I am chipper today though the news continues sobering. One article I read is on what could be done with the money we spent in Iraq, and the money Bush continues to demand or take, and for what? The number of civilian casualties in Iraq is staggering. It is a horrible bleeding wound with nothing it seems to be done, except throw more people and money on an already out-of-control fire. It is painful to read of how better that money and those lives might be spent.
This morning I am with the idea of "perfection." Static it may well be and yet I feel how much I appreciate working toward a level I set. I enjoy and appreciate that motivation. I wiggle there, and I know there is an ebb and flow, and perhaps I am in a spacious flow right now and enjoying it very much. I am certainly more aware of my breath and sometimes just that is enough in the way of gentle play.
I read an interview with Melissa Etheridge about her breast cancer experience. She feels chemo allowed her to withdraw and be still and feel what she calls the "zero point,", and there she felt how clearly we all are one. It works for me. She calls it the zero point. For me, it was the still point, and yes, there we feel how clearly all is one, and, as I say, there is still a place for each of us to feel our way into our own mark. We, like light, are both particle and wave.
It seems some dark this morning. Ah, now, the sky and birds come to light.
This morning the bay area had a dusting of snow. There was moistness for the plants. I venture out to see how my green friends did these last few nights. I lost a few in pots, but my Betty Boop rose, named for my mom still has a flower and buds. It is prolific. I hear the shrieks of little girls in the nursery school down below. Why do we stop running and shrieking? It is a lovely sound. It is also lovely to feel warm sun, and I am sure the plants agree. Jon Carroll points out that we may all have lost some plants, but the bugs should now be dead. There is that. Happy bouncing in your blood!
The January 22nd New Yorker magazine arrived today and I highly recommend buying it for two reasons. One is the cover with a picture of The President of the United States strumming a musical instrument and wearing a Roman crown on his head. The cover is titled While Rome Burns.
The second is an article by Elizabeth Rolbert on Amory Lovin, a man who truly lives turning the "energy crisis" around. Lovins is C.E.O. of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and its stated goal is to foster "the efficience and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining."
Lovins likes to quote Wallace Stevens. "After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future world depends."
Ah, a third reason. There is an article by Steven Shapin on the history of vegetarianism. It ends with this statement by Ben Franklin who became a vegetarian when he was 16. He fell off the wagon when on his first sea voyage from Boston, his ship was becalmed off Block Island. Words of Ben Franklin:
"Our People set about catching Cod, & haul'd up a great many. Hitherto I had stuck to my Resolution of not eating animal Food; and on this Occasion, I consider'd ... the taking every Fish as a kind of unprovok'd Murder, since none of them had or ever could do us any Injury that might justify the Slaughter. All of this seem'd very reasonable. But I had formerly been a great Lover of Fish, & when this came hot out of the Frying Pan, it smeled admirably well. I balanc'd some time between Principle and Inclination: till I recollected, that when the Fish were opened, I saw smaller Fish taken out of their Stomachs: Then thought I, if you eat one another, I don't see why we mayn't eat you. So I din'd upon God very heartily and continu'd to eat with other People, returning only now & then occasionally to a vegetable Diet. So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for everything one has a mind to do."
I love that last line. I am also intrigued by his spellings. How odd that we are more generous with our "e's."
May your evening be one of ease, and perhaps a dining on veggies and fish!!
The New Yorker this week has an article on color and how colors are chosen for us each year. The article is by Eric Konigsberg and it reminds me of the statement from The Devil Wears Prada on how each of us is influenced by the fashion industry. It is especially fascinating to read how the color of pills is chosen. Viagra's blue pill is a color that is neutral and has been successful as such. It seems the next pill discovery may be lavender. Nexium is known for purple. How odd it is to consider how we are influenced, and how many people are working to tap into how to figure out what we like and also to influence our choices.
Enjoy your favorite shades. They may change depending on the war in Iraq and the rise of India. It seems wasabi is the new black.