Friday, February 20, 2009

Let the Clock Decide Your Fate

Excited for the weekend, but too tired out from the week, I lay "napping" on a Friday evening. The faces of people and things dance on my eyelids, and I'm impressed by the beauty that is a familiar part of my every day. When the mind is quieted, the important parts emerge. I strategically utilize the yogic breathing I learned this week to try to lull myself to sleep, but it just makes me more alert, remembering how I laughed uncontrollably due to the massive blood flow to my brain, as I stood on my shoulders.

I'm trying to get healthier as the spring nears, and so I've taken up yoga on a semi-casual basis. I like it for the mental discipline it offers, and of course because my body could use it. I want life to be more like a breath that doesn't slip away without being noticed.

I can't sleep on a Friday evening, but I could use the rest.

I decide that I will open my eyes to look at the clock.
If it is an even number, I will stay laying until the alarm goes off, and either fall asleep, or continue meditating.
If it is an uneven number, I will get up and do something.

It is 9:35pm.

Friday, February 06, 2009

People Should Be More Like these Peruvian Shanty Children

Photo: Mariana Bazo/Reuter
"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 18:3
When I saw this picture, firstly I thought: people should be more like this. Content, playful, making do with what they have. Secondly, this picture makes me miss warm weather, warm heavenly weather, not this icy hades that has been dominating the scene, weather which allows us all to play outside, children and adults alike. I've started playing Squash on Tuesdays, but what I really crave is to be out in a park playing soccer. Damn you groundhog!
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