Mind-Body Stress Reduction Part 1–Days Of The Week–Condensed



the-inconvenient-indianThomas King has won the RBC Taylor award for his non-fiction book, The Inconvenient Indian. As is made clear in the Canada Reads-winning novel, The Orenda, colonization started centuries ago. Its after-effects are with us today. King expects it may take a long time to resolve, which he won’t be around to see.

orcas-in-captivitySomeOfUs.org wants to stop SeaWorld imprisoning orcas. ‘In just a few days over 650,000 of us have signed the petition.’ You can too.’

Jon Kabat-Zinnjkz-at-g01-screencap-by-pkl in this video says when he started the mind-body stress reduction (MBSR) program in 1979 compared to today (2007), he wonders, What stress then? We stress about doing things. Can you imagine not doing those things, ever? Just being? Just being requires paying attention. Another name for ‘paying attention’ is ‘mindfulness’. In Asian cultures, the word for ‘mindfulness’ is the same as the word for ‘heartfulness’. Mindfulness (or heartfulness) ‘is moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness that’s cultivated by paying attention.’ By being aware, you are looking for the path or the Way. There is no right path; you have to find your own. It’s your Job, your Way. But by being aware, we can achieve a breakthrough. A breakthrough embraces an aversion, like in Rumi‘s poetry:

Every moment a new arrival:
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some fundamental awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a host of sorrows
who violently sweep your house of furniture,
still treat each guest honourably.
He may be cleaning you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
greet them at the door laughing
–That’s advanced practice–and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
for each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

(To be continued…)

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wp• 2014-03-11–museum diaries (dna dissected), rmr, 22, and the genius of marie curie.


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.TVO’s Growing Food Resilience in Ontario and Farming In Northern Ontario in A Place To Grow? ‘examines how well prepared Ontario’s food system is.’

gilman-ci-fs01This video introduces Robert Gilman and the seven Foundation Stones. Stay tuned for details….

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.• 2014-03-12–super-smart animalscars.



twins-from-cbc• 2014-03-13–twins tatiana and krista; and wild canada (the eternal frontier), ‘the largest natural history survey of Canada in our generation.’


little-free-library-from-littlefreelibrary.orgA Little Free Library (a kind of public bookcase) is a weather-protected box of books in someone’s front  yard, with the motto ‘TAKE A BOOK, RETURN A BOOK.’ (thanks to sm)

hubble02• 2014-03-14–wonders of the universe (‘destiny’ and ‘stardust’).




JeanVanier 2Jean Vanier writes that ‘many people [in communities] are afraid of authority and of taking it on. To them, authority seems to lack tenderness and relationship. They see it as only bad and bullying. Perhaps this is one of the ills of our times; the tendency everywhere seems to be to separate authority from love and make it legalistic.’

This image is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, taken or made as part of an employee's official duties. • 2014-03-15–bob ballard and crew search both the atlantic and pacific for volcanic thermal vents–neil oliver and his crew travel the west coast of england and wales.



José Manuel Suárez [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons• 2014-03-16–bj came over this afternoon–tudor monastery farm (beer and bread)–how the earth changed history (water)–harlots, housewives and heroines (at court).


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Peter Gabriel’s Come Talk To Me by Bon Iver (pictured–thanks to lb).


Arcade Fire’s Win Butler oarcade-fire-gign Neil Young and speaking your mind.


freddie-mercury-doodle01-pklFreddie Mercury and other great Google musical doodles.


By Chris Sansenbach (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsKathleen Edwards is not really moving to America. That’s just an  empty threat.


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.• 2014-03-17–it’s some saint’s feast day, st petula or something.–how best to govern in crimea and china, western-style or eastern-style?–in the deadly depths, ‘one million tons of discarded chemical weapons … are beginning to leak.’


water-week-banner-from-tvoTVO celebrates Water Week,
2014-03-17 to 23.

rom-birds1-from-rom.on.caThe Royal Ontario Museum turns 100.
Wednesday, 2014-03-19.

wild-canada-from-cbcEpisode 2, The Wild West, of Wild Canada on the CBC,
Thursday, 2014-03-20, 8pm.

earth-hour-logo‘Use your power to make change a reality’–Earth Hour,
Saturday, 2014-03-29.

from books2eat.comAt a library near you: Books2Eat .
Sunday, 2014-03-30.

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