Of New Sites And Things

Hola!

Whew! I’ve been busy! I am sure you have too!  Life in the modern information age is a whirlwind.  Especially when you enter into the realm of information products.

That’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months.  I have stared working doing web site design work for SimpleWealth clients.  I’ve also launched a new site of my own about the book I have finally gotten off to my first readers.  You can check that out if you’d like.  It’s http://thetruthisyou.com/

It’s been a rock solid blast and I have learned a lot about the ins-and-outs of information marketing, presenting your expertise to the world, and packaging your successful results into systems for other people to use.  It’s been a learning roller-coaster of awesome proportions!

Anyways, as things settle in more I plan on coming back to this blog as well as putting out my own offering for helping people get their own expertise out there in the information market place.

Stay tuned!

A Measuring Stick For Behaving Well

Diane Musho Hamilton has a great post over at her blog that inspired me today – Simply Uncool. It’s a great piece and reminded me of a distinction I got this one time at Burning Man

Don’t be that guy.

We all know examples.  This is the guy (or gal) who does something incredibly inappropriate at a high-school party, like trying to hit on the host’s Mom.  Or, the guy at Burning Man who keeps interrupting everyone to tell them how they should be doing what they’re doing.  Or, the layman in a sangha who snickers when someone asks a novice question at the Q & A after a dharma talk.  Or, the goober who always posts derisive, dismissive posts on Facebook threads making light of something held serious by the poster.

We all know that guy behavior when we see it.  Thing is that that guy seems to float about, doesn’t he? It’s a phenomenon we all inevitably partake of.  It’s those moments when we should have known better.  Those split-seconds where the words come out a fraction faster than we can catch them.  Where we behave as if no one could ever know.

We have all been that guy a time, or two (or three, or seventy-five.)  Luckily now I, and you, have a mantra to remind us to check in on our behavior.  We can hold what we are doing against our remembrance of the shenanigans of that guy, and if we are being that guy we can cut it out! (This time… maybe… heh…)

P. S. ~ Thanks Muse!

A Brave Meditation Manifesto

Great post by Farnoosh over at the Prolific Living blog, A Manifesto for Meditation.  Give it a read!

It falls very much in line with something I was pondering after my meditation practice this morning.  My own frustration when thoughts come up to distract me during meditation.  My own relationship with random thoughts showing up has softened a great deal over the time of my own daily meditation (today was day 1284.)  For the most part I just watch them float by.  When I do get caught up in them, and subsequently notice that I have been caught up, I note that and then watch it float by.  This is easiest to do when the thoughts aren’t particularly troublesome.  But, occasionally very negative images and impulses do come up.  I used to have the habit of strongly denying them.  Now, however, I have come to see that such creatures popping up are not invasions, but are rather the monsters of disowned shadow elements of my own existence being found by the growing allowance for the light of awareness to travel where it may.

I am in strong agreement with Ken Wilber and the other teachers of the the spiritual wing of the Integral Institute that meditation is not a proper therapeutic model for nearly all psychological troubles.  It is wonderful though for bringing those troubles into the light of awareness so that they are not so easy to deny.  In meditation when these beasts get seen and make a show, we would do well to be grateful for their appearance and the chance to consciously seek an effective means of integrating and adjusting them.

The sweeping beam of attention that meditation trains us to use consciously will not always show pretty things, but it will show us what is.  It can give us the opportunity to face what is honestly rather than hiding from it to be ambushed at unpleasant times.  We can re-meet these aspects of ourselves and find a way to transform their negativity into constructive and skillful means.  Meditation will not do that for us, but it will reveal the issues so that we can use therapies tailor made for them.

I am grateful for finding the discarded pieces of my particular manifestation, even if I don’t always wish that they existed.