When out and about in NYC, one stumbles on stuff you never expect to see. This storefront display at John Varvatos, Madison Avenue, NYC, caught my eye when I was in a car with some friends. I went back this evening to take the photos. Congratulations KISS for your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014!
Yesterday I posted a link to 30 things to stop doing to yourself... It really resonated in me as I read each of the things... today, I started work on #4. "Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now." Here is the link, check it out, it will inspire you! 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself
It's that time of year again when evergreens sprout from NYC concrete and asphalt. I brushed up against this one walking down Broadway on my way to work early this morning. Breathe in the peaceful pine forest scent as these mini forests appear... their presence is fleeting, like the holiday season... and life.
It was around 4:30pm... I was on my way to the off site parking of the 2011 NKT International Fall Festival and I made it... to the parking lot... The Mini-C was making a very scary grinding noise and the red battery and CEL icons went on...
This is not what I planned on... the Mini breaking down was not part of my weekend itinerary. OK. I'm in the middle of almost nowhere in Port Jervis, NY, but I'm not alone. There are people guiding traffic to parking spots, buses taking people to the festival, and my ATT iPhone HAS service! OK Trudy, Don't Panic! You are attending a Buddhist Festival... here is your chance to practice patience and acceptance!
Pop the trunk, read the decal with Mini Service Road Side Assistance, dial, talk to representative, and soon a tow truck will be dispactched. Great, the car is going to be towed to the nearest BMW/Mini service area, which happens to be in White Plains, NY. 3-Way conversation ensues with said dealership/service... they close at 7p, car keys can be dropped in overnight bin, they will call me in the morning. A car rental wasn't working out due to logistics... that's ok... there is bus service to and from the Festival, so I can still enjoy! Tow truck took hours to find me and I missed the Friday introduction, but I did get to chat with many nice people in the parking lot. After the tow truck finally arrived, Vern the driver dropped me back at the hotel. Yea!
Just got a call from my teacher in Merrick, there is room in his car for me, so I have a ride to and from the Festival and a ride home back to Long Island on Sunday. Yea!
Thank you my BFF Carol for your support in telling me to enjoy the weekend, don't worry, I'll pick you up on Sunday... Everything worked out and I have a ride back to LI... Thank you David! For teaching me that when the car breaks down, it is the car's problem, not mine! See... I listen and it stuck in my mind... whoa... I was mindful... SWEET!
OK, Carol, as you know, the car is in White Plains... not as scenic as a drive upstate NY is... I'm sure we will find an apple orchard and farm stands!
So, there you go, I woke up this morning planning on my first day at the Festival... I didn't make it, but I defintely practiced patience and acceptance... perhaps that was what today was supposed to be all about for me.
Life as a rotating shift worker is a cyclical process of sleep derivation and life adjustment. Every 6 weeks I am living in a state of physical and mental jet lag. Simple life processes are mangled into time frames that resemble survival instead of living. Depression, isolation, and anxiety demons hover on the edge of my existence. Sleep becomes states of unconsciousness and when awake I live in an out of sync haze with mainstream reality that is just out of reach except for the brief moments I click into sync.
Think positive, meditate, don't give up. This too shall pass when I unlock the mystery of where I'm going and what I'm supposed to be doing...
End of the work week and start of a 3-day weekend... Brought dinner to the beach and walked to the water... The sea water has magic powers that draw all the tension and corporate silliness one encounters in a work cycle and draws it out from your body through your toes. It is very healing and I recommend it.
So, they are finding traces of radiation in milk here in the US... This is no surprise, it was just a matter of time... scary how quickly the radiation released from Fukushima 7,000 miles away has affected the environment here. The EPA and the FDA are saying "don't worry" the levels of radioactive Iodine-131 were 5,000 times below the FDA's level of concern, and even more not to worry about, it has a half-life of eight days... OK, all I can say is "YIKES"!
OK, I'm not a nuclear scientist, physicist, or doctor, but gee, there wasn't any of this stuff in the milk BEFORE the Fukushima accident, I would like my glass of milk to have none of it NOW. As far as I'm concerned, any trace isn't good. And well, we aren't even talking about rainfall, snowfall, air quality, etc... These "trace" amounts that are nothing to worry about are probably in many places in the US now... right?... after all, I don't think radioactive Iodine-131 is just falling on grass where cows are grazing... This stuff is not just here, but will be all over our planet, yes, OUR planet, it belongs to all of us, and we should be taking better care of it. We are all connected, the sooner we all start accepting and living that, the better.
And yes, there is Trader Joe's Organic Milk and Half & Half in my fridge... am I afraid of drinking it? Sure, will I... yes... why?... Because, I have known for most of my life that all the stuff I drink and eat is contaminated in some way that is not natural, and well, so is the air I'm breathing in and out... It is something we all live with, these environmental catastrophes bring them to our awareness for awhile, and then they leave our consciousness until the next time... in the meantime... this stuff is accumulating inside us...