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“Discipline is freedom.” – Jocko Willink

No

No

The older I get the more “No” I say. These days, I say “No” to a lot of really good things. I do that, so I can say “Yes” to great things. This is the overarching philosophy behind true minimalism. A minimalist is NOT just someone who lives with less. A true...

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

We live in an age saturated by hyperbole and verbal imprecision. Sinking ever deeper into the quagmire of group-think, ill-informed labeling, and inanely voiced opinions based in half-truth, egregious polemics, and lack-luster social analysis, our culture has somehow...

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

Jesus… O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God… Y-you’ve loved me with an everlasting love, and Y-you’ve drawn me with unfailing kindness. Y-you, O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God, are enough; and Y-your Grace [see definition below], O Living, Illuminating, and...

A Meditation on Violence (Giving it to You Straight)

A Meditation on Violence (Giving it to You Straight)

Where violence is concerned, I think, women [and men] want people to give it to them straight. As much fun as I have engaging in and teaching techniques, lives are changed when people start to gain a better understanding of violence as it could be used as a tool...

Being a Small Creature

Being a Small Creature

So, you're small. That's okay. Did you know small creatures can inflict great damage on big creatures? A few examples are as follows: · Bees · Spiders · Snakes · House cats · Small dogs Here's an assignment: Study the above, and learn one or two ways (from each) in...

My Life-quest

My Life-quest

Counting the days, weeks, months, or even years in training is as pointless as counting the grains of sand in a sandbox. MY LIFE-QUEST… in training in and through the following holy grails of wisdom-practice… 1/Revelliousness… 2/Meditative Prayer (and prayerful...

My Training Mantra

My Training Mantra

I am and am becoming Uncommon Amongst Uncommon People, Unorthodox Amongst Unorthodox People, and Unreasonable Amongst Unreasonable People. In partnership with Jesus, I am in a state of constant, iron-grinding war with the echoes and residuals of my crucified—and,...

A Question and an Answer

A Question and an Answer

Question: If the path of least resistance is, ultimately, the path of anguish and failure, what comprises the path of conquest and triumph? Answer: The path that promises [offers, provides] the greatest resistance. My Conclusion to the Matter: Therefore, I will GO,...

A Warrior, a Meditation

A Warrior, a Meditation

A warrior practices everything. He [or she] relinquishes his pride, he lays down his efforts to orchestrate his life, he cleans up his habits and rituals, he lets go of his attachments, he becomes increasingly mindful of his emotional states and of his connection to...