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Good morning!

Monday, April 16, 2012

It was worth every one of the eight minutes this took, while I sipped on my morning brew, to record this "Good morning!" for me and share it with all of you!

Oh, and in case you're wondering, so far I've managed to retain a vestige of sanity through this end-of-semester madness.


Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Dream Work)
Thanks Jes! Good Morning Good Morning, The Beatles:

And my personal favorite, Good Morning Starshine, from Hair:

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SLASALLE 4/19/2012 11:43AM

    Yes, indeedy ... "the earth says hello. You twinkle above us, we twinkle below." Also one of my favorites!!!


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PEACEFULONE 4/18/2012 8:20AM

    Thank you Maha!

Sunrise is a magical time of day.
Another Beatles favorite-Here Comes the Sun.

Peace and blessings, Elaine
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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2012 9:04PM

    It is my nature to be happy . . . and the earth is exactly what I wanted. And also this marvellous good morning, exactly what I wanted!!

Thank you and thanks to Mary Oliver et al!!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/17/2012 11:52AM

    Good morning and Thank You! Loved the links.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/17/2012 8:19AM

    Good Morning to you tooooooo!!
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SUE_2U 4/16/2012 11:59PM

    I love those songs and I have not ever heard that wonderful poem. I will have to look for Mary Oliver. That is so beautiful!
There is a song I used to love by Melanie, called Baby Day. I used to wake up every morning and go out and watch the sun come up, all by myself.

Why sleep when the day has been called out by the sun
From the night 'cause the light's gonna shine on everyone
Why sleep when the sleep only closes up our eyes
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
And watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Quite quite, said I that's all very well to say
But I rose before the dawn to your singing yesterday
I couldn't see the rising 'cause the dark was in my sky
I couldn't see the sun 'cause the sun was in my eye

Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Why sleep, I heard and I followed it today
To the top of the hill where the wind songs play
And I sing it like I heard it
Why I heard it who knows why?
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/16/2012 8:15PM

    Thank you for the poem, the pictures and the music. Have a Blessed Day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Love it-you lifted me right up!

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CARRAND 4/16/2012 1:03PM

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful poem.

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TWINSFITBY40 4/16/2012 12:01PM

    Buenos Dias, Maha!! Te deseo muy buena suerte en los finales. Que tengas muy buenas calefacciones en sus examenes. Hasta luego amiga, Maria

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2012 11:18AM

    Good morning! Remember to seek out the beauty while you're in the midst of the crazy:)

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DAISY443 4/16/2012 10:33AM

    Good Morning!

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JESPAH 4/16/2012 10:32AM

    One of my faves of theirs:

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SONGBUDDHA 4/16/2012 10:22AM

    Fantastic photo!
Fantastic poem!
thanks for both, and have a beautiful day!!

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SLASALLE 4/16/2012 10:14AM

    Glad to see that you're still sane!! And such beautiful imagery through words to start the day ...

I'm working at home today using the feet as little as possible!

Carry on ... :-)


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DDOORN 4/16/2012 9:27AM

    Such a delightful way to greet the day...! Thx for that, 'Maha and good to hear the end to your semester crazies draws near! :-)


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Light my way!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The big push begins, and my prayer is to maintain balance for the rest of April. Eating mindfully and scattering exercise throughout is my goal. I'm sharing the next two weeks with you so you will know why I'll be absentee and to help me "see" it and "dive in" mindfully~~

~ Monday I travel to a small community 1.5 hrs. away to interview participants in the Hispanic Entrepreneur Project

~ Tuesday a power point presentation in Advanced Spanish Biz Practices AND a complicated paper is due in Spanish Literature

~ Thursday a major homework assignment is due in Spanish Lit

~ Monday, Apr 23 I travel to another community 1+ hrs. away to interview participants in the Hispanic Entrepreneur Project

~ Thursday, Apr 26 university choir concert (with all pieces memorized)

~ Monday, Apr 30 Spanish Biz final + major research paper is due

~ Tuesday, May 1 Spanish Lit final

~ Wednesday, May 2 complete evaluation on Hispanic Project and depart on the 1000-mile solo road trip to Satchidananda Ashram in central Virginia for the month of May
May the Divine light our way~


pours light
into every cup,
quenching darkness.

The proudly pious
stuff their cups with parchment
and critique the taste of ink

while God pours light

and the trees lift their limbs
without worry of redemption,
every blossom a chalice.

Hafiz, seduce those withered souls
with words that wet their parched lips

as light
pours like rain
into every empty cup
set adrift on the Infinite Ocean.

~ Hafiz ~
(Interpretive version of Ghazal 11 by Jose Orez)


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FRANCESCANAZ 4/15/2012 5:39PM

    Tenga una semana super buena amiga! Te amo mucho, Francesca

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PEACEFULONE 4/15/2012 2:47PM

    Wow, that's quite a schedule! Know that you are up to it and will get it all done! Wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing and for being such an inspiration. Remember to breathe and all will be fine.

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SUE_2U 4/15/2012 5:46AM

    So beautiful. My husband used to quote Hafiz to me. In Farsi. Beautiful even when one isn't sure what the words mean, but to me a bit more beautiful when I do. Thank you.

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GOANNA2 4/13/2012 11:15PM

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Beautiful. Thanks Maha!
You are sure leading a busy life. You go girl emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/13/2012 10:58PM

    emoticonWOW...Maha, you have got it going on girlfriend!! emoticon

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DDOORN 4/13/2012 10:53PM

    Wow! What an agenda you have for the weeks ahead!

Paying close attention to taking care of yourself will most definitely pay off bigtime!

Looking forward to hearing how it all goes, especially your travels!


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DOKEYOKEY 4/13/2012 10:30PM

    I wish you stamina and focus! And some FUN, too!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/13/2012 9:56PM

    Enjoy every single moment of your wonderful life!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/13/2012 8:38PM

    Ahh yes, I see you are quite busy.....but it looks like good , meaningful busy.

Enjoy and remember to take time out, to relax, eat well, and move!

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CARRAND 4/13/2012 8:31PM

    Love the Hafiz! I just bought a book of poetry based on his poems, and I'm enjoying it very much.

Best wishes on your travels.

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    good luck beautiful!

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KALIGIRL 4/13/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon for pouring light into our days and enjoy the rest of your incredible April journey.
Namaste my friend.

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FRECKS96 4/13/2012 11:31AM

    Good Luck Maha!! Definitely a lot to accomplish but it sounds like there is some fun mixed in. Enjoy those parts to their fullest.

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DARKTHOR 4/13/2012 11:25AM

    Wow, that is busy, busy, busy! Enjoy yourself, take time to breathe and take in the beauty around you. Much love sent your way.

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SLASALLE 4/13/2012 11:17AM

    You can do it!!!! I know this ... !!!! Remember, break things down into smaller pieces so as to not get overwhelmed (with a very overwhelming schedule that would do it to anybody!!!!)

If you've got any time for a catchup chat before your departure Monday, let me know. I'm around most of the weekend, just still trying to take it easy.

Remember, your treat for getting everything else done is your wonderful trip to the ashram. Keep that in your sights ...

With love,

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 10:58AM

    Wow! On your mark, get set, GO! That is quite the schedule. You will feel so good to have all those accomplishments when May rolls around. Will be thinking of you and sending you energy to help meet all your objectives. May you stay balanced and focussed. CJ

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DMPRIDER 4/13/2012 10:25AM

    Best of luck with all of it! And safe travels!

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IMKFOX 4/13/2012 10:23AM

    Take care of yourself and focus on the individual steps you need to take to make it through the next couple weeks successfully. Can't wait to hear the stories you'll have at the end of your trip!

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DAISY443 4/13/2012 10:20AM

    Safe travels to a busy lady! I wish you luck in your endeavors!

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FLORIDASUN 4/13/2012 10:14AM

    Ahhhh big breathe...and a HUGE God bless to you beautiful friend. Believe in all your glory and strength...this IS a very busy period for you. You will get through it in the same marvelous way that you tackle everything in your world...and once on the other side...will marvel at the miracle that you are!

I'm cheering you on and sending some brilliant FL sunshine to light your way. Rest up, eat well, and know that you CAN do this!

Hugs, hugs, and MORE hugs!

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A dose of Mary Oliver to lift you up!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tell me --

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

The North American Robin,
a migratory songbird of the thrush family


It was spring
and finally I heard him
among the first leaves -
then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness -
and that's when it happened,

when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree -
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,
and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing -
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfectly blue sky - all, all of them

were singing.
And, of course, yes, so it seemed,
so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn't last

for more than a few moments.
It's one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you've been there,
you're there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays)

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 11:01AM

    I feel so calm and peaceful! emoticon

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JESPAH 4/13/2012 10:02AM

    Sweet! :)

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    So lovely; thank you emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/12/2012 3:28PM

    Gracias mi hermana Maha. Siempre haces mis dias mas felices! Besos, Francesca

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EARTHSEAME 4/12/2012 12:35PM

    Mary Oliver and YOU rock my world! Thanks for posting this loveliness.

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TWINSFITBY40 4/12/2012 12:30PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks Maha! You always inspire me to look at the beauty that surrounds me. Maria


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ABURRIS2 4/12/2012 11:06AM

    It is morning and "open the door and fly on your heavy feet" is an image among many to remember.

my thanks

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DDOORN 4/12/2012 10:23AM

    This captures the feeling I often have when I "fly" out my front door on my bike! :-)

Thank you 'Maha and Ms. Oliver:


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SLIMMERJESSE 4/12/2012 10:05AM

    Lovely! Thank you.

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KALIGIRL 4/12/2012 8:40AM

    It is spring!
Here's to each new morning.
Namaste my friend

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SUE_2U 4/12/2012 1:36AM

    How beautiful, Valerie! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/11/2012 7:52PM

    I love poems, I love robin's and I love you Maha!! emoticon

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CARRAND 4/11/2012 7:05PM

    What a wonderful poem.

I had my first meditation class last night and during my first attempt at meditating I saw birds - bright tropical birds. i wonder what that means?

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_RAMONA 4/11/2012 6:19PM

    Ah, Maha! The Divine Miss O and I stood in the bathroom this morning listenting to the trills dancing in the window we left open inviting in the Spring! It blessed and lightened us beyond words I thought... but I hadn't considered Mary... and YOU! THANK YOU, Beautiful! I so appreciate your uplifting words (and visit) of late!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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    love it :)

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Easter Exultet!

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Glorious Grand Tetons and Wildflowers


Shake out your qualms.
Shake up your dreams.
Deepen your roots.
Extend your branches.
Trust deep water
and head for the open,
even if your vision
shipwrecks you.
Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain.
Open a lookout.
Dance on a brink.
Run with your wildfire.
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.
Not dawdling.
Not doubting.
Intrepid all the way
Walk toward clarity.
At every crossroad
Be prepared
to bump into wonder.
Only love prevails.
En route to disaster
insist on canticles.
Lift your ineffable
out of the mundane.
Nothing perishes;
nothing survives;
everything transforms!
Honeymoon with Big Joy!

~ James Broughton ~
(Sermons of the Big Joy)

The inimitable James Broughton:


Exultet (just in case you have the slightest curiosity):

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 11:00AM

    I have been behind in your blogs obviously! This was lovely, thank you so much.

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PEACEFULONE 4/9/2012 12:30AM

    Again you dear Maha bring beauty, joy and inspiration to my life!
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Peace, blessings, and love to you!!!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/8/2012 6:42PM

    Exultant and lovely!

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JESPAH 4/8/2012 11:44AM

    Oh, how lovely! :)

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/7/2012 10:23PM

    emoticonBeautiful poem from a beautiful Lady!! Happy Easter.

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/7/2012 4:17PM

    Beautiful poem for a beautiful spring day read from a beautiful Spark friend! emoticon

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DDOORN 4/6/2012 10:43PM

    Oh how I needed this one! To transcend fears and worries...blow by them and just let the SPARKS FLY!

Thank you so much for sharing such inspirations, 'Maha!


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SUNNY332 4/6/2012 8:17PM

    Be Blessed today.....

Today is Good Friday !
Someone asks 'Why do we call it good?'
It was the agonizing death of an innocent Man for crimes he did not commit.
We cannot bear to see His suffering on a rough hewn cross.
In the words of Isaiah we agree...
"We hid our faces from Him, He was despised and we did not esteem Him."
Is. 53:3b

But, look again.

The Man who died never did anything wrong.
That was GOOD ...
As the sacrificial Passover Lamb the Man was perfect , without blemish.
That was GOOD
The Man willingly gave His life to save others.
That was GOOD
The Man even as He hung on the cross spoke comforting words to sinners ...
"Father, forgive them... " and ...
"Today you will be with Me in paradise.. "
That was GOOD
His Father in heaven was watching ...
He knew Sunday was coming and it would reveal God's ancient plan.
and He said...
"It is GOOD!"

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SUE_2U 4/6/2012 7:56PM

    Oh I love this one! I used to read it every year. Thank you so much for posting this and reminding me of it. One of my very favorite poems!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 4/6/2012 2:12PM

    Beautiful! So applicable to what needs to be prescribed in life: an overhaul of what's no longer useful; of what holds back and hinders and causes pain and dis-ease, and a launching--full dive--into the unknown with clarity of faith that love will paint a great picture of life (because it does). Thanks for sharing : )

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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2012 12:21PM

    Exultet iam angelica turba caelorum:
exultent divina mysteria:
et pro tanti Regis victoria tuba insonet salutaris.

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K-PO110 4/6/2012 11:56AM

    Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain.

You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.

Thank you, thank you - messages I wish I could gift to everyone everyday.

Have a great weekend Maha, and thank you as always for the inspiration.


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GOANNA2 4/6/2012 11:16AM

    Thanks for sharing. That was beautiful!
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DAISY443 4/6/2012 11:00AM

    "Be prepared to bump into wonder" How often we forget this and miss the wonder!

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Friday, March 30, 2012


Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant -
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean's shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Why I Wake Early)

I awoke after 7:00am after bedding down late last night...I had a sense of urgency of "I have so much to do today" of "I'm so behind I'll never catch up" and then I opened the door...and stopped dead in my tracks. I looked out and listened to the quiet beauty of nature in the springtime and realized that I, like nature, have this amazing PRESENT to fill with mindfulness, and my sense of quiet desperation diminished and I began looking at how to approach the day in grace and beauty.

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RIDMYCOCOON 4/4/2012 11:53AM

    I read this and am immediately transformed :) emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/3/2012 3:13PM

    Don't ever stop sharing amiga!

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GOANNA2 4/2/2012 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing another beautiful Mary Oliver
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CRYSTALJEM 4/1/2012 10:56PM

    Joy, peace and the moment. Thank you.

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BECOMINGONE 4/1/2012 9:06AM

    :-) Glad you found the moment ... hope your studying was productive yesterday.

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2BMYOWN 3/31/2012 11:48PM

    You know, Maha.....every spring time, one of the first things I see are the delicate little wood flowers that come back up beneath the trees, and just looking at them seems to encourage me. It reminds me of new life and renewal, and the possibility of yet another summer after such a drab and cold winter. The shoots are just now coming out on the trees, and the grass is greening up. The frogs are singing, the starlings are back, the killdeer are back, but I haven't heard my nighthawk yet, he is my final sign. I need these things.....I don't know why, but I do. Wishing you lots of renewing sights from this wonderful ol' world of ours. I think we could all stand a little renewal....

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SUNNY332 3/31/2012 10:39AM

    Loving it...

Of course I do - I love Mary Oliver's poetry.

This morning when I was pouring my coffee, I noticed a bush with white flowers at the back of our back field. I never have noticed this before and we have been here 12 years.

Off to get my shoes on and take a little walk with my camera.

Do have a lovedly weekend.


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EARTHSEAME 3/30/2012 11:40PM

    Absolutely, soul-deep beautiful.

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CARRAND 3/30/2012 8:23PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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SUE_2U 3/30/2012 5:57PM

    The world is such a beautiful place, especially to a beautiful soul with an attitude of gratitude. Thank you for sharing.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2012 3:59PM

    Blissful! Keep following the bliss!

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/30/2012 1:15PM

    Thank you so much for this. You have such wisdom and insight. You bring so much to me in your posting of your blogs. With much love...Cindi emoticon

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_RAMONA 3/30/2012 12:31PM


"I looked out and listened to the quiet beauty of nature in the springtime and realized that I, like nature, have this amazing PRESENT to fill with mindfulness, and my sense of quiet desperation diminished and I began looking at how to approach the day in grace and beauty."

...I needed THIS today! THANK YOU, Maha!

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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SLASALLE 3/30/2012 12:18PM

    Maha, my friend, you have such a way with words. Thank you for giving me a smile, a glimpse at nature while I'm stuck in my office at a desk, and more than anything, the reminder to slow down a bit and take in the beauty that is around you!!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 3/30/2012 12:00PM

    Loved this! Thank you for sharing Maha. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 3/30/2012 11:54AM

    I'm praying for just an iota of your daily grace and wisdom, Maha!

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    You know I love wendy and you!!!! BEAUTIFUL!

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DDOORN 3/30/2012 11:39AM

    Ah...could SO use a "a needle in the haystack of light" these days...too busy, too distracted!

Thx for the reminder to take a deep breath and take in the world that's always been around me!


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SOULFISH80 3/30/2012 11:27AM

    This touched me right where I am today. I awoke an hour earlier than usual, just finished my morning walk and it was glorious. Something is in the air these last few days, making each day seem more beautiful than the last. I don't think I've honored the coming of spring as much as I intend to this season. I feel as if my inner being is matching the season, and springing to life, budding naturally a little more each day. Life is grand, and although it is easy to forget, we are magical creations, living in a mystical earth and we truly must honor our pristine nature, and let it shine. I hope this day is full, and bright in all the ways you deserve.

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BEARGODDESS 3/30/2012 8:57AM

    Very lovely! I've always thought that life is more about the little daily joys than the occasional roller coaster rides.


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DAISY443 3/30/2012 8:39AM

    Maha, I believe you do everything in grace and beauty, even tho you don't always realize it!

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