The Good Life Meditation is my daily effort of recounting, considering and developing my a personal life objectives and principals. I perform the action of verbally listing and describing these points each day, typically at dawn, as a start and readiness to the coming day.
My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of The Good Life with me. I'm available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at email@example.com
Going Alone is an independent approach to living, uncovering what is real, and making peace with the facts of what is true no matter how the truth makes us feel. I upload at least one video a week for this series on my YouTube channel.
The Good Life is a formulated plan of objectives and principals designed to help us live a more virtuous life in accord with sound reasoning. I upload at least one video a month for this series.
Going Alone is my current effort at adventure. These videos take place in the desert, always alone, and always far from civilization and help. Come with with to experience a desolation few ever fully know.
Exploring in the sea alone provides an opportunity to reach distant places without traveling very far. In the desert for example, I need to hike two hours alone beyond the last road and trail just to reach the near edge of the Volcano Wilderness, and then another hour before The Great Indifference can be perceived. In the sea, a short swim offshore to depths beyond reach or around the corner of some rocky point will bring you quickly to the place you seek. Take a breath and descend and you’ll find Indifference moving everywhere in the gloom, below your feet in the murky haze, up ahead where that sea mount looms like an underwater giant; in the surf crashing against rocks which tosses the body and sometimes draws blood, and in caves where the threatening embrace of mindless death and indifference snap the senses to a more primitive frequency and comprehension.
Playlist highlighting my most popular videos spanning over twelve years of living and exploring in Japan. Over one thousand videos covering every aspect of life in this ancient and historic culture and country.
Playlist dedicated to the amazing, often startling and sometimes dangerous wildlife of Japan. Come with me off the beaten path to see the astonishing Japan natives few Japan visitors will ever encounter.
Life is hard. Especially for the young on the cusp of adult life and facing a challenging future. On this playlist I share my advice for living well and pursuing a life of Courage, Joy and Independence.
A skeptic's walk through the Bible. This project began after I was sent a beautiful Bible and asked to read it. The Bible sent is a phenomenal specimen. It’s a New International Version, with lots of supplemental information included within the Bible, providing background information about history and scholarship as well as helpful footnotes, maps and even in-depth articles about topical subjects touched on in the Biblical text. After thanking my uncle for his gift, the book sat on my shelf for over a year without being read. About a year later I started listening to the Bible via an audio app while commuting back and forth to work. I’d typically listen to one chapter a day, which took usually less than ten minutes, and then think about it for a few minutes while riding. I did this all within my helmet as I rode, and since the activity was private I didn’t devote too much time or energy to the effort. I started this project at the front of the Bible with the aim of “reading” all the way through to the end. I’d made it almost to the end of the Book of Joshua when I realized I wasn’t doing a very good job, as the effort had become more of a rout exercise of turning on the app, listening like a mindless drone, and then quickly forgetting about what I’d read as soon as the chapter was done. This was frustrating, as I believed the effort was worthwhile. I resolved to find a better way. I’m a YouTube vlogger. And it didn’t take long for me to decide to try vlogging my thoughts about the Bible as a way of forcing myself to do a better job. I’m lucky that I have a very good camera and microphone on my motorcycle helmet, which I immediately began using for vlogging. The way it works is like this: I would listen to today’s Bible chapter in the evening and the morning before then recording my thoughts about this same chapter while riding my motorcycle to work in the morning. This idea did this trick, as I found that once the camera was on I was doing a much better job of focusing my thoughts and words to make the retelling of the story interesting and in-depth. This then caused me to take my listening more seriously in order to better comprehend and convey what I’d read. After a while I began to see that the King James Edition of the Bible that I was listening to was giving me just one perspective on the story, and I decided to try and expand my coverage. That’s when I remembered my uncle’s Bible. I checked and was happy to find the Bible was a New International Edition (NIV) which reads very differently from the King James Edition (KJE). Where the KJE has a more traditional, old English ring to it, the NIV reads more like a contemporary account, using more familiar and plain language. Since my practice to that point was to read Bible chapters no fewer than five times, and as many as ten or more times, I determined to mix up the activity by first listening to the KJE, then reading the KJE text, then the NIV text, and then reading the NIV while simultaneously listening to KJE. Finally, I’d listen to the KJE one last time to finish off the exercise just before I hop on my motorcycle and begin recording. This is my routine, and it seems to work well as not only names of people, but the names of places and the big picture of the story tends to appear in my mind and remain there for a very long time. Now a word about the formatting of this book. Each book of the Bible is presented as a chapter in this book, with many sub-section for the various Bible chapters. These sections include a fourteen-point header identifying the book and chapter followed by a heading summarizing the content. After that, there’s a paragraph or two where I try to relate in my own words what I read from the chapter. Finally, there may be a few sentences or paragraphs in italics which are the thoughts I had while reading or after making the video for the section. We then move on to the next section. Usually, the italicized comments relate to the chapter at hand though sometimes I’ll interject questions or commentary about the larger Bible story. Often, my questions appear directed to believers. This is because I uploaded all of the videos to my main Facebook wall as well as a special Facebook page called Freeway Bible Study where the follow-up questions were also asked. Though I don’t include any of the responses in this book, I found the responses and interaction on Facebook were both interesting and very civil. So here we go. Let’s dive into the Bible started with Genesis and making our way all the way through to the end of Revelation. With a little luck I’ll complete this project in less than five years, and hopefully in time to convert me before the beginning of the End Times.