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A Healthy Person

Saturday, May 01, 2010

This so beautifully and so simply reflects the essence of my teacher, Swami Satchidananda. I sent it to a friend this morning...and her response helped me to remember how important this wisdom is...and how wonderful it is to take 10 minutes out to post it for the nourishment of other SparkFriends....

The Sign Of A Healthy Person

What is the sign of a healthy person? Such a person is happy anywhere. He or she is relaxed everywhere - always at ease and in peace, within and without. Even in hell, such a person will be at ease. A healthy person hates no one, dislikes nothing. Total love, universal love emanates from within. There is no tension anywhere, no stress or friction. These are the signs of real health.

A person who is healthy doesn't hurt anyone. He or she is not afraid of anyone. Not only is he unafraid, but he sees that others are not afraid of him. The "others" include animals, plants, everything. A healthy person emits always and only a loving and pure vibration.

A really healthy person takes everything in life as a game. Whether we win or lose, it's still a game. Often people forget that. In a way, I feel that losing is a better game. Why? If you lose, you allow the other person to win. When the other person wins, what do you see? A winning face. When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others. That means our minds should be well balanced under all conditions. That is yoga.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
-- Sri Swami Satchidananda

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GINA7249 5/7/2010 4:51PM

    I really enjoyed this and it gave me a lot to think on, thank you very much for sharing.

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GIRANIMAL 5/7/2010 4:48PM

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing this positively lovely piece of wisdom! "A healthy person hates no one, dislikes nothing." I didn't always use to be so jaded and judgmental. I work very hard at remembering that everyone -- all 6 people a day who cut me off and curse me out on my bike ride to work -- are doing the best they can with the knowledge they have at the moment in time. Since I am still working at it, clearly this is an important lesson for me. Thanks for one more nugget to help me on that journey!

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    Wow! Quite a statement you are making in your blog today!

Thank you!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 4:17PM

    Wise words as ever Maha - and, yes, nourishing to your SparkFriends. Thank you.

These ought to be the life lessons for us all.


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MEDDYPEDDY 5/3/2010 1:39AM

    Hmm... the grumpy swede did not react well to all this wisdom - I struggle to accept that I am human and my shortcomings will provide me with the humbleness I need to be one among many. I would love to reach "wisdom" because than I would have no pain but I pity the ordinary people around me that would have to interact with that buddha...

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DDOORN 5/2/2010 11:17PM

    You are SO tapped into such great wisdom...!

Thx for the share...going to sign up for this one! :-)


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FRANCESCANAZ 5/2/2010 7:59PM

    This is so beautiful and true. Thanks for sharing MAHA. Oh, by the way, MT. Kisco is about 350 miles south of me. I am right up near the Canadian border. Come on up sometime!

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CARRAND 5/1/2010 5:39PM

    As usual your blog is beautiful and thought-provoking. I do try to be kind and see the best in everyone because I'm happier that way. But, it's not always easy.

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SANTANDERE 5/1/2010 4:54PM

    I loved, loved, loved this blog post. It is totally the way I see life at this present stage... I could not understand it any other way emoticon

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 5/1/2010 4:16PM

    A joyful spirit has no cares...does he? I am of the mind that my misery is of my own making. The minute I make my mind up to think happy thoughts of gratitude or well being is the minute that all is well again. My mind is either my prison or my gateway to new worlds...I decide. This is what I have begun to learn for my life. And I think I like your teachers. Nice to read another affirmative blog from you. Glad to hear a positive voice resonating with gentle, loving life.

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SLASALLE 5/1/2010 2:35PM

    As always, your posts are full of that amazing spirit of yours ... always searching for self-improvement ... always thinking of others ... always sharing.

AND I'm delighted to see your post because I was worried about you this a.m. when I heard about tornados in Arkansas. Left a message on your cell. Glad all is well.


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REBCCA 5/1/2010 2:31PM

    Lovely!! Thanks for sharing this Maha!
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  I love this newsletter!! Such great wisdom in my otherwise depressing e-mail.

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DARKTHOR 5/1/2010 1:58PM

    I really enjoyed this and it gave me a lot to think on, thank you very much for sharing.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/1/2010 12:23PM

    Beautiful Maha! I found this affirmation last night that I love:
I am a divine creation--unchanging in spirit, but changeable in form.

Satchidananda spoke about the spirit and that is where our true self resides. When we master that, the form matters little and often easily "releases" any excess as it comes into balance also.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I have been going through a difficult phase for a while now. My life is very uneven and I have been caving in on mindful care of this body that's been entrusted to me. I'm not sure what all accounts for this, but upon reading Eknath Easwaran's Thought for the Day today, I had an epiphany.

My choices...the toughness to take hold of my life...and the very disciplines that will aid me in that are some of the areas that I'm falling down in...meditation, hatha yoga, and exercise. I keep telling myself "baby steps" but I'm not even succeeding in the baby steps. Through my public acknowledgement to you, my friends on the Spark Journey, I hope to find a new pathway to begin, yet again in my never-ending quest toward loving care of body*mind*spirit.

Here is Easwaran's commentary that "set me on my ear:"

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
-- George Bernard Shaw

The real issue in life is choice. If you had a car that could only turn one way, would you say that it is free? If it ran around crashing into things, denting its fenders and wasting all its fuel, would you shrug and say, "That's the automotive nature. That's my car's mode of self-expression"? It would take you a long time to get anywhere, and where you arrived would not be up to you.

The other day I set out for a drive through the California wine country. With a car that did not obey me, I might have ended up about a hundred miles away at the River's End restaurant, where the Russian River empties into the sea. It is tragic, but many lives are like that. At the end of the line there is nothing to do but go inside, get something hot to drink, and recall a line or two from Swinburne: "Even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea."

Meditation and other spiritual disciplines are largely meant to give us the toughness required to take hold of our lives. Without this toughness, despite the better goals we may cherish in our hearts, we will not be able to take the road that leads where we want to go.
-- Eknath Easwaran

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/3/2010 1:33AM

    To drift or to let go - there is a difference but it is hard to find the balance I think. Thank you for writing - and hope you feel as your making progress!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 4/30/2010 2:55PM

    I have found that when I let go, and flow with the current, some of my greatest life lessons unfold. Embrace this time of challenge as a time of learning and growth in an area yet explored.

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KALIGIRL 4/29/2010 2:12PM

    Sorry for the unsettled period. Please do not be too hard on yourself. I believe we take steps backwards to put us on a better path forward and see opportunities we might have missed before. You are the 'captain of your ship' and here's to taking back the helm.

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GINABUG 4/29/2010 8:45AM

    So much life in you, Maha! Your love of life will see you through! Your compassion for the journeys of others will teach you! Your kindness will wash over you -- along with the gratitude of all you have touched (I am at the front of that line).

May you find peace and contentment in your journey!

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CARRAND 4/28/2010 8:30PM

    When the time is right, it will happen. I was overweight for years and then after I broke my ankle I started to lose, and here I am 47 pounds lighter and my ankle is fine. Spark People has definitely helped me to stay focused on what I needed to do for my self.

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 4/28/2010 6:41PM

    Renewal for me sometimes simply begins with letting go and slowing down and allowing good things to happen. Sometimes too much steering can be a problem, too. Peace, friend.
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DARKTHOR 4/28/2010 4:35PM

    My advice - Free your mind and release blame, seek wonder and beauty and then recommit to yourself entirely and find what makes you complete.

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Remember that even the darkest night is followed by day. May day come soon.

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PUDLECRAZY 4/28/2010 6:28AM

    I agree with WhiteLotus, "Sometimes it's OK to be on the raft in the river--going with the flow" Don't beat yourself up or feel like this is the rest of your life. Sometimes determination takes a hiatus. Self discipline goes on vacation. Baby steps can be a good thing. Add a short meditation while out walking. Try for a few yoga stretches here and there throughout the day instead of a long session. This is actually how I have worked back into yoga and meditation after a five year struggle with loss and subsequent deep depression. Little bits work because they feel good, then you gradually want more.

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PENNYAN45 4/28/2010 2:43AM

    Now that the demands of a busy semester are coming to a close, may you have more time for your personal healing.

May your difficult time end soon.

And may you find a smooth pathway back to your loving care of your body*mind*spirit.

And by resuming meditation, yoga, and exercise, may you feel that you are again at the reins of your life.

Also, may you feel a sense of real achievement and growth resulting from your academic work during these past several months.

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MISS_VIV 4/28/2010 12:34AM

    I read the THOUGHTS this morning, and I for one, would love to end up at RIVER'S END at Jenner for a hot cuppa or a very cold mug. The road is not always easy, but we choose the road and travel it the best we can. Learning as we go. I hope you find that the next few weeks will bring you back to the stillness in your life that you so deserve.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 4/27/2010 11:04PM

    Sometimes it's OK to be on the raft in the river--going with the flow--I am so against whipping ourselves for perceived failure. In everything there is a kennel of learning from which to make the next choice. Love your beautiful spirit. Keep an open heart--

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DDOORN 4/27/2010 9:57PM

    I LOVE the Shaw quote and am going to paste that right into my signature the very next thing I do! I've just been sharing, I think in one of my recent blogs how I know I'm in trouble when I'm feeling "bleh" and lacking enthusiasm in my life. I think enthusiasm is synonymous with "steering"!

I know I just won't allow myself to be rudderless for long and I am confident this is true for you as well...!


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WATERMELLEN 4/27/2010 8:01PM

    "The toughness required to take hold of our lives?" yup, but as WALKINGANNIE says, tenderness and tenacity are pretty good also.

Just be as kind to yourself as you would be to anyone else -- a tenacious tenderness can balance the necessary toughness!!

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LESSBIGBOB 4/27/2010 7:22PM

    Guano happens! Doubt happens! Running off the road happens! Karma happens!

Being you didn't just happen!

You have worked your butt off learning, growing, working, experiencing life and it's not particularly fair that you are having this trouble now, but it's natural, and you sure got some wonderful tools to pull yourself out of this ditch when you are ready.

And boy do you have friends! You sure have a lot of great support and advice from them! I can't add anything better.

I can just say, I don't worry about you a bit, I have seen too much light coming from you. Change the bulb when you can, start fresh and shine on sister!

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MAZZYR 4/27/2010 6:29PM

    Oh Maha, I hear you, but please be gentle with my friend, Maha.

May you be filled with loving-kindness... towards yourself.


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STLRZGRRL 4/27/2010 5:47PM

    But it's my NATURE to crash around and end up at a bar where the river finds the sea!

He says that like it's a bad thing!

What about being happy with whatever comes?


What about being happy with some cake?

I mean once in a while...

Maybe we're just on a break from knocking ourselves out?

Yes. I am enabling you.

I should prolly hush now.


*is me... not telling you I think you're awesome RIGHT NOW... even BEFORE you get MOAR perfect-er*

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/27/2010 5:36PM

    I too am sorry you have been going through a difficult season. But remember: It is in the valleys that we grow and become better people. After reading your blog I am now sorry that my "Popi" & I have not gone to Yoga in 3 weeks! emoticon Te amo, Francesca

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WALKINGANNIE 4/27/2010 4:56PM

    I'm sorry that things have been difficult for you lately Maha.

Sometimes we all get a bit off-track along our way, but you have the toughness, tenderness and tenacity that you need for this journey. I believe that we learn at least as much from the less obviously productive experiences that we have as we do from the times when things seem to go more smoothly. Our imperfect progress through life gives us understanding and empathy for others and greater appreciation of better times.

You are a wise and resilient traveller. You are willing and able to take the actions that you need and want to take. You have the character and determination to do what you want to do. Be generous to yourself as you start the next phase of your latest advenures through life. Your body, mind and spirit will be grateful for your focus and mindfulness.


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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/27/2010 3:07PM

    "And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer."
– George Bernard Shaw

"Meditation and other spiritual disciplines are largely meant to give us the toughness required to take hold of our lives. Without this toughness, despite the better goals we may cherish in our hearts, we will not be able to take the road that leads where we want to go."
-- Eknath Easwaran

What an impact the above had on me today! I too have been lacking in my meditation and other spiritual disciplines...

Sorry things are a little adrift for you lately Maha! Sending big love filled prayers to help you find the balance and direction you seek!


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SLASALLE 4/27/2010 2:40PM

    Suchahoot said the KEY WORD - perseverance. Perseverance, my friend, will get you there in the end, as long as you keep trying!

But I have to ask this - can you forgive yourself for being human and NOT being perfect, and move on forward, or is that part of the issue also? For me, that has always been a part of it.

Thanks for sharing, you wonderful person!


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LYNNANN43 4/27/2010 1:39PM

    Life is certainly a windy, uphill, downhill, forward, backward & sideways journey! But would we really want it any other way?


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BERKLEYGIRL 4/27/2010 11:55AM

    Great Blog Maha, I totally identify with your feelings - sometimes even the baby steps seem like too much! But we also have to be gentle with ourselves and keep trying, life is about the journey after all - not just the end game. We may learn more in fact by falling down and picking ourselves up then if we never fall down at all.

My favorite part of your blog? The reference to Rivers End! I used to go there as a child with my family and then again with my husband on our trips up the coast to Mendocino. Great location and great memories - thanks for the memory!

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KAT573 4/27/2010 11:45AM

    Life is a journey and sometimes we let go of the rudder, or it is wrested from us by the changes we are not prepared for, but we can learn, so that next time, we will have a better idea, a better response. It is not our fate to be perfect in this Life, but to become more who we are by facing where we are at, and forging where we need to go, no matter what. Keep on keeping on!

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MISS_VIV 4/27/2010 11:43AM

    How wonderful you got the message. I certainly enjoyed todays THOUGHTS and they will carry me on this gray/rainy day. It's OK...I love it.

Baby steps will work. It just takes a LOT OF THEM.


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SUCHAHOOT 4/27/2010 11:41AM


That's what I said aloud after reading your post. Thanks a lot for whopping me upside the head this morning!

You know the thing that comes to mind is how we all seem to continue on. Perserverance is such an amazingly strong human trait. Sometimes the cadence is even two steps backward & one step forward, but we still motor on!

Here's to doing a little more steering along the way!
Thanks, Maha. I hope you have a marvelous day.


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Am I gifting my talents...?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just after reading Sandra's heart-wrenching sharing about a young woman who attempted suicide
I watched the story of Dr. Aumatma Shah, who believes that health is SO valuable that it should be given as a gift. Moving beyond words and debate, she just started an experiment: Karma Clinic, in Oakland, California. I thought to myself, hmmm...would this resource have made a difference to Lorie?

At Karma Clinic, conventional and alternative medicine doctors see patients in need of healing the body, mind, and spirit. But there is no charge. Instead, each patient is given an opportunity to pay-forward for the person after them.

I find this kind of service in the world simply awe-inspiring...and it gives me courage to continue on, finding solutions to my personal conundrums as I tread the path toward freedom.

Karma Tube:

And I LOVE being part of the Smile Cards community that Dr. Shah also participates in! I've been handing out the cards for awhile, an interesting experience to be sure, living in the heartland.

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/3/2010 1:35AM

    Yes, that is a very enpowering idea, a true winwin plot!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/26/2010 11:57PM

    What an amazing thing. No cost... just the simplicity of paying it forward which truly is not a simple act at all! Thanks for sharing!


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SANTANDERE 4/26/2010 12:31AM

    The human spirit is so powerful when powered by great people such as YOU... emoticon You are amazing and I am proud to call you my emoticonQue mas puedo decir que "Pay it Forward" which is my life motto...

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SANTANDERE 4/25/2010 11:44PM

    I am a "Grande" fan of paying it forward. It is my duty for anything I get I have to give 2X back at least... Que mejor idea de alientar a las personas! Me alegro que tengas tantas personas en tu "Team" for lack of better words! You are amazing and I hope we can meet one day

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SAGE150 4/24/2010 4:48PM

    It's always good to hear about people doing such acts of kindness that show great human dignity.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/24/2010 12:55PM

    Wow! Great Blog, as usual!!

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MAZZYR 4/24/2010 10:28AM

    Wonderful, wonderful informative blog. Thank you, dear Maha.

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TARACONKLIN 4/24/2010 9:54AM

    I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of paying it forward. I live by this philosophy and wish I could put in the water supply. What a wonderful world it would be yes?
As a Taoist myself I believe strongly in the power of Karma and working it off towards enlightenment.
I really love the idea of sending smile cards to people.
I think I will invest in a box of cards and send them randomly even to people I don't know. Or....send a card to someone and add a blank one for them to send on to someone else. No name attached...just a smile or motivational thought.
Oh what fun!!!

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DDOORN 4/23/2010 11:45PM

    We have a local medical doctor who offers medical services to clients in need who have no medical insurance and limited incomes. For payment he negotiates some form of community service which they agree to provide.

LOVE the idea and does my heart SUCH good to see people following through on this!


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WALKINGANNIE 4/23/2010 4:52PM

    Thanks Maha for sharing the information about Smile Cards. Coincidentally some of my friends at work were discussing Random Acts of Kindness yesterday and we were saying how we never know what difference we might make to someone's day and even their life by showing that a stranger cares about them.

Ideas like this really do mean. 'give joy, get joy'.

You are such an inspiration.


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SLASALLE 4/23/2010 11:27AM

    Ah, the joys of experiencing like-minded and like-thinking people!!!

Now that I am no longer so overwhelmed, there are many people are my office who could use smile cards!!! LOL Hmmmmm ... anonymous in-box gifts???

As always, my dear friend, I learn something new each time I read one of your blogs. Thank you for your sharing spirit ...


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    I just printed out my first SMILE CARDS to give away. :-)Thanks.

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FRACTALMYTH 4/23/2010 10:57AM

    The 'Smile Cards' community sounds great! I think I'll print some of those out to carry with me... In the past I have participated in Toy Society drops (
)... you reminded me how much fun it is, making toys and leaving them for strangers to find. I shall have to start doing that again too.

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BECOMINGONE 4/23/2010 9:41AM

    What a wonderful testament to the generosity of the human spirit! Our friends and family members are rarely present to pick up the pieces of our lives when we fall into mind-numbinb despair. (When we are in despair, we don't see their love for us). But as you said in your comment on my blog, it's your spiritual beliefs and practices that keep you from despair -- what a gift to have the support of karmic brothers and sisters too!

Thanks for sharing!


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Inspired? Helpin' out?

Friday, April 16, 2010

By doing service, you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred, jealousy, ideas of superiority vanish. Humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy are developed. Sense of separateness is annihilated. Selfishness is eradicated. You get a broad outlook of life. You begin to feel oneness or unity of life. You develop a broad heart with broad, generous views. Eventually, you get Knowledge of the Self. You realise the 'One-in-all' and 'all-in-One'. You feel unbounded joy.
-- Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh
Based upon my own path and philosophy of life, I have found that as I help others my own joy expands. That's not to say that self-care gets kicked to the curb. I've learned that loving others begins at home...and unless I serve myself in a loving way, my service to others is paltry at best and doesn't ring with the authenticity and joy that *beginning at home* will lend it.

So, I share this week's KarmaTube offering in this spirit, that as we serve ourselves we are better equipped to reach out to others.

The music is wonderful and the message is powerful:

I also have profound respect for the work of Paul Farmer in Haiti, whose life I have previously shared with you:

Argh...yet another book I must get hold of!

Here is KarmaTube's presentation about Dr. Farmer:

I challenge us all to balance serving ourselves and serving others in order to find the sweetness that life can truly offer us. There are many ways to serve locally and globally and they all are important and they all count!

Blessed be!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/20/2010 2:04AM

    Service for me is a two-edged sword - if I do it to earn the right to excist it´s no good for me, if I do it as a part of the community it helps me to let go of my ego... but of course the world does not care, it prospers from my good deedswhatever my motive...

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CORPUSANNIE 4/19/2010 7:08PM

    As always, wise words from an emoticonfriend.

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FRAN-SOLEIL 4/19/2010 3:52AM

    Thank you for the post.

I love the new profile pic too!

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SANTANDERE 4/17/2010 11:34PM

    Pay it forward... Nothing like it emoticon

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LBIMAMMA 4/17/2010 10:10AM

    Hi Maha,
Thanks for the reminder to take care of "me" so we can continue to help others in the best way possible.
Mary Beth

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GINABUG 4/17/2010 10:01AM

    My dear, Maha! You give back in SO very many ways! Taking care of ourselves is a critical part of that and one that we often forget!

Thanks so much for this blessed offering to remind us all how much we can do and be!

Blessings and love to you, dear friend!


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DDOORN 4/16/2010 9:12PM

    Great points...! Can't serve others if we run our personal well dry by neglecting service to ourselves...!


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    Great blog! Thank you for sharing your insights!

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WATERMELLEN 4/16/2010 6:26PM

    I agree, we need to "balance serving ourselves and serving others": it's impossible to draw from a well that hasn't been filled.

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WALKINGANNIE 4/16/2010 4:21PM

    Blessed we are Maha. Many thanks for your words and for sharing your wise thoughts as well as the links.

Service to others is love, love, love in action. It makes the world a better place and us better people. In helping others, we also learn so much.


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HAPPY0408 4/16/2010 2:27PM

    What a Powerful message! Thanks for sharing. I am recently struggling with this since my hubby just broke his leg and needing me to take care of him. I put myself last then my body was wearing down. I was totally exhausted for a few days I slept on and off. I am still working at putting myself first and have started to but I still have a ways to go. This life experience taught me how important it is to take care of yourself first so you can care for others.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/16/2010 11:36AM

    One of my teachers says that caring for self and caring for others is like the in-breath and the out-breath. Both the inhalation and the exhalation are necessary for a healthy, authentic life.
Thank you, Mahalakshmi.

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LYNNANN43 4/16/2010 11:36AM

    What a powerful message you shared with us, MAHA!

I'm starting to get back into volunteerism. Before the MS, I was super involved in everything!

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DEBRA_T 4/16/2010 11:18AM

    I was just reading a chapter in a book about service to others -- synchronicity! My author adds that (kind of like Spark), you should start small and pay attention to your experience. You may have to try several ways of giving back before you find the one that fits. But, there is no question that helping others can be a powerful way to connect to yourself, other people, your spirit and a sense of being in the world.


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A PLAN...imagine that!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Leaving campus yesterday, thinking about my plan!

Dear SparkBuds,

Here's the SparkTime I'm allowing myself for the week starting today:

~ Exactly one hour per day, for this week which ends next Thursday.
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Yep, takin' *off* for the week!

This is what's going on:

~ I'm in a struggle (as you know) for control of my time/life AND
~ I have TWO mid-terms, TWO papers, and a complex oral presentation, ALL next week
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I LOVE "Pink" Bud (I'm with LessBigBob on a campaign to rename the not-Red Bud), this tree in my neck of the woods. I'll take more time to smell the flowers...

...and bushes, like this exquisite wisteria (swoon), also in my neighborhood.
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~ 30 timed minutes of SparkTime in the morning (or as/when able) to spin the wheel and post gratitudes, and communicate with friends as able within that time

~ two additional 15-minute periods of online time each day

~ study, study, study! AND:

I am continuing with my weekly Sun through Sat April Baby Steps Goals:

~ minimum of 20 min. of aerobic activity 5 days/wk.

~ minimum of 20 min. of strength training 3 days/wk.

~ minimum of 15 min. of hatha yoga 3 days/wk.
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I have been consistent with all of them except for strength training this first week, which I haven't done at all. Tomorrow I intend to do a session, which means I will have one day of ST this week, instead of none!

Here are a few campus photos between Irby Hall, where all my classes are, and the parking lot.

Irby Hall, where I sit for my three classes -- Composicion espanola avanzada y analisis textual, Civilizacion Latinoamericana, y Linguistica espanola

Can't avoid 'em (as if I'd want to)...I pass these on the way to Irby. The campus is literally bursting with blooms of flowers, bushes and trees.

My first campus view (Irby's back right) as I cross the street from the parking lot.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
-- Bob Marley, Redemption Song

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SANTANDERE 4/14/2010 10:20PM

    Estudia mucho... Si tienes algunas preguntas, mandame un correo electronico.

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_VALEO_ 4/14/2010 6:15PM

    El equilibrio de lo imperfecto es lo que hace a este universo perfecto.

Spring is the time of all the possibles, we should make this month the first month of a new year. You're in the action, now and here. Keep on 'blossoming' physically and intellectually!

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FRAN-SOLEIL 4/12/2010 10:44AM

    Que bueno!

Sounds like a wonderful plan. I'm inspired by your holistic approach to wellness, and really enjoyed reading your page.

Enjoy the journey.

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CARLI_MAE 4/11/2010 8:49PM

    Just buzzin' by to see what you're up to ...

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WATERMELLEN 4/11/2010 8:15PM

    Lovely lovely blog: sending indomitable will (surplus to my own requirements? maybe not!!) to assist with your plan.

I often think that TS Eliot's "April is the cruellest month" was particularly suited to the realities of the academic year: just when campus is most glorious, papers are most pressing!!

Wisteria WILL NOT grow in my neck of Ontario -- only further south, around Niagara-on-the-Lake -- but that vanilla smell is glorious. Take a sniff for me, please: inhale deeply!!

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NORLANA 4/11/2010 3:01PM

    Oh my ... what a great plan! I am so happy for you and once again can take from what you are giving. I just said to G-Man, I am taking a leave of absence in May ... to which he replied "WHAT???- ARE YOU NUTS!!" LOL ... good thing I truly am the maker of my own calendar. Planning time needed for me to get it together.

Have fun, my friend and don't worry, we'll all be here when you get back, eager to hear all about your fabulous adventure and taking excellent care of you! xoxoxo

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COSMIC_ENERGY 4/11/2010 2:32PM

    Go for it--you are trusting your gut to do what you need to finish classes giving it all you got. I'll be holding you in thought with your eye on the prize.

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DRAGONFLY7149 4/11/2010 1:31PM

    Don't know what I'm more impressed with -- the PLAN or the wonderful blooming pictures...tough choice for someone like me! Currently, don't have the former and my focus is somewhat diverted by the latter, but you -- like all the spring beauty unfolding around us -- are an inspiration. Think I'll contemplate a plan while out dividing and transplanting a zillion perennials this crisp sunny day!

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GBOOMER 4/11/2010 8:04AM

    I enjoyed this post: getting a picture into you and your life, getting inspired by your plan... thanks!!!

I am having to plan anew. My knee situation is requiring me to think fresh as the old plans are not useful at the moment. That's why reading your plans right now are particularly inspiring to me.

have a great Sunday!

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GINABUG 4/10/2010 9:40PM

    Ooooooooooh, SO very beautiful! And the flowers are nice, too! :-)

My fabulous friend, thanks for making a plan and then sharing it with us. As STLRZGRRL says, I've been doing my Three-Dimensional Time today! Hoping for more tomorrow, but the allure of this community is strong, and oh, so good for my spirit when I do it right!

I'll be sending you all the hugs and wonderful, positive energy I can muster for your big finish this semester! You are an amazing inspiration!

And for you who has rolled up your sleeves and dug right into the work pile:

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work." -- Thomas Edison

Love, love, love...and hugs to match!


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MAZZYR 4/10/2010 5:30PM

    It's a plan! Go for it!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/10/2010 4:30PM

    Wow Ms. Maha! You look fabulous in your latest pic ... in resonance with the beauty blooming around you.

I am SO delighted to see you freeing yourself from mental encumbrance with an ACTION plan. Keep on taking positive action that supports your authentic inner focus, my friend. You can do it. I am in awe. Truly amazing.

Now I'm off to finish cooking a feast for a friend coming to visit. Okra, bitter gourd and lentil daal. I'll be thinking of you!
With affection,

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    Yes, spring is here. And with it, all the hopes for new life. The rebirth of your spirit and desire to "bloom" is not surprising, now that the doldrums of the cold and cloudy winter are subsiding.

Good plan, my dear.

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PENNYAN45 4/9/2010 9:17PM

    Your plan is good! Good luck to you on those papers and the oral presentation. And don't work too hard.

I LOVE the photos!

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DDOORN 4/9/2010 8:05PM

    I've been losing my focus, losing my plan lately...need to get myself back on track again....thx for the inspiration and ideas!

Great to see how beautiful things are in your neck of the woods! :-)


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    Great plan - love the pictures!

You can do it!!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/9/2010 4:11PM

    I REALLY like this plan - and love the photos.

I might borrow some of your ideas.

Thanks for providing such a good example and for a cheering glimpse into your life.

Annie x

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FRACTALMYTH 4/9/2010 4:11PM

    You are looking well :D and such a beautiful spring setting! SOmetimes we really do need to step back from even the most enjoyable things to get done what is needful. It is certainly something I struggle with daily - and am struggling with RIGHT NOW lol... Good luck, enjoy, and achieve your goals!

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JESPAH 4/9/2010 3:36PM

    Well-considered. I'm trying to figure out where Irby is. Is it part of Tulane? No rush re answering -- use your time well -- need not be to answer me. :)

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STLRZGRRL 4/9/2010 3:04PM

    I haven't figured out how to talk myself into the ST, either... I don't know what it is...

But if I could make myself stop the Sparking... I'd at least have the time to be doing it!!

TV's DO make your brain get mushy... and a computer is just a tv screen with a trillion channels...

Ok... Imma taking this weekeend to do THREE-DIMENSIONAL STUFF!!!

You have motivated me, Maha... (while I sit here... staring at a computer screen!!! S'ok. I'm at work.. that's what I do for a living!...)


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BAREADER 4/9/2010 3:03PM

    I love a good plan, I couldn't survive without them!

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SLASALLE 4/9/2010 2:51PM

    You GO, girl!!! Trust me, I KNOW full well how difficult it is to try and juggle these crazy busy lives we all lead. I'm going to have to come up with a NEW PLAN sometime soon that allows for LOTS MORE R&R, but with an emphasis on FUN exercise!!

Thanks for sharing ...

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CARRAND 4/9/2010 2:00PM

    I love your pictures, and I love your plan.

My time at work is so planned. It's the only way I can keep up with my employees and my boss, too. So I am less planned at home. I don't like to feel like all of my time belongs to someone else, or has to be structured.

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LYNNANN43 4/9/2010 1:38PM

    What a well thought out plan!

I need to make me one of those to deal with my next few weeks responsively!

And all of those beautiful pics had me swooning!


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SAGE150 4/9/2010 1:11PM

    It's always good to have a plan. It's also okay to be flexible with yourself and adapt the plan to whatever comes your way each day and make the plan even better or simply different if it turns out a slightly different approach will work for you on any particular day.

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GENKI_WARRIOR 4/9/2010 12:42PM

    ooohhh~~~! this makes me want to get out and take pics of budding-ness too : )

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DARKTHOR 4/9/2010 12:40PM

    Gorgeous pictures, what a joy that looks like! I think your plan is awesome! It sounds like a very balanced and healthy approach. Now you have the plan, now is the part where persistence comes in. ::grin:: You can do it!

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PUDLECRAZY 4/9/2010 11:57AM

    Great pics to accompany your blog. I think you have a very wise plan. It is easy to spend too much time on SP, therefore missing out on great exercise opportunities. I find this huge dilemma; I like to check in with my SP friends, but so many are precious to me, it is hard to check in on everyone and still have time to be active.

What classes are you taking?


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BECOMINGONE 4/9/2010 11:56AM

    I dreamed about Wisteria last night .... seriously ... and soon you will have to take a short break to come and see my primrose arbor ... it will be a riot of color in just a few days ....

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AZIMAT 4/9/2010 11:41AM

    Baby steps? Wow, give yourself some credit warrior woman, that's a great plan.

Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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MISS_VIV 4/9/2010 10:08AM

    Awesome plan. I know you can follow thru. My thoughts are with you as is my heart. Make it sweet, make it beautiful.

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    Yes! Emancipation is an ongoing thing for me! Wonderful plan! Keep it up, girlie, and win!

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LIVIN-N-LEARNIN 4/9/2010 9:56AM

    doesn't it feel great to plan things out??! sounds like a great one too!!
it is just BEAUTIFUL where you live and go to school!!

I think spring is my favorite season :-) keep up the good work and positive thoughts!!

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