“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.” ― Carlos Castaneda
Constantly learning, growing, serving and giving back. Allowing the great unfolding of this stunningly beautiful and wildly mysterious existence.
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ― Howard Thurman
Some favorite foods: Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Afghan, Peruvian ... and nearly anything at Greens, Chez Panisse, Cafe Gratitude, Plant Café or Gather.
Some music: Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Little Dragon, Jamiroquai, Sigur Rós, Massive Attack, Deadmau5 (older stuff), Phoenix, Zero 7, The Clash, The Smiths, Erasure, New Order, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, Kooks, Coldplay, Ray Lamontagne, James Morrison, Bebel Gilberto. Latin: Juanes, Carlos Vives, Juan Luis Guerra, Diego Torres, Marisa Monte. Baroque: J.S. Bach (especially played on classical guitar. Beautiful!). Mozart. Tomasso Albinoni. Jazz: Oscar Peterson. Coleman Hawkins. Sonny Rollins. Ben Webster. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. Miles Davis. Dave Brubeck.
Some writers: Rumi. Hafiz. Marcus Aurelius. Shakespeare. Neruda. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Thoreau. Emerson. Frost. e.e. cummings. Kahlil Gibran. Rilke. Oscar Wilde. Viktor Frankl. Joseph Campbell. Krishnamurti. Thich Nhat Hahn. Ram Dass. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Pema Chödrön. Alan Watts. Paulo Coelho. Robert Pirsig. All stories by Malcolm Gladwell (he interviewed me and a few colleagues for Blink). All biographies by Walter Isaacson. David Sedaris.
Some films: An American in Paris. Casablanca. North by Northwest. The Apartment. La Dolce Vita. Annie Hall. Cinema Paradiso. Il Postino. Amadeus. Amelie. Belle Epoque. Like Water for Chocolate. Once. Braveheart. Life is Beautiful. Shakespeare in Love. Forrest Gump. Good Will Hunting. Avatar. Fierce Grace. What the Bleep. Intouchables. Everything quirky and offbeat from Wes Anderson, Mel Brooks and Larry David. Enjoy finding a great Indie and watching documentaries. Ken Burns. Love the pure fun and joy of Pixar!
Arthur Ashe, the tennis great, civil rights supporter and humanitarian leader expressed it eloquently: "From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."
Don't go outside your house to see flowers.
My friend, don't bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
One flower has a thousand petals.
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty
inside the void and out of it,
before the gardens and after gardens.
You have your own creative path and "sparkle" from the inside-out! You are warm, compassionate, affectionate (read: important!), intelligent, and soulful. You are joyful, passionate about life, fun, funny, active, optimistic, confident, spunky. You love to be silly, laugh and smile! Family is important to you. You lead a conscious life and try to live (in as much as possible) from a place of open heartedness. You know that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and are willing to go to those places of vulnerability for the sake of deeper intimacy, freedom and joy. You are expressive, thoughtful, open with your feelings and also welcome that from your partner. You don't play games (unless they are sexy ones!). You live healthfully, both in terms of what you eat and working out. You like to challenge your partner to evolve and, in turn, be challenged yourself to grow. You are honest and take responsibility for your life, your feelings, your behaviors and what happens to you. You have the capacity to resolve conflict in a kind and gentle way. If this sounds like you, then send me a note. I promise I won't bite. Well, maybe just a little ;) PS Must love dogs!