Laura and I came across this monk seal sunning itself on Poipu Beach. The monk seal is an endangered species. It was pretty awesome to see one up close. So I decided to catch it on video just as it started moving around. It sort of sat up, shifted position, moved its little flipper-y arms around, and then it started to urinate. There was a lady in the background screaming, “IT’S PEEING! OH! LOOK! IT’S PEEEEEEEING!” She was making the whole thing a sort of double rainbow moment. I began to visualize getting rich from the about-to-go-viral video that I would later post on YouTube. And that’s when I realized I’d turned the camera off, not on.
There is more capability in each of us than the human mind typically comprehends. Think of yogis who are able to sleep on a bed of nails or walk over hot coals. To get there, even part way there, we first must believe that something is possible. And then we have to take action. Developing a practice can be a way to start. Or turning on the camera. Either way.
Santa Cruz, January 2, 2010