Contrary to the evidence of my absence from the last two and upcoming castings of the pod, I have not yet shuffled off this mortal coil. I’m still here; lurking, cocooning, meta-morphing as it were. Brian’s escapades in Mexico have granted us such a boon of content that I have been free to focus my attentions elsewhere.
Direct your attention to this: Mindfulness of Doom is now on Spotify and Google Play. This adds the second and fourth most popular places to find podcasts to our collection of first, third, and fifth. We have now collected the top 5. Like Pokemon we are collecting all the listeners. Mindfulness of Doom has been sending its whale song into the oceans of the internet for 10 months now. You may be just as surprised as I to know that we have just crossed 4200 listeners. Congratulations! Long ago have you left the definition of hamlet. You as a population have graduated from village into a small town! You have unlocked the local transportation tech tree, the bank loan option, and the sewage treatment plant.
Brian and I have been hard at work concocting an event the likes of which have never been seen before! At least in the sense that we’ve yet to do it together. April 25th and 26th at the Alma Community Life Center in Vero Beach, Florida we are presiding over our first meditation retreat! Focus and Flow: An Immersive Meditation Retreat. Though each of us has taught/organized/managed events and retreats in the past, this is the first meeting of the ways for us. Those who attend will be at the mercy of our collective experiences in meditation and mindfulness. I promise it will be an educational and restorative event, not nearly as doomy as the podcast. See that adjectification of doom? Self high-five!
My current thoughts of doom and doubt are with presentation. Often my attempts at humility are taken as a lack of confidence and conversely my attempts at confidence are perhaps a tad arrogant. Striking that balance is one that I spend a significant amount of time of the non-zero variety considering. How does one who purports to be a teacher, both point to the path of knowledge and understanding while also honestly and openly sharing that the answer eludes him? This quandary is further complicated by the need to sell this teaching as a service. I blame John Green for these ruminations.
Do you want to know what makes me insatiably happy right now? I can’t stop. It’s a problem. My roommates have a forced appreciation for this album because I. Won’t. Stop. Talking. About. It. I mean look at this guy. You can just imagine him running to this soundtrack. It’s so good. If the emotion had a sound of happy in the 70’s its this. This gem of awesomeness was brought to my attention by Kunal Chohan, former DJ of WVUM 90.5 the Voice of the University Miami and upcoming guest on Mindfulness of Doom! Keep it locked.
~I’ve said what I’d said and you know what I mean
But I still can’t focus on anything
We kiss on the mouth but still cough down our sleeves~