Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weed Warrior Yard Yoga

Pre-Op Picture

I've been getting in touch with my weed warrior nature lately. It's truly a remarkable meditation practice to allow the mind to freely create metaphors of meaning out of everyday chores like weeding. I don't want to recommend it TOO much lest I recommend myself out of work - so to speak. But weed warrior meditation really works (and puts a couples dollars in the pocket)!

I also coined the phrase 'yard yoga' to describe what I do. Lots of downward facing dogs and forward folds in the yard work business! And as always, the best pose is that final one - shavasana (corpse pose) when it's all over!

Before winter sets in I am hoping to search out and destroy a significant percentage of the local indigenous vegetative population. It's amazing how much fun it is for me to give someone's property a makeover - a kind of shave and a haircut if you will. I just placed an general advertisement in the local paper describing the kinds of work I can do and people call me for small, medium, or large personal property beautification projects and odd jobs. I have one customer who pays for x-number of hours per month and the rest only want enough work to keep me busy for 4-24 hours. The advertisement looks something like this:

"Looking for work – yard (I love weeding), office, driving, shopping, personal computer coaching, personal or executive assistance. No job too small. Also have a massage table – will massage (and I’m good). If you need help, please call me at (phone number) and let's talk. Thanks. ~ Jeremy Finkeldey"

I work fast and hard and do a thorough job according to my most recent customer. And wow! Are they happy when it's over! They get to walk in and out of their habitat with an entirely rejuvenated perception.

The picture above is a property I worked on today for three hours. It's only a partial picture of the total work accomplished. I only wanted to include before and after pictures so you could see what your place could look like. This is the approach to the front entrance to the house.

And here is the Post-Op picture.

I can weed the old fashioned way - by hand (slower but best in most cases). I can also use my electric weed whacker and a hundred or so feet of extension cord. I have a strong leaf blower (also electric) and an electric hedge trimmer. A sprayer, several hand tools and some supplies completes my weed warrior ensemble. If the lawn needs mowing, I have a great self-propelled lawn mower and can bring it if so ordered. I can work under your specific guidance and direction, or, you can just tell me what you want and trust that I will get it done as you like.

Contact me at my Facebook page if you are not too far away from Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania and need help with anything. Here's a link: Facebook Profile. Or you could try emailing me at this address.

Thank you!

~Jeremy Finkeldey, Yard Yoga Weed Warrior

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/11/01 Revisited (again)

Since I no longer own a television, I forgot (for most of the day) that it was the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. But while visiting a friend who had her image-making machine running on the evening of September 11th, 2011, I was once again exposed to presentations of our cultural propagandists. I saw the 9/11 images... again, the media frenzy... again, and, I saw the dream of perpetual fear-based violence... yet again. One source puts the 9/11 innocent civilian death toll at 2,977 - 2,606 of them at ground zero in Manhattan. Another source puts the post-9/11 death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan (civilian and military on both sides) as high as 919,967. The number of seriously injured in both 9/11 reactions is currently at 1,739,547 according to that source. Who do you trust for numbers like this? Does it matter?

Presuming these number are accurate, how does killing 919,967 additional people (mostly Iraqi and Afghan civilians) over a ten year period either make up for the 2,977 initial deaths OR prevent additional terror attacks?

Personally, I don't believe that killing makes up for killing regardless of the numbers - nor do I believe that terror prevents terror. It seems an obvious fact that terror only breeds more terror. Fearlessness is preferable.

Now that ten years has gone by since the dramatic 9/11 attacks perhaps it's time to get radical. Perhaps it's time to let it go and work for peace instead of war.
"The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. It cannot come where there is conflict, for a mind at war against itself remembers not eternal gentleness. The means of war are not the means of peace, and what the warlike would remember is not love." (A Course In Miracles, T-23,I,1:1-3)