Apr
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No Year Resolution

Surely it is hard to come across people who have kept up each of their New Year resolutions. Kudos to those few who have!

On the whole, a New Year resolution is something to contemplate about. It is a bit like meditation–we focus our attention on improving ourselves. We tell ourselves to cut back on sweets or maintain a healthy lifestyle and so on. This urge to improve oneself is not foreign to meditators, but the main difference is that in making resolutions we use our mind while in meditation we don’t.

With the mind, we make sweeping declarations that satisfy our egos for the time being. Eventually we find our efforts fizzle out and we are back to square one. We may feel a little saddened about our lack of accomplishments. So, if meditation is about helping ourselves but it goes beyond the mind, there is no question of feeling saddened or overly elated. We simply need to enrich our meditative experience and the rest takes care of itself. As we balance out, so does our lifestyle and personality.

Unless you’re planning on a weight loss or garage cleaning schedule, toss out those resolutions and start bringing some real balance within.

Happy New Year!

Mar
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Reporters, Step Back

It’s national book week in Israel, and Israel’s oldest newspaper brings in a touch of heart by hiring famous literary figures.
Creative writers have a way of bringing out the humor in society and above all touching the spirit in us. It would be a fun idea to leave a part of reporting to poets and literary figures who have no experience with reporting. That would balance the news, considering how depressing news can get with reports on crime and the plunging stock market.

Here is a “report” taken from the New Yorker website. You can check out some more here.

Avri Herling, a cookbook and children’s-book author, wrote the business update:

Everything’s okay. Everything’s like usual. Yesterday trading ended. Everything’s okay. The economists went to their homes, the laundry is drying on the lines, dinners are waiting in place… Dow Jones traded steadily and closed with 8,761 points, Nasdaq added 0.9% to a level of 1,860 points…. The guy from the shakshuka [an Israeli egg-and-tomato dish] shop raised his prices again….”

Feb
21

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Eco-Friendly Earthlings

With all the news about Walmart introducing green labeling for its products, it made me wonder how much many of us are willing to pay for greener products.
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Perhaps, earth-friendly products are not always cost effective for a business, and perhaps they don’t have that fine robotic perfection, but they’re certainly worth the investment. This is because a healthier environment means a healthier you.

Promoting and using handmade products is very planet-friendly. The more we take to handicrafts, the less we will need machines and factories that pollute. At least items for personal or home use such as as wall art, decor, clothing and so on should be natural and if possible handmade.

Additionally, it nearly always feels good to own a few handcrafted pieces rather than hundreds of machine-made or polluting plastics that form clutter. The less clutter and junk we create, the better it is for Mother Earth.

So, if a product is greener, its better to shell out a few extra bucks for it rather than paying with your life for a polluted planet.

Bougainvillea

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My husband and I often wondered about our very young Bougainvillea plant. “Is it dead or alive?” or “Does it need more water?” We could never figure it out…

We the People

Friday, February 1, 2013

My friend and I were among the 800,000 people who attended President Obama’s inauguration last Monday. After standing in various lines and making our way through the security…

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