Archive for April, 2013


Sunday Haiku

Words are meaningless

Intentions , promises too

We are what we do

Welcome home

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Paradise not lost

in our home town

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   sea and surf

sun and sky

ski and snow

hello, goodbye

worlds of difference, both seem right

to everything  a season

in the available light

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A day in the French Quarter of New Orleans

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Live music in the street and we “feeling good”

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Several Musicians of all flavors

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     The passion in each note, the power and the joy

This city is full of joy, power and passion

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Sunday Haiku

Back to sea level

Emotional welcome home

I’ve missed them so much

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Thanks to my friends in Craig, Colorado

Your kindness , a gift to cherish

Your council and camaraderie during a very difficult process , a blessing

 

Henry Ford said “Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

You have helped me “March Onward”

It’s  also well documented that Life is a series of meetings and partings, of comings and goings. People come into your life everyday, you say good morning, you say good evening, some stay for a few minutes, some stay for a few months, some a year, others a whole lifetime. No matter who it is, you meet and then you part.

As so it’s the way today. We part.

I thank the hands of fate and the coordinator of the cosmos that “of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world” I walked into yours.

tmh2                                                                      tmh

 

Clever medicine

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Mindfulness has been described as “the practice of learning to focus attention on moment-by-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance.”

A new review provides convincing evidence that specific types of “mindfulness practices” have benefits for patients with certain physical and mental health problems.

Dr William R. Marchand of the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City reviewed published studies and evaluated the health benefits of mindfulness-based practices.

“An extensive review of therapies that include meditation as a key component — referred to as mindfulness-based practices — shows convincing evidence that such interventions are effective in the treatment of psychiatric symptoms and pain, when used in combination with more conventional therapies,” says Marchand.

His study is published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

As part of the research, Marchand reviewed published studies evaluating the health benefits of mindfulness-based practices.

Experts often say that “Practicing mindfulness is simply experiencing the present moment, without trying to change anything.”

Researchers assessed three popular techniques:

  • Zen meditation, a Buddhist spiritual practice that involves the practice of developing mindfulness by meditation, typically focusing on awareness of breathing patterns.
  • Mindfulness-based  stress reduction (MBSR), a secular method of using Buddhist mindfulness, combining meditation with elements of yoga and education about stress and  coping strategies.
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which combines MBSR with principles of cognitive therapy (for example, recognizing and disengaging from negative thoughts) to prevent relapse of depression.

Investigators discovered evidence that MBSR and MBCT can help to relieve general psychological distress and mitigate depression and anxiety.

“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”
―     Alan Wilson Watts

Serbian Proverb

Be Humble; For You Are Made Of earth

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 Be Noble; For You Are Made Of Stars

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula.

Australian Geordie Little’s nylon string flamenco guitar oozes a classical Spanish feel, with the taps, thumps and beats added to provide his signature sound. Give a listen, oh so tasty !!

 

“Philosophers and Ploughmen
Each must know his part
To sow a new mentality
Closer to the Heart”

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I’ve heard it said that a philosopher is a sort of an intellectual yokel, gawking at things that sensible people take for granted. Sensible people often are not concerned with thinking about existence, not concerned with the nature of consciousness or the nature of God. They are on about their pursuits as if the vastness and machinations of the cosmos are a background to their personal passion play.

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While it is extremely plausible that us humans are a mutant germ living on an unimportant rock that revolves around an insignificant star on the outer edges of one of the smaller galaxies in a vast multiverse: I am amazed to ponder our existence and amazed more of my brethren  have no sense of this wonder. The more I look at things, the more grateful I am.

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Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.

                                                                                                 -Buddha

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