Indescribable Innocence

Kids can tell how authentic you are. By that look in your eye, or just by the vibe you give off. The instant you stop responding to their endless questions, raise your voice, or try to hide from them they’re all over you, make you realize that anger, reacting or avoidance is extremely ineffective. Fortunately I had a pretty joyous childhood. I often got to explore my feelings, and spent a lot of time outdoors. I still remember not understanding why I needed to follow rules, come inside when it got dark, or why my parents always seemed so busy, but didn’t have as much time to play with me.

Enter Levi, a 5 year old boy, obsessed with Pokemon and bikes. Having him around the house was like having a sugar-powered little brother, who never ran out of energy.

Enter Levi, and every waking second around him made me aware of how serious I’d become. Not that I consider myself a stick in the mud, but to kids, play is all that matters. If we forget how to play, or act like our life is more important, they’ll challenge you.

Even when I was cooking, Levi wanted to participate. I always let him, not to be useful, or get the job done faster, but because he made it FUN. To him the world is an endless cycle of fun, food, sleep. If at any stage, you rationally try to explain you need to be somewhere, doing something else, he’ll question you.

In fact Levi is a prime inquisitor. He never stops asking questions, and the more I try to answer them, the more I laugh at how simple the truth often is. I realize I’d been making things far more complicated than they need be, (i.e. would I rather enjoy myself now with a four-year-old helping me in the kitchen, or upstairs taking care of paperwork?)

It can be a fine line between responsibility and recess, often we are faced with doing the right thing in the form of  taking care of business. But as adults we need free time to wonder, joyfully explore, and especially goof off.

Wii Kid Crew

The more we engage with our peers in a playful way, the more we can address our issues around being overworked, or forgetting how we need social activities to thrive. If we are  afraid of our own innocence, then we might need a guide, or healing practice to show us the deeper nature of this problem. What we believe our limit are could be limiting us, because our beliefs attract to us what we hold to be true.

As an introvert, I placed myself in uncomfortable social situations just to vanquish my shyness. I was deeply afraid of my own innocence, sensitivity, and empathic nature. This led me to being quite confused for a number of years, and even believing I was flawed.

Even in rambunctious rapture, when I was playing with my friends, I would often imagine myself somewhere else. I placed myself in a category of a victim, that nobody could understand how different I was. I isolated, became passive aggressive, and resorted to video games and escapism for solace. I needed help, but the spirituality that was presented to me as the primary guide for resolving my issues still felt in

To reveal my deeper issue at large. I knew I’d be able to move through my limiting beliefs if the reward was as great as feeling free, and curious as a child.

Levi & Paul Car Ride

And now this four-year-old child is here to remind me to enjoy the present moment.

The truth is we are capable of far more than we might believe. We can change our current selves, to become more awake, more present and certainly more innocent.

 

Morehead Media Manifesto

Greetings!

If this is your first time setting eyes on this site, then welcome!

If you’re returning to my digital domicile, and wanting to follow my journey again, then welcome back!

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My name is Paul (保罗, ポール, พอล) James Morehead.

I am a comic artist, animator, storyteller, educator, vegan, poet, blogger, yoga teacher and globe trotter.

Mini Bio: I was raised on cartoons, yoga, transcendental meditation and organic vegetables. I’ve studied spirituality in Iowa, animation in Canada, fine art in Scandinavia, storytelling in Europe, Yoga in India, and Chi Gong in China.

My dream has always been to explore. I took my first solo voyage to Rode Island to visit my cousins in a private jet when I was 12, and have been travelling ever since.

They say no one is an island. I believe that by exploring the world by looking to it’s culture, customs, and people, we can realize that we are all a world family, and not so different after all.

Morehead Media was created as a platform to educate, empower and entertain by sharing these cross-continental experiences. If I can uplift, educate, or inspire others through telling stories about the places I see, then I will have fulfilled my mission.

In this blog I’ll do my best to provide an unbiased view on what makes each place unique and try to give objective views on the current beliefs, ideas, and customs of the people. Any information that is shared is my own angle, and I take full responsibility for the accuracy of my observations. So without further ado, let’s begin this journey together!

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Sharing stories for inspiration, unification and fun.

Making Ghee

Ghee: The golden ingredient

Ghee (clarified butter) has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years for its health-promoting properties.

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Ghee is the king of the unctuous substances, and when taken by itself or combined with herbs (as administered by your doctor) can treat a variety of disorders.

Ghee benefits: Promotes memory, intellect, digestive power, semen, Ojas, Kapha, and builds good fat. It alleviates Våta, Pitta, intoxication, insanity, consumption, and fever.

One of the best features of this royal substance is it´s rich in butyric acid, a short- chain fatty acid that nourishes the cells of the intestines. Good digestion and good health go hand in hand, and ghee acts as a kind of lubricant for your gut, preparing it for whatever substance you choose to ingest.

Ask your nutritionist about using ghee in balance with other oils in your diet. Personally I prefer ghee to all oils, and use it in every stage of food preparation. From sautéing herbs, to starting a stir fry, to spreading on toast or pancakes. Obviously the quality of the ghee is directly proportional to the quality of butter, so organic is a must.

G.S. For an even more robust flavor you can also use goat, sheep or yak butter! Bah-Ram-Ewe!

Warning: Ghee requires your absolute full focus. Turn off your phone, set aside your laundry for later. Let your ghee making take you on a journey.

Preparation time: Less than 15 minutes. 

1. Place 1 or more pounds (0.45 kg) of unsalted butter in a deep stainless steel pan on medium-high heat.

2. Make sure the butter doesn’t scorch while melting. 

3. When the butter fully melts a whitish colored foam forms on the surface (listen for those crackling-simmer-sounds!)

4. Notice the bubbles become larger and fewer, and the color becomes a rich golden hue.

 

 

5. When the water fully evaporates from the butter, tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the pan, as the milk solids separate.

6. Smell fresh popcorn? That means it’s close.

7. Caramelization at the surface that means it’s done. Swiftly remove the pan from the stovetop. (Make haste or the Ghee can burn.)

8.Set your ghee aside on the countertop to cool.

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9.While warm, strain ghee through a fine sieve or cotton cloth into a clean, dry container (place metal utensil in glass jar to keep from breaking.)

Jai Ho! If sealed in a sterilized jar, ghee stays fresh at room temperature for a solid month.

Fun Fact: Ghee melts when it’s warm and solidifies when it’s cool.

Note: Ghee is temperamental and should never be left unattended during this process.

Splish Splash. Chop Chop.

Bonds from Old Norse were called bóndi or ‘tiller of the soil.’

Bonds are connections that are mutually beneficial.

Bondage, from Anglo-Latin bondagium means serf, peasant, or householder.

When we no longer believe we have the freedom over our own lives, it’s akin to being a servant. We are no longer serving a greater life purpose, but serving someone else to satisfy our needs. Then we are no longer indapendant.

The severing of our serfdom can be metaphorical. Or by the act of chopping wood. If it’s our intention to be free, to not cling to anyone’s ideas, dogmas, beliefs, or rules, and cleave away from what kept us chained, then swing away.

Thoreau did it. Walden was a perfect example of a man who made a live worth living by forging bonds without creating bondage. The act of making bonds are good. We can make connections, or connect with the land. But when we think we cannot do without this or that for ourselves, we create a sort of bondage and give up our power. Like a manufactured relationship, it’s never sustainable.

I observe, that is to say I have the freedom to turn my attention to whatever I want. But when there are more manufactured images than natural ones we tend to begin believing what we’re told. Lack of discrimination between what’s in our best interest, and what others are interested in for us, can be dangerous.

Those who have not seen the light cannot light the way. But our ability to see the sublime is always available. Everything and nothing can lead us to know that we are bigger than we believed. Yet we knew it all along. We don’t need anything or anyone to remind us of it. But sometimes we forget.

Remembering our sovereignty takes work. A continual effort towards bettering ourselves. And when splitting the grain of our logic we glimpse the void, remember to be amazed. An aroma of curiosity, a wellspring of wonderment is released back into the air and permeates everything.

How to cleave the wood of our discretion is up to us. If the axe is dull, and our first blows are met with resistance, no matter. We can always take time sharpen our tools. It’s time well spent in preparation for something better.

Let the weight of your tools assist in your work. The better the tool, the better the result. The better the result, the better you’ll do next time.

Chop wood.
Carry water.

Sunup Survey

Sunup Survey

Posted on 04/27/2011, 5:30am, Viborg, Denmark.
I awoke to a  ruby red sun washed grapefruit room. The solar disc barely visible over the tile-roofed horizon. Darting towards the lake, across the open field thinking how some years ago, at this very hour, reluctant dreary infantry lined up for their calisthenics as a demoralizing General barked out their routine in Danish. Passing pockets of stupefied juveniles, only now coming back from their evening pub crawl. Animals seemed to be everywhere, coming and going in pairs as though beckoned by another call of the ark, waiting to disembark. Entering the graveyard I spied a young hooded couple, tangled on a park bench. Responding in silence as I overtook them. I almost ducked as a bizarre strident sound pierced the sky. Looking up I discovered two white geese rhythmically flying and warbling in perfect unison. Animals in twos were everywhere.
Cutting through a marine cu-de-sack, I located a path that led to a single dock which protruded into the lake just enough that at the furthest tip the bank disappeared.  A tiny blue sign nailed to the post labeled “Private.” But after seeing the sorry state of the pier (a bench half decayed, dock covered in gull white stains) I decided to press on. A set of sun salutations later, I began my breath of fire technique as the haze began drifting from the lake. With each exhale ripples would form, as though I were orchestrating the fishes surfacing for breath. Planting myself on the intact portion of the bench, facing the vermilion orb now issuing it’s warmth, there I sprawled. With my eyes closed I became aware of the fluctuating light bouncing off the hulls of small row-boats, and washing over me.

Each ripple was like a pulse, as though systematically scanning me for melanin deficiency. There were arresting nasally honks and once more I spied a goose duo this time pitch black, flapping strangely out of sync. As they blundering ahead I couldn’t help compare them to the pair of whites before, as the very picture of grace. I much preferred these two, and since they were probably bound for the same terminal ark, I bode them well.
Making my way back required a kind of stealth as people began to stir in their rust-colored homes. After being caught red handed crashing a wedding at the Best Western, I opted to take the ‘less traveled’ route, which took me through trellises, behind flower beds, under/over gates/fences, and through a tombstone factory.

I began to wonder at the many measures people take to maintain privacy. “If everyone goes to such lengths keep themselves to themselves, when do they allow others in? I thought. Especially in such a safe environment.” Yet another unusual custom we adhere to, promoting our isolated and xenophobic tendencies (when crime is so negligible.) Upon entering the graveyard, I nearly bowled over an elderly greens-keeper woman, who barely flinched as she was in her element, maintaining the landscape of flora that ran between every grave site, headstone, and plot of land. 

Barefoot I returned to the training field, now empty (save for swarms of low-flying insects) savoring every step before returning to home base to a breakfast of champions (B.O.C.) Breakfast of Champions – Corn Flakes with rice milk, coconut oil, cacao powder & cinnamon. Topping: Banana, Flax Seeds, and Walnuts.

Animation Rumination

Animation Rumination

  • Animation Defined: The word ‘animate’ comes from the latin ‘animare’ which means ‘to instill with Life.’ The root ‘anima’ means ‘Soul.’Therefore animation is creating the “illusion of life.” (*nod to Frank & Ollie)

  • Animation Explanation: When we think animation, images may arise of  kids beginning their weekend ritual planted in front of the neon monolith, for a Saturday morning cereal fest. Or perhaps a group of grown men geeking out over the ‘golden age’ of pre-TV toons like their kinder counterparts. With further examination however, we discover  animation to be an amalgamation of  the greatest mediums presented in a single cohesive experience. Animation makes use of a principle called “persistence of vision.” Which is actually a the flaw of the eye to to perceive images in rapid succession. Our eye cannot keep up with this string of images, so we perceive them as actually moving. So them if drawing is a language of line and shape, then animation is the mother tongue of movement. Animation = “Drawing in Time.” We have control over how this movement is perceived, by manipulating the timing and space between them. So it’s the gap between the drawings that creates the magic. We are manipulators of the unmanifest.

  • Why animation?Stories are the best way to create an awakening, or self-realization in the viewer, and allows us to tap into the collective consciousness, and draw out it’s underlying mythology. Using this personal, archetypal and universally applicable medium, I aspire to inspire through the power of these moving stories. Animation provides a universally accepted language to reach and inform anyone with an open heart and mind, directly involve themselves in the promotion of well-being in their own lives, as well as the improvement of the world.
  • Potential of the Illusion of Life: Animation holds the key to unlock the best in people. Since stories are the most effective tools for inspiration, innovation, and ultimately communication, animation implements these elements in a tangible relatable way through the universally accepted language of symbol, character, and archetype. Cartoons allow this comprehensive language to be accessed, and understood by the audience who becomes so immersed they begin to identify with the situations and characters involved. These worlds born of the imagination naturally resonates with us, and we wish to experience them to the fullest.

“Animation is ultimately problem solving. Taking a large action and breaking it down into more manageable chunks.” – Charles Philips, Instructor at VanArts

   “The potential in animation lies in making the unbelievable believable. This means that imagination is our initiative. What we dream, we can do.” – Walt Disney

Community Permaculture Title

Ideal Permaculture City

“Community Permaculture is a collective of individuals who see a need for the reintegration of Nature’s community organization principles within human organizational structures.”

The goal is to mimic the ecological design elements of a natural climax community to create abundant human-centric systems in harmony with Nature. Using the principles derived from Nature’s patterning, humanity has the capacity to incorporate food production and natural aesthetics directly into our urban sprawl.”