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I get by with a little help from my friends....

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.
-- Rumi



I've been in a melt-down mode recently...not caring for myself in a loving way, feeling isolated and out-of-control. I don't like to put my stuff out there, so I've basically stuffed it, unsuccessfully trying to find my way out.

Finally I sent SOS notes to friends Noreen and Sandra and got a heart full of love and guidance back from both of these amazing friends. Sandra added this "food for thought" that has resulted in this blog:

"I'm going to be presumptuous here so just know I say this out of love. You are very good at giving motivation and inspiration to other people but when you need help -- like now -- you don't turn to your Spark Friends in your blogs. There is something cathartic about asking for help from anyone who happens upon your blog. I imagine that if you asked for help in a blog -- all kinds of people would respond -- because they love you and look to you for motivation and inspiration. Just as the monks go out to beg each morning for their rice -- not for themselves but so that those who give will be blessed in giving -- you would bless a lot of people if you reached out on SP for help."

I am blessed daily by you. Thank you for your encouragement and love.

Blessed be!
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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 2/1/2010 6:02PM

    Knowing the nature of Pisces, you have probably moved to a more desirous place, therefore, I will give to you my small offering in the expectation that it will no longer be required.

Yes, it is the nature of Pisces, on occasion, to swim to the depths, far deeper than most could imagine. Sometimes it is necessary to plunge into the murky, unknown, uncharted underworld, to explore, for the purpose of expansion, the dark hidden crevices of our soul. I'm sure I have barnacles growing from such expeditions! We do this however, with full expectation that we will also, at other times soar with the angels in perfect harmony, perfect equilibrium - two fish swimming in opposite directions but always securely joined in serenity and balance.

So Maha, try to make peace with where you are, relax, and in time whatever the reason for this deep sea diving will be revealed - it always is. You know this! Reach for a better feeling thought from where you are, and from there, an even better one and a better one still and before you know it you will be frolicking in the sunlit ocean with the dolphins and whales, where you feel at peace with yourself and the universe!

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STLRZGRRL 2/1/2010 11:01AM

    A NOSE-PICKNG ROLE MODEL YOU ARE, MAHA!!!
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YAY!!!!!!!

Plz to use this thumb as the nose-picker appliance of SP choice...

In your honor, today, I will pick my nose 12 times in the general direction of L'il Rock...


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MEDDYPEDDY 2/1/2010 2:23AM

    You know what? This happens to me when I am the "good guy" for a moment too long. If I help and motivate people and I help and motivate people and I help and motivate people... and they put me in a pedestal (which is NOT a comfortable place really, a sofa is far better!) and I kind of start thinking that I need to be on that pedestal and I would be a blessing to the world being there so I better become perfect and wise and show no cracks in my beautiful soul...

Come on - pick your nose and fart away!

As foreigner I am not sure if the above mirrors the love I really feel for you, when I look at your page and your pictures, I think you are marvellous and a true rolemodel! Keep on being whatever you are, it is SO useful!



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VALERIEMAHA 1/31/2010 7:17PM

    Getting smushed to bits in a group hug is feelin' MIGHTY GOOD!
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CARLI_MAE 1/31/2010 7:06PM

    Goodness ... I don't go online for a day or three and look what happens.

Well, see ... looka all these folks wanting to smush you to bits in a group hug! What would I do if you sang out of tune, would I stand up and walk out on you? ... Nope, I'd give you an ear and I'd lend you a song and hope you weren't too out of key!

Yeah, you'll get by with a little help ... or as they say down thar ,,, HEP ! fwum yo fwends.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/31/2010 5:53PM

    Dear friend and teacher,
I'm so glad you're offline taking care of yourself.
Baba-ji says, "You have to be your own best friend first."
The rhythm of compassion requires a giving and a receiving, like an exhalation and an inhalation. We thrive when we have compassion for ourselves as well as for others. You are so giving. Glad you are taking time to inhale.
May you have compassion for yourself. May you be kind to the 'soft animal of the body' that Mary Oliver describes so well.
May you be at ease.
Chanting the Great Healing Mantra for you today.
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NORLANA 1/31/2010 3:28PM

    HEY!! Get your self together cause we need YOU to lead the conga line!!! xoxoxo LOLOLOLOLOL!! WoooHoooooo!!! Here we go girl!!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/31/2010 3:24PM

    Awww... Maha! I am grateful for you each and every day! I truly do look forward to your continued awakenings! I am sorry to hear you were feeling low, and send the biggest virtual hug for taking the time to share and be honest not only with yourself, but with us too! And a prayer for the balance in your life that you so desire.

I've been a bit of a roller coaster myself, but keep coming out stronger on the other side! I too recently blogged about this and Adversity! I found these to be extremely helpful:

"Difficulties are opportunities for growth. If you try to avoid all trials, you are simply arresting your development!"

"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."
~James 1:2-3


Blessed Be Maha!

You are truly the BEST!
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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/31/2010 2:39PM

    Maha,

You are amazing and the love and kindness and joy and goodness that you send out in the universe, you are deserving to receive in return a hundred fold. It is ever said that giving is better than receiving, and certainly giving is easier. I know I must remind myself to let others have the satisfaction of giving as well.

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. ~Ben Sweetland

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/31/2010 2:13PM

    Maha, Maha, le amo a Maha mucho. Ella es una vela brillante cuando mas se necisitan. Estoy aqui para ti tambien amiga preciosa.
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LYNNANN43 1/31/2010 11:47AM

    Maha,
You are SUCH an inspiration to me! You make me think in ways I've never thought before. I'm getting back into yoga and think of you every time.

We are all there for you. Just let us know what you need. If you need me, I'll find a way to get there for you!

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Namaste,
Lynn

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PEACEFULONE 1/31/2010 11:23AM

    Dearest Maha, You are loved and esteemed more than words can say! You are the brightest guiding star! Sending you light, love, and peace this day and always! Elaine
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STLRZGRRL 1/31/2010 10:41AM

    STOP WITH THE BEING GRATEFUL FOR ONE SECOND, MAHA!!!!

This is SUPPOS'TA be OUR chance to be grateful for YOU!!!!!

Jeeze.

You'r
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VALERIEMAHA 1/31/2010 10:36AM

    Thank you, thank you from the bottom and top and sides of my heart!

I just finished meditation practice and preparing myself a nutritious, healthy brekkie...and come to THIS! This heart-opening showing of love and support from my dear friends.

I'm not going to reply individually, because today is about taking baby-steps toward better self-care, but please KNOW that your reaching out to me in this time of need is MAJOR today...and EVERY day!

Bowing in gratitude and love,
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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2010 10:29AM

    Such collective wisdom right here for the asking AND for the receiving!

It's a gift to let others give back: so give it to us!! Please!!

And then: receive it.

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MISS_VIV 1/31/2010 10:15AM

    I hope you know you can always turn west to find a lot of love and support, BIG BEAR HUGS and dry hankies. You are teaching us every day and stretching your loving arms around us. We are here wrapping our arms around you in love. Now, if you can. Get those books cracked open and do what you have to do today. Right after a few deep cleansing/warming breaths.
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KAT573 1/31/2010 9:57AM

    We all need both to give and to receive, because it helps us to be more wholly balanced in the world, and thus, more complete! I am glad that Sandra and Norlana could offer you the gift of giving!
Blessings!


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LISANANCY 1/31/2010 9:46AM

    Oh, what a horrible thought that one of my dear friends needed some help and I didn't know about it! I would reach out my arms and hug you. I wouldn't let that demon of doubt anywhere near you. I would stay with you until your flame burned brightly again. Don't you feel the connection, how poor of us just to take your love and not make sure that you know how much we appreciate all the work you do to keep us moving in the right direction. This awful event just does prove how much we are connected and how much we really depend on each other. emoticon

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MAZZYR 1/31/2010 9:42AM

    Ditto, Sandra is right!!

Thank you for guiding me towards a Loving-Kindness practice, dear Maha. Today I guide you back.

-May you recognize your feelings with mindfulness and acceptance.
-May you embrace these feelings and treat yourself and your feelings with compassion.
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GINABUG 1/31/2010 9:38AM

    I would feel SO VERY left out not to be included in the "Maha -- Love!" Sandra is right. Ask for the gift of love and the gift is in the giving. Thank you for the gift of allowing me to send you love, peace, balance, energy, and a whole lot of huggy mushy stuff today!

I love and adore you, Maha! Be the kindness you give to others. Give it to yourself. Allow us to give it to you as well. Ahhhhhhhh, how doesn't that feel better? I know it does for me!

Blessings and much love,

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SLASALLE 1/31/2010 9:37AM

    Maha, my dear friend - I am SO HAPPY that you stepped out of your "mode" and reached out. Try to remember, life is about giving AND receiving. Sandra is right! Letting others give to you, as you have given so freely of yourself to so many, gives them great pleasure AND provides much-needed support for you also! I see nothing but a win-win here.

We are all on a journey. Nobody is perfect. We all have good days and bad days. But the true joy in life, in my humble opinion, is the sharing of that journey with others who care, others of like mind - and the sharing includes the good, the bad and the ugly ... for each is part of life.

Much love to you, oh woman of amazing heart and soul ...

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NORLANA 1/31/2010 9:23AM

    Take excellent care of you today! Mwah!! emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 1/31/2010 9:22AM

    AND let ME be blessed by saying: SANDRA IS RIGHT!!!!

You are such a pillar to so many of us... and what do we know about pillars, Maha? Pillars crumble...

I know your heart is large enough to let all of us in... so move over... you're about to get a LOT of company...

MWAH
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Snow in the mid-south

Saturday, January 30, 2010



The screened porch to the right goes into *my* side of the cabana. My office/living space looks out through the porch to the outdoors, where little creatures gather to feed. Hope my Dolphin baby is OK -- she's not used to having snow piled on top of her! Yeah, I definitely live out in the country!



And THEN there's my little Honda Civic baby, so covered that she's almost unrecognizable!



I know...I KNOW! This is nothin' you northern folks say.

But to be honest with you, I'd REALLY rather be in Maui or Marin about now!

  
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SANTANDERE 1/31/2010 11:04AM

    I love where you live! I know it's hard to get things done in that kind of weather, but it looks like FUN...

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DEUSMACHINA 1/30/2010 9:42PM

    Yeah! Trace is right! Come to Canberra. It's hot. Never wet. Never cold (well, not by American standards, anyway). Deep blue skies and water restrictions. What more could you want?

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/30/2010 8:45PM

    Wishing you warm and snug, my friend.
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ATRANSFORMATION 1/30/2010 7:27PM

    Oh, this reminds me of when I lived in Placerville. I DO miss that part of it! Always amazed to see how just a couple of inches makes the world so silent and beautiful...Thanks for sharing.

Should I tell you our sky is deep blue with huge billowy white clouds? Roses are now pruned. Weeds are pulled, and some tulips are FINALLY in pots outside!


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STLRZGRRL 1/30/2010 6:37PM

    Ya, ya, ya... beautiful... unless you have to go out in it...

Begging the question, "Why AREN'T we in Maui now?"

Beejay says we can come to Canberra... I don't think she realizes that I am NOT kidding...

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GENKI_WARRIOR 1/30/2010 6:24PM

    beautiful!
lol a friend and i were talking about the difference between northern and southern winter weather; and why life often shuts down here--we get ice, and they get more snow; ice + driving = no ma'am!

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BECOMINGONE 1/30/2010 1:55PM

    You have to admit -- it's beautiful! My buddha is almost covered in snow ... I love it

Sandra

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SHEENADEE 1/30/2010 1:21PM

    Sorry about the unwanted snow you got. I'm a bit north of you and we apparently dodged this latest snow storm. Plenty cold here though, barely to 20 F the past couple days; but no snow. I hope you warm up and it melts soon.

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_VALEO_ 1/30/2010 12:56PM

    Love your cottage nestling in the nature.
We've been having snow for days, and I feel like Siphysus--snow shoveling again and again.

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Fear & thinking of ourselves as merely physical creatures...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Before *signing off* to begin my day of study, I post this reminder to myself, hoping it will offer some guidance to others on the Path as well.

May it be so!
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-- Thich Nhat Hanh, reminding us to step into the world of love



On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
-- Bhagavad Gita

To be truly secure, we must begin to find a source of security within ourselves. Even the bravest among us have many fears. Behind the attachment to money or possessions, for example, you will always find the fear of loss. Attachment to prestige brings the nagging fear of what others think of us. The thirst for power feeds the fear that others may be stronger. Every self-centered desire brings the fear that we may not get what we desire.

One could make a Sears catalog of these fears, but all stem from one fatal superstition: thinking of ourselves as merely physical creatures, separate from the rest of life. As our sense of oneness with the rest of life deepens, we step out of the world of fear to live in the world of love.
-- Sri Eknath Easwaran
www.easwaran.org/Thoughts

  
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STLRZGRRL 1/30/2010 6:33PM

    Fear of losing things falls away in comparison to the loss of people who are important to you...

when you lose the people who are important to you, you don't have to fear losing them any more.

I'm not afraid of very much these days... which makes me nearly unbearable to have around.
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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2010 6:17PM

    An inspiring blog. Thank you. Fear of loss? we cannot lose if we are one with the rest of life.

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_VALEO_ 1/30/2010 12:47PM

    Every word is so true. We have to let go our fears to live in harmony with us, and with each other.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/30/2010 11:42AM

    AMEN!

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LISANANCY 1/30/2010 10:15AM

    I like this. Great way to start my day. I am feeling a little anxious about Dh's glaucoma operation. I am positive we have a good doctor. Just the wait that gets a little long, so you blog today was helpful. Study hard, get smart emoticon

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Homegrown Revolution -- change begins with me!

Friday, January 29, 2010

The only way to change the world is to CHANGE OURSELVES! Baby-steps by baby-steps we can move toward freedom in so many ways. Here is one to check out. It may inspire awe, or blow your mind (in a good way) or, best of all, propel us to action (perhaps beginning with a few container plants?):

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1787


The Dervaes family wasn't pleased with the direction big farming was going. But they didn't sit around and wait for someone else to come up with a solution for them. Over several decades, they worked to transform the yard space around their house into a grassroots, family-operated, urban homestead located in the midst of the city of Pasadena, CA. Today, they not only grow their own food, but also use alternative energy and fuel sources, practice waste reduction, and overall try to live simply and inspire others through their example.
www.pathtofreedom.com/

  
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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/29/2010 9:28PM

    Pretty Amazing!

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GETDONE 1/29/2010 5:41PM

    This is a riminder that I need to improve my soul/soil. I gave up last year because the dirt in our yard is in need of soo much more stuff. I have decided that I will still improve my little garden area and put in the tomatoes and squash and chard. I have apples, apricots, lemon, lime, and I wand a little peach and another apple.
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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/29/2010 3:11PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Inspiring!

We are also blessed with local farmer's markets in California, where we can buy fruit and veggies grown organically and in season. As someone who spent her early years on a farm in India, I love the freedom of growing your own food ... cutting a fresh stick of sugar cane at a whim, drinking fresh milk, eating fresh churned butter -- gifted from cows you love who love you back. In our Cal garden, we have persimmons, lemons, apricots and tomatoes, and we work at adding more each year. The hubs has a dream about adding corn this year. My vote is for chilli peppers. We shall see! Negotiations are ongoing.

Also, when we labor to cultivate the soil and work with sun and water, the coming and going of the seasons, it puts us back in harmony with nature. We cultivate ourselves. Once you begin, there's no knowing where it will end. :-)

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_VALEO_ 1/29/2010 12:06PM

    As a green activist, you can imagine how much I really love their website, their movie "Path to Freedom", and their philosphy ( the "try something you've never done before, and just stopped being negative" and "change yourself first" attitude), and what they're doing (BTW, their edible flowers are gorgeous.)

That's one of the reasons we moved: being closer to nature, to grow our own food and do "one of the most dangerous occupation on the face of this Earth(...) becoming free.", and explore new paths.
Of course, as he is said he is "blessed by the Californian weather" which is not our case. We have to manage with the long and harsh winter season, but it is doable.

Their site is saved in my bookmarks to "borrow them some ideas"--thanks for the head-ups!

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COLIBRI930 1/29/2010 11:49AM

    Thank you, and thank you! I loved this video. I like the idea that the single most radical act one can do is grow your own food. With our political system totally bought by corporations, it is empowering to hear about this family's story! I am also inspired as well. I started growing organic veggies in 2008, and continue to add to the garden each year.


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FRANCESCANAZ 1/29/2010 11:17AM

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MAZZYR 1/29/2010 10:51AM

    emoticonsays it best!

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HIGHLIFE73 1/29/2010 10:14AM

    Thanks for the info that is what I'm working toward starting this year. I have $ put back to fence in area to keep deer out so I can start a nice size garden this spring, Then next year plan to cut a few trees & replace them with fruit trees. Slow And steady and I will get there, don't want to overwhelm myself with too much too fast!

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EVE180 1/29/2010 9:58AM

    Thanks for the info! Love it!

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MISS_VIV 1/29/2010 9:51AM

    This is truly nothing short of fantastic. I wonder when the City of Pasadena will find out and put an end to it with zoning..California talks big, but can turn tide in 10 seconds. I wish them well. And thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to use it to send to some of my friends (none near Pasadena)

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LISANANCY 1/29/2010 9:46AM

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The Inner History of a Day

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Without any attempt to speak to or embellish this soulful journey, I offer this wiseman's way...perhaps a new direction...one that I, with all my heart, seek:



THE INNER HISTORY OF A DAY

No one knew the name of this day;
Born quietly from deepest night,
It hid its face in light,
Demanded nothing for itself,
Opened out to offer each of us
A field of brightness that traveled ahead,
Providing in time, ground to hold our footsteps
And the light of thought to show the way.

The mind of the day draws no attention;
It dwells within the silence with elegance
To create a space for all our words,
Drawing us to listen inward and outward.

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.

~ John O'Donohue ~
(from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings)
www.panhala.net/Archive/The_Inner_Hi
story_of_a_Day.html


About John O'Donohue:
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/ob
ituaries/article3321060.ece

  
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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/29/2010 9:20PM

    I trust in God! Beautifully Written!

I truly am loving this journey! I haven't always been able to say that, but am so grateful I can now, with the awareness level that I have now, that excites me, when I realize how much more I have to learn! Sometimes I get impatient, and want to know it all just now, but that is not the plan! But, so far... I like knowing that through negation of thought, I am able to hear the thoughts that help me find thy way!

Everytime I have a new awakening, I reach a new level of awareness, and it so excites me!!!!

Just today, it really clicked when I realized that we are all deciples of God, and that we will never see the Kingdom of heaven, on earth, unless we are born again!

Did you have a chance to listen to the song I blogged about, Born Again?

I know, perhaps to some, I am eons away from getting it! But, I am content and happy now, with for the most part, no regrets!

Life is better when living in the NOW! Living your life with good intentions! Living your life as God intended!

AMEN!

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SUSANSERENE 1/29/2010 10:40AM

    "Somewhere in us a dignity presides that is more gracious than the smallness that fuels us with fear and force..."

These words literally jumped off the screen for me!

Bless you for sharing this with us!
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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/29/2010 2:37AM

    Thank you, once again, Maha!

In gratitude,

Margaret xoxo

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FLORIDASUN 1/28/2010 9:40PM

    Very intriguing...I enjoyed this muchly! Hugs dear Maha! emoticon

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CRYSTALLULLABY 1/28/2010 7:38AM

  Thank you - this was a great way to start my morning.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/27/2010 4:39PM

    My favorite lines are also:

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

O'Donohue's words are imbued with a sacred quietude, here, which I love.

Thank you, Mahalakshmi!
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CARLI_MAE 1/27/2010 2:24PM

    I'm still thinking over yesterday's ... this is tangential to his main point here ... but it made me think how much we rely upon naming things ("no one knew the name of this day") -- even the "unknown."

So we give them numbers, dates, times; we call it God, Universe, Cosmos, etc. But the problem then is that human beings are inclined to objectify the abstract to the point that the objectification becomes their own personal and very literal truth, closing the mind off to the infinite. The infinite, and openness then become something to be feared, laying the groundwork for a battle of wills not only with that "unknown," but also initiating wars with our brothers and sisters, each of whom have developed somewhat different objectifications.

Can you dig it? (It's okay if you're shaking your head thinking "I'll never quite figure out how that Carli's mind works" ... hahahaha ... I'm used to it)

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WANT2CHNG17 1/27/2010 1:32PM

    We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Beautfiul...just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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BERKLEYGIRL 1/27/2010 12:39PM

    Lovely!

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/27/2010 11:24AM

    Nice! Very, very nice! emoticon

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AZIMAT 1/27/2010 10:35AM

    Oh, thanks again to John O'Donohue, he left us too soon, but what a legacy.

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LISANANCY 1/27/2010 9:48AM

    Oh, my favorite! Live each day with passion. emoticon

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