We’re not so busy when our mind and body is totally still – it can all go away for a sec and give us a sense of connection to everything else…
Had a cool feeling yesterday I wanted to share. I basically tried really hard to forget all the stuff in my mind/body – the to-do’s, the frustrations, the joys, the family stuff, the aches in certain body parts… I let all that go for a sec and let my mind and body get totally still.
And it all went away.
My anxiety around being super busy with work stuff, gone. My overthinking what the hell is happening inside my left knee lately, also gone.
It gave this awesome sense of connection to the world around me, where beyond all the stuff, we’re all in the same boat. We’re all just here starting from scratch every second, even though it feels like so much is set in stone.
What was rad is I was able to carry this attitude into my day for a bit. I definitely forgot about it a lot, getting busy with work stuff, feeling overwhelmed at times… but when I just sat back into that feeling it helped me get a perspective on everything I was doing, what’s important, what I wanted to do, and what I accomplished or didn’t.
Whodini Friends off the 1984 Escape LP
It’s fun to go literal. Straight up, straight in. Be there for your friends. It’s something you’ll never regret. Material $tuff will always come and go. Real crew doesn’t.
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More trippy and simultaneously literal awesomeness thanks to listening to records with my bud STLB3… Also heard recently on Liquid Beat Radio 👌
Andy Bey – Celestial Blues from the 1974 Experience and Judgement LP
We must get closer to the essence of life
But be aware that it takes courage and strife
Expand your mind, don’t let it wither and die
You’ll find that it lifts your spirits high to the sky, high
So c’mon, meditate
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Emotions roll in some circular spread that feeds us all types over and over. This we know from experience 100%. It’s def not comforting to know we’ll be sad again – especially when feeling it so hard in the moment. But we also know we’ll hit the other side of the circle eventually too, and find some happiness and hype.
I’m learning we’re supposed to try and learn from that (duality?) and think about how we can’t really have one without the other. Which can be hella hard to sit with when you’re feeling low, and almost equally not a fun thought when stuff is great.
Maybe knowing time brings all types of feelings and we aren’t going to feel a certain way permanently is what can help us be know we’ll feel better when things are tuff. It can give us confidence to sit with our feelings and really feel them – knowing we’ll eventually move past.
For some reason this got me thinking about those baby spinning mobiles. Those little dangles can rep an emotion. Probably some days the wind or whatever metaphor to stuff happening in life we want to pull makes it stay in one place, and other days it really spins and we get to feel that too. Like a little staring kiddo, we don’t get to control it so much, just rest in knowing it’s always changing.
So hype vibes are around the corner. Leaning in and learning as much as we can from the less hype zones will probably make it even stronger when we get there. 💪🧡💙
S/O to my mega-strong buds feeling it rn and the dope support system we have in the crew
I hope this helps anyone thinking about meditation and needing to hear more concrete stuff about its benefits.
I went to the dentist this week and although there are always spots that feel so crazy when they get hit by that tiny laser-water pick… I swear it was easier this time. And I think it’s from meditating.
I felt the pain in a different way and just focussed on relaxing and sitting with it. Maybe I could have done this in the first place, but I think my 4-5 months of meditating pretty regularly is what changed things.
I know putting specific goals on meditation for improvement might be totally backward but its fun to see changes after a practicing anything for a while – super encouraging to keep rocking.
This morning I had another cool breakthrough. I was listening to the audiobook for When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödron and she was talking about focusing on the out breath and facing your fears.
As I sat, focussing on the peace you get from a nice out breath, I realized that I was creating space to just sit with my mind, letting it be in its natural state. All the busy stuff my mind showed me in this space (100% worky to-do listy stuff) is what’s happening in my head, and are the fears/challenges I need to face. It was clear that I need to keep rocking to get to a better place with this stuff, otherwise it wouldn’t have been cluttering up my head while sitting there doing nothing!
This gave me some cool clarity to work with. Far from a solution, but a nice goal to move towards.
Can’t believe it took 55 weeks to get to this super jam of feeling great and conquering any and all BS!
^This is the un-cut album version which has one more verse than the vid…
Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin’ off the 1988 Long Live The Kane
I’m down to say you can do anything while pumping this song and feel amazing. He made a soundtrack for us by hyping up himself! Legit. We’ve all heard bragging-ass rappers brag and it sound so tired and lame. This track is 100% Kane repping his greatness, but in such an honest and proven way it brings in the listener to his hype vibes. Like a confident painter sharing their work, he broke through this invisible space by creating timeless art that looses zero effectiveness with every listen – and trust me I’ve put this track on repeat!!
Hope this hypes you up for the week, the year, the infinity.
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Woke up with this in my head the other day and been having the best days from it! I think it’s from listening to my dub of the Rev Shines & All Night Tong Prince tribute show they did on XRAY.fm…
Digging into the lyrics at first glance feels pretty heavy and sad – going through a breakup and being lonely. But it starts to feel more like a vibe of acceptance. Bring on these feelings. Meet them head on and go through it, not hiding or being afraid to walk into some pain, knowing there’s some light ahead.
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Massive hearts and hype to anybody jamming and sharing the vibes