The Thank You Award… A Million Thanks!



Dear Kitty.  Some Blog has been so kind to nominate Moonlightened Way for the Thank You Award.

It’s such a delight to be appreciated!  So a million thank-you’s back to you!

The rules of this award are:

1. As usually a big thank you and a link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Mention 5 things you would like to do with your life, no matter how mad or tame.

3. Nominate six bloggers, link to them and say why they have left their mark on you. Hence the name “The Thank You Award”.

4. Let them know.


Five Things I Would Like to Do:

1)  Inspire someone.

2)  Finish and publish at least one novel.  (I have drafts, but… meh.)

3)  To know that I’ve in some way made a difference for the better in this world.

4)  Make friends with my own mind.

5)  Visit Ramana Maharshi’s ashram.

The Blogs I Nominate:

The Bard on the Hill – Dennis’s blog has led me to some of the most beautiful poetry in which I find my own inspirations.

Known is a Drop, Unknown is an Ocean – I enjoy the like-mindedness of this spiritual blog.  A wonderful source of information and inspiration.

Joy in the Moments – Charissa’s blog has been an inspiration to me as a writer.  It was because of Charissa that I pursued my first self-publishing venture!  Her blog is both informative and whimsical.

I realize this list is truncated but I haven’t been devoting as much time to blogging and I’m a little behind.

Thank you again and thank you to WordPress.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Thank you!

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I am delighted to share that Moonlightened Way has received the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.  This honor was bestowed by Ganesh of Known is a Drop, Unknown is an Ocean.  If you haven’t visited his blog, please do.  It’s jam-packed with insightful information from spirituality to health.  Thank you so much, Ganesh!

The rules for this award are:

The following is the rules for this nomination…

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

  • Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
  • Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
  • When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
  • There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
  • This means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

My nominations for this award are:

The Mystical Path

Being Arandam

Joy in the Moments

Dear Kitty, Some Blog

Mamasheri’s Blog

Congratulations to you all!  You deserve it!


A New Blog: Soul Bulbs

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I’m spinning off a new 365-blog called Soul Bulbs.

Soul Bulbs is dedicated to illuminating what’s good and right in the world.  The hope is to create a new habit of hopeful, creative and positive thinking that will illumine a better world.  As each bulb casts its warm glow, and the dark becomes a little brighter, the idea grows.

Feel free to follow Soul Bulbs if you’d like to see inspirations, stories about random acts of kindness, uplifting videos, cute images, innovators and little celebrations of what’s good in life.

Even better, would you like to be a Soul Bulb?  Submission and guest blogging is absolutely welcomed and encouraged.  For more information, Be a Soul Bulb.  You’ll receive recognition on the Soul Bulbs page and if you’re a blogger you can also display a badge on your blog.

Inspiring Blog Award: Thank You!



I’m delighted and humbled to have been awarded the Inspiring Blog Award by Ganesh of Known is a Drop, Unknown is an Ocean which is an amazing blog.  If you haven’t read it, drop in.  Thank you, Ganesh I’m really honored.    To inspire others is the driving force behind my writing and what keeps me striving every day to improve, so this is very timely.

One of the conditions of this award is to share 7 things about yourself, so my 7 things are:

1. Favorite Color? Lavender
2. Favorite Drink? Mango juice
3. Passion? Self Realization and creativity
4. Facebook or Twitter? WordPress
5. Favorite number? 13
6. Favorite Movies? Pride and Prejudice, Wizard of OZ, anything with Charlie Chaplin
7. Favorite flower? Lavender

Blogs I recommend for Inspiring Blog Award are

The Mystical Path

Linda Willows

Joy in the Moments

Francine in Retirement

You Create Your Own Universe as You Go Along


Life Just Is

Stories and Truth

Congratulations to those who’ve had this award passed to them.  They deserve it.  Please do give their blogs a visit.  And thank you again, Ganesh, for your thoughtfulness in passing it to me.  It’s recognition like this that keeps me going.

One Lovely Blog Award and a Heartfelt Thank You

I’ve been so fortunate to be blessed with appreciative readers.  I’ve been nominated for two more Versatile Blogger Awards and one One Lovely Blog Award.  I have been very slow in posting my gratitude for these nominations and for that I have to apologize to the nominators.  Our less-than-lovely internet has been less than cooperative and is an on-going repair in progress.  It makes the necessary clicking and posting to respond to these awards extremely difficult to downright impossible.  So again, I apologize for not giving due recognition in a timely manner and I hope you will forgive me.  It’s somewhat cooperative tonight so I’m going to respond to at least one of these tonight.

I have to give a warm and hug and deep thank you to Michele of Words of Compassion, Creativity & Knowledge for passing the One Lovely Blog Award on to me.  If you’ve not visited Michele’s blog, please do.  She’s a soulful and graceful spirit who has opened her life and her journey to include anyone who wishes to share it with her.  Her words are heartfelt, sincere and moving and I’m deeply honored that she’s chosen MoonLightened Way as one of her nominees.  Thank you so much, Michele!

Now, in keeping with the rules of the One Lovely Blog, here is what I have to :

  1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
  2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
  3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
  4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
  5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

The Questions: 

1. What is your favorite colour?
Blue, lavender, green, blush…  I can’t settle on just one!

2. What is your favorite animal?
I love animals.  I guess if I have to choose a companion animal it would be a dog or a horse.

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Mango shakes

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?

5. What is your favorite pattern?
Anything natural and calming.

6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents?
Both!  (You can see I’m not good at committing to just one thing…)

7. What is your favorite number?

8. What is your favorite day of the week?

9. What is your favorite flower?

10. What’s your passion?
Writing.  Meditation.  Self realization. Cooking.  Oh, and sleeping.

The blogs I’d like to pass this award on to are:

Heartwinds by Linda Willows – Linda’s blog is simply an inspirational work of art.

Allaboutlemon – There is always something intriguing and interesting going on in this blog.  It’s refreshing and always different, like a multi-dimensional vacation.

Namaste Consulting, Inc. – This blog is like a spiritual spa treatment for the soul.

If you’ve already received this award, just know I think you’re deserving of another one!  And thanks again so much, Michele.  Your recognition is very deeply appreciated.

Make Leap Year Blogging History Today!

This goes out not only to my fellow bloggers, but to anyone out there who wishes to contribute to a very special commemoration to this Leap Year 2012. is a special blog created to carry this Leap Year into internet history.

What is

As per their website:

The aim of this project is simple – Stripped down blogging to its simplest form to record one special day in time across the globe. As soon as the first country’s time zone enters this blog will be open to posts.

It’s simple.  All you need to do is complete a simple form, click “submit” and you’re part of it!  According to David Mitchell, Head Master at Heathfield Primary School in Bolton in the Northwest of England and creator of the project: is special because it is a stripped down version of blogging where people can post and leave an imprint in history with just one click. With help from the guys at this blog is here to capture posts from around the world on this extra day.

Originally aimed at students to familiarize them with a real live reading audience, this blog is open to people from all walks of life of all ages.  Please visit and leave your special blog post.  Also be sure to comment on others.  It’s a great way to connect and share.

Happy Leap Year 2012!

Blogging the Leap Year 2012

If you haven’t visited yet and you’re a blogger, don’t miss out!

The folks at explain:  “ is a global blogging project that will cross all age groups and continents. As soon as Feb 29th 2012 begins in Tonga, the will open up for posts for one day only. This blog will capture posts from all over our planet on this rare day until midnight in the Western Pacific. The result will not only be a celebration of technology, but a celebration of audience and purpose…”

If you want to be a part of this special Leap Year blogging event, visit their website, subscribe and pass the word!  I’ll be there, will you?


What Colors Are Your Word-Tapestry Today?

You are going to speak around 7,000 words today.  How’re you going to use them?  Is this a question you’ve ever asked yourself before?  Unless I’m voicing an opinion or responding to an important question, I don’t give much thought to what comes out of my mouth before it does.  Sometimes that’s not such a good thing.  Pondering this, I realize how unmindful I am about my own internal reactions and their verbal by-products.

It’s a sobering thought.  I think most of us can safely say we quietly criticize others internally.  That negative criticism is an indication things inside of us “aren’t quite on straight.”  That other person is mirroring this inner disturbance to us and the opportunity has been presented to make peace with it.  Unfortunately, instead of making that inner peace, we tend to project it physically at unsuspecting victims with our words.  Most of the time, we don’t realize we’re doing it.  We lack mindfulness.  In that lack we are outwardly hurting ourselves and others, and continuing internal thought patterns that aren’t serving us in any positive way.

The Dalai Lama said:

“The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our day to day lives.”

We need to be more mindful.

As I sat pondering all of this I asked myself:

“When I put all those critical thoughts into spoken words, what kind of tapestry is it I’m really weaving?  Is it one I’d want to hang proudly in my home?   Would I show it off to the neighbors?”

The answer was a resounding “NO.”

That knocked me back a step, so I took it one step further.  I sat and watched my critical thoughts and words, both of others and of myself.

I asked myself, “What colors and textures would this tapestry have?”

I shuddered.  The colors were repulsive to me.  If this tapestry were cloth and clothing was cut from it, would I want to buy it?  Would I wear it?  Never.  My eyes wouldn’t even linger on it.  See the irony?

If my thoughts and my un-mindful words were clothes, I would never consciously choose to wear them.  If I was forced to wear these clothes, I wouldn’t want to leave the house and I certainly wouldn’t feel good wearing them.  But this is exactly what I, and many of us, do.  We’re weaving cloth we would never hang in our homes or wear on our bodies.  We can change this, however, with regular exercises in mindfulness.

Becoming more mindful is not an easy task.  It’s like making a New Year’s resolution.  When you first make it, you’re devoted to it but life has a way of marching all over the top of it and it eventually it goes forgotten.  This is why it’s important to make it fun.  We all love doing fun things and if we can make becoming more mindful an enjoyable task, we’re more likely to invite the habit into our lives on a regular basis.

The Word-Tapestry Writing Challenge:

If we could mindfully choose the colors and patterns of the tapestry we are internally weaving, what would they be?

Every day we’ll be creating two imaginary cloths or tapestries.  You’ll need to sit quietly for just a few minutes and visualize what your inner tapestry currently looks like first.  Then visualize what you would like it to look like on that day and write about both of them in detail.  Every Monday I will post a reminder.  Choose your best and post it on the “The Word-Tapestry Writing Challenge” post for the week.  It doesn’t need to be posted on Monday specifically; just any time during the week is fine.  If you blog, include a link to your post.

Be as specific and detailed as you can.  Really get in touch with what the current tapestry looks and feels like.  Is it heavy and dark?  Does it portray violent feudal scenes?  Is it drab and plain?  Don’t be shy.  Maybe on some days it’s not a tapestry at all but a costume or clothes.  Let it be what it needs to be.

Then, imagine what tapestry, costume or clothes you would rather be creating.  Be as bold and vivid as you can.  Really let yourself fly.  This isn’t about Paris fashion or artistic ability; this is about opening your heart and yourself to your current state of being and creating the one you really want.

Be as mindful as you can both in your visualizing and your written description.  Include colors, scenes, patterns, decorations and embellishments, and textures.

Thoughts are things.  Spoken words (and in this case, written words) are thoughts manifested into the physical world.  By becoming more mindful, you are creating the “You” you really want to be.  Let’s create some amazing art and decorate the world one tapestry at a time!

Look for the first post and more information on Monday!

The Kreativ Blogger Award… Thank you so much!!

I’m just blown away with happiness and gratitude for Linda Willow and her blog Heartwinds for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.  If you visit Linda’s blog, and I encourage you to, you’ll understand.  Her blog takes you through a beautiful world filled with inspiration and eloquence.  She’s quite a remarkable and accomplished person.  Thank you again, Linda.  I’m honored someone of your caliber found my blog worthy.

Sometimes synchronicities can be enlightening and receiving this award brought one into my life.  I mentioned to a friend because I was pretty excited.  Her response was, “No offense, but it can’t be much of an award if it requires you to widen the circle.  Sounds like some pyramid scheme for bloggers or something, not that I know anything about it.”  At first I was deflated but this caused me to go off quietly and think about this award, as well as the other two I’ve been nominated for.  Instead of lessening my happiness, it only deepened it.  I later explained to her:

“It’s an award that’s given by your peers in recognition of what they feel is a worthy blog. No. It’s not an official sponsored literary award, but it is peer recognition. We’re a community of weblog writers and readers and this is a way we support each other. As far as “pyramid scheme”… to what gain? It helps drive readership to quality blogs. I don’t think that’s anything shady or underhanded. Regardless, I’m still happy to receive these from my peers considering I’ve only been blogging for a little over a month. I’ve been working pretty hard on it and it gives me the incentive to keep forging ahead and hopefully keep improving.”

I guess in summation, this makes me feel welcome and warm and among good folks.  I’m very proud to display my “awards that aren’t a big deal.”  They certainly are to me.

Now, in keeping with the rules of this very appreciated award, I must share 10 things about myself.  I’ll try not to exactly repeat the 7 I listed for the Versatile Blogger Award, but if I do forgive me.  I’m writing this at 3 am.  (Who says I’m obsessive??)

  1.  Yes, I am obsessive.  When something trips my wire I dive in head first and don’t stop until I’m worn out.  This may not always show externally, but internally my gears are always going.
  2. I lived in Egypt for a year and sat on one of the stones of the great pyramid in Giza.  I saw Tutankhanum’s golden death mask at the Cairo museum and the Roman ruins in Alexandria.
  3. When I was young I pursued show jumping and dressage lessons and was determined to become an equestrienne, but an injury forced me to quit and then life currents swept me elsewhere.
  4. I’ve published one short story in a book, Rural Voices, which is now out of print.  It was about the life of my grandfather on the Nebraska Prairie.
  5. I love animals.  My life is void of color without their presence.  To me the song of a bird is more beautiful than any music ever composed.
  6. I have a fascination with the moon.  I’m a Cancer, but even as a child before I knew what that meant, the moon was my special night time friend.  I sat at my window many nights and talked or sang to it.
  7. I’m fascinated by the mind in all its aspects.
  8. I used to make my own soaps and lotions.
  9. The only Hindi I know is related to cooking even though I live in India!
  10. I have a secret obsession for Indian cloth and sarees.  I find them unspeakably beautiful and fascinating.

I am passing this award on to 10 more bloggers.  If you’ve already received one, just know that I feel you deserve another one!  They are:

  1. Allaboutlemon by adollyciousirony
  2. Being Arindam by Arindam
  3. A Mantra a Day by belleofthecarnival
  4. Source of Inspiration by patcegan
  5. A Heart’s Whisper by jackielrobinson
  6. Dear Kitty.  Some blog by petrel41
  7. Photos from the loony bin by photosfromtheloonybin
  8. Robert coffey’s Photo Project 365 by urbanbuda
  9. Straight from the Horse’s Heart by rtfitchauthor
  10. Deidra Alexander’s Blog by deidraalexander

Enjoy your award.  You all deserve it!

The Versatile Blogger Award!! Thank you!!

I’m very honored and very excited to be nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by whenquiet.  She serves up a powerful inspirational punch on her blog that’s definitely worth reading.  She loves to share good things and this really shines through.  So if you’d like to warm up a bit, drop on by her blog.  Thank you, Whenquiet!!

The rules for receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post (See above.  Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again!)
2) Share 7 things about me
3) Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers
4) Contact the bloggers I have chosen to let them know that they have been selected

Now for the hard part, sharing seven things about me.

I’m an American now living in India with my husband, Atul, and immersed in learning all about this new culture.

I’m in the process of editing my first novel, “Falling Up.”

I make a wicked chole masala that I’m very proud of.  Chole is an Indian dish that resembles chili only using chick peas.

I have two handsome grown up sons who I’m very proud of.

I’m absolutely addicted to Lays potato chips and happy to say they sell them here in India.  Thank God!

I’m very interested in meditation, the mind, the self and transcendentalism.

I’m very obsessive, so if something interests me I tend to drive the whole world crazy with it.

Now I’ll nominate my first five nominees.  The remaining 10 will be nominated in two more successive posts because I want to take my time and do this right!  If you’ve already received the award from someone else, then please accept my recognition that you deserve another one!

The first five are:

SpiritualiTea:  Shannon has such a gentle and lovely blog.  Whenever I drop by to read her I feel like I’ve been invited into her home, offered up a steaming cup of tea and a soft place to sit.  She’s mindful, insightful and inspirational.  What more could you want?

Stumbling Gracefully:  Esperanza’s blog is an interesting and insightful walk through her life.  She makes you feel you’re walking beside her and I find a lot of warmth in her posts.  Her life is her journey and she invites you along.

My story to you…:  Andy says he wants to tell his story to you, a little bit at a time and he does just this.  I enjoy his vignettes but he has more to offer.  It’s definitely worth sitting with Andy awhile and listening to his story one bit at a time.

Turns of endearment:  Dora’s blog is a graceful artful journey through her world.  I feel a bit transformed after reading her words.

Sake White:  This is a very interesting blog because I find it so multi-dimensional.  Ymarsakar offers up a bounty of information on anything from martial arts to world religions.  Definitely a good read.

These are my first five nominees.  The next five will follow soon.  Now, I’m off to let them know!