Jewels for the living

“If you really want to teach somebody something, you have to wait until the person’s ready and then do it. If somebody’s mind is not ready, you shouldn’t try to push your religious ideas onto that person, no matter how strongly you believe in them. It’s like giving a dying person a precious jewel.”

Lama Yeshe, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 1975
Trying to rep this hype every day.
From the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, PDX, OR

Lama Yeshe was talking about the type of religious extremists to push literature in public spaces during a talk transcribed in his book The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind.

Yeshe says “The mind needs time to absorb any idea.” And I’m wondering — what about political extremists and racists? Do we use the same teaching?

Maybe this is a path for us, for you out there, doing the hard work in your community. Maybe you would feel better and do better work by saving your breath on folks who aren’t ready?

The same day I started writing this post, I moderated a live Q&A for one of the films I work on, The Long Shadow. The film focuses on the history of anti-black racism and the roots of white supremacy in America. Inevitably, questions about how to reach the seemly unreachable starting coming in for the director, Frances Causey.

As a moderator, I usually let Frances do all the talking and focus on making sure everyone’s questions are heard, keeping track of time, and steering us back on topic when needed. This time I couldn’t stop thinking of Lama Yeshe’s teaching. Is sharing anti-racist resources with someone who has deep-seated white supremacist views like giving a dying person a precious jewel?

The idea of not trying to reach them bummed me out, I thought “this situation is different, this is bigger.” Is it?

Frances shared she thinks about 30% of the country is unreachable right now, but not to let that discourage everyone from doing the work. She gave a few examples of organizations partnering with different community groups to get more folks at the table, and hopefully, eventually, the folks who really need to be at the table show up and listen.

We work with a lot of faith-based groups so this does happen from time to time as these congregations are rife with all types. We also always share the short 15-minute version of the film in case it’s a better starting ground for the unconvinced.

I wonder what y’all think. Maybe don’t share your utmost dope vibe and energy with folks unwilling to see the path? Do they deserve these jewels yet?

Share any ideas or resources here if you’d like and I’ll add them to this post if you’re down.

creWlove🧡💙

“Gotta do stuff you love”

Had a super inspiring chat with one of my best buds the other night. I walked around one of the smaller parks by our house picking up sticks to use for kindling being floored by how smart and strong he is.

He’s going through a lot right now to say the least. We all have stuff and it’s all relative, but on paper, he probably wins. His challenges are hitting the tuff spots like family and work — all while, like all of us, trying to stay healthy during a global pandemic, and mentally healthy during infinity political stress.

His “hack”, his “11 ways to…,” his method that admittedly mostly works for staying up through all this: “You gotta do stuff you love.”

He listens to his heart, trusts what he loves to do, and knows he needs to do it to feel better. For him, that’s making art and collaborating on art with friends.

As someone who admittedly over thinks this stuff 🙋🏻‍♂️ — I’m amazed at how straight up and honest he is about what he’s going through, and how he uses the same inflection when talking about his simple solution.

It isn’t easy. The proof is in the dozens of other convos we have with folks in our life where we hear about all the hard stuff happening (legit) — but less-so ideas for feeling better.

He deserves full props for a convo that went something like:

  1. Are y’all good?
  2. Word glad to hear, here’s some hard stuff I’m going through.
  3. It’s ok though, this is what I’m doing to feel better.
  4. It’s up and down, but I know I gotta do what I love.

To top this off he’s even psyched about a potential new job and we worked on his resume a bit the next day. (One of my fav things to do in the world)

I always intend to do what I love but I’m hella prone to overthinking it or even forgetting (“Oh yeah, biking!”) — so I hope he knows how helpful this was for me. If it seems obvious maybe you’re already on the right track. I’m sure the people in your life appreciate it.

My friend has all the reasons to complain and give in. There’s plenty of wack shit to go around for all of us right now. It’s usually right there in our pocket just waiting 😈

I hope his straightforward approach inspires you too.

I love writing stuff down and sharing it, so here’s me doing what I love to feel better. I know that’s important because doing your fav stuff is doing you (shoutout, Apache), and doing you is always doing for the CREW🧡💙

I’d rather be a hypocrite than the same person forever

My brother’s been asking me to watch the new Beasties doc on AppleTV just about every time we talk. So grateful he stayed on me to watch it – it’s ridiculously good and worth it even if I forget to cancel my AppleTV free trial. Thanks bro!

We’re both super fans and loved the book. This doc – that’s more of a live stage show – goes a bit deeper in terms of who they became during Licensed to Ill and how off that was from who they wanted to be.

The super jams from that record were created as complete jokes, but became real to the fans and later the Beasties.

Ad-Rock and Mike D talked about disowning this material and having to work from scratch, playing smaller shows to build their following into folks they were actually proud to rep for, leading them to eventually even bigger shows than their early 80’s tour and MTV takeover.

Mike D goes off-script at one point to give props to Ad-Rock for his response to an interviewer later in life, way post Girls and Fight for Your Right

I’d rather be a hypocrite than the same person forever.

Might not be Ad-Rock status but I’ve been here. I am here. I know we probably all are to some extent. I’ve written wack, homophobic, misogynistic rhymes and have old freestyle tapes I can hardly listen to. I’ve completely dissed myself/those around me moving with blinders, and lacking intention.

Luckily forever-change is the only constant and we can start and restart living with our true hype integrity every second. We can surprise folks by being different. We’re never stuck with a viewpoint. It’s always ok and actually super brave to come with a new perspective.

Bart Taylor eventually joins the Rad team y’all.

Rad – Vinegar Syndrome

CRU🧡💙

Done/ready/here

Yesterday I felt a legitimate release. A feeling of being done waiting on fully doing me.

This was brought on by a lot of things coming to a head. The biggest being my wife stuck in the ruckus room with COVID.

We’re here, laying low, and monitoring her health which is currently not fun, but stable-ish — no cause for a hospital trip.

Shit just got wayyyy more real at our new spot (circa 1.5 months for us). Everything that had seemed important like scoring a rad table on CL or new cassette shelves— all dope things we knew are still material — totally disappeared.

She’s being so strong and positive — such a testament to who she is. Somehow still cracking jokes and asking how folks are.

Huge thanks to everyone reaching out with support. I hope y’all know how much it means.

I also just left one of my jobs, not realizing it was going to feel like this and coincide with all that’s happening. Never seen so many clear signs to rep.

COVID in our house, news of DOOM’s passing, hearing tribute mixes like the brilliant Stretch & Bobbito mix I listened too while staring at a fire for 2 hours, and (though I hate to admit it) the Captiol terrorist tear-down…

Its a lot. And I’m down to be feeling all of it. Here for her and here listening to my heart, paying attention to what life is teaching, and most importantly, acting on it.

CREWLOVE🧡💙🪁

COH playlist update!

Just updated the Church of Hype playlist on Spotify. Thx to everybody for sharing tunes (and to Joe for the amazing pic)!

Also updated the Archive playlist with all the past hype jams (FTA).

crewLOVE 🧡 💙

Test for BANGS

Just talked to Bangs about starting a website. Fuck I love when friends get hyped about doing creative stuff. SO DOWN. Helping him see if he can record voice snippets and add them to his posts. CREWLOVE

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Just talked to Bangs

about starting a website. Fuck I love when friends get hyped about doing creative stuff. SO DOWN. Helping him see if he can record voice snippets and add them to his posts. CREWLOVE