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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kavanah-Intention


Turning on, tuning in
I set my kavanah, my intention
Slowly
Mind instructs nerves, trigger muscles, lift bones,
Fluid motion, FLUID MOTION begins
a gradual return
I initiate, I choose, when and where to place a foot
My body waking from a half-dream
Energy flowing down the fine neural lines
Not quite aligned
The broken myelin creates spaces
That do not allow complete unity
To be sustained
But closer, so much closer to the body
I re-member
Turning on, tuning in
Rediscovering the joy of temporary ownership
I pass through space
I set my kavanah, my intention
God listens patiently
Beside me, inside me
As I walk a prayer across the floor
And up the stairs, UP THE STAIRS
With quiet gratitude
Audible as one small step touching down
Propelling me upward
Feeling awake 
And fully alive.


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I am continuing to heal gradually...but fatigue creeps up on me at random, and then all bets for intentional movement are off. I am beginning to notice more of the uncomfortable burning and tingling sensations in my right foot and leg again as the Gabapetin leaves my system. I intend to wait and see how bad it gets. If it crosses the "discomfort to pain, and now I can't sleep" line, then I will contact my doctor. But I really want to try and live with this, without more drugs in my body than I have to take. 

I am grateful for every small step, every small task I can accomplish (like getting out of the tub by myself, and washing a few dishes!) I am grateful for having the energy to get down the stairs for dinner more often now with my family instead of eating alone in bed. LIFE IS GOOD!

41 comments:

  1. oh my sweet sweet poet, dancer, strong presence of woman somehow i senses those spaces are preparing to unify in ways only to be shown ever so slowly....
    so whats for dinner

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  2. A beautiful poem about gratitude for the smallest of blessings - such wonderful awareness, such a joyous spirit you have! Inspiring. I am felled with fatigue right now myself, so I so relate........bless you for having gratitude in the midst of What Is. A lesson to all of us.

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  3. Yes, special one - LIFE IS GOOD - you are healing..blessings to you this evening - a good nights sleep is being sent you.

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  4. A beautiful, divine, grateful and healing poem! How much my heart soared reading this.

    My deepest gratitude to you for your blessed talent. What beautiful words you have woven into something of universal substance and nourishment.

    Thank you!

    Lady Nyo...humbled by your beautiful sentiment and words.

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  5. Oh Laura,

    (((((This is me sending you a very big hug))))). I really connected with your poem and felt I knew exactly how you felt. To me, I know that when I come here I will be met with words that touch and lift the spirit and make you believe and make you continue fighting that fight. You are a true inspiration in your daily fight and your words here and when you visit (you always leave such beautiful, loving comments) fills one with the light of love. Wishing you continued progress and a safe and happy new year.

    Much love, your friend,
    Rebecca

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  6. so good to hear that healing happens. you are so brave and thankful for the things, most of us take for granted. i have such respect for you and every single word you write in your beautiful poem - these are not just words but much more

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  7. thank you dear ones for your loving words of encouragement...you have all warmed my heart (far more pleasant than my burning foot!!!)

    I am ever grateful to all of you who stop by and support me, and it touches me deeply to know that my words bring healing to you too...I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY!!!!

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  8. Great sense of awakening in your lines. "The broken myelin creates spaces / That do not allow complete unity / To be sustained / But closer, so much closer to the body / I re-member" Enjoyed reading your poem very much.

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  9. glad you are continuing to heal...and walking a prayer...very nice...one step at a time...

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  10. Great use of words, repetition. This poem had a lightness about it that I loved.

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  11. Love the sun spot in this Superior Snap!

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  12. I am happy for you and with you, dear Laura!! As you always say: "Gentle steps." Much love, Silke

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  13. Up The Stairs. Three beautiful words. Hooray! Keep climbing, my friend.

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  14. Powerful heartfelt writing - thank you for sharing this with us :)

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  15. cool lens flare!
    I wish I could spin words like you!

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  16. I am just so glad you understand. It is true, i think it's no use running or pushing away but facing it and in some ways, yielding to it. To brave it through and live! Thanks, Laura for your thought for me.

    Silver

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  17. Hello! I was here, asking for friendship. ;) Would you like to follow each others blogs? Advance Happy New Year. :D

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  18. A lovely poem which show such positivity. Sending best thoughts for your continued recovery and good health.

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  19. I love this.

    "As I walk a prayer across the floor
    And up the stairs, UP THE STAIRS
    With quiet gratitude"

    Yes. The greatest gift to have is to be awake, with gratitude.

    Lovely!

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  20. Love the photo. And glad to know you are continuing to heal gradually. God bless you always.

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  21. Ooooh, I'm glad I discovered this blog site.

    Rick
    (New follower)

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  22. I wish I had more time to share my thoughts with you but still so thankful for this opportunity to read your words this morning before running off to work. As always they are what I needed...as always I feel blessed to know you Laura. ((((Laura))) Thank you. XX

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  23. Laura, this poem is truly elegant, expressing so delicately your experience... I was particularly captivated by:

    "Energy flowing down the fine neural lines
    Not quite aligned"

    Wow.

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  24. I love the joy and hope in this poem.

    "Rediscovering the joy of temporary ownership"-- especially this line, which reminds us to be grateful for the all-too-brief residencies of our bodies.

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  25. I am SO moved, to hear of your healing, and of your strength!! You are an amazing inspiration, dear Laura! Blessings to you, dear one!

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  26. What a beautiful poem, Laura. You always inspire me. I have a Buddhist teacher, Gil Fronsdal, who told us at a retreat many years ago that each morning, he went through his appointment book and set his intention for each of the commitments he had that day. Wonderful idea I thought.

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  27. An honestly-expressed One Shot, Laura. Good luck with your healing!

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  28. Laura, I so much appreciate your lovely poem and the updates on your health. I know your intention is noble, kind and full of your spirit. Thank you for serving as a model of gratitude and joy within the context of life, forever challenging.

    May the new year bring many, many blessings.

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  29. Your courage, your spirit and your words enlighten us all.
    Shalom and blessed be

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  30. Wonderful backlight in the woods, ideal for a mystical journey and recovery such as this beautiful poem. Greetings, I wish you a happy 2011.

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  31. God listens patiently beside me, inside me... oh laura this is beautiful. xo

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  32. This is lovely, Laura. It expresses the gratitude many of us forget to feel for the everyday blessings we enjoy.

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  33. Walking prayers up... at long last... You must be enjoying life to the fullest.... while others complain for such silly things
    I really admire your strength and gratitude- and you express it SO well- as only a great poet can do

    I am glad I visited you today
    Thanks for sharing and opening your heart to us
    Love and smiles
    ;)

    Dulce

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  34. Thank you everyone for your compassionate comments...your kindness means so much to me!

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  35. 'The Zen is strong in that one' = you. Good piece.

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  36. "...I walk a prayer across the floor
    And up the stairs..." reached out and grabbed me. I often walk prayers. Lovely piece.

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  37. I can see so clearly as you walk a prayer across the floor and up the stairs. Beautiful words to remind me to be grateful for all the blessings in my life. Everything of the best for 2011, Laura.

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  38. Yup. Such a terrible thing to happen especially on Christmas day. I really hope that the poor puppy survived the accident, 'cause I'm not sure if he's alive or not. But wherever he is right now, let's just hope that he is in a better place.

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  39. You place the spiritual against the physical, and you do it well, Laura. So many of us take monement for granted. It is both the physical and spiritual movement that are profound, but they both take intention, patience, and faith.

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  40. I am so happy for you, and as always inspired and uplifted by your words and your heart of gratitude.

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  41. This is just beautiful. Life is good...yes it is. Take it slow...

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