Month: July 2008

Meditation and mindfulness

Today I am recapping my busy month.

In many ways meditation should be first on that list. This has been one of the most important things I have done in a long time. It has been occupying most of my free time, when it’s not spent dancing Argentine tango, surfing the Web, or taking walks. So because this section deserves more attention, and rightly so has turned from a brief synopsis on the list to a lengthy description of where I am at, it has become its own blog post.
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Busy month

I wish I could say I was on an actual vacation for most of this month. I haven’t actually written a real post here for most of July, as I’ve been unusually busy. Not really with busy work here and there, but I feel I’m occupying my time, for the most part, more wisely. There is a better sense of purpose. So here, I will try to do a brief (haha) synopsis of my month, picking up where I last left off.
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Chowder, our temporary house cat

Chowder, our temporary house cat.

Chowder, our temporary house cat.

Sunset meditation

Little black spot on the sun today

Little black spot on the sun today. Taken at Fresh Pond in Cambridge.

Sunset at Fresh Pond in Cambridge.

In the time it took me to type "Sunset meditation" and send this off to this blog straight from my phone, the sun had set.

Cameraphone photos taken at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA.

Back to work today.

I didn’t think about work from Wednesday night until this morning. It was good to get away. Now it’s back to the grind.

Photo by Jenny Bergman

Back to the grind. John Woo-style.

Photo by Jenny Bergman.

Inspirational quotes

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
~ Theodor Seuss Geisel

“Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”
~ Meg Chittendon

“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.”
~ Albert Schweitzer

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
~ Albert Einstein

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”
~ Meister Eckhart

“Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
~ Dalai Lama

“You must look into people as well as at them.”
~ Lord Chesterfield

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
~ Lao Tzu

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
~ Marie Curie

“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
~ Antonio Porchia

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
~ Joseph Campbell

Can you guess where I am?

Can you guess where I am?

Can you guess where I am?

Need a hint?

Need a hint?

Lighthouse! No more hints!

Lighthouse! No more hints!

View from top of lighthouse

View from top of lighthouse

On my way to getting away

My previous blog post is proof that my phone has a shitty built-in camera. Where there were Canada geese swimming and flapping their wings in the Charles River, all you saw was a murky midnight-bluish-gray. Those were taken just a few steps south of Watertown Square, on the bridge near the Galen and Watertown streets intersection.
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Bridge and Canada geese along the Charles River

Bridge near Watertown Square in Watertown, MA

Bridge near Watertown Square in Watertown, MA

Canada geese on the Charles River in Watertown

Canada geese on the Charles River in Watertown

Can you spot the geese? Me neither. Damn camera phone.

Geese on a dam at the Charles River Reservation

Geese on a dam at the Charles River Reservation

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