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Truckin' Arkansas to California in my 1984 Toyota Dolphin, May 24-June 16, 2014.





With beloved friend and housemate Robin (GENKI_WARRIOR), at going away gathering May 2014





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It is better to travel well than to arrive. --Buddha

ROAD TRIP!

May 24 heralded the beginning of the last big journey in my sweet little camper, as I head to California where I'll rendezvous with my soul sister Diana on June 16. She is flying from her home in Maui to San Diego. With the summer solstice, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, arriving on June 21 at 9:51 A.M. PacificDT, our trip will be rife with joy and ritual as we truck up the California Coast Highway to San Francisco. More to come here and in ...
ROAD TRIP!

May 24 heralded the beginning of the last big journey in my sweet little camper, as I head to California where I'll rendezvous with my soul sister Diana on June 16. She is flying from her home in Maui to San Diego. With the summer solstice, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, arriving on June 21 at 9:51 A.M. PacificDT, our trip will be rife with joy and ritual as we truck up the California Coast Highway to San Francisco. More to come here and in blogs, but for now, I'm finishing packing for TOMORROW's depature!

What is up with me?

~ Preparing for my 2014 return to Ecuador in consideration of permanent residence, in December of 2013 I completed a BA in Spanish.

~During my travels, thanks in large part to SparkPeople, I have had the joy to meet, and in many cases stay with, the first 5 rows of SparkFriends, ending with the Venerable Spark Guy, Chris Downie himself, who I met at a Spark Rally in 2009!

~I am committed to optimal body*mind*spirit health to help attune me to that "still small voice" within that is signaling the way to the next signpost on the Path.
An always useful tool for me -- The Seven Habits of Mindful Eating:
http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3
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~ In the meantime, 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 all 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

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And here's more "kitchen table" wisdom:

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.
-- Eckhart Tolle
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Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music
-- Aulus Cornelius Celsus (50-25 BC), Physician
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My actions are my true belongings. They are the ground on which I stand.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, The Fifth Remembrance
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CARPE MOMENTUM! (Seize the moment!)
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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
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barn's burnt down;
now I can see
the moon
-- Masahide
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Usually we think that brave people have no fear.
The truth is they are intimate with fear.
-- Pema Chodron
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If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
-- William James
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Where attention goes, energy flows.
-- James Redfield
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Choices are the hinges of destiny.
-- Pythagoras
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Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.
-- Plato
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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
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He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
-- Lao Tzu
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit
-- Aristotle
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We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
-- The Buddha
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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
-- Bob Marley, Redemption Song
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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
-- Marcus Aurelius
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The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
-- Marcus Aurelius
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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
-- Plato
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you,"
that would suffice.
-- Meister Eckhart
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We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
-- Cynthia Ozick
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To lengthen thy life,
lessen thy meals.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy
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It's better to start at night than not at all!
AND
Losing weight is hard; maintaining is hard; pick your hard.
-- www.WeightWatchers.com Vegetarian Board friends
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Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.
-- Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby
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~ no judgment

~ love and respect body-mind-spirit

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~ Exercise at least 10 min./day

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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 a degree in Spanish, and finished it in Dec, 2013!

I'm a volunteer in a services project for women prisoners. I have also developed various service projects in Ecuador.

I am a Yogic-Buddhist-Sufi-Christian mystic -- heh heh. Swami Satchidananda is my primary teacher.

As a lacto-ovo vegetarian I have eaten a whole organic foods, 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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CATS_MEOW_0911
7/18/2014 11:32:03 PM

Hello Maha! I did catch some of your travel blogs, looks like some great adventures. emoticon And looks like a cool martial arts studio.

I will be headed on a 2-week trip this week to Portland, OR, the OR coast, Mount Hood, Craters of the Moon, ID, Bruneau Sand Dune, ID, Yellowstone, and the Badlands. Yellowstone was the main reason for the trip; I've never been there.

Hope all is going well in your world! emoticon

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KALIGIRL
7/17/2014 9:32:09 AM

So your song was "Let It Be"?
Saw Sir Paul's concert Monday night - that was their pyrotechnic finale... definitely a bucket list performance.
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MTRACHEL
7/15/2014 11:28:40 PM

I am enjoying all the glimpses of your trip!



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MARJORIE368
7/14/2014 5:41:51 PM

Hi! Me again :-) I joined the Thanksgiving team/group that you told me to check out...looks like a great group, thanks!



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MARJORIE368
7/13/2014 2:58:49 PM

Hello, I just realized today that the "goodies" can come with notes & read yours. You asked why I didn't allow comments. Well, now I do...did not know I had it all turned off. I'm still a newbie and learning a little more here everyday. Hope your week is great! :-)



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