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Know Your Self

Saturday, December 18, 2010

OMG! You know how sometimes something has been so clearly *sent* to you that it fairly bumps you on the head? Well this week's "Weekly Words of Wisdom" that I subscribe to just arrived...and WHAM! I'm rubbin' my head. I hope there is some wisdom here that has meaning for you as well.

Swami Satchidananda is my primary spiritual teacher and this is a weekly commentary of his writings that I receive:

Swami Satchidananda


"Imagine, you say, 'My mind is totally upset today. Yesterday I was all peaceful, happy. Today, I am disturbed.' What is the common thing behind these statements? The common factor is that you know.

"You know that you are disturbed; you know you are not disturbed. The true you is that which knows everything, while the superficial you, is the mind. Although your mind is disturbed in some way today, the knower of your mind is not disturbed. Your mind was happy yesterday, and now, today, your mind is not happy.

"When you say your mind, then who are you? You might say, 'I am my body, my mind, my intelligence, my ego.' Of course you seem to have those things. But, who are you in reality? Find out the answer. That is what you call, 'knowing your Self.'

"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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CARRAND 12/19/2010 3:46PM

    So much good insight.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/19/2010 8:29AM

    I just love KNOWING!

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    I'm not a student of these kind of teachings although I enjoy the enlightenment. I get a visual that what we are is whatever we have scooped up and patted into a ball. It soesn't matter the individual items we have gathered. The ball does not make us, we have made the ball and should use it to our benefit.

Enjoy the season!
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MAGGIE275 12/19/2010 6:41AM

    Be lamps unto yourselves...Buddha emoticon

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CLAYKEEPER 12/19/2010 1:51AM

    peace, love, joy and ever so much more !

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DDOORN 12/18/2010 11:30PM

    So simple, so often overlooked...!

Thx for this reminder...


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FRACTALMYTH 12/18/2010 9:41PM

    Interesting - sort of like the manager, hey? Today my obsessive compulsive/crafty mind/body is happy and humming because she is being indulged. The fitness freak mind/body is disgruntled because nothing she has asked for is being done, and the housewife mind/body has given up in despair having looked at the mess that the crafty mind/body is leaving behind her. Meanwhile the mother mind/body is giving only cursory attention to her job and running around putting out fires as a result. Poor manager self... such a difficult job :P

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/18/2010 9:12PM

    I am That - I am!

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The 12 Days of Christmas, 5

Saturday, December 18, 2010

This one's for you DDOORN! Surely you've seen the Paul Winter Consort live, Don...and at St. John's? I had the joy of seeing them perform at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, a splendid Gothic structure. I was also on a whale-watching vessel off the coast of Maui, where Paul played with the whales!

For three decades, Paul Winter's Solstice Celebration has joined The Nutcracker and Radio City Christmas as one of New York's favorite holiday traditions. The concerts -- which are broadcast each year on 250 National Public Radio station -- have grown to become a holiday tradition in the Northeast.

Since ancient times, people have felt a calling to come together during the cold and dark December nights around Winter Solstice. In the tradition of these gatherings, the Winter Solstice Celebration is a chance to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year.

The 2010 concerts at St. John's the Divine in NYC (the world's largest Gothic Cathedral) run Dec. 16-18. If you're curious about them: The footage of this video is from the 2009 Solstice celebration. The actual winter solstice is happening this year on December 21, accompanied by a full moon and a total lunar eclipse.


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LYNNANN43 12/18/2010 11:54PM

    MAHA- You continue to broaden my horizons! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 12/18/2010 8:00PM

    I have had the DIVINE pleasure of immersing myself into the Paul Winter Consort's musical FEASTS on a couple of occasions, but would you believe not ONCE have I been to the Winter Solstice shows...! I guess December just gets carried away with itself...! Saw the show in Ithaca, NY once during the Light into Winter series...I think it was a deeply frigid night in Jan or Feb but the show had a Brasilian theme with many special guests from Brasil...outside was frigid but the State Theater was HOT HOT HOT! :-)

The other show I caught was in Oneonta, NY...with the Turkish fellow and the Tree of Life or somesuch gigantic assembly of bells, gongs and EVERYTHING a percussionist could want...!

Paul Winter has been such a wellspring of music...countless young musicians have had the pleasure of incubating with Mr. Winter and carried on his tradition of playing from the heart!


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GOANNA2 12/18/2010 5:18PM

    Beautiful. It lifted my spirit. emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/18/2010 11:53AM

    Hey there--hope you are well and full of Love!

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SUNNY332 12/18/2010 9:20AM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Have a Super Saturday.


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The 12 Days of Christmas, 4

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas in San Sebastian (northern Spain)

I just couldn't resist sharing this video -- there's just a little music...and a LOT of joy. It is an up-close-and personal glimpse of Cristina Pato, one of the artists on YoYo Ma's holiday album, Songs of Joy and Peace, who plays Panxolina, a Galician Carol. Cristina plays a type of bagpipe called the *gaita,* a national instrument from her native Galicia, Spain.

And it is, Panxolina, start-to-finish!

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LYNNANN43 12/17/2010 11:56PM

    emoticon How unusual! I loved it!

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GOANNA2 12/17/2010 6:48PM

    Thank you once again Maha.
I watched both videos and just loved them.
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WALKINGANNIE 12/17/2010 4:24PM

    Now that's different and enjoyable. Thanks for continuing to spread loveliness.

You enrich our lives with your blogs.

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SLASALLE 12/17/2010 3:48PM

    This is SO VERY COOL!!! I had bagpipes at my graduation and they just give me chills (good chills). I don't think the St. Andrews Pipes & Drums (who do the Baker University graduations) have female pipers though!!!!

Thanks! xoxoxo

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SUNNY332 12/17/2010 1:40PM

    Very, Very lovely.

I love the bagpipes and this is the first female piper I have ever hear.

Thanks so much. Sunny

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FRACTALMYTH 12/17/2010 12:19PM

    Unusual - and pretty!

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COLIBRI930 12/17/2010 10:41AM

    Lovely! Muchas gracias.

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DDOORN 12/17/2010 9:34AM

    A new one for me...! VERY NICE! Thx for the expanded musical horizon...! Love music from around the globe...!


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Feast on your LIFE!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This Christmas/WinterSolstice, how about a zero calorie feast? And what better gift could you possibly receive than YOURSELF!

"Reflections in the Entry Mirror" from the Scenes from Daily Life Series by gifted mixed media artist Marcia Joffe-Bouska who says, "My artwork is my interface with the world around me. It is how I attempt to understand the unfathomable and seek meaning in the most mundane of experience. Put succinctly, my art is my way of making sense out of life."
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The time will come
When, with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your mirror,
And each smile at the other's welcome,
And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To itself, to the stranger who has loved you
All your life, whom you ignored
For another who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
The photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

-- Derek Walcott
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Derek Alton Walcott, (born January 23, 1930) is a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

His work, which developed independently of the schools of magic realism emerging in both South America and Europe at around the time of his birth, is intensely related to the symbolism of myth and its relationship to culture. He is best known for his epic poem Omeros, an allusive, loose reworking of Homeric story and tradition into a journey within the Caribbean and beyond to Africa, New England, the American West, Canada, and London (with frequent reference to the Greek Islands).

Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959, which has produced his plays (and others) since that time, and remains active with its Board of Directors. He also founded Boston Playwrights' Theatre at Boston University in 1981 with the hope of creating a home for new plays in Boston, Massachusetts. Walcott retired from teaching poetry and drama in the Creative Writing Department at Boston University in 2007. In fall 2009, he will commence a three year distinguished scholar in residence position at University of Alberta. He continues to give readings and lectures throughout the world. He divides his time between his home in the Caribbean and New York City.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/16/2010 8:36PM

    What a lovely motto :D

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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2010 7:50PM

    Great image with a great poem: thank you!

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DDOORN 12/16/2010 4:31PM

    "Feast on your life!" LOVE IT! Will keep that like a smooth stone in my pocket to rub and remind myself where to find True Nourishment!


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SLASALLE 12/16/2010 3:27PM

    What Bisquicknut said!!!!! You DO always provide inspiration, my dear. xoxoxo

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FRANCHYS 12/16/2010 2:54PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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BISCO_ 12/16/2010 2:27PM

    Cruising your pages for inspiration.......... and as always..... you provide. Thank you.

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ABURRIS2 12/16/2010 1:19PM

    This has brought tears today. A gift. Thank you, my friend.

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The 12 Days of Christmas, 3

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From classic to jazzy with a most favorite artist, female jazz pianist-vocalist Diana Krall, a native of British Columbia and married to musician Elvin Bishop. She and her hawt trio are doing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," the title cut from her Christmas collection (she's a big hit in Europe, thus the added Portuguese translation).

A girlfriend gave me one of her CD's many years ago, thus beginning the love affair. Acquiring her DVD, Live in Paris, which is absolutely mesmerizing, made me a life-long convert to her elegant creativity.


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LYNNANN43 12/16/2010 7:20PM

    My Dad gave me Diana Krall's Christmas CD & Bette Midler's Cool Yule a few ago. LOVE them both!!!

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SLASALLE 12/16/2010 3:30PM

    OK - If this is Day 3 for you on the 12 days to Christmas, I've apparently been WAY out of the loop. I will try to pay more attention, especially because I always love your choices, whether it be poetry, prose or music!!!


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DDOORN 12/16/2010 9:00AM

    Have most of Krall's work, including the DVD...the best!


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