Hot little sips

Agua caliente / Hot water. Photo by PatriciaLezama

Some time ago, the first thing I usually do when I get up is go to the kitchen, put on the kettle to drink a large cup of hot water. I sip it. And while that happens, I meditate. Or I think that’s what I do. I had always told myself that I didn’t know how to meditate, at least not like some close people do. Now I think I meditate with each sip, while I feel how the warmth of the water goes down my throat, warms my belly, warming my spirits. That water runs through my body and connects me with the dawn to plan my day. What is urgent, what my body needs, what my family requires of me, and what are the household chores.

I sense I should write down all these duties to be able to prioritize them, therefore, making my day more efficient. Organize, create routines, be disciplined. That’s how I’ve read it should be, and so I’ve heard it from people I admire. But somehow lazy or stubborn, this but still exists. And I continue to plan my day my way. It works for me, for now. I learned that in my meditation, that some habits work for a while, then they change, they transform. Today, after so long without writing a few lines, this cup, with its water already warm, brought me here. Sip by sip.

How do you meditate? Do you plan your day, week, month, year?

NW Digest: Technobiophilia

Please enjoy this resource rich post from Mark over at Naturalist Weekly while I work on my tree. 🙂

Naturalist Weekly

Technobiophilia is a term coined by Sue Thomas. Thomas is a scholar, lecturer, and freelance author who has been studying the intersection of technology and culture since 2003. In her 2013 release, Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace, Thomas brought this idea of technobiophilia to the forefront.Technobiophiliais defined as “the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology”. (1)

Thomas expands on this definition by stating:

My research showed that, even in today’s media-rich environment, we are still pulled towards the natural world. This could mean exploring a forest trail, swimming in the ocean, or just tending your garden. But it could also be a visit to a park in Second Life, gazing an animated waterfall cascading down a screensaver, or ‘liking’ photo of a sunset shared on Facebook. Our urge for contact with nature can restore energy, alleviate mental fatigue, and enhance attention, and it is


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Es luna llena/It is full moon

The full moon on April 26th, 2021, inspired my dear friend Adriana MarĂ­a Botero VĂ©lez, in Colombia. She wrote this poem in Spanish and I am here translating it with her love and permission.

Photo and poem by: Adriana MarĂ­a Botero VĂ©lez

Only who loves in silence knows how to nourish on fantasy.
There is no use resisting.
It is so pleasant to wake up with his smile humming on my lips.

Perhaps he may never know how my wounds heal

or what my hair smells like,

nor the times I have tried to leave him forever.


If you knew this, you would be certain to be an anchor to life.

But if I were to tell you
I would miss sailing on the high seas,
and today
it is a full moon.

Solo quien ama en silencio sabe nutrirse de fantasĂ­a.

De nada vale resistirse.

Es tan grato despertar con su sonrisa tarareĂĄndose en mis labios.

QuizĂĄs nunca sabrĂĄ como sana mis heridas, ni a que huele mi cabello,

ni las veces que he intentado dejarle para siempre.

Si usted lo supiera tendrĂ­a la certeza de ser un ancla a la vida.

Pero si yo se lo dijera

me perderĂ­a de navegar en alta mar

y hoy es luna llena.