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Strike Against Terror

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

STRIKE AGAINST TERROR
By Thich Nhat Hanh



"Strike against terror" is a misleading expression. What we are striking against is not the real cause or the root of terror. The object of our strike is still human life. We are sowing seeds of violence as we strike. Striking in this way we will only bring about more hatred and violence into the world. This is exactly what we do not want to do.

Terror is in the human heart. We must remove this terror from the heart. Destroying the human heart, both physically and psychologically, is what we must absolutely avoid. The root of terrorism should be identified, so that it can be removed. The root of terrorism is misunderstanding, intolerance, hatred, revenge and hopelessness. This root cannot be located by the military. Bombs and missiles cannot reach it, let alone destroy it. Only with the practice of looking deeply can our insight reveal and identify this root. Only with the practice of deep listening and compassion can it be transformed and removed.

Darkness cannot be dissipated with more darkness. More darkness will make darkness thicker. Only light can dissipate darkness. Violence and hatred cannot be removed with violence and hatred. Rather, this will make violence and hatred grow a thousand fold. Only understanding and compassion can dissolve violence and hatred.

Hatred, and violence are in the hearts of human beings. A terrorist is a human being with hatred, revenge, violence and misunderstanding in his or her heart. Acting without understanding, acting out of hatred, violence and fear, only helps sow more terror, bringing terror to the homes of others and ultimately bringing terror back to the homes of the attacker. The philosophy of "an eye for an eye," only creates more suffering and bloodshed and more enemies. One of the greatest casualties we may suffer results from this wrong thinking and action. Whole societies are living constantly in fear with their nerves being attacked day and night. Such a state of confusion, fear and anxiety is extremely dangerous. It can bring about another world war, this time extremely destructive in the worst possible way.

We must learn to speak out for peace now, so that our spiritual voice can be heard in this dangerous and pivotal moment of history. Those of us who have the light should display the light and offer it so that the world will not sink into total darkness. Everyone has the seed of awakening and insight within his or her heart. Let us help each other touch these seeds in ourselves so that everyone can have the courage to speak out. We must ensure that the way we live our daily lives does not create more terrorism in the world, through intolerance, hatred, revenge and greed. We need a collective awakening to stop this course of self-destruction.

Spiritual leaders in this country need to be invited to raise their voice strongly and speak up for peaceful solutions to the world problems and bring about the awareness of the teaching of compassion and non-violence to the American nation and the people.

By understanding the nature and cause of the suffering of humanity, we will then know the right method to begin to heal the great problems on this planet.



Thich Nhat Hanh, November 2002

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YES! I'm following DragonFly's en*light*ening idea and posting this exquisite project/music to STRIKE FOR LOVE:



Click here for ONE LOVE (in more ways than ONE!) --

playingforchange.com/episodes/1/The_
Journey


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NONIE_C 5/9/2011 11:56PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Peace Through Music link. I was just belting it out with them and feeeeeeelin' the love!!!
Thank you

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KAKIPOPUP 5/7/2011 5:39AM

    thank you for this post - there are no winners in war - wherever we go, and whoever we kill, there we are still -

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PEACEFULONE 5/5/2011 1:25AM

    Thank you Maha for this excellent post. I couldn't agree more. My bumper sticker reads "WAR is NOT the answer".

As Edwin Markham so aptly said, "...All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own."

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DRAGONFLY7149 5/4/2011 1:17PM

    I knew you felt this way too...what a messy, messy world we're partaking of! Needed that Playing for Change this morning to shed some light... emoticon

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CORPUSANNIE 5/4/2011 11:48AM

    Please, let's all work on that collective awakening. Thank you MaHa for the timely reminder to spread the light of truth and insight. Bless us all.
peace
montie


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CLAYKEEPER 5/4/2011 9:58AM

    Yes, it is up to us to fill the darkness with light .... a wonderful post. Thank you MaHa

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SUNNY332 5/4/2011 9:21AM

    Terror does start and is nourished within our own hearts. We need to purge ou hearts and quit feeding this terror by celebrating it. God is in charge and it is His job to judge. Knowing this should direct our own lives. We do not have to answer to Him for what others do but for what we do. If we all lived accordingly, we would all live better lives.

Hugs to you, my friend.
Sunny

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VALERIEMAHA 5/4/2011 8:25AM

    More important food for thought sent to me by a friend:

"In a historic speech, 'Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence', Martin Luther King said: 'We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. And history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.'"

Beyond Retaliation: Voices for Creative Nonviolence --

http://vcnv.org/beyond-re
taliation

On Osama bin Laden's Death --

https://www.commondreams.
org/view/2011/05/02-2



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JESPAH 5/4/2011 7:56AM

    Sweet.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/4/2011 2:41AM

    so timely. thank you for posting this at this precise moment in time...I have been thinking thoughts like these but I've noticed that you cannot speak thoughts right these right now because people do not understand and will lash out saying certain things......Beautiful pictures, amazing message. Thank you.

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VEEJAY3 5/4/2011 1:03AM

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2011 10:43PM

    Yes. Thank you.

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YOGATIME 5/3/2011 10:36PM

    I am so glad others feel like I do. I have been horrified by the glee and elation. I LOVE this author and his other writings are equally profound.

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SOPKAMANJU 5/3/2011 10:21PM

    Part of me is happy that Osama bin Laden is dead and another part of me is ashamed at my joy in his death. emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 9:57PM

    Beautiful thoughts and aspirations...but oh-so-incredible that Thich Nhat Hanh can speak such things after all the terror that had been visited upon himself!

Terror, at its roots, I believe has much to do with the VAST inequities that exist in our world. Love this quote: U.S. foreign policy “has failed in recent years mainly because the U.S. has relied on military force to address problems that demand development assistance and diplomacy. Young men become fighters in places such as Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan because they lack gainful employment. Extreme ideologies influence people when they can’t feed their families, and when lack of access to family planning leads to an unwanted population explosion. ---Jeffrey D. Sachs

Speak to the needs of terrorists, address them and terror no longer becomes necessary. We aren't going to win the hearts and minds of the third world by using bombs and bullets.

Don


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PUDLECRAZY 5/3/2011 9:57PM

    Thank you, Maha, I needed this. I wish more people could live by these premises.



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GOANNA2 5/3/2011 9:33PM

    Thank you Maha.

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EMRANA 5/3/2011 9:17PM

  Hari OM. This is profound and I needed to read it today. Thank you for sharing.

~ Namaste ~

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KAT573 5/3/2011 9:13PM

    The most important element is missing; both parties have to mutually realize and accept this truth in order to even begin addressing the needs It generates.

Thank you for sharing this long sigh of Faith in the face of Humanity.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/3/2011 8:49PM

    This is a monk, however, who suffered the horrors of being in his homeland, Vietnam, as it was destroyed around him, until he was exiled for, I believe, 37 years. So he is no stranger to violence and man's inhumanity to man.

The Buddha said we cannot destroy hatred with hatred...it is a very complicated puzzle and I would not want to be at the helm of leadership in this difficult hour, CMRAND.

And I hear you Usha, i.e., the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, etc.,


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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/3/2011 8:40PM

    I can't help reflecting that the dharma or Way of the warrior is different than the dharma of the monk.

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CARRAND 5/3/2011 8:27PM

    A part of me agrees absolutely, but another part of me is really glad bin Laden is dead.

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KELLEEH 5/3/2011 7:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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CRYSTALJEM 5/3/2011 7:26PM

    Yes

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DOR2BFIT 5/3/2011 7:14PM

    He is truly a wise man. emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/3/2011 7:11PM

    Yes, absolutely!

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2BMYOWN 5/3/2011 7:10PM

    I agree 150%.....and then some. Thank you for posting this, Maha, it's worth getting out there.....

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STLRZGRRL 5/3/2011 7:07PM

    He is, of course, right.


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Happy Easter whatever your path!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My computer woes continue: I can't believe I accomplished this wish to share Easter greetings with you...ON DIAL-UP!!!



I love Jesus, who said to us:
heaven and earth will pass away.
When heaven and earth have passed away,
my word will still remain.
What was your word, Jesus?
Love? Forgiveness? Affection?
All your words were
one word: Wakeup.

~ Antonio Machado ~
(Translated by Robert Bly, in
The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Proverbios_V
II.html



Antonio Machado, born July 26, 1875 in Sevilla, Spain, died February 22, 1939 in Collioure, France. An outstanding Spanish poet and playwright of Spain's "Generation of '98," Machado received a doctoral degree in literature in Madrid, and attended the Sorbonne. He rejected the modernism of his contemporaries and adopted what he called "eternal poetry," which was informed more by intuition than by intellect.
www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/3
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FRANCESCANAZ 4/28/2011 9:43PM

    Me encanta a Machado!

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2011 12:17PM

    Thought I posted before, but have to tell you once again you've inspired me...
Reading "Waiting for Godot" where VLADIMIR says:
Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? ... We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. ( He listens.) But habit is a great deadener. (He looks again at Estragon.) At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on. (Pause.) I can't go on! (Pause.) What have I said?

Here's to staying awake!
Namaste

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KARLA_PHX 4/27/2011 9:15AM

    Well I'm a couple of days late to the party, but I enjoyed this...hope your Easter weekend was a good one!

Namaste.

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VEEJAY3 4/25/2011 6:40PM

    Dial up: is that Latin?
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QUEENOTHEFOREST 4/25/2011 5:59PM

    Hello Darlin. This is much better than an Easter Bunny message. Love to you.

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SUNNY332 4/25/2011 9:01AM

    Happy Easter to you to my friend.

Be Blessed as we count our many blessings.


Sunny

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/25/2011 12:22AM

    Thank you for this beautiful poem to wake us up, Mahalakshmi. And I'm in awe that you made it through dial-up. Hope the connection issues resolve themselves soon. Missing you!
Usha xx

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FRACTALMYTH 4/24/2011 6:51PM

    Happiest Easter!

Alleluia! :D

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2BMYOWN 4/24/2011 2:53PM

    Ooooo, the dreaded dial-up.....OMG. I well remember the frustration of those days! Happy Easter, Maha, keep on shining that light, dial-up or no!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/24/2011 7:42AM

    Lovely poem - so plzd that your dial-up connection let you through! Have a pleasant Easter, friend!

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CARRAND 4/22/2011 9:25PM

    Lovely little poem.

I haven't used dial up in years.

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TKADEEPBREATH 4/22/2011 2:10PM

    Wonderful wishes for a beautiful friend. Dial up!!??? What's up with that? May your computer situation "upgrade" to your level soon. Happy Easter to you too.

Sorry I have been pre-occupied lately . . . thinking of you though none-the-less. Love and blessing as always, Jan

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WATERMELLEN 4/22/2011 1:58PM

    A wake up by dial up: hmmm, that's quite lovely!

Happy Easter to you!

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 12:51PM

    "Wake up! Love it!!!!
Happy Easter my friend.
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EMRANA 4/22/2011 12:00PM

  Amen. Lovely post, my friend.

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DDOORN 4/22/2011 11:52AM

    Dial up? What's that? Did you have to rub two sticks together really fast to make it work? :-)

Leave it to the wise Bly to turn up such a gem!

Have the very BEST of Easter during the weekend ahead!

Don

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FLORIDASUN 4/22/2011 11:14AM

    YOU are somethin! So determined you even go 'dial-up'...to wish us happiness for Easter....love it! emoticon Now that's the kind of friendship I'm talkin' about...and I want you to know how loved and admired you are! I'm so grateful you walk our earth darling Maha...how lucky am I to have crossed your path!

On this Easter Sunday I'll be thinking of you and sending blessings your way, my hand is in your hand...even on 'dial up'...I just can't get over that!

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CLAYKEEPER 4/22/2011 10:58AM

    A wonderful Easter to all.... We are so blessed in this country. In between bites of chocolate bunnies, give thanks. HE is risen !

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/22/2011 10:58AM

    beautiful

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SLASALLE 4/22/2011 10:28AM

    Maha, your words (or should I say Jesus' word - "wakeup") apply not only to Easter, but to Earth Day as well.

Have an amazing weekend, my dear friend.

xoxoxo
Stephanie

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DAISY443 4/22/2011 10:09AM

    A very timely reminder! And you are very brave with that dial up!

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DMPRIDER 4/22/2011 10:08AM

    Thank you and Happy Easter to you also.

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GOANNA2 4/22/2011 10:07AM

    Thank you Maha. This is the meaning of Easter,
not bunny rabbits only. Have a blessed Easter. emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 4/22/2011 10:04AM

    Thank you and a good "Good Friday.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/22/2011 10:02AM

    And a blessed Easter to you too.
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JANETMT2 4/22/2011 10:00AM

    Happy Easter!

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Anyone Can Sing

Sunday, April 17, 2011

This says so much of what I feel so much better than I would articulate it:


Song Thrush
tinyurl.com/3dyxff3 and www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=32


ANYONE CAN SING

Anyone can sing. You just open your mouth,
and give shape to a sound. Anyone can sing.

What is harder, is to proclaim the soul,
to initiate a wild and necessary deepening:

to give the voice broad, sonorous wings
of solitude, grief, and celebration,

to fill the body with the echoes of voices
lost long ago to bravery, and silence,

to prise the reluctant heart wide open,
to witness defeat, to suffer contempt,

to shrink, lose face, go down in ignominy,
to retreat to the last dark hiding-place

where the tattered remnants of your pride
still gather themselves around your nakedness,

to know these rags as your only protection
and yet still open - to face the possibility
that your innermost core may hold nothing at all,

and to sing from that - to fill the void
with every hurt, every harm, every hard-won joy
that staves off death yet honours its coming,

to sing both full and utterly empty,
alone and conjoined, exiled and at home,

to sing what people feel most keenly
yet never acknowledge until you sing it.

Anyone can sing. Yes. Anyone can sing.

~ William Ayot
(Small Things that Matter)

www.panhala.net/Archive/Anyone_Ca n_Sing.html
and
peacefullpresence.blogspot.com/

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 10:11PM

    Oh, we are going to miss you . . . hope those internet issues are resolved soonest!!

And thank you!! Birdjam is a source of enduring pleasure!!

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PEACEFULONE 4/20/2011 9:32AM

    Lovely, truly lovely.
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EMRANA 4/19/2011 3:03PM

  Oh yes!

I just came back from Bhakti Fest, where I did a workshop with Dave Stringer, one of my favorite kirtan artists. He had some marvelous words for us that I think fit in with your blog post ~

~ Make music with what you have. It's really important.

~ You don't need to be a swami to lead a kirtan, you just need to be someone willing to make a fool of yourself!

~ You can look like exactly who you are.

~ Go ahead and make a mess of it. The universe will survive!

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CORPUSANNIE 4/19/2011 2:54PM

    to prise the reluctant heart wide open...I like that...very inspirational....may you have a song in your heart always
peace
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CLAYKEEPER 4/19/2011 10:52AM

    Heartfelt ! Thank you for sharing !

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JLWOF1 4/19/2011 8:15AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Your blogs always brighten my day!

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NEWKAREN43 4/18/2011 10:07PM

    This is beautiful, what brought me to the blog is that I just can't sing...I wish I could sing, I just can't. I try and it just doesn't come. I wish...thanks for the lovely, inspiring words.

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CARRAND 4/18/2011 9:30PM

    Wonderful poem, but I have to say that I can't carry a tune, have no natural rhythm, and no musical memory at all. I love to listen to music, but I can't sing, even to myself, in the shower.

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KALIGIRL 4/18/2011 8:16PM

    "Give shape to a sound" - how wonderful we can do that - and share in the joy singing brings.
Namaste
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EOSTAR_45 4/18/2011 8:11PM

    Beautiful!! I love listening to birds singing--Bird song is my spring alarm clock. Slowly I awake and lie in bed listening.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/18/2011 12:32PM

    Perfectly touches my heart too. emoticon

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SLASALLE 4/18/2011 11:54AM

    One of our dear musician friends has a song. Don't remember his title, but one line sticks with me. The line speaks about dancing, but can apply equally to singing: "I love people who can't dance and still do." So this would translate to: "I love people who can't sing and still do." There's just an openness and warmth to these people ... I get it!!! Obviously, so do you!!!

xoxoxo

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JESPAH 4/18/2011 9:24AM

    What is it about your blogs (heh, are you doin' this deliberately, babe?) that makes me grab a musical interlude off Youtube?

http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=1XtdQTLL-XU

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SUNNY332 4/18/2011 8:36AM

    I do sing, my friend - solo (so low no one can hear me). emoticon

I do sing at the top of my lungs in the shower or in the sunroom when I am biking and DH is outside. It makes me feel like I am connecting to God in a special way.

Take care and keep on singing. Wouldn't the world be a lovelier place if everyone took time to sing everyday? It certainly would!!

Huggers, Sunny

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DAISY443 4/18/2011 12:44AM

    Much as I love the poetry, my song is not a joyful noise! I have a friend who tells me I am the only person she knows who can't carry a tune to Happy Birthday! Still love the blog and the lady who posted it!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/17/2011 11:53PM

    The photo of the song thrush reminded me of the daily dawn chorus, when all birds respond to the call of the light. I get this feeling then - that anyone can sing.
Love,
Usha xx

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DDOORN 4/17/2011 10:38PM

    I thought that sounded like the name of a tune from Broadway...but then I realized I was confusing it with Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle...lol!

Delightful poem that speaks to that striving to be comfortable in our own skin and not only sing but SING with our hearts wide open...!

Thank you so much for sharing...!

Don

ps...sounds like your ride was just as special as the riders...! :-)

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/17/2011 10:19PM

    another beautiful blog from a beautiful lady

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PUDLECRAZY 4/17/2011 9:06PM

    Mmmmm, I want to write a tune to that. emoticon

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Why can't we be friends?

Friday, April 15, 2011

We would do well to emulate their behavior. Don't you agree?



Click here:

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2311

  
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2BMYOWN 4/24/2011 2:51PM

    I got an email that contained a video of a kitten who had been tended by a crow, of all things. We could sure take a lesson, couldn't we? LOL

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EOSTAR_45 4/17/2011 7:26PM

    Indeed. Very heartwarming. Brought a smile to my face.



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VEEJAY3 4/17/2011 2:30PM

    Also ... I have to tell you ... my son and I were both born in the Year of the Monkey. There's something so familiar about that orangutan's playfulness. Now where have I seen that?


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VEEJAY3 4/16/2011 8:01PM

    Oh! Thank you soooo much for reminding me of Bella and Tara!!!
Have you met them?

http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=cBtFTF2ii7U

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WALKINGANNIE 4/16/2011 5:22PM

    Unexpected friends - a lovely image emoticon

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KELLEEH 4/16/2011 10:24AM

    Cute pic! Nice message!

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JESPAH 4/16/2011 9:53AM

    Of course you know I had to find and post this:

http://www.youtube.com
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lated

As always, a musical interlude.

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MARCHMAID 4/16/2011 7:10AM

    Where did you find this picture of me and my dog?

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/16/2011 1:52AM

    Niiiice!

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PEACEFULONE 4/16/2011 1:04AM

    I emoticon this!

Thanks for sharing.

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SINGAGAIN 4/15/2011 11:52PM

    I love this! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/15/2011 11:41PM

    Beautiful! Thank you Mahalakshmi!

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STLRZGRRL 4/15/2011 10:27PM

    I'd seen that before... thank you for reminding me.. now the only question is... which of us is the monkey and which one is the pooch!!!
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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 8:56PM

    This is so lovely: thank you!!

I remember the time I was visiting the orangutans at the Toronto zoo when one of the girls came over to the glass and "told" me (not sure how) that she wanted to check out her face in my purse mirror. (She clearly identified me as the kind of girly girl who would have one of these . . .!!) I dug in my purse, held it up, she had a good look and then -- satisfied -- "thanked" me by looking me in the eye, and wandered off.

One of those great experiences you never forget.

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/15/2011 7:04PM

    I shared that with each of my classes today. It was the PERFECT way to send them off on the 10 day break. emoticon

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SUNNY332 4/15/2011 6:45PM

    You just made my day. I think We can all be friends definitely.

Love it and passing it on.

Thanks so much!

Sunny

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GOANNA2 4/15/2011 5:26PM

    Isn't friendship great? Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LYNNANN43 4/15/2011 4:50PM

    I am grinning from ear to ear after watching that wonderful video! emoticon

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DAISY443 4/15/2011 4:47PM

    Amazing! I think I once dated a guy a lot like the little orange headed guy!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/15/2011 4:45PM

    thank you for the link. wonderful blog!

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Spirit of Place

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

As Carol Maureen (CMRAND54) knows, there are times that words are superfluous, redundant. That seems to be the case for me with William Stafford's poetry.

I will just say that all of my encounters with great blue herons have taken me to the place he so exquisitely describes. Look what I mean:



Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron

Out of their loneliness for each other
two reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurch
forward and become suddenly a life
lifted from dawn or the rain. It is
the wilderness come back again, a lagoon
with our city reflected in its eye.
We live by faith in such presences.

It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
"If you keep faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is."

~ William Stafford ~
(The Way It Is)

(On a plaque in Portland, Oregon's City Hall, its city's bird)

And as far as how this contributes to our SparkGoals, I know Ellen (WATERMELLEN) would concur that this is part of the whole world's conspiracy to shower us with blessings (Rob Brezsny writes about this in PRONOIA IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA), which will give us the *joie de vivre* and inspiration to live life to the fullest in optimal health!!!

  
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2BMYOWN 4/24/2011 2:57PM

    I love blue herons.....I have one that comes to my pond each year and he's a marvel. For some reason, it's always a blue heron that I see first each spring, either flying overhead or a chance encounter driving by a creek by the side of the road. I've come to depend on that sight each year, for some reason....and it never fails. They are spring's harbingers, to me, and kind of on the level of a familiar old friend, anymore, after all these years. Thanx for posting this!

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MARCHMAID 4/17/2011 10:19AM

    What is it in me do you suppose that, even while understanding the beauty and the message of the poem, I end up feeling irritated by it because of the knowledge of other realities?

I used to be more moved and moveable, but color me jaded, tired, lacking in energy or peace or faith with head AND feet stuck in the truth of mud.

Comment edited on: 4/17/2011 8:27:30 PM

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PEACEFULONE 4/16/2011 1:06AM

    Wonderful, Wonderful, what more can I say. Your blogs are such a joy!
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DDOORN 4/15/2011 8:57AM

    How amazing when words are STILL capable of capturing thoughts & emotions that seem beyond words... Thank you for sharing!

Don

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/15/2011 12:55AM

    Feel so blessed to read this and also whenever I have seen blue herons. Thank you for sharing Mahalakshmi! xx

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WALKINGANNIE 4/14/2011 5:24PM

    Thank you dear Maha.

Love,

Annie x

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SLASALLE 4/14/2011 2:50PM

    I think they are astounding creatures, with one exception: I don't like it when they come to our water gardens because they can stand in them and just pick off our fish, one by one! And they have tried to twice!! So blue herons are a water gardeners nightmare!!

Now, if I'm on my bike and see them in a river ... I stop and stare, mouth open in awe of their being!!!!

So does that mean I'm fickle?

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CARRAND 4/13/2011 8:25PM

    Beautiful picture for a beautiful poem. I used to look for pictures to illustrate the poems in my collection. I should go back to that.

Carol Maureen is my name.

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/13/2011 7:54PM

    Te amo mujer fenomenal! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/13/2011 6:44PM

    No question, great blue herons are definitely conspiratorial -- in that pronoia sense! I'm always thrilled when I see them, whether stalking frogs or flapping slowly across the sky with their long legs trailing behind them.

Love the poem: thanks, MAHA!!

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GOANNA2 4/13/2011 6:03PM

    Thanks as always for sharing Maha.
Beautiful words and a lovely picture.

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GIRANIMAL 4/13/2011 3:55PM

    LOL, I just had to decide between opening the email to this blog and the email to Rob Brezsny's horoscopes! Love it. (I chose you first, dear!) Also love the blue heron. What a majestic creature.

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DAISY443 4/13/2011 3:45PM

    Beautiful picture, beautiful words!

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VEEJAY3 4/13/2011 3:15PM

    Thank you dear for the education today! I learned a new word: pronoia, and am happy to discover that I suffer from it!!!

You're a treasure.
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JMGLEN62 4/13/2011 2:12PM

    Beautiful picture and poem.

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DMPRIDER 4/13/2011 2:02PM

    Oh, I love herons. Thanks for sharing this!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/13/2011 1:57PM

    that pic made me happy!

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