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We live our lives in widening circles....
Wednesday, November 04, 2009      13 comments

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Giving for our health's sake!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009      9 comments

At last Friday's weekly gathering in the women's maximum security prison where I volunteer, we introduced this gift-giving program, telling about the founder and explaining how the program works. At the end of the evening, we told the women to ... Read more
Mary Oliver got me AGAIN!!!
Monday, November 02, 2009      15 comments

There's no way I can resist sharing this amazing *ode to life* -- it grabbed me this morning and took me out of my mundane reality, transporting me to the river, where I nestled in beside Mary and was awed by the simple exquisite pleasure of sim... Read more
Changing the habits of a lifetime....
Sunday, November 01, 2009      6 comments

It is indeed an interesting paradox -- to be truly spontaneous takes training and sustained effort. The effort to change a lifetime of habitual, unhealthy eating, of taking time daily for sitting practice, of using the moments of each day... Read more
Thoughts will not take form of themselves....
Friday, October 30, 2009      10 comments

Ay yay yay! I was talking with a friend this morning who is sooooooooo negative. He was saying things like "I even tried to *off* myself, but failed at that too." I said to him, "Quit it! We've heard the Teachings over-and-over. (Swami Satc... Read more
Vitality to draw on for patience, resilience, and creativity
Tuesday, October 27, 2009      11 comments

I call meditation "sitting practice" since when meditation is actually mastered, the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita says that "the mind is as still as the flame of a candle in a windless place" and I DEFINITELY am not there! *I* (the witne... Read more
to be completely alive every moment...
Monday, October 26, 2009      8 comments

...that is my heart's desire. a song with no end when Whitman wrote, "I sing the body electric" I know what he meant I know what he wanted: to b... Read more
Factory Farming Is Among Top 8 Killers
Saturday, October 24, 2009      12 comments

Tellin' it like it is, and it ain't purty, but denial is NOT "where it's at." Though I'm a vegetarian, I feel deeply affected by this. And we're not EVEN speaking to the issue of genetic engineering and the Monsanto Monster. Hearing from Will... Read more
Delicious food-for-the-soul!
Friday, October 23, 2009      6 comments

Ok, OK!!! I know my poetry posts are peripheral at best to the expressed purpose of SparkPeople. But, ya' know, if the soul is *fed delicious, nutritious sustenance* will it not contribute to our overall lightness-of-being, and thus to our goa... Read more
Setting the tone for the day....
Thursday, October 22, 2009      8 comments

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen: THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking at her work growing away there actively... Read more
7 foods that should never cross your lips!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009      29 comments

WOW! That's ominous, eh, using the article's caption as the blog title. I know I posted "Top 10 Riskiest Foods" but this is totally different information AND I'm really surprised at the first one. I thought that, for instance, Muir Glen... Read more
When the Shoe Fits....
Tuesday, October 20, 2009      11 comments

When the Shoe Fits Ch'ui the draftsman Could draw more perfect circles freehand Than with a compass. His fingers brought forth Spontaneous forms from nowhere... Read more
Bottom line....
Monday, October 19, 2009      6 comments

Note to myself: It's so clear to me after all these years on the planet and my "time-out" yesterday, that doing the inner work is what creates outer balance and helps me to reach my goals -- from loving care of the body-mind-spirit entity t... Read more
I'm lassooing my compulsive desires!
Saturday, October 17, 2009      9 comments

Sri Eknath Easwaran is one of my heroes and teachers. The meditation center near Tomales Bay, California that he founded carries on his universal message and work. I a... Read more
The FUN Theory of Exercise!
Friday, October 16, 2009      15 comments

Two blog entries in one day -- UNHEARD OF! But I LOVE my weekly KarmaTube subscription. And I can't wait until tomorrow to share this week's video which I just received. It's just TOO KEW-EL! I want to go to OdenPlan, Stockholm, Sweden to pl... Read more

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