This was in my morning email news feed from Grist…
With Gore Galore
Al Gore will run as Independent for president, Bloomberg tapped as veep
You might want to sit down for this: Al Gore has announced his candidacy for president. Wait, wait, don’t get up yet: Gore, a lifelong Democrat, will run as an Independent. He’s even announced his vice-prez pick: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who only last week dodged rumors that he’d be Barack Obama’s second fiddle. But Bloomberg only has eyes for Dreamy Al. “This is a man who gets things done,” Bloomberg said. “We’re tired of waiting on Democrat and Republican bickering.” In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning, Gore listed climate change, foreign policy, and getting the economy out of the dumps as his top priorities. And he minced no words in deflecting skepticism about his chances. “With all due respect to Senators Clinton, Obama, and McCain,” he said, “what America needs is Al Gore.”
sources: The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, Associated Press
Ya gotta wonder at the news you miss by not having cable and not watching the local commercial “news” outlets.
I was wandering thru my blogroll last evening and followed a link once again to Zen Habits where this article caught my attention…Thanks Cyn for the pointer.
Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment | Zen Habits
Now, slow down and enjoy every task. This is the most important tip in this article. Read it twice. Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s a work task or taking a shower or brushing your teeth or cooking dinner or driving to work, slow down. Try to enjoy whatever you’re doing. Try to pay attention, instead of thinking about other things. Be in the moment. This isn’t easy, as you will often forget. But find a way to remind yourself. Unless the task involves actual pain, there isn’t anything that can’t be enjoyable if you give it the proper attention.
“Whatever the tasks, do them slowly
so not do any tasks with the goal
of getting them over with.
Resolve to each job in a relaxed way,
with all your attention.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master
I can feel that this is advice I really need to put into practice more…Along this same line…today’s thought from The Blue Mountain Center Of Meditation.
Thought for the Day
A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.
– Meher Baba
Somehow, in our modern civilization, we have acquired the idea that the mind is working best when it runs at top speed. Yet a racing mind lacks time even to finish a thought, let alone to check on its quality. When we slow down the mind, we work better at everything we do. Not only is the quality of our work better, we are actually able to get more done. A calm, smooth-running flow of thought saves a lot of wear and tear on the nervous system, which means we have more vitality and resilience in the face of stress.