The State of Datsusara, or How to Manage 3 Children and a Life.

by Christopher Odell March 05, 2015 0 Comments

Hello fellow Datsusara, This one is a little long winded so we'll break it up into two parts, one philosophical and then more practical company related news. 1. Philosophical stuff you don't need to hear but might find value in:It's been a very long time since I managed to sit down and write a blog post, the last was what I felt was my piece de resistance, entitled "Hooray for Douchebags" in 2013. I could say I've been simply too busy, which in...

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Hooray for douche bags!

by Christopher Odell April 23, 2013 0 Comments

I'd like to share with you two quotes from the Tao Te Ching have been most relevant to my thoughts of late. 1. "All can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.      All can know good as good only because there is evil." 2. "Words of truth are not beautiful, beautiful words are not truthful." The former is the primary subject of this post. The latter is a reminder to myself not to write this blog...

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Stay True

by Christopher Odell January 23, 2013 0 Comments

 When I was a child I thought the world was a perfect place. I believed a benevolent force worked through the people to keep the world just and true. I generally accepted everything I was told by authority figures such as my parents, teachers, and the president. I believed Santa Claus visited our home each year, I left teeth under my pillow for the tooth fairy, and I used to go searching for Leprechauns in hopes to find their pot...

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Datsusara needs you for a special mission.

by Christopher Odell May 25, 2012 0 Comments

  Help Datsusara and be a part of hemp history! Dear fellow Datsusaras, Yesterday I went to a casting call and submitted myself and Datsusara for consideration on the ABC TV show Shark Tank. If you don't know the show it basically a reality show for entrepreneurs to get funding and support for their business. So why am I bothering you about this? Because it may be the most important thing I have ever done and I want you to...

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Shark Tank open casting call, or human bait ball?

by Christopher Odell May 25, 2012 0 Comments

Standing in line, sleep deprived, dehydrated and surrounded by strange nervous people. We were all waiting to get into the Shark Tank open casting call but I started wondering if I had actually be tricked into joining a human bait ball. We'll get back to that later.... If you haven't heard of the TV show Shark Tank you're missing out big time. It's like crack for entrepreneurs but without all the nasty side effects (my non-entrepreneur friends that love it too). I...

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Stop Kicking Your Own Ass

by Christopher Odell February 09, 2012 0 Comments

Not long after finishing my recent blog post about integrity I found myself becoming depressed. I realized that while I had been offering up my thoughts on the subject I had forgotten my own personal integrity. For the last few years I have been struggling with my Jiu Jitsu training. In part because I’m still a white belt today and after training for so many years it's hard not to feel embarrassed by that. I also had hoped to finally get...

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Warriors of Integrity

by Christopher Odell February 08, 2012 0 Comments

 Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting someone I would call a "warrior of integrity". That someone was pro MMA fighter Conor "Hurricane" Heun. He was visiting my home gym (10th Planet, Burbank) and shared some of his thoughts in regards to training and living the life of a pro fighter. He talked about many things but the part that struck me was how he stressed the importance of having personal integrity, and how in doing so you make it easier for...

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Be who you are

by Christopher Odell December 14, 2011 0 Comments

 Around this time of year I get lots of disproving looks, disappointed family members, and a few confused friends. Why? Because I choose  my own path and it scares or angers those who don't understand. For myself, the Datsusara way goes well beyond career choices. In all aspects of life I strive to take my own path. In this case, that means I don't celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas. I'm sure some of you are wondering why I would forsake such things...

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The Datsusara Way

by Christopher Odell August 26, 2011 0 Comments

The Japanese term "Datsusara" refers to the act of quitting work as a salaryman and finding a new occupation.  What does this mean for each of us?  As for myself, I feel that life is too precious to be spent doing work that does little to benefit the body, mind or soul and so I chose the Datsusara way. But the act of becoming a Datsusara can be daunting.  Many perceive being Datsusara as a lazy act to avoid responsibility or they...

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Welcome

by Christopher Odell June 23, 2011 0 Comments

Welcome to the new Datsusara blog. We'll post here later this month with news on products, random rants and other observations relating to the Datsusara way.

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