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Dare to dance the tide!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009      11 comments

I've been up since 5:00am as usual...I've finished my morning brew and made a gallon of green tea for the house. I'm sitting here groovin' to the station I created on Pandora.com, Angelique Kidjo Radio. As a matter of fact, at this moment SHE ... Read more

Directions to Presence....

Monday, November 16, 2009      10 comments

I LOVE Billy Collin's *in-touch-ness* and I even own a CD of him reciting his work. This poem speaks deeply to my soul and deserves to be shared in its fullness with my friends, "in the tremble of thought taking the vast outside into ourselves.... Read more

The Procrastination Beater

Friday, November 13, 2009      19 comments

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. -- The Buddha I had this seemingly simple little process tucked away among saved files and after Sandra's b... Read more

Ode to Autumn, Ode to Life....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009      7 comments

That's all (and that's enough when it's Mary Oliver).... Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles thro... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Be prepared to bump into wonder!!!

Monday, November 09, 2009      19 comments

It's so easy for me to bow my head and feel cheated, feel like a loser, feel like I've only got half a life. "WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?" I ask myself. Well...it's a habit, developed over recent years of seeing the glass half empty...and e... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Sometimes in my tears I drown...but I never let it get me down....

Friday, November 06, 2009      14 comments

...so says musician Matisyahu, the personification of harmony. He is a Hasidic Jewish musician from New York City known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae, rock, and hip-hop sounds. He pushes musical boundaries by incorpora... Read more

What's YOUR name???

Thursday, November 05, 2009      11 comments

We often *name* ourselves "slacker," "loser," "anxious," "isolated," "not up to the task," "lonely," "lazy"...but what about the myriad OTHER names...? THANK YOU Carli-Mae! She reminded me of Jim Croce's great "I Got A Name" song, perfect ... Read more

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


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