DharmaBUmmer callS herself a "TreeHugger,"anD When I look at THE treez That Live Near HEr, they seem REAl happy. OnE Look St Dharma and You'd know Why. EveN the WeepINg Willows havE ERECT limbs!!
What can I say? I give good hug.
DHarmabummer, what Drew you Here to this lovely WEbSite?
I’ve been reading Salon regularly since 2000. I love to write personal essays and poems and such and I used to participate in a writer’s circle here in town but our group disbanded a while back due to scheduling problems. I have a professional website but I had never blogged or written publicly about my personal feelings. I stumbled onto OS in December and read for nearly a month before I posted anything.
When I started posting and people start commenting …. And when I felt like people really understood what I was trying so hard to convey, I felt really gratified.
I felt like the bee girl at the end of the Blind Melon video
(YouTUbE said EmbEddiN of the ViDeo was DisabLed by REquesT...but Chek OuUt the LinK!!)
DharMABummer, What HAs yoga TaughT you? I treid it oNCe, and They said, 'Go Down, DOg," and it REMinded me of quIte a few Dates and ONe Job Innerview, so I Left. But You?
This is not a very sexy answer. I feel like I came into this world with an extra chromosome for stress and depression. When I found yoga I found some peace. It’s not a panacea but it is a path and I’m walking it.
I sAW This At the Top of ONE of yer Pposts:
“In reality, hell is not such an intention of God as it is an invention of man. God is love and people are precious. Authentic truth is not so much taught or learned as it is remembered. Somewhere in your pre-incarnate consciousness you were loved absolutely because you were. Loved absolutely! And in reality, you still are! Remember who you are!”
-Bishop Carlton Pearson
I got WORIED you might be GOINg to HELL!! Don"t you beLIeve in Jesus and oRidgimoUS SIn?
I love Jesus. Big fan. But I believe that man creates hell in his own mind and life. I believe in the absolute oneness of humanity. I believe that where we end up in life determines where we will we begin the next one. It is important that we treat each other with kindness and compassion while we are here. It’s also important to die well and without fear.
How DO you SEE Us as a CunntrY? With ALL THiss ecOno mIC TurmOIll, Will WE stil be AN ass-WhiPPin GIVING Cunntry, or will We becOme and AssWhipping GETTIN Cunttry?
We’re already getting a bit of an ass-whipping, aren't we? Maybe if the rest of the country can forgive us, in Texas, for giving you W then rest of the world can forgive the U.S. for what his administration has wrought. We’ve all got a lot of healing and growing to do. But I still love of Obama and I still have hope for the future.
WhaT do You REad (besIDes Me)? WHat INSPIRES you?
I read Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, Lorrie Moore, A.M. Homes, Milan Kundera and David Sedaris, to name a few. On a daily/weekly basis: The New Yorker and The New York Times.
I’m inspired by…..…Mary Oliver, Marc Chagall, Lynda Barry, Persephone, Viktor Frankl, Twyla Tharp, Spalding Grey, Steve Martin, Neko Case, Carl Rogers and anyone who speaks the truth and stands up for others, even if it means being criticized, reviled, blacklisted or killed for it. Anyone who writes or speaks publicly about something that I’ve been thinking myself but have been afraid to speak about inspires me. This happens frequently on OS and I love that about it. Makes me realize what a chicken shit I can be. I realize that I still give a damn about what other people think about me. Ain’t that a bitch?
WHat Makes YoU Happy?
Getting completely lost in a creative task, reading something that takes my breath away, squandering myself for a good cause, surrendering to love, dancing til I’m sweaty, healing and caring for others, laughing with friends, cooking, eating, exercising, drinking good wine and sex. Sex! SeX! SEX!!!!
WhAt SHould a WOmmIN do to ATRACT a MAN? What SHOld she DO to GET RID of one?
I find that, in general, people are pretty easy to love. And some are pretty easy to leave, too.
But if you rilly wanna know hOw tA GiT a mAn? Say you have an orAl fix-a-shun and nO gAG reflEx. An ta git rID uv em? SAy yer mOmMa’s mOvN In!
What ARE Your FavoRIte PlacEs in the WOrLd?
Paris, The Upper West Side of Manhattan (those historic blocks with all the brownstones, near the Natural History Museum) Ouray Colorado, Big Sur, my mom’s kitchen, any place where my friend Matthew is, anyplace where my sister’s are…
This IS FROm Oprah: You HAVe to Believe IN Magic to ANswer this. YoU haVE the Chance to FAll In Love COMpletely with SOmeOne who Will LOVe you Completely IN reTURN. It will BE The LOve of Your LIfe and Beyond YOu r beSt Dream fOr 7 Years, but YOu Know the PErson WilL DIe Young AFTer the 7 Years. Do You FAll In Love and Take the CHance, or DO You Chhooze NOt to Meet the PersoN?
Oh, hell no. Love is worth it every time.
WhAt if THe PErson is ME?
Well, wait a minute. Does choosing to love you cause you to die in 7 years or would you be dying anyway? Cause if you’re dying anyway then I promise to love you for the rest of your life. Just 7 years, right? No sudden miracles at the end?
Do YoU HAVE More THoughtS YOu'd Like to Share?
This is already WAY more than anyone ever wanted to know about the dharma.
DhArma Is sO SwEEt. DhaRma is A FriEnd. DhaRMa is TaLLeNTEd AnD GivES GooD InTerView.
DhArma InSpIres Me:
1. Weeping willow, copper, from fineartamerica.com