Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dreams vs. Decisions

What matters is that you make a decision. Dreams don't count. They are as good as excuses. Meet the power of resistance in your big dreams. Meet the chains of procrastination in your big dreams. Meet death, in your big dreams.

It's kind of like death. It really is.

The truth is, we have no idea what's going to happen. We never will. That will never change. All we can do is start something today, not tomorrow, not next week, not if and when [X], [Y], and [Z] happen.

Today. Just today. No matter what's going on around you, no matter what resources you have, no matter how you feel.

Now is the only time you have. Yes right now. Life is in the doing, in the figuring out, in the mystery of failing and experimenting and risking... something, for the love of God, anything.

It's about making a decision, putting your attention on it, breathing life into it, feeling yourself in it. It's not about your wishes for the future, your alibis, your grand tales...

Spin the tales in your mind and that's what you'll always be, an illusion, a great escapade of nothing...

Do something. Do anything. For the love of God, make a decision.

Watch the paint splatter. Let it go who knows where. Watch the words form, saying, what? Watch the chords stream together, isolated notes finding each other like lovers from ancient times, some future that may or may not happen, but my God it sounds good now, today, this moment...

It sounds good.

It looks good.

It makes sense.

It's working.

You're creating. You're making something out of nothing and that's all that matters.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Don't Make Plans

Don't make plans.

Why make plans? So you can break them?

Plans don't work. No matter how figured out you think you've got it, the future will never be like what you expect. Making plans limits your experience of what's going on all around you right here and right now.

Set intentions. Set clear intentions. Act on your intentions. Deliver your best with the resources you have in the present moment. But don't make plans.

Plans will create expectation that can hold you back if you cling to them. Plans will set you up for failure if you put too much pressure on meeting them. Plans will kill your joy.

Intentions vs. Plans. I think it's important to know the difference.

What if you only got one shot at life? What if what will happen next will be nothing like what's in front of you right now? What if you wake up one day and realized that you've lived your entire life by rules and assumptions and plans and expectations and you don't know why, or what happened, or what it all meant? What if you could have been more alive, more present, more radiant?

I say kick the plans. Claim your life, live in the present moment, and enjoy your experience.

Trust some cosmic flow and allow it to reveal to you. It's an active engagement, a dance with the unknown, a chance like nothing else.

The universe is cunning if I've learned anything. Plans might deceive you into believing something else. Don't bother. Enjoy the dance.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Love Is

Love is a funeral pyre.

Love is awareness.

Love is interdependency.

Love breaks you down, beats you to a pulp, takes away everything, and leaves you alone to emerge, reluctant, on your own two feet, carrying nothing but a flame of truth.

Love forces you to have courage on your own.

Love is a tear.

Love is a song, a timeless melody.

Love does not care about your stories, your complaints or your hesitations.

Love says go, now.

Rise, now.

Tear down the walls, now.

Burn through illusion, now.

Open your eyes, now.

Go boldly, now.

Breathe deeply, now.

You are safe, now.