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Thoughts will not take form of themselves....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ay yay yay! I was talking with a friend this morning who is sooooooooo negative. He was saying things like "I even tried to *off* myself, but failed at that too." I said to him, "Quit it! We've heard the Teachings over-and-over. (Swami Satchidananda is his teacher too.) We know it's up to us to grab hold of our thoughts and turn them around when they're negative and betraying us. It's up to us!" And then I read this morning's Thought for the Day from Sri Easwaran which, as usual, meets me exactly where I am!

I have another blog semi-ready to post, but it's so depressing...more negativity...about the FDA's bombardment of natural remedies (and spokesmen like Andrew Weil, M.D., who was bombarded by them) while supporting the vile pharmaceutical industry in this whole *flu scam thang.* But I don't have the heart right now to finish it and I realized, after reading Easwaran, that THIS is what I need to focus on right now. There's SO MUCH negativity in the world. But we can control the negativity within ourselves through meditation practice and other consistent disciplines.

Hip hip hooray for the path to freedom from compulsive thinking and acting!!!
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Maha



Thoughts of themselves have no substance; let them arise and pass away unheeded. Thoughts will not take form of themselves, unless they are grasped by the attention; if they are ignored, there will be no appearing and no disappearing.
-- Ashvaghosha

Life is a kind of play in which we are called upon to play our part with skill. But in meditation we are sometimes more like the audience, while our thoughts are the actors. If we could go backstage, we could see all the actor-thoughts getting made up. Anger is there putting on his long fangs. Fear is rattling his chains. Jealousy is admiring herself in the mirror and smearing on green mascara.

Now, these thought-actors are like actors and actresses everywhere: they thrive on a responsive audience. When Jealousy comes out on stage and we sit forward on our seats, she really puts on a show. But on the other hand, what happens if nobody comes to see the performance?

No actor likes to play to an empty house. If they’re real professionals, they might give their best for a couple of nights, but after that they’re bound to get a little slack. Jealousy doesn’t bother with her makeup any more; who’s going to admire it? Anger throws away his fangs. Fear puts away his chains. Whom can they impress? Finally, the whole cast gives it up as a bad job and goes home.

In other words, when you can direct attention, your thinking will never be compulsive again.
-- Sri Eknath Easwaran
www.easwaran.org/page/188

  
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SFERENTI 10/31/2009 5:32PM

    By nature, I'm an optimist. But only recently did I realize that over the years I had fallen in the habit ignoring the good all around me and focusing more on the bad. I'm working mightily to correct this habit. My first step has been to get a handle on my stress levels. I am only just now ready to move on to step two--offering myself a menu of opportunities to savor the present each day and choosing one or two.

I agree with you, Maha. The universe suffers or improves as a result of our collective mentality. I vote for joy!
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GBOOMER 10/31/2009 9:46AM

    Hey friend Maha,

Nice to read your positive thoughts about positive thoughts! heh heh!

I enjoyed it. You are a very positive person who is good to know.

Hitting the books this weekend? Like me?

GBoomer

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CORPUSANNIE 10/31/2009 9:01AM

    emoticon and emoticon for this blog and the link. I know it will help and I am passing it along to both of my daughters (my son just goes fishing--it works for him) emoticon.
A positive list for you:
bestirred ourselves to really clean the house
my oldest, Laura coming today w/husband Winn and my 3 yr old love, Byron
Liam's 1st bday (son's boy) party
slept straight through the night

peace my friend
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PEACEFULONE 10/31/2009 5:38AM

    Many thanks again, you always hit the nail on the head! Your wisdom never fails to amaze me dear Maha! You are certainly a blessing in my life. Peace and love, Elaine
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LIZARDG7 10/31/2009 3:55AM

    Maha - thanks for your blog. I haven't read Easwaran for about a week now (something I religiously do every day) and can't believe how I've slipped backward. Last night I binged on Halloween candy I bought to give away and didn't even think about it. You reminded me how important it is to stay positive and focused. It's something I need to do for myself every day. Thanks, Lizzie

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BABYFACE26 10/31/2009 1:45AM

    This is so important - because there is SO much in our World that is negative and Real, but that doesn't mean we need to dwell on it, and focus on it...and of course, its challenging to walk that tightrope of being aware of whats going on in the world, and not holding despairing and fearful thoughts in our heads. A very tricky walk. But so important. Thank you for posting.

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LINDA25427 10/30/2009 5:36PM

    Being negative really hurts and I know at times we we all head down that road but thank God our negative thoughts can be turned around into positive ones . A frown is a smile turned upside down . Hope you have a great weekend . God bless. emoticon

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CARLI_MAE 10/30/2009 5:26PM

    Okay, I'm hooked. Just subscribed. Easwaran's comments on the quote reminded me of a sign we used to carry around in anti-Vietnam war protests that said "What if they had a war and nobody came?" I'm not sure we knew just how deep the thought really was at the time ... or perhaps we did, but were just a tad too stoned to focus for any length of time on just one thought?
So sorry for your encounters with the negative today. I highly recommend my blog of the day "How to Medicate a Parrot" for some levity...
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STRAWBERRY*MOON 10/30/2009 4:29PM

    Maha,

You're so right about negativity. Years ago I had a friend who called being negative and constantly complaining about everything the "ain't it awful, Mabel" syndrome.

My Dad, who is one of the most positive and optimistic person I've ever known, was going through a serious bad patch that was in no way his fault but the result of evil behavior on the part of someone else--someone close to him that he had trusted implicitly. He got seriously depressed. It frightened me, because he was over sixty and I had never seen him this way. I sent notes and telephoned frequently, trying, sometimes clumsily, to boost his spirits. Of course I mentioned the old cliche about the glass being half empty.... One day I called him and he sounded much like his old self. He told me his glass was more than half full. I asked him how this had come about, and he said he simply got a smaller glass. With the return of his sense of humor, I knew he had accepted his pain and moved on.

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LAPORTE2006 10/30/2009 4:03PM

    I needed those words. I have been drowning in my bronchitis, letting it turn me negative for a couple of days. I think it might be feeding on my feeling down. This morning I felt better than all week. I had been going from good to bad to ok and because of that I needed to wake myself and get the positive to give this sickness peace and the ability to heal. I have been meditating again but I never could acheive a deepness. Maybe I have been trying to hard but these words touched my need. the speaker part of our computer died and I don't get to listen to music much anymore and I think I miss it. Thanks. emoticon

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Vitality to draw on for patience, resilience, and creativity

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I call meditation "sitting practice" since when meditation is actually mastered, the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita says that "the mind is as still as the flame of a candle in a windless place" and I DEFINITELY am not there! *I* (the witnessing consciousness -- the soul) wage a daily battle with my mind and sometimes the soul wins and sometimes the mind wins.

Even the more mundane aspects of the practice are BIG, as described by Sri Easwarn below...so that in itself should sufficiently motivate me. But no! I'm stubborn as a mule, and good habits seem to come to me only with great and constant struggle (consider, for instance eating moderately and consciously...get the picture?!).

In any case, this "Thought for the Day" from Sri Easwarn spoke deeply to me of the value of sitting practice and I decided to share it, since it is totally related to our journey toward optimal wellness.



Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength. . . . It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where one who does not love would faint and lie down.
-- Thomas a Kempis

Without a tank full of gas, no car can drive very far. The mind, too, needs a full tank of vitality to draw on for patience, resilience, and creativity. Filling that tank every morning is one of the most practical purposes of meditation. The test of your meditation is: How long can you be patient with those around you? In the beginning, you should aim to make it at least to noon acting like the proverbial angel.

Most of us, however, even if we start with a full tank, have little control over the thousand and one little pinpricks that drain vitality as we go along: worry, vacillation, irritation, daydreaming. By lunchtime the indicator may be hovering around empty.

Then it is that you have to be acutely vigilant. The tank is nearly empty, but by sheer effort and deft defensive driving, and using the mantram, you manage to coast through to the end of the day without any serious accidents.

The more effort you make, the more endurance you gain. The next day you may find the tank itself a little larger; you start the next day with a greater capacity for love and patience than before.
-- Sri Eknath Easwaran
www.easwaran.org/page/188

  
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FLORIDASUN 10/28/2009 7:26PM

    Hi Maha...love this blog. Yes, I need meditation, yes I need peacefulness, yes I need to quiet my silly mind and just be! emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/27/2009 6:20PM

    "Love feels no burden" is my favorite part. When I am in that state of steady wisdom, I, too, feel no burden. It is in moments when I begin to feel stressed that I realize my tank is gettting low.

Thank you for sharing!

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DRAGONFLY7149 10/27/2009 2:04PM

    A lovely offering, as usual, Maha!

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CARLI_MAE 10/27/2009 12:24PM

    "But no! I'm stubborn as a mule, and good habits seem to come to me only with great and constant struggle" ... gee whiz, you sound just like me! LOL!

Funny, isn't it ... that what is really so simple, we seem to complicate and make difficult. Way back when I was really into yoga, a fellow teacher of the practice said to me ... "but sometimes it's just so much FUN" (to go the hard way) ... maybe that is what we are afraid of -- losing this part of ourselves that we see as definining us in the world, even though we know at one and the same time that persona/personality is not the true reality of all that we are and all that we wish to achieve.

"We shall never cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring shall be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." (paraphrased) --T.S. Eliot

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/27/2009 11:38AM

    Ditto to what CHITOWN Jeff said.

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BSTAKINGACTION 10/27/2009 11:35AM

    I appreciate all of the above input. I, too, am working towards stillness of body and mind. The "empty tank" imagery was intriguing and I look forward to exploring the work of Sri Easwaran. Thanks for posting!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/27/2009 10:57AM

    You know my deep affection for Sri Easwaran, our similar approach to spirituality. I was about to write, While I'm in the midst of family (everyone sick, I'm the family homeopath), your writing and practices keep ME grounded. Of course, I immediately remembered Sri Easwaran's timeless teaching that family is the optimal experience in which to practice such living skills. Thank you for the present reminder! Lol

His method of passage meditation, in particular (www.easwaran.org) is family-life friendly. I once introduced Sri Easwaran and passage meditation to a local Church, and the group continues to meet almost 10 years later. I remember one father who was astounded at the immediate and new patience he was experiencing with his family, especially impressed at his wife's response and appreciation.

I fondly remember you each day, and hope your aspirations have been enjoyable.
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/27/2009 10:31AM

    "In the beginning, you should aim to make it at least to noon "! emoticon
Cant emoticonthe voice in my head that keeps telling me I need to be perfect and nothing else will do!
First step, Vicki - emoticonlistening to what others think you should be!
Next step - emoticontrying to perfect what is human andmortal.
Keep trying to enjoy who you already are.

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VALERIENEAL 10/27/2009 9:31AM

    Thank you for sharing. The empty tank really spoke to me.

I had someone explain to me that the word meditation comes from the same word used to describe the way a cow eats and digests it food. It will eat the grass, chew swallow, bring it back up and start all over again until it goes to the last stomach. I love to watch cows, I could just sit for hours and watch them, the only thing that disturbs them from their "meditation" is a storm (or a truck load of hay, which brings more "meditaion"). They are unwavering from the birds landing on them, they stand in the sun all day, occasionally stepping into a nearby pond for a dip.

When I apply that "method" to a problem or an area of my life, one of 2 things happen, I come up with a solution, or not, either way I notice I am not stressed any more. I am not minimizing any part of your post, I like very much what you had to say, and I believe we could all benefit from some meditation. I just simply like to watch the cows come home while I do, usually while I am sitting under a shade tree in my garden.

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JNEUBS 10/27/2009 9:20AM

    This tank loves getting filled up with premium gas at ValerieMaha Station!

May Maha enjoy happiness and the root of happiness!

May Maha be free of suffering and the root of suffering!

May Maha not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering!

May Maha dwell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression, and prejudice!

Peace, Love, Compassion, Laughter & Hope!
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AZIMAT 10/27/2009 9:13AM

    This post reminds me of a prayer that I once saw that listed all the wonderful attributes that the pray-er had been able to manifest so far, and then asked for help now that she was about to get out of bed. emoticon

All kidding aside, well, most, thanks for the post. An active meditation life brings so much more love, dimension, emotional equanimity and clarity.

Wish we could bottle it to distribute!

Oh!

You are distributing it.

Thanks.

Blessings,
Azimat

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to be completely alive every moment...

Monday, October 26, 2009

...that is my heart's desire.



a song with no end


when Whitman wrote, "I sing the body electric"

I know what he
meant
I know what he
wanted:

to be completely alive every moment
in spite of the inevitable.

we can't cheat death but we can make it
work so hard
that when it does take
us

it will have known a victory just as
perfect as
ours.

~ Charles Bukowski ~

(The Night Torn With Mad Footsteps)
www.panhala.net/Archive/a_song_with_
no_end.html

  
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BABYFACE26 10/31/2009 1:51AM

    I have always related to that phrase, "the body electric" as defining what human energy really consists of, electrical impulses! Well, and being an Aquarius, who has More electrical energy than most people lets just say, I'm Very aware of it!
Yes, electricity crackles and moves, and it is SO alive!

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/26/2009 6:56PM

    emoticon Keep them coming amiga!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/26/2009 9:24AM

    Thank you!

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AZIMAT 10/26/2009 8:40AM

    Thanks, Maha, and thanks for your encouragement on my latest entry. You are a blessing!
Azmat

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GBOOMER 10/26/2009 8:15AM

    I don't know anyone on here who is more alive than YOU!

Have a super Monday, Maha!

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    Neat!

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Factory Farming Is Among Top 8 Killers

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tellin' it like it is, and it ain't purty, but denial is NOT "where it's at." Though I'm a vegetarian, I feel deeply affected by this. And we're not EVEN speaking to the issue of genetic engineering and the Monsanto Monster. Hearing from Will Allen, organic farmer, visionary, activist and author of *The War on Bugs* may help us to better see the severity of the problem and to know why doing nothing isn't an option --
www.tiny.cc/GUMW4

Will Allen grew up on a small farm in southern California and served in the Marine Corps between the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a PhD in Anthropology (focused on Peruvian tropical forest agriculture) and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, before being fired and sentenced to a year in jail for civil rights and antiwar activism. He returned to farming and farm labor full time in 1972 and has been farming organically ever since in Oregon, California, and Vermont, where he now co-manages Cedar Circle Farm. He founded the Sustainable Cotton Project in 1991 and served as its executive director for thirteen years. He is currently a co-chair of Farms Not Arms, is a policy advisory board member of the Organic Consumers Association, and serves on the board of Rural Vermont. Allen says"

1. Farming Messes Up the Planet’s Air

In 2007, the US EPA figured that agriculture caused 18% of the US carbon footprint. This doesn’t even include the chemicals, the fuel, the shipping, the power, the heating or even the greenhouse gas emissions. If you count those thing’s it’s 25-30%. A third of the pie ain’t no laughing matter.

2. Fertilizer Runs Into Streams Making Dead Zones

Dumping too much fertilizer to make lots of food really fast means you have some running off into lakes, rivers and oceans. Then it makes lots of other plants in the water grow really fast in huge amounts. Result? When all those algae plants die, they suck the oxygen out of the water (thanks to water bacteria).

What else happens? No oxygen means fish die off and nothing can live in it. In 1995 there were 60 "dead zones" worldwide – now there’s 405 in 2008.

3. Body Poison in Your Water

Pesticides can poison the body and the mind. Along with antibiotics and hormones, you can find pesticides everywhere. They have a nasty habit of sticking around for a very long time (i.e. like 100s of years for DDT)
Other interesting facts to remember:

- over 12,000 wells in the US, giving water to 100 million people have way too much arsenic and lead. Both are bad even if you get a little (it builds up over time).

- nearly 30,000,000 (30 million) people in the US are drinking water contaminated with DDT poison related chemicals.

"All these DDT relatives caused cancer and multiple birth defects in tests on laboratory animals. They continue today to greatly damage bird populations in farm country."

4. We’re Still Using Too Much Poison Everyday

"Factory farmers continue to use enormous quantities of the most toxic poisons. In 2006, four of the six most used farm pesticides in California were among the most dangerous chemicals in the world. Farmers applied more than 35.7 million pounds of four pesticides: Metam sodium, Methyl bromide, Telone II, and Chloropicrin."

5. Is Anyone Watching?

Apparently no one cares to know how much poison we’re spraying out except California. They’re the only guys except maybe New York who are keeping good records.

You know things are bad when you hear that:

"We must begin these reductions because cancer and birth defect clusters are now common in most U.S. farm communities and people are being exposed to multiple pesticide residues on their fresh and processed food and on their clothing."

6. Stick Animals with Steroids, Now Eat ‘Em!

Our animal farms are so filthy with so much antibiotic and hormone use that they’ve become places for super bugs and diseases to grow fast. Think of it like a cut that just won’t close and then gets infected, turning purple and green and … You get the picture.

Frankly a lot of people in our society are eating way, way, way, way too much meat. Take a look at some of the US statistics.

2008: 11 billion animals for food in the US

2008: 95% of 69 million US pigs were raised factory farm style (like crazy filthy and with enough pig waste to drown thousands of people – I joke not)

2008: 300 million (300,000,000) chickens were raised in cages too small for them to move



2008: 10 billion (10,000,000,000) meat chickens (the ones you’d use for KFC, Burger King or McDonald’s) and 500,000,000 (500 million) turkeys were raised in pens so crowded that you likely couldn’t see most of their feet – it would be like a carpet.



Okay if I go any further I’ll go crazy – I think you get the picture and we haven’t even gotten to the cows.

"About 33 million beef cows and 9.7 million dairy cows spent their dreary days in disgusting feedlots and dairy barns. These facilities and their meat products are rife with disease that the public is advised to combat by thorough cooking. In December, 2008 Consumer Reports found that 83% of the 525 meat chickens they studied had salmonella or campylobacter. With deadly diseases on all but 17 chickens out of 100, customers are asking: What about the salmonella on my drain board or my hands? No wonder there is so much food borne illness!"



"In December, 2008 Consumer Reports found that 83% of the 525 meat chickens they studied had salmonella or campylobacter. With deadly diseases on all but 17 chickens out of 100, customers are asking: What about the salmonella on my drain board or my hands? No wonder there is so much food borne illness!"

7. Fixing Factory Farming Is Like Trying to Fix a 100 ton Rock With 1 Finger

Two studies by The Pew Charitable Trust, Johns-Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Union of Concerned Scientists have found that factory farming is so much of a loose cannon that it threatens to blow our health away. Kind of like Dirty Harry’s magnum with all of the attitude. Right now, you, the guy paying taxes is forced to pull Dirty Harry’s trigger to wreck your kid’s future. What a way to go!

That’s what happens when we do only cheap food and pay people nearly nothing to be able to buy food. Got to keep making it cheaper and that means farming has to cut corners.

8. Toss Out Factory Farms, Do It Different

People are fighting for local organic food as we speak. The best way to say it is: good, clean, local and fair. Will Allen talks about chemicals and government regulations.
www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/
the_war_on_bugs:paperback

He’s right – we’ve got to cut out the chemicals and the poisons. Government has a big role to play – they’re supposed to protect the people and to date they’ve failed to look out for the little guy.

At the same time however farmers, business and government aren’t the only ones who have to change their thinking. Every person on this world has to realize that all this cheap food, using farming that cuts corners is just part of the picture. It’s about the way we view and value food AND people AND ourselves.

The real reason we started using so much chemicals and so much factory farming is that no one wanted to do hard work, everyone wanted food cheaper and faster. Now we’ve gone too far. Now we don’t even value people who make that food. Our health suffers because we don’t value ourselves (yes, don’t forget exercise or being a couch potato) or our food.

The first step for real change is to change yourself and then the world.

Original Source -- excellent in-depth information from Allen for those who want to know more:
www.alternet.org/water/139962/agricu
lture_is_one_of_the_most_polluting_and
_dangerous_industries/?page=entire

"Taxpayers are demanding that government enforce existing regulations and create more stringent rules to limit the excess and greed in banking, insurance, housing, and on Wall Street. But, in the rush to regulate, we can’t forget to oversee industrial agriculture. It is one of our most polluting and dangerous industries. Like the financial sectors, its practices have not been well regulated for the last thirty years. Let me run down a few of the major problems that have developed because of our poorly regulated U.S. agriculture." cogtoronto.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/
factory-farming-is-among-top-8-killers/

  
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LOLAGEEK 10/25/2009 1:05PM

    I think one of the things missing here is that in the US there are more stringent regulations on the toxins used on farms vs. outside of our borders. US companies will make the toxic cocktails illegal in the US for farms outside of here, and the US is a major importer of goods from those farms. The only difference is that the applications are NIMBY (not in my backyard) but the soil/environmental degradation still happen in places manipulated for giant farms and our bodies still absorb chemical groups that would be illegal if produce grew on US soils. It is disturbing to visit these places in travels and just think of the destruction of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 in Central America to see what US giant farms on foreign soil can lead to. Buy seasonal, buy local... see the results of agri practices near your home to keep your integrity in check.

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SHEENADEE 10/24/2009 9:39PM

    Sure gives us all some things to think long and hard about. Sad and scary situation.

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DOKEYOKEY 10/24/2009 9:14PM

    Thank you, Maha, for posting this essential information!

Grow your own! Buy organic! Support local farms!

(I *do* eat some meat, but it is from local, organic, humane, and sustainable sources -- which I know is not easy for many people to come by. Plus -- There is evidence that some meat in one's diet can be healthy -- Check out the Weston Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org/)
R>And -- A film I strongly encourage everyone to see is Food, Inc.: http://www.foodincmovie.com/
>Kathleen

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FLORIDASUN 10/24/2009 4:38PM

    Maha...this is the sobbering eye opening truth that most of us just don't want to think about. We might get away with that for another few years...that not thinking...but what happens to our children and our grandchildren?

Where does this leave them in the world. It breaks my heart that we just can't see the sickness and the cruelty to animals...ekkks I did have a little beef last night! I just got the new Suzanne Somers book "Breakout" thank goodness she is doing what she can to shed light on the cancer subject and the fact that there are alternative means to dealing with it. The biggest one of course is prevention..and that means feed your body with pure food! It did make me angry the way she was 'discounted' on the Today show during her interview for questioning our medical standards of treatment. And of all people Ann Curry who I have always thought was smart enough to 'get' those kinds of things. Suzanne writes books for profits people will say and that of course is the truth...but on the other hand she has the 'balls' to shake up the population...I just hope she has some impact!

Thank you Maha..I love your blogs!

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TEE803 10/24/2009 3:27PM

    More scary stuff!!! Yet very eye opening at the same time! Glad I have changed my eating habits!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 10/24/2009 12:46PM

    When I read these articles, I get so upset...
I am calmed somewhat by the knowledge that I can do something about these issues at least 3 times a day!


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FRANCESCANAZ 10/24/2009 12:42PM

    Necesito usar esta informacion en mi clase de espanol para ensenar a mis alumnos. La informacion es el poder. Gracias por compartirla. Hasta luego, Francescanaz

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PEACEFULONE 10/24/2009 12:24PM

    Awareness is the first step to change. Let's all share this message with everyone we care about!

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LYNNANN43 10/24/2009 11:36AM

    I'm proud to say that my daughter is a vegetarian and she has inspired us to be flexatarians.

I'm trying to whittle down the meat that my hubby & son think is mandatory to complete a dinner. Not an easy thing, but I am really trying.

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_VALEO_ 10/24/2009 11:17AM

    Sadly, ALL western countries are doing the same.
Have you seen the Austrian documentary "We feed the world"? I think it has English subtitles.
There is also another very good documentary on water for those who are interested: http://www.flowthefilm.com/


I'm also very concerned by GMOs and Monsento issues too, and by the fact we now outsource our food in China -not that I have something against Chinese, but why do we have to destroy another area and create more damage to the Earth just to feed us when we have enough space and resources to grow our own food and thanks to our agriculture policies farmers have been forced to destroy their own cultures?

As for the animals, I do think that if persons don't change their way of eating now, and don't switch to at least Flexitarians, they won't have any other choices to be vegetarians in a near future. We're destroying the planet with this extensive animal farms which consume way too much resources -and I don't even point out the ethical aspect as you did because not everyone is sensitive to that, but they might be more sensitive if we tell them their children might experience food riots and might be starving if we/they keep on like it. We are heading for disaster here.

Will Allen "sentenced to a year in jail for civil rights and antiwar activism." *shocking*... And Freedom of speech? I should be in jail myself for my activism...

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/24/2009 9:19AM

    Oooooooooh! Just makes me want to throw up! emoticon
So glad Im changing my eating! emoticon

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REBCCA 10/24/2009 8:56AM

    Thank you for posting this, sad as it is.. emoticon

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Delicious food-for-the-soul!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ok, OK!!! I know my poetry posts are peripheral at best to the expressed purpose of SparkPeople. But, ya' know, if the soul is *fed delicious, nutritious sustenance* will it not contribute to our overall lightness-of-being, and thus to our goal of optimal wellness of body-mind-spirit, I ask?

Consider the swans:



Swans

They appeared
over the dunes,
they skimmed the trees
and hurried on

to the sea
or some lonely pond
or wherever it is
that swans go,

urgent, immaculate,
the heat of their eyes
staring down
and then away,

the thick spans
of their wings
as bright as snow,
their shoulder-power

echoing
inside my own body.
How could I help but adore them?
How could I help but wish

that one of them might drop
a white feather
that I should have
something in my hand

to tell me
that they were real?
Of course
this was foolish.

What we love, shapely and pure,
is not to be held,
but to be believed in.
And then they vanished, into the unreachable distance.

-- Mary Oliver, Reference
www.panhala.net/Archive/Swans.html

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DRAGONFLY7149 10/23/2009 6:57PM

    Keep on keeping on, Valerie...maybe we wouldn't be quite so focused on bodily sustenance (overly so) if we indulged in a little more soul sustenance!

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NAMASTE108 10/23/2009 3:28PM

    Thank you for the soul food! It provides more lasting sustanance than food food, and there are no calories!

I hope there is wind benieth your wings all weekend long!

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JNEUBS 10/23/2009 2:18PM

    So love the peripheral!

I search for the peripheral!

Maha, you are the beauty of the peripheral!

Peace, Love, Compassion & Laughter!
ChiTown Jeff
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CARLI_MAE 10/23/2009 1:45PM

    Did somebody say something about your poetry posts? I'll bash 'em, I will ... you keep on keepin' on and blog whatever you want to, hon'! I LOVE poetry, and right you are ... always thinkin' 'bout all dem body issues kin make yo head and body reeeeeeellee heavy an' do a numba on yo' scale, not ta menchun keepin yew fwom beein abul ta fly!!!
Da flyin bat,
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AZIMAT 10/23/2009 1:07PM

    One must feed and exercise the soul as well as the body, it's a matter of wholeness, (w)holiness. Thanks for the soul snack and flight!
Diving into the divine,
Azimat

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STILLPOINT 10/23/2009 10:27AM

    MAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL....and please, yes, your peripheral SP blogs are INSPIRING!!!!!!!!! When I joined this site in July, you were one of the first people I discovered - and I was completely hooked knowing that in addition to a healthy living group - I had found a spiritual community as well. Who would have thought.

Blessings to you on this fall day - may you be showered with beauty and love.

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