mindful monday.

My tattoo has three questions from the Buddha on it. I am thinking of those questions today, as we end 2012. How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? And to those three, I would add this one: Did you make a difference? The short version of my answers, this year: I loved well, without judgment. I lived fully, most days. I let go deeply, practicing engaged detachment. I made a difference to my family. Tomorrow, the two questions I ask myself every New Year’s Day. Love, P.S. Today is the last day to order posters at 20% off to celebrate our new online store! Use code GIFT12A at checkout to get this discount! Great Valentine’s Day gifts, perhaps? Reminders to love well, live fully, let go deeply, and make a difference. [image by Fiona...

sunday sounds

I hope you can find 5 minutes in your Sunday morning to sit quietly and watch and listen. Love belongs to everyone.

thinking thursday.

mind I found this article about the creation of a new language utterly fascinating, right down to the creator’s meeting with George Lakoff at the end: “’There are a whole lot of questions I have about this,’” he told Quijada, and then explained how he felt Quijada had misread his work on metaphor. ‘Metaphors don’t just show up in language,’ he said. ‘The metaphor isn’t in the word, it’s in the idea,’ and it can’t be wished away with grammar.‘”  Makes me want to dive back into “Metaphors We Live By.” How the brain organizes the things we see. It has long been thought that each category of object or action humans see — people, animals, vehicles, household appliances and movements — is represented in a separate region of the visual cortex. In this latest study, UC Berkeley researchers found that these categories are actually represented in highly organized, overlapping maps that cover as much as 20 percent of the brain, including the somatosensory and frontal cortices. “Using the semantic space as a visualization tool, we immediately saw that categories are represented in these incredibly intricate maps that cover much more of the brain than we expected.” (See image above) I love this interactive map of American migration. body Here’s a list of 85 healthy snacks. Day 27 of a 30-day raw, vegan trial here. I’ve found that my family eats healthy snacks if healthy snacks are in the house (duh). My favorites recently: raw cashews with golden raisins, apple with raw almond butter, clementines. Pomegranates. Swiss Chard. Pecans. Yes. Made this for Christmas eve dinner. Indeed. This raw...

poetry wednesday : cusp.

Cusp –Erin Coughlin Hollowell Puzzle of bones, try to take time out of a watch, stop sundown. It’s all the same weave, all warm from the compost, erasing the written page to blankness. In the morning, the shadow of a hawk split the yard. Inside your ear, mother’s voice— stay away from that wall or you’ll fall, you’ll feel, you’ll see over. There’s another world inside. In your pocket, you carry twelve black stones, rosary of willing deceit, accounting of misspent deeds. If sand fills your mouth, spit. If salt burns like a flame inside you, ignite. Any shard can split open your precious whole. There is a crust, a crypt, a bomb crouched inside. You witnessed blue fragments of birds stabbed crimson by black beak. Maybe it is blood. Maybe it is only berries, too ripe. Everything tumbles.   I was honored to have Erin in my VerbTribe classes. Her poetry moves me, an eloquence of image and an economy of word I can step into. This poem is from...