Monthly Archives: July 2012

Entry 20: Holy Monkeys!!

How many days? No update. Well, such is life right? As always my ambitious project worked solely on my Ideal, on my dream, rather than taking reality into account. Does this mean the end? No, just means a re-tooling of the format. Work, School, and Jedi (Jedi includes a LOT by itself) has ultimately swamped me. And I chose to put this on the back-burner until I could get back to this and look at setting up a better schedule. Not to mention I was getting off track with my original purpose and intent anyhow. I don’t want this to be a journal so much as just exploring the validity of Jedi Concepts.

So instead of updating daily as I had originally planned. I’ll be tackling Jedi concepts as I am able. And it relates to our Everyday Life. How we do live these concepts 365. Why being a Jedi is something we do daily for the rest of our lives.

I think a lot of it too is something everyone can connect with. There are general concepts which apply to Jedi, but also so many other people. I do not feel these are all strictly Jedi concepts. And I certainly do not mean to say they only apply to Jedi. When talking about things like Patience, Objectivity, and so on these are things which can apply to all people. And which many paths and beliefs in life already seek to encourage and incorporate.

I think one of the major differences with the Jedi is the interactivity of personal teaching. Whether Academy or Mentor programs the Jedi seek to impart these traits with lessons, lectures, and experience. They do not simply say – be patient. They seek to help develop patience with the student. Some paths do have this as well, but not all. Again it is not strictly Jedi, but it is certainly what Jedi do.

So this is just a quick update to state this is not over or done. We will be adding to this. And refocusing on core ideals of the Jedi. The format or rather schedule will be changed however. Not sure anyone actually reads or bothers with this, but just in case. Take care..

Entry 20: Holy Monkeys!! was originally published on 365 Jedi

Entry 20: Holy Monkeys!!

How many days? No update. Well, such is life right? As always my ambitious project worked solely on my Ideal, on my dream, rather than taking reality into account. Does this mean the end? No, just means a re-tooling of the format. Work, School, and Jedi (Jedi includes a LOT by itself) has ultimately swamped me. And I chose to put this on the back-burner until I could get back to this and look at setting up a better schedule. Not to mention I was getting off track with my original purpose and intent anyhow. I don’t want this to be a journal so much as just exploring the validity of Jedi Concepts.

So instead of updating daily as I had originally planned. I’ll be tackling Jedi concepts as I am able. And it relates to our Everyday Life. How we do live these concepts 365. Why being a Jedi is something we do daily for the rest of our lives.

I think a lot of it too is something everyone can connect with. There are general concepts which apply to Jedi, but also so many other people. I do not feel these are all strictly Jedi concepts. And I certainly do not mean to say they only apply to Jedi. When talking about things like Patience, Objectivity, and so on these are things which can apply to all people. And which many paths and beliefs in life already seek to encourage and incorporate.

I think one of the major differences with the Jedi is the interactivity of personal teaching. Whether Academy or Mentor programs the Jedi seek to impart these traits with lessons, lectures, and experience. They do not simply say – be patient. They seek to help develop patience with the student. Some paths do have this as well, but not all. Again it is not strictly Jedi, but it is certainly what Jedi do.

So this is just a quick update to state this is not over or done. We will be adding to this. And refocusing on core ideals of the Jedi. The format or rather schedule will be changed however. Not sure anyone actually reads or bothers with this, but just in case. Take care..

Day 19: Being a Jedi

Trust has been shaken and broken in the Jedi Community. This is the by-product of an online culture mixed with inexperience and trial and error. Many mistakes were made over the years some intentionally, most by nativity. The online world doesn’t always extol and encourage the best behavior out of people. Lack of accountability presents a challenge for some. And even in a community that has core tenets of peace, knowledge, serenity, and harmony, people still act emotionally and selfishly at times.

It is extremely hard to rebuild trust once it is broken. It takes hard work and extreme patience. You have to be willing to prove time and again you sincerity. Be willing to show your work, prove why you should be given a chance. And give time for wounds to scar and people to heal before pressing forward. A difficult task, but one worth following through on.

The core ideal these days is to trust Jedi to be Jedi, but also to hold them accountable. To look to the leaders and teachers as examples, to trust that they have earned their position. And to be open and honest enough to present any concerns should there be an issue.

It is a long road. One being worked on. One that will take time, effort, and hard work. Tried to restart my podcast on this and a JNN type structure. But my recording equipment is shot apparently. So suck. Takes the wind out of my sails here. Hopefully – new day tomorrow. Get back on this horse properly.

Day 19: Being a Jedi was originally published on 365 Jedi

Day 18: Technical Difficulties

Seems my original day 18 never got posted up last night. User Error no doubt. My apologies. Here is what was written:

Passion is a great and beautiful part of life. Without passion in our lives so many great wonders would not exist. Yet Jedi Philosophy states, “There is no passion; there is serenity.” A somewhat sad and scary concept. At least if it is to be taken literally. And while I am one of a very small number that believes an individual can follow the Jedi Code literally, that doesn’t mean they should. In other words, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.

The essence of Jedi Philosophy is a recognition that Passion is an undeniable part of Life. Unfortunately passion can cloud judgment and blind someone. It can severely remove a Jedi’s objectivity and understanding. Throughout history we can see passion leading to some really awful stances. When looking at discrimination issues you often have very passionate people on all sides of the table. People supporting issues o slavery and second-class citizens are often passionate people.

They key is tempering and focusing that passion. This is what the Jedi Path seeks to encourage and teach. To be passionate, to direct that passion, but also to keep that clear objectivity. That willingness to learn to sides, and hear out all arguments and weigh them fairly. This is key. Passion is a great element of life. It really does add flavor to life. But is left unchecked it really can lead us to some dark areas that we need not travel.

Day 18: Technical Difficulties was originally published on 365 Jedi

Day 19: Being a Jedi

Trust has been shaken and broken in the Jedi Community. This is the by-product of an online culture mixed with inexperience and trial and error. Many mistakes were made over the years some intentionally, most by nativity. The online world doesn’t always extol and encourage the best behavior out of people. Lack of accountability presents a challenge for some. And even in a community that has core tenets of peace, knowledge, serenity, and harmony, people still act emotionally and selfishly at times.

It is extremely hard to rebuild trust once it is broken. It takes hard work and extreme patience. You have to be willing to prove time and again you sincerity. Be willing to show your work, prove why you should be given a chance. And give time for wounds to scar and people to heal before pressing forward. A difficult task, but one worth following through on.

The core ideal these days is to trust Jedi to be Jedi, but also to hold them accountable. To look to the leaders and teachers as examples, to trust that they have earned their position. And to be open and honest enough to present any concerns should there be an issue.

It is a long road. One being worked on. One that will take time, effort, and hard work. Tried to restart my podcast on this and a JNN type structure. But my recording equipment is shot apparently. So suck. Takes the wind out of my sails here. Hopefully – new day tomorrow. Get back on this horse properly.

Day 18: Technical Difficulties

Seems my original day 18 never got posted up last night. User Error no doubt. My apologies. Here is what was written:

Passion is a great and beautiful part of life. Without passion in our lives so many great wonders would not exist. Yet Jedi Philosophy states, “There is no passion; there is serenity.” A somewhat sad and scary concept. At least if it is to be taken literally. And while I am one of a very small number that believes an individual can follow the Jedi Code literally, that doesn’t mean they should. In other words, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.

The essence of Jedi Philosophy is a recognition that Passion is an undeniable part of Life. Unfortunately passion can cloud judgment and blind someone. It can severely remove a Jedi’s objectivity and understanding. Throughout history we can see passion leading to some really awful stances. When looking at discrimination issues you often have very passionate people on all sides of the table. People supporting issues o slavery and second-class citizens are often passionate people.

They key is tempering and focusing that passion. This is what the Jedi Path seeks to encourage and teach. To be passionate, to direct that passion, but also to keep that clear objectivity. That willingness to learn to sides, and hear out all arguments and weigh them fairly. This is key. Passion is a great element of life. It really does add flavor to life. But is left unchecked it really can lead us to some dark areas that we need not travel.

 

Day 17: Under the Wire

Need to get back on track. Validity of Jedi Philosophy. Tomorrow: There is no passion; there is serenity.

For now I leave with this – “We ought to be careful not to do for a fellow what we only intended to help him do. ” – Frank A. Clark
A problem of mine and why I really am a horrible teacher. Maybe I’ll rant on that sometime. tear into my failings in that section. Or maybe not. Either way, a good quote and important reminder. Relates to the Jedi as well, and any seeking to become Jedi.

On a personal note – Love the show Newsroom. I highly recommend.

Day 17: Under the Wire was originally published on 365 Jedi

Day 17: Under the Wire

Need to get back on track. Validity of Jedi Philosophy. Tomorrow: There is no passion; there is serenity.

For now I leave with this – “We ought to be careful not to do for a fellow what we only intended to help him do. ” – Frank A. Clark
A problem of mine and why I really am a horrible teacher. Maybe I’ll rant on that sometime. tear into my failings in that section. Or maybe not. Either way, a good quote and important reminder. Relates to the Jedi as well, and any seeking to become Jedi.

On a personal note – Love the show Newsroom. I highly recommend.

Day 16: Recovery

Jump Rope 5 minutes.
30 box jumps
30 burpees
30 mountain climbers
30 triceps dips
30 lunges (each leg)
pull-ups till failure
Jump Rope 5 minutes

Nice recovery work-out. Really wore me out. I hope to be able, in one year, to up these to 50 and add in a 2 mile run before and after. With jump rope intervals (2 to 3 minutes between each exercise) rather than 5 minutes at the beginning and end.

Nothing really to talk about today. A boring day as a Jedi. Which is a good day as a Jedi in my opinion. Nothing really tested. Well – I did find out a Jedi Student I was being hard on has handicaps. But I don’t think I went full out Opie on him. But I did make it clear to him that I, as an individual Jedi, do not take any excuses. And I expect him to be a Jedi regardless – if this is his path and what he has chosen than I will be there to demand the best from him. And I expect him to fully live by the Path he has chosen. I don’t know if it will stick.

For me the Jedi need to be able to be open and honest with one another. Some people respond better to a gentle hand. Others really respond better to a heavy hand. This is the beauty and benefit of the diversity in the Jedi Community because you get that mixture in there. And if someone really vibes with a person and their approach that can be encouraged and cultivate that element of growth and betterment.

Which kind of goes back to that whole issue with isms and way back when colors. Either you are a Jedi or you are not. The individual uniqueness you bring to that role doesn’t require an isms or fancy different title. And separating ourselves has a negative effect because Jedi are missing out on that beauty of diversity and different view points. Instead communities are cultivating their attitude, their method, and nothing else outlook and attitude. Which hurts the younger Jedi and the students.

And that is why I still help out with certain Jedi projects. Such as the Real Jedi Enclave project. It is a worthwhile goal of growth. And cultivates a nice mix of viewpoints and approaches. All while having that core focus of Jedi in mind. As shame so many so-called Jedi cannot see the value in that and will die by their glass walls and lines drawn in the sand.

Day 16: Recovery was originally published on 365 Jedi

Day 16: Recovery

Jump Rope 5 minutes.
30 box jumps
30 burpees
30 mountain climbers
30 triceps dips
30 lunges (each leg)
pull-ups till failure
Jump Rope 5 minutes

Nice recovery work-out. Really wore me out. I hope to be able, in one year, to up these to 50 and add in a 2 mile run before and after. With jump rope intervals (2 to 3 minutes between each exercise) rather than 5 minutes at the beginning and end.

Nothing really to talk about today. A boring day as a Jedi. Which is a good day as a Jedi in my opinion. Nothing really tested. Well – I did find out a Jedi Student I was being hard on has handicaps. But I don’t think I went full out Opie on him. But I did make it clear to him that I, as an individual Jedi, do not take any excuses. And I expect him to be a Jedi regardless – if this is his path and what he has chosen than I will be there to demand the best from him. And I expect him to fully live by the Path he has chosen. I don’t know if it will stick.

For me the Jedi need to be able to be open and honest with one another. Some people respond better to a gentle hand. Others really respond better to a heavy hand. This is the beauty and benefit of the diversity in the Jedi Community because you get that mixture in there. And if someone really vibes with a person and their approach that can be encouraged and cultivate that element of growth and betterment.

Which kind of goes back to that whole issue with isms and way back when colors. Either you are a Jedi or you are not. The individual uniqueness you bring to that role doesn’t require an isms or fancy different title. And separating ourselves has a negative effect because Jedi are missing out on that beauty of diversity and different view points. Instead communities are cultivating their attitude, their method, and nothing else outlook and attitude. Which hurts the younger Jedi and the students.

And that is why I still help out with certain Jedi projects. Such as the Real Jedi Enclave project. It is a worthwhile goal of growth. And cultivates a nice mix of viewpoints and approaches. All while having that core focus of Jedi in mind. As shame so many so-called Jedi cannot see the value in that and will die by their glass walls and lines drawn in the sand.