Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional.

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

With Aloha,

Johnny

Why I Travel.

Travelling is liberating

It opens my eyes to different cultures & people

It challenges me

It enriches and expands my existence on this world

The fellow travelers I meet at hostels broaden my understanding of the world

One step can lead to a thousand

New connections and inspiration for the next adventure

Travelling will not make you happy or complete your life

But it can expand, enrich, and enlighten your life if you allow it too

With Aloha,

Johnny

(Backstory, I have traveled and lived in Hawaii; backpacked New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand. My next travels will be to Italy, Croatia, and Greece.)

Liberation

Let go of the need to be right
Let go of the need to control others
Let go of the need to control your surroundings
Allow others to be who they are
Allow situations to unfold without complaining or controlling anything
True liberation is found when we don’t allow outside situations to hinder our own happiness
True strength found in staying positive even in the most challenging situations

Your life is your message

With aloha,

Johnny

Feeding the Good Wolf

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.

With Aloha,

Johnny

Loving Me

This poem is inspired by Kid Cudi’s song “Lovin’ Me” off Man on the Moon III: The Chosen One

Hell & heaven live within us

The inner voice that tells us that we aren’t good enough

Strong enough

Pretty enough

That we aren’t worth love

The seeds of self-hatred sprout into suffering

Only self compassion can lead us out of the dark

Into the light of peace & love

Self love being key to humanities transformation into a more peaceful species

If we don’t love ourself

If we can’t show compassion to ourself

How can we share love & compassion with others?

With Aloha,

Johnny

Link to “Lovin’ Me” by Kid Cudi

Our Own Life is Our Message.

What do you want to be remembered for?

The shiny sports car?

A fancy corporate title?

Or is there more to life than accumulation and status?

I want to be remembered as a compassionate person.

As someone who reduced the amount of suffering in this world.

Who left this world a little more peaceful then when I arrived.

Not through talk alone but through mindful action.

Our own life is our message.

With Aloha,

Johnny