Zendo Meditation Experience

One sunny Sunday morning, in the quaint town of Surry, Maine, I had stumbled upon an opportunity to experience the art of Zen. On this fine morning, I was to follow a kind yet modest lady named Nancy on a gentle walk through the old growth forest to find the location in which we would practice a quiet meditation. The morning sun felt as warm as her heart, and after a brief introduction, I knew that we shared the common goal of finding an ever-deeper connection with ourselves, and with the universe.

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Through the dense tree cover, the meandering trail eventually guided us to a carefully crafted building made with the very timber that surrounded us. While birds sang, frogs peeped, and leaves rustled in the wind, we entered the meditation room with a bow and proceeded to take our seats. By way of experience, today was about discovering what it means to “be Zen.”

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Inside we sat, along with several others to participate in one hour of silent meditation. It was during this time where our spiritual connections expanded in depth, and intuitive insights became illuminated.

Perhaps the most profound insight to come to me was a deepened understanding of the nature of time itself. As an object of the mind, its essence is relative.  It became clear to me that the “time” we abide by with the passing of each day is merely a mental construct that we project onto our reality. By shifting awareness to my heart center, linear time as it is commonly known and experienced began to dissolve and I found myself immersed in what felt like “the eternal now.” In this space, there was no thinking, no rationalizations, no concepts. Simply a being-ness, in which to rest. With no effort, my breath flowed in its natural rhythm, and an easy feeling of contentment was abundant.

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As a seeker of spiritual connection, I’ve explored countless disciplines that aim to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Whether it be yoga, Tai Chi, sensory deprivation tanks, or binaural beat meditations, every modality certainly contains its own elements that are valuable. One fundamental goal of Zen is to embody that which is discovered in the journey of meditation. From rigorous self control, practice of meditation, and personal exploration the embodyment of Buddha teachings results in an expansion of the compassionate nature of the self, for the benefit of others. Zen is one path of many that lead to the same ultimate destination, and it is here, now, in this moment. To me, the experience of Zen on this day showed itself to be a valuable tool in the toolbox used to build the metaphorical house of enlightenment.

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Adventure and Awakening – Using the Law of Attraction to Manifest Your Dream World

As a guest on Larry Morrison’s podcast, “The Journey Inward: Uncovering Universal Truth” I had the privilege to share my story of adventure and awakening. In this Episode, we discuss the law of attraction, living a life of liberation, consciousness, meditation, the energy of life, moving past our conditioning and other insightful topics. With this talk, our intention is to help listeners find inspiration to live the life of their dreams and discover greater happiness within themselves and for the world. Thanks so much to Larry for the opportunity to speak on his show. More episodes to come!

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The Adventure of Truth is a project dedicated to increased harmony on our planet. By truly connecting to our inner selves, we firmly believe that we can ameliorate our relationship with the planet while becoming happy, strong, and healthy. Through exploration of meaning, truth, and opportunity we intend to take steps towards unifying our world and creating a sustainable future. Connecting as many people, movements, and networks to the common goal of healing the planet is the primary focus of The Adventure of Truth vision. Our insight and passion is to grow a universal selfless intention by connecting and collaborating with other people, networks, and organizations who share the same initiative.

At The Adventure of Truth, our passion is to heal the planet. Through collaborative projects like building permaculture landscapes, meditation workshops, podcasts, water blessings, restorative seed planting, community trash pick up events, content creation, environmental education workshops and other avenues, we intend to take steps to connect people to the planet and to their truest selves. Our passion for a sustainable future and community healing combined with our intention of the highest and greatest good will serve for the greatest benefit on behalf of all.

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Donations from this page are the fuel for further exploration and action. To become a Patron of The Adventure of Truth is to help planet Earth and its people to become harmonious, happy, strong and healthy. By covering the overhead expense of travel, this project is able to quickly grow its branches and explore new opportunities. Renting venues to run meditation workshops, buying seeds to plant, blessing water, and creating content such as podcasts and blog posts are some examples of the opportunities your donation allows us to pursue. Once our goal is hit, we intend to purchase a physical space for members to meet, work and collaborate. Further donations will also allow us to hire more active members of this adventure who wish to dedicate their time toward contributing love into our environment.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following our journey. If you feel compelled to support the mission, you may do so via the following link to our Patreon page

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The Adventure of Truth Environmental Education Workshop in May 2018 (Boulder, CO) 

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Composting at Harmony Gardens

A Foundation for Healthy Food

With the intention of creating a healthier and more sustainable future by demonstrating how to create healthy compost, today’s profile of Dave Wann at Harmony Gardens aims to help humanity take a step in this direction. David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. He has also produced 20 videos and TV programs, including the award-winning TV documentary “Designing a Great Neighborhood,” about the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder. David is president of the Sustainable Futures Society and a Fellow of the National Simplicity Forum. He worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives, in Golden. After 20 years of cultivating the garden here in Golden, he has become a library of knowledge when it comes to the synergies of the natural world.

Teaching the Ways of Nature

Environmental Education Workshop

In coordination with the Boulder Valley School District and Friar Farms, a Friday morning field trip for Boulder middle school students inevitably grew into something more.

Located just to the east of the city of Boulder, Friar Farms is a 40-acre farm that seeks to bring about the best of its land and of the people who experience its beauty. At Friar Farms, “We utilize organic growing methods that are sprouted from the best seed and the purest water. Developing intent that is rooted in love brings about the fullest expression of that which we grow.”

During our time with the students, we taught principals of gratitude and intention while working with seeds and cultivating a healthy soil complex. Over the course of the day, we put together compost bags, spread seeds, gathered weeds for fermented plant juices, and spent time with these majestic horses.

With the intention of opening the minds of the students to the inner workings of the natural world, we sought to gift the experience of working with the elements of nature. In doing so, we had a wonderful afternoon full of excitement and learning. Many of the kids were excited to get their hands dirty and we hope to offer this experience again in the future. Special thanks to Scott and Friar Farms for providing the space for all to learn and grow.

By Way of Experience

Whether we are conscious of it or not, the Earth communicates with every one of us in one way or another. By way of experience, a trip to the mother continent, Africa, gifted me an expanded perspective of this diverse planet we call home. After 2 weeks, 8 flights, and 2,000 kilometers on the road, many different destinations, interactions, and experiences have culminated into a humbling wash of knowledge that has left me with a lot to think about.

Among the many individuals that I met along the way was a hero of mine, Michael TellingerMichael is a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books, and dozens of lectures available on YouTube. He is the founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement of UNITY & Higher Consciousness. Michael has become an authority on the ancient vanished civilizations of Southern Africa, the mysterious origins of humankind, resonance, cymatics, and the power of sound. His research includes a diverse field of subjects such as archaeology, mythology, human origins, religion, origins of money, spirituality, breakthrough science, and consciousness. By acting on principals of love and unification, he is wholeheartedly committed to bringing unity and peace to everyone and has become one of the most influential figures doing so on the planet today.


One morning while hiking atop the third largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon, we came across numerous vendors selling their homemade trinkets. I had a chance to ask questions to the older woman pictured below about her life. Having crafted her pieces in a nearby village, she travels up the mountain daily with hopes of selling her crafts to provide for herself and her family. She earns a very modest living, with little opportunity to do much more than sell her handicrafts. Her values seemed to be centered on relationships and loving her family. In this sense, she has all the wealth she could ever ask for. She said that the people in her village were happy and while living was not luxurious by any means, they have access to most things that they need. The simplicity she embodied imprinted my heart with amazement, and meeting her was truly an experience that has gifted me gratitude for the privileged life that I have led.

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Shortly after landing in Johannesburg, in the northeastern corner of South Africa, a white-knuckle drive littered with car accidents and unfamiliar cultural territory led us to begin the next leg of our African adventure in Kruger National Park.

Bordering Mozambique to the east, Kruger Park contains one of Africa’s largest game reserves, with an abundance of Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Elephants. It is one thing to see these animals in a zoo, however, when experienced in the wild their true nature is illuminated. While glaring into the eyes of this Leopard, I was given the sense that something more was at play. While it was beyond words, it was as if the intelligence of the earth was staring right back at me. The culmination of millions of years of evolution glaring right into my eyes deeply influenced the connection between my mind, body, and spirit. Feeling as though I was in communication with the animals via my heart’s perception, the messages coming from the soul of these animals spoke to the simplicity of mind that these creatures embody, almost as if to demonstrate a model of purity.

Hundreds of other mammals call this area home, including a widely diverse bird and reptile population. The plant kingdom here was like none other experienced in America, with bush plains, tropical rainforests, and unique wildflowers littering the landscape. Among the most remarkable, was this Baobab tree, which can live to be over 1,000 years old. Again, an energy of simplicity and old wisdom was palpable in the presence of this woody beast.

Another notable point in my travels throughout South Africa was the genuine kindness of the people that I encountered. Despite the prevalence of poverty and hardship, each local, black or white, expressed a clear emotion of satisfaction. It is said that the epidemic of depression has not yet reached South Africa and based on my experience, I would hold this to be true. To me, this was another example demonstrating that money does not equal happiness.

My friend Daniel here traveled to South Africa From Malawi, one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on Earth. His mission is to sell his paintings to tourists, to support his family and modest lifestyle in a nearby township. A kind individual at heart, I was happy to pick up one of his paintings and support his journey.

By way of chance, my travel to Africa connected me through the incredible city of Dubai, where I was able to explore the nightlife. This city is predicated on the spirit of ” Why not” and is essentially a sandbox for engineering and luxury lifestyle. This picture was taken from the tallest building in the world, The Burj Kalifa, and shows the breadth of the city at night. This building was so tall in fact, that you could watch the sunset on the ground, jump in the elevator to the 126th floor and watch the sun dip below the horizon all over again.

To experience such extremes of poverty and wealth conveyed to me the need for greater gratitude and compassion in our world for a more harmonized society. With a greater value of humility, we can bridge the gap between these extremes and value all human beings as the beautiful expression of this universe that we truly are. No matter the ethnicity, no matter the race, we are all equally deserving of love. With the energy of peace, we can dissolve self-constructed boundaries and act as one to co-create a more unified world. Coming together in this way first requires purifying ourselves, and realizing that we are the creators of our own realities. On the wavelength of humility and gratitude, we may come to manifest the highest and best good by acting on these selfless intentions.

Much gratitude for all experience that has come my way.

On to the next adventure ~

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The Rooted Center

The Rooted Center is a truly wonderful farm, run by an equally wonderful family. Cultivated on 1 acre of earth near Boulder, Utah the high desert climate certainly provides an interesting mix of ecology as well as natural resources. In late March, we arrived for what would be a week of expansive learning in many aspects of nature and life.

“The Rooted Center is a permaculture principled homestead outside of Boulder, UT. Our interest lies not only in growing food, but also growing people, as we are constantly learning and growing ourselves. Here you will find the unique opportunity to learn small-scale farming and aquaponics coupled with opportunities to learn about Chinese Medicine, internal martial arts, Qigong and woodworking. We have our initial structures in and will be moving into building rocket mass heaters, Cobbing, earthbag building etc. this coming season.”

The primary creative energy behind the cultivation of this land is a warm human being named Sylas, who genuinely embodies the wisdom he has gathered from many years of yogic practice. To experience the energy of the land, as well as the presence of Sylas and his family truly gave our week at the farm a feeling of retreat rather than work trade. We worked on building a greenhouse, cobb benches, tended to chickens, transplanted Chinese herbs, as well as built a sprung floor for the martial arts studio.

Not only did we learn about each building process, but we were able to learn holistic healing modalities including Kung-Fu, herbal medicine, and bodywork. Early one morning, we trained our bodies in the fine art of Kung-Fu, inspiring in us a mindfulness of human movement and energetic expression.

The experience here at The Rooted Center was transformational, to say the least. Embodied teachings from nature create the foundation of intent on this 1-acre permaculture homestead. In all aspects, the acquired wisdom we walked away with contributes to a greater harmonization of mind, body, and spirit. Feeling whole, connected and extremely grateful, we left this magical place with intentions of returning in the future. Blessings to this land and those who inhabit it.

 

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