Monday, April 30, 2007
One Day Blog Silence
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Queenie Carly of the blog "With A Turn And A Twist She Gets Her Way" has given me a Five Questions Interview. If you'd like to play along with this game, leave your name in comments with the address of your blog, and I'll send you five questions for Your Interview!
My Interview Questions and Answers:
1. If you could have been credited with one discovery, which would you like it to be?
My answer: I'd like to discover and facilitate the way for every sentient being in the world (including myself) to be caught-up in the Present Moment (and out of our "Pain Bodies") at the very same time-- so much so that together we ignite a shift into our original Eden and Higher Dimension of Consciousness.
What is the Pain Body?
"This acceptance of the present moment -- this allowing the present moment to be -- is the way out of pain.
The pain we do experience starts to accumulate and amasses into what Eckhart calls the pain-body which he describes as "a negative energy field that occupies your mind and body" and consists of the pain you have accumulated throughout your life, including the pain experienced in childhood. Like the mind, but perhaps in a different sense, the pain-body is also given a life of it's own. "The pain-body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to unconsciously identify with it."
How does the pain-body survive? By feeding on more pain, of course! "Once the pain-body has taken you over, you want more pain… You want to inflict pain, or you want to suffer pain, or both. There isn't really much difference between the two." When identified with the pain-body, you create painful situations and you sustain them, and in doing so allow the pain-body to thrive within you -- that is, until you shine the bright spotlight of consciousness onto the pain-body and disidentify from it. This process of becoming fully conscious, becoming the watcher of your mind and honoring the present moment results in a "higher dimension of consciousness" that Eckhart (Tolle) calls "presence."" The link to this quoted information is from here.
2. Complete this phrase: I feel most alive when I am:
My answer: Communing with Nature and Spirit! When I'm hooked-up to Source Energy, I remember who I truly am--a spiritual being in a human body.
3. What is the most important thing you do in order to keep yourself feeling balanced and grounded?
I use several different methods to ground, but the most important one is to walk barefoot on the earth (a Maui beach is great for this!) at the same time focusing my awareness on the present moment and on my connection to the earth.
4. When you think of your experience of seeing the Dalai Lama this week (wow!), what was the greatest lesson you came away with?
My answer: Keep it Real! Some of the MANY qualities I love about the Dalai Lama which I witnessed again this past week is his ability to be humble, completely present with everyone he meets, and to remain authentic. He is a great role model for all of us to be our authentic selves as he is!
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
Ice cream cones and bars--any will do. No favorites. My inner child requires them from time to time.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thursday Thirteen And Quotes by the Dalai Lama
Yesterday was the second day (and last day) of the Dalai Lama's historic visit to Maui. I've covered more about this visit to Maui in my last two posts, so if you'd like to read more about his visit, check out the last two posts. Today I'd like to focus my Thursday Thirteen on thirteen of my favorite Dalai Lama quotes from his talks and teachings:
1. His Meditation Advice "....in your life, unless you make specific time for something that you feel committed to, you will always have other obligations and you will always be too busy".
2. "I always have the feeling that I'm just another human being."
3. "You must not procrastinate. Rather, you should make preparations so that even if you did die tonight, you would have no regrets. If you develop an appreciation for the uncertainty and imminence of death, your sense of the importance of using your time wisely will get stronger and stronger."
4. "The point that has to be borne in mind is that the reason why reflection on suffering is so important is because there is a possibility of a way out; there is an alternative. There is a possibility of freedom from suffering."
5. "In Buddhism in general, a lot of attention is paid to our attitudes towards our rivals or enemies. This is because hatred can be the greatest stumbling block to the development of compassion and happiness. If you can learn to develop patience and tolerance towards your enemies, then everything else becomes much easier--your compassion towards all others begins to flow naturally."
6. "In fact, the enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience. Without an enemy's action, there is no possibility for patience or tolerance to arise. Our friends do not ordinarily test us and provide the opportunity to cultivate patience, only our enemies do this. So from this standpoint we can consider our enemy as a great teacher, and revere them for giving us this precious opportunity to practice patience."
7. “Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. And there is no more important time for that than this moment.”
8. “It is the nature of human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity. If we accept that others have a right to peace and happiness equal to our own, do we not have a responsibility to help those in need? All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned, tortured or discriminated against. The question of human rights is so fundamentally important that there should be no difference of views on this.”
9. "What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way. When you lose your temper, immediately you feel uncomfortable. Eventually, you lose your digestion and sleep. You have to rely more and more on tranquilizers. So, whether you are a believer or a non-believer, the peaceful mind in daily life is very, very important."
10. “Our rich diversity of cultures and tradition should help to strengthen fundamental human rights in all communities. Mere tradition can never justify violations of human rights. Thus, discrimination against persons of a different race, against women, and against weaker sections of society may be traditional in some places, but because they are inconsistent with universally recognized human rights, these forms of behavior should change. The universal principle of the equality of all human beings must take precedence.”
11. “Remembering the kind influence of my own mother, I pray that women working for inner peace and, through that, peace in the world, may be blessed with success.”
12. On Homosexuality: "If the two people have taken no vows [of chastity], and neither is harmed, why should it not be acceptable?"
13. "On the global level, I think the ecology problem is very serious. I hear about some states taking it very seriously. That's wonderful! So this blue planet is our only home, if something goes wrong at the present generation, then the future generations really face a lot of problems, and those problems will be beyond human control; so that's very serious. Ecology should be part of our daily life."
I wish to recognize and express "Mahalo Nui Loa" to all those who contributed time, energy and money for the visit of the Dalai Lama to Maui including Lama Dhondup, Georgiana Cook, Lama Gyaltsen, Shep Gordon, David Sacco, Peter and Cathy Baldwin, David and Donna Lee Singer, and Haidai. Of course, there were many, many more involved, especially the hard-working volunteers at the events.
To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The Dalai Lama Wows Maui
After two long days of blissful events with the Dalai Lama, I am exhausted. How does this extraordinary man keep so vibrant with his busy speaking and traveling schedule? I have some possible ideas, and yet I'm still impressed!
Here's what his Maui schedule looked like:
Arrive Monday by charter jet
Tuesday morning blessing and speaking at the Maui Dharma Center in Paia to an estimated crowd of 400
Tuesday lunch at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Tuesday afternoon speaking at War Memorial Stadium in Kahului to an estimated crowd of 10,000 people
Wednesday morning speaking at Lama Dhundup's temple in Waiehu
Wednesday afternoon speaking at the War Memorial stadium once again to a large crowd
My partner and I attended the smaller events, and here are some brief and non-sequential recollections upon what I saw, heard, and experienced:
Waiting inside the grounds of the Maui Dharma Center and sitting on a chair with the other invited guests while surrounded by swat teams on all sides, I felt as if I was living a surreal moment. My partner and I arrived early to await the arrival of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. We were excited to see him again.
Many hours early before his arrival, we had the opportunity to chat with those whom we hadn't seen in quite a while. Maui can be a very big place sometimes with our busy lives leading us in different directions, and so it's always a delight to visit with others who are old friends and acquaintances. We were gifted with alternate spells of rain and sunshine, and even though we were specifically told NOT to bring an umbrella or a camera, many people broke these rules. So while the rest of us were either getting soaked or huddling under several tents during the brief showers, those with umbrellas walked or sat with their umbrellas oblivious to the glares from others.
Georgiana Cook of the Maui Dharma Center appeared focused and just a bit tense as she had put a lot of hard work into this event-- not only had she worked to complete the Lha Bab Stupa in time for the visit of the Dalai Lama, she was also on the steering committee for his visit to Maui. As the event unfolded Tuesday morning and all proceeded with grace, I noted she relaxed, and at one point, we exchanged smiles. Georgiana received a special blessing and kata from the Dalai Lama. She has been in his presence many times, but this was the first time for her to host him on her home turf--a culmination of her dedication to the Dharma.
As the appointed time of the arrival of the Dalai Lama arrived, those of us sitting and waiting for him could hear the cheers from the crowd in the streets of Paia as the Dalai Lama arrived with his contingent of suited secret service men, translator, and other lamas in his entourage. And then--- there he was walking down the (somewhat) red carpet! Some people cried tears of joy, and others appeared blissed out by the divine and powerful energies of his energy field.
I know the intense feelings he provokes in others all too well, as a group of three others and me had made the pilgrimage for a private audience to his home in McLeod Ganj (Dharmasala) India in March of 2006. We were blessed to have had our pictures taken with him, blessed by receiving a kata (white blessing scarf) from him, and blessed by his very presence. I had a permanent smile on my face for weeks afterwards...such was my response to being in the energy field of this wise and earthy Master. At the time, I was told to convey the message to the Dalai Lama when I met him to invite him to come to Maui. And lo and behold, one year and one month later, here he was! Certainly not because of me! However, I'm thrilled that his visit finally transpired, an historic occasion for Maui!
Even though there have been numerous attempts on the Dalai Lama's life in the past and threats (even a recent one was reported in the news), to me he feels protected by the powerful energy field which surrounds him. The Dalai Lama is a compassionate, humble, gentle, non-formal being who shows not a bit of fear for his life--only concern for others. As he walked down the red carpet proceeded by the secret service men from the State Department, he stopped and spoke with a group of crying, excited Tibetan women. He also stopped and gave special attention to another young man in a wheelchair. After visiting the temple, he returned to the location directly opposite the newly created stupa where a large, colorful, cushioned throne had been created for him for his talk, but he declined the grandeur of this throne and requested a chair which was brought for him right away.
He spoke about the Four Distortions. It is likely that this talk will become available to the public as it was filmed. As always, he punctuates his profound subject matter with humor and laughter, and some of his analogies are quite earthy!
Fast forward to another four o'clock rising time at our home to prepare to leave for the event at Lama Dhundup's temple. Once again, we slathered ourselves with sun tan lotion and dress in appropriate attire (long skirts and arms covered) as was written in the invitation, bringing only our invitation, identification, and cellphones.
We gathered at a friend's home nearby where a breakfast has been prepared for many of us who will walk to the temple together, rather than catch the shuttle bus. At about 7:15 am, we entered the temple grounds and located our seats under a beautiful shady tree- a blessing! Some of our friends were still sunburned from sitting outside yesterday afternoon at the War Memorial stadium in the sunshine, even though they had covered their faces with suntan lotion--such is the brutal sun of Maui.
Once again, food and beverages were available, and we socialized--I saw many people that weren't at the Dharma Center the prior day, and just like that day, some people disobeyed the rules wearing revealing outfits and carrying cameras. The film crew was stationed in the middle of the grassy lawn where the chairs were lined up, and we were told there was a live world-wide feed of this event as well as the ones that were broadcast from the War Memorial. Our friend operated the camera, and we were surprised to see that it was often pointed at us! My exotic, photogenic daughter sat next to me on one side, so that might have had something to do with it.
There were a large group of volunteers, and the event ran extremely smoothly with their help. This time the Dalai Lama simply appeared on the deck of Lama Dhundup's deck where a desk, microphone, and chair had been arranged for his talk. As we had entered the temple grounds everyone had been offered a pencil and paper to write their questions for the Dalai Lama, and I had turned in my question for him. However, there were probably so many questions turned in that my question wasn't one of the ones he was offered to answer after his talk. The selected questions were good ones, and everyone delighted at the Dalai Lama's candid responses--especially the one where he grew a large laugh from the crowd about George Bush. The Dalai Lama speaks from his heart, and yet he is consummate politician, so he followed up this funny remark by noting that he is friendly with the President and likes him very much, even though he doesn't care for his policies.
He also assured the crowd that the world would continue to survive for quite a bit longer, and then he made a joke that in millions of years...NOT!
The photo above was taken by me at the Main Temple in Dharmasala, India in March 2006.
Monday, April 23, 2007
The Dalai Lama Arrives On Maui Tomorrow
And trust me...this island will never be the same! Already the traffic on the roads has increased dramatically--I'm guessing because of the many visitors arriving just to lay eyes upon the beloved Dalai Lama. Since this is the very first time His Holiness the Dalai Lama has come to Maui, the excitement and buzz on Maui is growing stronger by the day.
Here's the editorial from yesterday's Maui News April 22nd Sunday Edition.
As I mentioned in previous posts, for those that aren't on Maui, or unable to attend for many reasons, there will be a live webcast here on Tibet Fund.
If it weren't the Dalai Lama, I would certainly have many second thoughts about dealing with the throngs of people, the traffic, the heat, the sun, and the waiting. All of these conditions will be very challenging and will require everyone to be patient, loving, and kind.
Here is a great quote by the Dalai Lama (from his great book "The Art of Happiness") which we will all need to remember in the next two days:
"If you maintain a feeling of compassion, loving kindness, then something automatically opens your inner door. Through that, you can communicate more easily with other people. And that feeling of warmth creates a kind of openness. You'll find that all human beings are just like you, so you'll be able to relate to them more easily. That gives you a spirit of friendship. Then there's less need to hide things, and as a result, feelings of fear, self-doubt, and insecurity are automatically dispelled."
Since no one is allowed to bring along any recording devices, cameras, or video equipment, I will post each day from memory about the events. Check back in to read all about The Visit!
The photo used to illustrate this post was taken by me at the main temple of His Holiness at McLeod Ganj (Dharmasala, India) in March of 2006.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Earth Day 2007
Today is Earth Day, and here's a great video with kids celebrating this day. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
More Dalai Lama News
I recently received an email from none other than Thomas Laird after I had posted about his incredible book,"The Story of Tibet...Conversations With The Dalai Lama". He shared some radio interviews which you can listen to online plus some great blurbs about his book which I will post at the end of this email!
However, first I'd like to share that there is going to be a LIVE WEBCAST of the Dalai Lama's Maui public talks! Thanks to the collaboration of several local and national businesses and educational institutions, including Maui Community College (University of Hawaii), Stanford University, VX30 and Sun Microsystems with the Tibet Fund, everyone can see and hear the Dalai Lama speak on Maui.
Click here for the link!
Second, I've been notified by a local reader of this blog that he has extra tickets, so if someone needs tickets, email me, and I'll forward the email onto him!
Now here's the blurbs Thomas Laird received for his book which took him TEN years to complete!
“ Moves directly to the heart of geopolitical matters in a surprisingly intimate "history" of Tibet as revealed in conversation with its outcast leader, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. …a thoughtful dialogue (call it a philosophical dialectic) about Tibet's past not simply as a sequence of events, but as seen through the perspectives of myth, spirituality, morality, human frailty and fate.” Kirkus Reviews
“Thomas Laird captures the beauty, the magnificence, the humor of this world spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.” –James Lilley, former U.S. Ambassador to China and South Korea, and author of China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia.
“Thomas Laird’s lively conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the history and mythology of Tibet couldn’t come at a better moment, as China stubbornly persists in negating the distinctive Tibetan identity. The honestly, subtlety, and complexity of His Holiness’ thoughts on these crucial matters comes through the fascinating dialogues. Everyone who cares about Tibet, or about a stable peace in Asia, should read this amazing account.” –Robert Thurman, author of Inner Revolution, Professor of Buddhist studies, Columbia University
“The 14th Dalai Lama’s fresh account of Tibetan myth and history, as shared at Dharamsala over a three year period with Thomas Laird, is wonderful instruction and a great true pleasure, not less so because of the small informal moments that clarify these encounters with that delightful Buddha being who manifests in the beleaguered public figure of His Holiness.” –Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard, 1979, winner of the National Book Award.
"Deeply absorbing... valuable and fascinating." The Telegraph, London
“ a significant contribution… We see the human being behind all the media generated wherever the Dalai Lama goes… bibliography is commendably thorough. Laird's book will find a readership in both public and academic libraries. Library Journal
“Important read… we look at the current history of our entire world in a new light as we read it.” Boulder Daily Camera, Sandra Sanchez
And here are the links to listen to Thomas Laird Interviews:
Tibet Connection (more)
Wisconsin Public Radio
Have a wonderful, loving weekend!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Thursday Thirteen And Inspiration
Many (long!) years ago I dated a successful Hollywood producer for a period of time. One day I went to visit him at his home and discovered he had designed a special photo wall with two photos on it. The top one was of the late Pope John Paul and him. Apparently on a Papal visit to Los Angeles (so the story went), the producer had the opportunity to meet the Pope, and this meeting had been a high point in his life.
The second photo was of me! I was shocked to find my photo framed underneath the photo of the Pope. And I asked him why. He told me this was his "inspiration wall", and the Pope and I were the two most spiritual people he had ever met. He said he felt uplifted every time he walked past this wall, and that it served multiple purposes. I know this action on his part could be construed as 'egotistic' because he could just as easily have put a picture of the Pope without him in the picture. However, he had excellent reasons which made sense to me--it's good to remember what it feels like when we finally meet our heroes. I learned from him the importance of surrounding oneself with those beings that inspire and uplift one--their presence in our environment and homes are invaluable aids for comfort, inspiration, and remembering the important things.
This is why I list THIRTEEN photos and/or people, deities, and other beings in my home which are MY inspiration:
1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama
2. Kuan Yin (Quan Yin)
4. The Madonna
6. Jesus Christ
7. White Tara
13. My family!
To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Dalai Lama Coming-To-Maui-Buzz
As the date approaches for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Maui, the excitement and the buzz on the island is growing stronger and stronger. Everyone seems to be talking about the Dalai Lama!
Despite a mistaken report in the Maui News written last year (2006)where it was printed that the Dalai Lama had visited Maui, THIS WILL BE THE VERY FIRST TIME THE DALAI LAMA WILL COME TO MAUI HAWAII! Click this link here for the accurate story.
I've just finished reading an amazing book titled, "The Story of Tibet...Conversations with the Dalai Lama" by Thomas Laird, and I highly recommend this book to everyone to get a glimpse into the real Dalai Lama's life and the history of Tibet.
This is what is written in the overleaf:"Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews in Dharamasala, India. They discussed His Holiness's lifelong study of Buddhism and his beliefs on history, science, and reincarnation. Through these conversations, Laird and the Dalai Lama laid the cornerstones of a popular history of Tibet, something that has not been done with a Dalai Lama since the 1600's."
This book opens a door into the larger Dalai Lama, the one who is a simple monk who wears the same red flip flops as the poorest Indian farmer.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Another Sunday At A Maui Beach
There is an expression, "You really had to be there!" However, that's not always true if you use your imagination. These three photos could conjure up many scenarios to different people!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Last Day To Watch 2007 Merrie Monarch Festival
For those that don't know, one of the highlights of the year for all of Hawaii is the annual Merrie Monarch Festival which takes place in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island). This is the LAST day to watch the 44th festival which began on April 12th.
Click here to see a live streaming video of this year's competition on The Hawaii Channel.com.
If you miss this gorgeous competition and the awards tonight, you can always search on YouTube.com for past Merrie Monarch dancing and festivities.
Here's yet another link for more information about the Merrie Monarch Festival.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Someone Loves Me!
So far TWO of my beloveds have actually taken their PRECIOUS time and energy to vote for me for the Bloggers Choice Awards! (See sidebar) Anyone can vote for me. You don't need to have a blog or website, but you do need to sign up so they can be sure the voting is fair. How fair is it really I don't know! I know the people who are running it are no doubt trying to make it fair! But I don't even care if I win, because I've already won! I've won because TWO people I love (Mahalo Nui Loa!) have signed up and voted for me. I haven't looked lately, but I heard from one of these two that someone else had voted for me as well, so Mahalo to you also!
Time is such a precious commodity these days, and no one seems to have enough of it. So when someone is loving and kind enough to demonstrate they care by using their TIME for me, I am really touched!!! My heart has melted into a big ol puddle! Indeed, I am blest beyond measure.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Thursday Thirteen And Dreams For Maui
When I visualize and dream the ULTRA Maui Paradise, here are thirteen things I would add to make Maui even bettah:
1. More bike trails all over the island-- set apart from traffic, such as the bike trail built (but not quite completed) along Mokulele Highway-- would allow easier traffic flow.
2. Wailuku re-designed with only pedestrian traffic allowed, charming outdoor cafes, coffee shops, art galleries, gift shops, etc. Wailuku (township) could be a great destination and an alternative to other shopping venues on Maui.
3. New crops planted which would make Maui self-sufficient and sustainable in innumerable ways are needed for Maui's well-being.
4. Alternative housing designs which would pass permit inspections would allow Maui to showcase herself as a trend-maker.
5. AFFORDABLE HOUSING and surrounding communities designed with all the amenities
would assist everyone and allow lower income people to remain living on Maui instead of moving away.
6. Higher salaries for everyone, especially teachers and nurses are needed....like yesterday!
7. A four-year college CAMPUS with beautiful grounds would attract many.
8. The talked-about road which has been on the books like FOREVER (or so it seems) leading from South Maui to upcountry Maui would FINALLY be built!
9. Expanded roadways all over Maui are absolutely a necessity.
10. A desalination plant built so Maui could convert ocean water to usable water.
11. Underground facilities which would allow safety, comfort, and security for all if high winds or hurricanes should happen would be a great addition.
12. Stringent and enforceable air-control and pollution measures made into laws.
13. Better and bigger educational systems of all kinds for the children would offer the future leaders of Maui the education they need.
To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Maui Golf And Marilyn Monroe?
This past week we toured the former Grand Waikapu golf course which closed down for awhile, but which has now been re-born as The King Kamehameha Golf Club. My partner and his golfing buddy golfed this gorgeous course for many years before it changed owners and began charging membership fees.
We had to admit the new owners have done a great job of embellishing this already beautiful golf course and environs, although it was always a very special course and building. The famous, prolific architect for this building is the deceased Frank Lloyd Wright, and you can admire a framed portrait of him (looking very distinguished) in the stairway leading down to the pro shop.
We have known this building as the "Marilyn Monroe" house because rumor has it that Wright had designed this building for Marilyn Monroe. I haven't been able to discover if this Monroe story is an urban legend or truth. However, if it is truth, Marilyn would have had a HUGE mansion-- this building isn't small!
My partner and his buddies who have golfed here don't feel the initiation fees are worth the price since they say the wind kicks up about 10:30 or 11 am, and the golf course, as beautiful as it is, is more challenging to play because of the wind. I'm not even a golfer, but I would love it if he became a member because this place is so utterly gorgeous and the energies so fantastic. With the towering West Maui Mountains behind and the view of the arriving airplanes with the valley below, you feel like you've moved up to an emerald Maui Heaven. At least I do.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Brunch With The Masters
Yesterday my golf-fanatic partner and his golf teacher buddy were watching the Masters Golf Tournament on television when they became hungry for brunch. So the three of us dashed down to the Big Wave Cafe in Kihei where we found front row seats, and they continued watching the tournament. Such is life living with a golfer.
On a side note, if any golfers coming to Maui want to avail themselves of the services of an excellent golf teacher, our golf teacher friend will be on Maui until May. Just leave an email or comment, and I'll attempt to hook you up with him.
Friday, April 06, 2007
So far there aren't too many members, so I'm not joining it for that reason. Here's what was written and which TOTALLY resonated to me:
"Why is it we are so ready to remember those negative things we hear about ourselves and so quick to dismiss the compliments and offers of a step up in this world? Who, may I ask, taught us that being proud of something we’ve done well or accomplished is the same as being arrogant?
Let’s give up that thinking once and for all! Stop hiding the gifts of positive words behind your back and start thrusting them out in the open - join our Friday Felicitations Movement!
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -tat·ed; -tat·ing
1 archaic : to make happy
2 a : to consider happy or fortunate b : to offer congratulations to
(taken from Miriam Webster Online)
It’s time to help each other throw out all that negative thinking and acknowledge those things we have to celebrate. Friday is now the day to blog your compliments, your accomplishments, something nice someone said to you, or maybe even something you are striving to make better. Go ahead, announce yourself to be happy and fortunate."
When I read the above by Megan, I remembered a quote I have loved for many years.
Many of you probably have heard this quote by the inspiring Marianne Williamson:
“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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
With this quote in mind, I'd like to share TWO things (even though there were many!) which really made me feel good this week and which made me feel good about myself.
The first one was the gift of yesterday's banner celebrating my 300th posting on this blog. It was lovingly and freely designed by my dear friend Marj!
The second one was this email from another blogger. This one came to me at just the perfect moment--when I was having second thoughts about blogging and wondering whether I'm wasting my precious time. Every now and then I get blog-weary, and I wonder why I'm blogging so much. And then someone writes me an encouraging, uplifting email, and I get my second wind. Here's what came to me this week:
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thursday Thirteen-3 Years and 300 Posts Today!
Happy Birthday to Who's Yo Mama! She has grown into a three year old! She was born March 2, 2004, and as of today, I will reach my 300th post! I had no idea at the time that Who's Yo Mama would grow this big! WYM was born out of sheer frustration when my partner and I were renovating our home, and I needed a way to vent. In 2004 I was writing my fiction book "Under A Maui Moon", and I was constantly interrupted and distracted by the noise and chaos of the renovation. I found it impossible to concentrate on the book, so blogging seemed like a grand idea to keep in writing practice, and oh yes...vent! Little did I imagine my dive into the blogosphere would eventually grow into a great passion, and I would become a prolific blogger with ten blogs!
As we say in Hawaii, Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank You Very Much) for Three Awesome Years! Thank you for your support, your friendship, and your comments!
For today's Thursday Thirteen I'd like to share thirteen things I've learned and experienced in my three years of blogging and 300 posts:
1. Photos of Maui are appreciated as your comments have testified to through the years.
2. Memes such as this one, Thursday Thirteen, have introduced me to incredibly kind, talented writers and artists I would never have known were it not for blogging.
3. Blogging has enlarged my world and expanded me in innumerable ways.
4. People want to read each other's personal stories, be they ever so mundane.
5. There is so much more to blogging than I fathomed when I began.
6. The tech part of blogging has been my steepest learning curve. I knew very little about computers before blogging, and now I'm a whole lot more educated through the blood, sweat, and tears of practice, experimentation, and the blessings of helpful others.
7. Publishing quickly through blogging gives me an immediate gratification rush!
8. My self-esteem has grown as I've learned the ropes.
9. I feel great sharing through my daily writing and photography.
10. People--you, me, & we--need each other. We need community.
11. Creativity, communicating, and nurturing others are my soul purpose.
12. Venting online is no longer necessary.
13. I've come a long way, but I've got a LONG way to go!
Here's one more recent photo to share with you!
To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Two Days Away from Blog Birthday
In two days I will have posted 300 posts on Who's Yo Mama, so please be sure to stop by and wish this blog a Happy Birthday by leaving a comment! You can even start now if you'd like, since those who read this blog are situated all over the world, and you may be one day ahead of me. Don't be shy!
In honor of this momentous occasion, I have spent most of my day creating my First Ever Slide Roll titled "Maui's Beaches and Ocean". I'm not 100% satisfied with my first creation as some of the photographs repeat which I didn't want and couldn't seem to fix, but hey, its a beginning! There is even an underwater photo of me swimming in the beautiful cobalt blue Maui ocean.
Click here to see this brief film. One small warning...it has soft music! So for those that don't like music, turn off your speakers!
Monday, April 02, 2007
Famous Faces and Bodies On Maui
Since Maui is acknowledged as one of the most popular vacation island destinations, it only figures that many celebrities come here too. I sometimes see these famous faces in unlikely faces where I ask myself, "Did I just see who I thought I saw?!"
Since the 'coconut wireless' is very efficient on Maui, the news of a celebrity sighting gets around quickly, and I'll receive a phone call from friends about a celebrity they just spotted, what they were wearing, and what they REALLY look like. Through the years I have heard some pretty racy stories--some of which may be completely false. One time I was approached in a book store by a lady who thought I was the actor Geena Davis (when she was a blond), even though I don't look a bit like her! And, of course, I have also had an opportunity to meet some of these famous ones. Second homes on Maui for the Hollywood crowd is common. I read Owen Wilson is building a home here just the other day.
The reason I mention this is because I recently viewed the posted online photos of singer Courtney Love which were surprising and shocking in that she had lost so much weight she was barely recognizable. She was vacationing at the Kealani Resort in Wailea, and when she went to the beach, the cameras were snapping away. Check out Courtney's new bikini bod here.
I think she needs to put some weight back on! I may be in the minority who think this, but I am one of those women who like to see some curves on women's bodies.
My thoughts about weight loss and Maui are this: if you stay on Maui long enough, you will gain weight! I don't know why this is. My friends and I have speculated that it has something to do with the humidity. So continue hanging out here Courtney. Maui will help you to put some weight back on! Trust me...if you stick around here, weight gain is inevitable!