Seeds for Meditation

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As the complications of life start to build — whether it is health issues, financial concerns, or relationship problems — it’s important to find resources that enable you to skillfully navigate these challenges. And some of the best resources — like mindfulness, compassion and determination — are ones that already lie within you.

 

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” — Dalai Lama

Halau Guidelines for Culturally Healthy and Responsive Learning Environments

aloha_morning paddling1.  He ho’ohui pū i nā ‘ao’ao o ka mo’omeheu, ‘o ka hana ku’una, ka ‘olelo, ka mō’aukala, a me ke kuana’ike i loko o ke a’o kā’oko’a ‘ana e hānai a ho’omōhala aku i ka na’au, ke kino, ka no’ono’o, ka launa kanaka, a me ka pili ‘uhane o ka honua ho’ona’auao i kupu a’e ai ka mauli a me ka mana.

1.   Incorporate cultural traditions, language, history, and values in meaningful holistic processes to nourish the emotional, physical, mental/intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the learning community that promote healthy mauli and mana.

(more to come!)

Recipe ~ Hippie Juice!

Get your groove on!
Get your groove on!

Summer is coming! Here’s some refreshing “juice” for the adults!

1 quart mason jar
1 cup Watermelon Vodka
1/3 cup Triple Sec
1/3 cup Coconut Malibu Rum
4 scoops Pink Lemonade mix
Water (enough water to fill the jar up AFTER adding all the other ingredients)
Strawberries

Mix it up in a Mason jar and ENJOY!

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Theosophy ~ THE MAHAMUDRA OF VOIDNESS – II

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In describing the preparation for mahamudra meditation, Geshe Rabten compares these negative tendencies to seeds. It is as if one wished to build a beautiful building, but could not do so without preparing clean ground for its foundations. Before laying the foundations, one must clear away rocks and weeds, cleansing the ground of all obstructions and removing seeds that spring up and interfere with the building. At the same time, this work of purification must be coupled with the collection of materials that will be helpful in setting up the foundations. In the long run, one’s fundamental attention must be directed towards the constructive end of serving universal enlightenment. There is little or no essential interest in the obstructions and tendencies that come in the way of the release of this higher motivation. All these tendencies can be classified into certain broad types which are, in the end, both banal and boring. Most of them have to do with attraction and aversion, anger and pride, greed and delusion, and, above all, a false conception of the self. Owing to this false conception of a fake ego, reinforcing it through unconscious habit and semi-conscious patterns of reaction, a persistent aggregate of tendencies has originated.

Instead of becoming preoccupied with the melodramatic history of this aggregate of tendencies, one should merely note them as they arise and mark them for elimination. They will inevitably appear when one starts to engage in meditation, and one should note them only with a view to removing them through the setting up of counter-tendencies drawn from positive efforts to visualize spiritual strengths. Hence the connection, in the Tibetan practice, between the visualization of vajrasattva and the elimination of negative tendencies. Each individual must learn to select the appropriate counter-forces necessary to negate the particular strong negative tendencies that arise. In drawing upon these counter-forces from within, one will discover that one can bring to one’s aid many an element in one’s own being that can serve to one’s spiritual advantage. Every human being has a number of elements which represent a certain ease, naturalness, decency and honesty as a human being. Sometimes there is a debilitating tendency to overlook these or take them for granted. The spiritual path requires a progressively heightened degree of self-awareness. One should give oneself full credit for whatever positive tendencies one has, whether they have to do with outward energies on the physical plane, mental energies, moral tenacity or metaphysical insight. In order to find that in oneself which can work in one’s favour, and can help in counteracting negative tendencies, one should engage in regular recitation and frequent reflection upon sacred scriptures. Thus one will discover points of resonance in one’s individual karmic inheritance that can help release purifying energies flowing from the ideation of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

If this practice is going to prosper, one must bring to it a moral insight rooted in an understanding of metaphysics. The mind must be focussed upon general ideas. One must reflect upon the relationship of insight and compassion. Insight is not merely intellectual, but rather arises through the recognition of what skill in action means in specific contexts. Insight involves a perception of how wisdom is reflected within action, and which can come about only through a deep reflection upon the process of how such insight is released. On the other side, before one can truly generate a conscious current of compassion, one must create a state of calm abiding. One must find out one’s resources and potentials for calmness and for generating the maximum field of patience, peacefulness, gentleness and steadfastness. Then one must combine in practice one’s capacity for calmness with one’s capacity for discerning what is essential. Inevitably, this will involve a protracted study lasting over lifetimes, and include enquiry into the fundamental propositions of Gupta Vidya, the study of karma and the study of what Buddhist thought refers to as the chain of dependent origination.

In essence, this entire course of study is aimed at bringing about a meta-psychological encounter with a false view of the self that must be confronted and dispelled. Ultimately, this complex matter goes to the core of the mahamudra meditation. But at a preliminary level and in the course of preparation for that meditation, one must come to grips with the confused notion of oneself that is identified with bodily desire, proclivities towards pleasure and avoidance of pain. At subtler levels one must confront one’s conception of oneself that is bound up with the entire chaotic series of thoughts, all of which have particular histories and form associative chains of memory that have been built up over lifetimes of indulgence. All take a variety of forms and leave discernible tracks, all are connected with certain fantasies, wishes, hopes and expectations. They are designated in various ways in different analytic traditions, but always at the root there is the protean force of self-grasping. It is not easy either to confront or to abandon, and hence The Voice of the Silence warns that even when one is very close to attaining dhyana, one may be completely disrupted by a sudden eruption of self-grasping.

“Ere the gold flame can burn with steady light, the lamp must stand well-guarded in a spot free from all wind.” Exposed to shifting breeze, the jet will flicker and the quivering flame cast shades deceptive, dark and ever-changing, on the Soul’s white shrine.
And then, O thou pursuer of the truth, thy Mind-Soul will become as a mad elephant, that rages in the jungle. Mistaking forest trees for living foes, he perishes in his attempts to kill the ever-shifting shadows dancing on the wall of sunlit rocks.
Beware, lest in the care of Self thy Soul should lose her foothold on the soil of Deva-knowledge.
Beware, lest in forgetting SELF,thy Soul lose o’er its trembling mind control, and forfeit thus the due fruition of its conquests.
Beware of change! For change is thy great foe. This change will fight thee off, and throw thee back, out of the Path thou treadest, deep into viscous swamps of doubt.

The Voice of the Silence

This passage from The Voice of the Silence refers primarily to an extremely high state of consciousness and an advanced stage along the Path. It refers to a point at which the very core of self-grasping must be let go. Long before one has earned the privilege of such an archetypal confrontation with the false self, one will have to win many minor skirmishes with the force of self-grasping. For this purpose, The Voice of the Silence gives a specific recipe that is indispensable. It is emphasized in every authentic spiritual tradition and it is central to the New Cycle and the Aryanization of the West. It is put in terms of the metaphor of the mango fruit. One must become as tender as the pulp of the mango towards the faults of others, feeling with them their suffering and pain. Yet one must also learn to be as hard as the mango stone towards one’s own faults. One must give no quarter to excuse-making or shilly-shallying. Instead, one must fully accept what one thinks to be one’s own particular pain, while recognizing that it is, at its core, nothing but a manifestation of delusive self-grasping.

The mango metaphor sums up all the elements involved in the preparation for deep dhyana – continuous, uninterrupted meditation. Geshe Rabten points to a specific preparatory exercise called “taking and giving”, which is a beautiful and profound instantiation of the mango metaphor. One begins by visualizing all the ignorance and all the suffering of the world. Then one must consciously take in with every inhalation of breath everything that is ugly, unsatisfactory, violent and disturbing. For the purpose of understanding and contemplation, the world’s mess may be thought of as sticks of fuel burning with a thick black smoke. One must inhale this dense black smoke and let it flow through one’s body, permeating every nerve and cell, penetrating to the centre of one’s heart, where it destroys all traces of self-concern. Then as one exhales, one should visualize sending out light-energy towards all beings, acting through one’s positive tendencies and serving to eliminate their sufferings.

This exercise of taking and giving should be conjoined with one’s adoration and prostration before the Buddhas and before one’s Ishtaguru. Indeed, Guru Yoga is the fifth and quintessential element of the preparation for mahamudra meditation. One may, at first, contemplate theIshtaguru as a drop of light, or, at a more advanced stage, one may actually contemplate the essential form of the Ishtaguru in the space before one’s mind. It is implicit in the very conception of the Ishtaguru that the individual must choose whichever form of contemplation will be most beneficial. Once a choice is made, however, it is crucial that one persistently and with full fidelity bring the distracted mind back, again and again, to the object of its contemplation. The test of this devotion is that one will find a deepening, and yet spontaneous, longing to be of service to others. More and more, one’s motivation will be that the black smoke of human ignorance and suffering should pass through oneself and become converted, through persistence in dhyana, into a healing light that will radiate, brightening and helping the lives of others. In other words, one will become an instrument through which a great sacrifice is made consciously, a channel through which a great redemptive force can proceed. At that point, of course, there can be no separative self.

Hermes, May 1985
Raghavan Iyer

tools for the vulnerability—gemini mercury retrograde—may 18th – june 11th

Eleventh House Luminaries

girl-readingSo, Mercury is retrograde again. And again in an Air sign.

The usual is to be expected—unexpected communication, technical, logistical, mechanical glitches.

But the bigger picture of every Mercury retrograde (and this one especially, I feel, since the Messenger God rules Gemini!!!) is a need for each one of us to get good and comfortable with three huge lessons—patience, resolve and faith.

The patience to sit still while things fall a little apart. The resolve to try again in a few minutes. The faith that whatever mess is made can surely be cleaned up.

Easy to write and read; harder to practice, yeah? Well, our Mutable Air sign isn’t leaving us completely vulnerable. Nope, we get presents!!!!

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ALGOL’S ABSINTHE

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camelia elias, absinthe, algol‘I’m making my own absinthe,’ I told a few friends at a conference in Oulu, Finland this week, ‘and I always use the sacred to the Finns spirit, aka 60 percent Koskenkorva Vodka.’

What I should have said is that I don’t just make absinthe. I ritualize the making of it, so that when I will finally drink it, I will drink the gods.

As tonight the Dark Moon is approaching her conjunction with the Sun, also conjunct the fixed star Algol, I thought that it was a good time to ask for something.

Not many want to approach this star, as it has a way of making heads disappear. In astrological cosmology Algol, Ras al Ghul, or the Demon Star, is the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Perseus decapitated her simply because she was a terrible monster, turning anyone who would gaze onto her into stone.

camelia elias, algolOf course, Medusa…

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Moon Enters Gemini 2015-05-18

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A question arose about how soon the Moon enters Gemini after the Algol New Moon.

Here is the chart:

Moon Enters Gemini 2015-05-18

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We note that the Moon quickly opposes Saturn and then conjuncts Mars.  This should be since Mars opposite Saturn recently culminated.  Mercury Retrograde station also occurs today, and the Moon conjoins Mercury after retrograde motion has ever so slightly begun.

In all, it is likely to be a good day to stay home if you can.  If not, avoid dangerous situations and check all details.

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Taurus New Dark Moon, healing the demons

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

A Taurus New Moon brings out our laziness and that is why I am a bit late here this month.

NEW MOON May 17 @ 9:13 pm /May 18 @ 12:13 a.m. EDT/ 4:13 am GMT @ 26 + degrees of Taurus 

It is an INtense sensual in the body New Moon, with a wicked kick of potential healing and exorcising of fear around women’s sexuality and awakening Kundalini energy. We are riding the bull and riding the snake. Note Taurus and Scorpio opposition.

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All New Moon’s are new intentions. We are back where it all began in the dark VOID of all potential.

New Moons were traditionally the time for all women to be menstruating in the world.  Before electric lights threw women’s natural rhythms off, women always bled in synchronicity with the Moon’s cycles. All the women were gathered  in the Red tent, the moon lodge, yurt, cave…

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Fish of Hawaii: Lagoon Triggerfish

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This commonly seen fish prefers calm waters and lives in shallow areas and sandy spots. It is sometimes called a Picasso Triggerfish because of the yellow line that extends from it’s mouth giving it the look of an abstract piece of artwork. Perhaps more abstract to most and more challenging to spell than Mississippi is the Hawaiian name for this fish: humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpua`a

Learning to spell the name of this fish will certainly win the hearts of islanders and before you get any bright ideas it is too many letters for Scrabble.

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New Moon in Taurus

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On 18 May 2015 the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in Taurus. Both planets will be conjunct fixed star Algol, the ‘daemon star’.

NM May 2015 chart

In the legend, Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone.

It is said that if fixed star Algol is:

  • in conjunction with the Sun, it indicates a violent death or extreme sickness; if the luminary culminate he will be maimed, mangled, wounded or torn to pieces alive; and if Mars is at the same time in Gemini…

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Recipe ~ Frozen Strawberry Crumble Cake

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The crunchy crumble is the perfect base for the light, fluffy strawberry cream. This dessert is a perfect idea for a kids party—or any time (of the year) you want a perfectly sweet, icy treat for after dinner.

  • SERVES

    8 – 10

  • ACTIVE TIME

    25 min.

  • TOTAL TIME

    6 hr. (includes freezing time)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup nuts, any kind, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lb sliced strawberries, (if frozen, thaw and drain first, and reduce sugar to ⅔ cup)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir together the first 4 ingredients and spread evenly in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. When browned, sprinkle about ⅔ of the crumbs in the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, berries and lemon juice and beat at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form – about 10 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until almost stiff, then fold gently into the berry mixture. Pour this over the crumbs in the baking dish, and spread evenly.
  5. Top with remaining crumble mixture and freeze 6 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and garnish with whole strawberries.
  6. Serve almost frozen.

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Serves 8 – 10.

Free abundance, water ceremony, from Tara Greene

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

May 16 VENUS in Cancer WILL TRINE NEPTUNE in PISCES @ 9+ degreees! –

that is one sweet, sweet creative romantic flowy, spiritual day. O Happy Day!

Let your creative side out, buy art, make music, make tantric love, smell the flowers, go for a boat ride.

I will be doing this Water Blessing ceremony myself  on May 16 at 11:48 am PDT/ 2:48 pm EDT/ 6:48 pm GMT/  May 17 @ 2:49 am Beijing Time.

send me your email if you want me to include you or anyone you love in this healing/wealth abundance ceremony.

DO a water ceremony for WEALTH and fertility with Venus is in Cancer for your family, children, home  and most of all for the precious waters of the earth.

Just take some water in a beautiful vase or cup, close your eyes,

Qwan Yin Astrology Tara Greene

Kwan Yin, Goddess of compassion with dragon

call upon Venus…

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NEW MOON IN TAURUS BEGINS SNAKE MONTH

Susan Levitt

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May 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm is a new Moon in Taurus. The new Moon and Sun are both in Taurus, a sensual Earth sign ruled by Venus, planet of love, art, and beauty. Taurean Moon and Sun are conjunct Mercury and Mars in early degrees of Gemini. This brings intellectual stimulation, new ideas, inspired creativity, and interesting conversations. But Sun, Moon, and Mars are opposite Saturn to pace yourself and be thorough. Plus Mercury and Mars square Neptune to think before acting on emotions.

MERCURY RETROGRADE

The ability for introspective thought and wise decision making is helped by Mercury retrograde from May 18 until June 11. Mercury is comfortable in rulership sign Gemini so you can cover much ground. Use these three weeks to get organized in preparation for the next new Moon on June 16 that begins Horse month, a time for action. Call…

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Sony’s New LED Bulb Is Also a Bluetooth Speaker

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As David Bowie well knows, sound and vision are a wonderful pairing. Now, Sony is following in his footsteps: its latest LED bulb is also a Bluetooth speaker.

The 360-lumen bulb pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to adjust volume or brightness. It also comes with a dedicated remote control which can be paired using NFC. Sony claims that it allows you to play music where in the past it’s been difficult to install speakers. If anyone’s ever tried to install speakers directly into a light fitting, do speak up.

More seriously, this is a neat idea—with two caveats. The first is sound quality: small speakers can sound good, but they don’t always, and until you hear what this one sounds like you may want to keep your money in your wallet. Which leads to the second: the bulb will initially cost in the region of $200. Ouch.

The bulb is available in Japan from May 23rd and it’s not clear when it will arrive in the U.S.. But until it does, just look at the fun you could have with one of these things according to Sony’s press shots. [Sony via Verge]

Paradigm Shift ~ Eric Dubay, Flat Earth Anarchist

In this episode of The Anarchist, Eric Dubay speaks with Jeff Berwick about Statism, Anarchy/Voluntaryism and of course, the Flat Earth!  Please be sure to share, like, and subscribe for more interviews and flat Earth research.

Also check out Eric Dubay’s Anarchy article archive at Atlantean Conspiracy: http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/search/label/Anarchy

Trish’s Mini Biscuits

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I didn’t initially mean to make biscuits this small, I just happened to grab the wrong sized ring and decided to go with it.  But now I absolutely love these tiny little biscuits!  They are perfect to serve with butter and fresh jam at breakfast or as the perfect soup topping.  Or, if you are looking for the mini version of some of your favorite dishes, how about mini breakfast slider sandwiches or mini biscuits and gravy.  I even joked to Amelia that this would be the next supermodel fad – 100 calorie mini sandwiches.

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Trish’s Mini Biscuits

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
10 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
1 cup whole milk
1 beaten egg (for brushing on biscuit tops before baking)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Either working by hand or with…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 12, 2015

2_owls_CaterpillerUttiṭṭhe! Nappamajjeyya!
Dhammaṃ sucaritaṃ care.
Dhammacārī sukhaṃ seti
asmiṃ loke paramhi ca.

Arise! Do not be heedless!
Lead a righteous life.
The righteous live happily
both in this world and the next.

Dhammapada 13.168

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

KIRTAN AID LIVE ~ FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL

We have one of our own Reiki Grandmasters and High Priests, Monique Freitas-Francheschini, in Rishikesh right now assisting in the relief effort. We might not be able to travel to assist by her side, but we can do the next best thing. If you can assist the good people of Nepal, please do what you can … this foundation is trustworthy. Thank you.