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My contribution to our wonderful community on this first day of 2014 is a link taking us to Stephanie's initiation of our practice for the new year:

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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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Tonight, on this last evening of 2013, I am so very grateful for many things, but here are a choice few to end the year with:

-My partner being back at it in just about two weeks time from her most recent MS relapse; fully walking again with no walker or cane and VERY ready to drive again - LOL
-The honor of starting this community into a new year in Kathy's absence and more than that, finding something that I thought was a great message
-All kitties healthy
-Ending the last day of the year with a full body/full passion strength training session (I decided I wanted to end 2013 AND start 2014 with really good workouts; tomorrow will be cardio of some type)
-My amazing company, voted for 9 years as one of the "Top 100 Companies to Work For" by Fortune Magazine in the COUNTRY - they truly take care of their employees and despite being a privately held corporation, they are one of the good ones - I am honored and blessed to work there
-Always, ALWAYS, my health and the many things I can do to work this body to its fullest trying to stay in good shape, as I see so many around me (including in my own home) with disabilities that make it difficult and/or impossible to do so
-The practice of gratitude and specifically, this community

I'll see all of you tomorrow on the January 2014 thread. Here's to each of you and a wonderful new year!!!

With sincere love and gratitude,
Stephanie

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12/31/13 4:10 P

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grateful
~for a sense of hope and optimism today
~one day at a time approach is good right now
~for growth in our 38year old marriage
~for signs of change all around
~to experience kindness...sometimes even from within

Here's to a peaceful letting go of what has been,
stepping into possibility

~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, and it should be treated with honor.
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In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
-- Buddha

Good morning dear friends,

I'm here and accounted for! See you all next year (thanks for getting us going, Stephanie)~~

~ looking forward to a day of grace and beauty as I usher out 2013

~ 5 hours of sleep feeling sufficient

~ strength training just ahead, after finishing here

~ playing with friends today...it's all good

~ determined NOT to slide into the BAD NEWS for 2014 by persisting "in clinging to old patterns":

"The good news is, if you’re inclined to cut ties with the past, launch new projects or begin running marathons, this alignment will give you the push you need. THE BAD NEWS: if you persist in clinging to old patterns or being less than your authentic self, you’re apt to suffer." astroalchemy.com/january-1-new-moon-
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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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12/31/13 11:40 A

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Tuesday thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~reading all your posts
~last of holiday visitors has left for home
~time to take down the decorations
~party invitation for tonight
~commitment to using the treadmill four days each week!

Wishing everyone the very best New Year!

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"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. Stop leaving, and you will arrive. Stop searching, and you will see. Stop running away, and you will be found." ~ Lao Tzu
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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.
A loving husband.
A loving daughter.
Old friends.
New friends.
Dinner plans with DH and old friends.
Bringing in the new year with people I love.
A new year!

Here's to 2015! Wishing you all good health and joy.

Xo,
M

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~pinned together comforter/throw, now need to sew it
~started taking down Christmas decorations, just the tree left
~exercised to old Newhardt rerun
~slept well
~groceries today (hoping lines aren't bad)
~goodbye mold in shower grouting
~tracked eating yesterday 1250 for the day!!! I'm doing great!
~finished 2014 planning, blog, & new intro/bio, new SparkPage, new SparkName!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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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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This New Year's Eve morning, I give thanks for ....

~ my first session with my personal trainer is next Monday
~ personal training is a gift from my parents
~ my personal trainer specializes in weight loss and arthritis
~ gaining insight via blogging ... taking stock and looking forward www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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~ working just a half day today
~ going to First Night activities tonight
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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12/30/13 11:34 P

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Dark chocolate
-My beautiful Siamese girl hanging out right here beside me on my desk watching the computer screen as I type (in case she's waiting to see her name, it's Cleo, with the beautiful blue eyes - LOL)
-Getting through "plumbing he--" without losing my sanity (long story, won't share); the joys of home ownership and the costs of trying to make things "ADA compliant" while fully realizing the necessity of doing such things
-The communication skills my partner and I share that get us through these messes!!
-Getting my year-end project off my desk first thing in the morning; I almost stayed to finish tonight but couldn't bring myself to do it ... :-)
-My warm and comfortable bed that I hear calling out to me now ...

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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12/30/13 8:56 P

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grateful for a great soup supper
talk with son
seeing great niece
anniversary top gift from husband
seeing old movie again that I loved
nice warm house
clean clothes to ware
for spark team
Hope you all have a safe, healthy , and wonderful new year

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12/30/13 6:01 P

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A marker of another year, filled with promise and new beginnings.
-- Kathy

Good afternoon,

Home after getting lots of mundane chores completed out-and-about and happy about this and so much more~~

~ just baked Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake, which is omg-delicious, but, hmmm, could this be unproductive to my SP goals?
www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegan-bak
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~ lol, Kathy, what more appropriate place to do the pedicure/manicure, etc! So glad you've taken this radical departure as we move into 2014

~ lovely to see BLESSED DAILY and Francesca among us in-community!!!

~ KALIGIRL's blogs have been a constant source of imiportant information throughout the year

~ looking forward to going to see Saving Mr. Banks with two girlfriends tomorrow

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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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
An early morning walk behind me.
Getting a jump on getting more organized in 2014.
Setting up new 2014 calendar of appointments.
Making phone calls and not procrastinating.
New shoes on sale.
The willingness to plan ahead and make mindful choices.



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Hot hazelnut flavored coffee

Warm sweaters and socks

Happy boys

News from Brazil about my doggies' well being

"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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~a few things accomplished yesterday
~a good movie and relaxin'
~staying in line with healthy eating
~elliptical before movie
~good sleep
~focusing on my New Year's blog
~so many things have cleared up in my head this past year
~plenty of water for my plants
~happy dogs
~BIL surprise quick visit to take care of something before we even asked
~lunchtime and I am hungry!

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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12/30/13 10:49 A

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Thankful for...

- the presence of this community (despite my frequent absence)

- an Eagles win (my hubby is a Cowboys fan and so it would have been a brutal week here otherwise - smiles).

- new resolve (may it linger)

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12/30/13 10:10 A

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So good to hear from you Kathy!

On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- feeding the emoticon (DH is still asleep)
- another day of holiday vacation
- a great cup of ginger-cinnamon emoticon (still experimenting with proportions...)
- a trip to the office later today
- another 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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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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12/30/13 5:43 A

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Yay...for the first time since I left CA, I can actually get to this team page. I have been able to access emails and FB, but not Sparks. I have no idea what time it is for any of you, but it is5:30 pm on Monday, here in Hanoi. Gratitudes abound...
- safe travels
- despite being the only single woman, and feeling incredibly lonely here without my husband, I find the group incredibly friendly, and generally comfortable to be around
- taking today "off" and choosing to give my knee a break by having a massage, a pedicure, and a facial, for an embarrassingly low price
- having the massage be nothing short of excellent
- for the warm and humble people of Vietnam who, despite the horrible war and the USA bombings that so desecrated this area, are so welcoming to the American tourists. I know I said that before, but it is still true!
- that I was born when and where I was
- for the outrageously good, and healthy, food we have been getting.
- AND, for a marker of another year, filled with promise and new beginnings.

May each of your lives be enriched with kindness and peace in 2014, and may you continue to see the often unnoticed miracles with gratitude.

I'll be offline for sure the next two days.... Will post when I can. And thanks, Stephanie for starting off the new year's thread for us all!

Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 12/30/2013 (05:45)
~~~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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12/30/13 12:52 A

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Late Sunday thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~furnace that keeps the house warm when it is 0 outside (right now)
~flannel sheets
~items my daughter knitted for me
~easy meals with only one son home and he leaves Tuesday
~watching "Call the Midwife" on PBS, next week the new Downton Abbey season begins-my two must see shows

Have a wonderful holiday week everyone!


"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. Stop leaving, and you will arrive. Stop searching, and you will see. Stop running away, and you will be found." ~ Lao Tzu
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On this Sunday night, I give thanks for all of my many blessings... Among them are...
~ a successful family cookie swap yesterday...
~ feeling much better from my headache
~ hanging out with my son
~ getting some insight into some difficult situations in my family's lives and being able to see both sides of the coin
~ my nephew's acceptance into one of the country's leading culinary schools- Culinary Institute of America.. Wow, I am sooo proud of him..
~ staying positive about my health goals
~ Gods' love


Blessings to you all!! Have an awesome week... emoticon

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12/29/13 10:37 P

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Strength training with Maha today!!! Yay for us!!
-A wonderful massage
-Sick kitty doing better, so hopefully no a.m. trip to the vet
-Phone conversation tonight with my best friend from Amarillo who is headed to Phoenix for a short vacation and plans to do "recon" for our Grand Canyon hiking trip
-Interesting e-mail exchanges with my mother and seeing how she is handling family "Christmas" issues (I'm often really happy that I live half the country away, sad but true)
-My amazing partner, who despite still using wheelchair/cane combo, did 5 minutes on the recumbent bike today and some strength training (we did it together)

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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TAZ friend, thank you for your tech savvy help this week!

Thankful every day for Spark friends

Thankful for my super smart Mom who supports me in all I do

Glad for old friends who keep us socially active and happy while in the States

Glad for a couple who gave us a ham this week!

"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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This last Sunday of 2013 I am thankful for
my health
Papi's health
my job
our home
our family
our friends
our horses
the woodstove

Francesca
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On this Sunday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a roaring fire
- pups and DH napping
- resting after the holidays in GA
- laundry finished (for now)
- cold pizza

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


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When you meet a new friend, the world has more light in it, doesn't it? Things become more spontaneous, and more full of laughing and freedom and novelty.
-- Coleman Barks

Good morning morning glorys!

I'm so happy to be well and here among you~~

~ a fabulous interview with a favorite about a favorite, "Coleman Barks: Rumi, Grace and Human Friendship" (from two favorite sources -- DailyGood.org and SoundsTrue.com)
www.dailygood.org/story/468/coleman-
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rks-rumi-grace-and-human-friendship-R>tami-simon/


~ with an expected high of 51 degrees today, I see a bike ride in my near-future!

~ started the day with sitting and some pranayama

~ strength training "with" Stephanie today

~ the BEST for me on Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_pickup

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 12/29/2013 (11:41)

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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~a few things accomplished yesterday
~easy day today
~started movie but sleepy, so will finish today
~good sleep
~helping Michele even though continents apart
~working on my 2014 plans & focus; will post on the 1st
~reading some of your plans and others, which is helping me get it together
~saw a new bird in the yard; looked it up and find that it is out of its region! Hoping it nests here and will be watching for it! Estrilda astrild (common waxbill), so pretty. Even found its trill online to help me listen for it! Amazed!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estrilda_astri
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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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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ it's the first day of my weekend and the house is clean, laundry done
~ healthy leftovers from last night's dinner party to freeze and eat
~ guests had a good time at our dinner party last night
~ yesterday was first day at the new job when I truly enjoyed the work
~ despite huge windows and its 1905 vintage, our utility bills are low
~ the luxury of going back to bed
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-A sunny day with warmer temps today
-30 minutes of cardio
-Another strength training date with Maha tomorrow; mine will be morning or early afternoon, well before my 2:30 massage is scheduled
-MINIMAL soreness in my triceps today; definite proof that my prior soreness was lack of stretching as this time I did double triceps from what I'd done last week
-A nice, early dinner out with my partner and a good friend of ours
-My hair dresser nearly crying when I gave him an end-of-year special tip; I'm just grateful that I'm able to do so
-Contemplating intentions for 2014, although I've already decided on biking the Katy Trail (238 miles) and hiking the Grand Canyon, now let's just hope I can pull both off!!!
-My cozy comfortable bed calling me now as I'm up later than usual!!!

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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Woke to a snowstorm, my family and friends sleeping at my dear Ripley's cabin.
We walked a favorite walk in the snow and I remembered
the first line of a poem I love by Matthew Hansen
"who's ashes led you back to this cliff where bison fell and you fall out in open sky?'

I am so happy to be here, surrounded.



Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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grateful
~for great sleep when it comes
~for M's offering of morning coffee
~for slowly changing attitudes
~for gentle souls in the field of hospice care
~for the life of my sweet cousin and its impact

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, and it should be treated with honor.
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On this blessed Saturday morning I am blessed in many ways.

~ feeling a little better from last night's bout with some sort of virus that included an almost unbearable headache, body aches and chills... emoticon
~ having all of the ingredients for baking cookies for this years family cookie swap emoticon
~ some laundry done, house tidy and dinner made early
~ sleeping kitties and a quiet home
~ this awesome community of grateful souls
~ Gods' love and this amazing universe

Blessings to you all!!! emoticon

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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One travels more usefully when alone, because one reflects more.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Happy Day,

In this community-of-spirit~~

~ I'm truly thrilled to see Kathy's poignant, thoughtful, and exuberant post

~ I LOVE her reference to THE WAY as a source of guidance for this journey both within and without, for surely, "One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things," as Henry Miller says

~ bills paid and enough left to make it through the month with no worries

~ Robert's willing help in locating a passage in the Bhagavad Gita and also his comments about chakras...all behavior that I haven't experienced for probably 10 years

~ strength training with Stephanie...yesterday and now a date for tomorrow!

Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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I am sitting in my hotel room in Hanoi....wondering what day and time it is in the USA. Many gratitudes tonight...
- That northern Vietnam is now a peaceful place...and welcomes Americans.
- For the movie The Way, which showed me how to make this trip of renewal my pilgrimage....
- For being asked if I would mind UPGRADING TO FIRST CLASS on the last leg of a 29 hour travel day. Well, duh, did I mind? The best sleep I've had in ages!
- the sweet flight attendant who made origami connected cranes, to represent my hubby and me.
- Safe flights
- early bedtime.

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~~~Kathy~~~

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~wrote an overdue apology
~DD approved it and will hand deliver
~stupid movie and laughter
~good sleep
~today's planned activities at home
~continuing exercise streak - Day 348 of at least 10 minutes, usually more
~enjoy your grats. so much
~catching up with stuff
~cool day starting with 79F
~fabric and filler found in the closet and will put together for a throw
~planning my SPPage Update to match my New Year's mantra

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, the 4th day of the Christmas season, I give thanks for ....

~ all of your encouragement and support in response to my blog ... it means a lot to me

~ found the fitness center I will join. I'm talking to them about a personal trainer who specializes in arthritis & weight loss. Looking forward to getting started with personal trainer.

~ nine people for dinner tonight as a thank you for helping with father-in-law's retrospective art show this fall. Food is all made ... only thing left is to tidy up the house this afternoon.

~ enjoyed work yesterday ... responsive clients ... almost no one else around ... quiet day

~ all is well ... life is good

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Early Saturday morning thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~reading all your posts
~great holiday-four wonderful days with all the family here
~having a double oven as one quit on Christmas day and the other kept working
~oven is still under warranty until Jan. 3
~one house guest had a cold and no one else caught it
~needs met above expectations

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-A weekend; even though it's been a short work week, it's still been a bit hectic
-Maha offering co-inspiration for strength training today!!! It worked for both of us!! (want to shoot for Sunday again on ST, Maha?)
-Realizing that the reason my triceps were sore for 5 days after last week's strength training session was because silly girl here had forgotten COMPLETELY to stretch; so NOT like me
-Tackling (and winning) today on that assisted triceps dips machine - two full sets!! YES!!
-A nice, long stretching session when strength training was complete!! (will be interesting to see if I'm sore at all now)
-My partner being able to feed the kitties tonight; first time in almost two weeks
-Overdue 90-minute massage scheduled for Sunday afternoon
-The honor of trying to cover for Kathy in getting us started with a new thread for a new year (I have a few days to work on it, thank goodness)!!

With sincere gratitude for all of this, yet so much more,
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Regardless of the name a person uses for the Infinite Force that holds us together, it is the source of our miraculous, unpredictable creativity and our dignity.
-- Ashok Gangadean

Blessed Friday, friends,

~ love Sandra's courage in *leaning in* toward wellness even though it's difficult and will be a long journey...hopefully this community will be with you all the way, my friend!

~ listening right now yet again to the wonderful CDs Don Doorn sent me of Paul Winter Consort and friends, Brasilian Solstice and the extra, Jobiniando

~ Sandra, you reminded me that one of the many things I loved about being in St. Louis is the great FM jazz station (88.7, right?) that I always stayed tuned to during my sweater showing days of traveling around the country www.wsieradio.com/

~ Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir -- their music has brought me so many moments of delight (I have CDs and DVDs of them; here's a blurb about who they are:
"When pastor Jim Cymbala and his wife Carol came to the Brooklyn Tabernacle in 1972, the church consisted of 15-20 people. Carol started a choir about a year later with nine people. Today, the choir has 240 voices and 6,000 people worship there every week. As a recording group, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has sold three million albums and has won several Grammy and Dove Awards."

~ Stephanie and I are going to do strength training "together" today at lunchtime -- solidarity!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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Today I am grateful for this practice we share and the many reasons that bring us together from all over the world...
~ I am grateful for this bright, cold, sunny day....
~ my baby niece and my nephew for being here with me and sharing this gracious moment with me and my family
~ my 16 year old kitty playing with my 1 year old kitty....
~ my son having some good times for the last couple of days, seeing him laugh is priceless
~ God's love and this beautiful universe

Blessings to you all!!!

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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~turned off my laptop just before blackout last p.m. and power returned before I fell asleep
~good night sleep
~have time to myself today
~good chat with my helper
~thinking about the New Year
~beginning to clean my desk
~prob. with computer but it's fine now
~if day goes as planned, I will accomplish a few things and relax, too
~a great downpour for about an hour
~it's time for lunch and I am hungry
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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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This Friday morning, the 3rd day of the 12 days of Christmas, I give thanks for ...

~ blogged for first time in 9 months .... need your encouragement & support.
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~ a productive but relaxing day yesterday

~ audiophile BIL "loaned" us an incredible sound system and set it up

~ listened to nonstop jazz all afternoon yesterday

~ loving what is ... going back to work today

~ loving and feeling loved

~ inviting neighbors to dinner ... reaching out to meet new people

~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra


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after Christmas shopping trip

my lovely little Belks store

a lonely navy blue skirt that called my name

a 15% off the sale price coupon

a smart son who fixed my net book

a ball pump bought for a special basketball

the boy who bought the basketball for my boys

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Today I am grateful for ...

~ a beautiful life filled with all of the ups and downs that make life a wonderful balance or at least a humbling mission to seek it.
~ this awesome community and all that you all bare from your souls
~ cyberspace
~ good times with family during the holidays with no drama
~ a special gift that my nephew gave me with the word "gratitude" on it and how much it touched me that he feels my gracious spirit....
~ sparkpeople and all that it offers so many people
~ God's love and this amazing universe
~ my son, husband, twin sister and entire family....

Have a blessed week!!!
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In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, Vienamese Buddhist Monk

Good morning,

~ thanks Stephanie for keeping us going while Kathy, our fearless leader, brings in the new year flitting about Vietnam LOL -- TRAVELING MERCIES, Kathy!

~ beautiful day-after morning...sun is bright and spirits are high

~ just finished Muriel Barbery's _Gourmet Rhapsody_, a little novel full of interesting ideas and extraordinary prose (obviously a great translater as well, since the original language is French -- Barbery acquired fame with _The Elegance of the Hedgehog_, also great)

~ voracious reader that I am, I'm beginning Rudolfo Anaya's _Bless me, Ultima_, evidently a classic of Chicano literature which takes place in New Mexico

~ :this body, wealthy with health, is *thinking* about strength training and a bicycle ride -- anyone wanna' join me?

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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~reading all these positive holiday grats.
~a gift from DH
~a very special gift treat from B&SIL
~wonderful dinner, conversation, and laughter w/them too
~access to Christmas videos and music online
~time to do whatever I choose
~a few Christmas cookies made by someone else (helps control)
~gift ordered through DD and apology coming together for someone I have been thinking about for over a year
~talking with my Mom, oldest brother, and three of his children on the phone - so glad to know they are all well

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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Thankful that I know your names and bits of your lives when I read theses posts.

For Christmas gathering, Scott, Clare, Ingrid, Aidan, Steve, Diane, Howard, Shelby, Wyatt and me. I accidentally set one extra place and when I looked over, I smiled at it.

Going snowshoeing today and tomorrow and then I turn 53 on the 28th.

Peace out,
Rachel

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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This Boxing Day, I give thanks for ....

~ another day off work
~ ready for a slow day to recover from the holidays
~ reading the NYT without feeling like I should be doing something else
~ Hallelujah Chorus & the Magnificat running through my head
~ leftovers for today and tomorrow
~ keeping the food preparation simple for a Saturday dinner party
~ striving to love what is and be present in the moment
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Christmas gratitude a

- lots of stuff happening in the family prevented everyone being here at the same time as usually...instead it was several smaller gatherings which was WONDERFUL and not so overwhelming.
- my niece and her boyfriend did ALL the cooking!
- that Santa Claus found the grandkids at their great grandpa's house so we could all share their joy of opening the surprise gifts!
- for having established an amazing cyber relationship with someone else who is trying to figure out where they fit in this world after the loss of a spouse.
- for tears that flow freely as I prepare to say goodbye to the most painful year of my life
- for having luggage closed, being checked in, and having 5:00 am transportation arranged for the morning
- for how well little Tiger Lily behaved on this trip
- for my amazing sister

AND FOR Stephanie being the first one to step up and offer to set up January's thread!

~~~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, as Christmas comes to a close, I am grateful for:

-This community, all of you and this practice
-Beth being able to use her cane again today and get around pretty well
-An absolutely wonderful time with dear friends; a childhood friend who married and had seven children, totally delightful family who just totally include us
-An amazing meal; our hostess decided to go formal this time around
-Small, simple gifts that come with love; the best kind
-Home baked goods
-A call from my sister
-Having all the basic necessities of life, with some extra to share

Goodnight all,
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Merry Christmas,

Thankful today for my lovely parents who drove from Va. to NC to be with us today

Glad for my family to all be together today

Happy for simple gifts and good wholesome food

Glad to have started the process of healing for my family with our first trip here in the States to a counselor, hopes for the future

Love and prayers of friends and fam who got us to where we are today alive and well and all together

Sparkpeople Power!

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grateful today
~for the fullness of life
~to have an abundance of love
~to celebrate another year
~for bright sun to keep company
~for the sharing nature of this small community, the bold and not so bold, and the bonds forged by it. Thanks to each for presence, inspiration, compassion and of course...gratitude.

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We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all Eternity. . . . But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.
-- Meister Eckhart

Good morning,

Glad tidings of great joy for all the wonder in my life~~

~ my friends, who love me and accept me just as I am

~ morning enjoyment of FB chatting with a friend who lives near Paris, and is also a god mother to Santiago in Ecuador (me for baptism, her for confirmation)

~ chatting with Sandra last night and fantasizing about a latter Feb trip to visit

~ chatting with Robin, who is having a nice family Christmas and is in good spirits

~ up for the challenge of trying to install antenna to my radio to help reception (I WANNA' LISTEN TO NPR CHRISTMAS MUSIC -- WAAAAAAAH! lol)

Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Peace and joy to all this Christmas morn and throughout the year. Today, I give thanks for ....

~ beautiful music at Christmas vigil last night
~ inclusive, thought-provoking sermon
~ chucked plans to cook an elaborate meal and ate leftovers
~ wonderful evening with my sweetie
~ texted & chatted with children, sharing excitement about mailed gifts
~ sweetie made Christmas pancakes at 2 am ... yum
~ coffee this morning and baking lemon bars to take to BIL's
~ all of you
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Christmas greetings from Brazil!
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~at the salon, a very frustrated mommy with two sons, one about 10, the other, maybe 4, was desperately trying to make her little one sit still for his haircut as he screamed and writhed. I was imagining the slip of the scissors, but the stylist was doing a great job! I got to assure the mommy that I had one just like that and it is very much like getting a shot or taking medicine, you just get through it and it's over! She asked me until what age? I said (this was the moment I wished I was a good liar!), well, I think he was ten when that stopped! emoticon
~enjoyed my coffee while conversing with BIL & DH and shared my heart and hope
~I gave a needed, brave, appropriate, and precise reprimand to someone
~wonderful meal and conversations at our little church
~gift exchange "amigo secreto" and laughter
~slept wonderfully and long enough
~yesterday, two of the baby birds were missing and I feared their demise. This morning when I looked out the window, all three are together hanging out in the top of the little cypress tree while their parents are perching nearby!
~This morning, I sat on the couch with two wrapped and ribboned chewy bones for the dogs. Both dogs accompanied me sniffing the little packages. I asked if they wanted their Christmas presents now? Oh the excitement!
~Going to have Christmas Dinner at B&SIL's

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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How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?
-- Fred Rogers,
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Joy to all of you on this Christmas Eve,

"These are a few of my favorite things"~~

~ a very special surprise gift arrived in the mail yesterday from Don Doorn, a dear cyber-Spark friend -- CD set of Brasilian Solstice, the Paul Winters Consort introducing Ivan Lins (just...WOW!) -- spectacular heart-opening music for all seasons!

~ being reintroduced to the supremely gifted vocalist Theresa Thomason via Brasilian Solstice

~ gift opening this morning at the "Shiva Shakti Shanti Ashram" as we call home, since Robin will soon be heading to her parents' for Christmas

~ two amazing pair of earrings -- one from ROBin and one from ROBert

~ The Smitten Sisters fleece lined mittens made from 100% recycled wool in Wisconsin (where Dawn's from, my dear SF friend who gifted me them)

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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Peace and joy to all of you this Christmas Eve and the year ahead. This Christmas Eve morning, I give thanks for ...

~ a joyous Christmas celebration with parents, siblings, nieces & nephews
~ ice-covered trees that glistened in the sun on the drive home yesterday
~ clear roads after the first snow-covered 40 miles
~ Christmas vigil tonight
~ Christmas morning with sweetie's family
~ answering the Helpline Christmas day
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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~lots accomplished yesterday
~did not sleep! (I think it was the late carb supper-must not repeat that) and I am grateful that I am not ill or injured so I can go about my day somewhat lazily
~grocery day
~manicure day
~party in the evening
~a bit more rain and coolness during the day and night
~not enjoying the mosquito mass but thankful I am able to repel them form the bedroom
~reading your grats and hearing form Bob
~finally got through to my mother but the connection wasn't great - will call again on Christmas day at my sis's cuz I'm suspecting something's wrong with Mom's phone
~last gift purchased
~finished sewing new top and altering skirt for my helper's daughter
~hearing from DD and her antics
~praying for Michele and family
~finally another blog with photos of latest projects
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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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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Central heating, as it is single-digit weather outside
-Our comfortable home that shelters us from the storms
-Three pretty incredible kitties
-Clean sheets on the bed tonight
-Work being so quiet right now with so many on holiday
-A short, delightful conversation with an interesting pair at my favorite coffee house; they were switching back in forth from French to English in their conversation and it caught me
-My partner still walking with cane, slow but steady progress
-Risa's improvements in recovery

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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12/23/13 9:20 P

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Merry Christmas Thanksgiving Community

Thankful for a beautiful snowstorm
a bonfire to bring the sun back
the sound of my daughters back
in my house.

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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12/23/13 3:11 P

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Recently I am thankful for:

*being able to do some shopping with my wife Saturday. I couldn’t do our traditional South City shopping outing, but instead of cancelling, I worked out some stops to traditional sites closer, that would be easier on my body, and easy to cut off ½ way through if needed. I made all of the stops, and wasn’t in too bad of shape after. I also worked out a good way to schedule the South trip in.

*my back starting to get better with some days of rest. I have been concerned because this area had stayed bad for two weeks continuously, which it usually doesn’t. The other 3 bad discs areas are also ok for now, which is a blessing.

*stumbling into a really inspiring video- Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show. I don’t watch any of the music reality shows, but somehow saw one, and really got a lot out of watching it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ46Ot4_lLo

*a good visit to my Chiropractor Friday. My back didn’t move much in the main bad area, though my neck did have a wonderful evil crack, and has done better. I also enjoy seeing him, since we have the best talks. I have seen him about 25 years, and he is about my age, and we have some similar interest. He asked what Buddhist do for Christmas, and after I named a long list, he said, ‘Oh, what I do.’ I told him I was raised Christian, and cherish all the traditions and meaning. The only thing different I figured was I won’t be going to church, but that is more due to the fact, that us Methodist didn’t do that in the 60’s- no tradition. He is my only friend outside work, and it means a lot when I see him.

*dear Ven. Thubten Chodron. She is a Tibetan Buddhist Nun, and has a wonderful monastery/nunnery in Idaho, and has done great works for 30 years. I met her in ’92 and have benefitted greatly from her books, recordings, and teachings. She also has a wonderful website, and I really appreciated her email today listing ways to practice on Tsongkhapa day. I kid a lot, but do want to develop and grow my Buddhist traditions, and since I study in the tradition of Tibetan Study founded by Tsongkhapa, it’s an important day.

*for watching some really fun videos last night. Last night we watched Christmas shows of an old Jack Benny, Mork & Mindy, Wagon Train, Mr. Ed, and watched Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and John Denver sing. I also had some great Coke, Budweiser, and an old window stencil commercials cued. My fav. commercials are two shorts from CBS.

Tonight Christmas specials of McHales Navy, Cheers, Daniel Boone, Alfred Hitchcock, and a Truman Capote old Christmas production, etc.

I started this last year, when I got a group of YouTube retro vids ready for my wife, and had them all sequenced, and cued up- great flow- commercials, songs, comedy, drama, etc. So many of them have been removed over the year, my flow is messed up, but I did add a bunch of new ones, and am resisting my OCD organizing them. If you want you can just jump on the playlist and pick what you want. I am not sure this link will work, but the playlist is- Retro Christmas Videos for Laurie, if you are interested.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY
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Happy Holidays Ya’ll!!! bob


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Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, which are extremely subtle, which wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness.
-- The Buddha

Good afternoon,

I got up bright-and-early, bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed after barely dragging through yesterday (how did I used to do it!?). Lots of thankfulness comes to mind~~

~ the enjoyment I get from Garrison Keilor's "The Writer's Almanac" daily e-blog from which I often share segments with FB friends

~ Billy Collins and his wonderful poem , The Christmas Sparrow

~ stopped by The Locals with Robin and Victor for coffee and hot chocolate

~ helped Victor translate some problems to the administration of the apartments where he lives

~ tasty breakfast and lunch enjoyed with housemates

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.
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Thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~family getting in this evening
~preparations coming along
~leaky sink repaired
~sunshine
~phone calls from friends and relatives today

Have a very wonderful Monday thankful friends!
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"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. Stop leaving, and you will arrive. Stop searching, and you will see. Stop running away, and you will be found." ~ Lao Tzu
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