Archive for March 2012

Reaching out,

reaching in,

let us all begin again.

Making new of our days,

leave the past within its haze.

Love shows no limits,

once you’re within it.

Grab the best within yourself,

let it shine and reap the wealth!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

You can change as many external things in life that you like,

 

your location,

 

your habits,

 

your lover,

 

your addictions, etc ,etc ….

 

Yet, until you have changed  internally,

 

your thoughts,

 

your ways of seeing things,

 

your reactions to life,

 

nothing will have really changed.

 

Outside influences can be a catalyst to change but  change is an internal affair.

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

 

Why does the general public still even listen to the media as a form of reality?

 

The media has as much power as the listeners choose to give it.

 

Why give up this power?

 

Its willingly giving up reality for a belief in someone else’s formatted agenda twisted driven  reality.

 

Sometimes there is some truth to the news.

 

Sometimes there is complete fabrication.

 

Sometimes it is somewhere in between.

 

Inevitably in most, if not all cases this reality they portray is there  to sway your thoughts.

 

Many times complete nonsense is the story of the day, the week, the year.

 

Then everyone is complaining ” How is this newsworthy!” they scream and yell.

 

“Who cares about this?” they scream!, “We should be concerned about this instead?” they bark out with hands raised in anger!

 

We claim stake over the news media that we so identify with as our source of reality.

 

Other stories captivate and play on severe injustices which turn the listeners into a vengeful lynch mob.

 

Watching intently to the day justice is served and the villain hung before all.

 

Either way they play their game to captivate you into their reality drawing upon a judgement in you.

 

Oh, these are but a couple of the techniques that have been going on and played on the public since

 

the beginnings of human organized society.

 

The truth that I have become to realize is that the world is far worst and far better then they will ever portray

 

in mainstream news media.

 

The world in which you live in is heaven or hell depending on how you see it and how you make it.

 

To find your personal heaven or hell in this world is your choice.

 

Why let the news media influence your reality?

 

It’s your head what do you want in it?

 

Will this ever change?

 

Is it really reality?

 

That choice is ours.

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

Born

all knowing,

all seeing, all clear,

then taught into feelings of fear.

Denying, residing, embracing delusions

till one day you’re no longer here.

Shaken, awaken

now reborn

new!

So moving,

exciting newfound

life with delight in the moment

we’re near. To engage resiliance the brilliance

is here. Now take or forsake it,

to make it your home.

Decisions

now!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

 

The other day having read a post by a facebook friend of mine

“The best runners are the ones that can suffer better.” by Gary Allen,

an experienced marathon athlete /motivational speaker who has done

a sub 3 hour marathon in  5 consecutive decades. It got me thinking about

my views on this. Having read the responses, I  realized that I think

quite differently  then  many about this. I really don’t think there is one right

way or wrong way to look at it. Whatever works for you, works for you. I do think

in sharing our different views we can learn from one another.

 

 

Running to me is not about pain or suffering and not about shutting off parts

of my brain from feeling the pain.

Addiction is  about suffering and pain.

Running is not an addiction to me.

I worked hard to cure myself of many addictions.

I make sure running is not one of them.

I see running as a healthy habit.

Addiction in many ways is the embracing of pain as a form of pleasure.

Addictions give short term pleasure and long term pain.

Healthy habits are the opposite short term pain, long term pleasure.

When I run more  times then not, there is no pain at all just pleasure.

Yet,  to say there is no pain in running would be  a lie.

When pushing your self limits there is what I like to refer to as discomfort, not exactly pain.

I feel running addiction is something to beware of, something to watch out for in yourself.

It is easy  to go through life quitting one addiction then developing a different one.

The transfer of an addiction to running addiction could be a considerably tricky one,

in which you may think you are doing something good for your health.

We must check ourselves as to what we are running from here?

The root cause so to speak.

With many addictions we are doing a substance or habit to avoid some pain, yet

in return it is causing us  long term pain on top of the pain we are  avoiding.

In my mind, if running were to be about pain and suffering it would be almost exactly like  addiction.

 

 

So how does one suffer better  to become a better runner?

Initially my short sightedness did not see the truth in this statement.

To some it may mean suffering more and fighting through that suffering.

To others it maybe conquering suffering through engaging pleasure.

Either way the wisdom and words of the experienced athlete Gary Allen ring true.

I think with running and with much of life we will find that there are many different ways to do things.

It’s our jobs as individuals to find  out what works best for us.

 

So what is running to me?

 

It is my love and my passion.

It is  my gift to  myself as it is my gift to the world.

It is a constant attempt and pursuit to the  perfection of the mind, body and soul.

It is overcoming difficulty not  by adding suffering but by adding pleasure.

At times it reminds me of a hurricane where there is pain and chaos all around but,

if I  persist and push through the discomfort and see it in the best of light I will

arrive in the eye of the hurricane.

This is where I strive to go.

This is where there is peace and tranquility.

This is where I feel overwhelming pleasure.

I do not look for this perfect place outside of me, I look for it and find it inside of me.

Within this state of grace there is no pain, just pleasure.

Running to me is about love and pleasure.

This I find most powerful!

This is what I run with!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© vintage pencil work 1991-2012 Louis J. Auslander

I think anything worth having sells itself.

 

Sure an artist can advertise and market and spend much of their time working on reaching out to people.

 

I see many that do.

 

Mediocre artist yet, excellent salesmen, marketers and advertisers can and do generate profits.

 

Now to me a true artist is not about profits yet the true artist will make huge profits if they pursue perfection in their art and leave the sales to their product.

 

The mediocre artist decides to make what they think will sell.

 

They spend more time and effort on sales then they do on becoming a better artist.

 

They make it so far and then say, “ok, this is good enough to sell!”.

 

They sell themselves short in my opinion.

 

Looking for attention, fame, and money they settle for mediocre work and a decent wage.

 

What if you put all your effort into your artwork?

 

 

What if you had the patience to pursue perfection?

 

What if you went for years without making any profits yet focused all your energies on getting better and better at your craft?

 

The thing is, we don’t really know what greatness we are capable of.

 

We do know that if we do what sells, if we settle for mediocracy, if we focus on selling, we can generate a decent wage.

 

None of the best artist that ever existed or still are alive settled for this.

 

Some of the best artist may have never made money and some were filthy rich from there efforts.

 

Either way, rich or poor I guarantee the best of the best most definitely learned more and lived more enriched lives than those that sold themselves short.

 

You deserve the best!

 

Be and pursue the best of yourself!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

You push, you push, you push, you strain, there is still nothing coming out of the constipated brain.

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

The robins and seagulls have returned,

as the tulip shoots have sprung from the underground.

The days are getting longer , all of nature is

gradually wakening from its winter slumber.

The fly, much to slow on the windowsill

awakened to early, then put to rest for

good by the dog who digests this annoying flutter.

The air is different, the silence of the winter is

slowly being replaced by the song of birds.

As I lay basking in the sun of spring, absorbing

all the nuances of nature as they are becoming anew.

The raucous crying of a colony of gulls opens my eyes.

It’s hard to tell wether they are teasing or crying, laughing or dying.

I block the sun with my hand and look into the sky high above,

I witness the hawk patiently gliding round and round the colony with

wings spread out. The gulls going up and down, in and out, in all directions

as are their cries. The hawk well composed circles the colony with great patience and pose.

I revel in my embodiment, my newness, my oneness

with all that is around me, that is of me, below me,

and above me. I welcome the awakening!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

Gathering steam,

riding through dreams,

tearing out old parts

and mending the seams.

Sorting through old thoughts,

clearing the past,

wiring a new mind,

building it to last.

Now were all suped-up,

wired and sewn,

traveling full speed, into the unknown.

 

 

© 2012 Louie J. Auslander

Sometimes,

Traveling into the unknown can be scary, after all what is

around the next corner is unknown.

Sometimes,

we have to push through significant amounts of pain, to

arrive at a point of extreme pleasure and bliss.

Sometimes,

we are so close that we think we are going to breakdown

yet, we are on the verge of breaking through.

All the time,

it’s worth listening to your instincts, for they are aware of

the unknown and will guide you safely.

All the time,

we must work very persistently, diligently and hard,

if we expect to achieve the pleasure and bliss of our efforts.

All the time,

we have more strength, we have more courage, we have more guidance

and support then we ever could imagine.

© 2012 Louie J. Auslander