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Old August 10, 2011   #121
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Meditation: thoughts are like leaves floating by on the surface of
a stream. You can notice them, but you do not have to pick them
up and examine their implications. (Etc.) Very restful.
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Old August 10, 2011   #122
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Tania, I was reading in another thread about your health challenges - I am sooo out of date but I truly wish you a whole bunch of wellness as you gradually get your energy back! I can recommend meditation (eg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pema Chodron) CDs from soundstrue.... I have LOVED listening to various lectures and my stress levels continue to fall as I practise "mindfulness". Not at all what I thought meditation was about - it's so rich and meaty!

Sounds like I'm describing tomatoes

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Patrina,

Meditation sounds wonderful. I will definitely look into it. It is interesting that I had my team coming over for a pot luck picnic at my place last Sunday, and one lady (who is also an avid gardener) asked me if I tried meditation. She promised me a good book to read.

I am sure I will get my energy back - my usual self is able to accomplish so many things in a very short period of time. I want this back asap

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Meditation: thoughts are like leaves floating by on the surface of
a stream. You can notice them, but you do not have to pick them
up and examine their implications. (Etc.) Very restful.
Wonderful interpretation. I will imagine this every time I feel restless.
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Old August 10, 2011   #124
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Hi Tania, I just picked up some Purple Dog Creek on line from Blueribbon seeds while buying something else can you use some of them.

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Hi Tania, I just picked up some Purple Dog Creek on line from Blueribbon seeds while buying something else can you use some of them.

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Thank you Jeannine. I may take you up on your kind offer if I do not receive the seeds from the folks I already PMed. Please hold on to them!
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Meditation: thoughts are like leaves floating by on the surface of a stream. You can notice them, but you do not have to pick them
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Patrina,

Meditation sounds wonderful. I will definitely look into it. It is interesting that I had my team coming over for a pot luck picnic at my place last Sunday, and one lady (who is also an avid gardener) asked me if I tried meditation. She promised me a good book to read.

I am sure I will get my energy back - my usual self is able to accomplish so many things in a very short period of time. I want this back asap

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I loved that description about thoughts Dice, so interesting to be able to watch them come and go without getting caught up in them, or even believing them sometimes, because habitually we do

I was just reading this morning about life's periods of transition, the normal cycle of moving towards something new and leaving something else behind.
Like a surfer waiting to catch the next wave, we can use the transitions in our lives to let go of the last wave and see the next one. It's the only time we have the space and time to see what is happening, and so decide whether to catch the next wave or let it go. If it catches us unawares, which can often happen, then it takes us with it whether we like it or not.

But with the surfboard of meditation, you can rest in the times of transition. [Transition]It's the only place in our lives where we can make effective decisions about where we want to go. While we are busy riding a wave we simply don't have the space and time.

Dr. Graham Williams, Lifeflow Meditation Centre director.
Our culture tends to pressure us to ignore the signs that other creatures respond to - we soldier on and push ourselves through our natural cycles.

I'm thinking of starting afternoon siestas like the Spanish do instead of forcing myself to keep doing stuff when the weather is hot this coming summer!

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When you are not following your thoughts constantly, what are you
aware of instead? Your breathing, your heart rate, your posture,
pressure on your spine, tight muscles, the feeling of sun, breeze, or mist
on your skin, and so on. You end up relaxing parts of your body that you
did not realize were tense and constricted. (Meditation and yoga can be
easily interwoven.) Your blood vessels dilate and circulation improves.

With practice, you just let your body take care of all the relaxation part,
until it becomes a reflex, and let your mind focus on nothing at all.
Thoughts become like background music while you meditate. You are
aware of everything around you and within you but focussed on nothing.
(So nothing makes you tense up and "be ready", or "be anxious", or
whatever, and you really rest.)

When you really do need to focus and do something while meditating,
you snap right out of it, calm and rested (unless you are tired and
actually fall asleep, not a sin, since that is what your body apparently
needed right then).
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PS: My description of meditation may sound like "how to take a nap"
at first glance, but it is a useful technique for handling stress.
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I LOVE to meditate. I have a whole room, believe it or not set up for meditation. I have a Zafu (meditation cushion) with a Zabuton (bottom cushion) for comfort.

You can't beat it for relaxation. And afterwards, I am totally refreshed and have a better attitude towards everything, including the cabbage worms eating up my garden!
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Meditation and tomatoes go very well together!
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I meditate twice a day, morning and evening before the meal. Very good for stress and keeping your blood pressure in line.
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My form of meditation is music (I listen constantly), and the routine gardening tasks - saving seed, transplanting, etc. But music....takes me places. Life won't be long enough to listen to all of the music I want to experience!
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Hello Tatiana,

it´s unbelieveable but your seeds (shipped the 12.) arrived today. That was really fast.

What a shame that I can´t start - here in Germany - before January. Oh, and I wanna thank you for your nice gift.

Best wishes for you, your health and your tomatos...

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Hello Tatiana,

it´s unbelieveable but your seeds (shipped the 12.) arrived today. That was really fast.

What a shame that I can´t start - here in Germany - before January. Oh, and I wanna thank you for your nice gift.

Best wishes for you, your health and your tomatos...

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Simone,

Wow, that was fast! Sending to Europe is faster than sending to US. Hmmmm.

It is even more unbelievable that it takes up to 12 days to mail seeds from Vancouver to Washington state, which is within 2 hours drive from us.

Thank you for your kind wishes, I hope you will love these tomatoes!

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My form of meditation is music (I listen constantly), and the routine gardening tasks - saving seed, transplanting, etc. But music....takes me places. Life won't be long enough to listen to all of the music I want to experience!
Craig, I so agree! My meditation is playing piano. It takes me places too. I feel like me and the piano are the one thing (that's after I acquired my lovely Estonia L190 grand). I am in love with classical and romantic (19th century), and I cannot help it. I was so upset when my right hand was paralyzed, I cannot even describe how I felt.
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