Let’s change the world.
Zaadz, the finest social networking site with a purpose, has started a wonderful daily prompt about the things that matter most in our lives.
It’s a lofty ideal, but we couldn’t expect anything less from a site that has a mission to change the world. The prompts are inspiring and give plenty of room to navigate our own thoughts through. I’m hoping to keep doing the prompts as often as I can.
I didn’t manage to start when the project began on the 21st, so I’ll play catchup here.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
I would take bold actions without worrying about finances. My biggest fear is losing financial stability. It prevents me from doing many things I would if it was not a concern for me. If I didn’t worry about this I’d be free to be the nomadic writer-mystic I’ve always felt called to be. Within the fear is a very real danger of being paralyzed by poverty, but I still need to start taking some more daring steps if I want to live as I wish.
What’s your dream job? Describe it.
My three greatest passions are writing, mysticism and travel, so my ideal job has to include those. Being the nomadic writer-mystic I wrote of in my last response doesn’t have too many job listings that fit, though. Making a living writing would be the closest to my ideal job I’ll find in reality, but Zaadz is infected with idealism, so I’ll stick with that. I couldn’t imagine a better life than this: traveling the world, studying with teachers as I did and then blogging about it with clarity, living on sponsorships of the site.
What is one book that has changed your life? How?
The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development was the one. Like a lot of folks at Zaadz, reading Ken Wilber for the first time was a milestone that irrevocably changed me. Coming out of a postmodern period that had left me in a bit of a bleak spot, his integral works were refreshing and gave me more hope than I could put into words. While his whole body of work has been invaluable to me, and his later books better written, I still look back at the first reading of The Atman Project as a pivotal moment in my life.
- Shed possessions, so that I can have everything I own fit into the trunk of a car.
- Create a location-independent income source.
- Finalize a long-term structure for my Integral Life Practice.
- Socialize more frequently.
- Read every book I have in paper.
- Speak a second language or three (French, Spanish, Arabic).
- Find a meditation teacher.
- Enliven my circle of friends.
- Reinvent my wardrobe.
- Become tattooed.