Thursday, June 11, 2015

What I Like and Don't Like

by Philip Schultz

I like to say hello and goodbye.
I like to hug but not shake hands.
I prefer to wave or nod. I enjoy
the company of strangers pushed
together in elevators or subways.
I like talking to cab drivers
but not receptionists. I like
not knowing what to say.
I like talking to people I know
but care nothing about. I like
inviting anyone anywhere.
I like hearing my opinions
tumble out of my mouth
like toddlers tied together
while crossing the street,
trusting they won't be squashed
by fate. I like greeting-card clichés
but not dressing up or down.
I like being appropriate
but not all the time.
I could continue with more examples
but I'd rather give too few
than too many. The thought
of no one listening anymore—
I like that least of all.

(as heard on The Writer's Almanac) 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Meditation for Children

Child-Friendly Meditation

If your child is prone to anxiety or has trouble falling asleep, Kate Holcombe recommends the following mediation practice, appropriate for 6-10-year-olds. Once children become familiar with the practice, she says, "they can do it anywhere-in bed, on their yoga mat, or in the car on the way to school."

Sit comfortably together or lie down in a quiet, relaxing spot. Keep your instructions simple.
First ask your children to place a palm on their belly and begin breathing through their nostrils. Then ask them to feel their belly expand under their hands as they inhale, and feel the belly gently sink as they exhale. Start with 6-12 breaths and continue for up to 5 minutes if they're game. You can prompt them with suggestions like, "Let your mind pay attention to your quiet breathing and the peaceful place you feel inside."

You can also ask more experienced children to begin making the exhalation a bit longer to further activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which triggers the relaxation response.

Source: Yoga Journal Magazine 
Pictures: Pinterest

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New You!

Purification of the Mind
1. Eat less. Eat simple, nourishing, fresh, easily digestive food. Eat to satisfy hunger, but entertain no lethargy; remain light, alert, and joyful.
2. Drink less. But not less than the minimum requirement of the body, according to age and seasonal conditions.
3. Talk less. Avoid unnecessary discussions, lies, and fantasies.
4. Sleep less. Avoid the consumption of energy in dreams.
5. Stay alone. For some time enjoy your own self. Avoid the excitement that comes when one is surrounded by people.
6. Avoid the excessive use of sour, sharp, and pungent tastes.
7. Avoid excessive intimacy or friendship and extreme hatred.
8. Be detached from worldly accomplishments and acquisitions.
9. Be strong, mentally and physically. Be unshakeable by success and failure.
10. Have a restricted mind and don't run after everything that fascinates you.
11. Do not spend energy in the gratification of sensual desires.
12. Keep a distance from members of the opposite sex. Avoid getting massages from them. Massage yourself, but don't massage to enjoy touch.
13. Avoid all kinds of aromas, smells, and oils; use natural-smelling flowers and incense.
14. Be independent; don't depend on others; do your things yourself.
15. Serve those from whom you learn (your guru)
16. Give up desires that satisfy only you.
17. Give up anger. It destroys the electro-chemical balance.
18. Give up pride, self-esteem, and egotism.
19. Give up greed. It makes one selfish, suspicious, jealous, and cunning.
20. Survive on the minimum requirement.
21. Don't deceive anybody. It creates a double personality and causes a person to lose self-confidence and personal magnetism (ojas).
22. Don't boast. It increases egotism.
23. Don't speak lies. They only show that you do not trust yourself.
24. Don't worship ghosts and spirits; worship divinity in pure, compassionate, living form.
25. Don't use drugs to prolongs life. They destroy the natural endurance.
26. Avoid going to conferences, public gatherings, theaters, and places where the mind gets excited.
27. Be content. It gives satisfaction.
28. Be thoughtful, but do not wait for someone to thank you.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Gladness of Nature

by William Cullen Bryant


Is this a time to be cloudy and sad,
When our mother Nature laughs around;
When even the deep blue heavens look glad,
And gladness breathes from the blossoming ground?

There are notes of joy from the hang-bird and wren,
And the gossip of swallows through all the sky;
The ground-squirrel gaily chirps by his den,
And the wilding bee hums merrily by.

The clouds are at play in the azure space
And their shadows at play on the bright-green vale,
And here they stretch to the frolic chase,
And there they roll on the easy gale.

There's a dance of leaves in that aspen bower,
There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree,
There's a smile on the fruit, and a smile on the flower,
And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea.

And look at the broad-faced sun, how he smiles
On the dewy earth that smiles in his ray,
On the leaping waters and gay young isles;
Ay, look, and he'll smile thy gloom away.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Something To Think About

Because knowing what's likely to happen on which day of the week can help you save time, energy, and money. A panel of statisticians from the National Council of Actuarial Analysis pored over tons of data and determined that some days really are better than others. Here's what they found:

Sunday - is the busiest morning in the malls. It's also the day most people suffer stress related headaches. Why? Experts say it's from worrying about the week to come. And according to more than 60 percent of survey respondents, Sunday dinner is the week's most stressful meal to prepare.

Monday - If you get the Monday morning blues, you're not alone. Suicides and heart attacks are all more likely on this day, and it's the most common day for people to call in sick.

Tuesday - This is the most productive day of the work week, but the least popular day for romance. It's the busiest day on the Internet, because Microsoft issues its security updates on Tuesdays, but the least busy day on the highways, with the fewest number of traffic fatalities.

Wednesday- This is the best day to recruit new workers. Employment agencies report being 50 percent busier on the middle day of the week. And it's the best day to try out a new romantic partner, with most people picking it as the preferred evening for a first date.

Thursday - Avoid going to the hospital. Doctors are more likely to take Friday off, giving themselves a three-day weekend and leaving you stuck in bed.

Friday - It's the most dangerous day on the roads and the most common day to get fired.

Saturday - For the ancient Romans, this was a grim day, named for Saturn, the dark Titan who tried to eat his own children. But now it's the most popular day for weddings, when approximately 75% percent of couples tie the knot.

Source: John Tesh Radio

Sunday, August 14, 2011


"Imagination is what makes our sensory experience meaningful, enabling us to interpret and make sense of it, whether from a conventional perspective or from a fresh, original, individual one. It is what makes perception more than the mere physical stimulation of sense organs. It also produces mental imagery, visual and otherwise, which is what makes it possible for us to think outside the confines of our present perceptual reality, to consider memories of the past and possibilities for the future, and to weigh alternatives against one another. Thus, imagination makes possible all our thinking about what is, what has been, and, perhaps most important, what might be." -Nigel J.T. Thomas-

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How do we let our children foster their imagination but at the same time keep them grounded in the real life tasks that life demands of them?
As parents, we tend to let our children run their imaginations wild, but there is a time when a lot of us, parents have to draw the line with our children's imagination. For instance, a child of 10 years of age may still have an imaginary friend. Do we as parents try to stifle an imaginary friend? We all know how crucial it is for a child's congnitive development. Should we just let them be in their own La-la Land? Should we set an age limit for maturity or developmental bench marks?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

STARDATE 12:00 12:00 12:00

Fierce Pajamas is a MUST add to your summer reading!

CAPTAIN KIRK: Captain's log, stardate 7412.6...hello? The red light still isn't going on. Testing, 1-2-3-4. Chekov, it's not recording.
CHEKOV: I know, Keptin. Perhaps a negative function with the clock-timer
UHURA: Captain, I'm getting indications of a Klingon presence.
KIRK: Mr. Spock?
SPOCK: I confirm at least six Imperial Klingon warships, Captain, and heading toward our position at Warp 7.
KIRK: No, the Captain's log. Why won't it record?
SPOCK: Might I suggest, Captain, that we first remove ourselves to a more secure sector and then address the matter of your log? That would be the...logical approach.
KIRK: There's nothing logical about this instruction manual. Chekov?
CHEKOV: Keptin?
KIRK: Try this. "With the Rec-On day flashing, press the 5 key?"
CHEKOV: I did already, Keptin. Still negative function.
SULU: Captain, I'm having difficulty holding course.
KIRK: Shut down engines. Chekov, "Press the number for the day. For Sunday, press the 1 key, for Monday, the 2 key, and so on."
CHEKOV: Affirmative, Keptin. Still negative function. Perhaps ve should go back to page 15, vere it said to press Rec-Off time and enter two digits for hour.
SPOCK: Captain, the Klingons are arming their photon torpedoes.
KIRK: Engineering.
SCOTTY: Ay, Captain?
KIRK: Mr. Scott, we've got a malfunction in the log. We're going to need full deflector deflector power while we get it fixed.
SCOTTY: I canna guarantee it, Captain. The systems are overloaded as it it.
CHEKOV: Keptin, the flashing 12:00 disappeared!
KIRK: Good work, Chekov!
CHEKOV: Den it came right back.
KIRK: Damn it. Analysis, Mr. Spock.
SPOCK: A small island in the Pacific Rim Sector, formely inhabited by a determined people who believed that the adductor muscles in giant clams, Tridacna gigas, conferred sexual potency. In the later twentieth century, they became purveyors of early video equipment to what was then the United States. They were able to successfully emasculate the entire U.S. male population by means of impenetrable instruction manuals. It was this that eventually led to the Great Conflict.
KIRK: But this is 7412.6. How did a Taiwanese instruction manual get aboard the Enterprise?
SPOCK: It is possible that a Twaiwanese computer virus was able to infiltrate Star Fleet Instruction Manual Command and subtly alter the books so that not even university-trained humans could understand them.
KIRK: It's diabolical.
SPOCK: On the contrary, it is perfectly logical. Their strategy was based on an ancient form of Oriental persuasion known as water torture. In this case, instead of water a digital rendering of the hour of twelve o'clock is flashed repeatedly and will not disappear until the unit is correctly programmed.
KIRK: And for that you need a manual you can understand.
SPOCK: Precisely. Unless...
KIRK: Spit it out, Spock.
SPOCK: You have Star Log Plus. A small device that permitted the Americans to bypass the instruction manuals and program their units so the would not end up with six hours of electronic snow instead of "Masterpiece Theatre" or, more likely, "American Gladiators."
KIRK: Could you make one of these things, Spock?
SPOCK: It would take more than the one minute and twenty seconds that we have until we are within range of Klingon weapons.
DR. McCOY: Jim, you know I hate to agree with Spock, but he's right. We've got to get out of here. There are hundreds of people on this ship, young people, with homes and families and futures, and pets--little hamsters on treadmills, Jim. You can't sacrifice them just because you can't figure out how to program your damn log!
KIRK: I know my responsibilities, Bones. Spock, would it be possible to beam the flashing 12:00 into the Klingons' control panel?
SPOCK: Theoretically, yes.
KIRK: Do it.
UHURA: Captain, I'm picking up a Klingon transmission.
KIRK: Put it on screen.
KLINGONS: QI'yaH, majegh!
KIRK: Translation, Spock.
SPOCK: It appears to have worked, Captain. They are surrendering.
KIRK: Take us home, Mr. Sulu. Mr. Chekov, try pressing the OTR button twice.

[Fierce Pajamas insert; author: Christopher Buckley