“In every moment of life, think higher and feel deeper”.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change. Things in nature change their behavior just from our observation of them.
How then, is this same concept applied to people?
How do we change when we know other people are watching?
How are we different when we know we are alone?
What motivates us to change…or stay the same?
WARNING: This video may induce a sudden urge to buy a one-way ticket to an exotic island, sleep around with hot foreign guys and party hardy.
…only you can set yourself free.
Watch and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
3:46 is when it gets really good.
…the end is sucky, but at least she died happy…
ya know? Like that Santigold song. Here you go, you can listen to this song while you read the rest of my post
There is this restless feeling in me that has been growing.
Good things have been happening in my life, I have many people surrounding me who adore me and I’m having fun just being with them. I feel sometimes like I’m having too much fun and that life will come back to bite me in the ass sooner or later and then I’ll be sorry. I should be working! I should be saving money! I should be paying off my student loans and looking for a real job instead of waiting tables! But…I like the freedom this life brings. Hanging out with friends in the sun and going to concerts is all I want to do at the moment. Is that so wrong?
I will not be a slave to a 9-5! I can’t see myself following the traditional school->work->work->work->retire->live framework. I want to live the life I want to live NOW. I have so many self-help-y books littering my room. Here are a few:
- “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich” by Timothy Ferris
- “Career Renegade: How to make a great living doing what you love” by Jonathan Fields
- “Uncertainty: Turning fear and doubt into fuel for brilliance” by Jonathan Fields
- “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur” by Pamela Slim, foreword by Guy Kawasaki (that RichDadPoorDad dude)
- “The Mind: It’s projections and multiple facets” by Yogi Bhajan PhD, compiled by Gurucharan S. Khalsa
I’ve only just recently solidified that this is what I want, to live outside of the traditional box, but how….that is something that I pray pray pray will show itself to me along the way. But, I have to be working towards something. I can’t just wait for the perfect opportunity to show itself. I must choose something and work towards that. I’ll describe this feeling with an image:
It’s like I’m crossing a river by jumping on stones that are sticking out of the water. Only thing is, its foggy. So foggy in fact that I can only see one rock at a time in front of me. The wind is blowing heavily and I’m carrying a heavy load so I have to lean into the wind to not be knocked off balance and thrown into the rushing river. I have to consider the wind when jumping to the next rock. I do not know if there is a path that crosses the entire river, and I do not know how wide it is, but I must move forward…because I cannot go back.
Er…I just…can’t. Would you go back to where you were? I don’t know specifically where I’m going in life, but I do know that I ALWAYS ALWAYS want to be moving forward and growing and learning constantly. Challenges will always come up. You never know how close you may have been to reaching the end…
I just discovered this guy, Jonathan Budd who is focused on empowering ppl to become entrepreneurs. I like him because he talks very poignantly and also from a spiritual perspective: Only You Can Set Yourself Free
Some of his main points:
- book knowledge < experiential knowledge (my thoughts exactly
- you must embody what you wish to achieve
- your outer world mirrors your inner world so discipline your life and take care of your body, mind and spirit
Hope you found something interesting in this post. More coming soon.
Keep Up xoxo
By now you have probably heard of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this past Sunday. It has definitely shaken up the whole Sikh community.
“When things are down and darkest, thats when we stand tallest…”
It has caused us to come together to educate our communities about Sikhism, and look at the larger issue here: ignorance. Since 9/11 anti-Islamic sentiment, according to the FBI has risen 1600%. Although Sikhism is a separate religion than Islam, we have always considered them as part of our human family. The “War on Terror” waged by our previous president who will not be named, along with other factors, has made fear of differences take a front seat in our political discourse. I’d say fear in general is used as a tool to manipulate and control many Americans. It is “us vs. them”! We need to take this tragic event as a wake up call. Here is an excellent article by a young Sikh woman for CNN about her family and her vision for a new, more aware America
How you can support the Sikh community, educate yourself and cultivate peaceful relationships with those different than you:
- #1 EDUCATE YOURSELF Narinder Singh, Sikh Coalition chairman, discusses efforts to clarify misunderstanding about the Sikh community. A short interview with SALDEF on NPR
- EDUCATE OTHERS
- Find a vigil near you: http://www.kaurista.com/event, http://www.sikhcoalition.org/get-involved/act-now/information-for-community-support
- Visit a Sikh temple. Services happen on Sundays usually starting around 11am and ending around 1 with a meal. Anyone and everyone are always welcome to come to the services (please remove your shoes and cover your head) and share in the meal afterwards.
- Visit any temple of a different religious denomination than you.
- Get to know someone who is different than you. Who are those people that you look at and think, “I wouldn’t want to find myself in a dark alley with them” or even. Who are those people that scare you or gross you out? Who are those people you automatically don’t like before meeting them just because they look or act in a way that is foreign to you? Maybe it’s someone who wears a turban, or a headscarf, or an elderly person who smells funny, or a differently-abled person who you feel you can’t relate to, or a homeless person. People are more similar than you’d think. Buy them a cup o’ coffee, talk to them.
- Have a conversation about this hate crime and hate crimes in general.
- Meditate/ Pray and send healing to those affected. May we see ourselves in the other and act through love, not hate.
- If you are part of a Sikh community, contact your local media, start Sikh 101 classes, DO MORE SEWA in your local community so that you may be known for your selfless service,
- Support the Wisconsin Sikh community and find out more about how you can get involved.
- Donate to cover medical and funeral costs
- Be more self-reflective and introspective. Are there people you dislike even though you have never met them? Why? Can you let it go?
Whatever you choose to do, even if it is tweeting about this or making it your facebook status for a day, please do not perpetuate this cycle of hatred. Take this as an opportunity to feel compassion, send out a healing prayer to all those affected and check yourself. How often do you feel fear or dislike towards someone who is different than you? Educate yourself. Do not act from ignorance and impulse. Do not believe everything our politicians, the media and society tell you. Think for yourself.
Can you look into the eyes of another, who you may fear because they are different, yet see their human-ness which is the same as yours?
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.