August 3, 2017

Best steak ever, meditation update, and Rumi’s poem on Mindfulness

Here’s your 3 bullet Thursday:

Best steak ever

My energy levels had been dipping down lately, and I had an instinct that it was time for a steak. Nadia picked up a grass-fed NY strip steak from Glen’s, produced by Roseda Farms in MD. (They actually have a really good meat section, but it’s pretty hidden – at the Dupont store, it’s to the left and around the corner if you’re facing the deli case). We put on some Omnivore Salt that we got at Each Peach, and some pepper. Start with some grass-fed butter, 3 min on each side. Woooooww. Best steak ever. Interesting side note: that night I felt very calm, and had the best sleep in a few weeks. Also – – my joints (knees and hip) stopped hurting (I think I’d been overtraining and under-nutrient-ing). These signs point to the Chinese medicine diagnosis of Blood Deficiency. For the right person, the best steak ever is also the best medicine ever. Probably will need to repeat about 1x/week.

Meditation update

Since getting back from our retreat in Colorado in early July, Nadia and I got really motivated, and thus have upped the meditation, clocking several 2 hour days, and most days at 1 hour or more. Some of the “daily life” changes we’ve been noticing – much more mindful of how our speech affects ourselves and others (and therefore more careful about how we speak to each other), less reactive to other emotions and “stuff,” whether our own or others’, and yet also much more sensitive and receptive to those emotions. And certainly within the context of meditation time, a lot less drowsiness and mind-wandering. If you’re not able to join our Meditation Study Group, but still want to follow along, let us know and we’ll send you the syllabus and power points for each class.


Famous poem about mindfulness

Today is actually our first Meditation Study Group session (7pm at the clinic: Facebook event here, info on our website here)! In honor of this occasion, I thought I’d share a wonderful poem by good ole Rumi: The Guest House. It alludes to some of the mindfulness “skills” we will be building as a study group, working through Culadasa’s book, The Mind Illuminated.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
– Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi


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