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Sometimes in my tears I drown...but I never let it get me down....
...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???
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
Giving for our health's sake!
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!!!
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....
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....
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
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...
...that is my heart's desire.
a song with no end
when Whitman wrote, "I sing the body electric"
I know what he
I know what he
to b... Read more
Factory Farming Is Among Top 8 Killers
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
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....
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!
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....
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
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