The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love...Kenya

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Elmo Has New Shoes


Some girls love the Jimmy Choo's, some girls would die for a pair of Manolo Blahnik, but me, my heart can skip a beat at the mere mention of Vasque or Montrail. One day I will be registering for gifts for one event or another, and it won't be a Target or Dillards list, no, it will be with REI or Sierra Trading Post. Finally someone else will be getting my that new waterproof down sleeping bag (ohmygod, can you believe they now have waterproof down!) or GoLite Bivey tent with a matching backpack that is under two pounds. Give me a moment and talk amongst yourselves while I pull myself together.

Ok, I am more composed now. I don't know what it is about outdoor technical gear that makes my heart go all a-flutter, but it does. As you can see from these pictures, I have purchased new shoes for Kenya. The Chacos company is a very thoughtful group of folks. They have a special Peace Corps deal, and if you call them they will sell you a pair for almost half the retail price, and be extremely sweet about it. While I was placing the order, the guy on the phone just kept saying "thanks for what you're doing." I didn't know what to say, for I haven't done diddly yet, but it was a very sweet moment.

Then, I found this sporty pair of Timberland cork and rubber soled shoes that will be perfect for occasions that require a bit of a dressier option. The up side is they are durable and light weight while still being feminine.

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Soygal Rinpoche's Daily Meditation for March 4th

Buddha sat in serene and humble dignity on the ground, with the sky above him and around him, as if to show us that in meditation you sit with open, sky-like attitude of mind, yet remain present, earthed, and grounded. The sky is our absolute nature, which has no barriers and is boundless, and the ground is our reality, our relative, ordinary condition.

The posture we take when we meditate signifies that we are linking absolute and relative, sky and ground, heaven and earth, like two wings of a bird, integrating the skylike deathless nature of mind and ground of our transient, mortal nature.

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This meditative direction seemed like something I wanted to share. I had a Religions of Asia professor in college that would lecture on the differences between eastern and western traditions, and that major difference is duality. This meditation talks about our relative world, the dualistic world where things are, either or, black or white, up or down; and the infinite Buddha Nature in us all that transcends dualism.

I think Peace Corps will be a step on my path in helping to shed the confines of duality.

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