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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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
poem. Keep on finding the bliss and serenity. emoticon

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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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FIERCEONE4PEACE 3/30/2012 11:48AM

    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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