Stress And The One Big Project

Multi-Tasking Mementos

Multi-Tasking Mementos

CORAL SPRINGS, FL

August 7, 2017 7:48 AM

Every time I re-enter Civilization I’m always hit with cultural shock and a mild depression. Though city and town folk are surrounded by the wonders and benefits of modern society—immersed in the benefits of urban consolidation—they all seem so stressed and dissatisfied. It’s nothing to pick up groceries or auto parts or home supplies or the mail. Stores to satisfy your every need and desire lie right around the corner. Urban dwellers have direct and practically immediate access to medical services and government benefits and employment and education and libraries and …. The world is the urban dweller’s oyster. Yet they all seem so unhappy and frustrated.

What gives? … Read more…

I Want I Want I Want

"That's All I Need"

“That’s All I Need”

PHOENIX, AZ

February 15, 2017 8:01 AM

It was the first time in about seven years that I had visited Florida where I wasn’t self-tasked with solving a problem.

Without an agenda—without a goal—there was time to enjoy the trip and the family and the warmth.

Why do we live so much for the future? Why do we believe it will hold something better than this moment? … Read more…

Advice For The Enlightened

Why Should It Change Now?

Why Should It Change Now?

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 25, 2017 6:23 PM

One of the greatest benefits of spiritual awakening is that life consistently “lines up.”

Read up on practically any spiritually enlightened person and somewhere in their narrative they will say something similar—that things just work out for them.

This happens so often in my life—I am so lucky—that I am literally surprised when things don’t work out. … Read more…

Maybe

A Milk-a-what-ic?

A Milk-a-what-ic?

COTTONWOOD, AZ

December 7, 2016 1:49 PM

I get at least one email a day asking me what I think about Trump. Some think he’s going to revolutionize American politics. Some think he’s going to be the next Hitler. Many think he’s just plain stupid.

After his call with Taiwan (the unintended start of WW III or the beginning of a prosperous new era?) I’m not sure if he’s stupid like a cow (above) or stupid like a fox (here). … Read more…

Simple Solutions

Anti-Washboard Road Devices

Anti-Washboard Road Devices

COTTONWOOD, AZ

November 19, 2016 12:33 PM

We all love simple solutions. Simple solutions are easy to understand. Simple solutions sell well. They tweet well. They share well.

But simple solutions rarely solve complex problems. … Read more…

Don’t Panic

Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath

MINGUS MOUNTAIN, AZ

November 9, 2016 9:10 AM

Yesterday, I held the door for an elderly woman. She thanked me, and said that there aren’t many gentlemen left in the world.

When the world is filled with hate… your actions are more important than your words.

Embodying Love is more powerful than fighting hatred.

Act from Love.

Be Love incarnate.

Your message will come through.

I Guarantee You’ll Be Happier If You…

Practicing What I Preach

Practicing What I Preach

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

April 4, 2016 2:40 PM

Live your life like there is a 75% chance that you’ll be dead in two years.

Seriously. Try it. Really dive into this idea, and watch where it takes you. 75% chance, not 100… 75.

Suddenly Death becomes your Motivator, your Timekeeper, your Coach. Death—once the enemy—becomes your personal Spiritual Guide. … Read more…

The Secret To Inner Peace

View From Camp

View From Camp

West of DEATH VALLEY NP, CA—A little after noon, I crested the mountains to the west of Death Valley, pulled off on a little dirt road inaccessible to most cars, parked, kicked back in my Lazy Boy, took in the view and decided to spend the rest of the day and the night right here.

Morrissette had a wonderful post today about how what we seek is often much simpler to attain than what we’ve been conditioned to believe:

If people could only open their eyes and see that what they seek has been right in front of them all along, and that snagging it is as simple as making the choice to do so.
— Glenn Morrissette

He was talking about a life of simplicity and freedom, but the exact same thing could be said for the spiritual seeker’s quest for inner peace.

The Secret to Inner Peace:

You have everything you need to be happy, to have inner peace.

You don’t need to have mad meditation skills.

Nor do you need to know a bunch of Sanskrit terms.

You don’t have to take any vows of celibacy or poverty.

You don’t have to flee civilization.

You don’t have to have a quiet mind.

Nor do you need to be well read.

Inner peace is not found by becoming someone you think you should be… it is not found by gaining.

Inner peace is found by simply letting go of who you think you are.