Going to court and the world stage with high vibrations
Abbie Hoffman believed in having fun while fighting for social change.
Then, twenty-two years after joining a group dropping dollar bills onto the New
York Stock Exchange’s trading floor in 1967, he killed himself with
barbiturates, then just two years older than I am now. He suffered from depression,
but found ways to break through it with his works and his antics.
Until around eighteen years ago in particular, I too often saw life in shades of gritty, sometimes depressing, sometimes heavily empty, and sometimes constraining gray, as I discuss more fully here. I felt this way despite all the advantages I have had throughout my life knowing plenty of good laughter and humor, living the music and magic, experiencing far-flung places beyond the mere tourist mode, attending highly-rated schools, never short of cash nor a roof over my head, and ultimately earning a living doing what I love: criminal defense. I often wondered why I felt that way despite all my advantages. Clearly, material wealth can help smoothe out the bumps in life, but spiritual development is essential to shrink the grey with light.
At my best, I vibrate highly for my clients, witnesses, legal team and me as we pursue the criminal defense battle. Humor, music (made of and emanating with vibrations), and magic help me on that path. So does this passage by Ringu Tulku that helped matters unfold all the better for me in a book I bought several years ago: See "directly without adding any concept or philosophy. Within this clear vision there is not the slightest doubt about anything, so there is no need for clinging or running away… Although we see that others are suffering greatly, we know that their suffering is almost needless. They are not doomed to be in pain, because their suffering just comes from a wrong way of seeing and reacting. If they could see how things truly are, they would not suffer anymore." Ringu Tulku, Daring Steps Toward Fearlessness: The Three Vehicles of Buddhism at 58 (Snow Lion Publications, 2005).
As Geshe Kelsant Gyatso says:
"A controlled mind will remain calm and happy no matter what the
conditions." How to reach that controlled mind that will remain calm and
happy? For me, it starts with finding fulfillment from inside me, and not from
the vagaries of the weather and public opinion. To find fulfillment from
inside, one must find peace. Meditation and mindfulness are an important
part of that, whether the moving meditation of taijiquan or sitting meditation. So is following the path of zero. There is no out there for the mind. Everything unfolds from finding internal fulfillment.
When I feel fulfilled, unblocked, and abundant in my health and well being, I am closer to success for my clients and me, and in inspiring my clients — and having them inspire me back — on the path to victory. When I wake up feeling dread over the state of the world, I am helping nobody.
Few people feel up at all times. When we feel down, one approach is to summon what makes us feel up. It can be as small as a favorite song. When possible, just walking outside in the sun — or even in the clouds — can dissipate the negative energy. We do not need a vacation hundreds of miles away from home to clear the cobwebs holding all sorts of vermin to get back to center. Getting to center starts with what is inside us, and not with getting to the world’s most magnificent nature scene nor the nation’s best performing artist. As much as those external things can enhance our internal development, our internal self always is with us, and is there for us to improve.
Being in human bodies, also important to our sense of internal fulfillment is good diet rest and exercise. How wonderful it was to hear a client who had endured decades of severe depression tell me how much better he has been feeling from just a few months vsiting the gym.
Thanks to my teachers who have inspired me on this path. They include my wife, my son, my friend and peace teacher Jun Yasuda (who vibrates highly with her drumming and chanting), Steve Rench, SunWolf, my taijiquan teachers Julian Chu and Ben Lo, Ho’oponopono teacher and proponent Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ven. Thubten Chodron, Ram Dass, Jon Kabat Zinn, Wayne Dyer, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama.