Today I learned that humans carry around 100,000,000,000,000 (one hundred trillion!) microbes. This video explains more (I really want his shirt). Moral of the story: Choose who you kiss carefully, friends, because you are an ecosystem.
Today I meditated for 15 minutes. Food for thought about meditation: There is a beautiful passage in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying that emphasizes not only being disciplined and devoted during meditation practice, but also being inspired and creative with it. The author suggests using music, poetry, art, flowers, candles, or whatever inspires and elevates you. As well, he says,
“And if you find that meditation does not come easily in your city room, be inventive and go out into nature… Stand by a stream and mingle your mind with its rushing; become one with its ceaseless sound… Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation: A smile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growing in the crack of a cement pavement, a fall of rich cloth in a shop window, the way the sun lights up flower pots on a window sill…”
Today I acted kindly by trying to anonymously pay a random stranger’s library fines. Unfortunately, the librarian couldn’t access accounts for me to do so without the stranger’s library card, but she seemed so elated about my attempt that I think I actually made her day instead…