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Wabi-sabi anyone?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010      15 comments

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The phrase comes from the two words wabi and sabi. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, imperman... Read more
Spring
Friday, March 26, 2010      11 comments

In the midst of my happiness and anxieties, machinations and lack of planning, successes and starts-and-stops on the path toward wholeness of body-mind-spirit, there remains...always and indubitably...Spring (within if not without) AND Mary Oliv... Read more
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table....
Wednesday, March 24, 2010      18 comments

The "kitchen table" metaphor is so apt for us in the SparkCommunity. And gifted Native American poet Joy Harjo wraps verse around the image in a way that speaks not only to our rational minds, but also deeply to our spirits. I offer this... Read more
Happy St. Pat's from a quintessential Irishman!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010      20 comments

Sybil Head Dingle Peninsula, Ireland BEANNACHT ("Blessing") On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to ... Read more
This is what you should do!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010      23 comments

I have no time to comment on this passage which I love so and comprises an important part of my daily philosophy of life. So I will simply leave it with you, hoping that Whitman speaks to you in that place that touches your soul as well! ... Read more
The unthinkable can be thought
Monday, March 15, 2010      21 comments

Some beauty fairly CRIES OUT to be shared...and this extraordinary offering of Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska supremely qualifies in that regard. May your day be richer... Read more
Singing the Soul's Song
Saturday, March 13, 2010      22 comments

In reading and celebrating the poetry and prose of SparkFriends recently -- including that of Azimat and Usha, Sandra and Gina, among others -- I'm reminded that it has been a long time since I've penned either prose or poetry. I say it's becau... Read more
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

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