May 22, 2009

Pondering this anonymous quote

Posted in Philosophy tagged at 4:03 AM by moxiemuse

 
 
“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”  Author Unknown
 
 
 

 

 

How perfect life would be if we could all embody that quote.

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May 20, 2009

Next reincarnation: A traceur, in tribute to Bruce Lee

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:57 AM by moxiemuse

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In the History Channel’s documentary, How Bruce Lee Changed the World, we see that Lee had a profound sense of himself. His approach to martial arts was holistic, philosophical. When he compared the movements of kung fu to the continuity of flowing water — as he did in an Canadian television interview with Pierre Berton from the early ’70s  — he spoke with a fanatic intensity, as if he were leading a movement of freedom fighters.

In the movie, they show clips of  young people or traceurs (as they are known) performing Parkour, a new movement–based on Lee’s philosophy on life via martial arts–that sprung up in Paris and is now worldwide. Ever since learning about Parkour, I’m drawn to the symbolism representing the movement. The glyph that you see above speaks to me in a BIG way and since I’m on the lookout for diamonds in the rough, I’m going to explore this one for many moons to come.

 Jamie O’Rourke designed the concept and glyph for the Urban Freeflow movement (as it is known outside of France) and his description of it is so stunningly simple yet layered in meaning that I’m including it below in its entirety.

I hope, if you’ve read this far, you’ll read even further and let me know what you think of the philosophy behind a popular physical body movement and how it touched you, if at all.

In Jamie’s words (referring to the glyph):

The Parkour/Freerun glyph has become globally recognised as the one symbol to represent both disciplines and in a very short amount of time, has received unprecedented duty exposure worldwide. Here’s a breakdown as to what it all means…

Based on Eastern symbology and inspired by ancient and fictional hieroglyphics, the Parkour/Freerun glyph depicts balance, equality, stability, control and simplicity. Also employing Hindu and Taoist beliefs, the Parkour/Freerun glyph characterises four segments, or stages that are used to represent the four seasons and the transition from awakening, through self improvement and proficiency, to self awareness.

Initially divided vertically into two halves to denote height and ambition, the glyph can be seen to represent the two divisions of Parkour/Freerun; technical ability and philosophy.

Representing ability (1), we envisage a traceur or freerunner as they make their way over an obstacle in their path. Succeeding ability comes self awareness (2). Denoting this we see the sun as it rises beginning a new day.

 The Glyph can be further divided as follows…

A. (Spring) Representing the birth of a traceur/freerunner as they discover the art of movement.

B. (Summer) Depicted by the sun, the practitioner grows both physically and mentally as they begin to find their ‘way’.

C. (Autumn) Symbolised by linear water. The practitioners abilities increase and movements begin to flow, whilst remaining 100% focused at all times.

D. (Winter) The practitioner reaches a certain level of proficiency in the search of perfection and as the cold weather looms, a period of reflection is entered before the start of a new cycle.

May 18, 2009

Wild violet vinegar

Posted in Gardening tagged , at 3:55 AM by moxiemuse

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The mere thought of seeing a jar of violet-colored vinegar sunning itself on the window box in my kitchen is enough to make me participate in the oft-forgot grace of wild violet harvesting. Tiptoeing ’round cracks in the sidewalk anyone?  Source: http://beekman1802.com/food-and-wine/wild-violet-vinegar.html

May 17, 2009

When an owl shows up in your life, what does it mean?

Posted in Animals, Spirit tagged , , at 7:58 AM by moxiemuse

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Wednesday the 13th, I worked until 7:30 PM and was driving home in the pouring rain. The phone rang and it was Jason inviting me to meet him in Carnation for a Mexican dinner night out. Despite being tired, I was fairly hungry so I readily agreed. I cranked up the tunes to keep me company. I was listening to Love Songs with Delilah on Warm 106.9 when a young man came on and made an unusual request for a song for his father, who was in hospice. As Delilah was picking a song, she asked him to describe what his father meant to him and so he began sharing those meaningful moments and events of their life as father and son.

It was then that the tears started to flow.

The song Delilah picked was Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band“, a tribute to his musician father.

As the music began to play, the tears erupted into a torrent.

Soon, it was unsafe to keep driving with deep pools of water obscuring my vision and racking sobs making it difficult to keep my hands steady on the wheel so I parked the car on the side of the road to collect myself. It was tempting to turn toward home but I knew Jason was looking forward to my company while sharing our day over an evening meal.

A few minutes later, I was back on the road for about another mile or two when I noticed a lump of sorts in the middle of the road. I cursed under my breath and I started to veer left to go around it. As I got closer, I noticed it moving. I then saw it was a bird and then, lo and behold and clear as day, an owl was standing proudly on the yellow line.

Suddenly, I swerved to keep from hitting it and slammed on the brakes. Thankfully, there were no cars behind me nor coming toward me. A good thing, too, because I was crossed over a lane and a half.

I get out of the car and stride quietly yet purposefully toward the owl. I quickly notice that there is no roadkill anywhere near the owl so whatever drew it to the center yellow line, it wasn’t obvious to me. What was obvious was the fact that the he (yes, I’ll explain how I knew it was a male) wasn’t budging despite me getting ever closer to it.

He seemed to cock his head, gimble his ears, and shift his eyes from right to left a few times. As soon as I got to within a foot of it, it ‘cocked’ its head and moved a few steps back. Some head-cocking and ear-gimbling seconds later, he turned and flew to a nearby tree. I followed it. More of the same head, ear, and eye movements until he took one last long look at me and flew away.

My mouth, still hanging open from when I first opened the car door, was catching some big raindrops and so I closed it as I headed toward the car to compose myself. I turned toward the yellow line once more and shook my head. It felt surreal. I was experiencing a moment out of time.

I also knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that owl was my father.

He came to say hello and to let me know he was just fine.

Continuing on to the restaurant, I tried to make sense of it all. The realization came to me that the man recounting memories of his father on the radio followed by the sentimental song were just an opportunity to cleanse more feelings of grief and regret I was storing over the loss of my father last October.

Right at that moment, a friend called and broke my reverie. She listened to my story and exclaimed that it was a pretty awesome event. I was, and still am, truly blessed by what happened that rainy and fateful night.

Ted Andrews, in his book, Animal Speak, states:

“Many superstitions and beliefs have come to be associated with owls. Owls have been thought of as the reincarnation of the dead. The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom. The Great Horned Owl (what I saw) has tufts of feathers that look like ears, but are not. These ears that are not ears have made them symbolic of being able to hear what is not being said. In the Native American tradition, one who works with owl medicine will be able to see and hear what others try to hide. To hear and see what is hidden or in the shadows. To detect and pinpoint subtleties. This can make others uncomfortable because they will not be able to deceive you about their motives or actions.

Owl people have a unique ability to see into the darkness of others’ souls and life. Owls are the eyes of the night and they see what is not in the open. They have secret knowledge that they can share. Their eyes cannot move. Their neck is flexible, giving them a wide range of peripheral vision. The symbolism of the neck and its flexibility should be meditated upn for those with owl medicine. If your neck is stiff and inflexible, you are hindering your perceptions to a great degree.

The owl also has a third eyelid which moves from side to side. It cleanses the eye, clearing its vision. This symbolizes so much about new vision opening to you. It often reflects that you were born very perceptive–with a vision of others that you may or may not have recognized or acknowledged.”

I often have a stiff neck so the flexibility part is interesting because Friday night, I just had a 3 month chiropractic checkup for low back pain and the majority of adjustments were to the neck. The doctor was as surprised as I was that my neck was so stiff yet not giving me any pain.

As for a third eyelid, that’s news to me. However, understanding that the owl uses it to cleanse the eye to clear its vision, is very apropos because I have a condition called dry eye, which requires drops and ointment at night to prevent my eyelid from sticking to my eyeball. Quite a connection.

Jamie Sams’ Medicine Cards state, “You are being asked to use your powers of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation. Owl is befriending you and aiding you in seeing the total truth. Owl can bring you messages in the night through dreams or meditation. Pay attention to the signals and omens. The truth always brings further enlightenment.”

Cool beans.

I’m going to carry the Owl card in my wallet for a while and see what happens with this newfound energy.

May 12, 2009

My first Examiner.com article is now live!

Posted in Technology, Work tagged , , , , , at 5:40 AM by moxiemuse

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Check it out and leave a comment 🙂

http://www.examiner.com/x-10359-Seattle-Microsoft-Innovation-Examiner~y2009m5d10-What-to-look-for-when-buying-a-Windows-Mobile-phone

I’ll be writing 1-2 short articles a week about Windows Mobile as well as other innovative Microsoft products and technologies so check back regularly. You can also access my articles on their mobile site, www.m.examiner.com

Happy reading!

May 11, 2009

New friends with cool blogs and websites

Posted in Friends, Healing, Health, Spirit tagged , , at 2:19 AM by moxiemuse

Aleta McClelland: A Course in Consciousness offers classes and one-on-one consultations to define & deepen your individual purpose, while shedding beliefs that block. Reveal your innate capacities and propel yourself into a life of heart-felt, heart-based action!

Anya Gorodetskaya: A registered nurse, Anya offers holistic services through her company, Inner Pathways. Anya is a certified hypnotist and works with other holistic health care providers that suport natural pregnancy and childbirth. Anya is also certified in Hypnobirthing, which helps to achive great results and faster unfolds the potential that nature gave to every women in order to have the best possible birth.

Dana Gaya: Leadership Counsel Consultants provides direction and support to social entrpreneurs and nonprofit enterprise leaders. Her company develops innovative approaches to improve the profitability and social impact of new or existing social ventures. They serve social purpose businesses, nonprofit enterprises, and microenterprises.

Deborah Voll: Deborah has a number of blogs and websites about her various projects. Her main blog is here. One of her projects is to start a support site for single moms. This website is a place for single moms to come and get support, information, resource connections, and participate in discussion groups. Another of Deborah’s projects is Java for Jesus. It is a company which helps church youth groups all over the world achieve their fundraising goals so they can accomplish their mission and service. Last but not least, SipandStitch, another of Deborah’s creative endeavors is all about gathering to socialize, stitch, and use a glue gun 🙂

Laurie Wilkinson: Laurie has been on an inner journey and here is her blog. Her journey is about what she’s found out about herself , and what she plans on doing about it in order to move forward with goals in life so she can be the best for herself.

Lisa Niederman: Lisa, through her company, Performance Velocity, pioneered a breakthrough system of identifying the core of what you want to accomplish and then, moving through one’s goals in a quick, yet satisfying, succession. Lisa’s system is based on ETA = Results™, a trademarked formula of energy + thought + action equals results. NOTE: Watch for an upcoming post with more details on Lisa’s amazing system.

Pat Bacili: Dr. Pat Baccili is an internationally recognized expert in the human potential field who makes a positive difference helping others realize their dreams. Dr. Pat has a radio program that is rated #1 for positive talk radio.

May 2, 2009

Tulsi, the Taj Mahal, and the Medicine Buddha

Posted in Healing, Health, Oils, Spirit, Travel tagged at 9:00 PM by moxiemuse

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David Crow of Floracopeia, one of the essential oil suppliers I work with, was in southern India (Kanyakumari, to be precise) for a month leading an Ayurvedic Aromtherapy retreat. While there, he received a fascinating newspaper article in his hotel room. The newspaper, Press Trust of Inida, reported on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009, that the wonder herb (one of my favorites), ‘Tulsi’, which is known for its medicinal qualities, will now help protect the Taj Mahal against the ill effects of environmental pollution. Over one million saplings will be planted in the vicinity of the Monument of Love.

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On being asked why Tulsi was chosen, one of the CEOs involved in the project, Krishan Gupta said, “It is one of the best plants which purifies the environment. Its cleansing action is due to its property to release high amounts of oxygen, which minimizes the adverse impact of industrial and refinery emissions. Tulsi will help reduce the air pollution at the periphery of the monument.”

The area where David taught, Kanyakumari, is named after the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess). It is the only place in the whole world where one can witness the ‘confluence’ of three great seas: the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is one of the few places in the world where one can witness both the sunset and sunrise at the same beach due to the geography. No wonder this little gem attracted Mahatma Gandhi.

David Crow is a leader in the growing aromatherapy movement in the United States. His best-selling book, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, tells the tale of how David, an acupuncturist and herbalist, journeyed to Nepal in search of medical teachings from Tibetan and Ayurvedic doctors. Over the next ten years, he studied the art and science of traditional Asian medicine. His book is a colorful and captivating story of adventure, exploration, and self-discovery into the wonders of Himalyan herbology and spirituality.

In September, I will be attending In The Garden of the Medicine Buddha: An Immersion Retreat, with David in California.

May 1, 2009

SyncTxt customized synchronistic text messages

Posted in Healing, Spirit, Technology tagged , , at 4:54 PM by moxiemuse

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Are meaningful coincidences entirely random? Or do they suggest that the mind has a subtle capacity to influence physical events? SyncTXT lets you explore this question for yourself.

SyncTXT sends customized text message alerts to your mobile phone, selected and timed using Psyleron REG-1 technology. Research suggests that the messages you receive, and the times you receive them, are subject to the influence of your consciousness.

I think this is COOL. I just started using this service and will update this blog with stories of how it is working for me.