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Sometimes, You Go All In

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There’s a concept i often speak of in reference to intentionality or LIFE on Purpose that i call being completely present in the moment.  Recently, i was called to reflect on the many and varied ways that i have come to experience this over my short and expansive LIFE journey.

I grew up in the Gospel Church… which is not to be confused with nor compared to traditional Christianity by American standards.  As i watched a YouTube video shared with me by a friend, i recalled the instances of an OVERWHELMING suddenness of presence in which i felt completely and utterly removed from the external stimuli, yet was simultaneously at ONE with all of the sounds, actions and experiences not only in my immediate surroundings… but rather, i felt connected in an infinite way to every creature, being and breath on the planet.

Over the years i’ve had other similar experiences in totally different environs and circumstances, which has led me to a broader appreciation of the phenomenon.  Yet, the consistent theme and memory that burned in me as i watched this video was the irresistible, irrepressible, irrefutable urge to Just Go All In! I have and continue to pursue a course of growth ,wherein i am able to command my entree into those portals of joy, rather than stumbling aimlessly, wistfully and blindly for the perchance encounter with the moment once again.  This i call LIFE (Living In Full Enjoyment) practiced through the Art of Thrival.  No matter how you choose to get there, the rush and subsequent call to return to the  moment again and again… is REAL.

Klik on the pic to experience the video that got me remembering again…  Sometimes You Just Gotta Go All In!

I seem to recall being in the choir when this song came out.  I recall the choir director Karen Daugherty taking us to another level with her impassioned urgings and vocalizations.  She was awesome, it was good times.  (If you remember who sang the lead comment me back ~ I think it was Karen!)

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The Truth… About Hurt

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Truth is… no one can hurt you without your permission… (even then, it isn’t so much them hurting us, as it is us finding the hurt in the happenings) and the only reason we give them permission is so that we can see the contrast between what we want and what we don’t want in our lives. Then, if we’re committed to LIFE (Living In Full Enjoyment) we are perfectly situated to give ALL of our energy and attention to that which we have clearly identified that we want for our LIFE journey.

In this we can be grateful and appreciative of the asshole to whom we gave permission to give us such wonderfully stark contrasts, which leads us to bathe in  the serenity of superbly clarifying moments. This allowed us an opportunity to refocus and rededicate ourselves to following our bliss!  Truth is… it’s just our means to our joyous ends (manifestations).

IMHO, a pivotal determination in deliberate creation!

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What is Your Approval Rating?

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Have you ever been troubled by living in a place where someone was a “door-slammer?”  I don’t mean just a casual heavy-handed, “i just don’t know my own strength,” door-slamming type, but rather the “you (and everyone else within earshot) needs to know and FEEL that i am disturbed, distressed, displeased and/or dis-eased by something or someone,” kinda artistic door-slammer.  Swinging doors, sliding doors, pocket doors, screen doors, refrigerator doors, microwave doors, oven doors, stuck doors, creaking doors. cupboard doors, indoors, outdoors they play them all. They generally don’t limit their artistic medium for expression to doors, either.  You’ve got drawers and dishes, pots and pans, staples and starches, or fruits in cans.

Their performances are not one-night engagements or limited runs.  The true devotees of their craft are able to contrive the motivation from the most mundane and slight.  They need no script, Director’s prodding or even audience delight.  The truly gifted are even able to elevate paper-tearing to the level of a revered discipline.  The drama can be vividly felt in full Dolby Digital Surround EX.  George Lucas would be astounded and proud.  You may find yourself ducking in your seat (any seat in the house is a good one) as the 3-D invisible images fly at you from every angle.  Political correctness be damned, the tension in the scenarios played out are reminiscent of the best of the Administration’s Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.  The choice between this horror or water-boarding is almost no choice, at all.  Passersby, as well as those trapped in the fantastic ornamentation are reticent to speak, move or even breathe.  Then one day, there are two … and the dueling doors begin … but, that’s another sordid story for another sorrowing page.

Today, you must ask yourself, “Why does this bother me, at all?”  It was in that pondering’s reflection that i found a depth of yearning and loving that i would have heretofore denied plausible or even possible.  It is often to our emotional, spiritual and LIFE detriment that we hold the thoughts and concerns of others’ feelings, beliefs and happiness in such awe that we inadvertently begin to live quiet lives of desperation, seeking for those fleeting signs (actions) of love, admiration, approval.  Many of you will not admit to it, but you base much of your thoughts, feelings and actions on the day-to-day opinion poll of your “Approval Rating.”

My answer to that profound query proved longer and deeper than i had ever considered.  I loved my partner.  I wanted her to be happy.  I wanted to be responsible for that happiness.  I wanted to be liked and appreciated.  I wanted to have harmonious and joyous interactions.  I wanted to have great, guilt-free sex.  I wanted to live in a place of relaxation and tranquility.  I wanted the whimsy and thrill of romance.  I had started to believe my press clippings (the things others say to you to induce you to perform along certain lines that they feel will bring them joy) i.e., “you’re the greatest, all i need is you, you are my world, i can’t see what my life would be like without you, you’re everything i’ve ever prayed for, … yahdah, yahdah, yah.”  The physical slamming of a door, any door or any thing else was not the true irritant.  It was rather, that i was being judged and rated (in my own mind) by the object of my affection, with each heart-stopping slam, horrific paper rip or mind-numbing pregnant pause (we didn’t talk about those, did we?).  I was allowing myself to be devalued by the imaginary polls, that didn’t even work to accomplish the afore-mentioned hopes, when they were ‘up’ or my numbers high.

Loving YOU should be a daily, selfish indulgence.  Your joy must be the preeminent cause du jour.  Quite often, the actions of such decadent revelry will take on visual appearances that others may believe to be the inciting of plummeting rose-petalsnumbers in your Approval Rating, poll of polls.  To this we emphatically reply “SO WHAT!?!”  Why should actions that you cannot control (small or large, real or imagined) dictate to you your current or future thoughts or actions, especially those which do not make you feel good?  Either a) they don’t know you, at all or b) they wouldn’t like the real YOU if they did or c) YOU don’t know or love YOU or them enough to present yourself from your purest, unadulterated form which is that of supreme joy and joyous yearnings … Happy.  Maybe, d) All of the Above.

So, great.  Now that we’ve got that whole annoyance thing sorted out, we can get about the business of Living In Full Enjoyment (LIFE).  We can release ourselves to Dream Big … Live Bigger.  We can envelope ourselves in the goodness that is our birthright and invite all those we love to come inside, to experience the YOU that everyone would love to know.  Your Approval Ratings are certain to soar.  The fix is in, YOU are the only and best judge!

Wishing for you Abundant LIFE!

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How Would You Spend $1,000,000?

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The most common answer i have heard to this question is very revealing.  First, let’s assume that all of the people i’ve asked this or have heard answer this, did not have one-million dollars.  The general reply goes something like the following:  after spewing out a few of the top-of-mind toys, trinkets, homes and vehicles, the awkward silence begins… i inquire further about the remaining several hundred-thousand dollars.  This is when it gets really sweet … “I don’t know, but i bet i’ll know what to do with it when i get it.”  Imagine someone saying this about a motorcycle or a starring role in a Hollywood movie or a trillion-dollar debt or the partner of their dreams.

Admittedly, having a million dollars and being a millionaire are two uniquely different states of being.  Being a millionaire is probably much more work (thinking) than most people really want to embrace in their lives.  Having a million dollars, i contend, for most is much like having a pony or a puppy or any other thing the acquisition of which demands of us something more than the original picture might have suggested.  Nonetheless, we fiddle around the margins of enjoyment in the fleeting moments of achieving the goal, which much sooner gives way to the fragile frustration of dull responsibility and infringement upon one’s sense of freedom.

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Narrowing the focus and being specific and clear about what we really want in our lives, is certain to produce monumental (and tangible) results in very short order.  For instance, instead of saying you want to be a millionaire, you might start with … “I would like to have more money than i know how to spend.”  While that’s still pretty general, it’s probably a lot closer to what your true heart’s vibration is signaling.  You get what you ask for from LIFE (God, the Universe, Higher Power), based on what you really feel (the desire of your heart) rather than just the words you dribble from your mouth.  The words of protestation of our desire for wealth are much like the haggard and woefully ineffective pick -up lines spouted by pikey ne’r- do-wells in watering holes from Harlem to Harvard and from Oakland to the Outback.  The results are artfully similar.

Through experiences, your life has provided you with sufficient contrasts to set your heart (that inner voice) on a path of attraction to (and of) that which will best fulfill your pursuit of joy and happiness.  That outer voice (distractions) is often mesmerized by the latest fad, catch-phrase or hype.  Words like “rich” and “famous” cloud the clear signal coming from our heart (spirit) that says things like, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could work for someone I like?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could go to a movie and dinner on a weekly basis without concern for money?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could take a vacation once a year?”  These are the longings that are likely to be in the range of those that are most dear (and consequently most vibrationally powerful) to the average citizen of the USA; maybe the world.

These clear signals are losing strength and being watered down by the incessant drumbeat of the inconsequential side-show that we allow to take center stage in our LIFE.  It is no wonder we feel such a sense of frustration and loss of control when mired in the rhetoric of politics, a faltering economy, death and mayhem.  Those things are not where the larger part of our being (our heart) is drawing us.  In fairness, if indeed you feel a strong attraction to being a millionaire or having a million dollars, i suggest that you begin immediately to feed that focus with both your time and curiosity.  Your homework for tonight is to quietly and considerately begin to answer your own query … “How would you spend/apportion $________________.00.” You’ll need to get good numbers on how much the items and/or services will cost or earn.  For instance, you might want to know how much interest would accrue on any deposit of funds you might make.  How much interest do you earn on one-million dollars?

Yesterday, (exactly one month after my EarthDay (birthday)) i reached a milestone by becoming a millionaire! It was indeed a most fulfilling, rewarding and elating experience.  I learned what it was like to spend $3,000,000.00 (US).  I also learned that a more accurate description of what occurred is probably apportionment.  Once you become a millionaire, you won’t be inclined to view your resources as things that are spent (wasted, reduced, minimized, relinquished or gone) that includes your money.  Rather, all resources are apportioned and assigned to maximize enjoyment and flow.

Most importantly, i learned that in the seconds before i hit the subjective benchmark and the seconds that immediately followed, i was spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally no different.  I understood then, as i do now that the trophy of success is HAPPY and the mandate of LIFE (Living In Full Enjoyment) is to BE the journey!  (BTW, $800,000 compounded monthly @ 4%, without annual additions, earns $2,716.08 per month  … in case you wondered … 😉 )


Dream Big … Live Bigger!

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