Monthly Archives: September 2010

Jan Phillips: Jon Stewart asks Jesus about Mosque Ground Zero

Jan Phillips writes in The Huffington Post: I woke up last night to the sound of laughing and realized I’d fallen asleep with the TV on. It was 3 AM and I knew it was Jon Stewart but I had to fumble around for my glasses to see who his guest was. Unbelievable! It was Jesus, in his robe and all. His nose was bigger than I thought, his skin a lot darker, but his eyes were more piercing than I’d ever imagined. It was like light came out instead of going into them.

John was making some joke about both of them being Jews and Jesus, after laughing harder than I thought he would, said quite seriously to Jon, “Yeah, that’s one of the weirdest things, isn’t it? How could they forget that?” Continue reading

I’ve been cleaning my floors like a mad man

The past couple of weeks I’ve been cleaning my floors repeatedly. Moving furniture to clean the floor beneath it, taking everything away from the wall and away from the corners to get the entire floor’s surface.  My typical m.o. is a quick sweep, vac and swipe with the Swiffer wetjet.  But lately I’ve been cleaning it more often and more thoroughly.  I love how Mop & Glo puts a nice teflon shine on the floor, but I need to clean the floor really well first or it’s going to get that waxy build up.  As a test, I just tried a patch 3 tiles wide by 3 tiles down with a 50% solution of Clorox Kitchen Cleaner and water. I used a scrub brush for one minute and I was shocked at how much it lightened it up. The longer I left the solution on, the lighter it got.  I’m considering renting a floor scrubber or asking a friend to do it for me. I don’t know why it’s suddenly more important now than it’s ever been to get the floor clean, but it is. During meditation this morning, I reflected that so often in the past I’ve made do with a surface clearing of my thoughts and behaviors and beliefs.  I’d make room for something new, but not completely replace the old.  I’d let myself walk between the worlds, so to speak, until I got used to the new ideas and until they ultimately replaced themselves.  Now something is clearly happening, and being reflected in me being obsessed with getting my floor clean.   I have something I want to strip away, to get at the bottom of, to make new and fresh with a clean start, to get in on the ground floor with.  I look forward to the unfolding.  When I get to the bottom of it, I’ll let you know.

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I was at the market with a friend the other day and there were no ripe bananas.  I told him to put them into a paper bag to ripen quicker.  He was going to just put them in the cabinet but I told him they needed to be in a paper bag.  I knew the paper bag was necessary because when fruit is picked, it releases ethylene gas.  That’s what causes fruit’s chlorophyll to be broken down, causing color changes.  It also causes starches to be converted into sugars, making the fruit sweet.  It causes acids to be broken down, causing it to taste less sour; and pectin to be broken down, making it softer.  Putting the fruit in a loosely closed paper bag traps the ethylene gas inside and accelerates ripening. It made me think of the times I can use some ripening myself, times it would have been better for me to have stayed to myself, sealed up in my own personal atmosphere rather than out in the open where I’d stay green for so much longer.

Luscious Low Fat Aromatic Rice with Garlic and Peppers

Tonight for dinner I made aromatic rice with garlic and peppers. Here’s the recipe, it serves two. Into the rice cooker, along with one cup of jasmine rice and 1.75 cups water, add:
1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds (buy in Indian market)
1/4 tsp crushed fenugeek seeds (buy in Indian market)
2 star anise * 1/2 tsp turmeric * 1 stick of cinnamon * 1/2 tsp oregano * 1 bay leaf * 1 tsp sea salt * 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper Continue reading

Dating Down, Settling or Just Getting Real?

In Trend Alert! ‘Dating Down’ Hits Hollywood, Jo Piazza writes: “In Hollywood, many celebrities have adopted the habit of dating down.  So why are so many famous stars trading in their equally famous spouses for major downgrades?  It’s always easier to date down whether you’re a movie star or a regular person.”  Hmmm.  I don’t know if I’d call that dating down, it sounds like just a change in values.  My mom worked at the V.A. Hospital in Tampa, FL until she died in 1996.  Divorced from my dad, her friends would joke about finding her a doctor to marry. My mom, however, had had enough of being married to the handsome charmer that was the life of the party and that everyone loved and wanted to be around.  Some of her friends were concerned when she began dating Felito, a garage mechanic 16 years her junior, whom she met at a community singles dance.  She needed to be with someone more professional, they thought.  But after I got over all the same jumped-to conclusions, I soon found out that Felito was real and he was a good guy with a fun sense of humor.  Most of all, he clearly adored my mom.   I knew that Mom was tired of all the bullsh*t facade around relationships, and just wanted to cut to the chase and find someone to love and have adventures with and grow old with.  They married and remained sweethearts until Mom passed in 1996. Continue reading

What is the fruit of meditation?

The fruit of meditation is realizing that your bad habits are simply self imposed burdens that you choose to discard when you are ready.

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A list of meditation’s positive effect on some of your body’s chemicals

A list of meditation’s positive effect on some of your body’s chemicals

Here is a list of just a few of your body’s chemicals, and the positive effect meditation has on them:

GABA – Are you aware that people who regularly meditate have considerably increased levels of the neurotransmitters GABA? What is GABA and what makes it so good? GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is one of the major inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system and is best known for stabilizing mood disorders. Anxiety, tension, insomnia, and epilepsy are believed to be due to the failure to produce adequate levels of GABA. In a study at Yale, people with panic disorder were found to have 22% less GABA than people without panic disorder. Addicts, including those addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, food, gambling, and even shopping, all have one thing in common; not enough of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. GABA is very important. Continue reading

Regulate your body chemistry: meditation as anti-aging medicine

Imagine being able to rid yourself of a host of medical or psychological maladies without drugs or psychotherapy. Imagine being able to turn back the clock naturally, without taking drugs and hormones. You can practice anti-aging medicine with non-invasive medical meditation. These are proven effective in one of the most overlooked forms of therapy available today.  With each passing day, you age.  Every morning perhaps you notice a sign-a wrinkle here, a gray hair there, an ache, a pain or a little bulge somewhere.  While you see the visible signs of aging on the surface of your body, beneath the skin there are telltale signs as well. Physiological studies have shown that your cardiac, pulmonary, musculoskeletal and brain functions are also declining as you become older. As time passes, minor damage mounts up and cells, organs and systems begin to wear out.

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As a Yogi, Yoga is my Lifestyle, not an Exercise Class

A Facebook friend wrote the other day.  In my profile, I say I am a yogi and he wanted to know what kind of yoga I practiced since he was newly interested in it.  I replied to him:  “Hello, in years past I went through all the forms of yoga: raj yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, kriya yoga, karma yoga and studied many texts by many other yogis.  That was in the 1970’s when there were not many books on the subject, but the books that were available were powerful.  Paul Brunton’s Search in Secret Egypt and Search in Secret India were early favorites.  Now there are many writers and a few really good books.  Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda was the first text I read of that sort, and it awakened my consciousness and led me to read other books.  So much is available to read for free online. Continue reading

Krishna Janmashtami Program 5:00pm Today

There will be a program for Krishna Janmashtami at Yoga Shakti Mission from 5:00 – 6.30 pm on Thursday 2nd September 2010.   All are welcome to attend.  Janmashtami, one of the most popular festivals of Hindus celebrates the birth of their beloved Sri Krishna. Yoga Shakti Mission is located at 3895 Hield Rd NW in Palm Bay, FL 32907, phone 321-725 4024