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Day 30, 31, and concluding
Day 29′s meditation didn’t go as well as I had hoped, and because of some external circumstances I made internal, I had trouble concentrating and then feeling the love for mankind. I still practiced, still tried to pull it together, but like frequently happens, turned it into a self critical time. I then switched to a different meditation. Day 30 went better, and I focused more on loving kindness for all. Yesterday, the last day, I felt was one of my better meditation, as well as mindful throughout the day, practices.
As I write this May is over. I expect occasionally, in my meditation, I will return to Metta meditation, and focus on being more loving and …
I just finished The Art Of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. Throughout last semester I mentioned this book many times, and highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of their beliefs. The Dalai Lama does an excellent job of keeping any religious dogma out of the book. He addresses Buddhists, other faiths, and non-believers alike. He simply puts forth a clear argument for a philosophy of loving kindness. His co-author, Dr. Cutler is a psychiatrist who discusses the Dalai Lama’s points.
The book is a series of talks by the Dalai Lama, interspersed with questions from Dr. Cutler in his interviews with HHDL. Dr. Cutler then discusses …
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I watched this movie on the recommendation of a friend. Although the movie poster depicts what appears to be a love story, and although a love affair is a central part of the story, the movie is much more than that. The movie focuses on an epidemiologist as she struggles to understand a disease that, after an emotional outburst, robs people of a sense (beginning with smell). The movie follows her budding relationship with a chef (which allows the movie to follow what happens to ordinary people as they struggle with the loss of senses).
The loss of a sense first sends people into a panic, and leads to questions …