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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

SIMPLY WRITE!

SIMPLY WRITE!   Simply write! Do not speak of writing. Do not speak of publishing. Do not speak of other people’s writings.   Sit still in silence and solitude. When body, heart and mind are one. When your senses have moved inward. Let the stream flow. Unravel your knots in spontaneous words.   Other writer’s success or failure does not affect you. Profit or loss does not touch you. Praise or criticism does not ruffle you. Derive pleasure solely from writing. Experience the bliss.   Simply write! ...

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To My Husband

Let me dive my face into your chest as someone thirsty plunges into a stream. In that infinite expanse I have sensed the potent scents of old spice and cigarettes. Let me breathe in your enthralling odor with sweetness of your kiss. Let me feel your touch and reminisce the memories of us growing old together. When I met you, I dreamt of an ideal life. Your presence inspired my visions of vast oceans, clouds carrying us to enchanting lands where skies are always blue, and spring is forever. In your eyes I glimpsed our lush life together with refreshing flowers and intoxicating wine. We delighted in our children, in their innocence and intelligence. In loving them, and in caressing you how I forget our weariness and worries! Only if you could know how much I love you. How empty...

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In Honor of my Grandson

Yesterday was our third grandchild's second birthday, same day as our wedding anniversary. What a fortunate coincidence! A new sun rises, golden yellow, exquisite, Lips velvety petals, black amber eyes, eyelashes to die for. Wrinkly neck, wrinkly hands, fuzzy cheeks. Delight rises from the bottom of my belly, my heart, my head. I am showered with bliss. Do you know who I am? I ask smiling from ear to ear. You simply look. I can’t stop hugging and kissing till you lay under moon light in your bassinet. When you cry, adoring parents wrap you up in a cocoon. You lull back into womblike trance. Kisses on your forehead, your cheeks, your tummy, leave a lingering sweetness. I treasure them for our moments of separation. Two years pass; flits of a butterfly. You smile when I kiss your...

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A High Tea Book Event

High Tea at this year's Spring TeaSE Book Event was a lovely affair. Organized by Lillie Leonardi and Joyce Wilk, and hosted by Janet Rae Tyree and the staff of Springdale Free Public Library,  we had a gala time. I was accompanied by Kathleen Shoop, J.D. Wylde, Dana Faletti and Ellen Roth. Each author's presentation was unique, audience was absorbed, tables were artfully decorated and, to top it all, a tasty four course luncheon was served. Thank you to the organizers and hosts!     [caption id="attachment_41916" align="aligncenter" width="375"] SPRING TEAse[/caption]...

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Tea, Scones and Books

Come, have a cup of hot tea, relax and listen to five authors talk about their books, life, and answer any questions you may have! See you in April! [caption id="attachment_41916" align="aligncenter" width="375"] SPRING TEAse[/caption]   ...

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Mindful Writers Spring Retreat

Want to save a magnificent writing time for yourself? Attend Mindful Writers 9th Spring Retreat! Don't miss this incomparable opportunity!   You will be transported to a magical place, your heart will open to spaciousness of nature, your writing will flow freely, and you will have loving and understanding companionship of some very talented and productive novice and professional writers.   Come join us from March 26-30! [caption id="attachment_41913" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Mindful Writers Spring Retreat[/caption] ...

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Mindful Writers Winter Retreat

You're invited to the Mindful Writers Winter Wonderland Retreat! Join us: Thursday February 8, 2018 (12:30 welcome lunch) through Sunday February 11, 2018 (11:30 goodbye lunch) $450 for private room in toasty warm lodge, private bathroom, all meals included and: Sitting Meditation: Body, Awakening the Senses, Sensitizing Sensations (3 Sessions) Mindful Walking (3 Sessions) Mindful Writing Sessions (Approximately 33 Hours) Peace, productivity, joy, laughter, rest, friendship (Approximately 72 Hours) Ligonier Camp and Conference Center 188 Macartney Lane, Ligonier, PA 15658 (just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, easy trip on the turnpike from either direction) Contact Kathleen at Kathleenshoop@gmail.com or Larry Schardt at Larryschardt@gmail.com with any questions. Also, join us on our mindful writers retreat facebook page to stay up-to-date on mindful events and inspiration. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MindfulWritersRetreat/...

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William Rock’s Image of a Tibetan Goddess

Tibetan Goddess Yeshe Walmo By William Rock You may recall the essay, Understanding A Tibetan Goddess: Ferocious and Enlightening, that I wrote about William Rock's powerful and energetic sculptural image of Yeshe Walmo. Recently the work was purchased by New York dealer. Bon Tibetans are enamored by the image and pleased  with the essay.  Below is a PDF copy or you may want to download for reading later: UNDESTANDING A TIBETAN GODDESS by Dr. Madhu Bazaz Wangu with cover art https://issuu.com/artandinspiration/docs/understanding_a_tibetan_goddess_by_...

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Benefits of Yoga

Combined with meditation, yoga liberates vast resources of energy and keeps our physical, physiological, psychical and spiritual systems in radiant health. Yoga folds moments of stillness and moments of movement into one another. In this practice, you explore your body’s terrain to experience intense body sensations. Your body gets lubricated, your joints and muscles function smoothly, your blood circulation increases and your entire skeletal system gets toned.   Practicing yoga teaches you how to relax your muscles so that your mind also relaxes. When mind is anxious body gets tensed. When mind is calm body also calms down. The simple reason is that body and mind are connected.   Try practicing Shavasana (the Corpse Pose) when you feel agitated. Lay down on the floor with your legs slightly apart and your arms away...

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Happy New Year!

LET 2018 BE THE YEAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS AND THEIR COMPLETION!  Happy and Healthy New Year to all from Manoj, me and our daughters, Srimal Wangu Choi and Zoon Wangu!   Thaal Bharun (filling a plate) and Thaal Vuchuun (Looking at the filled plate) are two beloved rituals of Kashmiris on Navreh (New Year’s Day).   The night of New Year’s Eve, after everyone is asleep, the mother fills a plate with uncooked rice, and snugly places bowls of milk and yogurt; sugar and salt over the rice. A piece of fresh fruit and dry fruit, a book, notebook, pen, gold jewelry, coins, and a mirror are decorated around the bowls. Other items such as red chili, pod of tamarind may also be artfully placed beside them.   The following morning, the New Year’s Day,...

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