“. . . is it safe to say that we can “make” a person feel a certain way? Are we not in control of our own emotions . . ? If I gave you constructive criticism and you cried as a result, that wasn’t me “making” you cry, that was YOUR reaction. 2 people, 1… Continue reading “you made me do it”
jeff’s comments on my last post about gratitude about open hearts reminded me of something very beautiful that alice walker, one of my favourite authors (the temple of my familiar is one of my all-time favourite books), once said in an interview with sharon salzberg for shambala sun, a buddhist magazine: “You know, what are… Continue reading open hearts
gratitude is a funny thing. i used to find it incredibly hard to be grateful for things that people expected me to be grateful for. i would just be resentful. that doesn’t really happen anymore; i suspect it’s mostly because i have weeded from my life most of the people who want to “make” me… Continue reading gratitude, awareness and patience
(the following entry is a retreat of something i posted back in january. when i transferred my blog over from blogger, for some reason none of the material from january made it over here. so i’ll post some of the posts anew.) a while ago i skulked around the internet again, using wordtracker to find… Continue reading understanding internet users
the other day i received an email from a friend. it started with the ominous “please read and pass on”. immediately my antennae went up; in my experience, 95% of such emails turn out to be hoaxes. the friend of mine who passed the email on to me is an ex teacher, has an excellent… Continue reading understanding email chain letters
back in the 90s, i spent a few years teaching a weekly meditation class at our local YWCA. it was at 5:00 pm, so i had to drive through thick traffic right into the hub of downtown. one day i felt i had not meditated enough myself to present a good meditation class, but there… Continue reading driving meditation
is it the sugar, or the buzz that comes after a few glasses, or the hit of the booze right at the first swallow, or is it the taste, the burn in the throat? or the smell, the neat line-up of bottles at the liquor store? the memory of great parties, the memory of all… Continue reading alcohol, prometheus and freedom
lots of blogs have memes, so i thought i’d put one up, too. why don’t you answer or comment on a few (or all) of these questions. or feel free to propagate them on your own blog. let’s see what happens … how do our eating habits relate to world hunger?
july 20, 2006 dear friends – wow, it’s almost august already! i wonder how many you are on vacation right now, enjoying a change of pace, a change of environment, and hopefully lots of relaxation … the older i get, the more i appreciate the rhythm that carries me through the years. this time of… Continue reading july 20 newsletter
i finally moved my blog over to wordpress! i’m so happy! can we have a celebration? how do you have a celebration on a blog? any ideas? as you can see, all of my previous posts (minus the ones from january, for some strange reason) have been imported from my old blog. let me know… Continue reading my first wordpress post!