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Ichi-go ichi-e, So They Say

Feeling less-than-accomplished yesterday, I looked up sunset time and determined I could summit Echo Mountain in about 45 minutes to enjoy some last light. Something in the air motivated me. And I needed an arbitrary goal.  It’s also good to clean the arteries and clear the thoughts.

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46 Tips on Mindful Living, off the Top of My Head

Tips on mindfulness from Timothy Tiernan
  • Pause.
  • Stand at work if you usually sit.
  • Chew longer.
  • Eat until your 75% full.
  • Pick up other lifestyle tips from Okinawan culture.
  • Eat mostly vegetables.
  • Find strength and creativity in vulnerability.
  • Say no more often if you often say yes.
  • Cook deliberately: eat out less.
  • Break bread with others.
  • Sit in a park.
  • Maximize barefootedness.
  • Be fully present in erotic experience.
  • Wake up with the sun sometimes.
  • Ask questions that objectively explore the problem.
  • Be present in your pleasure; be present in your pain. This is called equanimity.
  • You probably don’t need it. Sell it and be generous when you sell.
  • You probably don’t need to sell it. Give it away.
  • If you’ve been a dick, admit it without condition.
  • Apologize wholly or not at all.
  • Volunteer.
  • Kneel down and greet animals.
  • Give 25% less advice, 50% more active listening.
  • Eat your leftovers. Eat others’ leftovers.
  • Be greedy when taking company leftovers (they’ll go to waste).
  • Watch anger. See that its heart is based in suffering.
  • If shopping is a hobby, stop that.
  • Grocery shop when you’re not hungry, or only after cardio.
  • Hike.
  • Bring a bag to pick up trash along popular hikes.
  • Finish the pint of ice cream without apology.
  • Jog or walk with the sunset.
  • Write physical letters.
  • Keep sacred space for meditation.
  • Keep sacred (and clean) space for creativity, and any young people’s creativity
  • Don’t apologize for your feelings
  • Sell Give away your TV.
  • Shut down the TV and read an e-book.
  • Close the tablet and read a physical book.
  • Maximize natural light.
  • Take serious arguments offline. Texts can be deadly.
  • Listen to how the Quakers have listened.
  • Make shorter suggestion lists to avoid irony.
  • “Don’t just do something, sit there.”
  • Be at ease with imperfection.
  • Know that you’ll be okay if you pause.