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Sunday, November 16th, 2008
5:59 am - New.

 Hi everyone!
I had a livejournal years ago but am happy to be back, determined to find support on my path to recovery, and help others struggling with the same diseases/addictions/traumas. I will post tonight on my page a summary of my first step so those of you who want to can get to know me a little better. Thank you all for being here and looking forward to sharing my experiences, struggles, strengths, and hopes.

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
5:38 pm - nice things about living near a college campus

- earnest chalk postings (i.e. "Women's Center Opens tonight!")

- interesting things on display, like cows:

- helping confused Freshman get around. feeling like a good guy for telling them the stuff that everyone else knows. (i.e., "there's a change machine on the second floor.")

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
9:03 pm - This night

I want to wrap this night in me, to dance with the feathery tops of trees tickling my feet, to savour the luscious plum color of the twilight sky against my face, to sing with its smooth roundness slipping over my fingers. I wrap deep purple blue colours to me, nosing their secrets apart with tickles. Swimming in their beautiful roundness, sinking into their softness, the unbearable curving mystery they enclose me in.

The trees are themselves coming back into love with the sky, as they are ever reaching Her, the dome of their existence. The way the sun strikes the trees, lifting the leaves in a bright, dancing spark of "Yes!"

But now night draws its cloak over the land, whispering shut the eyes of every blade of grass, stroking the fur of each gently sleeping squirrel, bringing rest to each softly fluttering bird, coming home to its own roost. The night closes in, gently encapsulating, holding all to Her chest.

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
5:18 pm - afternoon of life

a languid summer afternoon
watching white bellied, rufous backed
black headed birds
sing their songs

the goldfinches
pile up at the feeder
eager to show their guests
the shiny thin
black seeds
so full in the feeder
they bristle through

breezes filter through
all green
surrounds me

the living green grass
lies spread
before me
and behind
trees offer
green syrup of life
paper on which the sun
writes his poems
his daily drafts
of sweatily pulling
his horses across the sky
the trek he must take!
and those golden rays
lace along the leaves
the receptive, sensitive paper
to feed the
ever-hungry tree

orange lilies,
with orange hands
their own prayers
they laugh,
mouths open
arms spread way out
to encompass
the cosmos
in their slender
dancing legs

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Sunday, January 15th, 2006
4:37 pm

When you understand, you cannot help but love. You cannot get angry. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people.

-Thich Nhat Hanh Being Peace

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4:29 pm - travel...

Buddhist monks are often vagabonds, in part because they believe in wakefulness. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which, if we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

Why We Travel (from Salon Travel) Pico Iyer

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Monday, October 18th, 2004
11:45 am - Good Question to ponder...

What are all the ways you know of and can think of to say "thank you" to the earth?

Let me just try and list some off the top of my head:
- plant trees, flowers, and other plants
- sit under a tree and just exchange energy
- make friends with the neighborhood squirrels
- send out wishes for peace and happiness to the world
- smile at people as you pass them on the street
- hug all of your friends at least once a day (when possible)
- cultivate a sense of peace within yourself
- buy from and donate to thrift shops and used book stores
- leave glamour bombs everywhere you go
- contact your elected officials and tell them they're doing a good job (if they are)
- rescue a stray animal
- talk to your plants
- donate money or volunteer time to an environmental organization
- walk barefoot in the rain - get dirty
- try going vegetarian or vegan
- protest against war and violence and the loss of civil liberties
- be friendly to the people who check you out at the stores
- call up a family member or another important person to tell them you love them
- do something kind for yourself every day
- send out a card to an old friend you've lost touch with just to say hi
- make silly faces at someone random who looks like they're having a bad day
- vote
- visit your local animal shelter and play with the animals
- watch the sunset and/or sunrise as often as possible
- recycle
- join a community supported agriculture co-op or shop at a farmer's market

current mood: okay

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9:57 am

When I look in your face
I see the Cosmic God

We are all divine human beings
Sometimes we try to conform
but it is not what we inherently want or need to do.
We are, as each, beautiful facets of a diamond
or prism, flashing off each other
and smiling at the world
at the same time.

We are connected to the Greatness
the Being
We will never know exactly what it is
That's not what it's there for
It's there so we can simply experience it
Let it slide down your tongue,
flow inside your body

When we are truly here, we are the Great Being
There is no separation between us and the Divine
We have come into wholeness
a balance
Where every tree, every blade of grass, every bounding dog and purring cat
speaks to us

You know in your heart when you are there
It's as if the seed of God has just been set upon your tongue
and He asked you to

What are we afraid of?
Let yourself go,
and we shall all become children again.

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9:54 am

I was feeling incredibly grateful last night, for the world I live in and all the friends I have. I have a request of you all.

What are all the ways you know of and can think of to say "thank you" to the earth?

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004
5:15 pm

I want to taste the sky with my tongue, to feel the blue light come into my mouth and stretch out my arms.

I want to dance under the moon and stars.

I want to somersault in the rain.

I want to walk up and down Arthur's Seat every day, knowing every day that I'm growing stronger and stronger.

I want there to be a day, sometime really soon, when we realize we all share the same Spirit of Life.

current mood: peaceful

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Saturday, July 24th, 2004
5:48 pm

If we could all talk in one tongue
might we speak in sacred-speak?
The language that uses no words
but emotions on our faces
and the ways our bodies move
the joyous findings of a child
the painful totter on an elderly woman.
If we all moved in sacred-speak
there would be no words for walking alone at night
or sharing a beautiful cup of tea with an old man

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