Jul 20, 2008

Meditation Is Good for the Soul

Those of you who are frequent readers of my journal will know that I fully support the efforts of scientists, physicians, and other healthcare providers as they work to rid the world of cancers. I was more heavily involved in the Second Life Relay for Life last year, but have certainly lent a hand as I could this year. I have also supported grass-roots efforts in both SL and RL to raise funds for care and cure.

Boobie-Thon is something that I have been a part of for the last three years, and I plan to continue that tradition this fall when it rolls around again.

I have many reasons that I support these efforts including the death of my father-in-law in 1999 after a fairly lenthy and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. But I must tell you that I had no plans of walking the relay last night. In fact, I thought that I would simply go in world work on a couple of projects and then head back out to the real and read one of the few books that I am currently reading.

A couple of events changed my mind....so that as the calls came out for relay runners when I popped in world, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. On Friday I had news that one of my dear friends in Caledon had heard from her father was newly diagnoses with thoracic cancer, and then just yesterday the call came from my mother: a woman who has been their neighbor for 37 years (and the mother of my best childhood friend) was just diagnosed with a non-operable brain tumor. Devastating! Both...devastating.

So you can easily imagine that my laps last night, though few compared to many, were filled with personal meaning.

Today, it was good to spend some quiet time in a lovely asian-themed sim, Hosoi Ichiba. I first learned about this sim from the SL arts blog, which is tracked on the sidebar of this journal. I did not make it to the art exhibit noted in the article in SL ArtsParks, but I will get back there.

I was really just in the mood to explore quietly. And I found that here. This sim is simply beautiful, and most everything is for sale, including the buildings (but it does not shout at you). In fact, I found about 5 or so avatars performing their morning Tai Chi routines, but I did not even go close enough to disturb them for a picture.

I plan to return to Hosoi Ichiba. Perhaps you may wish to find a quiet place there for a little meditation and reflection.