Rules to Life (Mine at least)

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-Be creative, keep making art; if you think you’ve become unartistic then find a different medium. If you can’t make are, facilitate and encourage other peoples art.

-Be kind but not a doormat; be aware of people and yourself. Those who don’t respect kindness are not worth your time. Kindness and Fierceness are the most potent combination.

-Laugh till it hurts, hurt till you laugh. Don’t take life too seriously but always respect it. Find the balance between wisdom and playfulness.

-Don’t be a dick. Seriously no one in the long run wants to be friend with a dick, hire a dick, or be around a dick. Although you may intimidate people in to some strange facsimile of respect, or they may keep you around to feel tougher….. inevitably inherit dicks end up alone in the end.

-Stop second guessing yourself; it makes people second guess you. Remember you have the power -if even not on purpose- to manifest your most hallucinatory insecurities in to existence.

-Don’t hide behind lazy self deprecating bullshit, yes you are strong enough, yes the world is tough; but only because it is a gift and nothing worth having is easy, no you are not JUST one person; you are your own motherfucking bad ass person if you so choose to be as such. Cut that shit out.

-The only thing in this life more fearsome than allegorical death is rebirth; the two intertwining; swaying hand and hand; the most gracious of eternal lovers.
Each integral dance move matched and each one a shattering blow on our coveted veil of illusion; illusion that breeds stagnancy.
We all experience these little deaths, paving the way for rebirth; each as arduous as the other; but never close to as grim as the thought of festering stagnant disillusion.

– Respect the fucking planet, its the only one we have and it adores us unconditionally.

– Be conscious of silence; don’t speak on and on unless it’s worth the effort.

“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating”.
Take time to digest the moment, feel your expression and and savour the beauty of the space in-between words;
as any good musician should know; Sound is our medium; as well is the stillness betwixt the notes.

-Don’t be silent when you know you shouldn’t, trust your gut; speak the truth even when no one else will. Chances are they are just waiting for someone to take the lead. Authentic truth – practice it.

-We have three brains, our minds, our hearts and our body. Learn to listen to all three; learn to situationally allocate which is the temporally dominant one; learn to braid them together; harmonizing them to bring yourself and the people that care for you peace and inspiration.

-Be Attentive

– Enjoy music, all kinds of music. If someone else is enjoying music you do not, dont belittle them for that (but feel free to culture them further by sharing your favourites)

-Respect life, our ancestors of the past, our universe of the present, our home and families of the future. Know that time isn’t as linear as you perceive and that all these tenses are bound together. Each of these when you take the time to step outside of yourself has a unique wisdom to offer. Do not rob yourself of that, or them of the act of giving.

-Read fucking books. Read them. Do it. Like right now.

– Make love, fuck, have sex, cuddle, kiss, hug, hold hands, frolic, love; not because you should or you have to; only because you want to. The world needs more snuggles.

-Be Honest, even if it will hurt.

-Remember that love is everything, love is the moment you wake up; sun in your eyes and smile at your pet sleeping half on your head half on your pillow, love is music, love is a cold wind on a scorching day, love is the waves lapping against the shore, love is the moment of anticipation when your spouse returns home from a long trip, love is a moment of peace in chaos, love is chaos in peace, love is your child staring at you with adoration beyond language, love is a breathe of fresh air, love is in the tall creaking trees, love is a gathering of chosen family, love is comfort in being absolutely alone with yourself.

Art is love; the most wretchedly agonizing expression of love; momentarily our hearts ripped from our bodies and eyes torn from their sockets to depict if even for an instant the beauty and adulation we see in that of which we treasure, love is a thousand miles away from you and at the same time so close to you right now it’s embedded within your body, love is recognition, love is letting go, love is fighting for something, love is hard, really really hard, love is god damn worth every moment of discomfort because it is everything that was ever truly worth anything.

Love is universal; and multi diminutional, unfathomable and shattering.

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