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...to be generous, to myself and others....
Friday, February 10, 2012      19 comments

Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more ten... Read more
On receiving the Nobel Prize....
Sunday, February 05, 2012      20 comments

Can't resist more on Szymborska...just ignore it if you don't grok it or have time for it...or, better still, read it on the dreadmill! God (and goddess) knows that I KNOW that this is a wellness site. "They" also know that poetry is par... Read more
RIP Wislawa Szymborska, one of my favorite poets
Sunday, February 05, 2012      12 comments

The path to international fame as a poet generally doesn't involve writing short poems about sea cucumbers. Yet for the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who won the Nobel Pri... Read more
Birthday Month
Wednesday, February 01, 2012      34 comments

"Hello Mahalakshmi! Your birthday month is here and so am I. Let the celebrations begin. Been away from Spark for many months. Hope all is well with you. Happy to see the photo of Swamiji on your page again. A blessing on my day. Love, Usha xx... Read more
Luminous Tease
Tuesday, January 31, 2012      19 comments

Crazy wisdom teacher Rob Brezsny sez' it like no one else can! LUMINOUS TEASE Change yourself in the way you want everyone else to change Love your enemies in c... Read more
Accountability
Sunday, January 29, 2012      31 comments

Am I ready? When I left for the summer in Ecuador and Colombia I weighed 131. Here are some exquisite reminders of last summer with my Latino family: My dear friend... Read more
Straight talk
Wednesday, January 25, 2012      22 comments

I am struck dumb by my teacher, Mary Oliver -- Straight Talk From Fox Listen says fox it is music to run over the hills to lick dew from the leaves to nose... Read more
...to live with my eyes open....
Wednesday, January 18, 2012      26 comments

I had it in mind to blog again when I have the last of the photos from my sojourn on the west coast, but this...THIS transcendent Oliver needs to be shared with my SparkFriends. I hope it bathes your soul in shimmering light as it did mine. ... Read more
In Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16, 2012      19 comments

Psalms 15 Lord, who can be trusted with power, and who may act in your place? Those with a passion for justice, who speak the truth from their hearts; who ha... Read more
The truth about trees....
Sunday, November 27, 2011      27 comments

THE TREES Do you think of them as decoration? Think again. Here are maples, flashing. And here are the oaks, holding on all winter to their dry leaves... Read more
End of Year Challenge
Wednesday, November 09, 2011      27 comments

Morning view from the window at my computer It stormed heavily last night, with an amazing light show thrown in to add to the drama of pounding rain and strong wind. Thi... Read more
November
Tuesday, November 01, 2011      22 comments

Embrace the core sadness of life without toppling headlong into it, or assuming it will define your days. The real trick is to let life, with all its ordinary missteps and regrets, be consistently more mysterious and alluring than its end. --... Read more
Twigs
Friday, October 28, 2011      14 comments

The inner landscape of my heart and mind has been bleak of late and I don't have the inclination to share the current struggles. But share beauty in words and images...ALWAYS! So here is an excerpt from the work of the late Taha Muhammad... Read more
What I Have Learned So Far
Monday, October 24, 2011      16 comments

I try to ponder this daily and live my life based upon the wisdom -- yogaville.org/about-yoga
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October
Thursday, October 20, 2011      22 comments

Do I *really* understand this important aspect of life? October There's this shape, black as the entrance to a cave. A longing wells up in its throat like a b... Read more

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