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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
The willingness to forgive myself for overeating.
Pushing myself to take an early morning walk.
The new palms we had planted and enjoying their beauty.
Seeing the beauty all around me.
Slices of fresh ginger in my freezer.
Loving memories of my sister.
Building a new relationship with my niece.
Feeling loved.




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Wednesday,

For some much needed rain
My new chickens doing well
Extended deadline
Abundance!
My new free vacuum
fence posts (yep, really)
reading
writing
arithmetic (got my calculations finished)
messages that arrive just when they're needed
smoothies

"In greater terms positive and negative have little meaning, for the physical experience is meant as a learning one. " The Nature Of Personal Reality: Seth by Jane Roberts


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grateful
~for a chilly morning
~to have new shoes for hurting feet
~to be inspired and sustained by beauty
~to sing
~for old, well loved friends

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.
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grateful that Mom did not have to have her leg amputated
for sunny days
freaSH garden vegtables
Son finding a home

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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- ALLESBETSY leading me to Julie Daniluk's book "Meals to Heal Inflammation"
- Julie's quip, "You wouldn't consider giving your car extra-rich oil for a treat, saying, 'I know it might block up your engine, but it needs a naughty treat once in a while.'"
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- Her section on Emotional Eating and bingeing
- the 'last' days of summer emoticon and emoticon
- zero balance massage @ noon - now that's what I call a 'treat' emoticon

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!
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"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" Teiha


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~sleep patterns awry and I continue to do what I need to do
~groceries and I found my organic coffee (keeping it to 1 weak cup a day)
~finished this week's reading, moving to assignments
~still praying for miracles of which I attribute to God

Miracles by Walt Whitman

WHY! who makes much of a miracle?
As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge of the
water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love--or sleep in the bed at night with
any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with my mother,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive, of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds--or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sun-down--or of stars shining so quiet
and bright,
Or the exquisite, delicate, thin curve of the new moon in spring;
Or whether I go among those I like best, and that like me best--
mechanics, boatmen, farmers,
Or among the savans--or to the soiree--or to the opera,
Or stand a long while looking at the movements of machinery,
Or behold children at their sports,
Or the admirable sight of the perfect old man, or the perfect old
woman,
Or the sick in hospitals, or the dead carried to burial,
Or my own eyes and figure in the glass;
These, with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring--yet each distinct, and in its place.

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the
same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same;
Every spear of grass--the frames, limbs, organs, of men and women,
and all that concerns them,
All these to me are unspeakably perfect miracles.

To me the sea is a continual miracle;
The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves--the ships,
with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
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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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.
-- from "Call Me By My True Names,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Good morning,

Happy to be back in community~~

~ thank you for the excerpt of the extraordinary poem, Rachel (as I'm sure you know Rachel, Thich Nhat Hanh has a book of poetry by the same name, Call Me by My True Names) -- here is the story of that poem and the poem in its entirety --
www.quietspaces.com/poemHanh.html

~ yesterday's gratitudes expressed, through the effort of creating and the content, in a new blog:
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~ total intake well below my caloric limit yesterday -- yippee!

~ feeling good about my grasp of the reading for today's class

~ LOVING Sandra's gratitude posts, a "mini-travelogue" -- the "haka" ceremony reminds me of the GREAT Maori film from New Zealand, The Whale Watcher -- a MUST-SEE for any not familiar with it

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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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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This Wednesday night, I give thanks for...

~ the interesting, kind & generous people I've met along the way
~ uneventful driving--despite pulling out on the wrong side of the road
~ eating a picnic lunch on a sun-drenched beach
~ driving through a deep tree covered gorge alongside a mountain stream sparkling in the sunlight
~ driving the coastal road around the Bay of Plenty, named by Capt Cook, on a sunny day
~ laughing as I pulled up behind tractors and log trucks, just like home
~ the universal bond of motherhood ... mothers everywhere want what's best for their kids
~ cool temperatures -- mid 60s during the day.
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra


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Today I am grateful for:
- the mantra/poem posted by Rayrunsmt
- the beautiful music I am studying
- crossing a few items off my list
- friend going into surgery tomorrow, scary but will find out info
- Venus grapes on pizza!
- 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

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Tonight, I am so grateful for:

-Helping make my partner's 65th milestone memorable
-Kansas City historic old restaurants
-A seafood dinner that was really, really good
-Our silly kitties that always make us smile and laugh; they are truly like kids in some ways, but very different in others
-Facebook - The good, the bad and the ugly of it ... LOL
-My soft comfortable bed calling me now ...

Goodnight,
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Thankful today
for mantra mediation on wholeness
for this poem by Thich Nhat Hahn
My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all
walks of life.
My pain if like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

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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Today marks two full weeks that my 16 y.o. is at home, calm, started in new school, seems mostly happy, talking some...

Marks about five days that I haven't cried about the whole wild situation

Necessary changes in my family

My faithful dogs

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Blessings Kathy...

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- evening and morning mist - free facial day!
- meetings to forward the goals of our organization
- new concrete patio and steps - gorgeous addition to the house
- patio furniture delivery date
- facial appointment after work 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

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Sandra - sounds like an amazing time! Imagine, men rubbing noses!

~a really awful night of not sleeping, however, I am most grateful that I did sleep some and got up to start a busy, unpressured day!
~sounds like a prayer has been answered; I will get confirmation later
~spoke my mind to one husband this morning and made sense and got not rebuttal (thank you communications course; practicing to improve)
~hearing from DS1 and heart tugs for tough decisions made; prefer knowing before and during than after
~today is grocery day and I plan to get a few special things
~my pleasure times with my kindle
~just a little more reading to do for schoolwork
~hope to bathe my dogs this afternoon

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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. II 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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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On this Tuesday evening, I give thanks for ....

~ staying the night in the first city to greet the new day on the planet (barely west of the international date line). Planning to be on the beach at sunrise

~ walking into a convenience store on Maori lands and asking if anyone would show me around. A customer volunteered. What a morning it was!

~ She took me to a Maori welcoming ceremony where the local school welcomed students from another school, including the Maori haka (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-lrE2JcO44 ). Students performed the haka in their school uniforms.

~ I got to meet and talk to probably 10-15 Maori women about our similarities and differences. One woman is partly of Norwegian descent, like me.

~ she took me to two clan houses, decorated with totems and paintings depicting the clan's history.

~ I learned the first Maori came to New Zealand by war canoe from Hawaii 700 years ago, not to mention religious traditions, land ownership, environmental activism, what people do for their livelihood, etc.

~ connecting with real people in a meaningful way.

~ getting more hugs and kisses in one day than ever before. Maori hug and kiss to greet everyone, friends, family and strangers like me. (Men rub noses).

~ experiencing southerlies -- a fierce, cold wind.

~ looking forward to many tomorrows with my sweetie

~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am grateful for:
~ this practice, this community and all of you, special hugs to Kathy right before me...
~ getting in before they closed the doors (due to being at capacity) to a great show last night
~ convincing the woman at the door to let my friend in (the last person let in!)
~ enjoying and being inspired by the performance
~ tea
~ 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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Thankful today
* For friends who have truly taken me under their wings...
* That I was able to go to a play with friends and not cry while watching it. (a new theater, out of town, where I could retain my anonymity)
* For my little Tiger Lily...despite the fact that she still struggles with differenciating carpet from grass
* That I am taking steps to get the back yard changed up a bit (to change the recurring images in my head that are now becoming somewhat disturbing), the house painted (which hubby and I had planned to do before winter) and to get the new sliders put in (also in the works before he died)
* That my hoarding hubby had $$ stashed that I didn't know about, so I can afford to do these things.
* That most of my meltdowns are coming in the privacy of my home or my car....not in front of too many people, if any at all.

~~~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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+shhh... mostly quiet day ...

+hug from my wandering boy who is two whole weeks at home with no running off today and started attending a new school today at his own request

+boy left with a smile on his face

+his new shoes that have been forever in coming by mail showed up 20 minutes before he left for his new school

+learning new stuff in this teen age parenting game

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~good conversations at church
~so glad Christmas ideas are coming to me and others seem to be in agreement
~simple decorations planned for a reception in 2 weeks
~old Cosby shows before bed
~rested but will definitely need nap(s) today
~exercised first thing
~this week's reading underway
~the birds chattering, jumping from branch to branch, and making me laugh this morning
~two new gerbera buds opening
~it's lunchtime and I am hungry

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II 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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Kathy - glad to hear about new steps on your journey...

On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- an absolutely stunning emoticon rise that stretched from the north to south skies
- continued cool and clear weather
- chance to emoticon @ lunch
- Mantra meditations - wonderful to listen to throughout the day
- potential to arrive home to finished concrete work

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" Teiha


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The best, like water,
Benefit all and do not compete.
They dwell in lowly spots that everyone else scorns.
Putting others before themselves,
They find themselves in the foremost place
And come very near to the Tao.
-- Lao Tzu

Good morning,

A short time-out to gather thoughts of some of the many reasons to feel grateful~~

~ the vicarious pleasure I'm enjoying of New Zealand on Sandra's gratitudes

~ the exquisitely simple, but not easy, Teachings of the Tao-te-ching

~ a quiet morning allowing me to collect myself and organize for the next several days

~ a simple and delicious breakfast of fruit and yogurt

~ a nurturing and gratifying phone conversation with a dear friend in San Francisco yesterday

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

"'The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real Way,' reads a line from the Tao-te-ching. But although the Tao cannot be described by words, words can allow us to catch a fleeting glimpse of that mysterious energy of the universe which is the source of life."
-- Eva Wong, from Teachings of the Tao: readings from the Taoist spiritual tradition


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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Gratitude is overflowing this Monday evening here in New Zealand .... here is a sampling of my gratitude.

~ peace lilies in full bloom growing wild along the roads
~ watching the interplay of sun, ocean and clouds at sunset
~ finding a magical place where the rocks and sand spoke to me
~ my son has a job interview in Atlanta this week~
~ after being stalled for 2 weeks, my daughter had a breakthrough
~ drove 4 hours on the left side of the road -- thankfully an uneventful trip
~ overcoming my fears
~ an extraordinary Asian seafood plate for dinner
~ and so much more
~ all is well ...life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Kathy - if you told me Happy Birthday next month it would make me smile. No worries. You've had LOADS on your plate ... Thanks to you and Sandra for extending my birthday!!! :-)

Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Being able to take a completely "down" day in hopes of ridding my throat of whatever it's trying to do (my partner has had a cold and sore throat for a week; I'm not sure if I caught that or if my allergies went nuts after my yard/water garden work yesterday)
-Vitamin C, OJ and hot chai tea with honey, all soothing
-Four-legged nurses; they are the best (now if only I could get them to cook for me)!!!
-Naps, good for R&R and good for rejuvenation, when needed
-A bit of rain today, nice and gentle, making it easier to nap
-Good mysteries
-My comfortable bed

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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On this Sunday morning I am THANKFUL...

~rain-breaking our eight weeks of drought
~spark recipe for noodleless zucchini lasagna-delicious
~healthy, planned over, meals ready for the next few days
~presence of the Lord in my life
~all your posts

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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~waking before the sun and just lazing in bed for awhile
~yoga moves for longer than I've spent in a long time
~dogs more interested in my attention than in their food
~a couple of silly sparrows on my sill and close tree
~progress on the photos for the album and the wonderful memories
~practicing my assignment on my classmates
~a few more little things cared for and off my desk
~hearing that my family in CO are okay and not in flood areas
~long prayers for those in need
~beginning a brand new week

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II 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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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happy boys yesterday evening

being able to entertain one of my 16 y.o.'s skateboard pals who was around near supper time

great young people's meeting at our little church work last night

"God demonstrates his own love for us in this... Christ died for us."


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Happy Belated Birthday, Stephanie! This Sunday night, I give thanks for ....

~ a wonderful, relaxing weekend mostly spent outside
~ beautiful spring weather in spite of the intermittent rain
~ watching birds on the beach
~ spending quality time with my daughter
~ finding a new pair of sunglasses after mine broke
~ ginger pills work for motion sickness
~ all is well...life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Sorry I missed your birthday, Stephanie...if I said I did it intentionally so you can milk it a little longer, would you believe me???

Gratitudes tonight
* Tiger Lily, who forces me to get up in the mornings
* Total exhaustion, meaning I can get to bed early and hopefully get some sleep.
* Numbness that set in a few days ago...a new step on this journey
* My husband got to see Paris
* My husband was laughing the last time I saw him alive
* Finally, accepting a person in my life for what they are, and are not. No more expectations. Letting go of what I had hoped for..cuz it ain't gonna happen. Sad. But freeing.

~~~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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Many thanks to all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday - it's been a great one and you all added to that!!!

Tonight, I am grateful for:

-One of my best friends taking my partner and I to a delicious breakfast this morning for our birthdays
-One of the most beautiful days we've had in quite awhile
-That the gorgeous day inspired me to do a couple of hours of weeding and other water garden activities
-Cleaning the deck up
-Taking my new puzzle board to the deck table and my partner and I working on a jigsaw together for awhile, then me on my own (I really enjoy puzzles)
-A very relaxing, laid back day
-Leftovers from our delicious dinner celebration last night for tonight's dinner
-This practice and each of you

Goodnight,
Stephanie


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Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.
-- Pema Chödrön

Good afternoon,

How wonderful to have Pema Chodron in the world...AND all of you~~

~ Kitty Nermie's perfect behavior going to the vet for a B12 shot this morning

~ Kitty Nermie snoozing on the bed looking all content

~ DELICIOUS roasted veggies for dinner and now leftovers for lunch -- purple potatoes, carrots, daikon, garlic cloves, Tofurky Italian Sausage, all organic, sprinkled with salt and fresh tyme

~ taking apple crisp to the New Moon Sisters gathering tonight -- with a surprise of a handfull of chocolate chips thrown into (one side of) the topping!

~ just made a new Facebook friend from Mountain View, CA -- she's going to the retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (she also went to the one he just did at the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York -- I told her she's a Thay groupie!)

Blessed be,
xox
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Today I am grateful for:
~ waking up most days without an alarm
~ snuggles with my hubby
~ my home
~ my neighborhood
~ lots of late blooming flowers
~ 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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quiet morning

quiet dogs

softly chirping birds

some time to myself

lots of good leftovers in the frigerator for an easy lunch!

"God demonstrates his own love for us in this... Christ died for us."


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~clean floors and I can walk barefoot indoors in any room I feel like! Nice to be able to do that sometimes. There were years that I was unable to walk barefoot because it hurt so much in calves and knees. With SP exercise, it took me months, but then I was able to go barefoot anytime and occasionally wear heels without pain!!!
~good sleep
~exercised first thing
~nice chat with a friend before breakfast
~great granola with fruit
~continued practicing listening skills
~better understanding and finishing assignment
~get to order DDI's birthday gift today
~two new gerbera buds

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

~ walking in a temperate rainforest today
~ putting my arms around a 600 year old tree
~ eating scallops, mussels, oysters at a wine & seafood festival
~ the sight of mountains falling into the ocean
~ sweetie finished hanging her dad's gallery show
~ my kitty is doing better since being on medicine
~ all is well ... life is good

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Wow, it's Stephanie's birthday
and my friend Laurie's too.
It's the wedding anniversary for
two of my brothers.
Thirteen, you deserve a
better reputation.

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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Happy Birthday Stephanie!
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On this Friday night I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~cooler temperatures
~picked 5 gallons of tomatoes
~home made tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
~beautiful flowers in my yard and all over town
~yoga class today

Have a terrific weekend everyone!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Happy Birthday Stephanie!!!

Today I am grateful for:
~ Stephanie's abiding presence on this thread and in this community
~ bird songs in the morning
~ how the bird songs blended into the song on my CD this morning
~ vision
~ my meditation session this morning being especially deep
~ 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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Tonight, I am so grateful for:

-Maha, who can make birthdays so special and is a sweet, considerate, loving soul of a friend!!!!!
-My wonderful partner, who has also helped make this day so wonderful for me
-Extra treats today all around; for me, for us AND for the kitties
-A perfect day; couldn't ask for anything more
-Stunningly beautiful fall-like weather
-My sister's birthday gift that allowed me to get a 90-minute massage AND a facial today
-A free hot chai tea with almond milk and honey from my favorite coffeehouse friends
-An incredible birthday dinner
-One special glass of wine (that has now about done me in as I am BEYOND relaxed)
-Being blessed with an abundance of friends and deeply appreciating each and every one of them, for they each, in their own special way, bring such joy into my life
-Facebook - I've got to admit that my birthday is one of my favorite days on Facebook, despite ongoing frustration with it for other reasons
-Knowing that going to bed before 10 p.m. on your 55th birthday on Friday the 13th does NOT mean you're old; it means you've fully enjoyed your day and you're slowly fading off to the land of total relaxation now, but I just HAD to end my day with gratitude

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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peaceful day

"God demonstrates his own love for us in this... Christ died for us."


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DEAR GRATITUDER, STEPHANIE!!!!!!

If you didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, what would you do?
If you'd never been born, what would you be?
You might be a fish or a toad in a tree.
You might be a doorknob or three baked potatoes.
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.

But worse than all that: you might be a Wasn't!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No she doesn't!
A Wasn't just isn't. She just isn't present.
But hey! You are you! And isn't that pleasant?
So we'll go to the top of the tallest blue space.
The official SPARK PEOPLE sounding off place.

Go on: Open your mouth and roar loud at the sky!
Roar loud at the top of your voice:
I am I!
I am I!
And I may not know why. But I know that I like it!
Three cheers! I am I, I am I, I am I!!!!!

Today is your birthday, that's truer than true.
There's no one on earth who is youer than you!
Shout loud: I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I'm not just a ham or a clam
or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam.
I am what I am and that's a great thing, yes m'am!

Dr Suess...And Maha
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grateful
~for good sleep and feeling rested
~to be making mostly good food choices
~to be able to walk along with S as she scooters to school
~for library time with an exuberant 5yo
~for the privilege of grandparenthood

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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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Seeing the beauty all around me.
New palm trees.
The willingness to make healthy lifestyle changes.
The willingness to plan ahead and make mindful choices.
Choices.

Mazzy


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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a cool, clear morning
- first session of Early Birds and a virtual tour of the Isle of Iona
- pouring patio today emoticon
- dinner with friends
- #beyondextraordinary - "Forgiveness doesn't excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart."

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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I am thankful that I recognize and enjoy so many of my blessing mindfully
Being able to spend time with my dd who has a cold
Getting so much writing done
Creative bursts
Taking time to enjoy my creative burst instead of burying them until I have time
Getting back to spark after being away a lot over the summer
Blogging, oh my it feels good to write and to read so many others!
Being back in my SP communities
Having a less stressful transition to school year than usual
all of you!

Have a great day.

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~managing to sleep okay
~exercised first thing
~added organic matter to compost
~happy dogs to greet me
~clouds but clearing now
~shade, wonderful shade from this intense sunlight
~sorting photos and the memories flooding in
~more organizing of notes
~finally finished this weeks' reading
~thinking about Christmas

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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. II 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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Today I am grateful for:
~ a sweet heartfelt goodbye lesson with one of my departing seniors
~ being able to help another student because I have had a similar experience
~ a wonderful lesson from my teacher
~ having decent energy today
~ students & teachers & learning and teaching
~ 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

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Thursday evening thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~found a beautiful card for a wedding coming up
~picked up some needed staples on sale
~laundry done
~public TV
~museums, art galleries, science centers, parks, schools
~all the information available on the web

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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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.
Taking an early morning walk.
The willingness to make lifestyle changes.
The willingness to plan ahead and make mindful choices.
Choices.



Mazzy


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

~ spending a relaxing weekend with my daughter in beautiful surroundings
~ chatting with my sweetie when we are both awake and available
~ girl talk last night
~ a sunny day
~ driving daughter's car today - left side & manual shift - a challenge
~ going to the self-service laundry ... a great place to watch people
~ all is well ... life is good

shine,
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Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
--Arthur Schopenhauer

Good afternoon,

Love sharing this sacred space with you~~

~ discovering the renowned Schopenhauer via my hero Joseph Campbell, who greatly admired him

~ went on a 50 min. brisk bike ride even though I didn't feel like it

~ eating healthy

~ going to an interesting program tomorrow evening, Pathways to Peace:
www.uuclr.org/uuclrpresents2.html

~ making apple/pear crisp with fruit harvested on this property for the New Moon potluck Sat. night

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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