I've been asking myself as of late:
"Alexander why do you want to wake up?" (Spiritually we're talking).
I mean, being awake, and present to all that's happening in my-so-called-life is pretty intense. I can only imagine what it's like for you. Practicing presence and mindfulness isn't necessarily the easiest and most comfortable path. But what I'm finding, if I can apply this simple tweak in perspective that I discuss in today's piano-podcast, my life is actually becoming so much more fun.
I didn't realize my primary intention for awakening was to find freedom from suffering or the painful & uncomfortable parts of life. Your mindfulness challenge this week includes a beautiful idea inspired by Adyashanti, and the challenge to switch your reason for 'waking up'. Most of us are awakening to try and find freedom from something. Most likely suffering is close to the top of your list as well.
Here's the kicker. You're going to delete 'from' & add 'to'. You are going to wake up so you can find freedom to ..... Freedom to have fun for example! Freedom to cry, freedom to love, connect, disrupt, blossom, give, spend, and so forth. You're going to love this idea. Click the audio box below and play today's piano-podcast right from your browser.
Today I also introduce a segment called 'fun of the week' and share the most fun part of my week. It happened to be an event in DTLA. My friend Rockford and I were in the audience of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Finale. It was so much damn fun. Look for us on television tonight. The network is Logo. We're sitting off the center aisle, at about the seventeenth row. We also had an impromptu photo shoot on the roof of our parking structure right after the show at midnight. Pictures below!
I'll also sing a sneak peek of an upcoming song. My very own arrangement of 'Fight Song'. (Have you explored the Soundtrack page of the webiste? It's growing).
Make sure you leave a comment below. I'd love to know your intentions behind awakening.
My desire for awakening is to find an agreement with all of life, and allow for spirit to "inhabit my human-ness" (Adyashanti), as I share mindfulness & music with one and all. And I'd love to wake up blue.
To commemorate, I've finally found the official name of 'my song'. I wrote this song when I was 13 years old. It's been traveling with me for many years, without a name. I recorded this version, right from my piano, just for you! I'd like to introduce you to Waking Blue.
All my love to your mindful week,