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Lake Tahoe October 2019

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As we move from Clock Time to Pandemic Event time it seems like it has been one long day these past 90. Answering the question, When Will It End?, is a two prong answer-Medically and Socially-it WILL  end socially before medically- after all vacines take time. Meanwhile....

The Power of New has been usurped by The Power of Now... Greenwich, UK 00° 00' 00"" GMT, That obsession with clock time-

London, July 2018

Nuku'alofa 2011
-- and The International Date Line where clock time begins means absolutely nothing in the NOW
  and also in 'lockdown; mode" home in
England as a landlubber....
Beachy Head, UK  May 2019

 but when we  inhabited our own lives...

Sarah I went around the world again in 2019, (with a few short deployments to Afghanastan).

Here are some highlights

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Karaoke Living Daring to Be Different in a Copycat World so I joined a ship

I used to think traveling/working on ships was bad...but then I stopped thinking. I reached the threshold in 2009--where I compiled a video of  the blue ocean cruising I had done-as if my life flashed before my eyes- I am looking BACK  at some of my adventures, which were nothing more than bad planning! And looking FORWARD to the unexpected which is nothing lesss than letting  go of the past and creating  a more AMAZING future.

When my life flashes before me, (2009-2011) I wanna make sure it is worth watching--- It might  look like the fast motion video BELOW:

Santorini Onboard The Celebrity Soltace
Having no education can be an economic death sentence but a unique talent, grants you a global passport. Free to KNOW, GO and DO. Talent makes capital dance.I Sell my cleverness and buy bewilderment. The one is mere opinion, the other is intuition. I've found that luck is quite predictable. If I want more luck, I take more chances. Yet the paradox of choice  can sometimes create more problems than solutions. Choosing a life of excessive generosity and voluntary simplicity can be a refreshing option. 

The road to excess, has led to the palace of wisdom.The Japanese call it  wabi sabi the ability to love an imperfect situation perfectly and go with the flow. It's living a full life by intentionally designing it so that you don’t have to sacrifice anything important or waste your time, money or energy. It's the law of least effort, the strength of weak  ties and < = > (less is more) 5-2=7 getting rid of things that don't serve you can actually be a value add. You can't have everything-where would you put it? 

I haven't  been everywhere but it's on my list.  

At sea, that always-on, 24/7, hyper-connected consumer culture is gone, leading  to a spike in creativity and focused, elegant ideas that cut through the clutter of modern-day existence. It also makes you more generous, more creative, more content and more simple. I am not trying to be better than anyone else just better than I used to be. 

It starts by knowing more-the more I know the better I am--traveling accelerates that "knowing". Yet, knowledge isn't the power---applying the knowledge IS...of positive intent, expecting the best out of everyone, and eliminating opportunities for anger in your life. Instead, opening up the dialogue for re-creation and the exultation of the possible.

Growing old is not optional, growing up is. Since I have not "unlearned" how to begin, it still is exquisite to venture out, but I have to consent to doing this alone.The vision must be followed by the venture----it's not enough to stare at the ocean, you have to get in your boat and row.

You spell time L-O-V-E and Time is nature's way of  not having everything happen all at once. Love is our inheritance.  Fear is what we acquire from our schooling.  The journey of the spirit is the unlearning of fear  and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.

Action Sustains Hope-
Get Busy Living
or get busy dying
Between pessimism and optimism is alcoholism- But I don't do drugs, I am drugs! Tune in, turn on, drop out. When I got old(er), I didn't really want to change myself, so I change(d) my environment, motion creates emotion and environment creates mood., eh? 

The world was full of magical things patiently waiting for my brain to grow sharper. I was at the point where I sold cars in Los Angeles (Los Angry Cars)-unfortunately they were my own! 

I had that feeling-I don't care what's on TV. I only care what else is on TV. Watching other peoples lives instead of living my own, this impatience with broadcast options was a symptom to leave and the god of restlessness made me eager to start journeying again and again. So I did. I hoped the Pacific was as big and blue as it was in my dreams-and it was.

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How to learn anything-Zap your brain with electricity!

With neurostimulation, could we tilt this balance
such that people move from the death spiral to this virtuous cycle?

Greetings from the user-friendly universe of  Halo Nueroscience/ Forget 10,000 hours ⚡ Develop muscle memory faster with Halo Sport — the brain stimulator for people who love playing music, working out, and getting the most out of every hour. Break the pattern of rumi action of the past and daydreaming about the future...

The challange  that we’re trying to solve is, in a nutshell, the slowness of adult learning. Nobody has really ever asked this question, “Is this a solvable problem?” Our kids feel this virtuous cycle of putting in the effort where they just take off, and their body of knowledge grows. Where adults are the total opposite end of the spectrum: We try, try, try and we don’t get enough, and then we just quit.

May your cortisol levels stay low, your dopamine levels high, your oxytocin run thick and rich, your serotonin build to a lovely plateau, and your ability to watch your brain at work keep you fascinated until your last breath. I wish you well on your journey.

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What are you on? I'm on my bike again

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Full Catastrophe Living is a manual about using mindfullness to cope with , well, the exact situation we find ourselves in globally, THIS INTERNATIONAL PANDEMIC.

It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself. Jon Kabat-Zinn".  

Quarantine (Italian quaranta giorni 40 days) a Venitian seafarers practice of ships returning from strange lands--- It began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. 

We have no choice but to sit alone quietly in our homes.... yet here in West Sussex, the National Health Service  encourages all of us to get a bit of fresh air and exercise. What a difference this has made.

Work at home is a nice notion, if you happen to have a  job that doesn't require you to be there. Doctors  and nurses are working, Waiters  and dishwashers are not---but everyone is getting sick from the COVID19 pandemic.

The IN to our Sane during 'lockdowns'and physical distancing will be movement, and thoughtful nudges to get things done----exercise, learn guitar, a foreign language, sing, read, just be.

Math is hard, but we have to count our blessings thatw e are sequstered and have to have free time, something we always comidify as not HAVING ENOUGH of...We are all Time Millionaires.

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If "Hell is other people", this must be Heaven--Just returned from the USA, via Air Canada
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