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Relaxing with my comadre Rosita after her delicious lunch, Nov, 2014.
: The more alert we become to the blessing that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessing. --David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart
: If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed. -- Carl Sagan
YES! to SERVICE: If you dedicate yourself to service, the doors will open. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
: If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? --Maha Ghosananda
: Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong. Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century Christian mystic & visionary
: Hero, mentor, teacher Joseph Campbell offered, "Where you stumble, there your treasure lies."
: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. --John Muir (Or: We interare with the whole universe. --Thich Nhat Hanh)
is "Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience." --Sri Anandamayi Ma
: People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. --Audrey Hepburn
cont'd: And every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the net, but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.
is "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." --Rachel Carson
appreciates this beautiful reminder: "Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." --Serbian Proverb
thanks Ovid, who taught that, "The burden which is well borne becomes light."
: When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. --Jean Vanier
SO agrees with Simone Weil, that: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
is "Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky." --Chippewa, translated by Robert Bly
: The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
loves this by James Joyce, from Ulysses, "Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past." (He KNEW!)
The Glory of God is a human being fully alive. --St. Irenaeus (photo by Ulrika Mai)
loves this: " If the eye of the heart is open, in each atom there will be one hundred secrets." --Attar (photo by Musthaq Nazeer)
is "Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy." --Joan Chittister, Monasteries of the Heart Newsletter
: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes
is " Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leonardo da Vinci
agrees that, "Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe." -- Zen Master Dogen (photo Carina Nebula: ESO/T. Preibisch)
is BIG NEWS from Harper Lee! http://tinyurl.com/mqsgfya
:Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)
:(cont'd.) "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without." Jack Kornfield After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (photo by Thomas Ulrich)
: Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)
: In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer
:What is life?It is the flash of a firefly in the night.It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. --Crowfoot
is thank you William Blake, "And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love."
: Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. -- Thich Nhat Hanh (photo by Kurniadi Ilham)
is in love with John O'Donohue: "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."(Horseshoe Bend, AZ, photo by Hans Braxmeier)
is ahhhhhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo Galilei
is ahhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo Galilei
thanks Carl Jung: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
agrees with Hindu scripture: "Every being is an abode of the Divine, worthy of respect and reverence."
is YES! "Religion isnít about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. Itís about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness." --Karen Armstrong
is: "All good things are wild, and free." --Henry David Thoreau
The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest Williams
: The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest Williams
: Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply, with the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? --
--the quote by David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science.
is "Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul." --Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Bowl of Saki
is Om Shanthi: "Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace." --Quero Apache Prayer
loves Leonard Cohen's poetry and music: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
is intrigued by "Wabi Sabi," a confirmation of Cohen's philosophy!
is ahhhh: "O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one." -- Twylah Nitsch, Seneca Medicine Woman
(Cont'd.) Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e.e. cummings (photo by Amber Clay)
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. (Cont'd.) Photo by Amber Clay
:And love will simply have no choice but to go into battle with space and time, and furthermore, to win. --James Baldwin, Nothing Personal, a collaboration with photographer Richard Avedon
agrees with the process of Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
so agrees that, "No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you." --Althea Gibson, http://www.history.com/topics/black-histor
, for a friend facing surgery soon, "Where there is great love there are always miracles." --Willa Cather
: "In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that." --Bertrand Russell, from Bertrand Russell's Autobiography Vol 1, pp. 219-221
appreciates: "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." --Ursula K. Le Guin
:Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing,life reveals just the opposite,that letting go is the real path to freedom. --Sogyal Rinpoche,Glimpse After Glimpse
is, "When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby." --Michele McDonald, Dharma Teacher (photo by Anja Osenberg)
is "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's Tale
is "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's Tale
: The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences. --Hazrat Inayat Khan, Gayan
loves the extraordinary work of Desmond Tutu who said, "The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated."
(Cont'd) "When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be." --Robert Fulghum (photo by Kerryanna Kershner)
loves David Whyte's admonition: "You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in.
is ahhhhh..."Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls." --Pope Francis
:To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. Rosa Parks
sez', ahhhhh Rumi: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." ( Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
: We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential. --Allan Lokos, Through the Flames
is, may it be so! "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
:Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation. --Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson
is "Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world." --Jean Houston, A Passion for the Possible
is "Laughing is the shortest distance between two people (beings)." --Victor Borge
: When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou
:What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. Ray Charleshttp://tinyurl.com/pumeu5o
is "Simplicity is the ultimate sophisticaton." --Leonardo da Vinci
: The same pain that can blemish our personality can act as a creative force, burnishing it into an object of delight. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Alchemical Wisdom (photo by Steve Bidmead)
is "Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced - even a proverb is not a proverb till your life has illustrated it." --John Keats (photo with Adelaida in Ecuador, birthday 2014)
"And I Love Her", The Beatles, a major influence on jazz guitarist Pat Metheny -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcZ6s3z1j
knows Jon Kabat Zinn is right, "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." (Photo: Playing with my god child, Amrita, 2005, Ecuador).
:If my mind gets trapped inside/Just roll me to my sky-wide view/Where I will feast on cumulous and light/And tell you that art with just my eyes. JaneKrainin's irrepressible spirit, anticipating ALS
is oh yes! "For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." --Elie Wiesel
: Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed. --William Saroyan
is "When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time." --Rachel Naomi Remen (photo by Brigitte Werner)
is "Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight!" (Cont'd.)
is (Cont'd.) "But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all." --Sri Swami Satchidananda (photo by Abdulmomn Kadhim)
will remember during bus trip: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Philo of Alexandria (Adios!)
hopes so -- "Will you ever understand how near God is to you?" --Lalla, fourteenth century C.E. (photo by David Mark)
is sending saludos desde Vilcabamba, Ecuador: "Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness." --Paramahansa Yogananda
is "The whole of the holy life is good friends." The Buddha to his cousin Ananda (photo, me'n'Adelaida)
is -- The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. --Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Gospel of Ramakrishna
: Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.(Cont'd)
(Cont'd) Dr. Albert Schweitzer (photo by Alicja Stolarczyk)
:Earth, my love...Believe me, no more of your springtimes are needed to win me over - even one flower is more than enough. Before I was named I belonged to you. --Rainer Maria Rilke, 9th Duino Elegy
is "I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book." --Groucho Marx
is "Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.' --Thomas Merton
:As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -- what and whom we can work with, and how -- becomes wider. --Pema Ch√∂dr√∂n, When Things Fall Apart
"It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old, John Boehner's already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral." --White House Correspondent's Dinner
is "Give me love /Give me love / Give me peace on earth" -- George Harrison
is "No matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with " --Andy Rooney
is "When you cultivate a seed of love, it is you that blossoms." --Ma Jaya Sati (Photo: Manfred Antranias Zimmer)
Tonglen for, as Pema Chodron says, "a world that is falling apart." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwqlurCvXu
:How many gifts and graces You have given me! How many favors You have fed me from your hand! I look for your love in all directions, then suddenly its blessing burns in me. --Rabia Al-Adawiyya
I am so happy I was able to help facilitate a beautiful "quinceanera" for my god daughter 12/30/14.
is "Truth may walk through the world unarmed." --Bedouin Proverb (photo by Honey Kochphon Onshawee)
: Penetrate the heart of just one drop of water, and you will be flooded by a hundred oceans. --Mahmud Shabistar√ģ (photo, Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador, Rainer Doost)
is "I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water." --Wendell Berry
: Some mountains are not mountains. Not all caves, springs, groves and deserts are caves, springs, groves or deserts. Some are god beings of vast capacity, masquerading as features of the landscape.
is "How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!." --Robert Browning (photo by Nicole K√∂hler)
: Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike. --John Muir (photo by Margaret Wakeley - Muir trail, Yosemite, CA)
is "In everything there is a hidden wholeness." --Thomas Merton
is "We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart." --Brother David Steindl-Rast
is "A friend is a gift you give yourself." --Robert Louis Stevenson
is "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." Khalil Gibran (Photo: birthday ritual in Hana Cave, Maui)
:The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life, the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it, is all your responsibility. (Cont'd.)
(Cont'd.) : We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for a while. --Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi
: Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical;don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.Rather,follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.-Franz Kafka(Image:Andy Warhol)
is "A recognition of the mystery of death, and therewith, of life, marks the spiritual separation of man from the beasts." --Joseph Campbell
is "The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry." --Maya Angelou
: Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. --Diane Ackerman
(Cont'd.) "...and her abundant natural treasures and pleasures. See what moves you, and what's calling you home, for rest, solace, release." --Molly Hall (Christian Schloe, artwork)
loves "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." ~ Mary Oliver (Image: NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes)
is "The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose." --Heda Bejar (photo by Johann Reinbacher)
--"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.‚ÄĚ --Oliver Wendell Holmes
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
-- no more internet at home after today until I get home and arrange it there. Hasta luego!
is at internet place: "Gratitude is an ascending reflection of a descending grace." --Beverly Novak (photo by Hilary Quinn)
is "Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you." Corazon Aquino, 11th president (and first female president) of the Philippines. She restored democracy after the dictatorship of F. Marcos.
: "Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle." --Phillips Brooks
is "I love my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind. Just in case...heart might stop. Mind can forget. I love them with my soul. Soul never stops or forgets." --Rumi
is "If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought." --Peace Pilgrim (photo by Linda Hannum)
: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. W.H. Murray, "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"
: I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything
: (Cont'd.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination (Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in Her sight....)
: May the blessing of the soft rain be upon you, Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. (Cont'd)
: (Cony'd.) May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean. --from An Irish Prayer For Healing
is "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." --St. Francis of Assisi
: Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you. --Maori proverb
: All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy. --Rainer Maria Rilke, In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
...in May 2014, I carried 144 lbs; yesterday, 132! YES! to many miles of walking in Ecuador (photo 6/13/15, meditation retreat Maria Center, St. Louis)
: In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard Thurman
: Are the stars too far? Pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all. --Margaret Fuller www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/poet/fuller.html
: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom. --Anais Nin (via gratefulness.org)
: And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love. --William Blake (via gratefulness.org)
: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel Proust
Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices. --Oscar Wilde
: Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. --E.B. White (photo by Linda Hannum)
: A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. --Donna Roberts (photo by Barbara Jackson)
: A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse. --Mark Twain
: The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. --Marcus Tullius Cicero
: A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord. --Paramahansa Yogananda
: To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. --Eckhart Tolle
In the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest. --David Steindl-Rast
With beloved friend and former housemate Robin (GENKI_WARRIOR), at going away gathering May 2014
Truckin' Arkansas to California 5-6/14 in my 1984 Toyota Dolphin.
With my soul sister Adelaida on my 71st birthday in Ecuador, Feb 23, 2013.
THANK YOU Chris Downie, the VeryMerrySparkGuy for this incomparable wellness site! (9/26/09)
Me'n Coach Nicole at SP Cincinnati Program 9/26/09.
1987: I met my beloved teacher Swami Satchidananda in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history!
With Thay and over 1000 others at Magnolia Grove Monastery, during Sept 24-29, 2013 retreat.
Gurudev and I on Secret Beach, Kauai, 1987.
GENKI_WARRIOR'n me cruising the beautiful AR River Trail summer 2013 -- wheee!!!
A blossoming friendship with Ann (ABURRIS2) added JOY to my sojourn in the SFBayArea, ending 2011.
A valley of the Andes of northern Ecuador where I stay. Taken during a hike at Lago Cuicocha.
My beautiful (now) 13-yr. old god daughter, Amrita. Adelaida and German are her parents.
My dear friend Adelaida, who I was with in 1999 when she discovered she was pregnant with Amrita.
Santiago, my (now) 13-yr. old godson, an Otavalan Indian. 05/06
2006 Dancing with 6-yr. old goddaughter Amrita at home in Ecuador.
Robin (GENKIWARRIOR, pal and yoga buddy)and I in white with friends at yoga studio open house 8/11.
Off we go, now it's Fall Classic 2013...35 miles in picture-perfect weather!
KaliMa, 2011 Specialized Vita Sport Road Bike, which I bought in March 2011!
2 mi. walk RT into Taughannock Falls empties into Cayuga Lake, NY's Finger Lakes Region 8/10/10.
I made it to Ithaca! First one seated on Moosewood's patio 8/10/10.
Kayaking with FRANCESCANAZ in her lovely craft on Lake Champlain! I WANT ONE TOO!!!
The Grand Tetons 8/09
Listening to the quiet nudge that guides me, I know I am not far off my path. --SpringChickadee
Yellowstone River 8/09
Headstand (sirshasana) with prop.
The Warrior (rotated!)
Hatha yoga, so important for my health and peace of mind.
Yoga women! I'm in the front row, white tee.
Another dear friend, Dawn, as we create a ritual near Hana, Maui, on Diana's birthday. 05/04
Hangin' out by the Pacific at Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road, Big Island.05/05
"Those were the days my friend"...Dawn, Diana, rainbow, and me, Kokee, Kauai, 1987.
Some of the 26 WW cyber-buddies who met in 07/04 (Picture Lake, Mt. Shuksan, WA). I'm far left.
Dante's View, Death Valley, New Year's 2007
The inimitable Kitty Rama in all her glory, May 2011, with 10 of my 12 wheels behind her!
My philosophy, via a very important person in my life, Joseph Campbell.
May all beings awaken to the Light of their true nature.
My world has no borders
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