I Think, Therefore I Am

You are what you eat, and what you think, and read, and watch on TV, and listen to and meditate on.

And if all that is true, then you have a great responsibility – not only to yourself, but to those around you. Treat yourself with kindness, treat others with kindness, and you will get kindness in return. No, not ALL the time, but it’s a sight better than if you grump around and wallow in worry and scorn. Call it Karma, call it whatever you want. If you sow kindness – You. Will. Gather. Love.

Are you treating yourself to a sweet, juicy Honey Crisp apple or a Butterfinger candy bar? A lean slice of pork loin roast or a  breaded and stuffed pork chop? Please, lean vs stuffed? Think about it!

Are you reading love stories and cursing your own husband’s supposed ineptitude as you sigh over make believe, made-up men? Or maybe grisly tales of murder and violence? Remember “The Secret Garden” and “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” or how about “Anne of Green Gables”? Where did our love of wonder and courage and adventure run off to?

Are you listening to Amy Winehouse whine about “Rehab” or to Sheryl Crow happily “Soak Up the Sun”?

What’s your favorite TV show? Is someone getting trashed or is someone conquering evil and saving the world?

You get the picture. All I ask is that you take a little time today and really pay attention to what you pay attention to.

“To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” -William Londen

Oh, and BTW, I think, therefore you are amazing!

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~ by Kimberly Mason on October 8, 2008.

2 Responses to “I Think, Therefore I Am”

  1. How funny! That’s the 2nd time I have seen a picture of Dalai Lama today. I’m taking PHIL321 at my university, which is Buddhism. My profs are a married couple, one with a Ph.D. in Buddhism and the other with a M.A. in Buddhist Arts. Lemme go find an article we read the first week I think you might really be interested in.

  2. Here it is! It’s called “Pearls Before Breakfast”, and although it may not follow your theme exactly, it really does touch upon a very similar topic — STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES PEOPLE! This article *really* hit home with me since I do the daily commute to work and I see a lot of people just ignoring each other, ignoring the street musicians (there’s one violinist in particular that would give most violinists a run for their money), ignoring people in need, ignoring people in general.

    Oh yeah, here’s the article:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

    If you can, get somewhere where you can watch the movies that come with it. They’re amazing.

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