Summer Solstice

Its funny, these little quirks that we develop. Whenever I seek to undertake the pursuit of some new goal or make some little change in routine or lifestyle, I like to begin with some notable starting date. Sometimes it just happens for some inexplicable reason.
For example, when my mother passed, I did not trim my beard for several years. In some weird way it was akin to wearing a black arm band; a symbol of mourning. It just felt right.
I've begun weight loss regimens on birthdays or with the start of Beltane. I've begun intensive meditation starting with the beginning of Samhain. I am usually tuned into solstices and moon phases.
So, it comes as no surprise to me that the Summer Solstice 2009 will mark some changes for me.
For starters, I now have an empty room that has been designated as the quiet room. Set aside for meditation, reading and exercise. I am going to begin to assemble the now empty room into my mind's eye rendition of a place of rejuvenation.
I am going to walk more and keep a log to track my effort and success.
I am going to begin several sessions of bee sting therapy, better known as apitherapy. As some of you are aware, I am never beyond 80% and I am seeking to reduce the amount NSAIDS that I take for pain.
And in some strange way, I'm going to try and play my cards a little closer to the vest. A reader once wrote, "Tim at "This Being Human" is one of the most honest writers I know. He's had a somewhat rough time of things lately, yet gamely continues to write with great fearless openness about it all. I aspire to Tim's level of honesty.
We've all heard about, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Lets just say that honesty is one thing, stupidity another.


Shubhajit said…
This is a good and very lucid post. Reflect the true persona of yours. I like the idea of different room for meditation where one can only absorb in himself.

Honesty is not stupidity. Honest with ourselves is foremost necessary aspect before honesty with others. without being good, it is impossible to do good for others. Sometimes, we have to take decisions, which no means 100% honest with others but we need to understand that we should be honest with ourselves. From any point that "intelligence" must not be a selfish one, to gain any material or sense pleasure. If I have to lie thousands time to do grain of good, I will!
Sophia said…
The skeleton on your blog header reminded me of the phrase, "Memento Mori".

I just learned last week that the proverb about pearls before swine comes from the book of Matthew in the Bible.

Happy June Solstice!
Sophia said…
Oh, and happy new moon, too!
Tao1776 said…
Shubhajit - you are one interesting dude!
Sophia - Momento Mori...had a T-shirt made from a gravestone rubbing in Salem, MA. Made such an impression on one friend that he had it tattooed across his chest. He's in Iraq now. Hope that the tattoo is a good omen....
Sophia said…
It just now occurred to me, that the phrase may have been a reminder of an inevitable physical death, but I think now it could also be reminding our egos to die.