Friday, April 24, 2009

Imagine, Part 2

Imagine you are a candle, sitting in a row of several. Only one is lit, while others are untouched and perfect. Once there was a match, and that match lit the first candle. Your body and mind manifested in that candle, and it shone brightly. You learned about wick and wax, you learned how to dance in the wind, and how to burrow in the wax to avoid it. You learned how to keep the wax around you hot enough to sustain flame, without consuming too much of your body. You learned about life, you learned about war, you learned about beauty, you learned about death. Through the bright fragrance of life you lived the best you could, and the match was not in vain.

Eventually, the body was used up, but the hand that lit the match then transferred your flame to a new candle. The burning lust for life maintained, but was now manifested in a new body. New lessons were learned, and old ones were remembered. You learned how to further preserve the wax, and learned how to burn through your body with a slower pace. Again the candle was eventually consumed, and you were transferred to another. This time you learned how to burn even slower, but also learned how to burn with increased luminescence. Brighter and more slowly you burned. Again and again the candle was eventually extinguished, each time the duration of existence becoming longer, and the light becoming brighter. Eventually you learned how to maintain life within the candle without using any of the body, and you maintain perfect light forever. The hand with the match no longer needs to assist in your reincarnation, and instead lies at rest in your eternal peace.

Imagine that you live each day in this way, not as a candle but instead as a human. Further extending your intellectual stamina and luminescence. Eventually your body will expire, but your mind and experiences will be eternal.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Imagine, Part 1

You are sitting down, in the cool grass of spring. A light wind tussles your hair, but not enough to notice. Imagine you are sitting there, eyes closed, seeing the red and black illusions of the imprints of light on your retina. Focus blurs, and the weight of your body subsides. You are sitting on the top of the Earth, it falling away on all sides. The senses of sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing, all dissipate in intense focus. But you aren't focused on anything at all. Imagine, as you sit there, your legs drip away into the earth, followed by your arms and torso and head. Rivulets of skin and bone melt into the one object that sustains all life. You inhale, and the earth expands. You exhale, and the earth contracts. The tides are your sweat, moving from place to place to cool off the body. The clouds form from the evaporated sweat, and then rain down in continued sweet perspiration. Imagine as you sit there, you sink deeper and deeper into the earth, knowing nothing, but everything. You travel everywhere and nowhere simultaneously. As you sit there in the earth, searching, you fall and rise, you fly and sink, you die and become eternal, you fight and submit. Imagine you are at peace so that you don't know everything, like you wanted to, but realize that you don't need to know everything. Imagine you are at peace so that knowledge is meaningless, but awareness and fluid thought are omniscience. Imagine you sink further into the earth. You are hot, molten in temperature. All life surrounds you, but cannot survive without your heat. You steam and rupture, you boil and fly towards the surface, landing in a barren land of rock and sand, devoid of life. You sink into the earth again with powerful thought and uninterrupted concentration, and grass sprouts, flowers emerge, the desert turns into a meadow, a beautiful sanctuary of life. It spreads as fast as destruction, and continues past visible comprehension. Trees blossom and petals fall onto your concentration. Your disturbed thought is interrupted by pure beauty, and you are overcome by bliss.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

I love Life

I've been loving life more than ever lately, things just seem to be going my way. Even the bad luck I have here and there is so quickly outweighed by the wonderful adventures of life that I don't even notice the bad things anymore. I was inspired to put together a video of all of the awesome adventures I've had in the last few years that I managed to take random clips of.

Click here for the video on youtube...

Thanks so much to everyone who has provided support and love for my life and my adventures. I love this world more than I could possibly describe. Sometimes I want to shout it from the top of the world, and other times I want to ponder it in silent reverence. This is the scope of the appreciation I have for everything that we have here in this life.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another California Adventure

A couple weekends ago I went and visited my friends out in San Francisco. It was a great trip. My friend Damian had the grand opening for his new climbing gym, Bridges, and we all hung out there and climbed and slacklined. Then Andy, Libby, Bill, Maria and I went out to Lodi to try to do some jumping, but the winds were at 30 mph pretty consistently most of the weekend so we didn't end up jumping at all. Even so, it was still a great trip, and I'm really stoked to have such great friends out there. Here are a few photos of the fun.