Happy National Meditation Day! Do you practice? Meditation is the perfect antidote for the constant intrusion of technology in our lives. In fact, recent research has shown that meditating twice per day for about 20 minutes can actually reduce blockages in your blood vessels, significantly lowering the risk of sudden death by heart attack or stroke. To begin, try short sessions of four to five minutes; then break for one minute. It may also be useful to get into the habit of setting aside the same times every day, be they for prayer or meditation. David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk and author, recommends rising 15 minutes earlier than usual to give your day a “contemplative dimension.” Without these precious moments, he says, “your whole day can slip away into a mad chase,” but with them your entire day can be imbued with meaning and joy.

andrewcier  asked:

Hey! I'm a bit curious about Budapest, more specifically the architectural boom during the Austro-Hungarian empire. I was hoping to gleam some information from you about the city. What architectural influences were present during that time period and who were the major architects behind the more prominent structures in the city? Finally, what does the architecture say about either side of the river respectively? If this is too much, perhaps you could recommend a book on the subject?

I must admit I am not an expert on the subject. I can provide a bit of info but would welcome feedback from the tumblrverse. I can give you examples of important buildings and architects of the time, maybe by researching them you can find specific answers to your questions.

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“This idea of listening and really looking and beholding, that comes in when people ask well, how shall we practice this gratefulness? And, there is a very simple kind of methodology to it: stop, look, go. Most of us caught up in schedules and deadlines, and rushing around. And so the first thing is that we have to stop, because otherwise we are not really coming into this place of moment at all. And we can’t even appreciate the opportunity that is given to us because we rush by and it rushes by. So stopping is the first thing. But that doesn’t have to be long. When you are in practice, a split second is enough to stop. And then you look. What is now the opportunity of this given moment? Only this moment, and the unique opportunity this moment gives. And that is where this beholding comes in.”

—Br. David Steindl-Rast

We have thousands of opportunities every day to be grateful: for having good weather, to have slept well last night, to be able to get up, to be healthy, to have enough to eat. There’s opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that’s what life is.
—  David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful