Tuesday, August 30, 2011


So I have been running 2 miles everyday. In addition to the series of 100: pushups, bicycles, squats and shin kicks. My knuckles( I do 300 punches on a makiwara daily) are currently mangled from tree work, who knew trees were so hard lol? The twist to all of this is that I recently purchased a weightvest from weightvest.com( high quality vest worth every dollar). The vest I purchased allows me to go up to 50lbs, but I started at 30lbs and I'm working my way up. So to ramp up the training I'm doing everything with the vest on, I thought I was in shape until I started this a month ago. Will post the results over time. Stay tuned.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Zoya's lesson for today

Today I had Zoya with me for the afternoon. I had miscalculated how much milk my voracious 4 month old would require and so about 3 hours in I found myself with a very hungry and very loud little girl. The lesson: it doesn't matter if I didn't get the amount of food right, what mattered was meeting her need, in the moment. After she was reunited with her mom ( the source of food, since she is breast feeding) everything was right with the world. She became tranquil, fed a bit and just mellowed out. My being upset wouldn't have changed anything, except perhaps causing me to lose the moment and the lesson. There are times when its the right thing to get upset, this wasn't one of them.
Lesson learned.
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Meditation buddy

I sit every day for 15 minutes. Sometimes more but never less. Today as I sat, my daughter entered the room and inquired what I was up to. I told her. She paused a moment thought about it and then got a pillow and her seal (apparently he needed to sit as well) and sat beside me for 10 minutes. This of course is very unlike her but she stayed still the whole time eyes opening every so often,but maintaining her position. I have to say I was quite impressed.
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Wet pain?

Some signs are just too good to pass. This one caught my eye as it cautioned against wet pain. My first question was: I wonder how dry pain is expressed?
It made me laugh, and I needed that. : )
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Thursday, August 11, 2011


I have found that taking the time to sit and breathe is essential. I have also"found" some excellent music for this. I say found, because the music was always present, but like many of these things in my life, they reveal themselves to me when I am ready.

The music is Call of the Mystic by Karunesh.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Honoring Parents

My son Rey has opted to stay home for the last two days instead of going to camp. We had a serious ( at least he looked serious) discussion about why he wanted to stay. Yesterday it was because he wanted to spend time with Papa(his grandfather). He felt he didn't spend enough time with him(his words not mine)since they are only visiting for a short time. Today there was an urgent need to break in the new chess set, with Papa also said in a very thoughtful tone.
There is a special bond that is created with grandparents. I myself don't recall my grandparents sadly. He is fortunate in that he has his mama and papa.
I think when we have our own children, on a deep level we honor our parents when we foment this bond. There is a special joy in seeing them interact.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Attached at the hip.

The school(MKD Karate) is in the midst of summer camp. We have an awesome camp with karate, movie making, dance, origami, yoga, acting,and cool crafts. Throughout this all I have my little assistant who is attached at the hip. Here she is posing for a photo op.
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