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What to do on those days when you just can’t meditate

This morning I’m reminded of a favorite meditation tip: Some days when you try to meditate, it just doesn’t work. On those days just put in your time on the cushion, or try to make game of it. Get up when the timer goes off, have a cookie, but don’t punish yourself for being a “bad meditator.” New wrinkles in the brain aren’t easily made.

But then on those days when it comes easily and naturally, turn off the timer/alarm, think, “Surf’s up, dude,” and ride that wave as long and as hard as you can. Good rides like these make those struggles worthwhile.

Happy New Year & Namaste

iPhone bedside mode alvin February 20, 2011 - 10:10pm

iPhone bedside mode FAQ: Does the iPhone have a "bedside mode" like the BlackBerry bedside mode? If so, how does it work?

The iPhone currently doesn't have a bedside mode like the BlackBerry, but there are some things you can do to get a similar behavior. Here's how I create something like an iPhone bedside mode.

My "iPhone bedside mode" setup

I use my iPhone as an alarm clock, and so I achieve something like an "iPhone bedside mode" as follows:

My AppleScript iTunes alarm clock program

AppleScript iTunes FAQ: Can you demonstrate an AppleScript iTunes example (such as an AppleScript iTunes alarm clock)?

For a little while now I've been creating an AppleScript iTunes alarm clock application (an AppleScript alarm that would work with iTunes). The basic idea of the application was to do the following: