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KarmaTube: Sit Happens.

Please do click the link above to watch this short video showing Timber Hawkeye.  Hawkeye is the author of “Buddhist Boot Camp.” He started a blog about his spiritual journey and was followed by so many that he created this simple methodology for those who were not ready to study the extensive Buddhist texts.  Timber Hawkeye is a young man who is a Shining Beacon and model for other young folk to look inward.  So wonderful to have young people walking the Path and inviting others along.  His premise is that Gratitude leads to Happiness and when we give ourselves permission to Sit and be Mindful we can become our best, breath by breath. Please do share this post with folks both young and not so young, as encouragement for the ranks are widening…another Pleasant Being on the Planet! Namaste

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  1. Matt Tuckerman
    After watching this video, I actually sat for quite some time and reflected on what I had heard. Everything Timber Haweye says is so enlightening. Today, people are always focusing on their phones and all the technology, rather than the important issues. We should be so thankful for everything that we are blessed with. Timber says we only need 2 words to in order to be happy – “Be grateful’. We don’t have to always pursue happiness, because sometimes we just get lost in the cycle of happiness. Take time to love life, embrace everything worth appreciating. We must focus on the positive and transform our minds by giving our heart to the divine all the time. Sometimes we forget that our bodies take care of us, by waking us up & keeping us healthy. We take so much for granted that we forget the things that are essential to living. We don’t need all these material objects to stay happy & alive, we just like to think that they are helping our cause. Sometimes, all it takes it taking a step back and just being aware & appreciative of the life and world around you.

  2. Hawkeye immediately makes an important point in the beginning of his lecture by saying that all of our suffering is self inflicted. People complaining about certain things brought about these certain things upon themselves. As humans I do believe we tend to self destruct whether we realize that or not. I thought it was inspiring for him to think of others even during his own journey. He wanted to be of help to others so he came out of being secluded to guide others like us onto a path to happiness. The question of happiness has been circulating for the entire history of humanity. We do chase happiness constantly but maybe if we stop looking for it we might just find it within ourselves. We could start to appreciate our lives more this way.

  3. People are so quick to worry about what they don’t have versus what they do. It is hard to stay grateful in our society where every single advertisement and media is trying to promote something you don’t have. New phones and technology is coming out every year and new clothing trends as well. And if you don’t have those things then society condemns you. All things from TV shows to movies try to promote a standard of living that we all try to live for. Most of us can’t afford it but we still try to reach it. That is why I thought the Ted Talk was so eye opening. People with money would complain that they didn’t and people with health problems took no effort to try to improve themselves when they had the resources.

  4. Buddhism is vast. That also goes to show for all other spiritualities or belief systems. There are branches off of branches; concepts and ideas leading to other concepts and ideas. The whole tree of it all almost feels endless. With the extensive amount of material that comes from these spiritualities, or in this particular case, Buddhism, it’s highly unlikely that each individual, who wants to become more in touch with their spiritual side through this belief system, will read all “extensive Buddhist texts”. They will more than likely find a text that condenses the general morals talked about in the larger texts, but in a way that summarizes it without that extra quality. Timber Hawkeye is an author who did just that; condense the larger texts into a book called Buddhist Boot Camp.
    On top of his service to the Buddhist society, Hawkeye goes into detail on his personal morals that are his own. While they may be common, or even incorporated into Buddhism, he’s re-invented them in his own life. In a way, this is something others do in their own lives as well. We adopt and interpret ideas/morals into our lives and go about our days with them in mind. It’s done naturally as an attempt to make ourselves more comfortable in our own skin. In the video, Sit Happens, Timber delves into his own little “prescriptions” of internal contentment. As humans, we form our own problems and work towards possible successes. All of this contemplation and conscious thinking is consistently happening in our present, and in the midst of this thought process are decisions that revolve around a steady peace of mind.
    Hawkeye’s TED talk delved specifically into gratitude and what it means to be grateful in your every day life. Without gratitude, you lack empathy; you lack that genuine human connection with the world around you. Timber Hawkeye, after staying with several host families across the country, had his perception on gratitude expanded. Every one, as I stated earlier, creates their own problems. We pick and choose what we care about; what we invest our time in, and if something goes wrong, we decide to be upset or unhappy about it. We choose to move on or dwell. Our lives, as Timber touches upon in his talk, have moved “beyond survival”. While we do thrive to maintain life, we also have an influx of personality all around. We’re so much more involved now and with this involvement, some things, such as the ability to reach an inner peace in our self inflicted problems, are inhibited. Mostly seen in teenagers and young adults, although not unheard of in adults as well, is the nasty habit of wallowing in their own self pity. They refuse to move forward with their lives; they refuse to better themselves because they want to play the part of the victim, because in some ways, it makes them feel important. But they forget that peace at the heart and mind, is so much more worth it. The patience is worth it, but people need to get into the habit of indulging in the sanctity of defining “enough”. I thoroughly enjoyed Hawkeye’s tone and diction when delivering this TED talk. His voice, in itself, was peaceful and very soothing and the way he developed his idea to the audience throughout the talk was very intriguing. It pulled me in.

    This week, I completed the Isha Kriya 6 times. Given that I missed class on Monday, I made time to complete the IK more than the average amount.

  5. I liked this video very much. It described the pursuit of happiness. When trying to find happiness oftentimes we explore and try to find it in other places, other people, other experiences, etc. However Timber Hawkeye explains that there is a much easier way to find happiness and that is to search within yourself. He says that people would be much happier if we simply paused our busy lives for a few minutes each day and took a portion of our time to sit, be quiet, and relax. He says we do not need to pursue anything or buy anything. He says that all of our suffering is self inflicted, and that those he has met who complain of physical pains are often their own cause for the pains (he describes obesity related illnesses and pains in his TED talk). He says “These people are so poor, all they have is money.” This means that people try to retreat into their own wealth in an attempt to cover up their own sadness and suffering and that they need to be able to look into themselves and find peace. He says that you are of no good to the world if you try to find peace tucked away in the mountains and that you should be spreading love and hopefulness to others whom you encounter in an attempt to better others and to feel better about yourself for helping those people.

  6. I have been listening to TED talks for a few years now, and I find them to be very interesting and beneficial ways of getting people from all walks of life and study together to share their ideas and strategies for designing a new world through technology, entertainment and so on. Timber Hawkeye is a one of these many individuals to address the large body of listeners and viewers with ideas he has created to create not only a better world, but a happier one as well. The topic of his talk is happiness and how most people in the world are in a fruitless pursuit of it. Hawkeye claims that our suffering is mostly self-inflicted, and while we each have a hunger for inner peace, we do not think to slow down and be grateful for what we already have in our lives.

    As Timber Hawkeye puts it, the fruitlessness of our pursuit for happiness comes from our tendency as a people to “cover our eyes and complain that it is dark.” This means that we get in our own way by constantly complaining about what we don’t have, and why we should have more, instead of taking stock of what we do have and being grateful for those things. By doing this, we turn what we have into enough, and that what the true definition of being rich should be. And perhaps this is achievable on an individual level with some time and practice, but Timber suggests that we will go much farther as a people, and will be much more successful, if we try to achieve happiness and gratefulness in larger communities.

    Personally, I think the TED Talk by Timber Hawkeye is beneficial for anyone who feels listless and that they are constantly wanting for more in their lives. By simply recognizing that our bodies perform a miracle everyday by waking us up from sleep and allowing us to breathe and move, and being grateful for that miracle, we can become so much more fulfilled. It is true, we often take so for granted the fact that we are alive so much by chance. There is so little that we control in this world, in the long run. By reminding ourselves to be grateful and mindful will not only makes us a richer people, but a healthier people as well.

  7. Watching TImber Hawkeye’s Ted Talk inspired me in numerous ways that will further not only my experience in the world but others as well. I sat and thought about all the beautiful elements that exist in my life: health, family, friends and the ability to educated in photography. The video discuss how people always looking for something but we forget to acknowledge the blessings we have around us. Hawkeye states that being grateful is the key to all happiness, once you acknowledge this you can not help but project through a “Lens of Love.” This expression resonated with me so deeply because it combines my two favorite things; I have been writing it everywhere. Transforming your mind to be openness and present can allow love to radiate to the world. Hawkeye talks about how crucial it is to teach the next generation about the practice of sitting and reflecting on the things you are grateful for. It seems everyone is always doing ten different things at once and feeling terrible sorry for themselves over nothing they can’t handle; slowing down builds stability that exclude you from this vicious cycle. Another part of the video filled with enlightenment was humans blindly trust our bodies, that it will function everyday. We take our bodies for granted until the moment we begin to lose them. Overall, Timber Hawkeye nourished my experience of this short astonishing thing we call life.

  8. I am lucky to feel that gratitude has been a relevant concept in my life, enforced heavily by my dance teachers. As a student, I was always encouraged to think about and dissect gratitude, understand my privilege, and accept the benefits of gratitude.

    I too agree with those who support the narrative that states that much of our misery is self-inflicted. I am not surprised when I hear very heated complaints throughout the day that are sim[ly not worthy of such strong negative energy. As a hopeful educator, gratitude is a subject I am curious to tackle. I am eager to learn of its relationship with children, and how it can be more heavily implemented into their lives. Gratitude is especially necessary for millennials. A lot of us have been so fortunate with the resources we have been provided with and have been blind in seeing what others “received”.

    I believe the most beneficial gratitude is that for one’s self. When we can be thankful for our self, what we do, and who we are, we will in turn give that happiness to others. Gratitude should not always be seen as a task, but a luxury rather.

  9. As Hawkeye states in the video, our attention span is short. We only see what is immediately placed in front of us, consistently being told to keep going and move forward. You think to yourself, “how can I improve my lifestyle?” A bigger house, a better car, a better job, to get these bigger and better things.

    In the end, in this quest for making your life better, you will never be satisfied. All you will be doing is looking past the good thing that you have already have, even if that thing isn’t a thing at all. In our
    fast-paced way of life, we are never told to stop, only to keep moving forward. This just perpetuates this unsuccessful quest to suffering. This suffering that is indeed self-inflicted.

    Healing starts from within, and goes outward towards others. If you take a moment to reflect, just sit, breathe, and be grateful, this will help you and indeed help others around you. It needs to begin with you, by having a better outlook, this will make a difference in your daily life and in turn make others respond to your positivity. By making a conscience effort, it will be one step closer to having a better, more grateful world.

  10. This was a really great Ted Talk to watch. The quote that struck me most was something along the lines of feeling bad for those who complain the most because they are so poor they only have money. This really does ring true, and we are so dependent on material things that we are never satisfied and don’t appreciate what we have. Gratitude seems to be a dying attitude, and if we simply stripped away the things that are holding us back by finding contentment in what we have and knowing that we have enough, we could be genuinely happy and grateful.

    The society we live in pushes us to believe that nothing we have is ever enough. We are always being talked into buying bigger and better, or new and improved. It is hard to peel ourselves away from such an appealing ideal where we are always looking forward to something that will make us feel content for a while.

    It is our individual responsibility to counteract this. We must try not to be swayed by those who try to convince us that our worth and our happiness lies within our wallet and our collection of expensive items. Is it easier to live a life with tons of money and stuff? Of course. But is it more fulfilling? More meaningful? Typically that is not the case. We need to focus our energies on being present, content with what we have and are given, and find it in our hearts to be grateful for each and every minute that we are gifted with this one life.

  11. When we are young, we are taught forms of gratefulness. We are taught to say thank you upon receiving something, and even give thanks to a higher power. For me, this was essential. I was taught to always say grace when my great-grandmother served me food, and I wasn’t even allowed to say thank you to her before I did to God. I would always try to do my best to be grateful. I didn’t like when I forgot to say it and had to be reminded that I should say thank you. I knew what it meant to be grateful. I was grateful.
    However, I would often be told that I was ungrateful. Those words would grate my ears and hurt my heart. Those words came from my mother, who felt deeply hurt when I didn’t notice when she did something for me. She always did, and still does, a lot for me. She was a single parent. The littlest things were major for her. They took a lot of effort. I didn’t notice. I thought that’s just what parents did.
    I thought I was grateful as a child. The experiences I had as a child have molded me in a way that has caused me to be very, very cautious about showing thanks to someone when they do something for me. I haven’t however, learned to be grateful for and with myself.

    • This honest essay reads like the beginning of a revealing classic novel….I hope you keep this and develop it over time, because you will continually grow in different ways and your perspective may or may not. I’ll look for your finished product on the bookstore shelf or movie production! Namaste

  12. I always begin these listening and viewing journals by reading the little blurbs either underneath or above the video itself, just to get a sense of what the media will be about. With that being said, I was very excited to discover that this final journal would be about gratitude and how being grateful makes whatever we have enough. As a person with anxiety, I have often struggled with the idea of never being good enough, and I often try and feel grateful for what I have, but the negativity tends to slide back into my mind and makes it difficult. However, now that I have gotten older and met so many other people who are experiencing the same things that I am, I have become aware that the suffering I am experiencing is all because of me. I am always working to be better than others with whom I am residing with, and I never take a minute to sit and just breathe. Now that I am partaking in the Hatha yoga practice, though, I can gladly say that I am getting better at taking time to myself and being happy with who I am as a person.
    I can relate very strongly to Timber Hawkeye’s use of humor at the beginning of the video in regards to health. I have often struggled with my weight, and constantly fight myself to make myself thinner, and yet, instead of going out and doing the work, I sit in my room, watching Youtube videos, and pigging out on whatever I can find in my dorm room. However, even when I am facing all of this internal conflict, as Hawkeye suggests, all I desire is for the conflict to stop, and with every conversation I have had with others throughout my life, I have realized that I am not alone in this. With the invention of social media, we spend all of our time searching for happiness in 160 characters of text, and when we do not receive more than 100 likes on a photo or a facebook post, we look down on ourselves. Our society is at the highest suicide rate we have ever encountered, and it all resides in young women, because the media is so overpowering, it is all we have to look up to. However, with Hatha yoga, we are taught to look within ourselves for something to be proud of and grateful for, and I have noticed an increase in the amount of times I look in the mirror, and am able to smile.
    I have learned to be grateful for the two legs and two arms that I have been given, the ability to talk and share my opinions with those around me. There are so many people who don’t have this ability, whether it be because of the fear of retaliation or negative responses, and there are others who do not have the two legs and two arms that come with birth, because they were out on war ground fighting for our right to use our limbs. Whenever a new baby is born, and before the gender is announced, the mother and father will say, “I don’t care what gender they are, just as long as they are happy and healthy. That is ‘enough.’” As Hawkeye states, being successful, such as a successful child, means being happy, and in turn, being enough, and I believe that this idea is something every young child refutes at some point in their life. However, we always believe that being enough is having the most expensive car, or beautiful clothes, when, in reality, it is knowing that what is really important lies within our minds and our hearts.
    With the final paragraph of the final journal in sight, I have sort of become upset that my participation in the Isha Kriya will soon come to a close. These journals have really assisted me in evaluating what is important in my life, what I must change, and who I really am on the inside, all with the help of focusing my breath with the Isha Kriya. I have completed the Isha Kriya for a final 8 times this week, leaving me at a final total of 62 participations in the Isha Kriya. Throughout the yoga practice, I have noticed a very clear difference in how I perceive myself and the world around me. I no longer disagree with my roommate about their work ethic, or stress over the crazy amount of homework I have, that which comes with the territory of a double major and a minor. Instead, I decide to take 15 minutes to myself every day, and just breathing, centering my focus between my eyebrows, and relaxing. I am not sure if I will continue with the Isha Kriya as often as I do now once the class has ended, but I do believe that I will take more time to myself, even if just to remind myself that I am enough.

  13. “SUFFERING IS SELF-INFLICTED” and “BREATHING IS A GIFT”

    Are the two lines that resonates with me in this video. First off i must say, I appreciate the spokesman for sharing his words. Before this class, I never knew how happy one can be with just 12 minutes of breathing in the morning. 12 minutes of not thinking , or worrying about what class I have today, or what am I going to eat or is there hot water in there shower. And for those 12 minutes, I sit in the center of my room and just appreciate the simply fact that I’m alive and breathing. And by doing this every morning, my days became happier, calmer, brighter. Yes! brighter! I legit go outside and I notice things within my environment that I’ve never did before. Little things like the color of my building is actually dark brown and not maroon. And though I’m going on a tangent , i just wanted to stress how just sitting and breathing as a practice overtime can really have positive results within the body and mind.

    Sit + Breathe Happens.

    This TedX Honolulu talk by Timber, made me realize the importance and benefits of practicing yoga.

  14. I agree with this man on a level that I felt like I was alone in. People create their own suffering and their lack of self-awareness is a consistently crippling problem. I’m lucky to have enough money to eat, enough money to put a roof over my head, and have hot water running in the shower. Remembering this keeps you centered, as Hawkeye states.
    I appreciate this man’s ability to simplify a lot of the dense buddhist principles and apply them in a way that makes a modern American person understand. He uses examples that I cab relate to. My aunt is a millionaire and complains about her poverty daily.

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