Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm really interested in your home yoga practice (Brooklyn)

Hi everyone, I'm designing a new home-yoga product that will make your yoga practice at home even more rewarding.
I'd love to have you help me with my research and you can do that by answering a few questions.
I'd love to hear your story. What's your age/gender? What neighborhood do you live in? Where and how do you practice yoga at home? What kind of mat do you use? What kind of clothes do you wear? Do you watch a DVD or do it by yourself?
Thanks!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Trident

The trident symbolizes the unity of three worlds that a human faces - his inside world, his immediate world, and the broader overall world.

Thank you Wikipedia for the inspiration. 

Atmosphere

Verse I
I can see the atmosphere
I can see the sky
I can see the heavens clear
I can see atmosphere

Chorus
Aaah aah ah

Aaah aah ah

Verse II
I can see the atmosphere
I can see the heavens clear
I believe in freedom say it
I can see the harmonies

Verse III
I can see the falling skies
I can see the sings stars
I can see beyond my eyes
I can see, I can see

Chorus
Aaah aah ah

Aaah aah ah

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dream Well my Friend

Follow your dreams because they lead only to growth and progress for body and mind

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Late but Still Worthy - My July Gratitude List

Every month I post 100 things that I'm grateful for. I wrote these out in July.

  1. I am grateful that I received my long-awaited electronic drum kit tonight and the quality is better than I had originally dream of.
  2. I am grateful that I am a working musician.
  3. I am grateful that I am smart and busy.
  4. I am grateful that I have lots of great ideas and an active mind.
  5. I am grateful for my brother.
  6. I am grateful that I have the financial flow to move energy into creation.
  7. I am grateful that my world view is expanding.
  8. I'm grateful I've had so many experiences.
  9. I am grateful that I can hang out with my band at the studio today instead of being at my office job.
  10. I am grateful that I am getting opportunities to play drums.
  11. I am grateful that I am getting my electronic drumset.
  12. I am grateful I am getting books from Amazon.com.
  13. I am grateful that I am given the opportunity to live my dreams every day.
  14. I am grateful that I wrote part of my book this morning.
  15. I am grateful that my work is bearing fruit.
  16. I am grateful for the law of averages; I'm grateful for music.
  17. I am so grateful the stars aligned for me to audition for EMO at the Blue Man Studios on Clinton St. in Manhattan.
  18. I am grateful that I attracted this opportunity into my life.
  19. I am grateful that I dream.
  20. I am grateful I am who I am.
  21. I am grateful Vanja brought me a new chair for my cubicle.
  22. I am grateful that I did my absolute best at Boxing class.
  23. I am grateful that I am in charge of my thoughts.
  24. I am grateful that tomorrow is the company outing.
  25. I am grateful that I'm getting closer to winning the Monday Morning guesses.
  26. I am grateful that I am a rock drummer.
  27. I am grateful my drumming skills keep improving.
  28. I am grateful that I keep growing and learning.
  29. I am grateful that I am in charge of my thoughts. 
  30. I am grateful that I received the electronic drumset I wanted.
  31. I am grateful that I am getting my work space upgraded.
  32. I am grateful that I am getting a massage tonight.
  33. I am grateful that I am going to the Law of Attraction event tonight.
  34. I am grateful that there is an abundance of new opportunities ahead of me in my new neighborhood.
  35. I am grateful for my friend and bandmate Rene for helping me move to Bushwick.
  36. I am grateful for my girlfriend for putting me up for a night while in between houses.
  37. I am grateful that my move to Bushwick went off without a hitch and that I did awesome work planning it.
  38. I am grateful for my PGST session on Saturday with Greg.
  39. I m grateful that my birthday came and went and I am a healthy 26 now.
  40. I am grateful that I have a massage tonight.
  41. I am grateful that I have my bands to play with.
  42. I am grateful that I have a long weekend.
  43. I am grateful I have a place to sleep.
  44. I m grateful I am saving money on rent.
  45. I am grateful that Rene sent me the blank check from the Universe.
  46. I am grateful that I am taking charge of my life.
  47. I am grateful Nick is enjoying his life in Chicago.
  48. I am grateful that Rene reminded me about the loft bed idea.
  49. I am grateful that I have a long weekend to relax and recover.
  50. I am grateful that I am only working a half day today and that I have Thursday and Friday off as well.
  51. I am grateful that my new living arrangement suits my needs.
  52. I am grateful that my family is healthy.
  53. I am grateful for the job I have right now because it allows me time to research and browse other areas of my life.
  54. I am grateful for the path I am on.
  55. I am grateful for my new apartment in Bushwick.
  56. I am grateful for my awesome & supportive girlfriend.
  57. I am grateful that I had two and a half days off of work.
  58. I am grateful that I found a good deal on an electronic drumset.
  59. I am grateful that I have decided to pursue my drumming career.
  60. I am grateful to hear back from a job application.
  61. I am grateful for my abundance of income.
  62. I am grateful that my salary is increasing.
  63. I am grateful that I have been able to help people through the health initiatives in my office.
  64. I am grateful that I have time to do research and explore the Internet while earning my wages.
  65. I am grateful that I have been able to watch several TED talks and other positive videos today.
  66. I am grateful that I am defining my life and moving toward my dreams.
  67. I am grateful that I've learned so much during my four years after Occidental.
  68. I m grateful that I am progressing.
  69. I am grateful that I have a gig tonight in Williamsburg.
  70. I am grateful that I know the power of my thoughts and that I am working to change my beliefs to match the life I want.
  71. I am grateful that I am always learning. 
  72. I am grateful for Jim Rohn's advice and his awesome talks.
  73. I am grateful that I won at the screening interview today.
  74. I am grateful that I went to boxing class today and pushed myself at the end of the class when I felt most tired.
  75. I am grateful I can play music tonight and create a strategy to increase my listening and get my band hear and liked on a national scale.
  76. I am grateful for my courageous spirit and willingness to take risks.
  77. I am thankful that I took a new route to work today and saw the city above ground on the M train.
  78. I am grateful that I am young and brave.
  79. I am grateful that I am working to replace my limiting beliefs with new ones that support the lifestyle I want.
  80. I am grateful that I am unraveling my old beliefs and I am changing them to beliefs that better suit me because when I am at my best, supported with aligned beliefs, my contribution to the world is magnified.
  81. I am grateful that my desires and thoughts manifest.
  82. I am thankful that my world manifests now.
  83. I am grateful because I can focus my mind and influence this world.
  84. I am grateful that I am learning & progressing each day.
  85. I am grateful that this world was created by other humans.
  86. I am grateful that my thoughts and actions change the world.
  87. I am grateful I'm a great rock drummer.
  88. I am grateful that I am learning about my passions and taking action in my day-to-day life.
  89. I am grateful that I discovered how good I feel when I write out these lists and am relying on it to help me better in tough moments.
  90. I am grateful for having a successful interview this morning at Tag.
  91. I am grateful that I passed the interview with flying colors.
  92. I am grateful that I am moving forward in my life.
  93. I am grateful that I am seizing opportunities that the universe is offering to me.
  94. I am grateful that I am taking mindful breaths every day and my mindfulness practice keeps growing.
  95. I am grateful for my drumming skills.
  96. I am grateful that I have made the choices I've made as far in my life.
  97. I am grateful that I have the courage to keep growing and relax.
  98. I am grateful that I was able to take yesterday off and successfully interview at Tag.
  99. I am grateful that Rene and I rehearsed vocals in a very focused way.
  100. I am grateful that I have an apartment to sleep in, work in, and have a consistent source of income.
  101. I am grateful that I turned down the job because it wasn't in the industry I wanted to work in or worth the money.
  102. I am grateful that I have my new business cards.
  103. I am grateful that I earn enough money to live an independent lifestyle.
  104. I am grateful that I am living an exciting life.
  105. I am grateful that I have parents and a girlfriend who are very supportive and try to offer me the best advice.
  106. I'm grateful that I can feel so strongly.
  107. I am grateful that I have a goal setting session on Saturday.
  108. I am grateful that I am building the life I want.
  109. I'm grateful that I'm gaining experience everyday.
  110. I am grateful that I am in control of my life.
  111. I am grateful that my thoughts are mine alone and no one has the power to make me feel any certain way.
  112. I am grateful that I am an experience rock drummer.
  113. I am grateful that I learn.
  114. I am grateful that I have another meeting with Emilio Nunez tomorrow.
  115. I m grateful that I will be exploring a new part of the city tonite.
  116. I am grateful that my music career is taking off.
  117. I am grateful that I am an awesome project manager.
  118. I am grateful that I have earned more money every single year since college graduation.
  119. I am grateful I took a relaxing lunch break instead of working hard through it.
  120. I am grateful that I make the most of my time.
  121. I am grateful that I am researching electronic drumsets and am finding good deals on Craigslist.
  122. I am grateful that Mercury Retrograde is almost over.
  123. I'm grateful that my room was painted.
  124. I am grateful that it is Friday and I finished the work week.
  125. I am grateful that I will be leading the NYC Shambhala Public Sitting meditation from 5:30pm-7pm tonight as an Umdze.
  126. I am grateful that I will spend my Sunday with my girlfriend relaxing on the beach.
  127. I'm grateful for the opportunity to play a live gig on the radio.
  128. I am grateful that I take chances to learn new things.
  129. I am grateful that I keep digging deeper into my life.
  130. I am grateful for taking one step at a time.
  131. I am grateful that I am starting to see the bigger picture because I'm making progress in my life.
  132. I am grateful that I have two meetings tomorrow.
  133. I am grateful for the gig Saturday at Lit Lounge.
  134. I am grateful for the jam yesterday at the Music Building.
  135. I am grateful for my blog and how well it is doing.
  136. I am grateful that I am an excellent drummer.
  137. I am grateful that I can keep moving forward.
  138. I am grateful that I can manifest my reality, take charge of my fear and take action despite how I'm feeling.
  139. I am grateful that I can practice recognizing fear and moving through it's jagged landscape.
  140. I am grateful that I view the world on a deep level.
  141. I am grateful that I can play music with Rene because he is a knowledgeable singer.
  142. I am grateful I can learn.
  143. I am grateful that I can focus and be part of this modern world.
  144. I am grateful that I recognize and follow my vision for the future.
  145. And the last pages of notes
  146.  I'm grateful that tonight will be the fourth night in a row dedicated to music.
  147. I'm grateful that I wrote a song this morning.
  148. I am grateful for inspiration.
  149. I am grateful I'm getting involved in music choice distribution.
  150. I am grateful that the cup of noodle soups are tasty.
  151. I'm grateful that I went to yoga class today.
  152. I'm grateful I have a NYSC membership.
  153. I'm grateful that I had two meetings today.
  154. I'm grateful I'm taking steps toward my dreams.

Band Photography - How Fun It Is

I had so much fun last night being photographed while singing and drumming at the Music Building. Cedric Yon did a great job! I loved the way he got creative angles using the rickety ladder and how he manipulated the lighting in our old-school rehearsal space. I'll post some photos once they are ready. — with Reneissance Alexios and Jeremy Ethan at The Music Building.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our Thoughts Unlock our Potential

In this article on Scientific American the author discusses how our thoughts affect our physical reality. If we believe certain things we open ourselves up to our potential.

Monday, August 12, 2013

All I am, is Now

No matter what the outcome, there are no mistakes and no wrong path because all actions are equally valid.

Best Comedy on HBO GO

There is some great stand up comedy on HBO GO. My favorites so far are

Dane Cook - The Vicious Circle
Louis C.K. - Oh My God
Bill Maher - The Decider

I'm looking forward to some more laughs tonight with a new comic.

First Flash of Freedom

Life is always changing
I embrace change

Friday, August 9, 2013

A new recording - Crazy For It

Crazy For It

Alexander Smith on drums and lead vocals
Rene Alexios on bass and backing vocals
Jeremy Arwas on guitar and backing vocals
Written by Alexander Smith
Copyright 2013
 
*This song would never have happened if not for Rene Alexios. Thanks Rene! Let's keep rockin!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Riding Around Rhode Island playing the Djembe

I used to be driven around the back roads of Rhode Island sitting in the passenger seat with my djembe between my legs. I'd jam along to the radio

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Journey of Uncertainty - Short Story Draft

He sets off because he needs something to light his passion. Feeling dry and pulled from directions north, south, east and west. Head full of contradiction, people all around, he is quiet. Emptying the voices from his mind, he steps off on his great journey. He leaves his friends and family behind not knowing whether he'd see them again. Painful feelings well up inside his temples but are not released instead he puts them  into a bottle to be thrown into the ocean.

He walks down the road.

Along the way, the boy encounters a blind man. The man is walking along the long dirt path. His eyes expressionless; his presence electric. He tells the boy to see with his ears and listen with his eyes.

He enters the forest and hears a man singing. The boy approaches the man and discovers he is deaf. The deaf man told the boy to taste with your touch. The boy continues on and encounters a country man in the fertile fields. Touch changes the earth, the country man tells to the boy.

The boy listened to each man.

He kept journeying; still a fireless flame. The green horizon soon approached with a green and brown fence.W ith the sky setting, the melting sun oozed between tree branches glorifying space between. The boy sat under the fir and listened. Peace and self content consumed the boy. He found his mind clear like the sky and his thoughts sharp and powerful. He kicked off his boots and let his torso fall backwards against the tree trunk. He could view the virgin night through the forest canopy. Light clouds swam past stars. His imagination flew toward his adventure ahead. People and places, hard times, challenge.

He awoke with a light dew strewn about his clothes. He smiled, content for the Journey of Uncertainty.

NOTES:

The solution is already inside - mastering the moment 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Stop anticipating and start participating with what's going on

The energy that goes with anticipating the future, anticipating the worst creates a negative vibration that inhibits one from living in the moment.

By participating with life as it unfolds, one can respond to the truth of life.

http://youtu.be/5b3XXP3Cv20?t=7m30s