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Dare to dance the tide!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I've been up since 5:00am as usual...I've finished my morning brew and made a gallon of green tea for the house. I'm sitting here groovin' to the station I created on, Angelique Kidjo Radio. As a matter of fact, at this moment SHE is singing Bob Marley's anthem, Redemption Song, which actually speaks to the thoughts on my mind -- "emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."

Here's my morning rant --

I'm tormented in my life by my sloppy discipline and lack of attention and presence. I find myself distracted by the "drop of a hat" and glued to this screen for a great deal more time than the necessities and requirments of my life allow for. So when Brooks' lyrics showed up as my poetry offering this morning, it really "hit home" for me since "tomorrow has become today."

I have managed in my wellness journey to keep a lid on my weight since losing the 80 pounds back-when. When the pounds start packing on, the emotional emergency systems "go off' and I get back into an acceptable range. That's not to say that I'm at my ideal weight...notice my term "acceptable range." I don't seem to have the *huevos* to make that final effort to knock off the last 10 pounds or so. It just hangs there as a way of saying "you just can't quite 'emancipate' yourself, can you; your mind is still being held prisoner by your body."

MOVEMENT, my body's cardio and strength-training (ST) requirements, are an ongoing challenge. During the better weather, much of my cardio needs are met via my trusty Trekmobile, my bicycle. Now that winter will soon be upon us, cardio needs must be met in other ways -- at the regional fitness center (RFC) or via fitness DVDs that I have on-hand. I choose to meet my ST needs that way as well. Hatha yoga is another movement modality that has been a part of my life for almost 30 years, and I've recently added some Pilates to the mix since joining the RFC. But am I consistent in any of this? Do I honor the needs of this body that serves me so well by giving back in this way? When is the last time I did ST? Yoga? I'm getting tired of hearing myself say this! How about you -- are you also tired of hearing me say it?

Since becoming a vegetarian, I have been on a quest of balanced eating, with awareness of the types and amounts of the various nutrients that make up said balanced intake. I have acquired a fund of knowledge and I generally manage to meet these needs...and then some. It's the "then some" that is my challenge...portion sizes and the treats being the major culprits keeping me from being where I really want to be.

Then there's my difficult living situation which, indubitably, impacts body-mind-spirit in searing ways that can result in set-backs at any moment. It is an extremely complex situation and one that I grapple with daily, looking for creative problem-solving. I know there is a way. I simply need to be open to IT. And that's a story in itself.

The FOCUS difficulty rears its ugly head bigtime in my university pursuit. I get seriously anxious and freaked out because of my serious procrastination habit and attention-deficit tendencies. Today is the final day to complete a draft for a paper that I turn in tomorrow...and I haven't so much as begun the draft. The day will be filled with it (of course) and I can't go to the RFC yoga class or cardio there because of this.

Next semester I've registered for nine seriously academic units. Without a different approach, I'm liable to literally make myself sick. So, I'm digging deep into my psyche and spirit to dredge up some more sitting on the shoreline, to paraphrase Garth!

And that's just the TIP of the iceburg ladies and gentlemen! So here's everyone's friend Garth Brooks talkin' to me, tellin' it like it is, offering gritty wisdom, answers that might really work in the context of life lived, "a life interrupted" --

You know a dream is like a river,
ever changing as it flows
And the dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
Never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores

Too many times we stand beside
Let the water slip away
Till what we put off till tomorrow
has now become today
so don't you sit upon the shoreline
and say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
Dare to dance the tide

~ Garth Brooks ~
(excerpt from The River -- enlightenment is where you find it)

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BABYFACE26 11/26/2009 2:36PM

    Oh Maha, Maha, Maha. Deriding herself because she does not meet her perfectionistic standards of being Human. The blame and the judgement do Not work! Foregiveness does. Being there for Yourself does. ..this is not a Spiritual problem. This is a psychological problem. Little child Maha wanting to rebel against what grown-up Maha tells her she has to do! So ironic, because you are such an advanced Soul, and have so much discipline.

Most people are not capable of doing a fraction of what you do, discipline-wise...I am not saying I have the answer for you. I am saying that I have the same problem. One part of the Psyche rebelling against the other side. Do u have enough Playtime? Free time, do Nothing time? Maybe you can make some "deals" with your Child. Do a little bit of this, NOW...and then, you can play. A "little bit" is surely the Key. Because chances are, it feels overwhelming to you, your Task...and that's why you procrastinate doing it!...Hey, I'm helping myself out here, too!

And the Mind, that silly thing that imagines it knows just how "terrible" it will be, to do the put-off task, is usually wrong. How many things have I put off, only to find, they're not so bad!

So, you're not Perfect? What a tragedy! Love yourself a little more. These are the lessons you are meant to be working through.
And the Universe is conspiring to help you learn them, through Loving Yourself.

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    OK. Got it...apples and all. Something IS in the air!

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NORLANA 11/18/2009 4:47PM

    MAHA! MAHA! MAHA! That is my chant for you!!! I am so happy you are not sitting on the sidelines watching the river go by. Re-read that last stanza with a new eye .... don't put off ... get in and dance the rapids!!

You have jumped in with both feet (that's what we add-ers do) and are dancing the rapids! There are those that WISH they could do what you do who are sitting in a rocking chair waiting for someone to show up and visit or for the end. That's not you girl and you will continue to create and inspire and lead and jump and teach and worship and generally spread Maha cheer around this world. I am so thankful that you entered my life two years ago and propped me up when I was down and snapped my forehead when I was being a butt-head. I love you!!! Now, go out and rock!!!

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CARLI_MAE 11/18/2009 12:27PM

    What is going on here? I keep reading the same interlinking themes over the past 12 hours from Azimat to Carewren to Laporte to you! I just told Pam to go look at Karen's blog and that this was at least the second time in the last 12 hrs I'd been told I was a lampshade!
But I digress ... so I join with Jeff in his prayer and add my own musical one that just popped into my ancient hippie sponge head ...

'O the Sisters of Mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought I just can't go on.
& they brought me their flowers and later they brought me their song
O I hope you run into them you, who've been traveling so long.

'Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control ...
It begins with your family and later comes round to your soul.
I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how your pinned ...
If you're not feeling holy, your lonliness says that you've sinned.

'They lay down beside me; I gave my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn,
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

'When I left they were sleeping. I hope you run into them soon.
Don't turn on the light, you can read their address by the moon.
And it won't make me jealous if I learn that they've sweetened your life;
We weren't lovers like that, and besides it would still be alright.'

--Leonard Cohen; recorded by Judy Collins
(Video gives a different interp of who the "Sisters" were ... LOL ... but that's the best I could find)

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SACTOKAREN 11/18/2009 12:21PM

    I have that same inability to focus on difficult or less-pleasant tasks... ditto for the motivation in getting them done. I agree with ChiTown Jeff about not tormenting yourself for any preceived shortcomings. Forgive, adjust and move on!

Good luck today with your draft. I procrastinated on papers and think that the pressure of the deadline was the only motivation that truly worked for me.


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VALERIEMAHA 11/18/2009 11:14AM

    Thanks for the reminder, Azimat:


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-- Jelaluddin Rumi

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PEACEFULONE 11/18/2009 11:13AM

    Dear Maha, What great inspiration you are for us in your blogs! I thank you with all my being for the great gifts that you so generously share. The poem is perfect. Procrastination is a monster that I would guess afflicts the majority of us. You will, when you sit down to do it, accomplish your assignment and it will be better than fine. With thanks, love, and admiration, Elaine

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GBOOMER 11/18/2009 10:37AM

    You're ok, Maha. Whether or not you do any of those things.

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/18/2009 10:16AM

    I hear you Maha. Oh how I hate to put my TREK away for the winter. I have an indoor bike but you klnow it is not the same at all. I also need to get back to YOGA and strength training. Seems all I do is cardio and I am not seeing results like I used to. Buena suerte mi amiga!

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AZIMAT 11/18/2009 9:57AM

    Oh enlightened one.

I see that you've made a gallon of tea, green no less, for Procrastination, Un-Mastery and Distractedness. For the "guests" in your guest house that seem to have taken up long term residence...... And there they go again, violently sweeping out your furniture again. Hmmm and what gift do they hold?

Dear sister, your guests are so familiar to me. Their relatives are just as tenacious over her in Florida. Arrrghhh! I pray every morning "Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our lives may become a divine vision.....". Yet I'm always stumbling over these trolls. How can my life be a divine vision if my house is full of trolls?

Hmmm. Here's an idea....... The Snow White story comes to me. Lots of little beings (little beings milling around who go out mining for something precious), she eats a "poison" apple (of other worldly knowledge?) offered by a witch (crone, wise woman), falls into a sleep (retreat, peace that passes understanding, samadhi) and is wakened by a kiss from the prince (Jung's animus...the muscleman, to planner, to professor part of a woman's self) and then the two are integrated, presto, happily ever as a divine vision.

Apples anyone?

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JNEUBS 11/18/2009 9:47AM

    A shout out to the Universe to provide Maha with the clarity and focus necessary to enjoy writing her paper within deadline.

Maha....rather than torment yourself...forgive yourself easily!

We all digress at some moment in time as it relates to our emotional "attachments"!

All is good!

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! (not your

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



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Directions to Presence....

Monday, November 16, 2009

I LOVE Billy Collin's *in-touch-ness* and I even own a CD of him reciting his work. This poem speaks deeply to my soul and deserves to be shared in its fullness with my friends, "in the tremble of thought taking the vast outside into ourselves."


You know the brick path in the back of the house,
the one you see from the kitchen window,
the one that bends around the far end of the garden
where all the yellow primroses are?
And you know how if you leave the path
and walk into the woods you come
to a heap of rocks, probably pushed
down during the horrors of the Ice Age,
and a grove of tall hemlocks, dark green now
against the light-brown fallen leaves?
And farther on, you know
the small footbridge with the broken railing
and if you go beyond there you arrive
at the bottom of sheep's head hill?
Well, if you start climbing, and you
might have to grab on to a sapling
when the going gets steep,
you will eventually come to a long stone
ridge with a border of pine trees
which is as high as you can go
and a good enough place to stop.

The best time for this is late afternoon
when the sun strobes through
the columns of trees as you are hiking up,
and when you find an agreeable rock
to sit on, you will be able to see
the light pouring down into the woods
and breaking into the shapes and tones
of things and you will hear nothing
but a sprig of a birdsong or leafy
falling of a cone or nut through the trees,
and if this is your day you might even
spot a hare or feel the wing-beats of geese
driving overhead toward some destination.

But it is hard to speak of these things
how the voices of light enter the body
and begin to recite their stories
how the earth holds us painfully against
its breast made of humus and brambles
how we who will soon be gone regard
the entities that continue to return
greener than ever, spring water flowing
through a meadow and the shadows of clouds
passing over the hills and the ground
where we stand in the tremble of thought
taking the vast outside into ourselves.

Still, let me know before you set out.
Come knock on my door
and I will walk with you as far as the garden
with one hand on your shoulder.
I will even watch after you and not turn back
to the house until you disappear
into the crowd of maple and ash,
heading up toward the hill,
piercing the ground with your stick.

~ Billy Collins ~
(The Art of Drowning)

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ASHERAH38 11/24/2009 10:01AM

    Wow! What a lovely poem. I am saving it.

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JNEUBS 11/18/2009 8:33AM

    Maha! Beautiful! As usual, thanks for sharing!


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BECOMINGONE 11/17/2009 8:31AM

    Lovely! Mindfulness ... that's what it comes down to ... so easy but so hard ...

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CORPUSANNIE 11/16/2009 10:57PM

    A beautiful poem. It made me feel that old familiar oneness, the one we always try to hang onto even while knowing the elusiveness of it.
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DOKEYOKEY 11/16/2009 7:42PM

    I almost didn't come over and read this tonight...but -- oh my! -- what I would have missed if I didn't. I feel my heart opening to the earth and to all the people and creatures who inhabit it with us.

Thank you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/16/2009 7:11PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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CARLI_MAE 11/16/2009 1:15PM

    Lovely ... stunning ... this concept and the feeling when you achieve it of taking the outdoors within yourself, and, conversely, allowing yourself to feel one with & merge into the majesty of our natural surroundings ...

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LAPORTE2006 11/16/2009 9:28AM

    Beautiful imagery and words. It was like he was sitting there talking to me.
And in the end where he would walk so far with you and then you were on your own to make your own observations into life reminded me that we can only help a friend so far and then they have to do it for the people and teams on sp. I think you are an old soul, just remembering where you should be and refinding your truth. Your blogs are beautiful words that inspire. Thank you for being and sharing. Pam emoticon

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LISANANCY 11/16/2009 8:18AM

    I enjoyed my minds walk today. Thanks for taking me. I might even go outside for another walk today and see if it is any different. I expect that it will be. emoticon

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NORLANA 11/16/2009 8:13AM

    Maha! Thank you for this beautiful poem and the reminder to stop and be in the moment. In our everyday hectic world, we forget to "notice" and this is a beautiful reminder of how simple it can be and so much more enriching. Arn't we lucky?



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The Procrastination Beater

Friday, November 13, 2009

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
-- The Buddha

I had this seemingly simple little process tucked away among saved files and after Sandra's blog yesterday which spoke, among other things, of discipline, it fairly jumped out to me. It sounds deceptively simple, but there can be great power in simplicity!

I wonder if this is something we could do together -- make a 30-day commitment...I think we can comment on this blog as our forum (???), instead of creating a team to see if this makes any difference at all in our lives. (If it seems to be something we want to continue with we can create a team in December.)
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Each morning, I post 3 things I am committing to do that day. (If your tasks require revisiting, come back and click on "Edit" to complete them as the day marches on.)

1. Something I absolutely will do, like breathe or get out of bed.
2. Something I have been putting off for a while (days, months, doesn't matter, but one of those things I hide behind!)
3. Something fun/rewarding.
Next morning, let us know how many you achieved and post your next 3.
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What do you think? Wanna' play with me? In any case, I'm beginning today and doing it here, because I want a witness!
Fri, Nov 13 (our LUCKY DAY!) - Sun, Dec 13?

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ASHERAH38 11/24/2009 10:05AM

    Hey Maha, did you figure out if to create a team for this process? Its a good one

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JNEUBS 11/18/2009 8:34AM

    You are a great leader Maha!

And so very inspirational!

You are light!


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VALERIEMAHA 11/15/2009 9:53AM

    Sunday, Nov 15

I don't think the idea of posting all month is going to work, but I'll continue with today, the end of the weekend.

1. Meditate

2. Clean, sort bedroom and living/study area

3. Play music, music, music!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/15/2009 9:15AM

  Love this blog Maha!
1) Awoke grateful emoticon
2) Got my "Why I am me" blog done emoticon
3) Played some island music and freestyle hula danced emoticon
What a totally awesome fun blog!!!
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LISANANCY 11/15/2009 7:15AM

    I'll make a least one commitment==
To read your blogs more often. I'm still with the newbie mindset but really working on myself.
My commitment today
catch the sunrise
take the extra long walking trail
Call someone and tell them that I Love Them

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DRAGONFLY7149 11/15/2009 12:37AM

    Some years ago my mother said to me, "Don't you put together your list of things to do the next day when you're in bed and trying to go to sleep? I always do...don't know what I'd do gives me something to get up to in the morning!" She may have something there, but I'm usually too busy trying to clear my head when I get to bed so I'm not so sure...but this exercise did work for me in terms of eliminating one task today that's been nagging me for a while, I did get my shower before dawdling a bit over my coffee, and as soon as I post this I'm going to do my flower arrangement (all supplies have been gathered, just need to locate batteries for the camera, and then get to it!)

For Sunday, November 15th:

1. I will water my house plants.

2. I will sweep my front porch and move a wicker chair and table from there to our sheltered lower deck...OR, if it's raining, I'll wash my kitchen and dining room floors (if I'm lucky (?), I'll do both!)

3. I will listen to one of the CDs in a new set I recently purchased.


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CORPUSANNIE 11/14/2009 8:38PM

    Okay, I'm game, but I will have to post at night for the next goes
1. I will get up cheerfully at 6, take a shower while coffee is brewing.
2. I will do the 4 large loads of laundry that have been riding in my trunk for three days.
I will do my yoga in the early afternoon.

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DRAGONFLY7149 11/14/2009 3:11AM

    Whoa! Now thatís a challenge, though I do like the notion a lot! The key no doubt is to keep it simple and for those who meander around in their heads a lot, not necessarily so simple to do.

Here goesÖ

For Saturday, November 14

1. I will get my shower first thing when I get up (no dawdling in my bathrobe over coffee!)

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2. Iíve been putting off some troubleshooting with my laser printer so havenít been able to print pictures my mother is waiting for me to send to her (hard copies Ė she refuses to get a computer). Iím feeling guiltier and guiltier about this, so I commit to spend the time necessary to try to resolve the printer problem.

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3. Iím going to make a holiday floral pomander so I can take a picture for my floral design portfolio and perhaps also for use in an ad soliciting freelance floral work.


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CARLI_MAE 11/14/2009 1:20AM

    Oddly, I haven't been having a problem with the procrastinator in me lately ... so I'll just cheer you all on. GO GET 'EM, Sparkies! emoticon
Lists don't always do the trick for me either, unless I can keep them down to just one or two things, "like tomorrow I want to ..."

Besides, AT made me promise to be joined up to the TG team by the time she gets home! I will have to try very hard to be more nice than goofy ... oh dear ... that may be near to impossible for me.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 11/14/2009 12:14AM


1. Post here!

2. Clean the car!

3. Move my battery chargers into the house!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/13/2009 11:41PM

    I'm going to keep posting here and see if it's too cumbersome to finish the month in this manner.

For Sat., Nov 14:

1. Brush and floss my teeth.
2. Sort papers in front room.
Nope, no time, didn't happen.
3. Go on bike ride with friends. YIPPEE!

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SWDOTB2 11/13/2009 1:52PM

    1. Yoga during my Lunch Hour

2. Write out two thank you notes to Kim and Teji

3. Write in my journal tonight about the way I felt about self when I saw the waning crescent moon this morning on the way to work after hearing from my 27-year-old son.

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ASHERAH38 11/13/2009 12:15PM

    One of my teams has a top 4 daily list although lately I have not been using it as diligently as I could. I do however like the idea of coming back to show our progress AND also putting a must task, a procrastinated task and a fun thing. So I too will give it a shot

1. Complete job questionnaire -- emoticon

2. Speak with financial bank rep re: accessing pension funds early--I apparently have to make an appointment but at least I got the process started

3. Go for a morning walk-- emoticon And a great walk too. Nice and breezy outside

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GBOOMER 11/13/2009 11:40AM

    Cool idea! I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Nice to be figuring stuff out together with ya!


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SUSANSERENE 11/13/2009 10:32AM

    If I may, I'd like to join in with this. Sounds perfect for me!

My three for 11.13.09:

1. Remember to breathe. Really breathe. (I DID IT!!)

2. Sign in to work ON TIME! This sets the pattern for the whole day. I'm usually a few minutes late. (ANOTHER ACCOMPLISHMENT!)

3. Take time to read my book...just for me. (AH, YES, AND ENJOYED IT SO!!)

Thank you for this opportunity!

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MISS_VIV 11/13/2009 9:26AM

    I'll play along because I need some structure here.

1. Read at least a chapter in a new book
2. Take care of errands alread put off 2 days.
3. If it isn't fun, I try to make it fun, so I'll get out the vacuum. emoticon


1. Face the day with love and read another chapter
2. Get out the vacuum and not put it off again.
3. Take a drive up the hills to enjoy the color.

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TRILLIE 11/13/2009 8:45AM

    This sounds great. I'm just struggling to incorporate daily MITs (Most Important Tasks, an idea from into my life again, and I suck at it so far. But I like your approach! Thank you, I'll have to think about this!

Edit: 1. Have a good breakfast. 2. Read 2 papers and write a summary. 3. Call a friend to chat and/or to go out.

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LAPORTE2006 11/13/2009 8:43AM

    My 3 for Fri, Nov.13th
I will try to remember to do this.

1.Made breakfast for Isiah, hubby and me.

2.Put food in tracker. (really bad about this)

3. Play with Isaiah.(he has chicken pox so out of school)

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VALERIEMAHA 11/13/2009 7:58AM

    My 3 for Fri, Nov 13:

1. Prepared my morning brew and daily green tea
2. 8:55am I FINISHED MY STRENGTH TRAINING REGIME! Bonus: I did 5 minutes of sit-ups!
3. An exhilarating bike ride.

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Ode to Autumn, Ode to Life....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

That's all (and that's enough when it's Mary Oliver)....

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~ Mary Oliver ~

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CARLI_MAE 11/10/2009 12:47PM

    That's all & that's right! Oh dear Maha, thank you for encouraging me to subscribe to the site ... it is the best cyberspace thing I've done & these poems with embedded music are such a blessing on waking!

Ti voglio bene, per sempre, cara bellisima!

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/10/2009 10:53AM

    Otra vez, muchisimas gracias MAHA. Me encantan tus blogs!

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LAPORTE2006 11/10/2009 10:48AM

    Beautiful. The world goes on and so do you. Reclaim your place and keep it special.

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JNEUBS 11/10/2009 10:33AM

    Thanks Maha!


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GBOOMER 11/10/2009 10:14AM

    What an antidote to the harshness of society that we all internalize! Thanks.


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AZIMAT 11/10/2009 9:40AM

    Gave me goosebumps! Thanks.

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PEDAL-PUSHER 11/10/2009 8:42AM

    thanks for sharing

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Be prepared to bump into wonder!!!

Monday, November 09, 2009

It's so easy for me to bow my head and feel cheated, feel like a loser, feel like I've only got half a life.

"WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?" I ask myself.'s a habit, developed over recent years of seeing the glass half empty...and even further back, in the devlopmental years and beyond, of indulging in negative affirmations. Uh huh. But LOOK AT ME --

~ though I wobble on the path, I have indeed made AMAZING strides toward wellness, teaching myself to eat in a whole, organic way that supports wellness and carrying around over seventy pounds less of dead weight on this compliant body
~ though my life in these later years may have challenges and difficulties that require clear seeing and creative problem-solving, I have myriad resources to assist me in that important work
~ though I have not managed to attain a consistent daily sitting practice, any efforts toward PRESENCE and MINDFULNESS will be, and has been, rewarded with greater consciousness
~ though I have a nay-sayer in my life who constantly reminds me of my shorcomings, I have the tools to sweep the path of these psychic obstacles and prepare for WONDER

So, better said --

~ I am living witness to the benefits of healthy living. I took control. I'm DOING IT.
~ I have wonderful friends, new and old, who love and support and guide me on this intrepid journey
~ I know the importance of continuing in spite of failures, because my ongoing success is built upon these holes on the path that I tumble into and climb out of
~ I choose joy over sorrow, both being ever-present

James Boughton is an ever-present Joy Guru, ALWAYS bringing a smile and making me want to get up and move, and reminding me of the goodness in this topsy-turvy journey we call life.

Not dawdling
not doubting
intrepid all the way
walk toward clarity
with sharp eye
With sharpened sword
clearcut the path
to the lucent surprise
of enlightenment
At every crossroad
be prepared to bump into wonder

~ James Broughton ~

(Little Sermons of the Big Joy)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COTEL1 11/17/2009 9:57AM

    That was awesome. Thank You emoticon

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EMBBEAR 11/10/2009 12:06PM

    Wow! You are such beautiful writer! (I would know I'm a writing tutor) what a wonderful blog of good affirmations! I'm sorry to hear you have a negative nancy in your life, I think we all do at one point or another. After moving I made sure to keep my encounters with people of that mindset very short! You are doing so well for yourself, keep it up!

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JNEUBS 11/10/2009 10:35AM

    So are amazing Maha!

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!


ChiTown Jeff
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Peace, Love, Compassion, Laughter & Hope!

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MENT2BE 11/9/2009 11:01PM

    LOVED IT ALL!!! Bless you for making our day!!

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In Wonder,

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CORPUSANNIE 11/9/2009 9:49PM

    Oh, I think I found a blog to build a dream on tonight.
Thank you, wonderful friend to so many of us. You are a blessing.

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COLIBRI930 11/9/2009 9:37PM

    Very refreshing, thanks!

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MACGIRRL 11/9/2009 9:18PM

    What a delightful gift of affirmation and motivation and celebration this Monday evening! With gratitude, I'll carry this "reframing" mindset with me on Tuesday as I head into the battlefield of the "office". emoticon
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RIPPEDPAUL1 11/9/2009 8:51PM

    Good blog post, I'm glad I stopped to look.

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AZIMAT 11/9/2009 8:27PM

    Beautiful blog, my friend, a wonderful honest account of your journey. Your willingness to bare your soul is such a gift to so many of us. Thank you.

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STRAWBERRY*MOON 11/9/2009 8:07PM

    Wise words, indeed, ones I need to be reminded of frequently. Many thanks, as always, Maha.

Something else I try to remember: Seeking perfection is the enemy of
finding your true life.

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/9/2009 6:08PM

    Thanks for being such a Spark friend to so many! You never fail to cheer me up and keep my feet on the ground with your intelligent blogs. Paz, Francesca

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CARLI_MAE 11/9/2009 1:06PM

    Ah, yes, you and Vicki ... "what's that about?" ... I think you know what it's about ... the real challenge is rising above it and shaking it all off, so to speak. More difficult for some (many women, especially, it seems) than others. The really cool thing is watching others, like I was telling TAZ, unfold into their real selves ... one of the unexpected, but totally delightful things I've witnessed in this community. Who'd a thought, huh?

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LAPORTE2006 11/9/2009 10:07AM

    Life is full of surprises and wonder. You never know what is around the bend. You have to open your eyes to see the wonder that surrounds us. I think too many times I have gone into a day with my eyes shut. Every new day, I try to open them and see what I was missing. Most of my life, I spent hiding...from myself..from others and from life. As I grew older, I learned not to hide. So lets all see that half full glass and appreciate who we are. Just be.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/9/2009 10:05AM

    Aw something we have in common AND WE are changing it!! Making that voice stop and rephrase is a great practice. You have been an encouragement to ME reinforcing the action - the proactive choice, sista!!! We are amazing, arenīt we?!!!
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SLASALLE 11/9/2009 8:54AM

    I agree with Gboomer 150%, my friend. I have missed reading your blogs and it is a pleasure and honor to start my week reading thie one. Let's BOTH make it a week of the glass half full ...

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LISANANCY 11/9/2009 8:52AM

    I have to give myself a real talking to today! Where do these negative thoughts come from? No, not anymore. We are really worth it. emoticon

Thanks for your time to share with us.

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JUDY4652 11/9/2009 8:42AM

    You have done really well! Keep up the good work!

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GBOOMER 11/9/2009 8:33AM

    You could have been writing about my own struggles.

James Broughton is good, but I like your voice even more.


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