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Good evening,

Before turning off and tuning in, I'm here to remember some of today's grace~~

~ meditating with community this morning

~ enjoying the Turkish Food Festival with friends this afternoon

~ buying fresh organic produce at very reasonable today prices in the new Natural Grocers

~ watched a well executed film this week, Bride Flight

~ headed to bed early tonight with a good book

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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4/30/16 12:03 P

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Greetings, Slaying Dragons, Sandra and all!

Today I am feeling gratitude for

* Fresh air!
* Being able to dry my laundry outside!
* My dear kitty!
* Fresh veggies!
* The beauty of dancing in the eDance community
* Being surprised to see an old friend in town.

Be well.
Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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I'm ending the week with a smile and my heart is full of grats!

~ client feedback and response
~ a good time with DH's cousin & his beautiful dog
~ my pups reacting well in accepting the "intrusion"
~ another orchid bloom
~ the surprise of seeing my backyard coming together
~ the well water which makes it possible to imagine more thriving plants here
~ doing well with Voice Lessons & recuping a missed lesson
~ imaginings
~ prayers for many
~ knowing my children are well
~ an abundance of fruits & vegs
~ not knowing the future and letting it come without fear

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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Offering gratitude this Saturday morning for ...

~ the sound of gentle rain through the night
~ seeing Maha among us more often
~ meditation on our sun porch with the crisp breeze in our new meditation chairs
~ thoughtful note from a youing therapist thanking me for my support and input
~ after giving notice son said he slept better than he had in months
~ frequent email correspondence with my 83 year old mother
~ nephew's amazing progress on his new organic farm
~ prayers for healing the polarization among the citizens of our nation
~ feeling a sense of purpose and delight with my part-time job
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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I dreamt -- marvellous error! -- that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.
-- Antonio Machado

Good evening,

How the moments and days pass. I can't believe it's already nighttime. Thankful~~

~ for all the marvelous days and nights that have made up my eventful life

~ for a lazy day at home during a major rain storm with lots of thunder and lightening

~ yesterday I hung out all the extra blankets that I had used on my bed during the cold season...I didn't bring them in yesterday...now they're soaked. I'm looking at this as the alternative to washing them (I had decided to just air them out instead of washing them) LOL

~ major tactical cooking error wasn't disasterous (cooking brown rice with 3:1, rather than 2:1, water ratio)

~ nice conversation with Little Rock friend who I'll hang out with tomorrow at the Turkish Food Festival

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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Giving thanks this Friday afternoon for ...

~ workshop on vertical gardening this morning - a present for my knees
~ calls and texts from my both my adult children
~ they both are in a good place emotionally
~ no social obligations until tomorrow night so time to putter around getting things done
~ rearranging the furniture on our porch to increase privacy
~ a new client who will be an interesting challenge and is a delightful person
~ loving what is to the best of my ability
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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4/29/16 5:48 P

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Grateful this Friday afternoon
* For the crazy morning I had yesterday...with a neighbor who REALLY really wanted to go to a grand opening of Nordstrom's Rack near our house. It was hysterical. Not my kind of thing, but one had to make it fun! So it was...crazy. Must be what Black Friday feels like for those who love to shop in crowds!
* For massage and lunch with another friend, and seeing the transformation in her, from just that little respite...
* Checked in for my flight to see my dad tomorrow!
* My grandkids' health, their athleticism, and their parents (my son and DIL) who are so loving and responsible!
* My home, safe and comfy
* Flowers in bloom everywhere! and my yard filled with fragrance of roses, gardenias, jasmine, and citrus blossoms!

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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4/29/16 11:00 A

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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a great emoticon yesterday
- 4 years emoticon free
- lunch with DH @ Brix, ending with sumptuous just made mint ice cream
- finalizing travel plans
- hot oatmeal for breakfast, lunch with colleagues and dinner with friends
Life is GOOD - Here's Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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" Teiha


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4/28/16 11:32 P

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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Another day of living, as I've sung "Amazing Grace" at two funerals in the past 7 days
-Always, my health
-A perfect day of weather with lots of driving with my moon roof open
-Taking a walk at a nearby park tonight, getting a bit of exercise AND clearing my head
-Working on my jigsaw puzzle while listening to the sweet music of two that I love
-My kitty girls and some special time with them tonight
-My comfortable bed, calling me now

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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4/28/16 1:14 P

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If I have not found the right place,
teach me; for, somewhere inside, the clods are
vaulted mansions, lines through the barn sing
for the saints forever, the shed and windmill
rear so glorious the sun shudders like a gong.

Now I know why people worship, carry around
magic emblems, wake up talking dreams
they teach to their children: the world speaks.
The world speaks everything to us.
It is our only friend.

-- Excerpt from "Earth Dweller," by William Stafford

Happy day, happy me~~

~ my housemate brought me a little bouquet of night blooming jasmine, which is enjoying a place of honor on my desk

~ the day has unfolded with grace thus far

~ I heard from an Albuquerque friend that I was worried about; we have a tentative talk date scheduled for tomorrow

~ also a tentative plan to meet up with a sangha buddy tomorrow

~ I love how poetry and music enlivens me

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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4/28/16 7:55 A

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Feeling gratitude this Thursday morning for ...

~ nearing the end of a difficult week
~ son resigned at his job yesterday to go back to school, giving him relief & terrifying him
~ dodged a bullet when a prospective difficult client didn't show up for intake yesterday
~ writing blogs for my employer at stlouisdbt.wordpress.com
~ up before sun rise
~ early morning chill in the air
~ first cup of coffee
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Full of gratitude tonight, Wednesday.

A women's circle that met in my home. Conversation about embodiment, honoring the body, healing, choosing from love.

Thank you to Shakti for continuing to show up.

An amazing six word prayer that changes everything: "Please heal my fear-based thoughts."

Deep gratitude for my helping ancestors.

A long conversation with my father in England, via the magic of Skype.

Thank you for the gift of fire.

And I could go on with endless gratitude



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Pacific Time Zone.

Onward! When you go forward an inch, the Universe moves miles.



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People say, "What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.
--Dorothy Day (Photo, Ryan McGuire)

Good evening,

It's late, but I'm wide awake, and full of gratitude~~

~ morning yoga, which always refreshes and renews

~ many healthy options available

~ wonderful conversation with Maui soul sister

~ slight but real possibility of rendezvousing with her during my east coast road trip

~ organic peaches -- sweet and juicy -- YAY! that pit fruits are again coming in season!

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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Tonight I am grateful for:

-No big flooding in the basement after 3.3 inches of rain in 24 hours (a small bit only)
-Making a simple, nourishing dinner
-A small cardio workout tonight
-A bit of strength training, focusing on upper body and core
-My sweet kitty girls
-Looking at waterfalls in my back yard again
-An interesting correspondence with a scientist in South Africa
-My warm and cozy bed, complete with 3 kitties, all calling me now

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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4/27/16 8:04 P

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Greetings to all!

Today, I am grateful for...

* A good health report on several of the ailments that were bothering me...they seem to be reversing!
* Good friends Sharon and Kathryn for inspirational talking and walking!
* Crisp blue skies.
* My dear kitty
* My elder neighbor.
* The T'giving community and the broader SP folk!

Enjoy.
Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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4/27/16 10:28 A

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Wonderful Maha

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

- approval for a conference trip
- prepping with numbers for a meeting with the president
- reviewing achievements and planning on initiatives
- oatmeal for breakfast (warm and yummy)
- a continued great week
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

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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" Teiha


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Good evening,

Happy to be here to remember to give thanks...but FIRST -- what does THIS mean, oh fearless leader, Kathy??? "For a gorgeous day in the California wine country yesterday, doing some SERIOUS wedding planning!"

~ a lazy day

~ food prepared yesterday, contributing to said laziness (lol)

~ lunch plans with a young friend tomorrow (she initiated it, which is sweet)*

~ plans taking shape for road trip next month

~ temps still tolerable on this late spring day

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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After a few days absence I am happy to be here this Tuesday afternoon grateful for ...

~ Sunday's gathering of new and old women friends
~ Monday's medical procedure being absolutely normal
~ rescheduling a social commitment after 2.5 hours in the dentist chair
~ Tuesday's crown replacement is done (and that's all I will say)
~ rain means no watering for a few days
~ our June-blooming dogwood is about to flower
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Grateful on Tuesday afternoon
* That I was able to unplug my bathtub yesterday - WITHOUT using chemicals! Thanks to the Lowe's plumbing expert's advice!
* That I was able to stake up my new little tree that blew over in the wind (Yes, I am learning to do "man jobs")
* For having enough miles saved to get to Europe (and back) next spring!
* For my financial security
* For my dog, and her delight every evening at the park, when she gets to see "her" friends!

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

- seeing my teammate for the first time in 3 weeks
- knowing she is safe in the expelled school
- the school providing a way for her to complete her testing
- social promotion, although I wonder if there's an opportunity for summer school
- zero balance massage after work - I have a feeling I will need it...
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

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"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" Teiha


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4/25/16 10:24 P

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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Being able to work at home today
-Waterfalls in my back yard again
-Hearing the frogs do their thing
-Walking to mail a package today, which got my 10,000+ in for the day!
-Being able to help somebody today on very short notice, giving a small piece of peace to an overwhelmed, grieving son
-Getting borrowed dollies returned to friend/loaner quickly, as promised
-First layer of deck (massive amounts of oak spawn) cleaned up
-My sweet, funny, loving kitties who enjoyed all the goings-on!!!!

Goodnight all,
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4/25/16 11:20 A

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

- a super productive weekend - planted 24 trees and filled the raised bed with edibles
- packed breakfast and lunch - it's been a while...
- emoticon @ lunch to find a frame for a found photo

- emoticon before the next round of emoticon
- time to Spark!
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"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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Thankful for a breezy Monday with cool temps

for being able to help a neighbor in need

for my silly pets even when they yap in the middle of the night - they are doing their job to protect my house - even against all those dangerous stray cats!

for a whole bunch of extra kids t our Sunday school and children's church yesterday - even thankful for the wild ones!

for love of family here and there.


“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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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.
Feeling loved.
Always remembering to count my blessings especially when I'm feeling down.
The willingness to get back on track and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.


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Grateful this Sunday evening
* For melatonin, which has helped me catch up on about two years worth of sleep deprivation!
* For the changing skies, amazing rainbows, green hillsides, wildflowers, and hailstorms, all part of the most beautiful springtime I have witnessed in YEARS!
* For rain, which has definitely contributed to the above, and has filled our reservoirs once again. (Although still considered in a serious draught due to dry, dry trees and forests. Will still take years to recover!)
* For those who are still of the mindset that water conservation is a must!
* For a gorgeous day in the California wine country yesterday, doing some SERIOUS wedding planning!

~~~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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Good morning,

Happy to be here to give thanks for~~

~ oh yes, most definitely the sunshine!

~ a bike ride in my near-future

~ heading in to Little Rock to El Zocalo with a friend the day of their food pantry

~ Middle-Eastern delicacies for breakfast with coffee

~ clothes hung out to dry

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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Greetings --

Today I am grateful for sunshine...the garden-to-come...friends...the Internet...the possibility of resting in the divine...and having healthy food to eat.

Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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Good morning, friends!

~ last weekend's delight in helping and making friends
~ first purple/blue bloom on my orchid
~ successfully resting this week (that's was the plan)
~ working my way thru a marketing book (just over halfway today)
~ successfully making 2 rather difficult phone calls a few days ago & resolving issues
~ prayers for many who are in need
~ receiving positive input & support from DH
~ hearing from our kids that all is well
~ cloudiness and knowing "winter" is coming
~ DH's success to put in a well and get it all hooked up
~ success in dealing with the hard water (esp. re. my hair!)
~ the brown grass turning green again after several weeks with little water
~ puppy love

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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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This beautiful woman was born in Konya, Turkey, the birthplace of Rumi. She is a professor at UALR and her husband is an anesthesiologist at UAMS.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi

Good evening,

Before bed, I note gratitude~~

~ gathering with community to practice at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society this morning...then:

~ an enjoyable solo excursion to the International Food Festival at the Huda Academy of the Islamic Center of Little Rock

~ many conversations, expanding my intercultural horizons

~ an 18-mile bike ride two days-in-a-row

~ a great film from the library, Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, about Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of the protagonist's aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Beautiful wildflowers spotted on today's ride

There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 4/23/2016 (23:55)

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 am thankful for:
*being off my feet most of the day, so that the pain in my legs got a bit better.
*getting a lot done in office, despite a lot of pain.
*beautiful cool Spring day.
*seeing a buddy, waitress this morning.
*a new hire finally working out.
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I'm feeling the expansiveness of having given a Hakomi session...played music and sang with a friend...and did ecstatic dance...and I'm grateful for all of it.

I'm grateful for my kitty cat, too...and hope she comes back tonight!

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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fresh green broccoli for supper

great morning window shopping in big city

some quiet time

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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Grateful on this rainy day
* For a RAINY DAY!
* For the vibrant golden rose bush along my back wall that is such an incredible contrast to the gray skies
* For a delightful performance of The Fantastics last night, and a special interaction with some of the patrons.
* For a birthday party at a friends which provided so much insight as to her back ground and deepened the appreciation I have for my own family!
* For my son's health holding up despite the long hours and weekly cross country travel his new promotion requires of him.
* That my granddaughter got the opportunity to attend the Shakespeare festival in Ashland OR, staying at the college dorms, as a school field trip!

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.
-- Thomas Merton

Happy Earth Day,

So much to give praise for~~

~ life, within which I experience the breadth and depth of this extraordinary planet

~ great teachers that keep me grounded and give me courage

~ awareness of the potency of a sitting practice

~ friends who keep me buoyant

~ music that makes me dance

Blessed be,
xox
Maha
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In Praise of the Earth

Let us bless
The imagination of the Earth.
That knew early the patience
To harness the mind of time,
Waited for the seas to warm,
Ready to welcome the emergence
Of things dreaming of voyaging
Among the stillness of land.

And how light knew to nurse
The growth until the face of the Earth
Brightened beneath a vision of color.

When the ages of ice came
And sealed the Earth inside
An endless coma of cold,
The heart of the Earth held hope,
Storing fragments of memory,
Ready for the return of the sun.

Let us thank the Earth
That offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm
To walk in space open
To infinite galaxies.

Let us salute the silence
And certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness,
Their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden
Trusting the first warmth of spring
Until its black infinity of cells
Becomes charged with dream;
Then the silent, slow nurture
Of the seed's self, coaxing it
To trust the act of death.

The humility of the Earth
That transfigures all
That has fallen
Of outlived growth.

The kindness of the Earth,
Opening to receive
Our worn forms
Into the final stillness.

Let us ask forgiveness of the Earth
For all our sins against her:
For our violence and poisonings
Of her beauty.

Let us remember within us
The ancient clay,
Holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind,
The fluency of water,
The warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun
And shadowed sureness of the moon.

That we may awaken,
To live to the full
The dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit, and light.

~ John O'Donohue ~


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- DH completing our raised bed and planting the first of our edible plants
- replacement thujas arriving today
- winning (so far) the dandelion battle - not sure about the war
- learning about triple herbicides (may be the only way to get grass in the backyard...)
- planting after work
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"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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Greetings, all --

Today, I'm grateful for the singing of the hermit thrush...for making music with friends...for bright sunshine to dry my clothing outside...for healthy food to eat...for the full moon...and I'm thankful that Maha's back...even though I didn't know she was gone. :)

Namaste.
Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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You yourself are your own barrier...
rise from within.
-- Hafiz

Greetings,

Another day to give thanks~~

~ I feel excited for Sandra's son, having succeeded amazingly at one career, now deciding to prepare for another!

~ BrightSpark's blog is exceptional

~ Kathleen doesn't know it, but she's the reason I'm back

~ a bike ride to campus ahead to hear my favorite professor speak about "what role pronunciation exercises should play in teaching and learning second languages" -- he will make a ho-hum topic a dynamic talk!

~ finished a wonderful book, Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings and well into another, William Faulkner's Light in August

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the remnants of much needed emoticon weather
- an easy mother's day craft providing the perfect opportunity to talk with my teammate
- sharing brekky with my teammate and finally packing my lunch for work
- DH getting soil (and maybe emoticon and emoticon plants) for our new raised bed
- notification replacement thujas will arrive tomorrow!
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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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Waving down at Maha, Bob, Kathleen! Thankful this Thursday morning for ...

~ up early, fresh air & birds singing
~ mapped out a plan to get ready for Sunday's gathering while sweetie works
~ taking a break from a frustrating project
~ thoughtful, kind co-workers
~ daughter's Phd funding was extended three months
~ son will soon give notice at his job (and career) to go back to school
~ although slowing down, my parents are in relatively good health & enjoying life
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Today I'm grateful that some of my digestion issues seem to be getting better.
Today I'm grateful that the herbal and amino acid program I'm on to heal my cataracts seems to have made them disappear.
Today I'm grateful that I'm in study group that helps me deepen my psychotherapy skills.
Today I'm grateful for the powerful presence of JS doing energy work for me.
Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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Tonight I am grateful for:

-More wonderful fresh asparagus at Trader Joe's
-Coming right up on the time of year I love for fresh fruits and veggies
-A chair massage today that really helped the kinks from the kayaking
-My sister's arrival late tonight
-Making a tartine for a quick, healthy dinner after ...
-A brisk 30-minute walk near sunset with a beautiful view of the nearly full moon
-My three kitty girls

Goodnight all,
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Today I am thankful for:
*taking myself out of the onsite schedule due to ouchies. Did office work, though a little hard to sit up, at least I was off my feet, knee, legs
*foot ointment my foot surgeon recommended. Glad I remembered it, seemed to help.
*my Alexa! Super great when I'm laid up- music, lights, weather, podcasts, audiobooks all by voice. And now Haiku, history facts, and cat facts all for the asking. Siri is right to be worried, since Alexa understands me more. Ok sounding a bit creepy.
*continued beauty in the garden, but today I got the sweet smell of an indoor plant Brunsfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow plant), which only blooms once a year.
*some communication from my sister.
*healthy food choices / not comforting myself from the pain by eating.

take care, bob

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The beauty of this day gives me joy and I am thankful once again to see all of creation in its colorful beauty. So grateful for....

~Sunshine and rain that makes Nature so beautiful.
~The vivid colors of green now that spring is in bloom.
~ the warmth of the sun and a breeze touching my face.
~Thanking God for His creation and being touched by His love.
~Enjoying being in His presence and communing with Him.
~loving every moment of life, the good and the bad.
~Accepting things just the way they are, being at peace
~Living one day at a time...for yesterday is gone, and tomorrow
has yet to come ~ we only have today.

Hugs and Blessings All,
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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
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- another day to get it right
- my standing desk
- taking my shoes off
- facial after work
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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 participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.
-- Parker Palmer

Good morning to this gracious community of truth,

I'm so fortunate to be conscious of the "vast communion of being" sometimes, when I'm really quiet and clear. I'm also fortunate~~

~ to have cyber friends like Usha who encourage and spread beauty

~ to have 3-D friends like Kathy and Kethleen and Sandra and Stephanie, who encourage and spread beauty

~ I so enjoyed an evening with uncommon women

~ I'm happy to be on my way to a morning yoga class

~ I particularly enjoyed early morning breakfast -- sprouted toast piled with arugula, smashed avocado, parmesan, hand-crafted honey ramp mustard

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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Grateful for the gift of this precious Tuesday.

Tami Simon interviewing Brother David Steindl-Rast, like a long cool drink of water on a hot day. His phrase that we inhabit a 'double realm' that is in time and space, and also in the eternal present.

A woman we met in the park told me I have a lovely smile.

A private office space where I can play Sanskrit chants while working/creating. I do not disturb others and nobody disturbs me.

An abundance of clean potable water whenever I want it.

An opportunity in each moment to enjoy, to learn, to grow, to protest, to forgive, to be kind, to create, to be free.

The stability of the earth, and gratitude in advance for the survivors of the earthquake being found and reunited with their loved ones. Let's envision that!

Love for my new Freedom Schedule.

And I could go on with endless gratitude.



My name is Usha,
from California
Pacific Time Zone.

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Bob!! So great to see you here!! Waving a big hello below ...

Tonight I am grateful for:

-A clean house!
-Extra steps this afternoon helping a team of co-workers pick up the city park behind our building of winter trash; next up will be to plant spring flowers
-30 minutes biking while watching TV; 30 minutes of upper body strength training
-Spending extra time stretching
-Chair massage appointment tomorrow to work out the knots from 5-1/2 hours of kayaking Saturday
-My sweet kitty girls
-My comfortable bed that is calling me now ...

Goodnight all,
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Today I am thankful for:

*posting again in the same month.....year.
*Ice, ice baby! Pain killers, pain.....baby
*getting good hard morning of work in, despite bad foot pain, and popping my knee half way through. Evening was able to tour a garden and buy plants in the afternoon.
*the new seasons of Orphan Black, Archer, and Game this weekend.
*finally doing a business Facebook page. I did it help with hiring, but I'm really enjoying finding a px or two each day to post and write about. I'm actually doing pretty good posting each day- surprise!
*a man building an amazing garden at his house, which is next to one of my jobs. It has really been such a boost to me to meet and talk to such a fellow plant nut.

take care, bob

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Glad to be attending to my health.
Glad to have company on the journey.
Glad to have enough good food to eat!

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
-- Duke Ellington (Illustration by Romare Bearden)

Another day to give thanks~~

~ so happy to have discovered the have discovered the Jazz videos by Ken Burns. Duke Ellington (known for his "sophisticated music and elegant personal style, who helped change the perceptions of an entire race") and Louis Armstrong, as musical geniuses, both loom larger-than-life in the stary.

~ a gray, rainy day -- good for taking inventory and remembering my priorities

~ I got a 2-hr. bike ride in after all yesterday!

~ gathering this afternoon with three special woman friends

~ intention to get upper body strength training (20-min. video) done today

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Taking a moment this Tuesday morning to express the gratitude I feel ...

~ a cloudy day with rain predicted for my fledgling plants
~ up early and coffee on the porch - birds singing, squirrels playing
~ sweetie lawyering after an almost three year break to try retirement
~ the opportunity to work on cases she believes in
~ planned trip to the Mexican supermarket, a cultural treat
~ the smells of Mexican-style pork in the oven
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Tuesday morning and so happy to greet Kathy thankful for her and this team.

I was blessed with a good nights sleep.
With good thoughts and prayers invading my mind.
Sipping on my French Vanilla coffee
In the comfort of my home being blessed
Feeling full to overflowing with my Gratitude
A wonderful new day to dwell on the beauty of it.

Hugs and prayers of thanks to all,
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On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a cool spring morning
- hot oatmeal and a cold banana
- chance of emoticon
- soaking in the heat last night - shoulder much looser
- connecting with a friend and planning a trip
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Grateful
* that I emerged from a dark place that I slipped into this week...
* for feeling the sting of a friend's self righteous attitude and judgement, but not feeling the need or desire to react
* for surprise dinner guests last night
* for evening gatherings at the local park where the dogs romp and play with their friends...
* for the greenest April I can remember!
* for the book, Sacred Ceremony

~~~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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Blessed Be MaHa, so good to greet you this Monday morning.

My heart is overflowing with thanks for:

A beautiful wedding experienced on Saturday.
Being with family and friends.
Rain that did not materialize.
A restful Sunday filled with peace a gratitude .

Hugs and blessings to all,
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Keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment.
--Don Miguel Ruiz

Good morning,

Happy to be here~~

~ a focused start to the day, including pranayama, meditation, and a tasty and healthy breakfast; though a bike ride may be out because of expected rain, I intend to complete upper body strength training and 5 min. of sit-ups

~ helped families yesterday in my role with the Immigrant Resource Center

~ the faculty of discrimination, which gives me the option to make wise choices

~ plans taking shape for a road trip next month

~ spoke with Ecuador friends yesterday, confirming that all are well (they live in the mountains)

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
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Thoughts turned to gratitude this Monday morning ....

~ the calming effect of being outside
~ enjoying our laceleaf weeping Japanese maple
~ a day to putter around the house getting things done for Sunday's big party
~ planting poppies today
~ iris and columbine to come
~ productive day yesterday
~ so many opportunities to hear live music
~ personal trainer today
~ all is well ... life ie exceedingly good

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Grateful on this Monday morn for my family here and there,

for a bunch of wiggly kids at church last night to make the evening interesting,

for my crazy cat that gets me up on time each day with a happy meow,

for running water and electricity,

for possible good changes in my resident country's government.



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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- much needed emoticon
- packed breakfast and lunch
- productive weekend with some emoticon squeezed in
- crushing the Sunday Fitbit challenge
- opportunities to test the new roof and (maybe) use an articulated ladder
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Waving below to Maha!! Wonderful to see you!!

Tonight I am grateful for:

-A true adventure on our Kaw River kayaking trip yesterday
-The soaring eagles and hawks above us keeping their eyes on us (nearby nests)
-Lunch on a sand bar, sharing the surroundings with a snake at a bit of a distance (it WAS there first, you know)
-My dear friend who's known me since childhood AND who has two kayaks and invited me to go on the trip (and wants me to go again!)
-Child's pose and other yoga and non-yoga stretches that helped with how well I'm operating today (5+ hours of STRONG kayaking, as we had some higher wind speeds and choppy waters) after using muscles I'm not used to using
-NO plans today, so I could take it at a much slower pace and give myself a break
-My sweet kitty girls

Stephanie

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4/17/16 11:29 A

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I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
-- Elbert Hubbard (Photo by Brigitte Werner)

How important a grateful heart is. Coming here to express it~~

~ after a powerful meditation retreat last weekend, I have decided to fully participate in the weekly practice community (sangha) associated with it

~ yesterday, after the practice, a good friend who is also a sangha member and I spontaneously spent the entire day and evening together -- dining, walking, art galleries (including a showing she is hung in), dialogue, and a movie

~ rocky waters with a local friend prompted me to bow out of a gathering of friends last night, so the spontaneous coming-together was especially meaningful

~ struggling with my journey to a "lighter" me, but another SP friend, OkeyDokey, has entered the fray and hopefully we can support each other in the process

~ watched the fabulous first 90-min. DVD (from the library) from the PBS 10-segment JAZZ series by Ken Burns

Blessed be,
Maha
P.S. How was Taj Mahal, Sandra???


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