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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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Saturday, July 1st, 2006
6:03 pm - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"As Marianne Williamson puts it, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. Once you've awakened to this light, you will gradually, almost involuntarily, begin to act more like yourself - not out of desire to attack anyone else's truth, but simply because you cannot un-see what you have seen. Without your having to force it or try or even hope, the truth will set you free." - Martha Beck, The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
12:55 am - Happy Valentine's Day

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance and trust that in this love there is a strength and a blessing, out beyond which you do not have to step in order to go very far! - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


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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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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
6:41 pm - Livejournal Clean Air Day

Saturday, March 19 2005

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, March 19 in the first annual Livejournal Clean- Air Day !!

People use their online journals for very different purposes, some write about trivial things, others use it to vent their frustrations, share funny stories, talk about day-to-day life or look for support. Livejournal is a garland of unique characters. Every entry here on Livejournal is valid and we respect it. Still, every entry that is read by eyes other than yours will have an effect. What kind of effect would you like to have on others? We believe that every word you choose to throw into the air will either have a positive or negative outcome in this Universe, the law of cause and effect.

Clean-Air day is a celebration of life with all of its tribulations and an opportunity to write a positive entry in your journal about a current LJ friend or an ex-LJ friend or even someone you met shortly through journal comments or in a community. You don’t have to mention names, but share a positive story on Clean-Air day about a situation with someone here on LJ that touched you, a moment that made a difference. On March 19 we hope to establish a window to creating Clean-Air on Livejournal, a day without hatred, a day where LJ drama is put to a resolute hold, a day without gossip, a day to be lived in gratitude and awareness.

A contact is one moment in time. No matter how the situation may be between you and this person, share a memory on March 19 and pay tribute to that one moment that you chose to cherish in your heart. Your input matters on this day and every day!
Please post this message in your journal and spread the word about Livejournal Clean-Air day: Saturday, March 19 2005.

UpLifted from up_lifting's journal

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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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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
3:04 pm - 30 Ways to Show People You Care, Part 5

121) Create a safe, open environment.
122) Be available.
123) Celebrate their accomplishments.
124) Encourage them to help others.
125) Tackle new tasks together.
126) Believe what they say.
127) Help them take a stand and stand with them.
128) Daydream with them.
129) Do what they like to do.
130) Make decisions together.
131) Magnify their magnificence.
132) Build something together.
133) Encourage them to think big.
134) Celebrate their firsts and lasts, such as their first home or last course.
135) Go places together.
136) Welcome their suggestions.
137) Visit them when they're sick
138) Tape record a message for them.
139) Help them learn from mistakes.
140) Be sincere.
141) Introduce them to people of excellence.
142) Tell them what you expect of them.
143) Give them your phone number.
144) Introduce them to new experiences.
145) Share a meal together.
146) Talk directly together.
147) Be spontaneous.
148) Expect their best; don't expect perfection.
149) Empower them to help and be themselves.
150) Love them, no matter what.

Attribution back here, plus changeCollapse )

current mood: at_peace

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
12:07 pm - 30 Ways to Show People You Care, Part 4

91) Host a dance.
92) Tell them happy stories in which they are the protagonist.
93) Believe in them.
94) Nurture them with good food, good words, and good fun.
95) Be flexible.
96) Delight in their uniqueness.
97) Let them make mistakes.
98) Notice when they change.
99) Wave and honk when you drive by them.
100) Give them immediate feedback.
101) Include them in conversations.
102) Respect them.
103) Join in their adventures.
104) Visit their place of learning or place of business.
105) Help them learn something new.
106) Be understanding when they have a difficult day.
107) Give them fair choices.
108) Respect the choices they make.
109) Be silly together.
110) Hang out together.
111) Make time to be with them.
112) Inspire their creativity.
113) Accept them as they are.
114) Become their advocate.
115) Appreciate their individuality.
116) Talk openly with them.
117) Tolerate their interruptions.
118) Trust them.
119) Share a secret.
120) Write a chalk message on their sidewalk.

(attribution forthcoming after part 5) -H...
Monday, September 27th, 2004
11:13 am - 30 Ways to Show People You Care, Part 3

61) Catch them doing something right.
62) Encourage win-win solutions.
63) Give them your undivided attention.
64) Ask for their opinion.
65) Have fun together.
66) Be curious with them.
67) Introduce them to your friends and family.
68) Tell them how much you like being with them.
69) Let them solve their own problems.
70) Meet their friends.
71) Meet their parents.
72) Let them tell you how they feel.
73) Help them become an expert at something.
74) Be excited when you see them.
75) Tell them about yourself.
76) Let them act their age.
77) Praise more; criticize less.
78) Be consistent.
79) Admit when you make a mistake.
80) Enjoy your time together.
81) Give them a special nickname.
82) Marvel at what they can do.
83) Tell them how proud you are of them.
84) Pamper them.
85) Unwind together.
86) Be happy.
87) Ask them to help you.
88) Support them.
89) Applaud their successes.
90) Deal with problems and conflicts while they are still small.

(attribution after part 5) -H...
Sunday, September 26th, 2004
10:28 pm - 30 Ways to Show People You Care, Part 2

31) Share their excitement.
32) Send them a letter or postcard.
33) Follow them when they lead.
34) Notice when they are absent.
35) Call them to say hello.
36) Hide surprises for them to find.
37) Give them space when they need it.
38) Contribute to their collections.
39) Discuss their dreams and nightmares.
40) Laugh at their jokes.
41) Be relaxed.
42) Adjust as needed so you are at their eye level.
43) Answer their questions.
44) Tell them how terrific they are.
45) Create a tradition with them and keep it.
46) Learn what they have to teach.
47) Use your ears more than your mouth.
48) Make yourself available.
49) Show up at their concerts, games, performances, and events.
50) Find a mutual interest.
51) Hold hands during a walk.
52) Apologize when you've done something wrong.
53) Listen to their favorite music with them.
54) Keep the promises you make.
55) Wave and smile when you part.
56) Display their artwork in your home.
57) Thank them.
58) Point out what you like about them
59) Clip magazine pictures or articles that might interest them.
60) Give them lots of compliments.

(attribution forthcoming at the end of part 5)
Saturday, September 25th, 2004
1:12 pm - 30 Ways to Show Somone You Care, Part 1

1) Notice them.
2) Smile a lot.
3) Acknowledge them.
4) Learn their names.
5) Seek them out.
6) Remember their birthdays.
7) Ask them about themselves.
8) Look in their eyes when you talk to them.
9) Listen to them.
10) Play with them.
11) Read aloud together.
12) Giggle together.
13) Be nice.
14) Say yes a lot.
15) Tell them their feelings are okay.
16) Set boundaries that keep them safe.
17) Be honest.
18) Be yourself.
19) Listen to their stories.
20) Hug them
21) Forget your worries sometimes and concentrate only on them.
22) Notice when they're acting differently.
23) Present options when they seek your counsel.
24) Play outside together.
25) Surprise them.
26) Stay with them when they're afraid.
27) Invite them over for a tea.
28) Suggest better behaviors when they act out.
29) Feed them when they are hungry.
30) Delight in their discoveries.

(attribution will be given at the conclusion of Part 5)

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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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Friday, July 2nd, 2004
10:12 am - Few Things in This World Are Better Than

The world is so full of good and positive things! Frankly, the list is too long for a corresponding poll. YAY! Which is excellent news, in and of itself. So, instead, here's the list:

Few things in this world are better than:

...loving and being lovedCollapse )
...flying a kiteCollapse )
...the smell of cinnamonCollapse )
...naked mancalaCollapse )
...anything containing (or flavored with) raspberry and dark chocolateCollapse )
...seeing the words 'PAID IN FULL' on a billCollapse )
...snugglingCollapse )
...cheap flights to EnglandCollapse )
...calmly believing that there is timeCollapse )
...an old joke told by a friendCollapse )
...a crisp autumn day in New EnglandCollapse )

current mood: touched

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