Meditation and Creativity…

Hey friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying the influx of recent blog posts. I al hope that you’ve been enjoy the slight shift in format. I’ve really been enjoying posting with more frequency. I’m planning to do my very best to keep it up. To do that, I’ve been experimenting a bit with my blogging […]

World Book Day!!

Hey Friends! Happy World Book Day! Recently I had the chance to collaborate with Stuart Carter from the Simply Mindfulness YouTube channel, talking about…well…Books!How appropriate right? In video we cover six books that we think could help you to live a more mindful life. This was a lot of fun to work on, and I’m […]

New Episode – More About Sadness…

https://anchor.fm/duanetoops/embed/episodes/Episode-6—More-About-Sadness-e3i1o9 Hey friends, I posted a new podcast episode on Monday. If you haven’t had a chance to give it a listen, I would really appreciate it if you did! Really hope you guys like it! Below you’ll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I […]

Maybe I failed, maybe I needed to…

There’s a line in a song called “I’m Ready” by a band called Jack’s Mannequin that says “I wake up to find it’s another four aspirin morning and I dive in”. I can’t tell you the last time I actually heard that song but, this morning I could feel it. I felt that song, that […]

Books Read 2018

Alright, I’m going to let my nerd flag fly right out the gate. I’m an avid reader. I read a lot, I mean A LOT. That fact, in and of itself, may not sound particularly nerdy but, wait there’s more. Every year I set a reading goal, and throughout the year I track and catalog […]

I didn’t realize ‘Discipline’ was so polarizing

About five days ago I posted a video on my YouTube Channel called “A Disciplined Liberation“. (I’ll embed the video below as well, You’re welcome, lol.) Obviously, the primary subject matter of the video was the idea of ‘discipline’, especially as it relates to Zen practice, meditation, and the concepts of freedom, realization, awakening, and […]

I think I finally figured out how to blog

I’ve had this blog for nine years now…nine…fucking…years…wow! And, in all that time I think I’ve had absolutely no clue what to do with it. This blog has largely been a dumping ground, a digital vomit bucket. At first it was little more than a place to throw random thoughts. Then it became site of […]