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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #24: Meditation, Aphorisms & Yoga Sage Brushes With Wisdom

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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.

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

 

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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Nobody Told Me The Zen Of John Lennon

Sarasota Florida is home to several famous things: The Ringling Circus empire was headquartered there. It has a white sand necklace of beautiful keys off it's shore where you can drive from just north in Bradenton to Anna Maria island (AKA Anna Maria Key), onto Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach then onto Longboat Key down to Lido Key (perhaps do the Lido Shuffle if you want to get your Boz Scaggs on) and onto St. Armands Circle Key, Coon Key, Bird Key then back to mainland Florida in Sarasota. And just to the south is one of my favorite white sand beaches in the country, Siesta Key. I worked several weddings in the Sarasota area as Florida is one of the destination wedding locations in the United States. As an added bonus, you don't have to risk the retinal roulette of seeing an Elvis impersonator in a Speedo. The King did eat in a small restaurant there though so maybe that already happened.

 

Sarasota has one of the Unconditional Surrender sculptures by Seward Johnson located downtown. The 25 foot (7.6m) sculpture is in the likeness (but not an exact rendition) of the famous V--J Day photo taken in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor bent over kissing a nurse in the street. Sarasota was also the place where the In Cold Blood murders documented by author Truman Capote took place and of course where Pee Wee Herman was caught masturbating in an adult movie theatre. And speaking of Johnsons, it's also home to AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson and his wife Brenda. (I'll get working on my Segue Of The Year acceptance speech a bit later).

 

Sarasota is also home to the 3rd oldest automobile museum in the world: the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. The oldest car museum in the United States is the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan; The oldest car museum in the world is the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany in case you're having flashbacks of ZZ Top videos, Beach Boys tunes or old school Grey Poupon commercials. And speaking of Grey Poupon, the museum has John and Mable Ringling's Rolls Royce collection. There's a DeLorean like in Back To The Future though not as pimped out like Doc Brown's packing a flux capacitor. And Oh my God!, it has a Ferrari worthy of Thomas Magnum's Hawaiian print shirt and Jonathan Higgins' legendary high waters (a 308 GTS). All in all, the museum has more than 75 automobiles spanning over 100 years of automotive history under one roof. Perhaps the most famous however are 2 vehicles owned by John Lennon: his blue 1965 Mercedes coupe which he owned in England (the steering wheel was built on the "British" side by Mercedes), and the last car he ever owned, his white Mercedes station wagon which was "the Lennon family car." As I touched that car, I imagined seeing John and Yoko in it with Sean riding in the back. It was a connection to music history and to the man who wrote a song I remember loving as a kid long before I knew who he was---A song released years after his death and ironically, one he didn't intend to be the vocalist on.

 

"Nobody Told Me" was recorded during the Double Fantasy sessions, which turned out to be Lennon's best selling solo album. John Lennon would never see the success of it though---he wouldn't be there to receive his Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1981 either. Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman on December 8th, 1980 just 3 weeks after Double Fantasy was released. "Nobody Told Me" was in songwriter's limbo for several years as Yoko Ono mourned the death of her husband. In fact, "Nobody Told Me" was written for Ringo Starr as a track for his solo album Stop And Smell The Roses which was released the following year in 1981. Lennon intended Starr to be the vocalist and sang the song as a guide vocal/scratch track for Ringo to later re--record the song. But after Lennon's murder, Ringo chose not to include the song on his album.

 

In 1984, Yoko Ono released a collection of material recorded during and after the sessions for Double Fantasy called Milk And Honey, which became John Lennon's 8th solo album. So the version of "Nobody Told Me" that was released was essentially a demo by John Lennon for Ringo. Nobody noticed. Nobody told me it was only a demo. Even so, "Nobody Told Me" become the third single to break into the top 10 posthumously for John Lennon, it's highest chart position reaching number 5. The UK had to wait until 1990 for "Nobody Told Me" to be released there (this was before the internet became a daily necessity). Two other songs from the album, "Borrowed Time" and "I'm Stepping Out" were released as singles and overall, Milk And Honey reached #11 on the US album charts.

 

One of the things that grabs me about the song is it has some interesting lyrics:

There's Nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs

 

Huh? Nazi plumbers? I never knew this was what the lyric actually said when I was a kid hearing it on the radio. Some biographical info being John Lennon grew up in World War II England during Nazi attacks by the Luftwaffe and long range rockets. His middle name was Winston as in Winston Churchill, who famously made his "We shall never surrender" speech before the Battle Of Britain in 1940. Iron Maiden sample this speech as the intro to live versions of "Aces High", a track on their 1984 album Powerslave. Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a huge impact on British history last century and it's not surprising John Lennon bore the tribute in a middle name by his family. Even today, there's a bronze statue of Sir Winston in the park next to Big Ben and Parliament. The middle name happened to be a premonition as a few decades later, John himself became a "Sir" in 1965 though he returned his MBE medal (Members of the Order of the British Empire) a few years later to the Queen due to his protest of British support of the Vietnam War and Nigeria's Civil War (which was symbolic as doing so has no effect on your MBE status).

 

"Nobody Told Me" is probably the only top 10 pop song which mentions Nazis in the lyrics. Another similar reference that comes to mind is David Bowie's (and Iggy Pop's) 1983 single "China Girl" which charted at #10 and mentions "Visions of swastikas in my head":

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It's in the white of my eyes

 

John Lennon and David Bowie became friends after the breakup of The Beatles. Lennon, Bowie and Carlos Alomar (who was later in the band Arcadia, a Duran Duran side project) wrote "Fame" together which appeared on Bowie's Young Americans album and became his first #1 single in 1975. Lennon played guitar on the track. Lennon and Ono had December 9th tickets to the play The Elephant Man on Broadway which David Bowie was starring in. So did Mark David Chapman. Bowie was on Chapman's hit list as well. Bowie performed the show that night with 3 empty seats in the front row. John Lennon was a victim of fame; David Bowie almost was too.

 

"Nobody Told Me" also mentions the capital city of Nepal, Katmandu:

There's a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu

This puts it in the company of a few other songs which mention the exotic locale: Bob Seger's 1975 single "Katmandu" off Beautiful Loser, and the 1976 Rush single "A Passage To Bangkok" off 2112:

Pulling into Katmandu
Smoke rings fill the air
Perfumed by a Nepal night
The Express gets you there

Lennon wrote this lyric about the yellow idol in the poem The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God by J. Milton Hayes. In contrast, Rush is singing about enjoying sampling fatties the world over making "A Passage To Bangkok" a kind of THC Tour on a Rock 'N' Roll rickshaw.

 

But the most interesting reference in the lyrics is actually based on a true story:

There's UFOs over New York and I ain't too surprised

Back in 1974, John Lennon and then companion May Pang (still in his "Lost Weekend" phase separated from Yoko) saw one from their terrace overlooking east New York. They had moved back to New York from California and rented a penthouse on 434 East 52nd street. The circular object was floating over the city within a hundred feet away from them. Lennon told photographer Bob Gruen (who took the famous "New York City" shirt photo of Lennon) who later called the local police because Lennon didn't want to for obvious reasons. The police informed Gruen that there were 3 other reports of the object. The Daily News printed that 5 people reported seeing the object near where Lennon and May Pang had their apartment. Lennon "officially" documented his sighting in the liner notes of Walls and Bridges released later in 1974:

"On the 23rd August 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O. - J.L."

UFO's were also showing up in lyrics in the 80's. Greg Lake sang of them in "Touch And Go" off the 1986 album Emerson, Lake & Powell:

All systems go friend of foe
You're caught up in the middle where the four winds blow
Come without a warning like a U.F.O.
You're runnin' with the devil it's touch and go

Many people claim to have seem UFO's---what makes John Lennon's sighting unique was that he was naked at the time. Would the Air Force have to file those under "Project Nude Book?"

 

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"Nobody Told Me" was written by a more mature John Lennon who was in a much better headspace. It's a happier side of Lennon---it's the Lennon who's dealt with some of his his demons, a Lennon who's accepting things in life, a Lennon with greater perspective.

 

Lennon's early life wasn't a fairy tale like the Fab Four Fantasy the world cast him and 3 others into. His father left them then came back into his life and forced John to make a decision between his parents as a 5 year old. As a result, young John Lennon became a troublemaker in school, acted out and was jealous of others who had a stable family. Later on this factored in his competitiveness with Paul McCartney and him not being the greatest father to his first son Julian since he had no good role model himself. The worst tragedy of his youth happened when he was 17: Lennon's mother was hit by a car and killed. Lennon was still grappling with these issues when Hurricane Beatlemania made landfall in all their lives.

 

During his Beatles tenure, Lennon became a proponent of peace partly to confront things about himself he grew to no longer like and approve of: His anger, chauvinist attitude, and violence against his first wife Cynthia. This was written about in the Beatles song "Getting Better" off of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967:

I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene
And I'm doing the best that I can (Ooh)

 

After The Beatles broke up, Lennon's past wounds had an open calendar to come to the forefront. His heroin addiction, problems in his marriage with Yoko, led to him going to California kind of like the Led Zeppelin song with an aching in his heart. Lennon went with his assistant May Pang (whom he was having an affair with Yoko's knowledge & blessing) for what was later known as his "Lost Weekend" which amounted to a year and a half "college drinking binge" with singer Harry Nilsson (famous for "Everybody's Talkin'", 1969).

 

Lennon came out of the "Teenage Wasteland Woods" of the early 70's a different man as can be heard in his later solo works. These were the first songs I came to know John Lennon as an artist: "Woman", "(Just Like) Starting Over", and "Nobody Told Me."

 

"Nobody Told Me" is a deceptively light, playful tune. The bounce in the verse makes you think it just came from a 1950's trampoline (perhaps on that DeLorean mentioned earlier). That swing and bounce on "Nobody Told Me" match the bass thumbprint of the guilty party, session ace Tony Levin. Levin recorded several monster Art Rock albums with Robert Fripp in King Crimson in the 1980's among them Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pairr and the amazing compound melodic intricacies of Discipline. Levin's contribution to this John Lennon tune just demonstrates how Musician's Musicians can rock a pop song and make it even better.

 

"Nobody Told Me" uses a series of images like Sting later used to great effect on "King Of Pain." Lyrically, it's a word/concept play with imagery of dichotomies and contradictions. It's like a Zen tale and narration of the human condition and observing society with a degree of detachment. It poses contradictions of human behavior to ponder over like the famous Zen koan (a paradoxical anecdote used to meditate beyond the logical mind), "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"

 

Word play and concept play are literary devices no stranger to poetry and lyrics. The Byrds "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (originally written by Pete Seeger---verse taken from the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, 1st 8 verses of the 3rd chapter) released in 1965, and Pete Townshend's "Face The Face" released in 1985 off of White City: A Novel are some ancient and modern examples of this. "Nobody Told Me" is most similar in concept though to Howard Jones' "No One Is To Blame" (Dream Into Action, 1985) where both begin by proposing an activity/event then a corresponding contrast, failure or denial.

 

Regardless of the problems and torment he encountered in his personal life, there's a joy, happiness in this song I always loved. It's present in the lyrics and especially the strummed chords after both choruses that sends me soaring. It's the part after John sings:

Strange days indeed -- strange days indeed

Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama

This is the emotional center of the song for me. It's the part that caught my heart as a kid, it's the part that exhales into the comforting vastness of existence.

 

After his death, John Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: In 1988 for The Beatles and in 1994 as a solo artist. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. As a kid I heard his songs. As an adult I walked across Abbey Road and touched John Lennon's last car. That's about as full circle as I'll ever get to John Lennon. But music is an intimacy that doesn't recognize time or space---on some level we've already met.

 

Music brings needed levity to the world and reminds us on deeper levels that we are more than we think we are. The beauty of music is you can do this with a few chord combinations and it will have meaning beyond the songwriter and the song---it will affect people you'll never meet, affect them in ways and depths beyond your understanding, and affect them long after you leave the planet. Music is ALWAYS more than the sum of it's parts. If you listen closely and repeatedly, you can hear whispers of something beyond. There's a bit transcendence embedded within even simple pops songs and I'm convinced "Nobody Told Me" is the sound of one Beatle clapping.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #13: 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 thirteenth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

1. You can drown in "reality" at the social level or learn to glide like a whale in the beautiful deep.

2. Stay focused on your spiritual practice and avoid getting drawn into all the distractions of chaos in the world. You'll reach Enlightenment faster than the world will fix itself.

3. Not only can following the herd be dangerous and harmful to yourself and others, at the very least it makes you lose yourself.

4. When the world no longer holds carrots out there for you, create your own.

5. There's people who can rock your world. Grow beyond that and experience the bar being raised by meeting those who can rock your reality.




6. What you elevate in one level of consciousness may become your birdcage to the next.

7. Thoughts, reasoning, intellect, senses, emotions and desires are servants not your master. There's more important things to do in life than chase a pack of wild horses all the time.

8. You'll do more good for the world by continuing your spiritual practice rather than trying to fix it.

9. Once you realize how easy it is to impress people, you won't be impressed with impressing people.

10. Don't waste your life living other people's scripts---you'll collect compliments and pats on the back for someone you'll never meet.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #8: 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 eighth batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Sometimes in life, someone has to go through hell to give someone else diamonds later on.

2. Don’t listen to birds who cannot fly.

3. Leave all your baggage on the Earth plane because the higher planes don’t accept carry–ons. You won’t be able to empty your karmic trash there.

4. As above, so below, as within, so without. Your outer reality is a mirror of your inner reality.

5. Merging with energies greater than oneself is something all the sad stuck egos on this planet will not know the joy of in this lifetime.




6. If the top 5 to 10 things people think are the answer in life and the purpose of life were true then this planet would have been crawling with Avatars by now.

7. Conscious periodic death and rebirth leads to growth like the cycles of nature. Unconscious life and death leads to repetition of the same patterns.

8. Energy is boss. The laws of energy trump all enculturation and social conventions.

9. There’s a way of living which reduces karma and there’s the common way which accumulates more of it.

10. Do you want to be loved as you are or continually be made better? That choice in life has led me to the feet of giants I cannot even fathom. There’s a difference between looking eye level with others and standing at the feet of giants.

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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."

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #4: 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 fourth batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Resonance is a better matchmaker than trial and error social norms like dating. Become a radio tower and listeners will tune into you.

2. A hundred people will do or not do the same thing or say or not say the same thing. Be interested in the person who differs. Find those who can swim upstream. They’re worth knowing.

3. There’s no shortage of learned ignoramuses blowing the expert trumpet on the planet.

4. At times people will do things you won’t think was the best decision. Accept that’s how people are and realize they made the decision based on where they are on their fear scale and level of consciousness.

5. When your feet get too big for the human experience, there’s still art and meditation.

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6. The pictures, patterns, and scripts people go after in life are not a substitute for genuine substance and authentic deep connections. People overhype the former when they don’t have the latter. Something truly deep and meaningful won’t need or look like the former.

7. If you are a piece of the Creator at the deepest level, how are you half of anything?

8. Intellect is often an agent of the ego that fails to comprehend and recognize forms of consciousness greater than itself.

9. What people think life is really about depends on their level of consciousness.

10. Court the Flame, the Life Force itself and you just may receive the kiss of wisdom.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #3: 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 third batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Spirituality is about becoming the song itself not squabbling over different editions of sheet music.

2. Learn the art of non–attachment and not having expectations outside oneself. Then everything’s a gift instead of a disappointment.

3. There is no greater joy in existence than to keep connecting to higher and higher consciousness.

4. Your decisions not only affect others. They also indicate about what you think of yourself. If your decisions do not say you deserve better ask yourself why not. Fear will always rope you into settling for less.

5. Don’t wait for a license to enjoy life from someone else or for external circumstances to magically change.

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6. Realize you’ll grow more by being with and around people more advanced than you. If you’re intimidated, not comfortable being around them or feel you don’t deserve to be, you’ll slow your own growth.

7. Poverty begins when one forgets the experience of feeling joy for no external reason.

8. Inspiration is better than envy. Be inspired by people better, smarter, more talented than you and don’t think you don’t deserve to be around them. Envy and fear will prevent your further growth.

9. Divine beings aren’t going to shout louder than your thoughts, senses, and emotions. You have to learn how to turn these off through meditation.

10. There’s grades above what all formal schooling can teach you. It’s up to you if you want to stay in school or not. Ask the question, “What comes after normal adulthood?” and the Universe will widen it’s smile at you.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #2: 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 second batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Competition and jealousy will never give you happiness. Unless you want only one kind of everything on the planet, learn the capacity to admire and appreciate others for their talents and contributions.

2. This is linear time and existence—it’s imperfect by it’s nature and more mistakes happen than the best highest choices so learn non–attachment from this to avoid further suffering.

3. Gifts are nice but compliments aren’t made in a factory. People will own the genuine compliments given to them forever and they appreciate in value over time.

4. Grow as fast and as much as you can and don’t settle for less. Initial happiness may result with gaining status quo things but time will show you it is temporary and introduce you to a roommate named regret.

5. Wanting and needing things outside oneself begins when the original joy of existence is forgotten.

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6. Courage doesn’t hide behind norms or social conventions. Learn to exercise your courage muscles by standing up from behind the hedges of your little self.

7. I spend time around and learning from advanced Yogis. I’m a joke compared to them. I’m not a joke because I show up. And the shelf life on my jokedom will have a shorter expiration date because of it.

8. Put your foot down early and you won’t have to raise your voice or fists later.

9. If someone doesn’t care enough about their own spiritual evolution, don’t expect them to respect yours. Personal relationships with such people will not be beneficial to either party. Little selves at the wheel never exceed the speed limit. They’ll also slow you down.

10. Love is blind. Wisdom isn’t. Aim with wisdom and love goes to the right places for the right reasons.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #1: 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 first batch of Zen Brownies—Tasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Avoid creating bad karma. It’s a spring–loaded door. You may not only get hit but locked out.

2. Don’t think you’re better than anyone else or compare yourself to others. Are you getting better than YOU is the question that matters.

3. Give to people and share your experience, talents and knowledge. Why not water as many flowers in life as you can? You’ll make more beautiful scenery for yourself too.

4. If people really want to know you they will. You can’t force people into your life or try to keep them there.

5. Who you are is where you are in terms of consciousness regarding the choices you make.

 

6. Don’t pretend to be someone or something you’re not unless it’s an acting gig.

7. Give friendship without expecting anything in return but friendship.

8. Fear contracts, love expands, and love is really about taking risks, stepping outside your comfort level, doing things different from and outside social norms and the status quo.

9. When people are ready to know you, they’ll come into your life or come closer to you. Trying to convince or impress people is inauthentic and a waste of life energy.

10. Never tell yourself you have arrived. Your Soul will starve at the price of feeding lesser temporary needs.

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