You must beware of the devil! I think that introduction calls for a drink of wine. Here’s an idea for you… Find a bottle of Louis M Martini Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, and notice the surface of the bottle. Look into the dark glass, pop the cork, smell the sweet aroma of the wine, taste the velvety cherry lusciousness of the wine, and be amazed at how quickly the aromas disappear after you eat. drinking. Be aware of what you feel, smell, see, taste, and appreciate. That, my friends, is thinking with wine! A few years ago, I was conducting a parent education course on the topic of mindfulness. I am breaking some common religious barriers by doing that, because to many people who come, that kind of behavior is not Christian. I introduced the class topic, and then we started on the way to discover this thing called meditation. After a few minutes of deep breathing exercises, I asked the attendees to relax and separate their thoughts from the many things floating around in their brains. That’s when the devil entered the discussion. One of the class said frankly that he would not share his opinion because the devil was involved. I can’t tell you how hard it was to stop myself from saying that, even though it was too late to worry about it. But I insisted on the previous class and we continued to practice the art of mediation. Thinking about change. It’s about information. For us northerners, the birds of summer have returned to us. It’s fun to hear different bird songs, and watch their nesting activities. Are these birds changing us in some way? They should do it! By seeing them, they give us peace and hope for the coming months. Beauty always works for us. Birds are a real gift to us, and we should respect them. While on the subject of birds, why not try a bottle of Mendocino County “Rhys” Pinot Blanc? A very pleasant dry white wine that asks you to explore it so that you can fully enjoy it. Imagine this: you are sitting in the park with a glass of this sparkling wine and the birds are singing to you. Alas! Meditation helps others see how full your mind is on the important things in life. Asks you to look at a part of yourself for a few minutes. When was the last time you really felt a deep breath of air entering your lungs? Have you ever looked at your hands, and appreciated what they have done for you? Take a deep breath and look into your eyes. What/who do you see? Don’t forget that glass of wine. While contemplating the beauty of the family, try a glass of McManis Merlot. I think you will like the combination of light spices, vanilla and blacks. Be careful about finishing – pause for a second and appreciate. So, think about the quality of life. It’s there for you. When you rest for that time, don’t worry about the devil. No, El Diablo will not attack you. No, negative thoughts are not flooding your brain! If you’re like me, it’s probably too late. As always, eat and drink in moderation but keep smiling! Cheers!