Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ILLUMINATION


"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Actually he didn't say that as he's often misquoted as saying....check this out:

"A common misquotation of a saying by a famous French writer gives pause for thought: are both the misquotation and the original saying true, even if they’re saying opposite things? “No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Antoine de Saint Exupéry was a famous French aviator and writer who most notably wrote the children’s fable, The Little Prince and who died when his plane crashed in the Mediterranean while on an Allied surveillance mission over France. His writings are deeply philosophical, poetic, and charming.

Interestingly, this quotation from his memoir, Pilote de Guerre (”Flight to Arras”), more often appears in English-language websites (and even in several books of quotations) in a mangled form: “A single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected”* rather than “No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected.”

The misquotation thus reverses the meaning of Saint Exupéry’s original statement, but still manages on the face of it to be true.

Let’s look at that reversal: “A single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected.”

The experience that’s known as “conversion” or “awakening” or “spiritual rebirth” or “realization” or “the arising of insight” can certainly be imagined as a single event, and in such events we find that a new being has manifested within us. We have changed, suddenly, and sometimes irrevocably. We see a new aspect of ourselves. Our being has become reoriented around a new insight, a new meaning. The purpose of our life has changed. We have new values, new priorities. We have changed so radically that there has awoken within us a stranger whose existence was previously unsuspected. Hence the mangled statement appears to be true.

But Saint Exupéry’s point in saying “no single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected” was not that sudden changes do not occur. In the passage following in his memoir he acknowledges in fact that this does happen: “Sometimes a sudden illumination seems indeed to propel a destiny in a new direction,” for example (Une illumination soudaine semble parfois faire bifurquer une destinée).

His point rather was that these “sudden illuminations” are not random events. They may appear to come from nowhere, but in fact they have their causes. They may appear to be single events but rather they are the culmination of an inextricably linked chain of events and causes. And what are those causes?

The answer lies in “To live is to be slowly born” (Vivre, c’est naître lentement). Living is the cause of awakening, or more precisely it is a certain kind of living that leads to awakening, or “sudden illumination.” It is living with mindfulness that leads to the creation of sudden illuminations and the revelation of new destinies.

When we live mindfully we do two things: we are more conscious in the moment of choice, and we open the channels of communication to a deeper level of wisdom of which we are not normally conscious while caught up in the fray of day-to-day living.

In living mindfully we are more conscious in the moment of choice. First we become more aware that there are actually choices to be made. Mindfulness creates, or perhaps better reveals, a gap between stimulus and response. In every moment we perceive sensations, thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and we habitually respond to these.

This is illumination. This is the arising of Insight. This is spiritual rebirth, or conversion. And illumination “is but the sudden sighting, by the soul, of a path long under preparation” (Mais l’illumination n’est que la vision soudaine, par l’Esprit, d’une route longuement préparée). That path consists of moments of mindfulness, a myriad of single events, of tiny awakenings that lead to the birth of a new us."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stunning Underwater Photos

Who knew? I always assumed you had to have a special camera to take snaps under water. Turns out, all you need is a special case.


I was looking for images for a website and came across these awesome photos:











Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stilletto Stoners

Jennifer Pelham kicks off her black Marc Jacobs pumps, slips out of her trim Theory blazer, and collapses on the couch. The 29-year-old corporate attorney for one of Manhattan's top law firms has just clocked another 12-hour day, and though it's over, she's having a hard time shaking off her frustrations. "I hate the term pothead—it connotes that I'm high 24/7, which I'm not," Pelham says, wincing. "I don't need it to get through my day. I just enjoy it when my day is over." Her nightly ritual costs only $50 a month, a pittance compared with the cost of her monthly gym membership or a Saturday night out with her fiancé, an investment banker, who occasionally smokes with her. At 5'4", slim and athletic—she ran three miles a day while in law school—Pelham insists that pot is the ideal antidote to a hairy workday: It never induces a post-happy-hour hangover and, unlike the Xanax a doctor once prescribed for her anxiety, never leaves her groggy or numb.

Most of us know someone like Jennifer Pelham, a balls-to-the-wall career animal whose idea of decompressing after a grueling day isn't a glass of Chardonnay but a toke (or three) of marijuana—not just every now and again, but on a regular basis—the type who stashes a pack of E-Z Wider rolling paper in the silverware drawer or keeps a pipe at the ready next to a pile of bills. One in five women who admitted to indulging in the previous month lives in a household earning more than $75,000 a year. "I love to have a glass of wine now and again, but going out and downing sugary cocktails isn't fun for me. And drinking is so much more expensive," says Debbie Schwartz, a 28-year-old reality-show production manager who recently moved to New York from Los Angeles.

"Alcohol makes you feel more social, but weed works in a different way. You're quieter, more contemplative. My friends and I get more in depth about specific issues," she says. What's more, Bridges says sex was much better

I have a stressful job, I have a baby. I need to unwind somehow, and I don't really like to drink," she grumbles. So, while hanging out with married friends, most of whom are also parents, Murphy will occasionally join in when one pulls out a baggie and starts prepping a bowl. "I got kind of uptight," she says of her weed-free phase. "And my husband was like, 'Actually, I liked you better when you smoked.'"

Friday, October 16, 2009

What is True Happiness?

Happiness is something created in our mind.
It is not something you searched and so seldom find.
It’s just waking up and beginning the day
By counting our blessings and kneeling to pray
It’s giving up wishing for things we have not
And making the best of whatever we’ve got
It’s knowing that life is determined for us,
And pursuing our tasks without fret, fume or fuss
For it’s by completing what God gives us to do
That we find real contentment and happiness too.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2009 Mercedes Benz Gullwing 300SL?

They don't build 'em like they used to. Actually, they usually built them better, but they don't design 'em like they used to. Or so Gullwing-America figures. The classically-enamored garage is planning on relaunching the original SL's iconic shape with modern technology and fabrication in what could very well be the ultimate blend of old and new.

Now this is a hot rod! Well actually not since it's not built on an original 300 SL frame. But who, in their right mind, would chop up an original Mercedes Gullwing 300 SL? Some things are perfection and not to be tampered with.







Original 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing




Friday, September 25, 2009

Tenn. coach apologizes for KKK joke

"I've got a tough job. I've got to put these guys from different worlds together, right? I've got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I'm talking about the 'hood! And I've got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!"

I actually thought the joke was pretty funny...especially after looking at the pic below....don't be so uptight people.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jay Z - Forever Young

FOREVER YOUNG

May the best of your todays, be the worst of your tomorrows

Fear not when, fear not why,
fear not much while were alive,
life is for living not living up tight,
see ya somewhere up in the sky,
fear not die, i’ll be alive for a million years, bye bye,
so not for legends, I’m forever young
my name shall survive

with a little ambition just what we can become here,
and as the father passed his story down to his sons ears,
younger kid, younger every year, yeah
so if you love me baby this is how you let me know.
don’t ever let me go, thats how you let me know, baby
-Jay Z

Jay Z - Blueprint 3

Blueprint 3 has been on repeat since I got it.

Is this not the tightest commercial?


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

404 Error Page

This is the page you get when you type the wrong url or hit a dead link on this particular site (click to see the actual page):




Friday, May 1, 2009

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose killin' em in high school...uhhh..when was that?...year before last?.....wow...now he's killen' em in the NBA!

Tha brotha is 6'1" dunkin' like he's 6
'6"!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

We're all proud of you Mr. President Barack Obama.
You inspire us.


My Latest Mixtape


Keep It or Trash It?

DJ Trez aka Paul D. Mixtape

You can let this bang from start to finish.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Paparrazi Pics

Gladys Knight herself leaving (with take out) Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles


Dwight Eubanks leaving Peters St.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ryan Moats Accepts Officer's Apology

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Powell has publicly apologized through a lawyer. Moats said he accepts that apology.

Tamishia Moats said the family has not heard from Powell personally.

“It would be comforting to get an apology from him,” she said. “We definitely would accept his apology.”

Saturday, March 28, 2009

NFL Moats Stopped by Cop From Seeing Mother As She Died

Cops pull over NFL player and lectures him after he stopped and then slowly ran a red light with his hazards on a block from the hospital where his mother-in-law was on her death bed:



Moats: My Mother is DYING...RIGHT NOW!! I got SECONDS before she's gone.
Pig: That doesn't constitute running a red light.
Pig:
SHUT YOUR MOUTH. I can take you to jail!...UNDERSTAND what I CAN do!

Pig:
Your truck is illegally parked. I'll tow that as well. I can SCREW YOU OVER.

Moat
s: Yes Sir.

Hospital Nurse:
We're blue-coding her for the third time. She is dying.
Pig:
I'm almost done [so is his mother]


FYI: Finally, after a 20-minute delay, the officer ticketed Moats for running a red light.

By the time Moats made it up to the emergency room, his mother-in-law was dead.

So, how does Officer Powell feel about how he carried out his job (after viewing the tape)?

“His belief was simply that he was doing his job,” Chief Simpson said
Luckily Moats' wife (who ignored the cop) was able to see her mother moments before she passed. I watched this video with my mother. She thought Moats was talking too much? wth?? I already know if this was me, after about 5 seconds the cop would have had to tackle me and I would have ended up in the back of the police car! I actually thought Moats was calm, showed extreme self control and was undeservingly respectful to the pig.