Today is my off day from work.
I started the day with a light yoga and meditation session. Afterward, I rode the stationary bike, and worked out with some weights.
Feeling the iron is a great feeling. Each day I experience a feeling of being pleased with myself. This is an important aspect of knowing God.
I have come to an understanding that we need not take life, or ourselves very seriously. Matter of fact, the less seriously we take ourselves the lighter and freer we feel. By not taking things so seriously, life will never feel like a burden, or struggle. By this practice, we flow with each moment without effort.
Often what causes us to feel bondage is the conditioning of our mind. By becoming free of conditioning of the mind we become liberated. When this happens the world is as it is each and every moment . When this happens we are free from expectations. We live in an equal balance of consciousness.
Life is Good!
Today marked the 30th day of residing outside of prison walls. Every moment has been experienced with an abundance of gratitude.
Throughout my years of incarceration yoga and meditation have helped transform my thinking . I feel truly blessed to be experiencing these moments in my life each day.
I walked to the bank a few days ago to deposit my first payroll check. On the way , I paused to watched squirrels run up a tree jump on a power line, and cross the road by walking the power line. As I continued walking I smelled the sweet scent of flowers. One hundred feet before I arrived where they were growing, I paused to take in their beauty and to smell their sweet fragrance .
When I paused and smelled the flowers I became aware we all are only witnesses and all of this is God’s play. We all can know and experience the absolute true nature of our SELF.
It felt like I was a part of all of life. I thought with 100 percent conviction that we all are only witnesses and all of this is God’s play. I am right where I am supposed to be . WE ALL ARE RIGHT WHERE WE are supposed to be.
I feel like my dearest dreams and deepest ambitions are being realized. The amazing thing is this feeling is constant. My inner SELF is showing me glimpses of truth. I say this because truth is eternal and never changes. It is love . It is our inner SELF. It is real and we all share it.
By practicing having an expanded perspective we can go beyond the senses. True happiness and great love is something we all experience by turning within.
In these first 30 days I have seen and heard many changes in society. As I was riding a stationary bike the other day I was listening to a radio station. A commercial came on advertising vaginal rejuvenation. Never heard these kind of ads on the radio in the 80s. I also notice they sell body sculpture clothing to make it look like you have a bigger butt.
Is this really necessary? It seems that society is entranced by cell phones .
Prison has brought me an awareness of the greatness of simplicity.
Thank you for visiting my website.
This is truly a wondrous time in my life. For nearly three decades I have been housed in a Maximum Security Penitentiary and over the years through meditation, contemplation, and yoga, and the many dramas that have occurred I have learned a powerful thing. The secret to happiness.
It is the power of the SELF. We all create our own situation and circumstances by our thoughts, actions and emotions. Our innerself never changes. It remains the same throughout eternity. Our physical body is only a shell. It is not who we really are. The most important responsibility we have is to know our SELF.
I will be blogging about my transition into society, life in prison for marijuana, the cruel and unusual punishment of life in prison without parole (a natural death sentence) for violating marijuana laws, the ways to happiness, the inner self, racing, and many other areas of life.
Please stay tuned for more to come.
(Note from site admin Cheri Sicard, this is Randy Lanier’s first photo post release and how he felt upon release after 27 years of incarceration.)
Seeing, smelling, and feeling the ocean is a delightful experience. I felt freedom engulf every pore of every cell of my body.
Toes in the water.
Ass in the sand.
No worries in the world.
Trees, birds, and cars.
No prison bars.
Life is good today
“The Tunnel” by Randy Lanier, serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana
This oil painting of a race car going through a tunnel is a Randy Lanier original. It will be going up for auction at eBay.com starting this Sunday, July 12, for one week. All proceeds of this auction will go on Randy Lanier’s books to help support him in prison. Auction will be posted Sunday night by Cheri Sicard (AKA FabulousCheri at eBay).
Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history, an original oil painting by 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Cannabis POW (for life without possibility of parole), Randy Lanier.
The Squarestream in the Redwoods by Randy Lanier, serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana
Randy Lanier has taken up oil painting while in prison. This painting of an Airstream B-190 camper van (AKA The Squarestream) was done as a gift to his friend (and admin of this site), Cheri Sicard.
Randy Lanier’s Prison Diary – Life Sentence for a First Time, Non Violent Marijuana Offense
“What Freedom Means To Me”
Happy 4th of July !
The fourth of July is the only holiday meal when we get watermelon. We also will have BBQ chicken and a hamburger. The chicken is baked with a BBQ sauce on top. I enjoy the holidays meals. Years ago in Leavenworth we use to have the 4th of July holiday meal cooked on grills.
I am looking forward to cooking on a grill someday. It seems like on the 4 th of July I take extra moments out of the day and reflect on what freedom means to me.
Often I find myself being limited by my thoughts , belief and emotions. The truth of the matter is life is far beyond the mind. By taking a moment each morning to practice being free of thoughts I become free from the basic underlying limitations.
Too often most of us limit ourselves by thinking we must be a certain way. By keeping it real we can do something new and unexpected at any moment. This in itself contains joy . When we experience joy our life feels full and our heart feels content.
By understanding that freedom goes beyond external appearances a lot more will be revealed. There is more to life than our thoughts , beliefs and emotions. There is a higher power. The essence of freedom is within us all.
All forms of joy and delight arises from the Self. Anyone who recognizes the Truth and lives accordingly flows on a free course in this world. We all can experience liberation by tracing the feeling joy and love to its’ source. The Self! See the Self everywhere and within everyone and you will feel freedom.
Being a father has helped me realize that it is not what I have, or have not accomplished in life that is important. What is important is the feelings I share with others.
There are many things we may think are important. Just the simple act of showing kindness is a wonderful thing. Each morning I as sit and practice meditation I actually experience the love within.
We all can experience the same love by quieting the mind. To some this may sound like bullshit. You do not have to believe me. You can experience this for your self. All you have to do is practice taking a moment out of your day to quiet the mind. Giving gratitude for all the things you do have will start the day on a positive note. The love we contribute comes form our inner greatness. This is what we all have in common. It is our inner self.
On Monday while we were waiting for an afternoon activity move, an inmate was assaulted . He is now at a local hospital being kept alive by a breathing machine.
Several men have been locked up. Most likely they will be transferred to a SMU program — special management unit. There they will remain locked in their cells 23 hours a day. They will be afforded one hour of rec in a cage five days a week.
There they may be able to take anger management classes. The insane and criminals do not have very much consideration for others.
Being a mentor, I am often counseling young men that are susceptible to gang influence. It is hard to believe that so many people in gangs will allow others to make decisions for them. Decisions that effect their entire lives and their families lives as well. If only they lived by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you.