Ponder This 5/28/17

Omar El Akkad – Harper’s Index – John Burroughs – Kahlil Gibran – The Grifters – Keb Mo – Mignon McLaughlin

This is the second post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Sometimes I’ll stick in a DK original.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  There is a menu item above where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags to the left of each post.

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Ponder This 5/8/17

Michael J. Fox – Will Rogers – Emma Curtis Hopkins – Luis Sierra – St. Augustine – Jon Kabat-Zinn – Shakespeare

First post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  None promised.  There is a menu item where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags on each post.  Got one you want to share?

 

“My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance [of matters], and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox, AARP Magazine, April-May 2017

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

“Complaints increase conditions.” – Emma Curtis Hopkins, Scientific Christian Mental Practice

“Unexpected things happen now and then; mostly now.” – Luis Sierra, ADK Yoga, Plattsburgh, NY, from a teacher of his.

“If the past and the future exist, where are they?” – St. Augustine

“We can’t stop the waves, but we can learn to surf.” – Attributed to Jon Kabat-Zinn.

And this our life,
Exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees,
Books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones,
And good in everything.
– William Shakespeare, As You Like It
– A motto/mantra of TheBalsamean

Engage Your Natural Meditative Function

In his book, A Course in Meditation, expert meditation teacher Theodore K. Phelps defines meditative function as:

A suite of natural processes of the human mind and body, distinct from those of waking and sleeping, that arise naturally during periods of intentional non-striving, generally while sitting in non-striving forms of meditation.  – A Course in Meditation, p. 188 (read 1st 34 pages online – PDF)

He adds:

The meditative function is physiologically and psychologically real.  It isn’t a philosophy or aspiration.  It is solid enough to be measured in physiology labs.  – p. 188

It has been measured and analyzed in many ways by many scientists, dating back to Dr. Herbert Benson’s 1970’s pioneering study of the relaxation response (Benson-Henry Institute definition).  Instead of relaxation response, Phelps uses the term meditative function because he sees “the need for a name that reflects more accurately all that goes on during meditation.”

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Patron Saint of Marriage

At a bar sat a Catholic, a Pagan, and an atheist, having a friendly conversation about religion, except the atheist wasn’t talking much, mostly just watching the ball game. At a certain point the Pagan asked the Catholic for the name of the patron saint of marriage. The atheist turned and said, “Johnny Walker.”

Another painfully original joke from dkhometree.copyright-2014-tahoma-tiny-brown-200x16