Ziggy Marley Gets Real

December 8, 2009 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Low Density Lifestyle

The series, What Would a Low Density Lifestyle World Look Like? continues on.

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Ziggy Marley

Today, you can listen to  some words of wisdom from reggae musician Ziggy Marley.

Ziggy is the head of the reggae band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and is the son of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, Bob Marley.

Bob Marley was a prophet for a Low Density Lifestyle world, with such songs as One Love, Redemption Song, and Get Up, Stand Up.

And Ziggy’s no slouch either, with such songs as True to Myself, Tomorrow People and Love is My Religion.

In the above video, Ziggy talks about creativity, God, the universe, feeling connected, and intuition.

Love-Is-My-Religion_Ziggy-Marley,images_big,31,COOKCD382People who live a Low Density Lifestyle allow their creativity to flow, and allow themselves to be inspired by their connection to the spiritual dimension of life, and it is from that connection to the spiritual dimension that their creativity springs forth.

Low Density Lifestyle people also listen to their intuition and listen to their hearts. They feel, they sense, and they know what is right.

And so, listen to Ziggy get real and speak from his heart, and listen, both with your head and your heart. You may just feel inspired.

And below, you can watch three videos of Ziggy Marley.

The first is Ziggy and the Melody Makers doing his song True to Myself.  Next he’s doing the Curtis Mayfield classic People Get Ready.  And the last song is really classic: Ziggy Marley, accompanied by the Irish band The Chieftains, doing his dad’s enduring Redemption Song.

Be a Leader, Not a Follower

December 4, 2009 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Low Density Lifestyle

I continue on with this series, in which I pose the question, What would a Low Density Lifestyle world look like?

take bold stepsA Low Density Lifestyle world would be one of people with vision willing to take bold action, of being leaders not afraid to follow their dream and not afraid to come up with big ideas.

When you live a Low Density Lifestyle, you are capable of thinking more creatively and coming up with new and progressive ideas, because your mind becomes open to the infinite creative pulse of the Zero-Point Field.

For those living a Low Density Lifestyle, if you believe in your idea and your vision with all your heart, it will prevail. The British politician Tony Benn put it well when he said, “It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.”

Boldness-cmroseAnd Warren Bennis, the best-selling author, organizational consultant and founder of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, said, “Innovation— any new idea—by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires courageous patience.”

A Low Density Lifestyle person thinks for themselves and does not do what the crowd does. They go to the beat of their own drummer, and are not swayed by mass psychology and groupthink.

In the above video, you will see a prime example of this.  A man is dancing at a music festival all by himself, and people just look at him like he’s nuts.  But he doesn’t care, because he’s happy and having a great time being free.

boldnessThen one person joins him, and then another and another and another. And eventually it becomes a crowd, because people see that it’s what everyone else is doing, and it’s now acceptable behavior.

But it all started with one person. The leader.

And that could be you.

“Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Optimism: Looking for the Good

December 3, 2009 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Low Density Lifestyle

What would a Low Density Lifestyle world look like? This is the question I’m posing in this series.

Yesterday I discussed the work of Yoko Ono and Imagine Peace. That’s because a Low Density Lifestyle world would be a peaceful one.

A Low Density Lifestyle world would also be a world filled with optimistic people, people who look for the good – in themselves, in others, and in the world. These would be positive people, and positive people are people we all are naturally attracted to.

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So as the above video says, Optimism – Spread it Around.

Allow yourself to be infected with it, so you too can live in a Low Density Lifestyle world.

Imagine Peace: The Work of Yoko Ono

December 2, 2009 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Low Density Lifestyle

I posed the question, What Would a Low Density Lifestyle World Look Like? in yesterday’s introductory article in this series.

And I answered that it would be quite the awesome world – it would be a world of peace and of many great things, and a world filled with bold thinking visionaries who put their positive visions into action.

yoko onoIn today’s article, I want to focus on someone who has worked tirelessly for peace, for the cultivation of the imagination, and for the integration of the two, originally with her husband John Lennon, and then by herself. That person is Yoko Ono.

John of course, wrote the anthem for imagining peace, with his song Imagine. That song is featured in the video above.

Yoko Ono has, since John’s untimely passing, continued on in the same vein, with many varied activities, doing many things to encourage people to imagine peace, and imagine a more peaceful world.

John-Lennon-memorial***She worked with New York City to set up the Strawberry Fields gardens in Central Park. The highlight of Strawberry Fields is the word that is laid in brick: Imagine.

***This past summer, in collaboration with the Youngstown, Ohio State University Museum of Art, a billboard of hers was put up in downtown Youngstown. The billboard says quite simply enough, “Imagine Peace.”

The imagine peace billboard in downtown Youngstown, Ohio

The imagine peace billboard in downtown Youngstown, Ohio

***In April of this year, in Montreal, the Montreal Transit Corp. began broadcasting a 17-second message of peace and love from Yoko Ono on its public address system throughout the métro network.

“Bonjour Montréal, ici Yoko Ono!” it begins.

The rest of the message, in English, said, “Hi. This is Yoko! It’s time for action, and action is peace. Think peace; act peace; spread Peace and tell your friends to IMAGINE PEACE I love you!”

The Imagine Peace Tower

The Imagine Peace Tower

***On October 9, 2007, Yoko dedicated a new memorial called the Imagine Peace Tower located on the island of Vioey, 1 km outside the Skarfabakki harbor in Reykjavik, Iceland. Each year, between October 9 and December 8, it projects a vertical beam of light high into the sky.

It consists of a tall “tower of light,” projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages.  The Tower consists of 15 searchlights with prisms that act as mirrors, reflecting the column of light vertically into the sky from a 10-metre wide wishing well.

It often reaches cloudbase and can be seen penetrating the cloud cover. On a clear night it appears to reach an altitude of at least 4000m. The power for the lights is provided by Iceland’s unique geo-thermal energy grid.

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Yoko Ono gathered over the years in another project, called “Wish Trees.” She plans to have the tower lit every year from October 9, John Lennon’s birthday, through December 8, the date he died. Iceland was selected for the project because of its beauty and its eco-friendly use of geothermal energy.

In case you’re interested, you can see a live view of the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, courtesy of the Imagine Peace Tower MegaPixel Cam.

***Yoko Ono’s most recent action was a Thanksgiving message she sent out on Nov. 25, 2009. It is:

THE AFFIRMATION FOR PLANET PEACE

Thank you, thank you, thank you
Our planet is healthy and whole.
Every part of the planet is revitalized and healed.

We, the people of Earth
See clearly, Hear clearly, Think clearly.
Express and communicate our thoughts clearly,
Spiritually, mentally, and physically
For the benefit of ours and other planets.

We make the right judgement, right decision, right move
At the right time
At the right place
For ourselves and others.

We are now bathing in the light of Dawn
Standing in the Heaven we have created on Earth.
Sharing the Age of Joy
With all Lives in the Universe,
United with infinite and eternal love.

For the highest good of all concerned, So be it.

I love you!

yoko

You can read more about Yoko Ono and her work at her website, Imagine Peace.

What Would a Low Density Lifestyle World Look Like?

December 1, 2009 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Low Density Lifestyle

1126065_corridor_skyOver the next few weeks, and leading into the holiday season, I want to explore a pretty big and dynamic topic.

I will be exploring the question, What Would a Low Density Lifestyle World Look Like?

What I mean by this is, What kind of a world would we live in if a majority of people, or at least a solid minority of people, were folks who lived a Low Density Lifestyle?

These would be people who were light of body and mind, who understood and embodied the concept of flow, who understood how to relax and not let stress overwhelm them, and who were passionate about what they do in life.

They would also be people who lived by the 12 step guide to living a Low Density Lifestyle, meaning they:

***Eat a healthy, whole foods oriented diet.

***Understand how to take care of their health, and are proactive in doing so.

***Are active and move, especially in ways that accentuate flow.

thinkerweb***Are flexible of body and mind, and don’t allow themselves to get caught up in rigid and dogmatic thinking.

***Are mindful of their actions and reactions, meaning they are fully aware of how they interact with others.

***Carry themselves with integrity, and maintain their authentic nature.

***Do their utmost to keep a positive attitude about life, and make

sure their emotional well-being is tended to.

***Have an abundance mindset, as opposed to a scarcity one. In other

words, they know there is enough to go around and they willingly share, as

opposed to believing that it’s every person for themselves and you have to

get yours before someone takes it from you.

***Have a great sense of humor, don’t take themselves too seriously, and

laugh easily.

***Are creative people, and are capable of using their creative intelligence

and can easily think outside the box. Where problems might bog others

down, they can come up with creative solutions.

***The work they do is something that they love and feel passionate

about it.

***Feel a strong connection to the spiritual dimension of life.

So what kind of world would it be if it was a Low Density Lifestyle world? It would be a tremendous and magnificent one!

happynewyearIt would be a world of peace; a world of a sane health care system; a world where people helped one another without thinking, what’s in it for me; a world where people lived their dream and answered to their calling; a world where people could overcome their fears and take bold action; a world where people didn’t let things impede them from finding what it is that they loved to do; and a world of forward-thinking visionaries.

In other words, it would be one amazing and mighty world.

So I invite you to take a trip with me over the next few weeks and dream along with me of what this type of world would look like.

It will be fun, it will exhilarating, and it will be inspiring: so over the next few weeks put it on your radar, and we’ll all take this ride together.

And who knows: when this series is over and we all have a good feel for what a Low Density Lifestyle world would look like, we can all then resolve to make it happen.

And happen soon.

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