visual, watch this | Leave a Comment 

kyle abraham‘s work is captivating and emotive. i’d be in a place of joyous emotional overwhelm if he choreographed my favorite songs, so it brings me great pleasure to see this project he’s doing with photographer and filmmaker carrie schneider. over the course of the next six months or so, abraham and schneider will release dance shorts inspired by james blake’s overgrown and kanye west’s yeezus, among others. this is elegance and artistry. enjoy.


[vimeo http://vimeo.com/87132057 w=712&h=400]

view more of his work on vimeo.



#tbt: haiti, 2012

February 21, 2014 | filed under plain cool, the visual | Leave a Comment 

we were planting trees and the folks from the town came out for a demonstration. i don’t remember looking for anything to shoot, but i saw these children hugging and it was such a beautiful moment, i had to capture it. no clue where this was…somewhere outside of anse-á-pitres, haiti.


childreninhaiti

posted a bunch more on instagram.



good thoughts, bad thoughts.

February 18, 2014 | filed under #notetoself, consider this, listen, moment of truth, pay attention, rewritable words, what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

as of late, i’ve been ravenously consuming eddie hazel’s more emotive guitar work. his gift was truly a gift, not just to him but to the world. “maggot brain” is a part of my life now. songs with that degree of emotional expression are resonating deeply with me, so i was overjoyed to find “good thoughts, bad thoughts”. the vocals don’t come in until halfway through the song, which is already glorious as an instrumental, but becomes even more exceptional and poignant with the words. the lyrics are so grand, transcription was necessary. give it a listen and let it whisk you away.

Travel like a king
Listen to the inner voice
A higher wisdom is at work for you
Conquering the stumbling blocks come easier
When the conqueror is in tune with the infinite
Every ending is a new beginning
Life is an endless unfoldment
Change your mind, and you change your relation to time

You can find the answer
The solution lies within the problem
The answer is in every question
Dig it?
An attitude is all you need to rise and walk away
Inspire yourself
Your life is yours
It fits you like your skin

The oak sleeps in the acorn
The giant sequoia tree sleeps in its tiny seed
The bird waits in the egg
God waits for his unfoldment in man
Fly on, children
Play on

You gravitate to that which you secretly love most
You meet in life the exact reproduction of your own thoughts
There is no chance, coincidence or accident
In a world ruled by law and divine order
You rise as high as your dominant aspiration
You descend to the level of your lowest concept of your Self
Free your mind and your ass will follow

The infinite intelligence within you knows the answers
Its nature is to respond to your thoughts
Be careful of the thought-seeds you plant in the garden of your mind
For seeds grow after their kind

Play on, children

Every thought felt as true
Or allowed to be accepted as true by your conscious mind
Takes roots in your subconscious
Blossoms sooner or later into an act
And bears its own fruit
Good thoughts bring forth good fruit
Bullshit thoughts rot your meat
Think right, and you can fly
The kingdom of heaven is within
Free your mind, and your ass will follow

Play on, children



spotlight: farmer’s fridge

February 11, 2014 | filed under health, plain cool, spotlight | Leave a Comment 

a salad ‘kiosk’, called farmer’s fridge, stocked fresh each morning offers chicagoland residents the opportunity to get tasty and healthy food on the go. it’s a pretty cool idea for such an on-the-go culture. i hope they do well.

source



reconsidering opposition

February 1, 2014 | filed under challenge, moment of truth, recycled | Leave a Comment 

Repost from May 18, 2009

ultimate wolverine vs hulk cover
Wolverine’s victory has to be pretty sweet.

Dating a comics illustrator hipped me to a few things. Something I heard several times that’s been having a recent impact in my life is that a hero is only as good as its villain. If the villain is cheesy and weak, accordingly, so is the hero. You wouldn’t consider Shaquille O’Neil to be particularly heroic or strong if he was up against a 150 pound guy and won. There’s an obvious and overwhelming disparity in size and strength. Flip the scenario around suddenly the situation changes.

Sometimes, the idea of opposition and competition is one that frightens us, causing us to choose “safer” plans. This method doesn’t allow us to experience our greatness, or even allow us to fail enough to succeed. In every perceived failure is at least one lesson that informs us of what we can improve upon. The greater the opposition, the greater the triumph. It means something to be No. 1 amongst strong competition.

The next time you consider shrinking into yourself at the thought of competing, think about how great the win will feel. If you happen to lose, take note of what you need to work on, and go at it again.

Challenge yourself.