Everything I Know, I Learned Through Music

Essays, articles, and fiction by Andrew Ingkavet

The Paradox Of Plenty

What if we don’t need so many people working anymore? What shall we do with all our leisure time? Can we afford it?

In the US, just three out of 10 workers are needed to produce and deliver the goods we consume. Everything we extract, grow, design, build, make, engineer and transport – down to brewing a cup of coffee in a restaurant kitchen and carrying it to a customer’s table – is done by roughly 30 percent of the country’s workforce.

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Let It Go – Learning To Delegate

 Photo by Chris Kliefi @Flickr I’m a control freak.  It’s not something that I set out to be.  It’s just that when I start a project, I usually have a very clear vision for its outcome.  Taking the time to explain it sometimes is too much trouble or feels like time...

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The Story We Tell Ourselves

We all have an internal story we tell ourselves. It’s a construction of who we are. Just like professional actors who create a new story for each character, transforming themselves from the inside out; we do this every day. But what if we expanded this? What if we consciously scripted a new life? You could use it to change a career, reach new goals, move overseas, start a business…

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Best Coffee Recipe Ever

Better than Bullet Proof, It's Iron Man Coffee I'd been hearing about Bulletproof Coffee for a while and was curious to try making my version of it.  The original uses special beans which I've yet to try.  But the use of the butter and MCT oil got me thinking.  Why...

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What I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo

I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month  (also known as NaNoWriMo) this November.  And I won!  Well that's how they describe it if you meet the monthlong goal of writing 50,000 words. It was a very interesting experience.  No, it's not like I can crank...

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Reducing Mental Friction

#173300144 / gettyimages.com I believe that Life does not have to be a bumpy ride.  No matter how well you are doing, it can flow easier. My new goal is to reduce friction in all aspects of my life:  Financial, physical, mental, emotional.  Maybe I'm getting old,...

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Two Kinds of Wealth In The World

“It can’t be that far.  Besides it’s more of an adventure and we can save the money on the water taxi for lunch!” I had said. We started off through the exuberant growth of  jungle to get to a resort we had heard about on the far side of the island.    The night had...

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6 Questions That Will Change Your Life

The Universe is like a mesh, a matrix that connects all matter.  Thoughts produce an immediate effect. In previous posts,  I told you how my life went from meh to magical and how then I lost it all and then regained it by changing the types of questions I asked...

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12 Steps To Get What You Really Want

My goals were extreme, big and bold.  1) Be a television host for a music focused channel such as MTV 2) Get an agent for acting 3) Explore my roots in Asia 4) Get a record deal for my music with a major label This was just nuts. It was like making a wish list of...

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A lotus of mindfulness

“Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and...

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The Deep Pool of Calm

  The other day I drew this. Today, I feel far from this deep pool of calm.  Worries about budgets, bills, and all the flotsam of everyday life have put waves in my surface. I need to focus on the wisdom of my self of the other day.  I need to breathe deep, smile...

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Giving and Receiving, A Universal Law

I believe there are basic laws of being in the Universe.  To go against them makes life much more difficult. It's like trying to fight the ocean, you'll never win unless you find a way to use the force to float above it. I also believe that we as souls living in this...

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What Are You Angry About?

It started with a simple question from Scott, What are you angry about?  Find the anger (passion) and find a great way to start writing regularly. But I didn't think I was angry anymore.  I've spent a lifetime reading, go to seminars, classes, conferences, journaling...

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The Louder The Lower

"The louder the people, the lower the intelligence." Frank said it flatly. "If you look around the ghetto, what do you hear?" We stopped and took in the scene around us. Sirens howling in the distance, rap music blaring out of car windows, children screaming in the...

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Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

One of my all time favorite opening lines in literature. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. Part of my daily drawing therapy/practice....

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