Tag: China

Lesson from His Holiness

Celebrity, Lifestyle, Mental Health February 27, 2014

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This past Tuesday I had the awesome opportunity to see the 14th Dalai Lama in the flesh…yes, in the flesh. Of course there were about 400 people between him and myself, but it never felt that way. His broken English added a sense of mystique to his simple yet profound statements. I was deeply touched by his words on happiness, trust, and transparency. Seems simple, happiness is dependent of trust and trust cannot exist without transparency, but there are deeper implications.

Trust is a complex phenomena, according to the Dalai Lama, it is a fundamental component of human connection and as social creatures connection is survival. This triggered some of my personal obsessions with neurotransmitters and brain function. So, I instantly thought of how much oxytocin does to enhance bonding, thus, impacting human survival. It is released during intimate interactions like touch and when women give birth and breastfeed. This neurotransmitter is so important that if a child isn’t touched in the first few months of life they literally die, can you believe that. We need others so much, without them we literally cannot survive. That adds a whole new power to the pain after a break up. Well, back to the Dalai Lama and his perspective on transparency. In my mind transparency is a fundamental necessity for trust. You can’t trust someone that doesn’t show you who they are. But true transparency is difficult especially if you’ve ever been hurt before, and who hasn’t been there.

My basic take away was that all humans are chemically connected and we need each other to survive. Since this is the case, what can you do today to improve the life of another person? After all, if we are all connected, then their happiness impacts your happiness in some way…right? I hope you find away to be transparent, trust, and be happy!

Thanx Middlebury Magazine for the picture!

From the Far East!

Fashion, Lifestyle January 30, 2013

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No fail, every time my friend Mike comes in town from China-his second home-he has some amazing new fashion toy for me to play with.  Last time it was a new addition to his, ever growing, glasses collection, the time before that a prototype iPad case from his line Mbarqgo, check them out.  Or prototypes of bags to come, that’s my favorite part, getting to take part in future trends.  This time it was his, self designed, wool cashmere blend pea coat; his play on a stylish letterman jacket.  The detachable rabbit collar was my detail of choice.  Yowzas, I love a man in a well designed coat.  Oh how I love my taste making friends…everyone needs at least one in their lives and I’m blessed by my riches.

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Hidden

Art, Celebrity, Lifestyle, Politics February 22, 2011

I’m not sure if I’m late or not, but I’m really feeling the work of Liu Bolin.  He hails from Shanghai China and his creativity and dedication to detail are obvious.  In his work he “hides” people in scenes.  He paints them to blend in with their surroundings, becoming real human chameleons.  His art is a protest to the Chinese government’s targeting and persecution of artists.  Well with talent like this I’m on his side.

Here’s a link so some of his work LINK

Smart is stylish

Advice, Celebrity, Lifestyle February 20, 2011

I don’t typically use my blog for intellectual debate…I have the rest of my life for that.  But I recently sat in a lecture by Fareed Zakaria of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN.  The sasinct poingantcy of his arguments were hard to disagree with and the underlying tone of his discussion was, start caring about the things that happen around you.  Let the caring begin.  Observe the world around you, identify the need, and fill it.  Intelligence can be hard because you are then required to use it, but remember it is quite stylist to be smart.

HERE is a link to Fareed Zakaria GPS