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i took a little nap after writing what i did in the previous post and it ended up being a couple hours. so i want to continue to explore more aspects of what i was examining before, about why i want what i want. i think the whole traveling idea comes down to freedom. i want to feel like going somewhere and be able to do so easily. in a van or with my truck camper, i’d be able to […]

i’m very grateful that i was able to recover the quadcopter with my iphone on it.. i recall on one of the shots where i had it flying out over the middle of the lake, i couldn’t tell which way it was pointing as i had spun it around to get different views (and it was a tiny dot in the sky), and the return to home emergency button didn’t seem to be responding. i tried different modes to try to bring it back to me though i didn’t know if it had gotten the proper gps lock and compass direction or whatnot.. the flight had gone longer than other ones and i didn’t know how much longer the battery would keep it in the sky so was a bit concerned. i think i had to ask for divine grace to help me at that point and surrender to the possibility that i might lose it in the water. shortly after that, i don’t remember exactly what i tried (as this shot was over a year and half ago), though i somehow managed to fly it back. i was so glad to see that it appeared to be getting bigger and that i was able to tell which direction it was heading as i guided it towards me. as it kept getting closer, i kept hoping the battery would last long enough to get it back over the dock or close enough nearby as i saw the red light blinking indicating it was just about out of power. another time after this at honeymoon island, i don’t know if it was in this series of shots or some other time, i had an issue where it wasn’t responding and i think it was windy and i didn’t know if i was going to get it back. i’m really grateful i’ve always somehow managed to fly it safely back (and was able to retrieve it from a tree the one time i lost sight of it and it crashed way up high in a 40+ ft tall tree).

a few recent little ‘everyday’ miracles.. on Sunday, at the Kundalini workshop at the Flowering Heart Center in Clearwater, i was helping with the livestream webcast and didn’t really have any expectations set about what or how the class would be. we began with Chakra Dhyana followed by Ananda Mandala and then Shaktipat.. at some point during Ananda Mandala, i started to feel the energy very powerfully. i noticed it running a lot in my hands. i felt inspired and rejuvenated, remembering why i was here, and i saw things coming together in my life in a good way (despite previously resisting aspects of where i was, or feeling overwhelmed or stuck in recent days). before the workshop, the thought had crossed my mind about asking Michael or Suzanne to help me make it through what i was going through, and it happened in the processes without me saying anything to them (and i didn’t even try to do anything either). after the class had finished, i was told that i was so nice and was also told that i was very spiritual (or had good energy). just a couple/few days before, i was feeling lonely, bored, and wondering why i was here. it felt good to know i made (or could make) a difference in others’ lives, and it was really nice to feel the sense of community (and be more in touch with my purpose, growth, etc). afterwards, i went to the beach to see the sunset. i got there a little early and i wasn’t enjoying the bugs that were flying around me in the warm, still air, nor having carried a heavy bag such a long way, though i was at a nice quiet spot past all the houses and the light was nice. i didn’t know what the sky would do that evening, and i was greeted by beautiful colors after the sun went down and got some good photos.

when i got home that evening, i had a number of things i was selling in auction ending that night. i had only seen one item earlier that was going to sell for a little bit though felt excited to have one less box here waiting to sell. when i looked that night, i saw a few things that would sell and i had also gotten an offer from someone to purchase most of the books, cd’s, and dvd’s i had listed. we corresponded back and forth a few times and i’ll be listing a combo package for most of them. they’re selling for less than i would’ve liked, though they are going to a good home in a free library and the pile of boxes i have to sell is starting to dwindle down.

yesterday, i had made a couple trips to my parents’ to print out the shipping labels for the things i sold (as my printer wasn’t working) and also to weigh the box of all the books/cds/dvds to determine the shipping cost. i was starting to run out of packing tape and didn’t really feel like going to the store to get more, and my folks ended up having some there that i could use so i could save myself the trip to the store. the timing for both trips also worked out perfectly with the times my mom was going to be home with her errands. in the early afternoon when i was leaving there the second time, i was going to drop off the packages and take out a bag of recycling. as i was leaving i was thinking about the recycling (since i was going there first), and on my way out i saw the mailman coming down the street, just a couple/few houses away, though i didn’t pay attention until a little later when i was leaving their neighborhood. i realized it’d be simpler to just drop off the boxes with him rather than run to the local store or post office. i made my way back into their neighborhood, and headed down the other side of the road so i could run into him before he was done on their street. i wasn’t seeing him coming for a while and began to wonder where he went or if i’d have to driving the whole neighborhood looking for him. i ended up running into him a few houses past my folks, and then gave the boxes to him and headed to drop off the recycling. while dropping off the recycling, i felt a couple drops of rain, and made it back home without getting wet. i’m not sure which way the clouds went, though had i not been leaving exactly when i did to run into the mailman, i may have gotten wet after dropping off the packages at the post office or postal store.

this morning i was feeling a little tired and wasn’t wanting to go biking (for exercise) right away. as i was waiting for my tea to cool down, i was on the computer and got a message confirming all the books+dvds i’ll be selling, and was checking some accounts to verify bill payments had gone through. something told me to check one of my credit cards that i was waiting on bonus reward points to show up for. i had called not long ago and it sounded like it wasn’t going to be for a few more weeks, though when i went on today to check it, the $200 bonus points had posted. i had submitted an online bill payment from my bank to pay off the balance and now that the points had posted, i wanted to cancel it so i could pay off the balance using the reward points instead. most of the time there’s a link to be able to stop the payment before it goes through, though there wasn’t an option online to do so for this one (as it had gone out as a check rather than electronically). upon calling both my bank and the credit card bank, i was able to stop payment on the check without any fees. it was good that the system didn’t support sending it electronically for this particular payment, as the payment would’ve already cleared if it did and i wouldn’t have been able to cancel it. with the bonus reward points and the few dollars i had already sitting there as points, i was able to pay off the entire balance due and the currently remaining reward points are just over the $25 minimum needed to redeem it, so i can do so without waiting the next time i make another purchase or two on that card. i went biking after all this, and it wasn’t as hot as i was thinking it might get if i waited too long. during the bike ride and when i got home, i felt good and excited seeing all the little pieces coming together as the divine unfolds this chapter of life. i also felt more energetic and was able to make it through the same number of sit-ups more easily than i had done so in previous days.

i know it’s all in divine order and am grateful for seeing all the little miracles / synchronicities show up along the way.

(just as i finished typing this and was copy/pasting it to post on my journal and the miracle groups on facebook, i saw another message from the buyer of the books/dvds who’ll be making the purchase tonight)

today i woke up and noticed the temperature on my thermostat was a bit lower than what i had left it on last night. i hadn’t noticed that since i’ve been back in town these past few days. i looked at the weather and saw it had gotten a little bit cooler this morning, and felt it’d be really nice to go out for a bike ride before it warmed up later in the morning. i had some tea and was on the computer for a bit, and it was starting to get a little later. i don’t know exactly what time it was when i got out.. it was sometime after 9, maybe close to 10, though when i opened my door to take my bike outside, it was still nice and i felt a cool breeze. this was a little miracle as i didn’t expect it to be a little cooler (and with less humidity) as these past few days have been much warmer and humid when i’ve gone out in the morning and i took longer to get out of the condo too. another little miracle or ‘random’ coincidence / synchronicity was that a couple/few minutes into my ride, shortly after i got on the path that goes along the back road here to the park, i was thinking of my dad and the connection to him. i was going through a small part of the trail where it goes through some trees and as i was getting towards the end of it, i noticed a car starting to slow down on the road to the left. i thought perhaps it was a realtor or something (though didn’t see any real estate signs anywhere). as i started to come out of the little wooded area, i had a closer glance at part of the car and realized what it was. i looked up through the passenger window that was open and it was my dad saying he took the day off and was running errands. i had never run into him (or my mom) in that area, and when i was thinking about seeing him yesterday and improving/healing the relationship/connection, there he appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. (they do live a couple miles up the road, though it was a divine plan for him to be taking the back road at the same exact time i was biking that way to the park and thinking of him) i ask the divine to help me heal all of my relationships so i can flow with life and enjoy it without resistance. (and funny that just as i posted this, i got a text message from my mom..)

what am i looking for?

i’m looking to meet a girl who desires to be in a relationship. someone who can be a friend, a lover, an adventure companion. someone who enjoys life, both the simple and the exquisite, though isn’t attached to either. someone who is awakened, free, or on a spiritual path. someone who desires to grow and embrace life, and is also fine where she is at. someone who equally enjoys staying at home, going on adventures locally, or traveling across the country. someone who desires to have fun, enjoys romance, and wants a deeper connection with me. someone who appreciates good or healthy food. someone who enjoys the beauty of nature and living in a warm place. someone i can share this experience of life with. someone who i can open my heart to and who can open her heart to me. someone i can fall in love with, who can fall in love with me. someone who is pretty, cute, or beautiful. someone who is sweet and has a good heart. someone who can appreciate both being at peace or relaxed, and also getting excited about fulfilling dreams. someone whom i can express myself with openly, fully, genuinely, and authentically. …

everyday miracles

today the hotel i’m staying at is going to be shutting down the water at 9am to install new plumbing equipment. they were going to be doing this tuesday after 10am, though they must’ve not gotten to it. today i was supposed to check out and didn’t know if i was going to be going to another hotel, my friend’s, or staying here again. i was wondering a bit if i was going to have to rush or have to ask them to delay shutting down the water until i could check out, move rooms, etc, etc. yesterday i talked to my friend and he said he’d get another couple nights for me here since they’re still getting settled down in the new house, and he booked another reservation last night. i went to sleep shortly after getting back from the deeksha circle last night and didn’t really worry much about needing to be up in time to be able to shower in the morning. (some of the past week here i’ve been getting in the shower after 9 or at least once not be all ready to leave until 10:30) this morning i woke up with enough time to go downstairs, get breakfast, inquire about the new reservation, shower, get ready, etc and was done by around 8:40 when i started writing this. i went back down to the registration desk on my way out of the hotel to show my id and sign the new paper and i was able to stay in the same room without moving all my stuff. the first night when i got here a week ago, the hotel room was smaller than the one i had originally been shown in the afternoon. i called the front desk and they didn’t have any other rooms available though were able to move me the the larger room in the morning. the room smelled like smoke and i called the front desk and they showed me two of the other larger rooms, one which smelled fresh that i ended up picking.

after typing all this and something else, i noticed it was a few minutes after 9 though figured the water might still be on. i was able to use the bathroom at the hotel rather than wait until i went to my friend’s office, even though they said it’d be shut off by 9.

yesterday i had written about a miracle in getting one of the raspberry pi micro-computers working at my friend’s office. i remembered that the day before i had another miracle in upgrading the hard drive on one of the imac’s here at the office. i had upgraded the first computer last week and it went well, which was a miracle, and this one went a little more smoothly essentially repeating the whole process. after i had put it back together and was booting up into the recovery mode to restore the operating system software, i put all of the tools, anti-static mat, band, etc. away figuring it was done. when it got into the recovery mode, i don’t remember what happened, perhaps i hit a key or something at some point before it actually began the installation process, the screen went blank and showed an error icon, either the blinking question mark in the folder or drive or something.. i really didn’t want to have to take the whole thing apart just to get to the hard disk. i turned it off and back on again, hit the key sequence to go into the recovery mode and waited. it got to the menu and i was able to format the drive and install the OS and then easily restore all of the data and application files from the backup. another simple miracle in how it didn’t make sense or didn’t look like it was going to work and then it did. being able to restore the data and application files and encrypt the drive was a bit of a miracle on the first one last week as at first it didn’t work but then i thought of temporarily restoring the OS so it would create the necessary partition setup, and then restoring the backup. often a ‘bug’ or something that’s not working has a simple solution or workaround, a miracle hiding, waiting to be experienced.

sometimes we might not think all the little pieces can come together or we might just get caught up in the thinking or emotions or resistance of experiencing (or thinking we might experience) something we don’t prefer, though when we surrender to the moment and expect miracles (or simply expect things to work out), everything will flow naturally and effortlessly in our favor. experiencing miracles is as simple as shifting our perspective. embrace them and they will become a part of our everyday life.

a mini miracle today.. i was getting tired working at my friend’s office and had thought of going to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things before heading up to my hotel room. part of me was thinking i don’t need to and could just go tomorrow. though i had also thought of going to the park right up the road too. a little bit later, i noticed the light was getting to be very nice as […]

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there was another great conversation last night at the Satsang at the Flowering Heart Center. the Ho’oponopono healing process was one of the things that came up. it had come up in recent weeks or months too. here’s a link to an article i found talking about Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len who healed a whole psychiatric ward using this method: www.wanttoknow.info/070701imsorryiloveyoujoevitale

it’s really awesome to see how many of the teachings and conversations lately at the weekly satsangs have been expanding and align with how i’ve seen the world and understood reality. i admit i have strayed away from this higher awareness as i got caught up in other things along the way, though perhaps everything is now unfolding as it is, as i’ve been getting back on the path, surrendering what no longer serves me, and moving forward in this journey. as you’ll read in the article, part of this process involves taking full personal responsibility for all we have created. i learned a lot of this during the Avatar Course years ago and experienced seemingly magical transformations. it’s time to take responsibility again. to own what i/we have created and have been refusing to see or experience. it will be quite liberating to step into a new world, a new reality, upon doing so.

Michael and Suzanne will be holding a course “Healing the Shadow & our disowned selves” going into this type of process/healing. it’ll be at the Flowering Heart Center in Clearwater on May 15 or you can watch it online live or later. here’s a link to read more about it: floweringheart.org/shadowprocess.htm

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facing the frustrations. so, where to even begin? i was feeling a lot of different things earlier today. some things such as not wanting to deal with having to figure out a new phone carrier as my friend is cancelling the plan i was a part of.. and things like that trigger other emotions related to him and others, such as feeling that i’ve been taken advantage of by not getting paid fairly for all the work i’ve done for […]

today’s miracles

today i experienced a few nice miracles.. after trying to sell my old laptop for over half a year, i finally got an offer i accepted a few days ago. i hadn’t received payment and was still a little skeptical i would actually sell it, though i got a message late this morning that he’d be sending payment soon. it was perfect timing as i had a few other things i had sold that i was about ready to ship and was going to be meeting my sister shortly at my parent’s house to work on her computer that i was helping her sell. i wasn’t sure if i was going to make it in time though to the local ups store as the mail pickup was going to be right around the time i’d be receiving payment if i waited too long. i went over to my folks’ house and brought the boxes with me. after experiencing some issues with the cheap packing tape not working properly in the tape holder (and breaking into small pieces) as i attempted to seal the boxes, i got everything packed up and ready to go. i went online to check if i had received payment for my computer and saw the funds had arrived. as i was on the computer i heard my mom or sister say that the mailman had just passed by. i grabbed the boxes and ran outside to see if i could catch him to give him the packages. carrying a few boxes, i didn’t want to run and as i was halfway towards him i figured i might not catch up (or it’d be a good ways until i did), so i turned back and headed towards the house and waited a few minutes for him to come back down the other side of the street. i gave him the boxes and didn’t have to worry about missing the pick-up time at the ups store or making a longer trip over to the post office.

back at the computer, i prepared the package for my old laptop that had sold and worked on my sister’s computer. i also saw that i had received an unexpected offer for something else. i don’t recall if this was before i ran out to give the boxes to the mailman or after. i had written back asking to split the difference between the offer and what i was asking, and didn’t necessarily expect it to sell at that price as most times i’ve done that, i haven’t heard back or have received another lower offer. though when i first noticed i had an offer, i figured i should respond to it then rather than wait so i could print out the label for it if it did sell. i also saw that i had gotten another payment for one of the small things that i was waiting payment for. this morning when i woke up i hadn’t received most of the payments and figured i’d have to be making multiple trips to drop everything off as i got paid. shortly after i sent the offer back, i noticed a new message and saw that it said i had received payment for what i had just sent the offer back for. it was exciting to see all of these things selling and funds coming my way. i’m now only waiting on one more small payment (and payment for whatever else unexpectedly sells). the pile i have of stuff to sell is so much smaller now than it was not long ago. i had sold a few smaller things not long ago after i got back from chicago and hadn’t transferred those funds over yet. i was waiting for a little more to sell before doing so. it was nice to unexpectedly get the offer today as i was working on preparing the things that had sold, so i could transfer all of those funds at once rather than wait until i sold more a little later. between what i just sold this weekend and the bit i had sold in recent weeks, i received more than i have most months this year working for my friend. now by no means is this a lot of money (as i’ve been paid very little by my friend this year), though i’m very grateful for the abundance that does flow into my life (especially when it’s a nice unexpected surprise). the most exciting part of this is that as soon as the funds transfer i will have met the first part of a financial goal i’ve had for a long time. i’ll now have enough in my accounts to be able to pay back all of my debts if i want to. though i won’t do so just yet as i don’t want to be left with nothing in my accounts. i’ll keep a backup and as i continue to receive extra funds that i could save, i can now put those funds towards paying down the debts and then towards my next adventure, whatever that might be.

i did end up having to make a trip to the post office to drop off the unexpected package that had sold, though didn’t mind doing so. i saw dark clouds on the way there and on the way back, though i made it into my condo just before the rain started. i saw a few drops on my windshield as i was almost home and i think i felt one drop as i was walking in. when i got inside, i went to the bathroom for a minute or two, and then i looked out the window and saw that the rain was coming down. and i had a couple obstacles that delayed me a little bit too. i was behind someone for a little bit who’s car must’ve been having issues as she got out to look under the hood or at something in the front. i had thought for a brief moment if i should stop and help or ask if she was okay or needed a push though i was on a business call at the time. less than a minute later as cars were going around me, i saw the lady getting back in the car and driving off. a few minutes later when i got over to the ups store to drop off the computer, i was going to park right in front of the store though saw a sherrif’s office vehicle parked a couple stores up and figured i probably shouldn’t stop in the fire lane even if for less than a minute, so i took a little extra time to go into a parking spot and turn off the car and run into the store. in the store, the first computer the guy was on wasn’t working. and when he went over to another one, it seemed like that was also having an issue or perhaps he was expecting an issue. i quietly changed my energy slightly to be at peace and the computer was working seconds later. i got the receipt and headed home before the rain.

i had woken up earlier than usual this morning as i had gone to sleep early last night while waiting for some parts of a time-lapse video i’m working on to render. i didn’t feel like working on it when i woke up after passing out last night so only checked on it briefly and then went back to sleep. i had had issues with some of the files not rendering properly due to some bug in photoshop. i was a bit frustrated and didn’t want to deal with checking all the frames one at a time when i had woken up in the middle of the night. this morning when i woke up, i found that every single frame had rendered correctly overnight. (and this was after all of them except three rendered incorrectly yesterday) being up early, i was hearing a little noise from the neighbor so i thought i’d put something on to listen to. i had seem some long meditation mantra recordings on my screen, and decided to pick one of those. the one i picked was a powerful wealth mantra. i listened to it for the entire 3 hours and 3 minutes. i even had it on really low in the background as i was making a call to the car insurance company to see if i could get a discount as my renewal was coming up. they didn’t offer my anything right then though told me about a program that could give me a nice discount later on. and i also got some quotes that were quite reasonable for a truck or van i’d been considering. perhaps listening to this mantra helped that unexpected sale come in and helped the payment of my laptop arrive too. i’m grateful and excited for all the abundance that flows into my life and for new doors that are opening for me. and for letting go of what no longer serves me and seeing these old things disappear (be it the things i’m selling, the old emotions or thinking or stories i’m accepting or letting go of, or these old videos that i’m very quickly working through this month). i look forward for what continues to unfold as i continue to let go and learn to surrender to the moment and flow with life.

it’s nice that the last couple years when i’ve gone up to chicagoland in november, that i’ve felt like seeing snow and have had the first snow of the season show up during the week or so i’ve been in town. as you can see in the video, the morning commute in and evening commute out of the city weren’t exactly the most pleasant. it’s hard to fathom why so many people put themselves through that every single day, especially with the long winters up there. i was a bit upset that my friend didn’t pay me for the time i was up there evaluating a new business opportunity for him (and he never got me any work out of it), though i’m grateful i don’t have to be dealing with that sort of traffic on an everyday basis. i enjoy the long commute i have from one bedroom to the other :) i’m also grateful that i got invited to multiple thanksgiving dinners while i was in town. it was really nice to spend time with different friends while i was in town in the cold winter.

here are the details (and order) of the cameras and exposure settings used for the star-lapse shots in this video:

2014.10.25 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.10.27 R.E. Olds Park, Oldsmar
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 5 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
(followed by walking + driving at same 5 second exposure)

2014.11.02 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 3200
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.03 Indian Rocks Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 1600, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.04 Trinity (car on unfinished street)
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 1600, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.07 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 800
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 400
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.09 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 3200

2014.11.10 Clearwater Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 800
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600

i shot these over a year and a half ago so i don’t remember all the exact details.. (and i didn’t include details above for all of the few frames / quick shots between the longer starlapse shots.. this isn’t meant to be the most scientific test as i have made some quick adjustments to the images in lightroom too) i think i first started these tests to explore how well the new gopro camera would perform with its nightlapse mode compared to my then current setup for ultra-wide angle night shots with the 12-24mm lens. (all the gopro shots have been ‘defished’ in lightroom as this is how i would process them and this could possibly replace the 12-24mm setup) i think i was thinking that when i travel, it’d be neat to be able to shoot everything with the gopro camera rather than have to bring multiple camera systems (especially as the gopro can be charged and run off of usb power, and the life on the road videos i was working on back then were taking a very long time to edit having been shot with multiple cameras). then i probably became curious as to how the 5d setup would compare to the nex-5n for night shots, and also tried the 5d with the 8mm lens as depending on how that looked, i could sell the 12-24mm and begin to reduce the amount of gear i had if i were to defish the circular fisheye image (which i didn’t do in this video) and effectively use that as an ultra-wide angle lens. after doing these tests, i decided to compare the 35/2 and the 20/2.8 with both cameras as these would give a similar field of view with the full frame vs cropped aps-c size sensor.

a few weeks later, after seeing that i don’t necessarily need all of this gear that i had to make certain shots, i sold most of my canon gear except i kept one 5d body with the 8mm lens as i could still use this with a custom rig i had to create little planet images and time-lapses (i had the first ricoh theta camera back then though the quality was nowhere near what my custom setup could do and it couldn’t shoot at night). nearly a year later, toward the end of the summer of 2015, i ended up selling the whole 360 degree rig, including the camera, lens, motor, custom head, and tripod mounting components. it was nice to get rid of so much extra weight that was just sitting here taking up space. i can’t remember the last time i had used the rig and shot something before that. the last time i used the 8mm was to shoot these tests and i only used the 5d one other time after the tests to shoot a few pinhole images. shortly after selling the gear for the 360 degree rig, ricoh announced the latest theta s camera that would be able to shoot night shots. gotta love divine guidance! :) perfect timing on selling the gear. the theta s camera is so, so much simpler to use than my old setup. my old setup could’ve gotten some more detail but the tradeoff for being able to use a camera that weighs next to nothing and fits in my pocket versus having to lug around many pounds of gear plus large and heavy tripods or stands to mount it is definitely worth it. i can shoot so many more images having less gear to carry, and i can go much further with less and mount a smaller camera in many more unique places. to be able to shoot a single elevated 360×180 degree image, i’d be looking at 45-50 lbs of gear i’d have to carry with the old rig compared to less than 2 lbs with the new setup (and i can hold the new pole i use above my head for a higher vantage point than the large light stand i used to lug around). simplify your gear. (and your life) it takes away the burden so you can focus your time and energy on creating images and embracing the moment rather than carrying and keeping track of things.

[2016.07.06] miracles, opening up, authenticity, etc

i experienced some miracles today.. both little ones such as just making it to my car a minute before it started raining, and more important ones such as the whole experience at the satsang at the flowering heart center tonight that was exactly what i needed. i was a little hesitant to share in the beginning when it was starting though the conversation starting going about things related to companionship, loneliness, connecting with others, personalities, etc, etc. near the end Suzanne asked me if i wanted to share when there was a pause as i was still a little slow to say something (though i was feeling i did want to say something at different points during the conversation), and i shared some of what i was going through or struggling with related to connecting with others. i felt a little nervous at first when i first started speaking in front of the group and sharing though i was fine shortly into it and was able to share a couple other pieces after as others responded. it was really beautiful and a miracle that the whole satsang was exactly what i needed to hear without me even asking for it directly. thank you everyone for your sharing and presence! i recorded an audio of myself speaking a bit about this (amongst some other rambling). it’s funny as last night i was just thinking and feeling like recording an audio program where i was just being funny or opening up more, taking on one of the personalities or voices that i used to have fun with a lot, though i didn’t [and it sounds like a bit of this voice started to come out in the beginning of the recording tonight]. it was really perfect how everything unfolded at the satsang tonight and i’m grateful for the experience and for continuing to open up and accept myself as i am and allow my self to express myself in different ways, authentically and enjoyably.

bringing the darkness to light sometimes we must face what’s going on deep down inside in order to heal.  often we may resist doing this as there are parts of ourselves we don’t want to see nor admit are still there.  the mind can become very good at distracting itself from what is there or putting its attention into doing something else when a bit of the unpleasant feeling arises.  though it’s up to us to decide to face the […]

for the past couple/few weeks, since i started looking for miracles to share with others, i’ve been noticing little ones almost every day.

this morning i was riding my bike to john chestnut park and had remembered hearing about a kai chi do gathering that was happening there. Kam had written me a few weeks or couple months ago and mentioned it, though i forgot what time he said it was and i didn’t look up if it was still happening or not. i figured it might still be happening, and if it was, i’d join them. i biked in through one of the side entrances and thought maybe it’d be in the big field though i didn’t see anyone there. i biked around the front and as i made my around to head towards the back of the park, i started noticing the signs for it. i then thought maybe it’d over by the little sandy area. as i went around to the very back toward that spot by the lake, i saw another sign though didn’t see a big group anywhere. i looked out in the distance through the trees and noticed a couple/few people and felt that must be it. i circled back around and as i got closer, i heard music playing and then Austin recognized me. Sandra didn’t recognize me at first and later said that my energy had changed. it’s amazing and beautiful to see others notice my energy changing. i didn’t feel a huge difference in myself, though it’s been many months since i’ve been to kai chi do. all the surrendering, letting go, and blessings these past months must be making quite a difference, even though they’ve only seemed more subtle along the way. i recall it being beautiful and really nice to see positive changes in others i hadn’t seen in a while.

the little miracle is the reminder that embracing all aspects of oneself and continuing on this journey can make quite a difference, especially over time. it really does show up in our lives, even if we don’t notice it as a big ah-ha, peak experience, or awakened state (or if we do notice it and forget about it later). the work we do to face ourselves, to do the inner work, and embrace the what is will show up in our lives.

i’ve been noticing this start to show up in my own life recently in the areas of finance and relationships with others. a couple months ago, i found myself with no income as my friend (my main client) stopped paying me for a couple/few weeks. after, or while, working through some of the emotions, i began to look at what my options were, though was feeling i shouldn’t make any big moves such as selling my condo and living out of a van (as i was thinking of as one possible solution). before all of this, i had volunteered to help at the p&g in chicagoland and didn’t know how i would get there without any income (especially as my friend would usually fly me up at some point in the summer to help with the business). i reached out to a couple of other friends i had done a little work for a while back though hadn’t yet requested payment from, and i also sold some things to bring some income in. after a couple/few weeks of not hearing from my friend who stopped paying me, i got a voicemail and email from him about going up to chicagoland to help with the business, and the day he mentioned me going up was the exact same day as the p&g. it was a miracle that it all worked out in perfect divine order.

in the area of relationships with others, i’ve noticed myself starting to open up more these past couple months. i’ve often been very quiet around groups of people, and have found it difficult to approach others to engage in conversation especially after i’ve been quiet for so long. i’ve noticed myself start to talk to and connect with others a little more easily lately. i’m still working on opening up, though know it will get easier as i continue along this path. it’s really beautiful to connect with others and feel a sense of family or community. i’m also feeling a little more comfortable in sharing what i’m going through with others. it’s always been easy to share something i’m feeling good or excited about — when comfortable, i can easily speak with confidence and passion. however, for the longest time, i’ve resisted sharing my hurts or what i’m really going through or things i don’t like about myself unless i knew someone really well. today after kai chi do, i was speaking with Sandra and shared a little of what i was going through. i had only spoken with her a couple times a long while back, though it felt okay to share how i was feeling. with only four of us at the kai chi do circle and me speaking with her off to the side, it was easier to do. i’m grateful for how the divine is unfolding all these little pieces to help me heal, grow, expand, and live the life i desire.

another little miracle i experienced was yesterday when i met a friend who i hadn’t seen in months and did a tarot card reading. at first i resisted doing the reading as i had only done two of them 10+ years ago and both had very bad outcomes. the first was the night before my girlfriend at the time broke up with me, and the second was just before i found out about a significant financial issue i was facing. (i didn’t expect the first, and knew exactly what the second was when my friends read what the cards meant, though i didn’t tell them what it was when they asked what it might be) as i was just typing the bad outcomes, i realized these are both the same areas that i’ve been seeing improvements in my life with that i just wrote about above. in the relationship area, i’ve seen improvements with connecting with others and making friends, and i know i’ll ultimately see this unfold into a romantic relationship with a girl. in the financial area, i just noticed the other day that the first part of a goal i had of being able to pay back loans/debt isn’t as far off as i recently thought it was. anyhow, back to the tarot card reading. i decided to go ahead and do it after chatting briefly with my friend about it. i knew i’d be able to change it if i didn’t like what the cards said, though for a moment i had resisted the outcome. i looked through the cards and saw there were only two really bad ones in the deck and my friend shuffled them. i focused my thoughts/feelings and picked a few cards, and they were all totally fine. they were all speaking about where i was in the moment with these good changes happening in my life (and in the same areas i just mentioned that previously had bad outcomes). my fear of repeating bad past experiences didn’t happen, and things were turning around in the direction i wanted.

i’m grateful for all the little miracles i continue to see in my life, and for the community and satsang at the flowering heart center in clearwater. i’m glad i started going every week i’ve been in town since the middle/end of last summer. i was going through a lot of resistance at the time, and the flowering heart blessing has certainly helped me heal and open up. since then, i’ve realized a lot of what i was making important or spending my time on didn’t really matter, and i’ve begun to surrender and open my heart to what matters so much more in life: love, connection, fun, and community.

(another little miracle is that i didn’t know how this was all going to come together as i slowly started typing it. after looking at what i wrote, it all seems to have been divinely orchestrated as i see how it all makes sense and is related. i was wondering if i was missing some details or telling too many, and it somehow came through all related as aspects of one larger miracle)

back to miracles.. haven’t typed them up in what seems like a little while, though its probably really only been 2-3 days. time can be funny like that. let’s see which ones i can remember. today i experienced one this morning. my friend was renting a car for me to go drive to a lot of his completed job-sites to photograph the homes. we went to go pick it up and i forget exactly what the guys said there, though maybe they asked if the basic car was okay or something. i mentioned something with a moonroof would be preferable if they had it for the same price. they said they had a ford f150 though it costed more. i said it didn’t really matter, anything would be fine (though i wouldn’t have minded the truck.. it felt like it’d be nice when they said they had it). a couple/few minutes later as they were finishing up the rental process, my friend asked how much more the f150 would be, and they said they could do it for the same price, they just had to clean it quickly. we went with it. i waited a little bit for them to clean it, and off i was.

a nice bonus was that it had navigation built right into the touchscreen in the truck. i didn’t even think of this and was figuring i’d have to use the gps on my phone to get around to all the towns. it was much, much nicer not to have to look at the small screen on my phone or figure out how to rig it where i could see it easily while driving or have to be charging it as using gps all day would’ve drained it. it drove nicely and the seat was comfortable (which was helpful while spending around 8 hours driving today). when i would get to a location, i turned off the truck and punched in the next address into the gps to get it ready before taking the photos. at first, it wasn’t remembering the address when i got back in and turned the truck on which wasn’t as helpful. after a few of them, i clicked it a little different to actually start the navigation while the truck was off and then when i would get back in and turn it back on, it would remember. the key fob worked nicely as i could keep it in my pocket and very easily touch the button on the handle to lock it as i was walking out and it would unlock as i placed my hand on the handle to open it. these thing seem quite simple and are becoming more normal in cars, though i likely wouldn’t have had these features if i just got the standard car instead of the free upgrade to the truck. these saved a lot of time and effort when driving to 27 different locations today. the driving and photographs took longer than expected though it went pretty smoothly. there was some traffic though it wasn’t extremely bad, and i was only stopped once by one of the homeowners/residents (and it only took a few seconds to say why i was taking photos and there was no issue).

the moonroof came in handy for a couple of photos in the city where i needed extra height — i thought of standing on the bed of the truck though stood on the seat or center console and shot a couple of times from there. one of the first buildings in the city had a car blocking the view and as i was leaving to go to the next location, something told me to go back and try standing on the bed of the truck or out the moonroof to get a better angle. as i pulled up and parked across the street from it, i saw someone walking out of the home and into the car. i waited a few seconds and the view was clear. i stood out the moonroof and got a much better shot than i did from standing on the curb a couple/few minutes before. it was perfect timing and divine guidance!

after taking all the photographs for today, i went to the loop and wasn’t really feeling like paying for parking and the thought crossed my mind of finding free parking though i didn’t think too much about it. i got down to the loop and was heading south. i was seeing lots of paid parking. i thought something like maybe down one of the side streets a long walk away i’d find free parking. i was already late and didn’t want to walk too much further. after driving just over a block past where i was going, i turned right and saw some signs saying 15 or 30 minute standing zone. the 30 minute zone ended at 7 though was full of cars, and the 15 minute zone ended at 8 and still had some room available. it was around 7:40 or almost 7:45. i drove around the block to see what else i’d find and went back to that spot not finding anything else. i read the sign more carefully and it didn’t have any indication of what happened after 7 or 8 and there were cars parked after 7 in the 30 minute zone. i drove to go check out one other area i noticed someone pulling out of down the block though it ended up being a no parking zone. i came back around to the 15 minute zone and the empty space was still there waiting for me. i pulled in close to the curb and put the flashers on the truck as it was still a few minutes before 8 and walked off. almost 3 hours later when i was heading back to the truck, the mind had a brief thought of what if there was some issue with a ticket or it being towed. i had sent white light to the truck and asked for no issues when i had left it, though still had the thought. i was pretty sure it’d be fine, though asked the divine again for it to be okay, and surrendered to whatever the outcome would be. i turned the corner and saw some flashing lights and thanked the divine. i had wondered if the truck would start having the lights flashing for so long. i figured it’d be okay as it was only the flashers though when i first got in and pushed the start button it didn’t start, though the seat stared to move into position and the screen came on and all. i pushed the button again to turn it off and then again to start it, and it started that time. there was no traffic and i made it from the loop to lombard very quickly, probably was just half an hour.

it’s really nice when everything flows smoothly. it feels like this happens more and more often the more we strengthen our connection to the divine by releasing blocks or resistance that was previously affecting the connection. another little piece of today that worked out nicely was that i saw a sign for an oasis when heading south on the interstate into the city. there was a sign indicating another oasis was 20 miles ahead. i didn’t know how far away i was from the city. i thought that still might be on my way in since i was pretty far north, only around a mile from the wisconsin border. though i felt that it’d be good to stop at this one. i stopped and wasn’t really expecting a great selection of food, though there happened to be a mediterranean or middle-eastern place that had a veggie falafel wrap. after leaving the oasis, there wasn’t another one on the route the gps took me and the beginning of the traffic was shortly afterwards too. it was all in perfect divine order. also, i hadn’t parked the truck that well and wasn’t leaving much room for the car to the right to get out, though i figured i wasn’t going to be but a couple minutes. after going to the bathroom and taking a couple quick shots for a time-lapse video out the oasis windows, i saw the falafel place and it didn’t take that long. when i got back to the truck, the car next to me was still there. i saw someone ahead of me walking in that direction though they kept going further back to the other parking area, so it seems whoever parked there was still inside the oasis and (hopefully) i didn’t affect them by not parking straight in the spot.

it seems life is simply a continuous flow of unfolding miracles when we learn and choose to see it as such.

today’s miracle

at my friend’s office, i had set up a bunch of tv screens to act as status screens/boards showing calendars, job statuses, and other data from the custom dashboard system i built for him to run the company. i re-did the technology behind the way they worked and had one screen that had a corrupt memory card. i had tried to fix it yesterday or the day before, though it wasn’t working this morning when i got in. i was trying all sorts of things to get it to work, including using some really old memory cards we still had here and clearing out a card and installing the latest version of the operating system on it. some things had changed in the latest OS and it wasn’t working, so i went back to seeing if one of the old cards would work. i found one that booted though it had the old network settings on it and due to the way it was set up, i wasn’t able to get into it, even with a keyboard physically plugged into it. i came up with a way to hack my way in by modifying a script on the part of the card i had access to via a different computer. i was able to get the latest settings and my newest scripts on it. it seemed to be working though upon rebooting after the update, it was displaying all sorts of error messages.. it appeared that the memory card was corrupted. the cards would sometime get corrupted if the micro computer lost power because the tv was bumped into or the usb power cable was moved by accident. it didn’t make sense that it stopped working on its own this time, as it had rebooted without me physically touching it. i let it sit for a little bit to see what it was doing, and was starting to accept the possibility that i might not be done yet nor have an immediate solution for it (and i was wanting to finish before taking a break). something told me to go unplug the power and plug it back in to restart it. as i was doing so, the thought something along the lines of maybe needing a miracle or it not making sense for it to be the way it was crossed my mind (though i surrendered and wasn’t attached to whether it worked or not by that point). i plugged it back in and it just started to boot up normally. now, after a while, it’s still running properly without any other issues.

open yourself up to miracles and you will see them happen and unfold before your eyes. miracles can be a natural and everyday occurrence if we allow them to be. believe its possible and you’ll experience it. sometimes for me its been more difficult to believe it in the world of technology as i have a lot of experience and knowledge in technology, though allowing for the possibility of a miracle creates the space in which it can occur. this reminds me of when Queenie put the Sri Murti on the computers and mixer at the P&G to keep everything running smoothly, or when i was copying the weekend video from an external hard drive to the laptop.. the file transfer had stopped a couple of times for no apparent reason and when i put my hands around it and sent it energy or white light, it started working again.

it’s really amazing and inspiring how simply miracles can happen when we’re open to them. we don’t even need any big ritual or anything.. just know its possible, or connect with the presence and ask for it, and it will happen. often the mind wants to make things difficult in life by thinking it needs to struggle or try hard to make something happen. life can be much more effortless when we allow for help from the divine. we don’t have to do everything ourselves. miracles can be a very natural part of life. and it doesn’t have to make sense how something strange happened.

monday i went to the store with my friend to help him carry a large toolchest he was purchasing. he had paid and we were waiting for them to get a forklift to take it off the shelves. it had been a little while and we were walking around the store looking at other things. something brought us down to one of the end aisles. after looking at something there, we walked a few feet and right there on one of the flat carts was the toolchest waiting for us. no one had come to find us to tell us it was ready and we didn’t hear the forklift running. it seemed a bit strange at the moment.. perhaps they got it from somewhere else or something, though it didn’t really matter. we were ready to go and it was there waiting for us. the cashier saw us coming towards the exit and told us we were all set and we left.

on saturday afternoon, after i was helping my friend move for a couple of days, i took a shower and it was a miracle that i really wasn’t feeling sore (nor really tired) afterwards. i had woken up that morning feeling a bit sore though at dinner afterwards i realized it was gone and i wasn’t feeling it at all.

simple miracles can happen every day. look for them and you’ll continue to find them.

[2016.05.23] miracles

this weekend at the p&g we were encouraged to share miracles with others. tonight at the flowering heart center in downer’s grove, we each shared a miracle we experienced today or recently. i wasn’t sure about sharing the little miracle i experienced but after i did others seemed to be inspired by it, so i’ve recorded more of the details here. it’s probably a little bit scatterred as i tried to remember exactly what happened. it’s funny how the details can get lost later compared to when we’re living and feeling and experiencing it in the moment.

in the audio recording, i forgot to say that after i made it back to my friend’s office, i got back right at the very same time someone who worked for him was at the office. i had connected with him on the phone a few weeks ago sharing some spiritual perspectives and we had a good conversation. today when we both ‘randomly’ showed up at the same time, he was surprised to see me there, not knowing i was going to be in town. i also found out he no longer worked for my friend. he said he was interested in going to the flowering heart center and couldn’t make it tonight but said he could go wednesday and meet beforehand. we may have never seen each other during the few weeks i’m up here if the divine hadn’t worked out everything for us to both show up there at the same exact time.

i also forgot to mention that when i did hit the gas to start the van, it didn’t idle and stalled right away. the next time we got it started, i had to hold the gas pedal down for a couple minutes just to keep it running. it wasn’t looking too good for the van being able to go anywhere, though the divine wanted it to all work out and it did. sometimes we just gotta let go, surrender, and trust that a higher power is orchestrating all of the pieces and know that it’s all in perfect, divine order. it was beautiful to hear the miracles that others in the community had experienced.

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[in california]

reflecting on a few recent miracles..

one miracle i wrote about recently was feeling motivated/inspired to work on the life on the road films i shot back in 2012 and never completed.. in the past 2.5 weeks i’ve been able to crank through more of them than i had when i first started working on them 2-3 years ago. today i was able to start and finish one with nearly the most number of shots. going through the 600+ shots didn’t take as long i was estimating. it was a little slow in the beginning though picked up quickly. these past few days i’ve been asking for divine grace to help me make the edits needed rather than struggling with needing to control it and make it perfect. i’m almost done with another video that’s rendering now (#56). it’s a miracle i’m moving quickly since yesterday, as i was stuck on day #50 from thursday night through sunday morning.. the adobe software kept crashing and i had to keep trying different workarounds to make it through and it dragged on for so long. i had to surrender and accept what was happening (after getting mad in the beginning when it seemed to be crashing for no reason). the editing process has also gotten simpler as i’ve allowed myself to feel the grace and accept the videos aren’t perfect. more than once i’ve left in things that i could change or tweak (mostly because i didn’t want to wait hours for it to render again, but also because i’ve been shifting my perspective on them). these past weeks have been a bit long and i’ve barely done anything other than sit in front of the computer, though i’m grateful how much progress i’m making on completing the films.

earlier this afternoon when i was waiting 2.5 hours for the second/final render of the video of day 55, i had plenty of time to shower and run a couple errands. i went to open up a couple new bank accounts as i received an offer in the mail that had a nice bonus for opening up the accounts. when opening up the accounts, i found out i needed $25 to open up each of the accounts and i had only brought $25 for one of the accounts as i thought i could transfer the money over for the other account as per what the offer stated in the fine print and what i was told when i called. i asked if the transfer i was planning on doing would work though was told they really wanted the money at the time of opening. i accepted that i was going to have to make another trip to the bank, and it might be the next day as my normal bank closed early and i don’t carry my atm card with me (and i was planning my errands around the time i had to wait for the videos to render and didn’t want to waste more time). i left the bank and got in my car and saw it was only 3:55.. my normal bank closed at 4 (and i was thinking it was after 4 already and wasn’t rushing like i would’ve been had i known i was cutting it so close). i left and headed down the road to my regular bank and didn’t get stuck at the couple lights on the way. i made it there in only 2 minutes and ran inside and was able to withdraw the funds. i headed back to the new bank and then went to whole foods to pick up a couple things on sale. i got home and the file was just about done rendering. it was a miracle how it all worked out in perfect timing so that i didn’t have to make another trip nor lose any time that i could’ve been working on the videos.

perhaps the nicest miracle is that every so often (and recently while working on the videos) i’ve been feeling a feeling that i could describe as being satisfied or relaxed or peaceful or love. as i was typing the last sentence, causeless love/joy came to mind. it feels natural or simple, almost like it’s who we really are as the layers covering it up dissolve. i’m not sure if it’s from freeing all this attention/energy when making progress on these videos and getting them off my plate, or if it’s from growth in my journey. perhaps both. it doesn’t really matter exactly what it is or how it happened. i’m grateful for it and for moving into a place of allowing. it’s much simpler than struggling or trying or any of that sort of thing the mind likes to do. i may not be perfect or always feeling it though i know the resistance will continue to fade away as i expand and evolve and transform.

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

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[in california]

a recent miracle is that i was inspired to create a technique that has saved (and will save) me lots of time and frustration editing the video clips i shot a few years ago during my trip out west. i hadn’t touched any of the files in over a year and a half, though was feeling motivated recently after completing the last couple years’ worth of time-lapses. i really didn’t like dealing with correcting technical issues due to imperfections in the files the camera created.. many of the films have hundreds of clips and it was very tedious and frustrating to have to be cutting off the end of each clip. when i began working on the film i left off, i used the old technique and found it not to be too bad at first though was finding myself frustrated with it. i tried another one after and think i wasn’t enjoying the process too much, so decided to take a different approach for the next one. the first idea i had come up with wasn’t going to work that ell, though i then thought of another idea to run all the clips through a script that would automatically chop off the last half second of them (alleviating the majority of the frustrating issues with them), and then import those clips into the video editor. it didn’t work perfectly as the editing software didn’t like the very short clips, though i’m sure it has saved an enormous amount of time and frustration. in the past week, i’ve been able to start and complete 10 of the films. i’ve made it past the point of getting to california in the trip (where i had previously thought if i could just make it to then, then i could take a break or give up), and it’s going pretty well. it still is a long process though i’m finding myself more patient with it and enjoying it much more than when i had first started.

another miracle today was that i was much more patient and didn’t get anywhere near as angry as i could’ve when i discovered the car dealer had scuffed/scratched up the paint on my door handles and doors when doing a recall to replace the door handle brackets — i was actually surprisingly pretty calm and accepting though i did feel a bit of a charge that passed fairly quickly once i sat down and accepted i had to wait again (and started working on my computer while waiting to find out if they could buff it out or not).. this was very different than how i felt and reacted nearly two years ago when i first bought the new car and experienced them doing a bad job touching up a ding on the hood i found. today i was able to treat the service advisor kindly, especially at the end, though even when i first got back to the dealer and was feeling the charge of anger and intolerance. earlier today while waiting for the recall work to be done, a little miracle was that i was patient and pretty tolerant of the ego energy i was sensing and hearing from the sales reps who were standing right near where i was sitting the whole time (and i was actually able to work on programming somewhat complex code at the time and it didn’t end up being as much of an overhaul as i was thinking). at one point, i quietly sent blessings and light to everyone at the dealer (and felt a little energized after doing so). the last part of today’s miracle was that i had enough gas to make it back home (after the range dropped quickly and had indicated 0 for a few miles) and i was later able to start the car back up and get to the gas station to fill it up — i didn’t think it was going to be this low and thought there’d be plenty to make it home (as i had forgotten the gas gift card i wanted to use up) though i had to turn around and go back to the dealer after i discovered the mishap when i stopped a few miles down the road from the dealer (which was 30+ miles from my home). i’d prefer not having to make a couple trips all the way back out to the dealer again next week to drop off my car to get the paint touched up and new door handles installed, though i’ll make an adventure of it and perhaps go to some local parks or spots in nature in the area. i’m wanting to make it through editing all these videos quickly though i know it’s all in divine order.. they’re going to get done and i don’t have to worry so much about the deadline i’ve placed on myself to complete them in the coming weeks. if anyone reading this is interested in checking out the videos, here’s a link to where i’m posting them: markmarano.com/what/truckcamperfilms

…and i just noticed repeating numbers in the url of the date and this post # on my website: /2016/08/11/17111/

[a.k.a. life on the road]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

a little miracle i experienced is in that the past few weeks, mostly after accepting myself and where i’m at, i’ve felt motivated to go through 144,000 photos (exactly) to put together a lot of time-lapse videos that i hadn’t gotten around to for quite a while. and i was inspired to create a way that i may be able to simplify the long process of finishing the life on the road films i shot back in 2012 and 2013 (or will at least be able to make some future video/film projects much simpler).

another miracle is that i’ve been able to open up a bit and connect more easily with others after the satsang at the flowering heart center in clearwater. in the past i was usually very quiet though tonight found myself naturally speaking a little and engaging a bit in the conversations. i feel the subtle growth in letting go, allowing, and accepting is beginning to make more of a difference in my life and is opening new doors for me. i’m grateful for my journey and for allowing my heart to open once again.

looks like its time to dive into whatever it is i’m feeling again. i was laying in bed for quite a while, it was another night i didn’t sleep that well. i’ve been sleeping pretty well most of this month, though a few weeks ago i did have some times of not sleeping that i wrote about. it was related to wanting to ask a girl out and failing to do so. i saw her again last night and didn’t get to connect with her. i ended up talking with another friend whom i hadn’t seen in a while which was nice. though i didn’t really get to talk to the girl i wanted to talk to. she was talking with a couple others in conversation and i didn’t make my way over there as i was talking with a few others. i did hug her and say it was nice to see her as she was leaving, and i did feel a little of her energy and a connection earlier. as i was just laying in bed, a few things were coming to me of what i was facing and going through. these were things related to the issues i’ve experienced in connecting with others. it’s been easy for me to connect with someone whom i already know, or know is unavailable, or someone i’m not interested in. though when it’s a nice girl in her 20s or 30s, some resistance shows up. or i don’t even feel the resistance and i just don’t know what to say. or i’m in the midst of whatever i was in and she shows up unexpectedly and i don’t really engage or connect with her as i was focused on whatever it was that i was doing (like grocery shopping if i run into someone there.. i think i also have some sort of resistance about connecting with a girl while she’s working as i don’t want to bother her or be the guy hitting on the waitress so to speak). mostly i see this all comes down to vulnerability. there’s a part of me that’s resisting connecting with a girl, a part of me that’s afraid, as i know if i do, my life could change quite drastically. it’s not that i don’t want change, as i’ve been wanting to have an amazing relationship with a girl for a long time. though perhaps part of me does enjoy certain aspects of my life now. though that’s not really it either. it feels like it’s that i know i could easily fall in love if i open my heart to someone. and although i do want to fall in love and have a great relationship with a girlfriend, there’s something there blocking it. it feels like perhaps its not being able to decide exactly who it is that i want, or not being able to decide all the aspects of what i want in a relationship or what it’ll look like. though that’s not really it. what it feels like it really is, that all of these struggles with connecting with others is, is that i’ve been hurt in the past when i’ve opened my heart. and in different ways. part of me wants to have a beautiful community and feel like family, and i had a group of friends that i really had a lot of fun with a long time ago though there was an issue/drama between a couple of them and that ended up splitting up the group. i was also going in my own direction at the time and saw that a lot of them were not the best influence. and when i went to the avatar course, i felt really close to a lot of my friends there and we felt like family, especially when a number of us were staying together for a couple weeks at a timeshare condo for the wizard course. when we got close to the end of the course i began to feel the pain and hurt knowing we were all leaving soon and going to different parts of the country and world, and might not see each other for a long time (or in some cases ever again). it really hurt to get to feel so close to others and then to have that all of a sudden gone. i guess this must be what it feels like when someone loses someone they love when they transition at death. it must be a similar feeling. something else is coming up in this moment.. i’ve never really felt that sort of loss with someone passing as those that i’ve known that have passed i haven’t been that close to. but i’ve felt these deep losses with losing friends or girlfriends when relationships have ended. and i’ve never known what really to say to someone else when they’ve experienced someone they’ve loved passing away. there were a couple other things i want to say though they’re not there at this moment… ah, yes, another part of it that i was remember was that when i had an amazing transformational experience at the avatar course several years ago, i remember more easily connecting with others and feeling in a higher place than i feel i’ve been the past couple years.. i remember feeling really connected to others i’d meet, and like i would easily fall in love with girls i’d meet as i’d have an open heart. i think this also relates to the decision aspect. perhaps i feel or think i need to decide what i want in a relationship first so i can use some discernment ahead of time. otherwise, if i have an open heart, i may just fall in love with the first person i meet and connect with when my heart is open. looking at that, that might not be a bad thing, as the divine could be placing the exact person i need to meet and connect with and fall in love with right there for me. perhaps i don’t need to be thinking about this so much and just open my heart. though i remember a few years back, a friend i met at the avatar course told me not to fall in love so easily when he saw how i felt about the girls i would meet. i remember hugging a friend goodbye at the end of the wizard course who didn’t stay with the group/family at the condo, though we or i saw her fairly often during the courses and when i knew she was leaving to go overseas, i really felt the pain/hurt/upset as i was hugging her when she was leaving, and she felt it too as i think i was shaking a bit as i was embracing her. i feel for a lot of or most of my life i’ve been really sensitive, and when i’ve been hurt or felt i’ve needed to control or avoid the possibility of being hurt, i would close up (and this is in other ways too, like in needing to make sure i don’t be too spontaneous and spend lots of money when i only have a limited amount coming in, as i know i can easily be sponatenous and spend a lot when i fall in love with someone or am living with an open heart). i feel these issues are related to trust. as i’ve been hurt in the past, i feel that i’ve had to live from the mind or not open my heart up as i can’t trust it’s going to work out.. it’s like i’ve got to make absolutely sure everything is going to work out as i want it to in order for it to. so now as i face issues such as having to pay for a condo and car and all the related expenses (and not wanting to lose everything i’ve put into it so far), and i haven’t been getting paid as much as i was before, i end up in a struggle and feel i can’t fully enjoy life until i know all of this is taken care of and there’s nothing to worry about. as i find myself sitting here for so long and not doing the things i want to be doing in life, or even if i’m doing some things i enjoy like going to parks and photographing, as i find myself not fully embracing the moment and really enjoying or experiencing life or simply relaxing, i start to look for external solutions to fix this, as the things i’m not liking are in the external world. so for example, i see that living in this condo isn’t perfect.. yes there are some aspects that are good about it, though there are some things i’d prefer different.. as such, i start to look for other options. i start to chase after solutions that don’t exist. like finding inexpensive land to build a home or live out of an rv or camper around here. and in the areas i want to be, land is pretty expensive. then the thought of traveling or living out of a van comes to mind. which could be fun, though would this simply be a distraction to try to solve the real issue of opening my heart.. sometimes i feel these external things could solve the issue, as i know i could relax if i had less to worry about or if the things in the external world were going the way i wanted them to. and if i could relax, i could naturally open my heart. but then i wonder if this whole cycle would simply repeat itself in a different way. when i earned a good amount of money the year after i took the avatar course, i got a truck camper and didn’t really think it all out. i was looking for an inexpensive rv option and was leaning towards the truck camper for the versatility and it was the least expensive way to get into an rv. though when i traveled the country in it, i sometimes or often found it difficult to find places to park at night where i wouldn’t be seen or disturbed, especially when i wasn’t out in the middle of nowhere or in a national park or forest or something. after looking at some options, the one i picked felt right and i went with it. perhaps it was right for what i needed to experience, but was it really right.. if that’s the feeling i trusted and went with and it didn’t all go exactly as i planned, how do or can we trust feelings.. i know things change and can change quite quickly after embarking on a spiritual journey, and i enjoy some change, though i also would like some degree of permanance. like in a home, i’d like a place i can always come back to and know it’s there, and not have to go through all the effort of figuring out where to live nor having to throw money away on renting something, etc, etc. but now that i have my own home and i have to struggle to pay for it and i don’t even like it fully, i wonder if that even matters. anyhow, that’s another tangent. going back to trust, i can see many years ago, before this whole spiritual journey, or at least before choosing to go on it and learning more about spirituality, i lived more wrecklessly, following my feelings, and i got hurt in different ways. i suppose i wasn’t really that wreckless, though i’m not sure exactly what it is about it.. perhaps i felt that i wasn’t really going anywhere in life and i was just having fun and now i need to be more responsible to have my own home and such… i know i had my heart broken multiple times, and i think i’ve been feeling that i need to take care of all of the things in my life that had previously led to a failed relationship so i can make it work this time. and i feel there’s so much to do. as i take care of some things, i see it getting easier and the space opening up, though perhaps i’m seeking perfection too much. i know it’s been amazing when i’ve fallen in love and have felt like its just been a long honeymoon, though when something didn’t work out, like we didn’t have money or didn’t fully open up to share what we were feeling or struggling with, or whatnot, things fell apart. i think another thing i’m facing is that i know i want to continue to grow and expand on this spiritual journey, and continue to increase my awareness, though i don’t know if i would want to once in i’m a relationship or if i’d be able to do both. i know i could find someone else on a similar journey or someone who’s open to this, though i see so many people out there that are in much different places in their lives, and interested in very different things. i think to a degree this all comes back to the decision aspect, and not knowing what to decide. perhaps its also thinking i need to decide, that i can’t have both. this reminds me that i can have both. i can create a life that has everything i desire. though i mustn’t get too caught up in the seeking perfection aspect of it and just allow it. though at the same time, i think i would be quite happy just having a loving relationship and not feel the need to expand my awareness as far. part of me just wants to enjoy life. perhaps i just need to surrender and open my heart. though i also feel in this need to surrender, that as i let go of different aspects of who i am, then i find myself not knowing who i am. and it becomes more difficult to relate to or connect with others, as i feel it’s already been difficult as i don’t have a lot of the same interests or experiences in life as a lot of other people. perhaps it’s only as i’m looking at the shallow aspects of what each of us like, and i ought to connect with someone more deeply. but then that goes back to opening my heart and being vulnerable. so i’m not sure where i’m going with all this. it seems to be going in a loop. i guess this is what it’s like to be stuck. i’ve seen this before with various aspects of life. i suppose i could just choose an exit point and leave this loop. i can change whatever it is i want, though must decide what to change. i feel as i free up space by exploring this and getting this out there, it becomes easier to naturally feel what it is i do want. as i let go of what no longer serves me, it gets easier to open my heart and allow what can serve me. i always feel i need to end on a positive note like that. like i need to find a way out. it doesn’t always have to be like that. this is really just me exploring some of the issues i’m facing. i may find solutions though i need not force them. i know i’m on the right path, though still don’t have all the answers. i suppose i just gotta ask for divine grace to guide me and naturally open my heart, and if that involves healing and letting go, then to open me up to fully experience those feelings and fully release them. i simply want to enjoy my life and have meaningful relationships/friendships with others and have a deep connection with a girl in a loving, committed relationship. i want to feel alive and love my life and let my light shine brilliantly.

(using a real camera would’ve helped this look much better!)

gotta love the energy and the feeling and the letting go… also the repeating numbers, i remember seeing this happening when i was feeling excited recording some of my audio programs last year.. the length of this audio when i hit stop was just under 20 min 18 sec, the time was 1:18, and the file size was 10,111,411 bytes! i love the divine wink (as one of my friends put it)

sometimes i have to just remember to go looking for the miracles. last night after the satsang, Elena asked me what my miracle for the day was. at first i didn’t think i had any nor remembered any. i was thinking my day had been pretty simple and fairly unexciting or even boring. then a moment later, after she said they would come to me, i remembered that at the beginning of the meditation i was sitting in a little bit of a charge/emotion/thought, and during the meditation, and as the satsang began, it dissolved and was completely gone shortly later. Michael shared with us a reminder of why we were there as Andrea’s mom was there for the first time and he was explaining what the satsang was about. i don’t remember all the details though he spoke about the awakening of consciousness and how enough of us awakening will impact the collective consciousness globally. i remembered my purpose of seeing/experiencing/participating in this shift, and the thought or little upset i had related to a personal desire had faded away. i knew everything was in divine order and was reminded that we already crossed the threshold of what is needed to cause a planetary shift in consciousness. the beautiful world we all desire is being created, despite any of our suffering, personally or collectively. we are all healing, expanding, and evolving.

towards the end of the satsang, Michael asked me if i wanted to share my experience at the P&G in Chicagoland. i was a little nervous, being put on the spot and unprepared as with what to say. it was a month ago and i didn’t remember all the details of what happened and felt i couldn’t share an accurate report of it. somehow i managed to share some of what i did remember and although i may have missed some details, i think it flowed through fairly cohesively. as i was trying to remember what happened both days, i naturally asked Louis, as he had been to the one in Orlando, and he shared some of his experience. after he shared what he got out of it, i shared a little bit about the miracles i had started to see everyday since they told us to start sharing miracles. by this point i was feeling more at ease in speaking to the whole group though still didn’t want to get carried away in all of the details and go on for a long time, so only shared a little bit of what i’d experienced. Suzanne or Michael mentioned the facebook page i set up for us to share miracles, and i shared a little bit about that. it felt good to be able to speak for a few minutes in front of everyone. although i feel it could’ve flowed better, it seems like it went pretty well and was what i needed. i’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow and practice speaking in a group.

due to things i’ve experienced in the past, it’s always been much easier for me to connect one on one with someone (though usually only after they’ve initiated the conversation or i’ve really known them). in groups, small or large, i usually would just observe the conversation flow back and forth between everyone, and although things i could share would sometimes come to me, i’d often be too slow to jump in and share them. and i’d resist going off on a tangent or an aside to speak or connect directly with someone in the group. this is something i saw myself once again fail to do last week after the satsang, though last night i saw myself asking Suzanne about an experience she had briefly mentioned to the group of us there. i’m grateful for being able to become more open and allow myself to connect with others a little more naturally. what i was thinking about or upset over in the beginning was a lost opportunity to connect with someone, and although it showed up in different manners than i was thinking, i see that the divine is providing me a path to open my heart back up to connecting and conversing with others.

perhaps it was also a reminder to just relax and be me, and surrender any expectations of how i think things should look or unfold, and trust and know that the divine is taking me where i need to go. it’s also been a little miracle for me to feel okay in sharing the little nuances of what i’m feeling and going through with others.

experiencing miracles is as simple at looking for them. i’ve noticed on days that i’ve stopped writing about miracles, looking for them, or got caught up in thinking or worrying about something that didn’t serve me, i began to notice more things occur aligned with that sort of energy instead of a positive miracle or flow. the night before last i didn’t sleep so well, waking up anxious or in some thought or emotion that i didn’t like. i barely slept a couple or few hours the whole night and when i got out of bed in the morning, i was still resisting what was there and was feeling tired. thinking i was tired, throughout a lot of the day i felt pretty tired until i took a nap in the afternoon. in the morning, despite being tired, i decided to go for a bike ride to the local park. i hadn’t ridden in about a month and didn’t feel like checking the air in the tires. the tires felt a little low when i was riding it though it still rode okay. this morning when i did check them, they weren’t as low as i had thought or worried they might be. they could use a little more air for better performance but they weren’t gonna get damaged by being too low. biking to the park yesterday was nice. it’s a little warmer and more humid back here in florida though its not as bad as i remember. it was nice to sit by the lake and not have any mosquitos bother me. i came home and cooked a nice breakfast (just in time for lunch). later in the afternoon, after my nap, i drove out to one of my favorite parks on the gulf. on the way to the park, some raindrops began to hit my car. i looked up, out the open moonroof, and saw it was just a small cloud that it was most likely coming from and figured it’d stop soon so i wouldn’t have to close the moonroof. about a minute (or less) later, i was pulling up to a stoplight and the raindrops were totally gone. when i got out to the island, i had left the moonroof open (and the windows cracked). i walked north a bit on the beach and noticed lightning in the not-too-distant dark clouds. a thought crossed my mind about the moonroof being open, though i didn’t worry. i stayed to watch the sun set and made my way back to the car a little bit after it went down. there was no sign of any raindrops where i parked. i did have a few mosquitos in the car and may have gotten a couple bites though this morning i had forgotten about them and i don’t feel them itching. i had stopped at the store on the way home last night to pick up some soap and went looking for a couple groceries. it was nice to notice some yogurts i like were on sale. i had closed the moonroof and windows when i parked as the dark clouds were getting close to where i was at the store, though when i was done shopping, it wasn’t raining (nor hadn’t). i wasn’t really feeling like getting wet going up to my condo with the groceries though accepted i might. on the way up the road home, i smelled the fresh rain that i had just missed. when i got to my condo, it wasn’t raining and i came inside with everything without getting wet.

this morning, i woke up after sleeping better though still feeling a little tired from it being warmer (i hadn’t turned the a/c back down when i got home last night). i woke up about an hour earlier than i thought it was and went on the computer to check a few things. a little after, i started to make some tea and figured i’d go biking after that. it ended up being a little later that i got out, though it was nice to go out to the other local park on the nearby lake. as i was leaving the park, a couple cars were pulling out of the gated neighborhood right there. this was a ‘random’ coincidence as usually that gate is locked and no one is entering or exiting when i go through there, and it’s nice to go bike in to take a different route and explore the little park in there. i wasn’t feeling like going in today though, and felt it would be open another time for me to ride through. i got home and started preparing my breakfast. as i was waiting for my meal to cook, i was wondering about what miracles, if any, had i experienced these past few days. i noticed that it was getting darker outside and realized i may have just missed getting wet biking in the rain this morning. i then remembered i had just missed the rain last night too. i started typing the ideas that came to me. after beginning the first few sentences, i went back to check on the food and ate my breakfast (not quite just in time for lunch, a little bit earlier this time). as i was rinsing off my plate after finishing eating, i noticed the rain pouring down outside.

little miracles happen every day when we’re in tune with them. and when we’re feeling out of tune, or not in the flow, all we have to do is begin to shift our attention back to looking for miracles or being grateful for what is going the way we like. it feels like miracles, gratitude, and flow are all interconnected. as we let go of our resistance to what is and step back into the moment, it can all flow quite beautifully. and even the stuff we’re resisting can flow effortlessly.. it’s only our judgment and perception that we don’t like it that prevents it from flowing. i experienced this the other night as i was stuck judging myself, overthinking, or worrying (and not wanting to be doing so). relaxing and trusting its all in divine order helps everything flow much more smoothly. sometimes we must surrender to something greater than ourselves and know we are being taken care of. perhaps one little thing didn’t work out exactly as we like, though we mustn’t beat ourselves up over it or analyse it or do any of those mind things with it, otherwise it can really affect us. and its really only our mind thinking it didn’t work out, as it very well can and will work out perfectly later. patience and trust go a long way. perhaps more so than perseverance. or its really perseverance, or faith, at a higher level.

it feel like part of this is really an aspect of surrender. as we let go of our attachment to outcome, having faith it will happen perfectly in divine order, we allow for life to unfold, manifest, and flow. i noticed this with my finances the other day. for a while, i’d been resisting having loans/debts, and i stopped receiving income from my main client for a couple/few weeks in april. i didn’t know what i was going to do with my personal life, nor did i know how i was going to get the p&g in the coming weeks, as my main client, a friend, usually flies me up to chicagoland to help him with his business and he had just stopped paying me. a couple/few weeks after i had last spoken with him, i got a voicemail or email from him saying he wanted me to fly up, and the date he mentioned was the exact date of the p&g. it worked out perfectly that i got in a couple days before and stayed for a few weeks to help him with his business. and i’ve still got work to do for him now that i’m back home. i didn’t make a lot of money in my time up there, though upon looking at my accounts when i returned home, i realized that i wasn’t too far off from the first part of the financial goal that had seemed quite distance or unrealizable not too long ago.

i’ve also noticed surrender, and growth (or facing what is there), helping my relationships with others. i was able to make some new connections at the p&g and the flowering heart center in downers grove while i was in chicagoland. and i’m noticing this starting to happen down here too (and part of me in the past had resisted coming back here as i didn’t know as many people in the local communities). the other night at the flowering heart center in clearwater, a friend i had begun to talk to and connect more with in the weeks before leaving said she was glad i was back. i wished i had opened up and connected more though i will do so next week. it’s really nice to connect with others on a similar path. it’s one of the most important and fulfilling aspects of life. part of why i came back to florida after a brief life on the road out west was because i was missing community and a deeper connection with others. though i’ve had some ups and downs and have gotten caught up in the mind at times, i’m starting to see this unfold more quickly now. it’s really nice to find community at both of the flowering heart centers and also to see the visions for both centers expanding. something as simple as the community sharing our miracles has brought us together and created more connections (not too mentioned inspired us and helped us grow). (thanks chris for setting up the facebook group for the downers grove community! i mentioned this to michael and suzanne and will be helping them set one up for the community here)

the real miracle is that i’m becoming more open and allowing myself to connect with others. i’m becoming more okay with sharing what i’m going through and feeling. for a lot of my life, i’ve closed off some aspects of what i was going through (due to past experiences that led me to do so). for a long time, i would only want to share good things for fear of being criticized or judged. i wouldn’t want to mispaint the picture of who i was and this would cause me to be quiet a lot of the time rather than share or open up. when i did connect with someone and got to know someone better, i would open up more and be okay sharing the parts i didn’t like as much. i’m sure this is normal to an extent, though by resisting a part of who we are, we aren’t fully embracing ourselves. and we’re projecting that resisted part of ourselves onto others, and causing further resistance. by fully accepting ourselves (and others), we can create a world full of peace and love. love and connection is really all that matters. to a degree, i’ve chased after external things to bring me happiness and fulfillment though they never did. perhaps for a brief moment though it seemed that moment would get briefer and to the point of it not really doing anything other than causing stress or some burden. yes, i suppose it helped me work through some charges, though i’m glad to have chosen a different path. one of surrender rather than control. one of connection rather than acquisition. one of openness rather than fear. now i’m not saying it’s all perfect and i’m totally there yet. i even see some resistance in typing all the details i’ve been exploring here (like in not wanting to mention that i wanted to ask out the girl who was glad i was back and i failed to do so, despite having journaled about this before). though the miracle is that i’m on this path, and it’s felt good to let go and trust. when i was in chicagoland, i met my friend christine for breakfast last week. it was very inspirational to see how everything has flowed in her life, and how she has moved forward with various aspects without knowing exactly where it was going and it all worked out and flowed smoothly. i was also able to see my own resistance more clearly in part of our conversation (and how the mind was getting in the way). (thanks christine!) faith and trust really do go a long way in allowing ourselves to flow with life.

it’s really inspirational to see when it does all flow so effortlessly. i made a brief connection at the airport just before boarding the flight home. and it almost didn’t happen. i was sitting waiting for groups to start boarding before getting in line. i don’t recall if they had called my group # yet or not though wasn’t feeling like going up just yet. someone nearby asked if the shoes a couple seats over were mine. i said no though maybe they belonged to the guy who got called up for standby a bit ago as he was sitting in that spot. i suggested she inform the person who worked there, though she didn’t respond or seem to want to. i said i’d go tell them. i made my way over there after going around a couple of people who were blocking the way there. i told the guy who worked there and he started to make an announcement. i then walked over to the lines rather than go back to where i was sitting. i asked the person at the back of the line if it was for group 3. she said yes and made a comment about having gone to the other line or something, and i said something about it being the longest line (it was stretching all the way across to the other side of the terminal hallway). a moment later she asked if i was visiting or going back home or something, and we had a nice chat until we parted ways to our seats on the plane. something as simple as a small connection like that wouldn’t have happened if i hadn’t been sitting where i was or the shoes hadn’t been left there or whatnot. there are so many little pieces that come together to create every moment. it’s all divinely orchestrated and unfolded in perfection according to where we are at in that very moment. it’s miraculous and beautiful to notice this flow of life.

it’s also been inspirational to discover more people online sharing their experiences living a nomadic or alternative lifestyle. if i do end up living life on the road at some point, it’s nice to know there is a virtual community out there and i can make connections with others along the journey. while i’ve been back and forth about staying in my condo or living out of a van/camper/rv, i felt called to come back to florida from chicagoland. while i did really like the community up there and its nicer there in the summer than here, i feel i need to be here now. in the past, i’ve often felt i had to make all or nothing decisions. stay or go. and over-think and over-analyse it in the process in attempts to make the best decision. now, i’m feeling i don’t have to be as rash in deciding. i don’t have to let go of everything. i can flow with life and allow it to unfold more effortlessly rather than trying to force everything to happen. i don’t know exactly what all the pieces look like though i do have some visions. i’ve envisioned both having a home here and traveling. or having multiple homes. though its not the things or the space that matters so much anymore, it’s the experience and the connections and the inspiration. i see both flowering heart centers expanding to larger centers or even ashrams, and being able to travel to both and have beautiful loving communities both places. and having a sweet girlfriend who’d enjoy the journey with me, whatever it looks like. life can be as amazing as we allow it to be. we can imagine and create and allow for this experience to be as beautiful as we desire. we don’t need to limit ourselves based upon our past experiences or current situation. it was inspirational to chat with my friend soleo a few weeks ago. he helped me remember we can have it all. after that, we learned about fulfillment at the p&g. its okay to fulfill our desires and create the life we want. and the path of fulfillment can be quicker than the path of renunciation too. all of these aspects of life, as i struggle to remember or look at them as i type all of this, have been a miracle. sometimes the miracle is life itself. all of the pieces are coming together without us even knowing about it. the divine, or the universe, is working behind the scenes to get us to where we’re going. trust, surrender, and allow. it’s all a miracle.

this morning i woke up early and was laying in bed for a while here at the hotel. my friend had mentioned going to go get breakfast one of these mornings and i was waiting to see if he’d call. i tried calling him after a while to plan out when i could go to his house to do laundry as i’m just about out of clean clothes. i was getting an error message while trying to leave a voicemail so figured i’d talk to him later about it. i went downstairs to get oatmeal for breakfast and came back to my room. i was sitting here for a little while not feeling like going to the office just yet as i was there pretty much all day yesterday. i also wanted to hear back from my frined to plan out my day and when i could do laundry at his house. i laid back down in bed thinking maybe i’d listen to an audio program for a little while as i didn’t feel like going to the office just yet. i think i pulled up the weather app on my phone to see how warm it’d be today and in less than a minute, my friend called. he asked if i wanted to go with him today to get out of the office. when i was about to lay back down in bed or as i did (and was feeling like i was at the office all day and not wanting to go), it felt like maybe i was somehow telepathically talking to a part of him, and that part of him picked up on it. i don’t know that he was aware of it at all.. probably the divine just guided him to call me to see if i wanted to go on the road with him today. or he just felt like it. it feels like this is how a lot of this works. we are all guided by our feelings, intuition, etc. it’s how we communicate with the divine and how the divine communicates with us. and when i woke up today i was wondering if i would have a little miracle to share today or not! i wasn’t feeling one at that point though one came to me shortly after. pondering back on a couple of things that happened yesterday, i could see them as miracles too! miracles are everywhere. the divine is everywhere. all we have to do is simply be open to seeing and experiencing it.

everything begins to work out quite smoothly when you begin to look for miracles in life. my friend had told me to be ready soon though i said i needed a little more time and he said to be ready by 10. when i started typing this after getting out of the shower, it was a little before 10 and i got a text message from him at 10 saying he’d be there in 5 minutes. i finished typing the first paragraph and wanted to use the bathroom before leaving though wasn’t sure if i’d have enough time. i went anyway, and just as i was walking out of the hotel, he was pulling up, right about 10:10. it all worked out perfectly. i had wanted to type up the miracle of what had happened and was able to type up the first part this morning before being in the truck with him (where i didn’t have a chance to). also, i had forgotten to charge my camera last night (as i’ve been shooting short clips for a time-lapse project while up here), and i remembered to plug it in this morning. i didn’t know if it had gotten much of a charge in the short time this morning, though i grabbed it anyway and when i turned it on, it was showing full power.

another recent little miracle was that wednesday night when we were sharing miracles, i felt a little nervous or something, though afterwards i was thanked for sharing or told that my message was inspiring or helpful (and more than once). and when i mentioned how i was feeling, they said it came across well without any signs of what i was feeling.

the energy was really powerful last night at the Flowering Heart Center in Downers Grove, especially in the beginning after the chanting or first meditation. i could feel the energy, and felt like i could almost see it, just before and when we were all saying our names and intentions. it was also very beautiful to feel the unconditional love flowing through others when we hugged. the divine presence and energy keeps increasing as we collectively awaken and experience our hearts flowering. part of a mini miracle for me was that i was able to more naturally connect with others, and i started to let go a little when i found myself going downstairs to join the dancing afterwards.

another miracle was that on the way to the Flowering Heart Center i was trying to remember a miracle that had come to me earlier in the day but couldn’t quite remember exactly what it was. i tried to surrender and feel that the divine would remind me or speak through me. as i arrived and was walking up towards the door to go inside, i remembered that i had a USB stick with some files for Kristin that i needed to give her. i realized this was a miracle as earlier in the day before going to my friend’s, i was thinking about leaving my computer in the hotel as i didn’t think i would be using it for the rest of the afternoon. something told me to take it and i did, and i ended up having the USB stick with it so i could bring it to Kristin. i had put a reminder on my phone calendar to bring it but i didn’t even see or hear it go off. the divine was my reminder, gently guiding me through subtle feelings and intuition.

just came across this.. a funny/ridiculous example of how the ego’s need for perfection (and approval) can hinder (or ruin) more meaningful connections..

it’d be much easier to do the aerial shots with a first person live view of what the camera is seeing or with a preprogrammed fly by gps waypoint system that modern quadcopters have.. not having either, i had to guess composition + direction and try to keep track of the tiny white dot in the sky and trust it’d come back :)

some locations include:

Crystal Beach
Dunedin Causeway
Fred Howard Park
Honeymoon Island State Park
Wall Springs Park

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a week ago, last Tuesday #morning

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