Mindfulness–Days Of The Week–Condensed

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• 2014-02-11–on wonders of lifebrian-cox-from-bbc-co-uk, how the senses developed over billions of years.


‘Interbeing’, coined by Thich Naht HanhThis file by Duc is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license., is achieved with mindfulness, which helps ‘us cultivate concentration and insight which free us from fear and the illusion of a separate self.’ There are five basic mindfulness trainings.

By Mari Smith (Flickr: Jon Kabat-Zinn) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThich Naht Hanh inspired Jon Kabat-Zinn, who started mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).


This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Than217 at the wikipedia project. This applies worldwide.• 2014-02-12–joanna lumley continues down the nile, past the seated statues at abu simbel, and into the nubian desert.


mary-oliver-from-poetryfoundation.org• 2014-02-13–poetry by mary oliver. i’m concerned that in the last twenty years my thinking has become more propositional (fact-based) and less implicational. unbalanced. maybe i should redress that imbalance. Ilia_Efimovich_Repin_(1844-1930)_-_Volga_Boatmen_(1870-1873)-from-wpkabat-zinn, for example, quotes poems. i’ll start with this one. meanwhile, the roads to revolution in the art of russia started centuries ago.

Friday (Valentine’s Day)

gotlieb02gotlieb01• 2014-02-14–reading phyllis loves kelly by phyllis gotlieb. sue provided a very yummy dinner of salad, sprouts, and spicy squash followed by chocolate i scream, as well as dark chocolate from tcho–mm-mm-mm!


some short poems of love by phyllis gotlieb:

By Steve Evans [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe world is a desperate place
that’s not garnished with velvet & lace
but its corners of night
turn to arches of light
by the warmth of the love in a face


By Steve Evans [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commonsyou look at life and feel too well
the winter’s iron claw
love, look again and then recall
the oldest living law:
that all renews, in grass or flesh
somewhere, somehow, in awe

Archy-from-wp• 2014-02-15–sno to t-o; who are archy and mehitabel? more poetry: ‘Archy is a cockroach with the soul of a poet, and Mehitabel is an alley cat…. Together, cockroach and cat are the foundation of one of the most engaging collections of light poetry.’


JeanVanier 2This just in: ‘We can get discouraged if we think we are at a standstill. But we also have to be patient when we feel we are not growing. In winter, it seems that the trees aren’t growing; they are waiting for the sun; they have to be pruned. So we need reminding too of the value of waiting.’–Jean Vanier

• 2014-02-16–By Ian Kirk from Broadstone, Dorset, UK (Spring is unfurling slowly....  Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commonsmaybe understanding happens piecemeal: ‘It’s like a schoolhouse/of little words,/thousands of words./First you figure out what each one means by itself,/… Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story.’–from ‘breakage‘ by mary oliver. as she says, things happen ‘slowly’, which is hard on my impetuous self. oliver writes (in ‘the moths’), ‘If you notice anything,/it leads you to notice/more/and more.’ right now, if i notice things, and people especially, it might make a difference later; certainly now.

pdi’m reading about jesus walking on water, that sort of thing. my concern is that we expect extraordinary miracles but we don’t see everyday things–the dog, the cat, each other–as miraculous.

caputo-johnlistening to a podcast of caputo, derrida, and weak theology.

bg and pf in the morning, usj in the evening.



Picture Shows: Dan Cruickshank in fornt of  Neuschwanstein Castle• 2014-02-17–bb came by. sno back. the castles of ludwig ii of bavaria ‘were described at the time as “so ridiculous they are beyond all taste”…. This handsome boy-king was loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances.’ the agenda featured five guests originally from lebanon, albania, india, ghana, and south korea, as it asked, even in a very multicultural city like toronto, ‘Is having an accent an obstacle or a benefit in day to day life?’

By Janet Spinas Dancer [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsRemember Bruce Cockburn? Here‘s a whole live recording.


elp40ELP’s 40th anniversary concert.

MEATLOAF-VALENTINE_16x9_620x350-from-cbcThe CBC ‘s top 25 Canadian love songs. Too sappy, some of them? Here are humorous Valentines.

zooowl-from-exclaim.caZoo Owl’s ‘Twin Mirror‘ now has a video.

adam ben ezra and a baker01Wonder what she’s baking? That’s Adam Ben Ezra on bass, loops, and hat. (thanks to lb)


denzal-sinclaire-tofu-and-greens01Denzal Sinclaire sings Tofu And Greens.

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