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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Tenerife, Easter Islands

A SUSPENDED BLUE OCEAN

The sky
Is a suspended blue ocean.
The stars are the fish
That swim.

The planets are the white whales
I sometimes hitch a ride on,

And the sun and all light
Have forever fused themselves

Into my heart and upon
My skin.

There is only one rule
On this Wild Playground,

For every sign Hafiz has ever seen
Reads the same.

They all say,

"Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,
In the Beloved's Divine
Game,

O, in the Beloved's
Wonderful Game."

~ Hafiz ~
(The Subject Tonight Is Love -- versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky) www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html

  
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SLASALLE 4/15/2011 2:38PM

    Now how did I miss this one??? Think I've been a bit busy? Time to slow down and do some more reading!!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/13/2011 7:56PM

    Palabras hermosas shared by una mujer hermosa. emoticon

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DARKTHOR 4/13/2011 5:08PM

    Loved it.

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CARRAND 4/12/2011 9:39PM

    Lovely.

Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,
In the Beloved's Divine
Game,

I always try to have fun.

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 4/12/2011 9:34PM

    Beautiful.

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GOANNA2 4/12/2011 5:53PM

    Thanks for sharing Maha. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/12/2011 2:12PM

    Fun indeed! The universe is in a vast conspiracy to shower blessings upon us!!

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DDOORN 4/12/2011 1:23PM

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHEtCh7fMzM


www.youtube.com/watch?v
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This poem brought a lovely Chick Corea / Flora Purim song to mind...

Enjoy! :-)

Don

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EMRANA 4/12/2011 12:35PM

  I always love Hafiz. Hadn't seen this one before ~ thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day, Maha!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/12/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon I came, I saw, I had fun!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/12/2011 11:19AM

    oh that is pretty!

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PEACEFULONE 4/12/2011 10:37AM

    Fabulous poem! Thank you for sharing dear Maha! Just the encouragement I needed to tackle the day with a smile.
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May your day be overflowing with joy and fun!

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JLWOF1 4/12/2011 9:32AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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DAISY443 4/12/2011 8:39AM

    Have fun, indeed, my dear Spark friend! Live, laugh, enjoy!

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The Gift -- take it, it's yours

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Words...naw. Just slowly take Stafford in, as you would a fine wine.



The Gift

Time wants to show you a different country. It's the one
that your life conceals, the one waiting outside
when curtains are drawn, the one Grandmother hinted at
in her crochet design, the one almost found
over at the edge of the music, after the sermon.

It's the way life is, and you have it, a few years given.
You get killed now and then, violated
in various ways. (And sometimes it's turn about.)
You get tired of that. Long-suffering, you wait
and pray, and maybe good things come - maybe
the hurt slackens and you hardly feel it any more.
You have a breath without pain. It is called happiness.

It's a balance, the taking and passing along,
the composting of where you've been and how people
and weather treated you. It's a country where
you already are, bringing where you have been.
Time offers this gift in its millions of ways,
turning the world, moving the air, calling,
every morning, "Here, take it, it's yours."

~ William Stafford ~
(The Way It Is)
www.panhala.net/Archive/The_Gift.htm
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www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/224

What does this have to do with wellness and SparkPeople? EVERYTHING!

  
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CLAYKEEPER 4/19/2011 10:54AM

    Oh... I just love this !

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CORPUSANNIE 4/11/2011 5:04PM

    Put my head just where it needed to be. Love ya as usual, my friend n inspiration!
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DMPRIDER 4/9/2011 11:10PM

    Beautiful. Thank you.

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EARTHSEAME 4/8/2011 4:52PM

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Oh, yes, William.

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SUNNY332 4/8/2011 2:54PM

    I'd say it does.

Thanks for a very good post.

Sunny

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JESPAH 4/8/2011 8:10AM

    Forgive me, dolling, but I saw the title and I thought of this song immediately: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEfV
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JUSTBIRDY 4/8/2011 1:12AM

    thanks!

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EVWINGS 4/7/2011 6:12PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so loving his wordsmithing. emoticon

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NONIE_C 4/7/2011 12:41AM

    And what a gift it is!!!
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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/7/2011 12:29AM

    This poem made me feel so thankful for health and wellbeing, Mahalakshmi. emoticon
Usha xx

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CARRAND 4/6/2011 8:57PM

    Great stuff!

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STLRZGRRL 4/6/2011 8:20PM

    OMG!

YOU beat me to it, Woman!

I'm gettin' there... I'm GETTIN' there... let me have some fun with mah little pinprick o' illumination I'm ambling towards...

I LOVE this, btw...

and you, too, but you know that...
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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2011 8:15PM

    "The composting of where you've been and how people
and weather treated you": yeah, at my age I can relate to that. Sometimes say that being a parent is pretty much being the compost in which the new generation can flourish!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/6/2011 8:03PM

    emoticon I'll take it!

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SLASALLE 4/6/2011 7:00PM

    Here you go again!!! But that's a GOOD THING!!! :-) Another poet I am unfamiliar with, until now (and you), of course!

As always, thanks for sharing!

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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GOANNA2 4/6/2011 5:07PM

    Wonderful words. Thank you. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 4/6/2011 12:50PM

    His words weave a rich tapestry of images - all representing what makes up our lives and what we bring with us to each precious day that is given to us.
Truly beautiful!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/6/2011 10:59AM

    absolutely beautiful

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SUCHAHOOT 4/6/2011 9:37AM

    Very timely. I hope you are well and enjoying this sunshine. Knowing you, I can be certain of it!

Happy Day to you!

"Time offers this gift in its millions of ways,
turning the world, moving the air, calling,
every morning, "Here, take it, it's yours." " Beautiful.


As always, thank you for taking the time to share this.

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MISS_VIV 4/6/2011 9:14AM

    MAHA, you always find the ones that ring the bells, set off the alarm and bring us to our senses.

Wonderful

Big hugs
Vivian

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EMRANA 4/6/2011 9:07AM

  OOH I love that ~ composting of where you've been. Not the end of anything, but the energy evolving into something new.

MWAH

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DDOORN 4/6/2011 8:51AM

    Wonderful thoughts...often I struggle, feeling that I'm not using the gift of my time wisely enough...

Don

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Cardio and stretching with photos

Sunday, April 03, 2011

My preferred cardio is bicycling (oh! that I could regularly achieve five days of one hour of cycling each-and-every week) and my preferred stretching is hatha yoga (my goal is at least a 1/2-hr. daily practice). The third piece of the *movement* equation is strength training, which I'm inconsistent about and need to add lower body strength training to, for a total of 40 minutes, three times per week. I'm planning to transition from free weights to resistance band strength-training in light of my summer trip to South America.

I got a friend to snap a couple of photos sporting my new Specialized helmet, to which I added a VERY useful clip-on mirror.

CYCLING







YOGA

Besides my home practice, I have taken classes since 1998 at Cedar Rock Yoga with Anne, who has been an Iyengar-certified instructor since 1991. Having taken yoga from many different instructors of many different traditions, I can say with certainty that Anne is a gifted teacher. Teacher-trainee Sharon, who also teaches at the studio, exhibits great promise as a teacher and is working toward certification.

I must say that "stretching" is the least of the benefits of a regular yoga practice! This is excerpted from Anne's website about Iyengar yoga:

"The poses are designed to affect every part of the body. Every part is stimulated for promoting better circulation, which is the key to improving the immune system. When our bodies are physically stronger, it is reflected mentally and emotionally. When we are more flexible, not only can we move better, but our mental attitudes are also more flexible. Yoga helps bring this balance with strength and flexibility.

"A knowledge of anatomy and kinetics is important when doing yoga, especially when it is for therapeutic purposes, to aid in healing and to help prevent injuries. Maintaining the proper alignment of the spine and joints is critical for the health of the spinal cord, discs and nervous system, and the integrity of the joints and surrounding muscles.

"Strength is required to support the framework (bones) of the body and of course the internal organs. Flexibility is required so we can move the muscles that move the bones. Without adequate strength and flexibility, not only would we not be able to move, we would not be able to breathe, since the muscles of respiration must also be strong and supple."
www.cedarrockyoga.com/

Here are some photos of the studio, teachers, and students taken Friday afternoon and yesterday (Saturday morning):


Turning off of Scenic Hill Rd. into the driveway of Cedar Rock Studio (see the studio in the background?)


Anne owns the beautiful studio that her husband Hans primarily built


Becky, who I've known for most of the time I've attended classes there, with the studio in the background (a bank of azalea bushes borders the studio)


Walking up the driveway to the studio


Walking on the other side of the studio -- see the tulips


The windows and French doors as seen from the inside

Upon arriving early for a restorative yoga class (thus all the props on-hand) taught by Sharon Friday evening, I asked her to do a favorite asana and she chose virasana to supta virasana:






And look at Cory's fabulous bridge prep to full execution (from setu bandha to urdhva dhanurasana):




And Becky's triangle-to-half-moon (uthita trikonasana to ardha chandrasana):






Sharon demonstrating a restorative asana:

(with a reflection of the manipura chakra piece on Sharon's hand)




Janet, another longtime student of Anne's whose sister Debra, also a student of Anne's, created all the stained glass pieces in the studio





YES! As Ellen said, praise be to the new moon, which reaches its zenith in about 1/2 hr. (10:30am Eastern time, April 3, 2011). BTW, this is my very fav of the pieces in Anne's studio, but I couldn't afford it, and the crown chakra is fabulous too, and affordable!

Tonight, the New Moon Sisters gather on a friend's 75-acre farm. We will celebrate, commune, break bread, drum, and sit around the bonfire, burning things it's time to let go of.

Anne and Hans are avid gardeners; Anne does most of the flower tending and Hans cultivates fabulous vegetable gardens. What you see of the grounds is barely the "tip of the iceburg," e.g., by next week the bank of azeleas (see the above outdoor pic with Becky) is going to be bursting with bloom:





Winter greens




www.yogeshyoga.com/chakra.htm

My pics of the following four chakra pieces aren't large and well-defined enough to absorb the beauty, but here's a glimpse anyway:

Solar Plexus Center (Manipura)


Just below the navel, the Sacral Center (Svadishana)


Heart Center (Anahata)


Throat Chakra (Visuddha)


Here's a closer look at one, the Crown Center (Sahasrara, known as the Thousand-Petaled Lotus), one of which I gifted myself for Christmas from Debra

  
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ROBINSNEWNEST 4/5/2011 8:54PM

    Oh, so lovely. I see why you're drawn to practice in such a place. I practiced Iyengar yoga eons ago and was never fitter (mind, body, spirit). Hmmmm... I do believe you are inspiring me... again.

Check that mirror of yours... I'm behind you on the path (metaphorically speaking -- not in the stalker variety, lol)...

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/4/2011 11:55PM

    The whole place and grounds are like an invitation to unfold into your true nature. Exquisite. I can see why you love going there.
And that mirror on the bike helmet is a cool idea to increase road safety.
So much beauty of form and function!
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Usha.

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PELESJEWEL 4/4/2011 10:22PM

    emoticon Maha, what a beautiful blog! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us! My bear drum for Taos want to join your drum circle! Woot!

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GIRANIMAL 4/4/2011 4:22PM

    Thanks for sharing so much beauty - the studio, the art work, the bike...and YOU!

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BUNNYCATS 4/4/2011 5:18AM

    Thanks for sharing the beauty and the serenity. emoticon emoticon Namaste

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REYVE01 4/3/2011 7:20PM

    I can't wait to try yoga.... great blog. Love blogs with pictures.

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CARRAND 4/3/2011 6:24PM

    I am just getting started with yoga, and I love it already. I'm gaining strength, stability and stretching with some spirituality, too.

I love the yoga studio with the beautiful stained glass.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/3/2011 4:09PM

    Love all that! You go, girlfriend! Trip to So. Am.? Bet it is hard to wait!

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LYNNANN43 4/3/2011 12:00PM

    I feel restored just reading/viewing your blog, MAHA!

I'm going to close my eyes and place myself in that gorgeous studio now:-)

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Namaste

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EMRANA 4/3/2011 11:16AM

  Oh my goodness, where do I even start to comment?!

I love those rituals with fire. Burning things has been so therapeutic for me in my life. To do it coinciding with a new moon is perfection.

That studio is beyond wonderful. If I owned it, I would never want to leave. Add a couple of indoor wandering cats, and it would be a complete dream come true. (I guess you couldn't do that since some have allergies though).

I was especially struck with the half moon photo. It used to be one of my favorite poses and I haven't worked far enough back from injury to be able to do it yet. I'll start on the wall as I first learned before moving away. But ooooohhhhh....I love half moon.

Also love Sharon's woven mat. I don't like sticky mats so mine is woven too.

Aaaahhhh....could go on for a long time. Such a magnificent post!

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SLASALLE 4/3/2011 11:10AM

    Wow!!!! I LOVE the calalily (sp?) stained glass piece (Beth's favorite flower). What a beautiful spot to have yoga classes!!!

Thanks for sharing ... as always!

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MISS_VIV 4/3/2011 10:52AM

    I can hardly breathe - it is so gorgeous. The space you have around you. So calming and creative thought inducing area surrounding the studio. Totally in awe. emoticon

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KATFERRIS123 4/3/2011 10:13AM

    Wow! Great story, and inspiring pics, thx for sharing, I need to get a bike and attach it to the back of my big truck. Walking has helped, but I would really love to ride instead. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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DDOORN 4/3/2011 9:01AM

    Thx for sharing such great pics! My massage therapist sister never ceases to drill into everyone: stretch, stretch and MORE stretch! Can't do too much, according to her...!

Don

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WATERMELLEN 4/3/2011 8:50AM

    Glorious photos -- love the space in which you practice yoga, with the generous windows, the tulips outside and the stained glass pieces (including a new moon) illuminating everything!!

And: that mirror on your helmet is totally nifty! What a good idea!! You look so healthy and happy and centered!!

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JESPAH 4/3/2011 7:48AM

    Ah, such beauty.

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SUNNY332 4/3/2011 7:39AM

    How nice. Thanks for sharing.

What a beautiful location and lovely Yoga Studio.

Have a Blessed Day.

Sunny

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GOANNA2 4/3/2011 5:40AM

    Your pictures always tell a story.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/3/2011 5:31AM

    Nice photos!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/3/2011 3:07AM

    your pictures are fantastic!

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NONIE_C 4/3/2011 2:23AM

    Wonderful!!!

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Testimony...and a fabulous weekend in photos

Monday, March 28, 2011

A few photos of the great weekend in Eureka Springs, AR with dear SparkFriend Stephanie (SLASALLE) and her delightful partner, Beth. We both drove around four hours to get to Eureka Springs, a delightful village in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas; they drove south from Kansas City and I drove north from Conway, AR.

I stopped twice in the Ozarks -- first upon arriving to Leslie, at Serenity Farms Bakery, where I bought two Sourdough Multi-Grain Brick Oven-Baked Baguettes (which went well with the cheeses, veggies, and fruits we munched on Saturday evening) and oatmeal raisin cookies:
www.serenityfarmbread.us/bread.htm
and then on to the Amish Bakery in Harrison, where I purchased some unnamed goods (and if anyone tries to pin any specific purchases on me, I'll vociferously deny them):
homeyhearthbakery.com/bakery.html

Saturday evening was particularly special as we enjoyed a delicious meal by candlelight in our rooms, celebrating WWF Earth Hour .
www.worldwildlife.org/sites/earthhou
r/pledge-your-support.html?enews=eh1103


Here we are setting off on a 2+ hour Saturday hike at Lake Leatherwood, a spring-fed waterway situated inside 1600 acres of hiking trails:


Stephanie


I'm prepared for rain with my yellow rubber parka!


Stephanie at the dam

More views of the dam:








A sneak preview of the redbud in the Ozarks


Back at the room, Steph cleans up purdy durned good

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Sunday morning we went to the fabulous Local Flavors Cafe and shared a wonderful brunch with new friend Carmen, the Inn keeper (with her cool-esque husband Robert) where we stayed at Tall Pines Inn.

I loved being a part of Stephanie and Beth's 10th Anniversary, which is actually on April 1 (they're no fools!!!)! We also found out that Carmen's birthday was Saturday!

A few photos from that lovely experience:


Here we all are


Me'n Carmen


Carmen's pumpkin waffle and my huevos rancheros


Beth's eggs benedict and Stephanie's vegetarian omelet


Beth's favorite -- creme brulee...but she did share it with all of us!


Carmen


Carmen extrapolating about something profound, I'm sure! haha


Stephanie sez "...and furthermore!" haha

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And then...no matter where I am or what I'm doing...there is always this, cutting through my soul:

TESTIMONY

I want to tell you that the world
is still beautiful.
I tell you that despite
children raped on city streets,
shot down in school rooms,
despite the slow poisons seeping
from old and hidden sins
into our air, soil, water,
despite the thinning film
that encloses our aching world.
Despite my own terror and despair.

I want you to know that spring
is no small thing, that
the tender grasses curling
like a baby's fine hairs around
your fingers are a recurring
miracle. I want to tell you
that the river rocks shine
like God, that the crisp
voices of the orange and gold
October leaves are laughing at death,

I want to remind you to look
beneath the grass, to note
the fragile hieroglyphs
of ant, snail, beetle. I want
you to understand that you
are no more and no less necessary
than the brown recluse, the ruby-
throated hummingbird, the humpback
whale, the profligate mimosa.
I want to say, like Neruda,
that I am waiting for
"a great and common tenderness",
that I still believe
we are capable of attention,
that anyone who notices the world
must want to save it.

~ Rebecca Baggett ~
(Women's Uncommon Prayers)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.htm


Rebecca Baggett
www.mainstreetrag.com/RBaggett.html

  
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ROBINSNEWNEST 4/5/2011 8:59PM

    Ahhhh... the prose that speaks to you speaks directly to me, as well. Sounds like a magical weekend... So glad you enjoyed it with kindred spirits:)

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DARKTHOR 4/2/2011 3:23AM

    I really, really want that pumpkin waffle!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 3:06PM

    Loved the blog about your weekend and your friends old and new; loved the pictures; love the poem.

And: thank you so much for the incredible exposition on the new moon in Aries! you are the "one inspired person [who] makes a big impact, with a ripple effect".

Wow!! Slender new moon -- and so much meaning attached to it, clearly resonating with me!!

I do notice the world, I am capable of paying attention -- and primarily want to do just that, patching together a few words --as the Mary Oliver poem indicates, be the doorway. But another voice such as Rebecca Baggett's that speaks of saving the world is OK with me.

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JUSTBIRDY 3/29/2011 11:05PM

    Great photos!

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SLASALLE 3/28/2011 9:00PM

    And I can MOST definitely attest to the fact that a good time was had by all ... great pics, my dear. Thanks for sharing them with me. I will now try to fit it into my hectic life to change my SP profile pic!!!!

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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CARRAND 3/28/2011 7:17PM

    I love the poem! You always share such good stuff.

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GREENCAT1 3/28/2011 7:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your travels! Everything looks amazing! LOVED the poem.......




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GOANNA2 3/28/2011 4:50PM

    Such a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing
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DOR2BFIT 3/28/2011 4:40PM

    Love that you go a visiting your Spark friends- let me know if you come by my way (Southern CT.) and that poem! Speaks to me! emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 3/28/2011 1:44PM

  Oh wow! Such a wonderful poem and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with us! I'd have wanted to sit in meditation next that lovely water sound. OM.

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ABURRIS2 3/28/2011 1:09PM

    I am smiling! Thanks for spreading your joy. ~a

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JMSURPRENANT 3/28/2011 1:00PM

    Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the photos and the poem - very inspiring!
Best,
James
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DAISY443 3/28/2011 12:24PM

    I could almost feel like I was there with you and your wonderful friends. Wonderful pics, wonderful friends, wonderful memories!

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DDOORN 3/28/2011 12:10PM

    Testimony...what a gracious way to preface the wonder of Spring!

Thx for sharing the pics (testimony! :-) ) of your special times with friends.

Don

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MISS_VIV 3/28/2011 12:03PM

    Look at that.
Look at you and Steph and the inn keeper.
What great smiles. IT MUST BE SPRING.
AWESOMENESS.............
..

We have SUN, BLUE SKIES and thank you ever so much for your unfailing
love and presence in my life.

MUAHHHHHHHHHH

v
ivian

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VEEJAY3 3/28/2011 11:57AM

    Spring in your part of the world makes April just glorious! I'm so excited that you got out there in the middle of it and "noticed the world."

You're an excellent "noticer."


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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/28/2011 11:48AM

    how beautiful!! and that food looks amazing!

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EAT, PRAY, PLAY -- in photos and prose

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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EAT

I feel like carbohydrates get such a bad rap and rep. And so I hereby proclaim my allegiance to -- THE GOOD CARBS!

Whole grains

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_grain
Fruits
Vegetables


Why? Not all carbohydrates are created equal. Whole grains, fruits, and veggies supply us with prolonged energy, fiber, and multiple nutrients that our bodies need for optimal health. Good quality carbohydrates can also trigger serotonin synthesis. Recognized as the "happy hormone," serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that affects our mood and sleep. The next time you feel blue, instead of reaching for that bag of chips or sugary cookies, opt for unrefined, unprocessed carbohydrates that will provide you with sustained energy and an improved mood. Toss that muffin and enjoy a whole grain cracker with a tablespoon of natural nut butter for a delicious and uplifting snack!
health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/foods
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PRAY

Prayer

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

-- Mary Oliver


St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery, Ft. Smith, AR

This was my FOURTH retreat at the monastery with gifted teacher, poet, writer Sister Macrina Weidheker (a family of monks, priests, and wine growers www.wiederkehrwines.com/ ).

Here is her blog: www.macrina-underthesycamoretree.blo
gspot.com/
(I've enjoyed sitting in that swing many times on the monastery grounds.)

The winding path of the labyrinth served as a metaphor for our spiritual journey. And we also explored other forms of walking meditation, as well as sacred journaling,

My friend Marilyn, who shared the retreat experience, as well as the ride to and from the retreat, caught some lovely images while there:


At the entrance to the labyrinth




Saturday afternoon of the full moon (March 19, 2011) on the labyrinth; I also trod it in the glow of the moon


The monastery




Love the feminine aspects of the divine


Can you see the dirt and grass on the bottom of the feet?


The pond is home to several huge bullfrogs



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Some photos of me with/on MY NEW BIKE KaliMa, out-and-about, enjoying the day:


Kitty Rama wants in on the action too!


Aha! She has snuck into the frame again!

I rode just under 16 miles yesterday, including campus and downtown:












I definitely wasn't the only one out-and-about!
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I am rendezvousing with dearest SparkFriend Stephanie (SLASALLE) in Eureka Springs, AR over the weekend, as well as wonderful Beth, finishing up my spring break in style! They are coming down from Kansas City; our drives are about the same (around 3+ hours).


Tall Pines Inn, Eureka Springs, AR
tallpinesinn.com/

We'll be staying at Tall Pines Inn, which I found out about because Carmen, the Inn keeper with her husband Robert, attended the labyrinth retreat as well. I had originally met her a couple years ago at a sacred journaling silent retreat at the monastery.

We're thinking of having Saturday lunch here:

www.mudstreetcafe.com/breakfast.shtm
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...and Sunday brunch here:

Local Flavor Cafe, Eureka Springs
www.localflavorcafe.net/menus.html

The current plan is to eat the rest of our meals "in." I'll have a simple sandwich and salad ready for their arrival on Friday evening. I'm picking up something decadent at the Amish Bakery on my drive there: www.homeyhearthbakery.com/ for Saturday morning breakfast with Greek yogurt and coffee and we're talking about fruit salad and cheeses, etc. for Saturday dinner.

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STILLPOINT 4/10/2011 1:19PM

    Pure JOy and Beauty!! Thank you.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 4/5/2011 9:07PM

    Ya just can't go wrong with Mary Oliver... and the dirt on the bottom of the feet...

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KAKIPOPUP 3/26/2011 7:31AM

    Thank you.

Enjoy your weekend -

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JESPAH 3/25/2011 8:37AM

    Look how beautiful and strong you are.

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PEACEFULONE 3/25/2011 8:20AM

    Wonderful Blog! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and looking forward to a blog on that! Blessings, Elaine


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BISCO_ 3/25/2011 2:12AM

    Thanks for sharing! Love the pics!

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DDOORN 3/24/2011 10:14PM

    Thank you for sharing the pics along with your other slices of your vibrant life...!

Don

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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2011 10:11PM

    What a blog!! Loved the pictures, glad you shared the Mary Oliver more generally -- wondered if the bull frogs are feminine (and divine): pretty sure both of these.

Scrabble addict?? oh, my: lots of Scrabble here!!

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PELESJEWEL 3/24/2011 9:50PM

    emoticon Fantastic blog Maha!

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SHANNYMEDIC 3/24/2011 8:41PM

    I just came back from a weekend in Eureka with a good friend! A local told me Local Flavor is a great restaurant and he recommended it. We didn't get to try it though. If you love Italian, try Emilio's. It's on the historic district route. Yummo! And if you girls feel like a massage, go to Eureka Massage Center. They are awesome!!! Have fun!

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CARRAND 3/24/2011 8:21PM

    Great blog! Love the poetry.

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GIRANIMAL 3/24/2011 7:54PM

    Positively dreamy! Just what the soul ordered after a long winter, I am sure. emoticon emoticon
And hey, check out that ride in action! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/24/2011 7:34PM

    What an awesome blog.

Do enjoy your weekend in Eureka Springs. It is one of my favorite places.
Outside of Eureka is a sweet little All Glass Chapel (Thorncrown). If you have never seen it, it is well worth going there. If you go, be sure and get a photo for me.

Here is the link - which you will have to copy and paste. Do have a lovely time.

http://www.thorncrown.
com/

Hugs, Sunny



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VEEJAY3 3/24/2011 4:23PM

    Oh you've gone and made me homesick!!! I miss the dogwood. Thought I saw one here in Denver last spring, but it couldn't have been (I couldn't get up close, as it was inside someone's walled garden).
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Oh: and PS: I just made myself the healthiest lunch on the planet -- a green smoothie, with 59 grams of the finest carbohydrates known to man. So there.

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GOANNA2 3/24/2011 3:40PM

    Great uplifting blog as always Maha.
Thanks for sharing the poem and
the pictures. emoticon
emoticonfor the carbs...

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DAISY443 3/24/2011 1:38PM

    My grandparents lived in Sallisaw, OK and I remember the springs with the redbuds and dogwood, homemade ice cream, well, I could go on and on!
The campground where I spend a lot of time has a labyrinth and Daisy dog and I have traversed it many time. It always gives me a sense of well being and peace. Not sure what it does for Daisy, but she frequently squats when we are finished!
Salud, the mighty carb!
Enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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SWDOTB2 3/24/2011 1:36PM

    love you

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EARTHSEAME 3/24/2011 1:29PM

    emoticon I really enjoyed reading the Mary Oliver poem and then seeing your pics.

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KALIGIRL 3/24/2011 1:23PM

    Wonderful post on so many levels - love KaliMa and the Red Buds - oh my a 'feast' for the eyes!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/24/2011 1:20PM

    beautiful pictures! i sure love spring!

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