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Consciousness and Street Art in Penang, Malaysia

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I’ve been having really vivid dreams lately in which I’ve been practicing compassion for abrasive and intolerant people. Haha! I think it’s a result of recently beginning to practice meditative discipline outside of the regular sitting position, like when walking or eating. So since I’m thinking about *how* I’m thinking a lot more it’s coming up without needing much prompting… Like in my dreams! Cool, huh?

I’m in the Kuala Lumpur airport, waiting for my connecting flight back to Chiang Mai and writing a little piece about what consciousness is; if it’s something we can gain and influence, and if so whether it or not universal values can be defined to aid us in this quest. Over spicy noodles! Meanwhile here is some street art from George Town, Penang.

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OK Go’s Upside Down and Inside Out Latest Music Video

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Fun fact for my new friends! A company I cofounded in 2009 with a few of my buddies (which we later sold in 2012) was called Syyn Labs​ . Our claim to fame was that we made the Rube Goldberg Machine music video for OK Go 6 years ago. How time flies 🙂 The video is now at 50m+ views on YouTube! Now the band has released their latest video called “Upside Down and Inside Out” and it’s yet another masterpiece of lunacy! Good job guys. And if you’re one of the few people who HASN’T seen the RGM machine video, here’s the link to that one.  STILL A CLASSIC!

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Walking Meditation and the Motorcycle Accident

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It was a day of adventure, from Lod Cave to Pai Canyon! And after a body melting two hour coconut oil massage back in Pai, I decided to get some tea at the night market before walking home. As I walked I watched for any cravings I experienced as the aromatic smells of the food stalls wafted all around me. After one week of juice fasting, I’m impressed that I’m not feeling more tempted! I attempted to just enjoy witnessing the pleasure of others as they ate dumplings, grilled corn, and all sorts of fried and BBQd goodies. Humorously, I seem to be at ease in the extremes, but moderation remains so elusive! Step by step 🙂

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A Trippy Little Village Called Pai

I’m in a trippy little village called Pai in the north of Thailand and I’m about to go deep. Pai kind of feels like a fantasyland. There’s restaurants for all types of diets, lots of small bars with live music, cafes serving refreshing shakes and juices and places to stay that often have fun features like art galleries or scenic sunset views. There’s even a circus school perched on the hill overlooking the town below. Like most Thai towns the street food is cheap and delicious and 1hr long Thai massages are at a record low for the trip at 150baht ($4.50! Wtf! I get one pretty much every day now. The village has a fun, creative flair and many of the walls are dotted with humorous or thought provoking murals, signage and caricatures. It’s a welcome break from city life with cleaner air and a good amount of open space, especially just outside of the main town center when it opens up into hills and paddies.

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Solitude vs. Community and Spiritual Bypassing

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FAST FOOD! Cooking your street food, while your buddy drives to the market!

Sheesh, I’ve felt uncharacteristically sad and lonely recently! As an experiment, I found an apartment down a featureless alley on the edge of Chiang Mai for the last couple of weeks. The intention was to have minimal distractions from other people, touristy adventures and to minimize any time spent on creative or professional projects, just to see how I deal with myself. I can say that during this time, I touched the edges of divine bliss and intense despair.

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When a Simple Visit to a Temple Gets Deep!

When a simple Sunday adventure to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a beautiful hillside temple just outside of Chiang Mai, gets deep! As I was descending the hundreds of steps a question formed in my mind: How can I best be of service to the world, while still remaining in service to myself? I added the latter part as it was often something I neglected to do in the past. Further consideration (during an amazing Thai massage with soul sibling Roxanne Ruby smile emoticon led me to another, possibly more focused way of asking this question: How might I best use my time, energy and unique skills to most effectively expand consciousness for myself and my species?

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Accepting That Sometimes You Just Need An Open Return Ticket Home

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Well I just officially slept through my return flight home. No alarm went off. No taxi came. In fact I was 100s of miles away from the Bangkok airport in the mountains of northern Thailand. Just as I planned it! Because that was my *original* flight… and I now have an open return ticket!

I just finished a 20 day meditation course on “Acceptance”. During each session I was prompted to ask myself “Who or what am I resisting in my life, right now?” At first I was quick to think I wasn’t resisting anything. I’m totally peaceful! But then as usual this meditation business got deeeeeep! Ha!

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528hz Gelato in Ubud, Bali

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Back in Ubud and it’s hard to not feel like I’m in a more tropical, more dense Venice, CA. Take this vegan gelato shop for example which lists both 528hz AND crystal essences as base ingredients for their gelato. New age vegan health nuts rejoice! Personally I’m feeling healthier already and definitely spoilt for any future gelato that isn’t properly tuned. Also have I mentioned how much I love all the pools in Bali? Here’s me straight chilling at a water palace over new years that used to be just for royal guests… Now they’ll let just about anybody in apparently

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A Strange Sickness in Amed, Bali

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Soon after getting my advanced Scuba license in the small fishing town of Amed, Bali I started feeling not so great. 3 Days later I am finally emerging from a really strange post NYE sickness in which my nervous system itself went awry. Each time I moved I felt the fingernails-on-a-chalkboard sensation throughout my body. Eeesh! Nothing makes you appreciate your health, as well as friends and family like being sick and by yourself on the other side of the world! Ha! On the flip side, being bedridden prompted me to immerse myself in CRUX, the second novel in the Nexus trilogy, which is so trippy and engaging that I didn’t put it down until I finished it, which is also conveniently right around the time that I felt much better… If the following summary sounds good to you, check it out! “In a future not so far from ours, the ingestible and illegal drug/technology called Nexus can link human minds electronically, wirelessly, nearly telepathically. There are some who want to improve it, some who want to eradicate it, and others who just want to exploit it. From San Francisco to Bangkok, from Beijing to Delhi, Nexus is a thrill-ride through a world on the brink of explosion.”

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3 Steps to Delicious Success in Candidasa

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STEP 1: Befriend Peng, a local Balinese fisherman.
STEP 2: Get invited to his house to meet his family.
STEP 3: Stay for an epic BBQ fish dinner!
… and now back on the road, bound for Amed on the north east tip of Bali to scuba dive some WW2 wrecks!

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