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I fall in love all the time – Daily Lesson – Jan 30th 2014

Today I realized that I am constantly falling in love. Now it is not the couples love (I already have that love and it’s by far the most intense and awesome love of them all), it’s the love you feel for life!

I fall in love with the old lady in the train, with the beggar that told the awesome joke, I fall in love with New York, the city that has given me the many opportunities to become who I am today.

I fall in love with the pretty girl walking down the street, and with the dude that chases her.

I fall in love with the snow that is still on the ground from the last precipitation.

I fall in love with my meditation and my Dharma classes.

I fall in love with the many friends that make me smile and laugh everyday with awesome and ofter times silly jokes and comments.

I just keep falling in love with life. And for that I am grateful, and I can’t wait to fall in love again tomorrow!

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4 weeks to build a habit

On January 1st I took over the task to follow up with every day and check what lesson had I learned today.

They say you can form a habit in 21 days, or 28 days. Today it’s 28 days of looking at my day at the end or the next morning and look for the lesson of the day. And still I have to say, the habit has not been formed. I still struggle through finding the time to write.

The habit that is there, though, is the habit of looking at the day, and looking for the lesson, even if finding the time to write it down has proved more challenging.

So this little new rule that I have for this year, to look at every day of the year to look for the lesson of that day, has payed off where it is the most important: to create a mind that is open to learning. And that is beautiful. I feel sometimes we just forget that learning and stretching ourselves is how we are going to become the best version of ourselves.

Now, to take the habit building to the next level, I’d like to share with you a TED talk I just saw, about doing something new for 30 days, and I am really looking forward to see what that something new I will start to do in February.

What would you like to do for the next 30 days?

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Some days are just more productive than others – Daily Lesson – Jan 29th 2014

Somedays, at the end of the day, I feel like everything just happened, that everything moves forward. It’s pretty awesome!

Not all days are like that, and I have to learn to live with that. It’s not easy for me, because I have a little bit of an obsession with productivity, with the feeling that things got done. But sometimes, they just don’t.

Today was one of those days. I felt paralyzed. Now, I also know that this is my own perception of the day, because if I look at a list of things I did today, it becomes obvious things got done, but they where not the things that I wanted to get done.

But well, not all days can be hyper productive days.

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It’s all about the story – Daily Lesson – Jan 29th 2014

I have been working as a co-producer in a show pilot, together with the director/writer, finishing the show and helping him take it to the next level.

Today we shot an interview for the EPK and it was awesome to listen to his story. Now, Jason, the director and creator, is a friend of mine, and I know him and have been hearing about this project for a long time. But today, it was the first time that I heard him speak about why he wrote this story, why it’s important to him, and why he wants everyone to see it, and what he wants them to feel.

Due Back is a story about a screen writer who works in a video store. Everything around him is nostalgic. Remember the last time you went to a video store to rent a movie?

At the end, every product, be it a movie, a pilot, a deodorant or a dry pasta, is better and closer to us when it has a story that we can connect to.

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Everything is a spiritual practice – Daily Lesson – Jan 27th 2014

Those who know me, or who have read enough of what I write, know that I practice Tibetan Meditation, and that I study Dharma from the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Today, I had to put together the first iteration of the wordpress site of the center where I study and guide meditation, The Three Jewels in New York City. I couldn’t do it until the end of the day, because my whole day was booked by one of my clients to work on the edit of some important videos. Still, but putting together the Three Jewels website was on my head almost all day.

With the mind on a powerful object (in this case the the Three Jewels) and the intention of doing something toward that object (making and updating the site), all the activities of the day had a subtle layer of spirituality covering them.

I should know this, but some lessons are reinforcements, and this is one of them: EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS PART OF YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.¬†Whether you are Cristian, a Muslim, a Jew or a Buddhist, everything, even the completely material stuff in life, is spiritual, because we will always create and live experience from the spirit. Does that mean that everything has to be intense and deep? No! Our mind (or spirit) is connected to all the levels of existence, the deep powerful realizations and the subway commute. It is all spiritual, because spirituality is no separate from the rest of our life, it’s what makes the rest of our life.

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I spend too much time watching TV – Daily Lesson – Jan 26th 2014

Next week it’s the Super Bowl, and as football season reaches its final day, I am looking forward to have my sunday to myself. I know, I could just turn off the TV and not get caught on the game every sunday, but I really love watching football so I decide to spend my Sundays doing that.

Today I realize that it is not only football what grabs my sunday afternoons. My girlfriend and I watched yesterday the six final episodes of the first season of Dexter. Wow… that was 6 hours watching blood and serial killers and some twisted stuff!!!

And sometimes I wonder were I can take the time to do more stuff… well, cutting down on watching TV could be the #1 place…

I might start logging how much time I spend in useless activities to see how much time I can add to my productive life!

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We all move on, and that is great! – Daily Lesson – Jan 25th 2014

Today was a very good friends birthday party. My girlfriend and I went, and that would have been normal, but this time we knew my ex girlfriend was gonna be there. And I have not seen her for almost a year, and obviously my girlfriend was a little nervous because she didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously neither did I.

What I learned today: We all move on.

My ex has a great boyfriend now. And by the end of the night, in what seemed to be the very awkward moment, but turned into a great conversation, all four of us where standing in the middle of the room having a great conversation!

Honestly, I don’t know what the other party felt, but for me it was a relief, and for my girlfriend too. No drama, no problems, just four people, two of which have some story together, chatting it out at a friends party.

So yes, eventually, things move forward, people move on, and we keep living our lives as we want them!

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To properly guide meditation I have to get out of my own way – Daily Lesson – Jan 24th 2014

Those who know me know already that I guide meditation every Friday during lunch time at The Three Jewels buddhist center in the east village (Yes, that is plug!)

I have one regular person who comes, also good friend on mine, and a couple of people have come in different occasions, so it’s usually really a one to one thing, most of the time.

But I have had to learn how to not get on my own way.

I tend to start the meditations thinking on who I am saying things, and who are words rolling out. All that thinking is distracting, and it’s like I am literally standing on my way of properly repeating and repurposing what have been taught to me.

Today, as we started the meditations, a lot of noise, of people screaming in another floor, started interrupting the meditation. Or was it? My own thoughts and insecurities were turning this screaming into obstacles, and I should have let go and turned them into objects of meditation.

Maybe I will try that out next Friday!

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Even if it’s boring, it’s money – Daily Lesson – Jan 23rd 2014

Oh man, today was a difficult and tedious day. After a couple days at a clients office, without doing much, just clocking in, we finally got some videos to work on.

They are difficult talks to watch from a conference that is going on right now, internally, that my client is having.

So the lesson learned: It’s boring but it’s money.

Now, it also raises a big and important question: is this the way I want to make money? doing boring stuff?

No, certainly not, so the idea then is to find meaning to the work, and think on how the work will improve the company culture, the market, and the world.

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We are all interconnected – for real – Daily Lesson – Jan 22nd 2014

I am a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and we talk about interconnectivity all the time. We talk about it sometimes as something very difficult to understand, as a concept that is hard to grasp, far away.

Today I watched a documentary film that blew my mind, because they make the simple concept or interconnectivity and interdependence even more available in a global and massive perspective. It makes us take responsibility as humans of what our future should and will be.

The name of the film is Home. It was made in 2009, and if you’d like to watch it, here is the Youtube full version.

http://youtu.be/jqxENMKaeCU ¬†(The Home Project who did the project doesn’t allow embedding the video)

It’s a full feature film! Please make sure you are watching in at the highest resolution (I think in this one it’s 720p) because the visual are striking!

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