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One World (#2, Ecuador, 2013)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Poem of the One World

This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating above the water
and then into the sky
of this one world
we all belong to
where everything sooner or later is part
of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.

-- Mary Oliver

Today my beloved friend Adelaida and I went for a hike near the house. And took a few photos. Here are some of them taken during a break to gaze at the beauty around us:

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FLORIDASUN 3/24/2013 9:48AM

    The moments we most remember usually occur in nature. This is so true of that statement! emoticon

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SGRAY478 1/21/2013 5:06PM

    The thing I loved most about Ecuador when I visited was how gorgeous it was!

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SUSANSERENE 1/19/2013 12:45PM

    A lovely Mary Oliver poem to begin my Saturday and thank you, Maha! It's a special delight knowing that you are in far-off places enjoying this incredible world of ours. The photos are beautiful and the rock formations fascinating; I bet you learn a lot while you're there. Soak it all in so you'll have an abundance of precious memories to bring home! Enjoy, my friend!

Namaste, Maha. Keep Sparkling! emoticon

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SLASALLE 1/19/2013 12:11PM

    You look at home and at peace, my dear. It's so very important for us to take breaks and gaze at the beauty that surrounds us, for it really is everywhere, if our ears, eyes and hearts are open to it...

Much love,

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BILLB000 1/18/2013 11:26PM

    Wow Maha..... really love your photos. Even your pics tell such a complete story. Thank you.

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SHANTISHANTI 1/18/2013 12:58PM

    Such gorgeous pictures. I love following your adventures and admire your dedication to service.

Oh, and by the way, you really do make my heart sing.

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HIPPICHICK1 1/17/2013 4:35PM

    Beautiful poem and photos.
Your friend Adelaida looks like my friend Pilar! How cool is that?

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SYNCHRODAD 1/17/2013 6:33AM

    Pretty cool pics. Although there are lots of rocks, the area looks like a soft touch on the heart.

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JUST_BREATHE08 1/16/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon I love the pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/16/2013 5:55PM

    How lovely!

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SOULFISH80 1/16/2013 4:24PM

    Beautiful, you and the lanscape! I like that little bridge!! So glad you are able to share a bit of your adventure with us. emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 1/16/2013 1:33PM

    Love the pics...thank you for a glimpse into another corner of our planet! The Oliver poem echoes so beautifully my thoughts & feelings about our world.



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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/16/2013 11:23AM

    Hello, beautiful you! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous images that I'll have in my mind all day:)

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FARRAH511 1/16/2013 9:07AM


- Farrah

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KALIGIRL 1/16/2013 8:36AM

    Wonderful photos - they exude serenity.

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JESPAH 1/16/2013 7:42AM

    Makes me think of this song -


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ME_HERE_NOW 1/15/2013 10:19PM

    looks beautiful, glad u are having fun :D

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MISS_VIV 1/15/2013 10:18PM

    such great views.. such wonderful sharing
glad to see you are comfortable without heavy jacket and boots. I am jealous.. Cold here...


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GREENGENES 1/15/2013 9:44PM

    Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2013 7:52PM

    This one world is more beautiful because you are in it!

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/15/2013 7:27PM

    So nice to see your smiling face again amiga. Glad you are enjoying your days there. Miss you!

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CRYSTALJEM 1/15/2013 7:22PM

    Beauty truly surrounds us - in nature, people and all things. Thank you for sharing. So glad you are enjoying your time there! CJ

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SAVOY1 1/15/2013 6:59PM

    Thank you for sharing emoticon

Both of you ladies and the landscape are beautiful! and another lovely poem.

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BCARSON11 1/15/2013 6:35PM

    Thanks for sharing both the poem and the pictures! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/15/2013 6:26PM

    Beauty is indeed everywhere around us.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

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RAPUNZEL53 1/15/2013 6:12PM

  Great pictures!

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Presence (#1, Ecuador, 2013)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

My place of residence with Adelaida and her daughter Amrita (my god daughter) is about 15 minutes southeast of Otavalo, heading toward the town of Cotacachi. For reference, Ibarra is about 35 minutes northeast of Otavalo.

I am more and more deeply aware in my life of the importance of PRESENCE as I live it out, and who better to encapsulate what that means than a favorite Irish poet, John O'Donohue.

John O'Donohue, 1 January 1956 - 4 January 2008, was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher. He was a native Irish speaker, and as an author is best known for popularizing Celtic spirituality.


Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.

Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.

May anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

I arrived to Ecuador in time to celebrate Amrita's 13th birthday on Dec 30 and to bring in the new year. There is a tradition here to create a dummy/puppet character named "Old Year" out of clothes and other things one is ready to release. This is the version we created. Here I am with Mr. Old Year and Adelaida, as well as her wonderful ex-pat American neighbor, Casandra from Georgia (her lovely husband Julian is taking the photo). You can see Adelaida's wood frame house in the background and to the left. of Julian and Casandra's terra cotta home. My little bedroom is on the second floor.

Here's Julian with Sr. Ano Viejo

Dec 31, burning the old, making way for the new

Dec 30, Amrita's birthday party. Just a couple shots, because I can't download my camera. About 50 friends, young and old, came to their home and lots of good vibes and good food were shared. The "birthday girl" Amrita is behind me in purple.

Marion is a physician who is also adept at massage and other therapies. Poor Adelaida was experiencing lots of neck and shoulder pain, and got a wonderful massage.


Sunday Cotacachi Organic Market

So, I hope with this little glimpse that you've felt a bit of the presence.

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FLORIDASUN 3/24/2013 9:53AM

    OHHHHH the pure joy and bliss of a TOTAL organic market! The birthday girl got a beautiful gift in having her godmother there to celebrate! Such a beautiful climate filled with loving and good people! Hugs to you my beautiful deserved this trip and I'm so happy you are sharing it with us! emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 1/23/2013 1:58PM

    look at that market! happy adventuring! :D

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/21/2013 12:50PM

    Fantastic! I love these pictures!


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SHANTISHANTI 1/18/2013 1:12PM

    I love that poem Maha, thanks for posting it.

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JUST_BREATHE08 1/15/2013 5:33PM

    Absolutely Awesome...Thank You Maha so much for sharing. The pictures are so Beautiful!! emoticon

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SIRIRADHA1 1/9/2013 11:08AM

    I'd like to be at a mass where Fr. John gives the final blessing!

So many great pictures! Thanks, Maha! Did Adelaida like her necklace?

P.S. I'm back on SP and lost almost 8 pounds first week (water weight, I'm sure!)

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SLASALLE 1/8/2013 5:47PM

    You both look and sound so very happy there. This makes me happy, my friend. Glad you made it safe and sound, despite some false starts!! As always, thanks for sharing the pictures.

With love,

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MTRACHEL 1/7/2013 7:58PM

    Lovely to see your journey. What a wonderful tradition, to make a body of the old year and then send it on it's way.

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/7/2013 10:41AM

    So happy that you are enjoying your New Year with old friends. Love the pictures, especially al the fruits! Be blessed amiga. emoticon

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BILL60 1/7/2013 9:41AM

    Very nice. Brings back memories of my years living in Peru.

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JESPAH 1/7/2013 9:31AM

    I just want to pick up an orange and sniff it. :)

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KALIGIRL 1/7/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon for a WONDERFUL glimpse!

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BILLB000 1/6/2013 11:48PM

    I love John O Donahue's writings and this poem. Thank you for that.

Your photos and words are wonderful. I so appreciate the culture of Central America and South America. Having travelled to and around Guatemala numerous times I look forward to the day I will return.

I appreciate your sharing perspectives from your travels.

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ZORAHGAIL 1/6/2013 6:45PM

    Great blog! One of my 2013 intentions is to Practice Presence, so that poem was lovely. Thank you.

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ABURRIS2 1/6/2013 6:45PM

    Thank you for sharing some of your own quiet immensity, my friend. Warm wishes as you follow what beckons. ~a

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SAVOY1 1/6/2013 5:47PM

    Maha I am so happy it looks like you are having a great time. The poem and sentiment are delightful and I enjoyed the pictures especially, as of course my young gun is off to that neck of the woods in March and it's fun to see glimpses of real life in Ecuador. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/6/2013 4:49PM

    Thank you Maha. I always feel your presence. Love
the poem. Thanks for sharing the pictures and telling
us of the traditions. good times ahead for you all. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 1/6/2013 4:38PM

    Lovely poem. Thank you.

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BECOMINGONE 1/6/2013 4:26PM

    Hi Maha,

I always enjoy your presence -- both physical and metaphysical in the sense of relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses. Your blog captures your presence ...


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HIPPICHICK1 1/6/2013 4:00PM

    I love the poem!
In the pagan tradition the Wheel of the Year turns and the "new year" which as you likely know begins on Samhain or Halloween and celebrated with costuming and resolutions. For example, if one decided on needing more strength one might wish to dress up like a bear for Samhain. Need more cash? Dress as royalty.
I love rituals and traditions.
Happy New Year Maha!

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DAISY443 1/6/2013 3:36PM

    Through your eyes, I felt the presence!

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SNOWSNAKE 1/6/2013 3:26PM

    Your poem and lesson on "Presence" was a great start to my day. Thank you for opening my mind just a little bit more, such an old soul you are! Happy New Year to you and yours, ***SNOW*** emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/6/2013 3:12PM

    The presence of your friendship is enriching!

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DDOORN 1/6/2013 2:49PM

    LOVE the pics! AND Donohue's blessings as well.

What a beautiful place the people and land of Otavalo are...great landscape pic.

I see it is only 100 km from Quito the capitol.

Enjoy, enjoy! :-)


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MISS_VIV 1/6/2013 2:25PM

    i am so happy to see the pictures of taking out the OLD YEAR.. and of course the area where you are staying. I can't blame you for being so in love with Ecuador. It is totally awesome... thanks so much
Much love

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MAUIMA 1/6/2013 2:14PM

    I too loved the poem. :)
Thank you for the new year's message.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/6/2013 2:10PM

    Thank you for a marvelously rich blog! I love the poem, the photographs and most of all your reflective words!

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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2013 2:07PM

    Thanks for locating your "presence" for us geographically and visually (I like imagining you living there!) and thanks for the wonderful poem!

You beam out a powerful presence.

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CASSIOEPIA 1/6/2013 1:54PM

    What a fun tradition!

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The invisible thread in pilgrimage

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I am looking at this three-month sojourn in South America, which will begin on Christmas Day, as a pilgrimage, a stepping off into the mystery, opening to the mystery, being the mystery, in my world without borders.

It is said by the ancients that there is an invisible thread connecting us to the Source, to the Sacred. The thread could be called "the God within" or the soul itself. The thread will guide me on this pilgrimage.

I had an idea to create a blog before leaving to develop the idea of travel as pilgrimage...and the invisible form of guidance that is leading the journey. Then my flow of preparation was interrupted by a huge and disturbing eruption by my housemate this afternoon creating profound feelings of not-ok-ness. I know this will pass and that I absolutely should not take the outburst personally, but in the moment I am deeply distraught. So I decided to take a break and post this little blog. In dealing with my angst, I cannot be reminded of the Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz too many times, so I've posted them here for easy reference.

And finally, I am going to simply share without commentary a favorite Billy Collins poem, since he says it all and it speaks so deeply to my journey and I daresay the journey we are all on.


You can have Egypt and Nantucket.
The only place I want to visit is The Blue,
not the Wild Blue Yonder that seduces pilots,
but that zone where the unexpected dwells,
waiting to come out of it in the shape of bolts.

I want to walk its azure perimeter
where the unanticipated is coiled, on the mark,
ready to spring into the predictable homes of earth.

I want to stroll through the pale indigo light
examining all the accidents about to rocket into time,
all the forgotten names about to fly from tongues.

I will scrutinize all the surprises of the future
and watch the brainstorms gathering darkly,
ready to hit the heads of inventors
laboring in their crackpot shacks.

A jaded traveler with an invisible passport,
I am at home with this heaven of the unforeseen,
waiting for the next whoosh of sudden departure
when, with no advance warning, to tiny augury,
the unpredictable plummets into our lives
from somewhere that looks like sky.

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SOULFISH80 1/4/2013 5:47PM

    The poem sums up how I try to approach life. It is in the unexpected that life bubbles over into the sublime. It is not in the oh so well laid out plans that I find my divine appointments with other worlds of wonder. No, it is in this moment, now, here, maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe not, who knows, not I, but it is organic, alive, supreme and beyond anticipation or control. We all live for it, it is our muse, our delight, our joy. These times of serendipitious ecstasy, arising from unforseen lovely, so wonderful, so real, are what I dream of and ultimately live for. Thanks for the post, as always you have managed to delight the inner sanctum of my soul, thanks Maha, you are a true delight. ( Can't wait till you get back to share your journey with us, I'm imagining all is well with you in all your current endeavors.)

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HIPPICHICK1 12/28/2012 11:25AM

    Well, I know you've left on your journey and I know you were stuck at the airport with no flight out for a day or so, so I can hardly wait to hear from you again in regard to what you think about all of that.
I had my own little interruption lately...last Sunday I wasn't feeling well and decided to stay home from dinner out with JF and my step daughter Val. JF told me via phone on his way home that The Universe must have been directing him and Val because what happened between them never would have happened if I had been present. When I asked what happened he said I would have to wait until Xmas to find out. What happened arose out of a conversation JF had with his daughter about what to get me for Xmas and he suddenly realized that the perfect gift for me was right around the corner at the National Arts Center - he got us tickets to go see Diana Krall the Canadian jazz pianist, composer and singer (married to Elvis Costello) and Val got the three of us tickets to a play - Metamorphoses - performed underwater!!
Anyway, it's not life changing stuff...but then again, maybe it is!
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BILLB000 12/28/2012 9:31AM

    Bless you on your journey Maha. There are those in the part of the world you will be traveling who will be blessed by your presence. As a Spark Friend, I must not be selfish I just hope you will somehow let ((me) know if you begin a blog and how to access it. I would like to travel with you on this venture.

You have opened my heart to some beautiful poems. The Billy Collins poem is the latest. Thank you.

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FARRAH511 12/26/2012 11:55PM

    Dear Maha

Bon Voyage


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SLASALLE 12/26/2012 11:16AM

    Though you are well on your way by now, I'm hoping you'll check in on Spark at some point to receive this. I wish you an amazing sojourn into the mysteries ... I know you are surrounding yourself with love in the midst of your soul family.

With love,

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AZIMAT 12/26/2012 9:12AM

    So interesting the way our loved ones choose to express their reactions to change, isn't it?

Have a magical journey, my sister.

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EOSTAR_45 12/25/2012 11:11PM

    Bon Voyage. Here's to journeying.


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MTRACHEL 12/25/2012 9:32AM

    I'll be thinking of you, traveling in the blue and when I miss your words of inspiration, I'll remember to look at the sky.
Take care. Rachel

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/25/2012 8:13AM

    Perhaps the outburst was due to the fact that you will be missed so very much as you travel. Be at peace and know that you are loved and appreciated by many. Feliz Navidad mi amiga. emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/24/2012 5:07PM

    Thank you so much! And have a sterling time, filled with poetry, awe, and beauty.

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JESPAH 12/24/2012 12:31PM

    How fab. Enjoy SA.

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GENKI_WARRIOR 12/24/2012 12:12PM

    People "come" and people "go"--some more often than others; treasure those moments of presence--cast off what insults your soul (those moments of the absence of Light).

May you have a blessed journey; I hope you'll find ...I know you'll find soul food where ever you go.

I find myself wishing that someday I can go with you. I tell myself it's not about changing my circumstances; that one ought to be able to find and grow in their peace anywhere...yet there's something in changing one's environment that innevitably changes you--you are destined for much change on this pilgrimage into the depths of your soul.

-Radhika loves Krishna, and Krishna lives in you.

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SUSANNAH31 12/24/2012 10:14AM

    I wish you soul-filling adventure as you travel "that zone where the unexpected dwells."

May your seeking spirit lead you to the unpredictable and present you with surprises that leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated.

And may you find your home of peace and love.

Hugs to you,



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DOKEYOKEY 12/24/2012 9:57AM

    I hope poem has already brought you a measure of peace and in spite of the upset in your household.

Your energy, courage, and good will inspire me!

I hope your journey brings you all that you seek and more.

I will miss you...and I would be delighted if you somehow found time to log on and keep us posted!

Merry Christmas!

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CRYSTALJEM 12/24/2012 8:57AM

    That poem evokes such beauty and joy. Thanks for sharing. Hope things have settled down at home. Sending a care pkg of light love and peace. Should be arriving just about now. And it takes no room in luggage. Have a wonderful and safe journey. Wish I was there. Gonna miss you big time. emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/24/2012 7:06AM

    Dear Maha, Bon Voyage and safe and happy travels.
We are citizens of this wonderful world and I am so
envious that you are taking this time to go seek.
Have a wonderful Christmas. May the New Year give
you strength to follow your dreams and path and above
all, good Health. You are a beautiful person and I love
your spirit and gentleness. Take care and God bless.
Love and hugs
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DDOORN 12/23/2012 8:40PM

    Bon Voyage, 'Maha with cheers to mystery, to renewal, to re-connecting with ourselves through others!

You are the BEST & I know your travels will fill your sails, returning to you all the good you bring into the world!


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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 8:28PM

    Sorry about the consternation on the eve of your departure. All best for an epic journey of discovery anyhow . . .

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JUST_BREATHE08 12/23/2012 8:25PM

    Absolutely emoticon, Maha!! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your journey. emoticon to you my friend.
Merry Christmas! emoticon

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What is laughter?

Monday, December 03, 2012

Without laughter, life would be unbearable, huh! It's the grease in the joints of the vehicle that carries us through it all -- the good, the bad, and the ugly! Joy Riley posts this wonderful image and Hafiz each year and I know I have also shared it in past years, but it's always worth an encore, for the profound Teaching it offers us:


What is laughter? What is laughter?
It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!
It is the sun poking its sweet head out
From behind a cloud
You have been carrying too long,
Veiling your eyes and heart.

It is Light breaking ground for a great Structure
That is your Real body - called Truth.

It is happiness applauding itself and then taking flight
To embrace everyone and everything in this world.

Laughter is the polestar
Held in the sky by our Beloved,
Who eternally says,

"Yes, dear ones, come this way,
Come this way towards Me and Love!

Come with your tender mouths moving
And your beautiful tongues conducting songs
And with your movements - your magic movements
Of hands and feet and glands and cells - Dancing!

Know that to God's Eye,
All movement is a Wondrous Language,
And Music - such exquisite, wild Music!"

O what is laughter, Hafiz?
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our hearts?

It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!

~ Hafiz ~
(I Heard God Laughing - Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)

Oh, and on another emoticon, I posted the blog "TODAY" on November 1. Follow-up on it: It seems I could NOT do it (lighten up by 10 pounds). I entered December @147 lbs., the same numbers I carried into November. Sooooooo, I've gotta' remember...


and truly if I...

...the rest will follow.

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JUST_BREATHE08 12/22/2012 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful blog. Loved the music. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/8/2012 10:42PM

    Couldn't agree more!


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ME_HERE_NOW 12/7/2012 7:34PM

    attitude is everything, and i need to change mine, thanks for the reminder!

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SOULFISH80 12/5/2012 2:47PM

    What a bright, happy blog, thanks!!!

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JESPAH 12/4/2012 5:37PM

    A song for this blog!!

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FARRAH511 12/4/2012 10:04AM


- Farrah

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XNANNY 12/3/2012 9:07PM

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CRYSTALJEM 12/3/2012 8:50PM

    Wonderful. Thank you.

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CARRAND 12/3/2012 8:21PM

    Lovely blog. Thank you.

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SLASALLE 12/3/2012 6:00PM

    I've always been the "serious" one. It has only been in the Beth years that I have learned (with her help) to laugh a lot more than ever before. In that learning, I discovered the true benefits!

As always, thanks for the reminder!

With love,

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DDOORN 12/3/2012 12:44PM

    Thx for sharing such wonderful thoughts & reminders to take a deep breath...and LAUGH! :-)


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HIPPICHICK1 12/3/2012 10:16AM

    Sweet sweet sweet!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/3/2012 10:03AM

    Thanks for the encore, it's a great one. emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/3/2012 9:54AM

    Laughter is essential in our lives. Thanks for sharing
Maha. You always know when to bring something
beautiful into our lives. You are awesome. I hope
you are having a wonderful week full of laughter.
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Wash Our Spirits Clean

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dear Joe Riley, amazing purveyor of magnificent poetry to my Inbox each week, said this with this posting, "With so much emphasis on shopping rather than thankfulness I was reminded of this song. I don't mean it as a sermon or condemnation, just a reminder that there is more to life than buying stuff. I invite you to listen:"

Wash Your Spirit Clean
Sung in Cherokee and English
(PLEASE NOTE: the file streams on Internet Explorer,
but not on most other browsers)

Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
Ha Da Hv Si Ni Ja Du Li Sgai
Di Ja Yo Hi Ki La Hi Go Wa Ta
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
hos da hi ta da na de ja du
hi es go hi ge ja de le hi
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To

Give away the things you don't need
Let it all go and you'll soon see
And you'll wash your spirit clean
Wash your spirit clean

Go and pray upon a mountain
Go and pray beside the ocean
And you'll wash your spirit clean
Wash Your spirit clean

Be grateful for the struggle
Be thankful for the lessons
And you'll wash your spirit clean

Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
Ha Da Hv Si Ni Ja Du Li Sgai
Di Ja Yo Hi Ki La Hi Go Wa Ta
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To
hos da hi ta da na de ja du
hi es go hi ge ja de le hi
Hi Nv Ga La Ja Da Nv To

~ Walela ~
(from the CD of the same name,
which is the Cherokee word for hummingbird)

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JUST_BREATHE08 11/28/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon Maha...Thank you so much!!

This would also be great to use for meditation. It is so peaceful.

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SOULFISH80 11/28/2012 2:06PM

    Beautiful way to balance out the neverending pull upon our attention to buy beyond our means this season. Go into the mountain, clean your soul, and then come back and see if what your world needs is more stuff?! Thanks Maha, always a dip in the wonderous waters of the spirit when I come by your page.

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WATERMELLEN 11/27/2012 8:26PM

    Black Friday has even migrated north of the border (and we celebrated Thanksgiving weeks ago in early October).

I was really stunned by the videos of people at Walmart etc.

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APPYMORGAN 11/27/2012 3:32PM

    Thank you for sharing this, it is beautiful. I too am choosing to avoid shopping for anything unnecessary. A little washing of my spirit will do me good this year.

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DDOORN 11/27/2012 1:17PM

    Wonderful thoughts...! Wish I had this as my anthem for Buy Nothing Day, the antidote to Black Friday!

Wanting to entirely pull the plug from the whole commercialism of this holiday season. As I said elsewhere: queuing up with the masses never was my forte! :-)


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GOANNA2 11/27/2012 6:18AM

    Thank you for sharing. You know what to say
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PEACEFULONE 11/27/2012 12:47AM

    The perfect message for this time of year. Thank you dear Maha for your sharing!
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LOPEYP 11/26/2012 7:34PM

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could give away things that we don't need as gifts and it wouldn't be thought of as "regifting"?
Thanks for sharing.

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DAISY443 11/26/2012 8:51AM

    Lest we forget, you have given us a wonderful reminder!

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GINABUG 11/26/2012 8:45AM

    Ah! Walela -- one of my favs. I had the privilege of seeing them live in Michigan several years ago at an outdoor stage. What a blessing. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me not only to "wash my spirit clean" daily, but also to revisit the blessings of my past in music, poem, and thoughtful memories.

Blessings and joy to you, dear Maha!

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SEAWILLOW 11/26/2012 8:25AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SUSANNAH31 11/26/2012 7:57AM

    There sure is MUCH more to life than just "buying stuff."
Thanks for that important reminder during this marathon buying season.

"Be grateful for the struggle
Be thankful for the lessons"

I'm grateful for a friend with such a good message.


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DIANE7786 11/26/2012 7:40AM

    Great music for start of a fresh day. Thanks for sharing.

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GENKI_WARRIOR 11/26/2012 7:17AM

    Sounds like a tune for a good cleaning out day! ;D

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JGRAY76 11/26/2012 7:09AM

    Less is more, thanks for the reminder.

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