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
Busy is frantic
Focus is calm
Busy is mindless
Focus is mindful
Busy does not always mean important
Don’t be fooled in thinking a busy life equates to a meaningful life
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
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.)
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
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.
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
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
-Saint Francis of Assisi
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
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?
Link to “Lovin’ Me” by Kid Cudi
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.
Every decision is either motivated by love or fear.
If we choose love, we will build a life we love.
If we choose fear, we will build a life we fear.
Each decision, big or small is important.