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I am NOT done with my changes...!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

It's like pulling a Tarot card from the deck that speaks precisely to my dilemma...or opening a sacred text to exactly the verse that I so desperately needed to consider...coming in the morning to this poetry of Stanley Kunitz that speaks so plainly and deeply to my heart and soul.

This process of moving toward optimal wellness that we participate together in here at SparkPeople feels to me like a peeling of layers...of what doesn't work to uncover what does, looking for our highest good, our wisest inner teacher, the Knower. This is the process for me anyway. How about you?



THE LAYERS

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
"Live in the layers,
not on the litter."
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.

~ Stanley Kunitz ~
(Passing Through)
www.panhala.net/Archive/The_Layers.h
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Stanley Jasspon Kunitz was born July 29, 1905 in Worcester, MA to dressmaker, Solomon Z. Kunitz and Lithuanian-Jewish mother, Yetta Helen Jasspon. His father committed suicide six weeks before he was born, and Kunitz was raised by his mother and stepfather, Mark Dine, who died when Kunitz was fourteen.

Kunitz graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard College and earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. Kunitz's first collection of poems, "Intellectual Things," was published in 1930. His second volume of poems, "Passport to the War," was published fourteen years later when the author was serving on the European front in World War II. Although it featured some of Kunitz's best-known poems, the book went largely unnoticed and soon fell out of print.

Kunitz's confidence was not in the best of shape when, in 1959, he had trouble finding a publisher for his third book, "Selected Poems: 1928-1958." Despite this unflattering experience, the book, eventually published by Little Brown, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

His next volume of poems would not appear until 1971, with "The Testing Tree." Kunitz's style was radically transformed from the highly intellectual and philosophical musings to more deeply personal yet disciplined narratives; moreover, his lines shifted from iambic pentameter to a freer prosody based on instinct and breath -- usually resulting in shorter, three-four stressed lines.

Asked to comment on this stylistic shift in Publishers Weekly, Kunitz noted that his early poems "were very intricate, dense and formal. . . . They were written in conventional metrics and had a very strong beat to the line. . . . In my late poems I've learned to depend on a simplicity that seems almost nonpoetic on the surface, but has reverberations within that keep it intense and alive. . . . I think that as a young poet I looked for what Keats called 'a fine excess,' but as an old poet I look for spareness and rigor and a world of compassion." If Kunitz's earlier poems were often intricately woven, intellectual, lyricized allegories about the transcendence of physical limitations, his later work can be seen as an emotive acceptance of those limitations.

Throughout the 70s and 80s he became one of the most treasured and distinctive voices in American poetry. His collection "Passing Through: The Later Poems" won the National Book Award in 1995. Kunitz received many other honors, including a National Medal of Arts, the Bollingen Prize for a lifetime achievement in poetry, the Robert Frost Medal, and Harvard's Centennial Medal.

Kunitz's 100th birthday on July 29, 2005, was marked by celebrations in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts, along with W. W. Norton's publication of "The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden," co-written with Genine Lentine.

He was considered by many observers to be the most distinguished and accomplished poet in the United States at the time of his death in 2006.
www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/stanley
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PENNYAN45 11/4/2010 8:15PM

    This poem touches my heart in many ways.

Thank you.

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MOOKBALL 11/4/2010 4:45PM

    Who cannot relate?

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WALKINGANNIE 11/4/2010 3:36PM

    This has really affected me Maha. It stirs thoughts, memories, feelings, questions and hope.

Like you, I am definitely not done with change. You are one of the people who gently feeds some of my changes and I am truly blessed to have your wise influence in my life.



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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/4/2010 1:48PM

    Oh, my... Maha. I have to re-read this again. And again.

Thank you, as usual!

I love you!
Robin

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KALIGIRL 11/4/2010 12:35PM

    I am @ the very beginning of my process - the Stoics would categorize me a 'simple' fool. The description of our journey as uncovering layers resonates, and I'm actually delighted to uncover and discover more.
Namaste my friend.

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SLASALLE 11/4/2010 11:18AM

    Oh my - here we go AGAIN. How do you keep doing this, Maha? I immediately had to forward this to my sister, my mother and my partner, in large part due to the reference about losses.

Pretty amazing guy AND, if my brain is calculating correctly this morning, he lived to over 100 years young (but with a doubly old soul, as evidenced by his writings).

Thank you!

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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CNIANE 11/4/2010 9:41AM

    Very nice!

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GREENCAT1 11/4/2010 8:54AM

    Love this! Thank you!


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Monsanto is hurting: Guarded Good News

Wednesday, November 03, 2010



AFTER GROWTH, FORTUNES TURN FOR MONSANTO
The New York Times, Business Day
By Andrew Pollack
Published October 4, 2010

Bags of Asgrow Roundup Ready soybean seeds sit inside a Monsanto lab in St. Louis. Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, plans to complete most of its $800 million stock buyback plan more than a year ahead of schedule after the shares dropped to the lowest since 2007.



As recently as late December, Monsanto was named “company of the year” by Forbes magazine. Last week, the company earned a different accolade from Jim Cramer, the television stock market commentator. “This may be the worst stock of 2010,” he proclaimed.

Monsanto, the giant of agricultural biotechnology, has been buffeted by setbacks this year that have prompted analysts to question whether its winning streak of creating ever more expensive genetically engineered crops is coming to an end.

The company’s stock, which rose steadily over several years to peak at around $140 a share in mid-2008, closed Monday at $47.77, having fallen about 42 percent since the beginning of the year. Its earnings for the fiscal year that ended in August, which will be announced Wednesday, are expected to be well below projections made at the beginning of the year, and the company has abandoned its profit goal for 2012 as well.

The latest blow came last week, when early returns from this year’s harvest showed that Monsanto’s newest product, SmartStax corn, which contains eight inserted genes, was providing yields no higher than the company’s less expensive corn, which contains only three foreign genes.

Monsanto has already been forced to sharply cut prices on SmartStax and on its newest soybean seeds, called Roundup Ready 2 Yield, as sales fell below projections.

But there is more. Sales of Monsanto’s Roundup, the widely used herbicide, has collapsed this year under an onslaught of low-priced generics made in China. Weeds are growing resistant to Roundup, dimming the future of the entire Roundup Ready crop franchise. And the Justice Department is investigating Monsanto for possible antitrust violations.

Until now, Monsanto’s main challenge has come from opponents of genetically modified crops, who have slowed their adoption in Europe and some other regions. Now, however, the skeptics also include farmers and investors who were once in Monsanto’s camp.

“My personal view is that they overplayed their hand,” William R. Young, managing director of ChemSpeak, a consultant to investors in the chemical industry, said of Monsanto. “They are going to have to demonstrate to the farmer the advantage of their products.”

Brett D. Begemann, Monsanto’s executive vice president for seeds and traits, said the setbacks were not reflective of systemic management problems and that the company was moving to deal with them.

“Farmers clearly gave us some feedback that we have made adjustments from,” he said in an interview Monday.

Mr. Begemann said that Monsanto used to introduce new seeds at a price that gave farmers two-thirds and Monsanto one-third of the extra profits that would come from higher yields or lower pest-control costs. But with SmartStax corn and Roundup Ready 2 soybeans, the company’s pricing aimed for a 50-50 split.

That backfired as American farmers grew only six million acres of Roundup Ready 2 soybeans this year, below the company’s goal of eight million to 10 million acres, and only three million acres of SmartStax corn, below the goal of four million.

So now Monsanto is moving back to the older arrangement. SmartStax seed for planting next year will be priced about $8 an acre more than other seeds, down from about a $24 premium for this year’s seeds, Mr. Begemann said. The company will also offer credits for free seed to farmers who planted SmartStax this year and were disappointed.

Monsanto has also moved to offer farmers more varieties with fewer inserted genes. Some farmers have said they often have to buy traits they do not need — such as protection from the corn rootworm in regions where that pest is not a problem — to get the best varieties. This issue has surfaced in the antitrust investigation.

Monsanto’s arch rival, DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred, has also capitalized on the lack of options under a campaign called “right product, right acre.”

“If they don’t have a need for rootworm then we won’t have that trait in that product,” Paul E. Schickler, the president of Pioneer, said in an interview.

After years of rapidly losing market share in corn seeds to Monsanto, Pioneer says it has gained back four percentage points in the last two years, to 34 percent. Monsanto puts its market share at 36 percent in 2009 and says it has remained flat this year. In soybeans, Pioneer puts its share at 31 percent, up seven percentage points over the last two years; Monsanto puts its share at 28 percent last year and said it had dropped some this year.

Monsanto had a similar problem with lower-than-expected yields on Roundup Ready 2 soybeans last year, when the crop was first planted commercially, forcing it to slash its premium.

But this year, the yield appears to be meeting expectations, said OTR Global, a research firm that surveys farmers and seed dealers. That could bode well for SmartStax next year.

One reason is that the Roundup Ready 2 gene is now offered in more varieties, making it better suited to more growing conditions. The yield of a crop is mainly determined by the seed’s intrinsic properties, not the inserted genes. An insect protection gene will not make a poor variety a high yielder any more than spiffy shoes will turn a slow runner into Usain Bolt. In the first year of a new product, few varieties contain the new gene.

Still, Monsanto is bound at some point to face diminishing returns from its strategy of putting more and more insect-resistant and herbicide-resistant genes into the same crop, at ever increasing prices. Growth might have to eventually come from new traits, such as a drought-tolerant corn the company hopes to introduce in 2012.

“Technologically, they are still the market leader,” said Laurence Alexander, an analyst at Jefferies & Company. “The main issue going forward is do they get paid for the technology they deliver. The jury is still out on that one. It’s going to take a year or two of data to reassure people.”
www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/business/
05monsanto.html?_r=2


Two reader comments worth repeating:

But please whatever you do do not think that the war is over, this is but one victory, in one battle, and I am sure, just as many have said here Monsanto will just remake itself and continuing doing it's dirt.

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Oh, you mean that the people at Monsanto, who've been trying to play God for so long, might finally be realizing that the job is a bit larger than they thought? They remind me of a 12 year old who feels qualified to operate a motor vehicle because he's tall enough to reach the peddles and knows how to turn the key, but with no sense, whatsoever, of the possible consequences or any responsibility.

And the great website where I first read about the NYT article, which has the comments that I quoted above:
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
archive/2010/10/23/monsanto-finally-re
aping-its-just-desserts.aspx

  
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HARISHABAD 11/8/2010 2:29PM

    My opinion of Monsanto (and I am a farmer, BTW):

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Watch "the Future of Food". Amazing what the love of money will drive people to.

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ASHERAH38 11/4/2010 9:58AM

    That is good news indeed. Monsanto's reach is so wide though--I noticed that even at home we are beginning to lose local seeds as Monsanto pushes its higher yield varieties...The war is definitely not over.

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MSOASIS 11/4/2010 6:54AM

    Great to see your interest in the environmental issues and thanks for sharing this article. I don't have much background on Mansanto, but I appreciate learning about a new situation. Are you against all genetically modified food? (I'm reading the member comment above/Misscus)
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DEUSMACHINA 11/4/2010 1:00AM

    Well this is promising!! Hopefully the profitability of this kind of foolishness won't recover! Thanks Maha.

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MOOKBALL 11/3/2010 8:59PM

    Monsanto's efforts to corner the market, heckle small farmers into giving away their profits and using the legal system to defeat anybody who tries to defy them is shameless. The decline of their stock price, the missed earning projections, this is what they've been working toward, isn't it? Farmers don't have dirt where their brains are.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/3/2010 8:52PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL 11/3/2010 8:14PM

    I really like this article..I hope to see many more like it in the future, concerning this company...Yay!

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DDOORN 11/3/2010 8:01PM

    Alternet loves Monsanto too...check it out:

http://www.alternet.org
/tags/monsanto/

http://w
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http://blogs.alternet.org
/speakeasy/2010/10/18/monsanto-
the-worst-stock-of-2010/

Yes, Elis is GREAT...have that one also...have EVERYTHING by AC Jobim! :-)

Don

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SHERYLDS 11/3/2010 7:44PM

    no company should profit on bad decisions....
but we need companies that will create more drought resistant crops as we get closer to a time where fresh water will be scarcer. it just seems business and ethics will never be fully compatible

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KALIGIRL 11/3/2010 7:04PM

    emoticonfor sharing the info. I live in the 'breadbasket' and am happy to see the monarchs once again in the backyard. While we may continue to try to tame nature, the Stoics had it right - coherence is living in accord with nature.

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JUSTBIRDY 11/3/2010 6:11PM

    I don't wish any company ill, only wishing that they would see how much more profitable it would be if they developed win-win products and sold them in a win-win way.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/3/2010 4:08PM

    Thanks for posting this Maha.

Perhaps it is a small triumph for hope?

Here's hoping for many more.

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MISSCUS 11/3/2010 3:05PM

    I want to see Monsanto fail. I don't like what they have done to farmers and seeds. Monsanto is a monopoly as far as I am concerned when the farmers have to buy their seeds. Genetically modified food is not good for people to eat. Thank you for posting this article. It is similar to a website by mercola dot com just do a search for monsanto and you can find even more monsanto stories.

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FRANKLYAMUSED 11/3/2010 3:00PM

    I have no sympathy for Monsanto, I think their aggressive tactics have had a much larger negative impact than they anticipated.



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Celebrating the work of Brother David!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010



www.youtube.com/user/MichaelStillwat
er#p/a/u/0/fFF_0cDHqYY


"If we can start with the silence, we can make the most beautiful music in the world," says Brother David in a segment of the "In Search of The Great Song, a Song Without Borders" documentary series by Michael Stillwater. In it he also quotes the incomparable poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

I live my life in big circles
that surround all things,
that circle around all that is.
Maybe i will not complete the last circle,
But i will attempt it.

This new video was a striking and joyful contrast to other news that I woke up to this post-election morning and helps me to balance it all in the fragile receptor of mind.
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The REALLY big news today is that Brother David's exquisite website www.gratefulness.org
is celebrating 10 years of offering amazing and unique resources to the world. (It was in this email announcement that I found the new video.) Every time I take the time to explore gratefulness.org, I am awestruck by its wonder and focus.

Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast has been enlivening my search for many years now, since I first read the book, _Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness_, that he authored with Henri J. M. Nouwen back in the mid-80's. He and my teacher Swami Satchidananda were good friends and that book was recommended reading in the Integral Yoga Teacher Training program I completed back-then.



I know many of you have also seen Brother David's earlier video, A Good Day:
www.gratefulness.org/brotherdavid/a-
good-day.htm

I go back to it every now-and-then when I need a dose of goodness.

These are the kinds of resources that help me through the dry periods of body-mind-spirit and point me back in the direction of loving self care.

  
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LIVELIGHTENFREE 11/9/2010 11:35AM

    Thank you for the resources, Maha.

Goodness, open hearts, gratefulness - this is such a good perspective from which to live life...

Blessings...

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KALIGIRL 11/3/2010 1:30PM

    What a fabulous website.
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Namaste my friend.
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TIPPINGPOINT 11/3/2010 12:04PM

    Nice link... I've been to this website before and lit a candle, but never seen Brother David's video on the beauty gift of each day
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MOOKBALL 11/3/2010 11:41AM

    Thank you for the website, a new place to explore.

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SIRIRADHA 11/3/2010 10:01AM

    How nice! Yours is the first blog of my day, so I'm getting started on a very positive foot!

I've been a Benedictine oblate for almost 25 years. Yay, Team Benedict!

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Hope...a constant companion

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I've been lax and low-energy since returning from the visit home, with a sadness outlining my days and interrupting my flow. This poem was delivered directly to my heart this morning. I sat with it and pondered it, considering the ways that hope can encourage and assist and spur me on. I so needed this:



HOPE

It hovers in dark corners
before the lights are turned on,
it shakes sleep from its eyes
and drops from mushroom gills,
it explodes in the starry heads
of dandelions turned sages,
it sticks to the wings of green angels
that sail from the tops of maples.

It sprouts in each occluded eye
of the many-eyed potato,
it lives in each earthworm segment
surviving cruelty,
it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,
it is the mouth that inflates the lungs
of the child that has just been born.

It is the singular gift
we cannot destroy in ourselves,
the argument that refutes death,
the genius that invents the future,
all we know of God.

It is the serum which makes us swear
not to betray one another;
it is in this poem, trying to speak.

~ Lisel Mueller ~
(Alive Together: New and Selected Poems)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Hope.html



Lisel Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924. Among her several books of poetry are Alive Together: New & Selected Poems, 1996, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and The Need to Hold Still, 1980, which received the National Book Award.

She has also published several volumes of translation, most recently Circe's Mountain by Marie Luise Kaschnitz. 1990. Her honors include the Carl Sandburg Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Her poems are extremely accessible, yet intricate and layered. While at times whimsical and possessing a sly humor, there is an underlying sadness in much of her work.
www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/85

  
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/3/2010 9:26AM

    I came across a Bible verse some time ago that clinched for me from whence comes my hope. And, yes, it is God-given by His Spirit. The Apostle Paul said that "...we...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope..." (Romans 5:3-5). In my own experience, hope has not come first - I "got it" after all the other.
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KALIGIRL 11/2/2010 9:46PM

    Sorry to hear you're feeling down, but sometimes it's difficult to stay grounded in this season of change.
Here's to your renewed sense of hope!

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PENNYAN45 11/2/2010 9:14PM

    I am glad that you found this poet who speaks to you during this sad time. And thanks for sharing her with us too.

And may that "thing with feathers" perch in your soul and sing the tune that brings you to a lighter and brighter place soon.

Love and hugs,

PennyAn



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CMRAND54 11/2/2010 8:42PM

    Wonderful poem. You share such lovely poems and I appreciate them all.

Here is another poem on hope, from Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all

And sweetest in the Gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm

Ive heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of Me.

Emily Dickinson


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WALKINGANNIE 11/2/2010 5:50PM

    I'm very sorry that you've been sad my friend and grateful that you have shared these therapeutic words.

Life is full of light and shade. You will find happiness again to balance this rather melancholy period - as surely as day follows night.

Thank you for introducing me to another poet whose work is new to me.


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MOOKBALL 11/2/2010 4:48PM

    How audacious!

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GOANNA2 11/2/2010 11:44AM

    Thank you for the lovely poem and for being such a good friend.
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ABURRIS2 11/2/2010 11:24AM

    Time, yes, for much reflection, to let what has you awash not only settle but also percolate. May you find a balance of joy, my friend! ~ann

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SLASALLE 11/2/2010 11:18AM

    As always, another amazing piece of poetry introduced by our wonderful Maha!

Just a gentle reminder, my friend. You went through the same thing after returning home from your summer adventures. Then you had your San Francisco trip to look foward to.

Now you've had your San Francisco trip, and you're down again. So ... hmmm ... do you have another trip coming up to look forward to??? Methinks you do!!!

xoxoxoxo
With love,
Stephanie

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DDOORN 11/2/2010 9:03AM

    It can be a tad anti-climatic after having SUCH an inspirational journey throughout your summer to settle back into the usual day-to-day routine. I often feel that way after I've made a major accomplishment also...sort of like: "what's next?"

But that usually turns into a period of incubation where I begin to plan and *make it HAPPEN!*

Then I get moving again!

Perhaps this may be the current rhythm to your emotions...?

Don

ps..
.this poem made me think of Antonio Carlos Jobim's lyrics to The Waters of March:

http://en.wikipedia.o
rg/wiki/Waters_of_March


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
mFGQtGJZto8

http://www.d
es.emory.edu/mfp/waters.html

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DOKEYOKEY 11/2/2010 8:53AM

    Thank you, Maha, for your courage in sharing your struggles. And thank you for this poem that is giving a little lift to my own heart.

Namaste.
Kathleen

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Gravity

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My returns from voyages of discovery tend to send me on further inward journeying. I will try to blog about Ani Pema Chodron soon, but today will be a "time out" as I continue the "adjust, adapt, accomodate" process that my teacher, Swami Satchidananda says is a constant in our lives.

This piece that came to me this morning, by Rainer Maria Rilke, captures so much of what I'm feeling right now that I decided to quickly share it before "signing off." With the election ahead and so much turmoil and chaos around us in the world, the need to surrender "to earth's intelligence" is everywhere apparent.

The image reminds me of Bolinas, a coastal village just north of San Francisco, where I walked on the bluffs this visit (the same bluffs where ashes of my brother and my best male friend are scattered).



II, 16

How surely gravity's law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the strongest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing -
each stone, blossom, child -
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.

This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Book_of_Hour
s_II_16.html



Rilke, 1900

Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) was a Bohemian–Austrian poet and art critic. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. His haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety: themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. Among English-language readers, his best-known work is the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Maria_R
ilke

  
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MOOKBALL 11/1/2010 5:37PM

    Thank you for Rilke's thoughts.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 11/1/2010 12:56PM

    You kind spirit always seems to bring us such lovely words to ponder over. Thank you!

~JJ~

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REBCCA 10/31/2010 1:48PM

    This somehow boosted my courage to face the upcoming Winter.
Trips to Bolinas come back in happy memory.
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SUCHAHOOT 10/31/2010 12:05AM

    Hi MAHA.

That poem is very beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. I keep visiting your blogs through my friend feed and therefore losing my sub to your blogs!!

I'm glad you are home and finding your center again after more journeys of self-discovery. I really look forwar to hearing about this most recent one. Pema Chodron has helped me through a lot! What a treat.

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MISS_VIV 10/29/2010 9:14PM

    "adjust, adapt, accomodate"... something that takes me quite a bit of time after an extended stay at ocean's side. I spent a quiet day, gathering thoughts and trying to let it all sink in. The pull of the ocean holds me in it's spell. I really don't want to change it. emoticon

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CMRAND54 10/28/2010 9:13PM

    Love the poetry. So glad you shared.

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SLASALLE 10/28/2010 5:29PM

    Interesting (and I like)!!! The funny part? Kathryn Lorenzen (Beth's collaborator/friend of 30 years) is coming out with her second CD in the next month - ALL LYRICS by Beth Scalet. Why does this relate, you ask? One of the songs (that I am SO DELIGHTED is finally being recorded) is called "Gravity." It's much more about friendship than spirituality, but the ties are similar ...

Kathryn has such a schooled, controlled voice (but TOTALLY lovely) and Beth is so wild and free with hers ... they're very different, but Beth is very much a writer and Kathryn is much more of a composer.

I'll have to share the song with you when it becomes available!!

So glad you're back.

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/28/2010 5:21PM

    When I read Gravity - I just naturally thought of all my saggy skin emoticon

I couldn't have thought further from your blog's content!

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KALIGIRL 10/28/2010 1:15PM

    "knots of our own making" - so true, yet we never seem to learn...

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GOANNA2 10/28/2010 10:07AM

    Love your spirit Maha.

Thanks for the enlightment. emoticon emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/28/2010 9:07AM

    Claro, mi primer pensamiento fue mis "thighs" cuando lei "Gravity" emoticon Pero no importa mi piel, lo que es importante es la inteligencia de la Tierra! emoticon

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