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Friday, December 31, 2010

I've always loved this R&B classic, Wake Up Everybody, and used to listen incessantly to the original rendition from 1975 with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, featuring Teddy Pendergrass as lead singer (swoon).

KarmaTube, my favorite repository of inspiring online videos has done it again, showcasing this terrific 2010 remake of the classic song with John Legend & The Roots.


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...and the message is every bit as relevant today as it was in 1975:

(Original lyrics by Carstarphen, McFadden, and Whitehead, update by John Legend)

Wake up everybody
No more sleepin' in bed
No more backward thinkin'
Time for thinkin' ahead

The world has changed
So very much
From what it used to be
There is so much hatred
War and poverty, whoa, oh

Wake up, all the teachers
Time to teach a new way
Maybe then they'll listen
To what'cha have to say

'Cause they're the ones who's coming up
And the world is in their hands
When you teach the children
Teach 'em the very best you can

The world won't get no better
If we just let it be, na, na, na
The world won't get no better
We gotta change it, yeah
Just you and me

Wake up, all the doctors
Make the old people well
They're the ones who suffer
And who catch all the hell

But they don't have so very long
Before the Judgment Day
So wont'cha make them happy
Before they pass away

Wake up, all the builders
Time to build a new land
I know we can do it
If we all lend a hand

The only thing we have to do
Is put it in our mind
Surely things will work out
They do it every time

The world won't get no better
If we just let it be, na, na, na
The world won't get no better
We gotta change it, yeah
Just you and me

It's the god hour
The morning I wake up
Just for the breath of life I thank my maker
My mom say I come from hustlers and shakers
My mom built it on skyscrapers and acres
He said take us back to where we belong
I try to write a song
As sweet as these arms the one the type to bare arms
And wear my heart on my sleeve
Even when I fell in God I believe
Read the days that weave through the maze
The seasons so amazing
Feed them and raised them
Seasons are aging
Earthquakes, wars, and rumors
I want us to get by but
We're more than consumers
We more than shooters, more than looters
Created in this image so God live through us
And even in this generation, living through computers
Only love love love can reboot u

Wake up, everybody
Wake up, everybody
Need a little help, y'all
Yes I do, need a little help

Need a little help, y'all ay
Wake up everybody
Wake up everybody
Wake up everybody
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes:

John Legend:

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/31/2010 10:20PM

    Happy New Year to you!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/31/2010 5:26PM

    I liked that! Good one, girlfriend!

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LOPEYP 12/31/2010 3:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Interesting website.

Happy New Year! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/31/2010 2:25PM

    Here's to waking up!
Happy New Year!

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SLASALLE 12/31/2010 2:18PM

    So tell me, my dear Maha - what kind of music do you NOT like? You are so very well-rounded with your tastes!!

Thanks for sharing. Got any big plans tonight? Looks like Beth will be in the hospital for another 1-2 days while they figure out why her liver enzymes are so elevated. At this point, we are suspecting a new medication she started 2 weeks ago.

Happy New Year!!!


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SHEENADEE 12/31/2010 2:11PM


Thanks for sharing!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 12/31/2010 2:07PM

    Thank you for an awesome post! I think it's even more timely today than it was "way back when"! I just love some of the songs that we enjoyed "growing up"! In fact, I'm listening to Simon & Garfunkel as I write this, The Boxer. Good stuff!

I believe that 2011 will be a year of many changes in our world, hopefully offering so much more love and compassion to fellow humans who are suffering and in such desparate need all over this crazy world.

Happy New Year, Maha, and may the new year bring you many blessings and much joy.

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CARRAND 12/31/2010 1:49PM

    Great lyrics, and still so relevant. Too many people complain, but never try to fix anything. We can't fix all the world's problems, but we can start with ourselves.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/31/2010 12:50PM


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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/31/2010 12:36PM

    I haven't heard this before, it's great! I will be sharing it.

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CLAYKEEPER 12/31/2010 12:31PM

    Let's end this year thinking of others and start again tomorrow, thinking and doing for others.... it just takes one little thing each and every day. The entire world benefits from every act of kindness..... Thank you for such meaningful posts MAHA ! Happy 2011, annette

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HARISHABAD 12/31/2010 12:28PM

    Yup, if only...we can dream.

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/31/2010 12:15PM

    Love this song, both versions! John Legend & The Roots latest is one of my favorites of the year and possibly EVER. Full of awesome, inspirational music.

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MISS_VIV 12/31/2010 12:04PM

    Love it. Thanks so much Maha for this lovely post.
Happy new year, sweet sister.

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DAISY443 12/31/2010 12:01PM

    I think we all need a wake up call! Thanks for the reminder!

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BUCKO_BUCKO123 12/31/2010 11:54AM

  wake up indeed!

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MAKING IT HAPPEN: Week 5 -- 6 days until 2011

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Well, I only got in 2/7 days of strength training done and 4/7 days of cardio done last week. In spite of messing up on exercise, I finished the fourth week of the challenge yesterday 1.3 pounds down, at 140.9. I began the challenge at 145. With caution I continue to be encouraged. I'm once again back into the 140's --
I must remember and consistently practice my WOW Formula:
Consistent Movement + Conscious Eating = Whee! Optimal Wellness

Some musings at this point in the challenge --

@ I continue to find the postponing of SparkTime ACTION challenge difficult and have had varying success with cutting back.

@ I somehow feel like there's a tie-in between my ACTION to "BE HERE NOW" and lightening up on computer time, but I can't quite articulate it yet.

@ I have been very consistent about my ACTION to use the trackers, particularly the Nutrition Tracker, and this is the definitive reason, I'm convinced, why the scale is moving in the right direction.

@ I'm frustrated about my lack of consistency in exercise, both cardio and strength training, particularly because I'm deeply aware of its tie-in to my over-all good health, not to mention reaching my goal weight.

@ Like other Sparkers, the cold weather is daunting for me. If I can't jump on my Trek (bicycle), my options are the fitness center that I belong to (about a 15-minute drive) or use one of my cardio DVD's. I have no exercise machines in my mini-space. My primary goal is to continue to work on better exercise habits this week.

Here again then is my end-of-year challenge to build habits that will last. By December 31, 2010 I will~~

~ do daily sadhana (spiritual practice)
~ do cardio minimum of 5X/wk. and strength training minimum of 3X/wk. and track my exercise
~ eat more consciously and track my food
~ moving toward my goal weight of 128 pounds


6 DAYS, Sun Dec 26

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ Strength training -- DONE
~ 175 sit-ups -- DONE
~ 40 minutes bicycle ride -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

~ 5 DAYS, Mon Dec 27

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, Kathy Smith DVD, cardio -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

4 DAYS, Tues Dec 28

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ Strength training -- DONE
~ 175 sit-ups -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

3 DAYS, Wed Dec 29

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, Kathy Smith DVD, cardio -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

2 DAYS, Thurs Dec 30

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 30 minutes of ARC interval cardio -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

1 DAYS, Fri Dec 31

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Strength training -- DONE
~ 175 sit-ups -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

Sat January 1, 2011, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. --Frank Loyd Wright

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STILLPOINT 12/31/2010 12:09PM

    Love your formula and your plan, Maha. Congratulations, you are doing wonderfully!

Blessings to you for the New Year,

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ROBINSNEWNEST 12/30/2010 7:24PM

    OK, amazing friend, I'm noting your formula, posting it on the fridge (I'm remedial, ya know?!) and intend to remain conscious of your astute findings now and in the New Year... emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 12/28/2010 5:56PM

    Well done :D Great work my awesome friend!

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SLASALLE 12/28/2010 11:22AM

    This is a BIG WOOOOO HOOOO coming your way!!

I have to ask - how do you manage 175 situps? Do you split them out during the day, or gruel through that many in one sitting?? Did you work up to that many?

I've considered adding jumping rope to my fitness routine. I thought of you as maybe it is something you could do in limited space?? I got one as a birthday gift from Beth (by request) and have yet to put it to use, but that is common for me - delayed use of everything, including reading and movies!!

Keep up the great work!!! You ROCK!! xoxoxo

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/28/2010 10:15AM

    Eres mujer fenomenal amiga! Keep it up emoticon Francesca

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WATERMELLEN 12/27/2010 6:45PM

    WOW indeed! You're doing great!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/27/2010 6:25PM

    Your WOW formula is wonderful and clearly it is working.

Battle right on into 2011!


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SWEETSEASON 12/26/2010 9:19PM

  Whoo hoo! Congrats on getting down to 140 and good job on the challenge!!What a fun way to keep up with your exercise and nutritional streak. LOVE your WOW Formula - I completely agree...I am going to add WOW Formulat to my favorite quotes on my page ofcourse with reference to you.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/26/2010 2:01PM

    Excellent...I firmly believe in tracking my food and building consistency in exercise too! I also struggle with the exercise part of the equation.

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CLAYKEEPER 12/26/2010 1:38PM

    YOU are awesome.... my exercise today was shoveling the snow from my driveway, and it felt GREAT ! jUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON..... emoticon

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HARISHABAD 12/26/2010 1:21PM

    Go for it!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/26/2010 12:12PM

    you are awesome! and congrats!

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EOSTAR_45 12/26/2010 11:54AM

    emoticon on being back in the 140s. That is indeed a good achievement Maha.

I have been impressed with your attention and accountability during your end of the year challenge. You ARE on the right track. Tis true weather is challenging--I like exercising outdoors best too--but hopefully you are able to grab maybe smaller chunks of time and get out there. Trying to find ways to do just this, I have decided to run any errand that is within a mile radius (20 minute walk one way) on foot

Best wishes,

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CARRAND 12/26/2010 11:45AM

    175 sit ups? That is worth a WOW!

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BARRONVC 12/26/2010 11:37AM

    The Winter can really bite into ones cycling. You can adapt. The tracker is your meter to the future, your close and on track. You have been honest with yourself and just need to find the correct balance to tune it all in.

Hey, I'm there with you, fighting for every ounce. 2010 was a very good year for change and I'll finish the job in 2011. I added so much muscle and dumped so much fat, I'm close to being a person. Wow, you hit that 140! Keep the focus and best to you.

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SLASALLE 12/26/2010 11:22AM

    Remember, my dear friend, you are NOT ALONE in your struggles for consistency. I TOTALLY AGREE that tracking your food is key, at least for now. Once you learn all you need from that, it's quite possible that the quick track tool might help you down the road.

I LIVE by the 80/20 rule - both in eating and exercising. Of course, that would mean consistently working out 5.6 days of the week - and that does NOT always happen for me. Again, you're not alone.

You ARE amazing!!! xoxoxo

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The 12th Day of Christmas

Saturday, December 25, 2010



Today I leave you with Yo Yo Ma (and other exotic instrumentation) accompanying Alison Krauss singing a stunningly beautiful version of The Wexford Carol, a beloved traditional Irish Christmas carol. The lyrics date back to the 12th century.

The Wexford Carol

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born

The night before that happy tide
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox's stall

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 12/30/2010 7:21PM


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DOR2BFIT 12/26/2010 10:45PM

    Wow- that is beautiful, thank you again for your beautiful selections especially for us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/26/2010 9:05AM

    Enjoyed listening this morning! Calming and hopeful. Hope your holidays have been refreshing!

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TKADEEPBREATH 12/25/2010 11:30PM

    Perfect . .. .thank you

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/25/2010 11:30PM

    another beautiful piece!

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LYNNANN43 12/25/2010 11:09PM

    What a hauntingly, beautiful melody to end my Christmas Day with.

Thank you, once again, Maha!

Merry Christmas & Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

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ALASKASKY 12/25/2010 1:24PM

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MISS_VIV 12/25/2010 10:57AM

    Merry Christmas -and thank you for this beautiful treasure.

"The bells of Christmas will ring for us again
When we truly do believe what Christmas really means . . .So light a candle that every man may see the world of hope and promise
like the one we knew way back when
And we'll ring the bells of Christmas once again"
Kenny Loggins - The Bells of Christmas


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CLAYKEEPER 12/25/2010 9:44AM

    What a lovely way to start Christmas morn ! Hugs, annette

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SUNNY332 12/25/2010 9:34AM

    It is indeed a Day of Celebration and this is perfect.

God Bless you.

Hugs, Sunny

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...not great things, but small things with great love!

Friday, December 24, 2010

We can do no great things
Only small things
With great love
-- Mother Teresa

Karma Tube does it again: The Dalai Lama once said that the most generous act there is, compassion, is actually a selfish act: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

What does generosity mean to you? Why do you give? What can you give? Here are some thoughts from a group of volunteers for CharityFocus, an organization that focuses on the practice of selfless generosity and small acts of kindness. How would you answer these questions for yourself?

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PJSHOCKLEY 1/1/2011 2:28PM

  Beautiful words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing. Happy new year!

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2010 5:28PM

    Love this -- as always. Your series has made me think. Love that too!!

Doing small things (especially the small things you don't want to do but others need you to do) with great love, rather than aggrievedly and grudgingly, is in fact a great thing. And it's so often the hardest thing of all because taken for granted, not considered to be so great and not bathed in the spotlight of universal approbation!! Or maybe any approbation at all!! So much easier to do the big splashy thing . . .

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MOOKBALL 12/24/2010 1:17PM

    Despite the Hunger by Alice Walker

Despite the hunger all that we can possess is this: Peace in a garden of our own.

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CLAYKEEPER 12/24/2010 12:33PM

    MAHA... I am so thankful to have found YOU this year.... Blessings and wishes for every abundance !

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/24/2010 12:11PM

    Thanks for this! Giving can be selfish, because it makes you feel good (or you think it makes you look good) but for me it's the proper kind of selfish and I need it to survive.

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SLASALLE 12/24/2010 10:14AM

    Maha - You have no idea what you just did to my day!! (It's a good thing). Like Sandra, I so very much appreciate your friendship and wealth of sharing ... xoxoxo

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BECOMINGONE 12/24/2010 10:05AM

    You have a wonderful gift for sharing wisdom from so many traditions ... and connecting people from so many places ... Thank you for being my friend.


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CARRAND 12/24/2010 10:00AM

    You are so generous to pass along these wonderful thoughts. I agree that practicing compassion leads to happiness. True forgiveness is a wonderful thing, too.

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SUNNY332 12/24/2010 9:57AM

    Awesome! We all can "Be the Change". It is the small things done with GREAT love - for sure.

Merry Christmas to you and to you, a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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The 12 Days of Christmas, 11

Friday, December 24, 2010

Notre Dame Cathedral

Though they were not as angelic as these Monks of the Abbey of Montserrat which I share with you on this Christmas eve, they still remind me of the High Mass I used to attend every year as a child with my mom on Christmas eve at midnight -- with the incense, the chanting the Latin mass. Precious memories.


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MOOKBALL 12/24/2010 1:13PM

    Isn't it funny how we experience "religion." inscense, sore knees , music, light streaming through stained glass windows. Isn't is different how we practice "religion, " a helping hand, a smile, a kind word, a loving heart that does not discriminate but recognizes the inherent worth of each person.

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MISS_VIV 12/24/2010 10:49AM

    Loving memories. This resonates with me today as I too recall my early childhood and the masses and the incense. The music and the sore knees.

Much love

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