2011 July

It feels great to be alive. I just feel this beautiful energy running in me. It’s a little excitement, it’s a little love, it’s a little indescribable. It’s from an amazing weekend! Friday night went to the Kirtan concert, Saturday went to a Bodhi then hung out with Matt, Meredith, Maggie, and Amira, and then rode my bike to shoot this time-lapse at a spot Maggie suggested at the end of North Avenue Beach (somehow I never knew about this [...]

It cannot be held, only experienced.

out the window at Kevin’s apartment in Logan Square..

“Flash mob” meditation in Chicago and cities around the world this Thursday!

See facebook.com/MedMob or the map on medmob.org to find one near you..

biking around downtown Elgin with Joe..

Gina had a luau party for Cory and Aly.. here’s a camera I set up on the roof..

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.

- Willis Whitney

I just took the Oneness Awakening Course and have been trained as a Oneness Blessing Giver. The Oneness Deeksha Blessing is an energy transfer that helps awaken higher states of consciousness. A growth in consciousness increases awareness, joy, love, and connection in life (just to name a few benefits). Read more about it at:

The Awakened One experiences freedom because of the absence of choice and hope.

The unawakened one experiences freedom in the presences of choice and hope.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

another day working at joe’s.. this is what it looks like out the front door, next to my computer desk here..

Here’s a view of the late afternoon / sunset during my cousin Stephen’s wedding.. After a couple/few overcast and rainy days, the skies opened up earlier in the day..

There is a sun within every person,
the you we call companion.

- Rumi

Be not afraid of the light within you. Your true power, your highest self, the source where you came from is deep within. Be courageous, peel back the layers of fear preventing you from seeing it, and you will be truly amazed to discover who you really are.

An inspiring and personal story about a group of people building sustainable housing in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico, it also serves as an introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.

to my friends in Tampa Bay: I'm in town for a few days, let me know if you want to get together..

What a great energy in the air on the drive from the airport.. nice sky and storm clouds around sunset, and a refreshing coolness hanging out the window with a camera.. All the plant life felt so alive and vibrant as it must have rained shortly before I landed.. I've missed that feeling.

The reason I feel inspired isn't because the world looks perfect. Rather, it's the other way around: The reason the world looks perfect to me is because I'm in-Spirit—a person who chooses to live an inspired life.

- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Driving over to see my friends Kevin and Jon in Logan Square..


Show up. Listen. Hear. Learn. See. Love. Care. Laugh. Sleep. Share. Smile.

- Gregg Braden

Came across an article on master numbers in numerology.. Here’s what it says about 11, the day of my birth.. Interesting as I used to remember having a feeling/thought that my greatest asset was also my worst liability.. Back when I thought it, I thought it was my analytical mind and capabilities, though I suppose that is from intuition, as that’s where it all seems to come from at times.. And now I have another perspective on what that greatest [...]

Here are a couple shots off the roof of Joe’s building..    

God is everywhere, always present. You only need remember to look.

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

- Stuart Chase

An infrared shot out Matt’s office window..

2dphotography.ca/blog/2011/07/rube-goldberg/ – This is our Photography-themed Rube Goldberg Machine. We hope you all enjoy the clip!

Watch our video explaining some of the process of getting this video done here: youtu.be/qfrmTN0Ly94

You can watch the teasers we put out in the months leading up to our Rube Goldberg Machine here:
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I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.

- Ernest Hemingway

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

- Confucius

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

- Ernest Hemingway

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”

- Ivan Panin

wow, it’s amazing to see how the collective ego has led so many into fear.. 12.21.12 will be the end of the existence we know through fear and the beginning of a new era of awakening into peace and love as we all realize who we truly are

The way that we attune to our possible outcomes is through our viewpoint on life. From this perspective, every life-threatening condition of each body is already healed, peace is already present, and every child, woman and man of our world is already fed. Now we are invited to choose the quality of thought, feeling and emotion that allows us to "bend" the waves of time and bring those conditions into the focus of the present.

- Gregg Braden

Going to Rockford Airport.. I love the feel of a small airport that you can easily park and get to to terminal in practically no time.. Also being in a more rural area is so nice to feel nature around you.. this was much more relaxing than going to O’Hare or Midway.. Here’s the ride back from St. Peterburg / Clearwater Airport.. there was such a great energy in the air.. it felt like it had just rained and all […]

Be still and know that I am god.

- Psalm 46:10

The aim and purpose of human life is the unitive knowledge of god.

- Aldous Huxley

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

- John Keating (played by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

Why do I record, when it’s all recorded in consciousness anyhow?

Is it to be able to remember when one is disconnected from consciousness, or to share with those who don’t understand that which matters?

The truth is beyond your capacity to know, without being it.

went to read at the park across the street from joe’s..

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.

- Albert Einstein

I drove over to Kenyon Farms County Forest Preserve today.. here’s a short shot riding with Joe over to Al’s Cafe in downtown Elgin.. We learned a little history about Elgin from our waiter.. apparently there are underground tunnels downtown with the old storefronts from before the road was raised..

I am grateful for feeling the energy, the presence, within me, flowing through me.

Driving back to Elgin after staying at my friend Matt’s in Chicago for the weekend.. We attended the Bodhi Spiritual Center over in Lincoln Park.

My friend Matt Naskrent’s office..

I was ready early so took a drive through the country on the way to St. Petersburg / Clearwater airport.. I was gonna go to a park right near Rockford airport after I arrived back though didn’t find it easily so decided to take the country roads back to Elgin.. the land is nice and open just a couple miles west of Elgin.. (yes, the camera battery died in the middle of this shot)

Had dinner with my friend Bethany at Frenchy’s Salt Water Cafe..

It’s quite funny to see how some people totally don’t see things as they are. I know we all see through our own lenses of perception, though tonight as I rode back with my family after the rehearsal dinner of my cousin’s wedding, their comments made it pretty obvious how much they are seeing through the lenses of their own beliefs. Where they saw some things ‘the same’ as they were in the past, I saw them a bit different. […]

When you are fully allowing your Connection with your Source, you are radiant; you are clear-minded; you are joyful; you feel good in the moment; you're usually smiling; your heart is swelling; you feel appreciation; you feel love; you feel fantastic; you are in love with life. It's like that first day of vacation feeling all the time. In other words, it's that feeling of awakening and feeling free, and knowing that all is well, and feeling adventurous and eager about the way your life unfolds. That's what Connection to your Source feels like.

- Abraham

Clouds passing over the pool deck while working..

Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.

- John Randolph

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

- Patanjali