I am sitting in a café in the united states. it is a very different place than when I stopped going to them years ago. upon waking each morning, I would head with sketchbooks to go brainstorm, as it was watching people that gave me so many ideas. Then after post 9-11 something shifted in me and the homogenization of a café, where it simply was no longer interesting. watching how people all stare into their mobile devices and avoid humans right next to them, call it a homogenization of social carfe behavior? well, it got really boring, really fast. that is when I switched to a different way to brainstorm.
this morning, the meditation teacher was moving me slowly into actual yoga. his methodology made perfect sense to me, despite a few friends wives, where were all nice yoga teachers all seeming to approach it like ed parker did to martial arts with his karate studios in America. The Qi of the east seems to have been bulldozed with the performance and pay for your belt accolades of the west. Despite doing exercise and fitness and praying a lot, I knew my heart and head were out of balance. in a few basic yoga positions after still meditation and then learning walking meditation techniques. we did some sequences that had me sweating and laughing to myself, “just be and attach to nothing while my body gets twisted around.”
it was AFTER the twisting and bending that what he taught with silence and meditation transferred into what yoga probably is, versus a bunch of folks thinking it is simply a form of exercise. I had to marvel at how the western exercise I have been doing was beneficial to the eastern movements. in time the two will balance out just as the mind and heart will as well.
I guess that is what has gotten out of whack with society, and perhaps this is what the monks have been trying to teach me, that is very difficult for me. it is to learn to have a bit of all the virtues and give up your pride and learn humility. to anyone that is in any competitive environment, this philosophy seems opposite of the reality of the type of edge and heart you want or need. but the idea of “winner take all” is no longer part of me as the world scales up with market cap and funny money. our merry group of skunkworks folks will stay way under the radar and hope to help some folks. while the idea of changing the world is cool, I think you lose a great deal of balance.
this balance is interesting to me, and it is something I have been chasing. I already know how much time, effort, and work goes into being really great at something. while everyone is born with certain gifts and talents, I don’t know anyone at the top that doesn’t work and practice each day.
what I notice as I look around a lot of America is how we have become a nation of watchers and eaters that require our larger systems to be more entertainment than sport or actual talent. I watched joe Walsh in an effort of Daryl halls house internet show from 2012 and he was from an era where people played and recorded because they didn’t have instant edits or the engineer cutting and pasting the phonetics of a note, and then running it through auto tune to make a song.
I just sent a note to an ex DARPA psychologist who posted some interesting content in games and simulation. I always wonder where all the dark money budgets really go to with nation states, and in the past 20 years, you have companies like google taking the moniker of “do no evil” off their masthead. if you look at the various acquisitions and moves they have made with alphabet, you know full well they are into some really interesting ideas. the question of ethics, seems more and more like the wild west anymore. it only applies to if you are being persecuted.
Now I am chuckling at my silicon valley Brainiac friends all lamenting how they didn’t get there FU money fast enough. perhaps that is the odd part of my current journey in life. we have a plethora of products and ideas for people to help change without drugs or external stuff – yet – it sort of goes against the grain of the best way to get the overall balance. I don’t know of any way to do that except work on it each day with discipline and ideally with great teachers.
the shortage in our world is great teachers. what do I mean by great? there are a lot of very good teachers that can present the message of things to learn, but in the area of balance and overall health, there is the idea of “to heal another, you must first heal yourself.” that last line was taught to me by one of the few people I have met on the planet that I would consider to be operating at a different state of energy that most of us. there are a lot of folks with amazing minds and the ability to think and process I know An odd part is they usually have the emotional intelligence of a two year old having a tantrum.
I am happy no one reads these blog message. it is like the SR-71 simulator. it was built in the middle of a shopping center. if you want to hide something, place it is full sight…like the internet – just don't’ connect to anything
forgive the digression. what I wanted to try to articulate is there is a balance between mind, body, emotions, and spirit. we are living in a time where I don’t see too many trying to bring that balance back in – yet – if they did, how much more sane, peaceful, and productive their time and lives would be.
I found out this morning with the new poses and positions after the meditation that allowed the energy to go into the area of the body and allow me the path to try to walk out this state in all I do. with the monks, they have this idea of constant prayer, yet, except for a few learned monks, few of the preachers and teachers that are teaching “how” actually “know” how to do it themselves.
interesting times we live in. the coming tech wave can be really great for humanity. what amazing things it will help us do. yet, there is a part of me that has to look back at human history and realize most of the tech will be for fear, insecurity, or escaping ones reality. oh yeah, it has to be monetized as well, scaled across the planet, and used for some sort of control based on whatever political, military, economic, religious or other power base one can come up with.
it really is very simple. just be still and let go. sounds so easy, no?