Meditation

This year was the first year I began meditating. I'll be honest, I've gone in and out of it throughout the year, but I'm getting better. After listening to more than a handful of Tim Ferriss Podcasts, I began to realize exactly what he was searching for anyway: there is a pattern amongst highly successful people, and it's the fact that the majority of them (greater than 75%, I'd say) take part in some form of a mediation practice. Now, this could be an interpretation, mind you. For example, for some, making coffee is a form of mediation....ironing their clothes, going to the gym, and of course, other common methods such as sitting still and focusing on their breath could be their form. For me, I didn't know what the hell to do, and I had postponed trying, literally, for years because I didn't know how to do it. So, like most people who are unsure how to do something, I went to YouTube, and searched "guided meditation for beginners." Imagine that. It was a great place to start, but then I heard about HEADSPACE and I like it even better.

Headspace is a website, yes, but it's also an app, which is great because I can take it with me when I travel, as I don't often carry my laptop with me. Headspace offers daily guided meditations that start out as ten minute sessions for ten days straight for free. Their slogan is "Treat your head right" which, to me, is quintessential to doing anything in life. If your head's not right, nothing else will get accomplished as successfully as it would otherwise. Period.

And it doesn't have to be some ohm-ing, zulu experience, though it can be if that's your flavor. Meditation is really just about clearing your head, which is why those random activities mentioned above can often suffice as meditation.  BUT, I do encourage you to try a more traditional form as I have found it's honestly an incredibly beneficial experience to be able to literally take 10 minutes out of your day to do NOTHING.  I'm going to screw up this quote from Russell Simmons, but he said something along the lines of, "If you can't find 10 minutes in your day, you probably need 3 hours!" I couldn't agree more.

Now, with the idea of getting your head right, we can all think dark, dreary thoughts.  And for some of us, life feels dark and dreary at times, if not often. Meditation won't get you to believe in yourself, per se, but it may very well get you in a position where your mind is willing to accept the possibility that you will succeed. Now, I'm not being paid for any of this by Headspace, but I will say this: check out the below quotation. I took it directly from Headspace's pre-meditation animation video that takes place just before your 7th free day of the 10-day freebie mentioned above. It is an amazing analogy, as well as a phenomenal reminder of not only how one can get through a tough time, but also a great reminder of thinking outside of the box is often a great resolution to most problems.  Check it out...

Take a moment to imagine a bright blue sky stretching off into the distance.  Feels pretty good, right? This is a perfect metaphor for the mind: a blank canvas on which thoughts, feelings, and experiences appear.  Okay, so maybe there are just a few clouds. They tend not to bother, or distract us too much.  Especially if they're the cute little fluffy variety. This is how the mind appears when it's calm: bright, serene, and happy. But life isn't always easy. Sometimes, there are a lot more clouds in the sky.  Sometimes, they might be the dark and stormy variety. Occasionally, you may begin to wonder if there is a hurricane on the way. It gets to the point where it's hard to think of anything else. In fact, sometimes, we get so obsessed by the clouds, that we forget about the blue sky altogether. But it's still there.  Every time you're in a plane, and you fly through the clouds, there it is, right? Without fail: blue sky.  It's easy to forget that what we're looking for is already here, and that's why we need reminding.

 

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I recall hearing this on a Casey Neistat vlog a while back, and it not only represents this blog well, it embodies the entire spirit of STANDARD H as a whole:

 

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IT'LL BE THE RIGHT DECISION, SO JUST MAKE A DECISION.

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Luftgekühlt Porsche Party

STANDARD H Luftgekühlt VERNON, CALIFORINA

On Sunday, I attended Luftgekühlt, the air cooled-specific Porsche meet-up produced by Le Mans racer, Patrick Long and his partner, Howie Idelson, held at the Modernica facilities in Vernon, California.  Never before have I seen such a vast number of vintage Porsches in a given area, not to mention those owned by the attendees not showcasing their car inside. The layout was fantastic, which featured a few different segments including a driving simulator, a merchandise shop, a beer garden, and an auction unlike any other in recent memory.  

Before entering the event, I parked next to a beautiful yellow 911 with blue accents.  Then came a long line of cars idling to be instructed where to park inside (to show your car, you simply applied and paid $25).  Upon entering the party, I was greeted by a few of the most famous cars Porsche has ever created: a silver 904, a gorgeous 356, and of course, a 911 - this one was red sporting a number 8 on the hood. To the right, walking through one of buildings on-site, you passed the driving simulator set up with a small sea of on-lookers until you arrived at another outdoor section where there were a litany of 911s.  Centrally located was the merchandise area and the fenced-in beer garden.  Firestone 805 was the sponsor beer along with some wine.  Food from Clutch in Venice was available, as well.  The left side of the venue was dedicated to some older 356's and Speedsters.  Towards the back were even more 911's, though most a bit newer in age than the rest of the show. 

All in all, it goes without saying: the event was a blast. The people couldn't have been nicer, and the variety of cars was simply spectacular.  Hell, even the recent cloudy weather parted for the 4 hours I attended the event, only to return as I noticed  when starting my car to leave.  This was the kind of brand-specific event that makes you never want to consider buying another make again...ever.  Check out the photos below:

At noon, an auction took place benefiting Autumn Leaves Project, where a 1985 Carrera with a Rally set-up was on offer along with some custom chairs from Modernica.  The car went for an impressive $275,000! Learn more below:

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 Modernica's custom Luftgekühlt chairs auctioned prior to the Porsche

Modernica's custom Luftgekühlt chairs auctioned prior to the Porsche

Vans x Yusuke Hanai Party

Vans Yusuke Hanai Art Thalia Laguna Beach

Last night marked the celebration of Vans' collaboration with Japanese artist Yusuke Hanai which took place at Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach.  Hanai's artwork was framed throughout the back wall of the Vans room while the collaborative shoes he designed held their own on a the shoe wall.  In the middle was the added bonus of a live set played by the Mattson 2.  

I had a great time catching up with old friends from Japan, and I even came across some interesting watches in the crowd.  Below, you'll see a really cool looking Seiko, and none other than a Sinn EZM1 which I originally learned about through Hodinkee's Talking Watches episode with William Massena this past December.
 

STANDARD H Vnas Authentic Yusuke Hanai Japan
Mattson 2 Band Thalia Surf Shop Laguna Beach California
STANDARD H Mattson 2 Band


STANDARD H Sinn EZM1 Watch