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TAKE A HIKE

The entire body of cutting edge literature on nutrition can be summed up rather patly as follows: Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Five words, in case you're counting. Let nature's bounty, plants, crowd out the other junk (animal products, refined grains, processed foods) until you achieve 100% saturation with fruits, vegetables, a moderate amount of beans and a modest quantity of seeds.

Done. Now it's time to move on to other areas of life lest we confine ourselves to eating like mere animals and deserve the label recently bandied about. Orthorexia is an unhealthy obsession with otherwise healthy eating. Who needs it? Just eat plants until you are satisfied, and eat them again a few hours later. Repeat a couple/few times a day and do it indefinitely. Remember the kiss rule. Keep it simple, sweetheart.

Now onto another area that could use a little attention. The online obsession. This month's issue of Outside magazine  has a great article written by political blogger D…

NEVER GIVE UP

Meditation is a fight. As soon as you begin meditation, other thoughts will crowd together, gather force and try to overwhelm the single thought to which you try to hold. This thought must gradually gain strength by repeated practice. When it has grown strong, the other thoughts will be put to flight. This is the battle always going on in meditation.
But meditation is catching on in the mainstream. Chopra and Oprah conduct workshops. The Navy Seals train the mind. Georgetown University has set up a program to help military trainees blunt their reaction to stressors. It is called Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training, or “M-fit,” and students learn how to focus intently and stay present in the moment. The goal of such exercises is to teach people to pay nonjudgmental attention to exactly what they’re feeling in the moment. Not trying to change anything, just giving it (feelings, stimuli, other stressors) your attention. By monitoring your feelings without judgment, say the researchers…

THE CREATION

That's some pretty inspiring music by Haydn. Ecumenical when you can't understand it, but probably written with the Christian notion of "Almighty God" in mind.

Which begs the question. When you hear the word God, what comes to your head? An image of a hoary bearded one clothed in white striking down sinners from on high? Love? Allah? Buddha? Christ? A formlessness energy and order that is the undercurrent of all that is? Pure intelligence? Omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence? Or are you an atheist? I really don't believe in an atheist as such. We all believe in something. And that which exists forever transcends both religion and irreligion, it just is... Do you believe in you?

Here's a little story. Imagine if you will, Absolute Oneness. Pure Awareness not aware of itself. In this Awareness the stirring of consciousness gives rise to the notion "I am," which essentially is awareness of its own existence. Simultaneous to the arising of consciou…

THE ONE WHO SUFFERS

Once a lady visited the sage Ramana Maharshi. She had just lost her only child and was stricken with incapacitating grief. Ramana Maharshi shed a tear (uncommon for sages to do) and consoled her, reflecting that the loss of a child is said to be the most profound suffering a human can experience on earth. The woman was comforted in her sadness, and she asked the sage what advice he might provide to help her bear this immense burden of sorrow.

Maharshi's words were succinct: "You must kill the one that grieves."

What did he mean by this? Surely not that this poor woman should take her own life, obliterating her existence as a means of escaping the loss of her child. As he elucidated further, it was that she should kill the personality, the ego that identifies itself with a particular body, and sees others as separate. "Were you crying over your son's absence before he was born?" the sage asked. The answer was clearly no. And that's the point. We are all …