The Keys to The Kingdom: My Two Most Valuable Pieces of Life Advice

The older you get, the more you find yourself doubling down on what works. And hopefully, if you’ve taken the difficult paths in life, you’ve discovered some truths of great value. There’s a parable in the Thomas Gospel that I read this morning – Sidenote: Before I continue, allow me to say that I loveContinue reading “The Keys to The Kingdom: My Two Most Valuable Pieces of Life Advice”

Go With The Flow: Trust It

Growing up, my dad often told me to, “Go with the flow.” As with other things he said to me growing up, this only came to have meaning to me after he was gone (…the people we love have a way of gilding us like that, even after they are gone from our lives…). MyContinue reading “Go With The Flow: Trust It”

Sour, Sweet, Salty

What can I say: I’m good.  I used to write with another muse in mind – I used to live that way: constantly hoping to live up to some arbitrary measure; always insufficient for my estimations of myself, and always short of her’s.  Only, today, now, I dissappoint no one; for this is who IContinue reading “Sour, Sweet, Salty”

Real Life Inspiration: Ed Ricketts

I heard an anecdote recently in relation to John Steinbeck (Prayerhand-6god-emoji) guy pal (And total bad ass) Ed Ricketts (Add another prayerhand-6god-emoji). Ed Ricketts is a man whom I deeply admire. He was, like all the people I admire, a stark individual. “His mind had no horizons,” as Steinbeck wrote of him, or rather, as “Doc”, theContinue reading “Real Life Inspiration: Ed Ricketts”

Care of The Soul: A Recipe

I’ve been blessed, but this is gifted: I gave it to myself. It’s a simple recipe, centuries old – timeless really: I am on a blanket, under the stars, with a candlelit lantern, and a cup of homemade chai tea. Mexican Blanket: $20.00 Chai Tea: $0.35 Stanley insulated thermos: $30.00 Lantern & candle: $4.50 (fleaContinue reading “Care of The Soul: A Recipe”

On Religion as a Bridge to The Soul

“If the person doesn’t listen to the demands of his own spiritual and heart life, and insists on a certain program, you’re going to have a schizophrenic crack-up. The person has put himself off-center; he has aligned himself with a programmatic life, and it’s not the one the body’s interested in at all. And theContinue reading “On Religion as a Bridge to The Soul”

A Walking Meditation: On Oneness, Overcoming Fear, and Mastering Perception

Meditating on the beach this morning and feeling my fearful heart beating in my chest, anxious and over-paced, just like all of us – I started thinking about what the hell I was so afraid of. And so, I lie in the sand looking up and thinking about this, asking , how can my soulContinue reading “A Walking Meditation: On Oneness, Overcoming Fear, and Mastering Perception”

Finding True Jedi Wisdom in an Ancient Text: The Mind of Absolute Trust

Preface: I Guess I’m a Star Wars Geek Having recently spent time reading Jospeph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces, and The Power of Myth, I felt compelled to watch the first Star Wars trilogy last weekend (George Lucas used Campbell’s work as part of the blueprint for the Star Wars story). It was a genuine pleasureContinue reading “Finding True Jedi Wisdom in an Ancient Text: The Mind of Absolute Trust”

Diving Deep into Unconditional Love through Psychedelics, Emotional Oneness, and The Four Immeasurables

I recently watched a video from Big Think featuring author, philosopher, neuroscientist, and rising mindfulness expert Sam Harris. In the video he discusses an experience he had at age 18 while on MDMA, and what caught my ear was that his account is perhaps one of the most perfect descriptions of unconditional love I have everContinue reading “Diving Deep into Unconditional Love through Psychedelics, Emotional Oneness, and The Four Immeasurables”

These Require No Gifts of Circumstance

Inner peace – true wellbeing, Is neither the feeling of thirst satisfied – nor satisfaction It’s not the pursuit of desire, Nor the attainment of what isn’t, Nor the possession of what is It’s merely the state of non-comparison: To past or present, To what you have had, Or do not have, Or to whatContinue reading “These Require No Gifts of Circumstance”

It’s Time to Climb Down off the Black Rock and Get Comfortable

I’ve been meditating on the same rocky outcrop each morning for the past month. Just north of this outcrop sits a tall lava-rock that lies out on a point, and – low tide permitting – I’ve been climbing up on top of it in the evenings and sitting there for sunset meditations. These two spotsContinue reading “It’s Time to Climb Down off the Black Rock and Get Comfortable”

The Importance of Mindfulness and The Connection Between Mindfulness and Meditation

If I would have tried to conjure up an impression of mindfulness in my head a couple years ago I would have imagined an affluent woman in her sixties, drinking tea and looking out over her oceanfront view, with a warm and contented look on her face. Today, I’ve come to know better. Mindfulness isn’tContinue reading “The Importance of Mindfulness and The Connection Between Mindfulness and Meditation”