Smile, making connection
in the urbaner jungle.

Disco Helmet Project’s back in Toronto for the 3rd years, a social experiment connecting urbaner together and sharing smiles.

Cutting through the veil of electronic distractions that surround us. We can consciously choose to make technology visible or transparent and by doing so out of choice, we empower and bring ourselves into the present moment. The project creates an experience for the audience to develop ideas and explore their inner selves. The presence of the artist wearing the helmet with an air of radical honesty and sincerity adds to the aesthetics. Nothing says tackling the urban jungle while living in the city like a disco helmet! (Click here for project info)

#DiscoHelmetTO#DiscoHelmet, #KarmaNinja ,#1000Kindness#1000ActsofKindness
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UPS store Toronto

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#DiscoHelmet Making Friend at the Opening of Wood Art Agency in #Toronto

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#DiscoHelmet Making Friend at local coffee shop in #Toronto #KindnessBomb

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#DiscoHelmet Making Friend cherry blossom festival #Toronto #KindnessBomb

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#DiscoHelmet Making Friend on Queen St #Toronto #KindnessBomb

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The artist:

Adam Quang is an award winning interdisciplinary artist whose work explores human nature and plausibility in contemporary society; pieces that stroke the visual and tactile senses, that touch the heart, and hinge on the duality of his life spent in Asia and North America. In a mass market versus mass marketing framework, Adam’s art stirs our imagination through image and metaphor, shadow and hidden meaning within. He provokes action from the viewer and invites them to be part of the evolving art. He is the founder of  World Karma Project. Its mission is to make you and the people around you “awesome.” Adam currently lives in Toronto Canada.

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Yoga, private yacht and personal chef &
adventure at a Seven Wonders of Nature, Vietnam!

♥ Teacher: Adam Quang ♥   14 days: Nov 13 to 26, 2016   ♥   7 days: Nov 20 to 26, 2016

  • Participants can register with the Yoga Alliance and receive 35 continuing education training hours from the retreat.
  • A portion of our retreat profits (10 clients or more) will go towards supporting a Karma Mission in Vietnam.
  • The point of World Karma Project isn’t to make money. We don’t do kindness projects to make money; we make money to be able to do more kindness. (click here for our project)
"Whatever you give to life, it gives you back. Do not hate anybody. The hatred which comes out from you will someday come back to you. Love others & Love will comeback to you"

“Whatever you give to life, it gives you back. Do not hate anybody. The hatred which comes out from you will someday come back to you. Love others & Love will comeback to you”

Vacation highlights:

  • 2-3 yoga / taichi classes per day
  • Cyclo or tram to take a city tour
  • Water Puppet tickets and sightseeing points
  • 1 night Homestay, at a home of local Vietnamese indigenous villager in Sapa
  • Exploring ancient cave at the 7 Wonders of Nature
  • Visiting floating village
  • Kayaking in the 7 Wonders of Nature
  • 13 nights luxury accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary

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Hugging is good medicine

It’s a National Hug Day on a Blue Monday ( 3rd Monday in Jan), so go out and give someone and yourself an emotional lift. Hug someone in the next 15min. Do-Feel-Be acts of kindness.

Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift.  you need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. scientists say hugging is a form of communication because it can say the things you don't have words for and the nicest thing abut a hug is that you usually can't give one without getting one"

Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift.  you need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. scientists say hugging is a form of communication because it can say the things you don’t have words for and the nicest thing abut a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one”

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Want to do something that really matters? Find a way to make a lonely person feel less lonely

Want to do something that really matters? Find a way to make a lonely person feel less lonely

There’s no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know the what and the how, and we can see systemic problems, but it’s rare to have a poor person actually explain it on their own behalf. So this is me doing that, sort of.

Rest is a luxury for the rich. I get up at 6AM, go to school (I have a full course load, but I only have to go to two in-person classes) then work, then I get the kids, then I pick up my husband, then I have half an hour to change and go to Job 2. I get home from that at around 12:30AM, then I have the rest of my classes and work to tend to. I’m in bed by 3. This isn’t every day, I have two days off a week from each of my obligations. I use that time to clean the house and soothe Mr. Martini and see the kids for longer than an hour and catch up on schoolwork. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. I never get a day off from work unless I am fairly sick. It doesn’t leave you much room to think about what you are doing, only to attend to the next thing and the next. Planning isn’t in the mix.

When I got pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel. I had a minifridge with no freezer and a microwave. I was on WIC. I ate peanut butter from the jar and frozen burritos because they were 12/$2. Had I had a stove, I couldn’t have made beef burritos that cheaply. And I needed the meat, I was pregnant. I might not have had any prenatal care, but I am intelligent enough to eat protein and iron whilst knocked up.

I know how to cook. I had to take Home Ec to graduate high school. Most people on my level didn’t. Broccoli is intimidating. You have to have a working stove, and pots, and spices, and you’ll have to do the dishes no matter how tired you are or they’ll attract bugs. It is a huge new skill for a lot of people. That’s not great, but it’s true. And if you fuck it up, you could make your family sick. We have learned not to try too hard to be middle-class. It never works out well and always makes you feel worse for having tried and failed yet again. Better not to try. It makes more sense to get food that you know will be palatable and cheap and that keeps well. Junk food is a pleasure that we are allowed to have; why would we give that up? We have very few of them.

The closest Planned Parenthood to me is three hours. That’s a lot of money in gas. Lots of women can’t afford that, and even if you live near one you probably don’t want to be seen coming in and out in a lot of areas. We’re aware that we are not “having kids,” we’re “breeding.” We have kids for much the same reasons that I imagine rich people do. Urge to propagate and all. Nobody likes poor people procreating, but they judge abortion even harder.

Convenience food is just that. And we are not allowed many conveniences. Especially since the Patriot Act passed, it’s hard to get a bank account. But without one, you spend a lot of time figuring out where to cash a check and get money orders to pay bills. Most motels now have a no-credit-card-no-room policy. I wandered around SF for five hours in the rain once with nearly a thousand dollars on me and could not rent a room even if I gave them a $500 cash deposit and surrendered my cell phone to the desk to hold as surety.

Nobody gives enough thought to depression. You have to understand that we know that we will never not feel tired. We will never feel hopeful. We will never get a vacation. Ever. We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn’t give us much reason to improve ourselves. We don’t apply for jobs because we know we can’t afford to look nice enough to hold them. I would make a super legal secretary, but I’ve been turned down more than once because I “don’t fit the image of the firm,” which is a nice way of saying “gtfo, pov.” I am good enough to cook the food, hidden away in the kitchen, but my boss won’t make me a server because I don’t “fit the corporate image.” I am not beautiful. I have missing teeth and skin that looks like it will when you live on B12 and coffee and nicotine and no sleep. Beauty is a thing you get when you can afford it, and that’s how you get the job that you need in order to be beautiful. There isn’t much point trying.

Cooking attracts roaches. Nobody realizes that. I’ve spent a lot of hours impaling roach bodies and leaving them out on toothpick pikes to discourage others from entering. It doesn’t work, but is amusing.

“Free” only exists for rich people. It’s great that there’s a bowl of condoms at my school, but most poor people will never set foot on a college campus. We don’t belong there. There’s a clinic? Great! There’s still a copay. We’re not going. Besides, all they’ll tell you at the clinic is that you need to see a specialist, which seriously? Might as well be located on Mars for how accessible it is. “Low-cost” and “sliding scale” sounds like “money you have to spend” to me, and they can’t actually help you anyway.

I smoke. It’s expensive. It’s also the best option. You see, I am always, always exhausted. It’s a stimulant. When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour. When I am enraged and beaten down and incapable of accomplishing one more thing, I can smoke and I feel a little better, just for a minute. It is the only relaxation I am allowed. It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to. It is the only thing I have found that keeps me from collapsing or exploding.

I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don’t pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing? It’s not like the sacrifice will result in improved circumstances; the thing holding me back isn’t that I blow five bucks at Wendy’s. It’s that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to. There’s a certain pull to live what bits of life you can while there’s money in your pocket, because no matter how responsible you are you will be broke in three days anyway. When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing.

Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It’s why you see people with four different babydaddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It’s more basic than food. You go to these people who make you feel lovely for an hour that one time, and that’s all you get. You’re probably not compatible with them for anything long-term, but right this minute they can make you feel powerful and valuable. It does not matter what will happen in a month. Whatever happens in a month is probably going to be just about as indifferent as whatever happened today or last week. None of it matters. We don’t plan long-term because if we do we’ll just get our hearts broken. It’s best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it.

I am not asking for sympathy. I am just trying to explain, on a human level, how it is that people make what look from the outside like awful decisions. This is what our lives are like, and here are our defense mechanisms, and here is why we think differently. It’s certainly self-defeating, but it’s safer. That’s all. I hope it helps make sense of it.

Additions have been made to the update below to reflect the responses received.

UPDATE: The response to this piece is overwhelming. I have had a lot of people ask to use my work. Please do. Share it with the world if you found value in it. Please link back if you can. If you are teaching, I am happy to discuss this with or clarify for you, and you can freely use this piece in your classes. Please do let me know where you teach. You can reach me on Twitter, @killermartinis. I set up an email at killermartinisbook@ gmail as well.

This piece has gone fully viral. People have been asking me to write, and how they can help. After enough people tried to send me paypal money, I set up a gofundme. Find it here. It promptly went insane. I have raised my typical yearly income as of this update. I have no idea what to say except thank you. I am going to speak with some money people who will make sure that I can’t fuck this up, and I will use it to do good things with.

I’ve also set up a blog, which I hope you will find here.

Understand that I wrote this as an example of the thought process that we struggle with. Most of us are clinically depressed, and we do not get therapy and medication and support. We get told to get over it. And we find ways to cope. I am not saying that people live without hope entirely; that is not human nature. But these are the thoughts that are never too far away, that creep up on us every chance they get, that prey on our better judgement when we are tired and stressed and weakened. We maintain a constant vigil against these thoughts, because we are afraid that if we speak them aloud or even articulate them in our heads they will become unmanageably real.

Thank you for reading. I am glad people find value in it. Because I am getting tired of people not reading this and then commenting anyway, I am making a few things clear: not all of this piece is about me. That is why I said that they were observations. And this piece is not all of me: that is why I said that they were random observations rather than complete ones. If you really have to urge me to abort or keep my knees closed or wonder whether I can fax you my citizenship documents or if I really in fact have been poor because I know multisyllabic words, I would like to ask that you read the comments and see whether anyone has made your point in the particular fashion you intend to. It is not that I mind trolls so much, it’s that they’re getting repetitive and if you have to say nothing I hope you can at least do it in an entertaining fashion.

If, however, you simply are curious about something and actually want to have a conversation, I do not mind repeating myself because those conversations are valuable and not actually repetitive. They tend to be very specific to the asker, and I am happy to shed any light I can. I do not mind honest questions. They are why I wrote this piece.

Thank you all, so much. I don’t know what life will look like next week, and for once that’s a good thing. And I have you to thank.

via  killermartinis.kinja.com and Huffington Post

 

Start 2015 with awesome possibility and prosperity!

Karma Ninja challenge 14 weeks

You are The One. Alone. Spreading kindness and then slipping back into the urban jungle before anyone even knows you were there. A #KarmaNinja ! ( more info… )

“Helping other increased self-esteem and happiness” Scientific proof for karma / York University

Be love, hope, and optimistic, we'll change the world

Be love, hope, and optimistic, we’ll change the world

What? Do 3 random acts of kindness each week. ( Kindness Ideals )
When? From Dec 22, 2014  (14 weeks)

Side effects may include: randomly smiling, feeling happy for no reason and increasing your self-esteem. It may result making new friends and or romance. Can be a life-changing experience and new found prosperities. This mission is for the serial Karma Ninja not for the faint at heart. (Research & Studies)

Share: Take pictures and create multi-social media interactions around the world.

Hashtag #1000Kindness #1000actsofkindness #KarmaNinja
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“If you want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often.”
Study form University of Washington

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“Random acts of Kindness email a day you can create ripple of positivity and create a real revolution.” psychologist Shawn Achor /

 

#1000ActsofKindness by Adam Quang Installation art project sending out a ripple effect of kindness into the world.

London UK . NYC . Beverly Hills . Boston . Cambridge . Vermont . Palo Alto . Emeryville . Toronto . Montreal . Calgary . Ottawa . Brossard

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Kindness Bomb
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Yoga & Drug

Yoga & DrugPromote love and acceptant, a live video class connecting those affected by substance abuse with free access to yoga and meditation in the privacy of their own home. In collaboration with You Are Beautiful project at World Karma Project and Free To Be Fit.

 

Starting April.22.2015
Join Adam Quang every Wednesdays (7-8pm) via Skype (YogiSecret) or Google Plus.
– See below or click here or more info:  Free To Be Fit / FB page.

Free To Be Fit

 

#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

“being kind to others, we learn to be kind to ourselves. “Empathy needs to be practiced.” Is there scientific proof for karma? / York University

Kindness Ideal: Acknowledge someone else kindness is a form of kindness and humility.

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#WorldSaveVNtrees

HaiNoi city are cutting down 6,700 100-years-old Trees that were planted during colonial rule.
Share and let your friend and the world know, your voice can save these beautiful 6700 Century-Old Trees.
A Facebook page titled 6,700 people for 6,700 trees, attracted over 50,000 “likes” in 2 days.

Will this be another sad “Anteater” story for Vietnam? Northern province sells rescued wildlife to restaurants, angers environmentalists / thanhniennews.com

‘What an irony it is that these living beings whose shade we sit in, whose fruit we eat, whose limbs we climb, whose roots we water, to whom most of us rarely give a second thought, are so poorly understood. We need to come, as soon as possible, to a profound understanding and appreciation for trees and forests and the vital role they play, for they are among our best allies in the uncertain future that is unfolding.’ Jim Robbins

WorldSaveVNtrees  - HaiNoi city are cutting down 6,700 100-years-old Trees that were planted during colonial rule

Update:

Hanoi Mayor Suspends Scores Of Officials Over Tree Cutting Scandal
http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/4094-hanoi-mayor-suspends-scores-of-officials-over-tree-cutting-scandal

#Hanoi tree huggers win, for now: city mayor halts massive tree cutting http://newsvietnam.org/1MTgv6G

Theo dấu cây xanh vừa bị đốn hạ ở Thủ đô
http://www.tienphong.vn/Phap-Luat/theo-dau-cay-xanh-vua-bi-don-ha-o-thu-do-836552.tpo

Hundreds of Hanoians Protest Tree-chopping Plan
http://www.voanews.com/content/hundreds-of-hanoians-hug-trees-to-protest-chopping-spree/2690180.html

People see red as Hanoi starts cutting down 6,700 trees
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/people-see-red-as-hanoi-starts-cutting-down-6700-trees-40014.html

Hanoi to Cut Down 6,700 Century-Old Trees
http://www.wordhcmc.com/news-latest/breaking/hanoi-to-cut-down-6-700-century-old-trees

 

#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

 Kindness: makes us happier, healthier hearts, slows aging, have better relationships ~ 5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness / Research and studies

Kindness Ideal: Help someone find a new job, hugs as many people as you can today, fold an origami and help change the world.

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#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

Laughter is a source of health and well being ~ Oxford

Kindness Ideal: Compliment and smile at strangers.

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#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

Kindness is contagious.
When we’re kind, we inspire others to be kind, and it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends — to three degrees of separation.
~ New England Journal of Medicine

Kindness Ideal: Help clean / decorate a friend home, create a love experience for your family, give a stranger 15min of your time.

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#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

“The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual, and from there it can expand to one’s family, to one’s neighborhood, to one’s community and so on.” Dalai Lama

Kindness Ideal: Include people who feel isolated, make someone else happy everyday, put someone else need 1st before your, buy someone breakfast tomorrow.

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#Karma Ninja Challenge: do 3 random acts of kindness within the next 7 days.

Research showing that Roots of Empathy reduces aggression, boosts emotional literacy, and creates more caring children.

Kindness Ideal: Help someone you don’t know.

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