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Lucky You {Freedom endless…passport optional}

airport of the soul

where do you want to go today?

 

In a world that’s ever changing,
a life that won’t stop moving.
a mind that keeps on ticking,
there’s only one constant.
One thing in the world you can count on.

Surprise?
It’s you.

Not the little you,
“small mind you,”
with its fears and doubts and neuroses.
That one is a bit of a mess.
Let’s face it. Messy…like life.
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How the Art of Doing Nothing made me 99.5 percent happier and more productive

For three weeks in January I departed from any usual work routines and practiced the art of doing nothing. I love pushing my edges, but things had gone a little too far lately. I’d pushed myself so hard to produce and show up and do my work, to try and keep the fires out, balance everything and still be grateful and happy and fulfilled…at some point I realized I was going nowhere fast.  

I’m no stranger to the Great Art, and taking space for life. Along with that piece I wrote after an extended break in 2012 was this one after my next online breather (big revelation: double ice cream cones). This time was a little different, though. I decided to run it more like an experiment…

“What if I let go of everything I believe matters, and focus entirely on what’s really calling me at this moment?” That’s what I asked myself, and what I attempted to do. Every day. Continue Reading →

The Happy Ukulele Songbook: Songs for Celebrating Life, Love & Togetherness…

Download: The Happy Ukulele Songbook (right-click to save)

This songbook contains 52 of my favorite songs on the uke, from beginner to intermediate level, gathered over the past couple years since learning to play this magical instrument. I also created a special introductory how-to section, with tips and tricks based on the popular ukulele workshops I occasionally lead around the world.

The very first version of this collection was created for my first workshop in January 2013 with just about 15 songs, and since then it’s taken a beating on my travels, and a life of its own.

My favorite part of putting this book together has been gathering so many of my favorite songs…brilliant classics that have stood the test of time. Songs with a distinctly human blend of sweetness, love and Soul, brimming over with style and character. These are songs of life and love you can play for years with your friends and loved ones, and timeless classics that will continue being played long after we’re gone.

But it all starts with you now, taking a little time out from your busy life to enjoy a moment of surrendering to the music and letting go of everything else, if even just for a few brief moments…. Continue Reading →

What’s It Gonna Take to Walk Your Talk and Live the Dream? (Walkin’ On Fire…)

She's got the Fire of Love

In my experience, pretty much nothin’ less than Everything….

Walking the edge, walking on fire…walkin’ with the Fire. 

In a few hours I’m gonna be walking on fire for real. (With David Elliott and a group of magical people, we’re going to walk on fire together.) David talks about his approach to this sacred rite of passage here.

Why am I doing this?

Well, I always loved the idea of a fire walker, and I’ve been on my own mythic Firewalk path for years since I took the path of a man who would not give up his dignity and self-respect for a life and a job that didn’t synch with his highest vision.

But now, it’s time to be a fire walker for real, to walk the talk, and see if I can burn off any leftover residual bullsh*t from a life that wasn’t my own. Continue Reading →

Why Do Anything? (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Freedom every moment

When I was a kid I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Remember those? I’d often read through them in one sitting, going back to the previous section if I chose a path I didn’t like, and jumping to the next adventure when I chose a path I loved….

These days, every day feels like a “choose your own adventure” story (except for I can’t go back when the story goes south!) But I don’t need to go back, because every moment I have the power of choice. As long I can jar my mind enough to shift my outlook into the present moment, I can pretty much change the entire reality of my experience in a flash.

I’m talking fundamental meteoric shifts in the reality of my circumstances with something akin to flipping a switch.

That’s what I’ve found, and it’s powerful medicine when you can master this deceptively simple practice. Continue Reading →

The Energy of Mindfulness – with Thich Nhat Hanh (The simple, elegant, powerful solution to just about Everything?)

Autumn-in-Stockholm

When we drink a glass of water, and if we know that we are drinking a glass of water, if we’re concentrated on the fact that we are drinking water, mindfulness is already there. And the water drinking becomes deeper, truer, and real. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Driving in the car on my journey north in search of magic and lost treasure — from Southern California to Southern Oregon — I’m listening to a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, the wonderful Zen master and peace activist. I’m present and focused on listening as I drive…. (Being fully present with just driving can be exhausting after a while.)

Life can only be touched in the here and the now — the here contains the now, and the now contains the here — and that is why the practice is to go back to the present moment in order to touch life. Life has so many wonders within it, and if we do not go back to the present moment, we can never touch life with all the wonders….

Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we miss the appointment, life is not for us. And that is why the practice of mindfulness is first of all the practice of being back to life and touching life in the present moment.

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