June 21, 2022

Not just deep, but epoch – and also very complex. “Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you” “It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you” “There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do” What may ring as a love song about someone (with references to Africa) at the surface level, upon deeper inspection it’s actually about love of Africa itself – and a critical choice. Band member and co-songwriter David Paich went to Catholic... Read more

May 31, 2022

Not the best Rocky movie; but a very deep scene from Rocky Balboa (6th installment of the Rocky movie franchise). Keeping with theme of Stoic wisdom of Marcus Aurelius on The Way and disturbance coming from within, we’re reminded character is defined by how we respond to adversity. In this scene, Rocky’s son is embarrassed by his father’s decision to come out of retirement – and how all the exposure will affect him. In essence, the center of his concern is... Read more

May 11, 2022

Another Stoic gem from Marcus on the dichotomy of control: “Our actions may be impeded by them, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.20) From the dichotomy of control, we have important psychological/spiritual consequences when adversity comes knocking. As Massimo... Read more

April 19, 2022

In keeping with The Karate Kid and “everything is Kung Fu” theme, here’s a gem from the original, the “Rowboat Scene”, which represents the “everything is Karate” theme by way of the “so I don’t have to fight” revelation. You may remember that Daniel is practicing his form, while balancing on the Mr. Miyagi’s boat, eager to learn how to punch. Mr. Miyagi again intercepts Daniel’s eagerness to learn how to punch with a reply found in bushido, the samurai... Read more

March 28, 2022

Life; a bittersweet symphony – this song had to make the deep song breakdown. No punches pulled, right into the dilemma we go: ‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life Tryna make ends meet, you’re a slave to money then you die This is not just existential assertion, but a very real biography about lead singer and song writer Richard Ashcroft’s father who worked a job as an office clerk and died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage when Richard was eleven.... Read more

March 11, 2022

How do you follow the genius of Ordinary World? Another soul-calling mic drop from Duran Duran; enter “Come Undone”, another epoch with a profoundly deep message. Let’s jump right into the song opening: Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin I’ve been waiting for you Signed with a home tattoo “Happy birthday to you” was created for you Immaculate dream, breath, skin, waiting for you, happy birthday created for you… incredibly deep lyrically. So haunting and deep that it’s made... Read more

February 24, 2022

Episode 9 is here! This episode features a conversation with Daniele Bolelli. Daniele is a writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology and earning graduate degrees in American Indian Studies and History at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach, he began teaching at several colleges in Southern California. He’s lectured on a wide range of subjects including American Indian history... Read more

February 11, 2022

It’s a beautiful scene and incredibly deep. I truly enjoyed the remake of the original 1984 The Karate Kid – and this scene in particular. In The Karate Kid (2010), the art is now Kung Fu and the figure of Mr. Miyagi is now Mr. Han, played by Jackie Chan. The original figure of Daniel is now Dre, played by Jaden Smith. In both movies, Daniel and Dre are growing impatient in their “training”. They are both given remedial tasks (“sand the... Read more

January 27, 2022

Bruce Lee was considered by many in the Kung Fu tradition to be a heretic. In breaking from a commitment to a singular tradition, he formed Jeet Kune Do not as a new style, but a general epistemology to be open-minded to what works. Openness to all styles was a big no-no. Martial arts traditions, like religious traditions, have a history of promoting THE way (which was exclusively their way of course). It would turn out Lee was not a... Read more

January 17, 2022

In my lifetime (I’m 40 at the time of this writing), I’ve never seen such divisive times. Perhaps its just more visible than ever with social media. To be fair, there have certainly been periods of tension in my memory, but there is a unique spirt that worries me; one of tribalism and hatred – an alarming “us vs them” sentiment. I’ve always been inspired by what I believe to be the cure found in John 1:5; that “the light shines in... Read more

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