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Thanksgiving, Gratitude And Emotional Alchemy

Sometimes brief encounters are more life shaping and single experiences more life defining than the vast catalog of experiences we draw from. Instead, these actually draw us with their unique distinctive nature and personalization.

 

Serious injuries give you a much different perspective on life—

 

A perspective most people never get the “benefit” of internalizing via direct experience. Empathy can only extrapolate so far. Though they’re unfortunate and painful to the victim, they are teachers that cauterize knowledge into us through multiple layers of our Being.

 

Injuries are a most humbling experience. The most basic thing most of us take for granted, a normally functioning body, is suddenly not there. In a second, you’re knocked back down an ancient chromosomal ladder.

 

The Road Down

When I was ten, I suffered a compound fracture to my arm. The bone from the shoulder to the elbow cracked in half (not a “clean” break) and the two bones going from the elbow to the wrist twisted and reversed position. It was a mess. I could feel it was a mess without even seeing it.

 

The moment of impact, it was like someone unplugged all my senses and all I saw was black. Pitch black. I don’t know if I was out for a second or several. I came to while lying on the ground, turned my head to the side to look at my arm without needing to know what I already knew.

 

I remember I could feel my arm but sensorily knowing that if I tried to move it, it wouldn’t work the way it always did before. And I didn’t want to know what that mashing of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments now felt like if I had tried to move it. Electrically it felt differently as well. On some level, I felt I still had an arm but physically it wasn’t matching that Etheric blueprint anymore.

 

Adrenalin thankfully numbs excruciating pain but it also makes you think and feel strange things. My first thought was “Well, I’m going to be missing some school” and laughing inside about it. And I always liked school.

 

Then the reality sets in. I could not move a part of my body. You wish ambulances were hovercrafts. And in the Emergency Room, that’s when I found out there really are needles the size Bugs Bunny might have stashed in his fur.

 

A hypodermic needle going into your bone and depositing fluid is a feeling I could not even vocalize. Who knew we have nerves inside our bones? That was ANYTHING but a pleasant discovery. It crossed the point where my brain couldn’t distinguish it as extreme pain or extreme pleasure.

 

The Road Back

I had a cast on for six months. Had to take baths a certain way, sleep a certain way, have a special bus pick me up and bring me home from school. I watched my brother and neighborhood friends play outside and couldn’t participate. I put models together and made use of my time doing other creative things.

 

After the long wait, my surgeon finally took the cast off and the pins out. For six months I was a better weather forecaster than anyone…”Trust me it’s going to rain.” My arm now looked like a see through medical model, like those Visible Man and Woman kits. It was whiter than a vampire, and the skin was so translucent I could see things normal skin pigment obscures.

 

Once the cast was removed, I had to relearn how to use my arm again. It took months. It hurt. It was weak. It was frustrating. It became a series of little victories. And every victory counts.

 

Reunion

Ten years went by and I went to see the same surgeon for a minor injury I had in college. There we were face to face again a decade or so after he put me back together as a 10 year old boy. A college guy and by then a surgeon in his mid fifties who’s done thousands of operations before me and thousands afterwards.

 

Tears in the corners of both our eyes.

None of the “Hi, how are you doing” or other Physician/Patient formalities.

“Lemme see” he said gesturing for me to roll up my sleeve as he came over to me and looked at his resculpturing of my arm.

He remembered me. He remembered that operation on my arm. He was as genuinely happy seeing his success years later as I had been living it.

 

What do you say to the person who gave you your arm back?

 

Somehow I managed to say “You did a great job” over a surge of backlogged emotions that was muting my vocal chords with the momentum of tears.

 

I finally got to thank him as an adult. There was a therapeutic closure in doing that.

 

I’m never at a loss for words but that reunion was one of those moments for me. The only time in my life I was speechless. I’ve given several eulogies about people I was close to and kept it together in front of people amidst the sadness of such events.

 

But that moment of gratitude in that room with him broke my normal centeredness down like nothing else. It was just such a devastatingly humbling experience.

 

Do you know what it’s like to not be able to pick your own self up off the ground? Be carried out on a stretcher? I learned that at 10 years old. I wonder how many dictators, terrorists and warlords would become dictators, terrorists and warlords if they learned what that feels like at 10 years old.




Backstory

The injury happened playing sports where I was hit and landed on my elbow during a football game. Even with all the protective gear worn you can still get badly injured.

 

And this doesn’t include long term accumulative damage which is gaining more scientific traction with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in current and retired NFL players. Along with boxers, I would include Professional Wrestlers in that category as well even though it’s a “pretend” sport.

 

My Surgeon was decades ahead of the research curve on the long term damage of football. They didn’t even have a name for it back then. He told my mother adolescent boys should not be playing tackle football— that because they’re still growing, injuries can create lasting damage and may never heal properly.

 

I never played organized tackle football again. I wore an elbow pad when I played outdoors from then on. And in the neighborhood, we switched to two hand touch “tackling” though there were some slip ups out of our earlier habit of tackling each other.

 

My mother told me years later that he talked with her before the operation. He informed her that he wasn’t sure he would be able to repair my arm to full mobility due to the severity and jaggedness of the fracture. I was told I may not be able to touch my shoulder again after the cast came off and not to expect to regain the full range of motion.

 

I still have a scar on my arm several inches long. I really don’t care. I don’t have any concerns for vanity of appearance about it because my arm works again. From my perspective, the things most people are concerned about and worry constantly about relating to peer pressure and “fitting in” seem so trivial in a post injury world.

 

The Right Kind Of Tears

I see now that it was a blessing that I felt that level of gratitude at 20 years old instead of having to wait to the last years of my life. Why wait til you wipe your feet on death’s doorstep to feel gratitude? There’s plenty of things in your life right now you can practice on.

 

Gratitude is a muscle that needs exercising just like an arm or leg.

 

And gratitude is a more highly evolved emotion that benefits long term health and the immune system. Feeling and practicing feeling highly evolved emotions is transformative and even medicinal.

 

Studies have shown gratitude lowers blood pressure, improves relaxation and resistance to stress. It slows breathing and heart rate providing a sanctuary of calm in your life.

 

It’s calming, cathartic and continual. I still cry about this man now and then to this day. They’re the right kind of tears. I don’t cry anymore about close relatives and friends I’ve lost because the normal healthy grieving process ran it’s course and has been transmuted into gratitude for knowing them and treasured memories.

 

But some gratitude will always be bigger than you and that’s a good thing. I’m glad I still cry when I think about the Surgeon who gave me my arm back.

 

Movies about love stories don’t really make me cry. Movies and stories about friendship, loyalty and camaraderie always do and always have.

 

Emotional Alchemy

Gratitude is emotional alchemy and turns lower base emotions into gold.

 

I look at the current social, cultural and political landscape and see masses of people getting Ds and Fs in gratitude.They’re stuck fighting and arguing in lower untransmuted emotions of anger, hatred, intolerance, fear and aggression. All toxic emotions dangerous and volatile to others including and ESPECIALLY the host.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re Conservative and don’t drink or smoke. You’re drinking and smoking a bunch of toxic emotions already. At some point it will cash a check your body can’t cover and you’ll wake up to a health crisis.

 

Just taking care of yourself on the physical level with a healthy diet and exercise won’t get you unlimited brownie points over negative unevolved emotions accumulated over years and decades.

 

There’s a better healthier practice. Instead of increasing feelings and perceptions of distance and difference with toxic emotions, gratitude folds emotional space onto itself and builds connections. Gratitude is a bridge.

 

Did someone tell you you can write well?

Did someone tell you you have a great voice or can sing?

Did someone tell you you’re talented?

Did someone tell you you’re really good at this or that?

 

Those are all gifts. You don’t need 30 people to tell you the same thing. Really all it takes is one. You can be that one to someone else.

 

A few genuine words can change someone’s entire trajectory in life. A few moments of genuine attention towards someone can make an enormous difference in their self esteem and emotional landscape. A few moments can save someone’s arm, someone’s life.

 




Living In A Post Injury Reality

In a post injury reality it’s hard to be arrogant. It’s hard to be narcissistic. It’s hard to be an A–hole. It’s hard to be egotistical after not being able to move a body part for 6 months.

 

It’s hard to be self absorbed when someone you didn’t know gave you their best talents and some of the finest hours of their life and energy to make you normal again.

 

And there’s people much less fortunate than me that never regain full use after an injury and amputees.

 

It almost makes you wish all the brash, superficial, entitled braggarts and bullies on the planet would experience this because it seems it would be the only thing (along with serious illness) to make them look deeper at themselves and their personal defects and change into better upgraded versions of themselves.

 

Ironically it’s those very people who are not emotionally and psychologically fit enough to cope with a negative life event like a serious injury that puts you out of commission. It’s crushing and they’re actually really soft and vulnerable to begin with, which is why they bark the loudest and try to scare and intimidate people—it’s to protect their fragile tender insides. They can’t hide from or fool those of us with post injury eyes.

 

Paradigm Shift Of Priorities

It’s hard to take your body and your health for granted as well in a post injury reality. Why abuse your body with poor quality food or drug use? You don’t feel the gradual degradation over time as noticeably this way but it will happen.

 

With a traumatic injury, the degradation is INSTANT. The road to recovery isn’t.

 

So I don’t wait for magic pills and magic cures. I started taking my long term health by the reins in high school with weightlifting and regular exercise. I then phased out soda, candy, sugar and junk food and began eating cleaner healthier Organic foods later on.

 

Gradual movements over time will get you you there—The same way I learned to use my arm again.

 

You can live without your dream job, dream house, dream relationship, being in love, finding your Soulmate, all those things and still have a fun, fulfilling life and a great quality of life. A lot of people have a hard time believing that.

 

It’s a foreign concept to me. Things like this are much more primal. If you don’t have usage of an arm, leg or properly functioning body, your quality of daily life will never be the same. Those of us who’ve had these kind of experiences know this. I live in a post injury reality and it’s colored my life lenses ever since.

 

So I consider myself very fortunate. Most people don’t take the time to realize this about themselves just as they are right now with fully functional arms and legs.

 

Don’t wait for a license to enjoy life from someone else or external circumstances to magically change. To this day, it doesn’t take much for me to be happy and enjoy life. I’m always planning my next adventure, working on my next project.

 

Learn to appreciate simple joys in life and to celebrate daily life. The joy of taking a walk, the joy of hearing birds sing. The joy of a wonderful meal with family or friends. Don’t waste your life sitting at a desk even if you have to for income. Get outside now and then and make a date with nature. It’ll always look better in person than on your TV, phone or computer screen.

 

Watch a child discover the joys of doing something for the first time like whistling or snapping their fingers. You were that way once too. What happened? I hope you don’t need an injury to realize it and get back to that state of mind. Children have what are called “Beginner’s minds” And Beginner’s minds are never cynical and deflated of wonder.

 

The Universal Currency Of Gratitude

Yes my Surgeon was paid for his skills and orthopedic expertise but I can never repay him for what the operation was actually worth. Beings beyond our little economy here in this dimension are the bookeepers for that kind of currency.

 

So consider this my tribute to a man who doesn’t need to be named. It’s comforting knowing there’s even one person like him on the planet and his bank account for gratitude towards him will always be in the positive. Even if I’m the only one, though I am certainly not. There are thousands he healed and helped in his 8 decades on the planet.

 

The Surgeon I mention left the Earth plane this year (2017). I rarely saw this man. Yet over the years I always thought about him a lot. And I still have a connection to him I do not fully understand. We are somehow related on a different level than family and there is a closeness that far exceeds the amount of time we crossed each other’s paths in our respective walks through life.

 

I’ve come to realize he was an Artist like me only he doesn’t sign his works. Now you know I’m one of them.

Oh, and I can touch my shoulder again.

 

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1. We outgrow people. We outgrow things. We outgrow identities. Most often, no one will tell you when that identity is too small for you. Avoid the advice of those afraid of losing who they need you to be at the expense of your growth.

2. Religion in the hands of tribal groups, cultures, and societies is often a dangerous thing. It creates a rigid exclusivity, a mob and hive mentality more willing to engage in violence while suppressing self individualization and personal growth.

3. Don't let your happiness and dreams be sacrificed to the false god of appearances.

4. Most people aren't aware of what they're creating. Most of the time it's chaos, duality, and separation from harmony. Unconscious creation from all these uncontrolled rampant conflicting thoughts and emotions makes them prisoners in the jail without walls they unknowingly create for themselves.

5. There are consequences to thoughts and actions beyond what is seen and experienced in this world. Laws are for those asleep to the realities of Karma.

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6. What you haven't defeated in your youth becomes more pronounced and powerful with age. Becoming more Spiritually mature and aware means realizing the oil spills of your inner chaos out in the world are your responsibility to clean up and cap at the source.

7. If you knew how long it took you to get to this point in your Existence, you wouldn't so willingly slide down the ladder of de--evolution chasing material things and material pleasures.

8. Visit India, and one of two things will happen after you return: Your life will completely get better or your life will completely fall apart then get better. Either way it's because the you that returned is no longer compatible with the you that came before.

9. Beginning to cry for things beyond this world is happiness for a Yogi. Crying for things other than the bondage of the body, it's material needs, desires and attachments, is the sound of connecting to Higher Freedoms.

10. All the accolades, degrees, rewards, wealth, admiration, and success in the world is small compared to achieving constant contact with the Illuminating Void, the Lightless Light, the Divine Womb of Emptiness.

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1. The early church was an enemy of science. These days corporations and industries are enemies of science restricting more enlightened methods and inventions in the name of their own self preservation and profit.

2. If you fall in love with your viewpoints, how will you ever meet Higher Consciousness?

3. Instead of spending time and energy pursuing trivial goals, focus on your creativity, imagination and Spirituality. You'll free yourself from boredom and experience peace and contentment from the inside out as opposed to trying to acquire it outside yourself.

4. The paradigm of emotions and intellect is not Enlightenment.

5. Reasons for war should be examined deeper than soundbites and headlines. The lives of our youth are worth more than someone else's stock portfolio.

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6. People can profess a faith and attend church regularly and still be Spiritually starving or bankrupt. Text is only a photograph of what it's like to be at a certain level of consciousness. Being there is the goal.

7. No method is applicable to all situations and scenarios. All systems unravel under certain circumstances and the continued practicing of them does not constitute a solution.

8. Growing is a process of casting off who you thought you were like the skin a chameleon.

9. People spend their entire lives wishing for frivolous things. At the end of their lives, they may wish they had simply wished for a life without disease, suffering and struggle.

10. With regular Meditation, you'll experience moments that peer into Eternity, that trigger gasps reminding you that there's greater beauty in the Universe beyond anything in this world.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

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1. Time spent trying to get the approval of others is time spent not being happy and at peace with oneself.

2. The world of emotions is the world of duality. The world of Bliss, peace and harmony exists outside of the world of emotion. You'll never roll sevens all the time in the world of emotions so learn to walk away from the slot machine.

3. Meditation is the daily investment in Higher Consciousness and independent, internally generated peace and happiness.

4. Older people who are mean, cruel, and condescending are just making a display of their own failures with themselves and being poor role models of empowerment to younger generations.

5. Some people mellow with age. Others expand in both directions of harder and softer and integrate more of the whole.

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6. The piece of carbon you are piloting is only a small part of the entirely of You. The body you see, the carbon you see, is but the tip of a multidimensional iceberg across space and time.

7. We're all tourists on a deeper level no matter where we are on the planet. Home is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

8. People who believe and proclaim there are no Higher Truths use it as an excuse not to try or experience them and think they are undeserving. How many decades of research and traveling the world searching every corner have they accumulated to reach such a conclusion? Usually none. Higher Truths are unfamiliar territory outside their comfort zone. It is most often a statement of frustration and resignation with one's life.

9. The outer life won't change until the inner life does.

10. Gold is the gold in modern societies. Water and shade are the gold in a desert. Higher Consciousness is the gold everywhere.

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1. Wisdom is passed onto those who make different choices from the masses.

2. Educated people excel at overcomplicating things.

3. Intellect is something you have to outgrow to progress further spiritually and ultimately toward Enlightenment.

4. Karmaless time wears no watch.

5. The first step in kicking paradigms to the curb is realizing and deciding they do not apply to you and seeing them as the stale cultural albatross they are. If these are not ongoing active choices, don't be surprised if someone else's template or version of things becomes your identity by default due to passive consent.

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6. Learn to unlearn, then you can learn.

7. Love often causes people to overestimate the object of their affections actual state of evolution and development.

8. Live outside of culture and become the deeper you.

9. If you don't master your body, senses and emotions there are doors that will forever remain closed.

10. Take the trip via experience. Words are just photographs of places traveled by practice and intuition.

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1. People who'll tell you "Don't quit your day job" are the ones who don't have anything to quit their day jobs for.

2. If you play you, you'll have no competition.

3. Relationships breaking up are often the realization that the other person isn't really the screen we've been projecting our images onto.

4. While honesty sometimes may not get you far here, it definitely will get you out of here quicker.

5. Grand intellectuals don't tend to achieve Enlightenment. Plenty of illiterate Yogis have.

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6. Men are often slaves to sex, women often slaves to emotions. Neither is free. Each thinks the other has the missing key when really they're just visiting each other's cell block.

7. Work becomes practicing a profession and practicing a profession becomes sleep.

8. Relationships are often the ropes people try to climb out of the bottomless pit of unmet childhood needs and hurts. If you treat people like rope, at some point they get pulled too tight and break apart.

9. Go with the more unique life. Who wants the same grey homogenized work memories at the end of their lives?

10. Imagine what kind of world we'd live in if people were as glued to meditation as they are to their cellphones.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

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1. The general public so easily confuses the controversial with genius and visionary.

2. Maybe the human experience is crack and meditation is like going to rehab.

3. The me that talks isn't the real me. The me that thinks isn't the real me. The me that feels isn't the real me. I reside in quiet repose somewhere beyond all perceivable horizons.

4. If emotions were accurate the breakup and divorce rate would be zero.

5. All the weapons in the world from the most basic spear to the most powerful bomb have one thing in common: None of them can destroy one iota of your karma.




6. There are greater freedoms winning wars cannot give.

7. Only share your dreams and aspirations with those who get it. Death by practicality gets most people long before the Grim Reaper.

8. No matter how many different kinds of enchanting wrapping paper they may come in, attachments of the senses are all single serving joy.

9. The body can trick itself and believe it is alone. Consciousness knows it's never alone.

10. When you realize your favorite things in life have nothing to do with the human experience, the Soul begins to yawn.

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1. Neither emotions nor intellect are entirely accurate. Meditation and Higher Consciousness lead to greater clarity.

2. Without integrity, outward success isn’t truly genuine.

3. Who I am is not important. That’s a concern of ego and I’m not interested in that ever narrowing path. What I am, what I know and practice is what’s important.

4. Stop dieting on junk mass media—the waistline of your reality needs to expand…

5. We live in a culture where socially we’re taught to flash peacock feathers to win affection, praise and rewards. Don’t downshift to lower chakras at the expense of your Spiritual growth.

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6. If you don’t have the courage to knock, don’t expect doors to open by themselves.

7. Being young, angry and outraged doesn’t make one cutting edge.

8. If you lead a life of Yoga and Meditation, people may wonder and ask “When are you going to settle down?” I settle down twice a day: sleep and meditation. The common status quo idea of “settle down” is more often a stress filled treadmill. The already “Settled Down” are the ones who actually need to settle down.

9. People who fear being alone have never experienced the peace and beauty of solitude and meditation. They become vulnerable to making bad choices in personal relationships and having them for the wrong reasons.

10. When you are handed a torch, don’t drop anchor and stagnate—run with it and spread the fire.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I’ve learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality—being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self–aggrandize himself.

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1. It’s not your fault others don’t know how to dream. Be wary of cold shoulders directed at you for reminding them of that.

2. If you get up after you’re knocked down, you’re still in the fight.

3. Creativity is better than competition. Bringing something new into existence is better than being the best at something that already exists.

4. Life is about doing things that make one’s heart smile.

5. People tend to always look outside themselves for happiness, lasso something “permanent” to make them feel better whether it’s other people, money, possessions, status, whatever. Find it within and the search is over.

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6. Beyond the noise of thoughts and emotions, life is more beautiful, peaceful and serene.

7. I don’t care to impress people nor be a prisoner of needing to be liked to validate my existence. A vast multidimensional non–linear consciousness already decided that aeons ago so mortal opinions pale to matter in comparison and no amount of accolades from people will liberate me or give me what I’m truly after.

8. I can’t make anyone ready to live the life I lead. The only thing that truly matters in this lifetime is that I am ready.

9. You can squeeze more blood out of stones than gain wisdom from what the status quo tells you.

10. Give what you can give then let go. Detach yourself from results, detach yourself from Thank Yous. You might not receive it in this lifetime. You might not receive it in this dimension. This is linear time and linear consciousness, dysfunctional by it’s very nature. But the package you gave to someone will be returned to sender later. The Universe will thank you and compound the interest for your patience and generosity.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #5: Meditation, Aphorisms & Yoga Sage Brushes With Wisdom




What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the fifth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:


1. Daily practice adds up to more than beliefs ever will.

2. The Cool Flame burns Eternal. Conserve your Life Energy, unplug from your senses, thoughts and emotions and turn inwards to meditation and stillness daily. No shortage of anything in this world like stillness...

3. Consciousness is the currency of the Universe not gold, money, or material things.

4. In Meditation, there is no "For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health"---it's always better, richer, healthier...

5. One world's misfit is another world's Swan.

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6. Fame won't fill the holes in your Soul.

7. Nothing massages the mind like music and meditation.

8. The real gold in this Universe is working with higher forms of energy where a lot more can be done in a lot less time instead of being stuck in lethargic 3rd dimensional reality.

9. When you compare all the ways to get high, meditation has the best price.

10. It's all just a window through the train of time. Scenes pass, people get on, people get off. Few stay on for the duration to the final destination because they can't see it's even there. What they see are only the heads of the people in front of them and the faces of those behind them. At every stop, passengers get off to join crowds at different life stations for momentary laughs and smiles. But the few in the back who've rode the train for aeons whispered to me, "Let them go...they're not like you...just don't get off the train early."

© Composer Yoga

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