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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Be Present NOW

Too many years ago, I read the book, Be Here Now, by Ram Dass. I had no idea what it meant. I enjoyed the illustrations which were very cleaver, but, never really understood the meaning of this profound book until a few years ago.
Be-Here-Now - what does that really mean? Put down your phone, your pad, step away from all electronic devices and just sit. Sit for five minutes. Enjoy the space where you sit, whether it be a room or garden or busy city. Just sit and enjoy the space. If a thought enters and creates a bodily sensation, go to where the feeling lives and be with it. Don't label it, judge it or anything else - only be with it. You may find yourself returning attention to space or returning to that feeling in your body. Wherever you go, go consciously. Do this now.
After five minutes or so, go back to whatever it was you were doing. But, this time do it with consciousness - be with it, whatever it is. Pick up your phone or pad and be with each physical movement, allowing nothing past or future to draw your attention. Checking an appointment schedule? Does a feeling come up? Go with it, but be with it fully. Forget about the electronic device and follow the feeling. Choose to do so.
When you are lost in time - in thought after thought -  you have returned to unconsciousness - back to ego. Choose to awaken.

Monday, December 8, 2014

David Liebovitz Gift Guide

Including this vintage and reissued (temporarily) Le Crueset Raymond Loewy Coquelle, you will find wonderful gifts - mostly for the kitchen - one for travel and one for charity - at David Liebovitz!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Belinda Oakley, Christmas Song

Sung by Belinda Oakley
When we first heard this rendition of The Christmas Song, sung by Belinda Oakley - so beautiful and soulful - we thought we would post it closer to the 25th. Today, we needed a bit of Christmas and decided to publish it. Why delay when you can listen to this lovely song, sung by a talented artist - each and every day?
Learn more about Belinda Oakley… and see our earlier posting, here.
The Christmas Song was written by the extraordinary singer, Mel Torme and his writing partner, Bob Wells. Learn more about how the song developed at Performing Songwritier - Be Heard!

Foodie Gift!

Foodie Gifts from Food52
Looking for a "hand-crafted oyster and clam knife" or kits to make your own hot sauce or hand-made creations? Look no further - check out Food52… another blog on our reading list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gifts that Give Back

Charitable Gifts that Give Back
This season, give a gift that gives back. Send a girl to school, provide support for veterans injured in the line of duty, support the battle to end aids, adopt an African Elephant, etc. Worthwhile gift-giving at its best!

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From scarves to flip books to Solar System Lollipops to puzzles and more. Creative gift ideas from our reading list:
The Collossal Shop
Above, New York by Night Scarf
From Collosal:
The design team at Slow Factory created this magnificent silk scarf using a 400 millimeter image of New York City taken from space by a member of Expedition 35 aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. The glowing network of city lights creates a pattern of chaotic beauty across this flowing 52" scarf, outlining easily identifiable landmarks such as Central Park and Manhattan in stunning luminescence. 
Made in Italy with a combination of silk and modal (Modal is a processed bio-based textile made from reconstituted cellulose from beech trees.)

Slow Factory products are fair trade and made with eco-friendly ink.
Dimensions: 52" (132cm)
Weight: 6 ounces
Materials: Modal, Silk
Ships in 2-3 days
About Slow Factory
Inspired by NASA’s open data images from satellites and telescopes, Celine Semaan Vernon founded Slow Factory as a place to explore the connections between people and their world. Slow Factory believes in creating timeless essentials that last. While their sustainable products explore the cosmos, they're designed and produced with the health of this planet in mind.
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