Parvati Magazine May 2014 - Feeling Alive - Page 11

MEDITATION if you come into contact with one of them. People in big cities fear meeting such people on the subway. We don’t see them as literal, so much as we fear such people psychologically and energetically. But are we paying enough attention to our own energy and what we might be ‘putting out’? So, if you feel a bit ‘zombie-like’ in the morning, ask yourself WHY? And then determine what you can do about it, if not out of compassion for yourself then out of caring for others. Do you need to get more sleep? Change your diet? Give up caffeine? Give up martinis? There are fads about health these days and bogeymen abound: wheat, bananas, sugar, carbohydrates, potatoes, tomatoes, the list goes on and changes over time. So too, the list of the miracle cures: brown rice, carrots, fish, goji berries, acai berries, wheat grass. Each fad has its proponents and each ‘demon’ its an- tidote. So how do we poor humans navigate through this jungle? The Buddhist path gives us a clue with its tradition of practicing “The Middle Way”. Moderation an