Nostradamus (1503-1566) was a astrologer, astronomer and practicing physician who specialized in predicting the future in the latter part of his life. Those predictions were written by Nostradamus in the form of quatrains, or a groups of four lines. He wrote 942 quatrains, organized into groups of 100, which he called centuries. After resigning from […]
We are coming up on the end of the Copernican Revolution – which in typical human fashion we prided ourselves as having finished a few centuries early. “Everyone knows” that the Earth revolves around the Sun, now, but it still hasn’t sunken in to most people, it seems, that the real takeaway lesson with modernity […]
Dear Traveler, Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a bodhisattva? Are you ready to live in Truth for the benefit of all sentient beings, even if there is no Truth to serve and no others to serve it to? Do you think you can handle your family for a week straight without […]
“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
- Alan Watts
My goal in this post isn’t to act as some sort of New Age Zen evangelist or claim that Zen practice will solve all your problems or instantly help you achieve the goals aforementioned. But it will help you out.
Why? Well, to start, here’s what we’re working with when it comes to ‘tenets’ with Zen. These are the highest-valued qualities..
I read a few years ago somewhere that a hallmark of a genius is being able to hold opposites together and transcend them. This stuck with me and over time I tried to make sense of it, because at first it was a very confusing concept. With some luck this concept began to make sense […]
Humans are empathetic by nature. We can ’imagine’ how horrible/amazing it must be to be this person, or to go through that event. But often times our hubris and biases get in the way of our ability to truly experience empathy. So, I am going to present a few hypothetical scenarios in hopes that I can […]
“It is a habit of mankind … to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not fancy.” – Thucydides 431 BCE
Who would have thought that a video portraying the war crimes of a self-proclaimed messiah in Uganda would cause the biggest splash in social media as of yet? The emotional message made by the organization Invisible Children has spread like wildfire and has gained 16.7 million views on Vimeo and 76 million on YouTube, in just a little over a week time. When the suffering of the abducted children entered my home, my first reaction was void of any skepticism. I was ready to join their cause…
What do youth in Egypt, Syria, Britain, Spain, Greece, Italy, China, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, France, Russia and the United States have in common? They are all protesting. Since the Sixties and the Summer of Love sang its last peaceful note at a Rolling Stone concert turned violent and the Civil Rights Movement lost its great […]
This is the first ever HighExistence video! There are tons more to come now that I have access to amazing video equipment at the Valhalla Movement HQ. Green screens are awesome.
Please let me know what you think of the format — any comments are appreciated.
Also let me know what I should clarify further about finding your bliss, and I will expand in text here.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams 1) Follow Your Internal Compass and Empower Others to Do The Same Deep down everyone knows the direction they should go in, however, fear and uncertainty can often paralyze the strongest ambition. You […]
Here’s another graphic going along with the theme of the most recent post about not resisting. It tells the short story of a zen master and his simple mantra on how to not judge an event, no matter how great or horrible it may seem at the time. Enjoy :)
Have you ever had the uncontrollable urge to laugh at a funeral? A thought might pop into our mind that even makes ourselves shutter; We cast it off, “well that was weird.” I recently came across a reddit thread that exposes some common impulsive thoughts that would be deemed crazy by social standards. Here are […]
I saw the band Phish over the weekend. They had 3 nights in a row of music. The experience in its entirety was noteworthy (my first train trips, getting lost in downtown Chicago, walking miles and miles and seeing many characters), but the last evening in particular changed me for good. I’ve known since it […]
If you are a breathing, functioning human being, you’ve probably realized by now that our senses control us. Perhaps what I am about to reveal is a product of my own bias as a budding art historian, yet I believe that the sense of sight is the most unique in its power over our minds. I recognize that all five senses are equally important and interconnected, becoming the sum of our experiences (merci, Roland Barthes). Yet sight is different in its volatility, for how we perceive something can change depending on its context. Also, no matter how distant or proximate we are from what we are viewing, our other senses instinctively seem to know how to respond to what we see, for our bodies are capable of experiencing physical sensations without direct, tangible contact…
We live in a beautiful world. Look around you, it is amazing. Skyscrapers, gravity, daisies, peaches, archipelagos, children, languages, music, wars, phosphorous, galaxies, snow, literature, human existence. We live in such a breathtaking environment that is full of magic and wonder. Although we can feel intense sadness, profound happiness can be just around the corner. […]
In his book The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz outlines four simple principles, or “agreements” that one can practice to radically change one’s experience and perception of the human experience. Once a doctor, Ruiz’s life took a dramatic turn when he was in a car accident and had an out-of-body experience. It was then that he realized […]
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Risk is involved in every great opportunity in life. It it isn’t risky, then everyone would be doing, thus making it ordinary and not “great.” Separate yourself from the crowd as one who not only can take risks, but enjoys doing so. […]
WIthin the animal kingdom, if you’re a lion, and another lion encroaches on your territory, you roar and growl to let the other guy know this is your space. Testing the water, he roars and growls right back at you. Often, after a series of traded threats, the outsider will stand down, and the argument dissipates. Occasionally, the other lion does not back off and a bloody fight ensues until one is mortally injured or submits. Sound familiar? How often do we argue with our significant others, our siblings, our parents, our friends with the overwhelming need to be right, to be the victor? And what’s wrong with that? Well, wrong is a matter of perspective, but I will say that we are not lions…most of us, anyway.
You’re 5 minutes away from a huge job interview / audition / date / speech / presentation / performance / [insert stressful event here]…
The butterflies are flapping furiously in your stomach and none of the old tricks are making them going away. Picturing the audience naked never worked for you, stress is overcoming your ability to meditate, and you don’t have nearly enough time for a round of yoga.
What do you do?
My top 25 favorite, relatively unknown movies of all time. Some highlights include Midnight in Paris, Sin Nombre, The Fountain, Waking Life, Garden State, Boogie Nights and Rubber. Posts some of your favorites in the comments; I will add the top 5 suggestions to the article :)