Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - compiled by Paul Reps & Nyogen Senzaki

"When eating or drinking, become the taste of the food or drink, and be filled."

Be present.  Fully immerse yourself in the now.  From the most trivial task that you take for granted, to the all encompassing events that submerge your being.  Stop and taste while you chew.  Let your taste buds wake up while you swish around, before quenching your thirst.  Find satisfaction in all that is yours and in none that is not.  When you are me and I am you, our differences are the same.  Strive in perpetuity, to become one.

~ Tuesday 04.12.16 @ 12:18am

The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things"

There are so many instantaneous connections that make it resonate.  Strive for perfection in your craft ... or in anything that you do, rather.  With the motivation for that drive, coming from a humbling place.  Strive for that broad understanding.  That enlightened - like knowledge and wisdom.  Picture that your own version of perfection has a physical-ish destination that you see on the horizon.  Between the horizon and yourself are journey's, paths to take, lessons to learn, things to develop during those journey's in life, to reach our destinations.  To reach our version of perfection.  In the distance through all paths, through all things, you see your way ... your perfection, and there is the place where you appreciate each individual aspect of the journey, because each one leads you to that perfection.

~ Tuesday 06.18.13 @ 12:40am

Good Times Podcast - Steve Simeone

"Don't Postpone Happiness."

We tend to do that from time to time, don't we?  We have abstract thoughts and ideas about what would make us happy ... and then we go back to doing what we normally do.  Apparently we're waiting for that happiness to happen to us.  Stop sleeping folks.  That's not how we get to where we want to be.  What we need to be doing is actively seeking out that happiness.  Pull that future bliss into your present.  Try to remember how ignorantly you believed that anything was possible when you were a child ... and realize how wise you once were.

~ Friday 02.12.2016 @ 11:35pm

A Quote by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

"The most successful people see adversity not as a stumbling block, but as a stepping stone to greatness."

It's a matter of perspective and conviction.  Not only do you have to train yourself to see the silver lining in situations and occurrences that happen in contrast to your goals and desires. - But you also need to establish, what the belief that following through with that  conviction, requires.  Shape and mold your experiences in accordance to that conviction and grow towards greatness.  You make the choice between letting your circumstances trip you up or learning the lessons (of what not to do) inherent within them and therefor elevate yourself.

~ Thursday 01.21.2016 @4:52pm

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

"It's not the writing part that's hard.  What's hard is sitting down to write.  What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance."

'Aint that the truth!'  Writing, now that we've crossed paths for a longer period of time, than an intersection where we used to meet, greet & part ways ... has become easy.  And I don't mean that in a hubris-filled way, but in an embracing, sharing type of way.  I guess the wonderment of it, in 'what's going to come out?' - When I free-write, peaks my curiosity.  The love of it helps me embrace it.  My novice helps me blindly fall for it.  My innocence wards off the thoughts of, 'is this any good', 'who would benefit from reading this but me?', 'would anyone even want to read this, let alone benefit from it?'.  Am I a writer?  I must be ... I'm writing right?  Or is it just a poor excuse/my version of writing.  I haven't earned that distinction ... but I want to badly.  An unattainable goal that I want to achieve.  One that i'll only feel I accomplished when ... when I know.  When I feel it.  If I get to feel it.  A goal so prolific that the Journey alone will prove to be fruitful in ways I can't yet imagine or understand.  It flows easily.  Passionately.  At a fever pitch. Pours out like a popped open fire hydrant in the summertime.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  That's all just subjective.  I needn't concern myself with that.  Is it getting done is the question.  That's my concern.  That's the issue.  That's the elephant in the room.  Getting the pen to physically cross paths with the paper ... that's the bitch.  That's the darkness and this is the light.  I guess you can't have one without the other.  A necessary evil of sorts, until you grow and learn to function without it.  Until you learn to use it (Resistance) and its strength, as a positive and powerful motivator.  An H.I.D. light that's heavenly bright.  A path that you've paved for yourself and of your own accord.  One to look back on and be proud of.  So sit down, let the pen flow, and make yourself proud.

~ Friday 07.12.13 @ 12:02am

The Antithetical Talent Manager

The Antithetical Talent Manager
Sandy Wexler
By Tony Ortiz | 05.18.2017

     Slapstick borderline hack humor may not be your style. I can't blame you, apparently it's an acquired taste. But the same film viewed as a comedic-drama and seen through the lens of accepting the protagonist as a selfless & caring Hollywood Talent Manager, seems to be much
more palatable. Expectations play a big role in the ways we choose to ingest movies. Such is the case with the latest polarizing Adam Sandler and Netflix collaboration; Sandy Wexler.

     Sandy is the antithetical Hollywood Talent Manager. Having none of the unbecoming boisterous, gregarious, pushy qualities that most of us detest in other human beings, while maintaining some of the useful go-getter qualities necessary to book your gigs. Does he lie?  Sure, but that's par for the course in this glitz and glam town, isn't it? No worries ... they're not shady-contract lies. They're lies that help cushion the blow of otherwise unflattering comments that aren't constructive to the betterment of his clients careers.

     You'll go through the ringer for sure, taking on all the unorthodox gigs that no one else thinks to want and that he actually manages to book you for. But let's be real, it's not like anyone's exactly beating down your door with offers, right? If you're willing to pay your dues in that way (and probably a few other people's dues) then he's your guy.

     He'll become family in all of the 'there for you' ways, but don't expect Sandy to be the quintessential dinner guest. He has heart in spades but his bedside manner and slight speech impediment are lacking to an equal-opposite degree. We can't have it all, right? Don’t feel bad
though, he's comfortable in his own skin and un-apologetically who he is.

     If you're willing to substitute the romantic road to material success with indiscriminate work that highlights your raw (very raw) talents, then he's the guy you need to page (just remember to dial your number after the beep).

You're the Center of the Universe

You're the center of the Universe.  It all revolves around you.  It is, because of you.  Just playing ... that all applies to me!  That's how we all feel though, right?  Or have felt.  The thought of being in a Truman Show - like existence where we're all watching and putting up a front for you.  Nah, you're not that special.  Yet maybe you are.  If we're all from/of God ... whatever God is to you ... then the source exists in us all.  Deep down we have this visceral understanding that we are God and God is us.  We just sprinkle a little ego over the equation and think that it's a unique and singular thing, not realizing that we're all connected.  All going through the same experience but seeing it through our own lenses.  Past, present and future, you're all me, I'm all you and we're all each other.

~ Saturday 07.25.15 @ 12:46am

The easiest, hardest thing

It's the easiest hardest thing you'll ever do in your life, to paraphrase Joey "Coco" Diaz.  Isn't that how you feel about whatever it is that you do?  The juxtaposition of it being an exhausting up-hill climb day in and day out, coupled with the hindsight of there being absolutely nothing to it, is absolutely astonishing.  Is it necessary for that to exist? - That angst.  That build up.  Do we need to go to that place to make it to this one?  Does your painting gain the impulse needed while in those moments, to land itself on your canvas?  Do your words use those moments of trepidation to connect with one another in a way that's worthy of your page?  When the climb up that daunting hill seems steeper and longer than in days past ... take a moment to realize how easy life would get to live, if this was your main day-to-day task.

~ Monday 07.20.15 @ 11:15pm