Daily Meditation:
For many of us its the most frustrating part of our day. Dealing with that idiot in the car in front of us, or that selfish jerk at the grocery store, or the myriad other ways the stupid people of this world seem to be hell bent on ruining our lives.


Of three main forms of suffering identified in Buddhism; greed, anger and ignorance, it is said ignorance is the worst of all. Why? Put simply, through ignorance don’t even realize we are suffering, therefore we can’t identify the causes of our suffering and thus we continue to perpetuate the cycle of suffering for ourselves and others..


So want can we do to help break this cycle of lunacy? The first step is compassion. Whether we want to admit it or not we’ve all been that idiot in the car, the selfish jerk at the grocery store and the other ignorant souls that drive us crazy. When you feel yourself getting worked up take a moment and remind yourself of a time you were like that. Remind yourself you are no better than them and they are no worse than you. Display your compassion through patience and understanding even if they are unlikely to realize or acknowledge it. Open your heart to them and send them on their way with a healing intention.


Through this practice you manifest something scarcely present in this world and sorely needed, compassion. You will find yourself feeling lighter and freer. Ignorance will disturb you less and rather than become angry your heart will swell with empathy.


Its not always an easy thing to do, but practicing compassion is the easiest and most impactful way you can change the world on a daily basis. Take the opportunities that arise today to begin your practice.
~Kobysattva

Daily Meditation:
For many of us its the most frustrating part of our day. Dealing with that idiot in the car in front of us, or that selfish jerk at the grocery store, or the myriad other ways the stupid people of this world seem to be hell bent on ruining our lives.


Of three main forms of suffering identified in Buddhism; greed, anger and ignorance, it is said ignorance is the worst of all. Why? Put simply, through ignorance don’t even realize we are suffering, therefore we can’t identify the causes of our suffering and thus we continue to perpetuate the cycle of suffering for ourselves and others..


So want can we do to help break this cycle of lunacy? The first step is compassion. Whether we want to admit it or not we’ve all been that idiot in the car, the selfish jerk at the grocery store and the other ignorant souls that drive us crazy. When you feel yourself getting worked up take a moment and remind yourself of a time you were like that. Remind yourself you are no better than them and they are no worse than you. Display your compassion through patience and understanding even if they are unlikely to realize or acknowledge it. Open your heart to them and send them on their way with a healing intention.


Through this practice you manifest something scarcely present in this world and sorely needed, compassion. You will find yourself feeling lighter and freer. Ignorance will disturb you less and rather than become angry your heart will swell with empathy.


Its not always an easy thing to do, but practicing compassion is the easiest and most impactful way you can change the world on a daily basis. Take the opportunities that arise today to begin your practice.
~Kobysattva

Daily Mediation:
Einstein said all life is energy. It has mass and responds to gravity. As such life also has momentum.



Call it habit or routine but the momentum of your life can go a long way towards aiding you in seeking personal fulfillment or monotonous distraction. What is the momentum of your life pulling you towards? More work? More drinks? More drama? More stress? More understanding? More peace? More calm? More awareness?



We are what we repeatedly do because what we repeatedly due generates the momentum of our lives and pulls us towards the possibilities those actions create. If we spend our lives working a dissatisfying job full of stress and worry which we feel we need to escape through retail therapy and mind altering chemicals what possibilities do we create? If we spend our lives acting with intention, feeling empowered and practicing mindfulness we can not help but gain a deep feeling of contentment, joy and satisfaction that we will want to share with others. From such momentum anything is possible.



Altering momentum is difficult but entirely possible. The first step is awareness. The second is action. Spend some time today reflecting on the momentum you create through your daily deeds. Are they energizing the values and possibilities you wish for yourself? If so continue. If not, act!
~Kobysattva

Daily Mediation:
Einstein said all life is energy. It has mass and responds to gravity. As such life also has momentum.

Call it habit or routine but the momentum of your life can go a long way towards aiding you in seeking personal fulfillment or monotonous distraction. What is the momentum of your life pulling you towards? More work? More drinks? More drama? More stress? More understanding? More peace? More calm? More awareness?

We are what we repeatedly do because what we repeatedly due generates the momentum of our lives and pulls us towards the possibilities those actions create. If we spend our lives working a dissatisfying job full of stress and worry which we feel we need to escape through retail therapy and mind altering chemicals what possibilities do we create? If we spend our lives acting with intention, feeling empowered and practicing mindfulness we can not help but gain a deep feeling of contentment, joy and satisfaction that we will want to share with others. From such momentum anything is possible.

Altering momentum is difficult but entirely possible. The first step is awareness. The second is action. Spend some time today reflecting on the momentum you create through your daily deeds. Are they energizing the values and possibilities you wish for yourself? If so continue. If not, act!
~Kobysattva

The stadium at Ephesus had a capacity of 25,000. Enough to hold 1/10 of the city. (at Ephesus (Efes))

The stadium at Ephesus had a capacity of 25,000. Enough to hold 1/10 of the city. (at Ephesus (Efes))

The ruins of Ephesus, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. This is the library which contained some 12,000 scrolls before many of them were shipped to Alexandria and subsequently lost in a fire. Oops! (at Library of Celsus)

The ruins of Ephesus, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. This is the library which contained some 12,000 scrolls before many of them were shipped to Alexandria and subsequently lost in a fire. Oops! (at Library of Celsus)

The home of the Virgin Mary from after she left Jerusalem until her death. The building was supposedly built for her by St. John. (at House of the Virgin Mary)

The home of the Virgin Mary from after she left Jerusalem until her death. The building was supposedly built for her by St. John. (at House of the Virgin Mary)

The ruins of the Basilica of St. John. In the foreground is the tomb of Jesus’s youngest disciple. If the building was still standing it would be the 7th largest basilica in the world. (at Basilica of St. John)

The ruins of the Basilica of St. John. In the foreground is the tomb of Jesus’s youngest disciple. If the building was still standing it would be the 7th largest basilica in the world. (at Basilica of St. John)

All that remains of the Great Temple to Artemis at Ephesus one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. (at Temple of Artemis Selçuk Turkey)

All that remains of the Great Temple to Artemis at Ephesus one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. (at Temple of Artemis Selçuk Turkey)

Trojan horse (at TroiaPark)

Trojan horse (at TroiaPark)

The ruins of Troy. (at Troia - Turkey)

The ruins of Troy. (at Troia - Turkey)

Drawing meditation doodles. (at Hippodrome of Constantinople)

Drawing meditation doodles. (at Hippodrome of Constantinople)

The Blue Mosque (at Sultanahmet Mosque aka The Blue Mosque)

The Blue Mosque (at Sultanahmet Mosque aka The Blue Mosque)

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar  (at The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey)

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (at The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey)

A 3,000 year old love poem.

A 3,000 year old love poem.

at Istanbul Archaeology Museums

at Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Today I literally saw the gates of Babylon. (at Istanbul Archaeology Museums)

Today I literally saw the gates of Babylon. (at Istanbul Archaeology Museums)