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1/Summer09: My Latest Adventure -- WHEE!
Here's the 2001 8-cylinder Dodge Ram 2500 Long Bed Cargo Van that I bought new, being readied for its *Last Hurrah* with me...the only pleasure trip it went on in the nearly 160,000 miles I drove it (all sweater project miles):
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Do I LOOK like a ping pong ball...?
Like a ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.
-- Yogabindu Upanishad
How apt is that Yogic scripture in describing the reality of my daily life. I'm constantly called upon to make decisions between inst... Read more
Use the Light
I'm headed out of town for a few days. My friend Robert's mother, who is also dear to me, has had a severe stroke. Her life has always consisted of serving others. In recent years, because of many factors (not her health, though, which has al... Read more
SparkPeople Cincinnati Convention Anyone?
I'm giving serious thought to going to this one-day program on Saturday, September 26. I would drive up to Cincinnati on Friday (like 10+ hours of driving) and drive home Sunday and that's not at all daunting, since I'm a veteran driv... Read more
Yoga is SO Much More than Exercise....
I am so aware of how the waxing and waning of the emotions affects every part of my life. For example -- if someone lets me down I become sad, then my energy flags, negativity can sneak in, I have less motivation for self-care, and the downward... Read more
The Dirty Dozen Food Additives
Important information! I'm just gonna' copy-and-paste. It's from the Organic Consumers Association newsletter (which I HIGHLY recommend) --
1. Sodium nitrite
2. BHA & BHT
3 . Propyl gallate
4. Monosodium glutamate
5 . Trans... Read more
Caretake This Moment
It's scary (big surprise) how quickly the structure of careful eating and enthusiastic exercise can become history...from one day to the next. I woke up this morning, discouraged by my weekend *performance* and feeling like continuing with the ... Read more
Breakdown in the Way Things Have Always Been Done
The world is going totally bonkers and I'm ready for some *serious levity.* Who better to deliver it than Rob Brezsny --
PRAYER OF GRATITUDE TO THE TRICKY GODDESS OF BENEVOLENT MISCHIEF
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Conscious living, conscious eating....
I truly consider smart care of this *bag o'bones* to be part of my sadhana, my spiritual practice. To eat consciously, to keep my heart and bones healthy, are aspects of the stewardship of this "body-temple" to which I've been entrusted.
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Love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence to... Read more
A Word to the Wise...
...which obviously wouldn't be me: A Nutrition Note I wrote on today's Tracker --
"OMG! 2 oz. of walnuts carries 37 GRAMS of FAT!!! Add to that the ridiculous 14 gr. of fat in the ridiculous 1/2 cup of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream I consumed an... Read more
Try to be kind to someone who is unkind to you....
I am *fed* frequently by these eThoughts for the Day that come to me daily. The challenge below as posed by the mystics is, "Try to be kind to someone who is unkind to you,” and my question back is, "Even if the person who has been unkind to ... Read more
What the Day Gives
After my silent retreat yesterday, I'm continuing to quietly consider the parameters of my life, where I focus my energy. I'm looking at ways to ~~
~ Choose Joy in this Mixed-Review World
~ amp up the ways that I serve others
~ be con... Read more
The Driving Force of Meditation....
I wage a continuing battle with my mind in my intent to have a regular *sitting practice* as I call it. I know the value of it for EVERY ASPECT of my life-in-a-body, not the least of which is proper care of this vehicle I've been entrusted with... Read more
Farewell Letter From Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famous writer from Colombia, and Nobel Peace Prize winner for literature, has retired from public life for reasons of health. He has a form of cancer which is terminal. He has sent a farewell letter to his friends and it ... Read more