Pursuit of Bliss

The occasional glance at a rock kicker's journey to rediscover himself.

Blue Angels…mind blown.

La Valse d'Amélie (version piano) by Yann Tiersen on Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain →

(Source: mslovejoy, via theressomethingoutthere)

Sunrise Almsgiving - Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Sunrise Almsgiving - Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Flying the world's fastest plane: Behind the stick of the SR-71 →

FlightVisibility.com | Airport Weather Conditions for Pilots →

…because thinking is just too difficult sometimes. Flight rules at a glance, for any METAR station in the world. This was a fun couple-day project I worked on this week while taking a break from my (MUCH) larger project for pilots. I hope it proves useful (or at least interesting) for a few of you. If so, share it! Look for the Android app, coming soon.

(Source: funnyordie.com)

Really beautiful footage. Anybody else notice the crack line to the right of Sendero? 

Kuang Si Falls, Lao PDR

Kuang Si Falls, Lao PDR

Buddhism. Hinduism. Art.

The mountains are calling…

— But I will be patient. Daydreams of my return are enough to cheer me, for now.

This moon is quite different here. I miss the cool blue.

This moon is quite different here. I miss the cool blue.

Good morning, sunshine.

Good morning, sunshine.

The Stonecutter

The following is an anecdote from The Tao of Pooh. For more thought-provoking content and perspective, check out Jordan Bates’s blog"Refine the Mind," [here].

There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. “How powerful that storm cloud is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a cloud!”

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!”

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge, towering rock. “How powerful that rock is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a rock!”

Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the rock?” he thought.

He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.

Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.

— Jim Henson