Triple OT to share a final free Big Mac with fans? Nowhere else but Notre Dame!

Loving the Heart of the Irish. Fierce as ever.

Local distance dedication to Skylar Diggins and her NDWBB sisters:

“What A Feeling” Lyrics by Irene Cara

First when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind. All alone I have cried silent tears full of pride in a world made of steel,made of stone. Well, I hear the music,close my eyes, feel the rhythm,wrap around, take a hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein’s believin’.I can have it all, now I’m dancing for my life. Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. Now I hear the music,close my eyes, I am rhythm. In a flash it takes hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein’s believin’.I can have it all, now I’m dancing for my life.[ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, now I’m dancing through my life. What a feeling. What a feeling I AM MUSIC NOW Bein’s believin’. I AM RHYTHM NOW Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. What a feeling. YOU CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL What a feeling. PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALLI can have it all I CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL Have it all PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALLCALL CALL CALL CALL WHAT A FEELINGI can have it all BEIN’S BELIEVIN Bein’s believin’ TAKE YOUR PASSIONMAKE IT HAPPEN make it happen WHAT A FEELING what a feeling BEIN’S BELIEVIN’ (fade)Songwriter(s): Irene Cara, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey Copyright: Wb Music Corp., Alcor Music (usa), Sony/Atv Harmony, Carub Music

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Too late to hunt for my trackback, but smooth timing to witness embodiment of a classic Przybysz quote. What an exquisite night of synchronicity arising after equally sad and joyous life events. with life, we take it all, embrace it, and feel humbled for every opportunity. Intrinsic Motivation
S.A.L.S.A.!

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Triple OT to share a final free Big Mac with fans? Nowhere else but Notre Dame!

Loving the Heart of the Irish. Fierce as ever.

Local distance dedication to Skylar Diggins and her NDWBB sisters:

“What A Feeling” Lyrics by Irene Cara

First when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind. All alone I have cried silent tears full of pride in a world made of steel,made of stone. Well, I hear the music,close my eyes, feel the rhythm,wrap around, take a hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein’s believin’.I can have it all, now I’m dancing for my life. Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. Now I hear the music,close my eyes, I am rhythm. In a flash it takes hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein’s believin’.I can have it all, now I’m dancing for my life.[ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, now I’m dancing through my life. What a feeling. What a feeling I AM MUSIC NOW Bein’s believin’. I AM RHYTHM NOW Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. What a feeling. YOU CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL What a feeling. PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALLI can have it all I CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL Have it all PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALLCALL CALL CALL CALL WHAT A FEELINGI can have it all BEIN’S BELIEVIN Bein’s believin’ TAKE YOUR PASSIONMAKE IT HAPPEN make it happen WHAT A FEELING what a feeling BEIN’S BELIEVIN’ (fade)Songwriter(s): Irene Cara, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey Copyright: Wb Music Corp., Alcor Music (usa), Sony/Atv Harmony, Carub Music

Retrieved 3/4/13 from
http://www.elyrics.net/read/i/irene-cara-lyrics/what-a-feeling-lyrics.html

Too late to hunt for my trackback, but smooth timing to witness embodiment of a classic Przybysz quote. What an exquisite night of synchronicity arising after equally sad and joyous life events. with life, we take it all, embrace it, and feel humbled for every opportunity. Intrinsic Motivation
S.A.L.S.A.!

So here’s the deal:
I prefer working with people, cooperatively, to get things done, increase inclusion and accessibility.

I do this rather quietly, incorporating changes as a matter of routine, except for instances when obvious railroading or ignorance arise. At such times, I most certainly do account for the perspectives, assumptions, and constraints taken by co-interactors. At the same time, I realize the majority of individuals I encounter are not interested in a multi-level viewpoint, or the big picture wherein what I am advocating and trying advance also furthers their immediate and long term interest. There is no substitute for the raised level of consciousness of embodying devalued states of existence.

A week after a most injurious betrayal, and a day after Reverend King’s call to action, we are regrouping:

“The task is equally noble, whether conceived as play or work, simple or difficult. Have Fun!”
“Steps forward and back are fine with me–that’s all dancing is.” ~Jamie

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” ~Helen Keller

“1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~Albert Einstein

Dalai Lama: “The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartednes­s. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartednes­s and compassion are good for our health.”

“The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.” ~Dalai Lama

“A compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. As a result, you make more genuine friends and the atmosphere around you is more positive, which gives you greater inner strength. This inner strength helps you spontaneously concern yourself with others, instead of thinking only about yourself.” ~Dalai Lama

Mudita (Pāli and Sanskrit: मुदित) in Buddhism is joy. It is especially sympathetic or vicarious joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being
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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“And it is again my deep conviction that ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus, but a molder of consensus.”

“There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will. We must never adjust ourselves to racial discrimination and racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. We must never adjust ourselves to the madness of militarism, and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dalai Lama ~
“It is important that when pursuing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”. Being foolish selfish means pursuing our own interests in a narrow, shortsighted way. Being wise selfish means taking a broader view and recognizing that our own long-term individual interest lies in the welfare of everyone. Being wise selfish means being compassionate.”

“In the face of all the challenges we face today, is my optimism about the future of humanity idealistic? Perhaps it is. Is it unrealistic? Certainly not. To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”
“The nature of the mind is such that if certain mental qualities are developed on a sound basis, they not only remain, but they also increase. In fact, once properly developed, the mind’s good qualities eventually increase indefinitely. Therefore spiritual practice brings us long-term happiness and inner strength.”

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  ~Mary Engelbreit

“To know that I am nothing, that is wisdom. To know that I am everything, that is love. And between these two my life moves.” ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

Thank you for the exercises.
Form does not negate content. Understanding emerges through experience, not limited observation. (Deep study and engagement, or teaching and learning via playfulness equals a far better alternative route.)

Concerns about repetition or speaking to a child with the same level of respect given adults?
GHM reflections

S.A.L.S.A.!

HT: IKZ

You influence more people than you realize. Do you notice how impressionable upon you some, even momentary, interactions are with certain people in your life? The same goes for what you put out into the world. I have been thinking about how I always had a tendency to think in terms of, “why not me?” when it came to the stuff that’s happened to me that many would consider undesirable, and “why me?” when viewing the parts that are more conventionally seen as positive. (This is a recurring theme, as I’ve written of it in the past.) Have you honored, through your deeds, the legacy of friends and family members who have passed? I find some solace in how I am mindful of those who came before me, and that I continue to do the best I can with what I have at any particular moment. Perhaps that sort of approach could help comfort and assure you?

This path meanders a lot. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I realized what an asset my mind was in dealing with physical insults. I often expressed how thankful I was to have my mind–as quirky and weird as I always was and reveled in being. Little did I know that I would acquire substantial cognitive challenges in my late twenties and early thirties–thanks to a perfect storm of sorts–and somehow lose, regain, lose, and keep on building somehow even in the midst of losses. We are not forced to, but sometimes we choose to look at this gig or any state-of-being as definite, permanent, and static, when what we actually grapple with are the transitions and changes. In a single moment, we may feel completely displaced and out of sync, but that does not preclude identifying purpose and meaning, under any circumstance, at some time, and having a profound affect from there. Mattie Stepanek comes to my mind here, among others. You are such an empathic being.

I don’t know if it’s because that veil of “what disability and ‘dependency’ mean” was lifted at such a pivotal and regenerative time for me (late 1990s), or my repeated experiences of grace in being broken down to total dependency (and having to work collectively with all that that entails, but I’m just not buying into the hype that we, as a human race, can actualize communitarian interdependence if we limit ourselves by writing off “those who cannot take care of themselves.” That describes every infant out there, yet we find tons of meaning and inspiration in the percieved and actualized potential of those beings.

You guys can relate to this, I know you can: it is so much different to experience something than to observe it, imagine it, and judge “what it must be like.”

It just streamed out in this form, with these examples, when I composed an email reply. The basic premise and practices are more generally applicable. Chalk it up to the always present, but humble empathic reservoir comprising inner peace. Lest we forget how important it is to keep feeding virtuous cycles of socially shared thoughts and behavior.

“Well, I figure it doesn’t hurt to try to keep up on what we can with our senses. I’ve been dealing with eye and vision issues all my life, so it’s always been a priority. Nothing’s guaranteed or a given–just doing the best I can with what I have.

My balance is more dependent on vision than the other way around. But, I notice my balance in poor lighting and with my eyes closed DOES improve as I practice more–even if it is just the time I am leaning against the sink counter with my eyes closed. Or, the way I pay attention to what it feels like when I am getting dressed, leaning, or picking things up from the ground. Always a work in progress! I think having to retrain to walk so many times, while vision was poor or double after surgeries, helped me to tune into gravitational pulls, and orient to the surface and incline directly under me AND to the center of the earth. When we have slow recoveries, paying attention to the parts that feed into the whole, and not getting fixated on speed or appearance, probably open up how we perceive the potential of improving. I’ve always been receptive. Never perfect in execution, but it does pay to keep trying and NOT use labels or characterizations that are limiting and discouraging.
;-)

We do very well. We are fortunate because we always have much to lose and gain. We decide which angle to focus. I LOVE the feeling every time I sit or stand on my own. When I couldn’t, I didn’t get down because I couldn’t do those, because I was happy I was breathing and had some feeling, and so on.

I hope you don’t assume there’s only one way to go–decline and loss. It may take time and attention on aspects of daily living that used to be automatic, but every bit adds up.

Hugs, Jamie”

* I would edit “never perfect” in another context. We are often perfect in a moment, without awareness of that perfection. (Revert back to main point.) Every little step!