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Here’s the entire Episode 3 of the Positive Masters Show podcast about 7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness!


Here’s the entire Episode 3 of the Positive Masters Show podcast about 7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness!

7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness:

1. Experience your environment with all of your senses: touch, sound, sight, smell, and taste.

2. Do a mindful activity.

3. Take some time to enjoy nature.

4. Pay attention to everything you do.

5. Incorporate gratitude with your mindful practice.

6. Focus on your breathing.

7. Treat yourself the way you would treat a dear friend.

In the podcast, I mentioned how I like a certain type of Japanese wash towel, which gives me a nice massage feeling when I scrub and wash myself. I found it on Amazon if you’re interested in trying it out. Just to let you know that I’m an affiliate with Amazon and get a very small commission. You can purchase the Japanese wash towel here: Japanese Wash Towel

I’m an affiliate of Artlist. If you enjoyed Artlist’s music in this podcast, you can hear more of their music and purchase their songs for your personal enjoyment or business here: Artlist

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I’m hopeful that love, compassion, and empathy will overcome anger, hate, and discrimination. Together, we’ll make this world better!


Being a 5th generation American on my mom’s side of the family and 4th generation on my dad’s and born and raised in Hawaii where there is a mixture of ethnicities with no majority, I was surprised to experience discrimination in Eastern Washington when I lived there and Idaho where I frequented with my law school friends for snowboarding and events. In Idaho, on a snowboarding trip, my law school friends Paul from Hawaii (hapa: Caucasian and Japanese), Joe from Southern California (Filipino), Marx from New Orleans, Louisiana (Jewish), and I went to a venue where we weren’t served. Not quite sure if my friend Karlin (Inupiak Eskimo and Caucasian) was there since he snowboarded with us. Also, in Cour d’alene, Idaho, on 4th of July, white supremacists drove by in their 4×4 trucks and jeeps yelling bad stuff with their Confederate and Nazi flags. Our country, the United States is not doing too well on these issues with a number of very public incidents.

My late great uncle Roy Okubo, my late grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s baby brother enlisted in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 522nd Artillery during World War II to prove the loyalty of Americans of Japanese Ancestry despite the racism and mass imprisonment done by our country.

When I became a politician in Hawaii, I pushed for equal rights for all, including legislation for gay marriage for the LBGT community and support of programs for single mothers and survivors of abuse. My political career has been overshadowed by my legal bouts with driving under the influence. Thus, now, I’m directing a good portion of my energy towards writing fiction, nonfiction, poems, and creative writing, on top of my business projects and legal career. Through stories, we can touch people’s souls by reaching into their emotions. Laws can’t do this in the way storytelling can. I’m hopeful that love, compassion, and empathy will overcome anger, hate, and discrimination. Together, we’ll make this world better!

#peace #innerpeace #racism #discrimination #equalrights #womensrights #blacklivesmatter #hispanic #asian #jewish #lgbt #caucasian #minorities #love #compassion #empathy #onelove

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We can only be brave if we’re willing to be vulnerable. đŸ‘Š


We can only be brave if we’re willing to be vulnerable. 👊

If we want a dream, we have to put ourselves out there to judgment, rejection, and hate. 👊

If we want love, we have to open ourselves to judgment, rejection, and heartbreak. 💔

Play it safe or go for it?

I say, “Go for it!” 😊

(I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on 3/14/2019)

#vulnerability #vulnerable #brave #dream #dreams #plans #strategy #vision #goal #goals #business #career #love #romance #life #passion #judgment #rejection #heartbreak #failure #playitsafe #goforit #quote #quotes #writing #creativewriting #thoughts #spilledthoughts #spilledink #hawaiiphotography

Waikele, Hawaii on March 14, 2019.

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Growth Mindset


I’m a strong believer in having a positive mindset in order to be happier and more fulfilled in life.  In this post, I would like to point out the importance of us having a growth mindset, which is believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed.  We can develop our knowledge and skills by reading and practicing everyday.  The more we work on our knowledge and skills, the better we get.  If we keep up this daily practice, over time, we may attain the knowledge and become very good at the skills we envisioned ourselves achieving.

I like to schedule in my Google calendar blocks of time to learning and building skills and I color code them according to the subject matter.  I count each 30-minute period of learning or practicing as a “win” in my Count My Wins program I created for myself.  This program gives me a natural high from the happy chemicals released when I finish each 30-minute self-development session. I’m a very curious person so I push myself even in areas I’m unfamiliar with.  I really want to become a better person mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Have fun in your self-development!  Crush it!

3 of my daily practices: growth mindset, mindfulness, and gratitude.

(I took a picture of these plants and trees in Waikele, Hawaii on March 12, 2019. They represent growth in our growth mindset practice. I’m always mindful of the beauty around me. I’m grateful to experience such simple pleasures.)

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My awesome REI Bookpacker Plus backpack with all my gear to make me a mobile office.


In the past year, I’ve stopped using my briefcase that I got from the University of Hawaii at Manoa bookstore when I was a college student and turned to my awesome REI Bookpacker Plus backpack that I used while a law student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. It’s so comfortable and sturdy, great for walking and moving about in the bus transportation system in Honolulu, Hawaii. Briefcases aren’t comfortable to carry. Backpacks like the REI Bookpacker Plus has cushion and support for long walks.

My REI Bookpacker Plus also has a lot of space and compartments to put all my useful things. My backpack carries the following: good luck charms; Apple MacBook Pro; plastic folders of different colors from Office Depot and Fisher, which holds my business material; black gunmetal Bose Quietcomfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones; black Bose Soudsport wireless headphones; space gray Apple iPod; plugs and cables for my devices; batteries; black Imation flash drive; black with silver designs samurai umbrella by Waterfront in Japan; UNIQLO black foldable windbreaker hoodie; black Fossil sunglasses; black with gold accent Perry Ellis prescription glasses; several pairs of Dailies AquacomfortPlus contact lenses; Victorinox Swiss Army knife with my first and middle name on the transparent frame that my mom and dad got for me when they went to Switzerland; blue-purple with gold accents Parker dress pen; blue Eagle Scout pen with a rubber end to touch the screen of my phone, great for designing ads; pens; mechanical pencil; eraser; gray Totoro foldable reusable bag; black blue gunmetal Tiger Sahara stainless steel water bottle; hand sanitizer; napkins; and food and snacks.

The one thing I need is a portable charger to recharge my smartphone. I’ll reward myself this once I achieve a major goal.

All in all, I’m pretty functional as a mobile office with the gear I have in my backpack. The only times, I need my office is to work on my finances with my Dell PC desktop; scan, copy, and print in color and black and white documents on my Brother Inkjet All-in-One, or print large amounts of documents quickly in black and white with my Dell laser printer. I’m extremely grateful for my backpack and all my useful things in it that help me to maximize my productivity. It makes work fun!

My daily practice: gratitude!

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Isolation


I love this song “Beggars in the House of Plenty” by Generationals. The video has nice footage of a U.S. Senate committee hearing led by the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. Hawaii and the United States isn’t the same without him. I miss my grandparents; the 100th Battalion & 442nd Regimental Combat Team of World War II that my great uncle Roy Okubo was a member of who fought against fascism overseas and racism in America; the members of the 1954 Democratic Revolution who changed the discriminatory laws in Hawaii; the late Hawaii State Senator, 442 veteran, attorney & my mentor Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga; and all my friends of this great generation.

Tired of the vindictiveness of policymakers, judges and haters, and to stay away from alcohol since I’m a social drinker, I isolated myself from anything public for 3.5 years whether it be charities, politics, or social gatherings. I’m slowly becoming involved with public service again by supporting some of my positive friends who need to be in government to keep the negative people out of power who will feed into the hate and anger that is being taught to the younger generations. It’s hard to stay away from politics, my second love after soccer. It’s a love that will never die.

Like the song says, isolation is a two-way street. We all need it sometimes to look within ourselves, to find ways to better ourselves and the world. When we make our comeback we’ll crush anything before us with all the might of love, compassion, and empathy.

#generationals #beggarsinthehouseofplenty #band #music #song #politics #government #politicians #judges #haters #isolation #comeback #crushit #poems #quotes #business #entrepreneur #aviation #businesslaw #concerts #books #novels #movies #love #compassion #empathy #innerpeace #peace

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Music Plays A Huge Role In My Life!


Music plays a huge role in my life. I listen to songs with happy hooks and beats, especially electronic dance music to keep my myself happy and positive and when exercising. Classical and relaxing instrumental music is what I listen to when writing legal documents and researching laws. I like fun music when researching and writing business documents and nonfiction projects. When I write my novels and poems, I enjoy romantic and sad songs so I can bring out the emotions in the characters and dramatic scenes, then I switch to uplifting songs for the happy scenes. Here, I’m wearing my wireless Beats headset from my friend Ryan Sanada in my office with the plumeria flowers in the background. There’s also coconut trees behind the plumeria tree, all very relaxing to look at while I work!

#music #songs #edm #electronicdancemusic #beats #beatsheadphones #headset #headphones #work #law #business #writing #research #fiction #novels #poems #nonfiction #entrepreneurship #office #plumeria #flowers #coconuttrees #oahu #hawaii #mindfulness

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Beautiful


My love, don’t leave.

My heart . . . will bleed.

It’s been too long since we said goodbye.

Your heart is buried deep inside

the walls of every dream of mine.

So drift off, I’ll keep you safe tonight.

You are beautiful.

“Beautiful” by Said The Sky ft. Diamond Eyes.

 

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Better With You


I was a wreck when you came along

When there was nothing left

You showed me the best

I’m still a mess but you hold on

Don’t know just why you do

But I know I’m better with you

“Better With You” by Jesse McCartney

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I Feel the Love


I feel the love, I wanna get to know you.

I feel the love, let the past burn into the sun.

I feel the love, I really wanna show you now.

I feel the love, I wanna get to know you.

I feel the love, let the past burn into the sun.

Can’t get enough, so much I wanna show you now.

 

Tritonal – I Feel The Love (feat Ross Lynch)

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Chateau


I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere
I’ll take you there
We can go if you wanna go anywhere
I’ll take you there
We can go to the Chateau Marmont
And dance in the hotel room
We can run with the headlights on
Till we got nothing to lose
We have, lifting from the ground
We go, never coming down
(Angus & Julia Stone – Chateau)

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Start-Ups


I have so much gratitude for my business partners, especially my FBO partners who have been working with me for almost three years, and all of us are pushing forward and taking on challenges without pay for all these years in addition to other projects we have for ourselves or with other groups. Trying to make personal ends meet while developing start-ups are tough and takes patience, but the process of learning, building new skills, and expanding relationships gives us a high. We’re seeing the destination of each goal getting closer and closer with our daily grind. My heart is with all of you as you strive for your goals. Fall down seven times and get back up eight (Japanese proverb). I’m cheering for you!!!

#startups #business #entrepreneurship #law #businesslaw #development #construction #aviation #fbo #books #novels #nonfiction #events #music #musicevents #energy #housing #dreams #goals #gratitude

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“Run” by Fhono


It feels hopeless in the darkness.

So I gotta go.

I’m not alone where milk and honey flows from misery to paradise.

Run! We can make it!

Shine through the darkness.

#run #fhono #music #song #lyrics

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Over You


‘Cause I’m over you
I am over you
Yeah, I’m over you
Or at least I will be soon

“Over You” by Kasbo ft. Frida Sundemo

#music #song #lyrics #overyou #kasbo #fridasundemo

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Music plays a big role in my life.


Music plays a big role in my life. I listen to instrumental or classical when I need to do deep thinking. To evoke my creativity, I enjoy pop, EDM, alternative, and reggae. When I’m feeling down or stressed, EDM is my favorite. When I think about it, EDM is my favorite for a lot of things: exercise, dance, chores, and writing.

#music #edm #pop #alternative #rock #reggae #hawaiian #instrumental #classical #musictherapy #mentalhealth #health #mindset #positivemindset #positivity

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Red Cup Nation Concert @ Hawaiian Brian’s, Honolulu, Hawaii on March 29, 2018 from 8 P.M.


Kaimana Productions presents a concert with DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.  Must be age 18 and over.  Presale concert tickets available at Eventbrite.com linked below:

Get Eventbrite presale concert tickets for Red Cup Nation & Osnizzle here

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You Owe Me


I don’t really say this often.
But there’s something that the papers forgot
Every time I read them, I know I feed them but I know
They’re painting but they can’t leave a mark
‘Cause my friends don’t read the papers
And they don’t really care if we’re awesome or not
So every time I read them, I know I feed them But I know,
They wanna see me hang on the wall
You don’t know me
Don’t you think that I get lonely?
It gets dark inside my head
Check my pulse and if I’m dead, you owe me
If you’re lonely
Don’t you think you’re on your own
When it gets dark inside your head
Check my pulse and if I’m dead, you owe me
Say it to my face if you mean it
Say it to my face, but you won’t
I know I’m not losing, but I’m losing my mind
Does anybody know what that’s like?
You don’t know me
Don’t you think that I get lonely?
It gets dark inside my head
Check my pulse and if I’m dead, you owe me
If you’re lonely
Don’t you think you’re on your own
When it gets dark inside your head
Check my pulse and if I’m dead, you owe me
“You Owe Me” by the Chainsmokers.
#chainsmokers #cover #jfla #song #music #edm #electronicdancemusic

 

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Kaimana Productions presents a concert by DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s


Kaimana Productions presents a concert with DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.  Must be age 18 and over.  Presale concert tickets available at Eventbrite.com linked below:

Get Eventbrite presale concert tickets for Red Cup Nation & Osnizzle here

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#kaimanaproductions #kaimanaproductionshawaii #concert #concerts #livemusic #music #musicevent #musicevents #event #events #entertainment #liveentertainment #entertainer #entertainers #talent #artist #artists #redcupnation #dj #djs #musicproducer #musicproducers #edm #electronicdancemusic #dancemusic #osnizzle #osna #rap #rapper #hiphop #hawaiianbrians #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

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Broken


I like that you’re broken, broken like me.

I like that you’re lonely, lonely like me.

“Broken” by Lovely The Band.

#music #song #songs #broken #lovelytheband #love #romance

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Keep Cool


Late night, wake up
I’m sick, I’m stuck
You’re here, so near
Your dream, my fear
Your love, my loss
Your dime, my cost
My fate, your hands
My life, your brand
Living my life in spite of you
This is the best that I can do
Nothing left for me to prove
I give it all to you
Nothing’s what we made it
And we’re living like we hate it
I have given all I can
But I can’t anymore
Freedom, I can taste it
And the truth, I need to face it
I’ve always been dedicated
But I can’t anymore

“Keep Cool” by Major Lazer feat. Shaggy & Winter Gordon.

#keepcool #majorlazer #shaggy #wyntergordon #lyrics #love #heartbreak #music #song #edm #electronicdancemusic #reggae #dj #musicproducer

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I don’t want to hold back my feelings.


I don’t ever wanna hold back feelings

So here I go

Into that heartless, darkness

Fading out slow

I don’t ever wanna hold back feelings

So I’ma let it go 

“Walls” by Wingtip ft. Delacey

#music #lyrics

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Keep writing the story of your life!


Keep writing the story of your life!!! Next chapter!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world #quote #quotes

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Look at me with your sleepy eyes.


Look at me with your sleepy eyes.

We don’t have to hide.

I just want to touch your face.

Take me straight to outer space.

“Sleepy Eyes” by Elohim ft. Whethan.

#sleepyeyes #elohim #whethan #music #song #edm #electronicdancemusic

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It Understands Me


My laptop listens.

I spill my thoughts and feelings.

It understands me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #86, 11/21/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #quote #quotes #writing #creativewriting #books #novels #nonfiction #dreams #goals #strategy #selfdevelopment #business #law #entrepreneurship #life #death #love #sadness #peace #innerpeace #happiness #macbookpro #apple #laptop #beatsheadset #beats #mindfulness #gratitude

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I just want to go where love is alive.


I just want to go where love is alive.

“Love Is Alive” by Louis The Child” featuring Elohim (Savory Remix).

#music #EDM #electronicdancemusic #loveisalive #louisthechild #elohim #savory

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If balance can be achieved, there’s a chance to save love.


I’m feeling this song “Better” by Rihanna ft. The Chainsmokers & Martin Garrix. For those of you going through some struggles and heartache, I dedicate this song to you. With the bigger picture in mind, most things are not worth fighting about. If balance can be achieved, there’s a chance to save love.

I love music!

#rihanna #thechainsmokers #martingarrix #song #music #edm #electronicdancemusic #love #balance #mindfulness #gratitude #quote

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My 47 Practices for a Happy and Fulfilling Life


My 47 Practices for a Happy and Fulfilling Life

1. Sleep.
2. Exercise.
3. Eat a balanced diet.
4. Gratitude.
5. Mindfulness – Always be aware of all the wonderful things.
6. Non-attachment – Don’t let my emotions for people, things, and events affect me negatively.
7. The glass is half full, not half empty – Look at the positive things.
8. Compassion.
9. Empathy.
10. Forgive.
11. Self-Reflect.
12. Meditate – Zen (clear my mind).
13. Meditate/Pray – Send love to others.
14. Listen to Music.
15. Sensory Therapy – Hot or cold shower; Massage; lemon scented cologne; and vanilla and lavender scented candles
16. Outdoor Therapy – Ocean Therapy is my favorite.
17. Visualize my goals.
18. Vision Board – Pinterest, computer wallpaper, and/or on wall.
19. Schedule my daily goals for work and play.
20. Write and update my yearly goals.
21. Write and update my lifetime goals.
22. Count my wins daily.
23. Spend time with loved ones.
24. Be around positive people.
25. Make new friends.
26. Law of Attraction – Perform positive actions and I will attract positive things.
27. Follow my passion.
28. Visualize my ideas and how they could work.
29. Write down my ideas.
30. Share and give away my ideas.
31. Provide value for others.
32. Create services and products that solves problems.
33. Disrupt the market – Don’t just blend in with the market, but do things differently to make it better.
34. Do the work and learn everything I can about my business.
35. Learn for my personal enjoyment.
36. Better old skills and develop new skills – 10,000 Hours Rule (Practice)
37. Read fiction and nonfiction.
38. Watch documentaries and educational videos.
39. Watch inspirational movies.
40. Write fiction and nonfiction.
41. Learn from my mentors and virtual mentors.
42. Use the energy from negative experiences to motivate me to work on my goals.
43. Move forward on my goals every day. On challenging days, I ask myself, “What are one or two things I can do to make me feel good and accomplished for the day?” Then I execute.
44. Tell a story to get 1,000 true supporters.
45. Be authentic to get 1,000 true supporters.
46. Travel.
47. Reward my wins.

I update my practices as I move forward in my life, thus, I will post an updated list of my practices when I adjust it.  Have a great and peaceful life!

Sincerely,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

#selfdevelopment #practices #habits #goals #personallife #career #mind #body #soul

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If You Leave Me Now


Go
You won’t go
If you leave me now
I can heal somehow
Back
To the time
When I knew myself
When I knew myself

Give me a reason why you choose to always hurt my soul
I gave you everything, oh baby, please I have to know
Just answer me the question, are you gonna stay or go?
Stay or go?

Oh, no, please don’t go
If you leave me now
If you leave me now
But you stay
If you leave me now
If you leave me now
But you stay

Back to the time
But I know you won’t
But I know you won’t

Give me a reason why you choose to always hurt my soul
I gave you everything, oh baby, please I have to know
Just answer me the question, are you gonna stay or go?
Stay or go?

Oh, no
Please don’t go
If you leave me now
If you leave me now
But you stay
If you leave me now
If you leave me now
But you stay

If you leave me now
Oh, just stay
If you leave me now
If you leave me now

Won’t you stay?
Please don’t go
If you leave me now
If you leave me now

“If You Leave Me Now” by Foxes.

#music #song #songs #lyrics #foxes #ifyouleavemenow

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Don’t Say


“Don’t Say” by The Chainsmokers. One of my favorite DJs/music producers. I’ve been feeling this song.

#dontsay #thechainsmokers #edm #electronicdancemusic #electronicmusic #music #popmusic #pop #dance #dj #musicproducer #musicproducers #song #songs #tunes #tune #lyrics

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Say


I think I’m trying to find my purpose because I feel upside down
There’s a face in the mirror I think I know
I guess I’m starting to see some things that I never thought I would
The way you look and the way you’re who you are
Alright starlight

Say what you will
Say what you want
I won’t grow up
I will come around
Say what you feel
Say anything
I will hold on
’til I can’t let go

I wanna see a familiar face and a friend to take my hand
Sometimes a little bit of lost needs a little bit of found
You can lose yourself in your faith but come washing up on shore
And I’ve been here before I think I’ve told you
Alright starlight

Say what you will
Say what you want
I won’t grow up
I will come around
Say what you feel
Say anything
I will hold on
’til I can’t let go

Be my fire, take my hand
You wanna stay in the promised land
Where all the things you want to fill you are
Chase that morning, close your eyes
You wanna wake up where there’s no goodbyes
And all the numbered days will turn to one
So I just stop and

Say what you will
Say what you want
I won’t grow up
I will come around
Say what you feel
Say anything
I will hold on
’til I can’t let go

“Say” by The Spacies.

#music #song #songs #lyrics #say #thespacies

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Have a great week and fly!


I wish you a great week, to the point you have moments where you feel like you can fly! Here is a fun song, “Fly” by Melano.

#fly #melano #positiveenergy #positivity #positiveliving #mindfulness #gratitude #happiness #joy #love #peace

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Last Day for Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance.


Last day for Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance is today, Saturday August 19, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at 1429 Maliki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; food booths open from 4:30 P.M. The office number is 808-949-3995.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #buddhism #obon #obonservices #bondance #honolulu #hawaii #ancestors #gratitude

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The Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance will be today August 18 and tomorrow August 19, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. – Food starts at 4:30 P.M.


The Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance will be today August 18 and tomorrow 19, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at 1429 Maliki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; food booths open 4:30 P.M. for both nights, with Jizo bon prayer service at 5:45 P.M. on August 18, 2017. The office number is 808-949-3995.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #obon #obonservices #bondance #honolulu #hawaii #ancestors #gratitude

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Only Us


And maybe I lost who we are
I jumped to the end
When that’s not how we left it
And maybe the sound of your heart
Gets stuck in my head
So I can’t forget

#music #song #lyrics #onlyus #paperwhite

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Why is everything so heavy?


I’m holding on
Why is everything so heavy?
Holding on
So much more than I can carry
I keep dragging around what’s bringing me down
If I just let go, I’d be set free
Holding on
Why is everything so heavy?

“Heavy” by Linkin Park.

#linkinpark #heavy #ripchesterbennington #music #lyrics #song #rock #rockmusic

 

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Invisible


If I cannot break your fall.
I’ll pick you up right off the ground.
If you felt invisible, I won’t let you feel that now.

“Invisible” by Linkin Park.

#linkinpark #ripchesterbennington #invisible #music #lyrics #song #songs #rock #alternative #rockandroll

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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park & My Thoughts on Facing Darkness


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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on July 20, 2017 at the age of 41.  He was also the lead singer for Dead By Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.  His voice had a great range for melodic top 40 tracks to the hard screaming sounds of rock and roll that sometimes blended with rap by Mike Shinoda, the other frontman of Linkin Park.

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Chester was authentic and open about his life, the struggles of his childhood when his parents became divorced, being sexually abused by an individual older than him, and getting bullied in school.  He let out his frustration and suffering in his art and music.  Much of his struggle resonates in the lyrics of the songs he helped write and through the sound of his voice.  However, Chester also turned to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain.  Even with his rise into a rockstar with amazing bands, he faced depression until he took his life.

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As a politician in Hawaii, I worked on the issues of bullying, sex abuse, drugs, and mental health.  I continued with some of this work while a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Legislative Liaison at the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu.  I left public service after being charged by the police for driving under the influence when I was stopped at a roadblock.  Half the time I served in public service, I felt like I was dealing with power trips of politicians and judges, many with temper tantrums who were unable to put the issues above themselves.  Now, I direct my efforts in helping the community through start-up business ventures, business law, and nonprofit organizations.  If I succeed in building the businesses that I’m passionate about, I want to dedicate my money on causes that I’ve failed to achieve as a politician and government attorney such as building a peace curriculum in our schools to teach our children positive daily practices to reduce bullying, sex assault, verbal abuse and physical violence; and helping orphans of war receive water, food, medicine, clothes, toys, and an education.

The death of Chester by suicide hit me emotionally.  I’ve been listening to Linkin Park since their beginning.  I’m listening to Linkin Park songs as I write this post.  I know the power of the darkness can haunt us, especially when we’re alone.  At night and early morning is when they attack me. When they win, nothing matters – nothing.  I know this.  I live because I’ve created so many goals to work on.  I work hard – so hard that it pushes away my pain – that is until I’m alone, then I have to start all over again.  But I can’t just live by working.  I want to love and be loved.  I want to have fun.  For these reasons, I created a system of practices I created that helps me to keep moving forward through gratitude, peace, and happiness.  If you are facing anxiety and depression, these are the things I do to counter the darkness:

(1) Sleep – For maximum output, 7+ hours of sleep works for me.
(2) Exercise – Run, lifting weights, and swimming are some of the exercise I do that gives me a high and a feeling of confidence that I can achieve anything.
(3) Healthy Diet – Foods that have Vitamin B-complex and Vitamin C helps us against depression and anxiety. L-Theanine in green tea has a calming affect.
(4) Gratitude – I have gratitude for not just the big things, but also the many little things.
(5) Mindfulness – I live in the moment to be aware of the beauty and wonderful things around me. Mindfulness is what energizes our gratitude. The more mindful I am, the higher the level of my gratitude.
(6) Win-Win/Positive Thinking. There are wins in everything we do, even failure and bad incidents.
(7) Goals – I plan and execute my goals by a system that rewards small wins and big wins. It’s the process of the daily practice that gives us a rush of dopamine every time we achieve small wins, and in time, we get that satisfaction from attaining our big wins.
(8) Writing – Blog, journal, social media, fiction, and nonfiction. Writing is so therapeutic, and it feels good to send positive messages to my friends and network.
(9) Positive Relationships – Stay near positive people who will fire you up with good energy, and avoid negative people who drain your energy.
(10) Music – Soothing music is great while working, and when you need a lift, play a lively song and dance.
(11) Read and listen about amazing people – Exposure to people who overcame huge challenges keeps me motivated and thinking extraordinary with a mindset that anything is possible when you consistently work hard, build relationships, and learn.
(12) Go to your happy places – My happy places are beaches in Hawaii for relaxation and coffee shops for work.
(13) Ocean Therapy and Nature – For me, swimming in the ocean does wonders by heightening all my senses and revitalizing my vision for my life.
(14) Sunlight – Vitamin D3 from the sun helps us against anxiety and depression.
(15) Sensory Therapy – I enjoy lemon scented cologne, vanilla and lavender scented candles, hot and cold showers, and massages.
(16) Learn – Right now, I enjoy learning about subjects such as self-development, health, writing, Japanese language and culture, aviation, fuel, Iraq war, and orphans of war.
(17) Meditation – This practice calms my mind, body, and soul.
(18) Travel – Experiences at other locations creates wonderful memories and recharges our mind, body, and soul.
(19) Read Fiction – Experience other lifestyles and locations, feel the beauty of love, and do extraordinary things.
(20) Inspirational Movies and Television Shows

The following song, “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park expresses how I feel about the loss of Chester Bennington and the darkness that haunts us all.

 

Here is “Heavy” by Linkin Park, another song that moves me emotionally.

 

“Numb” by Linkin Park is a song that resonates with the frustration we feel after working so hard to be who we are, only to be attacked by others who want something, and punished harder by others because of who we’ve become, despite us still being human.

 

“Sorry For Now” by Linkin Park

 

“Nobody Can Save Me” by Linkin Park.  On a positive note, near the ending of the song, the lyrics goes:

I wanna fall wide awake now
So tell me it’s alright
Tell me I’m forgiven, tonight
And only I can save me now
I’m holding up a light
Chasing up the darkness inside
And I don’t wanna let you down
But only I can save me!

Been searching somewhere out there
For what’s been missing right here

 

I want to end this entry with a positive and motivational song by Linkin Park, “Battle Symphony.” Chester will live on through his music, loved ones, and fans. My heart goes out to him and his loved ones.

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#depression #anxiety #darkness #linkinpark #chesterbennington #peace #innerpeace #compassion #empathy #gratitude #mindfulness #happiness #sleep #exercise #health #diet #winwin #positivethinking #goals #writing #happyplaces #oceantherapy #nature #sensorytherapy #learn #meditation #travel #movies

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Call Me


You can call me, oh, if you’re lonely and need somebody.
You can call me, middle of the night when you need my body.
You can call me, you can call me, you know that you can tell everyone.
If you want me the way I want you.
Got my number, you know what to do, yeah.

“Call Me” by Neiked ft. Mimi.

#music #song #songs #lyrics #dancemusic #electronicmusic #electronicdancemusic #edm #dj #concert #concerts #festival #festivals #musicevents #event #events #promoter #promoters #entertainment #honolulu #hawaii

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Win-Win Thinking!


Like many of you, I strive for things that have a great amount of uncertainty that create anxiety and stress. I wish I was a superhuman, immune to such feelings but I’m not. So I make an effort on overcoming anxiety and stress with many practices like gratitude, mindfulness, win-win thinking, exercise, balanced diet, writing, music, nature, time with positive people, sensory therapy, meditation, and such. Whenever I work on any of my goals that has a high risk of losing time and money such as elected politics, business projects, and fiction and nonfiction books, I try to mitigate my risk with research, strategy, and hard work, but no matter what, a degree of uncertainty will always exist.

To alleviate my anxiety on the uncertainty, I practice win-win thinking or positive thinking by telling myself, “When I invest time and money into a project I’m passionate about, at worse, I get a higher education like attaining another college degree. At best, I get a return on my investment on top of my education!” By looking at my goals in this manner, I see the outcome as a win no matter what the outcome because my time and money are used towards bettering myself in gaining more knowledge, skills, and relationships, but if I succeed, I can get a higher education and make a living out of what I love! Stay positive everyone!

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#highrisk #risk #uncertainty #anxiety #stress #anxietyrelief #stressrelief #anxietyremedies #stressremedies #practices #gratitude #mindfulness #winwinthinking #positivethinking #exercise #balanceddiet #writing #music #nature #positivepeople #sensorytherapy #meditation #positiveliving #positivity #creativewriting #quote #quotes #jonriki #jonrikikaramatsu

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You should know baby that you’re the best.


I just need to get it off my chest. Yeah more than you know, yeah more than you know. You should know that baby you’re the best. Yeah more than you know, yeah more than you know.

Sorry, these lyrics by Axwell Ingrosso’s song “More Than You Know” are playing in my head, but I just need to get it off my chest.

Music is one of the things that brings me joy!  It’s a tool that I apply to maintain my happiness.  There’s studies that show the positive effects music has on our lives.  That’s why I enjoy producing music concerts.  I’m so lucky to have partnered on some music events with my friend G who I became friends with from my days at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He got me to appreciate electronic dance music (EDM).  Though, I enjoy all types of music such as but not limited to classical, orchestra music, piano music, reggae, Hawaiian, all decades of pop, love songs, ballads, rock, alternative, hip hop, mellow electronic music, and electronic dance music.

#music #song #songs #edm #electronicdancemusic #electronicmusic #dancemusic #pop #popmusic #dj #axwellingrosso #morethanyouknow #event #events #promoter #promoters #concert #concerts #festival #festivals

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Keep Me Close.


I need you.

I need you to keep me close.

“Keep Me Close” by Paris & Simo ft. Sara Diamond.

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Make A Law Alive Through The Arts


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When you pass a law as a politician, people will say you did it for votes.

When you argue the law as a lawyer, they will say you did it to win.

But when you make a law alive through the arts, people will see it is from your heart.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 5/11/2017 –

#law #laws #policy #policies #politician #lawyer #attorney #artist #art #arts #writing #creativewriting #fiction #novel #novels #movie #movies #film #films #show #shows #drama #dramas #music #drawing #drawings #painting #paintings #quote #quotes #poem #poems #poetry #artist #artists #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki

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We used to say this song made us feel some type of way.


We used to say this song made us feel some type of way.
It used to make us both feel free.
Underneath the covers you would grab my hand.
You’d say you’d never listen to it without me.

“This Song” by RAC ft. Rostam.

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I know when you’re around.


I know when you’re around because I know that sound – the sound of your heart.

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Stories Within Stories


I jumped into my old gun metal truck and drove to my late night hang-out, a coffee shop on the top of the hill above my house, after one of those weeks that furiously flew by. I pulled into the parking lot, and right in front of the coffee shop was a prime parking space that was positioned almost directly in front of the main entrance. I pulled the brake and shut off the engine. While patting the dash of my truck, I sent my thoughts of gratitude to it, “Thank you for taking care of me.” I counted this moment as my tenth win for the day.

I pulled my brief case from behind my seat and exited my truck, locking it with my key. My  remote control had long been discarded in a drawer within my personal office. It’s just something I didn’t care to fix after all these years.

I entered the coffee shop and paused by the display glass filled with sandwiches and pastries so I could pull out my smart phone from my front pocket of my jeans and open the app for the coffee shop, which I used for my transactions since you could get rewarded a free drink after a certain amount of purchases.

“Hey Riki, how are you?” asked Kelly, a cute barista with a mixture of Asian and Caucasian ethnicity who I’ve gotten to know over my many visits. She was always so welcoming.

I walked up to her cash register. “Good to be back at the office.”

“What will you get tonight?” Just as I opened my mouth to speak, Kelly blurted, “Wait, let me guess.”

I chuckled. “Alright.”

She closed her eyes and then opened them with a wide smile. “Hot, medium, Green tea latte?”

“Yes. I swear you have a gift.”

“Well, it’s either that or your hot, medium, plain old green tea. So my odds are pretty good in guessing your drink. Tonight you look a bit stressed and that’s when you go for the sweet stuff.”

“You’re really observant. I have to finish drafting a couple contracts for a friend.”

“Got to get paid right?”

“I don’t know. I only get paid if my friend gets paid.”

A frown formed on Kelly’s perplexed facial expression.

“If the deal doesn’t go through, I get nothing for all the work I do.”

“Damn.”

“It’s the nature of what I do.” If only she knew that I didn’t get paid even when I closed some deals with a couple of former business partners I had. I didn’t fight for anything that was owed to me, I just cut my losses and simply moved on.

I flashed my app on the screen of my smartphone in front of the scanner fronting the cash register. After a “beep” sound, I tapped a button and returned my phone back into my front pocket of my jeans.

“Well, I wish you the best on that deal. Have a productive session.”

“Will do. Thank you.”

I proceeded over to the counter where other customers waited to receive their orders. After a few minutes, my order was called by the barista who made my beverage, a young man named Todd with surfer blonde hair.

I strolled over to my favorite corner of the coffee shop where the counters rode along the windows, and lined up beside it were a number of high stools. I placed my briefcase on an unused stool next to me to my right. I pulled out my laptop from my briefcase and fired it up. I opened up a partial draft of one of the agreements I was working on for my friend. I stared at the words on the screen, which began to blur as I dozed off into another world. When my vision cleared up, I was no longer sitting on a stool in front of the window in my regular coffee shop. Instead, I was leaning back on a black leather couch in the more trendy coffee shop with dimmer lights that I’ve become so familiar with over my eight years of writing and reading this scene over and over.

Across the shop I saw Ken sitting at a small square table in front of Kaylee. He had already given her a chocolate cupcake in his attempt to liven up her spirits. He looked just as nervous as I had envisioned. I smiled and giggled quietly because I knew that he was changing the course of the future between the two of them. If only Ken and Kaylee could know how much a part of me has always been with them. Every bit of their pain has been mine, and every time they’ve experienced joy, I’ve felt it just the same. For it’s through their journey that I’m finding my way. If they can make others feel what I’ve felt, then I’m certain many others will find their way as well.

“Excuse me. Excuse me.”

I snapped back to reality and saw a young college-aged Asian girl standing next to me. “Is it okay if I plug my laptop into the outlet?” she asked and glanced under the counter. I followed her eyes and noticed the outlet just to the left of my leg.

“Oh yeah, sure. Go ahead.” I moved off my stool and stood to the side as she plugged in her laptop and returned to sit at a table behind me.

I got back onto my stool and returned to staring at my draft of the agreement on my computer. The minutes kept changing to higher numbers on my clock located near the upper right corner of my laptop, and still, I didn’t write anything new. “Screw this,” I murmured under my breath. I closed the document and opened up my query letter that was addressed to a boutique literary agency based in New York City. I took out my headset from my briefcase and played the songs from my playlist. I bobbed my head to a catchy song “Something Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay as I proceeded to re-write my query letter.

– Super Short Fictional Story by Jon Riki Karamatsu on March 26, 2016 (This super short fictional story is connected to my first novel that I started in October 2006 and completed in January 2014) –

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Make It Better


After undergoing four rough days from a flu, I was happy to get back to work even though my energy was still low. While drafting a document at Starbucks in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii, I overheard this song “Make It Better” by Hazel English in their speakers as I was ordering my beverage. I like the catchy beat and mellow tune.

The following are the lyrics:

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I am confident
Yet I always seem to doubt myself
I am intelligent
Yet I know nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better
All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

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How Super Can I Become?


Trembling without love.

How super can I become?

Losses become wins.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/23/2017, Haiku #54 –

Here’s a song “Forever in Silence” by Solstis that helped to bring out my emotions and words to this Haiku poem, which I was able to write in seconds.

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Feels Right


An energizing song “Feels Right” by Jocelyn Alice (Galloway Remix). A good song to dance to and lift your spirits.

Lyrics:

We don’t care if we do it right.
We don’t care what it looks like.
We’ve got love in the nightlife.
We’ve got love and it feels right.

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My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as I play a set.


My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as my friend DJ G-Spot and I play a set. This fun song “Recess” by Golden Coast would be one of the songs in my set. I’m not sure who you’ll be but I got a target date of 2017 or 2018!

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Picture of the high technology and special effects stage at the 16th Annual Love Festival Hawaii on 9/27/2014.

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I’ll Only Play This Game With You.


Because it’s true, I’ll only play this game with you.

“Game 4 U” by St. Lucia.

 

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