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Awareness

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God is an Amoeba

Note:  I discuss this blog post and a host of other topics with the lovely and inspiring Sophia Wise One on her Vagina Talks Podcast: Episode 52:  All Death is Ego Death. Available by clicking the link or on…

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Molehills are Mountains

As many of you know, I recently completed the final official stage of The Camino de Santiago de Compostela; a journey of approximately 120km/74 miles from Sarria to Santiago which winds through the spectacularly picturesque countryside of Northern Spain. …

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Joys of Aging

Part 1:  Slipping into my Senior Years in Vans™ aka “On the Road to I Don’t Give a Fuck”[1] April 8, 2015 I find myself here at the precipice of late middle age (44), where I am at moments,…

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Invasive Species

Life is all around us.  Mother Nature shows us her dominion over us – Every. Single. Day. She gives us reasons to be grateful to her – Every. Single. Day.  And we, her spoiled brats continually take, take and…

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Lars and the Ladyboy

“STOP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND DO SOMETHING!” This phrase was yelled at me a few weeks ago as I traveled on a ferry which transports vehicles and their respective people between three ports in Southern Thailand.  Not insignificantly,…

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Unchained

When we say we are Victims of circumstance; We are but children Afraid of consequence. When we think and feel It’s someone else’s fault; We feed our guilt And fear of getting caught. When we stop trying To accuse…

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Mama Nature

The greater-racket tailed drongo sits on a crisscross of what were once-upon-a-time most likely painstakingly placed electrical wires.  I say painstakingly because I’ve had the honor of observing Thai and Burmese laborers working with Zen-like focus on almost a…

Beach Wolf
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Fear + A Beach Wolf = A Lesson in Compassion

Fear is the great equalizer.  The indiscriminate disease of fear can strike any economic group, race, gender or age.  Fear blinds us to the real issues at hand and seeks to subversively bind us to that which it has…

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Astral Trippin’

I squeeze in and out of consciousness – Consciously aware That I am neither Here nor there. I slip in and out of awareness – Barely aware That I am both places And yet nowhere. I come and go…

Sunrise Lamai Fishing Pier
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Fire in my Belly

There’s a fire in my belly And it’s been burning for a very long time There’s a fire in my belly And it isn’t all mine In fact, it’s mostly for others; For those that I see For those…

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Growing Pains

We see We breathe We are living We live We laugh We are looking We look We seek We are searching We search We find We are loving We love We give We are binding We bind We choke…

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The Discomfort Zone

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam I am a curiosity here; an oddity for sure – a rare bird, a wild animal, the most foreign of foreigners. People stop and stare and tap their friends and their children so that…

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Terrence The Bull

An Unlikely Trio It was a relatively cool morning on the tropical island of Koh Samui and Terrence the Bull found himself more comfortable than he could remember being in quite some time.  There had been a rough sea…

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Kindness Is Not Weakness So Don’t Get It Twisted

Some people mistake kindness for weakness; this miscalculation can be a deadly fallacy in the animal kingdom.  Why have we been conditioned to look upon those who are kind, compassionate and vulnerable as weak?  It could not be further…

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Breathing Is Doing Something

Second full day of Vipassana (silent meditation retreat) Wat Suan Mokkh, Chaiya, Surat Thani, Thailand I arrive at the post lunch sitting meditation session in the main meditation hall a few minutes early although in absence of a clock…

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Creating Heaven and Hell

What use have we for the concept of heaven if we can have peace every day? What use have we for the concept of hell when we do not have fear?  It is quite possible that both places exist but perhaps they…

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Tickle My Soul

Tickle my soul Make me laugh from the inside out Be the heart of my heart Leave no room for doubt Of how much you accept and love Every version of yourself The only commitment required Is to maintain…

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And Sometimes

And sometimes I feel like “And sometimes” is the only way To begin the expression of new thought. After one has discarded previous ways of thinking And has opened the channels to new shit, “And sometimes” clears the way…

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Bruise My Heart

Love my heart Until it expands and grows wings So that I may find myself floating And dangling puppet-like from your string Bruise my heart Until my blood rises, boils and thins Until the black and blue Is both…

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Man

The arrogance of man, Ignorance combined with entitlement – This is our downfall. The ancient Greeks called it hubris; Excessive pride Which clouds vision And creates a veil that blurs Common sense. Conditioned to believe in our own superiority…