Sam Bodkin
Entrepreneur, Founder of Groupmuse, New York
Groupmuse founder Sam Bodkin has been obsessed with classical music ever since he first heard Beethoven's Groβe Fuge, Op. 133, in December of 2008. He graduated from Columbia University in May of 2012 with a degree in political science, which he was well aware would be useless, considering that he decided to devote his life to helping classical music find its footing in the modern world years ago.
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Groupmuse founder Sam Bodkin has been obsessed with classical music ever since he first heard Beethoven's Groβe Fuge, Op. 133, in December of 2008. He graduated from Columbia University in May of 2012 with a degree in political science, which he was well aware would be useless, considering that he decided to devote his life to helping classical music find its footing in the modern world years ago. When he is not doing that, he is listening to absurd amounts of music, reading a composer's biography or two, making his way through every word Thomas Pynchon has ever published, and studying permaculture. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner Emily, but hopes to move up the Hudson River Valley soon to start a permaculture farm. His favorite composer is Mozart but his favorite piece is still the Große Fuge.
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Finding & Defining Love
Just Love
You don’t find love, you just love. It’s not something you find through an online dating app. You find it in yourself. It’s something in you and you have to consciously cultivate it. It’s a verb. It’s something you do. #findinglove #love
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The Pursuit of Happiness
You Can Get off the Bus
I think our society has been co-opted by a religion of efficiency for the sake of profit or domination, for the relentless pursuit of accumulation. There’s a moral vacuum with efficiency for efficiency sake. That’s the nature of this greedy beast. The first conquest whets your appetite for the next one. But there’s a way to, “get off the bus driven by the madman.”
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Happiness Is Momentary
Happiness is a passing state that I don’t aspire to all the time. I want richness, texture, intensity which requires sadness and struggle. Happiness is a state of ecstasy that’s impossible to be perpetually in. You’d get bored. I don’t believe that the all-consuming pursuit of happiness is worth it. Happiness is momentary. #happiness #sadness
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The Role of Religion
Music Is My Religion
In a way, music is my religion. It is an undeniably evocative way to the infinite. Why is it meaningful? There is so much to be in awe of. It speaks right straight to you that defies rationality. That’s what religion is. #religion
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The Role of Religion
The Infinite Everything
Religion can be bad when it assumes the nature of oppressive hierarchy. However, it also speaks to a very real need in people to embrace the mystical, to get lost in the mystery of everything. It should be how you communicate with the infinite everything. I want to emote and express. That’s religion. That’s the divine. #religion #divinity #spirituality
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Loving Yourself
Appreciate the Miracle That You Are
All love in the world starts with loving oneself. If there’s a hatred there, it will saturate your entire world. You need to be perpetually cultivating that love of yourself. For some people it happens more naturally. Everyone can do it, though it takes time and deliberate actions. Challenge yourself to appreciate what a miracle you are and do it everyday. #selflove #lovingyourself
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Good Is the Truth of Ultimate Harmony
Good is the truth of ultimate harmony. Everything’s deeply interconnected and there’s no one thing. When you can appreciate that, that is good. Evil is insisting you’re better; you want more, need more and you’re ultimately alone on your own throne. Open yourself. Open your heart. #goodandevil #good #bad #harmony #truth
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Admire How Marvelous Your Brain Is
Mindfulness has helped me understand that what’s happened in the past and will happen in the future is a mirage that my mind is entertaining itself with. Know it and see it for what it is. Admire how your mind works. #anxiety #mindfulness
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Learning Through Bottomless Resources
This is an amazing time we’re living in where there is so much information available to us. It can be a waste of time. Yet, it can also enrich us in ways that would have been unimaginable before. #hobbies #inspiration
26 авг 2017
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
A Different Way to View Death
Losing my best friend at 19 reshaped how I look at death. There’s collateral damage to everyone who loves that person. The tragedy of losing someone is the effect on everyone else and not the loss itself. #death #sadness
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Finding & Defining Love
Love Is a Work in Progress
Love is built on work, honesty and mutual respect. If you feel a challenge through the person, it’s a challenge to yourself, in yourself. It’s through cultivating this love of self by way of your partner that you can build something that is healthy and robust. See it as a work in progress. #love #relationship #romantic #commitment #selflove
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Finding & Defining Love
The Real Deal
All we really need are food, shelter and love. That’s what we should be striving for even though it sounds cliche. Everything else is a fabrication that works at cross purposes of what humans need to love and connect. #love
26 авг 2017
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Money, Society & Status
Speak Truth to Power
It’s important to be true to oneself. Try to avoid getting caught up in the constant struggle of being part of the cool group. It’s a vortex that never ends. Listen to yourself and keep doing what you’re doing. #power #truth
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Productivity
Articulate Your Dreams
There’s a belief that things can’t get better and other people are more powerful. Yet, it’s important to articulate what you want and believe it. If you do, others will come along because there are others, like you, who are searching for a better life. #wordsintoactions
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Productivity
Startups Can Happen Just by Talking With Others
I had to move back in with my folks and had a lonely year. However, I started talking about my idea to as many people who would listen. It was through personal networking to articulate my vision and feeding off of others’ energy that anything happened at all. #loneliness #wordsintoactions #productivity #startup #entrepreneur
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Productivity
A Temporal Experience
Classical music is a temporal experience. You go on this journey with others in real time with other people. Whereas with a book or even going to a gallery, you’re doing it at your own pace. The social aspect of the concert hall isn’t compelling now and yet we’re desperately in need of positive social experiences. #wordsintoactions #journey
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Productivity
An Integrated Field
Words are what define everything in our world. You can think of a flower and have an image in your mind that it’s a solitary thing. Yet, that has relatively little to do with reality. It’s all part of an integrated field that extends and is everything, everywhere. You use words to create connections with others. #harmony #wordsintoactions #connection
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
There Is No Soloist
All things in reality are a part everything else. There is no one thing. You can’t have just a flower without the soil, water and sunshine. There’s a field of harmony resonating. There is no soloist. #harmony
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