Friday, August 02, 2019

Our Power and Our Responsibility

S.O.U.L. Listens Ep. 4: Jay Chodagam from S.O.U.L. Documentary on Vimeo.

Interview with S.O.U.L. TV on visions for what is possible when we shift our value system to one that supports our thriving

Friday, July 19, 2019

Bohemian Spirit in the Buffet Line

Ran into this guy in the buffet line in Prague and was fascinated by his background. His story makes any evolutionary theory of nature OR nurture look lame. Can you guess his ethnicity?

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, closeup and outdoorSome interesting facts about this young fellow:
1. His race was almost completely wiped out by the Nazis (no, not Jew)
2. Literacy among his people is among the lowest on the continent.
3. One of 6 kids in his family, he’s the first AND only one in his ENTIRE ancestry to get a college degree. Not one, but he’s working on his second degree while holding a job with the state department of welfare housing.
4. He is as well versed in American and Asian politics as he’s with his country’s.
5. He plans to publish a series of history books for children to educate them about minorities and their contribution to the culture.
6. The “Bohemian spirit” can be traced back to his ethnic group.
7. He turned vegetarian because it’s the right thing to do.

Wisdom of a seer, sharp as a tack. Felt like I was conversing with an Obama in his college days. Won’t be surprised if he becomes president of this country (or a leading diplomat) one day.

Brosperity in Brno

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What would you call when two guys meet for the first time, begin a conversation, time stops, 3 hours later there are tears of joy and it’s priceless? Brosperity.

Story started with spotting a cafe while walking around Brno, Czech Republic that had ❤️ on their logo and no price list. Dobro kava serves up your fav beverage if you commit to a kind act listed on their menu (or something else you choose.) I’ve seen religious sects offering free meals, cafe in cities with pay-it-forward model and creative philanthropy schemes that benefit certain groups of people. But I didn’t see this no-ones-left-out with no-money-involved coming from a town in the middle of Czech Republic which I never heard of until 3 days ago. So I asked to meet the one behind this goodness.
Guy happens to be open and 15 mins later we’re entrenched in a conversation. Libor started his first internet business at 17. By 25, after 7 companies, he had more money that he ever needed. He tried at first to give it away to charity but noticed the charity was eating most of it before it got to the beneficiaries. He happened to pick up ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat’ in Bali. A story about the cat in a coffee shop sparked the idea.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standingAfter 3 years and 30,000 cups of coffee, the idea of Dobro Kava (good coffee) has spread to other cities in Czech. Most moving stories were of young kids coming back a year later to share how the random acts of kindness to strangers started a chain reaction in their community. This became a reference in their lives that even under pressure, choose love.

Bonus: Libor’s formula for finding your mission -
Ask yourself:
1. What makes you most happy?
2. What do you look forward to in next day?
3. What do other people say you are very good at?
4. What gets you so engaged that you forget time and meals?

Travel is the Ultimate Eduction - Awakened Traveler Collective

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Friends who see my travel posts ask how many countries I've been to. Didn't have an answer, so I sat and listed them out. Total of 41. They go 'wow'. When I plotted them out, I went 'wow', how little have I seen! Travel has been my greatest source of knowledge, more than any university education, book or TV show, to understand one another, to discover what makes us human and what truly matters.

Today, there are 195 countries in the world. That's a balance of 154. I'm giving myself 20 years to see, be, do what I can. That's 7 nations per year to cover the pale blue dot, our home, in the vast cosmic arena. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. As Carl Sagan beautifully put it, it holds the aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate.

Why 20? There are personal, political but the most important reason was given by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies to draft the Paris accord. 2 deg rise in temp by 2040. At the current rate we are well on our way to wipe out several island nations and major cities in that time. Food, water, fresh air and coral reefs will be scarce.

As I plan these jaunts, I'd like to open it to friends who may want to join/help/cheer. It'll be sort of an awakened traveler collective. So, hit me up folks, with your aspirations, ideas and observations 😊

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Greetings & Gratitude 2019!!

Grateful for the incredible 2018 ✨

May we be closer to our wholeness in 2019 not just for ourselves but with all life on Earth πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŒπŸ’“

Four Tips to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene - 1440 Multiversity

Mayor's Recognition at Peace in the Park 2017

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Khalil Gibran On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Of Birds, Boats and Being

Simple Formula for a Happy Life

Simple Formula for a Happy Life

Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more; talk less.
Take a 30 minute walk everyday.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time. Don’t make excuses.
Don’t argue.
Get Organized.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let Someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go on an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past. Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s all small stuff.

~ Author unknown

Monday, February 27, 2017

Staying Ahead While Being Present - Interview by a Director from Salesforce

I am.
Say it to yourself. “I am”  — the meaning of Om, a common meditation mantra. It’s not “I was,” or “I will.” It’s the present. The here. The now.
In meditation, and mindfulness in general, you hear it all the time — “stay present.”
Recently, I attended a three-night silent meditation retreat led by Jay Chodagam, meditation practitioner, teacher, and spiritual enthusiast. There were about 20 of us. Before we went into silence, Jay asked us to share a little about why we were there, and what we hoped to get out of the experience. For me, it was about the sense of peace, serenity, and presence that I get when I meditate, and how to maintain that state not only while I’m meditating, but throughout my day. And my life.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spiders are Not Your Biggest Fear

Exactly two years ago, my sister gave birth to twins in the middle of the night. They arrived a couple of weeks early. When I got to the ICU ward in the hospital, my sister’s vital signs were high and she asked me to lead a meditation to help her calm down. I stood in corner of the tiny space, partitioned by a curtain, and gave my brother-in-law the only chair while my sister lay in bed. Five minutes into the meditation, I suggested rising above the hospital and imagining looking down to give all the souls in the hospital  who are suffering the light of peace. That’s the last thing I remember standing. The next scene was a lot of doctors surrounding me, checking to see if my neck was broken. I was put on a stretcher and the cut eyelid was stitched up in the emergency room. I had a broken sternum, which the doctor could not much about expect recommending rest till it healed. Apparently I fainted and fell upright, like a tree chopped from the bottom, with the chest landing on the floor and my head on the bottom of the IV stand. My brother-in-law, bless his heart, was now running between the newborns in the nursery, the ICU and the emergency room.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Power Of Appreciation Guided Meditation Commentary

 This 6-minute meditation on the power of appreciation is an essential habit to cultivating happiness in your life. It is not just for the Thanksgiving holiday but highly recommended to make it a daily practice.