Lately, meditation has been about not plugging in my headphones when I’m walking. It’s casually looking at silence, or the sounds actually around me, and having that be enough. It’s slowing down, not needing to fill every nook and cranny. Life is OK, played at a more patient speed.

On the other end, I’m trying to get my heart rate up and high a bit more often, too. I’ve had a good exercise routine for the past few years, though I grew averse to huffing and puffing and moving about quickly. My calves need some serious work, but already it seems to be working.

Blur: 2014-09

I opened Steam for the first time in a while, and I realized how long it’s been since I’ve played a video game. Hell, I even forgot this site existed for the past few weeks.

I wrote a few times into a journal recently, and in general I’ve been writing, but not in this format. It’s getting even more tricky, in some ways, because media is so split all over the world. Facebook has a good hold, as does Twitter, as does so many other forms of media. It’s harder to get attention.

I went back to old emails, and I got a lot pouring over those pages. I used to write long letters, not all that often, but enough where I remembered writing them. I’ve been trying to do that a bit more lately. That concept swims against the tides of today a bit, though it can be intensely rewarding, much more so than the Social Media Zombie mode.

If you have any desire to write me, please do.

Technology has been in such a crazy state lately, enough so that it’s all getting to be a bit blurry. What Apple is doing looks a lot like Android, looks a lot like Apple. The science of UI has pushed forward; everyone has been stepping up their game. Processors are better than we need them to be, too, and the displays and cameras are so top notch that even the baselines push well past last year.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been relegating all my news viewing to Feedly, and setting limits so that I only go through the list twice a day. Same goes for most social networks. It’s full courses of information to replace incessant snacking. It’s working. I’m more relaxed. I still feel the twitch to break the rule, but when I do that’s time to zone out a bit and take a breath. I don’t need those updates; nothing all that new has happened that I cannot wait to read.

Zen mind is about clean pipes which can take in the full throttle of life with no congestion, processing streams with aplomb.