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Lesson No. 1(B) – meditating…made easy!

Well, I did it.  I can’t say it was earth shattering, or a revelation, or even a minor hiccup in the cosmic makeup of all things important – but I did it.  With help.  I’m in NO way going to claim responsibility for having the wherewithal to have come up with something so simple, yet so profound.  I WILL spread the good news of this lady and her guided meditations for all the world to see (or at least those that happen upon these little bits of personal beaking off!)

A very nice lady by the name of Esther was kind enough to post a guided meditation video on YouTube.  I think I know my own brain well enough to understand that there was no way in hell I would be able to shut of my “brain chatter” long enough to do an effective first meditation.  I was quite correct.  My brain, well, has a mind of it’s own.

So now (get this, over a MONTH since I started this post) I’m going to sit down an re-visit Esther and her Chakra opening video and do it again.  Once again, I have allowed life in general to get in the way of my personal journey.  A strange habit and if you have any methods for better minding one’s own mind, please feel free to comment!


Home Project: JOY

The Fine Art of Joy

In my last post, I expounded on the virtues of being happy. To dissect this topic a little further, I’ve decided to delve into the practice of finding  JOY.
The Cambridge Online Dictionary

defines JOY as follows:


joy noun ( HAPPINESS )
[U] great happiness
They were filled with joy when their first child was born.
She wept for joy when she was told that her husband was still alive.
[C] a person or thing which causes happiness
Listening to music is one of his greatest joys.
the joys of parenthood
[+ to infinitive] Her singing is a joy to listen to.
To see JOY in PRINT really is rather anti-climactic. Flat, if you will, without JOY.
To my mind JOY is the tingly, giggly, silly, twittery feeling you get from something or someone. It’s the little rush of emotion and warmth of feeling that you are blessed with when something (again, or someone) brings you happiness.
Happiness and joy could, I suppose, be construed as one and the same. But when it comes down to breaking down the emotions of them, they really aren’t.
Happiness is a sort of continuous way of being.
Joy is the moments that KEEP you happy.
Joy is the pleasure of savouring a FINE piece of chocolate.
Joy is the sensation you receive when you find an attractive man staring at you from across a restaurant.
Joy is the sensation you feel when you watch your child master a skill such as walking, talking, riding their first bike.
Joy is something that should never be taken lightly.

How do you go about maintaining this sensation without becoming addicted?  THAT, I have no idea just yet.  There must be a balance in there somewhere.

So, having watched Julie & Julia not too long ago (cute movie, by the way) I think what I’m going to do is a test project.  In the movie, Julie embarks on a journey of discovery to complete a one year project via a Julia Childs cookbook.

I have on my bookshelf a small book that was given to me a LONG (15 years plus) time ago by the nice ladies at a bookstore in Vernon, BC.  I don’t think the store is there anymore, but the book has remained with me all these years.  Largely untouched, I think now would be a good time to embark on this project.  The book’s title is “The Joy Within, A beginner’s guide to meditation”.  It’s written by Joan Goldstein & Manuella Soares.  Both writers, both devotees of the art of meditation.

It is said that JOY must come from within…I agree.  I think a journey within myself to find a space of joy will be a good place to start.  I’m not sure how long this take, I’ll keep you posted.


One dream, two businesses…

If you’ve noticed we haven’t been around much lately, it’s because my computers QUIT!!  Yes, both of them.  Total hard disk failure on one, and a blown mother board on the other.  A most interesting month July has been…

I’m eternally grateful it’s over!!

Since the “Great Computer Incident” and the subsequent funeral for FRED (F*king Ridiculous Electronic Device) we have managed to plant 140 Carmine Jewel cherry trees at Summerberry Organics, mow the lawns in the orchard, wait for the rain to quit, mow the lawns in the orchard, wait for the rain to quit….you get the idea.

For those that are not familiar with Summerberry, or what we are up to over there, take a tour through  or find us on Facebook (Pages:  Summerberry Organics).

Many of the photos of the burgeoning orchard were loaded onto FRED so it will be a while before the data recovery is complete and I actually have some decent photos to post.

Fortunately, there was very little Hippie Ways data lost.  My recipes, notes and everything else I’ve been working on is safely scribbled on napkins, post it notes and other means of data storage unaffected by hard drives.

In the meantime…at least my cell phone still works!  This tiny little noisemaker that inhabits my pocket (most days) brought me some good news (for a change!).  Tomorrow I have an interview with the administrators of a government program that with any luck will get us rolling a little faster!

Wish me luck!  This could be the door opening on a dream that will grown into something amazing.

I will keep you posted on this.


Testing the RSS feeds…

This is just a random post in an attempt to get the RSS feed working….not too sure what’s wrong.


April 16, 2010 – Ask a Hippie…

I’m thinking I may just start up a communication column. Since anyone who really knows me, knows that I am exceedingly proud to be a flag-waving Hippie, and that being self sufficient is a primary goal in my life, I think that I may take this wonder called blogging, to a whole new level. Interactive blogging…or whatever you want to call it. If you have a question, ask it, if I can answer right away I will, if not, I will find out and get back to you. Pretty simple, rather like going for coffee with friends, but without travel, cash outlay etc. Rather an odd way to be social, but I think that since so many of us spend a lot of time in front of a computer (for whatever reason) it’s a quick and easy way to keep in touch and exchange information. Let me know what you think!!


April 11th, 2010

The gale force winds seem to have blown themselves out, so today’s project is to hit the farm and see what’s left of the shingles on the old barn.  I’ll deal with the issue of raking up the base camp mess next week.  Granted, the lousy weather has made a tremendous difference in the farm and Hippie websites.  I actually found the time to work on the content!  So, if you’re lazing on a Sunday afternoon, take a surf through or and let me know what you think.  I know, they are definitely “works in progress” – but then again, every day is a work in progress.


Getting Started…

Finally! The weather was so lousy today that I decided to just get on with it as far as working on my long-promised websites. Hippie Ways is almost read to roll. A few packaging and labeling issues to sort out yet, but I’m getting there.
Now I just have to figure out how to make money doing it!