You realize stress is a choice

Here’s your big takeaway: When you meditate regularly and skillfully, you soon realize boredom isn’t just silly construct, it’s actually impossible. You realize stress is a choice. You realize the answers, the divine thing you seek isn’t anywhere “out there,” and never has been. It’s right now available, every moment and breath. It costs nothing. Anyone can access it, regardless of class, race, gender, nationality, height, weight or cheese addiction. There are no churches, hierarchies, or 10-step programs. It’s just you and the divine, blurring the distinctions until you disappear into each other completely. As one of my teachers puts it, “Train yourself to be in awe of the subtle, and you will live in a world of beauty and ease.”

~ Mark Morford

Staggering generosity, humanity, art and beauty

Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral.

Resist the temptation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel.

Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious… there’s your opening!

And, finally, believe you are part of a groundswell, a resistance, a seemingly small but actually very, very large impending karmic overhaul, a great shift, the beginning of something important and potent and unstoppable.

- Mark Morford, Newspaper Columnist and Yoga Instructor

Mark Morford's Instant Resolutions for 2012
1. Extra moaning
2. Wilder sighing
3. Truer breathing
4. Greater penetration
5. Gentler grip
6. Drink more awe
7. Invert the melancholy
8. Up the vibration
9. Down with zippers
10. Occupy heart space
11. Appreciate appreciation
12. Ecstatic stillness
The sheer terror of sitting still

What meditation et al really bring, if you go into them, is ultimate arrival to a place where you realize all that striving and goal-setting and money and racing around is sort of ridiculous, and fruitless, and will kill you, and is not the slightest bit necessary, and sure you can play with those energies all you like, but if you don’t see it for what it all is – a dance, a grand illusion, a hollow and misleading truth, signifying nothing – you will die numb and pale and miserable and never know why. And what sort of enlightenment is that?

~ Mark Morford