This life in finite
So I will live the life I desire
Go off the beaten path
Not worrying about society expectations
Judgements of others is a sign of their insecurities
Live simply if you want
Pursue life experiences instead of money, fame, and respect
Create your life through mindful actions, not impulses.
Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional
How we think
How we talk
What habits we choose to practice
Cause most of our own suffering
The way out is to look deeply within
How am I causing my own suffering?
Why do I do what I do?
“There is no such thing as enlightened beings, only enlightened activities.”- Shunryu Suzuki
There are two wolves inside of us.
Always at battle.
A good wolf.
That is kind, brave, and loving.
A bad wolf.
That is fearful, angry, and greedy.
The one you
to feed. choose
Is the one that grows.
To end this constant battle.
You must show deep compassion & love to the bad wolf.
Feed the good wolf with how you talk to yourself, others, and your actions in the world.
For who they are today
Not what you think they should be
The ego wants to control everything & everyone
While the divine accepts & loves others for who they are today, no matter how “flawed” they are
There is a wise zen master in all of us knows that others will change on their own pace (or not change at all)
Focus the energy you have used arguing or controlling others on becoming the best version of yourself
Your life is your message
“We are all mangoes on the same tree, ripening at different times.”
I have loved
I have learned
I have met so many great people
Seen so many new places
Experienced the beauty this world offers
I’m content with the life I have lived
Even with the challenges each day brings
I’m grateful for life
Here is to each day alive
“Life is a test, gratitude is the answer.” -Timber Hawkeye
When I eat vegetables
I show love to my body
When I eat fruit
I heal my body
When I eat beans & whole grains
I nourish my body
When I exercise
I practice self-love
I vow to treat my body with love
For this is my one life
What if your one focus this year was loving yourself?” -Timber Hawkeye
Will you choose compassion?
Will you choose curiosity?
Will you choose peace?
Or taste pleasure?
Each day we can choose what world we want to live in.
Each meal deciding the fate of innocent animals.
Each meal deciding the future of our species.
Each meal deciding our health outcome.
We vote with our wallets each day & meal.
The first step is awareness.
The next is action.
Consider a vegan diet & lifestyle.
From single cell
To hairless apes Humans left their jungle home For the great unknown Soon they ate what they could to survive Then hunter-gathers began to settle Building thriving empires on maize, rice, wheat, & rye The next evolution of the human species No more need to slaughter No more need to abuse & exploit their fellow earthlings In 2021, humanity is still stuck in the past Stuck in greed, tradition, & fear Some though are waking up to the suffering of the world & it’s beautiful creatures Choosing compassion at every meal If humanity takes the next step towards a vegan world The world will heal The animals will live Pandemics will end With Aloha, Johnny Check out the documentaries “forks over knives”, “cowspiracy”, & “dominion” for why switching to a vegan diet is crucial for saving ourself & earth. Check out nutritionfacts.org for how to eat a healthy plant based diet.
I will do my best
To not gossip
To not judge
To not be violent with my speech or actions
Society is made up of individuals like you & I
My changing our-self
We in fact change the world
Why do we only appreciate places, people, and pets when they are near their end?
Or worst off when they are already gone.. We know logically that all things must come to an end. A sunrise will turn to sunset, leading to a new day. Everything & everyone has a shelf life. Could we feel Impermanence emotionally instead of purely logically? Most run around ungrateful for life. That life SHOULD be a certain way. Instead of embracing the uncertainty. And being grateful for what they have. Many live as if they will never die. Only to never truly live. What if we could live each day knowing that our life and everything/everyone will end? Would we cherish even the worst of pain? Knowing that life itself is precious. Gratitude is the antidote to anger & resentment. Being mindful of the impermanence of life is key to enjoying what we have today. Starting today we can build a better life for ourselves & the world around us. With Aloha, Johnny