Oct 17, 2010

Entertainment and Enlightenment


I've had another busy weekend - but this time there was not alot of that dirty "work" word involved. Instead of getting caught up at the office, or digging through my closet that desperately needs re-organizing, I spent the weekend doing fun and inspiring things.

First up was a shopping trip with my best friend during which we swore we wouldn't spend much money, followed by us coming home with a car full of bags. We've never been able to keep each other in line. I'm not sure why I thought this time would be different.  I also thought this might be the year I could buy the Halloween candy early and not open any of it until October 31st.  Wrong again.

Last night, I was off to the movies to see Bruce Willis kick some CIA butt in Red.  Along for the ride were a handful of the best actors around including Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and a stunning Helen Mirren.  It was a fun, action-packed romp and the scene where Bruce steps casually out of a spinning police cruiser was both ridiculous and totally worth the price of admission.

Today was a change of pace.  Instead of materialism and entertainment, it was all about ancestors and introspection.

I started off the day by going through some of my late grandmother's things that had to be sorted as my grandfather has finally been moved into a care home. At 97, he is only now showing signs of becoming an 'old man. Goddess grant me his good genes.

It was bittersweet seeing the vintage photos and cards and letters she kept. The photos should keep me busy for weeks. There is a wicker basket full of old black and whites, and I'm going to have to corner my parents to see if they recognize some of the faces. A few pictures of my grandmother will have a place of honour on my ancestor altar.

Then, I spent this afternoon with Deepak Chopra. Well...there were about 1800 other people there too. Deepak came to give a lecture on material he presents in his book "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul." It was a fabulous and fascinating talk. He is very well-spoken, and has a quick wit. He kept us laughing as well as musing on the miracles of the human body and the global consciousness of the world and the oneness of our souls.

"Life is meant to be a complete experience. People keep struggling with problems both physical and mental, never suspecting the root cause: that the bond between the body and the soul has been severed." Deepak Chopra  ~ "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul"

All in all it was a wonderful weekend, and exactly the right mix of fun and insight.  I hope your weekend was equally wonderful!


14 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

Sounds like you had my kind of weekend. I would love to hear Deepak speak. Ah, and Halloween candy. I was just thinking about it today. Wasn't going to buy any because no one comes to the house, but hey, I'm here, right? Might as well have some old fashioned candy fun.
Mary

Debra She Who Seeks said...

We tell ourselves the same rationalizations and lies about buying Halloween candy early. Every single year.

Pallas Renatus said...

I'm the one who gets into trouble after Halloween, when all the delicious candy goes on sale!

Robin Larkspur said...

Great post today...what a lot of activity and all fun or inspiring. I know it must be hard to see your grandfather to go into a care home, but how wonderful to have all those old photos to go through, too. Thanks for sharing.

HappyCrone said...

Jen, just a small bit of wisdom from someone who has been there, while you are going through the photos and your folks are remembering the names,write them down!!!! On the backs in good ink!! We have tons of photos and no one around anymore that can identify the face!!! Mom was our archive, and we didn't take advantage of what she knew and know it is gone!

TMCPhoto said...

Sounds like a perfectly balanced weekend, the kind that everyone should indulge in for sanity sake.

Our Staycabamoon was exactly what we needed but at the end of it we were both antsy to have the Peanut back.

I think this year will be the year that we don't break into the halloween candy early. Mainly because I'm not allowed to and also because we picked candy that wouldn't be as tempting as say chocolate bars.

girlichef said...

Sounds like a great weekend to me. I would love to see Deepak Chopra speak...how wonderful. And ditto w/ the candy...I was just contemplating climbing a chair to the "high" cupboard to open a bag- shame on me! Having those photos are a blessing...so many people aren't able to connect that way...fortunately my grandma (on one side)is a huge picture taker/saver, too...so I still pull out the books and see the faces of my ancestors when I visit! Wasn't so fortunate w/ the other side of the family where both of my grands are gone :(

Mother's Moon's Message said...

what a wonderful weekend filled with so many aspects of life.... I have to admit I am envious for your getting to see Deepak Chopra... I love his view on life and think I could listen to him for hours....
Going through memories is always somewhat bittersweet yet it always lends us such wonderful recollections... good and bad...
Thanks for the advice on the movie also... been wanting to go see it... looks to be a good one...
blessings to you Rue.. enjoy your week

Wendy said...

Wow, between decadence, reverence, film and spirituality, what a weekend!

Jessica said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I love the ShoeBox comic. That bunny and puppy crack me up every time. LOL

I also wanted to add that I also bestowed a Lovely Blog Award to you over on mine. Have a great day!

Blessings :)

Sue Peters said...

Hmmmm. You know I never even thought about Halloween candy until I read your blog. Now I can't seem to put my mind elsewhere......! They do come in such small packages. What's one or two right? Now which ones do I want?

Kally83 said...

Sounds like you had an incredible weekend. I'm so jealouse that you were able to go hear Deepak Chopra!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Your weekends always sound like so much fun to me. I wish I lived in your neck of the woods. I would just tag along with you! :o)

PS...you are NOT alone in that whole 'eating the candy' before Halloween biz! Shhhhh!

Birgit said...

Now that sounds like an amazing weekend for sure -- I am happy for you, Rue! :)

-- Birgit