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World Christmas -- BUY IT!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You'll be glad you did!
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I just received this CD from the music is just fabulously WONDERFUL. I'm having a hard time typing this, because I'm moving all over my chair -- shakin' my booty! I discovered it through the world-music holiday station I created. If you groove to world beat and holiday music with *attitude,* you'll love this!

Here's what the album notes say:

"Our glory is we had such friends.
-- WB Yeats

"Those words, to paraphase Yeats, express how grateful all of us in the Special Olympics Movement are to the artists on this album. They have shared the gift of unique and beautiful Christmas music from each of their countries to make this magnificent 'World Christmas' record a reality.

"And what an important reality! 'World Christmas' will help the expansion of Special Olympics programs in the urban areas of America and in developing countries like Bangladesh and Botswana as well as 150 other countries, bring friendship and joy where there was once isolation....

"We are sincerely grateful to all of you who purchase this wonderfully inspiring Christmas record."
-- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder, Special Olympics International
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O!M!G! I've reached #11...Mino Cinelu and Dianne Reeves, Twelve Days of Christmas. It's BEYOND fabuloso! Cinelu's arrangement is surreal. (I'm prejudiced though, 'cause Reeves is WAY high on my list of fav musicians!) Oh, and check out the stud, er I mean, Cinelu's webpage:

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TEE803 12/13/2009 10:56PM

    I just can't seem to bring myself to voluntarily listen to Christmas music...but I'm working on it! I'm REALLY trying to get into the whole Christmas spirit thing this year...I guess it's a process...


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MACGIRRL 12/13/2009 9:31PM

    Sparking & reading from iPhone, and i so want to add to cart from here.
Tomorrow, will listen & most likely love & add to cart. Need new holiday music. Luv my CBC Christmas CD, but i also luv me sum world music.

:) Danke!!

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LYNNANN43 12/13/2009 9:03PM

    I have a couple of the older CD's for the Special Olympics:D

I just put this in my Amazon cart. I'll order it with my order on Wednesday!

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NORLANA 12/13/2009 8:21PM

    I can see why your shakin it! Reggae Santa and Holy Rumba .... ahahah ... enjoy!! emoticon

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Finding Eternal Happiness

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This weeks offering from Weekly Words of Wisdom just seemed like something worth sharing! Will all those NOT up for eternal happiness please raise their hands...???

Finding Eternal Happiness

"The goal of human life is to find eternal happiness and supreme peace. Invariably, everyone is seeking to have this permanent joy. All the great sages, saints and prophets who have realized this peace and joy have told us that the moment you keep your mind calm and serene, you can enjoy supreme happiness. Our effort in the name of religion, Yoga or any spiritual practice should be toward achieving this peace and calmness of mind. A restless mind is an impure mind; an impure mind is a restless mind. If we could keep the mind clean, it will find its calmness. 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness.' Why? Because only a clean mind can be calm, and only a calm mind can reveal true happiness.

"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
-- Sri Swami Satchidananda

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FLORIDASUN 12/13/2009 7:29PM

    So beautiful, so profound, so needed by me today..thank you dear always sense what I am seeking and then you find it and you to the moon for who you are! emoticon emoticon

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RIPPEDPAUL1 12/12/2009 5:31PM

    Thank you.

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Mary Oliver, for all holiday air travelers ....

Friday, December 11, 2009

You know who you are! (Ahhh...yes, I hear you Mary!)

What is it, that you need so badly?
Think about this.


In the city called Wait,
also known as the airport,
you might think about your life --
there is not much else to do.
For one thing,
there is too much luggage,
and you're truly lugging it --
you and, it seems, everyone.

What is it, that you need so badly?
Think about this.

Earlier, in another city,
you're on the tarmac, a lost hour.
You're going to miss your connection, and you know it,
and you do.
You're headed for five hours of nothing.
And how long can you think about your own life?

What I did, to save myself,
was to look for children, the very young ones
who couldn't even know where they were going, or why.
Some of them were fussing, of course.
Many of them were beautifully Hispanic.

The storm was still busy outside, and snow falling
anywhere, any time, is a wonder.
But even more wonderful, and maybe the only thing
to put your own life in proportion,
were the babies, the little ones, hot and tired,
but still
gurgling, chuckling, as they looked --
wherever they were going, or not yet going,
in their weary parents' arms (no!
their lucky parents' arms) --
upon this broken world.

~ Mary Oliver ~

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MISS_VIV 12/11/2009 11:48AM

    Enjoy the flight, watch the people, they are the most exciting thing to do in a terminal.. Mary is right.

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Om my God how I love David Whyte!!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Our faces would fall away
until we, growing younger toward death
every day, would gather all our flaws in celebration

to merge with them perfectly,
impossibly, wedded to our essence,
full of silence from the carver's hands.


In monastery darkness
by the light of one flashlight
the old shrine room waits in silence

While above the door
we see the terrible figure,
fierce eyes demanding, "Will you step through?"

And the old monk leads us,
bent back nudging blackness
prayer beads in the hand that beckons.

We light the butter lamps
and bow, eyes blinking in the
pungent smoke, look up without a word,

see faces in meditation,
a hundred faces carved above,
eye lines wrinkled in the hand held light.

Such love in solid wood!
Taken from the hillsides and carved in silence
they have the vibrant stillness of those who made them.

Engulfed by the past
they have been neglected, but through
smoke and darkness they are like the flowers

we have seen growing
through the dust of eroded slopes,
then slowly opening faces turned toward the mountain.

Carved in devotion
their eyes have softened through age
and their mouths curve through delight of the carvers hand.

If only our own faces
would allow the invisible carver's hand
to bring the deep grain of love to the surface.

If only we knew
as the carver knew, how the flaws
in the wood led his searching chisel to the very core,

we would smile, too
and not need faces immobilized
by fear and the weight of things undone.

When we fight with our failing
we ignore the entrance to the shrine itself
and wrestle with the guardian, fierce figure on the side of good.

And as we fight
our eyes are hooded with grief
and our mouths are dry with pain.

If only we could give ourselves
to the blows of the carvers hands,
the lines in our faces would be the trace lines of rivers

feeding the sea
where voices meet, praising the features
of the mountain and the cloud and the sky.

Our faces would fall away
until we, growing younger toward death
every day, would gather all our flaws in celebration

to merge with them perfectly,
impossibly, wedded to our essence,
full of silence from the carver's hands.

~ David Whyte ~
(Where Many Rivers Meet)

David Whyte LIVE! Do watch it, he's beautiful inside-and-out:

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FRACTALMYTH 12/12/2009 11:31AM

    That was amazing :D Thank you!

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LUCKY-13 12/11/2009 1:46AM

    Wow! He really paints a picture with his words. Awesome! Thanks for sharing, and thanks also for visiting my page and leaving such thoughtful feedback. I really appreciate your support!

Oh!!! And congrats on getting through the semester! That's great!


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LYNNANN43 12/9/2009 11:59AM

    Thank you Maha, once again for sharing.


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FRANCESCANAZ 12/9/2009 11:27AM

    Hermosa , como siempre.

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AZIMAT 12/9/2009 11:23AM

    Thank you so much. Lovely, just lovely.

It reminds me of meditating in the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh, India in the Himalayas.

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SUCHAHOOT 12/9/2009 9:29AM

    Oh my goodness. I have chills and they are not from the cold morning. Thank you for taking the time to post this.

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LISANANCY 12/9/2009 9:17AM

    You must really be a gentle heart to love such works. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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More reflection to support a meditation practice

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Given the struggle that presents itself prior to many *sittings* I am always looking any little tidbits of wisdom Teachings that encourage me to stay set on the Path of meditation. This morning's Thought for the Day from Sri Easwaran spoke directly to my soul and I pass it on, hoping it will resonate with you as well.

Lotus in pond at Magnolia Village,
Batesville, MS, a spiritual center
in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

O God! make me busy with Thee, that they may not make me busy with them.
-- Rabia

(A continuing woodpecker story) Our red-turbaned chap had checked out possible areas for working, he settled down at what looked like a solid, unyielding spot and started pecking away rhythmically. He didn't just give a peck or two and then fly off in search of a worm, not to return for half an hour. He went on pecking systematically, with sustained enthusiasm, until he was done. I was amazed at his dexterity. When he had finished, he left such a large hole that if he had gone on, I have no doubt the entire tree would have fallen.

That is the kind of work required to transform personality. For a long time, all we are doing in meditation is pecking away at what we want to change in ourselves. At best it is tedious; often it is downright painful. The problem is that we identify ourselves with the accumulation of habits and opinions, likes and dislikes, which we have developed over the years. We think this is who we are, and are not prepared to let it die.
-- Sri Eknath Easwaran

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MAZZYR 12/12/2009 1:12PM

    I'm pecking away... at my own pace... like I have all the time in the world! But I must say I'm enjoying it... most days.

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MACGIRRL 12/8/2009 10:30PM

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RMACBURN 12/7/2009 7:21PM

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing.

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LAPORTE2006 12/6/2009 7:52PM

    Sometimes we peck away too much. We analyze and reanalyze instead of just bein. That is interesting carli. May we all be and experience and connect within each other in time.

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STRAWBERRY*MOON 12/6/2009 4:46PM

    I'm a peckin' away. Thanks, Maha!

Carli Mae, I never thought about why woodpeckers pecked. I love knowing new facts. The world overflows with so many wondrous things.

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DRAGONFLY7149 12/6/2009 4:00PM

    Ah, patience, practice, progress, balance...I shall remember this as I watch our resident woodpecker (resident on our property, I mean) go about its busy day!


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FRACTALMYTH 12/6/2009 3:54PM

    O God! make me busy with Thee, that they may not make me busy with them.
-- Rabia


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CARLI_MAE 12/6/2009 2:42PM

    Well, now that I subscribe to all this stuff, what comments am I going to leave here on your blog?
I do have an earthly and scientifically based one on the woodpecker series, that came to me when I read them. Did you know that the reason woodpeckers do what they do in trees is how they survive? This is because they feed particularly on specific insects that invade trees. By doing so, they not only nourish themselves, but allow trees that otherwise would eventually succumb to insect blight to continue to survive. In fact, if you happen to have a tree and notice an excessive number of woodpecker holes in it, chances are the tree is badly diseased and in need of cutting down. How 'bout that?

Another notation from yours truly,
The perpetual "walking encyclopaedia" (as some folks tease me)

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NORLANA 12/6/2009 2:42PM

    "we identify ourselves with the accumulation of habits and opinions, likes and dislikes, which we have developed over the years. We think this is who we are, and are not prepared to let it die."

Thank you, dear Maha :)

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LIZARDG7 12/6/2009 2:07PM

    Don't you just love his "Thoughts For The Day?" Lizzie emoticon

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