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Fall Equinox/Full Moon...aligning with the cosmic forces....

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Fall Equinox is tonight at 10:09 PM Central Daylight Time.

My dear friend Pamela said it so well: "The equinoxes and solstices are important moments to make our commitments for the next quarter. We have a great opportunity to align with the galactic forces and have universal collaboration with and support for what we have chosen to commit to. The effects of our prayers, meditations and rituals are quantum as the planets are aligning."

This year is special, because the Autumn Equinox occurs within hours of the Full Moon. This last happened in 1991 and will not happen again until 2029.

The Harvest Full Moon is at 4:18AM early Thursday morning.

Here is a wonderful "3-Minute Moon Ritual" from my favorite astrological site for any who are so inclined to bathe in the galactic resonance at this time of cosmic power:



Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.


Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Imagine that you have become a Full Moon goddess (and that includes any male SparkFriends reading this...get in touch with the aspect of your divine feminine nature!), capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Aries and Libra, the complementary energies of "me" and "we."

Aries wonders, "Who am I?" Libra wonders, "Who are you—and how can we work together?" Aries is adventurous, individualistic, and trailblazing. Through Aries we feel our existence as an independent being, capable of taking action, without needing approval or support. Libra is harmonizing, beautifying, and partnership-oriented. Its primary purpose is sharing—ideas, experiences, space—with others. Aries and Libra are opposing signs, but together they make for a balanced world. Our Libran ability to relate to others is diminished without a secure sense of our own identity. Our Aries efforts are unsuccessful when we alienate others and are uncooperative.

Full Moons bring an opportunity to balance and harmonize its opposing signs.

Too much Aries and we’re combative, self-absorbed, impatient. Too much Libra and we’re indecisive, uncommitted, people-pleasing. For the center of this ritual, imagine that the forces of Aries and Libra come to life in their archetypal form—as the Warrior and the Goddess. As you breathe in the weakness of each of these archetypes, you will breathe out the healing strength of the other. In this way, you will reconcile and balance these energies within yourself around the globe. Your sacred work has that power. Believe in it! Find a comfortable rhythm working with the images and your breath. Repeat the statements until you feel a transformation:

Breathing in…
The warrior, angry, lonely and in fear.
Breathing out…
The tender goddess, soothing the warrior with her healing touch.
Breathing in…
The goddess, feeling ineffective, indecisive, and overwhelmed.
Breathing out…
The warrior, who protects her and leads the way.
Breathing in…
The warrior raising his club, the goddess calling him names.
Breathing out…
The goddess, soft and smiling, as the warrior drops his club, and the two embrace.


See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life.


I just sent an email out to a handful of local sisters suggesting that we gather to share the ritual this evening, after being inspired by KaliGirl's comment about sending it out to 3-D friends!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/24/2010 7:03PM

    The other night, I went out to see Jupiter. It was the closest to the earth since the year Kennedy was shot. I was excited to see it and had marked it on my calendar. Well, one of the ironies of life - a thick night cloud cover obscured even the stars. Hooray, hooray for me and my excitement. (smiling)

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FRANCESCANAZ 9/24/2010 6:20AM

    NICE! I'm going out right this minute yo hug Zeus & Onyx under the full moon before the sun is up!

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SUCHAHOOT 9/23/2010 10:25PM

    Ah, you make me smile! I missed this blog last night. We did go out and admire her beauty before we went to bed though, the three of us.

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PEACEFULONE 9/23/2010 4:11PM

    Beautiful, thank you dear Maha for sharing!

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SIRIRADHA 9/23/2010 3:49PM

    Woke up at 4:00 this morning and went out to do the ritual. Although the moon was behind clouds, it was so still and the air felt wonderful!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/23/2010 12:49PM

    I love the idea of re-committing to the next quarter. Sounds like a good idea.

I'm in!

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LUCKY-13 9/22/2010 9:33PM

    I tingled with excitement while reading your blog! I'm a Libra and am looking forward to having the full moon on my birthday (on Saturday)! emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 9/22/2010 9:21PM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Autumnal Equinox, Maha! What a delicious post this is - and calorie- and fat- and sugar-free, too! It's always such a joyous time of the year, isn't it? The promise of so much warmth, richness, and beauty as we progress toward year's end...the time really IS ripe for making our next-quarter commitments. Your gorgeous photo of the Harvest Full Moon have certainly brought me lots of joy on this September evening - and the ritual is sooo lovely!

emoticon Ahhh...I just performed it, and the sense of warmth, healing, and promise are indescribable! Thank you for this gift, dear Maha - and thank you for the gift of you! - Sandi emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/22/2010 5:03PM

    Ah Maha, I am an Aries and just fell in love
with your blog.
It was Spring equinox here and the full moon
was simply breathtaking.
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PUDLECRAZY 9/22/2010 4:46PM

    Ahh, lovely!

No wonder it has been feeling so special. I really enjoyed my moonlight walk with Stella last night - I'll have to go out with her again tonight and celebrate to usher in Autumn.


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EARTHSEAME 9/22/2010 4:06PM

    emoticon I'll pass this on, too! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:26PM

    Thank you Maha.

Wherever we are in the world, we share the same moon.

I will think of you and my Sparksisters tonight.

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SLASALLE 9/22/2010 2:49PM

    I will have to be on my own with this, far from you. But I always appreciate the information!!! Looking forward to this awesome experience!!!


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SIRIRADHA 9/22/2010 1:31PM

    Oooh! I can't wait to be the vessel tonight!

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KALIGIRL 9/22/2010 1:06PM

    Thank you for posting this fabulous information - I will send out to my 3D friends!

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An FYI for those concerned about eating clean

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jumping wild salmon

By Mary Clare Jalonickap

WASHINGTON -Tinker with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry.

Or maybe you're creating what some say is an untested "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.

The genetically-modified AquAdvantage salmon

The FDA says that the AquAdvantage salmon "is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon." Of course, according to Seafood Watch, one should AVOID Atlantic Salmon:

The Food and Drug Administration hears both arguments Monday when it begins a two-day meeting on whether to approve the marketing of the genetically engineered fish, which would be the first such animal approved for human consumption. The agency has already said the salmon, which grows twice as fast as conventional salmon, is as safe to eat as the traditional variety.

Approval of the salmon would open the door for a variety of other genetically engineered animals, including an environmentally friendly pig that is being developed in Canada or cattle that are resistant to mad cow disease.

"For future applications out there the sky's the limit," said David Edwards of the Biotechnology Industry Association. "If you can imagine it, scientists can try to do it."

AquaBounty submitted its first application for FDA approval in 1995, but the agency decided not until two years ago to consider applications for genetically engineered animals -- a move seen as a breakthrough by the biotechnology industry.

Genetic engineering is already widely used for crops, but the government until now has not considered allowing the consumption of modified animals. Although the potential benefits -- and profits -- are huge, many individuals have qualms about manipulating the genetic code of other living creatures.

Genetically engineered -- or GE -- animals are not clones, which the FDA has already said are safe to eat. Clones are copies of an animal. With GE animals, their DNA has been altered to produce a desirable characteristic.

In the case of the salmon, AquaBounty has added a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that allows the fish to produce their growth hormone all year long. The engineers were able to keep the hormone active by using another gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout that acts like an on switch for the hormone, according to the company. Conventional salmon only produce the growth hormone some of the time.

In documents released ahead of the hearing, the FDA said there were no biologically relevant differences between the engineered salmon and conventional salmon, and there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from its consumption.

Critics have two main concerns: The safety of the food to humans and the salmon's effect on the environment.

Because the altered fish has never been eaten before, they say, it could include dangerous allergens, especially because seafood is highly allergenic. They also worry that the fish will escape and intermingle with the wild salmon population, which is already endangered.They would grow fast and consume more food to the detriment of the conventional wild salmon, the critics fear.

A wide range of environmental, food safety and consumer groups have argued that more public studies are needed and the current FDA process is inadequate because it allows the company to keep some proprietary information private. Modified foods are regulated under the same process used for animal drugs.

"It is outrageous to keep this vital information secret," said Wenonah Hauter, director of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch. "Consumers have a right to know what FDA is trying to allow into our food supply."

Dr. Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, says the agency is relying on too little data, much of which is supplied by the company itself.

"FDA has set the bar very low," he said.

Ron Stotish, the chief executive of AquaBounty, countered that the company has more than addressed the concerns, and his product has come under much more scrutiny than most food.

"This is perhaps the most studied fish in history," he said. "Environmentally this is a very sustainable technology."

The company has several safeguards in place to allay concerns. All the fish would be bred female and sterile, though a small percentage may be able to breed. They would be bred in confined pools where the potential for escape would be very low.

In its environmental analysis of the fish released earlier this month, the FDA agreed with the company that there are enough safeguards in place.

Stotish says the fish would be bred in better conditions than many of the world's farmed salmon, and could be located closer to population centers to help feed more people. The company has also said the increase in engineered salmon production could help relieve endangered wild salmon populations.

The company is also arguing that the fish do not need to be labeled as genetically engineered, so the common customer would not know if they were eating the modified product or the conventional product. The second day of the FDA meeting will focus on the labeling question.

"This fish is identical to the traditional food," maintained Stotish. "The label could even be misleading because it implies a difference that doesn't exist."

At the meeting Monday, the FDA, the company and critics will present their findings to an advisory committee, which will in turn advise the FDA. A decision will come after the meeting, though it is unclear how long that will take. If approved, the fish could be in grocery stores in two years, the company estimates.

The industry says their job will be to counter the common impression that the modified salmon are "frankenfish."

"In the story of Frankenstein it was the fear of the people driving it, it wasn't the monster that was evil," says Edwards of the Biotechnology Industry Association. "If you look at the science and the safety and you look at the benefits, they become very exciting products."

See full article from DailyFinance:

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JUSTBIRDY 9/22/2010 12:30PM

    This would be too bad if approved. Something else I'll try not to eat.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/20/2010 11:09PM

    Usha, my choice is also vegetarian, as is Tracey's, who sent me a comment today: "If you don't EAT fish, you can't contribute to the DEMAND for fish so fish-growers will have no incentive to INVENT frankenfish....Just sayin'...."

And you are SO right about the misinformation. I just felt compelled to share this horrendous development with my flesh-eating friends.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 9/20/2010 11:02PM

    Stotish is not telling the truth. The fish does not have the same genes and is not therefore bio-identical. And he misuses the word sustainable. This GE salmon could endanger the wild population. It currently does not have a place within an ecosystem.

The FDA needs to mark the food so that people can make informed choices. My choice is still vegetarian.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/20/2010 10:32PM

    Thank you for blogging about this. I wonder what it will take before the powers that be wise up.

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BYTHEBOOKS 9/20/2010 9:01PM

    thanks for sharing this info!

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GOANNA2 9/20/2010 7:26PM

    Food for thought alright.
Thanks for sharing.
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TIPPINGPOINT 9/20/2010 7:18PM

    thanks for the information.
(and thanks for your comment at my blog)

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GRAMMIE1959 9/20/2010 3:58PM

    food for thought-maybe not for eating. Thanks for the well researched blog.


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PUDLECRAZY 9/20/2010 3:20PM

    Depressing! It gets harder and harder to believe our food is safe unless we grow it ourselves or know who is growing it. I guess that is one value of eating locally produced food. If we would only spend our resources protecting the environment...

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SHERYLDS 9/20/2010 2:56PM

    the world is so focused on energy needs that we are letting both our fertile lands and our waters be destroyed. It's wise to take precautions against genetic engineering but at the same time we need to find better ways to feed the populations. The next big problem is going to be clean water.

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KRISKECK 9/20/2010 10:26AM

    This was covered in the Washington Post today, too. The best thing people can do is call their Members of Congress and express their outrage that the FDA will not even allow us to decide for ourselves whether we want to buy and consume "genetically modified" foods. Clearly the corporate interests are aware that they're trying to put one over on us; that's why they want to keep it all quiet. And there is no monied interest to fight back against it -- I dont think the organic food industry has a strong lobby and public relations operation - so it is really up to us to get this going. Tell all your friends to call their Senators and their Representative and urge them to put a stop to this - and ask them to keep spreading the word, too. Sad and horrifying but not surprising.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/20/2010 10:04AM

    In addition to all the concerns expressed by you, Kat and Sandi, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a friend yesterday who was talking about her friend who has cancer. She said the friend didn't have much of a chance...her mom, dad, and a sister have all died from cancer. The epidemic proportions of cancer are such a poignant Sign of the Times...Sign of our abuse and misuse of the environment and our own bodies.

It is SO hard to eat "clean" and, as a vegetarian, there is really little support or solidarity, even among friends who were previously also vegetarians.

Organic Consumers Association -- -- is the most vocal "voice of the people" in this regard. I highly recommend signing up for their newsletter if you want to stay informed.

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LYNNANN43 9/20/2010 10:02AM

    Some SERIOUS food for thought here!

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SIRIRADHA 9/20/2010 9:58AM

    Thank you for passing the word along.

Petition to stop genetically modified foods

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KAT573 9/20/2010 9:40AM

    Food for thought especially on a much larger scale; re: energy production and sources and the impact on environment, personal health, etc, the use of plastics a double edged sword, as well; if we were to switch back could we sustain the population we now have? will we be able to safely test all efforts before providing food on the table of not even all the people on this earth, since many live in poverty? Not a simple question and never a simple answer. Yet we still do have to accept full responsibility for our part in this cycle and triad; consumer, business, government. It is mind boggling and really makes us aware of how little real control we have, when we stop and are able to see through a small part of the illusion we have that we CAN do anything. emoticon for sharing this which wakens once again in me how difficult it is to balance ourselves let alone the world.

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DENI_ZEN 9/20/2010 9:25AM

    Oh, Maha...this is sickening...infuriating...really shocking :( You know how you feel when you're so distressed about something, you have to almost consciously force yourself to breathe? That's how I feel right now! THIS IS CRIMINAL! And will the "frankenfish" even be labeled as such? To me, this is as shocking as the prospect of nuclear holocaust... It's becoming more and more expensive to put food on the table, as we have to PAY a fortune now for wild-caught salmon, and if this aberration mingles with that population... I heard on NPR the other day that by 2048, we might not be able to even consume fish anymore. More and more, I'm tempted to become a vegetarian, perhaps even a vegan. Another friend posted a link to this news on her Facebook page, but the article you've cited is much more in-depth...and terrifying. Thank you for alerting us, though - emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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Trying to Be Thoughtful....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Many of you know that I began my solo 3-month road trip this summer on May 18 sitting at the feet of the master, Mary Oliver, at one of her readings in Fayetteville, AR. I see her as one of my teachers on the Path. In the Yogic tradition, there is only one initiating teacher, the "diksha guru," but there can be many other teachers along the way (shiksha gurus). Mary Oliver is one of my "shiksha gurus."

Maui 2009


I am thinking, or trying to think, about all the
imponderables for which we have
no answers, yet endless interest all the
range of our lives, and it's

good for the head no doubt to undertake such
meditation; Mystery, after all,
is God's other name, and deserves our

consideration surely. But, but -
excuse me now, please; it's morning, heavenly bright,
and my irrepressible heart begs me to hurry on
into the next exquisite moment.

~ Mary Oliver ~

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/21/2010 3:51PM

    Oh, thank you for sharing... I don't think I was familiar with her writing until I found you. What amazing discoveries... my dear emoticon and Mary Oliver?! Reading her work feels like a portion of my own body and soul coming back to me... It's a physical as well as emotional/spiritual grounding... thank you for sharing with such grace and love...


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THE_SILVER_OWL 9/19/2010 12:14PM

    What a gift you have shared with us. I am not familiar with her writings, but found this really spoke volumes to me.

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PENNYAN45 9/19/2010 10:16AM

    You have taught me about Mary Oliver and I so appreciate it. Thanks for all the exquisite moments you have brought into my life, my friend!

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    We share yet another shiksha guru. Speaking of which, I recently learned (after 20 years?) that Sri Easwaran shares the same birthdate as my daughter. The Ramagiri Ashram is celebrating (what would have been) his centennial this December 11th. I really just wanted to stop by and say hello. Thank you for the lovely poem, and image of you at Mary's feet.

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CARRAND 9/16/2010 9:41PM

    Wonderful poem. I'm so glad you share.

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SIRIRADHA 9/16/2010 6:12PM

    Looks like I'm going to have to head back to the library! I had never heard of Mary Oliver until my friend's recent message to me on facebook. Now, another poem that rings true. Thank you.

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PUDLECRAZY 9/16/2010 5:27PM

    How wonderful! Thank you for this post.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/16/2010 5:05PM

    Thank you for giving me an 'exquisite moment' when I read this Maha.


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TIPPINGPOINT 9/16/2010 4:25PM

    thanks for sharing your interesting life... a 3 month road trip was quite an adventure

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GIANTPANDA 9/16/2010 2:10PM

    I love Mary Oliver's work. Thank you so much for the photo of Maui and this awesome blog! Namaste!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/16/2010 1:53PM

    Valerie, thank you, as always, for sharing Mary Oliver with us. This is a fabulous way to begin our day and I am grateful for the moment of serenity that comes with it.

FloridaSun...Karma is a wonderful thing, indeed! So glad you're finding more connections and synchronicities on the path to Josh's book. Thinking of you with lots of love.

Blessings and joy to you both!

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FLORIDASUN 9/16/2010 1:44PM

    Mary Oliver is a beauty! I love her words...and I LOVE you for sharing them! I'm sending monster hugs and big, big kisses to you to have a DE~Light~ful day!

How's this for profound...I found it in my Joshie's Sophmore English Honors Journal. I'm going through his writings to share in his book
"The Unique Stand Alone"
The question posed to the class was..A dying man needs to die as a sleeping man needs to sleep.
Josh's observation:

"I think that this statment is true, dying is something that must happen to every person so that more people can come into the world.

You need to sleep so you can be aware enough to learn what each day teaches you and you need to die so that you can use your teachings."

ing...did this child know that his many, many journals would be left behind to teach other's the consequences of wrong choices...and isn't it AMAZING that every thing he wrote was ANTI-drug?

Isn't it also amazing that out of ALL the many things I could have picked to inscribe on his urn I chose "May the work I've done..speak for me"

This was long before I discovered the hundreds of writings he left behind.

Karma is such an AMAZING really, truly is! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/16/2010 10:35AM

    Very spiritual words.
I often marvel at the peace and tranquility these people exude, and I wonder what kind of lives they have that would allow them such a serene outlook. I find it hard to imagine that a normal stressful environment would support such inner peace. Do they just ASCEND above the chaos around them, or do the REMOVE themselves from what's going on? Are they BLOCKING out Reality, just CHANGING their perception of Reality, or FILTERING the reality they chose to see?

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GOANNA2 9/16/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks for posting the lovely words of Mary Oliver.
Also thank you for commenting on my status. I wrote my essay but I had information overload and not too sure how I wenr.

But, now I am immersing myself in theose words and too bad about the essay.

Have you started your studies yet?

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DENI_ZEN 9/16/2010 9:59AM

    Ahhhh! I'm so glad I've finally gotten to see the heartful and talented Mary Oliver here :) Thank you, Maha! I love that you've chosen her as your diksha guru, too. Her words always leave us with such a peaceful feeling :) - Sandi emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 9/16/2010 9:49AM

    Bee-u-ti-ful! Thanks for posting.
A lovely day here, huh? Still a little hot, but nicer evenings!

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SLASALLE 9/16/2010 9:27AM

    What a wonderful start to MY day!!! Thanks, Maha. As always, I appreciate your "thoughtful" moments!! xoxoxo

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Remembering 9/11:

Friday, September 10, 2010

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.

Think of it...always.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Photograph taken at a candlelight vigil outside the
firehouse of Squad 18, NYFD, September 11, 2001.

Return to the most human,
nothing less will nourish the torn spirit,
the bewildered heart,
the angry mind:
and from the ultimate duress,
pierced with the breath of anguish,
speak of love.

Return, return to the deep sources,
nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve,
to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness
and still that ancient necessary pain preserve.

Return to the most human,
nothing less will teach the angry spirit,
the bewildered heart;
the torn mind,
to accept the whole of its duress,
and pierced with anguish --
at last, act for love.

~ May Sarton ~
(Collected Poems 1930-1993)

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LOPEYP 9/22/2010 12:35PM

    At that tragic time, Americans were kind to one another, at least for a short time. I pray for a return of that kindness.

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SHANTISHANTI 9/20/2010 9:25AM

    I'm reading this blog a little late, but the message is loud and clear...LOVE IS THE ANSWER. Thank you for being part of this community and sending love to us all through your spirit.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/13/2010 10:37PM

    ah, Maha, such a beautiful offering...


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PENNYAN45 9/12/2010 2:27AM

    Thanks for the quote on this sad day of remembering.


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MEDDYPEDDY 9/12/2010 1:16AM

    Thanks for reminding me - I have a lot of feelings around this because the year after 0/11 our foreign minister Anna Lind was stabbed to death with a knife and I had my cancer breast just removed and was waiting for hemo to start and was at a seminar with women entrepreneurs when the message about her death came and we lit candles and it was a very good place to be at the time... a lot of memories...and a lot of feelings.

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CARRAND 9/11/2010 5:02PM

    I have always loved Mahatma Ghandi. Thanks you for sharing the quote.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/11/2010 3:08PM


When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix

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JEANNETTE59 9/11/2010 12:00PM

  War is not the answer, only love can conquer hate...

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/11/2010 11:46AM

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I share your sentiments and I will NEVER FORGET.

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SIRIRADHA 9/11/2010 11:14AM

    May all sentient beings be at peace. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/11/2010 10:11AM

    Beautiful Words
and I wish I could believe in cosmic justice,
but what I know for sure is that WE are responsible for how WE choose respond to life. May we all have the wisdom to do the right thing. emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 9/11/2010 9:30AM

    What beautiful, soothing thoughts for this day, Maha! Thank you :) - Sandi emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 9/11/2010 9:25AM

    A very beautiful reminder of truth.


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GREENCAT1 9/11/2010 9:23AM

    Thank you for the Ghandi quote....peace always....

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LYNNANN43 9/11/2010 8:50AM

    Loved the Ghandi quote and the beautiful poem, Maha.


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GOANNA2 9/11/2010 5:17AM

    Thank you for the Ghandi quote.
Peace to all. Lest we forget.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 9/10/2010 11:47PM

    Thank you, Mahalakshmi, for another beautiful Gandhi quote. I loved the note you sent earlier this evening and Jesus saying, "Be the God you want to see in the world." Radical paraphrase of Gandhi's "Be the change you wish to see in the world." This resonates with May Sarton saying, "act for love."

Rich sharing and much blessed by this!
Love and respect,

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KRISKECK 9/10/2010 11:37PM

    Thank you, Maha, for the Ghandi quote...I am sharing it with everyone I know. Peace and love, Kristin

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Do you remember the movie "Stand and Deliver" about an inner city teacher in East LA who motivated his kids to excel? That teacher was the late Jaime Escalante (he died at 79 in March from cancer), and this KarmaTube story gives credit where credit is due!

In the midst of this trouble-laden world, stories like this give me courage to continue (Stevie Wonder's image of the "joy inside my tears").

The word for the determination, discipline, and hard work that leads to success that Jaime Escalante used with his students is translated as "ganas" in Spanish. For decades, he taught math in the tough neighborhoods of LA -- and again and again succeeded with students others had given up on. His untiring commitment and passion now lives on in the work of his many grateful students.

This will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a tear to your eye:

Blessed be!

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EOSTAR_45 9/10/2010 11:04PM

    I love that movie. I'll watch it again when I get back. He was a true hero. Thanks for the clip.

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DENI_ZEN 9/10/2010 8:35PM

    Ahh...I remember how sad I felt, hearing on NPR that he had died... what a dear, loving, great man! And the video speaks truth: He really DID ignite that spark...and in SO MANY of his students, too! He'll always be remembered with great love and devotion. Thank you for this link, Maha :) - Sandi emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 9/10/2010 4:21PM

    I love the true story and I loved the movie. So inspirational! I aspire to giving that much to my students.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/10/2010 4:03PM

    Thanks Maha for celebrating this very special life.

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SHERYLDS 9/10/2010 3:22PM

    and here i always thought ganas meant earnings, rewards or desires.

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SIRIRADHA 9/10/2010 1:44PM

    Drat! I tried clicking on the link and it didn't work. I'm going to have to go check out karmatube! Thank you for posting this.

Edited to add: got to watch the video and my favorite part was the woman who talked about how Mr. Escalante's efforts will have lasting reverberations!

Comment edited on: 9/10/2010 1:49:32 PM

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KALIGIRL 9/10/2010 1:10PM

    Wonderful - thank you for sharing!

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JEANNETTE59 9/10/2010 12:45PM

  The term "Gentle Giant" need not have anything to do with physical stature. Thank you for sharing emoticon

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PENNYAN45 9/10/2010 11:50AM

    I love stories of teachers who make a difference with kids that others give up on. They are treasures!
Thanks for sharing this with us.


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MARENAMOO 9/10/2010 11:42AM

    Thank you so much for hightlighting a person - a quiet hero - who really made a difference - not just by what he did but what he should others they could do. That is true leadership.

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