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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)
www.panhala.net/Archive/For_a_New_Be
ginning.html

  
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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!

Thanks!

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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!

Sunny

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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...? :-)

Don

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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.
Namaste
Naomi

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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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QUEENOTHEFOREST 5/16/2011 11:51AM

    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:
peacefullpresence.blogspot.com/

  
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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 too...it 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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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/12/2011 6:53PM

    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.
Janet

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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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Know that you have friends here ;)

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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...
...to 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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QUEENOTHEFOREST 5/11/2011 6:28AM

    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

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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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JUSTBIRDY 5/10/2011 9:37PM

    Beautiful!

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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,
Stephanie

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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!
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    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

    Maha,

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

Sandra

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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...!

Don

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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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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/10/2011 1:28PM

    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:

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2298





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:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=yes
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SOULFISH80 9/5/2011 2:22PM

    Awesome!

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JESPAH 5/10/2011 10:16AM

    W00p!

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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

Stephanie

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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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    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!

Don

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MISS_VIV 5/6/2011 11:16AM

    Love Karmatube
Love you

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INSPIREBYNATURE 5/6/2011 10:53AM

    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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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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