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Will Moreno (M, 32)
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Forward thinking Musician. I tend to write songs from a philosophical standpoint, and draw the same. Or just whatever happens to be floating inside my cranium at the moment.
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    "The Way" of Free Life
    So I've been reading this amazing book titled "The Tao of Pooh", written by Benjamin Hoff. Basically, it's a systematic process of explaining how Winnie the Pooh is indeed one of the great Taoist philosophers, because of his ability to live in the Now, let life take its course and go along for the ride, free of frets and concerns.

    Actually, I've taken a lot of this to heart. Back in October of last year, I had started having intense headaches that would not go away, no matter the amount of pain medication I took. I ended up with a prescription of 800mg Ibuprofen, and even three to four a day did nothing. It affected me at work, at home, and in school. I ended up on medical leave during the winter break, leaving me to sit at home and do nothing for days on end.

    When i started reading the above mentioned book, I realised that I had been stressed beyond what I normally could handle, and I also realised that this just might have been the source of the headaches. That should be apparent; obviously, they were tension headaches, created by the high-stress environment of a holiday-Starbucks experience.

    Once I realised this, however, and upon reading the book, I started to try and shift my focus in life, and just let the current flow, and sit back and enjoy wherever I went whilst riding it. I discovered that if I didn't stress about my job, things went smoothly; if I didn't try to force things to happen a certain way, such as try to make too many drinks at once, or if I didn't complain constantly and freak out over a high influx of customers in the drive-thru, then I suddenly had nothing to worry about, and lo and behold, my headaches vanished.

    I also noticed that people seem to try and work too quickly, too much, and too often. People coming through in the mornings complained if they had to wait five minutes for their coffee. Why can't they see that, if they stopped trying to rush everywhere and would just sit still for five minutes and enjoy where they were NOW, they would be much better off?

    I think mankind as a whole is starting to spiral out of control. Efficiency in our technology has vastly shortened our tolerance for having to wait to get something done or go somewhere we probably don't need to go to anyway. We're always trying to get tasks done ahead of time, always screaming at one another when something goes wrong, blaming everyone around us for the failure in the "flow" we've created around ourselves. The problem? This flow is cancerous; it isn't natural; it's nothing like the flow that Winnie the Pooh would show us, strolling through the forest, sitting by a brook and just taking in the scenery.

    If we could just bring ourselves to stop and make small talk, and enjoy what's around us wherever we happen to be, I think we just might save ourselves. After all, I certainly have found that, even if my manager wants the times in drive-thru to be three minutes or less, it doesn't help to set yourself a restriction and the exhaust yourself trying to comply with that unsound goal.

    Besides; I can make a good latte. If you have to wait four minutes and twenty six seconds for that double tall soy no-whip mocha, and smile once you take a sip, isn't the time spent watching the clouds roll by while you sit in your car listening to good music worth every second?

    Find something good and enjoyable wherever you are. Take it easy. Smell the roses, if you so choose. It's a healthy way to live, when you're not living for the next deadline.

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         Mon, Jan 14, 2008  Permanent link
    It's about greed.

    Materialistic gain is a hell of a lot more tangible, immediate, and commonly accepted/taught/known than gain from taking it slowly and enjoying it as you go along. Since everyone's trying to go after the materials at once in our society these days, it's kind of a race. You know this working in a place that sells drugs marketed in a way for people who desire to be able to focus harder on this goal of gaining as much as possible, and this place does this very successfully for its own materialistic gain all across the "developed" world.

    What has this part of the world I'm talking about developed into, though? We just explained it - a world where all but a baby's handful are vying for the most they can get at all expenses possible. They want all they can get of the world but they're too busy doing that to truly enjoy it.

    It's destroying them, and it's been destroying anyone else who isn't good at it since it started. It's a process which holds back genuine progress in favour of genuine regress.
    Lateralis     Mon, Jan 14, 2008  Permanent link
    That is exactly it. Sad, isn't it? That we all work so hard for pleasures and entertainment and rest at the end of our lives, bypassing all opportunities to have them now. Then, once we reach the end, and have the money and possessions we killed ourselves (and possibly others) to have, we have no time left to enjoy them.

    I do hope we recover from this cycle soon. Hopefully, someone will take us away from our desire to Build and Do, and leave us to Create and Be.
    paulteagan     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Let's do it ourselves...

    I also like What is Zen? by Alan Watts and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
    Lateralis     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Indeed. I've heard of Power of Now. Never got a chance to read it; I'll have to look for it the next time I'm downtown at one of the many bookstores in Napa.

    There were a few other books on the shelf that had to do with Zen practices, as well. I only had enough money for one book, however, and I've always loved Winnie the Pooh. Easy choice.

    But you're right. Doing it ourselves seems to be the best solution here. Change the world, one cranky overworked Latte drinker at a time.
         Wed, Jan 16, 2008  Permanent link
    Or you could open your own coffee shop.

    I dare you.
    Lateralis     Wed, Jan 16, 2008  Permanent link
    Not a bad suggestion.

    I always wanted to minor in business, anyway.

    And I could do my own music and artwork! Genius.
         Wed, Jan 16, 2008  Permanent link
    Check out this guy's site for guidance towards this if you're interested. He has tons of awesome information from personal experience. Spend like an hour reading things on this site and you'll probably be convinced to try my dare out.

     http://www.stevepavlina.com/ 
    paulteagan     Thu, Jan 17, 2008  Permanent link
    Yikes! That link made my throat swell up just skimming the bullet list.
    Lateralis     Thu, Jan 17, 2008  Permanent link
    That is incredible. Definitely something to go back to. Thanks!
     
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