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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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The last day of April. Where did it go??? Looking back, I am SO grateful for the events of these past 30 days, including

* I only had a short time wallowing yesterday... (and not when I was on the phone with Maha)
* After a day of horrific pain yesterday, I got 9 hours sleep, and have not required any analgesics today!
* Back tolerated a 25 minute slow swim with noodles
* Hubby joined me in the pool today
* Catching an almost disaster JUST in time to prevent MAJOR problems!
* Caught the problem early enough that should be able to get to bed by 1:00 a.m.


~~~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:

-This practice and all of you who share in it with me
-Our frogs, making happy frog springtime noises in our water gardens
-My office windows, from which I can let the sun stream in during the morning, see our back yard with birds, squirrels and bunnies playing, and hearing the frogs at night! - Our little piece of heaven
-Open, honest, sharing-your-soul type communications
-Always, always, always - my health, and the many options available to me for trying to get and stay healthy
-My Warrior Dash bruises that, much like Shana's experience, I take great pride in (am definitely glad there's no pain involved though)
-My warm, comfortable, soft bed ... calling me off to sleep

Sweet dreams!!

Stephanie

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4/30/13 8:16 P

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~great tunes on iheart radio
~om namo bhagavate vasudevaya: Om is the name of that inside of me which is aware of the oneness of all things.


Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

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This morning I am feeling grateful for...

- feeling awake and alive after exercise
- Skype! what a cool thing
- a colleague's very sick partner is hanging in and she is handling it well
- my new "set" weight, where the scale rests even when I overeat or miss exercise, is lower than it was
- leftovers ready for lunch today
- weather forecast is favorable for weekend trip to support best friend at horseshow

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


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4/30/13 9:36 A

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There's no need to respond habitually. No need to fight or flee. We can stay engaged with others and at the same time acknowledge what we're feeling. The instructions, in their simplest form, have three basic steps:
Be fully present.
Feel your heart.
Engage the next moment without an agenda.
-- Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully, page 21

Buenos dias mis amigos,

It's another beautiful day to dwell in gratitude~~

~ Yay! for Kathy, quintessential leader, nurse, community organizer, in-the-middle-of-everything kinda' girl, knowing (this time anyway lol) when to stop and give her body time to heal...."and being willing to give up all plans for the week, just to take care of myself"...and I am especially enjoying her broader vision of gratitude, knowing that she has been in a lot of pain, and could just as easily be wallowing in a *woe-is-me* space

~ pleasant wake-up conversation with Guatemalan friend, calling me from job site, where he arrived early

~ self-forgiveness, always needed, always important

~ one of Pema Chodron's newer books, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change -- a little gem under 150 pages -- her teachings are always spot-on, right where I'm *at* on so many levels

~ yoga at 10am

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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4/30/13 8:58 A

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~enjoyed having Michele and fam. here for a bit emoticon
~always feel lifted by our conversations emoticon
~finally receiving an invite for something I was feeling left out emoticon
~better sleep last night emoticon
~exercises finished 1st thing emoticon
~reading that to build muscle w/ str training need to keep cardio low - yay! emoticon
~a few minutes of chitter chatter w hubby altho he kept trying to escape emoticon
~homemade banana bread emoticon
~bananas emoticon
~a cloudy coolish day emoticon

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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4/30/13 8:53 A

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On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a great morning emoticon
- warm enough weather for sandals
- packed breakfast and lunch
- chance to hit emoticon with my DH if it doesn't emoticon
- followed by a light dinner out (no cooking) 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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This Tuesday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ giving myself an extra hour of sleep this morning
~ still time for a cup of coffee and breakfast
~ my son and daughter and nieces & nephews
~ a meaningful, satisfying job
~ a loving, kind, funny, smart partner with whom I share my deepest thoughts
~ a kitty who likes to snuggle (on her terms of course)
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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4/30/13 5:33 A

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Thankful for...

- the sounds and smells of spring in the early morning

- the delight of little girl all warm and snuggly, fighting with Daddy and one of the cats for Mommy's embrace.

- falling asleep to the sound of the teenagers, who normally can't be bothered with each other, playful and laughing while baking cookies late at night (and the mostly cleaned up kitchen after)



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4/30/13 4:20 A

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Gratitude for ALL of you, my dear cyber friends....and those that I have actually MET (Maha, Stephanie...) and those that I will some day....

Also grateful
* For my computer and the internet, which keeps me connected with all of you
* For being literate, so that I can read your posts
* For having fingers that work, so I can use the keyboard
* For living in a place with an infrastructure that allows me to turn on a switch for lights, a faucet for clean water, etc.
* For my family...my husband who loves and tolerates me, even though it is not easy - my son who loves and tolerates me, too - the grandkids, my sibs, my dad (my hero and role model) and all my aunts, neices and nephews. How blessed to still have them alive and healthy!
* For the roses in my yard that are magnificant right now.
* For two down days, allowing my body to heal....and being willing to give up all plans for the week, just to take care of myself.


~~~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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4/29/13 9:04 P

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~four miles today
~chocolate
~new friends
~om asatoma satgamaya
tamasoma jyotirgamaya
mrityorma amritamgamaya: false to truth; darkness to light; death to eternity
~new friends
~old friends
~friends from lifetimes past
~i make my karma; make something happy.--om

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4/29/13 2:33 P

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~going to visit with Michele in a bit
~found another flower stem coming on my orchid (that's 9!)
~cut & served the BIG cake at church last night, smelled wonderful, and I did not take a taste, not even a lick!
~just finished my text readings for this week
~altho not enough sleep last night, I got exercised finished 1st thing
~I was a bit over-enthused about getting that site program working - it opened and I can work with it, however, it does not send to site so I have more challenges at hand
~just love the doggy greetings throughout the day
~relaxing lunch in hubby's reclining chair in the a/c watching Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones no. 7

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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4/29/13 12:00 P

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Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
-- Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life

Good morning,

Gratitude~~

~ a bike ride is in my near-future on this sunny morning

~ healthy breakfast, starting off the day right

~ yoga ahead this afternoon in a Little Rock Iyengar studio

~ toasted walnuts

~ though our conversation was twice interrupted, it was great to connect with Kathy Sunday, after much too long

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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I am aware of my blessings -

- healthy sound body, and my loved ones' too - I know far too many people dealing with loss and illness
- clean sheets and sleeping with windows open
- sounds of happy kids playing outside
- reminders that we need to love ourselves to love others
- some chores and to-do's done
- optimism and perspective that comes with a new day

~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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4/29/13 10:17 A

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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a fabulous weekend including first emoticon fall, seeding and feeding the lawn and a pedicure and manicure
- DH participating in our dinner salad prep
- new LiveWell Challenges and Endomondo (more free tracking toys!)
- warming temps and emoticon
- productive meetings (for a Monday) 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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4/29/13 8:25 A

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Monday, Monday blessings...

~early wake up to birds singing
~lots of hard work in the flower beds yesterday
~taking breaks to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature from the swing
~lots of interesting information on the internet-some I have shared in blogs

Who paid to defeat GMO labeling and how much!
Studies about the Benefits of Occasional Fasting
Too late to stop GMO salmon?!

This article about the crimes of the international bankers was especially interesting:

http://rollingstone.com/politics/news/ev
erything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financi
al-scandal-yet-20130425

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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This Monday morning, I am thankful for ...

~reading yesterday ... and a good book at that
~ my online NYT subscription
~ more patience than I used to have, especially with people
~ relatively good health
~ working with my daughter on a project last night
~ the miracle of internet, Skype, messaging, -- modern communication
~ all is well .... life is good

Shine,
Sandra


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Thankful for...

- the faith that things will work out the way they're meant to, even in absence of the evidence

- this community that fosters thankfulness even as I struggle to find reasons to be thankful

- the children, the hubby, the roof over my head.... (because yes there is so much I have even as I fight to lift myself up).

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4/29/13 1:18 A

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Tonight I am grateful for:
~ a weekend of music making
~ deciding to bow out of certain events allowing me to do attend event
~ reconnecting with old friends
~ singing well and feeling validated about my skills and musicality
~ ordering several vegie sides for my dinner, so yummy
~ many 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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4/29/13 12:17 A

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Sunday night gratitudes
* I listened to my body for a change and did (almost) NOTHING today
* Staying within healthy calorie range today
* Home made organic gazpacho
* Reconnecting via phone calls with Maha, and our favorite traveling companion who just returned from India.
* Enthusiasm and excitement in my dad's voice tomorrow about our upcoming visit.

~~~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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4/28/13 10:00 P

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~listening to bhajan on i heart radio
~mama donie
~that the party for mama donie went well, and that lots of people came (she thought no one would come)!!!
~sunshine
~kahlil gibran's The Prophet
~Robert

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Having the energy today to get a lot of my "to do" list "to done"!!!!
-The amazingly beautiful day of sunshine with temps in low 70s, perfection to me
-How good my body feels after doing quite a bit of exercise yesterday with MS Walk (5K) and Warrior Dash (5K with obstacles)
-Loving every bit of the challenge the Warrior Dash provided and getting exactly what I hoped for out of the experience overall
-Our back yard, deck and water gardens that provide such beauty and joy for us on a regular basis
-Kitty boxes (all three) thoroughly sanitized and restocked today
-Getting a "honey do" crossed off the list before I had to be reminded
-Honeysuckle bushes (large ones) in our back yard that are now in full green again and provide a really nice privacy block from neighbors in the back; I've always loved the wild look anyway and the honeysuckle attract lots of great wildlife
-A warm, soft, cozy bed

Hoping everybody has sweet dreams!!

Stephanie

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When the pearl is cast down in the mud it does not become dishonoured the more, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it has its worth in the eyes of its owner at all times.
-- Philip the Gnostic, The Gospel of Philip

Good morning,

Happy to be here~~

~ loving that Kathy resurrected the story of Tiffany Shlain via the film "Connected," a young woman I've been following for awhile AND that I might get to watch the film online with high speed internet during the house-sit; check out these two dynamic videos of her, TEDX and commencement speaker at UC, Berkeley,her alma mater:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jujxABXnvYM
AND
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybwjB64xuaM

~ speaking of connectivity, amazing that Kathy's son, who lived in Chile, introduced her to Inti-Illimani many years ago and that they recently performed in their local Performaing Arts Center AND that Sandra and her family saw them in San Antonio, TX several years ago!

~ the utter and critical importance of regularly *unplugging* in this wired technological culture, while also acknowledging our intimate worldwide interdependence which can, if we allow it, enable us to evolve

~ meeting a yoga friend, who is traveling from the ashram in Virginia to his childhood home in Louisana, for lunch today at Whole Foods

~ Tiffany Shlain's powerful comment that to help change humanity we have to first BELIEVE in humanity

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/28/2013 (12:09)

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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Thankful for...

- the joy of watching my DS (16) perform (Jazz State Finals last night)

- DS (9)'s art chosen to be displayed at library (he doesn't think he has any "art skills" and so it was wonderful for him to have his work selected!)

- a relatively "unscheduled" weekend - time to read together at the library, and "just hang"

- DD (18) "coming into her own" and the pain/joy of watching that happen...

- the comedic timing of DD (8) who always says the most wildly inappropriate but hysterically funny things. Such an old wise lady in that little one's child body...

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~the bread is yummy
~last night, took simple cake to church as asked, mine was the first served and then they served a more elegant one; overheard a ten yr old saying, oh, I can't have cake and i.c., I'm allergic. Well, I had stuck two small slices of rye bread in purse, just in case I felt hungry watching everyone else gobble up. You should'ave seen his sweet face light up when I told him what I had and that it had no milk in it! I am so thxful that I made it and shared it!
~slept pretty well last night to my Earthsounds CD
~lo and behold, just before we left for the service, I was able to get the program going that has been such a problem this week and I will be able to get to work on our site again
~having Michele's oldest here for an extra night
~he spruced up my hacked up bushes and we think they will grow back just fine
~I can hardly believe me eyes! My orchid has 8 flowering stems!!! One is opening. They are delicate flowers and very small - absolutely beautiful!!!

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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Good morning beautiful Sparkers.

Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Celebrating special occasion with DH and our friends.
Good food.
Good conversation.
Seeing the beauty all around me.
Memories.
So many blessings


Mazzy


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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ a good night's sleep
~ a relaxing day with Maha yesterday
~ a haircut (finally)
~ popcorn
~ talking to my honey who is out of state
~ chatting with my daughter halfway around the world
~ feeling loved, giving love and being in love
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Grateful, also, for all the sharing that leads to our awareness of interconnectiveness, here on this little team. And

* Another amazing film connectedthefilm.com/ which touched me on so many different levels. I felt it spoke for my heart.... HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
* Being a part of the newly formed Folsom Film Society...with a very small membership at this point, making for intimate gatherings and the start of new friendships.
* Being reminded that it has only been three months and one day since my mom passed away, and that it is ok to cry, just because I miss her.
* Our local electric company which gives away free trees, and for the delightful "Urban Forester" that we met with to help select them today. Chinese Pistachio and a Redbud, which will provide shade for the house, and beauty for the eyes!
* Olives from Whole Foods. Curious. Do any of your local WF stores have the "Roseville" mix (lots of garlic and spices) or are they just available locally, since Roseville is only about 20 miles away?

~~~Kathy~~~

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pleasent visit with sister
fantastic wearter
safe trip to see husband in hospital
finding him feeling better
sweet time with 6 mons old grandson
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On this Saturday evening, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- meeting the Biker Babes for the start of the day
- getting Endomondo right and tracking miles
- egg white Panera panini for breakfast, Honest Abe's Fireside (spicy) burger for lunch and Val's special for dinner (no cooking today - woohoo!)
- hot tub shopping (info only)
- yardwork followed by a hot shower

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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True affluence is not needing anything.
-- Gary Snyder

Good afternoon,

Here to share a few things I'm thankful for~~

~ enjoyed preparing breakfast for Sandra this morning and then going to weekly Buddhist sangha together, meaningful conversation for awhile at her place afterwards, and then going out for lunch before parting ways...a lovely meet-up with a dear friend

~ love the steel oat groats/baby orange lentils combo I created last night, cooking the two together with only added salt -- the smoothness of the lentils combines well with the chewiness of the groats

~ Inti Illimani, an extraordinary instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile, formed in 1967 and still performing!

~ Paul Newman's Chocolate Alphabet Cookies -- the simple pleasures

~ learning about Monday and Tuesday Iyengar yoga classes in Little Rock, while I'm still here on the house-sit

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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~Sandra's independence
~getting in four miles before it started raining
~bird songs while I walked today
~narasimha tava dasohum: mantra for protection against negative influences
~being in a good mood today

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Today I am grateful for:
~ the opportunity to bring personal closure to a segment of my life this weekend and feeling settled about it
~ realizing how much I have grown in so many ways over the years
~ knee has more mobility and less pain today
~ making music today
~ opportunities to understand infinite, omnipresent divinity
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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~getting so much accomplished yesterday
~good quality food finds
~lost a few more inches this past week
~for the pain in my calf reminding me that I exercised to the limit
~for the mistake my helper made reminding me that I need to work on my patience and emotions some more
~that hubby said he would make an effort to make sure my beautiful bushes do not die (my helper decided on her own that she would cut huge sections out of my flowering bushes to make it easier to clean the kitchen windows; the hard part to understand is that I was right here in the house when she so happily took care of this issue!)
~I am making rye bread, banana bread, and a cake today (the cake is not for me)
~I can hardly wait to have some bread - it has been several months!

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. 
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This Saturday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ falling into bed last night. I had three emergency screenings yesterday -- two were suicidal and one was homicidal -- besides seeing seven more clients. Worked until 8 pm finishing up the paperwork. It was emotionally draining. Wish I could say I hadn't eaten my emotions but that would not be true.

~ birds singing, fan whirring, night noises

~ just ordered an outfit to wear to my niece's wedding

~ meditation at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society this morning

~ an exciting book club coming up. We will read memoirs of the Little Rock Nine ... the people who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957. The sister of one of the nine will facilitate our discussion. And she is a fiery woman who will no doubt wake us up. Can't wait!

~ weekend email correspondence with my mom & dad. perhaps Skyping with my daughter

~ last month of disability ... while it enabled me to retrain for a new career ... I am glad to be independent again

~ all is well ... life is good

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Tonight I am exceedingly thankful
* For music and the life of Richie Havens... what a gift he was.
* For the classic, country music of Jack Greene and George Jones, who have also passed on this year....leaving fewer legends on our planet.
* For tolerating (for the first time in almost two weeks) the pool today...and loving it.
* For caution and restraint
* For NOT using food as medication today.

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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On this Friday evening I am thankful for the many blessings in my life and yours...

~beautiful weather to work outside
~divided a big bleeding heart into 5 good sized new plants
~extra perennials to share with friends
~rhubarb coming up nicely-rhubarb crisp, pie and jam this year
~a night at home to read and rest

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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grateful
~to have options virtually every day
~for creature comforts
~for a changing self image
~for skill in the kitchen
~for retreat opportunity tomorrow

peace
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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day spent with expat friends yesterday

2 of 3 boys happy during special homeschool chem lab day with expert teacher {not I}

extra hour to sleep in this morning by default

cooler weather

funds coming in from all over the world for oldest ds's Mozambique trip

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So much gratitude...

- good reviews of "Quartet" as I thought the commercials looked excellent!!
- my job - its not perfect, but it's pretty darn good, and secure and not to be taken for granted
- most of my "challenges" seem to revolve around things connected to my various leisure pursuits and social activities - not life's necessities or the well being of loved ones
- warm sunny weekend upon us
- a quiet kind of day at work
- a forgiving and understanding client when I made a mistake

~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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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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I no longer want to have anything to do with love that forgets to be grateful. Otherwise I will only go on lying to You: and I want to be done with all insincerity for ever and ever.
Thomas Merton

Good morning,

I love that provocative observation by Merton. That "love" and "grateful" go together like a "horse and carriage" for me is deeply true. My love-imbued gratitude today includes~~

~ delicious, healthy breakfast

~ quiet, thoughtful moments

~ plans made for lunch on Sunday with a sangha friend from many years ago, passing through on his way to LA

~ enjoyable conversation with lovely young university friend...we also made plans to meet, later next week

~ just learning about a Little Rock restaurant, Istanbul Mediterranean Restaurant, which apparently has excellent food and many vegetarian/vegan options

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Today I am grateful for:
~ an unplanned free hour in my day today - much needed
~ morning routine with many healthy decisions that have become habit
~ my washer and dryer (though I mostly air dry my clothes)
~ Temps in the 70's today!
~ waking up without a headache for the first time all week
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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~Aham Prema: I am Love.
~morning sadhana
~scheduled to hang out with a friend next Sunday
~the sun in the morning and the moon at night
~joy
~peace
~serenity

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Hope you love 'em, Stephanie!

~waking up in a great mood after a good 8 hrs!
~today is grocery day
~exercises first thing
~purpose and on purpose
~praying for my poor (as in sad) friend who had an accident earlier this week and is to have a 2nd surgery today
~plans for some baking tomorrow morning
~getting by yesterday without any crunchies in the house - victory!

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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I agree - TGIF!

On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- warming temperatures and the approaching weekend
- colleague's good health news
- opportunities to build consensus
- potential for closure on an ego issue
- dinner with 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

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This Friday morning, I am thankful ....

~ even more than usual I am thankful it's Friday today

~ lovely movie last night -- Quartet -- I highly recommend it

~ coming home to a straightened house yesterday thanks to Maha

~ cuddling with my kitty

~ intellectually coming to grips with the fact that I'm eating emotions triggered by my clients' problems and lives. Not sure what I do with that realization (or the emotions) but I hope it leads somewhere

~ a warm shower, clean sheets, fluffed towels

~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Thankful for...

- great day with the kids yesterday watching them climb rock walls, use military simulators, etc. Spent the day remembering that military kids really are a different breed than civilian kids and acknowledging those strengths that make them special.

- a day without any doctors' appointments for anyone

- the reminder that my "to do list" can get impossibly long and the world doesn't end.

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Two am again... sigh.... But nevertheless, I am grateful

* For FINALLY, having a house ready to show. Ah....
* For hubby NOT injuring himself too badly after taking a tumble in the dark tonight (THAT is really why I am up so late.)
* Parents that love, take care of, and nurture the dreams of their children
* Catching up with an old friend/volunteer at the theater tonight
* Making it through yet another day without pain medication. And actually climbing two flights of stairs!
* Tomorrow, a day with nothing on the agenda until 5:00 pm. Again, ah....

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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~OM GUM Ganapatayei Namaha: salutations to the Remover of obstacles

Edited by: GENKI_WARRIOR at: 4/26/2013 (11:40)
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Today, I am grateful for:

-Taz's lentil patties recipe that I plan to try soon - looks so yummy!!
-Maha's kitty sitting/change of location
-Anticipation of full moon by waterfalls this evening; it's totally awesome
-A delightful and healthy dinner last night with old friends in memory of our dear friend's birthday, that included a wonderful Tuscan bean salad, asparagus and green beans - YUM!!
-Being able to help spoil our admins at work during Administrative Professionals Week (I used to do what they do so know the challenges quite well)
-My incredible partner who's doing the following every week: seated yoga, t'ai chi for MS/Parkinson's patients, PT twice
-Funny e-mail exchanges with my mother who does not get it when it comes to my physical activity/endeavors; she's nearly crazy at the thought of me doing the Warrior Dash this Saturday ("That's not a Warrior Dash; that's a CrazyPersonDash. Please be careful when you try to jump over fire. Didn't your mother teach you to not play with fire? Please live.") - half teasing, half serious. Me? Totally hyped and excited about the challenges.

Have a great evening!!

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Today I am grateful for:
~ my home
~ my family
~ breath
~ water
~ energy
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Good morning,

Blessed to be here, many blessings to share~~

~ a very important video about how yoga and meditation changes lives of "lifers" at San Quentin, a notorious maximum security prison -- HIGHLY recommended, just 5 min., and you'll end up wanting to hear more!
www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2046

~ a restful first night at my cat sit

~ a lovely morning with plans for a bike ride to get acquainted with the neightborhood

~ looking forward to dinner and a movie (Quartet -- sounds GREAT: At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean [Maggie Smith?], an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents -- and it's directed by Dustin Hoffman and also stars Tom Courtenay and and a BIG fav, Billy Connolly)

~ breakfast of steel cut oat groats with blueberries, banana, and walnuts...and OF COURSE yummy coffee!

~ well supplied with healthy food, having shopped at Whole Foods on my way here yesterday

~ looking forward to catching up with Kathy for a long overdue conversation soon -- but since she was sending gratitudes at almost 2:00am CA time, it won't likely be this morning (she has a dysfunctional relationship with la luna llena) LOL

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/25/2013 (10:36)

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It comes from an indomitable will.
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~exercises completed first thing (so glad I decided to get at it mornings again)
~my prof decided to give me the 2 points back!
~cloudy day
~doggy greetings
~hubby helped me take care of church decorations last evening so I don't hafto go out today
~church is getting new fans! Pastor is dreaming of getting a/c!
~DS is planning to visit later in the year
~a pink rose opened for me yesterday
~vegetable bean soup
~a peaceful mind

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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Lots to be thankful for...

- possibilities and optimism
- the first stretch of my morning drive with a view that fills my heart...farm fields, tree lines, silos, rolling hills, and the sun's colors bursting up from the horizon to illuminate it all...I love it
- hugs from my dog
- stumbling upon two back to back episodes last night, that I'd never seen before of the only sit-com I watch on TV, which never fails to make me laugh outloud (Modern Family)
-deciding to give the massage chairs at my gym a try last night...which I'd always passed by assuming they were on par with coin operated motel beds...OMG!! Fantastic!! with a remote to guide, change pressure, action knead/shiatsu, tap...

~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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So glad to hear it Sandra!

On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- DH home safe from his trip
- the chance to solve a problem
- the opportunity to understand what is important
- LINDA!'s reminder, "inspiration comes when you least expect it"
- an absolutely fabulous spring day and the Pink Full Moon this evening
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Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

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This Thursday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ a magical three hour converversation with my son and his girlfriend last night. My relationship with my son just keeps getting better ....

~ movie with Maha tonight

~ the birds singing outside my window - the first sound I hear when I wake up in the morning -ahhhhhh!

~ time to wake up slowly in the morning -- not addicted to rushing anymore

~ photo project waiting to be boxed up and mailed to the scanning company .... maybe this weekend ... then on to sorting slides to be digitized

~ finding the "right" words to comfort and challenge my clients and treating each person with respect ... harder with some than others ....

~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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grateful
~for healthy steps forward
~for the comfort of old friends
~for the joy of grandchildren
~to know moments of peace
~for the right words at the right time

peace
ann

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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Thankful for...

- Bring Your Child to Work Day and getting to spend the day with three of our four kids and DH while they "play Army"

- some relief for MIL's pain

- possibility and promise

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4/25/13 2:44 A

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Grateful tonight for so many, many things
* That although it will make a dent in our savings, we have the money to pay for the repairs for our little rental house.
* The enthusiasm of the youngest granddaughter who "has the best country [Portugal, with some of our souveniors to share] report I've ever done!" ready to turn in on time tomorrow.
* Little girl laughter
* The funniest lunch ever today!
* Hubby being faithful in doing his stretching exercises
* Me, making it through the day without pain medication!

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
~~~

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


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4/24/13 1:15 P

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~mantra journeys with Deva and Miten
~OM
~OM Shanti
~sitting with fear; being with it; knowing I don't have to change, and that I'm growing

Namaste.

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

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winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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4/24/13 1:13 P

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Wonderful Wednesday wishes to all

Blessings abound...

~all your posts
~good Dr. and dentist visits yesterday
~choices
~flowers inside and out and my Christmas cactus keeps on blooming
~needs met with enough to share

Celebrate Earth Day every day!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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4/24/13 9:36 A

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~finding that I am getting more than enough protein in my ovo-vegetarian diet
~exercise completed early
~proud of my consistency
~homework turned in last night
~will get another one in tonight, I hope
~sweet watermelon
~clearing up something with my helper
~the cool weather and cool water for showers
~a new yummy recipe by me:
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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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Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
-- Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Good morning,

Getting all my duckies in order in preparation for house/kitty-sitting for a week starting today. Needing to take time for gratitude in the midst of it all~~

~ life in all its wonder, strangeness and challenge

~ loading up my bike to have along for the week

~ making my lists and checking them twice

~ well-written autobiographies/memoirs, a literary form that I find evocative, engaging and edifying (I'm currently finishing a collection of excerpts of memoirs, Written by Herself, edited by Jill Ker Conway, whose sterling memoirs I first read, and then this)

~ yes! birdsong, such a pure, lovely gift from the Mother

Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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4/24/13 8:47 A

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Sandra - hope your dinner 'date' is wonderful!

On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the emoticon - we are participating in the 7th Annual Walk @ Work day
- DH arriving home tonight
- a marvelous win-win solution to a sticky issue
- a potential collaboration with my niece
- start of the emoticon season (although I've yet to swing a club)
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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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4/24/13 6:58 A

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This Wednesday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ My son invited me to meet his new girlfriend for dinner tonight ... this is a major breakthrough in trust

~ birds singing outside my window after the rain

~ talking to my honey on the phone last night ...

~ restorative sleep ,,, a rarity these days ...

~ ten clients who didn't show up yesterday .... a record ... while a bit deflating it gave me time to focus on a client with an emergency and to work on prior authorizations, on which I am woefully behind. In spite of 10 no shows, I still had 5 billable hours ... never a dull day

~ chatting with my daughter .... sounds like I'll be getting a Christmas present from Laos ... love the textiles

~ all is well .... life is good ... here's to savoring each moment

Shine,
Sandra



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4/24/13 5:41 A

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Thankful for...

- bird song outside my window

- the trust of others

- choice, even when I choose in ways that don't best serve ME and the knowledge that I can change the choices I make.

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Ooops. Missed a day. And an important one at that. I reflected all day yesterday on this wonderful planet of ours. Mother Earth. And celebrated her day! Cherishing all that she has given us. Thankful for those who are becoming aware of the need to nurture and protect her, not just for this generation, but for all those to come....

And today, I give thanks
* For the near completion of repairs on our little rental that was totally trashed.
* For being able to stand firm when it counted.
* For long conversation with my "bestie" today... How blessed I am to have her and her entire family in my life.
* For pain, my greatest teacher.
* For knowing my knees and back are a mess, but remembering all the good times I had getting to this place. Many others have limitations and have not "lived their lives" with the adventures I have.
* For learning new ways to move and things NOT to do (at least for now, said she who lives in denial)) to accommodate limitations.
* For my new schedule, which requires me to see the grandkids twice a week emoticon

Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 4/24/2013 (02:57)
~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
~~~

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


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4/23/13 8:29 P

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~losing weight; I'm a quarter of the way there!!!
~walks; I'm sure walking two-five miles a day works wonders for my restlessness
~mom's mom; we had a good talk today about mom and the perils of the fine line between honoring your parents and honoring yourself (she said she doesn't know where the line is, though)
~possibly doing a 5k walk for mental health with mom
~making new friends
~salad with dad's mom
~phone chats with a friend/s
~the fact that I can walk five miles in a day!!!! (spread out, of course--but still!)!!


Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

MWR=128-133lbs. MAINTAINING the new me since summer 2009!

winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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Today, I am ever so grateful for:

-The incredible human body and how it all works; truly amazing
-Living mostly pain-free physically, but also having experienced physical pain, so I know the difference
-Communications started around my nephew coming to visit again this summer (yay! He's a great 11-year-old kid and I always have lots of fun, and usually wear him out)
-My company handing out fruit weekly now during a 6-week incentive program on eating; we are spoiled, but I NEVER take it for granted
-My partner asking her physical therapist questions about weight loss and the therapist giving the same answers that I did (whew, thanks SparkPeople, that taught me all I know!!!)

Have a great day!!

Stephanie

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4/23/13 9:50 A

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~great phone chat with my brother yesterday; unusual for him to call
~another good night of sleep
~loving the cloudy, cooler weather
~setting aside frustrating stuff to do some schoolwork
~put together a crockpot full of things from the freezer to enjoy for lunch
~hearing that a friend had a motorcycle accident, so glad she is alive and will be okay - no concussion, no internal bleeding, will have surgery on broken arm this morning
~Brazil nuts
~cold green tea in a lovely glass
~exercise completed early

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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Bursting with gratitude...

- sunshine, dazzling, bright, healing, invigorating sunshine...and the bonus of morning spring air to go with it
- my riding coach coming this evening to work with Jones & I
- buoying freedom that comes with letting go of situations I cannot control, and most importantly, do not need to control or worry about the outcome
- very enjoyable easy walk/jog this morning to test out the sore hamstring/knee from over-exertion during race, and being relieved that it feels as though a little rest this week will make it all good
- putting together a nice spring outfit this morning for work, realizing I had a little more to work with in my closet than I thought

Enjoy this day!

~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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Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
-- Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877

Good morning,

YES, Sandra and Kali! The joy of coming to this community to offer from my abundance and to receive from all of you is such an important practice and deeply affects my sense of well-being and awareness of how blessed I am~~

~ Sandra and I chatting briefly this morning and musing how we both "get into" posting our gratitudes, but each in our own way...as with all of us, I'm sure!

~ the opportunity to earn a few bucks, always needed, and have a new geographical perspective for a week

~ my beloved spiritual sister, in the fluctuating worlds of angst and joy, while learning many profound lessons

~ a wonderful article on "wabi sabi" (which began with my introduction to the Hopkins poem), DailyGood's lead story today -- "a Japanese aesthetic of anything that is imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete...'materiality pared down to essence with the poetry intact'"
www.dailygood.org/story/418/the-beau
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-of-wabi-sabi-leonard-koren/


~ smiling widely at the beautiful and unique Hopkins poem, first simply enjoying its whimsy, and then researching it, and learning about "pied" beauty:

A piebald or pied animal is one that has a spotting pattern of large unpigmented, usually white, areas of hair, feathers, or scales and normally pigmented patches, generally black. The colour of the animal's skin underneath its coat is also pigmented under the dark patches and unpigmented under the white patches. This alternating colour pattern is irregular and asymmetrical. Animals with this pattern may include horses, dogs, birds, cats, pigs, and cattle, as well as snakes such as the ball python. Some animals also exhibit colouration of the irises of the eye that match the surrounding skin (blue eyes for pink skin, brown for dark).

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/23/2013 (12:26)

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

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

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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As you are a blessing to me!

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- whisperings from the universe
- my health
- a clean house
- running errands @ noon
- packed, breakfast and lunch and leftovers for dinner
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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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