Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yoga, Meditation, And Other Stuff


Tucson Weather Today


You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don't eat much.
 --Simon Cowell

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.”
--Amit Ray

At a blog you have probably never heard of(Sam Harris's Blog) I encountered some intriguing bits of information in an article titled Taming the Mind A Conversation with Dan Harris -- It presents a surprisingly different picture of Yoga, Meditation, and other things from Eastern philosophy I have usually discounted as being worthless.

Dan Harris is a co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News. He has reported from all over the world, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering religion in America, despite the fact that he is agnostic. Dan’s new book, 10 Percent Happier: 'How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story,' hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

See more HERE


1.  A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity.
2.  A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind.

1.  To reflect on; contemplate.
2.  To plan in the mind; intend: meditated a visit to her daughter.
  a.  Buddhism & Hinduism To train, calm, or empty the mind, often by achieving an altered state, as by focusing on a single object.
  b.  To engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
4.  To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.

There may be more to this meditation crap than I had previously considered.

But, then again, there may not be.

Oh yes . . . I am scheduled to return to my apartment in Tucson this afternoon.


Did You Know . . .?

One chocolate chip can give a person enough energy to walk 150 feet.



On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in the major leagues when he played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his first season in the majors, Robinson encountered racism from opposing teams and fans, as well as some of his own teammates. However, the abuse didn’t affect his performance on the baseball field. Robinson played in 151 games, hit .297, stole more bases than anyone else in the National League.

Robinson became the first African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. On October 24, 1972, he died at age 53 from heart problems.

In 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his historic first game in the majors, Robinson’s uniform number-- 42 --was retired by Major League Baseball.



 1.  the act of consummating.
 2.  the state of being consummated.
 3.  end; goal.

Wikipedia says: Consummation or consummation of a marriage, in many traditions and statutes of civil or religious law, is the first (or first officially credited) act of sexual intercourse between two people, either following their marriage to each other or after a prolonged sexual attraction.



Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery
(April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995)
Elizabeth Montgomery was an American film and television actress whose career spanned five decades. She is probably best remembered as the star of the TV series Bewitched.

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson
(born April 15, 1990)
Emma Watson is an English actress. She rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series; she was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. She starred in all eight Harry Potter films. In October 2013, she was voted Sexiest Female Movie Star in a worldwide poll conducted by Empire magazine.

Michael George Ansara
(April 15, 1922 - July 31, 2013)
Michael Ansara was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979–1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang on three different Star Trek television series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on the NBC series, Law of the Plainsman, and providing the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.

Susan Ward
(born April 15, 1976)
Susan Ward is an American actress and model. Ward began modeling at the age of 13. She appeared in soap opera All My Children in 1995, and later in the teen drama Malibu Shores. In late 1996, Ward landed a role on Aaron Spelling's daytime soap opera Sunset Beach, where she played the virginal Meg Cummings. Sunset Beach aired between 1997–99.

In 1999 Ward began to pursue a movie career, and starred as the psychotic Brittany Foster in the erotic thriller The In Crowd. The following year, she played a supporting role in the hit movie Shallow Hal. She has also made guest appearances in various TV shows, most notably Friends.


The problem with introspection is that it has no end.
--Philip K. Dick



  1. "There may be more to this meditation crap than I had previously considered."

    I don't fool myself with Woo Woo Nonsense.

    Sam Harris says, "The trick, however, is not to spend one’s time lost in thought."

    Why lost? My mind is in no way damaged by the process of thinking (by the nature of certain thoughts, perhaps, but not by the process itself). My brain performs its function quite well, including the production of my urge to create.

    Crap is in this case an apt description of most discussions regarding the essence of Woo Woo.

    1. You are correct of course, about all of it. Thanks for bringing me back to reality, Anthony.