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Jan. 6th, 2016

2015 wrap up

Much intention needed to be put into creating the time to write this reflective entry. Life has become very full! But here it is: 2015 in review, and my visions for this new year.

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Looking to the months ahead, I see the development of many relationships -- old and new -- that will expand me. Each will take its own form: some intimate and all healthy! I see delving deeper into my romantic interest in women and really loving it. Loving it so much partially because I'm finally allowing myself to after a complicated history. There will be travel. On Saturday we're leaving on a family trip to Mexico for about a week, and Ujjwal will spend the remainder of his vacation trekking alone in Guatemala. We also envision a month of this year being spent in Peru or some other South American country. Aliyah and I will grow into our homeschooling routine. I would like to attend at least one birth as a doula. I maybe see building a labyrinth in our yard? Or creating some sort of semi-permanent nature art. I want to be able to identify and understand more of the natural world around me, furthering my spiritual connection to it all, and to gradually pass it down to Aliyah. I want to challenge myself by following through with my years-long calling to bone collecting, as I see this potentially being a pivotal and critical part of my practice. Ideally I would see the entire process through -- from scavenging a carcass to polishing the bones. I'm ready to sit deeper into my most authentic self and to inspire others to do the same; to love those in my life from this place of centering. ♥

Jul. 21st, 2013

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Hi readers of my journal,

It's a little painful to do this and I don't like doing it, but I've removed several peoples' journals from my list. This journal has always been an active space for me to pour my heart into and I tend to feel close to people on my friends list. However, some people were perpetually inactive (a few of them for a year or more!), and with the others, there just wasn't enough interaction between us as I would have preferred. I assure you that there are no negative feelings on my end and I bid each of you happy trails.

Sarah aka psyrah

Jul. 21st, 2011

My first night in India.

It recently dawned on me that I returned from India half a year ago. I never wrote personally about my experience because a picture speaks a thousand words; I took hundreds of them, not to mention receiving multiple burned discs of everyone's from the group.

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Mar. 30th, 2011

Moments unfolding.

While we were at Punjab Cafe last week, I noticed an elderly man wearing a Pagri and somewhat traditional clothing. He sat on a stool near the bar yet not at the bar -- more in its corner -- facing the entrance of the restaurant. And he just... sat there. My guess was that he was the owner of the restaurant's father or some relative. Yet, he didn't talk to anyone working there. He just sat and watched his surroundings in an outwardly very calm matter, in what I could tell was a nonjudgmental way. My first thought was "Here's a wise old man." Riding a wave of long, mindful moments.

It brings me back to a moment in India where some of the group sat outside on a stoop, silently waiting for the rest to finish shopping in a store. I observed my foreign surroundings, and everyone seemed to be in the same state whether they were moving around or not: a sense of stillness, relaxation, being in the moment. I mentioned this experience over dinner to the yoga instructor who was also staying at the ashram. He said something along the lines of "It's nice to disconnect." But my first reaction to his words was that I wasn't disconnecting, but truly connecting.

What do I want to be when I grow up? I want to be mindful and loving, and it starts now.

Jan. 31st, 2010

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if i were a month, i'd be june.
if i were a day of the week, i'd be saturday.
if i were a time of the day, i'd be 5:00.
if i were a planet, i'd be mercury.
if i were a sea animal, i'd be a seahorse.
if i were a direction, i'd be everywhere.
if i were a piece of furniture, i'd be an inviting bed.
if i were a liquid, i'd be rain.
if i were a tree, i'd be ancient.
if i were a flower, i'd be a sunflower.
if i were a kind of weather, i'd be sunny with a few clouds.
if i were a musical instrument, i'd be a didgeridoo.
if i were a color, i'd be green.
if i were an emotion, i'd be infinitely curious.
if i were a fruit, i'd be a grapefruit.
if i were a sound, i'd be heartfelt laughter.
if i were an element, i'd be air.
if i were a car, i'd be efficient.
if i were a food, i'd be a vegetable.
if i were a place, i'd be home.
if i were a taste, i'd be undefinable.
if i were a scent, i'd be natural.
if i were an object, i'd be treasured.
if i were a body part, i'd be the brain.
if i were an expression, i'd be graceful.
if i were a song, i'd be sly-ed by man with no name .

January 2016



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