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Mr. Wilson’s Thoughts Late Saturday Night (11-30-13) by Megan Seaman

“I don’t know where to begin. I asked the questions and no answer yet. Still waiting. I feel really gaseous. I just farted. I’m looking at the ember colored wall and have the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young version of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” in my head. I don’t know if it is CSNY or just Neil Young who created the song.  I think about this girl with glasses, this songbird, this creative soul about a million times a day. I keep wondering when she will call. And then even that question makes me sick. I feel, I think that I’m clinging to that idea – like clinging to a person. Like clinging to one person will make all my life happy forever. And I judge myself. So many judgments about how love is supposed to work, how people are supposed to notice each other, what kind of people date and get together with what type of people. And it aches my heart and makes me feel queasy inside. “Only love can break your heart/try to be sure right from the start.” Like one should try to control what love does to you. I once saw a clip from a movie I don’t remember what movie but a girl says to a guy that the most important thing to do in life is to fall in love and give your love. And the guy says, “no the most important thing in life is to get your heart broken over and over and over again.” That’s what makes life. I never thought about it that way.

I think we live in this ideal state – maybe it’s not we, maybe it’s just me – but we live in this ideal that we’ll find “the One” and then everything will be just dandy. And if it is already dandy then we’ll just be dandier. But if we follow the guy’s mantra “most important is to get your heart broken over and over again” then there’s a little more freedom in that. As if there isn’t one state of being, there are many possibilities – and to try them as they come up, rather than passing them by for some ideal. Not that I think people shouldn’t have ideals or dreams or goals or something to aspire to or some direction. On the contrary, I think that people do best when they have some place they’re pointed to and with effort and grace moving there. I think knowing what you want is half the battle. Knowing what you want helps you intentionally make decisions about how you want to spend your time, who you want to spend your time with, and where you want to be. It promotes motivation and perseverance toward something. However, getting so attached to some outcome (i.e., goal, aspiration, dream) can shift you out of the present moment where you need to be to see the steps that will take you to those ideals.

Keeping a wakeful eye on the future is so important, but even more imperative is our abilities to stay here-and-now. It’s really easy to say that, but harder to play out daily. That’s where the practice begins. Instead of being ruled by our feeling about what is going on in our lives, rather we could notice the thoughts – the habitual patterns of how we think, and then with intentionality choose the ones that bring us closer to our goals and release the ones that don’t serve us. Staying present allows us to see the signs, hear the songs, smell the roses, taste the nectar, and feel the closeness of everything we aspire to. On our journey to what we want, it’s the practice in falling down and getting our hearts annihilated that will Godspeed us to all that we dreamed. And so loving as long and wide as we can – even at the expense of a broken heart – might just break down the hardened walls around our love, and let the true self shine.” – Megan Marie Seaman


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In the Name of Love… (4-11-13) by Megan Seaman

 

Another opportunity to show my love my niece...LOVE = Cilly

Another opportunity to show my love my niece…LOVE = Cilly

Ahhh, Facebook… It is a lovely thing. It brings us all together – across our communities, our states, our countries, OUR WHOLE WORLD!! For a moment or two, it really seems like we are all one – that the differences between us are really illusions of our separateness, and that LOVE is at the core of each and every living being…

But then someone posts something about the 2nd Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. And then it sets in that some of us are still living in a cloud of fear. Fear that started way before the Bill of Rights was added to the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. Fear, which in my mind, is a complete contradiction of Love.

Today a friend – a yogi friend, I might add (ironically) – posted his stance on gun control, the 2nd Amendment, and their relevance in our modern day world. He believes in the right to “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” He believes that the root of the problem is in how people perceive guns and their “use” and the rights bestowed by this amendment. He also pointed out the irony of the US government that relies on the “use” of guns in its military missions and assistance to foreign nations. I will not begrudge his point of view of the paradox of a nation that argues for the support of weapon use in foreign lands, and then says that weapon use should be limited on our country land. However, in the end the incongruity does not matter. When you get down to it, it comes to this: are you living from love or are you living from fear? Below is my response to my 2nd Amendment-supporter friend’s Facebook post:

“Guns were created for one thing and that is destruction. I’m for all beings – and I mean ALL of them – being happy and free everywhere. Guns impede this intention. Surely gun owners have their right to own a gun. But think about what the intention of owning a gun is based on … Fear. Fear of intruders, fear of not having enough resources, fear of over population, fear of the ‘bad guys’, fear of having your rights taken away. Fear is opposite of freedom and carries with it the judgment of what is right and what is wrong. I’m for intentions, actions, and rights that preserve love, happiness , and freedom FOR ALL BEINGS EVERYWHERE. From my perspective guns impede those aims. But I do agree we must call on each other to evaluate our perceptions, our biases, and our prejudices. We must examine whether those thoughts that we cling to really support love and peace for all beings or whether they foster fear and chaos.

And I respect the difference we share in our views. I am curious about what the use of this tool is. The 2nd amendment was created out of fear at a time of great distrust after enduring the destruction of the revolutionary war. The second amendment was based on a long history of English men – full of fear- and needing to protect their property (which at the time included women and children and animals) and themselves from external enemies. This continued when they colonized America – and was carried on namely for ‘protection’ from the native Americans – who they basically stole the land from. Thus the 2nd amendment is based on a contextual situation that happened over 200 years ago. But times have changed and it is every beings’ responsibility to become aware of themselves and their impact on everyone everywhere. We are all connected as evidenced by a tangible representation of that connection – Facebook. It’s time to take personal responsibility of preserving the livelihood of all beings everywhere. We live in a globalized world – where intellect is rewarded and esteemed. It seems that there are more similarities between the beings of this world than there are differences. And yet we’re still so scared of each other. Constantly judging and comparing and competing. With all our intellect we’re afraid to admit that we are the ones that recapitulate the fear. And so we carry guns to make us feel better. It’s an illusion.”

It IS an illusion. Instead of propagating judgment, trepidation, anxiety, nervousness, terror and horror, we could all become aware of what we cling to and make a decision to set it free. Why do we cling to this need to protect ourselves, our families, our property, our rights? A simple answer is that we are completely scared! We tell ourselves a million story lines embedded with comparisons, rivalries, and discriminations. It’s time to question those stories – some of which have been handed down from ancestors, some we created on our own – and to trade them for a tale that is inclusive and considers the well-being of all living things and helps us to open our hearts to the infinite possibilities of freedom.

There’s a really good website out there called “The Revolutionary War and Beyond” that gives a nice rundown of the history leading up to the Bill of Rights and events following its inception. I liked it because it seemed to provide perspectives from different camps on the issue of interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. If you want to check it out, follow this link: http://www.revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com/2nd-amendment.html

Maybe you have something to add to this discussion… I think conversation about these issues is the only way “battle” the differences we have – well, maybe music, art,  yoga, and meditation help too. 🙂 My perspective is this: Every action, thought, emotion, in the name of love!

Namaste,

Meg

U2, “In the Name of Love”

 


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Pre-programmed gender? (3-15-2013) by Megan Seaman

I read a blog today about how humans recognize other humans as women or men. Then it got me thinking, so I posted a response. I wanted to share it with you guys and see what your thought is. Below is my response to this blog: http://www.momentmatters.com/2013/03/12/hes-male-shes-female/

RESPONSE:

“i think you may be confusing gender with sexual genotype. gender is a term devised by societies to define roles of what and whom are feminine and masculine. sex genotype is a genetic code for what sex characteristics a body will take on. phenotype is the combination of the two. but as you may know it doesn’t always equate to what makes a “woman” and what makes a “man.” we live in a world that is gradually opening its arms to female, male, and TRANSGENDER. we are expanding our view of sexuality and our perspective on intimate partner relationships. we are opening up to an age where qualities that were once assigned to women are now assigned to men (e.g., child-rearing) and vice-versa (e.g., women in military, law enforcement, ceo’s of corporations). Recently there was an article about a little boy, of 6 years old, in Colorado who flat out refused to wear “little boy clothes” and play with “little boy things.” he wanted to dress in little girl clothes and play with pink dolls. He was genotypically male. Yet, he was gravitating to what was opposite of his genotype. he was supposedly going against his “programming.” surely physiology plays a part related to the levels of hormones the body produces if you are female or male. However, what is even more impactful is our societies’ rules about what it means to be women and men. It starts before an infant is born. It is ridiculous the colors and symbols (not to mention the ideas and beliefs) that people program each other to recapitulate so that we all know what it means to be a little “pink princess” girl and a little “burly blue” boy. and how it chains us in little prison cells so that we can fit the status quo, and never let ourselves realize our full authentic potential.

 

once we let go of the idea of pre-programming,

we can see that any given moment is ours to create,

and any possibility is at hand.

and maybe what we’ll open our eyes to is that

seeing is not believing

and that woman you see

is actually a man.” – Megan Marie Seaman


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Definite Chief Aim (9-27-2012)

Jai guru deva…Om.

My Dear Friends and Fellow Bloggers,

I haven’t written much in months. Not much here, at least. And I have been very delinquent in keeping up with all the creativity that has been buzzing around your blogs. I apologize for my neglect.

The truth is that I have been steadfastly writing my dissertation so that I might actually graduate after…let’s see… 8.5 years (total) of graduate school. True. I have ONLY been working on the doc for 6.5 years. However, enough is enough and it is time to close the book on this part of my life.

I am writing you wonderful beings so that I might inform you, and the GREAT UNIVERSE, that THIS IS HAPPENING!!! I am turning in Chapter 2 of my dissertation (the literature review) tomorrow come hell or high water! By telling you of this, it is making me accountable for achieving my desire to complete this dissertation and successfully achieve my Definite Chief Aim.

By the way, I am reading a book called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, first published in 1937. One of the things he discusses in this book is being ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, DEDICATED, DETERMINED, PERSISTENT, AND OBSESSED with the object of your desire to the point that you enter the field of complete confidence that you will successfully attain the object of your desire. And so comes the whole point of this post: to declare my Definite Chief Aim as of Thursday, 9-27-2012, 4:51PM EST (USA). And here it is:

Definite Chief Aim Statement

            My Definite Chief Aim in my existence is two-fold:  1) prosperity in money and wealth, and 2) abundance in love and health. Specifically, in my plan to attract money and wealth (i.e., $137,000.00 per year) to me, I WILL COMPLETE MY DISSERTATION FALL 2012. I will graduate with my Ph.D. May 2013. I will find a faculty position in the subject of psychology and counseling, in New York City (NYC), making $137, 000.00 per year in Spring 2013. Making money will be easy because my colleagues and I will be open-minded, optimistic, full of curiosity and vitality, open to new ideas and ways of being, creative, collaborative, connected, and adventurous. I will find a job teaching yoga at studio that is accepting, loving, open, curious, and full of magic. Making money will be easy because of the congruency of the people I work with, myself, and the yogis we lead in practice. I will accept these teaching positions in New York City and move to Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY in Summer 2013. I will find a nice large 2-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg for $2000/month. I will begin working August 2013 and earning $137,000.00 per year.

Specifically, in my plan to attract abundance of love and health, I will meet my love of my life in NYC. He is a musician, a poet, and a writer. He is deep, kind, caring, thoughtful, conscientious, inspiring, emotionally and intellectually brilliant, full of integrity and passion, adventurous, open-minded, self-aware, respectful, tall, lean, beautiful, wear’s glasses, has blue eyes, also lives in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY, is from the Northeast of the U.S., loves the ocean, loves cats, loves to play with my hair, loves his family, has an open heart, practices yoga and meditation, plays music in a band, writes poetry, is inspired, delighted, electrified, sparked, enamored, and in love with me, wants to marry me, is my best-friend and confidant, communicates and shares his whole life with me, wants to have kids with me, wants to support each others dreams, together! We will love and trust in each other because we love and feel confident about ourselves. This love and trust will make us healthy in mind, body, and soul. This love and trust will permeate the beautiful beings that we share this existence with, and they too will feel health in mind, body, and soul!

Seems like a tall order – NONSENSE! Having a vision for what I want is really the first step to moving to what I desire. In this Universe of Infinite Possibilities, WE ARE THE ONES THAT CHOOSE WHICH POSSIBILITY TO MOVE TOWARD. And that is what I am doing. So…..

1)    I know that I have the ability to achieve the object(s) of my Definite Chief Aim in life, therefore, I DEMAND of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now PROMISE to render such action.

2)    I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 MINUTES DAILY, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.

3)    I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I will devote 10 MINUTES DAILY to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE.

4)    I have clearly written down a description of my Definite Chief Aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment!

5)    I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself!

I COMMIT THIS TO MEMORY, REPEAT IT ALOUD ONCE A DAY, with full FAITH that it will gradually influence my THOUGHTS and ACTIONS so that I will become a self-reliant, and successful person!

That is that!

Thank you for listening and, if you please, send me positive intentions!!! They’re boomeranging right back to you!!! Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu (translation: may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all!).

I’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out…and start getting back to keeping up with what you lovely beings are creating out in cyberland! 🙂

Namaste,

Megan


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Thanks for your support!!!

Hello My Friends,

Just wanted to send a long overdue thank you for those of you who supported the Kickstarter project for the independent film, Vacancy. Although, the project did not meet its anticipated goal, and subsequently was not funded, a lot of good came out of it. The film’s director, Karen St. John-Vincent, made many crucial connections and learned a lot about marketing an independent film. She’s working on other fundraising efforts as I write this. I will let you know any upcoming opportunities to support this artistic work!

Again, thank you for all your “likes”, good energy, and monetary support that you gave!

Cheers,

Megan


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Only 3 More Days!!! Please support this independent film!

Hello My Friends,

There’s only 3 more days left to fund this wonderful film, Vacancy, written and directed by art photographer, Karen St. John-Vincent. If she does not reach her goal, then she loses everything. Please, please, please check out the link below and help in anyway that you can!

Here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1539781585/vacancy?ref=home_location

Thank you AND Je T’aime

-Meg

From the set of “Vacancy”


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had to do it… Please support this Project….Vacancy film

Hello My Awesome Friends!

I am writing you, again, in one last stitch effort to get support for my mom’s film, Vacancy.

What is Vacancy, you might ask. It is an independent art film. In a nutshell, it’s a film about three women at a kind of crossroads in their lives. Each of them has an awakening, and must choose to move forward with freedom, risk, and uncertainty, or take the more predictable path and recapitulate the same tired story.

What’s so great and important about the film? Well, it creatively and honestly portrays the very relevant conundrum of “fit-in and follow-suit” or “follow your dreams and don’t let the bastards drag you down.” (by the way, I made up both of those quotes – with some help from U2 – they’re good, right?!) Winking smile One thing that makes the film unique is that she is shooting the entire film with classic film reel – shot in CinemaScope. Some of film is cross-processed and she will be incorporating still photos, text, animation, and original music by Cleveland’s own, Kristine Jackson (an excellent blues singer and artist).

SO, WHY DOES SHE NEED MY SUPPORT? Here’s the deal… through the fundraising site, Kickstarter, she has ONLY 9 DAYS, 15 HOURS, AND 5 MINUTES TO MEET HER GOAL! If she does not meet her goal, then she LOSES EVERYTHING! UGH, UGH, AND DOUBLE UGH!

How do I pledge my support? She is fundraising through Kickstarter, which is a reputable and fantastic resource for artists to get funding to complete their projects. To check out her project, go to the link below:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1539781585/vacancy?ref=email

She needs the mulla! Your “likes” on Facebook or Twitter are GREAT! Still, the only way to meet her goal is to pledge your support monetarily. You can pledge whatever, or you can select on a pledge amount: $1, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200 – $2500! As you’ll see at the Kickstarter page, with your pledge of $10 or more you will receive complimentary gift packages, which makes giving your support exciting and HELPS THIS PROJECT TO COMPLETION!!!!!!!!!! Her goal is $20,000. She has until May 26th to reach her goal!

How do I find out more about Megan’s mom, AWESOME ARTIST, KAREN ST. JOHN-VINCENT?
If you want to know more about my mom – well, she is a soon-to-be famous artist, poet, and film maker. Really, though, check out her website, her Facebook page, and her blog. See below:

Karen St. John-Vincent, artist website: http://www.karenstjohnvincent.com/

Vacancy Film, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vacancyfilm

Vacancy Film blog
: http://vacancyfilm.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/vacancy-film/

Again, thank you guys for humoring me by reading this message. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Otherwise, just CHECK OUT VACANCY AND GIVE YOUR SUPPORT ANY WAY YOU CAN!

Love you, my friends!
And je t’aime
love

-Meg