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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?):

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.

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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.
Thanks for making my fingures itch to touch the soil again! emoticon

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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

    emoticon So true! emoticon

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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

    And it's beautiful too! emoticon emoticon

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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 that I, with all my heart, seek:


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)

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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!


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1HAPPYSUSAN 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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  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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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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Mostly rejoicing!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mary Oliver has done it again -- transported me out of mundane reality to that place of beauty, balance, gratitude, and joy, guiding me in keeping on with what really matters -- seeking sweetness, being astonished, shouting in joy, rejoicing!


My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird --
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

-- Mary Oliver

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1HAPPYSUSAN 1/29/2010 10:45AM

    I'm getting caught up on reading my favorite blogs and you inspire me with your thoughtfulness and caring to share these beautiful and touching poems.

I was led to your page this morning, thankfully, and I am truly refreshed and inspired. You are a light in the darkness to me and I thank you from the depths of my soul.

Blessings to you today!

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BECOMINGONE 1/28/2010 10:14AM

    Just catching up reading blogs ... what is it in us that makes us see our lives as mundane. I spent my hour with Ralph yesterday on the same subject. Mundane isn't external to us but inside of us ... so much to learn ...


PS Love the poem as usual!

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MENT2BE 1/25/2010 9:02PM

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!
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KAT573 1/25/2010 8:32PM

    Thank you for sharing a new poet with me! Loved it. emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/25/2010 4:53PM

    Gracias amiga! emoticon

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IAM1WEVRY1 1/25/2010 4:19PM

    I love Mary Oliver's poetry and you too dear Maha for presenting it to us in this form. I am constantly astonished. Thank you.

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LISANANCY 1/25/2010 3:31PM

    I am grateful for you. That's it, just you. Be "astonished" today my dear friend. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/25/2010 3:10PM

    I am grateful for your continued awakenings, because they continue to allow me to awaken more and more! And, I am grateful for MAHA!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/25/2010 1:04PM

    Always my thanks. emoticon

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MAZZYR 1/25/2010 11:14AM

    Beautiful thoughts... "My work is loving the world" beautiful words... beauty, balance gratitude, joy. Thank you for sharing, dear Maha.

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SLASALLE 1/25/2010 9:25AM

    Can't this astonishing world be a wonderful place? And a horrible place too? Ah, it's all in what we choose to look at and focus our attention on maybe???

I LOVE being astonished!!!! Thanks for the beauty, my friend.

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WANT2CHNG17 1/25/2010 9:04AM

    Ah, thanks for this beautiful reminder, " work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished" - How absolutely beautiful!

Today I will work on learning to be astonished. This touched my soul; thank you.

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The doc who would save Haiti

Friday, January 22, 2010

DO WATCH THIS -- this is TRUE genius:

Dr. Paul Farmer says, "EVERYONE should have access to medical care."

His Haitian friends and patients say, when he is away, "We miss him like dry earth misses the rain."

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MAZZYR 1/23/2010 3:00PM

    Oh, Maha, this video sure takes your breath away.

EVERYONE should have access to medical care.

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COLIBRI930 1/23/2010 8:09AM

    Partners in Health is a wonderful organization, and Dr. Farmer is an inspiration. Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN has been amazing as well in bringing media attention to the health issues of the quake survivors in Haiti. These are good folks!

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GINABUG 1/23/2010 7:54AM

    Thanks, Maha. There is so much to learn here -- about ourselves, about love and compassion, about the world and how we want to "be" in the world. Dr. Farmer's life (and those who work with him) is a beacon reminding us to do what we are meant to do with joy!

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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/23/2010 6:47AM

    "The only real nation is humanity". Paul Farmer.

I just watched the video and I write this with tears in my eyes (again). Maya, that quote from his Haitian friends and patients is so poignant. This isn't just a job, it's his life's work.

More quotes from Paul Farmer:

"Health care is a human right".

"Everybody should have access to medical care, it shouldn't be such a big deal".

"If you set your sights high and if you stick with it, you can make real progress"

Now that is pure inspiration!

Thank you for posting this Maya,

emoticon Margaret

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/22/2010 10:36PM

    Healthcare for everyone who needs it. It can be done. And I agree with you, Mahalakshmi, true genius ... an alignment of head, hands and heart in answer to so many prayers.
xo Usha.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/22/2010 3:38PM

    From a friend who is not a member of SparkPeople:

"I enjoyed your blog. I tried to post this but it seems you have to join to be able to post? I have to filter stuff so much now I don’t join anything unless at gunpoint.

"Here’s my comment:

"I saw several interviews with Dr. Farmer and some other American doctors who have spent a lot of time in Haiti trying to improve the health care for them. Several of them are back down there now doing all they can. Several groups from Arkansas have been going to Haiti for years volunteering with medical and dental missions and helping to build health care clinics in areas that previously had none. It is great to see those who are fortunate enough to enjoy a high quality of health care and who are willing to share it with others."


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CARLI_MAE 1/22/2010 2:16PM

    Now tell me again why the U.S. Congress won't pass healthcare reform that guarantees "healthcare for everyone" as Dr. Farmer says ... we need more people like this, and I think I may send this link to some of our "representatives" as they are called.

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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/22/2010 12:59PM

    Thank you , thank you, for sharing such a beautiful story. emoticon

(I always look forward to your blogs. : )

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WANT2CHNG17 1/22/2010 11:02AM

    What an amazing man - we would do well to learn from Dr. Farmer's attitude. The world needs more people like him. Thank you for sharing!

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CRAFTYC 1/22/2010 9:58AM

    I think this man would be far more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than another who recently received it...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

OK now, this is a long-shot...that the mind of any of my SparkFriends is as warped and malleable as mine. But just in case, you'll have to stay with this piece of Rob Brezny's to the end to reap the benefit!

Although we are all born geniuses, said Buckminster Fuller, the grind of day-to-day living tends to *de-genius* us. That's the bad news. The good news is that you have the power to *re-genius* yourself.

Below is a ritual you can use to jump-start the process.

The Greek philosopher Plato long ago recognized that in addition to eating, drinking, sleeping, breathing, and loving, every creature has an instinctual need to periodically leap up into the air for no other reason than because it feels so good.

Face south, leap up in the air, and say these words: "From the south, I purify, electrify, beautify, and fructify this sacred space."

When I was a kid I used to love to go out in the middle of a meadow and whirl around in spirals until I got so dizzy I fell down. As I lay on the ground, the earth and sky and sun kept reeling madly, and I was no longer just a pinpoint of awareness lodged inside my body, but rather an ecstatically undulating swirl in the kaleidoscopic web of life. I invite you to feel that way right now.

Spin yourself around until you topple over. While lying on the ground, face west and say these words: "From the west, I sanctify, unify, clarify, and intensify this sacred space."

The people I trust the most are those who are always tenderly wrestling and negotiating with their own shadows, making preemptive strikes on their personal share of the world's evil, fighting the good fight to keep from spewing their darkness on those around them. I aspire to be like that, which is why I regularly kick my own ass. Will you try that right now?

Jump off the ground and snap your heels up against your butt. Then face north and say these words: "From the north, I immunize, psychoanalyze, satirize, and exorcise this sacred space."

In one sense each of us is an intriguing, intricately unique individual, justifiably proud of and in love with our own personal story. In another sense, we are all one body, descended from the same primordial mother and made of identical stuff -- the calcium in all of our bones and the iron in all of our blood originally forged in a red giant star that died billions of years ago.

Rotating slowly in a clockwise direction, look down at your belly and breathe deeply five times as you imagine that at this moment, everyone in the world is breathing along with you. Then face east and say: "From the east, I lubricate, pollinate, consecrate, and emancipate this sacred space."

Now it's time to confess the truth about who you really are.

Gaze upward and stretch your arms out high. Say the following: "I am a genius."

Put your arms out to the side, parallel to the ground with palms up, and say this: "I am a lucky, plucky genius."

Swing your arms back and forth from behind you to in front of you as you say this: "I am a lucky, plucky, good-willing genius."

Thank you for finally confessing the truth. It's about time you admitted that you are a miraculous work of art.

You came into this world as a radiant bundle of exuberant riddles. You slipped into this dimension as a shimmering burst of spiral hallelujahs. You blasted into this realm as a lush explosion of ecstatic gratitude. And it is your birthright to fulfill those promises.

I'm not pandering to your egotism by telling you these things. When I say, "Be yourself," I don't mean you should be the self that wants to win every game and use up every resource and stand alone at the end of time on top of a Mt. Everest-sized pile of pretty garbage.

When I say, "Be yourself," I mean the self that says "Thank you!" to the wild irises and the windy rain and the people who grow your food. I mean the rebel creator who's longing to make the whole universe your home and sanctuary. I mean the dissident bodhisattva who's joyfully struggling to germinate the seeds of divine love that are packed inside every moment.

When I say, "Be yourself," I mean the spiritual freedom fighter who's scrambling and finagling and conspiring to relieve your fellow messiahs from their suffering and shower them with rowdy blessings.

Let's move on to the next stage of your confession.

Squat. While patting and massaging the ground or floor in front of you, say this: "I am insane."

Still squatting, thrust your arms out sideways, palms down, and intone this oath: "I am an insane hurricane."

Move from a squat to a pose in which you're on your knees. Bow your head as you stretch your arms out and touch the ground or floor. Say this: "I am a highly trained, entertainingly insane hurricane."

Thank you for finally confessing the truth, which is that you are constitutionally incapable of adapting nicely to the sour and crippled mass hallucination that is mistakenly called "reality." You're too amazingly, blazingly insane for that.

You're too crazy-smart to lust after the stupidest secrets of the game of life. You're too seriously delirious to wander sobbing through the sterile, perfumed labyrinth looking in vain for the most ultra-perfect mirror. Thank the Goddess that you are a fiercely tender throb of sublimely berserk abracadabra.

You'll never get crammed in a neat little niche in the middle of the road at the end of a nightmare. You refuse to allow your soul's bones to get ground down into dust and used to fertilize the killing fields that proudly dot the ice cream empire of monumentally demeaning luxuries. You're too brilliantly cracked for that. You're too ingeniously whacked. You're too ineffably God-smacked.

Stand up and make a series of small jumps, rotating a quarter turn in a clockwise direction with each jump. As you do, say this: "I am a lucky, plucky, good-willing genius and a highly trained, entertainingly insane hurricane."

(excerpted from Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, by Rob Brezsny)

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/22/2010 8:11AM

    Right.....awedishized this would be:
"Jag r ett godigt, modigt, vlsignat geni och en vltrnad, galen, spontan orkan" ... close as I could get with the "magic" melody kept and I had to invent the work godig... an alternative would be solig, rolig but then I would miss out the brave part.

Love you

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SLASALLE 1/21/2010 9:23PM

    You are twisted - Brezny is twisted - And these exercises can truly twist you!!!! LOL

Today's world takes being twisted to survive - I love it!! Warped and twisted is what attracts me to you, my friend. he he he

As always, a mind-bending experience to read your blogs (THIS, my friend, is a compliment)!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/21/2010 1:58PM

    I'm doing it right now. (as in as soon as I hit, Post Comment) I wonder what my 3 y/o will think of me? emoticon

(update: let's just say there was a lot of laughing.)

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DAWNO64 1/21/2010 12:37PM

    Fantastic!! I never heard of Rob before, but I'll be seeking him out! This is my kind of hilarity

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BECOMINGONE 1/21/2010 9:20AM

    Insanely wonderful!


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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/21/2010 12:44AM

    emoticon.....Now that made me feel good - um, I think.

Margaret x - just being myself - well, most of the time!

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GINABUG 1/20/2010 11:14PM! Really wow! I mean really! I may actually do all this stuff!




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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/20/2010 8:27PM

    emoticon I soooooooooooooooo needed that! Thank you for sharing! OMGosh, did I laugh at myself! That was great! I wish the spinning and laying down was the last part of the ritual... bahaha! Found it hard to read what I was suppose to do for a while!!!


I am a lucky, plucky, (ducky), good-willing genius and a highly trained, entertainingly INSANE hurricane!!!

Parts I liked in the 4 page ritual:

"The people I trust the most are those who are always tenderly wrestling and negotiating with their own shadows, making preemptive strikes on their personal share of the world's evil, fighting the good fight to keep from spewing their darkness on those around them."

" are constitutionally incapable of adapting nicely to the sour and crippled mass hallucination that is mistakenly called 'reality'. YOU'RE TOO AMAZINGLY, BLAZINGLY INSANE FOR THAT."

"You're to brilliantly craked for that. You're too ingeniously whacked. You're too ineffably God-smacked."

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2010 8:15PM

    Don't know if I can kick myself in the butt -- do know I am grateful for wild irises -- wish they grew in Ontario in January!!

This is very entertaining and fun, and the concept of re-geniusing yourself is --- GENIUS!

(was practising my jive steps with my ipod at the gym between the machines this a.m. -- should count, doncha think?)

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STLRZGRRL 1/20/2010 7:42PM

    Francesca, thank you for finding the words that have escaped me these many... pinpricks of time... Maha IS spastically genius...

It would have taken me years to come up with it...

Spastically, genetically, compulsively genius... even without the twirling and kicking of herself in the butt...

which I plan to do the minute I can achieve a little more lift...

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LISANANCY 1/20/2010 6:58PM

    OK, you had me right up to "Jump off the ground and snap your heels up against your butt.
Your blog didn't say anything about killing yourself.
Love it, does making snow angels in your sister's driveway with her neighbor looking on, count?
Thank you for helping each of us. emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/20/2010 6:21PM

    I just ordered this book (It's a big one) after your last blog on Brezsny. Muchisimas gracias por making me aware of this read. It is, as you are, really spastically genius. emoticon A mi me encanta. I spun a lot in my Middle Eastern Dancing days and never got dizzy once I learned to spot properly, but I am more of a bouncer for certain. I could just stand with softened knees and bounce for an hour or more to the drum. emoticonHasta luego...

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MAZZYR 1/20/2010 4:36PM

    Smiling, I did it! This ritual was fun! And I'm so glad I did it before DH came home, lol.

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CARLI_MAE 1/20/2010 12:01PM

    I am also most definitely "warped," but I think I'll take the purpose behind this little exercise and leave the jumping and twirling to the rest of you ... I really don't want to end up in a Dr's office trying to explain "how did you do this to yourself, anyway?" ... LOL

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PEACEFULONE 1/20/2010 11:41AM

    Perhaps did we all love twirling when we were children? The phrase that really struck me was "joyfully struggling to germinate the seeds of divine love that are packed inside every moment". Oh if we could only do that what a different world it would be. Thank you again dear Maha for sharing from your vast world of wisdom! Peace, blessings and love always and all ways, Elaine

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DOKEYOKEY 1/20/2010 11:10AM

    Ha ha! Beautiful! "I am a highly trained, entertainingly insane hurricane." Love this whole post. Thanks, Maha.

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WANT2CHNG17 1/20/2010 10:02AM

    I'm so happy I stumbled across your blog! I have buried my genius under the extra weight I'm carrying, shoving it down further and further.

Thank you for reminding me that I am "a fiercely tender throb of sublimely berserk abracadabra." I needed that today.

Oh, and I used to LOVE twirling and swirling around - what a nice memory!

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AZIMAT 1/20/2010 9:19AM

    Interesting article. I'm seeing more and more exercises like this, designed to shake one out of routine habitual perceptions. Whirling is one ancient method.

The Sufi dervishes have been turning in ceremonies for centuries. Why? To help remember that we are microcosms of the macrocosm. Rumi was a dervish.

"Whirling dervish" in common parlance has a connotation of a being who is out of control with wild energy. Actually, the opposite is true. The dervish is like the pole of a little planet, with left hand lifted to the celestial, right hand channeling downward, left foot turning around a stationary point, right foot tracing the circumference of the turning circle. The head tilts to the left. Energy rises upward in the body as the dervish turns. Some dervishes turn for a long period of time without dizziness at all, only stronger and stronger perceptions of unity with Oneness.

Just a little FYI.

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GBOOMER 1/20/2010 8:42AM

    My mind is definitely as warped and malleable as yours. I remember spinning around outside as a young one. I'll do it again next chance I get. (Right now, being inside, there really isn't the space in this small house.)


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MISS_VIV 1/20/2010 8:26AM

    You truly are a lucky, plucky Genius. And know how to enjoy the day, the week and your life.

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