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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…

 

 

 

Struggled,

 

survived,

 

surrendered;

 

dreamed,

 

played,

 

gave,

 

 thrived…

 

[ 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…

 

 

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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.

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Awareness…
May 18, 2008

Awareness;

 

Unattached,

 

unshaken,

 

lucid and silent.

 

Alert and peaceful,

 

Unafraid.

 

Without desire,

 

ever present.

 

 

 

In the silent mind of awareness

 

things come and go.

 

Infinite beginnings,

 

immortalized endings.

 

 

 

With awareness;

 

the “I” dances in a field of innocence,

 

pregnant with possibility.

 

The “I”,

 

sits and watches,

 

as it slowly sinks into the motionless,

 

timeless,

 

expression of it’s true Being.

 

 

 

Thoughts flow,

 

the “I” does not respond.

 

The real “me” loses interest in their comings and goings.

 

I am deliberate and intentional,

 

my commitment is tireless.

 

 

 

 

As pure awareness becomes Self awareness,

 

the “I” becomes empty,

 

in the here and now;

 

Perfect,

 

Whole,

 

Complete,

 

One.

 

 

 

Who you are, has nothing to do with who you are being…
May 16, 2008

 

For most people, who we are being is largely affected by the inner conversations we listen too, conversations and thoughts that occur to the “I” mind.  When we think sad thoughts, it affects who we are being, when we think happy thoughts, it typically also affects who we are being.  When we feel angry, confused, frustrated, depressed, concerned or inspired, most of us will inevitably experience and express the swing of those thoughts and feelings at some level of our psychology and physiology.

 

What happens when we start to be aware of the fact that we are aware of those conversations or thoughts?  What happens when we are no longer willing to listen to those inner conversations or thoughts? What happens when we allow those conversations, thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations and memories to come and go, to arise and subside without reaction, without fear, without concern?  What happens when we develop a level of detachment to whether those inner conversations and thoughts are labeled as “positive” or “negative”?

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Q and A on ZEN Shredding the book…
May 2, 2008

The questions:

 

*     Why is your book called Zen Shredding?

 

*     How would you describe your book?

 

*     What was the inspiration for the writing of the book?

 

*     How is Zen Shredding connected to the slide show that is circulating the Internet?

 

*     Who do you think is going to be interested in this title?

 

*     One theme you have in the book is the idea of asking questions in life, what do you think is the most important question to ask?

 

*     What would you like to say about Being Change?

 

*     What is your connection to Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Centre in California?

 

*     If there is one thing you’d like everyone to remember about this book, what is it?

 

*     What can you say about the Zero Ceiling Initiative that is part of this book?

 

*     Why writing?

 

 

*     So, when is the book going to be ready?

 

 

 

The answers:

 

Q.     Why is your book called Zen Shredding?

 

I’ve been a daily meditator since 1989.  It is a practice that has significantly impacted the subjective experience I have of life and how I experience life.  Everything I do is ultimately filtered through the awareness or perception I have or do not have of the Self.

While my meditation practice is not a form of Buddhism, I believe all practices when successful lead us to the same destination or realization.  The term Zen represents to me a quality of living and experiencing life that I desire to cultivate more fully.

 

When I decided to learn how to snowboard (the second time), and I progressed through the days, weeks and months of that new experience, many internal “obstacles” were brought to the surface, some were old, “issues” that I was familiar with and had worked on over the past two decades, and some were new. 

 

Essentially my snowboarding experience became a “boot camp” return to many principles or insights that have served me well on my own personal journey of growth and transformation. “Shred” or “Shredding” are slang words to describe how snowboarders traverse their terrain; I want to be traverse the terrain of my life with Zen like approach or way of being.   

 

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The mind does not matter…
April 30, 2008

 

“ Any idea you have about Spirituality has nothing to do with Spirituality…”          

  Stephen Wolinsky
“I” wish “I” said that…

 

“I” have to confess though, that “I” read it.  It’s one of many lines written by Stephen Wolinsky in his many engaging books that have been having a very big effect on my personal journey and discover of Who I AM.  It’s one of those lines that when contemplated can have a dramatic affect on the way we perceive, understand and experience life.

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