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Don’t (ever) Stop Believin’

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#23 of 108: Don’t (ever) Stop Believin!

“Life is difficult. This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths–it is a great truth because once we see this truth we transcend it.” –M. Scott Peck

In some way, you are feeling the grind of life.

The grind isn’t just from your annoying boss or screaming kids.

The Earth is an intensely foreign environment to the soul.

Before it arrives, your soul must be prepared to endure gravity, pain, and erosion by an entity called “time” that doesn’t exist where you came from.

To function on earth, the soul needs a spacesuit of sorts that we call skin, which is an absolute technological marvel.

As Diane Ackerman writes, “Our skin imprisons us, but it also gives us individual shape, protects us from invaders, cools us down or heats us up as need be, holds in our body fluids. Most amazing, is that it can mend itself when necessary, and is constantly renewing itself. Skin can take a startling variety of shapes. It’s waterproof, washable, and elastic.”

So here we all are, souls in spacesuits, wandering earth. And all this gravity, and “time,” makes us loopy.

The loopiness causes us to forget about Mission Control. And that’s why we meditate or pray, a necessary step to receive guidance and instruction on our mission.

But sometimes we forget, and feel a like a lost satellite on Mars, spinning our wheels until we burn out in the cold light of a distant sun. Ever feel that way?

Stop Spazzing…Your Day Is Coming

Yesterday’s NY Times headline about the Mars Curiosity read, “After Trip of 352 Million Miles, Cheers for 23 Feet on Mars.”

NASA was super cautious to test and prepare the new Mars rover before starting the real work. Yesterday it roamed forward, for the first time. Just 23 feet.

(See photo of the 23 foot track on Mars).

Sometimes, we go through life, feeling like the Mars Curiosity…like we have done so much, traveled so far, yet we are not getting anywhere.

But Mission Control, the same Mission Control which created your skin, and your brain, and your eyes which are like an advanced camera that has been around for, oh, 10,000 years…

…that same Mission Control will send you the signal, the moment, the person, the fortune…you need to fulfill your mission.

It’s just that those things might not come exactly when you want them.

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My wife and I were watching Joel Osteen last weekend. You gotta hand it to the guy. Once you have him on your screen for 10 seconds, you’re enraptured. He is absolutely impossible to not watch.

Joel Osteen was talking about how persevering belief leads to “explosive blessings”…that it may seem like you never get anything and never get anywhere….but all it takes is one great moment and the opportunies, relationships, love, money fall down in a backlogged bustout of good fortune.

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As Osteen explained, all this good fortune is saved up for you…but you cannot go rogue on Mission Control.

And if you don’t like Joel Osteen, there’s always Steve Perry from Journey:

Don’t Stop Believin!

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Become a Momenteer

I invite you to become what I call a Momenteer, and take back your life one beautiful, funny, delicious moment at a time.

To find out how you can become a Momenteer, email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject.

#25 of 108: Take it Black

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This is #25 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time.

#25 of 108: Take it Black

This past weekend, I was in glorious Colorado to teach at the Mountain Pose Symposium (amazing event for medical professionals) and King Yoga (amazing studio for yoga lovers).

I decided to take a yoga class. It was early and I needed coffee before the teacher arrived.

I asked the lady on the yoga mat next to me if she wanted a cup.

“Oh that would be wonderful,” she replied.

I take my coffee black, so I rudely didn’t ask how she wanted it.

As I was walking away, she uttered, “Would you mind making it half-skinny, half one percent…and 3/4 decaf.”

It was 6:30am.

“Sorry I didn’t catch that,” I told her.

She reitierated, “Half-skinny, half one percent…3/4 decafe. Thank you soooo much.”

“I don’t think I can remember that but I’ll try.”

“Just please remember 3/4 decafe…caffeine makes my eyes swell shut.”

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The great Osho wrote that 1% of the world are geniuses, and 1% of the world are idiots. The other 98% of the world is mired in mediocrity, trying to be many things at once.

He goes on to say that it is better to be an idiot than to be mediocre. Because idiots are simpler and simpler is healthier.

On that note, does coffee need to be so complicated?

Nowadays, we have too many choices in every aspect of life, and “too many” leads to mediocrity.

So before you order your next “half-skinny, half-one percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip,” remember that how you do anything is how you do everything.

Or, as stated in this all-time classic line from the movie Airplane.

 

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Momenteering:

I’m hard at work in putting together my little plan on how to save the world.

The Manifesto: Restore value to the little moments in your day

–When enjoying the morning…instead of reaching for the phone, reach for your kid.

–When taking in a beautiful summer night…instead of a video, take a breath.

–When eating dinner… instead of TV, how about a some good ol fashioned conversation.

Are you feelin it? I struggle with it too. So let’s push each other! We can do better…

Become a Momenteer!

Email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject.

Raging with Prince Harry

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This is #24 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time.

#24 of 108: Before Raging in Vegas, Try the Pinata

At some point this weekend, Prince Harry is headed for a conversation with his father about his recent exploits in Sin City.

I know what you must be thinking and I agree: how Harry is going to justify his choice of hotels, The MGM, over some of the gleaming jewels on The Strip…is beyond me.

But the press, especially in Britain, has been mostly glowing about Harry’s courageous blaze through the desert.

The Daily Mail told readers: “Why everyone — royals included — should visit silly Sin City at least once.”

Another newspaper offered a guide to “Las Vegas: where to party like Prince Harry.”

VegasInc said: “Your pool-party shenanigans fell squarely into the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s marketing strategy to attract attention to the place that regularly celebrates your kind of fun.”

Clearly, Harry wanted some attention.

God knows there’s a person in you who can relate, who wants say to F You to some authority figure or family member in your life.

And y’know, sometimes we all need to let loose.

Or we become subverted freaks and our bodies turn into a slow burning conflagration of rage…and that’s when sickness happens.

Clearly, a naked bender in Vegas is never a healthy, wholesome idea.

So if you are needing to let loose, here are 3 tips on releasing unhealthy emotions in a more dignified style:

1. The Pinata

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When is the last time you took a whack at a pinata? It’s cathartic to let er rip and then indulge in a lollipop rainstorm. Plus, pinantas with gluten-free candy are now available in bulk at Costco.

2. The Clearing

One very famous yoga teacher told me every night before she goes to sleep, she and her husband clear any thoughts of the angry, racy, lustful, resentful variety.

Try it. Make time for a daily clearing, because the weekly clearing can be ugly, the monthly clearing can be dangerous, and the annual clearing…see pic.

3. A Disney Song

Sometimes when I get really mad or frustrated, I listen to the Aladdin theme song “I Can Show You the World.

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Greek tragedian Euripides said, “The fiercest anger of all, the most incurable, is that which rages in the place of dearest love.”

Point being, emotions are beyond understanding. Don’t even try to apply ration to what you are feeling or you will go insane.

Just take small daily actions so you can avoid the big yearly ones.

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WHAT THE HECK IS A MOMENTEER?

If you can relate to feeling frustrated, like you are not moving forward, like you have gone rogue… GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF. Everyone has their particular grind, but only some choose to enjoy the journey. While the giant leap forward may or may not come today or tomorrow, every single day is an opportunity to CELEBRATE LIFE! I invite you to become what I call a Momenteer, and take back your life one beautiful, funny, delicious moment at a time. To find out how you can become a Momenteer, email yeahdave@mac.comand write Momenteer! in the subject.

RETREAT WITH ME…(December 6-9)

If this idea of a night sky speckled with stars sounds like just what you need…I’m leading a retreat to Sedona, Arizona. There is no starrier sky than one overlooking Grand Canyon country.  Taking place December 6-9 at Mii Amo (rated #1 Destination Spa in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine, this is a dreamy winter getaway to soothe the mind, luxuriate the senses, and ignite the spirit! Visit here

Trust Your Natural Intelligence

This is #22 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moments at a time.

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#22 of 108: Ponder the Thistle Burr…and Heal Your Worries

“It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English – up to fifty words used in correct context – no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.” -Carl Sagan

When is the last time you considered the notion that there is a natural intelligence that might actually be greater than your own?

You may have seen this amazing list of what we thought were human inventions but actually occurred in nature way before we invented them.

Camera (lens, focus, iris, film)      Eye (cornea curves to focus, iris, retina)

Pump                                               Heart

Valves                                              Heart valves

Plumbing/ hydraulic systems      Circulatory system

Windshield wiper                            Eye lid

Computer program                         DNA

Solar panel (energy from light)     Leaf

Sonar                                               Bats, dolphins

Velcro                                              Thistle burrs (actually inspired Velcro)

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Call it what you will, there is a profound intelligence in nature…obviously billions of years older than our own technology.

Our true sense of happiness and harmony is a matter of aligning with this natural intelligence and its particular rhythm and flow.

Think of it this way…

… just like when you were a kid bouncing around like a spaz in the back of the car… how could your father possibly drive?

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At a certain point, we have to fall in line. Whether you call it trust or alignment…

The Bhagavad Gita says, “But he who has no faith and no wisdom, and whose soul is in doubt, is lost.”

So today, just for today, consider the eye lid, and the heart, and the leaf, and the thistle burr.

Today, just for today, sit still, buckle up, and TRUST YOUR JOURNEY.

Party at the Graveyard

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This is #20 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#20 of 108: Party at the Graveyard

Graveyards have a spooky, scary stigma.

But according to yogi Satchidananda, a graveyard is really a junkyard…a silly waste of space.

He explains, “There’s no need to be afraid of death. Laugh at it. Death means change of form, that’s all…The soul simply changes vehicles.”

Could it be true?

Many years ago I celebrated Halloween in Oaxaca, Mexico. They call it something different there…Dia de Los Muertos and it takes place every year on November 1 and 2.

Dia de los Muertos is considered a window where the spirits return to earth and head to the graveyards.

The gravestones become gorgeous altars (see above photo), and all fears and sadness surrounding death evaporate in this guitar-playing, tequila-drinking, 2 day extravaganza.

It is an annual reunion with “the Dead.”

The most common site during this holiday are skeletons…but not scary skeletons…rather skeletons dancing, playing, partying. It gives death a whole new life.

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Prior to this experience in Mexico, I had the worst fear of death and especially of cemeteries.

But now, I see death as a mystery, maybe it is the end, but maybe it is a new beginning.

The “playful skeleton,” of which I have a sticker on my iPhone, is deeply symbolic: “The purpose of death…is to remind us to live.”

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My new book, 108 Ways to Livin the Moment, inspires you to become what I call a Momenteer. To find out how you can become a Momenteer, email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject.

December 6-9 I’m leading a retreat to Sedona, Arizona. There is no starrier sky than one overlooking Grand Canyon country.  To learn more, visit here

Check the (Spiritual) Weather Conditions

This is 18 of 108 Ways of Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our life one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#18 of 108:  Check the (Spiritual) Weather Conditions

“We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.”  –Dent Ming-Dao

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In 2005, I was leading a yoga retreat to Tulum. Our group went to sleep one night knowing a small Category 1 hurricane was hundreds of miles off the coast. No biggie.

The next morning we woke up to discover it had jumped 4 categories overnight to become Hurricane Wilma, a Category 5 monster with 175 mph SUSTAINED winds.

Worse, we were right in its path and with very little time to evacuate.

Suffice to say, you don’t want to be in the path of a Category 5 hurricane.

There is a different type of weather in our lives, invisible to the eye, but with hurricane-like conditions equally as effecting to the soul as battering winds are to the body.

One in touch with this spiritual weather knows how to lie low on bad days and find their way through dark nights.

One out of touch with the “spiritual weather” has spent one too many days feeling as if they are sailing right into a hurricane. Can you relate?

Watch the following short video for my quick advice on checking the spiritual weather when you rise and shine.

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WHAT IS A MOMENTEER?

For the past several months, I have been asking those of you interested in starting a little revolution to become a Momenteer.

As our world becomes more advanced and more high-tech, there has to be a group of people (maybe you?) who advocate for the present moment, the simple pleasures, the importance of making humanity more important than technology.

And hey, this is not that we stop using technology. But that technology stops using us.

To find out how you can save a seat on the arc and become a Momenteer, email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject.

And to those of you who have already signed on, next week you will be receiving something very inspiring. Stay tuned!

The Man Who Rocked My World

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This is #16 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#16 of 108:  Get Off on Joseph Campbell

If you have read some of writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell’s wisdom…

…you might agree his words are like a sip of 2005 Philip Togni Cabernet…

…or a bite of the Sonny Boy (Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Salami, Gaeta Olives) at Pizzaria Bianco (#1 Pizza in USA…located in Phoenix).

Just read a few of Campbell’s nuggets and watch your inner wisdom seeker jump for joy:

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are!”

YEAH JOSEPH!

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

YUMMMMY YUM YUM!

“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”

WHAT THE F DID YOU JUST SAY?!?

“If you are falling…dive!”

YEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOO

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

HUMMMMMM BABY!!!!!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I stumbled upon a fact from the sage’s history…

Joseph Campbell once attended a Grateful Dead concert!! (see photo of Campbell meeting the Dead after the show)

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SHUT UP! JUST SHUT UP!!

Yes it’s true. February 1985.

Said Campbell of the experience, “The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say, is the answer to the atom bomb.”

OH MY FREAKIN GOD THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!! TELL ME MORE!

“When you see a room with 8000 young people for five hours going through it to the beat of these boys … The genius of these musicians- these three guitars and two wild drummers in the back…when you see 8000 kids all going up in the air together… Listen, this is powerful stuff !”

OH JOSEPH!! OH JOSEPH!!

“And when the great beam of light would go over the crowd you’d see these marvelous young faces in sheer rapture- for five hours! Packed together like sardines! Eight thousand of them ! Then there was an opening in the back with a series of panel windows and you look out and there’s a whole bunch in another hall, dancing crazy. This is a wonderful fervent loss of self in the larger self of a homogeneous community. This is what it is all about!”‘

WAS IT LIKE THE BEST NIGHT EVER?! TELL ME!! TELL ME!!

“It reminded me of Russian Easter. Down in New York we have a big Russian Cathedral. You go there on Russian Easter at midnight and you hear Kristos anesti ! Christ is Risen ! Christ is Risen! When I was in Mexico City at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadeloupe, there it was again. In India, in Puri, at the temple of the Jagannath…the same damn thing again.”

AND WHAT’S THE TAKE-AWAY?!

“It doesn’t matter what the name of the God is, or whether its a rock group or a clergy. It’s somehow hitting that chord of realization of the unity of God in you all, that’s a terrific thing and it just blows the rest away.”

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And there you have it…

Something to remember…”The unity of God in you all”… sounds like spiritual hogwash…

…but mix in Joseph Campbell and the Grateful Dead and tell me you are not ready to go hug your kids and tell your wife you love her and “Carpe the freakin hell out of this Diem!”

#15: Excuse Yourself to Kiss the Sky

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This is 15 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time.

#15 of 108: Excuse Yourself to Kiss the Sky!!!

“Kiss the sky!” is a classic line from Jimi Hendrix’s song Purple Haze.

Rolling Stone rated Hendrix as the #1 greatest guitarist of all time.  Take a moment to listen before reading on…

This is not about the music or the lyrics or the persona or the song…this is about the guitar.

I heard the guru Osho speak about how the guitar is based on tension.

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If the strings are too loose or too tight, there can be no music, no sound…or certainly not the sound that we associate with a talent like Hendrix.

So it goes with life. To be in tune, you have to perceive the tension of your relationship, career, personal gift.

As Osho said, “Life exists through the tension of the opposites, the meeting of the opposites.”

All that you have and all that you don’t pull at you every day. This tension is the essence of all music, harmony, passion.

Woody Allen said, “Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.”

So take a moment today, and feel all the ways you are being pulled and challenged and tried… all the ways you are tense.

Every one of these ways and intense moments provides you with a choice to bang the guitar to the ground in frustration…or to strike your fingers to the chords and make music.

As Emerson wrote, “The world is all gates, all opportunities, all strings of tension waiting to be struck.”

The trick is finding a little groove in the middle, and of course that, like learning to play guitar, takes practice.

Read the Tao:

Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang.

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I’m getting ready to launch a little revolution, build a little arc, if you will.

Why? All this technology is crushing our quality of life, the fabric of our humanity. Something is not right and we need some kind of change!

It’s not that we stop using technology. But that technology stops using us.

To find out how you can save a seat on the arc and become a Momenteer, email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject.

World’s Greatest Healer?

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What if there was a living prophet somewhere on the planet?

Someone who could verifiably heal cancer with the touch of his hands?

Someone who could harness primal, potent earth energy and put it to good, clean, nonsexual use?

You may have heard of João Teixeira de Faria, a 68-year-old man living in a remote corner of Brazil.

For over 50 years, this man known to many as John of God has been performing miraculous cures.

We’re talkin Biblical stuff… like malignant tumors disappearing from someone’s body, blind people seeing again, the lame suddenly walking.

He has been reported as the most powerful healer to grace the earth in the last 2,000 years, the past few of which have been in the mainstream American media spotlight.

None other than Oprah (see pic with John of God) and Dr. Mehmet Oz have taken notice.

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As reported in O Magazine:

Dr Oz examined hours of film footage from John of God’s healings…

“…he looked at scans and biopsy reports, and there were results he couldn’t explain—the shrinkage of an aggressive cancer, for instance.

“Said Dr. Oz, ‘If we can understand what role [John of God] is playing in reversing illness, we should be doing that here.'”

How Does He Do It?

Legendary physicist Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

That is the essence of John of God’s process.

He aligns with what is referred to as a “current” whereby approximately 400 people sit and meditate intensely creating a fire hose-like energy…

…and then John of God harnesses this current and goes to work.

As Dr. Oz said, “I think the next big frontier is unlocking the doors to energy medicine. It dramatically broadens our vista of opportunities to heal. The challenge we have is that energy is not as easily quantified as the surgeon’s scalpel.”

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Over the past few days, I, like so many others have been tearing through the great new American escapist tale Wild.

It’s the story of a down and out woman, Cheryl Strayed, with no one to turn to and nowhere to go…

…so she heads for the woods and hikes the Pacific Crest Trail…alone.

As Strayed so eloquently suggests, getting back in touch with the wildnerness reminds us:

We can turn machines on and off from remote distances.

We can dominate wild beasts.

We can manipulate life at the sub-atomic level.

But there is a Force over which we have zero control.

This Force unleashes giant waves, incinerates people with lightning quickness, and winds and whips frothing clouds of destruction…

…just as it paints the sky in yellow and pink, and creates magical arches of light (saw this one the other day in SoCal).

Here’s the question:

Do you, do I… take any time to acknowledge, align with, or harness this Force? Seriously?

We have to do it by asking Questions, Listening, Breathing… getting outside, going for a walk, an escape, a hike.

In other words, stop spazzing on your iPhone and get reconnected with life.

Native American author Luther Standing Bear wrote, “Out of the Indian approach to existence there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing love for nature… enriching faith in a Supreme Power.”

For Cryin’ Out Loud…Use the Force!

Even if you have your suspicions about this John of God, there’s something to be said for beckoning, capturing, and harnessing The Force.

While you might not be doing or receiving “energy surgeries” anytime soon…

…consider making a little time in the morning when you wake up and a little time at night before you go to sleep…to feel something stirring in your soul…

…something that in ways feels like great resistance (a headwind), and in other ways like great inspiration (a tailwind).

As Frank Zappa said in one of my all-time favorite quotes: “In the fight between you and the universe, back the universe!”

Vegan Nazis

I left yoga class in NYC the other day with Bryce MacPherson (can’t use his real name) who I’ve known for quite some time.

We walked by one of those doughnut stands.

I’m not sure the last time you’ve been to Manhattan but those doughnuts sure do smell good.

I got myself a doughnut.

Bryce quickly muttered, “Y’know, I’m vegan.”

“Cool Bryce,” I said enjoying the first bite of my chocolate doughnut.

Bryce continued, “That doughnut is fried in oil, made with butter, white refined sugar, and bleached white flour. It’s disgusting.”

But it sure did taste good.

Bryce went on, “Eating just one doughnut will boost your trans fats intake to its daily limit and throw off your blood sugar, not to mention the death and destruction that went into the making of that doughnut.”

Let me just say, Veganism is the Most Worthy Cause and I aspire to become vegan someday soon. But it was fast becoming clear that Bryce is a Vegan Nazi.  (I use that term lightly being that my grandparents were European Jews who escaped the Nazis during World War II)

Bryce kept chattering, “David, that doughnut won’t nourish you in the slightest and you’ll be hungry again soon.”

A Vegan Nazi loves to tell you they’re vegan, and shove (and I mean SHOVE) down your throat the fact that when you consume animal products you are a disgusting person who will die young.

Vegan Nazis are bad for the Vegan movement and they crush your buzz, especially if you get a buzz off food.

Bryce still had more to say, “David, all said and done, you need to lose weight and that doughnut isn’t gonna help.”

With the freezing rain slapping down on my head combined with this nonsense, I snapped, “With all due respect, fuck you Bryce! I’m freezing, I’m starving, I’m pressed for time…can’t you just let me enjoy my doughnut in peace?!”

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It’s been over 60 years since World War II when the Nazis haunted the earth.

But the battle lives on for those trying to reclaim art stolen by the Nazis during the war.

Holocaust survivors and their heirs are still scrapping with museums and governments for the return of thousands of pieces of looted art.

An estimated 100,000 pieces of art remain out of legal reach to those who watched, or whose relatives watched the Nazis steal their art from their dens, living rooms, and bedrooms.

Take Michal Klepetar, for example.

He is a real-estate project manager from Prague, and has been trying for nine years to persuade the Czech National Gallery to relinquish 43 paintings that once belonged to his great-uncle, Richard Popper.

Along with his wife and daughter, Popper died in Nazi camps during the Holocaust.

Popper’s closest living relatives is Klepetar, now 63.

But the National Gallery has refused to return to the paintings to Klepetar, citing a law adopted in 2000 by the Czech government that entitles only Holocaust victims or their “direct descendants” to file claims for stolen property.*

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You’ve probably heard by now my mantra: A beautiful, funny, delicious moment a day keeps the stress away.

For many of us, the masterpieces of our lives are not works of art, but rather those little beautiful, funny, or delicious moments that form our greatest memories.

Whether driving to work and hearing the first notes from Jerry Garcia’s guitar…or enjoying an all-too-unhealthy but oh-so-delicious doughnut on the freezing streets of NYC…

Don’t let your moments, your treasures, be plundered…whether by the Vegan Nazis… or the sheer velocity of life.

As Emerson said, “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Use them wisely and they will be the brightest gems.”

 Originally published in Feb 2011

 For the month of July, Intent Blog is featuring 30 Days of Recipes. Everyday we’ll feature recipes and food-related articles contributed by bloggers in the health and wellness sphere. Our intent is to encourage you to get back into the kitchen and re-connect with your food in a way that promotes greater health, happiness and well-being! This week, we’re focusing on veganism and vegetarianism. If you have a recipe to contribute, please send it to us (along with a brief story about why you love it)  at editor [at] intent.com.

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