I’m enjoying some rare down time sitting on the sofa as the Denver Broncos beat up on the San Diego Chargers on a tranquil Sunday afternoon following a busy Saturday involving both business and pleasure.  I met up with a colleague for lunch at Horsefeather’s Market, where I also had the pleasure of crossing paths with some of my favorite people, before heading off to enjoy a bowling and dinner outing with the family.  I was able to log some “Charlie fun time” as he meandered about the bowling alley before we migrated over to the local Brewpub where there was an hour wait to accommodate a party of 12.  By the time we were seated everyone was ravenous and even Charlie scarfed down his grilled cheese before getting fidgety in his high chair.  I took him outside for a bit enjoying the January thaw temps as he climbed like a monkey about the outdoor furniture.  I love that little guy bunches.

WNY managed to survive the Blizzard of 2014 following a rare arctic event known as a “Polar Vortex” resulting in wind-driven lake effect snow squalls that dumped over 2 feet in some areas within a 36 hour period.  Down here by the lake we absorbed the brunt of it and at one point lost power with sub-zero temps.  I was suddenly alarmed given the loss of heat in such bitter cold, remaining calm as I went to snag my headlamp.  There was really no option to drive somewhere given the magnitude of the event and the ambient air became noticeably cooler within minutes.  I called my brother to check the local utility’s website where he confirmed numerous outages within our zip code.  I was going over my options from turning all the faucets on to prevent bursting frozen pipes and sleeping in my running vehicle.  Less than 20 minutes later the power was restored and the emergency plan of action was tabled.

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed since this potent new year has begun with an exceptionally full slate of searches under way at the day job and a depleted team following attrition toward the latter half of 2013.  There’s money to be made right now and at the risk of spreading myself my thin my focus is turning toward making hay as the sun shines to collect a tidy bonus come spring.   However, I did just recently get introduced by a good friend and trusted colleague to an intriguing and promising opportunity to be part of something amazing in 2014.  This will be the social network for entrepreneurs and is the first of its kind with the potential to attract millions of established and aspiring leaders holding a shared vision for global collaboration.  We are set to launch January 25th and these next 2 weeks present a narrow window to introduce this to others of like-mind before it goes viral.  Drop me a comment if you want to be among the pioneers of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In common wealth,

SjK

So here we are at an arbitrary though collectively agreed upon transition point known as New Year’s Day 2014.  There are many potent cycles converging from the first new moon in 19 years occurring on January 1st to a more personal 13 year anniversary of a class in self-awareness, responsibility and unconditional love that I began in February 2001 on the Tuscarora Nation.  As I reflect back upon those “times long past” I am in awe at just how much life has been packed into the years with such a diversity of experiences, and with it tremendous expansion in my capacity for love.  As much as it tends to be cliche to make our resolutions for the coming year in the hopes of embarking upon new territory, I genuinely feel poised for an immense growth spurt in the coming days, weeks and months.  It is almost like the “payoff” or ROI for the steadfast dedication I’ve held upon a spiritual path for over half my life now.  I’ve paid my dues and earned my stripes.  I can just feel it in the air, or the ether.

And so today I slept in until 9AM and began my day jotting down personal and professional goals to be achieved over the next 365 days with love and goodness to all concerned.  Last night I enjoyed gathering with some of my family for a lavish dinner replete with lobster, twice-baked potatoes and champagne.  There was much talk at the table around development of new healthy habits to overwrite the default habits that result in our steady deterioration.  As the evening carried on I found myself increasingly anti-social, which is unusual for me, and opted to drive home rather than overnight at my parents’ house.  I sauntered down to the beach shortly before midnight amid a steady lake effect snowfall to set a powerful intention on the icy shores of Lake Erie with arms stretched to the heavens above honoring the four directions and all my relations.  It was the first time I’d celebrated the annual penultimate moment in solitude since perhaps I was a child asleep in my dreams.  In this regard, it was as though I’m reborn.

I get a sense that every area of my life is going to “upgrade” to some degree from my health to my finances to my vocation to my relationships to people with whom I feel strongly aligned in mind, body and spirit.  And it will all come about in direct correlation to the number of people and magnitude by which I am able to inspire, empower and connect through insight.  It is my intention to harness the momentum of energies converging to enjoy the best year ever as I assist others in making it their best one ever.  In closing, I defer to my colleague Mark Twain…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore.

Dream.

Discover.

In common wealth,

SjK

 

 

 

 

I’m sitting at the kitchen table on an unseasonably mild winter morning with The Beatles Let It Be streaming after a hearty home-cooked breakfast of kohlrabi and eggs washed down with organic Love Buzz coffee giving thanks for the words of wisdom in this life.  Whilst skinning the kohlrabi to prepare for a healthier alternative to the traditional starchy potato homefries I managed to graze the top of my middle finger.  As the blood stained white chunks of the cabbage relative it occurred to me that this earthly existence is a series of problems, or perhaps riddles and puzzles to make it more intriguing, each with its own unique solution.  If you cut yourself apply pressure to the wound until bleeding ceases.  If you’re hungry eat food, or you will starve, thirsty you must hydrate or risk dehydration, cold you must turn up the heat or risk hypothermia.  And these problems or “challenges” are just the surface at the core of basic survival 101.

In an increasingly fast-paced and complex digital world we face many more problems on a daily basis to maintain our well-being in mind, body and spirit.  The good news is that no problem or challenge can exist without a solution, just as in math even the most complex “problem” can be reduced to its simplest parts.  Entrepreneurs often excel at identifying problems and supplying solutions to the market, or community, depending on your worldview.  In some instances, this may even be achieved without profit as the primary motivator when embarking upon an endeavor.  When we are infused with the “purpose motive” we expand into greater metaphysical frontiers hitherto unknown.  And if that purpose is rooted in a foundation of love we naturally set things in motion to lead a life of wonder and unlimited possibilities.

So once again we prepare to wrap up this calendar year and embark upon another 365 day journey of inquiry and experience.  I find myself drawn inward to take inventory, introspect and reflect upon what has transpired and how I might best apply new insights and understandings going forward into 2014.  Among the many emails surging into my inbox this morning I enjoyed one from a Swedish chap, Henrik, who hosts a Positivity Blog.  The message for his subscribers is a reminder to take good care of our self in the upcoming year, to have an “awesome and self-kind 2014!”  This is not a new message for me as I’ve been practicing this path of responsibility and transformation for over a decade.  However, it is a poignant reminder as I survey the scene and all the blessed demands upon my time, whether in my career, or family and social circle, or financial commitments, it all comes back to how well I care for myself in direct correlation to the level of service I can provide for all my relations.  Aho Mitakuye Oyashin!

In common wealth,

SjK

 

It is the night before the night before Christmas and not a critter is stirring other than a 6’3″ 230 lb. hominid listening to a recorded webinar “How to create a Killer Niche Kindle Book in a few days.”  MNF blares in the other room as I craft this web log entry with each keystroke.  Life is abundantly full and I am enjoying the escalation of Prana, both within my energy field and the ambient surge from this Gemini moon.  To further stoke the kundalini force we’re on the uptick in the wake of the Winter Solstice, a pattern I am seeing more clearly linked to the ebb and flow of my creative faculties.  These next six months hold immense potential for envisioning, assembling and erecting a lifestyle of conscious design.

My employer gifted me with a one month unlimited supply of yoga classes and a gift card to the local health food chain, a very generous and appropriate holiday bonus.  Taking my physical wellness to the next level is among the areas of focus as we wrap up 2013, and I anticipate an “upgrade in my apps” to be reflected in all areas of my life in 2014.  I am excited about the possibilities and surging potentialities in my various ventures from a life on the farm to an Internet campaign inspiring the masses to being Spirit Father to a most special prodigal nephew to tapping into financial resources hitherto untapped.   There are a dizzying array of moving parts at present, although I find myself not being overwhelmed as I would have prior to this most recent quantum leap in awareness and expansion.  My capacity for love has blown out psychic debris and the purification is leaving no cell unturned.

We come into this life with only so much time, yet we are immortal in our essence.  We may add years to our life through good self-care and wise action in our daily endeavors; however, adding life to our years is an even more profound aim.  We only get one shot in this body, in this incarnation to be the change we seek in the world.  I am encouraged by the acceleration of people awakening to the Truth of who they are as an alternative to the crippling illusion of fear that we see disseminated by the media, or in classrooms and even delivered in sermons by those who claim to be ordained.  In this regard, I consider myself a leader and in a position of immense responsibility in sharing my ministry with the world.  We live in times of rapid change and extraordinary demands upon our time and attention.  Thank you for sharing in this journey with me in the role you play for me as I play mine in yours.

In common wealth,

SjK

“Your resources are always far greater than you imagine them to be. Never ask, “Can I do this?”
Ask instead, “How can I do this?”

— Dan Zadra: entrepreneur, creator of inspiring books and gifts

Taking inventory I realize that it has been over 2 weeks since my last blog post, ostensibly an indication of just how full life has been since Thanksgiving.  We’ve experienced quite the snowfall in a recent string of days including another icy blast off the lake this evening as I was returning home after spending a joyful the afternoon visiting family.  Evidently, the squall caught highway crews by surprise as roads were unplowed resulting in traffic slowing to a crawl and several stranded vehicles on the roadside.  Just a few nights ago I was among this class of stranded motorists following a blown radiator and transmission return line.  Fortunately, my neighbors were home and I was just a couple of miles from the house the way the crow flies.  The roadside assistance agent from my insurance company called 8 tow companies, each of whom were not available to respond to the scene, before then contacting authorities who dispatched a truck at the police contract rate of $150.00 plus tax.  Another chunk of change on top of that for repairs at the mechanic shop and I was back in the saddle again by the weekend.

So here it is a Sunday night and I’m rather exhausted in preparation for the work week.  Shoveling snow has become an addition to my fitness regimen and keeping up with my nephew Charlie during the football game this afternoon required an investment of energy as well, all done with great adoration.  He is in constant motion exploring everything he comes in contact with, and still getting his bearings as a bi-pedal bouncing off tables, chairs and feet.  He has been aptly dubbed “Pinball” by Grandpa.  At one point he was sitting on my knee and we were playing with a bottle opener tied to a string.  I paused to whisper mantras or affirmations in his ear, including how much we love him and how grateful we are that he is here in this world with us at this time and how amazing a spirit he is to share his love with us.  He was completely attentive as I spoke.  At another point he was sitting next to me on the sofa completely enamored with my phone, playing with it as if he was texting someone.  My sister took a photo of us and uploaded it to the social network, drawing numerous likes and comments.  I feel so blessed to have this developing soul in my life and look forward to spending our first Christmas season together.

A friend and business partner shared with me a video of an astrologer  delivering a message, or cipher, on the potency of the upcoming full moon in Gemini.  “Change or be changed,” to sum up what she portends for the planet over the course of this lunar cycle.  I could feel a sense of anticipation, in part anxiety and in part delight, for this latest opportunity to “upgrade” my consciousness and embrace the changes in scenery in all areas of my life heading into 2014.  Fear of the unknown often prevents us from moving forward in our life, and in so doing, leaves us prone to stagnancy, decay and ultimately an untimely death.  As I’ve walked this earthly plane learning who I am and my mission in this life, I have become familiar with the periodic nudges to move beyond the comfort zone.  In so doing, I continue to grow into my fullest potential as a spiritual being having this human experience.  Change is the only constant.  Love is the only aim.

In common wealth,

SjK

 

I just returned from a walk down to the water and caught my mistress dipping below the illuminated horizon, nourishment for the spirit on a cold late autumn day.  Spaghetti squash is baking in the oven in preparation for an evening’s repast and the solitude which had nudged me out of the comfort zone in recent days now feels like a gift to cherish.  My body is weary in the wake of an all day moving brigade that began in the morning and did not wrap up until well after darkness fell over the hills and valleys of southern Wyoming County.  I also managed to rise early today and meet a friend for a hike to see a local landmark known as The Eternal Flame, a natural gas leak emerging from the earth, and a flickering flame providing a mystical scene with water trickling over the ice-encrusted strata.   I’d known about Gaslight, as it is also affectionately known, for over 20 years and even tried to find it once before to no avail.  I guess I can scratch it off my bucket list, although I don’t really have one.

Yesterday was an immense exercise in relocation from an urban crib to a farm homestead for my dearest friends Matt, Amy and Erin.  Together with our extended tribe of like-vibrational souls, we strategically filled a 26′ rental truck with sofas, beds, bureaus, tables, chairs and dozens of boxes before hauling off caravan-style to the countryside.  It was a sunup to sundown ordeal, though we made it as fun as we could transmuting the physical stress of heavy lifting and scurrying about, coupled with the emotional stress of uprooting an entire life to a new space.  After 12 hours we all sat down with a cold beverage in the newly furnished Great Room taking in the new environs with joy in our hearts.  Even the cats quickly acclimated as smiles abundantly circulated.  I felt blessed to be present for the culminating point of a vision that had been in motion for years, and look forward to the memories yet created in a legacy with goodness to all concerned.

It has been a memorable and enriching Thanksgiving holiday this year beginning with the Friendsgiving to kick off the week, followed by the more traditional gathering of family on the last Thursday of November.  I am reminded in moments like these how blessed I am in my relationships, truly an area of abundance and appreciation in my life.  We managed to seat 45 grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, in-laws, aunts and uncles for a delightful feast as my cousin’s opened their spacious abode to host with grace and warmth.  I really enjoyed spending more quality time with Charlie, who was not behaving very well at the table and so Uncle Sean took him to go play soccer and drums so my sister could relax.  He was among the stars of the show for the day as several cousins of the younger generation walked, bobbled and crawled about the various rooms.  As the years continue to scroll we can only pray this generation will continue to enjoy the solidarity of faith, family and friends.

In common wealth,

SjK

 

The first arctic blast of the season has ushered in blustery conditions with wind-driven snow sticking to the trunks of trees and the lake roiling under siege from a northwesterly gale.  Despite the fierce breeze I made it down to catch sunset while getting in some reps with the Joe D Bands before a sprint to get my ticker thumping and a steadfast retreat to warmth.  We are just a few weeks away from the darkest day of the year in the solstice and a Thanksgiving feast lies ahead in just a few days.  Our family managed to come up with a solution following the loss of a veteran’s post we had used for over 4 decades that could seat 40+ for the annual turkey and fixings extravaganza.  My cousin Michael and his wife Kim graciously opened their spacious home to everyone averting the end of a long-standing family tradition.

I find myself immersed in a bit of loneliness after having spent the entire day out here at the beach.  The solitude has been a blessing up until the evening hours where I am inclined to be social, or to share some time with a significant other.  I was invited out to a couple of events taking place in the city this evening, including Love It Forward, a progressive movement to promote random acts of kindness in the community across political, racial and socioeconomic boundaries.  As much as I’d be honored to participate in the festivities I am finding myself preferring rest.  Last night was a blast gathering at my parents’ house with the siblings, friends of the family and of course my lil buddy Charlie.  I love him so much and he has really taken to me as we played soccer and drums on a set of pots and pans.  Folks were joking that he looks a lot like me, or I like him, and so the standing joke now is that I got a Colombian woman pregnant a little over a year ago.  I can’t wait to see him again in a few days.

I now find my focus shifting to more feminine, or yin values of late; physical wellness, family and social engagements with my dearest beloved tribe.  The shift is not boding as well from a career standpoint as my performance on the job continues to be ordinary at best.  I had a heart to heart with my employer earlier this week and admitted that my focus is on other areas, namely my health as my body is simply not functioning at the peak levels I have been accustomed to for 40 years.  I even reached out to make a an appointment with a physician after getting a referral from a friend, and without insurance I will be coming out of pocket to the tune of $200.00 for a physical.  And who knows what she recommends from the external assessment, blood work perhaps and another bill to absorb.  Whatever diagnoses I may receive I trust my body’s innate healing intelligence to restore optimal function, though not without a greater shift in mental and emotional awareness, not to mention lifestyle.   Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

I find myself in a nostalgic mode longing for the companionship that has eclipsed once again.  Browsing through old photos on the social network took me back to August 2008 on my wedding day, and then on to pics from a more recently concluded romance.  I thought to comment on the wedding photo, only to perhaps dredge up unsolicited recourse, and opted instead to let sleeping dogs lie.  I did “like” a photo taken of me by Hoyt Lake on a warm spring evening sharing a bottle of red to wash down our delightful repast, thus cascading it back into my live feed for others to see.  Ah yes ’tis the season to reflect and go inward and if we so choose to love what we see in the rear view mirror, to love it backward as it were.  Our mutual destiny is love, how we choose to arrive is the mission we came here to fulfill.

In common wealth,

SjK