“I looked in temples, churches & mosques. But I found the Divine within my Heart.” – Rumi
In order to change the world, we must first focus on changing ourselves. The current state of our world is just the collective reflection of everyone in it. You can’t change or control the actions of other people… you can only change or control your own behavior. So one should ultimately focus on that.
Do you see the world and our universe as a friendly place, that is supporting and nurturing you… or as a hostile one, that is condemning and hindering you?
That’s a choice of perception that will ultimately color every aspect and experience of your life. Start looking for the divine within your own heart! Once you get a glimpse of it, start learning to recognize it others; Not only within your own friends and family, yet within your perceived enemies as well.
“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”
– Jim Carrey
Imagine with me, if you will, that a major pandemic outbreak is rapidly and fiercely spreading throughout the entire world. It’s an airborne pathogen, that has become known as Epidemic Z. A large percentage of the global population has been infected and the virus shows no signs of being contained any time soon.
People are dropping like flies all around you and once you are infected you only have 24 hours to live! The worst part is that you are starting to show some of the symptoms and are afraid you may have contracted the virus.
In a panic, you lock yourself inside of your home and quarantine yourself from the rest of the world. As you desperately pray for a solution or cure for this deadly virus, you’re startled by the loud, shrieking beep alerting you to the radio broadcast message that is about to air.
“Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it’s price.” – Sun Tzu
After attending the awesome Victory Motorcycle ride this past weekend, I started to think a lot about VICTORY. Not only victory, but the high price of victory…. and I’m NOT merely referring to the cost of the sweet bikes you’ll see featured in this article…
What I’m talking ’bout is the price we have to pay to be victorious in life!
We all want to live the dream; to be successful in every aspect of our lives. We all want the beautiful, loving wife or strong, loyal husband, the luxurious home, the sweet, pimped out ride and the lean, hard physique of an awakened warrior or goddess.
We ALL want it (or some version of it)… yet only a small percentage of us will ever make it our reality!
“What we have loved and enjoyed, we can never lose… all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.”
– Helen Keller
My dog died today when I made the final decision to put her down. It was a tough decision for me… and at first, I had high hopes that she might recover from what I hoped was just a cold or infection.
Although, after a few vet trips, blood test and the seriousness of her symptoms – it became imminently clear that Soma was in a lot of pain and wasn’t going to make it.
It was her time to go and my time to let her go!
Once I realized this it became a lot easier for me to make the call and take her to the emergency vet to put an end to her suffering. Even then, saying goodbye to my sweet, baby Soma was a lot harder than I ever imagined it would be.
“Don’t look to society to give you permission to be yourself.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
Most of us are waiting for someone to give us permission to live our lives. We’re waiting for someone to tell us it’s okay to be ourselves.
We’re waiting for our internal “mommy” and “daddy” to give us their metaphoric nod of approval.
Whether it’s our figurative or literal parents or any of the other prominent men and women in our lives…. so many of us are waiting for their acceptance, their agreement, and their RED Rubber Stamp of Approval in life.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford
The next time you get into your car to drive off, wherever you may roam, I want you to stop for a second to pay homage to Henry Ford.
Yes, he’s the guy in the picture over there and the man who created the Ford Motor Company, making it possible for YOU to have your very own personal automobile. He did it because he had an idea he believed in, and he never gave up, even when other people laughed at him.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
– Milan Kundera
Today is my Soma Dawg’s twelfth birthday! She was born on March 6th, 2001 and has been howling, growling and chowing ever since! 😉 I can still remember the night my ex-girlfriend and I picked her up in the Tennessee Mountains. We were so excited to finally bring her home! She was only a 6 week old wolf pup with raccoon eyes, big paws and a waggling tail…. basically the cutest puppy in the world! She curled up in my lap as I drove us down the mountain and back to the city of High Point, North Carolina. Little did I know what I was getting myself into…
“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.”
In Part I of Rise of the Awakened Warriors, we learned that an Awakened Warrior is the integration of two archetypes… the Warrior and the Sage. These symbolic, archetypal roles lie dormant within the collective unconscious of humanity and therefore they also reside inside of you as well. They are simply waiting to be expressed!
“The totally awakened warrior can freely utilize all elements contained in heaven and earth. The true warrior learns how to correctly perceive the activity of the universe and how to transform martial techniques into vehicles of purity, goodness, and beauty. A warrior’s mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm.”
– Morihei Ueshiba
When most people hear the term “WARRIOR” they immediately think of the very literal occupation of warriorship; in other words a soldier in the military or some type of gladiator or combat fighter comes to mind…As it probably should! 🙂
“Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
– Bruce Lee
History has a strange way of repeating itself and so I find myself in a similar situation today that I’ve faced in the past. I’ve come a long way since those early days of teenage rebelliousness and angst, but I’m still not living the life I imagined for myself. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m living a great life and am very grateful for the many blessings that have come my way.