A brain only knows what it has circuitry in place to comprehend. Wisdom is only as useful as your most earnest awareness of the brain’s confusion. In the speed of life, cells regenerate without ever asking your permission; you evolve from within by the authority gained by becoming more and more curious about the goldenness of your existence.
What does this mean in the corridor where the punch clock ticks? It means:
Freedom is a learned skill. The brain needs You to teach it how to dance with greatness.
Excerpt from Joybroker Math - available on Amazon.com.
we could be meeting *right now*
in the intimate expanse
of Your liberated heart...
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When people want to know about my journey of self-cultivation and spiritual practice, I tend to forget to mention items you might consider key resume points. I've been practicing meditation and Qi Gong (a potent martial art and healing modality) for more than 26 years. I've practiced Reiki (a Japanese modality) for 16 years. I earned a Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine through a rigorous four-year course of study at PCOM. I've taught and/or mentored more than 300 students and served hundreds of clients - privately and in the workplace.
When spurred to answer the question: what is the source of your spiritual practice? my mind immediately conjured scenes from my life in the mundane, so-called "real" world. The 12 years I spent in corporate cubicles and myriad jobs I've held as a writer, editor, journalist and temp-for-hire. Why? Because deep spiritual practice begins and ends in the real context of everyday life. To activate it, all you have to do is tune in with reverence and clear intent.
You think: I want a spiritual practice, but it's out there and I'm stuck here for now, so it will have to come later.
I was talking to a guy one day who wanted to know how I had developed my spirituality. He was clearly disappointed by what I didn't say.
I didn't start telling him about five years I (never) spent in a Zen monastery or the pilgrimage I (haven't) made to a proverbial Mecca. I didn't name a great master I had apprenticed with or describe a lightning bolt or burning bush incident from my enlightened journey.
I told him how I learned to listen to people who sat in my cubicle at work.
How my dad taught me to stand on my head.
How I lived in Southeast Asia, Japan, Mexico, the Caribbean and the freeway jungles of Southern California.
Somehow this didn't seem spiritual enough to him.
Truth is, my spiritual development has come through every job I've held, every person I've listened to, all of the books I've read and the way I've learned to see through them - and that includes Tom Robbins and Gary Larson as much as it includes Thich Naht Han, the Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron. It's through watching Inside the Actors Studio and from taking long walks in New York City. It's from Alfonso Cuaron and from Caroline Myss. It's from listening to my life and being actively curious about yours.
My spiritual training has been most poignant and valuable in the least obvious places: working in a law firm processing claims against people seeking workers comp; working for a government contractor developing SATCOM systems to support war-time actions; working for an HVAC engineer who couldn't stand architects - and meeting the architects who couldn't stand him - then seeing them all collaborate to build a new hospital in downtown LA; writing about baseball for a publication called The Alien in Osaka Japan; working data entry for a company that refinanced RV purchases - reading the letters people sent to justify their need; sorting photos in a summer job for a portrait photographer; selling candy in a hotel shop.
All of these were high spiritual training grounds.
And the same is true for your life.
Sitting at that traffic light = pure meditative practice.
Engaging the eyes of the cashier = deep compassion and learning.
Being curious about those who disappoint you = building trust in the holy contour of life.
Meeting deadlines, showing up for work, saying hello in the office kitchen, choosing what you watch on television - and with whom - choosing what music plays while you run errands - choosing how you start your day and how you say goodnight -
this is spiritual practice.
You ARE the monk in the monastery
and everyone you meet is your apprentice
and everyone you meet is your guru
and every choice you make either furthers your growth or seizes it
and you are the guide within the guiding rotation of your life.
choose each other
choose to smile more easily
choose to forgive more quickly
choose to wonder rather than know
choose to retain the value of knowing
choose to study
choose to forget
choose to be well
choose to engage right now
in this moment
wherever you are
appreciative of the many things that are working
cognizant of what you long to improve
celebrating the vivid texture of your life
it's all yours
you are it
and we need you
to wake up
and be free
The question is: can you wield this metaphor? Cultivate substance worthy of true light. Words and Music (c) Laurie Perez
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Scientific fact: your heart runs on electricity. Seven days a week, sixty seconds per minute, decades upon decades — your heart’s electric.
This is not some groovy new-age metaphor; a fact’s a fact. (look up “bundle of HIS” (pronounced “hiss”) and you’ll see I mean what I say).
And so — the question worth asking is: WHAT’s providing all the juice?
Your heart runs on electricity. But what is it plugged into?
Whatever your mind is tuned to, that’s your power source.
Plug in to stories of how hard life is: that becomes the current funding your pulse. Plug in to stories of resilience and openness: that is the voltage moving you forward.
Take me literally once again — because science has proven that electrical signals from the heart technically shape and/ or warp the emotional centers in the brain. When life sucks, choose the way you tell your story carefully — try boosting yourself up, letting go of awkward confusions or too-hard conclusions, and start declaring to the very air that drives your inner sails: I choose to like being Me, no matter what circumstances surround my heart. I OWN this pulse and the next one, too.
I prefer to exist on sparks of brilliance too luminous to suffer faulty wiring or victimized mechanics. The heart is the
first full organ that forms your whole body in the womb. It starts untinged and beats accordingly, one spark of innocent power after another, while you catch up to the truth of your existence.
Life is luxury.
Excerpt from Joybroker Math
Where is Earth anchored?
By gravity to a star bigger than heat can imagine.
Where is that star anchored?
On the slender arm of a whirling galaxy, joined with suns it takes old men lifetimes to count.
Then where is this great galaxy anchored?
In a neighborhood of others like it, with yards of mystery stretching between them.
But where is this cohesion of stellar networks anchored?
In the mind willing to cut loose the anchor.
We are the beat love arrives in. We are the pulse that gives it moments of true expansion. Our lifetime together can be a struggle to rein it in, or a party uncontainable — there is no anchor on the liberty to choose one way or the other.
No floor. No ceiling. The Earth, a round being, spins on even while we're yawning, sighing, sobbing, striving, dancing together or apart... Steady roundness with no actual beginning or end point, and no pedestal on which to sigh and rest, or snap a selfie with her 7 billion selves. What makes this meaningful
is You, tuning in.
What makes this precarious scenario so immeasurably beautiful
is life, receiving You.
What makes this all make sense?
The bliss of realizing
the anchor in your heart is gone for good.
Sept. 22, 2015
I am authorized to crack open the safe, to rewrite the fortune in the cookie, to awaken Love from deepest sleep.
May this be your claim on the universe - in moments when smallness rudely points in a direction opposing where your dreams are headed, notice that you alone own the choice of which way to move. You, by the very nature of your aliveness, have been authorized to shift gears as needed. Craft a story you like better than the one you woke up in yesterday... This very minute: be the fortune cracking open the sweet shell handcrafted to contain it.
There's no question in my mind: we all need allies. Allies in resilience — allies in transcendence — re-emergence and resurgence — allies who cheer and nudge, share and inspire a laugh, those who tirelessly remind us of the good in us.
Being human is a worthy choice — a perilous, wonderful, mysterious choice made somewhere in the depths of your most mischievous soul who wants to feel a real embrace, go beyond the mere theory of taste.
Days grow brighter when humans choose to be better stewards of the emotions that connect us one to another – and to the potential for joy in this ride.
Let's be stars
to each other.
Survey a million people on the street and all will tell you they know compassion and kindness are healthy attributes.
Survey the same million and they will admit they don’t know how to make that work in daily life.
How to Have Compassion
for Those Who Do Harm
Why in the world would you even want to?
Because it sets you free.
Be prolific. Be bold. Be humble. Be real. Write it down, give it form.
Create in nourishing context.
Exquisitely and Routinely
The first step in getting anything done is showing up in the space where that thing takes shape.
If you want to wash a bowl, you’ve got to stand at the sink where the water runs.
If you want to get a bachelors, or masters, or PhD in X-Y-Z, you’ve got to enter into agreements with teachers and masters and academic button-pushers.
If you want to write a novel, you’ve got to spend time with your characters and show up ready to write.
If you want a meaningful, elegant life, you’ve got to start each day as if you’re right in the middle of exactly that: meaning and bliss, your projection from within illuminates this and that context.
Clear the space inside and show up, radiant grace-haven that you are, there’s work worth doing and it’s not the least bit hard. Your heart’s pre-coded to elevate the best you’ve got; upgrades and challenges, just enough to keep it interesting — love songs and power outages, wisdom in the dark — a clean and empty bowl, a degree in self-mastery, a story that matters, the meaning you impart simply by existing, exquisitely and routinely choosing to be more.
The most amazing thing about life
is that you're in it.