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Life Continues

I have not posted in a long time, I have been away for a while meditating and thinking. You would be amazed at the things that will happen when you can just sit and think–solutions to problems, ideas, stress release, better sleep and peace of mind. I have taken time to be with myself and learn who I am and who I want to become. Back on My New Years Resolution post when I disclosed my changes in my life that I wanted to make I had no idea of the magnitude that these changes would have on my life.

I found out that I am fine with who I have become over the past decade after recovering from my depression and anxiety. After my bout with depression, I felt nothing. I was lost so I tried to find myself. However, the more I tried the more it seemed I would never find anything. Nothing excited me nothing motivated me. I was just here…a zombie. Every day was a struggle just to get out of bed. The things I enjoyed doing brought no more joy. All of that is behind me now. Although I still have episodes of anxiety from time to time, I am okay with that. I deal with it.

I have also realized it is okay to be alone. Everyone needs alone time but it is when I can say to myself, “I am happy with myself” that I find peace of mind. Meditation has taught me that being alone is okay. I do not need to have someone around me all the time. Good things can come from being alone:

  1. Recharging myself.
  2. Reflection time.
  3. Getting in touch with my own emotions.
  4. Start doing things that I actually enjoy.
  5. Be more productive.
  6. Relationships flourish more.
  7. Feel more independent.
  8. Get a break from making others happy all the time.
  9. Stop looking for validation from others, be myself.

Along with all this, I am working on other writing projects; take a look at the list here if you like, My Projects, which has been keeping me busy.

In conclusion, I have learned a lot about myself especially after the death of my brother. He was only a few years older than me and I have committed to living my life with joy and happiness; living life and having fun.

So be happy, live life and have fun!

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This book is a good read on the way to a meaningful life. It has daily exercises to achieve and maintain a meaningful life. According to the Dalai Lama this is accomplished through morality, concentrated meditation, and finally wisdom. Of course, since this book goes through the path of the Buddhist it may feel strange, awkward, or different. To be honest, it is. It may be difficult at times but change is always difficult because it is going against what you have always known. Stay with it and you will flourish with amazing results.

The main principle of Buddhist morality is to help others and, if that is not possible, at least to do no harm.

As the Dalai Lama says, “True change is within; leave the outside as it is. Spiritual practice is not about externals—food, clothes, or the like. Spiritual practice takes place in our hearts, in our minds. If your behavior truly reflects an improved mind and heart, that is fine. However, if you are just making a show of your spiritual accomplishments in order to get money, for example, that is hypocrisy.”

There are many things that can be taken from this book without converting to Buddhism. Exercises in this book can be put into practice in everyone’s daily life.

The lessons I have learned from this reading has helped me grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. I am glad that I took the time to read this book. If you want to make any improvements in your life you should read this good book. It will change your life too.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to you all.

Life Reflection

A follow-up to my previous post.

There comes a point in life when you sit down and contemplate, think, ponder, mull over, what life is all about. What is the purpose of Life? I recently watched a movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and the following motto is prevalent throughout the movie:

To see the world,

Things dangerous to come to,

To see behind walls, to draw closer,

To find each other and to feel.

That is the Purpose of LIFE.

You go through life thinking it will go the way you want. You want to get married, have kids, get a good job, be rich, have a big family, and have lots of friends. Somewhere along the way it veers off course. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and adjustments have to be made. If you don’t then you will never get back on track until you do make those adjustments.

Sometimes as we grow older we forget what is important to us and the real purpose of life. Whether it is the speed that life seems to pass by, the stress that we all are under, or just the overwhelming obstacles that we all seem to encounter, we must not forget the importance of living LIFE and the real purpose of life.

Have fun with your life. Laugh at the absurdity of life. Don’t take it too seriously. We are only here for a short time. Do what you want? Do keep it within reason, of course, moral standards being considered. Because in the end when you look back on your life from your deathbed you can say that you have no regrets and you feel fulfilled and satisfied.

If you feel that you are not on the road that you want and you made a wrong turn at the last fork in the road it is not too late to turn around and make a course correction. That is one thing about life; you can change it whenever you want. Here is what I do:

1. Get a notepad and pencil (or use a computer, whichever is comfortable with you. My personal choice is a notepad and pencil that way it will stay engrained in your memory longer. You can transfer it to a computer later.) Sit in your favorite chair or in your favorite place.

2. Start making a list, a bucket list, so to speak. You can call it anything you want: To do list, travel list, bucket list, accomplishments, whatever.

3. Write on this list anything that you want to accomplish in your life. Use your imagination. Let it run wild. Nothing is too far-fetched. It’s your life so make it SPECTACULAR!!! (Reference from Robin Williams’ character in movie “Jack”)

4. You can also start a list of things that you have accomplished. Been there done that list.

5. After an item is accomplished take these lists one step further and write a little blurb (or long article) about each item. Write about what you enjoyed about it; even include what you disliked about something in that item.

6. Revisit these lists to add new things or change them.

In a nutshell, make the most of what life has to offer. Experience life and all the nuances that come with it. The emotions, the adventures, the people, even the dangers of life are worthwhile.

Now a message from my favorite comedian and actor, Robin Williams. He made me laugh rolling on the floor until my gut bust. He also had a serious side. Rest in peace, Robin.

Purpose of Life

Live Life

What is the purpose of life? The purpose is different for every one of us. Since I saw the movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, it left me pondering the purpose of life.

To see the world,

Things dangerous to come to,

To see behind walls, to draw closer,

To find each other and to feel.

That is the Purpose of LIFE.

“To see the world” is self-explanatory, travel. Not only just to see but to experience the culture, the people, the food, and the traditions. I have done this and still do.

“Things dangerous to come to” at first I had difficulty coming up with the meaning. It is going through with something even if it is difficult or dangerous: the obstacles we face in life. These things will make you stronger.

“To see behind walls” is being curious like we were as a child: be inquisitive.

“To draw closer” is being close to family and friends. Spend time with, communicate and share feelings.

“To find each other and to feel” is always looking for new relationships, helping one another and to let your emotions flow.

What is your purpose in life? Feel free to add your own interpretation and your purpose of life in the comments.

Live Life with Peace, Love, and Happiness!!!

The Calling

Hello everyone. I have been away for a while to catch up on some other projects: writing, yard work, and of course a major project at work. I am posting another one of my poems from a long time ago. I hope you enjoy.

The Calling


Driving alone
A long deserted road.
Staring at the lights
A town in the distance.
A strangeness passes over me.
Feelings I know not what.
I feel this town calling,
Pulling me.
What about this town
Attracts me so.
The name,
The surroundings,
The memories.
Nothing is left here for me
But I still here the calling.
It is trying to tell me something.
Unconsciously I am looking,
For a piece of me.
An origin, a place to start.
Searching endlessly
For that one missing piece.
I long to find what captivates me so.
So my mind can be at rest.
What could it possibly be?
I am venturing through this whole town
Wondering who or what wants me here.Me at 9 years old
I have to find the calling
Before it passes me by.
Then it would be too late.
Clutching to the feeling
So it will not pass.
When I think I have it
Or know what it is
It fades away.
Will it return,
Or not at all.
Hoping and praying it would.
When it did not return
I realized it wasn’t the town I longed for…

It was my boyhood.

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ALONE

Alone
This poem goes way back, back to my high school days. Those days were very trying times for me. Looking back I felt so lost and alone then.

ALONE

All alone in a world among billions.
No one to turn to.
No one to talk to.
No one to be with.
No one to share life.

Like a wall enclosing around me,
Struggling, climbing to overcome.
It seems to go on forever.
There’s no way out.

Bricks like thoughts in my mind.
Each different from the other.
The more I think,
The more there are.

Trapped…Alone,
In my own little world.
Confusion…
Despair…
Loneliness…
Not knowing which way to turn.

Alone…I am alone…

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Soulmate

Here is another one my writings from way back when. I have not posted in a couple of weeks I have been busy writing some stuff for my novel and other short stories. I hope you enjoy this one. Peace, love, and happiness be with you all!

SOULMATE

Across the fields of green
A wondrous scene.
One thing on his mind
To the rest he is blind.
Thoughts of a woman he has deep love
And glances up to the man above.
He looks in the sky with fear
And asks, “What am I doing here?”
Times they’ve spent together
In the toughest of weather.
Tender moments they’ve shared
Showed they truly cared.
What is happening at this moment
When he is absent.
She’s walking down the aisle
With a lot of style
In a beautiful white dress
Looking like a beautiful princess.

He must hurry
So he won’t have to worry.
If he is too late
He will be without his mate.
Their destiny will be ruined forever
He couldn’t let this be, he had to be clever.
In the early morning dew
Just as she was ready to say “I DO”.
Over the horizon gallops a white stallion
At the speed of light to the reunion.
On its back is her lover
She will later discover.
He reaches the tender touch of her hand
Everything falls as planned.
His touch sends spasms of joy throughout her body
Something nobody did foresee.
Whisked away, they rode off on horseback
Never to turn back.
All is well and all is sweet
Their destiny is complete.

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Something New from Something Old

I recently did some cleaning of my computer files and a cabinet in my home office. In doing so, I found some old poetry that I wrote a long time ago. Some of it is dated back 25 years ago. I read through a lot of it and it brought back memories, some good and some not so good.

As a part of my cleaning things up and transformation in my life I decided to recreate myself. New things learned and practiced, old things revived and revamped. Part of that is to share my writings with the world—or at least for now the part of the world that reads my blog. I hope you all enjoy what I have created. My first piece is coming soon.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to all!

LIFE GOES ON

As a fork in the road sprung a leak in my life a few months ago, it left me reevaluating things and thinking what is important to me? Of course, there is family—this includes my pack of animals—and friends at the top of the list. I would have to say that creating peace, love, and compassion in my heart comes next. If I cannot bring these to my heart, how can I for someone else? I would also have to gain wisdom and the courage to apply these things into my life.

That being said, two things come to mind. First, two faults that I have at the moment are procrastination and lack of motivation. Two qualities that make it very difficult to get things done. This is weird considering my background as a Marine. If anyone knows a Marine you know they lead a disciplined life. At least I know I did when I was on active duty and up unto my depression. My best bet is to get back to a routine every day to try to develop consistency. However, it seems the harder I try the harder it is to do. MEF is telling me otherwise. What is MEF you may ask? Well that is the little voice in the back of my mind saying all the negative things that hold me back; MEF—My Evil Friend. I borrowed that from Ed in the book The Buddha, Geoff, and Me.

Second, I am looking for an anchor. In my past, as I have said before I have been a disciplined human being, however, since my recent recovery from depression, anxiety, and a failed relationship I feel I am in a tailspin, out of control, out of focus, and lacking motivation. I need something to put my life back together and to have meaning.

I never was a believer in GOD this is why I turn to Buddhism. The Christian traditions did not have anything for me. I have done research—as you know from my previous posts concerning My Journey in life—and I am looking to get involved but have no idea which tradition of Buddhism. My only insight is my own research online and reading books. There are not a whole lot of resources where I live. It frustrates me that there are so many different traditions, which one do I follow? In my research, I have found Jodo-Shin, Vipassana, Kagyu Tibetan, Zen, Bon Tibetan, Soka Gakkai, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Pure Land, Theravada, and Nichiren. I am sure there is more but these are just to mention a few. I read about or come across a new tradition daily. Each tradition has its minute differences but all have the same basic beliefs. Maybe I will see what I can find around my city and start there.

If anyone has insight on any of these traditions or others, I would be gladly appreciative if you shared your knowledge and experiences.

My next step is to learn meditation. I have meditated for about a week and it looks promising. I still have a lot to learn.

Life is not going to stop still while I recover; I have to keep going…LIFE GOES ON! I am excited to see what is around the next corner or fork in the road.

Peace

LIFE…

I dedicate this post to my Loving Mom.  She passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013.  She lived a full life and she will be missed.  You never know when some things are going to happen, you only wish you had a little more time.  Rest in Peace MOM.

A journey through life may be a short one but then something difficult happens that changes everything.  Whether the cause is by depression, hard-times, mid-life, death, tragic event, or whatever the case may be.  These events start a thinking process in your mind to make changes.  Lately I am, I guess you can call it, a profound thinker and I have changes to make in my life.  By attaining knowledge and understanding about the meaning of life, I will vow to make changes by going beneath the superficial, external and the obvious.  Life is much deeper than these things.

 

It is as if my eyes are finally wide-open taking in everything with a new spirit.  The superficial, external, and the meaningless blinded my eyes for many years but now my rebirth is beginning.

 

In the past, I would walk down the street passing by a homeless person and not think twice about their suffering.  However, today I walk by a homeless man and his dog.  I could not stop thinking about his and his dog’s suffering.  This man’s suffering causes a ripple effect and now his dog is suffering.  Now the ripple effect is witnessed by me and therefor has changed me.  This man’s suffering causes a ripple effect throughout everyone’s life that will witness it.  One moment in time, what will you do in that moment?  The only way to end suffering is by everyone doing acts of kindness.  We need to stop the ripple effect of suffering.

 

I would not say that life is a waste but sometimes it takes people longer to realize what is actually important.  There comes a point in time when you set aside all this superficial meaningless things and concentrate on the more important.  This has nothing to do with religion or the pursuit of religion but the pursuit of spiritual truth to love, life, happiness, and peace.  Without that, you have nothing.

 

Take a stroll down memory lane with me.  Would you do things any different?  Not in your life but in someone else’s.  I don’t regret anything but I do see where I can make improvements to someone’s life.  I usually leave the New Year resolutions for reflection and improvements but that is one thing that I am changing today.  Every day if there is a means there is a way.  Sometimes it will require creativity.  There are acts of kindness witnessed around the world but we need more.  We all need to help.

 

This is what life is all about helping our fellow man, woman, child, and all living creatures roaming this earth.

 

Pursue love, happiness, life, and peace in all we do.

 

Peace!!!

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