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Do Not Waste One More Second

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Do not waste one more second of your time on this earth, for the insects are all dying, and the ice caps are vanishing, and the oceans are filling with plastic.

This could all be gone very soon, so don't waste it. Don't take any part of the crackling miraculousness of this cacophony for granted, because there are missiles being targeted, and there are vast battle plans being drawn. You could look outside your window tomorrow morning and see a mushroom cloud on the horizon, and you will regret letting life's preciousness slip through your fingers.

We do not like to think about death. We say, "I will think about death some other day. Today I must busy myself with mental chatter about nonsense and the avoidance of feeling my feelings. I would love to stare into the white skull of the human condition, but my schedule is chock full of escapism." We push death aside, and push death aside, and push death aside. And then, one day, death pushes us aside.

One way or another, the end is coming. But if you truly, deeply engage here, you can live more life in a week than most people live in an entire lifetime. By that I do not mean that you can have more experiences, I just mean that you can experience far more moments with far more depth and clarity than someone who's just drifting through life on autopilot. One week fully and consciously appreciated contains more lived life than an entire stay in this world from cradle to grave when it is taken for granted.

And of course you will also have far more amazing experiences than someone who isn't directly interfacing with the moment. Necessarily you will. People are normally so paralyzed by pain, fear, guilt, shame, bitterness, anger and resentment that they stay in more or less the same holding patterns for decades, and choosing to truly live life necessarily entails ceasing the escapism strategies used to hold that paralysis in place. Truly engaging and making the very most of your time left in this world means shaking off that paralysis, leaving that job, getting that divorce, diving head over heels in love, having mind-bending, earth-shattering orgasms and letting creativity flow from you like wine, courageously feeling all the unlocked emotions as they come up in response.

One breath. Take just one fully conscious breath. Start there. It is no small thing to do this; people can go their entire lives without ever once having tried it. Take one deep, full breath and truly experience it with everything you've got. Begin living from there.

Come and run with the real werewolves. Come and swim with the hidden ocean angels. Let everything in this endless explosion of light and wonderment and sopping wet tenderness have a voice in your experience, and let those voices sing to the heavens.

Because (and here is the good news) that paralysis is the only thing keeping us on the path toward destruction. Our predictable patterns have been mapped out and sequenced by powerful men with cold hearts, and those patterns are being used to herd us toward helping them strip the earth of life for profit. They break us up into groups based on our fears and insecurities, and then they manipulate those groups using fear-mongering and false hope. And now here we are, allowing bankers and bastards to poison the planet and march us into endless wars while clamping down on our minds ever further, and hardly anyone even understands why.

Really showing up for this life makes that impossible for them to pull off. Being fully engaged with each moment means responding consciously to everything that comes up instead of habitually reacting based on old patterns, and someone without patterns is impossible to manipulate. They can only herd the walking dead, those who are ruled by fear, those who say "I'll believe whatever you tell me to believe, just keep letting me binge on Netflix and drink on the weekends so I don't have to feel my feelings." A fully present human organism who is unafraid to feel any part of life cannot be manipulated.

Whether or not the end of the world is around the corner, the fact that we've only got a limited time here is reason enough to be sure we are fully present for every waking moment. Don't be like the others who come to clarity on their deathbed, saying tearfully, "f*ck. Has it always been this beautiful?"

Yes, it has. Yes, it is.

So don't waste it. Don't waste one more second of your time on this earth. It is self-evident that the most constructive way you can spend your time here is learning the art of fully relishing every bite of it.

So that's it then. Let's do this thing.

Are you ready?

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