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May 3, 2020, beginning yet again!

We're in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in earnest around March 1. Since my last SP weigh-in I'm up 17.6 lbs. and feeling very uncomfortable and bloated.

My eating has been purdy much non-stop. My first action in the current weight loss strategy was to eliminate buying all trigger foods, a biggie for me. Next is moving toward potion control as I begin logging my food intake.

Exercise-wise, it's bike riding, qigong, and yoga. I'm ready for some positive change.

And the beat goes on.

"The trouble is, you think you have time," said the Buddha. And although I know the importance of daily meditation,
pranayama (breathing practices), exercise/movement, and moderate daily food intake, sadly I haven't been consistent. I am, though, committed to optimal body-mind-spirit health,and will start over as many times as it takes.

I intend to "have patience with everything unresolved in my heart, and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language, not searching for the answers, which could not be given to me now because I would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now." (Rainer Maria Rilke)

The shape my life will morph into in the foreseeable future is a mystery -- I'm trying to "live the questions now" with grace, letting go of anxiety about the future. Oh, and anyway T. S. Eliot tells us,
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

Bottom line in all of this is, "Don't take life too serious -- it's all just so mysterious!" (George Gershwin)

And a bit more kitchen table wisdom:

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. ----Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Everything that happens to me is my teacher. The trick is to sit at the feet of my own life and let myself be taught by it. --Unknown

An always useful tool for me -- The Seven Habits of Mindful Eating: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=302
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Member Since: 6/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 52,908

My Goals:

~ know joy

~ no judgment

Reshape yourself by the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will. The will is the only friend of the Self, and the will is the only enemy of the Self.

To those who have conquered themselves, the will is a friend. But it is the enemy of those who have not found the Self within them.
--Bhagavad Gita 6:5-6


My Program:

GOAL

~ Daily meditation
and pranayama practice

~ Daily gratitudes journaling

~ Exercise at least 10 min./day

~ 20 min. strength training every-other day



Personal Information:

I'm a California native, and I have lived primarily in northern CA/San Francisco Bay Area when not traveling or living out-of-state or internationally.

I currently live near Little Rock, AR. I returned to school to pick up another undergrad degree, in Spanish, and finished it in Dec, 2013.

I've been a volunteer in a services project for women prisoners. I also volunteer and have worked for El Zocalo Immigrant Resources Center.

I am a Yogic-Buddhist-Sufi-Christian mystic -- heh heh. Swami Satchidananda is my root teacher (Diksha Guru)..

As a lacto-ovo vegetarian I have eaten a whole, mostly organic, plant-based diet since 1980. I enjoy cooking delicious food with *attitude.*


Other Information:

I love a good movie (e.g., The Visitor; Iris; The Man Who Sued God; Bella) or read (authors Mary Catherine Bateson and Jill Ker Conway are current favorites). I also read sacred texts and other spiritual books, and Swami Satchidananda, Pema Chodron, and Thich Nhat Hanh are among favorite wisdom writers.

As a wimpy Pisces swimming around in the cosmic ocean with lots of air influence, I don't like books or movies too negative, or intense or horrific. My delicate sensibility is easily thrown off-balance. Really.

Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Whyte, John O'Donohue, Pablo Neruda and Rumi are favorite poets. And music! From Angelique Kidjo and Amadeus Mozart to Diana Krall and Krishna Das...and a world in-between!




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  • v ATRANSFORMATION
    Nice to see you posting a litte again. Your schedule wears me out! I cannot tell you how good it feels to be "back to normal" after a grueling past six months. What a journey....but how many blessings are there for us in our sufferings. You have been one of my inspirations all the way through...
    5269 days ago
  • v ZESTYLADY
    Thanks for the information on Thay...I am hoping to have a chance to do a bit of reading this weekend. I have not had a chance to post on that site again...looking forward to that as well. You have a fascinating page...thanks for sharing so much of yourself.
    Jill
    5270 days ago
  • v ATRANSFORMATION
    I know you are really busy, but after 3 days I am in Maha withdrawls!
    5324 days ago
  • v 2SANDYFEET
    Greetings Maha,

    Thanks for stopping by my page...it seems that we have a few people here on Spark that we mutual share! Ilove all that you have written here and your life seems very full and interesting. I checked out your photo gallery and think your friends are living a very beautiful life full of simplicity...that's what I strive for...and you were living in the Bay Area! I'm from Santa Barbara, but live in the Bay Area now....I love your picture:

    Hangin' out by the Pacific at Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road, Big Island.

    You should join our group, Island Style Living, if you have time. Our daily inspiration page would love your input and our creative corner could use some handmade sweaters!

    Peace and love to you!
    Judith


    5360 days ago
  • v ANGYBONE
    What a wonderful energy you have! It sounds flaky but your page is very "feel-good."

    Thanks for the note on my page. Yeah, I had to use the VFD photo! I thought it was hilarious actually. Definitely making a fashion statement with that one!

    5367 days ago
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