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~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Grateful tonight
* For being able to keep a sense of humor through an incredible series of minor disasters these past few days... The list is WAY too long to even start!
* For our pool NOT overflowing after all the rain, and hubby getting up at 4:00 a.m. to drain it.
* For hubby pitching in to do the work that I was unable to complete (begrudgingly at first, then with humor and kindness)
* For pulling off an AMAZING brunch for the family, despite all...
* For the laughter that filled our home
* For my mom's spiritual presence at the gathering
* For table centerpiece that she inspired me to do


~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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3/31/13 9:51 P

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Another incredibly beautiful spring-like day, and one that I got to enjoy several hours of
-Playing a bit of basketball, which I haven't done in years
-A fun afternoon with a really great family
-Natural Vitamin D
-Luscious leftovers from our celebratory dinner last night for dinner again tonight, including a wonderful spinach salad
-Netflix and the great movies on our list (just finished "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," next is Argo)
-Feeling well-rested and well-exercised from a 3-day weekend

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
-- Muhammad Ali

Good afternoon,

Grateful~~

~ to have finished a blog, realizing there needed to be a Part 2

~ realizing that the Ecuador blogs serve as important journal entries for me, a way to retrieve ideas and memories

~ listening to the great sounds of world music group Toure Kunda from Senegal right now, whose 20-year career encompasses recordings in six languages and collaborations with well-known musicians such as Carlos Santana. They have had considerable success in Africa and Europe, and are active in social causes such as children's rights and advocates for the homeless. They played for Nelson Mandela at the Courtyard of Human Rights.

~ loving my new sound unit

~ getting dressed NOW to get out for a walk, since the rain has stopped (at least for now)

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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3/31/13 2:19 P

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This Easter Sunday, I give thanks for ...

~ sleep when it comes ... perhaps this afternoon
~ delicious kale-avocado-grapefruit salad
~ Roberta Flack & Etta James love songs
~ a capella choir tonight
~ reslience of the human spirit
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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3/31/13 8:57 A

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~finished and turned in paper last night, early enough for a DVD before bed
~promises and hopes based in truth and love
~prayer time for those in need
~a little extra free time so I do not need to rush
~talking with DD, sensing and hearing her excitement and that all is well
~egg salad planned for my Easter lunch
~hope and the reminders I have of it in my life
~Easter greetings from afar
~raw cocoa in my morning smoothie
~the birds singing in my yard
~presence of DH to deal with the loose pipe this morning, or should I say, impromptu fountain in the backyard!
~hope
Happy Easter, friends!

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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3/31/13 1:10 A

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Good to read all your positive posts after a rushed 10 day 4000+ mile road trip out to CA and back. Quick decision to go and it was great to see our youngest and a bit of southern California as well. I am very thankful for safe travels. Going through emails tonight and this TEDx video was on Karmatube about gratitude and it made me think of you all:

Sit Happens

Timber Hawkeye has a very simple guide to happiness - 2 words: be grateful. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. In this TEDx talk, Hawkeye observes that all of our suffering is self-inflicted, and that we have a misguided notion that happiness is something we have to "pursue." He shares some simple prescriptions for inner peace and tranquility: slow down, sit. There is nothing you need to buy; nowhere you need to go. Just spend a few minutes each day taking inventory of everything in your life that is worth appreciating.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3
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Peace and blessings and Happy Easter!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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3/30/13 10:27 P

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Tonight, before I sleep, I am grateful for:

-A wonderful walk in the woods with a friend this morning; we fit it in after the first rain and before the next rain, though it was not planned that way
-New friends and the fun of getting to know them
-My amazing partner, her incredible spirit and the 12 wonderful years we've shared
-All three of these little kitties, each of them so special and loving
-Stopping at Trader Joe's on the way home from dinner so I don't have to go in the morning
-A warm, comfortable bed that is calling me now

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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3/30/13 6:22 P

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I am grateful..

- the gift of this sunny warm long weekend
- falling prey to a practical joke my son set for me before his departure for Ecuuador
- skype with him this morning and seeing his smile and sensing he is almost 100% after his gastro issue and throat infection
- an amazing ride this afternoon
- a quite afternoon to myself

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
Glimpse After Glimpse

"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
– Rabbi Hillel


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3/30/13 4:53 P

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This Saturday afternoon, I give thanks ...

~ early (for me) Saturday morning workout at the pool
~ picked up organic greens from the Arkansas Local Foods Network
~ ran the most critical errands and now home to clean my apartment
~ look forward to having Maha and Robin at my place next weekend
~ pacing myself better after seeing 43 clients last week (too many)
~ ready to sort photos by size in order to mail off to scanning company
~ look forward to finishing this stage of the photo project
~ of course the next stage will be renaming files and copying DVDs
~ the (mostly) good health of friends and family
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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3/30/13 9:07 A

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To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
-- Arundhati Roy

Good morning,

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring"...and I'm quite awake, sipping on my morning brew and contemplating all I have to be thankful for~~

~ public figures whose lives make a difference

~ yoga this morning...and I've decided to attend a new-ish studio
www.goinsideyogastudio.com/

~ quality time with friend going to and coming from prison gathering (3 hr. total RT!)

~ SparkFriend Gina achieving tenure at UNL, Lincoln, and recalling that our friendship stretches back to before she even completed her PhD!

~ setting up and enjoying my new sound system

Blessed be
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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3/30/13 8:47 A

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
The willingness to get back on track and make mindful choices, one meal, one snack at a time.
Choices.
A healthy appetite.
A loving husband.
So many blessings.

Mazzy


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3/30/13 8:39 A

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~getting a good start on my assignment and hope to turn it in later today
~waking a little later than usual, which gave me a little more sleep in spite of the trouble i usually have (and did have) of falling asleep (whether exhausted or not)
~movie time to myself last evening
~firmly not doing something that was assumed MY job even w/out being asked to do it and getting it clarified by the other person's initiative this morning: did I make myself unclear enough?!
~getting a note from DD last evening as to why I have not been able to get her by phone; everything is okay and going extremely well so that she is busy, busy - a good thing for Mom to hear!
~planted marigolds this morning
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I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

Warrior, Demi Lovato www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoG8-WJTt0


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3/29/13 9:13 P

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Tonight, I am so very grateful for:

-An incredibly beautiful spring-like (don't dare say spring as snow was in the forecast for early next week) day, with gorgeous sunshine all day and temps in mid- to upper-60s
-Going shopping today with my partner; this seems like such a simple thing, but she's been unable to do so for many, many months and today was without even using a cane!!!
-Purchasing new dishes (has been on our list for a long time) as a partial celebration of our 12th anniversary that happens on April Fool's Day, at great savings with coupon
-Helping my friend walk two of her four dogs, and one foster dog, netting me a total dog walk in this amazing weather of nearly two hours; it also helped my friend who usually has to walk them one at a time, so now she has extra time tonight for herself
-Netflix movie for tonight - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (ring any bells, Kathy???-LOL)
-This practice of gratitude that is so ingrained in my life

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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3/29/13 3:09 P

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Grateful today
* Like so many of you, for feeling the bonds of gratitude that connect us one to another, this team and its history, and knowing that it plays a part in each of our lives.
* An honest, long overdue, heartfelt talk with hubby this morning
* Less tension in the house as we move forward
* Easter plans shaping up
* Dealer giving us a complementary loaner car while ours is in for routine maintenance, and first time repairs (in THREE YEARS!)
* My dad looking and feeling SO good! (Although he misses her terribly, I think he is also feeling the relief/diminished worries and the lifting of a huge financial burdon after my mom passed away)

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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3/29/13 9:28 A

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Good morning to all you great bunch of gratituders!

~too busy to be bored
~hubby got the new TV
~The Princess Bride on the new TV
~online interaction with my daughter
~good time chatting with my mother, even heard some giggles form her
~schoolwork progress
~sleeping well
~a lovely Easter mug for my cuppa
~decided my Easter dinner will be egg salad
~even if homework is not completed today (due Sunday at midnite), I will stop at 4 or 5 and watch The Passion; hard to watch, good for reflection
~the amazing hope that I feel within

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

Warrior, Demi Lovato www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoG8-WJTt0


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3/29/13 9:17 A

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On this Good Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- news of a friend, that while not the best is still hopeful
- contemplation of living a life with passion as MAHA does
- the celebration of Easter weekend and the promise it holds
- the simple things; packed breakfast and lunch, walking @ noon, dinner with friends
- the countless sacred and profane moments of my life
Namaste my friends

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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3/29/13 9:12 A

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All passes and all remains,
and ours is to pass by,
to pass by making roads,
roads over the sea.
-- Antonio Machado

Good morning,

Happy to be with you on this gray, wet morning, with much thanksgiving~~

~ the poets, who enliven our spirits and enrich our lives; Spanish poet Antonio Machado lived into the early 20th century (1875-1939), is one of the most beloved Spanish language poets, whose spiritual bearings make his writing beautifully accessible to this moment

~ movie night at home last night! I enjoyed a quirky indie film, Beginnings

~ prison gathering tonight...after over three months away, it will be amazing to be with these friends

~ eating healthfully, albeit with unnecessary "extras" thrown in here-and-there

~ after going to sleep with a smile, watching the clouds cover and uncover the big globe-of-a-moon, waking up early morning to a veritable downpour, with all the extra light-and-sound drama -- and it continues (turn the faucet off already LOL)

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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This early Friday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ catching up on reading your gratitudes. they mean so much to me.
~ it's Friday ... it's been a long, challenging week in so many ways
~ going to the symphony tonight & the gym in the morning
~ reading emails ... and hoping to respond in the morning
~ a weekend to catch up as I'm so far behind
~ making a "to do" list (even if it is a mile long)
~ son's wine pairing dinner was delightful -- food and wine were impeccable
~ son wants me to meet his new girlfriend
~ Rinpoche Anam Thubten retreat next weekend ... I need it
~ all is well .... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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3/28/13 9:04 P

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Having been one of the lucky 24 Spark friends to meet Maha
-Nonie's wonderful attitude and self-care (and our hope to also meet each other one day and take a hike together in the forest)
-Kathy AND Maha, and everybody else (that would be ALL of you) who has made this team a most amazing place
-An extra day off work this week
-Making hiking plans with a friend for Saturday a.m.
-Getting BOTH strength training AND cardio in today; a rarity for me, but I feel good
-An anniversary (12 years!!!) card and gift from my mother; AMC gift cards to see a movie!!

Have an excellent evening all ...

Stephanie

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3/28/13 8:09 P

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Today, I'm so very grateful for...

* knowing who I am
* acting with love rather than reacting with anger, fear, and hate
* knowing that the pain and sadness I feel will not kill me, and I do not need to eat it
* taking care of myself when others treat me carelessly

Today, I give you all a special, most deeply felt, thank you for being a community of people who want to live with gratitude and love in your hearts, rather than negativity and hate. Thank you.

~*~ Nicole ~*~

Wishing you some sort of success every day, and the ability to always see your blessings.


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3/28/13 6:38 P

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Today I am deeply grateful for:
~ glorious sunshine when rain was predicted
~ warm weather, no need for a coat
~ beautiful spring blossoms everywhere: flowers, trees, shrubs
~ figuring out the probable cause of my sore knee. Reassuring because it is NOT just out of the blue for no reason. Even though there wasn't a specific moment of injury, there was injury...
~ the body's amazing healing power
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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Ah, the washer is working again!

Joys of clean clothes.

Strength for my daily journey.



"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." {Kahlil}
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3/28/13 10:24 A

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Oh how could I forget, most gracious one!
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I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

Warrior, Demi Lovato www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoG8-WJTt0


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As long as I am able, I will be out there, focusing my energy on one more adventure, one more mountain, one more dream.
-- from Vicki's profile quotes

Good morning!

It's a lovely spring morning, and I find myself reminiscing in gratitude~~

~ Vicki's strong, positive energy, and the happy memory of her (after Rebecca) being my second Spark friend...she more cautious, me jumping in with both feet...back in 2006 (remember, Vicki?)

~ remembering how Rebecca got me to "come over" from WW online, telling me SP was even better, with more tools and resources (and the rest is history)

~ the joy, over these nearly seven years, of having met (and in many cases stayed with) 24(!) wonderful, generous SparkFriends all over the country

~ how Kathy and I decided four years ago that a focused gratitude forum would be a good thing -- she did all the tech/design work and I came up with the name

~ how the spirit of openness has served me during my travels over the years, with people opening their hearts and lives to me (and at this point, I say in spite of my age, since I find that in certain settings I have become "invisible" as I've gotten older)

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 3/28/2013 (10:00)

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- warming temperatures emoticon chirping and the full emoticon
- smoothie with avocado added
- a good morning emoticon
- lunch with my teammate
- emoticon outside in the emoticon

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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3/28/13 7:38 A

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~waking with happy thoughts
~rec'd a late night phone call from my brother who is feeling desperate over their (2 handicapped brothers caring for my mom) financial situation; not much I can say to help and I am soo far away without much recourse to help them. I am grateful, however, that he felt compelled to call me and express his thoughts and fears to me.
~although I had two hours of not sleeping after that, I did end up sleeping well the remainder of the night.
~a nice card from a group of ladies who pray for us regularly
~a nice chat with a sweet friend last evening
~a positive response to my "mouthy-session" earlier in the day yesterday
~new growth on some of my yard plants (they suffered lack while I was away for 6 months)
~the funniest sight this morning as I was preparing to start my day. I heard our dogs barking at the gate, looked out to see the two dogs and one of our turtles there beside the gate, the turtle had his front legs on the gate standing on his hind legs as if guarding our yard from intruders!!! Do you s'pose he thinks he's a guard dog?!
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I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

Warrior, Demi Lovato www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoG8-WJTt0


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3/28/13 7:13 A

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Thankful for...

MIL discharged from hospital. Long term care will be involved but at least she's in the comfort of her own home.

my best effort - even when it doesn't feel good enough. Juggling four kids home on spring break and all of MIL's medical stuff has left me feeling like I'm not doing either very well. But thankful for the knowledge that I'm doing the best I can with what I have.

DH's safe flight yesterday (via BlackHawk which had both him and me a little white knuckled)

Daddy getting home in time to surprise Mommy with Indian food ready for dinner (and also thankful that there's now "deliverable" Indian food to add to our rare order-in repertoire).

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Doing 40 minutes of cardio, whether I wanted to or not (and I didn't want to) - LOL
-Work projects falling together nicely today in prep of a busy day tomorrow
-My wonderful partner, who loved her first t'ai chi class for people with MS and Parkinson's
-Turning Point, the wonderful non-profit that provides yoga and t'ai chi at no cost to people with chronic illnesses, along with many other helpful programs
-Yummy leftovers that will taste even better tonight
-Our organic delivery today, giving us lots of fresh fruits and veggies for a 3-day weekend
-Intentions of doing some cooking

Have an excellent evening everybody!!

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This Wednesday evening, I give thanks for ....

~ the resilience of most of my clients and patience with those unwilling to help themselves

~ my own therapist who helps me work through my emotional garbage when I feel too deeply for my clients as I have this week

~ my son's wine pairing dinner tonight ... what fun!

~ a break tonight from the relentless pace of clients coming and going. I've given therapy to 30 clients in the last three days, not to mention the paperwork for each one. Whew ....

~ as always, R, the love of my life

~ my good physical and mental health ...

~ being present in the moment .... well, most of the time ... sometimes more, sometimes less

~ all is well .... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
-- John O'Donohue, from A Blessing for Equilibrium
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Good morning,

Not stressing or freaking out over the fact that my carefully "penned" gratitudes post somehow got "eaten up" by cyberspace. More, and yet MORE goodness can be shared~~

~ O'Donohue reminding me of the pilgrimage a dear friend is going on in April to Ireland, and sharing O'Donohue with her

~ lunch with this friend yesterday in her special home

~ successfully urging one another via Facbook last night to go out into the crystaline night and howl at the Crow Moon -- what fun...and the neighborhood dogs joined in with me!

~ the unsurpassed gift of Cuban troubadour, Silvio Rodriguez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur
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~ beloved folk hero and prophet/writer, Mark Twain, and a story about the gratitude so many have offered him
www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=408


Blessed be,
xox
Maha

And I just remembered one of the gratitudes at the top of the *first* list~~

~ the blessings of a visit from Kathy's father, still totally ambulatory and vibrant...and flying around on jet planes!



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Thankful for...

morning side-splitting laughter with the kids - my DD made black bean brownies and we spent the morning making frijoles negros de muertos jokes while choking them down

working on changing how I tackle the "to do", including how to introduce the "to don't"



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I am grateful..

- a reminder of "the miracle of pausing" - thank you Nonie - so many ways to think of this and none of them come naturally to me, so a wonderful thing to "pause" and reflect on
- the early morning air was thick with spring and delicious to breath in
- a teeny small (albeit somewhat veiled) recognition at work yesterday,...few and far between, so gratefully acknowledged
- a good ride last nite, not spectacular, but not frustrating and counter productive, ...just good, and that's good enough!
- old towels stashed in handy places to wipe wet muddy dog feet and bellies, and sweaty horse heads and muzzles
-cutting off a binge last night before it became a full on catastrophic event
- clever, funny, charming greeting cards for every occasion and the fun of sending them

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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On this Wednesday, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- stage 1 project completion! emoticon emoticon emoticon
- super circuit, stretching and wishing Emily a emoticon - 21 on Friday
- the emoticon chirping @ emoticon rise
- packed breakfast and lunch and emoticon @ noon
- an 'open' day with no meetings emoticon

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

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“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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~this gathering
~peaceful thoughts this morning
~desire to get some pressing things completed today
~being prepared to help a friend in a small way
~hearing from my daughter
~got my Easter "surprise"
~was more active yesterday
~soo tired last night so went to bed early and altho sleep was fitful, I got more because I went to bed earlier
~a few bargains at the grocery yesterday and surprised a friend with some needed purchases
~a little extra money in my pocket yesterday
~a surprise gift from friends from afar that will help in many ways
~can't believe this one! Hubby is pricing TVs, so might not be long and I can use that bluray player - that'd be great!!!
emoticon Have a superb day friends!

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Grateful tonight for
* My dad arriving safely this afternoon
* Being able to greet him at the gate instead of baggage claim
* For his incredible spirit, his being still fully engaged in life, and his good health
* Pink blossoms, yellow blossoms, white blossoms EVERYWHERE!
* Friends organizing birthday gathering for me
* C. moving out.
* Early bedtime tonight (anytime before midnight is early for me!)

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Recipes that provide leftovers where you can just add a few ingredients and change things up completely into another new recipe!!!
-A great strength training workout at lunch
-Heirloom oranges; one Trader Joe's employee told me they were done for the year; they were so wrong and I'm so happy for more!!
-A short work week this week (Friday off)
-Another solid night of sleep
-My incredible partner (warrior, indeed)!

Have a wonderful rest!!

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Tonight, I'm grateful for...

* a relatively short-lived sickness
* the miracle of pausing
* continued healthy eating
* a visit from my sister
* time with my nephews and niece
* consistently good self care

I wish you all a wonderful week, filled with healthy choices and joyfulness!
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~*~ Nicole ~*~

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emoticon woke with happy thoughts
emoticon got my reading done this morning first thing
emoticon a few exercises completed
emoticon good teas
emoticon great conversation with my helper who comes twice a week
emoticon hubby giving up his car for a few hours so I can get groceries
emoticon taking my helper with me (first time I've ever done this; she is pleased)
emoticon made contact with two cousins I have not seen in over 20 years
emoticon plans to buy myself a DVD instead of Easter candy
emoticon ideas for church decorations coming to me
emoticon contact with my kids via the internet

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I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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A person is rich in proportion to the number of things which (s)he can afford to let alone.
Henry David Thoreau

Good morning,

A lazy, beautiful sunny morning, rife with possibilities...and gratitude~~

~ Kaligirl's continuous support and inspiration, deeply noticed and appreciated

~ as Savoy says, the joy of being inspired by each of your posts each morning

~ another Ecuador blog done, and thankful for the realization that the final leg of the journey best be broken into two parts www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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~ a noon community meditation in the library today, followed by tea with a dear friend

~ "babying" myself in the return from this *big* trip, paying special attention to the respiratory "crud" that's trying to invade

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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I am grateful..

- for all of your posts which inspire me, and reassure me, we are all on the same journey
- a great run this morning, despite poor sleep and tossing/turning/worrying
- radio DJs who distract me from my thoughts on my drive
- that clever person who decided to start making insulated travel mugs
- warmth and love I still feel after weekend gathering
- a washer and dryer, and right in my house! a convenience I take for granted ...I can remember the days of being young and poor and the washer breaking & doing the laundromat thing for months...or sharing laundry facilities in a rented apartment...

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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Tuesday is my big washing day. The machine is broke {again} and so I'll just have to do nothing today. :)

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." {Kahlil}
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I am grateful..

- for all of your posts which inspire me, and reassure me, we are all on the same journey
- a great run this morning, despite poor sleep and tossing/turning/worrying
- radio DJs who distract me from my thoughts on my drive
- that clever person who decided to start making insulated travel mugs
- warmth and love I still feel after weekend gathering
- a washer and dryer, and right in my house! a convenience I take for granted ...I can remember the days of being young and poor and the washer breaking & doing the laundromat thing for months...or sharing laundry facilities in a rented apartment...

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
Glimpse After Glimpse

"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon and the 'beginning' of spring?
- Chopra meditation - "Living Nature" and the chance to emoticon @ noon
- the opportunity to support a colleague in my own small way
- continuing progress on a major project - one small step @ a time
- this community of healthy souls

Life is GOOD - here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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Thankful for...

DH asking me to wake him up for him to exercise before work but then asking me for the extra time to snuggle instead

MIL making some progress in her recovery from a very major surgery and hopefully out of the hospital by the end of this week

Spring break and time with the kids - even though the weather gods obviously didn't know it was spring break and showered us in snow all day

movie night with the kiddos (and that the 18 y/o opted in even though it was a "kiddy" movie).

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Grateful always, but especially today for
* Rental house being in MUCH better shape than we anticipated. Meaning MINIMAL repairs/expenses/time to get ready for new tenant.
* Another glorious sunny day, appreciating CA weather while others are struggling with snow...
* Laughter galore with grandkids
* My dad coming to town tomorrow!
* Hubby mowing lawn, cleaning back yard without me even reminding him!
* My health, and the health of my family, always.

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Not hitting any of the black ice on my way to work this morning
-The very strong snow flurries that made it look like we were going to get another blizzard only lasting for about 30 minutes, the blustering out almost completely
-A clear and dry driveway when I came home tonight (nice shoveling job, Stephanie!!!) - LOL
-Crockpot leftovers that are better on the second day allowing the seasonings to meld more
-Kitty love upon my arrival home, all three of them!!
-Google, I just love it that we can "Google it" to find answers so easily these days
-Knowledge and my love of learning that keeps me excited about life

Have a great sleep all ... whenever sleep hits you in your part of the world -

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This Monday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ a crazy busy day that didn't make me crazy
~ leftover Mediterranean rice for dinner
~ hugs from my clients
~ going to bed early tonight
~ continuing to make progress on my photo project
~ dinner with friends last night was delightful
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Most grateful for
~the warm hugs from fellow worshipers last evening
~surprise, positive comments from a dear woman on a writing I did about my deceased son on his birthday
~happy conversation with two women before the meeting
~getting into my studies for the week
~peanut butter on whole wheat crackers
~Betty White in a very old TV show
~sorbet with granola for supper in a bit
~on my way to exercise
~an email I needed to write - did it!
~games online with a couple of girlfriends just before sleep

Edited by: SLAYINGDRAGONS at: 3/25/2013 (17:34)
I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Today I am grateful for:
~ this community
~ having my internet connection back up and running again
~ being able to lay down for a few minutes after this posting
~ hope that a mini rest will get my headache to go away
~ happy family
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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grateful
~to be headed to our daughter's today
~for this freedom to go where we will
~for our home to come back to
~others will tend to C for awhile
~for all the voices here, encouraging each other

peace and joy
ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
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Here's to healing...

On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- having the opportunity to observe and release some anger (helped by talking to a friend)
- my niece for sending me calm.com (plan to use it tonight)
- the last emoticon of the season - need the moisture, but am ready for some emoticon
- moving a project along
- dinner in the crockpot

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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Healing yourself is healing the world.
--Thich Nhat Hanh

Good morning,

I come here to express gratitude for so much~~

~ this splendid community-of-spirit, as we -- Kathy, Sandra, Stephanie, Savoy, Vicki, Michele, Ann, Kaligirl, and I -- buoy one another with thanks giving and joy

~ a sunny morning albeit 31 degrees right now, with expected high of 48, which *might* herald the first bike ride upon my return (if I can remedy the flat tire!)

~ re-admit form filed online in preparing to re-enter for fall semester, finishing the degree requirements in Spanish

~ mailing SIX requested books from my library to PaperBackSwap members today, giving ME six more selections of books

~ Vitamin C mega-dosing...it helped me to "kick" a *bug* upon arriving to Ecuador...and I'm hoping I'll have the same success now with it

Blessed be
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 3/25/2013 (11:26)

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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Grateful this quiet Sunday night for so many things...including
* My camera...which has enabled me to relive our trip through India as I sort out photos
* The eye of an artist
* Paths that have intersected mine while traveling, and the people on them who have left lasting imprints on my heart
* The wonder of where and when I was born
* Touching, tender emails from old friends that flooded my inbox today.
* Grandkids tomorrow to lighten my pensive mood

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Sunday evening, I give thanks for ....

~ Taz is back
~ tilapia with blue crab for dinner tonight -- yum!
~ a productive day ... making progress on my picture project
~ words with friends
~ NYT
~ a lively conversation with my daughter last night
~ my son's wine pairing on Wednesday
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Tonight, I have so much to be grateful for, and here are just a few tidbits:

-A wonderful, indulgently long phone conversation with Maha this morning to get caught up and hear about some of her adventures
-A most excellent workout today, albeit I had no choice in the form this time
-A strong and able body that allowed me to, once again, get our entire driveway shoveled, despite it being more difficult this time around because I was shoveling slush under the snow, that then would freeze on the shovel
-Slow cooker dinner that I started this morning that has been smelling up our home (in a good way, thankfully) all day
-Hot chai tea with almond milk AFTER shoveling heavy, slushy snow!!!!!
-Hot chai tea with almond milk AFTER shoveling heavy, slushy snow!!!!!
-Hot chai tea with almond milk AFTER shoveling heavy, slushy snow!!!!!
(that was all for Maha's benefit - note the "after" is in all caps-LOL)
-An abundance of hot, running water, in which I'm going to indulge myself for a long, hot shower that will feel so good after shoveling for 1-1/2 hours (and I will NOT feel guilty about it)
-My amazing partner and her incredible spirit
-Our three adorable kitties that make me smile and laugh all the time
-My warm and comfortable bed that will feel so great after that long, hot shower

Have an excellent night of rest, dear Sparkers!!

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