When society lived directly from the land, we knew that we may or may not survive, there were no guarantees, and “fair” had no meaning. Our best chance came from our elders, for they had accumulated all of the wisdom of survival passed down for generations, and their compassion and knowledge was seen as the treasure that it was, and they were treated as the most valuable of our society. We looked at them with reverence, and they looked to us with hope. Now, we’ve become a society of children, obsessed with trinkets, blind to the true treasure that we warehouse away, and condemn to twilight years filled with bingo and loneliness. Not all of us, though. not me, and I have a feeling, not you either. Let’s wake the rest up…
Where you are going is so much more important than where you have been. Where you have been has done its job, got you here, put on its coat and left for the evening. Now the job, the job that was always your job, is to SEE. NOW. What’s right in front of you.
I don’t need you to think like me, look like me, or live by me. I will fight for your right to live your truth, make your music, and complete your journey.
I’ll be right by your side, on the ready.
even if it is not my journey.
If you stand for limiting another’s journey, if you stand for limiting another’s dreams. if you stand for hatred, judgement or violence simply because something is different from you,
then I wont be there.
Then, you walk with karma.
At least you’re not alone…
Your beliefs hold no weight and are subject to change. It’s quite possible that most of human tragedy has been caused by conflicting beliefs.
They used to believe the sun circled the Earth.
Facts are relative only to where you currently stand, which is always moving. Your opinions don’t mean shit.
Your actions determine most of your outcomes.
If you doubt, Go to the wilderness and try convincing that charging Grizzly bear that it is your opinion is that bears shouldn’t attack people…its not Fair.
I’m sure he will listen.
Many thanks to my wilderness expert Joe Carichner for the photo.
We are taught since youth to do the right things, develop the right habits, and build a good life. As words are only as good as their interpretation, perhaps stating the formula for a successful life in this way does more harm than good, for maybe we are not building at all…
Maybe life is more like sculpting; not an additive process at all, but a subtractive one, where unessential layers are peeled back, or chipped away- revealing what was hiding inside all along.
Perhaps this seems like too passive an approach to life…as if we didn’t struggle, we would succumb to laziness and passivity.
I think you would have to look long and hard to find a lazy sculptor. Rather, they watch…they look…they feel for the right stroke that will reveal the masterpiece that lies in every block of wood, every slab of marble.
Maybe observing our lives is the most productive thing we can do.
How do you define greatness? Is it in wealth accumulated? Is it the adoration of multitudes or the kind words written about you? Perhaps Greatness needs a new definition; perhaps greatness can be seen in the love you have left to spare, after life has ravaged you with grief.
In Martial Arts, you don’t overestimate your opponent, for your fear will defeat you before the battle begins. Neither do you underestimate your opponent, because by the time you realize the advantage of speed and timing…it’s too late…you lose. Both overestimation and underestimation are states of thought, and success can not be found in thought. Success lies in the stillness before thought, allowing response to the opponent to be the perfect one, Like a reflection on the water. This is the way of Martial Arts…and Martial Arts is the way of Life.
It’s a waste of time to try to fight darkness. In fact, fighting it strengthens it. This makes the darkness grow, and before you know it, you’ve become part of that darkness. The only way to end the madness is to silently seek the light. Seek that which resonates with your spirit, and energizes it, and make no apologies. Anyone who would tell you “You’re going the wrong way!” I might say “tell them to go to hell”, but you don’t need to. They are already there.
Illness doesn’t mean we’re weak.
weakness doesn’t mean we’re doomed.
Obstacles don’t mean we are cursed,
Our silly mind is the label-maker,
and we think the label it prints is the truth!
Bring out the label maker that inspires your best self,
That labels your curses the makers of greatness,
and your darkness…the home of you stars.
Zen, like all self- knowledge, can be ambiguous. What does it mean?
You can only know half of reality, at best.
Consciousness can observe many things, but it can’t observe itself,
because consciousness is the one looking. It can never see itself,
because it’s the one looking.
maybe it’s better just to look, listen, and hear, right now
without trying to make sense of it…because you’re handicapped
coming out of the gate.