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Turn and face the strange.

Turn and face the strange.

We all have limitations. We all have fears. We all have doubts, at one time or another. We must be willing to see them, in order to overcome them. But the hardest perhaps, is to objectively observe our own mindset, our own beliefs. Rather, we will defend them, and often with vigor. It has been said that intelligence can be measured by one’s ability to entertain another thought or believe, without having to believe it. It may be true that the more we learn, the less we know; the more our certainty, the greater the uncertainty. I hope one day I learn enough to not believe anything.

Enter the Darkness.

Enter the Darkness.

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.

Untouchable.

Untouchable.

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.

Tranquil in Chaos

Tranquil in Chaos

There is no doubt that the world is a little chaotic,
to say the least.
It’s easy to bitch and complain about the state of politics,
or the current health crisis.
Just remember that it’s SUPPOSED to be that way;
it’s a challenge to try to steal your attention, your focus,
your Courage…but be still. Hold steady, though the wild winds blow-
that’s how warriors are made, and not one
is without scars.

To the Carichner boys.

To the Carichner boys.

They live among us, these friends of mine but they may as well be from a forgotten era, a time where the work is hard, life is fragile, and the seasons brutal. Though most would perish, they revel in it, and an endless day alone in the wilderness in the dead of winter is if anything- too short. They remind me that the Laws of Nature have not been repealed.

For Al.

For Al.

He called me often, needed a hand. He said “please…sometime, call ME for help!” I said I was always more than willing to help. With tireless devotion, he tended to his wife…stricken with MS…and I don’t know which of them suffered more. But never once did he complain, though his face showed the strain. “I can’t help it” he said “I love her so much!” and I was reminded again that LOVE is a verb…

Alone in a Sea of People.

Alone in a Sea of People.

We spend so much time, and waste so much energy analyzing, criticizing, and categorizing each other. When we are forced to be alone, we are left with the true source of our conflict and confusion…ourselves. Take the time to do what you love to do, because it’s how you handle your isolation that determines your fate.

The Virus of Fear.

The Virus of Fear.

If left unchecked, it can spread like fire…leaving us immobilized. But we are not powerless; we only need to see that the root of all dis-ease is fear. Fear only has power when we don’t face it, or can’t see it. Taking the action to face it always changes the outcome… just like Schrödinger’s cat. Advancing in the presence of fear…that’s how warriors are made.

Don’t become an exhibit.

Don’t become an exhibit.

In a TEDx ® talk I saw recently, Dr. Shimi Kang spoke about the one trait that is essential for humans to have, and to develop: Adaptability. Even so, it is arguably Humankind’s biggest weakness. We want things to stay the same. In a reality where change is the only constant, we fight, kicking and screaming, for the opposite. Take a look at anyone you admire. They rose to their level not by being free of struggle, but by being full of adaptability.

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