Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Fourteen, Dateline 4-24-2018

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To meditate is to observe simultaneously the formation of thought and breath, and then let it go, without complicating it, without formalizing it, without identifying with it, without rejecting it, letting it follow its own way.
— Allen Ginsberg

Good morning Crickets. Here we go again for day number one-hundred-fourteen of Operation Achieve Anything. Currently the Achieve Anything… book is focused on meditation which is something that I really want to incorporate into my daily routine and have for many years. The problem is, I struggle with what most mediation books warn against, in that I expect there to be some sort of magical feeling that would let me know that I’m doing it right.

Sometimes I feel like I put so much pressure on myself to reach this magical mindset that I can’t enjoy that I find it hard to enjoy the relaxation that I should be feeling.  That’s to say, that I feel this pressure when I actively try a meditation technique. That’s why I try to passively meditate regularly by taking a nap in order to wind down after fulfilling my blogging obligation in order to switch gears into day job mode or whatever modes I need to be in to effectively finish my day.

Yes, I know, napping isn’t meditating but more than half the time, I don’t end up going to sleep and even when I do, it’s after lying in silence for at least a half-hour considering the fact that I always struggle to fall asleep. Whether or not any guru would agree, this form of meditation not only works for me but it also fulfills both today’s and tomorrow’s assignment, which makes this the third time that the book has had me practice sitting in silence as the task for the day, all why pushing the idea of meditation.

I would attempt to explain the difference since usually when assignments repeat there is at least a subtle difference. In this case, though the back-to-back lessons are the same with different wording, the assignments to practice sitting in silence are literally exactly the same.

I’m not sure how I plan to deal with this in tomorrow’s update since I think that I’ve said all that I need to say on the topic of meditation through this threepeat of lessons and tasks. We’ll see what happens but until then, I’m going to cut this one short and simple sign of by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Thirteen, Dateline 4-23-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Nine, Dateline 4-19-2018

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Good morning Crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-nine of Operation Achieve Anything. Today, everything is back to usual, I’m on my regular sleep schedule and my mood has balanced out after a few behind-the-scenes issues had me bouncing back and forth between the verge of mania-inducing optimism and a slight sense of hopelessness as I waited to see how things would play out.

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Hey Crickets, how are things going for you on this shitty Tuesday morning? Sorry to start day number one-hundred-seven of Operation Achieve Anything. On a negative note but it actually plays into my insights of yesterday’s assignment. This morning has started as one of those days where absolutely nothing is going right. First I found that my sink issue has grown to be more of a major problem, then I sat down to write only to find that my keyboard’s not working like it’s supposed and now I’m here pecking away on a generic piece of crap that feels foreign to my fingers.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Three, Dateline 4-13-2018

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Good morning Crickets, and welcome to day number one-hundred-three of Operation Achieve Anything. First off, I’d like to apologize, or at least acknowledge the new advertisements that I’ve added to the site. I guess I’m not all that apologetic for adding them but, due to the way that I set it up, Google Adsense places that ads where ever it feels they are the best fit which sometimes can create a bit of an eyesore.  Since this is an automated service where I simply cut and paste one code to create a site-wide style, it’s going to take me a little while to figure out how to customize the layout.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Two, Dateline 4-12-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-One, Dateline 4-11-2018

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Good morning Crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-one of Operation Achieve Anything. I don’t know why it seems that every single time things seem to be turning to head to where things are starting to go my way, there always has to be one little thing, that’s completely irrelevant, that comes along to ruin my ability to enjoy the experience.

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Eight, Dateline 4-8-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Seven, Dateline 4-7-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Seven, Dateline 4-7-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Six, Dateline 4-6-2018

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Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Five, Dateline 4-5-2018

Operation Achieve Anything: Day Ninety-Five, Dateline 4-5-2018

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Good morning Crickets, or should I say good night? It’s technically tomorrow considering the date changed at midnight but I’m also still up from when I originally woke up at six thirty in the AM. I guess it doesn’t really matter since chances are, you won’t be reading this until I’ve already crashed and had already woken again. Who am I kidding? Chances are if you are reading this, it’s off in the distant future and you perusing my work after one of my other projects became a hit. That, or you're not reading this at all since you are a Cricket after all, there to remind me of the noisiness that comes with silence.

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