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Let the cosmos take hold

tcr! · May 9, 2019 at 8:29 am

Budding chives

Do you ever wrestle with something for months on end?

Never making any ground, toiling away in frustration?

Knowing full well what the spiritual solution is but not being able to incorporate?

And then wake up one morning after a restless night with a feeling that something finally clicked?

And then from the bottom of your soul shout FREEDOM in your best Mel Gibson?

I hope so because it’s a beautiful thing.

Healing is a process. It really is.

And often times I can’t decide how I want to be. I just have to let go and let the cosmos take hold.

#photos #advancedsoul

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oscuroluna · May 9, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Absolutely! And funny enough, sometimes the things I wrestle with are things that I thought were ‘done away’ with in the past but somehow resurface, and for good reason! Some of the lessons and things I wrestle with might have multiple parts for multiple times, but each time I come out of it with a new understanding (including the ‘why’ of it being something I struggle with in the first place).

tcr! tcr! · May 10, 2019 at 7:36 am

Yes! I’ve had more than one struggle reappear because it hadn’t been put completely to bed just yet.

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fishtankbabe · May 9, 2019 at 1:16 pm

I wish this would happen to me. ๐Ÿ˜ž

tcr! tcr! · May 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

It will!

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100 percent decent

tcr! · May 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

Jesus peace statue Blue and black man

You guys remember when Bill and Ted said, “be excellent to each other.”

I loved that line and that movie but being excellent all the time is hard. Like I’m driving and some fuckwad cuts me off, and then comes to a near complete stop when turning right. Excellence is the about the last thing in my fingertips.

Put them in the iron maiden

You guys know about washing machines and when they agitate clothes. I can feel a similar emotional agitation.

But then one time early in the morning while Sara was asleep I read something most triumphant in her Pema pocket book:

be 100 percent decent

After reading her words I felt a momentary peaceful release. We don’t have to be heroes. We don’t have to be Lincoln or Socrates. We only need to be decent in life.

It’s easy for me to hold myself to high standards and then end up disappointed when I fall short.

I can be decent though.

Most of the time.

PS- the photos are from Sara and I’s rental when we were in Louisville at the end of March. The statue and the painting were both romantically in the bedroom. They kinda/sorta go with this post.

#photos #advancedsoul

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tam.the.terrible · May 2, 2019 at 11:38 am

Put them in the Iron Maiden lol

tcr! tcr! · May 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm

One of the best lines ever ๐Ÿ˜Š

tam.the.terrible · May 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Indeed!

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Back to regular life

tcr! · Apr 19, 2019 at 9:56 am

Do you know what I really hate?

When somebody is being over-the-top nice after they’ve fucked something up.

Do you know what I really like?

When someone offers up a sincere apology and then gets on with the day.

Own it. Regret it. Forget it.

Take five minutes, have a real conversation, and then go back to regular life.

If I don’t acknowledge I can come across like an unsympathetic magician. Trying to trick you into paying attention to my magic rabbit and hat. All the while my other hand is holding a bloody knife. I’m not fooling anyone.

And then if I’m dancing around like an out-of-the-ordinary, out-of-control ballerina with an obviously fabricated sugary song and dance, it only makes whatever transgression worse. It prolongs the distress.

Human alien hybrid riding pegasus

Elaine said to me seven years ago, “…and don’t grovel.”

I get “wanting to make it better” with flowers from up my sleeve and I’m sure I’ve tried to pull rosy ruses myself. But keep it to a minimum. Otherwise it’s a black reminder. The fuck up lingers like a red rubber band, stretching the hurt out for way longer than it needs to.

Humility. Brevity. Authenticity. I won’t go wrong with these.

#relationships #advancedsoul

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Momma J Momma J · Apr 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

Great philosophy

tcr! tcr! · Apr 20, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Learned the hard way ๐Ÿ˜‰

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Apr 19, 2019 at 4:21 pm

๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Gifts from the cosmos

tcr! · Apr 8, 2019 at 11:01 am

Life brings me a lot of happiness. Like going to a real estate open house with Maggie just for fun. Or seeing an unexpected cute little flower in my yard. Or eating cherry pie bars with Sara on a normal weeknight.

Most days I remember those are gifts from the cosmos. I only need be my best self and I get all the blessings. God will literally throw shit at me to be happy about.

Here, this is awesome. Take it. Wait, here’s some more. Take this shit, too.

I got happiness all over me like I’m a clown hit in the face with that very cherry pie.

My eyes will literally tear up from happiness. Grace, peeps.

Then there are times when I’m not feeling the kind of happiness that overwhelms me with gratitude. Some days I feel down right blue. Through and through. That’s just life. It’s not all sunshine and flower petals.

But me being who I am my mind can start looking at those things directly to fill me up. I’ll want to selfishly pick the flowers and make them mine. Hold them tight to make me happy. I forget that those things aren’t the true source of happiness. They’re only gifts.

I won’t be happy for long when I set my eyes on the tangible. My happiness is a gift from god for being my best self.

Then I get the presents. ๐ŸŽ

#advancedsoul

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Momma J Momma J · Apr 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

Such kindness and truth!

tcr! tcr! · Apr 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Thank you!

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Kris HB · Apr 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm

May You Be Blessed Beyond Your Dreams ๐Ÿ˜˜ BBYD ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ

tcr! tcr! · Apr 9, 2019 at 7:46 am

Right back at ya!

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What should I do?

tcr! · Apr 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

I have a tendency to want a fast, definitive answer when I’m nervous and unsure. Even doubly so when I panic.

I look down and back and forth like the answer is somewhere on the floor.

But it’s not. Rubbernecking for a quick answer seems to lock me into a finite way of thinking and fixing whatever’s wrong.

The question isn’t “what should I do?”

The question is “what could I do?”

Asking what I could do opens up doors. It helps me think bigger picture. Keeps my options open and plugs me in to all the cosmos has to offer.

The possibilities are endless when I look up and close my eyes.

jet in the clouds
Jet overhead, circa June 2008

#advancedsoul #photos #blueskies

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Momma J Momma J · Apr 4, 2019 at 9:24 am

I love the thought you have written here and love the picture!

tcr! tcr! · Apr 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

Thank you!

Momma J Momma J · Apr 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

You’re welcome!

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Shawneemicks · Apr 4, 2019 at 9:41 am

Appreciate these thoughts from you. Respect๐Ÿ™

tcr! tcr! · Apr 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

Thanks man! I’m writing a book, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Phantombaz · Apr 5, 2019 at 9:21 am

The question isn’t “what should I do?” do nothing

The question is “what could I do?” do nothing

cant you see that it is the very questions that are stopping you from seeing the bigger picture. What would you do without the questions, what would happen… simple; nothing would happen, but is that so bad?

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NsfwOlive · Apr 6, 2019 at 8:27 am

You could bring your attention inwards instead. In particular to your chest area.

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Apr 3rd, 2019 at 7:09:23 pm

tcr! · Apr 3, 2019 at 7:09 pm

After I’ve made a mess of things because I’m nervous I remember the question I was supposed to ask:

Where is god in all of this?

Moses in the Cradle bloom

See also:

The wind blows the hardest the closer you get to the mountain top.
Leland Owlsley

#advancedsoul #protip #photos #flowers

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flowers, flowers everywhere

tcr! · Mar 27, 2019 at 8:51 am

Water, water everywhere and all the boards did shrink.
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink.

A big part of my life is just paying attention to how I feel. How I feel this morning about how I felt last night.

Because if I don’t pay attention then I have a tendency to ignore the feelings I don’t like. And that always gets me in trouble.

And then flowers, flowers everywhere and the eyes did not blink. Flowers, flowers everywhere and the heart would not sink.

Purple Shamrock flower
—Purple Shamrock

Moses in the Cradle
— Moses in the Cradle

Ornamental Pepper plant
— Ornamental Pepper

#photos #flowers #advancedsoul

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A view from the mountaintop

tcr! · Mar 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

Roads to Memphis on the TV

Whenever I’m in the kitchen cooking I always turn on the television. The TV gets a bad rap but there are good things on, it just depends on what we watch. Believe it or not television is filled with spiritual insights, spiritual motivators, spiritual empowerment.

So then a couple nights ago I was watching a documentary on Martin Luther King Jr. The documentary was more about his assassin, the racial tension, and the like. The whole vibe of that era was unnerving my kitchen as I cooked up the French Toast.

Sprinkled throughout, though, were snippets of speeches and conversations with MLK Jr. And for that I am grateful. It kept the world from going too dark.

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Shawneemicks · Mar 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Dude, you blow my mind sometimes. Total respect for Ya.

tcr! tcr! · Mar 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Thank you!!

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Positioning the center

tcr! · Feb 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

Maria Spelterini at Suspension Bridge

Tightrope walking - Wikipedia

Acrobats maintain their balance by positioning their centre of mass directly over their base of support

#advancedsoul

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Does the path have a heart?

tcr! · Jan 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Does the path have a heart?

From the intro to Tao of Physics. When books start with such I know they’re gonna be good.

Follow the โค๏ธ peeps.

#photos #literature #advancedsoul

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Kelly K · Jan 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm

I am not good at this practice. Not only do I not just ask myself, I don’t even ask others the one question, I just assume they have already judged me negatively.

Kelly K · Jan 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm

๐Ÿค” Something for me to work on…

tcr! tcr! · Jan 17, 2019 at 8:39 am

It’s not always to change course, even more so in front of others but sometimes that’s what we got to do!

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sinceresarcasm · Jan 17, 2019 at 2:01 am

I read that as Taco of Physics. A painful reminder that I didn’t eat dinner and I should really go to sleep.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

I think you have the title to your next book ๐Ÿ”ฌ๐ŸŒฎ

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Ryan Waters · Jan 18, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Don Juan for this!

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