Walking Tall

“We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.”-Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

 

Sit up straight brothers, I’m gonna put lead in your pencils. In america our posture sucks for a number of reasons; the biggest reason, we don’t know why we woke up today. It was probably because your alarm clock went off, but that doesn’t put lead in your pencil. Next, you most likely did a bunch of monotonous tasks like put on a pot of coffee, turn on the news, and, “Oh, I’ve got five minutes, sup youjizz.com.” You did all of that, why? Because you didn’t know what to do before class or work-and why are you going to work again?

Look there’s nothing wrong with having a morning routine, or a job. I have a morning routine and I love it, but that’s because I’m waking up to do things that matter, like playing music, learning about nutrition, and exploring what’s really going on inside of us all. My routine helps me get to a state of mind that is creative and spontaneous, which makes the things I like to do even more spiritual and pleasurable. There used to be a time when I tried to force a morning routine to get to places I didn’t feel like being, but that was dreadful. Who the fuck wants to get up early to try and get pumped for some bullshit job thats unfulfilling and consumes a third of your day? Not me. Then we try to sleep for a third of the day just so we have energy to do shit we don’t want to do and yet we can’t sleep once we lay down, or we sleep way too much and still feel tired. It’s ridiculous and it’s our own faults.

So how do we fix this perpetual state of drag and dread? The answer is slowly and methodically. We will not have the poise of Brad Pitt, or Buddha overnight, but change will happen with time. So, let us not waste the time we do have to invoke change. Stop; change is a bad word. I don’t want to change who you are, I love that person, and so do many other people. What I want to help you with is cultivating that awesomeness inside of you and help it evolve.

 

1) You don’t have to save the world, but you do have to have a purpose for living in it.

Whether its philanthropy or physics, music or movies, or simply tinkering with cars, do it. Do more of it. There is no excuse to not make life about what you love in some way, shape, or form. All those bills and random errands that we pretend are super important aren’t, and even if you focus your free time into doing things you want to do you will still get those other things done (check out Parkinsons Law).

Think about all of the times you procrastinate, you still get it done. True, it may not be your best work, but fuck that work if its meaningless. I’m not saying don’t do it, I’m saying put all that shit second to why you wake up in the morning. You put yourself here to create, experiment, and learn, so its time to start.

 

2) Own your posture.

In The Dude and The Zen Master Jeff Bridges and his friend Bernie Glassman, who is a real Zen Master, discuss Zen in very American terms. One of the chapters is titled, “It’s Down There Somewhere, Let Me Take Another Look.” This chapter discusses how we try so hard to change everything but ourselves. What we fail to realize is that the problem isn’t the world, it’s us. We have let it come to the state it is in and we need to quit blaming everyone for our situations. We always try to run away to some “other shore.” We get there and, “Oh, this isn’t right either, I will try that one” The problem is inside. We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

That body is yours, and when you’re slumped, or tilted, you’re not even in your own body-but, where the hell are you supposed to be? If you are somewhere you don’t want to be, make it fun somehow, or use that time to write, or plan, or explore something you do care about. Thinking can be useful, but not when its a constant cycle of the same thoughts and scenarios. That’s simply a waste of energy that could be better used, well anywhere. We all need to stop being wasteful. Sit up straight, get some air into your lungs, and show people that YOU are here to do something.

 

3) Become aware

To develop great awareness we must first be aware of ourselves. Think of one of the best times of your life for a few minutes. It only needs to be a simple memory, but try to relive it.

How does your body feel? Probably, light and loose, and you may even feel some energy circulating. This is good. Now try a terrible memory and notice the changes in your body. Your stomach may tighten, your breath probably got shallow, and overall, you just don’t feel good.

The reason for this is the psycho-somatic connection our bodies and minds have. Our physical body influences our minds just as much as our minds influence our physical bodies. This feature of consciousness can be used to drive creativity and spontaneity, and overall it can help you feel like the person you want to be, you. There is obviously another side to this coin; you can allow your thoughts and feelings to rule your posture, and environment, in a negative way. Just simply allow every little negative possibility you create to be a reason for inaction.

Stanislavski, the famous Russian actor and director, made it his life’s mission to find a way to teach actors how to experience, and express, true emotions on stage. He described his search as, “the conscious means to the unconscious.” He called it, “The Method of Physical Action,” and the main idea is that the inner world is expressed through the outerworld. This is why monks are chill as fuck. They have cleared up all that garbage inside and gotten down to what really matters. For most of them it is helping other people do so too.

 

Let’s try and clear up the bullshit that we have allowed to clutter our minds. All I can really do is get you started, so here’s an idea.

 

Phase I:

Get up early on a day off and give yourself 3-4 hours before you “have to do something.” Next, sit or lay down and feel your breath. Take some deep breaths and do some stretching to work out that tension. When you inhale feel yourself expanding and when you exhale feel yourself collapsing. Take a minimum of 15 minutes to actually feel like you belong in your body. You don’t have to touch your toes or roll into some fancy yoga pose, just get out of your head and into your body for a change.

When you feel nice and loose you can eat a nice breakfast, drink coffee and continue to relax or move to Phase II, but under no circumstances should you read or watch TV. This isn’t necessarily your new routine, just a new day.

 

Phase II:

Think about what things you really love to do, and what makes you happy. Write it down. Take the time to explore this and don’t just write down, “be with my girlfriend,”  or something lame like that. This is about you and yourself, so your writing needs to be about something skillful and, hopefully, child-like.

Lastly, start doing something you love…TODAY FUCKER! The time is now, and tomorrow never comes! Even if its just buying a book on the thing(s) you love, you need to begin nourishing it/ them. There will still be ups and downs, but they make a hell of a lot more sense when you’re experiencing them for a reason.

 

Walk tall brothers and sisters. Waste not a moment, and above all, LOVE.

 

Peace be the journey,

 

Flow

 

Cool links and further reading:

The Dude and The Zen Master by Bernie Glassman

 

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

 

Elliot Hulse “The Truth about Deep Breathing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biFfR2sZGvA

http://www.highexistence.com/the-art-of-meditation-stop-being-a-zombie/

Field Report: Day 27, “Get Dusty”

Filed Report, Day 27, 9/14/2013

[12:00pm BWW]

We began the day by enjoying frosty beverages at Buffalo Wild WIngs for the Michigan VS Akron football game. Michigan had a sub par performance, but our drinking efforts helped the D hold Akron’s offense to no points on their final drive of the game. [Great job team].

[4:07pm BWW]

A floosy at the bar gives us coordinates to a party being held later that evening. She’s a  cute, sporty girl that likes to party; we will see her later.

[5:00pm Base]

Smoke, drink, jam.

[7:38pm Base]

Shit, shower, shave, and commence pregamming. The men are in a wild state tonight; “Runaround Sue” and “Get Lucky” are on repeat and everyone’s hair looks immaculate. We polished off a case and then bought deucers of Milwaukee’s Best Ice, The Beast. Thumper is hesitant to leave base.

[10:17pm, Party]

The party appears solid, so we move into action. We quickly divided ourselves into teams of two for beer pong and field reporting. Team Pink Panty Droppers dominated the beer pong tourny with ease then proceeded to join the rest of the team on the dance floor.

[12:34am Party]

The dance floor is poppin’ with babes and the way they shake makes the entire team hungry. Flow slams the rest of his Beast  and proceeds to the parking lot with Fratboy for fresh air. The fresh air makes Flow puke, so Fratboy  suggests the two drop a fat dag  before they head back in.

Meanwhile, back inside the party Pinball continues to cut rugs. His shoes are now off  and all of the black people in the party have surrounded him to see what he’s got. He twerks, twists and shakes his way to a stunning performance. Fratboy, Flow, and Buck walk in and see the end of the show and watch in awe as Pinball struts over with a smile and a woman on each arm; The Floosy and friend.

[12:56am]

The women dig us and call their friends to meet us at base; this pleases the team and our spirits are at a high for the day.

[1:10 am Base]

All of Floozy’s friends are 7’s and higher, 21 and up and the Mad Men move in. We smoke and the girls point out the guitars. Jam time; they don’t stand a chance. Fratboy goes outside to piss and he vomits something disturbing, but he shakes it off because the field report hasn’t been closed. Governing dynamics is put into affect and Big Buck heads up stairs with his night’s taking.

[2:03am Base]

The women have heard enough music to make their hearts stop and pants wet, so Flow and Pinball head to their respective quarters with The Floosy and a friend for after parties. Thumper takes his chocolate princess into The Fortress for sexy time and the Fratboy smashes out on the couch.

Field Report: Successful for all members

Signed: Flow