What You Are Seeking Is Seeking You

The persian poet Rumi said this about 700 years ago, and it has not changed since then. And that is because it is basic unconditional truth. What you are seeking is seeking you. And… I must interject here… please do not misinterpret this statement as some “what you want from the world wants you” BS like the misguided “Law of Attraction” practitioners might have you believe.  The true attractive forces in the universe have absolutely nothing to do with attracting worldly things or accomplishments that you want to have in your life. Those worldly wants/needs/preferences are egoic needs, and they are illusionary in the grand scheme and not connected with spiritual truth… not connected with the true vibrations of the universe… not connected with… what is seeking you. What Rumi was talking about (and what stands true to this day) is that if you are a seeker of spiritual truth… if you are searching for that connection with the divine within… that spiritual truth which you are seeking… that universal intelligence you wish to tap into… that power within you that you feel is there but which has largely been left untapped… is seeking you also.  Put more simply, for lack of better terminology, it WANTS you to discover it. Call what you seek God, Brahma, Allah, Yahweh… call it the Source… call it Universal Intelligence… call it the Other… it doesn’t matter what you call it.  It exists.  It is beyond mind and body.  It is intelligent.  And it is seeking a communion with you. When you go out beyond yourself to meet it, it is the most gracious...

Challenges

Well, I think I made it in under the wire.  This week’s episode is compressing and transcoding, and I should have it up shortly.  But it was not without its challenges. Why am I rushing at the last second?  My son had a bad reaction to his chicken pox inoculation Thursday, and was home yesterday and up much of last night with a fever as high as 104.  So…  so was daddy… sans fever… and sans working on this week’s episode like he had planned to.  And this set the production of the podcast back a large number of hours, pushing filming into 2am-3am, and editing into yesterday morning and this afternoon after a 4 hour nap for me after being up all night. But… I got it out.  I did what was necessary.  Is it the best it could be?  No, it never is.  But it’s good enough, I think. Was this a challenging situation? Yes. Was it frustrating?  Not in the least bit. Oh, sure, it could have been.  Had I allowed for an ego to set expectations that I was able to shoot yesterday, get a good night’s rest, edit in the morning, and have time to go play sand volleyball in the afternoon to defend a tournament championship I won last year… I certainly could have been frustrated when my son’s fever sent him home early into my arms and circumvented by entire production schedule… with thousands of people waiting for this weeks episode… and with my favorite sport beckoning afterward. Could I have felt the pressure?  Sure.  Could I have felt the anxiety that...

Don’t Believe in Transformation?

If you are looking for solid evidence of what can come of a spiritual consciousness transformation (through Islam, in this case), look no further than Mike Tyson’s interview with Mashable at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin Texas. He was jovial, humble, loving of everyone, and even inspirational at times. Mike understands the terms ego, and love, and spirit. He uses them to explain his transformation. Check this morning’s interview out at the following link and see if this man who previously bit off a part of someone’s ear… doesn’t wind up warming your heart:  ...

My Business Card

My business card is very similar and at the same time very different from the business cards of other people I know. Yes, it is white. It conforms to the 2 x 3.5 size standard. And it has plain black text printed on nice white card stock. So far it sounds pretty normal, right?  Well, that’s where the similarities end. This card I carry does not have my name on it.  It does not have my address.  It does not have my phone number.  It does not have my e-mail, Facebook, Linked-In, or Twitter contact information. It has no logo, or hint on how to find or contact me.  No, my card has the following text on it, simply printed, and centered in the middle of the card: What is it going to mean in 100 years? That’s it. That’s all it says.  Look… see… here it is: And really… why would it need to say any more? I pass these cards out somewhat infrequently. I think I’ve probably gone through three boxes in the last five years? This is partially due to my laziness, the fact that I don’t carry them all the time, and partially because I only want to give them to people who will gain benefit from the message (so that I haven’t killed a tree in complete vain). So who do I give them to?  Anyone who I think might need a little reminder not to take life too seriously.  In the past I’ve given them to waiters and waitresses who were displaying the outward behavior of them having a bad day.  I’ve given...

The Reality of the New Year

A few days ago we turned over another January 1st, and with it, the marking of a new year.  This time of year is typically the time when people start looking back on the last year of their life, and remember the things they did or did not do, and they look upon the upcoming new year with hope, anticipation, and optimism that this new year will be better than the last one (regardless of how good this last year was).  It is also right about now that they start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, and how they might want to change their life hopefully for the better (Did you make any? Have you already abandoned them?).  “I want to lose weight.” “I want to look for a better job.” “I want to quit smoking.” “I want to spend more time with my kids.” Some people make those changes.  Most don’t.  Statistically, most the people who make changes don’t really stick with them. And time marches on anyway. But what is so special about January 1st really?  Why is that day so special in comparison to any other individual day of the year? If you already see what I’m hinting at, you know January 1st is not a really a special day at all.  Sure… the calendar marks the days so that we know when to plant and harvest the crops, and so that we can get our fantasy football picks in on time, and sure… we have to restart the darn thing every now and then when we get around to the same place in our orbit around the...

30 Tips for Living a Better Life

I like browsing the web, and over the years I’ve mixed some of the web’s best life tips in with some of my own (as much as any of them can be original).  I can say that I try to live my life by these handy little tips.  I hope they help you in some way. 30 Tips for Living a Better Life: 1. Take a 20-30 minute walk every day. Taking in fresh air does a body good. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10-20 minutes each day.  Quieting your thoughts does a mind good. 3. When you wake up in the morning, give purpose to your day by complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today.’ 4. Live each day with Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 5. Make some time to exercise.  Exercise tells your body you’re not quite done with it yet. 6. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.  Both know more about life than you do. 7. Dream more while you are awake.  Then make one of those dreams a reality. 8. Eat more plants, and eat less food manufactured in plants. 9. Drink green tea, and plenty of water.  Drinking water before a meal will even help you lose weight. 10. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 11. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk… so you have room for whatever is next. 12. Don’t waste your precious energy on yesterday or tomorrow. They only exist in your mind.  Instead, invest your energy in the present...