You may have noticed I’ve been scarce on Twitch and YouTube lately. I should provide an explanation; it is health related.
After a couple of clinic visits and a short hospital stay, I’ve been diagnosed with lymphedema. This condition has caused swelling in my legs and feet (one severely worse than the other). I won’t go into great detail here, but one thing the doctors are insisting I do is to keep my legs up as much as possible. Between that and some of the physical limitations I now have, I haven’t been able to stream as often.
So, until my condition improves, I may need to play things by ear. I may also need to redo my schedule. We shall see.
I appreciate all of your understanding. 🙏 Miss you all and I’ll be back soon.
May all beings be safe, healthy, and joyous. Gassho. 🙏
Just a small update regarding my live presence and well-being, and changes to the website and Discord.
Recent Wellness and Live Streams
For the nearly past fortnight, I’ve been experiencing another flare-up of lingering symptoms resulting from my illness to COVID-19 back in January. For those of you who have read my previous posts, followed my social media and Discord, and watched me on Twitch or YouTube, you know this has been ongoing. I won’t go into details again. Suffice it to say this is why I haven’t been streaming live and running reruns lately.
This will pass and, as I’ve stated before, even though I try and adhere to a schedule, I have to play things by ear because of all this. I appreciate your understanding and I’ll be back to broadcasting as soon as possible. 👍
Schedule & Events: I wasn’t able to update the calendar that was implemented, so I changed the calendar used (embedded a Google Calendar). There’s a different aesthetic and it shows the broadcast and even schedules a bit differently. The page has also changed a bit to show a little more detail. Check it out by selecting Schedule & Events in the menu or by going to https://schedule.taizen.org.
Community: There’s a new community page! It serves as a guide to the various community participation places people can use. It has links to the Discord server, social media, and the Twitch and YouTube channels. Community rules and standards are also listed there. You can select Community in the menu or go to https://community.taizen.org to have a look.
In addition, I’ve included a land acknowledgement.
For those of you who don’t know what this is, a land acknowledgement is a formal statement which recognizes the sacred and enduring relationship that exists between indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. We recognize this out of respect, honor, appreciation, and gratitude toward those whose land we dwell upon who have been living and working here since time untold.
You may have noticed that I haven’t published and streamed content in the past few weeks. For this, I apologize. Allow me to explain.
Update on Wellness
Over the past few weeks, the lingering symptoms I’ve been experiencing due to COVID-19 have been acting up more. One of my symptoms made a return for several days. It’s all left me unable to stream. This won’t be permanent; my symptoms are starting to calm down again. I hope to start streaming again very soon.
My schedule for streaming still stands (https://schedule.taizen.org for more info), but I humbly ask for your patience and understanding. Now that I know I may still have times when my symptoms can flare up, I may have to play it by ear. I will do my best to adhere to scheduled streaming times, but I may not always be able to until these effects from COVID-19 have subsided (enough) to broadcast regularly.
I appreciate your patience, understanding, support, and generosity through this unusual and trying time. Love you all, and you’ll see me again soon.
As I look to build on the channel and its mission further, I’m looking for volunteers to assist in a couple of ways. These roles I’m looking to fill are not only voluntary but are very important. I’m looking for people who would like to…
🙅 Moderators: Moderate the channel (Twitch, YouTube) during live streams. I could use at least one more volunteer.
🙋 Board Members: Initial board members as necessary to apply as a nonprofit. I need at least two more volunteers.
These roles are very important. Those who wish to volunteer and be considered for such roles MUST…
… be familiar to the channel and its community (trusted).
… willing to assist in fundraising efforts.
… uphold the standards of the channel (and eventually the Organization).
Requirements specific to each role, respectively…
Moderators: 👉 Must do their best to make and be active in every live stream. 👉 Watch for bot driven moderation (bot mods) for anything action they take, review their actions, and act accordingly. 👉 Handle natural queues for running chat commands (running !raidcheer just before raiding another channel, for example). 👉 Being responsive to my requests (banning a viewer, for example). 👉 Ask me if there’s any uncertainty.
Board Members: 👉 Must do their best to make and participate board meetings. 👉 Give careful assessment on all matters and votes. 👉 Practice their memberships with the best interest of the mission. 👉 Being responsive to concerns. 👉 Ask me if there’s any uncertainty.
Preferred, But Not Required
For both roles, these traits are preferred, but not required for now. They are…
Having expert knowledge in nonprofit operations.
Having expert knowledge in information technology.
Having expert knowledge in Buddhism.
Having expert knowledge in video games and gaming
Being a nonprofit professional.
Being an IT professional.
Being a practicing Buddhist.
Being a professional gamer.
If, after reviewing the requirements, you are interested in volunteering for either or both roles, please do the following…
Second, there’s new merchandise available in the Teespring store of Taizen’s Swag Emporium! Make sure to visit and check out the new iPhone cases for the iPhone 12 series, zip-up hoodies, fanny packs, accessory bags, and more. Head over to the EMPORIUM (https://emporium.taizen.org) straightaway!
While I’ve been doing my best, I still have symptom flare ups from COVID-19 (primarily coughing spells, some of them debilitating, some headache inducing, most of them exhausting). I’m trying to stick to a steady schedule, but these flare ups don’t allow for it sometimes. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully this will be less and less frequent as my convalescence continues and I’ll soon be broadcasting steadily again.
I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. 🙏
That’s all for now. See you online! May all beings be safe, healthy, and joyous. Gassho. 🙏
I’m putting this special video together to discuss a few important things regarding my recent absence, new considerations for the channel, and the current state of the show.
First, my absence. I want to apologize for disappearing. What I’m about to share with you I do so in hopes that this will help someone. Also, I owe you all an explanation.
See, because of my efforts to help me avoid COVID-19 and having lost all my work when the pandemic hit, it has had a creeping effect on my mental well being. I’ve had an incredibly difficult time finding work and I haven’t been out much at all. After about six months of this, it lead me to some feelings of uselessness and being unwanted, bouts of overeating and undesired weight gain, and I eventually went from being a chronic insomniac to never seemingly getting enough sleep. Things I love doing, like singing, songwriting, voice over auditions, and even streaming (including gaming, teaching, and discussing), I just had no interest in doing. Even meditation, while still helpful, wasn’t nearly as effective for a while. Simply put, by the time October arrived, I took a nosedive into a pit of funk.
I realize that my situation isn’t unique. Many others in this nation face similar struggles. Mental health is very important, just as important as doing everything we can to help stifle the spread of the virus. At least depression can be treated, whether it’s self-help using creative or journaling outlets, talking with people who care for you, meditation, or therapy. Even clinical depression can be treated with the aid of medication. I’ve been fortunate enough to talk a bit about it with friends, family, and local sangha, meditate, and ride it out (and shout out to those in the Crowder Twitch community for checking up on me, I really appreciate it). I’m getting better, though I may still need time. I hope that if any of you out there are feeling depressed during this pandemic, you’ll find a way to treat yourself or seek help. I also hope that my experience has proved helpful to those of you who may need it whether it was for the suggestions or relatability.
On the upside, however, I was just offered a new job which will bring me a lot of relief! It starts soon. This also means scheduling changes for the channel. More on that to follow.
Next, I’ve been juggling an idea or few to expand a little on the content I create. For one, I was thinking of utilizing the YouTube channel more. I was thinking about doing discussion topics on pre-recorded video for YouTube first, then having the actual discussion on Twitch the following Sunday. I’ve also thought about learning more and doing such videos on Japanese culture as we already incorporate some of that a little bit.
I’ve also entertained some thoughts about using one of my nights to stream to YouTube and the Facebook page instead of Twitch to expand on availability. I’m setting up to experiment with this soon.
Lastly, since content has been more than only gaming as I try to incorporate, I may soon change the naming of the channel and social media sites to something more appropriate, like “taizen.tv”, “taizen.streams”, or “taizen.org”. Something to those effects.
One final point on the channel, as I was extended an offer for a new job, this means my streaming schedule will change. This means the stream will start later, specifically 8:00 PM CT. This change is effective immediately.
Keep an eye out on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page, and the website, taizen.org, for when I will be online. I’ll be back VERY soon. There’s so much I want to do and I’m looking forward to doing it all with you! I missed spending time with all of you and I look forward to coming back! Thank you all for your understanding and we’ll see you soon.
May all beings be safe, healthy, and joyous. Gassho! 🙏