Fly Your Flag

Jim:        What flag are you waving today?  What’s outside?  What’s outside of your home?  What’s on your ship?  What type of sports team do you follow?  What is in your life?  What are you looking for?  We’re flying our flag today.  We’re looking for logos.  Flying your own flag.  And, today, as always, I’m joined by my good friend and producer of this program – Mr. Mike.  Mr. Mike, do you ever ride past people’s homes and see flags outside?

Mike:    Absolutely.  I enjoy the Hello Kitty and the Winnie the Pooh ones. 

Jim:        And, generally, what are they for?

Mike:    Mostly a declaration of things you enjoy or things you believe in.

Jim:        Right.  So, when we say fly your flag, what does that mean to you?  Most organizations – now let’s say sports teams – they fly a flag.  When there’s a band coming, what generally leads the way?  Someone carrying a flag that represents that organization, right?  Like sports teams though, of course we’re in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania so it’s a skull and crossbones.  It’s a representation of a Pirate, is it not?  So, when we’re talking about representations we’re talking about defining you.  We’re talking about logos.  What are logos?  Mike, you have a logo.

Mike:    Absolutely.  It’s the thing that we mark things with.  We establish our brand with. 

Jim:        Establish your brand.  So, on Fishing Without Bait and full-impact mindfulness we’re talking about people finding their own brand, are we not?  About making their own brand.  Putting a stamp on their life.  Putting a logo on their life.  And, we help people do that. As we often said, we’re not looking for people to find themselves, we’re looking to help people create themselves.  We’re not looking to make carbon copies.  Remember what we talked about before, Mike, that a flower in a garden does not compare itself to the other flowers.  The flower merely blooms.  And, that’s what we’re asking people to do – to find their own bloom, not to compare themselves with other people or other flowers in the garden.  We’re looking to help people find their own identity.  And, in that – today what we’re going to do is ask people to create their own flag.  To create their own logo for their life.  We’re looking for self-identification.  Remember, Mike, we talk about those concepts.  We talk about self-concept which is facts and information about yourself.  And, that takes introspection.  That takes a great deal of paying attention on purpose, which is what mindfulness is all about.  We talk about self-esteem, which is how we interpret or massage those particular facts that we already have.  An identity formation which is based on those two items.  Mike, when you see a red flag, what does that mean to you?

Mike:    Stop.  Caution.

Jim:        Stop.  Caution.  Danger.  However, keep in mind that it’s a matter of perspective, is it not?  In China, red is the color for good luck.  So, when you think of a black flag – when you see something black, what are you thinking of?

Mike:    Death. 

Jim:        Death.  Danger.  Mystery.  So, we’re talking about myth.  We’re talking about blackness, darkness.  No light.  However, again keeping perspective, in Egypt it meant rebirth.  Remember, when people passed from this world they believed that they were reborn into the next world.  So, if you see white, what do you think of?

Mike:    White’s a sense of purity.

Jim:        White is a symbol of purity.  It’s a symbol of peace.  And, also, when – let’s say people were in battle and they raised a white flag, what does that mean?

Mike:    Surrender.

Jim:        Surrender.  So, what we often talk about here on Fishing Without Bait is surrendering to the things in the world that hold you back.  To understand that we are not going to fight with them anymore.  We’re going to cease fighting anyone or anything.  We’re going to raise our own white flag.  We’re going to practice some radical acceptance – which we need to accept things before we can change them.  It’s a dialectical.  Acceptance and change – two sides of the same coin.  When we think of yellow, what comes to your mind, Mike?

Mike:    Yellow’s more caution. 

Jim:        Yellow is caution – like at a traffic light, correct?

Mike:    Absolutely.

Jim:        When it’s yellow, we know that it’s going to turn red, which means to some people to slow down – or it means to other people to hurry up and get through the light, right?  And, in Fishing Without Bait we’re talking about not rushing through life.  We’re talking about each moment.  Finding the exquisiteness of each moment.  It also is kind of a warming color, is it not?  Which represents the sun.  The color of the sun is?

Mike:    Yellow?

Jim:        Yes.  Yes.  So, when we talk about blue, what do we mean?

Mike:    Blue to me means like the blue of the sky.  The blue of the oceans.  A very, kind of calming.

Jim:        Tranquility.  Calming.  Serenity.  Correct?  How about green, Mike?  What does green mean to you?

Mike:    It means life, and vegetation, and abundance.

Jim:        Sure.  It means vitality.  The spring renewal.  It’s a dominant color in Islam.  When we think of purple, Mike, what does that bring to your mind?

Mike:    Royalty.

Jim:        Royalty.  Power.  And, it’s a combination of red and blue.  So, do you have any idea of the reason for purple being the color of royalty?

Mike:    I’m not – no.

Jim:        Okay.  Well, the dyes, the dyes used to make purple were rare and expensive.  And the only people who could afford to purchase those dyes to make like a purple robe, a purple shirt, were people of means.  And, people of means back then were people of royalty, people of power.

Mike:    So, it was an expensive color.

Jim:        Yes.  It was an expensive color.  In creating your logo, tell me the steps you went through.  What did you look for?

Mike:    Well, I had a name.  In the initial case, Sorgatron Media, right?  And, I wanted something that was big letters that kind of stuck out so I could have some kind of symbol to it.  And, I went with – for me, purple and red.  Purple is a color that I’ve always – it’s my favorite color.  But, again, in retrospect it does give that little bit of royalty and maybe better connotation to it.  And, red?  Well, it just kind of went along with it.  Complimented it.

Jim:        Sure.  So, my challenge out there to everyone today – remember these are challenge podcasts – is in creating your logo, in creating your flag and what you’re going to put on it, there’s a number of things to be considered.  Is there not? 

Mike:    Mm-hmm.

Jim:        First of all, we want to learn more and find out about ourselves.  Which is being able to label and describe exactly the way that you think and feel.  How you react.  What sings to your soul?  I’m challenging everyone out there – what sings to you?  So many of us go through life and we might be excellent bowlers, but we keep trying to join a golf league or play racquetball – figuratively.  And, sometimes literally also.  We want to find out what our ideals are.  Remember, we talked about values.  We talked about judgments.  We talked about what our values are and how to form them.  What are your values?  Label and identify them.  We’re also talking about what are your beliefs?  What do you believe in?  What do you hold onto?  Often we talk about what are our fundamental truths.  What are unshakable fundamental truths about yourself.  And, then we look at the colors.  What colors resonate with you?  What colors sparkle with you?  When we look at these things, if you would think back to a podcast that we did before called Feel the Tingle.  Do you feel the tingle?  Please don’t put anything in your logo.  Please don’t put anything on your flag.  Please don’t put anything that doesn’t make you tingle when you see it – something that’s very special to you.  Special and exquisite, only to you.  Perhaps some of you may be wondering about our logo – the Fishing Without Bait logo.  When we’re talking about the hands, we’re talking about fishing.  And, remember the Fishing Without Bait is not wandering through life aimlessly.  It’s exploring.  It’s having that beginner’s mind.  It’s not going through life with definitive expectations.  Unrealistic expectations.  Not only of yourself, but of others.  And, so when we’re talking about fishing, Mike, what is the most basic thing that a person can fish with?

Mike:    Their hands.

Jim:        Absolutely.  Do you need a hook?  Do you need a pole?  Do you need all these type of things?

Mike:    No.  How did they do it before they had these tools? 

Jim:        They used their hands.  So, what we’re talking about is getting back to basics.  Creating yourself.  In these podcasts we often discourage people from finding complex answers to their problems.  When we search for the complex answers – most things are right in front of you.  If we look back to our podcast that we did on the purloined letter, something that was right in front of you.  And, sometimes we miss those things.  So, if we’re present and aware.  If we’re in the moment.  If we’re paying attention on purpose, seeing what’s right in front of us, we’ll find people, places, things, circumstances, events – that if you are there to see them, then they’ll have some meaning for you.  And, we often miss that.  So, when we incorporated the lotus mudra.  And, it symbolizes purity, love, affection, and eased loneliness.  All traits which are important for people helping their way through recovery.  And, remember, Mike – we’re all in recovery from something.  Now, the koi fish.  The hands are reaching up for the koi fish.  And, the koi fish represents longevity, courage, ambition, perseverance, success, good fortune, and prosperity.  Again, traits that we go on as we trudge our road through life.  Remember, we’re sojourners.  We’re talking about adventure.  We’re talking about Fishing Without Bait.  Seeing an adventure and full-impact mindfulness.  We threw in the colors of purple and yellow, which is the crown chakra color.  And, this color representing mindfulness.  An emotional presence.  Yellow is a color of emotional presence in Buddhism.  And, we introduced the yellow solar plexus chakra which represents the stomach area of the body.  Representing energy and vitality.  And, that’s what we talk about in life.  Fishing in our most basic form gives us energy and vitality.  However, this is fishing in a thoughtful sense.  And, fishing in a thoughtful sense can detox our minds.  Can detox our body.  Giving us energy and vitality.  And, we turn into our newest logo – our full-impact mindfulness logo, which we originally took our concept from the film The Wizard of Oz, which was filmed in black and white.  And, many of us walk through our lives in black and white – same stuff, different day.  And, if we look back into our previous podcasts of human doing versus human being.  When we walk through that black and white world.  However, when we go through some turbulence in our life, much like Dorothy did through going through the tornado, and they open that door and it’s in color.  That’s what we’re asking people to do – to live their life in color.  And, if you examine the full-impact mindfulness logo, you begin right in the center as that black dot, is it not?  As we open our minds, as we develop that beginner’s mind, and we begin to spread our wings we grow into color, do we not?  We full expand and impact into our world.  And, that’s my challenge for everyone out there today.  To take a mindfulness perspective.  To step back.  Become the observer of your life.  Find out what’s meaningful for you.  Find out what makes you tingle.  Identify those things to create them.  And, that’s my challenge for everyone out there today.  I also – the challenge that we always present every week, Mike, is perhaps to eat some fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Unplug your television and take up fishing.  For a truly mindful experience we ask that you Fish Without Bait.  And, as a final thought for today, we’ve noticed that we’re getting many of our friends in Australia and in the United Kingdom listening to our podcast.  We’d love to hear from you.  Mr. Mike will tell you at the end of this podcast on how to contact us.  And, we’d love to have you follow us in the twitterverse at @withoutbait.  Until then, Namaste.  Do a kindness for yourself.  Do a kindness for another.