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Wistful Wednesdays: 4×4 = Prose, More Movies, Blogs and Activities

Stay Positive

Just a quick note to my readers out there.

If you are depressed or wistful (knowing that the coming Holiday Season can do that to a person), keep in mind that you can willfully and logically change your mind.

One of the many reasons to meditate is to calm the mind, to control it so that you don’t react “negatively” to the world around you. Life is Beautiful, as the saying goes, when you have made up your mind to think it so.

Just some food for thought…

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Wistful: Melancholia: pensive: showing pensive sadness; “the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty”

So, today is another Four by Four post focusing on my own Poetry & Prose, more movies recently seen, favorite blogs, and activities that I’ve been focused on recently. These types of posts also help me to stay somewhat organized in my thinking and writing; so, here goes:

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4 Favorites Poems of Mine

Windchimes – Yes, I’ve got a thing for windchimes, but who doesn’t? Very soothing to hear on a Sunday afternoon…

Dream Transparency – Thoughts on a cold, wet and dreary fall day… as I attempt to convey the beauty that such a day can possess.

A Sense of Peace – I can achieve Peace daily in meditation. That is one important reason for meditation… to calm the mind and access Peace.

The Night Time Sky – We just have to look up at the twinkling stars on a calm Autumn evening, and look in awe at the immensity of the Universe.

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4 Blogs Recently Visited

  • Warning Signs “The Organic Food Scam” – Well, there are always two sides to every story, just as there are two sides to every coin. While I can understand that the Organic Food industry could just be another way to sell produce, etc at a higher price, it’s not just about pesticides. It’s also about genetic engineering of foods that are highly questionable. I know for a fact that when I grow tomatoes in my own backyard, they taste better than from the supermarket. “Organic” is also about growing your own for sustainability. And even if the farmer trusts his methods of using pesticides, who’s to say that these pesticide residues aren’t harmful to us in the long run?
  • We Like It Raw “Heather Haxo Phillips” – Basically, a day in the Life of a Raw Food Chef. An enlightening post.
  • TravelBlog “This is Our India – Part 2” – I’ve dreamed of actually seeing The Taj Mahal in person. And, I “almost” had a chance to go this year. But, it’ll have to wait until another time. This is a great travel blog to fuel your wanderlust!
  • Jack LaLanne’s Blog – Although I am pretty sure his blog is run by his PR person, Jack LaLanne is da man! I’ve been focused on this 96 year old for the past year, mainly because his been in popular culture for the longest time AND whatever he’s been doing (with regards to diet, nutrition and exercise) has been working for him. As his videos stress, eat whole foods and avoid the junk, and eat more fruits and vegetables. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is basically devoid of any raw fruits and vegetables!

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Jack LaLanne – Sample Meal Plan

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4 Movies Recently Watched

  • Grown Ups – Your standard Hollywood formula comedy starring Adam Sandler, Selma Hayek, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Chris Rock. Not a serious movie, but it was simply a fun movie to watch.
  • The Last Airbender – Starring Dev Patel from Slum Dog Millionaire. Another fun movie to watch if you’re in the mood for it. Though serious movie-goers will probably pan it. Another M. Night Shyamalan, and once again, not his best (i.e. The Sixth Sense). Story is interesting (though derivative). And the special effects are cool, but not dazzling.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – A certifiable classic! Always fun to watch when in the mood for action and adventure, and a memorable score by John Williams.
  • Poltergeist – This one I watched just before Halloween. A fascinating movie, though not as frightening as when I first saw this in the movie theaters. A great story about a family in suburbia, haunted by the paranormal.

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4 Recent Activities

  • Cardio – This pretty much involves walking/running around the lake. About an hour and 15 minutes. Listening to my favorite music on my headphones.
  • Yoga – I was able to do 1 hour of Yoga yesterday. And felt great.
  • Cleaning – Focused on cleaning and organizing the home.
  • Pushups – still doing the 100 pushups when I can. It just so happened that I did my walk/run around the lake, did an hour of Yoga, and did my 100 pushups (plus 100 squats). 50/30/20.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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