Archive for June, 2008

My Six Word Memoir ~ by michael sean symonds…
June 30, 2008



I recently bumped into a “story” of a story, that became a book…


“Not Quite What I was planning ~ six word memoirs by writers famous and obscure; by Larry Smith and Rachel Ferschleiser, was inspired by the legend/story of how someone challenged Hemingway to write a story in six words or less, his response:


 “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”.


If you had to write the story of your life as it was, is and as you hope it to be, in six words or less what would you say?  What words, impulses, visions, themes, experiences, thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, dreams, desires, losses, hurts, perceptions, fears, and associations would you express?  What unspoken words would be shared?  What would be denied or implied in the gaps between those words and thoughts?



This inspired me to “coin” my own six word memoir, which I have included below; I invite you to share your own on my blog…


















[ six word memoir of michael sean symonds ]



Note: for those of you who like to play the “perfectionist” game; you’ll have noticed there are seven words ~ I gave myself permission to add a word; the rebel inside me does not like to feel he “has” to play any game in life with preset rules or conditions…



Insight #2 ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 24, 2008



You are never too old or too young to pursue a dream.


A fulfilled life is the continued realization of dreams and the pursuit of passions.  Your intentions and desires, however wild and exotic, are there to inspire you.  They are the keys to personal and global transformation.


Extended Commentary:


10 Questions for an Emerging New World…
June 17, 2008



Q.   #1

What aspirations do you have for your life that if pursued, could provide the preamble for more passion, inspiration and transformation in your life and the world you live in?


Q.   #2

Do those dreams, desires, gifts, skills, and talents enhance and elevate the resilience you have too your own inner wisdom and the service you could provide to the one greater Earth community?


Q.   #3

How can the visions and aspirations you have for your life be synchronized in solidarity and kinship with others?


Q.   #4

What changes do you need to make in the way you live your life that if made, could improve the quality of your own well being and the larger living world?


Q.   #5
How can you live your life with greater admiration towards yourself and others?


Q.   #6

What unspoken words and conversations do you need to hear or have to foster a culture of peace in your experience and surroundings?


Q.   #7

What values do you need to enhance or adopt to form a solid foundation and personal sacred trust towards sustaining a new life and new world?


Q.   #8

Recognizing that you are both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles are you willing to commit too, affirm and cultivate in your life that will elevate a sustainable, ethical way of being for yourself and the planet you live on?


Q.   #9

How can you live your life with a greater reverence and humility, for the mystery of Being; for gratitude in the gift of life and for humility regarding your place in nature?


Q.   #10

What can you do to elevate the shared responsibility you have in the stewardship of the Earth and humanity towards a just, sustainable and peaceful global society?




The legacy of your life will not be what you have done or gained, but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth.  The courage and risk needed for the success of this rare journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but in fact within. 


In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, you rediscover the divinity and peace that lies within you and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns.  The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true door to the freedom and peace you seek.



(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.





The First Insight ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 13, 2008



In the course of your life you will ask

yourself many questions.  To know where you are

heading you just need to listen to the questions you are asking yourself in every moment.


ZEN Shredding interview by Reporter Jennifer Miller, Whistler Question…
June 8, 2008


When Michael Symonds decided about three years ago to learn how to snowboard, he never imagined it would lead to significant personal growth and insight — and ultimately to his new book: Zen Shredding.


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