Michael Bernard

Thich Nhat Hanh runs.

I was on day 6 of a vision cleanse. Meaning I was cutting coffee, sugar, flour (I already don’t drink) and only eating raw fruits and vegetables (following the Medical Medium protocol) in order to get connected to my deeper, inner voice. I needed to get quiet. I went to a silent retreat in the desert and heard a story from Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith (Agape International Spiritual Center) about being at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village in France. While there, Michael had gone for a run and saw TNH walking and, knowing that TNH practices walking meditation, he wondered if TNH ever ran. Later that night, TNH was giving a dharma talk and paused in the middle of his talk and said, "and yes, I do run," as if he had heard Michael's earlier thoughts.

Which brings to mind the quote from Hamlet, “there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

As my mind is getting quieter and quieter, there is a sense of spaciousness and I’m experiencing a desire to create in another form. I desire for expansion. Change. I’m experiencing a deeper connection, not only to myself, but to the world around me.

Driving home from the silent retreat, The Cure's 17 seconds came on which is a song I’d listen to while running along the East River in NYC.

So in the car, I found myself doing what you see in the video which led me to becoming slightly obsessed with it, and so I made this video. It was pure play.

It wasn’t for any festival I was going to apply to. I wasn’t seeking approval from any agent or producer. It was doing it for the sake of doing it and then sharing it because I like it and maybe someone else will like it. To me this form of play is like prayer. It’s a prayer that says, thank you. Life is cool. I’m glad I’m here.

Seems like the vision quest is working so far.