the brain and the senses
This afternoon I watched the movie "Perfect Sense". It was about human beings (worldwide) losing their senses one by one. Smell... taste... hearing... eyesight... feeling...
as they lose the senses, they go through intense emotional experiences of grief, rage, etc.
At the end of the movie all that is left is the feelings & thoughts of two lovers.. the world apparently disappearing from them.

With all sensory experience gone, would there be anything left?
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Profound movie.

Rating: 4/5

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"Questioner: You keep on saying that I was never born and will never die. If so, how is it that I see the world as one which has been born and will surely die?
Maharaj: You believe so because you have never questioned your belief that you are the body which, obviously, is born and dies. While alive, it attracts attention and fascinates so completely that rarely does one perceive one's real nature. It is like seeing the surface of the ocean and completely forgetting the immensity beneath. The world is but the surface of the mind and the mind is infinite. What we call thoughts are just ripples in the mind. When the mind is quiet it reflects reality. When it is motionless through and through, it dissolves and only reality remains. This reality is so concrete, so actual, so much more tangible than mind and matter, that compared to it even diamond is soft like butter. This overwhelming actuality makes the world dreamlike, misty, irrelevant."
---I Am That---94. You Are Beyond Space and Time

 
 
Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Broccoli
This is a super simple recipe, and really delicious. It has become my favorite way to eat broccoli. The 4th ave Food Conspiracy Co-op sometimes has it in their hot deli section.. not sure if my version is exactly the same but it's pretty good anyway.

Ingredients:
  • Broccoli (chopped, 1 head fresh or 1 bag frozen)
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • red pepper flakes (I use the little packets from pizza hut deliveries)
  • soy sauce (1 tsp or less).
  • sprinkle of sesame seeds

Instructions:
Pan sear the broccoli (cook it on medium heat, covered, on one side until browned, then stir and cook a bit longer to your satisfaction).
Transfer broccoli to a dish and add the other ingredients according to your taste.

Don't overdo the soy-sauce or you'll ruin it.



 
 
mooncake from Lee Lee's
I found these things called "Moon Cakes" at a local (Tucson) asian market called "Lee Lee's". I bought a couple varieties - some were more simple (just sweet and doughy), but these ones in the photo were quite a pleasant surprise - filled with an extravaganza of nuts and seeds and dried fruit.

Really neat and delicious... seriously one of the coolest things I have ever eaten. I bet it would be a fun thing to learn to bake and get creative with the ingredients!

 
 
St Therese Love
"If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter." St. Therese

I found that quote in a book I recently read called "People of the Lie: The Hope to Healing Human Evil".

I read a bit about St. Therese and was really touched by her story - made me cry even: "Some dismiss her as a saccharine neurotic, but anyone who tries to practice her spirituality of sacrificial love quickly realizes how hard it is, how strong she was, and how transforming her personal nonviolence can be for all of us.
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Therese.. dedicated herself to the daily practice of sacrificial love toward those around her, perfecting the art of responding to coldness, rudeness, gossip, and insults with active loving kindness and inner compassion. She aimed these small acts of unconditional love at Christ in the other person and for the redemption of the human race--a spirituality she called her "little way." She wanted to remain like a child, as Jesus instructed when he said that we must become like children if we want to enter the reign of God. She understood this spirituality not as childishness, but as a profound trust in God through confidence in God's love, not just despite our littleness, poverty, weakness and brokenness, but precisely because of them."


I think she's a good example for practitioners of Falun Dafa as well.

 
 

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