“here is no way to escape the doing of our world, so what a warrior does is to turn his world into his hunting ground. As a hunter, a warrior knows that the world is made to be used. So he uses every bit of it. A warrior is like a pirate that has no qualms in taking and using anything he wants, except that a warrior doesn’t mind or he doesn’t feel insulted when he is used and taken himself.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-04-03

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  • A Farm for the Future – how farming can evolve beyond fossil fuel dependency: http://bit.ly/ica1LA #
  • say more, quote less #
  • just came back from the Cluj market – a beautiful celebration of fresh greens – and I've been told it's just getting started! #romania #
  • also came back from (near) the market with goats milk & cheese, buffalo milk … yey #romania #
  • I am not one for superlatives … but I just ate the BEST salad I've ever had my entire life … an undescribable vitality in food #romania #
  • @Johnstevedoe butiful greens (don't know names), carrot, radish, green onion, tomatoe, slightly cooked green lentils, hemp oil & yogurt #
  • we spent a weekend offline and onland at Malin Hermitage where I taught a bit of Yoga and we met with permaculture: http://bit.ly/h2v7Ae #
  • long day on our land, drilling to test 4 foundations, topological mapping, simulating our house … images and more to come soon 🙂 #
  • yes, what I want to go with this tea is a slice of bread with chocolate spread … and so it shall be! #
  • today: looking (online) for a car & calculating hemp/lime quantities we will need 4construction based on initial sketches #
  • I practice to see my life and then make changes in my life to improve my practice #yoga #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-03-27

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Trail of Distractions

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Almost every time I sit down for meditation I encounter distractions. Sometimes it seems like they are there all the time and that I just notice them when I sit to observe. Sometimes it seems like they arise for no other purpose then to distract me. Be it sounds that come from outside (car engines or birds singing), thoughts that come from inside (fears or blessings) or sensations that come from body (cold hands or pricking needles in my right leg or  a sinking spine) – there seems to be an endless pool of distractions.

Yet every distraction seems to hold a hint of learning in it. In every distraction there is a dual presence. There is naturally a mindful I that gets swept away on the wings of distraction. But there is also an observing I that sees mindful I moving around. Both are present in every distraction and every distraction is an opportunity for them to learn to co-exist. There are moments where mindful I seems to be dominant and “I” feel that this meditation practice isn’t going anywhere. But then there are moments where mindful I seems to be absent and “I” feel settled, quiet and suspended.

In retrospect I am learning to appreciate that when I refrain from being critical of  distractions they cease to be obstacles. When I embrace distractions they turn out to be like breadcrumbs leading me on a trail that’s taking me where I need to go.

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Ken Robinson – Changing Education Paradigms

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Education seems to be a sticky theme with me this week – this excellent 10 minute talk + animation is Ken Robinson again excellently reframing education. If you aren’t one of the 3.5 million people who have already viewed it – now is a good time:

From death comes life.

This video came to me complement of @raymondpirouz

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