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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Instead of pain there is peace, stillness and joy. Instead of loss of Being there is reconnectedness with Being. Instead of external substitutes for joy there is an inner joy which is independent of external conditions. “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”"You abide in Being — unchanging, timeless, deathless — and you are no longer dependent for fulfilment or happiness on the outer world.”
In place of separation is a two-fold connectedness. To be present is to become reconnected both with Being itself, and with all other beings. Presence is a “state of felt oneness with Being … connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible … that is essentially you and yet is much greater than you.”That in turn enables us to enter into deeper relationships with others. “Coming from Being, you will perceive another person’s body and mind as just a screen … behind which you can feel their true reality, as you feel yours … Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures.
Rather than resisting life as it actually is in the present moment, one accepts it for what it is, without labelling or judgment. “Allowing it to be as it is … takes you beyond the mind with its resistance patterns …”
Tolle speaks not only of acceptance of what is, but also of surrender to it. This “is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life … to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation.”
This may easily be misunderstood, and Tolle goes on to explain that he is not suggesting anyone should accept for evermore some unpleasant situation in life. That is mere resignation. Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon, changing our attitude so we accept how things are at this moment. Then we can act positively to change the ongoing situation, and such positive action is likely to be far more effective than if it arose out of the anger, frustration or despair of resistance.
Simply listen to the voice in the head (the thoughts of the thinking mind), without judging or condemning what you hear, until you are aware both of the voice, and of your own presence listening to it. More generally, observe not only your thoughts but also your emotions and the way you react in various situations, again without judging or analyzing or making a problem out of it. “Just watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction” until you become aware of your own still, observing presence, “the silent watcher.”
Thanks to all my boys for all the support during the last unforgettable trips. We are about to embark on another journey.
More to come.
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Saturday, April 30th, 2011
To what lenght do we go for something that we are extremely passionate about? Well, most of us that want something bad, we strive through anything…blood, sweat and tears. In this case, Klown was back at the shop to do yet another tremendous tattoo. After going strong for over ten hours, Klown’s client powered through without complaint, even when there was a power outage in the entire block for the last half hour of tattoo. In order to finish up, we referred to a rather unorthodox method. We opened up the doors to the shop and drove Gustavo Lopez’s car inside in order to run it as a generator for Klown’s equipment because there was no sign of quitting from Klown nor his client. It was quite a night.
Even with a limited amount of lighting, Klown did what he does best.
Although the power was out, everyone hung around like any other day. We enjoyed each other’s company eventhough it was a little hard to see inside the shop.
Shout out to the homie Shorty.