Goals and change

I set a goal on Tuesday that I will follow a day schedule starting with meditation in the morning. I meditate from 20 to 30 minutes. It is a spiritual meditation which opens with a centering prayer suggested by Thomas Keating, a Benedictine, who wrote about Centering Prayer.

Breakfast follows with coffee and slice of bagel smothered with peanut butter. I read our local morning paper.

The following hour or two I read the books collected on my bedside table. Then I go to the internet for the eCourses I currently taking.

Tuesday night Mrs.Abstract attended a Valentine’s Day party in my Rotary Club.

Yesterday morning Mrs. Abstract and I went to church for the Ash Wednesday service and received the ashes on our forehead. It is a sign of change, repentance and preparation for Lent and symbol of life impermanence. In the evening I attended the meeting of our Napa Valley Writers. We had an open mike and bilingual poetry reading. Three students from our local high school read some of their poems. Napa Valley’s poet laureate read of his poems. I listened and didn’t read any poem. It was a lively and wonderful evening.

Today I just returned my walk to the river. It was sunny and 69.

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In two hours I’ll be going to the library to attend a presentation by one of our local writer/photographer who will present and narrate with photos the story of the wildfire in October, 2017 that devastated Napa and especially Sonoma County with 245,00 acres of burned area, burned down 8,900 buildings & houses and 44 deaths.

start from the beginning

I was born different, planted different,
a corn among asparagus
“I know how we’re perceived.
I know how people look at us.”
I made mistakes, ran from the law.

My mother loved me, sent me to a retreat
A light came, shone on me,
I realized I had a strength inside myself.
I stopped running. The bends
straightened, I saw a clearing far away.

I looked at children
I wanted to see their beginnings,
like where I was before,
how they will change.

Pride is precious jewel.
I owed something I wanted to return
to the children, to my mother.

note: quotations and ideas from a young man interviewed by and interviewing the president.
link:http://www.npr.org/2015/02/27/389306826/obama-to-ambitious-teen-you-have-this-strength-inside-yourself

how to learn

“The Inner Game approach to learning is based on a fundamental and powerful principle of change. I call it ‘law of awareness’. In simplest form, this law states that if you want to change something, first increase your awareness of the way it is. In a more concise form:Awareness itself is curative. Whatever helps to increase awareness of what is will promote learning; whatever hides or distorts awareness of what is will block or distort learning.”-W.Timothy Galley, The Inner Game of GOLF