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3/Summer09: Daisies and Yellowstone

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DAISIES

It is possible, I suppose that sometime
we will learn everything there is to learn:
what the world is, for example, and what it means.
I think this as I am crossing from one field to another,
in summer, and the mockingbird is mocking me,
as one who either knows enough already
or knows enough to be perfectly content not knowing.
Song being born of quest he knows this:
he must turn silent were he suddenly assaulted with answers.
Instead

oh hear his wild, caustic, tender warbling ceaselessly
unanswered. At my feet the white-petalled daisies display
the small suns of their center piece, their -- if you don't
mind my saying so -- their hearts. Of course
I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and
narrow and hidden in the roots. What do I know?
But this: it is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain; what the sun lights up willingly;
for example --
I think this as I reach down, not to pick but merely to touch --
the suitability of the field for the daisies,
and the daisies for the field.

-- Mary Oliver
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Thank you to ALL of my friends who have posted support and love on these travel entries. I cannot respond to each you because of time and signal strength, but please know that I feel your presence and deeply appreciate your reflections.

It's a morning fit for singing praises to Mother Gaia for the beauty she has wrought. At 7:00am the sun is brightly shining over the backdrop mountains to the Yellowstone River a stone's throw from the Dolphin. A VERY big bird with some beige coloring is soaring out one side window and the barren hills on the other side of the road smile at me out the other side.

I'm at peace in my new world, in this latest adventure-in-the-life, in my solitude. I still do not know the answer to the questions Mary Oliver asks, "what the world is" or "what it means," but like the mocking bird I know "enough to be perfectly content not knowing."

Yesterday I left Sam's family's home high in the foothills of very rural Montana, 60 miles north of Billings after four days there. Sam left as well, in the long bed cargo van that was formerly mine, heading back to Oregon. The release of that van symbolizes in a very concrete way the closure of the sweater cooperative project I started in Ecuador in 1997. The 11 years working there with those exquisitely talented women are permanently etched on my heart, and the way the project opens new future work and living possibilites for me is life-affirming as well.

Cruising down US 89 South yesterday on the approach to Yellowstone, I envisioned myself a turtle slowing moving along with my shell covering me, my home about me. The cab-over design of the Toyota Dolphin supports the turtle image in my mind's eye, as does the slow-moving 4-cylinder engine. I'm not disturbed about the *step down* from the cargo van's V-8 engine. In fact, I see it as a metaphor for the general "slowing down" direction of my life...and I like it!

So today it has been "Yellowstone or bust!" and it's about time...it took me 67 years to get here! And HERE I AM at Yellowstone's lovely north entrance, via Gardiner, WY:


Yellowstone Lake...it seems interminable!


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GENKI_WARRIOR 8/11/2009 9:40PM

    emoticon loverly! thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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4DANCINGCATS 8/11/2009 9:05PM

    Your blog took me out of my world and put me into a sunlit field of daisies.
thanks,
Jennifer
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CARLI_MAE 8/11/2009 2:03PM

    Ahhhhhh ... oooooooohh! These would make a wonderful travelogue, Maha! And your way of writing takes me right out of myself, sort of (don't know exactly how to express it). Just think ... beautiful photography, some inspiring words, a bit of philosophy and history and stories of people all woven together into a truly unique tapestry!!! This may be your "next thing!"

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Peace & blessings,
Carli

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LADYIRIS313 8/11/2009 2:02PM

    Brilliant! Glorious! Thank you for sharing your journey -- both the inner and the outer.

namaste
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/11/2009 1:08PM

    Love hearing as you go! Thx for all the beautiful pictures in my mind´s eye.

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MAZZYR 8/11/2009 1:05PM

    Peace is good. Knowing enough to be perfectly content not knowing is also good. Happy travels.

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DEGAIA 8/11/2009 12:51PM

    Hey Maha-
So wonderful to envision you in such a place of beauty and freedom!

Thank you for the response to my "leaving for Bend" note. I wasn't able to get online and discover it til yesterday, but I know your good wishes made a difference in my experience there. Sufi camp is SO what I need this week and I am so grateful for the timing, and that it is so near my home so that I am able to nourish and get caught up with both my inner and outer life.

I wish you all joy, beauty, deep peace and inspiration in your travels and in this new phase of your life. AND I look forward to the day our paths cross (again) in this life or another, and we are able to meet face to face.

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MISS_VIV 8/11/2009 10:48AM

    BLESS YOU and your Dolphin cruising the wilds and enjoying the wonders that are there for all of us. Love and peace
Vivian

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/11/2009 10:48AM

    I love the metaphors to your life. Turtle or Dolphin--you are creating in the here and now. instead of step down--maybe think of it as "step into" this new chapter of life. Looking forward to the pics! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/Summer09: Traveling Mercies and Gratitudes

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

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I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me. For I am the Soul of nature that gives life to the universe. From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return. Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
-- Charge of the Goddess: Traditional prayer adapted by Doreen Valiente and Starhawk
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Wheatland, Wyoming
Tuesday, 7:45pm Mountain Time (this morning I was in Central Time Zone)

I have great appreciation for the big ol' V-8 long bed cargo van taking me on this final 1500-mile journey to Billings, Montana. After buying it new in December 2000, it has safely taken me almost 150,000 miles to arts and crafts shows with the beautiful hand-knit sweaters lovingly made by the skilled artisans in the Ecuador women's master knitters cooperative. It continues to bless me by enabling me to live out another dream -- of trading it for a Toyota Dolphin 20' camper!

My time and energy for being on the computer, after almost 9 hours of driving today is very limited. But I am so grateful for so much abundance in my life, and I want to take time to express that before closing down the computer for the evening!

I left central AR Sunday morning and drove 6+ hours to Stephanie's beautiful home in Kansas City. She and her partner wined and dined and entertained me like I was royalty. What an amazing way to spend the first night of my journey. I felt so honored and loved. And THEN she showered me with gifts as well. I'm truly blessed to count them among my friends.

Ok, now that Stephanie has posted a photo of our dinner table on her SPage ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SL
ASALLE
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Monday morning I got a late start (having WAY too much fun!). The plan was to meet Ginabug in Lincoln, NE for lunch. Since I left KCity after 11:00am for the 4-hr. drive, my arrival time was mid-afternoon. Gina was standing in the driveway waving as I pulled in and practically her first words were to the effect, "Why don't you cancel your motel reservation and spend the night with us?" Of course she REALLY had to twist my arm on that one...another evening among friends vs. Motel 6...DUH?

And so I not only met Gina, whom I've been cyber friends with for over five years between WW online and SPeople, and her partner, but had the privilege of spending the night in their beautiful home after another exquisite evening, which included dinner at the beautifully appointed Blue Orchid, serving sumptuous Thai cuisine. Gina and her partner opened their home to me with no prior notice and, again, treated me like a queen.

This morning we all got up at 5:30am and enjoyed freshly ground and brewed organic fair trade coffee and delicious organic fruits and toast. I was on the road by 9:00am for the long drive ahead.

My life has been beautifully enlarged by the addition of these lovely friends into it. I am incredibly blessed and feel that whatever happens during the rest of this odyssey, the fortunate beginning sets a tone for an auspicious and favorable Rite of Passage (for you see, this journey is much more than a vehicle trade...but I'll have to share further with you about this when I'm more rested).
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Bowing deeply in gratitude to these souls of generous and loving spirit,
Maha

  
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WALKINGANNIE 4/15/2010 1:05PM

    You really do give joy and get joy Maha. It is so good to hear about your adventure and your time with friends.

I hope you are well rested now.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Wishing you more happy memories from your new camper.

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GINABUG 4/14/2010 10:33PM

    Maha -- No, I had not seen this. I don't think I was active on SP when you came for your visit. Perhaps it was your visit that got me back to my SparkHome!

The one thing R and I have said over and over is, "we can't believe we didn't take any pictures when Maha was here!" An opportunity missed, but at least we have the pictures in our memories -- of the lovely Thai food and lingering over food and wine. Of you sitting in the chair by the window drinking coffee and talking. Our home is blessed still by your presence in these memories.

May it be so again very soon!

Blessings to you, dear Maha!

Gina
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DRAGONFLY7149 8/7/2009 1:56AM

    Thanks for keeping us posted, Maha...I'm sure I echo the sentiments of a multitude of your cyberfriends! It's all about the journey, isn't it? Live, love and laugh...and please keep posting when you can...
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MAZZYR 8/6/2009 9:52PM

    Sweet Maha, sounds like you're enjoying yourself! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Safe journey, dear Maha.

Hugs,
Mazzy

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/5/2009 2:26PM

    Thank YOU for sharing your adventure!

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SLASALLE 8/5/2009 10:23AM

    See photo of Maha and I on my SparkPage!

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NORLANA 8/5/2009 9:17AM

    I can't wait to hear about the journey that will be unfolding in your beautiful life... keep blogging ... is there a book in the making? heheh!

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KUZINKEITH 8/5/2009 8:48AM

    Spreading joy & love and receiving love & joy. Your trip is off to a great beginning. Our momentary cyber-loss is the real world's gain!
PEACE TO YOU LOVELY MAHA
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BABYFACE26 8/5/2009 12:44AM

    Beautiful blog. beautiful lady. I can't believe u blogged on the road!
thanks for sharing your journey with me.

With love,
Ellen

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CARLI_MAE 8/4/2009 11:50PM

    This blog evokes and brings back to me all the images, sights, sounds, smells, and wonder of road trips I made out West years ago. Even better when surrounded by hospitable friends ... Peace,
Carli

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 8/4/2009 11:24PM

    What a wonderful blog.
It was also great to hear of your status while on your trip.
Safe travels for the remainder of your tour. Enjoy all your good friends and happy trails to you.



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SLASALLE 8/4/2009 10:54PM

    In true Maha spirit, she did not even bother to mention the gifts she came with. We got to share some of her most wonderful spelt bread that she mentions in her gratitudes off and on AND the most divine blackberries I think I've ever tasted!!!

A true feast, all the way around, with kindred spirits ...

I only hope that we can entice her to visit again on her way back through!!!! Either way, safe journey, my friend ... glad to see that you're in Wyoming!!

Stephanie

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/4/2009 10:36PM

    Everlasting arms of love are beneath, around, above --seeing you through the journey! As you are experiencing--love is reflected in love! emoticon

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4DANCINGCATS 8/4/2009 9:57PM

    The Charge of the Goddess is beautiful. What a great trip.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the community! And me!
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1/Summer09: My Latest Adventure -- WHEE!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here's the 2001 8-cylinder Dodge Ram 2500 Long Bed Cargo Van that I bought new, being readied for its *Last Hurrah* with me...the only pleasure trip it went on in the nearly 160,000 miles I drove it (all sweater project miles):


*My trusty Maxi-Rama cargo van*

Here's the story: I called my old friend Sam Tuesday to wish him happy birthday. As we talked, he mentioned that he had purchased the camper (he's a mechanic and does alot of buying and reselling of vehicles) and described it:

~ cabover 20' camper
~ camper part never used
~ 25 years old
~ one owner
~ total mileage 50,000 miles
~ new tires
~ mechanically impeccable condition
~ it gets up to 20 mpg. (4 cylinders)

I started *uhhhhhing* and *ahhhhhing,* reminding him that I've had a fantasy to get a camper for years. He had just put an ad in the paper and already had six responses, asking price $6500. He said, "I can see you cruising the highways in this. It's just your size Maha! I can absolutely envision you behind the wheel." And he started asking questions about my cargo van. My sweater project van has 149,250 miles on it and has a market value of less than $4000 (and gets about 11mpg, yikes), but I've maintained it in impeccable mechanical condition. It purrs!


*This is like the camper Sam has, but this one is probably 22'.*

So on Wednesday Sam phoned back -- HE WILL MAKE A STRAIGHT TRADE(!) for the cargo van, which he will use in his new business! We've known each other since 1986 on Kauai. He is a very dear friend and over the years I've helped him out in various ways. I guess this is payback.

The reason for Billings is that he is moving his 83-yr. old mother there from OR since his sister lives there. It will also become his permanent residence, although his plan is to become a mobile RV mechanic and Green technician (installing energy-saving and environmentally sustainable devices in the RV’s like solar panels and inverters, etc.) so that he can travel at will and make money along the way. He doesn't like OR winters (or MT winters for that matter!) so he plans to head to Arizona in the wintertime to take care of the RVs of all those "snowbirds."
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OK! So here's my Travel Plan:

~ Leave Conway, Arkansas Sunday ior Billings, Montana.

~ About 6 hours later, arrive to Kansas City to hang out with Stephanie (SLASALLE!) and her partner and spend the first night of the journey!

~ Monday night with SFriend GINABUG, a prof at UN, Lincoln, NE

~ Arrive Billings, MT the afternoon of Wednesday from the 1,450 miles trip (about 24 hours -- four days for me driving alone)

~ Meet my old friend Sam there, who will have driven a mint condition 1984- cylinder Toyota Dolphin 20' from near Portland, Oregon

~ We'll hang out a few days, perhaps including taking the camper to Yellowstone/Jackson Hole, for him to explain everything to me

~ I'll drive the Dolphin (great name for my *new baby!*) to AR

~ Sam will drive the Maxi Rama (my name for the Dodge) to OR

~ Coming home I am going via Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Jackson, as well as many national forests which will make my return route different, catching Greeley, CO and then back country roads all the way to Kansas City to look in on Stephanie again!
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So what do you think? There's still time for me to change my mind (yeah, right -- FAT CHANCE!)! WHEE!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 8/1/2009 6:56PM

    MAHA,

WOW, sounds like you've got your work /trip all planned out. Hope all goes well and as scheduled. Good luck with your new baby. Looking forward to seeing and hearing about your trip. Enjoy and have FUN.

Tony

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SANTANDERE 7/31/2009 8:19AM

    WOW, You are AMAZING... I admire your courage and sense of adventure.
You are definitely a free spirit. You know something Maja, I used to be like you! (Note to self, I MUST find MY spirit again.)

Espero que tengas un viaje muy espiritual, y que la pases muy bien. Mantente en contacto si puedes, o escribe en un "Diario" para que me cuentes tus experiencias.

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Bendiciones y muchos Carinos,
Cristi

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LKOPACK 7/30/2009 10:02PM

    What a great adventure!!! It sounds like so much fun. Take care, be safe and enjoy. I can't wait to read about the road trip.

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BIG TIME FUN!

Since your itinerary is laid out for us all to see, don't be surprised if you hear a knock on your door some evening!
I hope to see pictures. I KNOW we'll be reading about your adventure and a new spiritual awakening.

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MAZZYR 7/30/2009 8:48PM

    Ohhhh my.... Maha, what an adventure!

Safe trip... drive carefully.

Hugs,
Mazzy

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 7/30/2009 7:09PM

    What a wonderful trip you´re going to have! Oh, I really do wish I could come with you!

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ZORAHGAIL 7/30/2009 5:51PM

    Holy cow that's so awesome! Have some major F-U-N!

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BABYFACE26 7/30/2009 1:38PM

    Wow. You are the adventuress, aren't you? So this is just a pleasure trip, right? Have fun.

Ellen

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DRAGONFLY7149 7/30/2009 1:37PM

    'Oh what a feeling!'...fabulous, fabulous, fabulous...
have a terrific journey there and back, wonderful conversation with the friends you meet along the way (those you know already and those you don't)...smiling from ear to ear for you and a tinge envious (my husband and I have this dream roaming around the continent for awhile in an RV of some variety during our 'golden' years). Keep the dreams alive, Maha, and safe travels!

/gem

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STILLPOINT 7/29/2009 10:50PM

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Talk you out of it???? Not a chance, baby! It sounds like one of those serreptitious moments. You were meant to do this!!!

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Have a ball!

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LYNNANN43 7/29/2009 10:41PM

    OMG! I'm so jealous!

You'd HAVE to bring it the the Sparkconvention in Sept!!!

You Go Girl!

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LADYIRIS313 7/29/2009 9:37PM

    two big thumbs up! You are going to have a blast.

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SLASALLE 7/29/2009 9:03PM

    OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! Our plan has finally come true. Maha is going to hang out with us for a night on her way (and maybe we can even talk her into the way back, and then we could see her new baby!!! I am SO DELIGHTED to get this chance to FINALLY meet up!!!

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CARLI_MAE 7/29/2009 7:57PM

    Go for it! emoticon

I think it could use some creative psychedelic painting, peace signs, flowers, and such all about and on the sides too!

Carli

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SLASALLE 7/29/2009 7:50PM

    You GO, girl!!!! Trust your gut and follow your dreams. Just wishing you were traveling via Kansas City!!!!!!?????? Need a break in the drive??????????????????????????????
????????????? Lots of love!

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NORLANA 7/29/2009 6:59PM

    No way! You put it out there and the UNIVERSE is going to make it happen! I am so EXCITED for you!!! WOOOOhOOOO- WOWIE- Zowie...

2010 ... you drive north, pick me up in the 'burgh and we go to Omega Insititue for some rockin retreat or some sort ... Whadaya say???

s**t!! This made my day and my face now hurts from smiling for you!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/29/2009 6:18PM

    Holy Mac-a-rolli! You are Woman hear you roar. Sounds like the perfect adventure! Be safe-have fun.

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LOLAGEEK 7/29/2009 6:11PM

    Oh wow! What an adventure. I am glad you got to spend time with your friend and I hope the move for his mother went well.

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Do I LOOK like a ping pong ball...?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Like a ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.
-- Yogabindu Upanishad

How apt is that Yogic scripture in describing the reality of my daily life. I'm constantly called upon to make decisions between instant gratification and choices that truly serve me, between mediocre and masterful, between going with the status quo and looking deeply and choosing wisely.

Eknath Easwaran, one of my teachers for many years, with whom I gathered with many others each week in Petaluma, California, is an amazing wordsmith, using his enlightened mind/heart to communicate Truth succinctly and lucidly--

"As human beings we have a divided nature – partly physical, but essentially spiritual. We are constantly batted by two conflicting forces. One force is the fierce downward thrust of our past conditioning as separate, self-oriented, physical creatures. Yet built into our very nature is an inner drive that will not let us be satisfied with a life governed only by biological laws. Some inner evolutionary imperative is constantly exhorting us to grow, to reach for the highest that we can conceive."

May this be a day of aligning with the force that helps me to grow and continue "to reach for the highest" in every choice -- from food, to how I choreograph the day!

  
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PEACEFULONE 7/30/2009 2:57PM

    As always thank you again for the food for the soul. Life is indeed about choices and trying to make them right while remembering we are all connected and still wanting what the ego wants. You are on the right track and I believe we are all doing the best that we can in each situation.

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BABYFACE26 7/30/2009 1:48PM

    Wow. What a surprise...to read such profound and beautiful thoughts. Thank you.

Warmly,
Ellen

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ABQUEST 7/27/2009 11:54PM

    Oh, me too, Maha! Many times I have to make those decisions..and I need to talk to that little girl who wants the instant gratification that my Higher Self knows, it won't do any good! Yes, may this be the day that you do choreograph the choice that will be for your highest good...Thank you for the beautiful post and reminder....from a Sparkfriend also tryig to align with the force of her highest good.

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ATRANSFORMATION 7/27/2009 8:39PM

    Oh, my dear sister....how this struck both of us.

I was barely on line yesterday. Didn't read the word for the day until I got to work this morning....and didn't read your blog til other friends pointed it out to me.

(You know my reaction...)
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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/27/2009 1:08PM

    Haha--check out my response on AT's blog! Here's to our highest and best-always.

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4DANCINGCATS 7/26/2009 3:09PM

    I totally get this. I get so lost in my physical stuff and then I will remember oh yea this isn't it. And I get it for awhile and then I will forget and then remember again. It's like having a case of spiritual alzheimers.
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CARLI_MAE 7/26/2009 12:50PM

    I hope that is just a bad translation of the Uphanishad ... hey -- it's got to be -- I doubt they even had ping pong balls when it was written! Ouch! Makes our existence seem even more painful than it really is, or is PERCEIVED ...

I am definitely with you with Easwaran's way of describing it. Nice blog for a beautiful Sunday morn!
:) Carli

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MAZZYR 7/26/2009 12:02PM

    I hear you. Well said by you AND Eknath Easwaran!

Namaste,
Mazzy

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HIGGINS999 7/26/2009 10:54AM

    I hope that you can make the choices that are best for you. One thing I like to remember is that the future is created in the present moment.

Good Luck!

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KUZINKEITH 7/26/2009 10:32AM

    That's a great description of the (near) constant inner battle that rages inside me too. I'm starting to believe on a deeper level that my overeating is my reaction to the "empty soul" feeling. I know from my battle with booze, that I can never fill that "hole in my soul" with anything from the outside. And yet I keep trying.
Last night I had a victory over myself and just said "no" to a snack.
I join you in the desire for an even better "dance" today.

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STILLPOINT 7/26/2009 10:25AM

    May THIS be the day, Maha! Reach for the highest you can conceive!

I have been having a similar struggle these past few days. Given an un-planned weekend, there are so many options. And - I find myself struggling between the most important and worthwhile spiritual practice and old ways of sleeping in and lazing about.
I need to remind myself that, in the end, nothing is more important than the spiritual path. I guess I need a little spiritual pick-me-up!

Wishing you a wonderful day - filled with all that truly 'fills' you.

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Use the Light

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm headed out of town for a few days. My friend Robert's mother, who is also dear to me, has had a severe stroke. Her life has always consisted of serving others. In recent years, because of many factors (not her health, though, which has always been excellent), she has not been able to be out-and-about, so this simple woman, a saint really, chose to become a Prayer Warrior. For many years she has devoted the first two early hours of the day to prayer for those in her immediate circle, and ever-expanding circle.

This seems an apt commentary to dedicate to her and her life of service. The commentary is for all of us though, really. Easwaran's words of wisdom tell us the truth so lucidly in our journey toward wellnesa of body, mind, and spirit.

Use the light.
Come home to your true nature.
Don’t cause yourself injury:
This is known as seizing the truth.
-– Lao Tzu

As human beings, we have been born with the capacity to make choices. No other creature has this capacity, and no human being can avoid this responsibility. Every day, whether we see it or not, we have a choice of two alternatives in what we do, say, and think.

These alternatives are: what is pleasant and what is beneficial. The first pleases us now. The second may be unpleasant at the beginning, as anyone who has begun a physical fitness program knows; but it will improve our health and contribute to our peace of mind.

Both choices promise satisfaction. One we get immediately, but it comes and goes; the other requires effort, but its benefits stay with us and often benefit those around us as well.
-- Eknath Easwaran

  
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BABYFACE26 7/30/2009 1:57PM

    May I make the right choices today. Thank u so much for this beautiful blog. Guess I'll have to subscribe to your blogs, now that I see what I've been missing! Safe journey, and may your presence bring peacefulness to your friend and his mother.



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MAZZYR 7/22/2009 10:20AM

    Oh Maha, you never fail to make me think. Thank you.

Have a safe trip and may peace be with you. The goodness of you comes through my computer and always warms my heart.

Namaste,
Mazzy
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CARLI_MAE 7/21/2009 6:24PM

    Have a safe trip and a peaceful visit. Do you ever look at the website ted.com ? There is a really great video on there by Jill Bolt Taylor ... here's the main page ... the video is in the upper right corner

http://www.ted.com/speakers
/jill_bolte_taylor.html


Peace, blessings,
Carli

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 7/21/2009 2:08PM

    I choose the one that is longlasting benefit! May you be blessed with a safe trip and the opportunity to hug your dear friend.

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LOLAGEEK 7/21/2009 11:18AM

    Be well friend. I am sure you will be a source of comfort for your friend and his mother during this time. I wish them well too. We do make choices, and hopefully can be further inspired by your post to make good choices.

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SHEENADEE 7/21/2009 10:38AM

    Take care! Will add your friend to my prayers. I wish her well.

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