ROLLING IN THE DEEP (0:29)
Back in the day when I felt like I was being eaten alive by the hoopla of Hollywood, I always found someone to have a “bigger” conversation with; a mate, a friend, certain employees, certain clients. For me it's like a drug. I need a fix of "deep truth" every day or I'm out of balance—out of whack. I gain so much profound insight by temporarily taking one step back from the "game," to become the observer, the listener, not the player. I try to surround my self with friends that need the same drug, who prefer deeper conversations. I even build in weekly chats with enlightened, transformed friends, colleagues or clients who need the same fix. If I can’t find another human to kick it around with, I’ll read the words of one of my favorite authors or poets. Just a cue from a deeper POV is all I need; to stay grounded, to keep connected, to remain balanced. Some get it from a personal coach, others from reading a book or a blog. Anyway you get it, I just think, these days, if you don't have a deeper dialogue on a regular basis, free from the mundane and the petty, you can easily lose touch with your dharma, your purpose, who you really are, what you’re really committed to, and what really matters to you.
|Posted By Bjorn|
| healing the spirit |
Once a week over the last 22 years a very dear friend and I walk uncrowded paths 5 to 10 miles in any kind of weather. So far we have walked a distance equivalent of Norway westward to the Fiji islands. On these outings we ponder and discuss the meaning and purpose of life and our dharma in the space and time continuum. Whenever we pass through a domed underpass with ambient reverberation we connect to our primeval instincts and chant whichever is channeled through our beings. This process helps us remain grounded and keep our navigation true. A bonus is that it`s a healthy activity. Thank you for strengthening our sense of brother-/sisterhood Michael.
|Posted By Rich Meldon|
| Personal Charter |
I read your blog & I am touched moved & inspired more often than not! I would like to share my experience of a seminar recently completed. You epitomize the possibility of living life passionately with ease & grace. Living life passionately includes designing a life worth living. A design requires documentation. For me- this is a few key words to assist in remaining on track when so many events can knock one off the track including the morass that can cloud long term vision. A personal charter contains a short purpose statement together with key values as well as what one can be counted on to do! What is really challenging is to distill it down to a few key words displayed on the screen of my phone! Thanks!!!
|Posted By walter|
| amen |
without a deep connection or quest, what is the point? i am very grateful for all like-minded souls and kindred spirits in my life, great books, music and art. many thanks!
|Posted By Stephen Jacob|
| RID-Rolling in the deep |
Hey M thank you! This is a really important one for me too. What the heck am I doing here and with whom? You are a wise fellow to have 'kept the faith' as you traverse the madness of so-called 'reality' - which reminds of times when I was with friends in a beautiful place, usually in nature, and somebody would say when preparing to return home and to work, "Well back to reality", to which I would always respond, "This is real too, maybe more than the other"! Cheers!
|Posted By Berington|
| Rolling in the Deep |
Always enjoy your posts, J.Michael. Thanks. You're so right... someone trusted with whom to talk is vital. As far as "self-grounding," I almost always read from a book or mag (real PAPER, nothing electronic), when I go to bed. I might last a paragraph or an hour, but it calms & changes mindset. It can be anything... technical/music stuff... or Nat. Geo (the BEST!), which truly takes you somewhere else unexpected for a bit, & you actually learn from it. Reading is so grounding, & gives the brain exercise that's increasingly rare these days. People who can't spell? Largely because they don't read. Thanks again. Happy New Year!
|Posted By Rachel|
| A True Friend.. |
Hi Michael and all:-) I agree. Real friends matter. It's really great in a "please pretend to be stupid" society to find. The thing about truth is it will win out on any intellectual or" not" argument against it. It stands and always will. Nice to know when lies and deceit act like they own the stage. Have a great day Michael! Rachel:-)
|Posted By Bob|
| Great advice |
I write about music, and it's so easy to get sucked into that world 24/7. I'm listening to it at home, in my car, on my headphones, doing interviews, talking with musicians, publicists, reading trade publications and bios, etc. Best thing in the world is to turn everything off right before bed, and read a few chapters of a book just for sheer pleasure. Helps clear the slate so I can start all over the next day ...
|Posted By Stig Skovlind|
| Monkey Agency |
I once wrote a song called 'Monkey Agency'. Now - 17 years later you tell me what it is about! Thank you Michael. I follow this guy on youtube - Ralph Smart. He is my daily drug. Go search for his videos. He thaught me that it's all about loving thyself a 100%. I believe that hidden in your craving Michael - is this life long wish to be able to validate and thereby love yourself. (I'm actually talking about myself since I share your need) The need of knowing that I'm not crazy - I'm not alone!
|Posted By Jeff Blume|
| Deeper POV |
I’m always searching for a “Deeper POV” and your blog always provides that for me. Thank you so much for the profound reminders Michael.
|Posted By Susan Haymer|
| Helping Others |
Bravo! My bigger conversation is about how to help our human family. I have all kinds of friends but mostly appreciate the ones who share my own deeper conversation. For me, those conversations take me out of my petty circumstances.
|Posted By Richard Myers|
| Monkey business |
I'll do anything to tame my monkey mind!
|Posted By Tasha|
| a Higher Power |
It's good to always have our boots grounded in our higher power, in spirituality. That way, when the storm comes, we don't blow away into the wind. We don't loose sight of who we are. Someone once said we are not human beings having spiritual experiences, but spirits having human experiences.