Ahh…Steve Pavlina…what a teacher.
In a recent article of his, he looks back on some of his accomplishments and also looks forward to some more things he’d like to do while here on earth. Essentially, he made a bucket list. And, best part is, he posted the bucket list for everyone to see! http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2014/03/lets-go-skydiving/
As you might have guessed from the words in the link, one thing on his bucket list is to go skydiving. Another, interestingly enough, is to be homeless and live on the streets for a month. Being homeless for a month is also something on my bucket list, so perhaps we’ll get to embark on that journey together – who knows!
The point is, whatever it is you want in life, it’s best to feel really good about wanting it. If you want something but are doubting yourself whether or not you deserve it or are worthy of it or if it’s actually a good thing…if you have any reservations about your desires…then you’re only holding yourself back. You know your desires and wants and bucket list is really good when you’re confident and comfortable enough with your desires to broadcast them to all the world.
And, a couple years back, synchronistically enough, Pavlina wrote an article titled “Broadcast Your Desires” on my birthday 😉 It’s a good one!
So the question is…what do you desire? What do you want most from life? Are you comfortable enough with your desires to broadcast them to the world?
Here are a few activities that are on my bucket list, and if you’re interested in going on any of these adventures with me, please let me know. Maybe we can co-create some awesome experiences 🙂
Without further adieu…some things I’d definitely like to do while gifted with consciousness here on planet abundant earth:
1. 30 Day Challenge: homeless, living on the streets. When you don’t “have a home,” maybe you realize the whole world is your home…who knows!
2. 30 Day Challenge: eating only fruits and seeds and nuts, predominantly, basically a banana and hemp seed experience. I think hemp is a superfood that can definitely be part of a healthier, sustainable future for humanity and the planet, so it’s probably worth it to bear living testimony to how wonderfully abundant you can feel enjoying them as the staple to your food preferences.
3. 30 Day Challenge: meditate from 4-6 every morning. I hear those are auspicious hours! And two hours of meditation seems like a totally abundant way to start the day. Word on the street is Deepak Chopra starts his days with two hours of meditation, and he seems to do pretty well for himself and for the Greater Good…why not you and me?
4. Write a book that adequately recounts some awesome life experiences I’ve had regarding blindness, fasting, homelessness, living without money, laughing, crying, going with the flow, synchronicities, being grateful. Particularly the 7 days of homelessness in NYC was a profoundly transformative experience and I feel like it’s my responsibility to share that story in an effective way as best I can…so that more people can be liberated from material desires and realize the spiritual nature of reality. Also, I’d like to liberating myself from the desire to tell the story as well 😉
5. Create an audio / podcast library that can freely be listened to help people become more conscious and aware, growing their lives in the direction of greater health, happiness, freedom, and peace.
6. Look into another human being’s eyes for 15 / 30 / 60 minutes. Start minute by minute 😉 And now that I mention it…I haven’t looked into my own eyes for 60 minutes either…perhaps I’ll start there. I wonder what I’ll find. Who knows what’s inside there!
7. Meditate with someone for an hour while holding hands.
8. Meditate with a group of people sitting a circle, all holding hands. Yea, hand holding is sweet!
9. Meditate with 555 people on the WFU upper quad on April 22, 2014. Yep…this one’s a pretty firmly established goal. Of course, not even sure if 555 people can fit on the upper quad, but essentially the idea is to fill the quad!
10. Write a treatise on my college experience that serves to help college students discover themselves and choose to live with compassion.
11. Be part of a mastermind alliance with at least one other person that communicates weekly to discuss the Summon Bonum, the Highest Good of All :-), and goals, dreams, visions, Enlightenment, growth, evolution, self-actualization, self-education, self-knowledge, life stories, humor…ha!…all that good, abundant stuff!
12. 30 Day Challenge: silence!!! Just listening 🙂
13. 30 Day Challenge: silence…except for Om. Or maybe only singing / chanting. As Nietzsche describes the Superman…something like, “Forget talking. Sing only! Forget walking, dance! And laugh, abundantly.” Not sure if he used the word abundantly, but essentially 30 days of only singing, laughing, and dancing…that sounds like one heck-of-a reality. 🙂 Heaven???
14. Give away all material possessions! This one can be done right now…but ahh perhaps the time is not now. LOL wait…the time is definitely now! Alas, perhaps I’m still a bit attached. Like AA, I guess the first step is acknowledging and admitting I am attached! Anyway, giving everything away would be an awesome restart, and especially considering the value of education and the mind, or as Jesus says “the Treasures in Heaven,” I think I’d be pretty darn okay without anything physical.
15. Walk across the country. Anyone want to join? Part of me also wants to do this without any money or possessions…essentially making it a gigantic faith walk to provide some abundant testimony to the unconditional support and love of God, Reality, the Universe, What Is 🙂 Trust!
16. Have 1-3 coaching clients and help them achieve goals and develop healthy, holy, happy habits. 🙂
17. Sit in for Full Lotus for 1 / 3 / 9 hours. Who knows what might happen if you just sit there. In this ‘hectic’ world of constant activity, why does it seem so difficult to just sit and be? Being is awesome!
18. OM for 3 consecutive hours. OM OM OM! This one should be easy enough…perhaps I’ll accomplish it this week!
19. Go on a speaking tour about the contents of aforementioned book and awesome adventures of the Street Retreat and the ability we all have to courageously and consciously grow and become better and better each day, exploring and co-creating a wonderful world, realizing that we are unconditionally safe, unconditionally supported, and unconditionally loved. Therefore, it only makes sense to live freely and fearlessly 🙂
20. Have…ah the word ‘have’…haha that’s a funny one…already I feel a bit hesitant about this desire…overall though I feel it is for the Summum Bonum. Have! a space (office?) at Wake Forest where I can receive students to teach meditation, yoga, share personal growth ideas, providing counselling and spiritual/life advising, as well as listening. Additionally, I’d like to be able to live in this space, just sleeping on the floor with a big box of hemp seeds and maybe a few books next to me. 🙂 ‘My’ title could be something like Meditation Teacher / Personal Growth ‘Expert’ (yikes there goes the humility ;-)) / Life Coach / Spiritual Adviser / Yogi.
21. Memorize 100 / 300 / 500 / 1000 stories / poems / fables / proverbs / quotes / tales that can be shared with people to raise consciousness and awareness and inspire enlightened activity. Guess I should probably start! I think my current ‘memorized verses’ count is currently around 20…including quotes though it may be up to 50 or 100…guess there’s a ways to go! So long as remembering happiness is in the journey and not the destination, this seems like a worthy endeavor. (Ahh yes! saw 222 while wriitng that last sentence 🙂 Truth will set you free!!!)
22. Write a Spiritual / Higher Consciousness Dictionary. If you’ve spent any time around me, you’re almost guaranteed to hear the words Hallelujah, Abundance, and so grateful several times during our time together. You might say I abuse the sh*t out of those words, but I think they’re some of the most powerful words in the world, and if we all just live a little bit more in a context of gratitude and abundance and Hallelujah then we’ll become more conscious of how things just keep getting better and better. We might even realize that everything is, indeed, perfect 😉
23. Read the Quran, Bible, Upanishads, Sutras, Vedas, and other prominent religous texts. Perhaps this ‘bucket list’ desire is more of a desire for ‘cultural and religious understanding of the ways of the people throughout the world.’ Considering that many people allow their religious beliefs to govern their lives, in some ways I think we all have a responsibility to study and understand the world’s major religions so that we can connect with people and move towards unity and oneness. Of course, I say this but meanwhile have not been reading too many spiritual texts recently (at least as far as primary sources go. Recently been more of a ‘secondary source’ Eckhart Tolle / David Hawkins / Deepak Chopra reader.)
24. Run a marathon? Ha no! Thank you Reality for helping me overcome silly desires like that. Although certainly for some people that’s an awesome desire. I would like, however, to walk 10,000 steps a day for 30 or 60 or 90 days in a row to test it out. Research suggests 10,000 steps a day is a key to abundant health and happiness 🙂 Every step you take, you’re getting happier and happier!
25. Speaking of physical goals…I’ve recently been contemplating the ideal physical form for the body. Part of me is inclined towards the Gandhi-esque way of intense skinniness and lightness. It seemed to work pretty well for him at least. So perhaps I’d like to try and 30 or 90 day experiment of living at a weight of 140 lbs (currently around 160). Really though, this experiment / desire seems like the more central focus is on how much food I’d be consuming. And, considering I heard once from a neuroscientist that some studies suggest optimal brain functioning might occur with a food intake of around 1000-1500 calories, I guess more accurately I’d like to try living for 30 days while only consuming 1500 calories. (Ha, as soon as I wrote that the tummy growled a bit. The body seems to know what’s up!) Aye, train those taste buds 😉
26. Facilitate a men’s group that talks about all matters of life, as well as discusses the tricky topic of women. Basically, I’d like to offer instruction regarding attracting a mate and communicating effectively with women. For me personally, life kind-of-sucked before I studied communication and winning friends and talking with women. This group would have a dual focus on communicating with people/women and also personal growth. Love me some personal growth conscious conversations 🙂
27. Hug someone for an hour. Why not? Perhaps I could start with hugging a tree for an hour…
28. Co-teach a class at WFU on eastern and western story, including Aesop and Zen and whatever else. This class would likely also include an abundance of teachings on meditation, self-knowledge, and mindfulness (Woohoo saw 777 while writing this sentence…miracles abound!)
29. Ensure that WFU offers a hatha yoga class every day of the week. Potentially, it’d be awesome to offer a 7 AM class 5 days a week followed by a 30 minute meditation. Imagine what kind of community that would create….ahhhh abundance!!!
30. “See the Self in All and All in Me.” A line from the Bhagavad Gita. Whatever it means, I’d like to experience that for at least 30 days, if not a lifetime. Essentially, living in a state of Cosmic Consciousness, which I’m fairly confident I’ve had glimpses of before. It’s kinda like…bliss 🙂
31. Teach Laughter Yoga at WFU. If Laughter Yoga isn’t one of the most liberating activities in the world, I don’t know what it is. The first time I was in a Laughter Yoga class, ahhh soo liberating! To think, you’re always free to laugh. Even to laugh at seemingly nothing. And is laughter not one of the most joyous expressions we’re capable of? A friend told me the other day, “Laughter is religion.” Still not exactly sure what to make of his words, but I like them. Laugh it up, freely and fearlessly!
32. Be able to make myself sweat via meditation (Burning Meditation). This is a bit of a ridiculous desire, but I feel like it could actually serve a very practical purpose, especially in cold weather!
33. Know the Truth. Shine in the Light of Truth. Serve the Highest Good of All! Hehe. Is that specific enough?
34. Flow like Water. This is kind of a moment-to-moment way of being. To make this desire more tangible, perhaps I’ll say…30 day challenge of prioritizing ‘flowing like water,’ not operating from an agenda but just letting go and letting flow.
35. Meet Thich Nhat Hanh. What a legend. “Breathe, smile, and go slowly,” might really be all we need to know. Of course, who has the courage to actually put it to the test?
36. 30 Day Challenge: focus and guiding principle for living is “Breathe, smile, and go slowly.” See how it goes. This desire may be the same as the desire to only walk mindfully, slowly, for 30 days in a row. Peace is every step!
37. 30 Day Challenge: Practice Kirtan / Chanting for an hour a day. Om Om Om Hari Om! Om Shanti Om Om Guru Om Jai Satya Jai! Sempier Fi 🙂
38. At WFU, weekly offer a chanting / kirtan session. Love to chant with some people! Chanting, like Laughter Yoga, is uber-liberating 🙂
39. 90 Day Challenge: live in a prison and teach yoga and meditation every morning, as well as offer instruction in mindfulness and counselling / spiritual advising throughout the day. Maybe in such a setting would be a good opportunity to write a book on the side? (Woohoo another 222 sighting :-)) And I was thinking…great opportunity to teach the Law of Attraction / The Secret, which is one of the reasons why I think meditation is so important. Our thoughts create reality, suggest the Secret, so by training the mind to focus via meditation, you can then more fully harness your magnificent power to manifest and create whatever you desire, what you might call your Heaven on Earth 🙂 And ultimately, I think our deepest desires are independent of the external form of the world and are desires of a quality of our consciousness, something we experience each and every moment. So imagine, having trained the mind, you can focus on what you want most – that quality of consciousness – and manifest it, internally, instantly. All human beings are significant and each mind is powerful and to help to train minds to focus on the good and co-create a more compassionate world, a world filled with loving kindness…well that sound pretty awesome to me 🙂
40. Live in a state of Unity and Oneness with everyone and everything. Eh, too vague? Well I guess this is a bit of ‘my desire’ for that quality of consciousness I mentioned above. Also, to lovingly accept and unconditionally love everyone and everything, that’d be cool 🙂
41. To smile as much in real life as I did in this blog post 😉
42. Understand everything. Particularly the meaning of 42. 😉
Laughing. Out. Loud. Ahhh. So fun to think big and dream about what’s possible.
The heart’s deepest desires…What are your heart’s deepest desires?
If you share your desires with the world, the world can more easily help make your dreams come true 🙂
And just to clarify…my current favorite word is…