[Note: On or about Fridays, I’m posting five things that I’m enjoying, that inspire me, or that make me happy. I’m totally ripping off this concept from Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. Where Tim’s five bullet points are typically highly useful mini life hacks and recommendations, mine are semi-useful life hacks mixed with more fluff, which means a cute puppy or kitty picture here and there or something about dating/sex/romance/relationships.]
Love on the beach.
Love him/her like you own him/her.
Here’s your Happy Friday 5:
What I’m reading again: Gerald Rogers’ viral article “Marriage Advice I wish I would have had…” Twenty tips on how to have an exceptional relationship. Check out and take note of #1, #4, #8, #12… aww heck, they’re all fantastic. Take note, young suitors.
What I’m listening to: “Cleveland County Blues” by John Moreland. Hella moving lyrics. It’s about a tornado in Oklahoma, but not really a tornado. (Don’t ask, just play it.) My favorite line: “I could bury all the memories. I could patch up all the holes. But I’d still feel your fingers on my soul.” This song has left fingerprints on mine.
What I’m taking: St John’s Wort. Touted as a ‘mood-enhancing’ herb, this over-the-counter supplement is having interesting (and rather positive) effects on things other than my mood. I was taking it before my surgery early last year but, per my doctor’s request, I stopped taking it before the operation. Even though I was given the “ok”, I didn’t continue after I was off the pain meds as I didn’t see a need. But, in an effort to stave off further bouts of depression, I started taking it again – and I’m really enjoying the effects. (Note: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the interwebs. Take this with a grain of salt, under a doctor’s supervision, and at your own risk.)But, wait! There’s more…
I’m going to start posting five things that I’m enjoying, that inspire me, or that make me happy on or about Friday. I’m totally ripping off this concept from Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. (It is highly likely I am not as organized as Tim and may not post exactly on Friday. You can wait until Friday to read them if it makes you feel better.)
Tim’s five bullet points are typically highly useful mini life hacks and recommendations. Mine will be some semi-useful life hacks, with more fluff (which means a cute puppy or kitty picture here and there). These posts, intended to brighten your day, will be fairly short and something for you to do if work is slow. Or if you’re avoiding doing the laundry, like I am right now.
Please feel free to include your funny or happy recommendations, or inspirations in the comments below.
Book I’m reading: A little known work of Napoleon Hill’s titled, Outwitting the Devil. My business coach and spiritual mentor suggested I read this after we discussed my bout with depression. Though the title might suggest so, it is not about religion. Rather,it’s about Hill’s own story from adversity to success. It’s odd to find it mirrors mine in many ways.This is an inspiring work, and a short, easy read.
Movie I’m watching: R.I.P.D. A 2013 sci-fi staring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. Funny shit.
Daily practice for peace: My morning and meditation practice is about 30 minutes each time. I do the following five things, in whatever order feels right in the moment: 15 minute guided meditation, visualization/manifestation, mental gratitude list, prayer and sending blessings to all. I usually do this while lying in bed, just before I go to sleep, and again just after waking up. I find my mind is most receptive (quiet) at those times.
The is a guest post from the catPyeZen Master Pye. Pye seemed in need of a hobby. She’s been going out late, staying out all night, coming home smelling like bonfire smoke and bad boy kitties. (Last part iz not true, they iz not bad kitties. -ZMP)
The opinions expressed by the catPyeZen Master Pye are not necessarily those of this blog. The strikethrough text was not there when I agreed to let Pye write this post.
Zen Master Pye demonstrating the Art of Zen.
Oh hai! This is Pye, the cat who will not read maps. You may call me Zen Master Pye. My hooman thinks I cannot read maps. Silly hooman is wrong. Again. I can read maps, I merely choose not to. It is not the way of Zen to read maps for hoomans.
This post is a slight departure from my usual. The Grand Canyon’s North Rim being one of the most beautiful places I’ve yet seen on my travels, I feel it deserves reverence.
North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Words can’t express the emotions that wash over you as you stand on the edge of these expansive vistas, hearing only the occasional bird and the rustle of the wind.
Peace, tranquility, and serenity come to mind. But even those descriptions feel somehow incomplete. Magical? Humbling?
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a few feelings, too. Rather than try to tell you about it, I’ve created the photo slideshow below. And below that is my video of the North Rim set to relaxing music. Take a little time from your day and enjoy the peace and serenity. (to see the slideshow and video, click the following link… But, wait! There’s more…
When he wasn’t snuggling in one of our laps, he enlisted great effort in protecting us from the crows flying over the canyon. Buddy, who looks larger in this picture than he is in real life, is considerably smaller than the crows he was chasing.
When a very large, and very lost, German Sheppard/Husky/Wolf mutt somehow made its way into the fenced yard, little Buddy charged it with a ferocity disproportionate to his small size. I was worried Buddy was a goner, and about to become wolf-mutt’s lunch. Not so. It was hilarious to see this small dog chase the large, timid intruder around, tail between his large legs, until we could open a gate for him to get out.
“My name is Kernut, and it’s been three hours since my last meditation.”
(ahahaha I crack me up!)
This weekend I spent at a wonderful – and much needed – meditation retreat in the luscious, green Los Gatos mountains. The views were spectacular, the location peaceful. Greg facilitated the meditation retreat and Patty was the gracious hostess of her mountain-top retreat center.
So, I need to meditate. Daily. It keeps the crazy away. Now I’m just bonkers. That’s not as bad as crazy.But, wait! There’s more…