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COVID-19 and a New Way to Be Happy

Diseases point the way to the future if we pay attention. This holds especially true of the global outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. It is clear that some important lessons have emerged already.  Some of these are obvious because they are so visible: Uncertainty is a major cause of panic. No one could miss that lesson. Economies reflect mass psychology. This lesson follows from the first, because the plunge in worldwide markets has been driven by uncertainty.

But if you look a bit deeper, COVID-19 exposes a need to take human well-being more seriously. The great push to create a welfare state is around a century old, and certain countries like Sweden and Denmark went much further than the United States. But even in places where democratic socialism won the day, true human welfare wasn’t addressed. The basic right to have guaranteed housing medicine, and education—the cornerstones of the modern welfare state—treat people as economic units.

Actual well-being looks very different. Its hallmarks are community and mutual support, valuing happiness as essential to human life, affording lifelong good health, living in an environment with pure air and water, a lack of violence with a necessary emphasis on peace, equal acceptance for all, and the abolition of us-versus-them thinking of the kind that builds barriers of every kind.

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The Anthem of Our Day

In the ocean of history, things build and then are worn away to what is most essential. This is an irrevocable and recurring tide of time. And while the storms, whatever their form, first push us away, it is only by coming together that we endure and emerge even stronger, clearer, and more loving. This seems to be where we are now. And the practice, so simple and so difficult, is how to move through the days with caution and care, without feeding our panic. For the other virus spreading now is fear. We all feel it, calling us with its hypnotic frenzy. But one thing I’ve learned from almost dying from cancer is that fear is to be moved through and not obeyed. And we need each other in order to see clearly so we can right-size what is before us—day after day.

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Our Collective Moment

Our dog, Champ, brings joy and comfort to everyone in our home. 

I've Been Thinking...

“We would like the country to realize that as a nation we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago…” —Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


That is the truth of this moment and what a moment this is. It’s a moment to listen up, pay attention, and follow the guidelines so that those on the frontlines are better able to do their jobs.

Like all of you, I’ve been trying to make sense of the seriousness of this moment and yet also get some perspective as I’ve lived through many big “moments” in my life. The Cuban missile crisis, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the AIDS epidemic, and of course, 9/11.
 

All of our lives are made up of moments. Some big. Some small. Some inconsequential. Some life defining. Some joy-filled. Some traumatic.

Usually, the moments we experience in our lifetime are deeply personal. The moment you fall in love. The moment your child is born. The moment you get your dream job. The moment someone you love passes away.

It’s rare, however, that we face a collective moment like the one we are experiencing right now. Rarely do we all experience a moment like this simultaneously. 

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Bet the Farm on Your Own Life—Awaken to Your Own Authority

As I continue to grow my work, my message, my reach and my life, like those who are just beginning this path—I find myself  on the “hero’s journey,” the walk into a mythical forest.  It’s dark and dank and on so many days I wonder what the hell I was really following.  Maybe I don’t want to be a stupid hero. Maybe I just want to be saved. Worse yet, maybe I’m not following anything except a delusion– and now something stinky, clawed, and real is following me.

And then there are those other days. These are the days when you walk through the darkness, resolved, accepting the fate you chose.

You decide to bet the farm on your own life.

You call yourself a pilgrim instead of a fool.

You walk deeper into your life. And then, just a few steps further from the darkest patch of forest, you come upon a clearing, a meadow, a thousand yellow buttercups, or red Indian paint brush and the sun gleams in a way that paints your name, your nick name, on each petal of every flower and you know in an undeniable way that you are exactly where you are meant to be; it’s a greater sense of security than any amount of money could offer you. It’s hitting the mother of all jackpots, the great sweet Power Ball of the Universe.  

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Manifesting In A Time of Madness

I woke up this morning to news about world markets crashing, Corona virus numbers doubling, speaking engagements being canceled, and so much more.

And yet, I am feeling very optimistic as I wash my hands in hot soapy water and make a list of more food to store up on “just in case.”

Why am I feeling good?

Because my faith is strong that despite what is happening in the outer world (where I have little control) my inner world knows that whatever happens, ultimately I am OK and I am going to be OK.

This is a conscious choice to not dive into the worry and despair and anxiety that is prevalent right now.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Singing Light

When I was ill, I walked
the antiseptic corridors,
holding God so tightly
I couldn’t see a thing.

Only now, years later, have
I had this dream in which
a small bird is singing light.
It follows me and everything
it brushes begins to glow.
I catch it, to have with me always.
But in my hands, it stops singing.

It’s made me see that more than
holding, we need to be held,
by the larger things that
enable us to live out loud.
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The Road to Happiness

We must realize that our own power is limitless and we can truly say,  that the power of the sub conscious is beyond all measure. It inspires and guides us. It can recall scenes from memory and take us into our future. It actually regulates assimilation and elimination. Our sub conscious controls all the vital processes and functions of the body. It has the answer to all the problems. 

Stress is self created,  therefore mastering ourselves is truly in our own hands.  Stress looms large on a conscious or sub conscious level in our lives. As much as it is the manifestation of our own minds,  it is also controlled by it, and we need to understand this. 

SOURCE OF POWER

The power of the sub conscious is a power that never sleeps or rests. We can discover it's miraculous effects by plainly stating to the subconscious, before sleeping, a specific required accomplishment. Amazingly, much to your initial surprise, you will see your desire accomplished. Here is a power putting you in touch with the universal forces. Live in the faith and belief, as to the wisdom of the Universe. This is the power that moves the world
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Do You Take Accountability For Your Mistakes?

Are you afraid to be accountable for your choices? Discover why and what to do about it.

What’s the first thing you think when you make a mistake? If you’re like most people, you will either blame someone else or blame yourself.

Blaming, even blaming yourself, is not at all the same thing as being accountable.

Why is it so hard to be accountable for ourselves – to take responsibility for ourselves? One of the problems may lie in the connotations we have applied to these words.

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The silent observer inside you

Wouldn’t it be nice to take a step back every once in a while…

Step away from the emotion of the moment…

Step away from the anger and pain…

And see your life… each person and situation you encounter daily…

As an objective and silent observer.

Neutrality is the N in PLATINUM. 

PLATINUM is the high frequency master password that allows you to unlock the best version of yourself. 

In a state of NEUTRALITY you can be the silent observer of all your challenges and stay balanced and calm…

You can remain calm and free of beliefs and attachments that cause anger and hurt to come so quickly…

You are not triggered by other people’s opinions and criticism…

In a state of neutrality you are empowered and powerful.

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New Life

Do you know how much Spirit loves you? How the Divine Consciousness (Quantum Fred, God, The Dude, Mary and/or whoever else you name Divine) sees you as a spark of its own Infinite Unlimited Potential? That you are definitely not here as a mistake, that your dreams are most important and that your desire for a purposeful new life are sacred?

You’re not being punished or threatened just because transformation is painful.

Just like birthing a baby, we are at an overly prolonged crowning stage and yes let’s all say OUCH together!

Here is what I know today more than ever as I myself have stepped into a more authentic version of myself. Resistance is futile. Have courage and jump in and you will honestly find that if you let go of what’s not working, and you will see this change is magical!

Honestly!

You must feel this chaos at some level within you that mirrors the astrologers’ take on how the planets are teaching us about transformation.

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Do you feel swamped with bad news?

The Practice:
Find the good news.

Why?

“Tell the truth.” It’s the foundation of science – and the foundation of healthy relationships, communities, and countries.

But the truth of things is complicated. To simplify, there is the good of things that are enjoyable and helpful, the bad of things that are painful and harmful, and the neutral of things that are neither.

We need to recognize genuinely bad news for our own sake and to take care of others. But we also need to recognize good news: things that are useful, reassuring, inspiring, opportunities, solutions, etc.

The Brain’s Negativity Bias

Unfortunately, we have a brain that generally fixates on bad news and brushes past good news. Over the 600 hundred million year evolution of the nervous system, our ancestors:

  • Had to avoid two kinds of mistakes: (1) thinking that there’s a tiger in the bushes but actually all is well, or (2) thinking that all is well while actually there is a tiger about to pounce. What’s the cost of the first mistake? Just needless worry. But what’s the potential cost of the second mistake? Ulp, no more mistakes . . . forever. So we have a brain that tends to make the first mistake again and again to avoid ever making the second one.
  • Had to get “carrots” such as food and avoid “sticks” such as predators. Imagine living back in the Stone Age – or even Jurassic Park. If you didn’t get a carrot today, you’d have another chance tomorrow. But if you didn’t avoid every single stick today, game over. Consequently, negative experiences are fast-tracked into memory – “once burned, twice shy” – while most positive experiences slip through the brain like water through a sieve. In effect, the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.

As a result, we routinely overestimate threats while underestimating opportunities and resources. Some people have an “optimism bias” in what they say. But in their actions, studies show that most people work harder to avoid pain than to get pleasure and remember failures and rejections more than successes and kindness from others. One result is that the media focuses on bad news, because that’s what people pay attention to; thus, the saying in journalism, “if it bleeds, it leads.”

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It’s time to Launch your life

We, as logical humans, can get so caught up in preparation.

We want to be ready and fully prepared in order to avoid mistakes and failures, so we spend a lot of time getting ready… but do you know how much time you waste getting ready to be ready? You get readier than you need to be, avoid mistakes that don’t need to be avoided, and soon you’re the chief of overprepared! While this might make you think yourself into feeling better, it might be stunting your progress and growth.

The Problem With Over-Preparedness

Don’t get me wrong, preparedness is a great thing. God knows in my life, I’ve been WELL overprepared! In this world of information with lists of how-tos, to-dos, and to-avoids, there is always something more to learn… which is a recipe for insanity if we get sucked in. Answers to practically any question ever asked is a simple internet search away, making the amount of education available incredibly overwhelming. If we aren’t careful, we will feel lost in our lack of information which does nothing but distract from the good we could be doing in these moments.

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How To Make A Difference

If you want to serve the planet, just start.

Stop seeking big ways to be of service to the planet and postponing.

Instead just start where you are with what you have.

Nothing needs to be any different.
No waiting for a special moment.
Or a special sign.

If you want to really serve, just look around. All around you are so many opportunities to reach out and serve.

Start with those around you. It takes the same amount of energy to be kind as it takes to be unkind. It doesn’t cost anything, it’s free.

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Let Go Of Fear From The Heart

When your thoughts and feelings are in harmony with your actions,  then stress has no way of walking into your life. We are all living in a Universe where everything is connected.  We have to realize they were are all energy beings and constantly getting affected by energies around us.  Being aware of this connection is very important.

SYNCHRONICITY

This is a magical  phenomenon and it is the key to the door of Infinitesimal possibilities. It provides us with coincidences which lead to real results. This goes to tell us that when we are in the right energy space,  information comes to us from whichever energy source is required. 
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Resistance is Energy

The presence of resistance to an experience or circumstance outside our control represents an invitation to reveal aspects of ourselves we have not yet been open to. We miss this invitation almost every time.

Everything is energy. I have said that before, and I will say it another thousand times. Everything is energy. When we come from this perspective – that our experiences are energy, and that life and everything in it is energy – we get to step into a more masterful place sooner rather than later.

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A Brave New World, and How to Get There

If you find yourself living in a troubled world, what should you do? The question is as old as recorded history, but over the millennia only three basic answers have emerged. If you find yourself living in a troubled world, you should A. Turn to God or the gods, B. Place your trust in science and rational thought, or C. Renounce the world and retreat inward.

These answers have practical outcomes, which is why we have cathedrals, space programs, and monasteries. But what if none of the three time-honored answers works anymore? That’s the general situation most modern people find themselves in, and so they retain a diluted loyalty to old answers in the absence of a better one.  For example, most Americans do not believe the creation story in the Book of Genesis, but neither do they completely believe Darwinism, telling pollsters that in some undefined way God enters into evolution despite the view among evolutionary scientists that Darwin’s theory is completely valid.

The third option, retreating from the world, is actually the one most of us have chosen more or less automatically. We lament the state of the world but spend every day occupied with our personal affairs. If you do nothing to improve the world, you are for all intents and purposes reliant on your own thoughts and actions. A higher authority or proven worldview is irrelevant.

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The Unexpected Pleasures of Aging

One of the greatest joys of my life is that I get to meet some of the most brilliant and evolved humans on the planet and this includes my friend, Chip Conley.

Chip has written several New York Times bestsellers, including Wisdom at Work, and now is the innovator of “becoming a Modern Elder.”

I spent a week co-leading a workshop with Chip a few months ago at his fabulous Modern Elder Academy in Baja.

Today I am thrilled to share with you one of his recent blogs on “The Unexpected Pleasures of Aging:”

Just when I got comfortable in my skin, it started to sag. But that’s okay. I take life less seriously today than I did ten years ago. The Latin root of the word “serious” means weighty and grave. But even though my weight is 15 pounds heavier than it was in 2010, and I’m closer to my grave, I don’t feel more serious.

Buddha said the root of all suffering is attachment, but underneath that attachment is comparison. Part of the reason it can be painful to go to your college reunion is it reminds you of all the comparing you used to do. By the time you hit midlife, hopefully, you see what a silly game that all was… and is.

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Start Your Day Choosing Happiness

When you learn to realize that every kind of stress is your own creation, you begin to understand that it is within your own grasp to be happy or unhappy. You need to actually learn to accept that there is a subconscious which is ruling you,  and it is that very subconscious which can actually relieve you of your stresses. 

The stresses are created in this very state, so they can only be de activated in this state of mind. 

TRANSITORY HAPPINESS

You can remember many instances in your life which made you elated.  It could have been a matter of getting a first class in High School, a post graduate degree with flying colors, the excitement  on the day you got married or when you bought your first car. These were all moments of elation in your life,  but did that happiness continue is the question. It was only transitory, it lasted in moments,  and then after a little while brought you back to your same old questioning self. 

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

You have to learn to make a choice. Life changes everyday from moment to moment. You need to decide what is it that you desire. Allow the divine order to flow through you. 
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The Best Thing Parents Can Do For Their Children

I perform music with 1000’s of kids every year. As a full-time kid’s musician since 1990, if I had to choose one piece of advice for parents, I would say,

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“THE BEST THING PARENTS CAN DO FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS BE WORTHY.”

What you can receive from your kids matters more than what you give them.

We often try so hard to give children everything they need that kids are not able to give what they have.

Far and away the best gift you can give your children is to be able to receive all the love they have to give you.

If we want our children to feel loved and grow triumphantly in this world, parents need to allow themselves to be lovable.


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Have You Made a Karmic Agreement?

Do you ever feel as though you’re missing out

Lacking in love… 

Low in self confidence…

Crushed by guilt and feelings of low self worth…

You might be surprised to find that you’re not alone.

Some of the most successful people we work with are plagued with these same feelings…

Doubting themselves and feeling unworthy of the very things they proclaim to want most in life.

Each day just feels like a struggle…

Why do you feel these things?

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30 Simple Ways to Create Balance and Connection

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