Archive for August, 2008

ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #11
August 26, 2008

Inspiration is the

essence of fulfillment.




Whatever you do, lead with inspiration.  When you are inspired, you will have the strength and fortitude to pursue your life even during the most challenging moments.  Surround yourself with people who inspire you, live in places that nurture you.  Take a moment each day to notice the perfection and inspiration that is present all around you.  Immerse yourself in the inspiration that lives inside you.


Extended commentary:


When was the last time you were inspired?

Do you pursue your life with an M.O. for inspiration?

Do your relationships inspire you?

Does your work inspire you?

Do you find inspiration in a hobby, a place or person?


Life is already very complicated. 

Finding inspiration in a song, a book or poem is often the simplest way to navigate a complex world.  Whatever juices you in life, inspiration is something that needs to be discovered and nurtured within our minds, bodies and Souls. 


All too often in life, regular routines and day to day demands can numb us down to ever present inspiration that lies in the heart of every, present moment.  The shock of overstimulation can also lead to desensitization in life where only the gift and pause of stillness can revitalize our fervor for the dream.


One thing I have noticed living in the mountain resort of Whistler is how many people come here looking for and finding the juice of inspiration.  Whether it’s for a weekend, six months, a year or lifetime, there is a magic in these mountains that provides the necessary inspiration to change a life forever. 


Regardless of where you live you can find and cultivate inspiration; ultimately location is only one in a series of elements that that can add meaning and purpose to your life.  The ultimate mystery of inspiration is that it lies within you, not without.  The world of form and phenomena is only a trigger or reflection of the unbounded inspiration that lies for the most part, untapped within you…         


What can you do to stimulate your inspiration?


To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:


Check out “Living The Dream” gift book version of the slideshow/movie with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…



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


ZEN Shredding ~ Living The Dream [a prequel]
August 25, 2008

 is a book that combines the breathtaking mountain life photography of Whistler, British Columbia, with words of wisdom and insight on the pursuit of dreams and inspiration by Whistler local, michael sean symonds.  Inspired by the original movie/slideshow and recently published [2008]:   ZEN Shredding: Insights, Questions and Confessions of a Meditator and Novice Snowboarder on the pursuit of dreams, inspiration, passion and change; this gift book version: “Living The Dream”, offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery and magic that inspired the slide show and book. “Living the dream” includes many insights and questions that have the potential to create the preamble for the effortless expression of change and transformation in your life and the world you live in… 


Partial proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to Zero Ceiling, an unbiased charitable society that offers innovative snowboarding programs to at-risk and disadvantaged youth from Vancouver and Montreal on the slopes of Whistler BC, the Laurentians and  Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Through adventure-based learning, employment skills training and personal development, Zero Ceiling is making a difference.  For more information on this project please visit their site:


Check out the short slidshow/video that started this all out:


For more information on this new version of:

ZEN Shredding ~ Living The Dream

[ The Prequel ]



to order the book please follow this link…


ZEN Shredding ~ The Tenth Insight…
August 20, 2008


Why not.


If you’re the kind of person who has struggled with decision-making, it might be time to practice the ‘why not’ principle.  This principle means you don’t have to have a reason for doing something.  To have a reason is to justify.  You don’t have to have a reason to be, do or have something in life.   Sometimes you simply know without knowing why. 


Extended commentary:


I think more often or not, we know what is good for us, we know what is right for us!  We know what we need to be doing.  We know how we need to doing it.  We know when we need to do it, and who “should” be part of it. We know where we need to be, and at its most innocent level, we know why we need to be doing what we feel we “should” be doing, being or having.


Loneliness; The Burden of an Imaginary Wound…
August 18, 2008



As a person who has not only suffered from depression but also who has successfully moved on from its paralyzing influence, I continue to have an interest in the apparent causes and very real impacts of depression not only in my own life, but also the lives of others. 


Clinical depression clearly remains the domain of variety of qualified doctors; that being said, my personal experience and exposure to not only the experience of depression in my own life, but also as a witness to its influence on the lives of others allows me the opportunity to make a small contribution of understanding to this ever growing phenomena and the tragic impact it has when left unattended.


Insight #9 ~ ZEN Shredding…
August 12, 2008


Live the dream. 




You will always be able to come up with reasons to kill your dream, to become a victim of your own reasoning. You were born to live the dream; you were born to be the dream.  When you hold back on the dream, you resist the creative expression of the entire Universe.


Extended commentary:


When it comes down to the final few breaths of your life, you may be cognizant enough to reflect on how you have lived your life; What was desired?  What was achieved, What was lost.  Many questions may cross your mind that relate to who you were and who you could have been… 


The 8th Insight ~ ZEN Shredding…
August 5, 2008


Life is truly what you make it. 




Whether you’re four, twenty-four or sixty-four, you will always have the ability to learn something new.  Creating an experience that provides growth, transformation and pure joy isn’t age dependent.


Extended commentary:

While this oft heard expression can be perceived as trite in its superficiality, a little contemplation and application to your own life experience can often bring insight, clarity and potential movement to a life or dream that has paused or stalled. 


There have been, and I’m sure will be, times where we all experience doubt, confusion and challenge in the pursuit of our dreams.  When I contemplate this insight in my own life I am often reminded and challenged : ), to see how frequently it is “the subjective me” that needs to get out of the way, to create the space for something to shift or occur (if only acceptance), in my world. 


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