GINABUG's SparkPeople Blog GINABUG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rilke update -- or my Poetry Journey! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I posted last week about the reporter who had asked about the quote at the bottom of my e-mail. I had contacted her to tell her about another story I thought she might want to write (see my previous blog). After several e-mails and a couple of phone calls, we were quite stunned to awaken last Tuesday morning to our picture on the side column of the front page of the paper (we don't get a lot of news here in Lin... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:40:44 EST Rilke...and poetry in my life I recently had an e-mail exchange with a local newspaper reporter here in Lincoln. I was telling her about a good deed my neighbor had done and hoped that the paper might want to capture it in print (or picture). Although, it didn't really work out, the reporter was taken by a segment of a poem in my signature line. She had just received another poem by the same poet as a comforting quote from a friend. She asked me how I came to know about the poet and is considering doing a column on his po... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:28:35 EST Just like my father... This Blog post started out as a response to a Blog written by Debra0818 called "Addiction (Dec 26)". It started getting out of hand for a response entry. Debra seemed to have struck a nerve or conjured up something I needed to talk about. So, I offer it here as a Blog entry with thanks to Debra for the inspiration! <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> My father was a brilliant, kind, quiet, well-loved man. His response when anyone would ask how he was, was always the same, an enthusiastic and jolly... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:56:56 EST Sometimes we just have to turn around! The moon has been on my mind the last couple of days. This month's moon is known as the Long Night's Moon by some Native tribes as it is the longest night a full moon will see occurring the closest to the Winter Solstice. I awakened yesterday at 4 a.m. seemingly summoned by the moon and arose to watch with great awe the shining beauty, the shadows cast on the snow by her light, and the twinkling of the glittering snow being bathed in the glow. How could anything be more beautiful, more contem... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:32:46 EST Today's Offering... I am working hard to find inspiration these begin again. This journey has taken me to so many places. And, yet I find a sense of hopelessness creeping in at times. My own struggles with weight and feeling fit and healthy seem pale in comparison to the people I have known and loved who have survived great loss, Cancer, or other tragedies. <BR> <BR> And yet, I am working too hard, forgetting to be grateful some days, wishing I could be more, loving my life, but not living it as joyf... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:09:02 EST Where I have been... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not really sure where to start! The beginning is too far back...and a bit too scary to visit right now. The end, gives you no sense of the journey. So, perhaps I'll just start in the Middle. In Buddhism, The Middle Way or Middle Path describes path of moderation between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. This, according to the Buddha, was the path of wisdom. The middle here is not so ve... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:29:45 EST 100 Days -- At Home in the Body <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At Home in the Body <BR> <BR> We cannot be grateful unless we are grounded in the present moment, and we cannot be grounded in the present moment unless we are grounded in the body. Much of the time we live like disembodied minds, not even noticing what's around us, but preoccupied with past and future. But when this mug of tea warms first our hands and then our stomach on a cold day, or the cat purrs contentedly ... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 08:27:54 EST Login SparkPoints -- Letting go of things that don't matter... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I have been working diligently on my 100 day SparkStreak. I have several goals: <BR> <BR> ~ log in each day and spin the wheel <BR> ~ post daily gratitudes <BR> ~ work out at least 10 minutes each day (baby steps) <BR> ~ drink at least 6 glasses of water <BR> ~ eat at least 4 fruits and veggies each day <BR> <BR> So...yesterday, I broke one of my streaks. Actually, I am not sure if I broke it or if some gli... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:59:43 EST A Note Just for ME from The Universe My "Note from the Universe" (via really struck me today. Sometimes the Universe gives you exactly what you need to hear...literally AND figuratively! <BR> <BR> An EXCERPT...see for more (I think I've satisfied the new warning, now!) <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> The Universe: Gina - The slate's been wiped clean, the past has released its grip, and before you sparkles eternity, yearning for direction. Gina, all that lies between you and the life of your dreams is just one... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:23:48 EST Wisdom and Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon this Blog this morning and thought I would share -- with the author's permission, of course, and a link for you to see the original, if you wish! <BR> <BR> For your Saturday morning contemplations and meditations: <BR> <BR><BR>/09/nothing-and-everything-and-between<BR>-two.html <BR> <BR> The great Indian teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj once said, "Wisdom tells m... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 07:35:50 EST A Farewell Song to Kathy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For my friend, Kathy who would travel by any means, however unlikely. She stayed with us weeks longer than anyone could comprehend. She refused nutrition and meds (except pain control) and could not take much liquid either. She survived for nearly six weeks in this state only losing consciousness completely in the last week or so. This is how she lived -- defying odds, taking every single moment she could to be with l... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:15:17 EST Space <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Space is the breath of art.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a lot about space lately. There is a magic in it -- a key to something very important! My yoga instructor told us that research has shown that one of the most effective ways to achieve a deep meditative state is to imagine 'space' - an open field, a starry sky, a darkness, a field of flowers - any space will do. I tried it and it work... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 21:52:27 EST Caretake this Moment Thanks for all the support and responses to my Blog about Kathy. Still no word so I assume she is lingering, gathering the courage to leave...learning to fly! <BR> <BR> I will respond to your many kind words soon, but for now I offer this humble gift: a poem to remind us... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Caretake This Moment <BR> <BR> Caretake this moment. <BR> Immerse yourself in its particulars. <BR> Respond to this person, th... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:11:05 EST BE the love... (for Kathy) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning when I got up I had in mind a Blog post I wanted to write about my doctor's appointment yesterday. About some of my frustrations with lack of success in my efforts. About being patient for three more weeks until I meet with the doctor again to see what we will do... <BR> <BR> But, this morning I was told that my dear friend, Kathy, will most likely make her journey out of her physical body today. She wil... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:36:54 EST Thirteen Days! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes setting small goals and then achieving them can be incredibly motivating. My small, but persistent goals are at 100% for 13 days. Now, this may not seem like a lot to some of you who have been at this for a long time, but for me, the only consistency in my life (in regards to healthy life habits) has been inconsistency! Top that off with the very busiest and most stressful time of the year for me, and ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:43:56 EST Writing scared...and other words of wisdom! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not sure why but I am going through a tough period right now. <BR> <BR> ~ Could it be the endless foggy, cloudy, cold winter we are having here in Nebraska? <BR> ~ Could it be the remembrances my visits to the hospital to visit my dying friend are stirring up -- one door down from where my own partner died 18 years ago? <BR> ~ Could it be the Universal angst of a nation devastated by an earthquake and crying out for h... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:29:32 EST Multitasking my way to peace and happiness! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never been a fan of multitasking! To me, it's just another indicator that I must continually learn to do MORE! It robs me of focus and essentially pushes all my guilt buttons. If I am ONLY doing one thing, there must be something wrong with me. I tried talking on the phone while working on an e-mail and it only served to make the e-mail almost illegible and the phone conversation partner feel a bit ignored (rig... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 07:35:47 EST Day is done... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, here I am checking in as promised. The day was fraught with frustrations...mostly of the technological type. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that between a non-functioning website which I needed in order to download several student reports, and the new Blackboard (course management system) that I am struggling with, several hours of my day were spent trying to decipher instructions and call for help... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:02:20 EST The real test and what I KNOW! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've not much to say today. I'm feeling a bit sad and overwhelmed. But, I can handle it because despite these feelings, I KNOW I will not sabotage myself. I KNOW I can take care of myself and see myself through to a return of joy! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a very long day. I not only had THREE classes to teach (starting at 9 am and ending at 9 pm) but I accumulated a fair number of tasks that are due tomorrow. So, I wa... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:57:26 EST Even a chameleon can change! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have noticed, of late, that I tend to be a flexible, adaptable, agreeable, a "don't make waves" kind of creature. People like this about me! It makes me easy to be around, and it makes people happy. I am pleased when I please others, and that's not all bad. But, like all strengths, when carried too far, this can become a liability. I find that I sometimes adapt to my surrounding in a way that is not necessarily heal... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:47:13 EST a polarized world <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems that everywhere we turn right now, someone is either ranting or "worshiping" someone or something. We have become a culture of extremes, opinions, dualistic "either-or" thinking. You are either "with us" or "against us" in almost everything. This either-or thinking has crept (actually leapt enthusiastically) into the media and even into song and entertainment. Everything from health care reform to whether you... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:04:44 EST Why I love mornings... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used to get up very early and work out right away. I would then be sweaty and shower. And then it was time to get to work. Now, I see mornings a bit differently. I still arise very early (usually no later than 6). Always before the sun. This is MY time. I love to read, meditate, check my Spark Page or Facebook to see what activity happened while I was sleeping. Then comes freshly ground and brewed coffee and a bit o... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:43:13 EST Starting small to get small... I'm starting over today. Trying not to get too complicated but learn some consistent habits. This is always the time when I fall short of my goals: the beginning of the school year. Summer and then again on Winter Break I build up momentum, get my hopes up that I can work on my stress, my eating, my activity -- and I DO! But, then classes resume, students come back, the ten thousand things literally come pouring back in on my life -- and I slow down, I eventually become so overwhelmed with my... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 21:04:11 EST Unsentimental Journey It has taken me 47 years of living to be ME...and here I am. I have achieved many goals as well as some difficult times. I know all if this has been a life for me to learn and grow. Now I am ready to take all that I have learned and give back -- to myself and other beings, to the Earth, to the step at a time. <BR> <BR> Blessings to all. Let's get this show on the road! There is much to do...and miles to go...and miles to go! <BR> <BR> GinaBug Sun, 11 Jun 2006 22:52:01 EST