50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
VALERIEMAHA's Recent Blog Entries

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.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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".

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 5/12/2011 9:08PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment

    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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Know that you have friends here ;)

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEFINEMINE 5/11/2011 6:09PM

    Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/11/2011 4:08:55 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYC53 5/11/2011 2:30PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Hugs, hugs and MORE hugs and peaceful prayers are being sent your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYSPARKS 5/11/2011 6:36AM

    Loved this!

Wendy :)

Report Inappropriate Comment

    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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAKIPOPUP 5/11/2011 3:48AM


After the darkest hour comes the dawn -

Be still, and know

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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?


Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTBIRDY 5/10/2011 9:37PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CMRAND54 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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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,

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESS_IS_MO 5/10/2011 5:34PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Report Inappropriate Comment
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


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRYSTALJEM 5/10/2011 2:56PM

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


Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 5/10/2011 2:35PM

    Sending wishes for inner peace and joy !

Report Inappropriate Comment
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...!


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment

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

Report Inappropriate Comment

A little down? Need to be inspired?

Friday, May 06, 2011

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

(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!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SOULFISH80 9/5/2011 2:22PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 5/10/2011 10:16AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
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


Report Inappropriate Comment
FRACTALMYTH 5/9/2011 3:08PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Comment edited on: 5/8/2011 9:13:02 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 5/7/2011 8:23PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNYAN45 5/7/2011 5:54PM

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


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KELLEEH 5/7/2011 11:28AM

    Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing the links!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUSSELLORAMA 5/7/2011 11:20AM

    Sweet! Thanks for the lift!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAKIPOPUP 5/7/2011 5:28AM

    Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEFULONE 5/6/2011 6:20PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 5/6/2011 6:01PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
EARTHSEAME 5/6/2011 12:31PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARCHIMEDESII 5/6/2011 11:33AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Report Inappropriate Comment
MISS_VIV 5/6/2011 11:16AM

    Love Karmatube
Love you


Report Inappropriate Comment

    Oooh I love karmatube also!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CMRAND54 5/6/2011 10:35AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 !

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Strike Against Terror

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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

emoticon emoticon emoticon

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!) --

emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 -

Report Inappropriate Comment
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."


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 5/4/2011 9:58AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 --

On Osama bin Laden's Death --


Comment edited on: 5/4/2011 2:05:02 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 5/4/2011 7:56AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

    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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 5/4/2011 1:03AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 5/3/2011 10:43PM

    Yes. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDLECRAZY 5/3/2011 9:57PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 5/3/2011 9:33PM

    Thank you Maha.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMRANA 5/3/2011 9:17PM

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

~ Namaste ~

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 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.,

Comment edited on: 5/3/2011 9:41:59 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CMRAND54 5/3/2011 8:27PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KELLEEH 5/3/2011 7:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRYSTALJEM 5/3/2011 7:26PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
DOR2BFIT 5/3/2011 7:14PM

    He is truly a wise man. emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/3/2011 7:15:17 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRANCESCANAZ 5/3/2011 7:11PM

    Yes, absolutely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BMYOWN 5/3/2011 7:10PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
STLRZGRRL 5/3/2011 7:07PM

    He is, of course, right.

Report Inappropriate Comment

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)

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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FRANCESCANAZ 4/28/2011 9:43PM

    Me encanta a Machado!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 4/25/2011 6:40PM

    Dial up: is that Latin?

Report Inappropriate Comment

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 4/25/2011 9:01AM

    Happy Easter to you to my friend.

Be Blessed as we count our many blessings.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRACTALMYTH 4/24/2011 6:51PM

    Happiest Easter!

Alleluia! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
CMRAND54 4/22/2011 9:25PM

    Lovely little poem.

I haven't used dial up in years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/22/2011 2:10:40 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 4/22/2011 1:58PM

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

Happy Easter to you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 12:51PM

    "Wake up! Love it!!!!
Happy Easter my friend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMRANA 4/22/2011 12:00PM

  Amen. Lovely post, my friend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Comment edited on: 4/22/2011 11:53:15 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLORIDASUN 4/22/2011 11:14AM

    YOU are somethin! So determined you even go 'dial-up' wish us happiness for 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 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!

HUGGERS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 !

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
DAISY443 4/22/2011 10:09AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMPRIDER 4/22/2011 10:08AM

    Thank you and Happy Easter to you also.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 4/22/2011 10:07AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANCYRUBIO 4/22/2011 10:04AM

    Thank you and a good "Good Friday.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 4/22/2011 10:02AM

    And a blessed Easter to you too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETMT2 4/22/2011 10:00AM

    Happy Easter!

Report Inappropriate Comment

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 and


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) n_Sing.html

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEFULONE 4/20/2011 9:32AM

    Lovely, truly lovely.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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
montie emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 4/19/2011 10:52AM

    Heartfelt ! Thank you for sharing !

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLWOF1 4/19/2011 8:15AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Blessings on your journey. Karen emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CMRAND54 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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 4/18/2011 8:16PM

    "Give shape to a sound" - how wonderful we can do that - and share in the joy singing brings.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASHERAH38 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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 4/18/2011 6:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/18/2011 12:32PM

    Perfectly touches my heart too. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
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?

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.
Usha xx

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

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...!


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

Report Inappropriate Comment

    another beautiful blog from a beautiful lady

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDLECRAZY 4/17/2011 9:06PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 Last Page