Date:: February, 2012
David Anderson is a Rennaisance man and the Spice Mistress’ amazing husband. He is presently designing snazzy websites and giving tech tutorials under the name of ‘Your Digital Dave’, but possesses an engineering degree, a teaching degree (he is a kid and animal magnet!), has worked as a chef and marketing manager and has a profound understanding of and expertise in technology.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome David Anderson as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
David is also an artist, photographer and writes poetry that opens the beauty in your heart.
1. How do you begin your day?
Dave: I like rising early – usually just after six, but I prefer even earlier if I get to sleep on time – as I enjoy the quiet calm of the morning. I boil the kettle to begin the day with warm water and lemon. Recently I began a morning meditation practice, so I light some incense and choose some meditation music. My practice isn’t lengthy, just a ten-minute space to attempt to centre myself for the day. After the meditation, it’s off for a morning walk to a lovely nearby park, around the lake a couple of times and back home again. It definitely gets the muscles moving and blood flowing for the day!
Of course, interspersed between these activities and prior to heading out the door, I’m also busy rousing the Spice Mistress from her slumber so that she can accompany me on the walk — not always the easiest task, but always an enjoyable one… 🙂
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Dave: I’m big on moderation in all things. While I enjoy indulging and guilty pleasures, I’m always striving to be conscious of what I’m eating so that I don’t throw my body out of balance. Ensuring that I get my body moving regularly is also part of this. I prefer activities that I can do consistently and sustainably like yoga, hiking or walking – something that I can see myself doing years from now. I also try to avoid diets and exercises that have a marketing name attached…
Learning about the balance of Ayurveda with the Spice Mistress has also helped with that moderation.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Dave: Those small, simple moments of beauty that exist around us if we just pause to look at them. In noticing them – and they are always there – I find that I’m briefly taken away from my daily worries and gain some perspective on what makes me happy. I also like to remind myself that Nature and the Cosmos go in vast cycles and that our energy is part of that perpetual dance.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Dave: Hmm… where to start… As much as I strive for moderation, I am a sensualist at heart, especially with food and drink. I struggle with reining myself in when there is a particularly delicious meal at hand and probably eat a few too many bready foods than I should.
I also strive to avoid over-stimulation from electronics, especially before bed, but often lose that battle.
In the end, being conscious of these challenges is most important, I find, and not feeling bad that I’m not quite there. I just need to gently steer myself in the direction that’s best for me.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Dave: Always! This morning it was the reflected glow of a meditation candle glancing off a smooth shard of abalone shell. And the newly-awakened smile of the Spice Mistress, of course!
Thank you for the interview, Dave. Om Shanti!
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