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Homage to my women friends....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010      19 comments

Many of you know I am back in university, this time pursuing a degree in Spanish. I'm sure I have a "corazon latino," because I'm so deeply drawn to Hispanic culture and people. Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and t... Read more

Prayer for Us

Tuesday, March 09, 2010      12 comments

I classify Rob Brezsny as a "crazy wisdom teacher," a Tibetan Buddhist term. Perhaps you'll have a better understanding of why I call him that if you listen to his "Prayer for Us." bit.ly/PrayerforUs Read more

"Living" my true priorities

Monday, March 08, 2010      9 comments

Though I'm enmeshed in study for the next few days, certain concerns have gripped me....which has resulted in having difficulty finding the "juice" I need to stay focused (not only with study, but with self-care issues in general). I often find... Read more

How We Become Human....

Thursday, March 04, 2010      16 comments

Perhaps a more *productive* use of this space would be to share the thoughts of my journey to body-mind-spirit wellness, with ideas about the various skills I can develop and make use of to facilitate that. But I often need to step back f... Read more

St. Francis and the Sow

Monday, March 01, 2010      7 comments

This redux of a phenomenal piece is dedicated to Noreen, who reminded me, and Sandra, who loves St. Francis, the mystic: ST. FRANCIS AND THE SOW The bud stands for... Read more

Full Moon Ritual Anyone???

Saturday, February 27, 2010      14 comments

FULL MOON IN VIRGO Sunday, February 28, 2010 8:38am PST - 11:38am EST Sun at 9.59 Pisces Moon at 9.59 Virgo You need set aside less than five minutes for this powerful ritual: Read more

Get off my back, donkey!

Saturday, February 27, 2010      9 comments

The body is mortal, but that one dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable. -- Bhagavad Gita When I say that this body is not me, I am not making an intellectua... Read more

This Precious Human Life....

Friday, February 26, 2010      11 comments

As I *come up for air* after a 2-1/2 week intense academic push, the image above describes the kind of physic space I would love to create for myself. I did manage to take a ... Read more

O!M!G!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010      13 comments

This is too beautiful NOT to share -- Mary Oliver's gift is exquisite...and that she chose to share it with us is our profound good fortune. THE CRICKET AND THE ROSE ... Read more

Antipenultimo...

Monday, February 22, 2010      19 comments

The linguistics class is haunting me: I'm seemingly locked into this conceptual linguistics loop of before-before...or, in this case the night-before-my-birthday-eve -- It was such a beautiful gathering of Anam Cara, soul friends, that hea... Read more

The Gift...the Present!

Sunday, February 21, 2010      21 comments

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely an... Read more

The Tao of the Trial -- for Black History Month

Friday, February 19, 2010      14 comments

The photograph is of Rosa Parks riding that famous bus in Memphis. From the trial transcript: Miss Crandall's Boarding School for Young Ladies of Color Canterbury, CT... Read more

Moments

Friday, February 12, 2010      13 comments

Life is nothing more, nothing less, so I'm trying to use 'em well, 'cause that's all I've got! This film is poignant in places and shocking in others...just like life. ... Read more

Mistakes ARE worthy teachers!

Monday, February 08, 2010      21 comments

This morning, as I move into this day, I'm right on the edge of being seriously discouraged by my recent lack of care of this body for which I'm the steward. It's so easy for me to just go into "I give up!" "I'm not worthy!" "I'm such a slug!... Read more

Here's to the CRAZY ONES!

Friday, February 05, 2010      14 comments

For me, it's all about being the "CEO" of my CRAZY MIND (rather than its "pawn") for, as Eknath Easwaran said: All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit. -- Swami Ramda... Read more


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