Decelerating Your Life to Supercharge Your Life

My close friend Mari Sierra is hosting a retreat next month (Jan 8 -17) for Entrepreneurs & Conscious Creatives in Bali and they have 5 spots left. (www.sierraymar.co/decelerate)

I thought some of my friends may be interested in their program.

The retreat is called Decelerate where the program is structured to support attendees in slowing down so they may find their core essence, their core purpose and energetic alignment with those currents, so that their creative gifts can be unleashed with full force throughout the year.

There will be daily yoga and meditation sessions facilitated by Erica Jago & Mari Sierra (internationally acclaimed designers / yoginis wink emoticon ), group facilitation by Michel Bachmann, and peer explorations and reflections with other like-minded souls in a beautiful setting.

I believe Energy Management is one of the most foundational skills for any Ambitious Creative in the 21st century.

One of the biggest problems I see in how many entrepreneurs and creatives live their lives, is that they believe there is linear relationship between time spent working and work produced.

The reality is that how much we accomplish is much more a function of how much energy we invest in our work and purpose rather than how much time we invest.

While Energy is a finite resource, it’s also a Renewable and Growable Resource.

To meet the demands of the incredibly stimulatory, fast paced 21st century life we must increase our Energetic Capacity.

Deliberately. Continuously. Consistently. Through Years of Practice, Refinement and Commitment to Mastery.

How do you increase Energetic Capacity?

By oscillating between cycles of stress and recovery.

That’s how strength and capacity is built.

In the fast paced, always on world of the 21st century, most people run their stress cycle but neglect the recovery cycle and consequently burn out.

I love Tony Schwartz basic framework, author of one of my favorite books, the Power of Full Engagement, where he describes our energy as coming from 4 core dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual.

Where we grow our capacity by developing stress and recovery habits rituals for each dimension.

This is why I work out so hard. This is why I biohack so much. This is why I master my mind through meditation and a myriad of other practices — so I can continue to increase my Energetic Capacity, creating and serving with greater and greater intensity.

Tony Schwartz also encourages people to see their life as a Series of Creative Sprints rather than a Marathon. Take a look at sprinters he says — they look like Lions, Kings of the Jungle…take a look at marathon runners, they look gaunt and on the edge of death.

Why is this?

One process is more aligned with Life’s Natural Cycle of Growth and Energetic Optimization.

Energetic optimization requires consistently asking yourself these two questions:

1) How is my energy?

2) Is my energy being allocated to what’s most important to me, my essence and my purpose?

Because when your energetic capacity and output is high, focused and directed towards the right things you are unstoppable.

So if you haven’t taken time for Recovery recently, I would highly recommend attending Decelerate as a potent opportunity to Realign and Restore your Being.

It may feel like there’s not time to take off for retreat, but what are you optimizing for? The short term or the long term?

From the short term perspective there is never time to Recover.

The Long Term perspective demands it.

And the Long Term process perspective is the only true path to Creative Manifest Greatness.

And that is one of my deepest desires for you.

On Love, Creativity & Vulnerability

I would like to balance the sharing of my Warrior Archetype with my Lover Archetype.

Last month My Love Eleanor Tara wrote and recorded a song for me.

Shortly after receiving her Beautiful Musical Transmission of Love, I wanted to reciprocate.

This song by John Legend came to me as the perfect tune to capture my feelings for her.

This was my take two.

It is rough, but I don’t care.

Creativity is fueled by shipping.

Creativity is fueled by faithfully and shamelessly investing in the process.

I used to not sing, as little as a few years ago, because I was told could not carry a tune.

I used to not be able to dance.

I used to not be able to write.

I used to not know how to create a startup.

I used to not know how the world worked.

But I got better by showing up, by deliberately practicing, and putting myself out there, continuously and completely.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass

Creativity is fueled by Love.

Love for the self you are today

Love for the self you will become

Love for the people your transmission will touch

Rumi famously wrote, ‘You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion”

Many Integral Philosophers like Ken Wilber, Marc Gafni and Daniel Schmachtenberger have pointed out that the Universe is Erotically Unfolding its Novelty unto Itself to come to know Itself.

I say, Creativity is inextricably connected to the Erotic Love Force that keeps the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.

You are the Universe Experiencing itself.

…More Rumi,“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.””

Through the Sharing of Your Creativity, You and the Universe are Simultaneously Loved into The Higher Self

An ever-present, ever-evolving Perfect Imperfect Self.

All of Me

Loves All of You.

A Rap About Sticking Your Neck Out

Here’s another little experiment:

I turned one of my statuses into a rap.

I’d love to learn a little more music theory as it was hard for me to figure out how to match lyrical flow with the beat with anything other than uniform regularity.

Why did I make this?

It’s cross training for my voice and ego.

Writing, speaking, singing, rapping and putting oneself out there in a variety of formats is great cross training for my impending future.
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Lyrics:
Just so it’s clear, in poetic outlook
I get a lot of shit for how I show up on Facebook
The effect grates on me like I’m preparing to cook
You think I’m talking wrong but it’s not in the good book

The wear and tear is not easy to bear
But I will not quit and send a flare into the air
Because heaven blessed me when I slept in its lair
You’re the slow and steady Tortoise and I’m the boastful Hare

But this time I will not sleep in the middle
I’m too hungry now and your heart is too little
I lapped you in the race and you’re my lovely second fiddle
We’re One Ocean dawg and you’re just a smaller ripple

I will not die a death of a thousand cuts
All y’all come at me and slice me in the gut
Everytime I’m knocked down I keep getting up
You can’t chain me down because I give zero fucks

#nofilter Does Not Exist!

Wow a Double Rainbow just appeared over my Home.

I applied some quick edits for Beauty.

If you read one of my more popular recent posts about the Interpretive Nature of Reality, you know there is no such thing as ‪#‎nofilter‬.

Your Camera has built in filters.

Your Mind has built in filters.

Your Culture has built in filters.

Reality is co-created in the Eye of the Beholder.

And Awakening is the Unfurling Process of Transforming Unseen Filters from Subject to Object.

Releasing and Liberating all the Filters that colored and clouded your True Nature.

Over and over again until you can rest as the Pure Subject.

Once you have Stabilized that View, you may Consciously Re-Engage with the Filters that serve your Soul’s Life Purpose.

And you may Witness Life as the Pure Magic and Wonder that it Always Already Was, Is and Will Be, Now and Forever More.

Namaste.

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One Call Away Lip Sync — Inspired by Jimmy Fallon

Inspired by Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync battles and new forms of playfulness and self-expression, I was sparked to make this 15 minutes ago and share it.

Hope you’re okay with the lack of pre-production, rehearsal and that I’ve never done this before wink emoticon

This is for all my tribe out there.

“I’m only one call away.

When you’re weak I’ll be strong

I’m gonna keep holding on

Darling, if you feel like hope is gone

Just run into my arms

I’m only one call away”

A Day In The Life

Here’s a temperate day in the life post to mix it up

So I just moved to the marina temporarily and had some extra energy tonight after hive ended at 10. So I decided to check out the night scene since I actually haven’t lived in any place where it was just a short walk away. All the other places were too residential.

Sure enough MatrixFillmore is open and has an actual hopping dance floor on a Sunday in San Francisco. What do you know?

So after loosening up a little and seeing it’s not my normal social scene if you know what I mean, I see if I can open up a dance circle and bust a few times before I leave. Sure enough I succeed.

I couldn’t always do this.

Though disappointedly I still can’t make new friends very well when it’s too loud to have a conversation. And I don’t know what part is me or them. I actually tried asking but alas couldn’t hear the answer.

Nonetheless, it’s pretty fascinating to go from incompetent to top 3 dancer in the room almost everytime.

It’s really a different world once you get outside of the matrix. (Pun not intended actually smile emoticon )

Quite peaceful. Quite liberating. There’s discomfort but rarely fear.

And the fear that is left is simply waiting to be engaged so it can be released.

Dark really does want to shine in the light.

What a fun game we have been given the opportunity to play.

This life thing that is.

I’m grateful.

Honoring the journey wherever it takes me.

It’s all wet.

But while we are here we might as well make some big waves.

The Entrepreneurial Mind: Propensity to Heightened Creativity & Self-Destruction

I’m currently participating in some active discussions about the psychology of the entrepreneurial mind and its propensity for both heightened creativity and self-destruction

So, how does one not just survive the entrepreneurial journey but enjoy it?

There is a huge psychological difference that depends on whether someone is passionate about the problem or not.

Entrepreneurs who are not passionate about the problem they are working on derive much of their energy from the promise of reaching “the destination”.

The journey is not enjoyable.

On the other hand when the entrepreneur IS passionate about the problem and the process of company building, without self-worth attached to a exterior success metric, but where the exterior success metric is “strongly preferred”. The whole process, the whole journey, feels worthwhile. The journey is the point. The ups and the downs are both learning opportunities.

And if you really focus on the process and learn all the lessons the “downphases” are trying to teach you, then you have exponentially increased your chances of reaching the “destination”. Maybe not with that startup, but surely with the next, or the next.

Even more high leverage is when the journey is not just for yourself but for a context larger than yourself. When you know what you are working on has the potential to transform the world.

Then you can’t quit. Then you can’t take your own life. Because you have a responsibility to something bigger than yourself. You have a responsibility to the world, to keep going no matter what.

I understand that most entrepreneurs find the entrepreneurial journey one endless of slog of “suck”. Always teetering on the edge of destruction. I know this perspective intimately having been on my own up and down startup roller coaster the past few years. But while this is the mindset most entrepreneurs have, I believe it is far from the healthiest and most adaptive mindset entrepreneurs could have.

The Buddha says “In life there is suffering”.

And the entrepreneurial journey is essentially a heightened, amplified state of life.

But just because there is suffering doesn’t mean we entrepreneurs have to “identify” with the suffering, and suffer ourselves.

The suffering can remain “object” to the entrepreneur. The constant grind and the set of grand challenges that stand in the way of company success can seem innumerable. Until one day, when when it seems the putting out fires and slaying monsters will never stop, a threshold is crossed, the company levels up, a big round is raised, a product is launched or a company exits,

But slaying monsters doesn’t have to be an emotionally painful process. Entrepreneurs don’t have to flip a shit every time a new monster appears, thinking “oh, no not again, will this ever end?”. Slaying monsters can be accepted as an inevitable part of the journey.

The suffering doesn’t need to bleed into the “subject” (or subjective consciousness) of the entrepreneur and robbing them from a psychological place of balanced contentedness, where thinking is clearest, creativity is highest and productivity is greatest.

I believe striving for this mindset is much more adaptive.

The technology entrepreneurship world has amazingly sophisticated methodology for dealing with the exterior world. But it is incredibly deficient when it comes to methodology for dealing with the interior world.

There is a strong need and financial upside for the startup world to integrate many interior psychological methodologies from traditions like Buddhism and from western psychoanalytic frameworks like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Keegan’s Stages of Self-Identity, Piagetian Stages of Cognitive Development, Psychometric profiling systems.

I see so much potential in this area that I’ve begun work with a number of collaborators to integrate this Interior Perspective with work done on the Startup Genome.

What are your thoughts on the most adaptive entrepreneurial mindsets to endure its inevitable trials and tribulations?