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End of Year Challenge

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Morning view from the window at my computer

It stormed heavily last night, with an amazing light show thrown in to add to the drama of pounding rain and strong wind. This morning the sun is blazing on the earth and in my soul, the nip in the air is pleasant and I am "holding out my thanks" (see the Merwin poem at the end).

I've somehow dredged up the space within my psyche to work on myself in a special way between now and December 31, 2011. This blog of Coach Nicole's, 8 Amazing Goals You Can Achieve in the Next 8 Weeks, was just the shot-in-the-arm I needed:

From the goals Nicole listed I have selected these to assist and hold me accountable for the challenge:

~~ track food and exercise (I've been relatively consistent in tracking exercise, but I've resisted tracking food -- hmmmmm, could that have *anything* to do with the 10+ pounds weight gain since my mid-August return from South America???)

~~ exercise 10 minutes every day (instead of fretting about how to add daily aerobic exercise to my life, especially during winter, I'm committing to Just.This.Much -- by walking, a DVD, going to the fitness center, hopping on my bicycle when the weather permits, or *whatever!*)

My trusty wheeled steed is my first choice for aerobic activity. Friend and inspiration DDOORN included this image in a recent blog...and I loved it!

~~ master a new fitness challenge -- 100 push-ups by New Year's Eve is my aspiration; I'm also adding sit-ups to my every-other day strength training regime

~~ aiming to keep SAD at bay by chasing the sun, being jolly (fake it 'til I make it when necessary), practicing turning negatives into positives, etc.


November 12, 2011
Not only did I get witnessed, but some wanted to join me, so...WE CREATED A TEAM! This will help us rally together to Make This Happen...for real!

Lightening Up As the Days Grow Darker:


A couple more morning photos:

The sun will soon warm up my beloved Dolphin

Can you see that the screened porch door is open, welcoming you to visit any ol' time?

I read this wonderful poem as the first rays of the morning sun lit up the day and I think it started the inner process,the inner storm having also blown away, that resulted in being able to offer this gift to myself:


In the morning as the storm begins to blow away
the clear sky appears for a moment and it seems to me
that there has been something simpler than I could ever
simpler than I could have begun to find words for
not patient not even waiting no more hidden
than the air itself that became part of me for a while
with every breath and remained with me unnoticed
something that was here unnamed unknown in the days
and the nights not separate from them
not separate from them as they came and were gone
it must have been here neither early nor late then
by what name can I address it now holding out my thanks
~ W.S. Merwin ~

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JUST_BREATHE08 1/19/2012 7:43PM

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XINIXINIX 12/24/2011 3:07AM

    You are SO rockin' the light - thanks for keeping the Spark going!


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DARKTHOR 11/22/2011 10:46AM

    I may be starting late, but I too would like to end the year right. I'm going to start working on that today. Thanks for passing the spark on.

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FLORIDASUN 11/20/2011 5:06PM

    What a darling you are for sharing Coach Nicole's blog. We sometimes ignore the obvious here on Spark. I'm sending you loving rays of Florida know if I could bottle the stuff I'd send you a case EVERY week! I'm still fighting the 'good fight (see my blog) on the save our home' front. I'll never, ever, EVER give up on fighting for what is fair and right and I might just surprise the world and myself mostly...if we win!

My theme song...."only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible!"C. Moses

...thank heavens there are still STRONG SMART women (if I DO say so me~self!) such as us who walk this earth and fight for justice when justice seems to have fallen away.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOKEYOKEY 11/16/2011 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing Coach Nicole's blog...I have never looked at her before!

Big hugs.


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GENKI_WARRIOR 11/13/2011 4:05PM

    You're beautiful.
...and I have to re-vamp my fitness goals, now *lovehugs.

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ABURRIS2 11/11/2011 11:54AM

    I am in.

~ track food and exercise
~10 min/day rotating ST and 10 min/day walking
~weekly Feldenkrais class plus its morning loosening routine
~"chase the sun" by chasing Beauty: see, touch, create, read or photograph it

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/10/2011 4:35PM

    You encouraged me today and I am on my way to read that Coach Nicole blog! emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/10/2011 4:34PM

    gonna read the nicole blog, everyone is talking about it! :) love your view and your place, i really really want a lil place in the woods someday myself! i know you can kick out the rest of year, enjoy reaching your goals :)

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ABURRIS2 11/10/2011 2:07PM

    Um, my seven weeks in a boot with a broken foot brought another seven pounds with it, so this kind of thing is appropriate...just been lacking the motivation thing. I'll give it a try, though my list may differ a bit. I'll let you know. Thank you for the invitation/challenge!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/10/2011 11:45AM

    What great goals. I'm sure you'll achieve them. I just love your place. Watch out, I'm visualizing myself coming through that door right now for a cup of tea.... Maybe we could set a date and time and at least share a virtual tea while really drinking our own tea at home...... hmmmm.... :)

P.S. I just love your place! That's the kind of surroundings that makes my heart sing and my soul at peace. Thanks for sharing.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/10/2011 10:24AM

    Can I please come live with you?

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/10/2011 7:45AM

    You have another witness amiga. I'll check out that blog...
Your view is awesome! I'd love to take Zeus down through the trees there! emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 11/9/2011 10:11PM

    I'm in...I've already challenged myself to keep my food tracking and exercise streaks going through the end of the year. Sticking with the ST will be my fitness challenge... work on that positive attitude...

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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2011 10:00PM

    So glad that storm is blowing away now . . . holding out my thanks with yours for you and for me.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 11/9/2011 9:17PM

    Rah! Go Maha! You can do it!I am committed to myself too--Turning my SAD light on in the mornings, eating clean and drinking more water.

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    Yay for you! A little fitness focus is a very good thing on a fitness site. HaHa! I am cheering for you.

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PENNYAN45 11/9/2011 7:27PM

    I stand witness to your enthusiasm and willingness to take some steps back on track.
(That's just what I've done too, as I reset my ticker for the next 15 pounds.)

I wish you a glowing success!!

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GOANNA2 11/9/2011 4:04PM

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Thanks for the lovely poem
and good luck with your goals... emoticon

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JESPAH 11/9/2011 3:20PM

    I'm in for the attempt to stave off SAD. :)

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/9/2011 3:12PM

    I will check it out! Until then Amen, Sistah. I am a witness! Looks and sounds lovely emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 11/9/2011 2:48PM

    Thanks for the link - going to check it out now.
And thanks for the lovely poem too.
Good Luck with the challenge!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/9/2011 2:44PM

    I wish I COULD drop in for a visit, and when I am in your area, count on it - I will!

I battle SAD every year. Fortunately, so far, November has been relatively sunny, but the time change plunges us into darkness too early in the evening for my taste. Rain is settling in for the duration of the week, tomorrow is the anniversary of Dad's death, and I am trying to keep up a positive relationship with myself and my days. I certainly empathize!

The photos of the sun beaming through the golden and orange leaves are beautiful. May November treat you kindly.


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DAISY443 11/9/2011 2:40PM

    I will witness but can't join except in thought! Go, Maha!

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DOKEYOKEY 11/9/2011 2:18PM

    Hi, there Maha! Yes, like Nonie and Don, you can consider yourself both witnessed and joined! I'm going to make friends with them both and I'll see you here!

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DDOORN 11/9/2011 1:44PM

    Hmm...I can be such a SLUG when it comes to naming a specific, measurable goal to challenge myself. My usual mentality is to just do "the best that I can." But lately I realize that isn't cutting it! I'm still WAY lagging behind my goal of daily nutrition tracking...even though I just KNOW that is the *ticket* to greater control of the pounds. I'm pretty good at tracking workouts and seldom does a day pass without at least SOME cardio.

So yep, joining you on the food tracking!!

Physical challenges like X number of sit ups or push ups...? Well I prefer to keep pushing the envelop at the fitness center and do things like periodically up the weights I'm using for ST or extending my distance traveled on the stationary bike within a half hour.

Still haven't been able to scrape together the $$$ to tackle one of my "bucket list" wishes to own cross country skiing gear and get my cross country skiing legs 'neath me.

BUT am working on another "bucket list" item...a physical challenge of a totally different nature. Will be blogging about that soon.


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NONIE_C 11/9/2011 12:41PM

Considered yourself both witnessed and *joined* in this end of year challenge. I'm going to go read the NN article now, and I'm going to join you in an 8 week challenge - YAY!!!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Embrace the core sadness of life without toppling headlong into it, or assuming it will define your days. The real trick is to let life, with all its ordinary missteps and regrets, be consistently more mysterious and alluring than its end.
-- Gail Caldwell, from Let's Take the Long Way Home: a memoir of friendship

Thank you dear SparkFriends for noticing my gloom and showering me with your loving thoughts. I continue to struggle. I'm oddly resistant to using the resources I've learned over the years of spiritual practices -- of being kind to myself -- though I WILL slosh through this. Please, please excuse my dearth of SparkParticipation.

This morning I completed preparation of a bountiful vegetarian stew, as well as sauteing a big skillet of kale and turnip greens in olive oil with onion and garlic. I also cut up a late-harvest watermelon a friend grave me from her garden. I have lots of salad fixins' in the frig as well. So I'm set with wonderful "medicine" for the body. I struggle with consistency in aerobic exercise which I still have to figure out, but have managed to continue my strength training streak.

I have also been remiss in feeding the mind via meditation, which I will slide back into easefully and gradually.

As for food for the spirit, Billy Collins lights up my "November heart" with the days growing darker.

Tahquamenon Falls, Lake Superior


After three days of steady rain -
over two inches said the radio -
I follow the example of monks
who write by a window, sunlight on the page.

Five times this morning,
I loaded a wheelbarrow with wood
and steered it down the hill to the house,
and later I will cut down the dead garden

with clippers and haul the soft pulp
to a grave in the woods,
but now there is only
my sunny page which is like a poem

I am covering with another poem
and the dog asleep on the tiles,
her head in her paws,
her hind legs played out like a frog.

How foolish it is to long for childhood,
to want to run in circles in the yard again,
arms outstretched,
pretending to be an airplane.

How senseless to dread whatever lies before us
when, night and day, the boats,
strong as horses in the wind,
come and go,

bringing in the tiny infants
and carrying away the bodies of the dead.

~ Billy Collins ~

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FLORIDASUN 11/13/2011 6:51PM

    Hello my darling Maha! I've missed you so in my flurry of activity here in SW FL during the busiest time of the year. Know that the pendulum always swings back up after it completes the cycle of it's low...hugs to you..we care for each other always! emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are a precious human...know that you are loved muchly! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonBless you Maha!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon I think it impossible to eat watermelon and cry at the same time.

For a moment, I hope that when you are eating yours that your inner child is giggling and feeling silly.

Sending you fuzzbuckets!

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/5/2011 9:44PM

    You have introduced me to a new author. I will look up more of his work for more "delicious" words.

Bless you my friend . . . as always, Jan

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VEEJAY3 11/5/2011 3:27PM

    I adore Billy Collins. (And you, too, dear!)

Some of my favorites of his: Some Questions About Angels ... Three Wishes ... The Lanyard ... gosh. If I could only read one poet, it would be him. (apologies to your dearest Mary Oliver. And of course to Rumi.)

Matters of the spirit have seasons of their own, I think. Perhaps this is your fall ... where you begin storing up energy to last you through a time of stillness. Or not! Only time will tell. But I trust in your wisdom to know exactly how to treat yourself thru this. Looks like you have plenty of love surrounding you here!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/2/2011 6:51PM

    How i would love to have you here again mi amiga. Anytime...te amo mucho. Be blessed. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 11/2/2011 6:06PM

    I haven't been of much support and I apologize. I've been off in my own little world creating pottery for 'tis the season.
Sending buckets of good vibes your way!
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SLASALLE 11/2/2011 4:35PM

    Thinking of you, my dear friend. We've both been so very busy! Know that I join you in a strength training streak. This week will be 5 weeks of full body strength training twice weekly. I hope to increase that to 3x, with a weekend at home session that is only core and upper body.

So sorry that you're struggling ... sometimes we just have to let ourselves move through it as best we can. As we both know, this too shall pass ... as does everything (both good and bad) eventually.

Sending you love, light and warmth ...


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KALIGIRL 11/2/2011 9:07AM

    Sorry you are suffering a sadness of spirit. It never ceases to amaze me how my mind 'screams' what's right, but my body and soul refuse to listen. Maybe that's my problem... I need to train my mind to gently influence the rest of my being?

Namaste my friend - sending warm and soothing thoughts your way.

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DDOORN 11/1/2011 10:47PM

    Even at your spiritual nadir I never cease to be amazed and more aware than I was before reading your posts, 'Maha. So spiritually challenged am I...! Thank you for allowing us to enter your world with you as much as you do!

And as you can see by such an outpouring from our SparkFamily we are all just SO with you through thick & thin!


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COSMIC_ENERGY 11/1/2011 9:33PM

    Wrapping you in everlasting arms of Love, full of pure white energy. Sometimes we just have to sit in the stew and marinate awhile before coming out on the other side.

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CARRAND 11/1/2011 8:01PM

    I love the Billy Collins poem. Thank you for sharing. Keep up the strength training and hang in there.

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WATERMELLEN 11/1/2011 7:55PM

    Hang in there . . . and I'm hanging in there with ya, for sure. At our age and stage we've been through tough times before, and although we may not like it while we're slogging through it, we KNOW that we'll get to the other side of it. Eventually. Just not fast enough. But eventually.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/1/2011 6:22PM

    I am so sorry that your life's path continues to churn on in a way that is sad and frustrating for you. I wish there was a way I could lift up your spirits. I know from experience, that there are times that it is so hard to follow the spiritual teaching and practices than most of the time support and nurture us.

November is always the month where I struggle most with living in the moment and cherishing each day. It is the month where I have suffered some of my deepest and most devastating losses. I mention this because these are the times when it is most challenging to applying the lessons of spiritual practice to our own lives.

Your stew sounds delicious... I wish I could join you for dinner and bring some blackberry cobbler.

Sending love to you.


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SUNNY332 11/1/2011 5:34PM

    "I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content."
- Lin Yutang

Medication and Journaling are a great way to get back in touch with yourself and the desires of your heart. You are on you own path but sharing it with us. We will be here walking this journey with you, my friend.

Hugs, Sunny

BTW - the book arrived today. The wrapping was torn and it looks to have had a little bit of water damage but other than this, it's story is in tack and waiting for me to read it. Thank you so much!

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BELOVE2013 11/1/2011 2:39PM

    You are a consistent source of encouragent to me and never cease to lift me up. For that, I'm grateful. Thank YOU for being such a great person.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 11/1/2011 2:36PM

    It sounds like you are in an emotional autumn, dropping your summer foliage and stripping down to bare branches for the winter....I've been there! We probably all have, in our own way. I guess our inner fires need time to burn low for a while; they can't burn bright and fierce all the time....

This time of year, I find it very helpful to burn some candles, make a hot drink, curl up with a cozy afghan, phone someone I really love -- do everything I can to warm my heart. I hope your heart is warm and cozy. I'm sending you much love.

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JESPAH 11/1/2011 1:51PM

    That reminds me a tad of the old song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

So November is gloomy, and the seas are stormy. It's true. The leaves and color disappear and any beauty that comes from snow is not here yet.

But it has one awesome, kick-bun difference from all the other months. And the other months are SOOOO jealous.

'Cause November ends with Thanks. :)

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    You are nothing short of amazing.

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DEBRA0818 11/1/2011 11:07AM

    Spiritual practices are easiest when things are good but most difficult for me when things are difficult. Over the years I've discovered that it is easy for me to approach God with gratitude but very hard to to tell Him I am sad, angry, depressed, frustrated, etc. It is as if I feel ashamed of my negative feelings, like they shouldn't exist! Sometimes I think they are a commentary on how good I am at "getting it," sometimes I don't feel I deserve to feel them since I live in the midst of abundance, but all this just pulls me further away from the Divine Light that sees all of me and loves. I hope that your struggles land you smack in the middle of God's warm embrace.


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EMRANA 11/1/2011 10:53AM

  It's funny how we sometimes stray from our spiritual practices when they are the best remedy. I have done the same thing ~ then when I do put on kirtan or do asana or meditate, I say, why didn't I do that days ago? It's not often that it happens, but when it does, depression can be a very powerful force.

I prescribe one full listening of Krishna Das' Heart Full of Soul. emoticon

Sounds like you have a perfect kitchen full of yummies!


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NVDONNA 11/1/2011 10:44AM

    Sorry you are struggling, my friend. Your stew sounds delightful, and you are set with veggies and watermelon, yum! Keep up the ST, and know that is also provides a cardio effect. Meditate when the feeling is right. You got this! You are a strong, beautiful, powerful woman, and don't forget it! xoxo

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The inner landscape of my heart and mind has been bleak of late and I don't have the inclination to share the current struggles. But share beauty in words and images...ALWAYS!

So here is an excerpt from the work of the late Taha Muhammad Ali, who defined art as taking "from life something real, then to build it anew with your imagination."


And so

it has taken me

all of sixty years

to understand

that water is the finest drink,

and bread the most delicious food,

and that art is worthless

unless it plants

a measure of splendor in people's hearts.

-- Taha Muhammad Ali
So What: New and Selected Poems, 1971-2005, translated by Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi, and Gabriel Levin
Joe Riley, who publishes the poetry site was privileged to hear Taha Muhammad Ali present his poetry, saying of Ali, "on hard soil, he keeps on planting hope...."
Here is a wonderful PBS article and interview with Ali:

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DOKEYOKEY 11/1/2011 9:34AM

    I know about the inner bleakness, and so I continue to be even more inspired by your fierce determination to find and share what is beautiful. I hope things have started to shift toward equanimity for you. Hugs, Kathleen

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FRACTALMYTH 10/30/2011 4:08PM

    I loved this one too :D

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JESPAH 10/29/2011 12:44PM

    art is worthless unless ...

Excellent. :)

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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2011 8:52PM

    My life is a bit bleakish as well -- so many thanks for planting a little splendour in my heart!

And: here's hoping for both of us that we'll blink and the bleak will be replaced with all the voluptuous glory that surrounds us out there . . . when we can notice.

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DAISY443 10/28/2011 6:43PM

    Ahh, the basics! Wonderful. Take care of yourself, Maha. I am with you in spirit!

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SUNNY332 10/28/2011 6:05PM

    ...and I agree. There is nothing like a nice cool drink of water and a slice of bread fresh from the oven. Also, loved the thought on art.

Do have a great weekend, my friend.


I mailed the book. You should have received it by now.

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GOANNA2 10/28/2011 5:08PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your struggles with self.
I wish you well and thank you for sharing this
wonderful poem. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 10/28/2011 4:59PM

    Thank you. I am sorry that your world is seeming bleak right now and I hope your light will bring you strength to move forward and out of the bleakness. You are a wonderful person, full of inner light and wisdom. I know tough times need to be weathered by all of us mortals, but I hope you do not have to weather this bout very long.


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RIDMYCOCOON 10/28/2011 2:12PM

    What an extraordinary man. To find the simple things and know them to be miraculous is a strength beyond measure. Life can be simple if we remember.

I know whatever struggles create the bleak in the strengths of you currently will flow warm and strong soon. You found a perfect image. As soon as I saw it it reminded me of the inner workings of a heart or brain.

I am sending you some heat ~~~~~~

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KELLEEH 10/28/2011 2:10PM

    Lovely. Thank you.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/28/2011 1:51PM

    Thank you for sharing something so beautiful. May the bleakness you are experiencing change to brilliance and joy with ease and with perfect timing my friend.

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SOULFISH80 10/28/2011 12:56PM

    Very great, thank you for sharing.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/28/2011 12:39PM

    so fabulous!

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EMRANA 10/28/2011 12:33PM

  I love that! And it's so true!

Sending you lots of squishy emoticon dear Maha, for whatever ails you.

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What I Have Learned So Far

Monday, October 24, 2011

I try to ponder this daily and live my life based upon the wisdom --

What I Have Learned So Far

Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,
looking into the shining world? Because, properly
attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don't think so.

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of -- indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(New and Selected Poems Volume Two)

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KALIGIRL 10/27/2011 9:02AM

    To ponder or act?
Depends on the season of our time...

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1HAPPYWOMAN 10/26/2011 11:57AM

    this ignited something in me. thanks for the spark!

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JESPAH 10/26/2011 9:24AM

    Be ignited.

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PEACEFULONE 10/25/2011 7:09PM

I bow in gratitude!
A time to meditate and a time to follow through where action is required.
Both are necessary for a balanced life.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 10/24/2011 10:36PM

    Ah...if we could bottle and sell what we've learned so far.

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DDOORN 10/24/2011 3:39PM

    "Be ignited, or be gone." ...just LOVE IT! :-)


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SUNNY332 10/24/2011 2:48PM

    Reminds me of one of my favorite passages of scripture.

Psalms 46:10. Be Still and know that I am God.

There are times when being still and being quiet are called for and I pray for the wisdom to know when those times come.

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BELOVE2013 10/24/2011 2:32PM

    You make me smile.

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DAISY443 10/24/2011 1:30PM

    A hard to learn lesson-to be still and just exist for a time!

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GOANNA2 10/24/2011 12:22PM

    Thank you. emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/24/2011 11:55AM

    thanks for the fabulous pic and another beautiful poem from mary!

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EMRANA 10/24/2011 11:36AM


I don't see my daily meditation as a hardship at all ~ it is as vital as breathing to me. I *want* to go to that place. Of course, some of the best meditation in my life has happened in that very Temple... emoticon emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/24/2011 10:18AM

    I need to take more time to just sit.. emoticon It is too easy to become that hamster running in the wheel...Te amo amiga

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MISS_VIV 10/24/2011 9:58AM

    I will sit and ponder this beautiful morning - waiting for the sunrise.
And enjoy a fantasitc cuppa cuppa..... emoticon

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do I *really* understand this important aspect of life?


There's this shape, black as the entrance to a cave.
A longing wells up in its throat
like a blossom
as it breathes slowly.

What does the world
mean to you if you can't trust it
to go on shining when you're

not there? and there's
a tree, long-fallen; once
the bees flew to it, like a procession
of messengers, and filled it
with honey.

I said to the chickadee, singing his heart out in the
green pine tree:

little dazzler
little song,
little mouthful.

The shape climbs up out of the curled grass. It
grunts into view. There is no measure
for the confidence at the bottom of its eyes -
there is no telling
the suppleness of its shoulders as it turns
and yawns.
Near the fallen tree
something - a leaf snapped loose
from the branch and fluttering down - tries to pull me
into its trap of attention.

It pulls me
into its trap of attention.

And when I turn again, the bear is gone.

Look, hasn't my body already felt
like the body of a flower?

Look, I want to love this world
as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.

Sometimes in late summer I won't touch anything, not
the flowers, not the blackberries
brimming in the thickets; I won't drink
from the pond; I won't name the birds or the trees;
I won't whisper my own name.

One morning
the fox came down the hill, glittering and confident,
and didn't see me - and I thought:

so this is the world.
I'm not in it.
It is beautiful.

~ Mary Oliver

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COSMIC_ENERGY 10/23/2011 10:22AM

    I love how fall looks and occassionally how it feels. The shorter days with less light seem to affect my body and my mood and I try to remember, this too shall pass, nuture myself more, be more vigilant about what I put in my body.

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KELLEEH 10/22/2011 8:56PM

    Very nice. Gorgeous photos.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 10/21/2011 4:41PM

    Thank you for sharing--beautiful.


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SOULFISH80 10/21/2011 1:05PM

    Thanks, I always love to see what you share, you have such a grounding effect on me. I did watch and enjoy the Joseph Campbell Mythos 1 and James Broughton short film series. So glad you inspired me to broaden my horizon on these two great men. I hope your season is delightful to the senses. Have you seen The Fox and the Girl, French film, wonderful. The pics of the foxes on here remind me of the fox in that movie.

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KALIGIRL 10/21/2011 1:05PM

    Wonderful to know many 'octobers' will pass once we're not here...

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/21/2011 12:45PM

    Thanks for tickling my spirit! I am sure my feet will land lightly in my firm footing today because of you emoticon

I really enjoyed this writing. Thanks Foxy Lady. emoticon

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DARKTHOR 10/21/2011 11:40AM

    Thank you for the beautiful words and for being a part of my world this day and all the others.

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JESPAH 10/21/2011 9:10AM

    Oh I adore foxes. That - and the poem - and seeing your name come up - really made me smile this morning.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/21/2011 9:00AM

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CRYSTALJEM 10/21/2011 12:27AM

    What beautiful images and thoughts to help me reflect as this day closes. Thank you. Glad you're back!

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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2011 8:30PM

    This is gorgeous . . . especially with your photos!!

This is our last chance to be alive and it's great to be reminded of that. To be drawn into the trap of paying attention to that.

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/20/2011 6:04PM

    I am so glad your Spark break was so short! I have missed you mi amiga. Gracias por las palabras lindas. Te amo emoticon

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    Mary Oliver makes my heart happy!!!!!!! as do you:)

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GOANNA2 10/20/2011 4:20PM

    Thank you Maha. Just beautiful. emoticon emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/20/2011 3:02PM

    This is amazing. I thought I was reading Rumi until the end. Now I must seek this poet, Mary Oliver.
Thank you.
The world without me is so very beautiful.

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VEEJAY3 10/20/2011 2:55PM

    Ah. A shot of Mary Oliver for my day. Thank you, Dear Maha! I love it when you're here.

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DDOORN 10/20/2011 2:53PM

    How this line lingers...

"I want to love this world
as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it."

Thank you so much as ever, 'Maha!


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PUDLECRAZY 10/20/2011 2:49PM

    Another lovely blog! Did you take the top photo? I love it!

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DAISY443 10/20/2011 1:55PM

    Thank you! Miss you! Hugs!

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DMPRIDER 10/20/2011 1:54PM

    Beautiful. Thank you.

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SUNNY332 10/20/2011 1:53PM

    I just love Mary Oliver. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem.

Just finished reading a good book - Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell. It was great! I will send it to you if you would like to read it.

Take care and good to see you post. I have been missing your blogs.

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