Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thoughts on 9/11

Late in his life Gandhi was asked if he still considered himself a Hindu. His response:
"Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew."

On this, the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I hope that we can follow Gandhi's lead and set aside our differences and embrace each other as brothers and sisters. Let us all proclaim that no matter what our religious identity we will stand together against hatred.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A single drop of water


How insignificant a drop of water seems. A small splash on your shirt is no inconvenience. The few drops that signify the beginning of a rain shower are hardly noticed.
This is how insignificant I felt while standing on the overlook mesmerized by Cumberland Falls. It's not a tall waterfall, but it is loud and powerful. The changes the water has wrought on the land are amazing.
What would that waterfall be without the single drops of water which make it up; The drops that fell to form the rivlets to form the streams to form the creeks that feed the river. The drops that become the mist over the falls that capture moonlight to form the moonbow.
You cannot find the line where one drop ends and another begins. They form a perfect unity to become the world changing force that is the waterfall.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

To be, or not to be...

The question upon us lately has been to be homeschoolers, still, or to send the girls to public school. Last month we had decided that all but the youngest would give the local school system a try. After much thought, and the realization that our comfortable way of life would be ended, we changed our minds. Just look at what we would miss out on:
Having shared days off work and school
Field trips whenever we like
Getting to the zoo or science center when everyone else is in school
Still being the number one influences in our kids lives
Volunteer work together
and that's just a small sample.
So Assa and Bri will continue onto sixth grade work this year. They'll be using Math-U-See and either Saxon Grammar or Climbing to Good English (I've yet to decide.) For history and science they will use internet and library resources.
Annabel will begin her Sophomore year of high school by taking correspondence classes from Keystone. It looks like a solid program that will challenge her. She will also spend time volunteering at the local library. We'll also all be trying to learn Spanish together.
I'm excited, but not so gung-ho that I fear I'm getting myself in over my head.
Wish us luck.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Water Leak

Last month our main water line sprung a leak. Throughout the month water poured out underground. The grass didn't grow greener and there were no puddles. We were totally unaware of its passing. Imagine if we had a limited supply of water. We'd have run out and not even known why.
Prana is like that. Prana is the life sustaining force we are all born with. It is not the same as energy; the foods you eat give you energy. It is not so much your body that uses up your prana, as your mind. Everything you think, all the input from your senses uses prana. We all have a great hidden prana leak. Like my water leak, you can't see any hint there is a leak. When your mind dwells on worries, daydreams, goes on and on in your head with shoulds and should nots, you're leaking prana. When you get caught up in wanting - whether it be new clothes, food, a better body - that is prana leaking out.
When our water main was leaking we went to the main and shut off the valve while we weren't using water.
You can do this for your mind too through the practice of meditation.
This is what I am trying to do in my life right now. I've only been meditating for less than a year, but I already notice a difference in my life.
Forgive my silly analogy, I just had to share it.
To learn more about meditation as I've learned it click here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hola

We've decided to learn Spanish. I think it will be fun. Because Spanish is everywhere hopefully it will be easier to learn than Gaelic. I haven't bought any learning materials yet, but I've been listening to the Coffee Break Spanish podcasts. They are entertaining and easy to follow. I'm debating on subscribing to get the extra learning materials. But I guess it's a bit pricey at £84.00 GBP.
For now PaperBackSwap is providing me with some basic reading material, Like Harry Potter y la Camara Secreta
Buenas Noches