50 years ago, Zen roots were established right here, in Rochester, NY. The Rochester Zen Center was established. It attracted practitioners from all areas of the country and in some cases the world.
I’ve had a few experiences at the Rochester Zen Center. The first time I arrived, it was closed. The only time of year that the center actually locked its doors to the outside world. I believe in signs but was not deterred for long. A year, at most.
On my second occasion I participated in an introductory weekend where I sat in silent meditation for countless hours while literally counting from 1 - 10 over and over again. Somehow that meditative exercise moved me to tears as an onslaught of former memories arose in my mind. Always going back to 1, 2, 3 and so on, sniffling throughout.
My third attempt took me to a traditional sitting. (Sitting is a term used for sitting in silent meditation or Zazen.) Read More HERE on page 222 - OR below
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The Misdiagnosis Scare
I was diagnosed with cancer last month. It came out of left field. While it's true I wasn't feeling well, a terminal illness was not what I had in mind.
The good news is - it was a misdiagnosis. The bad news is - it took a month to find out.
Some of you may know what that feels like. To carry around the weight of the unknown. Suddenly you're confronting your mortality. Thinking about who will take care of your loved ones. How you will cover all the medical expenses. How long you may have to live. Will you be able to fight this and if so, will you succeed.
Let's backtrack a little.
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Happy New Year! It’s time to celebrate! Noise makers are clanking and honking. Champagne is being poured. Lips are kissing. And toasts are being made. … And then, you wake up.
THE MORNING after New Year’s Eve is the day when reality sets in. You may or may not examine the prior year determining what went right and what went wrong. You may or may not create a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
I thought I’d make it easy for you and get you started. Here are your lists! Feel free to print them and post them on your fridge or mirror or desk. Wherever you will see them on a regular basis! And by all means, feel free to change them and make them your own.
MY(YOUR) LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1.) I survived 2018
Hey! There’s nothing wrong with admitting that there may have been some challenges along the way. In fact, how are you supposed to learn from their lessons if you don’t examine them? Most importantly, you don’t want to repeat them.
As a subset of #1 on your list, you may want to add something like this:
I may have missed a few deadlines but I got the job done!
The stock market may have plunged, but I’m still standing.
OK, so I gained a few pounds but I know how to take them off.
I didn’t like that guy anyway.
On a more Positive note …
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How To Stay Slim During the Holidays
It’s never too soon to start thinking about your health. As you embark on your holiday season, consider the following.
Raise your glass to recognize your self and others.
Here’s to us!
Here’s to our health!
Here’s to being our best!
Join a gym prior to new year’s day!
Start a new routine.
Sign up for a winter sport.
Enroll in a mindfulness and/or yoga class.
Choose healthy meals.
Skip dessert or only select one serving.
Make lunch your biggest meal of the day.
Don’t eat past dinner.
In addition to cheering to your health …
Drink a glass of water before and after each alcoholic beverage.
Remember that liquids have calories. Count them.
Be sober enough to drive.
Don’t dance on the table wearing a lampshade - unless you’re with very close friends!
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The power of the mind is an amazing thing. What we think creates our reality. Think about it. Wouldn't you prefer to create a happy, harmonious existence? Of course you would! Here's how.
Begin with a sense of trust. Believing that you may actually have that innate power to shape your life. Why not? Trust me and go with it!
When we are empowered, we make things happen. For example, if it is expected of you on the job to make sure that project A is completed on a certain deadline, you make darned sure that it happens.
What if this same expectation is placed on you for your health? What if I said to you, “It is your responsibility to maintain a healthy heart.” How would you respond?
I suppose if you're just reading this you may ignore it, but if it's your job, to take care of your health, let’s say you get paid to do this, and the better job you do at it the more money you make, you might say yes! Sign me up for this. I can do this! It's easy.
And there's the thing. It is easy! But your mind doesn't seem to see the importance of the matter until it's too late. And you end up in the doctor’s office or worse.
It's not your fault. Western medicine in all of it's incredibly amazing discoveries to prolong life, save life, and support life, has a major flaw. It has forgotten the value of preventive medicine.
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Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought you couldn’t take it any longer? Where you’ve just had enough? Received devastating news or suffered a debilitating injury? Most of us have. We’ve survived. Sometimes only by a heart string.
Imagine, then the 12 boys and their 25 year old coach visiting a tourist spot in a cave in Thailand when suddenly, the rain became so intense that they couldn’t leave. In fact they were forced to move further and further into the depths of the cold dark cave. The rains didn’t stop. The waters rose.
For 18 days they were stranded. With no food or water.
Here’s what they did have. A young coach who knew how to quiet the mind. He taught the boys how to meditate.
READ MORE HERE. page 360
Savor Every Moment
Ahh! At last. It’s summer. And it looks like it will be a nice long one for us. I love the sun, and to me there’s nothing better than soaking up its rays while enjoying a good meal and being entertained. It nurtures the soul. So here’s the question. Where’s a great spot to eat outdoors?
I got together with Hollis Hewins the other day and asked her. I also asked my FB friends. Here’s what we’ve come up with.
Travel & Leisure with Hollis Hewins
Holly is about to have a whole lotta freedom on her hands. After spending 30 years in the banking industry (currently as Underwriting Team Leader for Investment Real Estate at Key Bank), she’s ready to take off and explore what else is out there. Travel & Leisure may sound like a magazine but it’s about to be her new reality. That includes dining!
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2 Men with Soul
He found himself backstage drinking Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill Wine with singer/songwriter, Patti Smith. But he never thought to ask for her autograph. That quickly changed. Today Scott owns over 1,000 signed memorabilia, from albums, 8 x 10s, posters and post-it notes, by some of the greatest musicians of our time: Lindsey Buckingham, Harry Connick Jr, Miles Davis, Pavarotti … just to name a few.
Scott Gudell is a great guy. He’s my friend, my neighbor, and holds a mutual respect for music, and serves as a Board Member of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.
He started writing music reviews in college, and with a natural flair for business, reached out to every recording label that would talk to him. It turned out, they all wanted to talk to him! Sometimes he received up to 20 albums per week. The majority of these likely fall under his “unsigned” collection.
For Scott, the autograph is an artistic souvenir.
“The signature is another form of art. Sometimes they add a message or a musical note. It offers an opportunity to engage the artist with conversation.”
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Alana writes her monthly column 'Body Mind Spirt' for RochesterWomanOnline focusing on the balance of all 3 in a creative manner, filled with inspiration.
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