0

Alcohol: Philosophizing on the Fun Poison

“Cheers!” You lift your bulbous glass filled with golden liquid, peaked by a touch of foam at the top. Everyone smiles mischievously as an orchestra of “clink” resonates through the air. You close your eyes and take a sip. It tastes oddly delicious. Bitter, yet accented with a potpourri of unique, subtle flavors. Your lips gently smack together a few times as you bask in the primal enjoyment of taste. You’ve come a long way since the first time you tried it, re-living when you almost lost your lunch after glugging that unanticipated, surprising smack of intense harshness.

You get that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling as the substance slithers into your bloodstream. It’s like being comforted by a seductive muse. You smile, laugh and enjoy yourself, but they are shadows of their genuine counterparts. She has you… And you brush your true essence aside for a deep dive into her delusory bliss.

beer-199650_640

Oh alcohol, the ever-present fun poison. It pervades our culture, to the extent that its presence is demanded at every social event.

As a teenager, I would indulge in “the fun poison” to shed my inhibitions. It was a double-edged sword I used to cut through my social anxieties. And because “everyone was doing it” it helped me to fit in more and seem cool.

Thankfully, I didn’t completely depend on alcohol for building social skills and confidence. I developed confidence through more intrinsic means as well (health, fitness, meditation, skill acquisition, writing, reading a lot…etc). But once I became socially confident in most situations, I found myself using alcohol for other reasons…

One being the random spontaneity that alcohol tends to beget, and the other was to relate to as many people as possible. Regarding random spontaneity, most everyone would agree that you get into all kinds of “random adventures” when intoxicated. Much more than your “paralyzed-with-fear-and-conditioning” day-to-day self. And with relating to as many people as possible, it’s difficult for many unique-thinking-introverts to interact within a culture that glorifies extroversion and disingenuous small-talk.

This is why alcohol is a profound indicator of the insidious predicaments of our culture and collective psychology.

Let’s dive into some of these:

Escapism

Though escapism has not driven my alcohol consumption, it’s the case with many people. Life is difficult for so many, and alcohol, like any conscious-altering substance, provides a temporary refuge from the pain. It’s a short-sighted way of forgetting about problems (And will, in fact, exacerbate problems in the long-run). We all know that there are far more beneficial ways to address this issue (that’s another tangent) but alcohol’s omnipresence in society makes it all too accessible. Combine that with a society based on fear and limitation, and we have fertile ground for escapism.

Social Anxiety

The overwhelming majority of people don’t effectively express themselves (myself included sometimes). There is deep-seated, fear-programming that keeps us in an ego-driven state of comparison, feelings of inadequacy and lack of self-love. Most people go about life in a rigid, fearful and overly stoic state. But give them a few drinks, and they start expressing. You see them sing, dance and reveal things you would never have imagined if you saw them a few hours beforehand. Why does everyone have social anxiety? Why don’t we express ourselves like we know we should? Why is it so difficult to just be ourselves? Why can’t we sing and dance our hearts whenever the feeling arises? Why can’t we be random and spontaneous without drinking? These are the deeper questions we must ask ourselves.

Relating to the Masses

The philosopher/writer/speaker Alan Watts was a brilliantly unique man. He dove into the depths of human consciousness and shared profound insights on literally everything. But what people rarely mention is that he was an alcoholic. Watts would be invited to give presentations in front of large crowds, and noticed that he could relate to his audience more when he had a few martinis prior to speaking. This also applied to the after parties that often accompanied the events. Watts was a deep-thinker, who probably found it excruciating to engage in meaningless small-talk. He used alcohol as a crutch to make talking about the weather less cringe-worthy and as a bridge to discussions about deep, meaningful subjects. I’ve found this to be the case with myself and several other “deep-thinkers” I know as well. We must learn how to incorporate meaningful conversation and connection without compromising the health of our mind, body and spirit in doing so.

We need to ask ourselves some important questions… Why do we choose to indulge in this toxic substance? And are there more beneficial alternatives to give us the same “results” that alcohol produces? (like shedding inhibition, openly expressing ourselves…etc.)

Starting today, I choose not to consume alcohol. For how long, I don’t know yet. But I also aim to be freely expressive, socially fearless, ridiculous and unabashedly myself at all times. I started a habit on the app Lift called “Alcohol-Free and More Fun.” I welcome anyone else to participate there and join me in this challenge, especially if what I said resonates with you.

Life is a party , you just have to make the decision to step in the door (and not destroy the house while you’re at it).

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

0

True Balance

see-saw-240650_640

People always talk about balance. How it’s best to live a balanced life, balance this, balance that. But what does “balance” even mean? Its implications reach far beyond the dictionary definition…

True balance is not sitting in the middle. Life is motion, not stagnation. True balance is movement between poles. It’s a perpetual sliding of the scale, back and forth.

During a yoga class a few months ago, the instructor said that balance is not being completely still or static, but lies within continuous, small motions. It’s the subtle back and forth that promotes stabilization in yoga positions. Remember, trees stay standing by moving to and fro with the wind, not by being rigidly straight.

Life is a dynamic see saw between opposites. You don’t just sit in the middle. One side goes up and the other side goes down, then the cycle repeats.

Think about riding a bicycle. Firstly, you need to be in motion to stay balanced. Secondly, you petal with your left foot, then your right, and repeat this cycle over and over to stay in motion. It’s a transfer of intention and force onto one side, which is then counterbalanced by intention and force on the opposite side. This is analogous to life.

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” -Rumi

Birds are another manifestation of true balance. They must be in motion and flap both wings in order to fly. Motion represents the flow of life, while two wings represent polar opposites. Both are fundamental for the phenomenon of flight.

Life is a beautiful dance between the yin and yang… Inhaling then exhaling. Activity then rest. Listening then speaking. Reading then writing.

And how does Earth maintain “balance”? It’s in constant rotation, orbiting around the sun and engaged in ceaseless cycles. Day to night. Summer to winter. An aeonian interplay of opposites.

I’ve recently become aware of some cycles that I naturally fall into. In the summer time I tend to be more inclined towards extroverted activities; traveling, going out and talking to more people. In the winter time, I tend to embrace more introverted endeavors such as reading, writing, meditation and other activities based in personal reflection. These cycles create an overall balance. Before I get too far on one side of the spectrum, the cycle begins to take me into the other direction, and everything comes full circle. Also, there are mini-cycles within these larger cycles. There are times when I’ll be reflective during travel, or times where I’ll go out in the winter. The scale is always in motion. I heed subtle hints from my intuition, sparking lively spontaneity in the infinity of each moment.

Spending your whole life meditating alone on a mountain is not balance. Conversely, spending your whole life drinking beer in a bar is not balance. Working all the time is not balance, nor is never working at all. Balance is partaking in both when the situation arises. (Without being attached to, or dependent upon either side.)

“Don’t find the balance by riding this narrow margin where you never sway to one side or the other. Find the balance by pushing the extremes out as far as you can on either side. Go for a seven day fast on the top of a mountain where the only substance you’re ingesting is water and peyote. Do that. Or meditation. Whatever is on the farthest side that you can reach for that. Then go the other way. Stand on top of some speakers at a night club, pound your chest and howl at the moon!”Aubrey Marcus

Go ahead and do everything. Experience as much as possible, but with two conditions:

1. Don’t allow yourself to be dependent on one side of the spectrum.
Let’s take partying for example:
If you find yourself partying every weekend of your life, that is not balance. That’s dependency, habit, addiction…etc. Throw yourself a curve-ball and spend a weekend in nature, reading a book, or doing anything else that interests you. Shake things up and break the dependency before you end up stagnant, drowning yourself in the deep end of one extreme.

2. Don’t harm yourself or others.
Continuing with the partying example. If you’re harming yourself or others, it’s most certainly not balanced. If you drink alcohol to the point of harming yourself, if you lose your temper, or you neglect obligations or other people due to partying, that’s not balance either. Choose love over fear.

Live in perpetual motion. Immerse yourself in the dance of the yin and the yang.

Stay balanced, my friend.

-Stevie P!

0

You Came Here For A Reason

nature-conservation-480985_640

With more power than your mind conceives
You came here for a reason
You are a healer, believe
Earth is calling for a new season
Instate this miraculous age
Create a spectacular page
In the book of love and life
Lightheartedly rise above the strife
For your essence is essential
Please, step into your true potential

 

0

Thanksgiving Alchemy: Leveraging the Deception

thanksgiving_myth

Digitally blurred reproduction of the painting entitled The First Thanksgiving 1621, by JLG Ferris. (public domain)

It’s about that time of year again in the “land of the free” (inversion). The holiday season… An interesting potpourri of family time, blind consumerism and people too busy mindlessly carrying on tradition to take a step back and ask “Why?”

Today is Thanksgiving. I could go into a long, drawn-out argument tearing apart the official story, but that’s not the focus here. The bottom line is that, like always, the story we’re told is a fabricated half-truth. It’s silly to think that an amicable feast between “Pilgrims” and “Indians” even happened and it’s just a wee bit misguided to essentially celebrate the genocide of Native Americans.

Just be aware of the shadowy manipulation of history and tradition. And remember that you don’t have to give your energy to the deception. But there’s also no need to throw the baby out with the bath water. You don’t have to completely give up on society and live in a tree house in the woods by yourself.

Here’s what you can do to leverage the deception and still have a good time:

1. View Thanksgiving as an opportunity to get together with family. You don’t have to participate in any of the rituals. You don’t have to eat what “you’re supposed to” eat. You don’t have to decorate your house like everyone else does. You don’t have to give any of your energy to the deception. But you can use it as an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Because that’s what’s really important, right? Cherish the moment.

2. Buy from local sources and companies helping the world. Support local farmers by buying from them. Also, buy holiday gifts from companies who are making a positive impact on the world. Or even make your own gifts. Don’t just be a mindless, conzombie (consumer zombie). Are you financially supporting the problem or the solution? Think about it. Vote with your dollar and help to make the world a better place.

3. Show gratitude. You don’t have to give thanks for the false story we’ve been sold, but be grateful for the moment. Give thanks for your family. Give thanks for having food. Give thanks for this gift we call life. Take a moment to stop and just be receptive to gratitude. Feel the love. Gratitude and fear can’t coexist. Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

4. Have fun. Don’t take things too seriously. There’s no need to fret over stupid decorations. There’s no need to worry about getting a turkey when they’re sold out of every store (or farm because hopefully you’re going there). There’s no need to obsess over the lie that’s been force-fed to us. Relax and have a good time. Laugh, smile and be your fun-loving, authentic self.

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

That’s how to become an alchemist during Thanksgiving and the rest of this holiday season.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

 

0

Quit the Race

“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

That quote is the solution to nearly every conflict on Planet Earth.

A being who does not relegate themself to a label is free. A being who does not identify with a label cannot be manipulated by external forces.

The tactic of divide and conquer has long been used to manipulate humanity. And it will continue until we stop attaching our identity to labels. Separation is an illusion (quantum entanglement is proof of this). When you see that everything is connected; when you see everyone as an aspect of yourself, how can you possibly cause harm to someone?

“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings…” – Buddha

The most positively influential people did not attach their identity to labels. Gandhi was not “pro-Indian” or “anti-British”, but pro-freedom. Martin Luther King Jr. was not “pro-black” or “anti-white”, but pro-freedom*. Jesus was not a Christian and Buddha was not a Buddhist (if they existed). Leonardo Da Vinci could not possibly be categorized. Their spirit could not be confined to a label. All of these people were incredibly unique and shared the truth of unconditional love for everyone.

“I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist and Confucian.” — Mahatma Gandhi

*Yes, the word freedom is a label as well. But one that we need to convey their message within the confines of language. Plus no one labels themselves as “freedom”, which would actually be interesting though.

You cannot be both the perceiver and the object being perceived. You can perceive your body, so therefore you’re not your body. You can perceive your thoughts, so therefore you’re not your thoughts. You are consciousness. Why limit yourself to asinine things? The more big picture you think, the less relevant the trivial labels of self-identity become.

Nonetheless, it would be extremely naïve to say that there aren’t ignorant people who identify with labels and attack those who could be considered a different label. But can you control how they think? Of course not. You can only control how you think. Are you basing your sense of self on how others might view you? If so, then you’re giving in to their agenda.

If you wait on everyone else to change in order for you to change, then guess what? It’ll never happen. Nothing changes when there’s diffusion of responsibility. Deep down, you don’t want conflict. You don’t want to live in an “us vs them” society. None of us do. But you hold the false belief that “they” have to change first, instead of being the change yourself.

There’s a reason why Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world” instead of “Wish for the world around you to change.”

Change starts with the (infinite being having an experience as a) man in the mirror.

Live like you’re setting an example for how you wish everyone would live. Not doing this means that you believe your reality is beyond your control. Do you really believe that?

If you don’t take personal responsibility for being a model for the change you want to see, you effectively externalize your power. In doing so, you not only become a perpetual victim, but open yourself up to be manipulated by hidden agendas.

You might be thinking, “Yeah I’d love to be a dreamer and think of myself as an infinite being, but there are people out there that will possibly kill me just because my skin is darker than theirs.” Sadly, that is true in a lot of parts of the world. But my question is this… Are you going to let the mind-set of ignorance determine how you view yourself? Are you going to label yourself just because others label you? Fuck a label. Just BE.

We must not tolerate injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is because we’re all connected. We must not tolerate separation either, for this is the root of the actions behind injustices.

To be resentful of injustice is to bring yourself to the level of ignorance that created it.

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius

We must rise above, not allow ourselves to be dragged back into the quicksand of ignorance.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Be the change.

One.

-Stevie P!

PS – A note on culture…
Just because you don’t identify with a label doesn’t mean you throw culture out the window. Not identifying with labels gives you the freedom to not be confined to the bounds of one culture, and like Bruce Lee said, “Absorb what’s useful, reject what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”

1

My Problem With Feminism

To preface this post:

  1. We’re all equal, yet unique.
  2. Society has been overly patriarchal for a long time and that needs to change.
  3. I believe that a more matriarchal society would be much more beneficial for humanity.
  4. There is no denying that feminism has accomplished a lot in terms of equality and women’s rights.

woman-41891_1280

My problem with feminism lies within the phrase “You can’t fight fire with fire.” In fighting the often-oppressive patriarchy, those who label themselves feminists tend to exaggerate their masculine qualities. So by fighting (even the word ‘fighting’ is very masculine) for women’s rights, they ironically become more like the men they’re criticizing. It’s like the recurring theme of governments throughout history… One tyrant is overthrown, only to be replaced by another. Because in the act of overthrowing, you’re forced to become tyrannical yourself.

This is also evident in the workforce. When “playing the corporate game” you need to do certain things to move up the ladder. These usually involve the not-so-positive masculine qualities. But here’s the thing, you won’t change the hierarchy from the inside. You will only become the hierarchy by doing so. That’s why many women in high-ranking corporate positions exhibit the same traits and behaviors as the men. Because you need those traits in order to rise to the top of these rigid, hierarchical organizations. Instead, both men and women should focus on solutions. Building organizations that embrace the feminine side, instead of the exaggeratedly masculine corporate structure we’ve traditionally seen. This comes in the form of entrepreneurship and creating companies that place people over profit.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  – Socrates

Both men and women need to tap into their feminine qualities. The sacred feminine exudes qualities of unconditional love, compassion, wisdom, beauty, gentleness, patience, accepting, forgiving, nurturing, welcoming, healing, receptivity, spontaneity, intuition, and right-brain creativity.

This shift is the basis for solving the problem of exaggerated, masculine rigidity that has pervaded society for the last few millennia. The feminine essence has been suppressed so vehemently because its very existence renders the control system obsolete. It’s that powerful.

Regarding relationships, polarity is essential to their existence. You need the yin and the yang, a dance of masculine and feminine energy for any intimacy to thrive. And this doesn’t mean that the woman embodies the feminine 24/7 and the man embodies the masculine 24/7. It should be a dance of fluidity between the two.

ballet-532606_640

Most women tend to have a feminine core and most men tend to have a masculine core. And hey, if a man expresses more feminine qualities than the woman in a relationship, that’s fine too. The same principle applies if it’s between two men or two women as well.

Intimacy requires polarity. In magnetism, opposites attract. As above, so below; this concept penetrates all levels of existence.

If two individuals have a relationship without polarity, they’re friends. There’s no magnetic intimacy there. We’ve all seen it in relationships where the woman is forced to exaggerate her masculine energy because the man won’t step up to the plate. This creates two masculine energies; two rigid, dominating forces, and there’s no spark there. You need a giver and a receiver, a speaker and a listener, musical notes juxtaposed against gorgeous silence. Note: It also works between a man who embodies feminine energy and a woman who embodies masculine energy. It’s less common, but there’s still the dance of polarity there.

This is a call for females everywhere to embrace their divine feminine. Embody your inner goddess and share your radiance with the world. It’s vitally needed in this day and age.

Don’t fight fire with fire. Put the fire out with water.

Stay cool.

-Stevie P

woman-101314_1280

0

The One Simple Habit That Will Add Immeasurable Value to Your Life

old-man-403630_640

These days, most of us go through life in a state of incessant ‘busyness’ and distraction. We’re hyper-stimulated and constantly absorbed in useless mental chatter.

This keeps you from taking a step back and truly appreciating life. It blockades you from diving into deep contemplation and wonder. It distracts us from our higher purpose and robs us of meaning.

What to do about it?

Let your mind roam.

That is the one simple habit that will add immeasurable value to your life.

Every once in a while, take some time to slow down. Allow your mind to wander, without being preoccupied on what you have to do. Without being distracted by drama. Don’t obsess over the past or future. Don’t think about your job. Don’t get caught up in gossip. Don’t consume yourself with whether that cute girl (or guy) is going to text you back.

Simply find some peaceful solitude. Bask in the moment. Set your mind free and see where it takes you.

How to invoke blissful mind wanderings and add immeasurable value to your life:

1. Ask questions. Get curious about the world around you. (‘Why’s and ‘What if’s work really well.)

Why do people act so damn serious in business settings?
What if our universe is a cell of another organism?
Why is there perpetual war on planet Earth?
Where does money come from?
Are there things going on around me that I can’t sense?
What if God was one all of us?

2. Get out in nature. Hike, camp, get on a canoe or even just walk in a park. Simply being in nature stimulates deep thought and establishes an intrinsic connectedness with the world around you. It’s no coincidence that all the great thinkers spent time in nature. And so many top thinkers walked outside every single day.

3. Read. Exercise your mind. Get absorbed in books. Fiction takes you into fantastic new lands, stimulating your imagination. Non-fiction provides you with raw material for new ideas. Reading is the fuel for a great mind.

Let your mind roam free. But don’t identify with it. Be a witness. Observe the analytic magnificence of the mind from a place of inner peace and non-judgment. Play with new ideas. Entertain new concepts. Dance with new theories.

As Elliott Hulse said, “The world is an idea playground.”

Actively search for meaning. You just may find that the journey is, in fact, the destination.

Go play.

-Stevie P!

0

42 Ways To Reclaim Your Authentic Self

swimming-388910_640

Your authentic self is free. Your authentic self is loving. Your authentic self is fearless. Your authentic self is fun. Your authentic self is unique. Your authentic self is child-like (without being childISH). Your authentic self is blissful. Your authentic self is expressive. Your authentic self is at ease. Your authentic self is totally at peace. Your authentic self is your essence.

Your authentic self is compromised by fear. Your authentic self is compromised by conditioning. Your authentic self is compromised by caring about what others think. Your authentic self is compromised by living in the past or future. Your authentic self is compromised by comfort zones. Your authentic self is compromised by self-imposed limitations. Your authentic self is compromised at your job (Ask yourself this… “Am I truly, 100% myself at my job?”). Your authentic self is compromised at the store. Your authentic self is even compromised at home.

We’ve completely lost touch with our authentic selves in today’s society.

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Here are 42 ways to reclaim your authentic self:

1. Create. Write, draw, build something…etc.

2. Express yourself. Dance, sing, scream, chant, run, jump, skip, climb a tree. Stop suppressing everything and do what your body feels like doing.

3. Don’t follow the crowd. Your authentic self is brilliantly unique. Embrace it.

4. Be random and spontaneous.

5. Love yourself 100%.

6. Go into nature.

7. Travel. Leave your comfort zone.

8. Use your imagination.

9. Stop caring what other people think.

10. Choose love over fear in every situation. Let love be your guide.

11. Play.

12. Laugh.

13. Get back into your body. Run, sprint, work out, do yoga, play a sport, practice martial arts…etc.

14. Give.

15. Compliment people.

16. Live in the present moment! Stop living in the past or future.

17. Question everything.

18. Don’t rigidly identify with labels (race, religion, nationality…etc).

19. Admit when you’re wrong.

20. Master your mind, don’t be a slave to it.

21. Stop complaining.

22. Stop letting your ego run the show.

23. Stop trying to change others. Focus on changing yourself and lead by example.

24. Don’t judge.

25. Breath deeply.

26. Read a book (and throw out your tv).

27. Meditate.

28. Hone your intuition. Move from thinking to feeling.

29. Find what excites you, and pursue it.

30. Find a job that aligns with your life purpose.

31. Or start your own business and work for yourself.

32. Look up at the stars at night.

33. Get rid of all your useless stuff. You don’t have to be poor or homeless, but having too much stuff ties you down.

34. Be around people who inspire you. Spend less time around those who bring you down.

35. Appreciate each of your senses.

36. Show gratitude.

37. Stay humble, but retain unshakeable confidence.

38. Feel compassion. Experience empathy.

39. Voice your opinion.

40. Assert yourself.

41. Don’t be afraid to dream.

42. Smile.

 

0

What Time Is It?

world-227747_640

What time is it?
It says 11:11
Seems like a moment ago
It was just after seven

My, my
Doesn’t time fly?
Cuckoo clocks
Crazy time

Oh it’s daylight savings
Fall behind an hour
Then spring ahead
Wait, it’s not really constant?
Like they always said?

Time is a consensus
Time is borrowed
International Date Line
Go across and say hi to tomorrow
Or traverse the other way
Poof!
Now it’s yesterday

Oh time zones
Imaginary lines sown
Drive for 5 minutes and cross
Now it’s an hour behind
Go back again
And the hour rewinds
Call someone in India
11 hours ahead
But both are in the ‘now’, right?
Maybe it’s all in the head

Oh it’s leap year
Let’s add a day
‘Cause they don’t quite fit
Had to devise a way
Rotation of Earth
Revolutions ‘round the sun
From the time of birth
Until the body is done

Time is amusing
A convenient illusion
Taking us out of the present
And into the past or the future
Creating a culture
Of anxiety and worry
Can’t talk now I’m late
Bitch! I’m in such a hurry!

Well…
We use schedules
Trains, flights and meetings
That is…
‘Til we travel through teleportation
And speak in telepathic greetings

A new paradigm awaits
Only if we let it
What time is it now?
I’m too in the moment
Forget it

0

Why I Write Poetry (And You Should Too)

woman-422708_640

Lately, I find myself with almost too much to express through words. I’ve had innumerable intuitive insights, just beyond the grasp of the mind. But instead of trying to explain these feelings of knowing in the intricate, formalized details of prose, I find myself writing poetry.

“The desert attracts the nomad, the ocean the sailor, the infinite the poet.” – Author Unknown

Poetry is, in my opinion, the best way of bridging the gap from the spiritual realms to physical reality. Have you ever had times when you feel something within? Something infinitely deep and profound? Not thoughts per se, but an intrinsic feeling or calling. You don’t know what it is, but you know it must be metabolized and expressed, and poetry provides the perfect outlet. Poetry is the doorway to the land of unseen mystery.

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” -Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the plasmatic buffer zone between intellect and intuition. It is the most effective mechanism for the distillation of timeless wisdom and truth. All of the great teachers and philosophers spoke in a very poetic manner. Jesus, Buddha, Socrates, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon…etc. They all expressed themselves through forms of poetry. Poetry is a means of conveying the deepest of truths to people operating within the bounds of language and mind. It’s a delicate balance, describe something too much and it loses its essence. Describe something too little and it loses its capacity to be shared. That’s why poetry harbors such an alluring, mysterious beauty.

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” – Plato

Long, detailed explanations and lists, while being informative (on the level of the mind at least), lose the inherent nature of what is trying to be conveyed. You’re trying to convey a feeling that is beyond the mind, with the mind. It’s almost paradoxical, but that’s why poetry works so well; it’s half of the mind (logical/ rational) and half of the heart (intuitive/ beyond logic/ illogical / irrational). Poetry is an etheric sprinter, one leg – mind, one leg – heart, powerfully propelling forward. And as quick as you glimpse its magnificence, it’s over.

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry utilizes words, but what it describes is beyond words, beyond the mind. This is why, although it consists of words, poetry can appear illogical. It is the medium that translates the language of the heart to the language of the mind. It is a way to explain the unexplainable, without over compromising its essence. Poetry is a hint at the divine inspiration residing just beyond the grasp of the mind.

“Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.” – Georges Braque

Something like a painting can be too abstract for a message to even be conveyed. Something like detailed prose can be too rigid, too diluted by logic, that it loses its intuitive wisdom. Poetry is the bridge, linking the completely irrational heart and the completely rational mind. And that bridge is something to behold.

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch

Before I ruin the essence of poetry by over-describing it, here’s some quotes on poetry that I love:

“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” – Socrates

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” – Robert Frost

“One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.” – Voltaire

“Language is fossil poetry.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Poetry should… should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.” – John Keats

“Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel, in which truth asserts its divine origin.” — Beecher

“A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.” – Edmond de Goncourt

“Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.” ― Carl Sandburg

Make your life a brilliant work of poetry.

-Stevie P!