VALERIEMAHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VALERIEMAHA VALERIEMAHA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134519680.jpg"> <BR> On The Death Of The Beloved <BR> <BR> Though we need to weep your loss, <BR> You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, <BR> Where no storm or night or pain can reach you. <BR> <BR> Your love was like the dawn <BR> Brightening over our lives <BR> Awakening beneath the dark <BR> A further adventure of colour. <BR> <BR> The sound of your voice <BR> Found for us <BR> A new music <BR> That brightened everything. <BR> <... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:23:32 EST New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576226 It's going on 2:00am and I'm still up. And the irony of "What to Remember When Waking," David Whyte's poignant creation, isn't escaping me. <BR> <BR> Nor is the allusion to Buddha's reply of "Awake," when asked what he was. <BR> <BR> As I ready myself to enter each day of the new year, I hope to always remember that I have been "invited from another and greater night." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947168567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:59:43 EST I heard the bells on Christmas Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571673 When you’re happy, sing. When you’re sad, sing even louder. <BR> --Irish Proverb <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158670510.jpg"> <BR> Holy Holly, Greg Turiya Liotta <BR> <BR> I've always felt that if I can keep a song in my heart, it will add joy to my day. And so I decided to share some of my favorite music of this time of year...perhaps you too will find joy in it! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> ~ Three Dog Night <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:34:01 EST My dear Spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571168 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177951580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joyful greetings this holiday season! <BR> <BR> I hope all of you far-and-near bask in contentment -- <BR> Alone or surrounded by family and/or friends <BR> Lights or shadows <BR> Music or quietness <BR> Going out or staying in <BR> Vegan or omnivore <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995059078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And in the midst of it all -- <BR> May we have gratitude for the gifts ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:30 EST Really...EVERYTHING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344745381.jpg"> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:38:56 EST Fall Song, Mary Oliver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1617744664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fall Song <BR> <BR> Another year gone, leaving everywhere <BR> its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, <BR> <BR> the uneaten fruits crumbling damply <BR> in the shadows, unmattering back <BR> <BR> from the particular island <BR> of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere <BR> <BR> except underfoot, moldering <BR> in that black subterranean castle <BR> <BR> of unobservable mysteries - roots and sealed seed... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:44:26 EST Summer's end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488235 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264033112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blazing summer days: no force could bring them back. <BR> Clouds suddenly rising off the river, lovely, so lovely, <BR> <BR> ducks leave a bridge's shadow, paddling into fine rain, <BR> and butterflies flutter out, frolicking in field breezes. <BR> <BR> The willow won't survive nights and days much longer, <BR> and waterlilies will only open two or three more times. <BR> <BR> If the changing sights of a single y... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:58:46 EST The good news and the bad news.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908898233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, let's meet there to talk about this -- <BR> <BR> I have good news and not-so-good news: After embarking upon a conscious program (once again) of portion control, watching the types of foods consumed, tracking food, and exercising to begin getting rid of the 15 pounds that have crept up on me from about two years of careless eating, the good news is that I have maintained a month-long streak of daily exer... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:59:35 EST One year from now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272950696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hesitated to write this blog because it can be yet another way to be on the computer INSTEAD of "on the mat" or with the free weights or on my bicycle. But It will be short-and-sweet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234284458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pushin' 150 lbs. and that's scary...and moves me toward that "out-of-control" feeling that I dread so. I'm afraid I've been sliding do... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:41:52 EST Endings...and beginnings, Part 2 (#8, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449833167.jpg"> <BR> As I get increasingly enmeshed with *this* altered state since returning from Ecuador March 19, the vividness of the experiences blur slightly and the matters that I just *had* to attend to have diminished in importance just a bit. But I continue to persist in pursuing the dreams that spawned during this odyssey (odyssey: a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardshi... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:14:56 EST Endings...and beginnings, Part 1 (#7, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l905171769.jpg"> <BR> Every door is another passage, another boundary we have to go beyond. <BR> --Rumi <BR> <em>144</em> <BR> We sometimes step, sometimes stumble, and other times we are pulled into the territory of the Crone when the need for a deeper, larger understanding of our most meaningful path can no longer be denied -- when the gifts hidden in our challenges must be brought forth. <BR> -- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:17:37 EST On the road in Ecuador (#6, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707519892.jpg"> <BR> A hundred blossoming white lotus flowers <BR> for you, <BR> a Buddha-to-be. <BR> <BR> Note: <BR> Please substitute <BR> "A bouquet of blossoming salmon-hued gladioli" <BR> for the lotus flowers. <BR> <em>146</em> <BR> I spent two weeks solo on the road traveling by bus -- getting to know portions of southern Ecuador and, of course, many amazing people and more aspects of myself and my Self as well -- first ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:34:12 EST 71 years on the planet...REALLY??? (#5, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269930 What they say is true...aging is like a snowball gathering speed as it rolls down the hill...incredible how the years are whirling by these days!!! It is said that youth is wasted on the young...and in my case, that was definitely true. How about you? <BR> <BR> I'm a little late with this birthday entry...it was February 23, 1942 that I entered the planet for this round. Carlos and Yolanda invited us to their lovely cottage and finca (farm) above Ibarra. Adelaida, Amrita and I celebrated... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:24:37 EST Love (#4, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251535 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096744624.jpg"> <BR> View of Rio Intag from terraza outside our room at Tierra & Sol Lodge, Intag, Ecuador <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Aimless Love <BR> <BR> This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, <BR> I fell in love with a wren <BR> and later in the day with a mouse <BR> the cat had dropped under the dining room table. <BR> <BR> In the shadows of an autumn evening, <BR> I fell for a seamstress <BR> still at her machine in th... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:46:21 EST The Universe (#3, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337453396.jpg"> <BR> I <em>26</em> the Teachings as expressed by Eckhart Tolle! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Life continues to careen toward the Center in all its fierce beauty, and I'm holding on for dear life, mostly enjoying the ride. <BR> <BR> I decided to post a few more miscellaneous photos for no particular reason, other than the fact that I'll be able enjoy the record of them many moons from now, and perhaps they will brin... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:32:17 EST One World (#2, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208818 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863347003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poem of the One World <BR> <BR> This morning <BR> the beautiful white heron <BR> was floating above the water <BR> and then into the sky <BR> of this one world <BR> we all belong to <BR> where everything sooner or later is part <BR> of everything else <BR> <BR> which thought made me feel <BR> for a little while <BR> quite beautiful myself. <BR> <BR> -- Mary Oliver <BR> <BR> Today my beloved friend Adelaida and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:11:02 EST Presence (#1, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193201 Awaken to the mystery of being here <BR> and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l641343814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> I am more and more deeply aware in my life of the importance of PRESENCE as I li... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:49:09 EST The invisible thread in pilgrimage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174674 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116760927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707516180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is said by the ancients that there is an invisible thread connecting us to the Source, to the Sacred. The t... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:12:12 EST What is laughter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154494 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: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244659369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Laughter <BR> <BR> What is laughter? What is laughter? <BR> It ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:34:13 EST Wash Our Spirits Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146734 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:" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529637707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wash Your Spirit Clean <BR> Sung in Cherokee and English <BR> (PLEASE NOTE: t... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:08:28 EST The Medicine of Poetry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124633 This morning's principal article from DailyGood.org by Kim Rosen speaks so beautifully to the healing power of poetry that I'm sharing the full text here for the nourishment and enjoyment of any who venture by needing or desiring its message: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1802802575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I never could connect with poetry," Jan said. "I'm a math teacher!" She was sitting on my living room couch surrounded by piles of poetry books. On the coffee tab... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:49:04 EST TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120015 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875926971.jpg"> <BR> Logan Pass at Sunset, Glacier National Park, Montana <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> <BR> The ordinary miracles begin. Somewhere <BR> a signal arrives: "Now," and the rays <BR> come down. A tomorrow has come. Open <BR> your hands, lift them: morning rings <BR> all the doorbells; porches are cells for prayer. <BR> Religion has touched your throat. Not the same now, <BR> you could close your eyes and go on full of light. <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:12:28 EST Why I Wake Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115466 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417633744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHY I WAKE EARLY <BR> <BR> Hello, sun in my face. <BR> Hello, you who make the morning <BR> and spread it over the fields <BR> and into the faces of the tulips <BR> and the nodding morning glories, <BR> and into the windows of, even, the <BR> miserable and the crotchety -- <BR> <BR> best preacher that ever was, <BR> dear star, that just happens <BR> to be where you are in the universe <BR> to keep us from ever-da... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:38:22 EST Quiz with One Word Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111599 First time I've done this sorta' thing. Just sorta-kinda' took hold of me after reading SCOOTER4263's. <BR> <BR> Wanna' play??? Just copy and paste and then fill in your own answers in a blog on your SparkPage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658951062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Desk <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Huh? <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Blah <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Miss <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Miss <BR> <BR> Your favorite t... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:36:45 EST For the more esoteric among us.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312028477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From a numerological and Tarot perspective.... <BR> <BR> Friday 12th October's vibration (12+10+2+0+1+2) = 27/9. <BR> <BR> Fertility and growth are the key words for the 27/9 vibration. Things are blossoming and coming to fruition. Those new ventures that you dreamed of are establishing themselves, and new business flourish under this vibration. Partnerships are indicated again with the presence of the 2, and so... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:08:11 EST Life While-You-Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096472 This wonderful morning offering from Wislawa Szymborska, a favorite poem from a favorite poet, speaks so deeply to me that I felt compelled to bring it forward for friends here to consider and possibly revel in, as I have. Although I know nothing of her religious propensities, I have no doubt that Szymborska was a deeply spiritual being. She speaks with deep awareness of the uncharted and often seemingly perilous journey we call "life." <BR> <BR> My life is not without its pleasures, and I... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:36:14 EST Fall Equinox Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069700 September 22: Sun in Libra. Mabon. Fall Equinox 7:49 am PDT/10:49 am EDT. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=lX9UTWh4VDw#! </link> <BR> Autumn Song, Van Morrison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622672775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I'm including all of Irma Kaye Sawyer's lovely and juicy text for those who want to dig deep) -- <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Re-visioning, Dry Land, and the Empress: Fall Equinox... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:52:13 EST ...the circle of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066003 I can't decide what I want to do when I grow up (and if I want to get there before I die I guess I'd better begin!), I'm on a plateau physically and spiritually -- neither the body weight nor the mental weight are moving, and my sense of place and purpose are tenuous at best. <BR> <BR> Some mornings I feel more perplexed than usual at the conundrum of life. After pondering the "why this's" and "why thats" and reading BILLBOOO's blog on getting back on-purpose, ROSALIEESTHER's on being in ap... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:02:50 EST The way we react is our karma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243184285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this sound SparkAdvice -- or what! Rinpoche says, "When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Perception is not reality. What appear to be faults in others may actually be reflections of our own emotional afflictions. I don't have an attitude problem; you have a perception problem. Remember the way people treat us is their karma. The way we react is our own." <BR> <BR> Judging ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:46:58 EST Why I Wake Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966036682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why I Wake Early <BR> <BR> Hello, sun in my face. <BR> Hello, you who made the morning <BR> and spread it over the fields <BR> and into the faces of the tulips <BR> and the nodding morning glories, <BR> and into the windows of, even, the <BR> miserable and the crotchety -- <BR> <BR> best preacher that ever was, <BR> dear star, that just happens <BR> to be where you are in the universe <BR> to keep us from ever-d... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:03:29 EST In memory of Sally Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985927 <BR> <BR> **********In memory of Sally Ride********* <BR> ****Who got to see that the world is one**** <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431826530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ALL THE HEMISPHERES <BR> <BR> Leave the familiar for a while. <BR> Let your senses and bodies stretch out <BR> <BR> Like a welcomed season <BR> Onto the meadows and shores and hills. <BR> <BR> Open up to the Roof. <BR> Make a new water-mark on your excitement <BR> And love. <BR> <BR> Like a blooming... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:43:03 EST Praying and praying and praying.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978914 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846711652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EAGLE POEM <BR> <BR> To pray you open your whole self <BR> To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon <BR> To one whole voice that is you. <BR> And know there is more <BR> That you can't see, can't hear <BR> Can't know except in moments <BR> Steadily growing, and in languages <BR> That aren't always sound but other <BR> Circles of motion. <BR> Like eagle that Sunday morning <BR> Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky <BR> ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:59:50 EST What Is There Beyond Knowing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250277475.jpg"> <BR> Thomas Merton at Gethsemani Abbey <BR> with Buddhist monk <BR> <link>http://tinyurl.com/d9ov5sg </link> <BR> Merton write-up from Gethsemani Abbey: <BR> <link>http://www.monks.org/thomasmerton.ht<BR>ml </link> <BR> <BR> I say in my SparkPage profile statement, "I adore adventure and authentic friendships and seek both out," and I've choreographed another dance which includes both! <BR> <BR> A friend and I are driv... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:35:36 EST The Summer Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934876 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262376144.jpg"> <BR> Click and read; you'll be glad you did: <BR> <link>www.incidentalcomics.com/2012/05/sum<BR>mer-night.html </link> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Where I live in the central time zone of the USA, summer solstice begins today at 6:09pm. I decided to share information about the solstice and some favorite pieces that speak of summer, beginning with the extraordinary "comic" above from the gifted Grant Snider of Incidental Comics... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:17:25 EST Wendell Berry: A National Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914405 This body+This country+This planet=Healthy Parts ♥ Healthy Whole <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286583436.jpg"> <BR> Mount Evans Wilderness, Rocky Mountains, Colorado <BR> <BR> MANIFESTO:THE MAD FARMER LIBERATION FRONT <BR> <BR> Love the quick profit, the annual raise, <BR> vacation with pay. W... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:56:31 EST What did you do Saturday night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899771 This is what I did: <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestream.com/yogavilleevents/v<BR>ideo </link> <BR> <BR> (Select Krishna Das at Yogaville.) <BR> <em>272</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 10:10:12 EST Loving greetings from "Graceland"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894367 ...a.k.a. -- the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17891446.jpg"> <BR> ********INTEGRAL YOGA YANTRA******** <BR> <BR> "Truth is one, paths are many." <BR> <BR> Sometimes external images are used in meditation to symbolize or express certain Divine ideas and qualities. When mantras (sound formulas used in meditation) or Divine ideas are meditated upon, certain images are brought out. A yantra is a visual expression of a man... Wed, 23 May 2012 10:29:51 EST Goin' to "Graceland!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861926 Look out world -- Maha and Jnani take off on a 1000 mile road trip tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898989569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finals completed? CHECK (last one at 3:15pm today!). <BR> <BR> Research papers handed in? CHECK. <BR> <BR> Car serviced? CHECK. <BR> <BR> Car washed and vacuumed? CHECK (after my last final today). <BR> <BR> Hair cut? Tomorrow 9:30am. <BR> <BR> Tires checked and rotated? Tomorrow 10:30am. <BR> <BR> Whole Foods shop? ... Tue, 1 May 2012 20:37:36 EST What to Remember When Waking.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858938 The last day of national poetry month and I honor a most favorite poet...and all of you...with this beautiful offering: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320666262.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING <BR> <BR> In that first <BR> hardly noticed <BR> moment <BR> to which you wake, <BR> coming back <BR> to this life <BR> from the other <BR> more secret, <BR> moveable <BR> and frighteningly <BR> honest <BR> world <BR> where everything <BR> began, <BR> there... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:37:23 EST Autobiography in Five Short Chapters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840545 I spent the night with an anxious friend. In checking my email on her computer this morning, this wonderful piece was waiting for me from Joe Riley, my morning Panhala poetry offering. I started reading it to my friend and she said she had recently read, loved, and applied it to a difficult situation in her life. I hereby offer it from her place to all of us as we move through those difficult places in our lives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700518520.jpg"... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:24:05 EST Good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837263 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! <BR> <BR> Oh, and in case you're wondering, so far I've managed to retain a vestige of sanity through this end-of-semester madness. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838608997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MORNING POEM <BR> <BR> Every morning <BR> the world <BR> is created. <BR> Under the orange <BR> <BR> sticks of... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:13:53 EST Light my way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833187 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~~ <BR> <BR> ~ Monday I travel to a small community 1.5 hrs. away to interview participants in the Hispanic Entrepreneur Project <BR> <BR> ~ Tuesday a power point presentation in Advanced Spanish Biz Practices AND a complic... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:05:38 EST A dose of Mary Oliver to lift you up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830722 Tell me -- <BR> <BR> Are there trees near you, <BR> and does your own soul need comforting? <BR> Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song <BR> may already be drifting away. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258118942.jpg"> <BR> The North American Robin, <BR> a migratory songbird of the thrush family <BR> <BR> <BR> SUCH SINGING IN THE WILD BRANCHES <BR> <BR> It was spring <BR> and finally I heard him <BR> among the first leaves - <BR>... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:26:18 EST Easter Exultet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823124 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33684291.jpg"> <BR> The Glorious Grand Tetons and Wildflowers <BR> <BR> EASTER EXULTET <BR> <BR> Shake out your qualms. <BR> Shake up your dreams. <BR> Deepen your roots. <BR> Extend your branches. <BR> Trust deep water <BR> and head for the open, <BR> even if your vision <BR> shipwrecks you. <BR> Quit your addiction <BR> to sneer and complain. <BR> Open a lookout. <BR> Dance on a brink. <BR> Run with your wildfire. <BR> You are closer to... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:33:23 EST Mindful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811857 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330467709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MINDFUL <BR> <BR> Every day <BR> I see or hear <BR> something <BR> that more or less <BR> <BR> kills me <BR> with delight, <BR> that leaves me <BR> like a needle <BR> <BR> in the haystack <BR> of light. <BR> It was what I was born for - <BR> to look, to listen, <BR> <BR> to lose myself <BR> inside this soft world - <BR> to instruct myself <BR> over and over <BR> <BR> in joy, <BR> and acclamation. <BR> Nor am I... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:35:31 EST A great woman.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518328596.jpg"> <BR> One of our national treasures, poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, died today. She was one of America's foremost public intellectuals. <BR> <link>www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/adrienn<BR>e-rich </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l910935650.jpg"> <BR> DREAMWOOD <BR> by Adrienne Rich <BR> <BR> In the old, scratched, cheap wood of the typing stand <BR> there is a landscape, veined, which ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:51:11 EST And forget about hope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799649 Blogging is not looming in my Spark reality these days...actually, to turn it around, Spark reality is not looming in my mind these days. <BR> <BR> Life is getting in my way in a BIG WAY. I'm not navigating it as well as I'd like. But I'll get through this patch (or not, as Horace reminds me), just like I've gotten through all the others. Using strength of will to better care for my body through this is the ideal that always lurks, even when I don't attain it. The resources are there, th... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:27:58 EST The eighth decade... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768772 My dear friend and SparkBuddy, SANDRA5898, hosted a wonderful coming-together of women to celebrate this rite of passage. <BR> <BR> Sandra's invite said: "Maha is turning 70 and she wants you to help mark this milestone in community with others of her dear friends. We will come together to celebrate her life until now and her re-commitment to a long and vital life ahead. We will celebrate Sunday, February 19, starting at 5:00 pm. It will be a potluck. In recognition of Maha, please br... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:26:45 EST love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737977 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837486701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "...and I was singing this song to you:" <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9_nx<BR>jgeabM </link> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> i carry your heart <BR> <BR> i carry your heart with me(i carry it in <BR> my heart)i am never without it(anywhere <BR> i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done <BR> by only me is your doing,my darling) <BR> <BR> i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want <BR> no wo... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 07:12:49 EST Playing for Change: LOVE IN ACTION -- my kind of Valentine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685112449.jpg"> <BR> World-renowned musicians Baaba Maal and Toumani Diabate at the music school opening in Kirina, Mali (Habib Koite was also there) <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> My good friend CRYSTALJEM posted a poignant blog today, "The Best 5 Minute Cry Ever"...and I know just what she means because for no apparent reason my eyes well up with tears every time I watch the latest video from one of my favorite organizations, Playing for Change.... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:13:07 EST