Inspire Tag: Live Your Now
Today I have the immense honor of introducing you to a powerfully spirited and motivated individual. Who’s enigmatic presence I’ve come to respect. Thank You to Kathe for introducing us!
Live Your Now, run by Richie, an almost reluctant “coach” who embarked upon the journey to bring mindfulness to others, because basically it needed doing. Facing his own “am I good enough to do this?” fears, he now encourages others to live mindfully and presently, after spending the majority of his own life hiding the grip of anxiety and locked in his own thoughts, now with the attitude of “Heck, if I can do this, anyone can!” A universal calling, rather than something he would have predicted, he’s now submitted entirely to this path in service to bringing peace to people and our world… hopefully… or giving it a good go anyway!
1. What is the best advice you were ever given?
- People only ever act from their highest level of present consciousness awareness. Meaning, that generally no matter what people do, it’s the highest action they’re generally capable of with their present understanding at that time. Doesn’t mean you have to agree with the actions, but it can bring some peace and understanding to difficult circumstances.
2. Who inspires you and why?
- Eckhart Tolle – Because he challenges, deeply, what my own belief systems had developed into. What he teaches requires a level of acceptance that is extremely difficult to apply in day to day living, without collapsing entirely “into presence”. But it truly IS the way into happiness and peace, but it does require, especially initially, a level of discipline and faith in an idea that can be entirely counter-intuitive when fighting against the egoic mind.
3. Everyone has bad days, how do you deal with a bad day?
- Firstly? Badly. Coffee, cigarette probably, being lost in my own thoughts, until I realise it – then it’s down to serious work. There’s no shortcuts to this, to push it away, pretend it’s not there, just stores it all up for later – not healthy. I do something that, for me personally, was totally the opposite to what I’d become accustomed to doing – being annoyed, anxious, angry, resentful &frustrated – I now bless the situation, and sit within it. Comfortable it is not, at first, but then this is why not many people practice this (as is abundantly obvious by the anger hate and rage present in our world). I can also assure you, if 15 years ago, you’d told me I’d be doing this – I’d have probably had a good chuckle, wished you well, and gone back to my normal habits.
- YouTube! I will type in something randomly, follow inspiration, just delve in & listen to new speakers, there’s always something to learn and try – and so many generous people out there, offering their teaching or guidance. There are many paths available in my opinion, according to what we may need at that specific time. You Tube is an absolute gold mine, even just to listen to people’s experiences who are generous, or even at times, brave enough to share so wonderfully.
5. Failure is a big part of life, what has been your biggest failure to date?
- I am not sure they’re failures anymore. I am moving away from feeling things are failures, and more that they’re life lessons that are reflected back to us until we learn something we need to. Or preparing us for something later on. Or indeed as has been my experience, moving you away from something even more catastrophic as was the case in one huge business venture I was involved in! At the time, it seemed utterly, utterly soul destroying to have failed to secure a massive investment (10’s of thousands) in a cutting edge publishing company I was working to develop. It was a nailed on investment, literally just crossing t’s, dotting i’s as they say, however I made an absolute total cock-up of the business plan! I mean epically. I just could not get the information I required to get it together, I can’t divulge further details other than to say… something kept me safe from that! It didn’t FEEL right, and I assure you, it wasn’t. (Didn’t come to light until about a year or two later).
- Overall, however, I have been super close numerous times to creating something massive and they seemed to have all fallen at the last minute, usually due to decisions other people have taken. That became another life lesson. The energy I put into a project, is mine, I needed to stop relying on other people because essentially I lacked CONFIDENCE to do it by myself, but also I always enjoyed collaborating. I have also had the honour to engage and pick the minds of some of the most successful people on the planet, it was time to take some of that advice on for myself.
- Live Your Now is me, only me, and only ever will be me.
6. What is your biggest achievement?
- Hmmm, I am a hard taskmaster on myself, whilst I have many experiences, and many “almosts” I tend to view each process as a step, I have had a few articles published, some interesting music promotion, been on/hosted radio, these are things I’m quite personally pleased with, but my visions are huge – go big or go home – so I find it hard to class “achievement” – now I see it as a journey, a flow. Though I do take moments to appreciate more, the things I have experienced, little goals, such as with Live Your Now. I think the greatest thing we can all achieve, is to appreciate the little things in life.
- Ultimately, happiness is the greatest achievement anyone can succeed in – and true happiness, I think, is so rare nowadays.
7. Have you conquered any fears?
- Seem to face one every day – but who doesn’t? This is my first interview in this guise. This made me nervous. I had actual full-blown panic attacks live on BBC radio. That was..interesting! I do laugh about it though, even at the time I was, which may seem peculiar, but I adored radio, and not even that level of nervousness was going to stop me! I still recall my very sensitive friends, whom knew I got “stage fright”, falling about the place laughing at me – in empathy, I’m quite sure – and the poor host not having a clue what to do! I have diabolical vertigo, like a couple of steps up a ladder bad, and yet I go on extremely high rollercoasters! Public speaking absolutely terrified me, but I have still got up and done presentations in front of some interesting audiences. Of course, I know now this was all due to anxiety, before I was not aware so had no coping mechanisms. So I do feel, when I “teach” people this sort of thing, I can say with confidence, I haven’t come from a natural place of Zen!
8. Music helps lift our mood, What is your go-to song when you need a pick me up?
- Orbital – The Girl with Sun in her Head. It’s a chill out track, written entirely with power from Greenpeace’s mobile solar power generating “Cyrus” back in the 90’s – (Solar energy I just find absolutely beautiful). It’s incredibly soothing electronica. An absolute masterpiece. But generally, as a musician, I’ll listen to quite a lot of different music. If I want an adrenaline rush it’d be Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar!
9. Complete the sentence, Happiness is…
- Already inside.
10. What do you do to clear your mind?
- Brainwave Entrainment, Mindfulness meditations, Pranic Breathing, depends on what’s bugging me.
11. Life can be stressful, what are your top 3 things to unwind?
- Heart breath/meditations.
- Rollercoasters (I am a total rollercoaster fanatic)
12. Have you watched any inspiring movies? Do you have any favorites?
- The Secret
- What the Bleep (Down the rabbit hole)
- The two Bill and Ted movies! “Be excellent to each other!” – stands the test of time that!
13. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
- I don’t really have one, quotes mean different things at different times, they have value at differing times in our lives… however, some wisdom, of which there’s plenty, from the incredible Tesla – without whom, we’d not likely be engaged in this interview process:
“…a new world must be born, a world that would justify the sacrifices offered by humanity. This new world must be a world in which there shall be no exploitation of the weak by the strong, of the good by the evil; where there will be no humiliation of the poor by the violence of the rich; where the products of intellect, science and art will serve society for the betterment and beautification of life, and not the individuals for achieving wealth. This new world shall not be a world of the downtrodden and humiliated, but of free men and free nations, equal in dignity and respect for man.”
14. Do you listen to motivational speakers?
- Always. Pretty much every day. Everyone has something to teach us. Even if it’s what NOT to do 😉
15. How do you cope with unpleasant people?
- As my answer a few questions back. People can only act from their present levels of consciousness, I try to “tune in” and bring love to situations that are fractious. Of course, I am human, and I am not a Zen Monk, so this often takes remembering/effort, especially in the often fraught pace of Western civilisation – it’s not easy.
- Simple! But not easy.
16. What is your best piece of advice?
- Accept what is, right now, as if you had yourself chosen it. It’s possible you did. Not many people (I include myself in that) respond too well to that at first, as it’s utterly illogical to the thinking mind. It’s not even about it being true, it’s about it bringing you relief from suffering.
- Your alternative is to continue suffering. Sounds harsh, but it’s true. (As far as I see it from my current level of conscious awareness 😉
17. Complete the sentence “When life gives you lemons…”
- Make a lemon tea!
- Squeeze a lemon in a cup, add some warm water, the smell invigorates our senses, and it’s very good for you apparently! It’s utterly delicious and so simple… unless you have a cut on your finger of course, then practice mindfulness as you do it 😉
18. What is the most inspiring book you have ever read?
- Being truthful, I can’t remember. I scan many books, tend not to finish them, and there’s so much wisdom in many books that I often use them as reference. More like a dictionary. I really enjoyed “Urban Shaman” by Surge Kahili King however, and “Cosmic Ordering Guide” by Stephen Richards are ones from early on my discovery journey that stay with me. They perhaps have a sentimental place.
19. Do you have a place to pray or meditate?
- Everywhere, at all times…when I remember. Including out shopping, doesn’t matter. I am dedicating myself toward living in constant (non-denominational/religious) prayer/meditation states (not altered meditation states, for that, bed or chair obviously)
20. What is your motto in life?
Keep seeking wisdom & improving.
~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres