Link to #9 thread: "It's Almost Spring!"
"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February."
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus
I'm transferring the topics that were posted today on the last thread to this thread so we can carry on. Some people may not have had the chance to see them.
Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about.--Kathleen Casey Theisen
My take on the above quote--Following a spiritual path offers us the courage to make choices about the events of our lives. Passive compliance with whatever is occurring need no longer dominate our pattern of behavior. Powerlessly watching our lives go by was common for many of us, and our feelings of powerlessness escalated the more idle we were.
Today, action is called for, thoughtful action in response to the situations begging for our attention. A spiritual path's greatest gift is the courage to take action, to make decisions that will benefit us as well as the people who are close to us. Courage is the byproduct of our spiritual progress, courage to accept what we cannot change, believing that all will be well, courage to change in ourselves what we do have control over.
An exhilaration about life accompanies the taking of action. The spell that idleness casts over us is broken, and subsequent actions are even easier to take. Clearly, making a choice and acting on it is healthful. Our paths have given us the tools to do both.
Decisions will be called for today. I will be patient with myself, and thoughtful.l I will listen closely to the guidance that comes from those around me.
Les, your last sentence shows me what a truly spiritual being you are. So many of us do not listen to, nor do we benefit from, the guidance from those around us. It is so important to be open to the workings of the minds of the people near us.
I always benefit from your postings and I thank you for them.
Could you be bringing on your own illnesses or attracting misfortune in your life through the power of negative thought? If so, doesn't it make sense that changing your thoughts could change your life for the better?
The Tibetan Buddhist approach to healing necessarily begins in the mind. The Buddhist philosophy teaches that the mind is the creator of all problems and remedies, good fortune and bad, health and sickness. Buddhists believe in the law of karma. Each person is constantly sowing karmic seeds that persist until the right circumstances occur to cause the seeds to bear their karmic fruit. Negative karma manifests as problems, disease, and suffering, while positive karma shows up as success, good fortune, and vibrant health. To the degree that you can control your emotions and thought patterns, you can influence your karma and, thus, your health and vitality.Avoid Harming Yourself and Others
Mindfulness means being present in each moment and noticing the quality of your thoughts even as you are being observant. Standing sentinel at the doorway of your consciousness to guard against creating seeds of negative thought (which, in turn, creates negative karma, according to Buddhism) is the way to avert sickness of the body and mind. The Buddhist philosophy states that you must avoid any action that is harmful to yourself or others and that you must remain vigilant in monitoring your thoughts. In that way, you avoid attracting ill health to yourself in this life as well as in any future incarnations. Negative thoughts, words, and actions are like poison arrows that are destined to return to the sender.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient health care system that originated on the Indian subcontinent. It utilizes knowledge of the body, soul, mind, and senses to promote healthy living.Ayurveda means “knowledge of life.” The principles of Ayurveda (associated with the Vedic culture) influenced Tibetan and Chinese medicine as well as Unani medical practices that originated in Persia in circa A.D. 980.
Align your expectation and desire with the Law of Attraction if you want good health; what your mind believes about and expects from your body and its mental, emotional, and physical condition is what you receive more of.Make Peace with Your Body
Accept and appreciate your body. Think of it as your friend. Instead of constantly criticizing how you feel or look, decide on what positive things you can do to effect the changes you desire. When illness comes, don't think of the body as betraying you. Work with your body to rid it of wrong thinking and feeling.
You praise the townsman's, I the rustic's state: Admiring others' lots, our own we hate: Each blames the place he lives in: but the mind Is most in fault, which ne'er leaves self behind. — Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace), “Villice Silvarum” (Letter to His Bailiff)
While self-love and self-respect are necessary for self-esteem, obsessive self-focus and selfishness can cause you to think and act in ways that can be detrimental to your health and well-being. The seeds of selfishness often sprout into anger, greed, and jealousy that, in turn, can fuel feelings of haughtiness or superiority over other beings. In Buddhist thought, selfishness is the root cause of all problems and disease. When you feel hostility, you attract more of it to you.
Attentive breathing is a simple technique to help relieve pain. If you have pain from a pulled muscle in your leg, for example, focus your conscious mind upon the painful area, breathe in, and imagine the painful tension as a dark, hard knot shattering under the energy of your attention. Breathe out, releasing the broken pieces. Keep doing the technique until the pain subsides or completely dissipates, and you won't have to reach for your painkillers.
Practice Thought Transformation
Another Buddhist idea is the transforming of negative thought or labels into positive ones. For example, when a doctor tells you that you have a disease, you may react to her labeling of your affliction with fear, horror, and helplessness. You may see the disease as a problem, but you could also see it as a positive element in your life, the fruition of some karmic seed and the means to consciously alter your lifestyle in order to live in more balanced and spiritual ways. You could work on developing a compassionate mind. The transformation of negative thoughts into positive ones can effect changes in the body, restoring health. The body, after all, is our physical dwelling.
The Magical World Within
Imagination is much more powerful than reason. The magical kind of thinking that goes on in the imagination addresses the subconscious mind, which is childlike in that it does not question directives that are both simple and repetitive — for example, an affirmation that your left knee is in the process of healing so you can again dance the tango. To stimulate the mind's fantasizing abilities, use colorful imagery rather than dry data and facts.
According to the ancient practice of feng shui, you preserve your store of energy when you avoid people who leach energy from you. Since energy flows from high to low, think of people who drain your energy and others who seem to energize you. The body is like a battery that stores and dispenses energy, but when energy is depleted, proper functioning is impossible.
This is wonderful, Lynn, and as I have just finished carefully (and mindfully) reading it, I think it's deserving of a thread all of its own. What do you think?
Even though I am a Christian, I respect and have adopted many of The Buddha's teachings and I adore the Dalai Lama. The teachings enhance one's spirituality and don't interfere with a person's religion if they are not a Buddhist. Some people are hesitant to think of it that way. I have a statue of a young Buddha sitting on my dresser, surrounded by "happy" things. He is in a state of meditation, (calm, peaceful) and every time I see him it reminds me to calm myself and think positive. That doesn't mean I always do, but it helps! This statue belonged to my Dad as he was interested in Hatha Yoga, meditation, etc.
Thank you for posting this. I think I needed to read it tonight and I'm sending healing thoughts to you and to Barb and a few others I know going through difficult times (not that YOU are! - I'm thinking positive)!
I love feng shui, too. I have rocks by my front and back doors that say, "Strength" - "Courage" - "Joy" - "Wisdom" - "Harmony" - "Peace" and "Love." The one on my dresser is "Serenity."
There is so much to learn. And when we get off track it's good when someone reminds us to "come back." You reminded me tonight, my friend.
great post Lynn i agree with Cheryl and by the way what a lovely thought you added Cheryl
"When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown -
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.
When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear -
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here."
- Beverly Ashour, September
Hi Cheryl and Mary, so glad to see you here today.
Cheryl, when I saw that article, not only did I think of myself but I thought of you and that's why I posted it here. I think that opening a thread for Buddha's teachings would be a lovely idea. I have to think on how to word it without scaring people away. Some people have very closed minds about other religious teachings. See if you have any ideas about the title and then we'll have a "pow wow" about it.
I, too adore the Dalai Lama. He is so tranquil when he speaks and he listens the same way. I wish I could completely adopt the calmness that eminates from him.
I agree Lynn and Cheryl--I too think that I would be enlightening to possibly start a thread with the words and teachings of this peaceful man.
Hi Les, Mary, Lynn, and Kay. So nice to see you all here. I missed being here yesterday - sorry.
I'm happy you all like this thread from which we can branch out to, perhaps, a thread of enlightening things from and about Buddha. You're right, Lynn - some people are afraid to look at other religions. Many of The Buddha's teachings are for every religion to look at and learn from. People seem to accept the teachings of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., -- there are so many -- must easier. There have been, and presently are, many wonderful teachers on this planet Earth.
A few months ago I watched a documentary called "The Unmistaken Child." A young Buddhist monk goes on a quest to find the reincarnated soul of his mentor who passed away a year or two before. He was looking for a child who would be about that age. It was an incredible journey! The child had to be able to recognize things that belonged to him in the most recent life experience and after all things are said and done the Dalai Lama has to approve that the child is that person or soul. Many tests of done to establish that it is the right child. The parents agree to let the child go and he is raised by this young man.
There are many other wonderful things to look at about Buddha besides the reincarnation Buddhists believe in, and even if one doesn't believe certain teachings, it's certainly interesting to learn about.
Here is a link to "The Unmistaken Child":
Maybe we could title a thread "The Unmistaken Child." It certainly is thought- provoking enough to peek in and see what it's about. At one time the Dalai Lama himself was a "Unmistaken Child" who had to be found.
Kay, that's a lovely poem and a gorgeous picture. Thank you! I love autumn in a big way!
Hi, all -
Cheryl, I just jumped the gun and opened a thread called "The Calm and Reflective Teachings of Buddha". We can incorporate the "Unmistaken Child" into that thread. I think it would be quite interesting. Take a look, everyone. I hope you like it.
Lynn, I love it! (I seem to be chasing you around the rooms in this group!) I'm going to delete the above quote and transfer it to the new thread. Thank you!
Already transferred, Cheryl. You can leave it here for anyone who doesn't come in to the Buddha thread, to see.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts are the same; as one dies, so does the other; they all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from dust, and all turn to dust again.
~ Ecclesiastes, 3:19-20 ~
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.
Much-recorded song Autumn Leaves. Originally a French song Les Feuilles Mortes with lyrics by poet Jacques Prevért.
I took this quote from this site:
That's beautiful, Barb. I can almost hear the music to this love song!
Barb, what a lovely quote to post in here. So many songs have lyrics that are very inspiring. We ought to try to think of more songs that have lyrics that are like poems such as "Autumn Leaves".
Cheryl Kay Barbara and Lynn such beautiful posts my spirit is lifted thanks guys
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
If this thread, or any other in the group, lifts one's spirit -- what more could we ask for?! That's great, Mary, and I love the quote. It sounds as though George Eliot's favourite time of the year was AUTUMN.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
~ Groucho Marx, Comedian ~
I can facilitate healing by seeing myself as whole and well. I picture divine healing power filling me and strengthening me in mind, body and spirit. I breathe deeply, cleansing my body of toxins and filling my mind with life-affirming thoughts. As I do these things and more, I become attuned to the healing light of God that is continually renewing and revitalizing me.
From Daily Word:
P.S. It doesn't necessarily have to be the afflicted person who does the affirmation, apparently. One can do it by imagining it for the person who needs it.
Beautiful thoughts, Cheryl. Yes, you can imagine the affirmation for someone else. That's what I'm doing now for Alicia. Thank you so very much for posting this lovely affirmation of spirit for us, love. You're such a good friend. Heal quickly, my sweet. xx
Thank you, Lynn. I have been a fast healer in the past so I hope it will be this time too.
All HEALING AFFIRMATIONS welcomed here! If you like, you could start an "Alicia" thread and we can post all positive and healing things there. We can add others to it as needed - like Zen.
The odd thing is, is that as we ourselves do this for someone else, we seem to receive the same benefits. I haven't done this for many years and it's about time to do it again! What do you think?
I think that's a lovely idea, Cheryl dear. I'm very tired now, so how about if I do it tomorrow? Thanks for thinking of it!
brilliant idea Cheryl Lynn enjoy your sleep and bring us more great ideas tomorrow .I'm doing the healing with you Cheryl
Thank you Lynn, Cheryl and Mary. Sorry I took so long to get back to you.
Beautiful healing prayer Cheryl. Thank you for it. I have read that all humans are capable of healing themselves and others but we have not be taught to do this.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and music in its roar.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~ George Gordon ~
Wow, Mary - thanks for doing the healing with me;
Lynn - thanks for the Kindness movie, it's really beautiful; I'm going to look at some of those other movies;
Barb - thanks for the super quotes. I think I'll copy the "Climb the mountains.." quote to the "Affirmations" thread because it just gives one such a feeling of health and well-being!
"The lead goose is the conductor, his flock the orchestra. Together, they are a symphony of joy, a chorus for the ages."
I've seen this little movie before somewhere and can't help putting it in here too so I don't lose it again. It is so fascinating how these geese work together. I have them flying over my place every night (and sometimes in the morning as well) as there's a sanctuary for them close by. It always makes me smile to hear them.
Here's the link to look at more little movies. THANKS, LYNN. I bet there's more that would bring a smile to our face.
Nice quote, Lynn. For the longest time I had the last line of that poem on a picture above my desk at work. It certainly opened up conversation and debate.
Lynn I love nature more too. Great poem.
Cherly I love the geese video. I never understood how the formation helped the geese fly.
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Thanks, Barb. Even though I read it some time ago I had forgotten why they do what they do, so to read it again makes me smile all the more when they fly over my home. They are so chatty, all 'talking' at the same time!
To rejoice with GRATITUDE for Alicia's well-being and life. Thank you, God.
Be amazing at being you
Thank you Cherly
True intimacy with another human being can only be experienced when you have found true peace within yourself---Angela L. Wozniak
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual/political leader -
Thank you Lynn and Les
So true Lynn.
Thank you Les, Lynn and Barb.
I love that quote by Gandhi, Lynn. He was so in tune with all creatures (including humans) on Earth. I believe there are such people as Gandhi sent to us to learn from.
Les, lovely quote. I think that's especially true because peace brings calmness and the ability to think of the needs of others rather than concentrating only on one's own needs.
Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy.--Gretta Brooker Palmer
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.
~ George Bernard Shaw, American Author ~
Good ones, Les and Lynn. Thank you! It's amazing what two or three lines of wisdom can cause us to do -- being kind to one another and all God's creatures always comes to the forefront.
Les, how is your mom doing? I've been thinking about her a lot. I hope the biopsy she had, had a good outcome. Please let us know so we can bring some healing affirmations to her and you.
Thank you Beautiful Les, Cheryl and Lynn All so meaningful.
The idea of God is different in every person. The joy of my recovery was to find God within me.---Angela L. Wazniak
Here I go with my understanding of the above quote again-----
Sprituality promises peace. Day by day, step by step, we move closer to it. Each time we clearly are touched by someone else, and each time we touch another, carries us closer to a realization of the Divine's presence, in others, in ourselves, in all experiences. The search for the Divine is over, just as soon as we realize the Spirit of the Divine is as close as our thoughts, our breath.
Coming to believe in a greater power brings such relief to us in our daily struggles. And on occasion we still fight for control to be all-powerful ourselves, only to realize that the bariers we confront are of our own making. We are on easy street, just as soon as we choose to let ourselves that we have the ability to see the Divine within ourselves and in others and certainly within all of creation around us. To know that we are connected as one with all of the universe allows us to feel true comfort and joy in all that life brings to us.
Beautiful, Les. I so agree with each and every word you said. The Divine resides within each one of us and that's why so many spiritual teachers tell us to "go within" or "be silent" -- meditate and pray. It helps to silence the "monkey mind" as all that chattering in the head/mind is called so we can get in touch with Spirit within us.
Sometimes I "fight for control..." as you said, and it is such a relief to shake myself when I do that! Sometimes (more so when I was younger) I would think God was too busy with much bigger things than what I needed Him for, and then I had to shake myself again and say, "That's not true."
This may have been posted somewhere else but I'll post it again. The music is peaceful and the meaning, of course, is priceless. NAMASTE.
~ Albert Schweitzer ~
Oh I love this, Lynn!
I am one of those people who have been lucky enough to be rekindled several times in my life. And I find that I am rekindled all the time with my sisters and brothers in this group. I have been lifted up when I was feeling down, I have been missed when I was away ill, we have shared each others joys and fears, we've prayed together, we've laughed together, and more. I feel very blessed and close to each and every one of you here.
I haven't heard that quote before, Lynn, and I think that it has become one of my favourites! Thank you!
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My face in the mirror isn't wrinkled or drawn.
My house isn't dirty, the cobwebs are gone.
My garden looks lovely, and so does my lawn.
I think I might never put my glasses back on.
(I just couldn't resist posting this. I hope it made you smile!)
(I just couldn't resist posting this. I hope it made you smile!)
Love it Cheryl
Cheryl, that certainly did put a smile on my face. Such a good idea, too! lol
I was wondering why my world was looking so good---darn, now I just might have to go find my glasses and actually put them on!!
Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.--Hafiz
When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing... Never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today
and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is
that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today...
That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.
And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
so true Lynn great post we are all struggling and we must be kinder to each other
Glad you all got a kick out of the glasses poem. Les, I don't want to put mine on either. I like that slightly blurry look - like they used to do in old movies to make the actresses' complexions flawless.
Lynn, that's a terrific story. The "Burned Biscuit Story" I shall call it. I really like that last line:
"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
If we could think of things that way, most people would be so much kinder to one another. We may envy the life of celebrities who get to travel and wear beautiful clothes, etc., (just an example) but there may be a terrible addiction or illness happening that is causing great suffering that we don't see beyond the sparkle and glitz.
I love you guys!
Hi to my brother Les and all my sisters. Still having trouble with Care2. There are no icons in this box and I can't post a graphic. I'd like you to listen to and watch the lovely pictures on this Cat Stevens video. The song is "Morning Has Broken". So pretty!
OH MY GOSH... how did I miss this?!! I hate it when I miss a post!
LYNN, this is one of my all time favourite songs and when I listened to it, I shivered. Not only that, I got tears in my eyes because it took me back to when this first came out and I felt then, as I do now, that it is very spiritual.
It is shortened slightly, but not if you listen to it over again like I did!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this! It was beautifully put together with the lovely pictures, so whoever did it felt the spirituality of the song as well.
I think I will listen to this every morning for awhile. You know what... I miss all my records so much! I had several Cat Stevens records as well as many other awesome ones and I just haven't gotten into the DVD stuff (yet).
Cheryl, I'm so glad you liked the Cat Stevens video. It is shortened a bit, but as you say, if it's played over and over again, it's just like the original. I always loved this song and Cat Stevens has an especially pleasing voice, but this video is really beautiful because of the pictures that are flashed throughout.
By the way, in one of the other threads I asked you to go back to the old method of posting. Please disregard that as Care2 has stopped playing tricks on me for the moment. I hope it doesn't start again, but it seems to have righted itself as of now. Thanks, anyway!
Beautifully done tag with a lovely thought and a gorgeous dancer. Thanks for posting that, Cheryl. It's so pretty to look at and conveys a wonderful message.
Thank you, Lynn. I really appreciate that. Somehow I think of our dancing Barb when I look at it!
Oh boy, Les, I dare someone to listen to that and not tap a foot, or nod the head back and forth, or get up and dance! I got up and danced!
Thanks for posting that. I love it when music I've forgotten about is played and it reminds me of where I was at the time it came out. I love all those adorable little ballerinas!!