Good Day

 

What an amazing place it would be if we all started our day watching this video.

Start at the 3:45 mark. Just my 2 cents.

You think that this is just another day in your life…

It’s not just another day.
It’s the one day that is given to you – today…
It’s given to you.
It’s a gift.
It’s the only gift that you have right now…
…and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is…
If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life
and the very last day
then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes you can open
That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment.

Look at the sky.
We so rarely look at the sky.
We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going.
We just think of the weather, and even with the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances of weather…
We just think of “good weather” and “bad weather.”

This day, right now, with its unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again..
The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same as it is right now…

Open your eyes.  Look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet.
Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom.
Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors.
We all go back so far…

And in this present moment on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us.
You flip a switch and there is electric light.
You turn a faucet and there is warm water, and cold water, and drinkable water…
a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart.

And so I am wishing you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you.
That everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you,
just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence.

Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
Then it will REALLY be a good day.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Weekly Quote

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The mind is like the ocean, the waves are not separate from the sea. Embrace thoughts with awareness and learn how to master the waves.

Beginning Meditation

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Beginning meditation is like looking into a mirror.  Maybe we like what we see, maybe we don’t.  Either way, no use arguing with the reflection.

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday

 I miss you so much, I can’t stand it
Seems like my heart is breaking in two
The head says, no, but my soul demands it
Everything I do reminds me of you

I miss you so much in this house full of shadows
While the rain keeps pouring down my window too
When will the pain recede to the darkness
From whence it has come and I’m feeling so blue

Ain’t goin’ down, no more to the well
Sometimes it feels like I’m going to hell
Sometimes, I’m knocking on your front door
But I don’t have nothing to sell no more

Seems like the spirit is pushing me onwards
I’m able to see, where I tripped and went wrong
I’ll just have to guess where my soul will find comfort
And I miss you so much when I’m singing my song

Ain’t goin’ down, no more to the well
But sometimes it seems I’m going to hell
You’ll find me knocking on your front door
Well I don’t have nothing to sell no more

Seems like my spirit, is pushing me onwards
‘Til I’m able to see where, I tripped when I went wrong
I’ll just have to guess where my soul will get comfort
I miss you so much when I’m singing my song

I miss you so much, I can’t stand it
Seems like my heart is breaking in two
The head says, go, but my soul demands it
And everything I do reminds me of you
Everything I do reminds me of you
Everything I do reminds me of you

Van Morrison

Varoom, Varoom

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A day that I will remember forever – as It was a beautiful summer day as I drove up the coast with a new friend.

A day that I will remember forever – as its impression is engrained in my mind.  Everything was new and fresh, a new beginning.

A day that I will remember forever – I never experienced passion as I did that day.

A day that I will remember forever

Took an untrodden path once, where the swift don’t win the race
It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth
Took a stranger to teach me, to look into justice’s beautiful face
And to see an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth – Bob Dylan

Change

changeYou see I know change
I see change
I embody change
All we do is change
Yea, I know change
We’re born to change
We sometimes regard it as a metaphor
That reflects the way things ought to be
In fact, change takes time
It exceeds all expectations
It requires both now and then
See, although the players change,
The song remains the same
And the truth is,
You gotta have the balls to change

Weekly Quote

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Oh, the heart has no bones you say so it won’t break.

But the purpose of loving is the pounding it takes.

Multitasking – Good or Bad?

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Is Multitasking a good thing or a bad thing?

In my journey to obtain a clearer mind I came across the idea of multitasking.  It struck me on how many of us seem to think that its a good thing to get as many things done as possible at the same time. I’m sure all of our bosses would like us to be more productive by doing more than a human can handle at one time.  But are we really more productive or just looking busy?

Definition of Multitasking, in an operating system, is allowing a user to perform more than one computer task (such as the operation of an application program) at a time. The operating system is able to keep track of where you are in these tasks and go from one to the other without losing information.

Can we really Multitask effectively? Should we really even try?

My short answer is a resounding NO.  How can we focus on more than one thing at a time and expect to do any of those things with clarity and intelligence.  Our lives are filled with doing and not enough of just being.

The American culture doesn’t understand simply being.  What a shame.  In our culture when a person reaches old age and cannot “Do” anymore we seem to set them aside in old age homes to wither away and die.  Aren’t those the people that have lived the longest and should have the most experience and wisdom?  I never understood that concept.  In other cultures they are revered but not ours.  Sent away and visited every Tuesday.  It’s no wonder that most of them don’t remember us when we arrive on Tuesday, or are they just paying us back for our misguided placement of the wisest of us all.

Just something to think about.