I was put on this earth for a reason
To reduce suffering
To bring joy to others
To see the oneness in everything
A wave realizing it’s the ocean
Energy flows within myself like an infinite river going out to sea
Many years ago, a dying star supernova gave life to myself & everything on earth
Life is precious according to me so why wait to become a better version of myself?
The time is now for change & growth
Why waste my one precious life harming myself?
Drowning myself in substances, junk food, and self destructive habits
I see my ego wanting to self destruct
All it wants is pleasure & to avoid pain
But I know I’m much more than my ego
I also have a divine Buddha sitting within myself
It doesn’t want to harm my ego, that would only feed the anger, hatred, and fear
It loves the darkest side of me with light of a billion stars
I almost got married in my mid 20s
But I was not ready for such commitment
It ended in disaster
I caused much suffering to myself & her
I vowed to be better
But I did not realise until recently that I had closed my heart
Maybe this was needed for me to become who I am today
7 years later
7 years single
The life of a nomadic backpacker doesn’t lend to serious relationships
But I know this is a chapter in my life, not the entire book
At 32 years old I have realised I truly would appreciate having a girlfriend again; someone to share my life with
Some things in life we can not learn outside of a deep relationship with another
When the time is right, I will choose to be in a relationship out of love, not fear of being alone 🙏🏻
Veganism is not a diet
Not a weight loss strategy
My intention is not to reduce my carbon food print
It’s a radical shift in the way I look at non human animals
To see them as individuals with the capacity to feel pain, joy, and suffer
To harm them is to harm myself
5 years ago I vowed to look at all beings through the lens of compassion
To reduce suffering in the world by not supporting the exploitation of animals for food, clothing or entertainment
To practice peace in each meal
I don’t expect the world to understand or agree with my life choices
I understand many are not ready for this radical message of non violence
True success isn’t found on a business card
It isn’t found on a bank statement
Not on a fancy diploma hanging on the wall
Or a sports car, Rolex, mansion
Success (to me) is happiness
A life full of joy & adventure
Both inside & out
Success is found in kindness & compassion
It’s found in the smile of a baby
And the wisdom of an elder
In the end, we define what a truly successful life is
In my experience, success is not found in the material world but a kind, compassionate and happy life
When I child suffers, he or she cries a lot. They are hurt and in pain. A mother can transform their child’s suffering into tears of joy by listening and showing loving compassion to their child. Soon the child is smiling and joyful. I have seen this and experienced in real time.
You can do the same with your most inner child. Showing deep compassion to the hurt, misunderstood, and anxious parts of ourself. This is the practice of healing ourselves and the world. This is a way to transform suffering into joy in our own body and mind. 🙏🏻
Here I lay
Listening to the soft voice of a yin yoga teacher
In a deep meditation
An American backpacker in a distant land
Byron Bay is the perfect place for those who are searching for self knowledge
A place to heal emotional wounds.
So here I lay in a dark yoga studio
Suddenly tears come down my cheeks
My inner Buddha speaking clearly without the distractions interfering
If I don’t let go of gambling
I let go of my dreams
I let go of my happiness & freedom
My life will read as a tragedy if I don’t change my ways
I’m 6 weeks sober from gambling
Turning my life around 1 day at a time
The sun will rise
Relax, nothing is under control
Days will go by
People will get sick
Loved ones will die
Jobs will be lost
People will cheat, lie, and push your buttons
Relax, nothing is under control
Our mission is to rise above and stay positive even in the darkest of times
Knowing that everything & everyone is impermanent
We can find joy by letting go of control of others and situations
All we can control is our reaction and attitude to the chaos around us
Resilience is built by not avoiding hard situations but by embracing them with love, compassion, and acceptance.
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 choose to feed.
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.
True freedom is found when we let go of whatever holds us back
This includes unneeded stuff.
True freedom is letting go of trying to control everything and everyone
The only thing you have control over is your reaction to the world around you
Let others live their life, grow, and learn from their mistakes in their own time
It’s not your responsibility to heal or save others
Lead by example
With Aloha, Johnny
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.”