HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Mr. Ollivander: Curious… very curious…
Harry: Sorry, but what’s curious?
Mr. Ollivander: I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr. Potter. It so happens that the phoenix whose tailfeather resides in your wand gave another feather… just one other. It is curious that you should be destined for this wand when its brother gave you that scar.
Harry: And who owned that wand?
Mr. Ollivander: We do not speak his name! The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.

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10 things I love about the world + myself

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Somehow I started getting these e-mails about how to live a fuller life from The Hendricks Institute and the last one challenged me to…

Think of an important person in your life, and generate a list of 5-10
things you appreciate about that person.

Do the same thing for a second person, and a third.

Generate a list of 5-10 things you appreciate about the world in general.

Generate a list of 5-10 things you appreciate about yourself.

 

I sent some e-mails to some people and then I made these lists:

10 Things I love about the World

  1. Trees!
  2. People!
  3. Music!
  4. Dancing!
  5. I have access to shelter, clear water, education and am provided for
  6. The abundance our planet provides for us
  7. Clouds!
  8. Sun!
  9. Fruits!
  10. Vegetables!

10 Things I love about Myself

  1. I am committed to bringing more unconditional love into the world
  2. I feel empowered knowing that I control my experience of life
  3. I face fear and do crazy things
  4. I have fun and act silly
  5. I have an adorable nose : P
  6. I look for the best in other people
  7. I am committed to a cruelty free lifestyle
  8. I am a leader
  9. I have a contagious smile
  10. I am a creative person

Fun for a Change

So right now i’m doing this competition hosted by SIFE SFU (Students in Free Enterprise) called Fun for a Change. It is a social innovation competition where we use design and game dynamics to try and make the world better.

The contest was created by Charles Tsai, this awesome super passionate guy who knows tons about social enterprise.

It is all especially perfect because I am turning my freelance work into a business which makes the world better. Reading Sacred Commerce is also inspiring my developing business model. I think this is all very funny because just as I was thinking and wishing there was a course on social entrepreneurship I could take… along comes this opportunity! Perfect!

Oh and I get to work with two of my favorite people, Colette and Diana on my team : )

We are going to make smart choices and sustainability easier and more fun. STOKED!

my thoughts on DREAMING (or a review of Waking Life)…

The basic plot of the film is based on a physiological phenomenon known as “lucid dreaming”. Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. Many of the dream state idiosyncrasies described in the film, such as the inability to read time on a digital watch or the tendency of light switches to malfunction, are described in studies authored by Dr. Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University, the leading American authority on lucid dreaming.

FROM INDB

I think it’s interesting that is was created on mostly consumer equiptment, proving that you don’t need to spend lots of money to make good art (however I am the proud owner of the new Nikon D7000 haha).

I LOVE the quotes in the movie. I was trying to tweet everything but there wasn’t enough time. Some of my favorites were…

Dreaming is destiny.

Judge not lest ye be judged.

As one realizes that one is a figure in someone else’s dream, that is self awareness.

On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.

…that’s what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that’s all that really mattered.

…we all know the function of media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world, no. Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them.

I had some interesting thoughts of my own as well. I think i’m gonna use them to make an art film though so stay tuned : D

I really want to learn more an experiment with ludic dreaming and this whole realm of ideas.

PS: There’s a HOW TO for everything these days : P

Carpe Diem Muffins

I had a dream. It was a scary dream.

I was in a plane crash with my Mom. We were flying to India for some odd reason and the plane crashed in the water right near Royal Columbian Hospital. It was a bit of a near death experience. It was very scary because for the past year or so I have lived without fear of death. I came to accept my own impermanence without fear. But when the plane crashed my first thoughts were the things I left unsaid. The conversations I put off…

When I woke up (several hours early) I made “carpe diem muffins” (vegan cherry streusel flavor nix the nuts). I called my Dad. I talked to my Mom. I brought treats to my co-workers and had conversations. I talked to some of my friends.

All of these things I wanted to say to people.. You inspire me! I’m so glad to know you! I’m sorry! I take responsibility! You are amazing!

It was interesting to have this reminder to “clear it up as it comes up” (in the words of love-inspiring tricia) and get everything out. I thought it was a little funny though. From some reading recently I was being informed about how actions can either come from a place of love or fear. I thought it was interesting that my actions of love, were coming out of a place of fear (waking up so scared from my dream). But hey, practice makes perfect right!

After discussing dreams with a few people I had another dream the following evening. I was spinning and I could physically feel the earth moving. I kept trying to go to sleep, but I would just continue to spin on each attempt. Kind of interesting because I recently learned that when in a lucid dream, apparently spinning usually prolongs the dream.

CARPE DIEM EVERYBODY!

It’s b(log)een a while

WOW. So I’ve been doing too much living and not enough blogging it appears lately haha. There is so much I want to write about and I am creating not enough time to do it.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Bueller

These are some thing I have written over the past few exciting weeks, with the Vancouver Riot, adventures, ponders… what a ride!

Forewarning: This post is going to be delightfully detailed and horribly long.

Just as I was boarding the skytrain in Surrey just over an hour ago I was contemplating how ironic I create my life to be at times. I was thinking about the implications of this and decided that “I am ironic”. After all, if I create that to be my reality, then (as my reality and perception are the only experiences I have) then that will be my life. After this thought I was running to get to the library to return an interesting book on Emotional Clearing. i got there JUST IN TIME and was able to sign out a book I was really excited about called Sacred Commerce. At the library there was a protest about the Canadian Postal Workers strike which was somewhat ironic considering I am dealing with some labour issues at my own job. Then I started to notice the results of the Vancouver Riot. Wood panels cover the storefronts, covered in messages from thousands of people. Word of condemnation of rioters, random song lyrics, but overall and in the highest multitude there were messages of love. I think it’s a little sad that it takes a riot for Vancouver to write beautiful words all over, but I am grateful for this aftermath nonetheless. I walk through the city dazed and confused. After running to the library and being overwhelmed with my own sensory experience I bumped into a girl I used to work with. She was off to live what I think are her dreams, dancing and choreographing for big names in the city. And I was just wandering, happy. I made my way to Gorilla Foods, my favorite (raw) eatery in vancity. I think you’re great said the song playing on the radio. Then I thought about how if music be the food of life, Gorilla Foods is a very healthy place to be : )

Then I went down to Capers and got some healthy food and bumped into some more friends on the way. Dazed and confused… but smiling all the way : )

 

 

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I want to be romanced! I want to BE LOVE! I want to travel the world, and get married in every country! I want to leave today! I want to stay here and make SFU the most sustainable university ever! I want to run for president! I want to go on exchange to France and Australia! I want to backpack across India and put my education on hold! I want to have a sexy bruised lip! I want to dance! I want to perform again! I want to wear dresses! and bangles! I want to throw a French party!

There are so many things I want to write about right now… dreams past my bedtime, adventures, clearing and understanding myself, learning to love unconditionally! I have no time to do it all, but I have all the time in the world.

Life is beautiful.

Don’t forget, I love you.

FYI this post was inspired by the AMAZING Bollywood Movie Dheli Belly.

Think Snatch + Indian Humour – Scottish Conufion : )

I am so inspired by Laughter and friendship right now : )

LOVE LOVE LOVE!