Voice Memos: Your New Best Friend

The word ‘habit’ typically isn’t something I go gaga for, but when you integrate the right habits – from Latin habere, to have – into your life, you get the benefits of them. And sometimes in life we discover habits whose rewards are so enriching that it changes the game, leveling us up. Just asContinue reading “Voice Memos: Your New Best Friend”

The Resources to Handle Any Given Situation

I’ve something major to tell you: There is no such thing as stress, only the belief that we don’t possess the resources to handle a given situation. This isn’t new-age optimism or clever logic; it’s the truth. The idea comes straight from the Wikipedia page for psychological stress: “Humans experience stress, or perceive things asContinue reading “The Resources to Handle Any Given Situation”

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”

Alchemical Magic w a Spell for Liberation from Worry, Self-Doubt, and Fear.

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” – Shakespeare, Julius Cesar (Act II, Scene II, LineContinue reading “Alchemical Magic w a Spell for Liberation from Worry, Self-Doubt, and Fear.”

Get Thee Up

“I wake up every morning and check if I am in a state of grace,” a 31 year-old Leonard Cohen told an interviewer in 1965. Every morning of your life, you choose whether your soul is in a state of grace or not. Now, whether or not this is a conscious choice is up toContinue reading “Get Thee Up”

I’m Proud of Myself

For knowing that my story is not what happens to me but what I make of it For teaching myself to sail when I was 14 For falling in love again and again (My heart is like the fucking energizer bunny). For moving on For the success I had in my twenties For the successContinue reading “I’m Proud of Myself”

Weighing My Conscience

It is nice to be writing tonight; lately, I’ve been writing more out of compulsion and less out of habit, thus it’s felt more the product of requirement rather than inspirement, which to me is a constant. I am always the writer. This is who I am. I am first and foremost Lawrence Black theContinue reading “Weighing My Conscience”

Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence

I’ve previously featured their father, Will, as one of my real life inspirations; so it’s no surprise to begin this entry tonight by writing about his two terrifically well-adjusted children, Willow and Jaden, whom I think are awesome. In a word, they are that rare thing among people – individuals – those fine persons capable of thinking and actingContinue reading “Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence”

School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story

I wrote something once, about how at a certain point in life, you have to put aside your identity as a student of life, so that you can lead your own [1]. And this, like many of the truths the muse has whispered to me, I have forgotten time and time again. Thankfully I wroteContinue reading “School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story”

The Rules (Live By Your Own)

I have writen these to center myself by striking bedrock on the foundations of my life at thirty. It is absolutely insane that we are not all taught to define and live by our own rules. Have inner peace. This comes from listening to and following your heart. This is the essence of loving yourself.Continue reading “The Rules (Live By Your Own)”

Completely Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Robina Courtin

30-year Tibetan Buddhist Nun (and total bad ass) Robina Courtin delivered a talk at Google in 2008 that’s chock-full of immensely refreshing, yet completely uncommon advice on happiness, neurosis, and “being your own therapist”. Powerful, powerful stuff. Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Rebina Courtin’s 2008 Talk at Google: Be Your Own Therapist Overview from Youtube: We spend ourContinue reading “Completely Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Robina Courtin”

Humans, Listen to Your Raccoon King: Drop Out of The Cult of Self-Esteem in Favor of Your Rational Animal Confidence

This morning I came across an entry on a blog I follow that addressed the potential harm in the pursuit of self-esteem. I’m glad I came across this because I thought about this very topic last night as I was working on mapping my values and virtues. In fact I opted not to list self-esteemContinue reading “Humans, Listen to Your Raccoon King: Drop Out of The Cult of Self-Esteem in Favor of Your Rational Animal Confidence”