August 11, 2012

Excuse Yourself to Kiss the Sky.

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This is #15 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#15 of 108: Excuse Yourself to Kiss the Sky.

“Kiss the sky!” is a classic line from Jimi Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze.”

Rolling Stone rated Hendrix as the #1 greatest guitarist of all time. Take a moment to listen before reading on…

This is not about the music or the lyrics or the persona or the song…this is about the guitar.

I heard the guru Osho speak about how the guitar is based on tension.

If the strings are too loose or too tight, there can be no music, no sound…or certainly not the sound that we associate with a talent like Hendrix.

So it goes with life. To be in tune, you have to perceive the tension of your relationship, career, personal gift.

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As Osho said, “Life exists through the tension of the opposites, the meeting of the opposites.”

All that you have and all that you don’t pull at you every day. This tension is the essence of all music, harmony, passion.

Woody Allen said, “Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.”

So take a moment today, and feel all the ways you are being pulled and challenged and tried…all the ways you are tense.

Every one of these ways and intense moments provides you with a choice to bang the guitar to the ground in frustration, or to strike your fingers to the chords and make music.

As Emerson wrote, “The world is all gates, all opportunities, all strings of tension waiting to be struck.”

The trick is finding a little groove in the middle, and of course that, like learning to play guitar, takes practice.

Read the Tao:

Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang.

We will crank Hendrix on the arc!

I’m getting ready to launch a little revolution, build a little arc, if you will.

Why? All this technology is crushing our quality of life, the fabric of our humanity. Something is not right and we need some kind of change!

It’s not that we stop using technology. But that technology stops using us.

To find out how you can save a seat on the arc and become a Momenteer, email [email protected] and write Momenteer! in the subject.


Editor: Brianna Bemel


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