Friday, November 22, 2013
I know that those of us who were aware of the world around us cannot forget where we were or what we were doing 50 years ago Nov. 22 (the day I am writing this).
I was an 18 year old freshman in college happily packing up our room with my new best friend and roommate as we were moving into a brand new dorm from our temporary housing in an old hotel at the edge of campus. All of us had our doors open, radios blaring with a variety of stations. All of a sudden it seemed as all of our radios were tuned to the same station and Pam, a senior down the hall, stepped into the hallway and said, "They've shot the president." Thus began a weekend of unreality for all of us. I remember hearing the bell from the chapel toll when the president's death was announced.
Much of the converstaion and news casting about this event has focused on the impact it had on my generation, a loss of innocence, a loss of confidence in our government as it seemed to be so quickly followed by the horrors of Vietnam, the stigma of Watergate and such a loss of belief in our government and its officials.
For me this process, which many say is related to seeing the distress of the adults around us, began about 2 1/2 years earlier. It was called the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was 16, a junior in high school and had just returned from a rehearsal for our school's variety show. I walked in just after the JFK had finished his TV address indicating the U. S. Nave would be blockading the Soviets from taking missiles to Cuba. It was the first time in my life I had ever seen my parents afraid.
I know the generation of young people who experienced 9/11 will have similar memories as our children do the of Challenger disaster.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Just because we have something doesn't mean it's ours. No one is an owner in our universe, everyone is a medium, a custodian at the most. Whatever you share, it grows — this is the fundamental law of the universe. You share rage, anger grows in you. You share love, love grows in you. You share contempt, hatred grows in you. You share knowledge, wisdom grows in you. You share your time, peace grows in you. You share what you have, and you grow as a person.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say "thank you?"
- William Arthur Ward
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This is a recommendation for an awesome read. Here's a bit of the full article:
"Personally, I think we suffer an epidemic of self-loathers, or at least self-dislikers. And yet, as with many disorders, this epidemic is based on distorted thoughts, misperceptions, and mind traps. Once a person claims their birthright of self-love, everything in life becomes easier – from work to relationships to simply looking in a mirror."
What follows in the article are three practice to help us get there.
Here's the link.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Okay, I admit it.... all those people who say that AM exercise is good and maybe better than any other time of day are sooooooo right. I started doing a vigorous early AM (6:00)yoga practice in February. With a few misses and some changes for travel time, I have liked the early practice. Yesterday we returned from a great family visit early enough in the afternoon that I could go to the afternoon practice at my teacher's studio. He and I both agreed I had a dreadful practice full of aggression and ego.
This morning I got to practice shortly after 5:30. What a wonderful time of day to begin stretching and challenging your body with your mind and heart. As you might guess I had a wonderful practice, didn't feel drained as I had yesterday afternoon and know that AM exercise is, for me at least, the right thing to do. BTW, I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON!
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