Question Everything.

Question society

Question your culture

Question your thoughts & behavior

Your diet

Your values

Your opinions, beliefs, and habits

Question if this is truly who you are

Or what you were taught by others

 

Life is too short to live it blindly

Not questioning what we have been told

Question everything, including yourself

Is this what I truly believe from logical evidence?

By love?

Or is it driven by greed, hatred, or fear?

Lost.

 

I’m lost in the negativity

Drowning in the sea of news

Death counts on my mind

Economy crashing

Endless news of this pandemic

 

Fear & anxiety

Run through my mind

The 2nd pandemic

Of our times

 

I know this will all pass

Impermanence ends all

All we can do is have faith

Faith that things will work out

The way they are suppose too

 

Ferris Wheel of Life.

The Ferris Wheel of life

Enjoy the views

The sounds

Bask in awe of life

As you turn slowly

Aging

Growing

Ever-changing

 

Embrace your childlike curiosity

As you notice all the details of nature

Outside & within you

Beauty found everywhere

 

 

Love unconditionally

For everything & everyone is impermanent

Enjoy each day alive

Knowing it won’t last forever

 

The ride will end for you & I

Allowing others to enjoy the ride

Without death, there is no life

Embrace both

 

Earthlings.

I have a dream

That one day our fellow earthlings will not be exploited

Whether it be for taste, fashion, science or sport

I have a dream that no mother cows will have their calves stolen from them and sold to veal farmers

Exploited for their milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt

Used & abused they are then sent to the slaughter house

I have a dream that no animal will have to live a life of suffering & pain

No animal used for leather or wool

A life is worth more then a fashion statement

I have a dream that no dogs, cats, monkeys, etc will be forced to suffer for science

Forcefully injected with chemicals, drugs, & radiation

I have a dream that no whale, dolphin, seal, or fish will be dragged out of the ocean for fun or food

I have a dream

That all circuses, zoos, slaughter houses, fisheries, and all forms of animal exploitation will come to an end

That humanity will wake up to the suffering of their fellow earthlings

To see them as sentient beings who need our protection

Not things to be exploited for our taste or entertainment

All beings want freedom

Animals suffer just life you & I

Please do your own research

Watch documentaries like “earthlings” or “dominion” and you will see what I have seen

We together can change this world into a more compassionate & peaceful world

This dream of mine will not happen today nor tomorrow

Not even in my lifetime

But the mere fact that I & many others care gives me hope

That maybe one day this dream will come true

For now I will do what I can to help alleviate suffering in this world

Earthlings Documentary:

I’ll Stay in my Own Lane.

I won’t change you

I won’t judge you

I won’t argue with you

I’ll stay in my own lane

For life is too short for me to focus my energy on others

Telling them what they should or shouldn’t do

My work will be to accept all as they are

For I’m no god nor tyrant

No dictator or ruler

My path is mine to walk

No one can walk it for me

And I can not force you to change

Grow & change in your own time

Or not!

Who am I to judge?

I have plenty to work on

Much growth to be had

Any energy spent on you would be wasted

For my life is my message

If others follow

That’s great

If they don’t

That’s fine too!

I’ll stay in my own lane

You are Divine.

Divinity is found within all

Even if they don’t realize it

Buried under years of conditioning

Fear, anger & greed cover the jewel that is your true nature

To be kind

To help

To love

Wisdom is the process of unlearning

Unlearning old habits & beliefs that hold back us from touching true joy

Allowing us to see our true nature

Breaking Free of Status.

I have worked many jobs

None defined me

I have been a dishwasher

Yet managed corporate accounts

I have cleaned toilets

Yet managed a sales territory

I have taken out many of trashes

Yet have a college degree

Money & status do not define who we are

Our salary, benefits or lack of do not determine our self worth

Unless we allow them too

Ranking ourself & others by salary

Worrying constantly about how we portray ourself to others

Let’s break free today

The mental suffering of what others think of us isn’t worth it

The Battle Within

Divinity is found

Within you and I

But also ego

All humans have this battle within

Dark & light

Devil & angel

Ego & divine

Grow the divine fertile seeds with love & compassion

Acknowledge the ego

Bow to it

Feed it carefully

Feed it with understanding

Care for the darker side

For in caring for the dark we grow the light

Darkness, Transformation, and Redemption.

The darkest moments of my life led to the most transformation. The darkness brings self-reflection, awareness, and focus.  This is only if we do not numb the pain with alcohol, drugs, and/or overeating. When a family member suddenly dies or a relationship ends, we can have moments of pure awareness and clarity on what led to this moment in time.

My first experience with this transformation was when I was honest with my ex-fiance about my infidelity. She left me the following day. At first, I numbed myself with distraction but when her parents moved all her stuff out of our studio I was forced to sit in a dark & empty apartment. My first reaction was to run away and move to a new place. Luckily I chose to stay in my empty studio. The following weeks I cried every night in sorrow. Pain, suffering, and anxiety filled each moment until one day I picked up a book called “Buddhist Bootcamp” by Timber Hawkeye. Suddenly I was meditated 1 hour a day, reading, writing, eating healthier, and working out every day. I quit smoking and significantly cut down on drinking alcohol. My days were now filled with joy instead of sorrow. This all took place from March-May 2015 in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since then I have fallen back into old habits, relearn lessons, and also had new transformations from suffering. I began a journey of self-love, peace, forgiveness, and acceptance; a journey I am currently still on (and always will be). There is no destination on this path, only the love of the journey itself.

The famous Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says “No Mud, No Lotus”. The beautiful lotus flower grows in the darkest and muddiest environments; I truly believe humans are much the same as the beautiful lotus flower. The right environment for growth usual consists of awareness, compassion, and love while we are suffering. Once we learn how to suffer, we suffer much less. Suffering can actually be the most transformative process of life if we allow it to be.

Through the darkness, we can transform ourselves and become the light to see out of the darkness. We accept the darker side of ourselves (and the world) with compassion, understanding, and peace. In this practice, we feed the light while accepting the dark. This allows for peace instead of war. The key to transformation is to sit with ourselves through the pain instead of distraction or numbing the pain. The coldest winters of my life have always ended with a warm inviting spring. All is impermanent, even the darkest of times.

 

With Aloha,

Johnny Hoffman

Living Our Values.

Compassion begins with me

Peace begins with me

Love begins with me

How I talk

How I listen

How I eat

How I breathe

How I write

I must live my values in order to make the world a better place

I must practice faith that what I do matters in an infinite universe