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Mothers As Peacemakers

Saturday, May 08, 2010



The first person to fight for an official Mother's Day celebration in the United States was Julia Ward Howe. Howe was born in New York City on May 27, 1819. Her family was well respected and wealthy. She was a published poet and abolitionist. She and her husband, Samuel Gridley Howe, co-published the anti-slavery newspaper The Commonwealth. She was active in the peace movement and the women's suffrage movement. In 1870 she penned the Mother's Day Proclamation. In 1872 the Mothers' Peace Day Observance on the second Sunday in June was held and the meetings continued for several years. Her idea was widely accepted, but she was never able to get the day recognized as an official holiday. The Mothers' Peace Day was the beginning of the Mothers' Day holiday in the United States now celebrated in May.

The modern commercialized celebration of gifts, flowers and candy bears little resemblance to Howe's original idea. Here is the Proclamation that explains, in her own powerful words, the goals of the original Mother's Day in the United States...



MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION OF1870
Mother's Peace Day

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Blessed be all mothers and all whose nurturing presence has touched our lives. May peace prevail and may it begin with me,
Maha

  
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SHANTISHANTI 5/11/2010 11:05AM

    Amen and thank you for sharing this. I will come back to this blog many times, I'm sure.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world..." Ghandi


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CARRAND 5/9/2010 10:00PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/9/2010 2:06PM

    Paz . Para todos...paz. emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 5/9/2010 12:07PM

    Wow.

Imma make Julia the Queen of the Subversives!!!!

And Maha... her handmaiden of Peace...

I'm also making Maha my Mother since I lack one on this planet currently and could obviously use one.

MWAH!



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A-STRONGER-ME 5/9/2010 8:35AM

    very powerful

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BECOMINGONE 5/9/2010 8:24AM

    Thank you for sharing with all. I enjoyed reading it so much yesterday. May peace which surpasses all understanding fill your heart and mind this day and always.

sandra

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KAT573 5/9/2010 7:21AM

    THANK you Maha! for showing that mothers are never simply mothers, but the other half of humanity that is needed to balance the other.
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WALKINGANNIE 5/9/2010 5:36AM

    I read this blog a little earlier Maha and have returned to do it justice in my reading of it.

It's a great reminder of how much our generation owes to the wisdom of some of our foremothers - and the definition of peace is wonderful.

You are a mother of ideas and insights and you nourish our minds and spirits.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/9/2010 3:02AM

    Perfect! I love the pictures, too. Thank you for this post.

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DDOORN 5/9/2010 12:49AM

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder of the origins and inspirations for this holiday which can honor mothers in far more heartfelt and meaningful ways!

Don

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FRACTALMYTH 5/9/2010 12:41AM

    That was amazing. I am going to save it to read again. Thank you so much for sharing!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/8/2010 10:38PM

    Perfect, I was just reading some material on nonviolent communication tonight on this site: www.trans4mind.com. emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/8/2010 10:29PM

    Thank you and may you have a lovely Mother's Day
Namaste
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LYNNANN43 5/8/2010 10:20PM

    I never learned this. emoticon

WOW, has Hallmark & the American public got it wrong!

Namaste,
Lynn

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How Do I (You) Want to Be Remembered?

Friday, May 07, 2010



WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Finals are over and because I would have had six contiguous hours of exams for the three classes yesterday, I was able to move one exam over to today. I took it alone and when I returned to his office at the end of the two hours with the exam, the professor (of my linguistics class) asked if I'd like to end the agony right away and know what my grade is. Of course I vigorously shook my head YES and left while he graded it and determined my overall course grade. Check it out...I managed to barely slide into an A (91.5%)

Ok, Ok...so is THIS how I want to be remembered...as "a good student"...or as "someone obsessed with 'the grade'"...or....It's clear that I'm definitely in the "unwinding" phase now that spring semester has ended, like Sandra said about herself yesterday. The 15 units I have completed are large on my mind. But it's also definitely not WHO I am...or HOW I want to be remembered.

Let me share a few miscellaneous photos that will help to paint a more accurate picture for you of what IS important to me....


Sharon is the director of the university's language lab. She is also a yoga practitioner and we met many years ago at the Iyengar yoga studio (where she now teaches!). Over the years of attending yoga together we talked about my Ecuador project and my Spanish proficiency in a variety of contexts and I asked her lots questions about the Spanish program. She also invited me to use a software program at the lab to further hone my Spanish facility while I was still directing the Ecuador project. Her KINDNESS to me found me on-campus using the software, then taking the school's Spanish proficiency test...then deciding to actually jump into the program. Since beginning last fall, Sharon's assistance and counsel have been generous and extremely helpful.


Daryl is a graduate student and took the linguistics class with me. He willingly spent time with me going over concepts and information and sharing materials, and his KINDNESS was a big help to this rookie non-traditional student. He will be continuing his Latin American History studies at the University of New Mexico this fall and I will miss him. I love how many of the students seem to take me at face value now that I'm feeling more comfortable this second semester and how, in many ways, they are beginning to treat me as a peer.


These are my friends Fritzie and Janice. Fritzie graciously AND lovingly opened her beautiful home for a gathering of friends for my birthday celebration...her KINDNESS touches my heart. And that's really just the tip of the iceberg of her compassion toward me and others, e.g., her assistance to a mutual friend from Guatemala in his time of need has truly been "over the top".


Here's another photo of my dear friend Janice. We were housemates for over two years...and we're very close. Janice went with me to visit my friend John who had emergency abdominal surgery. She immediately sprang into action and brushed all the tangles out of his hair and shaved him (neither had been done for days). That unique genre of KINDNESS is "typical Janice."


You all know Sandra, my wonderful friend and bike-riding pal (and Sparker), a kindred spirit who has also returned to school, pursuing a graduate degree in social work. She has "been there" for me in so many ways (I still remember with gratitude her invite last Thanksgiving Day for dinner, knowing I was alone). Her KINDNESS in helping me at a moment's notice with details about writing one of my papers and access to online research made all the difference in completing a hopefully well-done and interesting project.


"Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving." (Kahlil Gibran) My friends are my family, since I have no nuclear family and I, for all intents and purposes, live alone. Their KINDNESS and support and love nourishes and sustains me.

And, as I said in my status, I am SO deeply "thankful for the support and love -- and KINDNESS -- of SparkFriends, expressed in so many ways!" This community of kindred spirits enlivens and nurtures me in countless ways. I have met some...and hope to meet yet more this summer!!! You have made me smile when I've been down and made me laugh during the high times. I bow in gratitude to each one of you...truly.

So here's where we finally arrive at the subject of my blog..."what consitutes a life worthy to be remembered?" Watching this week's KarmaTube offering confirmed for me that, like Amy, KINDNESS is a supremely important value to me -- given and received.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal's film is lovely and spoke deeply to me. Click here to watch: www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1931

  
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SHEENADEE 5/9/2010 2:03AM

    What a fabulous blog & fabulous life you're leading! Thanks for taking time to blog and share. You really make me think & that's a good thing.

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GOANNA2 5/8/2010 10:51PM

    Wow, what a great acheivement. Congratulations!
Let's hope I can do as well when I finish my studies.

I watched the video and was moved by it.

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MAZZYR 5/8/2010 3:07PM

    Oh Maha, sometimes your posts are almost eerily similar to my thoughts. Specifically, I have been thinking about How Do I want to Be Remembered?

Last week my BIL's mom passed and I was sad. I was thinking that she was such a special lady, and what I admired most about her was that she was so kind.

You, dear Maha, are a special lady, one of a kind for sure.
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DARKTHOR 5/8/2010 1:11PM

    I think I'll remember your gratitude and try to ensure that it has a prominent place in my own heart as well. Thank you for sharing.

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XINIXINIX 5/8/2010 9:29AM

    This blog brought to you by the letter "A":

Awesome! (grade)
Awareness
Appreciatio
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Andale !

WOO HOO!

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FRACTALMYTH 5/8/2010 9:23AM

    HUGS and huge congratulations!!!

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BECOMINGONE 5/8/2010 6:36AM

    I am honored to be among your friends. You are kind beyond measure and I have no doubt that is how you will be remembered when that day comes (hopefully many, many years from now). Love, Sandra

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WALKINGANNIE 5/8/2010 6:32AM

    emoticon on your achievements Maha. very well done indeed!

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LOPEYP 5/8/2010 6:19AM

    What a nice blog! The nuclear family isn't always what it's cracked up to be. You are lucky to have a great group of friends.
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STILLPOINT 5/8/2010 12:13AM

    Beautiful Maha, I love the smile in your picture above, surrounded by your loving friends. They are, without a doubt, very blessed to be in your presence.

Will watch the video now.....thank you.

Blessings.

Mer

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/7/2010 10:23PM

    I'd have it no other way either!

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DDOORN 5/7/2010 10:05PM

    What a beautiful community of caring you and your friends have cultivated together...! Thank you for sharing such inspiration!

Don

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LYNNANN43 5/7/2010 10:04PM

    Oh, the end of the semester! I'm so happy for you! My daughter in grad school got the weekend off and then went back to summer classes:(

I only met you in person once, but it's a memory I still dearly treasure:D

Namaste,
Lynn<
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2010 10:04PM

    This entry really puts things in perspective... how DO we want to be remembered? Let's live our lives to "make it so".

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SLASALLE 5/7/2010 9:54PM

    My dear friend, Maha - Congratulations to you on the completion of a crazy semester. Your accomplishments are truly amazing and I am so very proud of you!! I would love you every bit as much with a "C" in that class!! :-)

Your kindness is what drew me to you in the first place, my friend, so I think you're there.

With love,
Stephanie

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JCDROLSHAGEN 5/7/2010 9:51PM

    What a wonderful bunch of friends! Enjoy. However it is not wrong to be proud of your achievements either. Just keep a balance with the two.

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CARRAND 5/7/2010 9:38PM

    You are absolutely right. I want to be remembered as a kind person, too.

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2010 9:11PM

    Kindness -- I second that emotion! The older I get, the more important I think kindness is. More important than being clever or hardworking. It never hurts to be kind.

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PONDERTHIS 5/7/2010 9:10PM

    Thank you for this beautiful blog about your friends and the field of friendship you so earnestly cultivate. Blessings to you ~
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GREENCAT1 5/7/2010 9:06PM

    Lovely blog. You are so wise and seem to live life so fully. I am glad that you have a wonderful family of friends. I am glad that you are my Spark friend!

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PENNYAN45 5/7/2010 9:01PM

    I imagine you will be remembered for your kindness, your warmth, your caring ways, and for all that you give to others.

I also think you would be remembered for the passion and enthusiasm you bring to your interests.

I know that much about you -- and we have never met!


Congratulations on the end of finals.... and on getting the A in the course. (Nobody ever gets remembered for their grades...not even by the teacher!)

Enjoy your summer - I hope to see you one day soon.

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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/4/2010 5:08PM

    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! :-)

Don

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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.

xoxoxo

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REBCCA 5/1/2010 2:31PM

    Lovely!! Thanks for sharing this Maha!
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CRYSTALLULLABY 5/1/2010 2:18PM

  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.

Namaste!

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ARRRRRRRRRRGH....

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...!

Don

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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.

Smile.
XO
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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?

Huh?

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.

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*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!

Hugz!

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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!

Stephanie

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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.

Love

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SUCHAHOOT 4/27/2010 11:41AM

    WOAH!!

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 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3151780
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: www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1922

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.
www.helpothers.org/cards.php

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!

Muah!

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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!

Don

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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 ...

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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ATRANSFORMATION 4/23/2010 11:03AM

    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 (http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/
)... 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!

Sandra

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