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Myself minus amazement....

Monday, February 28, 2011

Praise be that I can still experience wonder....



AMONG THE MULTITUDES

I am who I am.
A coincidence no less unthinkable
than any other.

I could have different
ancestors, after all.
I could have fluttered
from another nest
or crawled bescaled
from under another tree.

Nature's wardrobe
holds a fair
supply of costumes:
Spider, seagull, field mouse.
each fits perfectly right off
and is dutifully worn
into shreds.

I didn't get a choice either,
but I can't complain.
I could have been someone
much less separate.
Someone from an anthill, shoal, or buzzing swarm,
an inch of landscape tousled by the wind.

Someone much less fortunate,
bred for my fur
or Christmas dinner,
something swimming under a square of glass.

A tree rooted to the ground
as the fire draws near.

A grass blade trampled by a stampede
of incomprehensible events.

A shady type whose darkness
dazzled some.

What if I'd prompted only fear,
loathing,
or pity?

If I'd been born
in the wrong tribe
with all roads closed before me?

Fate has been kind
to me thus far.

I might never have been given
the memory of happy moments.

My yen for comparison
might have been taken away.

I might have been myself minus amazement,
that is,
someone completely different.


~ Wislawa Szymborska (now 87 years old and continuing, I'm sure, to be amazed!)
(Poems New and Collected 1957-1997,
trans. by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Among_the_Mu
ltitudes.html

  
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GIRANIMAL 3/1/2011 5:09PM

    Beautiful reminder! emoticon

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JESPAH 3/1/2011 8:33AM

    Gorgeous.

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GOANNA2 3/1/2011 4:17AM

    Thank you so much maha.
Just beautiful.
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PELESJEWEL 3/1/2011 12:51AM

    Life is amazing, we are always surrounded by spirit!

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CARRAND 2/28/2011 7:53PM

    "I might have been myself minus amazement.." I love that line. Great poem. Thank you for sharing.

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/28/2011 7:26PM

    Gracias amiga. We hope you are well. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 2/28/2011 2:22PM

    I loved that one too :D

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/28/2011 11:25AM

    thought provoking! thanks!

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KRISKECK 2/28/2011 11:03AM

    Thank you, that's lovely! I always love to see what you have to share - it brightens my day!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/28/2011 10:48AM

    beautiful!

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MISS_VIV 2/28/2011 10:37AM

    I continue to be amazed at all the wonder. And I wonder ( ? ) yes - who might I be if not myself.

Have a super week and thanks for the post.
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CLAYKEEPER 2/28/2011 9:38AM

    Very moving and deeply profound .... I, too, am amazed ! Have a fabulous week.... annette

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SUNNY332 2/28/2011 9:07AM

    If we live with an attitude of AWE and Wonder, we will always be amazed.

Do have a GREAT week.

Hugs, Sunny





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DAISY443 2/28/2011 8:53AM

    I continue to be amazed at the things that amaze me. My hope is that we continue to be amazed always!

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DDOORN 2/28/2011 8:43AM

    Thx for the beautiful share...!

Happy Monday! :-)

Don

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A Photo Story of...REVELRY!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photos from various birthday season gatherings this month, wonderful friends all:
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Brunch and movies (The King's Speech) with fellow student Sandra, her focus the MSW program at UALR.


Dinner and Wynton Marsalis and his 15-member band with Gail and Jean.

Gail may have the life most devoted to service of any person I know, and she does it all with no ego. And BTW, I could go on-and-on about how Jean does NOT let her lack of sight stop her -- oh no!!!


Gourmet dinner with Fritzie and our Guatemalan friend Victor (who looks like a bandido there -- HORRIBLE picture -- though he is truly the gentlest, sweetest, kindest soul you will ever meet!)

He speaks no English and we have become friends via Fritzie since I interviewed him for a linguistics class project last semester. I'm hoping to begin working with him to learn English, which will help me work on tutoring skills I may put to use for part-time income in the future.


Those "famous" beautiful, fragrant roses from Fritzie whose "attorney-ness" doesn't stop her from being compassionate and loving and beautiful, in fact she uses it as a platform! Oh and, BTW, Fritzie is up and running in the morning at 5:30, in training for a half-marathon!


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Potluck gathering that was TONIGHT of friends to celebrate four birthdays (including mine!):


Camille was coming from playing in THREE tennis tournaments today! Camille started the Beacon Community Prison Project, which Gail and I volunteer for.

BTW, if you look carefully you can barely see a platter of huge chocolate-covered strawberries in front of the honey jar.


We were at Gail's house, Sandra is seated.


Judy and her mom Johnye and I were totally losing it!


Beth, Jean and me, three of the BD grrls! Beth is a new-ish friend whom I've yet to get to know.


There all we BD grrls are: Leslie, Beth with puppy Brooks, Jean and moi. Leslie is an interesting study...an attorney who recently finished a PhD in mythology and trains dogs to search for cadavers!


Mom and daughter chowing down. Judy (60 yo) is a local pediatrician and Johnye (80 yo) is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at U of AR, Little Rock. Picking up PhD's wasn't exactly common in AR (or anywhere really) when she did it!

Gotta' share a segment of a phenomenal message from the card Janice, Judy's younger sister and my former housemate, sent me from Vashon Island, WA, where she now lives (in a yurt!):

"...to sincerely and joyfully honor your birth -- not merely the wondrous event of coming to exist in your current form, what we call your birthday in that miraculous and eventful play we call life, but all your births and all ways in which you are a gift. You are born each day as you wake and after each triumph and each heart break. You are born with each intake of breath and give back of yourself each time you exhale. You are a spirit born in the dawn of time bound to all that has ever lived in this world...."


The peacock feather tree print (10/30) Robert gave me, adorned with origami sent to me earlier from SIRIRADHA.

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Moving into my 69th year, it's good to know about the crack:

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God's joy moves from unmarked box to unmarked box,
from cell to cell. As rainwater, down into flowerbed.
As roses, up from ground.
Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish,
now a cliff covered with vines,
now a horse being saddled.
It hides within these,
'til one day it cracks them open.

-- Jelalludin Rumi

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ANTHEM

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

-- Leonard Cohen
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Oh...DO listen...you'll be SO glad you did!
www.youtube.com/watch?v= _e39UmEnqY8
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(I have the Live in London DVD that this is from...the entire program is as awe-inspiring as this spectacular song is)

  
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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/1/2011 10:02PM

    I am late to the party, Mahalakshmi, but send you warm hugs and blessings of joy and peace for your birthday. Happy photos and lovely memories.
Usha.

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GIRANIMAL 3/1/2011 5:16PM

    Whoa, that's the second reference to those Cohen lyrics I've come across in as many days! You can't ignore that kind of poke from the universe. I'm writing them down!

I stand in awe of your blessed, joy-filled life. So much wisdom at only 69 years young! I'm so glad you enjoyed such wonderful celebration.

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KALIGIRL 2/27/2011 9:36PM

    Wonderful photos and friends - happy birthday and many many more!

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EARTHSEAME 2/27/2011 8:52PM

    emoticon I loved seeing all the happy smiles!
Wishing the best of birthdays! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/27/2011 7:03PM

    Oh how you have saved up some wonderful treasures to share!!

It looks like you did your birthday in style with such joyous company! What a wonderful way to usher in another Piscean year! :-)

Thank you for sharing all the pics, verses and beautiful Cohen song!

Don

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RACINGSLUG 2/27/2011 6:18PM

    What a wonderful song. Ring the bells that still can ring. So glad you got to spend some time with some wonderful people. That tree print is astonishingly beautiful.

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SUNNY332 2/27/2011 4:13PM

    Did you just have a BD? I loved seeing the photos of your friends and got a tickle out of the person that said they wished you would get out more and have some fun.

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Sunny

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DARKTHOR 2/27/2011 2:29PM

    I wish you would get out and have some fun sometimes! Haha. A life filled with friends and shared experiences is a rich thing indeed.

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FRACTALMYTH 2/27/2011 1:28PM

    What beautiful happy times with friends.

Love the poems...

reminded me of this lovely treat:
http://youtu.be/hf5PnEEmO
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Happy BIRTHDAY, my friend.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 2/27/2011 1:28PM

    What wonderful celebrations of a great woman!

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EMRANA 2/27/2011 11:57AM

  You write the most beautiful blogs! Thanks for sharing your wonderful celebrations!

~ OM Shanti ~

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PELESJEWEL 2/27/2011 11:37AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday Sparkie! Thank you for sharing your birthday celebration! These pictures are of love. Family & Friends surround you because of your lightness of being & your connection to the spirit of life. Awesome stuff!

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/27/2011 11:16AM

    You BLESS!
and you are blessed.
Gracias por mas poemas para conpartir con mis alumnos.
Feliz Cumpleanos amiga!
Te amo,
Francesca



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JESPAH 2/27/2011 11:13AM

    First off - happy birthday.

Second, I adore seeing photos of people "losing it" in laughter. Honest faces. :)

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SLASALLE 2/27/2011 11:09AM

    Maha, you've done it again. Wow! This sure takes me back to see Leonard Cohen live (what a HUGE treat from Beth). He actually did not SING this song, but spoke it ... Of course, it may be that way on the video also. Beth has it ... we just need to view again.

So nice to put faces with these wonderful women you've shared with me about ...

xoxoxo

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SIRIRADHA 2/27/2011 11:06AM

    What a wonderful celebration for a wonderful person! Nice to see the birds again, and you had two of my favorite poets in there! Wish I could've been there, but it was sure nice just to visit photographically!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 2/27/2011 10:58AM

    Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day--
When you were born, do-do-do-do, emoticon
When you were born, do-do-do-do! emoticon

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CARRAND 2/27/2011 10:45AM

    Wonderful poetry! I often get inspiration from song lyrics.

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CLAYKEEPER 2/27/2011 10:12AM

    aaaah MAHA.... life is an enchantment and you my dear are ENCHANTING ! A very Happy Birthday to you ..... annette

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MAZZYR 2/27/2011 9:39AM

    Lovely *Photo Story.*
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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2011 8:21AM

    You are such an interesting person so not a surprise that you know such interesting people!! Of course the Leonard Cohen you've quoted (he's a Canajun, eh?) is one of my very faves!!

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BECOMINGONE 2/27/2011 7:58AM

    Love it! Honored to be a part of your birthday celebrations (even if I fell asleep after I begged you to stay). :-)

Love,
Sandra

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DAISY443 2/27/2011 4:32AM

    No wonder you haven't had time to blog lately! Too busy partying! Party on with your beautiful friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/27/2011 2:12AM

    You are radiant!

Happy birthday!

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GOANNA2 2/27/2011 1:19AM

    What a great time you will all have.
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JUSTBIRDY 2/27/2011 12:39AM

    What a great time! happy birthday to all

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A picture's worth a thousand...CHEWS!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius

Couldn't resist sharing Artist Ben Wilson's novel approach, thanks to my favorite video source, KarmaTube!


Chewing Gum Art (from the Heart)


Check out the three-minute video. It will bring a smile to your face (and your heart):

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2165


  
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PENNYAN45 2/24/2011 11:34AM

    Extraordinary! What a unique approach!

You are a genius in discovering and appreciating novel yet positive perspectives of the world.

Thanks for sharing them with us.

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DARKTHOR 2/23/2011 10:22AM

    Maha, thank you for sharing this. My eye would never have found the potential for beauty in discarded gum and I am appreciative and a little humbled by what this person has done.

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SIRIRADHA 2/21/2011 2:52PM

    This is so great! Just shared a link to your blog on facebook.
Wonder what kind of paint he's using.

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ALEXANDRA64 2/20/2011 7:47AM

    Kind of leaves me thinking of ways I can improve my own environment. Hmmmm.... Today is "clean, laundry, organize" day for myself but maybe, this week, I can offer someone else to help with their chores. Thanks for posting, definitely food for thought!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/19/2011 10:20PM

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WALKINGANNIE 2/19/2011 3:50PM

    I'm so glad that I was able to stop by. This is so original - just like you!

It's great to get a dose of Spark inspiration and I hope I'll be able to be here more often again.

Your blogs make my world a better place.

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JESPAH 2/19/2011 9:54AM

    How wacky. Beauty is everywhere, eh?

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WATERMELLEN 2/18/2011 9:15PM

    This is fun -- kinda gum in cheek???

(Find I'm chewing a LOT of gum these days myself, actually -- !!)

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GOANNA2 2/18/2011 6:20PM

    Amazing Maha, thanks for sharing.

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SLASALLE 2/18/2011 1:28PM

    My dear friend, Maha - I ALWAYS go searching for your blogs (I suppose I should just subscribe to them!!) because I always end up with a smile, some new perspective, and something learned!!

You ROCK (or should I say you CHEW!!!). :-) OK, that was kinda silly, I admit it, but it just came out!!!

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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_RAMONA 2/18/2011 11:46AM

    Maha! This was GREAT!

What struck me was his comment, "not making too many judgements about it, just working with it...."

It was a HUGE turnabout in my life when I realized that in any given situation I could suspend judgement, and that when I did, suddenly I had possibilities rather than 'problems'.

You see, I grew up with judgements... harsh, critical, damning, spirit-crushing, heart-wearying judgements. They were a mountainous burden on my back that I carried through life. And I learned to be good at making 'judgements'... a misguided attempt to maintain order and make sense of my world.

All the peace and joy I've had in my life this past year comes directly from "not making too many judgements about it, just working with it...." I'm off to do more of the same. Funnily enough... I now realize it's also how I respond to my DD...


THANK YOU, dear Lady!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

P.S. Carrying you in my heart and prayers... and as I, too, sit in shadows, I picture you beside me...

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/18/2011 11:40AM

    wow, that's fascinating

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CLAYKEEPER 2/18/2011 11:24AM

    Why didn't I think of this ? It fits my personality perfectly... how creative ! Love you MaHa....

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SUNNY332 2/18/2011 11:13AM

    How great is this. Just when you think you have seen it all.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Sunny

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BHSUZYCUE 2/18/2011 11:03AM

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GREENCAT1 2/18/2011 10:58AM

    I love Karmatube to! Beautiful!

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DAISY443 2/18/2011 10:34AM

    Absolutely astounding! What talent! He may actually be encouraging people to spit their gum on the sidewalk, so they can enjoy his art!

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KENDALL7261 2/18/2011 10:14AM

    Interesting. Who'd ever imagine making something out of discarded bubblegum!
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Speaking of spaciousness....

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I had an out-of-control day yesterday. Cabin fever brought on dysfunctional behavior: non-stop eating and NO exercise. I decided to take a bath last night to psychically release some of the emotional toxins that were eating away at me. I was reading Pema Chodron while I soaked in the hot steamy water with lavender salts. Besides speaking to my situation, the reading was SO attuned to yesterday's blog on spaciousness and I'm really happy to share it as an addendum to "To the spaces in between."



THOROUGHLY PROCESSED
(Chapter 87)

"Understanding how our emotions have the power to run us around in circles helps us discover how we increase our pain, how we increase our confusion, how we cause harm to ourselves. Because we have basic goodness, basic wisdom, basic intelligence, we can stop harming ourselves and harming others.

"Because of mindfulness, we see things when they arise. Because of our understanding, we don't buy into the chain reaction that makes things grow from minute to expansive -- we leave things minute. They don't keep expanding into World War III or domestic violence (or self-violence).

NOTE TO SELF:
"It all comes through learning to pause for just a moment and not doing the same thing again and again out of impulse. Simply to pause instead of immediately filling up the space transforms us. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness.

"The result is that we cease to cause harm. We begin to know ourselves thoroughly and to respect ourselves and others. Anything can come up, anything can walk into our house. We can find a dinosaur sitting on our living room couch, and we don't freak out. We have been thoroughly processed by coming to know ourselves with honest, gentle mindfulness."

-- from COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion




  
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PUDLECRAZY 2/24/2011 9:12PM

    Pima always brings me back to center.

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SIRIRADHA 2/21/2011 2:57PM

    I did the very same thing you did, except for the reading, yesterday! I was thinking, this morning, that the next time I feel myself slipping into a killer binge it might be a good time to do some chanting.

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MARCHMAID 2/19/2011 9:35AM

    Pause. Yes.

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JESPAH 2/18/2011 8:13AM

    Pay attention and calm down -- two things that so many of us forget to do, so often.

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DOR2BFIT 2/15/2011 7:53AM

    So very true. A great reminder to pay attention.

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EOSTAR_45 2/13/2011 8:28PM

    Wow! "Understanding how emotions have the power to run us around in circles..." Did I so need to hear this this week feeling as I was! It's crazy how one hopeless thought begets another and another and another ad nauseum.

We must pause, be aware, break that vicious cycle. And do it again and again as often as necessary--May we remember that.

peace

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FRACTALMYTH 2/12/2011 2:13PM

    I've been reading the Kabat-Zinn's book "Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting" - with much the same advice... it is so hard to pause and SEE when you are in the thick of it, to interrupt the pre-programmed train of responses that railroad you and everyone around you into a hurtling mess... I am drawing comfort from this quote (from above mentioned book) "The one thing we know we can always do, even in moments of darkness and despair that show us we don't know anything, is to begin again, fresh, right in that moment." And again, and again, and againandagainandagain. But it's not how often you fall, it's whether you keep on getting up and coming back for more right? As for the nutrition tracker... you betcha you should! Mindfulness here we come!

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VEEJAY3 2/12/2011 11:35AM

    Oh my, petal! I am copying this to my desktop so I can refer to it often. How many times do I let myself get caught up in the circular (and so painful!) brain loop??? I breathe and tell myself "THIS moment? THIS particular second? All is perfectly well here. Just string these particular seconds together instead of projecting." But Pema Chodron puts it much more poetically.

I'm so grateful you bring these precious things to my attention.

You're a treasure. Beyond measure.

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OMELYN 2/11/2011 9:45AM

    Hi Maha,
Came upon you through Ramona. Lovely, important thoughts.

Thank you for sharing, and so well.

A lavendar bath sounds so good right about now.

Lynn

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SUNNY332 2/11/2011 9:41AM

    This Moment is a gift just as today is and staying focused in the moment allows me to enjoy the gift. If I am busy in yesterday or worried about what may come tomorrow, I am missing out on the gift of today.

Do have a very Blessed Day.

Hugs, Sunny

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_RAMONA 2/11/2011 4:00AM

    "Because of mindfulness, we see things when they arise. Because of our understanding, we don't buy into the chain reaction that makes things grow from minute to expansive -- we leave things minute." "Simply to pause instead of immediately filling up the space transforms us. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness." AMEN.

People keep asking me how I'm managing to get through 'this' (brain injury, flood, illness) without going a little crazy. This is how. I'm learning to let things be minute until they aren't... and I'm finding that the expansiveness of my JOY is proportionate to my ability to keep challenges minute. And it's amazng how satiating joy is to all conditions.

Thanks for another wonder-FULL moment, Maha.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 2/10/2011 9:47PM

    Sigh. Days like that leave me marveling. We can do the same stuff over and over again (or eat the same stuff over and over again) and where is the pause when we need it? Sometimes no reason, no consciousness, no faith can stop the madness. Nothing but grace to find the pause.

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CARRAND 2/10/2011 9:07PM

    You are always interesting!

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2011 8:20PM

    You found the perfect way to pause: good for you!

And: just look at the wisdom and compassion in that face . . .

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COLIBRI930 2/10/2011 8:11PM

    Very nice! Thank you. I'm a fan of Pema Chodron. This piece perfectly described what I needed to hear this week in particular.


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JLWOF1 2/10/2011 7:34PM

    I learn something new from you every day! Thank you so much!

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ABURRIS2 2/10/2011 7:07PM

    A timely message for me. Thank you. Plus, I LOVE her face. Gets me every time. Thanks for that too!

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CLAYKEEPER 2/10/2011 6:03PM

    What a deceptively simple statement..."Do no harm"....

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DDOORN 2/10/2011 4:46PM

    More wisdom...many thx, 'Maha...I'm sure you'll be bouncing back in no time from your tough day yesterday...!

Don

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GOANNA2 2/10/2011 4:45PM

    I aghree with Shae777 about the book being a must read.
thank you for the great blog once again Maha.
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DAISY443 2/10/2011 3:21PM

    I was mindful of your blogs while doing yoga today and was able to put the fact that Daisy dog was licking my fingers, running in circles around me and bringing a toy for me to throw apart from the peacefulness I was feeling from the yoga! Sometime it is really hard, though!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/10/2011 3:10PM

    I am going to buy this book! Thank yoU!

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SHAE777 2/10/2011 2:57PM

  Love this! Thanks for sharing! That book definitely sounds like a must-read...

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To the spaces in between....

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Spiritual teachers speak of the "gap" during meditation practice, the place between the in-breath and the out-breath, as the point at which no-thought can move us toward deep stillness and take us further on the journey toward At-ONE-ment. This pristine piece speaks so eloquently of that important juncture and, you know me, I just HAD to share it...

And OF COURSE the balance that can begin on the cushion, that is created by "fuel, and absence of the fuel together, that make fire possible" as Don's and Annette's comments indicate, guide us in every other part of living it out as well!

And once again, bowing in gratitude to Joe Riley, who selects and sends on these exquisite works each weekday via my Panhala subscription.

FIRE

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.
A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

~ Judy Brown ~
(Leading from Within, ed. by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner) www.panhala.net/Archive/Fire.html

  
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ROBINSNEWNEST 2/13/2011 7:32PM

    Thank you for paying attention (being at-one) with the spaces in between... for sharing insights... for the spark in you...

R.

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JESPAH 2/13/2011 9:28AM

    I have a web design book called "White Space is not your enemy" and I love the design idea that there is a real value to just being quiet or just white or black and not having a message in some places, as an offset to where you do have messages and buttons and the like.

And that, I think, works here as well. The gap is a part of the whole thing. That space is vital.

As they say on the MBTA, mind the gap. :)

Row a lil less, love.

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FRECKS96 2/10/2011 6:02PM

    Thank You!!

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CARRAND 2/9/2011 9:45PM

    That's a wonderful thought.

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KAKIPOPUP 2/9/2011 6:47PM

    Kahlil Gibran had a piece about spaces in your togetherness...space is essential because without it we could not discern form -

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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2011 5:28PM

    Spaces: yup!! Absolutely necessary pretty much in all things!!

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VEEJAY3 2/9/2011 5:16PM

    Well, Maha, you will never believe this ... what am I saying? Of COURSE you will believe this.

I just sent you a goodie BEFORE I read this blog. Go check it out. We are riding some cosmic extrasensory communication train, woman. Our wavelengths are wavin' to each other.

Seriously. I can't stop laughing.

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CINDYC53 2/9/2011 5:07PM

    Really lovely & meaningful. Thank you, always, for sharing!
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GOANNA2 2/9/2011 4:23PM

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_RAMONA 2/9/2011 2:59PM

    So MANY things running through my head...

...when the student is ready, the teacher will come.

...cry out in all sincerity, and the universe will answer.

Well, okay, only a couple I can actually articulate (I'm beginning to recognise the 'noise' in my head as 'no-thought' and my atonement in the past year is now moving steadily into a place of at-ONE-ment... I know my fifth decade on earth will be lived in that place of "fuel, and absence of the fuel together, that make fire possible").

Maha, you are a blessing to me, right now, in ways I could not have even anticipated. You ARE, for me, the embodiment of "how very important it is to sometimes just get out of the way, and allow life to give you more than you would think to ask for."

How will I ever thank you?

Namaste (bowing deeply with unfettered gratitude).
{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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GREENCAT1 2/9/2011 12:32PM

    Beautiful - ahhhh!

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SLASALLE 2/9/2011 11:54AM

    Being somebody who LOVES to play in the fireplace and while not doing it daily, also enjoys meditation, I totally get this concept.

This piece speaking eloquently on this topic is most definitely right!!!

As always, thanks for sharing.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/9/2011 11:28AM

    Thanks!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/9/2011 10:54AM

    oooh my goodness I adore this!

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SUNNY332 2/9/2011 10:37AM

    What a great link - loved it and also signed up for updates.

This poem and the music were just what I needed this morning on this very cold day in Missouri.

Take care and do have a wonderful Wednesday.

Sunny

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DOR2BFIT 2/9/2011 10:17AM

    I like this- I believe in this space as a teacher too- when I'm asking open ended questions, it's important to leave room for a bit of space for processing. emoticon emoticon

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DAISY443 2/9/2011 10:04AM

    Now, you've done it! I also subscribed, so I have read this wonderful poem, but had not made the connection to yoga. When I do my yoga, I will feel connected to this analogy.

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CLAYKEEPER 2/9/2011 10:02AM

    I love this... you can get into quite a lovely meditation with focus on 'space'... isn't it how we create music ? art ? Thank you for the reminder !
.... in peace, annette

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DDOORN 2/9/2011 9:53AM

    What a wonderful way to describe the balance we're all striving for...! Talk about cultivating, savoring our SPARK! :-)

Don

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