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T’s – Tarahumara

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

“You weren’t born broken.
Running isn’t a perilous punishment-for-pizza.
Everything you need, you had the day you were born.”

I am reading “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall where he highlights a remarkable Tribe called the Tarahumara.
Excerpts can be found @ www.menshealth.com/fitness/longevity .

My interest is in their almost barefoot running which is “easy, light, smooth and fast” and performed in sandals vs. my five fingers;

their tradition of Korima - Sharing everything for the benefit and wellness of the community;

and some dietary secrets; namely pinole and iskate.

Iskate is a drink/gel made from chia seeds mixed with water, sugar and lime and pinole is a corn meal which is protein rich when combined with beans.

(remember the chia pets?)

Both can be purchased from: www.nativeseeds.org/

And recipes and information can be found @:



Simple people who ‘get it’ – running for pleasure, eating for energy and sharing for the good of all…

May we rediscover the secrets of the Tarahumara as we pursue our quest to be AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIANTPANDA 9/9/2011 9:45PM

    Some people really love barefoot running. I read of one woman who gave up running for good due to serious injuries and had no problem at all when she went to barefoot running. I definitely think that someone seriously overweight needs to have that extra cushioning of running sneakers but I've seen Hawaiian children run barefoot uphill on tough Hawaiian hiking trails as if it is all effortless.

And I have to admit that I love to go barefoot around my home, too. I sometimes think better and write better when I'm barefoot!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/8/2011 11:30PM

    I read this book and couldn't put it down..oh the addiction running has..it truly feeds the soul i think! emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 9/8/2011 9:17PM

  Great blog!

You always come up with something interesting and educational. emoticon

I just started experimenting with chia seeds this year. I'm trying to get more of my protein from plant based sources and chia fits the bill. Also, it's filled with fiber. I've been putting in my morning protein drink. Thanks for supplying some additional idea!

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BISCO_ 9/8/2011 5:44AM

    When I drop by... I'm always educated and enlightened. thank you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2011 8:15PM

    Simplicity is good. Wonder if I can put structure around it? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/7/2011 7:19PM

    Very inspiring! I had not heard of the Tarahumara!

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SUNNY2DAY2 9/7/2011 4:14PM

    Great Blog! AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE....love that!
Have a wonderful day SparkFriend. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 9/7/2011 2:47PM

    Wonderful find! Although they don't recommend running barefoot unless you grew up that way, it can lead to all sorts of injuries. I remember running around as a child barefoot, but it stopped when I stepped on a buried cactus :(( And then there is the danger of broken glass and other sharps objects littered in a city setting :( Even out in the park areas, our dog severely cut his paw on broken glass. but the freedom of doing that must be freeing!

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T’s – Time Two (real life)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

StoryPeople’s Story of the Day: Partial Enlightenment
“The problem with knowing everything's going exactly as it needs to is that when you're not having that much fun it doesn't even do any good to complain.”


After a long holiday weekend where I Tried (and almost succeeded) Too much, receiving the StoryPeople Story of the Day, and reading ONEKIDSMOM blog on structure www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I’m reflecting on how I ‘spend’ Time.

Encarta defines Time as a “system of distinguishing events, period with limits, or method of measuring intervals”. I however often view time as a “period chosen as ‘appropriate’ for something to be done or to take place”.
Viewed in the light of here and now, that everything IS flowing as intended, I don’t need to distinguish or limit or measure or decide what I ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’ do/done.

I instead need to remember to give Thanks for every part of my journey. To give Thanks when I Try to do Too much and fail. To give Thanks when I waiver and stumble. And to move past ‘partial’ enlightenment to accept “it doesn't even do any good to complain’.

Here’s to all of us learning to go with the flow, giving Thanks for what we can and can’t do, enjoying the gift of the present and becoming AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

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_LINDA 9/7/2011 2:33AM

    Yes, I sure wasted my time not getting my bridge club work done, was too busy being outside at my Mom's enjoying the beautiful weather for the long weekend instead, but I won't complain ;)

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/6/2011 7:47PM

    I think holiday weekends are particularly hard for those of us who are really career minded... I kept thinking about all I have to get done by the 15th... and I had a whole extra day to fret over it! emoticon

Great blog entry, and you're right... we do have to be grateful even for the trials that don't turn out as we outline!

emoticon Peace and Spark on!

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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2011 7:32PM

    Darn, that's why my complaining is so ineffective: it doesn't do any good?? Wish I'd know that sooner, might not have wasted so much time (there it is again) on complaining!! OK, I'll stop now!!

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NEW_PARADIGM 9/6/2011 4:17PM

    Ahhh...thanks for can AND can't....hee hee.

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GREENTHUMB70 9/6/2011 12:56PM

    I enjoy your blogs so much. Thank you.

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T's – Taking Time

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 17 of the Chopra Meditation Challenge focuses on Taking Time "to nourish ourselves as an essential step in creating a life full of meaning, joy, and abundance". www.chopracentermeditation.com/bests

Rachelle Williams, Medical Coordinator for the Center, talks about her own experiences and how when we only give, we deplete our gifts. She focuses on exploring the flip side, to help us "discover that when (we) serve (ourselves), (we) are also serving the world".

Rachelle notes the mantra 'Om Vardhanam Namah- I am the nourisher of the universe' comes from Deepak's "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", and asks us to make a commitment to give and receive. www.mantrasltd.com/today_i_will_put_

The website en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Spir
sums up the laws:
- The Law of Pure Potentiality: TAKE TIME to be silent, to just be. Meditate for 30 minutes 2x a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing and practice non-judgment.
- The Law of Giving: Give whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Circulate the world's energy by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love.
- The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choose actions that bring happiness and success to others.
- The Law of Least Effort: Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take non-judgmental responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems.
- The Law of Intention and Desire: "Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment." Make a list of desires. Trust the universe.
- The Law of Detachment: Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Uncertainty is essential, and the path to freedom.
- The Law of Dharma: Seek your higher Self. Discover your talents. Ask yourself how to serve humanity. Use your unique talents and serve others to achieve unlimited bliss and abundance.

And for those of you who practice yoga, you can find the laws (and mantras) here: aprilstolf.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/

May we all Take Time to experience the natural flow of giving and receiving as we continue to become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

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SILLYHP1953 9/15/2011 11:14AM

    Your blogs are so FULL of good information and thoughtful reflections. Thank you!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/5/2011 10:27PM

    Trust the universe.
Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Uncertainty is essential, and the path to freedom.

emoticon those!! wonderful as usual.. emoticon emoticon

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FIT-AT-50 8/31/2011 10:30PM

    Yes... the flow of giving and receiving is a natural flow and one that brings peaceful balance. Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 8/31/2011 9:52PM

    Pure potentiality, least effort and detachment: these are tough stances . . .and in particular the notion that uncertainty is essential as a path to freedom.


Feels right, feels true: and feels hard to achieve!!

Guess I've just gotta trust the universe . . .

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/31/2011 7:52PM

    emoticon Ahhhh!

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_LINDA 8/31/2011 3:54PM

    Giving and receiving, the balance book of life, works well when used as intended!!

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T’s – Thanksgiving for bad news

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I just found out my aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. My mom died from peritoneal cancer (her ovaries were clean), so I am notifying my OB GYN. The current test is a CA-125, but it is unreliable as a cold can influence the numbers.

As I continue with my Chopra meditations, delving into what I want, I understand Benjamin Franklin’s emphasis on health. When you think about it, if we do not have our health, we have nothing but problems.

I was looking for a ‘reason’ to refocus on a healthy journey. I think I found it.

May we all find what we need to be AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and (ESPECIALLY) Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

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SILLYHP1953 9/15/2011 11:12AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your aunt and am sending love, light, and healing.

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SHYGRRL 8/31/2011 12:24PM

  So sorry to hear about your aunt. You & your family are in my prayers.


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_LINDA 8/30/2011 10:41PM

    So very sorry about your aunt :(( This is a wake up call for you to get tested for sure. Women don't look after their health too well when it comes to women's issues.
My Mom had a hysterectomy because of a cancer find, but still has her cervix and is still at risk of that cancer, but has stop getting tested :( Nothing beats regular check ups.. That goes for a mammogram too. After 50 here gets regular free testing.
Hoping they caught your aunt's cancer in time..

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    Praying for you and your family.

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WATERMELLEN 8/30/2011 8:03PM

    That is very very difficult news. I'm glad you're inspired to take best care of your own health: then you do feel you are doing everything you can (and also, of course, enjoying life more now!!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/30/2011 7:56PM

    For sure you and yours are being added to my prayer list, Becky. Take care of you while you are caring about others!


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MIRAGE727 8/30/2011 2:12PM

    I'll keep your family in my prayers. Be well.

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NIKOBLUE 8/30/2011 1:58PM

    Thank you for this because it reminded me it's time for me to see my doctor! I am sorry to hear about your aunt but am glad you're talking to your doctor about it. Sending healthful energy and thoughts your way. emoticon

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GREENTHUMB70 8/30/2011 11:31AM

    I love your attitude and your such a good influence on me. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt.

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JOHAL52 8/30/2011 10:46AM

    emoticon -- been there with my family several times.

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OWENSAUNT1 8/30/2011 10:32AM

    I love how you turned a negative into a positive. Focus your energy! You're doing everything right. (Relaxing and taking medical precautions.) You and your aunt will be in thoughts.

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MEMAMA 8/30/2011 10:20AM

Deepak Chopra has a free 21 day meditation challenge four times a year. After you sign up, you are sent a guided meditation everyday (also a discussion about meditation). It is fairly short and is great for beginners. There are also guided meditations on his website library that are wonderful! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/30/2011 10:22:11 AM

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 8/30/2011 10:18AM

    you are in my thoughts today


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REDSHOES2011 8/30/2011 9:42AM

    Hang in there.. Talk to your OB GYN and tell him-she about your fears.. Do this journey in memory of the women you have lost..
emoticon You have had warnings and if doing everything to avoid problems- try to sleep more peaceful at night..

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ATOMICSPUD 8/30/2011 9:37AM

  Hello Kaligirl,

I'm sorry to hear of your family's misfortune. Hopefully all will be well. May I ask, though, what "Chopra" meditation is?



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T’s – using the seat of Thought and memory for health

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thought involves consideration, contemplation, attention and reflection.

When we Think, we use our minds. Encarta defines the mind as "The center of consciousness that generates Thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perceptions, and stores knowledge and memories".

Self Magazine and Yahoo listed 8 ways we can use our Thoughts.

Several of them heal our bodies:

Herbert Benson www.biomedexperts.com/Profile.bme/10

• Mind/body practices (meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, and visualization) induce the relaxation response, suppressing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline; working as well as drugs without the side effects.
• Regular meditators’ genes change to "control not only stress but also premature aging and inflammation"

Rick Hanson (author of Buddha's Brain) found "the prefrontal cortex and the anterior right insula (attention and sensory processing areas) were thicker and more robust in those who meditate."



While the following do not all involve Thought, Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program @ Mayo Clinic, suggests ways to alleviate common health issues. For:
• Back pain Try: Yoga
• Depression Try: Music therapy, qigong, yoga
• Eating disorders Try: Meditation, yoga
• Fertility Try: Visualization, yoga
• Heart health Try: Deep breathing, qigong, yoga
• High cholesterol Try: Qigong
• Immunity Try: Breathing, chants, meditation, qigong
• Insomnia Try: Acupuncture, visualization, yoga
• Joint pain Try: Music therapy, qigong, yoga
• Migraines Try: Acupuncture, yoga
(Not sure what qigong is, but I will by the time I get to my Q words emoticon

Here’s to all of us using our seat of Thought and memory to become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

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BISCO_ 8/30/2011 2:35AM

    Enjoyed this! Went to all of the websites. Thanks for posting.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/29/2011 11:22PM

    love your blog..yoga is the answer in all of them darn it! lol.. emoticon emoticon

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NIKOBLUE 8/29/2011 9:17PM

    I emoticon Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius! Buddha's Brain is endlessly fascinating to me, as a science nerd and a mystic. Thanks once again for a super thought provoking blog :)

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2011 9:15PM

    The mind is a powerful thing indeed . . . I've been reading Jon Kabt-Zinn's "Wherever You Go, There You Are" as an exploration of mediation plus "Mind Over Mood" by Greenberger/Padesky. You've provided some great resources here, thank you!

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NEW_PARADIGM 8/29/2011 7:52PM

    Great resources...thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/29/2011 7:19PM

    As I've been going through the 21 day meditation challenge I noticed / remembered how stress-reducing it was. What a sense of peace there is in relaxing your muscles and letting go your thoughts.

- Barb emoticon

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_LINDA 8/29/2011 4:47PM

    Biofeedback has been touted for helping relieve stress, pain and actually help the body heal itself. The power of the mind is a wonderful thing and most of us are wasting its full potential. I was thinking of giving it a try to see if it would help, but it is pretty expensive. Far better to learn meditation on your own as a start. I really wanted to do Tai Chi, but was unable to as my knees were so bad. I could feel the energy of chi starting, but my pain was always a blocker preventing it from circuling my whole body.
It really is worth practising.
Thanks for the excellent links!

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GIANTPANDA 8/29/2011 4:22PM

    Quigong is based in Chinese alternative medicine and Chinese martial arts. I was lucky enough to have wonderful classes a long time ago and also get to enjoy this at a Zen meditation workshop during the rare times I get out that way. It really is wonderful and does shift the energy in the body.

Your posting reminds me of why I have to get back to yoga as a daily practice, too. It really is healing medicine, along with meditation. Another very good reason for me to get on with my decluttering project to make more space for yoga practice. (And everything else.)

Thanks for your blog!

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GREENTHUMB70 8/29/2011 3:51PM

    I just ran across this in the Tricycle moments ago-a video link to Qigong. Sounds like the signs are telling me I need to try it.


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GREENTHUMB70 8/29/2011 3:31PM

    I've been doing yoga for more years than I could count. I became serious about it in the 90's when I began to have horrible back pain. Shortly before that I began to meditate to help with bulimia. I still meditate but for pain control and mental health. I don't want to image my life without yoga and meditation. Yoga still helps me with pain control and stiffness. Give it a try.

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AFITONE 8/29/2011 3:11PM

    Wow...yoga seems to be the cure for all that ails us...perhaps I should give it a try!

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