Monday, February 26, 2007
After watching several back episodes of Ellen today, I had the urge to dance. This doesn't happen very often, but there's something quite infectious about watching Ellen, her audience and her guests simply let loose and dance. I went to my "stereo" to find something appropriately upbeat to dance to while I was cleaning the kitchen. The best I could find was the Now3! cd from 1998 - as in "1998 of the millenium prior to this one". Tubthumping by Chumbawumba... Barbie Girl by Aqua... it was all pretty pathetic. It made me realize how out of touch I am with current dance music. I'm not a big fan of rap music, but surely there's something out there for me!?!
Please post your recommendations for a good dance mix in the comments section... I need all the help I can get! This girl wants to dance!!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Hmmm, sound like anyone you know?! I think we've all been there at one time or another. Perhaps you are there right now? I think the reason this quote from Merton struck a chord with me is that we live in a society that seems to reward busy-ness... and I don't do well with busy-ness! Certainly not busy-ness that comes at the expense of my spiritual, physical & emotional well-being. And yet, I still struggle with the useless and self-imposed guilt that sometimes accompanies a decision to say "no, thank you" - although, admittedly, not as much as I used to!
Interestingly, a friend offered me a true pearl to ponder earlier today: "Where there is no no, a yes means nothing." She declined to explain it and simply suggested I meditate on it for a while, which I did. I invite you to do the same...
Now, excuse me while I go say "yes" to my girl Ellen as I watch her host the Oscars!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
As I walked around this afternoon with a cross of ashes on my forehead, I was struck by the paradox within it all. First of all, the fact that I felt - and acted upon - a deep desire to go to Ash Wednesday mass at noon is a mystery to me. Secondly, Matthew's gospel tells us:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. (Matthew 6:5)
...and yet, there I was walking around with a black smudge smack dab in the middle of my face. How is that "going to my room and closing the door"? I am in private, yet I am in community.
Paradox #3 is the symbol itself... a cross of ashes. Ashes remind me that I am of the Earth. The cross reminds me that I am of God. I am finite, yet I am infinite.
In light of this, and considering my childhood practice of Lent (ie. giving up chocolate or candy...), I have set an intention for my Lenten Journey 2007... a theme, if you will:
There is great wisdom to be found during Lent, as long as I am willing to be honest... to be present... to be faithful to the journey.
It's not so much about giving up; it's about giving in... giving in to the mystery, to the darkness, to the paradox.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
- I've never downloaded a podcast...
- I've never even figured out how to listen to a podcast (do I have to download it first??)...
- I don't know how to use Flickr...
- I've never uploaded a video to YouTube...
- I have no Friends...
- I have no desire to be Tagged...
- I've seen ads for Zaadz, but never checked it out until this very moment...
- I am not being fed by RSS...
Although I can acknowledge the potential for social engagement via technology, I still prefer to sit around a table with friends over good food & good drink. If complete strangers would like to join us, so be it! As long as they're willing to keep an open mind and contribute authentic ideas and honest enquiry.All that being said, here are a few online videos that have caught my attention recently:
- Web 2.0... The Machine is Us/ing Us
- Spiders on Drugs
- OK Go (confirming that treadmilling is indeed an artform)
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Hubby: Have you heard Olivia Newton-John's version of the Prayer of St-Francis?
Hubby: Gimme a minute...
Out comes the ipod and, next thing you know, I'm listening to a most beautiful musical interpretation of one of my favourite prayers. I closed my eyes the whole time and let myself be swept away...
Me: That was amazing! What the heck are you doing with that on your ipod??
Hubby: (shoulder shrug) It's a nice song.
A nice song indeed. I've been with this guy for over half my life; I hope I never stop re-discovering him.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
"Let us make a pledge that, if not all day or all night long, at least for a few moments every day, we will make an effort to experience love, love that is free from selfishness, free from desire, free from expectation, love that is complete freedom." — Swami Chidvilasananda in Kindle My Heart
"Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love." — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in The Gentle Weapon
"Hatred ever kills; love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality, for it increases hatred. The duty of a human being is to diminish hatred and to promote love." — Mahatma Gandhi quoted in The Way to God edited by M. S. Desphande
Happy Valentine's Day, friends...
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Living where I do, I don't really need to drive. Most everything I need is a short walk or a bus ride away, so there is nothing that is really motivating me to get behind the wheel of a car. Except, of course, when I might want to go off the beaten track... or when it would be practical for me to drop Hubby off somewhere... or pick him up... or do something on my own... or... (fill in the blank).
Yes, I could get away without driving. In fact, I do get away with it... but at what cost? Yep, just maybe this will be the car...