Friday, May 31, 2013

Mindfulness Meditations I Like

Here are some nice mindfulness meditation videos. They’re not dogmatic or magical, just using your brain to stay centered – like being in the middle of Fortuna’s Wheel instead of all over the spokes and rim and ups and downs.  The basic neurological principle is that the more time you spend in this state of mind, the more easily it will come to you when you’re in the midst of chaos:

I love this Irish guy Sean O’Tarpaigh’s meditations, especially this one:

Here’s his YouTube channel:

And then there’s Lori Granger, who is also great.  She’s in Fresno and has several that I enjoy:

And here’s her youtube page:

Sometimes I just listen to these as I do my morning stretches, but for best effect, lie down and listen and follow what they say. Each one's 10 - 15 minutes so they can easily fit into the day.

Thursday, May 09, 2013


“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release,
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.”

- Amelia Earhart

I had heard the first line of this as a quotable quote and had it on a bulletin board for some time, and in my head, but today a friend asked for "tips for courage" and I thought of it, wasn't sure anymore who said it so I looked it up, and dogged if it ain't a full poem!