In Meditation


(c) h.koppdelaney

can at times begin

with a sensation of chilled morning air

tingling up my nostrils,

while the rising sun

warmly caresses my cheeks;

outside traffic sounds

merge with the symphony of a waking house

and the chirping of the birds by the window.


thoughts about things to do

things undone


dissolve into

what some may call emptiness

others The Way

and yet others, Bliss.

But names have limits


I give it no name.

It is simply

my meditation


How many cups of coffee can you buy for $10mm?

How many cups of coffee can you buy for $10mm?Here is an intriguing exercise I thought up for my kids, to teach them to think bigger.
It’s a very good exercise for anyone.
I thought of sharing it with you – my blog friends and followers.

Take a sheet of paper (or open a blank document on your computer) and write this list:

  • $10
  • $100
  • $1,000
  • $10,000
  • $100,000
  • $1mm
  • $10mm

(you can do more, but don’t do less numbers and don’t skip from $10 directly to $10mm as going through the range has importance.)

By each line item write down what you would do if you came by this amount of money by chance i.e. winning a lottery ticket, coming by it via an inheritance, etc.
This does not apply to money you saved or gained over time and labor. Its money you would have been given without any strings attached.
Think what would you do with it.
Be precise e.g. not just “give charity” or “buy a new car,” but, receptively, (if charity) how much and whom to, and (car) what brand of car and what will be the cost.
Make sure to have your numbers realistic in terms of value.
One more rule: no speculations allowed e.g. “invest $1mm in the stock market and make $10mm” is not an option in this exercise.

Why bother?
This may take about 10 to 60 minutes of your time (some people will do this very quickly, others may take a while, which, by itself will teach you something about yourself and your relationship with money), but I can assure you that it will be time very well spent. Very enlightening to a point of starting a paradigm shift.

If anyone reading this care to share what they found, I, as well as other readers, will be grateful.
I will share my findings as well but I rather give others time to try it out first.

You can also try this exercise in a reverse manner i.e. starting with $10mm and coming down to $10.
It investigates two different sets of mind – one is expansion (Yang) and the other contraction (Yin).
This second exercise is no less important as it allows you to investigate a different form of happiness, the one best expressed by the saying –
Having more does not make one as happy as learning to do with less.