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Live every day like your hair was on fire. -Zen proverb

Monday, April 06, 2009

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My father's health has taken a downturn this past week and our family has had to begin the real sad discussion about his wishes if/when he passes away. He's a very tough old 76-year old bird who wants to die on his own terms at home.

In addition, my family is preparing for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread which begins this week. Part of the preparation is physically removing all of the leavening products out of our home. Leavening (baking soda/powder, yeast, etc.) "puffs up" bread, just as our sins of vanity/pride etc. puffs us up spiritually. So my family is also examining our life this past year and trying to identify the things in our lives that we have overcome and improved upon; as well as those things that are dragging us down and in need of improvement.

Needless to say I have been crying & praying, laughing and praising at various times this past week. But my heart hasn't been 100% at peace. So on one of my diversionary trips on the internet (to avoid house cleaning & the gym) I thought I'd check out various proverbs about life and death from a Zen perspective, and ran across the following Zen proverb:

LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE YOUR HAIR WAS ON FIRE.

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My first thought is, Hmmmm, this does not sound like a very peaceful way to live.

My next thought is IF my hair was on fire- I would be running and jumping in the back yard pool as fast as I could to get my hair soaking wet. So is one interpretation of this proverb is I need to run, jump and stay wet (does sweating count)???

I'm still puzzled by the deeper meaning of this Zen proverb, and would love to hear other views and opinions about it.
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(PS: You guys are THE BEST!)

  
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SPARKLOVE 4/30/2009 3:25PM

    If your hair was on fire, you would not be sitting still. Live everyday active.
Get excited about your life !

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SHININGSOUL 4/13/2009 5:46PM

    I am glad to hear your dad is coming home/already home from hospital.
I really like your description, I certainly would be jumping around, and having alot more energy!

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CRYSTALINA04 4/8/2009 5:47PM

    I want to wish you the best in this week. I am sad to hear abour your fathers health.


I will hold you in my thoughts and hope you the best week you can have.

I think the proverb is funny. I never wish my hair was on fire, but thinking in that manner sure makes you want to run to extinguish it. HA HA HA.



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DLDAY08 4/7/2009 7:40AM

    Just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. I am also preparing for Passover. I will pray that your family has a blessed and peaceful Passover and Unleaven Bread feast. Know that you are thought of on a daily basis.

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DEEGIRL50 4/7/2009 4:14AM

    Appreciate your hair while you have it. You could lose it any day.
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Tell your father you love him! My father passed away in January and I wish I could say those words to him every day.

Thank you for sharing some of your traditions with us.
Very interesting.
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POSITIVELY_EB 4/6/2009 10:20PM

    You, your father, and family are in my prayers!

Hugs! Beverly

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Avoiding HÄAGEN-DAZS!

Monday, March 30, 2009

I am so happy to report that I have been able to avoid the HÄAGEN-DAZS - ice cream binge demon since my downfall last Thursday night; and I completed my mini exercise challenge with the "ENERGIZER_BUNNY" SparkFriend this weekend as well.

Sunday, I worked at the CNPS Native Plant Demo-Garden 5.5 hours (much longer than I intended) and 'pushed' my back a bit too far. So this morning I was not feeling that great (stiffness, back achy, boo-hoo-eh?) and I hit the alarm so I could sleep another hour and go later. But then I got up and one thing after another kept getting in the way of going to the gym.

BUT my awesome nephew came home from SacCityCollege and started bugging me to go to the gym with him -since I didn't go in the morning. And his "push" got me in to the gym today after all! Yeah, for pushy nephews!!


  
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SHININGSOUL 3/31/2009 5:34PM

    I agree, yeah for your pushy nephew!

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MISS_VIV 3/31/2009 12:50PM

    So glad that you were able to get into that workout routine inspite of not feeling up to par. I hope it helped work out the kinks.

hugs
Vivian

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DLDAY08 3/31/2009 8:25AM

    I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work.
Diane
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POSITIVELY_EB 3/31/2009 12:16AM

    Good for you! And your nephew!!!

Hugs!

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Ambushed by HÄAGEN-DAZS & bannana bread last night!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Well folks,

Yesterday was going really good. I was just cruising along checking off things on my "TODO" list all day and looking forward to going to home bible study and going away party for good friend of mine.
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The study was awesome, but then the party treats came out and the BINGE-DEMON showed up. My plan was to just have one piece of cake that another friend said she was bringing. So the fresh baked bannana bread was brought out, sliced and passed around. It was delicious and I ate my slice with no guilt what so ever. Then another friend started passing out chocolate & peanut covered HÄAGEN-DAZS bars (MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM). So began the HÄAGEN-DAZS ambush!
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Oooooo, my favorite treat, I had to accept it (didn't I???) I didn't want to hurt the feelings of the little ice-cream fairy delivering this delicacy to us. PLUS, it was a party wasn't it??? So I decided to accept the unexpected treat, telling my self I'll just put in some extra exercise on Friday. Then another slice of banana bread was offered, and I sucombed to another slice of banna bread (with the logic that it was "ok"; since the first slice didn't have icing on it, the DEMON reasoned that the 2nd slice was the icing on the "cake" that I had planned on eating ... Oh yeah, that's the ticket!)
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Enough about the ambush, eh? So now I've got to work my buns off this morning and do some bun-kicking !!!

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TUCKERBEAU 3/30/2009 3:35PM

  Thanks for the Welcome! Oh!Sounds so familiar. At least you are going to do something about it. I'd do some damage control next week.
Hope the bun-kicking went great.

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/29/2009 12:57AM

    So YOU'RE the one who let the demon out of the bag!!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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RUTHIEBEAR 3/28/2009 10:39AM

    WOW! That was a tough one! At my Home group I just keep away from the snacks. I tell myself to step away from the table. DO not even look. But when they are handed to you It is tough to just say no. In the past year I have been working on staying away from sweets. At this point I do not even want them any more PTL! Things with even a little sugar taste too sweet to me. (This from a lady who used to eat six large Reese's peanut butter cups in one sitting). It can be done with hard, hard work. I try to make a plan for myself BEFORE going to events where I know there will be food I do not choose to eat (but might WANT to eat). I drink lots of water. I bring along a healthy alternative. I decided a few months ago I do not want to have to lose those same pounds I worked so hard to lose once, a second time!!! It works for me. FInd things that will work for you. YOu can avoid temptation. Take it one step at a time. We are all in this with you and have been (and are) where you are.
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DLDAY08 3/27/2009 4:33PM

    I totally understand where you are coming from. I just had to quit eating desserts at our potluck on Shabbat because I couldn't stop myself once I got started. If I don't start I do just fine. emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 3/27/2009 2:20PM

    dear oh dear, I can certainly relate to temptation, for me it was a hamburger, which I at least ate on a whole wheat bun.
now, we've got to move those buns!!!

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MISS_VIV 3/27/2009 11:24AM

    So, if you start walking right now, how far will you have to walk to work off that hagen daz and banana cake. emoticon

See you out there.

Have a great day...
HUGS


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Down 3# & feeling better

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Well, to my pleasant surprise this morning I'm down another 3 pounds! AND the dreaded crud has left my body, YIPPEEEEEE!!!!

I love the spark goodies ya'll have sent!! FRANCLYN the Gnome you sent me was just perfect (there's been a Gnome following me around this year -so too cool to get one from you!). R3DROBIN, the red ribbon came in time for me to celebrate these 3# that have been jetesoned too. All of you are just the perfect medicine I need. Thanks so much for your continued support.

Unfortunately, I'm off to court this morning (long, sad, stress & worry filled story). Gotta be there at 8:30 am so gotta go. Ciao!


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SHININGSOUL 3/25/2009 2:26PM

    Congrats, and I will pray for you.

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DLDAY08 3/24/2009 11:50AM

    Glad you are down three pounds and feeling better.
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Praying court goes well for you.

Diane

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/24/2009 10:55AM

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Spark Buddy meet up & blog-catch up

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SPARK MEET UP. I'm very excited about meeting LaNeita (a new Spark Buddy/Friend) from LA today!!! After SparkMailing a bit, I found out she was coming up to Sacramento, so BINGO we decided to connect. It's beautiful today here in Sacramento, so I just need to figure out where's the best place to grab an early dinner before she heads back to LA on the plane.

CATCH-UP. Ah where to start. The flu is keeping me down another week, YUKO!! (The doc says this bug is lasting 3 weeks, so hope none of you catch this thing.) And my back has not snapped back as quickly as I had hoped, so I've been sent to physical therapy to help it improve. Then unfortunately there has been some negative chaos at home between family members which has been sad and stressful (actually my biggest negative this week).

This past Saturday/Sabbath was awesome. My mom, nephew and I drove to Sebastapol to fellowship with friends I haven't seen in ages. The drive through Napa, Sonoma & Monterey Counties was beautiful, the fields are just ablaze in wildflowers everywhere, truly gorgeous. The fellowship was fantastic, they had wonderful potluck and Purim celebration that included a beautiful reading of the Book of Esther and a play by the young people. The story telling, laughter, singing and dancing was just wonderful medicine for my body and soul.

Needless to say, I'm maintaining right now. Trying to keep logging in, huddling, and drinking my H2o regularly. Also trying to find additional exercise I can do while my back heals.

As always, thanks to all for the encouraging words, spark goodies and smiles you've been sending my way.

Love Yah!




  
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MIMULUSBUG 3/24/2009 9:58AM

    LaNeita, I send the love right back to you baby! Thanks for the huddle note -they were great!!! The cane is on its way back home. AND I'm getting excited about our trip to Kayenta !!!


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MIMULUSBUG 3/24/2009 9:56AM

    ShiningSoul, You must get your blog on! and get some stuff up on your SparkPage girlie!!! We want to know you better!!!

So happy to learn that your "baby boy" is doing better too!


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SHININGSOUL 3/19/2009 6:38PM

    one more thing, I still have not blogged, I just feel a bit intimidate by the whole idea, not sure what to say, ....and so on. I honor you for doing it!

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SHININGSOUL 3/19/2009 6:37PM

    So sorry you've been under the weather, and going through such testing at home as well! I will pray for you and yours.
Thanks for all your sparky enthusiasm!
Perhaps I will see you this shabbat, women's bible study after.
jules

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LANEITA 3/19/2009 1:42PM

    Hey Girl. What a pleasure to have met you yesterday. We will be friends for life... I just know it!!! Go check out the huddle page again on the California group site. I posted 5 huddles. Go look. Thank you so much for going to retrieve Sue's cane. I would have felt really bad to have lost it, after borrowing it from her. I am very excited about the keyunta (or however you spell it) connection too. I just know that God's hand is in this.
Love ya,
LaNeita

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