I’m having a lovely morning. The fam gave me a day pass and I’m enjoying a Sunday morning in Manhattan. I tripped upon this sweet little coffee shop La Colombe Torrefaction. I’m enjoying a double espresso and chocolate croissant. However when I asked where the restroom is they said it wasn’t for customers. I exclaimed “a coffee shop without a bathroom?”. The guy said, “this is New York”. What does that even mean? I’m a born and bred New Yorker. People in New York certainly use the bathroom after drinking coffee? Unless I missed something. Their website says the coffee and customers come first. They should also add “but not if you need to use the bathroom”. Gah.
I thought I was the only one that flipped through catalogs and made up imaginary conversations/life events/situations with the models frolicking through the pages. Apparently, I’m not.
I LOVE doing this with the Athleta catalog.
I’m so gloriously aligned after the yoga class I just took. I’ll just slip into my Sochi Sweater Dress and meet my girls for a tea. Life is good, I’m smiling, and I’m carrying a blue mug.
I took a detour. I’m on my way to Queens to pick up Wesley, our new pug! In my excitement I realized that the ride is not that long so I had time to stop for a quick bite. This thing of beauty is the Cinna-Stax from IHOP. Its like a cinnabon but legitimized into a breakfast product. The server asked me if I wanted sugar free syrup. I said no but I will take a side of bacon.
My meditation practice has fallen to the wayside these days. It would be wise for me to return to it. In November 2009, I was tired of a lot of things, and some Buddhist reflections were helpful. In particular, I spent time thinking about the writings of Pema Chodron, a tattoo of the Buddha under the bodhi tree, and how hard times and irritating people are opportunities for growth. My thoughts on these subjects appear below. The upshot: being pissed off is not so bad, really.
I’ve just finished reading Pema Chodron’s Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. If you’re not familiar with Chodron, she is the world’s most famous Tibetan Buddhist American nun, and her works are meant to help Westerners understand the precepts of Tibetan Buddhism and apply them usefully in their own lives. I found Taking the Leap, like all her…
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