Press Play, Smile.

h/t David Kanigan

Because it’s there…

David Kanigan’s cool Zoë Keating post reminded me of Michael Hedges and his ‘harp guitar’. I was unable to find a good video of Michael playing, but I did find this video of Kaki King playing one of Michael’s songs on the harp guitar. The music starts at 1 minute…

@davidkanigan I’ll see your Viktoria Mullova…

…and raise you an Anne Sophie-Mutter. Decades ago as an ‘easy on the eyes’ child prodigy, she rocked the classical world by insisting in always playing in strapless gowns to better be able to feel her instrument. Male classical music fans were all a-Twitter…

The Way: You don’t choose a life Dad, you live one…

Last year about this time, my blogging buddy David Kanigan posted this. I watched the movie and like most of David’s recommendations, it was well worth it. Now another blogging buddy Melanie is actually walking the Camino de Santiago and live-blogging the adventure via wordpress.com and her smartphone. She’s currently on day 6 so you can catch up easily at http://melanieslifeonline.com/category/travel/camino-de-santiago-travel/

What a cool world this internet world is!!!

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I recommend “The Way” for anyone looking for a light, funny, feel-good movie on a rainy Sunday. Basic no-surprise plot. Good casting buckled with very good soundtrack, humor, captivating vistas and mouth watering food scenes. And the lead character (Martin Sheen) is, like me, an acknowledged “Believer of Convenience” (Easter, Christmas) so the flick resonated with me.  The 2-minute trailer captures the plot nicely.

Quick recap and highlights:

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The voyage into the interior is all that matters

Pretty deep stuff from Mr. Kanigan…

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“We’ve all led raucous lives,
some of them inside, some of them out.
But only the poem you leave behind is what’s important.
Everyone knows this.
The voyage into the interior is all that matters,
Whatever your ride.
Sometimes I can’t sit still for all the asininities I read.
Give me the hummingbird, who has to eat sixty times
His own weight a day just to stay alive.
Now that’s a life on the edge.”

― Charles Wright


Charles Wright, born 1935, is often ranked as one of the best American poets of his generation. Born in 1935 in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, Wright attended Davidson College and he served four years in the U.S. Army, and it was while stationed in Italy that Wright began to read and write poetry. His many collections of poetry and numerous awards—including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and a Ruth Lilly…

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It’s a tug of war…

Blogger @davidkanigan used the phrase ‘tug of war’ in a recent post and it reminded me of this Paul McCartney ballad — a forgotten favorite that you may have missed. The accompanying images of Paul and Linda made me nostalgic and the lyrics are actually quite good [and understandable]. Enjoy…

It’s a tug of war
What with one thing and another
It’s a tug of war
We expected more
But with one thing and another
We were trying to outdo each other
In a tug of war
In another world
In another world
We could stand on top of the mountain
With our flag unfurled
In a time to come
In a time to come
We will be dancing to the beat played
On a different drum
It’s a tug of war
Though I know I mustn’t grumble
It s a tug of war
But I can’t let go
If I do you’ll take a tumble
And the whole thing is going to crumble
It’s a tug of war
In years to come they may discover
What the air we breathe and the life we lead
Are all about
But it won’t be soon enough
Soon enough for me
No it won’t be soon enough
Soon enough for me
In another world
We could stand on top of the mountain
With our flag unfurled
In a time to come we will be dancing to the beat played
On a different drum
We will be dancing to the beat
Played on a different drum
We will be dancing to the beat
Played on a different drum
It’s a tug of war, (a tug of war, a tug of war)
What with one thing and another
It’s a tug of war
We expected more
But with one thing and another
We were trying to outscore each other
In a tug of war

Thank you, @davidkanigan, for sharing this…

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It’s an Amazing Grace feeling-kind-of-morning.  Here’s Rodney Britt and friends with 53-second clip, which I wished kept going and going.


And from a simple, spiritual, soulful version – – we move to the soul stirring pipes.  Amazing Grace hits a crescendo after 4:00 minutes.  

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Thanks for curating this great story, @davidkanigan…

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A goose bump story from Deadspin.  Anthony Robles was born poor and one-legged in Mesa, Arizona. Anthony never met his biological father.  He longed for acceptance from his stepfather who wouldn’t forgive him for the color of his skin.  He criticized his step-son mercilessly and physically abused his Mother in his presence.  Anthony was bullied at school and he chose wrestling to toughen up. He lost every match at first. Then he found the key… Opponents were baffled. Four years later he was a national champion. And now he planned to quit a sport just as he had come to dominate.

Whether you love, hate or are indifferent about sports or wrestling, this is one of the most powerful human interest stories that I’ve read. Some excerpts:

“The day Robles entered the world, doctors whisked him from the delivery room, to spare his mother, 16 years old and single…

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Olav Stubberud Photo | Narvik

Olav Stubberud Photo | Narvik. h/t @davidkanigan

The best of wholeheartedness for the week ending 3/9/2013

  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain, legendary author.
  2. “When all your desires are distilled; You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy.”   – Hafiz
  3. “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” -Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author and speaker.
  4. “Any time I am in resentment, I am not taking care of myself. I am blaming someone else for something I need to do.” “The higher the expectations, the lower the serenity. I try to keep my boundaries high, my expectations low, and my heart open.” -Anon
  5. “When you take charge of your life, there is no longer a need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.” – Geoffrey F. Abert
  6. Todd’s tweets…
  7. Just added a great image in “Storypad” undefined
  8. ““When all your desires are distilled; You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy.”   – Hafiz” undefined
  9. ““All the ups and downs are grace in different wrappings, sent to refine consciousness. Say thanks to them all.”  …” undefined
  10. ““Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition –…” undefined
  11. ““The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex…” undefined
  12. @toddlohenry Thx for all the great tweets this a.m. Clipping them all with Evernote to read later!
  13. @SocialBro Hey guys! I have a @bufferapp customer here, @toddlohenry, and we have some questions. Is there an email addy we can contact? :)
  14. @jenpastiloff Something tells me I would have heard from you if I curated your content incorrectly. :-D
  15. @livegrey Love your site and what you’re doing and I’d like to do everything I can to promote your thinking…
  16. @toddlohenry Hi there Todd. Thanks for sharing our philosophy on your blog!
  17. @farhanadhalla Thanks for writing such good stuff. Hope all’s well…
  18. @barbmarkway Thanks for calling my attention to the event in the first place; Kristen Neff was AWESOME!!! I won’t take notes now… :-D
  19. Remember in Step Nine we were told to make direct amends wherever possible, but this generous principle should extend further. We…
  20. @toddlohenry I think it’s 100% diff. Reblog the heck out of me or quote me but give credit where credit is due. Respect, right? Thoughts?
  21. @toddlohenry reblogging credits the orig person. Knowingly Taking someone’s ideas and calling them your own lacks ethics
  22. “Smile, It Will Make You Look Better” undefined
  23. Just added a great image in “Storypad” undefined
  24. “The Key To Healing It Is Feeling It…” undefined
  25. @JenPastiloff How does copycatting differ from ‘reblogging’ or curating content according to fair use guidelines in your mind? Or does it?
  26. RT @steven_oriordan: Be mindful of your self-talk, it is a conversation with the Universe! #Universe #Selftalk #Quote
  27. Everyone is doing their best from their current state of consciousness…
  28. Your Best Secrets For A Good Night’s Sleep [feedly]…

Technology and mindfulness…

  1. :-D
  2. The Pope is hardly the first person to lose interest in their real job so soon after joining Twitter.
  3. Some thoughts on the Wisdom 2.0 conference last weekend. So much appreciation for Soren and his team for putting… fb.me/JZ265OrW
  4. WISDOM 2.0 will guide our interactions toward greater meaning, productivity, and wellbeing via @SFGate bit.ly/XCrtWF
  5. Wisdom 2.0’s Compassionate, Chaos-Reducing Brand Of Leadership sns.mx/JOouy7
  6. ⊱⊋↝Leadership↜⊊⊰ The Art of Conscious Leadership – from Wisdom 2.0 2013 via @karin_sebelin sco.lt/8E12JN
  7. ⊱⊋↝Leadership↜⊊⊰ The Art of Conscious Leadership – from Wisdom 2.0 2013 via @karin_sebelin sco.lt/8E12JN
  8. For business leaders out there, Wisdom 2.0 provides out-of-the-box practical thinking – you can get more videos by downloading the HBR…
  9. Arianna Huffington At Wisdom 2.0 (VIDEO) huff.to/13Yces2 via @HealthyLiving Deeper wisdom comes from the school of hard knocks.
  10. Arianna Huffington At Wisdom 2.0 (VIDEO) huff.to/13Yces2 via @HealthyLiving What wisdom do you really get from inexperienced lives?
  11. Arianna Huffington At Wisdom 2.0 (VIDEO) huff.to/13Yces2 via @HealthyLiving Wisdom from college students, docs, lawyers and business
  12. Watch Wisdom 2.0 2013 on @livestream: new.livestream.com/accounts… There’s a conference on wisdom! How come nobody told me. I’m totally there!
  13. @Padmasree Padma watching your Wisdom 2.0 presentation on HBR! Totally inspiring. I am showing this to my team to spread the wisdom.
  14. Some thoughts on the Wisdom 2.0 conference last weekend. So much appreciation for Soren and his team for putting… fb.me/JZ265OrW
  15. The Shift: Exploring Your Life Purpose with Wisdom 2.0 Founder Soren Gordhamer. bit.ly/Y19Woy #Wisdom2conf
  16. Like—》RT @AlliPolin: >Mindful curiosity can take you on new paths of understanding & discovery ow.ly/i5FfM via @ThinDifference
  17. Food for thought: Wisdom 2.0. @harvardbiz: How to Be Mindful in an ‘Unmanageable’ World s.hbr.org/YYcl47
  18. Great post by Jack Kornfield. His interview with Bill Ford was one of my favorite ones. Enjoy another perspective of Wisdom 2.0, from the driver’s seat!
  19. “Without a connection to our inner world, to our own thoughts and body, the creative mind becomes inaccessible amid the mass of other content we digest.” Soren Gordhamer – Wisdom 2.0

    linkedin.com/today/post/art…

  20. Yoga e maestri zen contro lo stress digitale. L’intossicazione tecnologica crea disagio? Ecco Wisdom 2.0 —> lettura.corriere.it/yoga-e-…
  21. YOGA E MAESTRI ZEN CONTRO LO STRESS DIGITALE
    L’intossicazione tecnologica crea disagio? Ecco Wisdom 2.0
  22. YOGA E MAESTRI ZEN CONTRO LO STRESS DIGITALE
    L’intossicazione tecnologica crea disagio? Ecco Wisdom 2.0
  23. Check out the music of Abraham, at http://www.lensesmusic.com. We were both at the Wisdom 2.0 summit this past weekend. I just love that the Bay Area is at the center of such cool stuff like mindfulness technology.
  24. The conference I helped to host this weekend, Wisdom 2.0 is written up in this great summary by Arianna Huffington. She recognizes the energy and unique spirit of this event and the amazing people who pour their time into creating this space to process the collective spirit from technology to mindfulness in daily life.

    We sat down with Congressman Tim Ryan this weekend to chart out collaborations for a new foundation focused on creating environments throughout our daily lives that support taking a deep breath, listening, processing deeply with each other and sharing our best selves in the collective conversation.

    I am so happy to share a glimpse here and host these conversations with you in future gatherings. The happiest place on earth.

  25. Arianna Huffington agrees with me – the Wisdom 2.0 Conference was really, really special.
  26. When I’m listening to the signals my body gives, I do very strange things. Like take Caltrain down to Mtn. View for the Hacker Dojo, stay for 15 minutes and go right back to San Francisco. I can make up a reason (too tired, day too full, energetic mismatch) but I don’t need to know. My inner compass is screaming “go back, sleep early, wake up at 5am and have a productive day.”
  27. Many of you have asked me what Wisdom 2.0 was like. In this post, Tony Schwartz shares some of his insights from the 2013 conference …