The Test

  For those of you still wondering if this is a test; You’re damn right it’s a test. 

  This pandemic, these protests, this international call for fundamental change have brought out the best and worst in our species. The best in us displayed empathy and compassion for others who were oppressed or sick or both. The worst in us found simple ways to focus attention on themselves because they staunchly refused to participate, even on the “off-chance” they could save someone’s life with their actions. The best in us rallied together, stood up for each other, and amplified voices that have been unheard for too long. The worst in us declared property and enforcement more important than Black Lives, and tried to keep the conversation about protocol and profits, rather than respecting the health and power of the People. 

 The line that separates these viewpoints has much to do with how we think about community.  The theme of community runs deep through one perspective, and is found sorely lacking on the other side of the conversation. One perspective provides inclusivity, freedom of expression, and equal human rights for everyone, while the other offers ignorance, hate and injustice.  It is clear to me then, that the issue at hand is a difference in how people participate in, and contribute to their COMMUNITIES. 

  This might come as a surprise to you, but human beings are truly fucking it up right now.  We are a species that has devised numerous ways to justify killing each other. We have such powerful brains, and all we can think to do with abstract thought is create solutions for problems we don’t have and call it “progress”. We have removed ourselves so far from the natural cycles that govern this planet, that we cannot fathom how we should interact with the natural environment. Rather than using our ingenuity to continue on the path of evolution, adapting positively and symbiotically with our environment, we have predominantly selected convenience and comfort, DEvolving as we succumb to “lifestyle diseases”. None of these ways of behaving are byproducts of thriving communities, and none of these behaviors are permitted in thriving communities. It is time for significant change. 

  Population density has us stacked on top of each other, but not knowing each other’s names. It is insanity that we don’t understand how our communities are impacted by collective individual action. It is insanity that we don’t understand our place in the natural world, or our reliance on the finite natural resources of this planet. We have more than enough, yet we waste our abundance. We have plenty to share, yet we canonize athletes, entertainers and businessmen who amass grotesque amounts of wealth while millions suffer needlessly in poverty. It is all really quite depressing and tragic.

  If you’ve read this far, you are now more aware. Perhaps you feel a tightness in your stomach, perhaps you feel a scowl across your face, perhaps your hands are clenched in fists. These are all subconscious reactions to something you dislike. The last two paragraphs of chaos have, perhaps, struck a nerve, and you can feel the negativity expressed in those words. This is important, because now you have the smallest notion of why we need a new and better way of existing. 

  This might come as a surprise to you, but human beings have a great opportunity right now. As a global community, it is imperative to our survival that we do better. As individuals, our active participation in our local community is imperative to our survival. As a global community, it is imperative that we work together to care for and be good stewards of this planet. As individuals, it is imperative we understand the far-reaching impact of our choices and actions, and start living and existing with a more intense consideration for our local and global community. 

  Your choices about how you eat, sleep, train, read, text, spend, etc. are all opportunities to begin the shift toward a better you and a better tomorrow.  A strong commitment to personal responsibility and a community-focused positive intention will keep your heart and mind open to other opportunities for creating a better you and a better tomorrow. It is imperative that you understand your role in this cultural shift, and take an active part in consistently finding new ways to improve yourself and improve your community. It is imperative that you work hard to contribute something meaningful and give back to the community that supports you. 

  I know that may sound vague, and it’s meant to. Each of us have different interests and purposes and strengths and weaknesses. Each of us is seeking different interactions and experiences. Your community might be a gym, while mine might be a book club. Your intent might be to start a compost/gardening club, while mine might be sharing a grass-fed beef co-op. The point is that even though we have different ideas about how to exist, we aren’t at odds with each other. The point is that your community and mine might not be the same, but we can still understand and respect each other, as we are, ultimately, both participants in the global community. The point is that we are all responsible for how we participate in our communities, and if your behavior is disruptive, disrespectful or harmful to the community, you will experience negative consequences. We are all responsible for how we contribute to our communities, and if your behavior is wasteful or detracts from the health and vitality of the community, you will experience negative consequences. These precepts are as old as intelligent life on this planet. We strayed from The Path, but we have an opportunity now to return to the Natural Order. 

  This transition will not be easy or simple. Most likely, the old structures will be dismantled and replaced, and this will only happen through the intense effort and dedication of people like you and I. Many of us will not live long enough to see the change that results from our effort. But, we understand our place in the infinite line of souls who have spent time here on planet Earth, doing our best to help mankind “level up”. Our duty is to continue spreading The Message through whatever channels are available to us. Our duty is to continue seeking out The Test and continue working to create answers that display compassion, empathy, understanding and love.

  As always, thank you for reading my words and participating in the Living Revolution. 

 Until next time…Peace.Tobias.

The Way We Think About Health is Changing

 The way this culture thinks about health is changing. And it’s just in time too. We, Humans, have been made overwhelmingly aware of our lack of health. The recent pandemic is making that clear. We are beginning to see that health includes so much more than six pack abs and calorie counting. What we are seeing played out in front of us, is a complete lack of understanding about what makes us ill and what keeps us healthy. More confusing than that, we don’t even have a solid definition for what health IS. 

  Or do we? A simple definition states “a lack of disease”. Right. We know there is so much more than just a lack of some malady or illness. Shouldn’t it be more like “thriving and adaptable”? Shouldn’t it be more like “joyful and exuberant”? Shouldn’t we be striving toward evolution and growth? Shouldn’t it be more like “purpose, meaning, commitment”?

  We are beginning to understand that many of the health problems we experience are actually symptoms of underlying causes. We are beginning to understand there is no simple solution, and medications with numerous side effects are not the answer. We are beginning to see the connection between diseases that result from lifestyle factors and a society of people who don’t know how to take care of themselves.

  The social problems we face are systemic.The health problems we face at the individual level are systemic. That means if there is going to be any kind of change, the system must change. This statement holds true when applied on a grand scale, like the government and culture of the United States, but it also applies on the much smaller scale of the individual. For change to manifest, it will take each individual person making the choice to live a better life and work to improve the world around them. It will take each individual person looking inside themselves and committing to create a better version of themselves. It will take each of us choosing to think deeper, act with intention, imbue our existence with meaning. It will take each of us opening our minds, broadening our perspectives, working hard to undo the negative narrative we’ve learned and taking action to replace it with something positive and productive. 

  Here is where our work needs to start. There are four components that can contribute to health. These aspects of humanity, when applied in concert, provide ample opportunity to live a fulfilling, productive life. They are broad areas, but each has multitudes that can be honed through awareness, effort and purpose. The four components are: your physical body, your mental mind, your emotional feelings, and your spiritual center. They can be grouped as a hierarchy, but none is more or less important than the rest. They can be focused on individually, but work on any one of these also produces improvement in the others. The first two are INTRAPERSONAL, meaning the work you do is focused internally; you working with yourself. The last two are INTERPERSONAL, meaning the work you do is focused externally; you work with other people. 

  I’m sure you can grasp how the state of the world would improve if we ALL spent more time focusing on improving ourselves in each of these aspects of humanity. I’m sure you can understand how seeking improvement is a natural byproduct of increased awareness. Increased awareness comes from a desire to understand reality and pursue truth, even if it requires significant, uncomfortable change.

 I’m sure you believe, like I do, that change is possible and necessary, and once you have this understanding, you are compelled to say something to someone, to do something, to take action. But where to start? 

  First, find people who are working toward similar goals. Find people who are seeking to understand, and yearning to grow. Find people who speak about a better way of doing things, and then live that way too. Then, begin doing the work. The context may vary, but in all things, action creates experience. Experience provides the opportunity to learn and adapt; necessary processes that produce effective change. That’s it. A simple formula. To create improvement, find people who will help you grow and get to work!

  Your health is a valuable resource that provides you innumerable possibilities for fantastic experiences. This is what it means to live a fulfilling life. The work begins with you, and you have within you all the strength and courage you need to pursue the necessary change. 

Thank you for reading these words. Until next time…

Peace.Tobias.

 

Find A Good Rhythm

Culture is changing in powerful ways, all around us. What was once “standard” has been rendered obsolete. We can see possibility and potential in the near future, but we still have much work to do. Here is the encouragement I offer you…

We are all familiar with natural cycles. The sun rises and sets. Our breath comes in and goes out. The rhythm of your heartbeat gives a steady reminder that to be alive is to experience change, every moment. We are all born, and we will all die, and our bodies will decompose, while our souls will return to the Unknown from whence we came.

To understand one’s own mortality is to understand that everything is impermanent. To understand impermanence is to recognize the beauty and value in every moment. To understand the beauty in every moment is to live with intention, to live with effort, to constantly work to make every moment of your existence as valuable as possible. When we live with this mindset, we are better able to see value in the people around us; we are better able to recognize the beauty in our circumstances; we are more prepared to accept ALL that we experience as important and necessary.

The encouragement I offer you today is seek out that which provides a sense of Truth and Reality. Seek out that which makes you think hard and inspires you to work hard, daily. Find the natural rhythms that shake your soul, that light a fire in your heart, that bring out your best effort.

This culture will continue to change, and we will be those who set these new wheels in motion. My encouragement to you is to be one of those who embraces the discomfort of change, with the understanding that it won’t always be hard, but also with the understanding that it is because of the hard work that the best changes happen.

Until next time…Peace.Tobias.

 

The Pause

Hello Friends, welcome to the Living Revolution.

If there is one thing I’m sure of, it’s that we are never going back to “normal”. Humanity has changed in significant ways during “the pause”. People are beginning to understand, again, what it means to share a community, and the community we share is our Planet.

This pandemic has brought out the best, and worst, in people. These diametrically opposed states of mind are on display for all Humanity to witness. Collectively, we see the amazing potential people can access when they are forced to overcome terrible circumstances. We also see the depravity of people unable to think rationally, acting only for their own self-interest, unable to escape the grip of fear and ignorance.

I’ll not tire you by repeating every meme I’ve seen addressing how this pandemic will effect some people positively and some people negatively, and some people will learn how to bake a pie, and some people will suffer spousal abuse, and some people will get rich making online porn and some people will lose their business and personal savings.

If you are stuck on thinking how this effects individual people, you aren’t seeing the big picture. What we need to concern ourselves with, is how this “pause” is impacting Humanity. The global economy will surely be different when we “open up” again. We can surely improve how government works to serve it’s constituents, and perhaps it’s time for a shift in how we govern ourselves. We now know that the way we exist is unhealthy, destructive, and unsustainable. This “pause” is giving us a beautiful opportunity to see our faults and failures and begin working to correct them, post haste!

Change begins with awareness. Once we are aware of a problem, we are obligated to create a solution.  Abstract problem-solving, (our ability to create novel solutions), is a defining aspect of what makes us Human. We will all need to use this skill as we navigate a post-pandemic world. I encourage you to think hard about the media you consume and create. I encourage you to use this time for improvement, whatever that means to you. I encourage you to avoid the “victim mindset”, and avoid complaining about your situation. Put your energy toward creating solutions and making something happen.

We will get through this, but it is unclear what the world will look like after COVID-19. I’m writing this blog to keep track of the days, and to have something to look back on. If my words inspire you, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Until next time…

Peace.Tobias.

Us Few

What we are trying to achieve has changed. A few people are remembering the value of hard work and personal intent. A few people are working to understand a better way, working to find others who understand, working to turn the tide.

Society is beginning to understand the calamity of living in a culture like this. We are beginning to understand the malady of living in a culture like this. Us few are recognizing the lack of rational though, the lack of rational effort, the lack of intention and direction.

Our culture has convinced us we need to be individuals, but robs us of the tools necessary to take care of ourselves. the dominant paradigm is purposefully unaware. distracted, medicated, relatively ignorant, generally avoiding challenges and hard work.

All the study’s have shown…all the research indicates…all the warning labels scream at us…and most of us can’t be bothered to make a decision and commit to action.

 

Change to stay the same

What am I trying to prove? Nothing.

What am I trying to achieve? Nothing.

What am I trying to avoid? Nothing.

What am I trying to remember? Nothing.

What am I trying to keep? Nothing.

What am I trying to escape? Nothing.

What am I trying to…

 

The longer I practice these ideas,

simplicity, frugality, dissent, non-conformity, physicality, isolation,

the more I realize the only right way

is the way that works for you.

The practice of evolution takes to long,

the practice of adaptation happens now.

Stop talking about what can be better

start working toward what can be better

Stop living a life that kills your soul,

make the choice, take the chance,

love to fail, learn to grow