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I AM

Divide and conquer
Working all too well on Planet Earth
When we attach our identity to labels
We set ourselves up for manipulation
To be played like pawns
In a chess game we can’t quite see

Who am I?
Black? White? Brown? Yellow? Purple?
American? Chinese? Italian? Indian? Native American? Kenyan?
Christian? Muslim? Jewish? Hindu? Buddhist?
Accountant? Waitress? Teacher? Musician? Farmer?
Mother? Father? Sister? Brother? Husband? Wife? Cousin?
Blonde? Brunette? Red head?
Democrat? Republican? Libertarian?
City dweller? Country folk?
Millionaire? Broke?
New York Knicks fan? Seattle Seahawks fan?
Florida Gator? Oklahoma Sooner?
Dog lover? Cat lady? Aardvark admirer?
Apple user? Loyal Samsung customer?
Activist? Feminist? Environmentalist?
Introvert? Extrovert?
Fit chick? Fat dude? Guy with the cool beard?
Mercedes owner? Amex black card holder?

Nope
None of the above

Really… Who am I?
I am not my name
I am not the color of my vessel
I am not my experiences
I am not any category
I AM

Why put ourselves in boxes?
Be infinite
Fuck a label
Be you

Choose Love, my friends.
-Stevie P

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6 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone

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Last weekend I took a solo weekend trip to Acadia National Park in Maine… And it was an amazing experience. (Acadia is a definite must-see for everyone in my opinion. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it.)

The entire island (Mt. Desert Island) is sprawling with pristine wilderness. Acadia has miles and miles of well-kept hiking trails. There are mountains with ridgelines that look like the spines of gigantic creatures, merging into the scenic, rocky Maine coast. Then there’s quaint town of Bar Harbor, with a nice selection of quality restaurants and shops. Endless awesomeness everywhere you go.

I had a great weekend in Acadia. Every time I travel alone, I’m ridiculously spontaneous. I consciously let go of any fears, do everything on a whim and get into all kinds of random adventures. Plus I always meet more people than when I’m with people I already know. (Don’t get me wrong, traveling with others is awesome too. It’s great to bond through experience. But the benefits of solo travel aren’t valued and enjoyed enough, in my opinion.)

Be open and spontaneous; not closed off and rigid. You need to be open to new experiences, because that’s when the magic happens. Cultivate your inner lone wolf and enjoy the experience of life.

“We came here to be free.” -Ralph Smart

 

6 Reasons to Travel Alone

1. You meet more people.

When you’re traveling alone, you just end up talking to more random people. And that’s part of why it can be so fun. Make friends at the top of a mountain. Go out to dinner by yourself and talk to whoever is around. Venture into a bar by yourself and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Talk to some friendly people on the street. New experiences… That’s what life is all about.

2. You’re completely free.

Solo travel entails being dynamic and spontaneous. You can do anything on a whim. There is no one else to please, no one to ask for approval and no limits. The only constraints you have are those created by your own mind. Traveling alone allows you to follow your heart on whatever spontaneous adventures it may bring you on.

3. You become more present.

When you’re solo, you don’t worry about anyone else. You’re able to more easily get “in the zone” when you’re by yourself. Especially when alone in nature, you slip into a deep presence; a connectedness with all that is.

4. You’re forced into personal growth.

You can’t depend on anyone but yourself when traveling alone. You have to constantly step out of your comfort zone. There’s no one to hold your hand or do anything for you. Traveling solo fosters so much self-improvement, and puts you back in the driver’s seat of your own life.

5. You become comfortable in your own skin.

You have to learn to be comfortable with yourself to travel alone. And the more you do it, the more comfortable with yourself you get. Traveling alone cultivates self-love and self-acceptance, which is so crucial in maximizing the human experience.

6. You get to know yourself better.

It’s just you… When you travel alone, you give yourself space to reflect as you accumulate experience. Solo travel adventures give you the opportunity to ‘look within’ even as you’re exploring the outside world.

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” -Lao Tzu

 

Explore, stay spontaneous and keep metabolizing awesome experiences.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

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Your Beliefs About Money Are Holding You Back

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Money…

Cash, cheese, cheddar, moolah, bread, bills, bones, cabbage, c-notes, dough, dead presidents, ducats, loot, stacks, skrilla…

Whatever you want to call it, it enormously influences every aspect of our lives. Money is the primary driving force behind so many of our decisions in life. Like Wu-Tang said, “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can rule over money, as opposed to letting money rule over you.

Then there’s the paradoxical scenario of how we’re so familiar with money, yet spend very little time or effort questioning what it really is. This puts us at risk of being a slave to money, and manipulated by it, when we should be using it as a tool.

Money is a promise based upon perception. What is that piece of paper really worth? Next to nothing, of course. It’s just a piece of paper. Money is no longer backed by anything. The bills in your pocket are merely tokens representing a collectively agreed upon, perceived value.

Money is essentially a form of energy (like everything). Think about the word ‘currency’… Like a current, it should flow. It is energy that gets passed from person to person, entity to entity; representative of exchange of value. It behaves like any other system of energy as well, so we must treat it as energy. Let it flow through you, without blocking it off or clinging onto it. Abundance comes when you’re open to the energy.

“Money is a symbol of that life force, of its appreciation. Money can be a solidified form of love. Through the transfer of money, we facilitate love and communication with other humans. It offers us a simple system of providing for and loving and nurturing ourselves, and it is one way of expressing generosity and kindness for the less fortunate.” -Stuart Wilde

That’s in an ideal world, but let’s be honest here; the current monetary system we’ve been relegated to is obviously a heavily manipulated illusion to suit the interests of a select few. It’s become painfully obvious that it’s a rigged game. There’s enough food and shelter on earth, yet people are homeless and hungry due to economic conditions. We work longer hours, yet have the capacity to buy less and less. Money is always cut for anything that actually helps people, yet there’s always an endless supply of money available for war.

For a comprehensive background of the monetary system, I highly recommend the following documentary, entitled ‘The Money Masters’…

But until a new system develops, let’s learn how to view and use money in a way that will benefit your state of well-being as well as those around you.

3 Ways to Change Your Money Mindset and Live in Abundance

1. Stop thinking money is “real.”

Money is just a token representing the perception of value. It’s merely a symbol. It’s a form of energy.

It’s a means of exchange to obtain things with inherent (“real”) value, but it has no real value itself.

In the US, money is essentially an exchange of IOU’s (yay, imaginary debt) between the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury, with the banks as the middle man. It is debt to begin with. And that debt gets exponentially multiplied through fractional reserve banking.

It’s very important to know where money comes from. If you want to know exactly how money is created, this video sums it up very nicely:

And here’s an excerpt from “The Perception Deception” by David Icke. Nothing you don’t already know, but it really puts things in perspective…

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Stop thinking money is “real.” This shift creates awareness and opens you up to the next two points…

2. View money as a means to an end, not the end goal.

Why do you want money? What are you going to do with that money?

If you want money just for the sake of having money, or for keeping score, then what’s the point? With that mentality, you’ll never be happy.

When you view money as a means to an end, and not the end goal, you change the whole dynamic. If you have money as your end goal, you put it on a pedestal and it becomes your master.

If you view money as a means to an end, it works for you (instead of the other way around), and you’ll lead a more fulfilling life. This would be, for example, having the goal of taking a 2 week trip around Italy. Money becomes a means to finance this trip. Because of that, you’re far more likely to obtain it, and the trip would add to your life experience (experiences > stuff).

“People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.” -Tim Ferriss

View money as a means to an end, and let it work for you.

3. Don’t worry about money and have an abundance mentality (let it flow).

“Worry, like a rocking chair will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner

The goal with money should be to not worry about money. When you worry about money, you create a “limitation aura” for yourself, and block the universal flow of abundance. Since money is essentially energy, you get what you put out. Too many people are stuck in the poverty mind set. Think limitation, and that’s your reality. This is a major factor in how wealthy or poor families tend to continue their economic status from generation to generation. It’s the mind set, abundance or limitation, that determines our financial status (as well as our ‘reality’ as a whole).

Have an abundance mentality… And, whoomp! There’s your reality.

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

 

An attitude of gratitude creates abundance.

That’s the secret. Be grateful for what you have, trust that your needs will always be met, and you will find yourself bathing in the river of perpetual abundance. It’s almost magical how it works.

Money is also a major source of emotional turmoil for so many people. This creates an underlying environment of fear in your subconscious that drives your behavior and robs you of your inherent freedom and happiness.

Stop taking money, and life, so seriously. It almost seems counterintuitive, but once you “let go” (without being naïve/stupid of course), everything seems to just fall into place. Opportunities will present themselves and doors will open. You just need to walk through.

Don’t worry about money. Worrying is utterly useless. Get your priorities straight, take care of what you need to and let go. If you need/want more, simply take action towards your goals (instead of worrying). When there’s a will there’s a way. There are no limits to human creativity, and this is becoming excitingly evident in the information age.

Be generous when your heart guides you to do so. Let currency flow, for there is always more heading your way.

Here’s some of the best advice I’ve ever come across regarding money…

Remember, the goal is to not worry about money. It’s just energy. And a means to an end. It’s a means to acquire things of “real” value (food, homes, land, Pokemon cards…etc).

To sum it all up, have an abundance mentality (without being naïve or stupid), take action based on your own intuition and live without worrying about money. That’s how to live the beautifully bountiful life you were meant to live.

Attract wealth in all forms.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

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The Tigers and the Strawberries (An Old Buddhist Story)

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There’s an old Buddhist cone (parable) that goes a little something like this…

A man was walking through the jungle, when he spotted a tiger. The man immediately fled, but the tiger gave chase. Approaching a cliff, the man saw only one option… A hanging vine. He jumped off of the cliff and grabbed the vine, hanging on for dear life.

The tiger came to the edge of the cliff, snarling.

Just as the man thought he was in the clear, he noticed another tiger prowling below.

And then, if things weren’t difficult enough, the man then saw two mice above him (one black, one white) gnawing away at the vine.

In this state of impending doom, the man looked over his shoulder to the sight of a strawberry patch on a ledge, at arm’s length.

The man reached over, plucked a strawberry and ate it. It was the best damn strawberry he ever had.

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The symbolism of this tale is powerful…

The tiger at the top of the cliff represents the past.

The tiger at the bottom represents the future.

The mice represent time, ticking away.

And the only thing we truly have is the present moment. Savor it.

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” -Eckhart Tolle

 

Life is short.

Enjoy the strawberries.

-Stevie P!

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How To Be An Alchemist When Faced With Rejection

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Rejection helped propel me to where I am now.

It was borderline comical at one point… I faced so much rejection and missed opportunities with women, to the extent that I thought something was wrong with me. But before I threw my hands up in defeat and hurled myself into to vicious cycle of self-pity, I used rejection as a major catalyst for self-improvement.

The story goes…

I was a virgin until I was 21, and not by (conscious) choice haha. I wasn’t comfortable with myself, desperate to fit in, had no genuine confidence and the assertiveness of a limp noodle. The perfect recipe for great (un)success in the female department. But on top of that, because of societal conditioning, I was hopelessly dead set on “getting girls.” It was like an eagle living on the ground just because all of the other creatures are doing it.

During college, I had a streak of (almost) sexual encounters that were painfully close to coming to fruition, but nothing happened. It was frustrating to say the least, but the Universe was welcomely whispering to me that I needed to be more self-confident and assertive.

I took heed. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, this series of experiences became a catalyst for my personal growth and development. It sparked something deep within, and I’ve been on a journey of continuous growth ever since.

Literally everything changed once I cultivated self-love and started to become comfortable in my own skin.

As Ralph Smart says, “love yourself 100%” because that’s the point from which everything else falls into place.

Note: I’m not saying that I changed and went all Wilt Chamberlain. I just honed the genuine confidence to go after what I wanted. Nothing was done out of spite, fear or ego, which is why I’m still on good terms with every woman I’ve had an intimate relationship with (oh heyyy, if you’re reading this). And this improvement carried over into every other aspect of life as well.

What actually sparked the idea for this post was an interesting weekend I recently had. I went out Friday and Saturday night in Portland, Maine (great little city btw). I must have talked to 30-40 different girls over the weekend (young women, if you want to be politically correct), but nothing came to fruition. It was a bit disheartening, but these so-called rejections are actually a blessing in disguise. Why? I’ll get to that soon.

The main point is this… Turn rejection into self-improvement, not self-pity.

“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ― Steve Maraboli

 

It never seems like it in the moment, but with hindsight that quote always proves true.

Now let’s get to the action items…

How to change your perception of rejection (and become a ‘rejection alchemist’):

1. Don’t take things too seriously.

Why are you taking things so seriously? Let go and enjoy life. Drop all the self-created fear and step into your true potential. Not taking yourself, or the world too seriously, is a major factor in cultivating genuine happiness and self-confidence.

Have fun with your life, and you’ll end up attracting kindred spirits (see #3).

“I asked the girl at the coffee shop out on a date. Unfortunately she said no, probably because I asked her out to coffee.
” ― Jarod Kintz

 

2. Rejection is a tremendous learning opportunity.

Rejection reveals great opportunities to fine-tune yourself. It shows you of any character flaws you have, guiding you along the path of self-mastery.

It’s also an opportunity to stop overanalyzing everything; a sign to let go and unleash your unique brand of awesomeness.

“Bad luck with women is a determined man’s road to success. For every affliction, he makes, out of indignation, yet another advancement in order to exceed the man that the woman chose over him. This goes to show that great men are made great because they once learned how to fight the feeling of rejection.” ― Criss Jami

 

Use rejection as fuel for self-improvement. It provides a golden opportunity to get better at something, or a lot of things. Rejection lays out the path to continue growing into the greatest version of yourself.

3. You attract the same energy you put out.

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

 

Like attracts like.

Sometimes those people just aren’t compatible with you on an energetic level. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong places. This is why I don’t have much “luck” in bars. Because the setting usually (though not all the time) attracts people with a certain energetic/mental-emotional state. And that state isn’t too compatible with where I’m at right now. I’m probably better off meeting women at a yoga studio or something like that. (Where my yoga girls at!?)

Be who you want to attract, live your own truth and reality eventually conforms.

4. Sometimes it’s just them.

Maybe they were too consumed with their own inner turmoil to see your awesomeness. Most people are too preoccupied with their own dysfunction to effectively interact with others. So don’t take it personally if people don’t respond well. Just don’t be captain creeper, of course.

Be yourself, without harming yourself or others, and let go. That’s what allows everything to naturally fall into place.

Every rejection presents potent opportunities to better yourself…

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Just as this blog is the mental/emotional manifestation of ‘rejection alchemy’, this picture is the physical manifestation. Self-improvement > self-pity.

 “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” -Lao Tzu

 

Our society focuses on manipulating or changing others to get what you desire, but changing yourself is the only way to bring about change.

Be grateful for everything you have, while continuously improving. Always grateful, never complacent.

Turn rejection into self-improvement, not self-pity.

Swords are only forged in intense heat. Diamonds are created only through immense pressure.

Uncover your inherent greatness.

Infinite Love.

-Stevie P!

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Earth Is Our Holy Land

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It’s become painfully obvious…

We’ve been getting played out for a long, long time; manipulated into the illusion of separation. We’re deviating from our essence of love, succumbing to fear, allowing ourselves to get dragged into senseless conflict and destroying our beautiful planet.

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” -Michael Ellner

We all know, deep down, that it doesn’t have to be this way. Humanity is capable of so much more, and (thankfully) we’re seeing clearer glimpses of our potential every day.

We’re all unique, physical manifestations of infinite love, and the time has come to shine our light on Planet Earth.

Let Love Be the Guiding Force

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” -John Lennon

Love is our essence. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real… An illusion.

“I have been saying and writing for so many years that one sentence can encapsulate the totality of life, of existence, of being: Infinite Love is the Only Truth – Everything Else is Illusion.” -David Icke

Love is the answer to most, if not all, questions in life. Choose love, let go of fear and judgment; that’s when we unleash our dormant magnificence.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil (fear). It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good (Love). It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Rigid Belief Systems = Easy Manipulation

“We have to stop thinking in black and white and soften our rigid belief systems. This world is not black and white. Nothing is. If you have a rigid belief system that is not open to the endless subtleties of life, you become a manipulator’s party trick.” -David Icke

Rigid belief systems are based in fear (“believe what I say or suffer the consequences”), and being in fear makes us easily manipulated and controlled. When we operate in love (or as love), it is the ultimate freedom.

“Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available.” -Osho

Falling into other peoples’ molds is taking life for granted. When we embrace the fact that we’re all brilliantly unique expressions of infinity, the collective reality we experience has no choice but to change for the better.

See Through the Illusion (Or Get Played)

The world we’re living in is a grand illusion. We’re constantly fed is a massive deception.

Every major system that is in place is built on fear-based conditioning. The education (indoctrination) system, organized religion, healthcare (sick care), the media…etc.

Just turn on the news; it’s all fear mongering and propaganda, designed to paralyze our consciousness. When was the last time watching the news made you feel good? And anyone with half a brain sees through the utter nonsense perpetuated.

We get brainwashed into belief systems and manipulated into conflict. Divide and conquer works like a charm when we’re programmed with fear and see others as “different” merely because of asisine labels we put on everything. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Americans, New Yorkers, Whites, Blacks, Republicans, Democrats…etc. Attaching our identity to these labels is what sets us up to be easily divided and conquered. It’s this rigid categorization that positions us as pawns for malevolent agendas.

So many get manipulated into anger and violence through fear-based conditioning and viewing fellow humans as something different from themselves. When we drop the labels and see everyone as another aspect of ourselves, we simply won’t be coerced into harming anyone.

The pathetic “elite” love war, violence, death, destruction and anything based in fear. War is immensely profitable for them. War creates more control. War is a massive fear generator, and they literally live off of our fear. (See David Icke’s books for a ridiculous amount of information and evidence on this stuff.)

Here’s an interesting excerpt from “The Active Side of Infinity” by Carlos Castaneda (quoting his supposed mentor Dan Juan Mathus):

We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over our lives. Human Beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so. Indeed, we are held prisoner. They took us over, because we are food to them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in coops, they rear us in human coops. Therefore, their food is always available to them. Think for a moment and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man, the engineer and the stupidity of his belief systems, or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Sorcerers believe that the Predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social morals. They are the ones who set up our beliefs of success or failure. They have given us covetedness, greed, and cowardice. It is the Predator who makes us complacent, routinary and egomanical. In order to keep us obedient and weak, the Predators engage themselves in a stupendous maneuver. Stupendous of course from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view from those who suffer it. They gave us their mind. The predator’s mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, and filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.

 

Don’t feed the parasite with fear. We must choose love in order to free ourselves.

And here’s an incredibly potent song by Black Sabbath:

“Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds… Oh Lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor, yeah

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’till their Judgment day comes, yeah!”

Non-Compliance

The way to bring about change is to not participate in the insanity. The madness simply cannot exist if we don’t take part in it. It’s as simple as that. Toxic fast food won’t be manufactured if people don’t eat it. Health-wrecking pharmaceutical drugs won’t be produced when people stop buying them. War will not exist when people refuse to kill each other.

“The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service.” -Albert Einstein

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” -Gandhi

We’re holding up the house of cards out of fear; it’s about time we walk away and build something better.

It is only through releasing the old that we can bring about the new.

We must stop compromising our morals for money and ego. We must stop sacrificing our essence out of fear. It’s time we step into our power, and as Gandhi so eloquently said, “be the change we wish to see in the world.”

We’re far more powerful than we’ve been conditioned to think…

A New Day is Rising

“I’m American born, love America, love my people, love all mankind, all nationalities you know. I think it’s just recently where everybody just started to feel like there was an elite group that runs everything, and everybody else was sheep, ignorant, making all ethnicities, colors and creeds, niggers, blind to what really is going on. So I say take off the wool from your eyes. Out with the old America in with the new. End all racism, all injustice, all oppression to poor people, any people anywhere in this planet. Let’s come together: a new day is rising.” -Nas

More and more people are waking up to the true nature of everything. Many are now seeing through the illusion,choosing love over fear and helping to bring about change to our planet.

New and improved solutions, that are actually beneficial to humanity, are being developed in all aspects of life (energy sources, education, nutrition, economic systems…etc). We’re seeing glimpses of greatness amidst the chaos of the world. Change is happening fast. Change is happening now.

“Just before you break the sound barrier, the cockpit shakes the most.” -Chuck Yeager

Oh, it’s shaking alright. And we’re about to break out of the matrix we’ve been held in for so long.

Wake up, sleeping giants. Step into your inherent power.

When we choose love, it will collectively manifest in all forms, and in every aspect of life.

Get ready for a new paradigm.

Infinite Love.

-Stevie P!

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Spontaneity: The Spice of Life

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Spontaneous – Coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned. (Dictionary.com)

Be spontaneous…

Spontaneity is letting go of fear and intuitively following your heart; embarking on instinctive adventures on a whim. Life is giving you a treasure hunt, and you’re seeing where it leads. It is living, instead of merely existing.

Spontaneity is breaking out of comfort zones and doing new things while just going with the flow of life.

Spontaneity is leaving fear behind. It’s a relieving release of all worry, anxiety, doubt…etc.

Being spontaneous is also being fully present; not living in the past or future. There are no regrets of what happened and no worries about made-up future scenarios. Preconceived notions always leave you disappointed. Only plan when you need to, and be fully present. Spontaneity is harnessing the power of now and turning the present moment into a party.

Some of the best times in my life have been where I made the conscious decision to just “go with the flow” and “see where life takes me.” Those moments in which I felt wonderfully alive was when I was purely spontaneous; heeding love-based, intuitive inclinations.

Let go of fear and trust in the Universe. Have faith (whether it be in yourself, life, love, the Universe, God…etc). Lose the fear… And fluidly move with the process of life; because that’s when the magic happens.

Follow your intuition; follow your heart; follow your excitement; wherever it may lead. Do some crazy shit, as long as you’re not harming yourself or others. Don’t be afraid to experience life from any and every perspective, as it will add tremendous depth to your character.

Be impeccably dynamic. Be masterfully flexible. As Bruce Lee said, “Be like water, my friend.”

Live brilliantly.

“The decision… Is do you want to live or wanna exist?” -Andre 3000

Stay spontaneous.

-Stevie P!

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3 Quotes To Help You Fully Experience Life

A little picture I took at Fort Williams Park, Maine.

A little picture I took at Fort Williams Park, Maine.

Life is defined by experiences…

Our experiences make us who we are. Experiences mold our character and sculpt our unique personality.

It is through a diverse array of experiences that makes the most interesting people who they are. These experiences come to fruition when we consciously choose to step out of our comfort zone. When we travel to different places, learn a new skill, or really do anything new (no matter how small). This is what allows our true essence to manifest through our character.

So without too much rambling, here’s the 3 quotes that will help you fully experience life. These quotes deeply resonate with me and act as the spark for me to experience everything life has to offer (while embracing and enjoying every moment).

3 Quotes To Help You Fully Experience Life

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“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” - Osho

 

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“Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you. When anything happens to you, take the experience inward. Creation is set up to bring you constant hints and clues about your role as co-creator. Your soul is metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing food” – Deepak Chopra

 

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Just let those sink in for a little…

Then go out there, and like Osho said, “experience life in all possible ways.”

My Recent Experiences

I’ve been traveling a lot for work in recent weeks, spending a lot of time in Portland, Maine. And I’ve experienced so much in such a short amount of time. I’ve tried a different restaurant every night; sampled dozens of local, craft beers; met so many random, awesome people; explored the surrounding countryside and coastline; the list goes on. I’m truly living in the moment; spontaneously doing whatever my heart tells me. It’s led me on some great adventures and I absolutely love it. I’m just going with the flow, and feeling magically alive.

Marcus… aka Marcus the Maine Event

I can’t discuss truly experiencing life without mentioning my friend Marcus, who I met through work in Portland. This guy most definitely epitomizes everything discussed in this post, and he is the living embodiment of those quotes. Marcus has had such a multitude of diverse experiences, and not surprisingly, he’s probably the most interesting person I’ve ever met. There is no fear behind his motivations in life; he simply lives through the love of experience.

Marcus has owned his own company, traveled the world, been rich, been broke, partied with “royalty” and the mega-rich, and meditated with gurus. He even took a six month “retirement” in which he gave up everything and lived without using fossil fuels at all (he’s a hippie at heart), getting around mostly by bicycle. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. He experiences life from every angle, all while leveraging the power of the present moment. Marcus has stories for lifetimes. The guy just loves to experience everything, resulting in the wildly interesting, entertaining character that he is (his true self). And I genuinely admire that.

Go and experience everything life has to offer.

Truly live, instead of just merely existing. Do some crazy shit; but do it from a place of love. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Be spontaneous. Follow your heart. Follow your excitement. Be weird. Be uniquely you. Feel deeply alive in every moment.

Enjoy this wonderfully fleeting life of yours.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

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The Lone Wolf Aura

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The Lone Wolf
Liver of life

A being who consciously chooses intermittent solitude
But is never lonely

The Lone Wolf lives on its own terms
Epitomizing independence
Symbolizing strength
Existing in a rhythmic dance of dynamic resilience

Untethered by fear

Completely comfortable with self
The Lone Wolf exudes genuine confidence
Magnetizing likeminded souls
And manifesting perfect experiences

The Lone Wolf
An intriguing mystery to those around

Riding the waves of existence
With no fear or resistance
Going with the flow of life

The Lone Wolf doesn’t depend on anything for its happiness
For happiness is its natural state of being
There is no need for external validation
When one shows infinite love to self

The Lone Wolf interacts with any pack
Adapting to any environment
Always learning from others
Yet retaining radiant uniqueness

The Lone Wolf embraces companionship
Attracting other Lone Wolves
Independent, kindred spirits
For reasons, seasons or lifetimes

The Lone Wolf experiences everything existence has to offer
By letting go of fear
Stripping away self-doubt
And basking in infinite inner peace
As the journey continues

The Lone Wolf
It’s symphonious howl
Echoes through space and time
Connecting with ‘all that is’
Resonating with the essence

Feel it within

 

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True Happiness Comes From Removal, Not Accumulation

Think about the most enjoyable moments of your life…

Did they involve accumulation, or removal?

Did they involve holding on, or letting go?

True happiness comes from removal, as opposed to accumulation. Inner peace comes from letting go, as opposed to holding on.

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Think about the most enjoyable things in life. They usually involve a letting go of something; a celebratory release of the unnecessary; a divine dance based on the eradication of accumulated fears.

  • Traveling is letting go of your anchor to one place and releasing yourself from the confinement of your comfort zone.
  • Dancing is letting go of your inhibitions and allowing your body to express itself through movement.
  • Sky diving is an act of completely letting go (to say the least).
  • Partying is the release of all inhibitions with the intention of collective fun (except when you accumulate one too many drinks).
  • Massages release tension.
  • Sex is the ultimate act of letting go. The ultimate release on many levels.
  • Meditation is letting go of everything and leaving yourself in the natural state of blissful stillness and inner peace.

Life is defined by experiences. The “best” life experiences usually involve little to no material things. And the material things involved are only those which are completely necessary for the experience to take place.

The most joyous experiences in life come when your fears are stripped away. When you’re worry-free, stress-free and pain-free. When you lose our inhibitions. When you let go of fear, doubt, limitations, paranoid control and all disharmonious states of being. In that release, what are you left with? The underlying essence of pure love.

Happiness is our natural state. It’s what you’re left with when you clear everything away. When you’re around loved ones, for example, you realize what you’re left with when everything else is gone; love and connection.

A happy life is defined by experiences, not the accumulation of stuff. And you experience more when you learn to let go.

Genuine happiness comes through clearing away all the bullshit. It comes from letting go of what doesn’t serve you. Let it go, baby.

Like, isn’t giving so much more deeply fulfilling than receiving? I think so.

Here’s some of the happiest moments of my life (off the top of my head)… Deep conversations with family and friends (too many to count). Every sexual experience I’ve had (too… many… to… count??? No, not really haha). Traveling New Zealand while living in a van. Traveling in Honduras. Walking outside. Reading/learning new, exciting things. Getting new ideas and insights. Every act of giving or helping people I’ve ever done (even the really small ones are so fulfilling). Hugging people I haven’t seen in a while…etc.

They all involve little to no “stuff.” Like I said before, life is defined by experiences. And “stuff” only works to your advantage when it contributes to an experience. That’s why minimalists tend to be happier people.

Note: The exceptions to this is what we need for survival. Air, water, food, and shelter. Because as humans, we kiiinda need those things to survive. (And plus, life is no fun when you’re hungry.)

Quotes about minimalism, letting go and all that good stuff:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Tao Te Ching

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” - Linda Breen Pierce

“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” – Tenzin Palmo

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” – Bertrand Russel

“We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.” – Anna C. Brackett

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

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Let go and enjoy the experience of life.

-Stevie P!