The Object of The Pursuit of Happiness

“I must see my life as a work in progress. Nothing about me is ever final.” Deepak Chopra

I will begin by developing my core strengths that serve as the foundation for building happiness in my life. I will reduce and donate the material goods that I have that do not bring happiness.  It gives life such a sense of renewal and freedom when one chooses to live simply and not measure life by materialistic standards.  Meditating and thinking about assumptions which are curiously embedded and cloaked with judgments, fears and negative beliefs to transforming them into the happiness that exists in this very moment. So begin your path to happiness by showing and sharing gratitude for the people who have touched our lives and who mean so much to us.  Letting go of the extrinsic thoughts and beliefs and embracing happiness comes from within.

KARMA is an act, action, activity, whether mental, emotional, physical, internal or external, and done whether in knowledge, ignorance or casually by chance.. It is a total of accumulated results and responses being experienced or created as events in time, originating from an individual and/or a collective action. It seems that folks like to throw the term karma around especially when it comes to “payback”. But that is not how karma works. It is the creation of a daily practice of living and doing the right thing through love, kindness and compassion. Christians regard it as the favor of the LORD. It means that accepting everything that is positive and to remain focused on “good” rather than doing or thinking negatively.

 The positive thought or belief that happiness is found in individual thoughts and behaviors has a profound effect when it is connected to a wider purpose when it involves the well-being of others. So starting today I am going to include in my daily practice the intention to make a point of doing considerate, loving and generous things for others on a daily basis. I want to seize and choose opportunities to do the right thing and express gratitude for all of the kindnesses that I receive.

 So just for today, I am going to inhale the positive light and accept the truth that negative forces are always in play.  The difference comes when I seek happy thoughts and actions and let go of the negative in order to keep a balanced life. To this end, I am once again grateful to my friends, old and new and to this life that I have been given. Karma wise what more can anyone ask for?   Peace Out!

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The Object of the Intuitive Mind

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” –Albert Einstein

Our intuitive spirit is a magnetic pull to our North Star. Spirit is the Source of all power and wisdom. It has never steered me in the wrong direction.  The Divine Spirit is always present, even if we feel to lose track of where it is. We are all spiritual beings that are constantly living through a human form.  Somewhere inside us with a natural pull to a Spirit that guides us to correct understanding and action. All that we need to do is slow down and allow our inner compass to navigate. When we remain still, Spirit speaks to us through intuition, and it orients and points us to the right action or soul lesson, The Spirit is our personal GPS guide to navigate and negotiate our life’s terrain 

So, now when confronted with negativity or a challenge in the physical world, I turn to my intuitive compass and align with myself to the true north Spirit, We become reoriented. Sometimes I feel I am in the “Should” space, or in that scary landscape known as the “Emotional ego-mind fields”. As awful as this “space” seems, I don’t have to be stuck here. the landscape is something my ego has created, and I have the power to stop the servants from annoying me…and when I plug my iPod into smooth jazz sounds, I find that the landscape magically shifts into a more peaceful and joyous one. Peace Out!

 

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The Care and Nurturing of the Soul

“The soul–which I’m defining as our capacity for these deeply positive human qualities–is something that, in most of us, desperately needs to be developed. Too many of us live in a fractured state, deeply divided against ourselves… We exist in a self-generated vacuum of moral ambiguity, where everything is relative and our attention is focused mainly on our emotional state…we are attracted to that which is beautiful, profound, and meaningful but find ourselves lacking the soul strength to really struggle, to engage in a life-and-death wrestling match with our own division, cynicism, and inertia. The awful truth is that it is just easier for us not to care that much. In order to care that much, we have to be willing to feel a connection with life that is so deep that it hurts. We have to be ready to step onto the field of our own experience in a way that is authentic, unconditional, and deeply committed… ~ Andrew Cohen

It is 3 am, all is quite except for the jazz playing on my stereo. The fireplace is casting a warm and ambient glow warming my heart and mind.  I am constantly amazed at how the simple routines and things I do reveal a tremendous amount of insight into who I really am. Something that has consistently stayed with me over the years is the need for perfection and the need to not make mistakes. When I take a closer look, Part of that might have come from the fact that I constantly sought approval from my dad and others more so than my mom. Mom and I had a very close relationship that transcended everything. She taught me to how to read and the magical power of words when I was 3 and it opened my mind and my heart.. My father was an enigma.  He was complicated and frequently misunderstood.  I spent the better part of my childhood trying to understand him and wanted to hear him say he loved me. He would always reply You should know that I love you, I wrote a song for you when you were three years old!  I felt stupid and tried to conjure enough energy to smile, even though I didn’t want to.  My father would sit at the piano in our living room.  He was my five a.m. wake up call. I would hear dulcet tones sending a breath of notes across my mind to the beat of my existence.  It was a series of riffs and changes with syncopated harmonic intent.  It had a rhythm that majestically brought a sense of devotion to each note.  The sound of him hitting each piano key gave the house a mystery, improvising life — setting our house apart from the rest of the houses on Wilton Place.  Part of it was observing him in his natural habitat, which was in front of a band and writing music. He was a perfectionist. Every  note is where it is supposed to be, minimal flats and sharps. That’s how he remotely orchestrated my life. It was quite a contrast from what I was most comfortable with, so I wanted to become what I had seen, even though I didn’t understand him. I became a perfectionist and afraid to make a mistakes.  Losing my power of imagination and creating from the soul and heart, becoming inert and lost.

So just for today I am going to stop for a moment and think about writing with reckless abandon. Then, I am going to write another scenario from my year of musical thinking releasing negative thoughts and will be empowered to learn what my soul speaks to me.  Not worrying about the outcome and minimizing the illusive stress of success.  Allowing to freely move among the furniture of the soul where Andrew Cohen refers …to embrace a kind of fearless vulnerability where our transparency is our strength and the living experience of connection is permanent, unbroken, and inescapable.”    Don’t let what some person says or does make you feel less than or unqualified. You’ve been handpicked by the Creator of the universe. You are lacking nothing for the season that you’re in right now. What you have in your hand is what you need. When you dedicate it to God and do what He tells you, He’ll bless and multiply what you have in your hand and use it to take you further than you ever dreamed!  How about you?  Are there special moments in your childhood that will give a sustainable and just meaning to your life today?  Feel free to share.  Peace Out!

 

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The Object is Consciousness in Finding What Brings Happiness to Your Life…

“New Birth, New Creation” by Carol Lynne

Life is change, every moment brings change.
In this moment there is creation
There is passion
There is fire
There is birth
A new idea
A new creation
A new love
A new passion.
Energies stir within my soul
And new aspects are born in this moment.
All is excitement
All is wonderment
A am in awe as I experience new creation
New birth.

The Vedanta teaches us that there are seven states of consciousness. These states are: (1) deep sleep; (2) dream state which occurs while we are in the 1st state; (3) awake state which we are in the majority of the time; (4) meditative state where we have a glimpse of the soul; (5) cosmic consciousness; (6) divine consciousness and finally (7) unity consciousness. Today I feel in a somewhat reflective mode and am ready to move on and following my dreams. When I was 3 years old I was passionate about books and reading. When I sat in my mom’s lap as she read from a reader brought me immeasurable joy at the deepest level. I now realize my love of writing and reading were born and established that passion has a kinship with what is essential for my life. Ironically, I am asking questions that I usually reserve for the New Year and a way to release the negative energies of my previous endeavors.  I didn’t get the grant I applied for a few months ago.  I have an abscessed tooth that I am getting pulled today.  This time I am blogging and working on new projects that give me boundless energy and following my North Star.  It was not my time for that grant.  What is the most significant are the internal questions and what would be inspiration for both my mental and physical state of being.  Meditating and opening up your heart to the possibilities is what keeps me going.  Experience has proven that.  So I am going to lean in on my dreams and learn from my mistakes.  Embracing the wonder and mystery of life and expanding my mind and connect with my inner world manifesting and creating a change that benefits everything and everyone .  I lay back, I plug-in my iPod and crank up the volume of Things Are Hear, the flow begins streaming Jazz, words, symbols.  Timbre changes my special orientation, the cadence dominates the rhythm of my heart and riffs emerge transforming my life and prepares me for what is to come.  How about you?  How do you change a negative to a positive?  It doesn’t take magic or delusions it involves your dreams and the courage and imagination to freely improvise the changes the heals and sustains you.  Baby steps in the beginning, with practice it becomes natural and joyous.  Follow your heart and let it lead you to where you never conceived was possible?. Peace Out!

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Note #189 Jazz on the Object of Letting Go…

Sometimes I like to do visualization and this is one I discovered when I was getting chemotherapy.  I love anything that has photography of the ocean,

 

Note #161 Phoebe Snow~Poetry Man

 

The New York Times described her as a “contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and capable of sweeping over four octaves.” A Phenom Woman that will always have a place in my heart because she was a beautiful soul and shared her talent by having the “trifecta”~ Singer-SongwriterInstrumentalist mad skills.  Snow was born July 17th, 1950 –April 26, 2001.

Note #153 Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

 

I am beginning an experiment that investigates the phenomenon of Women Running Changes to Cross the Gender Sound Barrier.  Whether real or imagined?  Some cats say things like you play like a man!  Well I am going to find out if there is any truth in those statements and where the facts are that will support or demystify those beliefs.  I am a neuroscientist by academic standards.  I studied pain mechanism which I will get into later in this series.

I want to begin with the sensibilities in See, Taste, Hearing, Smell and Touch (the “Senses”).

Both sexes’ senses consist of a combination of stimulation and the way the brain processes information.  There are market differences in the way women and men perceive sound, smells and sight.  There are less differences between women and men when it comes to taste and touch, however women have a greater acuity overall in the sensory arena.

There is no specific order, I will highlight their backgrounds and environment to find what makes them who they are in the Jazz World today.  Feel free to share any info or suggestions that will help this experiment.  Peace Out!

Check out the lyrics…

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere

Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money

We won’t have to drive too far
Just across the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
His body’s too young to look like his

My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way

So remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
And I work in the market as a checkout girl

I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

So remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids

I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me’d find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

So remember when we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way..

* The photos presented in this clip have mostly been taken by me personally with a Nikon SLR and the remainder were purchased via shutter stock online.. Thank U..*

 

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Tracy Chapman

She learned how to play the guitar as a child and began writing her own material shortly thereafter. She graduated high school from Wooster school in Danbury, Connecticut in 1982. She then entered Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where she majored in African studies and anthropology. During this time, Tracy also began performing her songs at local venues and recorded demos at WMFO (Tufts campus radio station).

Becoming Famous:

Brian Koppelman, a fellow student at Tufts, recommended Tracy to his father, Charles Koppelman. Incidentally, Charles is the president of SBK publishing. Charles then introduced Tracy to Elliot Roberts who became her manager. In 1987, Tracy signed with Elektra Records through the help of Charles and Elliot. In 1987 she recorded her debut album under Elektra, with David Kershenbaum producing. The album was released on April 5, 1988, it received 4 Grammys including Best New Artist. On August 27, 1988, “Fast Car“, one of the songs in her debut album, climbed to #6.

 

Note #144 Sometime During Eternity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Worlds Collide
Worlds Collide

Sometime During Eternity

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sometime during eternity

some guys show up
and one of them
who shows up real late
is a kind of carpenter
from some square-type place
like Galilee
and he starts wailing
and claiming he is hep
to who made heaven
and earth
and that the cat
who really laid it on us
is his Dad

And moreover
he adds
It’s all writ down
on some scroll-type parchments
which some henchmen
leave lying around the Dead Sea somewheres
a long time ago
and which you won’t even find
for a coupla thousand years or so
or at least for
ninteen hundred and fortyseven
of them
to be exact
and even then
nobody really believes them
or me
for that matter

You’re hot
they tell him

And they cool him

They stretch him on the Tree to cool
And everybody after that
is always making models
of this Tree
with Him hung up
and always crooning His name
and calling Him to come down
and sit in
on their combo
as if he is THE king cat
who’s got to blow
or they can’t quite make it

Only he don’t come down
from His Tree

Him just hang there
on His Tree
looking real Petered out
and real cool
and also
according to a roundup
of late world news
from the usual unreliable sources
real dead

 

Note #142 ~ Trailer- 56th Monterey Jazz Festival + Bobby McFerrin

56th Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20-22, 2013

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Welcome to my world of discovering JazZen with moments like these!  Peace Out!

 

Note #39 What To Remember When Waking by David Whyte

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What to Remember When Waking
By David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,

coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

—David Whyte

Every time I had a chemotherapy infusion, I learned that I found comfort in words that connected me to my true inheritance.  This has become my true self upon waking every morning, to a wide universe of love, serenity and awakening truth that only being still can bring.  Peace Out!