Let Your Life Speak

Jared Angaza
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I Am Loving Awareness
I just watched the new Netflix documentary, Ram Dass, Going Home. I've followed Ram for many years, but this short (31 min) film follows Ram through some of his deepest, most personal and enlightened moments. The cinematography is visually stunning and creative. I was captivated and moved to tears by his words. This film is like watching a poem. It's so elegant and thoughtful. Ram is a true sage. I hope you'll bless yourself with this beautiful work of art. You can also visit the website here

Own Your Dreams, No Judgments
The Tory Burch Foundation provides access to capital, education, and resources to empower women entrepreneurs. Their latest PSA is packed full of wisdom and some of the world's biggest celebrities. Their Embrace Ambition on April 24th is designed to "confront stereotypes and create new norms" for women. Thier #EmbraceAmbition hashtag is being used for uploading images to social media that "celebrate the women in our lives that have been our champions". Suffice it to say, I love what they stand for, and they are doing it with thoughtfulness and style. 

To some, the ocean is a fearsome and dangerous place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom, and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, FISHPEOPLE tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids in San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean, and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore. The sea is part of me. I'm always drawn to it and I am my best self when I am near it. This film speaks my language. Such a beautiful journey. You can also find it on Netflix here
Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are
able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.
Rudolf Steiner  
You can find my ongoing Inspiration Page on my podcast website, packed full of all the books, films,
organizations and gurus that have formed my perspective and inspired me to live a more harmonious life. 

What Would You Do on Purpose? 

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms..."
Henry David Thoreau 

I've always strived to live deliberately. It's rare that I do or even say something unintentionally. I weigh the possible outcomes and contemplate everything. The reason is that I just care, a lot. I want to be a light in people's, and that requires intentionality. 

I've always been a student of Thoreau and often revisit his works for inspiration. I think many people see his work as an overarching philosophy of living a life of purpose and depth. While I agree, I think it goes deeper than that.

Thoreau valued each moment, each nuance, every interaction with humanity and nature, every response, every thought, and word. He did not want to "practice resignation". 

When I hear someone say, "it's fine, it's not that big of a deal", or "don't worry about it, we'll just..." or "it will be fine", and other statements of that nature, it makes me cringe. It feels like such a wasted opportunity, and in some ways, a deliberately negative investment.

We always have a choice. Always. 

I believe Thoreau was challenging us to be deliberate about each and every moment, not just the big picture. For our lives are but a collection of fleeting moments strung together to create our reality. 

In each moment, I don't look for the easiest or quickest path or look to the status quo to inform my response. Instead, I ask myself, "What would you do on purpose". If I really thought about the best response to this person, this circumstance, this opportunity, what would I do or say? 

I want to live an intentional life full of purpose, fulfillment, and joy. And I believe that path is forged by intentionality in every moment, not just the big ones. 

In each moment, ask yourself, "What would I do on purpose?". 
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