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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Lake Isabelle

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

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Whenever I see beauty like I saw today in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, I give thanks. But until yesterday evening I didn’t realize that I was praying.

My Vipassana (Insight) meditation leader, David Chernikoff, introduced his most recent dharma talk with a quotation by the 14th Century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart:

“If the only prayer you ever say is, ‘Thank You,’ that is enough.”

When I reached my destination today and saw Lake Isabelle in front of some of the Indian Peaks, I was sure to offer thanks. I hope that you will too:

Lake Isabelle and Indian Peaks

Lake Isabelle and Indian Peaks

Today I was also thankful that I had a lot more energy than on my Monday hike. I realized then that I wasn’t getting enough fat in my diet. I had cut back too much in my quest to keep my body mass index at 19.0.

Since we use either carbohydrates or fat for energy and I continue to stay strictly on my very low-carb diet, I needed to eat more fats. So since Monday afternoon I have been eating more almonds, avocados, and wild salmon — and it did the trick today, although it was at the cost of gaining a few pounds.

I am thankful that I can afford them.

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