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Thursday, May 19, 2011

This is what moves me...when all seems bleak and I wonder why even bother eating right, why bother moving this ol'bod'...just...why bother? When it's like this, the awareness of the Source Energy, the Ground of Being, the "music of the spheres" buoys me and makes me content in this moment, for this moment is my life --

The Silence of the Stars

When Laurens van der Post one night
In the Kalihari Desert told the Bushmen
He couldn't hear the stars
Singing, they didn't believe him. They looked at him,
Half-smiling. They examined his face
To see whether he was joking
Or deceiving them. Then two of those small men
Who plant nothing, who have almost
Nothing to hunt, who live
On almost nothing, and with no one
But themselves, led him away
From the crackling thorn-scrub fire
And stood with him under the night sky
And listened. One of them whispered,
Do you not hear them now?
And van der Post listened, not wanting
To disbelieve, but had to answer,
No. They walked him slowly
Like a sick man to the small dim
Circle of firelight and told him
They were terribly sorry,
And he felt even sorrier
For himself and blamed his ancestors
For their strange loss of hearing,
Which was his loss now. On some clear nights
When nearby houses have turned off their televisions,
When the traffic dwindles, when through streets
Are between sirens and the jets overhead
Are between crossings, when the wind
Is hanging fire in the fir trees,
And the long-eared owl in the neighboring grove
Between calls is regarding his own darkness,
I look at the stars again as I first did
To school myself in the names of constellations
And remember my first sense of their terrible distance,
I can still hear what I thought
At the edge of silence where the inside jokes
Of my heartbeat, my arterial traffic,
The C above high C of my inner ear, myself
Tunelessly humming, but now I know what they are:
My fair share of the music of the spheres
And clusters of ripening stars,
Of the songs from the throats of the old gods
Still tending even tone-deaf creatures
Through their exiles in the desert.

~ David Wagoner ~
(Traveling Light)

Thank you David Wagoner for this awe-inspiring offering --

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PHEBESS 5/24/2011 10:41AM


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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2011 7:53AM

    "When all seems bleak" . . .yes it does, sometimes: and the singing of the spheres helps, immeasurably!


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GOANNA2 5/21/2011 7:11AM

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 5/21/2011 12:39AM

    Wasn't that an amazing one??? I stored it in my treasure box :D where I keep all sorts of shiny beautiful happy things - including YOU!!!! Love as always, my dear friend!

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2BMYOWN 5/20/2011 4:58PM

    Absolutely lovely, Maha!

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2011 1:13PM

    Here's to the 'moments' of our lives - they're all we have!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/19/2011 10:29PM

    And yet another lovely selection of poems to feed the spirit. Thank you, Maha.


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GIRLINBRAZIL 5/19/2011 8:50PM

    One of the things I most appreciate about living in the middle of nowhere is seeing the Milky Way and all the stars clearly!

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CARRAND 5/19/2011 8:42PM

    What a wonderful poem. We don't see many stars here this close to the city, but when we lived in Bermuda the stars were spectacular. We used to lie on the beach at night and just stare up at the heavens. The music we heard was tree frogs, a sound I still miss.

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DDOORN 5/19/2011 11:48AM

    Beautiful share...tuning into the stars and our inner music!

I wonder if thoughts like these were part of Keith Jarrett's experience behind his pipe organ album (very classical, not jazzy at all!) Hymns/Spheres:

"Hymns/Spheres, the original double LP from which the four pieces here are drawn, was perhaps too long and somewhat self-indulgent, and ultimately risked tedium. Yet the album contained some of the most transcendent music Keith Jarrett has recorded. In 1976, he came upon the mighty Trinity Organ, built by Karl Joseph Riepp (1710-1775) at the Benedictine Abbey in Ottobeuren, and proceeded to extend its already awesome capabilities by experimenting with partial openings of its stops. The result was an array of eerie tonalities with which he could accomplish a memorable contribution to the long tradition of organ improvisation. The opening section of the nine-part "Sphere" (four selections of which comprise this release) is a grand, piercing, and elevating summoning of shadowy recesses of the spirit, and of their liberation in devotion to whatever one's gods."


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CLAYKEEPER 5/19/2011 10:52AM

    ... and I can see why ! It is supposed to read : beautiful, weepingly beautiful.... I guess the cosmos grabbed the first 'send'...

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JESPAH 5/19/2011 10:48AM

    Interesting - I love the pic of rocks, they seem almost like cerebral folds. Hmm....

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DARKTHOR 5/19/2011 9:45AM

    This is a poem that fills a spot that needs filling in the world. Thank you.

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SUNNY332 5/19/2011 9:11AM

    Loved it!

Thanks so much for sharing.


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My astrology reading this week!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Though I'm definitely a skeptic when it comes to taking generic astrology readings seriously, I've always liked Rob Brezsny's quirky off-beat approach . I've been "tuned in" to him since the 80's when I used to read his predictions in the San Francisco Bay Guardian "underground news and entertainment rag." This "dyed-in-the-wool" Pisces is especially intrigued by this week's reading.

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," said science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. So in other words, if you were able to time-travel back to pre-Columbus Ecuador with a laptop computer and a solar-powered battery charger, the Indians might regard you as a wizard with supernatural powers. I think there will soon be a similar principle at work in your life, Pisces: You will get a vivid glimpse of amazing things you could accomplish in the future. They may seem fantastic and impossible to the person you are right now -- tantamount to magic. Be alert for expanded states of awareness that reveal who you could ultimately become.
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YES! Kewel, eh. I changed the place names to customize it, but left reading intact. Oh, and I LOVE Arthur C. Clarke's writing (his most famous was the fabulous 2001: A Space Odyssey movie/book).

My pal WatermEllen is referring to Brezsny's PRONOIA: The Antidote for Paranoia, a wonderful treatise on "becoming a wildly disciplined, fiercely tender, ironically sincere, scrupulously curious, aggressively sensitive, blasphemously reverent, lyrically logical, lustfully compassionate Master of Rowdy Bliss" that I own and have purchased for other friends as well --

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2BMYOWN 5/19/2011 8:37AM

    Hmmmmm...checked my horoscope and it said something about bugs covered in chocolate and a tendency to see the 'unpalatable' things of life right now..... emoticon How come I can't get a 'kewel' one like you? LOL Guess that means you're just spayshal, huh? Either way, sure sounds to me like you have an exciting future waiting for ya! Go GRAB it, Maha! I think you more than deserve some greatness along the way!

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DOR2BFIT 5/18/2011 4:39PM

    What a wonderful reading! So you! emoticon

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JESPAH 5/18/2011 11:44AM

    Rowdy bliss - there's an alcoholic drink in there somewhere, eh? ;)

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DDOORN 5/18/2011 11:16AM

    Sounding just like what the doctor ordered! :-)

Used to love reading sci-fi when younger and had time for reading. Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov and so many others! Technology can certainly seem like magic...for instance the first color tv, VCR player and now SO many more things to dazzle, entrance & mystify us...yet also to "distract" us from important stuff if we allow...!


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KALIGIRL 5/18/2011 10:08AM

    Ah "expanded states of awareness" - who could ask for more?

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/18/2011 9:00AM

    You really are a Wizardress (is that a word?) with super natural powers!! emoticon

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SINGAGAIN 5/18/2011 12:09AM

    I love this! I enjoyed visiting the link you provided & I'm excited to receive my windfall this week.. (libra) Thanks for sharing!! Love & hugs, Jodee

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VEEJAY3 5/17/2011 10:03PM

    I recently threw a birthday party for a long-time friend. I hosted it with another friend who was determined to have an astrologer, a tarot-reader, and a psychic at the party. The astrologer requested everyone's birthday, location, and exact time of birth ... and said she'd prepare for us all in advance.

Well, the party was fun. The tarot reader was tipsy and hilarious, but not any good. The psychic was so popular that I never got to visit her. And the astrologer? AMAZING! I couldn't believe it. It was very fun. And she challenged me to walk down some new roads. ALWAYS good advice.

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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2011 10:01PM

    The pronoia guy: he rocks!!

And yeah, hugely good things gotta be coming your way!!

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    Kewel is the operative word.

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CARRAND 5/17/2011 8:28PM

    Technology often seems like magic to me.

I've always enjoyed Arthur C. Clarke, too.

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GOANNA2 5/17/2011 6:22PM

    emoticonIt is amazing.

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CLAYKEEPER 5/17/2011 6:09PM

    I know that YOU know it's all in there... just let it burst forth !

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XINIXINIX 5/17/2011 5:56PM

    Brezsny is fabuloso!! What's not to love about predictions of tapping into your own magic?



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For a New Beginning

Monday, May 16, 2011

~My bicycle has always symbolized something about moving on, moving out, taking risks, joy.~

~Oh, and the Toyota Dolphin spells Adventure with a capital "A."~

My first adventure in the Toyota Dolphin the summer of 2009 took me to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and beyond. Last summer I made a 5000-mile east coast circuit, meeting dear SparkFriends during the journey (including dear PUDLECRAZY and FRANCESCANAZ!).

~Yellowstone, 2009. Ecuador (which means equator in Spanish!) is 0 degrees latitude, sitting as it does on the equator.~

~Yellowstone, 2009. Oh YEAH?~

~Yellowstone, 2009. Yeah, with change comes entrance onto that unknown, untraversed road.~

As my trip to Ecuador is now just around the corner (June 8-August 17), I have much to consider. Stepping out into the unknown reaches of my life is not as easy as it was a few years ago...but I still nourish that spirit of change...change is something I'm intimately acquainted with. My SparkPeople wallpaper panorama photo is the valley in northern Ecuador that I call "home." There are also some Ecuador pictures in my Photo Gallery.

Honoring the need to care lovingly for this body-mind-spirit temple, I plunge within, looking at ways to change the quality and direction of my life in this unique phase of my life. So then, as I move through this difficult period, when messages like this poem, For a New Beginning, appear in my Inbox I take notice.

John O'Donohue reverberates within my heart and spirit in this call --

For a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)

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MARCHMAID 5/25/2011 9:01PM

    Wish I weren't pinching pennies just now--this is just the kind of thing I love to do. But instead am heading to Michigan for a three week jaunt with hubby to visit old pals. Wasn't enthused, but am going to find some new spots there and en route. Must be something worth seeing that I've never seen before there!


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PEDAL-PUSHER 5/19/2011 5:53PM

    This poem speaks to me.....I will have to print it out and frame it.Thanks!

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PENNYAN45 5/19/2011 5:29PM

    I love the poem!
And what a great adventure your trip to Ecuador will be!


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EOSTAR_45 5/18/2011 11:35AM

    I LOVE this John Donahue poem. Every time I read it, a new layer of meaning unfolds for me. It's very hopeful. The background photo of the valley in Ecuador is stunning. For some reason I thought your trip was later in the summer but alas, it is just around the corner isn't it?

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DARKTHOR 5/18/2011 10:50AM

    May the sun smile down upon you and warm your skin, wherever you are. May the glow of friendship carry you, whenever you need carrying. Have a wonderful trip.

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LISANANCY 5/17/2011 7:17PM

    Oh, an adventure, how I do love an adventure. My spirit sings just at the thought of this trip. emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/17/2011 3:22PM

    Isn't it exciting to have that to look forward to? I can't wait for details of your journey. Loved the poem and passed it on.

Take care and my friend!


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DDOORN 5/17/2011 1:22PM

    Yet another gem that I'm sure speaks so well of the promise of Ecuador!

Your journeys both throughout and beyond our country are so impressive and envious! I'm especially wanting to tour around America...ideally on two wheels! The need for employment will limit me to shorter venues for the next 11 years or so...but then...? :-)


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FRANCESCANAZ 5/17/2011 10:37AM

    Oh How we wish you were coming north again instead of south...You are going to have a great summer! Vaya con Dios mi amiga. emoticon Francesca, Papi, Timothy Zeus & Onyx.

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JESPAH 5/17/2011 8:35AM

    Go out there. Do and be. Make yourself again and again. :)

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2BMYOWN 5/17/2011 12:19AM

    Geez, you are so courageous and adventurous, Maha.....when I grow up, I wanna be JUST LIKE YOU!!!!! I wouldn't even have the guts to take off in the Dolphin, let alone take off for another country! LOL I tried for 10 years just to get myself to drive to freaking Michigan......FROM OHIO, for gawd's sake.........nope, never made it. Sooo, I gotta ask...was there ever a time when you had a fear of just getting out there and doing....and overcame it...or have you always just been an adventurous soul? LOVE the poem.....

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CARRAND 5/16/2011 9:53PM

    A wonderful poem - again. I love the phrase "in the out-of-the-way places of the heart". I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip. Take and share lots of pictures, please.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/16/2011 8:56PM

    To the next adventure, drawing you forward. I admire your spirit! May the sun shine upon all your days.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/16/2011 7:48PM

    Ah, another poem that speaks to the journey of change.

I remember reading Passages by Gail Sheehy when I was going through a difficult spell in my late 20's. At that point in my life, I was appalled, shocked, and disappointed to discover that getting through that rough passage wasn't the one huge bump I needed to face and rise above.

Once I got through the next couple, they have almost become reassuring. More lessons along the path of life. They aren't always pleasant, but there is a confidence that they are not insurmountable.

I know that you have a spirit of exploration, in the simplest literal translation, yes, but more importantly in the exploration of the spirit. Yes, bump, but it will not defeat you.

Love getting a peek at the Dolphin. I had so much fun visiting with you on one of your adventures.

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 5/16/2011 6:11PM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog and the gift of a poem that I am going to copy and read over and over again.
What a brave and courageous soul you are. Enjoy each and every moment of your adventure.

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GOANNA2 5/16/2011 5:54PM

    Thanks for the wonderful poem Maha.
I agree about changes. As you know, I am
also taking off soon and while I am gone for
3 months I will also address whether to go
back and live there for good. Life is too short
and I plan on taking all the opportunities.
I always love your blogs and admire you so much.
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CINDYC53 5/16/2011 1:12PM

    What a wonderful blog!! I'm excited for you during this period of growth. Thanks, too for the WONDERFUL poem, which spoke to me on so many levels. I've been blogging recently about big changes in my eating plan, and they are changes that run deep into my old stuff - "unable to leave that I've outgrown."
I'm so glad you are my spark friend. I value you, Maha!

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KALIGIRL 5/16/2011 12:29PM

    "Awaken your spirit to adventure"...
I love how that resonates with my "body-mind-spirit temple", except being the non-risk-taker that I am, I need to 'live' vicariously through you!

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    Well girlfriend I am very excited for you. I want to say as a kind of blessing that you are one of the most adventurous and engaging sprits I have ever encountered. I truly wish that this next phase of your life brings you back liberated from the things that are dragging you down. Few though significant that they be.

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 5/16/2011 11:26AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I have eight more teaching days before retirement so this really hit home! :)

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MALCONTENTION 5/16/2011 10:41AM

    This is perfect for this new phase of my life. Thanks for sharing, and best to you in exploring these themes yourself!

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SINGAGAIN 5/16/2011 10:32AM

    I LOVE this blog!! This poem is describing how I feel right now as I come out of hiding into life again. Thank you for sharing yourself so beautifully. Have a lovely day! Love & hugs, Jodee

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RUSSELLORAMA 5/16/2011 10:17AM

    That's it! That "sameness" will suck your soul dry.

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EMRANA 5/16/2011 9:43AM

  What a wonderful poem and a beautiful photo!

You and I both "hold nothing back." I'm going to love to hear about your trip to Ecuador!


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CLAYKEEPER 5/16/2011 9:43AM

    ALL time is the right time... no worries, enjoy the journey as you make your way along YOUR path ! It is impossible to make a mistake...

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DEBRA0818 5/16/2011 9:42AM

    It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

I am happy to be exploring what is on the other side of all that sameness.

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DAISY443 5/16/2011 9:33AM

    I wish for you the joys of "A new beginning". Each moment of our lives holds that promise, if we are just open to it! You are truly stepping out onto that new ground, embrace it! Be my inspiration!

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We have not come here to take prisoners

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I've been going through a bit of a rough patch recently, exacerbated today by a hurtful incident. I went to a favorite poetry spot for solace and this verse from "Oh please" by Hafiz jumped out at me:

"Run like hell, my dear,
from anyone likely to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart."

So I'll continue to be, to a great extent, absentee as I work on healing my wounded heart (by learning to "surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy") and preparing for the summer in South America . Please know that SparkPeople is my "social network" of choice, where I've found dear and precious friends. It not only keeps me honest and offers beaucoups resources in my journey toward optimal health, but also offers a balm to my soul through all of you who support me on the journey.
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Oh please

We have not come here to take prisoners

But to surrender ever more deeply
to freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
to hold ourselves hostage from love. Run, my dear,
from anything that may not strengthen
your precious budding wings,

Run like hell, my dear,
from anyone likely to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend
those aspects of obedience
that stand outside of our house
and shout to our reason
"oh please, oh please
come out and play."

For we have not come here to take prisoners,
or to confine our wondrous spirits,
But to experience ever and ever more deeply
our divine courage, freedom,
and Light!

~ Hafiz

You will not be sorry if you take some time to explore:

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KAT573 5/24/2011 8:27PM

    Time and time again I can take my hurt out and look at it, turn it this way and that, knowing that the hidden gifts will begin to appear. I have faith you will too. emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/14/2011 11:03PM

    How are you my friend? I am sending light and love to fill your mind, body, and soul with. We are all looking for our own happiness. Some grab at it so forcefully that the house of cards comes tumbling down, bruising all in the way.

It sounds like you will have a lovely summer and hopefully come back to a place of your own that's "Just Right".

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LISANANCY 5/14/2011 4:03PM

    I join with the others in forming a circle of love for our dear friend. Oh, that we could stop the hurt.

This hurt you have to endure is for a reason. It's for you. The joy of this healing will make you stronger for something yet to come in our great adventure.

My greatest joy in my trip towards getting healthy has not been the pounds lost, but the healing of my spirit. I'm not quite there with forgiveness but the load is definitely getting lighter.

You, my friend, lead us with love. We cry that you hurt but we know that you will be singing very soon. And with more love this time. emoticon

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KRISKECK 5/13/2011 9:47AM

    I too am sorry you're hurting and am sending you much love and balm for your soul. I've been struggling with a number of issues will get better for us, I know. And thank you for the lovely poem! emoticon emoticon

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VEEJAY3 5/12/2011 9:08PM

    Jespah cracks me up!!! I will join in her cardio project wholeheartedly.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/12/2011 7:22PM

    I am sorry you are in pain. I wish you were here so we could spend some serious quality friend time. You know my email address and phone number ~ I'm always here for you.


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    Look first to yourself for what is right with your world, you live there. While others may have their opinions or ideas it is you who have the answers to what is best for you. If it takes sparkfriends to ensure you you have the foundation to lift you up, we are here.

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JESPAH 5/12/2011 8:38AM

    I will personally kick the patoot of anyone who has hurt you, and claim it as today's cardio.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/12/2011 12:29AM

    Oh sweetie. I am so so so sorry someone hurt you. That is awful.

Take of your heart, beautiful.

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PENNYAN45 5/11/2011 10:51PM

    I wrap my arms around you in a healing hug for your heart...
...that warm, generous, big heart of yours...
...that reaches out and gives so openly... so many.

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2BMYOWN 5/11/2011 9:32PM

    Oh Maha, I'm sorry someone hurt you. You're such a wondrous soul, and there are all kinds of buttheads out there, you know I can have the corner on THAT market, sometimes! (Duh.....) Sending lotsa love your way, you're one of the brightest li'l lights we're privileged to have on this earth, don't let anyone dim that glow 'cause of their own baggage...... emoticon

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DEFINEMINE 5/11/2011 6:09PM

    Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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PEACEFULONE 5/11/2011 4:06PM

    Tea and sympathy for you my dear Maha. Hope it helped to write about it and that all the kind words posted here are balm to your spirit. You share so much love and beauty in your blogs it seems inconceivable that anyone would intentionally cause you pain. Perhaps the other party was coming from a place of pain or misunderstanding. Be assured that your presence is treasured by your spark friends!

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CINDYC53 5/11/2011 2:30PM

    Beautiful! Thinking of you, Maha. Sending light your way.

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FLORIDASUN 5/11/2011 10:45AM

    Poop on the poopie that is so arrogant that they would wound your sweet beautiful heart! Know that people lash out when they cannot express their frustrations in any other way. That doesn't excuse their nastiness, but it does help you understand their pitiful existence!

You know how DEEPLY loved and cherished you are and I hope you let any unkindness roll off your persona like teflon!

It is probably verifying just how necessary it is for you to run like hell to a happier peaceful place!

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KALIGIRL 5/11/2011 8:59AM

    Sorry for the hurt you are suffering and thank you for allowing us to join you on your healing journey.

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WENDYSPARKS 5/11/2011 6:36AM

    Loved this!

Wendy :)

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    Hmmmm. Bet I know what caused the hateful incident. I will miss you when you are gone but I am delighted you are going. Love the poem. Love the pict.

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GOANNA2 5/11/2011 6:18AM

    I love the poem and thank you for
sharing. I followed the link and loved it.

I am sorry to hear that someone hurt
your heart dear Maha. Hope you heal.

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KAKIPOPUP 5/11/2011 3:48AM


After the darkest hour comes the dawn -

Be still, and know

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NONIE_C 5/11/2011 2:13AM

    I love the poem, and I thank you for sharing. I am so sorry that your heart was hurt today. Know you are being sent love and powerful wishes for healing.

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CARLI_MAE 5/10/2011 11:52PM

    Who hurt the Maha? Lemme at 'em ... I'll bash 'em, I will! .....

Oh, I guess that's not exactly the most Zen-like approach ... but I bet I made ya grin ... jest a little? Maybe?


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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2011 9:30PM

    Sorry sorry sorry about your wounded heart.

Hope that the healing starts.

This is a good place to be. There is nobody here with a sharp knife, nobody at all.

And: loved the poem!! Thanks.

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RAGIONERE 5/10/2011 9:05PM

  Thank you for taking the time to share the beautiful poetry, even as you are healing your own heart.

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CARRAND 5/10/2011 8:40PM

    I love the poetry. Isn't it wonderful when you discover a poem that just exactly expresses the mood that you're in? I hope your hurt is better soon.

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DARKTHOR 5/10/2011 5:53PM

    I am grateful as always for your shared poetry, but mostly that you are sharing this ride with me on this green mother we call Earth.

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SLASALLE 5/10/2011 5:51PM

    My dear friend, Maha - You know that I am just a phone call away if you need to talk (or like Carol says, complain, whine, curse and/or scream)!!

You are very impressive in how you take care of yourself and where you find solace, my dear.

With love,

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SUNNY332 5/10/2011 5:35PM

    I hope no one made you sad. If they did - let me know and we will form a Spark Posse` and hunt them down. Bless your heart. I loved the poem and am off to read some more. Hang in there and be good to yourself. If someone did hurt you, it is only because they don't like themselves. Your gentle heart is priceless.

Take care, my friend, and let me know. We will take care of them!

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LESS_IS_MO 5/10/2011 5:34PM

    Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing it!
Hug, my spark friend. Hug. emoticon emoticon

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DOR2BFIT 5/10/2011 5:09PM

    Oh I am so sorry you are sad. Glad your favorite poetry spot came through for you. Sending love your way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 5/10/2011 5:07PM

  Wow. What a powerful and amazing reading that is! I am definitely going to check out the link.

If there is anything I can do to help, let me know!


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BECOMINGONE 5/10/2011 5:05PM


Just want you to know that you are loved. Email me if you need to vent or need help. I will be reading emails as regularly as possible. Joined at the hip to email even if this should be a technology free holiday. What is it you say. Sh*t on shoulds. haha


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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/10/2011 3:36PM

    I"m here if you need to 'talk' Mahalakshmi. Sending you hugs and wishes for peace and wellbeing. The poetry is beautiful, as always.

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CRYSTALJEM 5/10/2011 2:56PM

    Thinking of you on this part of your journey. May your hurts heal. Namaste.


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CLAYKEEPER 5/10/2011 2:35PM

    Sending wishes for inner peace and joy !

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DDOORN 5/10/2011 2:29PM

    Have been missing your "touch" lately, but have figured it's been for good reason...cheers to "coming out to play!...and hopefully SOON!

You know we're always here for you...!


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DAISY443 5/10/2011 1:50PM

    My dear Maha, "Run like hell", to a place you can find security and serenity! I am always here if you want to whine, complain, curse or scream! Love, Carol

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    run my dear! that is awesome! I really love this!!!!

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A little down? Need to be inspired?

Friday, May 06, 2011

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The Koh Panyee Thailand Soccer Club

Click here for five minutes of pure unadulterated joy:

I emoticonKarmaTube, a repository of inspiring online videos coupled with small, be-the-change actions that we can all engage in!

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(Part II, P.M. edition!) And if you still need a bit of buoying up, check out SparkJohn's blog, displaying that same attitude about about how to Make.It.Happen...on SparkPeople...and in life in general!!! I *stalk* John frequently (you'll see why!!!). He sez' lots of stuff the way I need to hear it. I love his approach -- thanks John!!!

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Ta-DAAAA...I present JOHNTJ1 to you:

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SLASALLE 5/9/2011 10:47PM

    I've been trying to get to this for a few days now ... can't access from work computer. Tonight I got it ... and it was, indeed, worth the effort!!!

Maha strikes again ... xoxoxoxo


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FRACTALMYTH 5/9/2011 3:08PM

    Brilliant! I'll be showing that one to Wombat for sure :D

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/8/2011 9:12PM

    Gracias amiga. Y feiz Dia de la Madre a mi favorita madre de la Tierra! I love these Karma Tubes. I often share them with my students. Hasta luego, Francesca

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2011 8:23PM

    You find the best stuff!! Put a big smile on my face!!

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PENNYAN45 5/7/2011 5:54PM

    This was such a heartwarming story. Thanks once again for great inspiration!


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CINDYC53 5/7/2011 1:45PM

    Hi Maha! I've been buried at school and straying too far from my spark ways... :-) Now I'm back! Loved reading your blog (I've missed them!) I'll check out Karma Tube. Already know & love John! Hope all is well in your world, my friend.

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KELLEEH 5/7/2011 11:28AM

    Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing the links!

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RUSSELLORAMA 5/7/2011 11:20AM

    Sweet! Thanks for the lift!

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KAKIPOPUP 5/7/2011 5:28AM

    Thank you!

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DARKTHOR 5/7/2011 2:05AM

    I was just blown away by that story. Thank you so much for sharing. I feel uplifted and full of hope.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/6/2011 11:14PM

    Love the way those boys built their own space and practiced what they love. They changed their village. Just beautiful. I shared the movie with my hubs -- a soccer fan, and a fan of the human spirit.
And John's blog is great!
Love you, Mahalakshmi!

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PEACEFULONE 5/6/2011 6:20PM

    What an inspiring story! I subscribed to their newsletter. Thank you Maha for sharing!

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GOANNA2 5/6/2011 6:01PM

    Thanks for sharing.
You can do anything you set your mind to.

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EARTHSEAME 5/6/2011 12:31PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the links! I'm off to check out KarmaTube....

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/6/2011 11:33AM

    I've never heard of karmatube ! I emoticon it !! Great video !!

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DDOORN 5/6/2011 11:23AM

    Thx for the reminder 'Maha...although I've visited KarmaTube in the past I don't think to go there more often!


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MISS_VIV 5/6/2011 11:16AM

    Love Karmatube
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    Oooh I love karmatube also!!!!

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CARRAND 5/6/2011 10:35AM

    The human capacity for optimism is amazing. This is a wonderful story, very inspiring.

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CLAYKEEPER 5/6/2011 10:28AM

    I love these stories... did you see the recent National Geographic that shows the workings of the Bangladesh... they have floating gardens made from hyacinth to grow vegetables on... all people are so inventive !

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DAISY443 5/6/2011 10:13AM

    There is nothing I can say that can in any way adequately describe what I just watched. The human spirit is indeed indomitable!

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