Category: meditation

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
— Neil Gaiman

One of my Buddhaspotting photos in PBS’s “The Buddha” website

Distracted BuddhaJust saw this link tonight in my Google Reader — Shambhala SunSpace » After you’ve seen PBS’s “The Buddha” — and was reminded of the excellent documentary PBS did on “The Buddha” and broadcast on April 7 this year. Apparently, according to SunSpace, PBS aired the repeat tonight. Continue reading

Breaking ice, and forging ahead

Note: The following is the basis of my first (Icebreaker) speech that I gave to the Staples Toastmasters club on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. I did fairly well, and received a lot of encouragement, although I know I need to work on not reading my notes, project my voice to reach the back of the room, keep my hands at my sides, and, most importantly, to give myself more time for preparation. Continue reading

Blog topic ideas

No, I’m still alive. I haven’t updated my blog in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it. In fact, I have many items buzzing around in this hollow head of mine. So as a teaser, I suppose, this post is the list of ideas I’m brewing to write about. Continue reading

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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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.

Breaking in the Birkenstocks

My Birkenstocks arrived on Thursday. I had ordered Milano sandals online, and yesterday afternoon I decided to break them in. I decided to walk down to Watertown Square and back. These were my first pair of Birkenstocks ever. I had tried on a pair at a store recently, with those weird little nylon footie things that the shoe store requires you to wear when trying on shoes with no socks on. Doing a brief jaunt around the stack of shoes didn’t prepare me for the pain I would soon suffer late last night.
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