Saturday, January 26, 2008

Can you spare 20 minutes ?

So I get this email forward from my mother-in-law...

Sheesh - she gives me a link and wants me to spend 20 minutes watching something called "The Story of Stuff"...

Me - the delete key whiz...

But - sigh - it's my mother-in-law...

So I made John come and sit with me and we watched together...

and now I want YOU to watch it too... Please ???

It's definitely worth your time ! Thanx Mom - we love you :)

later man, jan

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Spiritual Resolutions from All Traditions...

I am not really into resolutions... but wanted to say ---
Happy New Year everyone !

I thank Frodo for blogging me to the following series of spiritual disciplines. This list is only a small piece of what is called The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy - where you can find 37 spiritual practices from all traditions - authored by MaryAnn and Frederic Brussat.

I don't expect to even come close. But I do know I have to TRY!!!!!

1. I will live in the present moment. I will not obsess about the past or worry about the future.
2. I will cultivate the art of making connections. I will pay attention to how my life is intimately related to all life on the planet.
3. I will be thankful for all the blessings in my life. I will spell out my days with a grammar of gratitude.
4. I will practice hospitality in a world where too often strangers are feared, enemies are hated, and the "other" is shunned. I will welcome guests and alien ideas with graciousness.
5. I will seek liberty and justice for all. I will work for a free and a fair world.
6. I will add to the planet's fund of good will by practicing little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy.
7. I will cultivate the skill of deep listening. I will remember that all things in the world want to be heard, as do the many voices inside me.
8. I will practice reverence for life by seeing the sacred in, with, and under all things of the world.
9. I will give up trying to hide, deny, or escape from my imperfections. I will listen to what my shadow side has to say to me.
10. I will be willing to learn from the spiritual teachers all around me, however unlikely or unlike me they may be.

later man, jan