Posts by Annette Diamantopoulos

pay as you wish! be the person you wish to be

“for it’s in the giving that we receive.” saint francis of assisi when i was way too young i attended a program called smoke enders. it was 1978 and i was, i recall, the youngest person there – a testament to my parent’s love and also to some internal longing to take a deep breath…

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take a chance on us!

“darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. hatred darkens life; love illuminates it …” martin luther king, jr.today, as a nation, we celebrate the life and spirit of martin luther…

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angel wings and wonder

“faith may not bring us the miracle we want, but it will always bring us the miracle we need. cultivate faith, hold it in your hand – touch it” … make angel wings. ~melody beattie oh! the sweet memories of making angel wings for the annual christmas pageant! i remember the concentrated task – the texture…

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how to go wherever the wind blows

  if there’s one thing i’ve learned in this zig-zag, upside down life it’s that i can fly!   i’ve always been fascinated by energy – the way it can push us through the atmosphere into space or short us out – inspired and expired — the way nature seems to effortlessly transform and bind…

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these words no longer i am

  “again I’m within myself. i walked away, but here i come sailing back, feet in the air, upside-down, as a saint when he opens his eyes from prayer: now. the room, the tablecloth, familiar faces… listen, if you can stand to. union with the friend means not being who you’ve been, being instead silence:…

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the kingdom of tada! and the new view of mindfulness

  i am humbled and amazed by the many opportunities to feel uncomfortable – to risk in order to find the balance between what my heart longs for and what my mind needs.    i teach the skills that support wellbeing – awareness and attention — mindfulness.  and, i do this by introducing individuals, groups and systems to new ways…

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ollie, ollie oxen free!

i see you. and, also, i see the me in you. I pretend not to be you and you pretend not to be me, always finding new ways of hiding.     when i was seven i corrected my dad as he told a fib to a ticket-collector.  if i were six, he would have saved…

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chaos and the becoming of sound

  when the seed is planted, it grows unaware of what it will become. all it knows is becoming.   i had the opportunity and honor to watch my son and his high school jazz band perform at the prestigious essentially ellington competition in new york city this weekend.  it was a coming together of…

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