Ryan Kent is a published poet, writer and former vocalist for the band Gritter. His poetry collections include “Hit Me When I’m Pretty”, “This Is Why I Am Insane” and “Poems For Dead People” and “Tomorrow Ruined Today” – a collaboration with his Dead Books Publishing co-owner Brett Lloyd. Gritter releases on which he is lead vocalist include “Welcome To The Sinkhole”, “Nobody Cares” and a self-titled EP when they were known as “Rube”. He’s currently working on several projects performing spoken word readings of his work with musical accompaniment.
Joel Morgan has been a guest on my Good Eye Podcast. So when he asked me to join him for a conversation on his Dropping Keys podcast I jumped at the chance. Joel is a life coach, an author, a pastor, and podcaster, and he, like many of us (ALL of us), has been through his share of challenges.
Joel makes sense for a living. He might fight you on that because that’s the kind of guy he is. But every conversation with Joel is thoughtful, insightful, honest and fun.
Some days you’re scared. Some, you’re motivated. Some happy. Some sad. And some days you’re met with feelings in yourself you can’t put into words. Today has found me confused, mournful, but unexpectedly inspired. Inspired to mindfully embrace life with responsibility. Inspired to practice gratitude for the breaths I get to take and the people I get to love and appreciate. Think of those you love who are no longer here. Reach out to those who are. Let them know they are loved. Be inspired for and by them. Difficult times seem to arrive empty handed, intent only on wrenching joy from your grasp. But they can come bearing opportunities for understanding and gratitude. They arrive with a heavy price, often unseen, even denied in the shadow of the monolithic opacity of grief. Rest In Peace, departed friends and loved ones. Go in Peace, those charged with mourning them. Thank you all for your inspiration.
“Keep An Eye On Your Mind” has become a bit of a mantra for me. For a while I said “try to look at life with your good eye” at the end of Good Eye Podcast episodes. The thinking was that by specifying “good eye”, the potential existed for us all to have a “bad eye”; meaning the mischievous part of our mood>thought>personality that loves to pull us down into bad habits, negative thoughts, resentment… unproductive but completely natural and all-too-common stuff like that. Mindfulness, awareness and meditation are crucial to keeping a level head these days. Always have been really. If we don’t observe our thoughts and our experience within the context of consciousness and even influence those thoughts intentionally, they’ll wreck the place. An unobserved mind is like a house full of little kids. “I’ll just be gone for a second, they’ll be fine” turns into “Oh my God! Turn my back for a second and the couch is on fire and the dog is wearing a dress and painted green!” This video makes some great points about keeping an eye on your mind. I’m currently reading Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book “Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself”. It’s fascinating, but I’ve always loved the whole quantum field/parallel universe/probability thing. Take it as you will. Hopefully you’ll find some value in it.