Archive for August, 2010

gutter punk kids

For the last month or so, I have been looking for a new job. I need something stable, because my present job does not have enough projects going, and I’ve worked a total of 5 days in the last month. This job search has caused me to think a lot about “right livelihood” and how I could find something that would benefit others, rather than just being “employed” in a mundane industry. I have had a few ideas and have begun to research a few areas that are dear to my heart.

One in particular is homeless teens, or “gutter punks.” I see these kids on the street and it breaks my heart. I would love to create some sort of shelter in my area that would give them a place to stay, resources to go back to school, learn a vocation, etc. There is one place in town that does that, and I plan to volunteer there to get a feel of how it is run, and maybe branch out to do one on my own on this side of town. I would love to also offer meditation classes, that would be cool. I’m starting to research how to go about this because I have no idea if I could get a grant or what. If anyone has ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Earlier today I met with my friend/coworker to discuss a possible business venture. For a while now he has been recording his dad telling stories about his life, and posting them on a blog. He thought that might be a great idea to offer it as a service to other people, sort of like personal historians, but digitally. We grew up together and were reminiscing about our past, and I told him I wish my dad was still around today to tell a certain story. (On a side note, it’s ironic that we met today to discuss this venture, as today marks 9 years since my father passed away. I miss you, Dad). My buddy is right, that’s the exact reason we should offer this service.

Also, since we both teach music, we had a great idea to start a non-profit offering free music lessons to underprivileged and disabled children, and build a recording studio to let these kids have the experience of working in a studio. A local music store here has a program that puts young kids in bands, they write songs, and then perform at a battle of bands and get to record their songs. I have been a coach of this program for 5 years, and I tell you what, there is nothing like this experience. They meet for the first time one day and 2 months later they are playing songs that they wrote on a huge stage with Marshall stacks, pro audio, lights, smoke, etc., and then get to hear themselves on a cd.  I would like to provide that to kids that can’t afford lessons or young bands that can’t afford studio time.

This is kind of a random post, more like a journal entry than anything. It’s been weighing heavily on my mind as I sit here figuring out how to pay my bills. I need a new job, so no time like the present to explore these options of right livelihood. If anyone has any suggestions, comments, etc., please feel free.

\m/ Heavy Metta \m/

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Let It Be

Posted: 08/03/2010 in Inspiration

Inspiration Point

For the last week or so, I have been somewhat frustrated due to my lack of inspiration for writing. I’m not on any kind of schedule where I MUST make a blog post, it’s more the fact that I NEED to write. It keeps me sane. I had some good inspiration with a series I began about how Buddhism and Heavy Metal are related, but got stuck after two posts, so that’s not much of a series. By racking my brain, pushing to somehow awaken to more connections, I think I’ve been limiting the ability for the connections to present themselves.

Due to my lack of inspiration, or writer’s block, I was inspired to write this post. I learned a lesson in this while bitching on Twitter about not having inspiration: Let it be.

When we as writers (or artists in any medium), try to force inspiration, the result is not always good. It goes the same for some songwriters. You can tell when they are forcing inspiration, because even though they may write a large volume of songs, most of them will probably suck. I have learned that the best thing to do is to just let the inspiration come on its own, and the product of that will more than likely be beautiful. There is a jewel in the pile of rocks, let it find you.

For now, I will continue studying, contemplating and meditating on the Dharma. Maybe I will continue my “series” on Buddhism and Heavy Metal, or maybe I won’t. The most important thing for me when it comes to being inspired or uninspired to write that I just let it be.

May all who read this be inspired.
May all who read this be an inspiration to someone else.

Heavy Metta to all \m/

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