Archive for February 18th, 2012


Meditation (Photo credit: holisticgeek)

Enjoy this 15-minute meditation that I found on Youtube.

I went searching for this because I have been spending a lot of time on the computer lately, doing various things from the blog, to school work, to my “employment” work.

I’ve been finding that I am multitasking all over the place.

One of these days, I expect to find myself driving to Whole Foods (which for me is a very long way away), listening to a cd, munching on something, and checking my ipad because I just got an email. . . . all the while, talking on the phone and listening to my GPS.

No, I promise, I would not do this, but some days it feels like it could happen.  It’s time to get un-hooked.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with technology and all of the sensations that are readily available to us “out there”.  And honestly, they keep us from feelings things “in here”.

Sometimes, I also feel like the more I do the more I find myself to be humming along.  No, I don’t mean humming and whistling show tunes.  I mean humming, like a low-grade anxiety or energy that has taken over and keeps propelling me forward. . . even when I should be standing still and breathing.

We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather this winter and there is a part of me that would like to go to the nearest state park and just sit for a while and listen to nothing-ness.  But, it is really too muddy and too cold.

So, I have choices on what I can do.  I can take 15-minutes and participate along with a video like this.

I can listen to a few minutes of an audiobook by Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, a podcast by Tara Brach or from Upaya Zen Center  (check the Blog Roll for those links).

Or I can just push away the laptop, turn off the Itunes, not pick up a book, and set a timer for 5, 10, 15 minutes and just sit.  Nothing else, just sit and breathe.

Recently, I’ve purchased an Enzo Pearl Timer.  I do have to say, I am enamoured with it.   I can sit intervals like 20 minutes for sitting meditation, 5 minutes for walking meditation, 20 minutes sitting, etc.  And it has 3 chimes and a wood knocking “chime”.  It’s portable and comes with a small padded case.

And I can take it to my office where I can’t have a mindfulness bell on the computer at work so sometimes I just set many intervals for, say 5 minutes, to just be aware of the time.  Sometimes I set it for 35 minutes so I make sure I get up and walk around.

Use any of these ideas to help you unplug.  Or find your own way.  Give your mind, body, and spirit the gift of quiet and full unrestricted calm breathing.

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Gautama Buddha got company!

Gautama Buddha got company! (Photo credit: Merlijn Hoek)

Teach this triple truth to all:

A generous heart, kind speech,

and a life of service and compassion are

the things which renew humanity.

~~ Buddha

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It often comes back to living the middle way of the path, doesn’t it? Thank you for this reminder!


Living by your principles, is a very noble way to live. Things like chivalry, honor, loyalty, and faithfulness are just some of the standards I used to shore up my life as a young man. As a more mature individual I began the part of life that puts to test all or at least most of my principles. Some of the concepts of having good principles followed me into the military service, during the Vietnam war. I can’t think of anywhere better suited for someone with a high standard of principles. War will test everything, your integrity your resolve everything you believe to be right will be put to the test.

It doesn’t take a war to shake up principles though, that can be done by any situation that puts us in a compromising situation which gives us enough freedom to make a choice about something we truly want and…

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