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A little madness is good for the soul!

Sep 3, 2020

When I was 25 years old, I was a consciousness growth trainer living at an educational and intentional community. We had just moved from Berkeley to a 150 acre old Catholic seminary in rural Kentucky. I was homesick. As I was packing to go back west a friend came to my room and asked me to reconsider. 

He shared this quote from “Zorba the Greek”: A man needs a little madness or else he never dares cut the rope and be free. 

I took it to heart when he said, “Don’t leave! Do something wild.  Something fun. Something outrageous!”

My Karma Yoga that month was to sweetly wake all the residents and students at 6am chanting “OM” while ringing bells.

The next morning I did wake everyone… yelling at the top of my lungs Zorba’s mantra while pounding a big pot with a wooden handle.  I felt untethered, wild and happy! I could not stop laughing! I gained a new perspective and stayed on to work out the kinks of the move.

Zorba aka Anthony Quinn • We all need a little madness!

A challenge:
•Chant throughout the next 24 hours ~
I need a little madness, or else I will never dare cut the rope and be free!

•Watch what emerges.
•Consider what little madness you will do to cut the rope and be free without alcohol, drugs and especially without harm.
•Express that little madness. Move the energy. It will benefit all sentient beings…

I’m doing my little madness in just a few hours. No one will know how it came about or who did it, except me. And yet it will have a big, happy impact for months to come.

 

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