Much love from Thailand, where pictures of the King can be found everywhere one turns. Sometimes he is shown nearly full-size in gold regalia, other times in business suit and tie, and sometimes relaxing in members only jacket and cowboy hat…the only thing he is not possessing is a smile. His mouth appears as a thin, straight line.
As also with most monks, this is a cultural sign of heightened privileged lineage or perhaps enlightenment that persists in Thailand. It is seen in most images of the Buddha - his smile is like the Mona Lisa, it could go either way, as in the world of non-attachment, take it or leave it.
After my first 10-day Vipassana silent retreat, the thing I missed most was laughter. We were encouraged to smile, as being silent tends to render humans as feeling personality challenged. Or perhaps it’s the lean look of contemplation while one’s mind spins in endless top-style, flinging out subconscious ego-gripped entertainment on its way to the cosmic compost.
Mind can’t help but wonder and categorize all strangeness of hidden patterns space deep in the brains’ cavernous folds.
A smile is a relief, an inspiration, a secret untelling, an invitation, a pass, a hello, or something transcending language barriers. I’ve read stories about people with facial nerve damages bearing complicated surgeries just to achieve a smile. For them, it is unthinkable to carry on without one. It seems counterintuitive to me that enlightened beings would not smile at having tossed the keys when realizing the door was open the entire time.
Glimpses of samadhi, concentration takes me for a ride on the galactic bliss coaster highway. Ten days of tears of all releasing of all kinds, until stillness invades, I became the hum. Physical discomfort revolved and relocated until unleashing my body’s freedom when there’s nothing left to work on except maintaining a smile.
Because it is all impermanent, except for change.
Earlier I overheard someone say ‘don’t be scared, and dare to be different.’ Smiling wide at this gorgeous rediculousness of a life, I’m feeling acutely fortunate and tingling with glittery gratitude.
It’s a wonder to me how there is still room for limited + biased information (or the passing of it) when there is direct access to various truths, proofs, and viewpoints. Speculation minus rational thought can be used for dumb/evil, as we plainly experience daily.
Is this a culture worth protecting and preserving?
Scorpio+lunar eclipse acts as deep soul healer shaking away the false. Snake spiraling shadow invested in becoming inner wisdom n soft subtle strength…a one seriously blessed badass!
The more we uncover, the more we realize we are each other, as a different (perhaps tasty or mustached) flavor of weird.
Can I get a meow?!!
I have sufficient cumulative proof now (thank you Lucidity Festival!!!) and all my Lover’s Nest circle, for the slow and sultry rhythm of our crafting is the
of a galactic activation
Present proactive application
Instead of subjugation
And nearly unavoidable fumigation
We exist to live our dreams
There is a relief now discussion has turned away from should-ing/faulting, to just…(fuckin) gettin’ in there n boogie shake wiggle slide shimmy, YES! I thank/love you! I’ve never been THIS turned on to be a human beam in service.
Bathe in the energies my lovers, for this is the pink moon rising, may its light reflect our fulfilled hearts to shiny abundant delight!
Tattoo (at 20x Magnification)
Before the development of modern tattooing methods, a wide variety of techniques were utilized. Many Native American tribes, for instance, rubbed pigments into prick marks or scratches to produce tattoos, and in other parts of the world a number of different implements, from thorns and knives to small rake-like instruments and needles followed by pigment-coated thread have been utilized to make permanent markings on the skin. Indeed, there are almost as many ways to create a tattoo as there have been cultures that practiced tattooing. The unusual art form has been known to humans for at least several thousand years, a mummy dating from about 3,300 BC exhibiting what is believed to be the most primitive evidence of tattoos. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Germans, Britons, and other early societies are also known to have utilized tattoos for various purposes, though the rise of Christianity led to their disappearance in Europe for many centuries.
something in the air, you ask?
a personal psychic shift
of tectonic proportions?
An idea too juicy that’s its getting
more attention than faking tameness
Locks also key
Lots of fuckery
in our faces,
races, paces, and traces
back to throwing up hands
in divine revelry
skirting the edge of bliss
Give it up or away, let it go
submit to elegance
defeat the fighting just to fight
dripping like a leaky faucet
They touch themselves,
And breathe deeply
(Isn’t that the biggest threat
of them all?)
Our work is exPANsive!
As the Universe deals it’s current hand, I laugh and consider my options- 1) what a human responsible is supposed to do? 2) or make attempt to dodge system, and obviously somehow coming out on the ‘top’ … the top of what exactly? It lends itself to mischief mind-stretch washing hands together thinking ‘what can I get away with?’
Slip n Dodge to the point of personal freedom of own unconventional self-made monster. I cannot’s are trading up for let’sseeaboutthis’s for a CHANGE.
So I am a finger’s length to losing my condo in South Beach, and my only concern is for my amazing and clever sublet that she doesn’t get caught in the street because of my refusal to pay Chase swindlers.
For the past 3 years, I have been staying with friends + friends of friends, couchsurfing, sharing beds and floors, camping out in nature, and basically avoiding any sort of tie to a domesticity. There is no more heartfelt lesson of what abundance means when support is multi-level and surrounding me in this way on such a consistent basis.
I have unlimited gratitude for my tribe, supporting me on this weirdly guided phase of renunciate monk. Recently I have been operating on so little in this gradual process of being more portable that at this moment I feel stronger at the thought of losing this real estate - and all that is attached to it.
I mean, for me, it’s a way to see you all, hug you all, go deep with you all, explore, carve, and weave this new tapestry. I talk to so many of you I have an understanding and a reflection that this shit we are doing is WORKING!!
As long as we are here together for this amount of time, let’s go all out spider ninja monkey in this samadhi jungle, as if ecstatic life depended on it!
If you are wondering, the condo is up for short sale, cash buys, contact me if you are interested…south beach baby!!
“The therapeutic effect of gardening is not to be underestimated. It’s one of the best ways to get back to nature and feel a union with the natural environment that surrounds us. The garden can be large or small – it doesn’t matter. The point is to work with the soil and touch the ground. Secure your life force and strengthen it by working with the soil. The Earth strengthens your life aura and your internal organs become stronger. The liver begins to detoxify and the organs become revitalized by the natural energetic detoxification provided by the Earth and its soil. By working in the garden we gain a sense of our connection to the source from which we came. We can continually feel this source within us for days and access it at any time we wish. Take advantage of the life and wealth the soil brings to you and become truly alive.” -Medical Medium
True. At our community garden, which is on a hospital rooftop, there’s a horticultural therapy department which focuses exactly on this. Particularly in addressing mental health and addiction by having patients work with soil. Gardening helps put your soul at ease.
“If I can figured out how to not stress about being broke, it’ll almost be like not being broke.”
It’s almost inconceivable that somebody as productive as Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware, Ning, and Andreessen Horowitz, needs a way to deal with procrastination. But it turns out he’s just like the majority of humankind.
His solution of structured procrastination is rather…
Round out your spring cleanse with healing stones
Freitas recognizes that the most lamentable aspect of hookup culture is not, as some social conservatives would argue, that it will lead to the moral decay of a modern Sodom and Gomorrah, but that it is so boring. Christopher Hitchens wrote in his memoir, Hitch-22, that there is nothing worse that boring people. Hitchens was correct, and even doubly so if one applies his wisdom to sexuality. Is there anything possibly worse than boring someone in bed?
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