2015

Yoga Teacher Training – One Week IN!

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So I’m one week into a 200+ hour yoga teacher training on the island of Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand and it has already been an amazingly profound educational experience. Besides the 2-3 hours of intense physical practice each day, we have about 5 hours of classwork that explores anatomy, philosophy and spirituality. I love all of those things! The group consists of 26 bright-eyed students and is led by two of the most generous, kind and inspiring teachers that I’ve ever met. Last night I went for a nighttime dip in the ocean and was surprised to find myself surrounded by swirling green wisps of tiny phosphorescent algae. Highly recommended! I’m truly grateful to be here and send hugs to my loved ones back home 🙂 More updates soon…

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Yoga Training Begins on Koh Phangnan

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When in doubt, invest in yourself! 2015 was a rocky year for me. My magical powers felt muted. My usual zest for life was sluggish. My creativity had that not-so-fresh feeling… Something was out of alignment and things kept falling apart until finally I’d had enough! I decided to pack my life into storage and kick 2015 firmly in its ass by heading to a small island in Thailand for 200 hours of yoga teacher training. Do I really want to be a yoga teacher? I have no idea. What I do know is that no matter what I do after this, I will have my own well being firmly rooted at the core of it. Only after I can take care of myself, can I truly take care of anyone else

 

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My First Day Back in Bangkok. And it’s Still Beautifully Chaotic :)

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Nothing like 16 hours of sleep to start any trip off right! I woke up at guns blazing and contact lenses glued to my corneas at 6am, determined to find the suitably name Temple of Dawn. Along the way I stumbled through some gritty back alleys which reminded me of the worst things I’d smelled since the last time I was here until I happened upon some of the finest mango sticky rice that I’ve ever tasted. I never actually found the temple but apparently it’s better for sunset anyway. What I did find was some prescription strength painkillers as my body is still in WTF mode from the recent onslaught of daily yoga. It wasn’t even 8am, and the day was just getting started.

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The Aware Project and Psychedelic Advocacy

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TONIGHT, on the west side! I’m super proud of Ashley Booth​ of The Aware Project and her team of psychedelic advocates for putting on these unique and thought provoking events. In time they’ll be seen as important catalysts for increasing public understanding around what is still a taboo subject for many. Psychedelics have had a hugely positive impact on my life and allowed me to see things about myself and the world around me from new angles, providing both objective insight and increased awareness. I’m glad this conversation is beginning to be able to be held in the open, thanks to people like Ashley. Out of the closets and into the streets!!

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Keto-Cheesecake and My Inner Mother

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This morning I dropped off my buddy’s daughter at school and then picked up some ingredients for a keto-cheesecake that I’m baking for my extended family tonight. It’s not every day your buddy asks you to be the man of the house and look after his wife and daughter (not to mention goats, dogs and bunny!) when he’s away for a week. But this is exactly what happened to me and it’s been not only fun, but deeply profound to be a family man for a little while. If you are looking for a recipe for keto-cheesecake go here, otherwise if you like exploring emotions and personal growth and stuff, read on!

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Plan (and Document) your Adventures… on a MAP!

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For years I’ve created custom Google Maps for my projects. You can see The Tuxedo Travels or Cause It’s My Birthday for examples of how I’ve used them on past adventures. Thankfully Google has now made it easier than ever as a way to help plan a trip. When I’m traveling to a new place I just create a new map and begin researching places and asking friends where they think I should explore. Take this map for example, which I am in the process of making for my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia. I just throw all the pins right on the map, plus weblinks and descriptions in the pin’s “description” section. This style of visualization helps me plot my itinerary and also helps me not forget things as I travel around. Want to learn more about how to make your own? Read on!

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Learning to Trust our Intuition

When we get out of life’s way and stop clinging to how we wanted or expected it to be, we can then appreciate ourselves, others and our surroundings for how they truly are, finding beauty in the transient and the uncertain. In every moment lies an opportunity to choose how we want to see the world around us. We can choose to be victims of circumstances outside of our control, or instead choose to be powerful creators, weaving our stories through a harmony of improv and chance. Alan Watt’s said “Each of these lives is the right one. Each of these paths is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning…” So let’s relax, breathe, and begin to trust our own intuition more than ever 🙂

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Refuge on the Farm!

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Tonight I find myself at an old refuge of mine, a cliff side cottage at an organic farm in the Sierras. I met the wonderful Kern family many years ago when I’d just started doing Vipassana mediation. They provide organic veggies to the North Fork mediation center and after the course I went to visit their farm …and have visited dozens of times in the years that followed.

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My 36th Birthday Challenge… To YOU!

It’s my 36th birthday and I’m super excited about it! Ever since I was 30, I decided to use my birthday as a time to give rather than to receive. Maybe some of you remember at the project that started it all: http://causeitsmybirthday.com … So to ring in my 36th year I thought I’d ask for YOUR help in creating a love ripple far beyond my immediate circle! If you want to play here’s how it works…

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The Transformative Technology Conference

I’m incredibly grateful for all of your birthday wishes! Also I feel fortunate to doing some videography at an amazing event in Palo Alto this weekend called the Transformative Technology Conference. As you might imagine it’s a comprehensive future-facing collection of people, companies & organizations that are thinking about how technology will transform our health, wellness and even are very consciousness for the better.

What you might be more surprised by is that a conference like this would also begin the day with a Kundalini meditation and that one of the recurring themes of the presentations is the importance of continuing deep inner work on ourselves as we explore deep outer work with our projects, research and other creations. A powerful and important piece of advice to heed as we explore the unchartered territory at the intersection of our technology and our own humanity.

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