Cosmos

I wish I would have heard about it more earlier but I am glad some of my friends got me to checkout the new Cosmos series.  I’ve only caught one or two so far and have to say it is outstanding!  I hope they have it on youtube for those of us who consciously decided years ago to turn off the TV.  What a great show… Bravo!

I have found it is much better to rely on yourself than others

In my life I have taken the path to “Cultivate my own garden” struggling to learn new skills and refining hobbies that have turned into professions all the while asking for help along the way when needed.  It is always best to rely on yourself first yet when faced with a challenge that you just can’t get through turn to others for assistance.  There is ALWAYS someone there.  ALWAYS.  No matter how dark it gets no matter how hard it is to motivate yourself to do something just visualize lifting yourself up and getting better.  You will in due time.  I know it is hard to realize it but even if it takes a very long time small steps are the best way to a long journey and you need to always start small.  If your only task is getting up out of bed, brushing your teeth and making a nice meal of scrambled eggs with turkey bacon sobeit.  You did something.  If you only got out of bed and skipped the brushing your teeth and nice nutritious meal that’s great too.  I have been in many places up, down and everywhere in between and know how difficult it is to motivate yourself to do something.  What I have learned is just try something new like a nice walk near a pond saying hi to all the beauty of mother nature, slowly walk down a bustling noisy street in some big city, lay down at a warm sunny beach somewhere in this beautiful place we named earth or cuddle up and watch a good happy movie or read an uplifting book.  Whatever it is just do it and you will thank yourself all the more and be able to do it more regularly the more you try it.  Wishing you a great day filled with great new experiences!

Your minds’ eye

To expand and grow your minds’ eye is one of the greatest gifts and challenges in life. Take each day as a new opportunity to grow its perspective.  Have meaningful conversations and listen carefully to everyone’s sliver of reality sharing hope and joy with advice and good humor all the while engaging in the struggles we all must face.

One country over everything USASRC

I don’t know seeing how things are turning out in the Ukraine I get the feeling that the United States, the Soviet Republic and China are all figuring out that the three countries can rule the entire world as one giant empire.   As my dear country America turns more communistic, China more capitalistic and Russia more fascistic where’s the wiggle room for freedom loving human beings?  I don’t know maybe just Bermuda on a nice pink sand beach?  Do you?

I’m so glad we had this time together DBT folks

Well over two months have passed and I graduated from a great learning center in Paramus New Jersey learning great mindfulness skills called Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.  I made some really great connections and certainly gained much strength and insight into the trickier parts of life from the teachers and group members.  If you are struggling with anything that challenges your well being I highly recommend checking out HFC in Paramus, New Jersey and throughout the country.  It is the best investment you can make in yourself and I appreciate the wisdom and strength I have achieved during my education there.

Don’t sweat the small stuff in life

Every now and then and sometimes more than others life throws a bunch of crap at you.  It happens to each and every one of us.  The best tool you can have is a deflector of the crap you just can’t control and a toolkit for the crap you can manage and the means to deftly figure out what crap is what.  I have been on this planet for four decades and have gotten better at it and still refining this skill over time.  It is not easy by any means and I have found some useful and somewhat comical ways of dealing with ordinary crap.  Crap on TV that is out of your control, just laugh and say those monkeys really have no clue, crap person to person realize that the person giving you their crap may be getting a lot more crap and trying to dish it out instead of holding onto it and your own personal crap don’t hold onto it hoping to get a special prize you won’t.  Because as you age you learn that there is nothing worse than holding onto crap and the faster you get rid of it or purge it from your system the generally happier you will become.  Never cry at crap, you can get a little bit angry then turn that anger into a witty joke and joke about it with others who probably dealt with the same crap sometime in their life.  And don’t ever forget to take a crap to get rid of the crap from the day before and wash your hands after you wipe.  Enjoy your day, hope it isn’t too crappy… Cheers!

Would you like to hear some really cool music?

I know in today’s world of fast food and over rotated mass media it is always nice to enjoy a delicate buffet of interesting and inspiring media morsels.  So why not sit back and listen to over 200 carefully crafted sonic compositions by yours truly and pickup a copy or two to support my life long addiction to the unusual and unique fickle creations of my ever expanding minds eye.  Check out this link and play all the songs, I am sure you will get somewhere if you just burn some incense or light a candle and close your eyes and do some deep breathing.  Enjoy!  www.reverbnation.com/askjohn

Be sure to click “Play All” for hours of listening pleasure taking you on a personal musical journey around the multiverse.