Visions

Andru
Meditation.Yoga.Vegetarian
Professional Body Piercer
Robot Piercing & Tattoo
Portland, Oregon

#poem #poetry #journal  text from the photo is below.                              Are we just desensitized?
Ramping it up to another level
Another level
Till it’s screaming in our face 
And we still can’t hear it 
STOP IT
Quite time
Slow down your life 
Shut up the internal dialog 
Everything is just a dream 
Endless possibilities
Nothing is what it seems 
Countless times you’ve done this before 
Leaving messages in bottles
Open up your one true eye and see them all around you
Wholly awake
Now love the ground you walk on 
Every moment is a choice 
This time will you chose?

#poem #poetry #journal text from the photo is below. Are we just desensitized?
Ramping it up to another level
Another level
Till it’s screaming in our face
And we still can’t hear it
STOP IT
Quite time
Slow down your life
Shut up the internal dialog
Everything is just a dream
Endless possibilities
Nothing is what it seems
Countless times you’ve done this before
Leaving messages in bottles
Open up your one true eye and see them all around you
Wholly awake
Now love the ground you walk on
Every moment is a choice
This time will you chose?

3 positive things 5 days in a row project

I was nominated by Nicole Wright to post 3 positive things for 5 days in a row. For Facebook. I liked how it turned out. So thought I would share with all my peeps here

1. UNDERSTANDING
Whatever that means to you. To me it’s a realization that. We are giving what we need to grow in this life. Be thankful. No matter what is on ur plate be grateful. Seeing from this lens transforms life for me.

2. PRACTICE
Daily practice sustains my life. Meditation, yoga, mindfulness, being silly. Healthy eating. Without these things I find it harder to remember what’s truly important to me.
Also it means. Life is a playground. Play. We all make many mistakes and it’s ok. Learn, grow, try harder. Cry. Give yourself the same love and compassion you would give your lover.

3. RECEPTIVITY
This means to me shutting up my mind. Being quite and still. Which let’s me receive what is given. Actually listening to people. being wholly present. Dropping my preferences and letting life guide me.

Day 2 of 5 three positive things pre day.

1. BREATHING
With the gift of breath I can reset and tap into the moment at anytime in any situation. It’s a gift to be alive and breathing and I try to remember this with each inhale and exhale.

2. CHANGE
Without change life is stagnant and predictable. Change makes me grow, makes me try harder. It pushes us outside our comfort zones. It is a blessing if we chose to see it that way. I also find the more I meet change halfway the easier big changes become.

3. VULNERABILITY
To be open to share my heart, my feelings, my passion and not care what others think. To release myself from fear. To live free and be me. To wear your heart on your sleeve. To share a moment with a stranger.

Day 3 of 5 

1. GRATITUDE
This is a big one in my world. What does this word mean to you? To me this is almost like a daily mantra. I try to live in the present moment and to be thankful. No matter what is happening in my world. I am alive right now and breathing. If I can tap into this thankfulness or gratitude. All the little things fall away. I see from a more (totality) view point. Each step I take in life. I want to be thankful and show appreciation for what I’m given , my blessings, my existence. Even if it is imperfect. I am so very blessed. Wherever I feel less than 100%. When I feel Sick and tired, hungry or full, happy,sore,blissful. I know in the back of my mind I should be grateful to feel this. I am blessed to have such thoughts, feelings or emotions. Life is so very magical if we allow it to be. I chose to show my gratitude in small ways like holding the door for strangers or just smiling.

2. BEAUTY
This is a loaded word. In a culture of media and sex. Sex sells this word, and it may be distorted in many of our minds. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
But to me beauty is the rising and falling of my lovers chest as she breathes while sleeping. The sound of rain. The way flowers grow, bloom and die. The joys and sorrows of being alive. The way children find wonder in everything. I could go on and on. I try and find the beauty in the smallest details. If I can find beauty in the most basic mundane tasks. Then life is not a burden but a true joy to be lived.

3. LOVE
I am going to quote my Osho Zen Tarot cards. The lovers card specifically because it has a very fitting description.
That resonates with me strongly.

These three things are to be taken note of: the lowest love is sex—it is physical—and the highest refinement of love is compassion. Sex is below love, compassion is above love; love is exactly in the middle.
Very few people know what love is. Ninety-nine percent of people, unfortunately, think sexuality is love—it is not. Sexuality is very animal; it certainly has the potential of growing into love, but it is not actual love, only a potential….
If you become aware and alert, meditative, then sex can be transformed into love. And if your meditativeness becomes total, absolute, love can be transformed into compassion. Sex is the seed, love is the flower, compassion is the fragrance.
Buddha has defined compassion as ‘love plus meditation’. When your love is not just a desire for the other, when your love is not only a need, when your love is a sharing, when your love is not that of a beggar but an emperor, when your love is not asking for something in return but is ready only to give—to give for the sheer joy of giving—then add meditation to it and the pure fragrance is released.
That is compassion; compassion is the highest phenomenon.

Day 4 of 5

1. LETTING GO

When I truly started practicing letting go. Wow it was such a positive change in my life. I can cling to every desire. I can lament the end of every pleasurable experience. Or I can let go, let be and flow with what life is giving me at that moment.
We all hear or have said I’m gonna just let it go. But do we truly let go? With no resentments held to our heart, no judgments, just letting the thoughts, feelings, emotions arise and then fall away. If and when I can really embody this practice. It’s a very freeing experience.


2. NOT TAKING THINGS PERSONAL

All things in this life when seen from a buddhist view point are impersonal, impermanent, and unsatisfactory.
When I use this lens to see my life. It can transform in small and large ways. I start to see that maybe the world isn’t out to get me. Maybe I’m being difficult and I’m out to get the world. For example, I didn’t just get cut off in traffic and it’s all about me. Maybe I got cut off because the other driver was distracted or lost?Not because they hate me specifically or have some road rage type vendetta. The reality is if I don’t take things personally then they don’t affect or hurt me. We humans myself included tend to get caught up in our own drama and then project that all over the place. As well as onto those around us.

3. AWARENESS

Awareness taps it both of the first two above. Without awareness as my guide. Neither ( letting go ) or (not taking things personal) become tasks easily accomplished.
Awareness to me is the foundation. When I hear this word I also think mindfulness which connects me back to meditation. To be aware just means responding to a condition or event.
I like to think it means that we can respond to situations in life not out of emotional or gut reactions. But from a place aware to our own crap. So as to not push it onto others. Stopping the internal dialogs and judgments. And maybe if I or we can be so lucky, see things as they truly are.


Day 5 of 5

1. COMPASSION

Compassion is defined as the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Growing up I found that it was easy for me to put myself into others shoes, so to speak. Or you could say I found it fairly easy to see from another’s view point and feel for them.
While that is all great and well it wasn’t until much later in life that I learned more about true compassion. Don’t mistake your pity or sympathy for compassion. Care so much that you must act! When we as humans stand up with dignity and treat each other with love and compassion regardless of ideas or externals or differences. We are doing the real work of connecting and repairing this fractured existence that is illusionary.
I also have to mention the oh so important self compassion. If you don’t love yourself how can you love anyone else is what they say. We are all imperfectly perfect!

2. TRUTH

What a powerful word. At this point in my life I have been blessed to see for myself that we all have our own truth. As well there are some basic universal truths to life and existence ect. Most religions or spiritual practices tap into these core universal truths. That’s why I think it is very important that we include all religions and faiths or belief systems together as one. To do the work of connecting our society and respecting our differences. Embracing the truth that different things resonate with each person. If we treat each other with respect, compassion and understanding, and are willing to meet in the middle without ego. I think there’s a way to support all of our unique truths while creating a better world for the future.
This year I was blessed with a small view of my truth. All things changed for me at the point. I saw all my pain misguided and was able to see the beauty in all my failures in life and how they brought me to right where I needed to be. I would never have been so blessed if it wasn’t for meditation and yoga opening me and pushing me and the support of my ex wife. Find what works for you! Find your truth! live free.

3. COMMUNITY

I have tended to neglect how important and empowering good friends and community are for my personal growth and happiness. I’m pretty much a introvert when not at work. So it’s taken me many years to realize it’s importance. We all know how it feels to be lonely and need your friends, loved ones , or community. But when you then take it one step further and surround yourself with supportive and truly empowering positive people wow how wonderful it can be for your life.

#pdx #pnw #portland #trimet #max #view #sunrise #beautiful

#pdx #pnw #portland #trimet #max #view #sunrise #beautiful

Early morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #reminders #ritual #blessed #blessings before #meditation today #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon

Early morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #reminders #ritual #blessed #blessings before #meditation today #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon

Morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #reminders #ritual #blessed #blessings #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon everyday be blessed to take each breath #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha

Morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #reminders #ritual #blessed #blessings #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon everyday be blessed to take each breath #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha

#pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #flowers #beautiful #summer #rain

#pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #flowers #beautiful #summer #rain

#flowers #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #beauty #blessed #blessings #reminders #impermanence  summer rain rocks took this pic for #ash

#flowers #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #beauty #blessed #blessings #reminders #impermanence summer rain rocks took this pic for #ash

A small little tease of some of the non gold options @ #robot #robotpiercingandtattoo #robotarmy #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #industrialstrength #intrinsic   (at Robot Piercing & Tattoo)

A small little tease of some of the non gold options @ #robot #robotpiercingandtattoo #robotarmy #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #industrialstrength #intrinsic (at Robot Piercing & Tattoo)

Good morning.  #meditationeverydamday #meditation #mindfulness #insighttimer #intention #ritual #reminders #yoga #yogaeverydamday #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha #practice #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon

Good morning. #meditationeverydamday #meditation #mindfulness #insighttimer #intention #ritual #reminders #yoga #yogaeverydamday #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha #practice #pdx #pnw #portland #oregon

#pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #flowers #summer #rain #blessed #blessings

#pdx #pnw #portland #oregon #flowers #summer #rain #blessed #blessings

Mornin my friends! Today the rain returns and it’s lovely #yoga #yogaeverydamday after my #meditation #meditationeverydamday #mindfulness #hatha #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ritual #reminders #pdx #portland #oregon #pnw be happy find your bliss follow it. Life is short dream big live free

Mornin my friends! Today the rain returns and it’s lovely #yoga #yogaeverydamday after my #meditation #meditationeverydamday #mindfulness #hatha #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ritual #reminders #pdx #portland #oregon #pnw be happy find your bliss follow it. Life is short dream big live free

Afternoon #yoga way after my morning #meditation #yogaeverydamday #meditationeverydamday  #ritual #reminders #mindfulness #intention #blessings #blessed #hatha #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #sunsalutations

Afternoon #yoga way after my morning #meditation #yogaeverydamday #meditationeverydamday #ritual #reminders #mindfulness #intention #blessings #blessed #hatha #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #sunsalutations

For some reason people like to make me #food which is rad! I like to eat it. #breakfast from Sunday #vegetarian #cagefreeeggs #avocado #sauerkraut #kale #spoiled #yumtastic

For some reason people like to make me #food which is rad! I like to eat it. #breakfast from Sunday #vegetarian #cagefreeeggs #avocado #sauerkraut #kale #spoiled #yumtastic

Wonderful space and teachers.  When your in #bellingham #wa #pnw go to #3omsyoga

Wonderful space and teachers. When your in #bellingham #wa #pnw go to #3omsyoga

Morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #ritual #reminders #meditation #meditationeverydamday #practice #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha

Morning #yoga #yogaeverydamday #mindfulness #ritual #reminders #meditation #meditationeverydamday #practice #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #hatha