August 20th, 2006

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Good Morning!!

I walk down to the junction, and Steve and I share breakfast at the Dipsea.  I see 7 egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and 5 avocet.  The naked ladies continue to wave.   It is colder walking back than going.   The fog is settling more tightly around us.   A father and son drive a remote controlled boat in the sheltered water of the marsh.   What a delightful start to this day. 

I walked mindfully, thinking of Thich Nhat Hanh, and visualizing my feet walking on lotus flowers.   I love being alive, and I feel completely well.

I read The China Study last night.  It is certainly a convincing argument for eating less or no animal proteins, including dairy.  I don't think I can cut it all out, but I certainly see that it would be a good thing if I could cut down and focus more on fruits, veggies, and beans.      I toast with both sides of my heart more conscious eating today.  

Fyodor Dostoyevsky said:   "Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most."

May you overcome your fears today, and step wildly and vociferously, with new words spouting out from all your open pores.

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Health and environment -

Dana Perrigan has an article in the SF Chronicle today on how where we live affects our health.   Commuting two hours a day in a car is obviously not healthy.

I found this fascinating.   

"The scientific evidence linking health and the environment can't be ignored, he said. Studies have even shown that hospital patients who have a view of open space through their windows heal faster than those who don't. With this in mind, England's National Health Service is redesigning all hospitals there."

Here is to a room with a view. 

Rumi said: "No more words.  Hear only the voice within."

Spend some time with yourself today, silently listening to what you have to say.  

I'm sure you will be fascinated, enchanted, and dancing in whole new ways.

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My Neighborhood -

I walk around my neighborhood, view an open house, priced ridiculously, and see a few monstrosities in the process of being erected.  My little neighborhood park with the multitude of tax dollars will be open tomorrow.   Four Eucalyptus trees will also be cut down tomorrow, but, we will be allowed to walk on the newly-laid out grass.    Remember the days when grass came from seed, and, of course, this area worked just fine all these years will a lovely covering of weeds.   I check out the new playground, and plan to hop on a swing, but it seems the playground is for children 2 to 5, and with adults in attendance.  I remember my childhood playgrounds, children of all ages swinging round and round on merry-go-rounds.  That would not be safe today.   There is no one there, but me, and the equipment and the arrangement is pristine.  I bounce on what is set down at the entry and surrounding the playground, and cross the bridge, and return to my perfect home.