Meditation

Find your sweet, sacred space and step inside. Set a timer for 10 -20 minutes. Bring your awareness into your breath and your heart. Soften and relax. Invite stillness to take over. Allow your thoughts to drift by like clouds and just be in the moment with all your heart.

Silently to yourself or out loud repeat the words:

I love and honor the temple that is my body. My beauty radiates from deep inside my soul.”

When your timer goes off just be still as long as you can. Enjoy the feelings and sensations that move through you. Hold nothing tight, just flow with your breath, like a wave of possibilities.

Meatless Mondays on Closet Cooking

Are you ready for a Meatless Monday? The idea is to eat one meal a week without meat. Now don’t get me wrong I could never give up things like BACON, steaks, burgers, etc. but I do find that I eat a lot of meatless meals and they are just as tasty and they are usually pretty healthy! With all of the fresh summer produce around you have plenty of options to go meatless for a meal and I thought that I would roundup some of my favourite vegetarian recipes in case you wanted to go meatless this Monday!

Source: Meatless Mondays on Closet Cooking

Health:  ‘I gave my dying son cannabis to ease his cancer symptoms and he made a miracle recovery’ reveals mum – Daily Record

Callie Blackwell speaks exclusively about why she took such drastic action to try and save son Deryn – and why she’s written a book about her Boy in 7 Billion

Source: ‘I gave my dying son cannabis to ease his cancer symptoms and he made a miracle recovery’ reveals mum – Daily Record

Tarot Contemplation – The Hanged Man

It’s time for a bit of deep thinking today as you may feel that things are getting on top of you. The Hanged Man usually implies you will dig deep into your emotions and thoughts before coming up with an answer. Be careful you don’t get stuck in any negatives which may arise.

For Love: If your partner seems a little distant today it is best to give them some space. There seems to be a lot going on below the surface of their mood and if you inadvertently overstep the mark by pushing for answers, you may find yourself at the receiving end of either harsh words or silence.

For Work: This is a good day to work alone. Keep your head down and get on with the work at hand. Do not make any waves today as things may not be as they seem. Do your own thing and let others do theirs.

Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe – Indian Country Media Network

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.”

Source: Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe – Indian Country Media Network

 

Your Aries New Moon Wishes! March 27th New Moon 

Lindsey DePeri-Franz

Each new moon symbolizes new beginnings, taking new directions and planting seeds that will lead to the manifestation of our dreams into reality. As it occurs in a different sign each month, the new moon represents opportunities for growth in these areas of our lives.

WHY NEW MOON WISHING WORKS:
Understanding astrology means learning to flow with astrological rhythms and that you can take advantage of Power Periods to can assist with manifesting your dreams! Each new moon is a special time to ask the universe for support for your desires for the future.

When you make a wish, you feel hope, desire and intention. Your thoughts, emotions (and wishes) create energies that you send out into the universe. Through the law of attraction, the universe works to echo the same energy back to you to make your wish come true.

When you make a wish on the new moon…

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March 26th – “Oscar Wilde said the only way to get rid of temptation was to yield to it, and right now, the stars fully second that motion.”

Sure Signs: An Astrology Project

Eggs Benedict on potato cakes is my favorite weekend breakfast dish. We’ve been eating them for a few years now at a local brunch place.

I decided to recreate this meal at home today. It’s raining, so there’s no jogging . Yesterday, I went for an 8.5 mile jog (the farthest I’ve gone in 10 years), so it was a good time to make a fancy breakfast. This recipe has a bunch of steps and does take longer than my usual 15 minutes.  I was so eager to eat my breakfast that I forgot the avocado on top! If you’re willing to put in a little more effort, it’s worth the time.

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Eggs Benedict with Potato Cakes

4 poached eggs

4 slices of tomato

1/3 bunch cooked spinach

hollandaise sauce *instructions below

1 avocado

4 potato cakes *instructions below

Directions:

  1. Make poached eggs:
    1. bring a pot of water and…

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Foodstyles:  Butter Mochi | the tasty spot

This type of sweet sticky treat comes from a type of Filipino rice cake called Kunkanin … the basic recipe is sweet rice flour (Mochiko flour), coconut milk, a couple of egg yolks, a little water and cane sugar.  Butter mochi adds tablespoons of butter to the mix, and you can always top it off with shredded sweet coconut. You can either oil your pans, or roll up your mochi batter like tamales and steam them in banana leaves for yet another yummy variation of this recipe (Suman, sweet sticky rice tamale).

Mochi is really popular in Hawaii due to the large Asian population. There are so many different kinds of mochi that I have yet to try them all. Some are

Source: Butter Mochi | the tasty spot

Tarot Contemplation – Justice

The Justice card shows you where something in your life may be out of balance. Keep an eye out today for anything that seems unfair to you and act accordingly. You are aiming for harmony today so any interactions need to be handled with logic and intellect as opposed to emotional outbursts.

For Love: When dealing with your love life do not get too caught up in who is right and who is wrong. If you do, any discussions you are having could quickly turn into an argument. State your case, listen to the other person, and find mutual ground to go forward.

For Work: You may have more on your plate today than you care to deal with. You need to prioritise any tasks which come to hand and, if possible, distribute part of your heavy workload to someone else if you cannot manage on your own. The Justice card can help with this organization as it is all about balance and fairness.

Daily Words of the Buddha for March 26, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for March 26, 2017 – atitarati — to pass over, cross, go beyond

Hitānukampī sambuddho
yadaññamanusāsati,
anurodhavirodhehi
vippamutto tathāgato.

When the Buddha teaches others
he does so out of compassion,
because the Tathagata is wholly freed
from both favour and aversion.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.150
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Tips for Health: 16 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach

Breaking the fast is a ritual that humans perform every morning, and most people think they know what constitutes an appropriate breakfast. Believe it or not, there are some foods that seem healthy, that we really shouldn’t be eating on an empty stomach. Here are some the foods to avoid, and some alternatives to ensure your start to the day is healthy and satisfying.

Source: Tips for Health: 16 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach

Theosophy: Recommended Theosophical Reading

A question often asked by those who have recently discovered Theosophy is: “What shall I read?” It’s a good question; the newcomer can easily get lost in the bewildering number of books falling under the broad heading of Theosophy. Longtime students will have no problem coming up with their lists of recommended reading, but those lists will vary according to individual preferences.

Before compiling such a list, I would keep in mind the advice of Francis Bacon:

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously [with minute attention]; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

The first category might include reference works, i.e., H. P. Blavatsky’s Theosophical Glossary or Geoffrey Barborka’s Glossary of Sanskrit Terms; also books containing quotes to be used for meditation, such as Thoughts for Aspirants by N. Sri Ram; and various compilations or anthologies that have been published throughout the years.

In the second category, I would place The Key to Theosophy by Blavatsky; The Inner Life and Masters and the Path, both by C. W. Leadbeater; historical books like Michael Gomes’ The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement and Howard Murphet’s Blavatsky biography, When Daylight Comes; and substantive but easy-to-read books such as The Astral Body by A. E. Powell and At the Feet of the Master by Alcyone.

Finally, the third category should include (no surprise here) The Secret Doctrine and The Voice of the Silence, both by Blavatsky, The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, Barborka’s The Divine Plan, and a few other hearty mainstays of the theosophical repertoire.

The titles noted above are not meant to provide a comprehensive listing, but are suggestions illustrative of certain categories. Specific recommendations will vary from Theosophist to Theosophist. What holds true, I think, is Bacon’s astute observation that not all books are meant to be read in the same manner. Just as in dining, where it is best not to confuse appetizers with the main course, when it comes to reading, some books serve only to whet the palate, whereas others can provide nourishment for years and years to come.

 

David P. Bruce is the National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in America.

Theosophical Studies: Why Read?, by David P. Bruce


When we do something over and over again, the force of habit takes over and we often lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place. Take reading, for example. Many people spend countless hours reading, whether in books or magazines or online. They probably don’t ever pause to ask why they read; they just do it. To ask why a person reads is like asking why one breathes. Who would ask such a question? Only a simpleton―or maybe a philosopher.

Four hundred years ago the philosopher Roger Bacon asked that very same question. Since Theosophists love to read, it may be useful for us to consider Bacon’s analysis. In a short, but pithy, essay entitled “On Studies,” Bacon gave three reasons for reading: delight, ornament, and ability. Let’s take each one in turn. Theosophical study offers the sublime enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from gaining a deeper understanding of life and the world we live in. By ornamentation, Bacon meant the ability to converse about what we have read. Anyone who has been to a Theosophical convention has witnessed this in spades, for Theosophists love to talk about the books they have read. The third reason―ability―is the capacity to apply what one has learned. Bacon also noted that there can be drawbacks to each of these three motivations: reading only for enjoyment leads to laziness; reading only to acquire knowledge leads to ostentation; reading only to decide how to make decisions leads to an academic literal-mindedness. As in so many things in life, it comes down to a matter of balance and moderation.

But of the three—delight, ornament, and ability—the third is most relevant to Theosophists, because it facilitates the process of self-transformation. If my reading is not making me a better person, then better not to read and find some other means of self-improvement. As the Roman statesman Cicero said in his oration Pro Archia Poeta, “Character without learning has made for excellence and ability more often than learning without character.” Or as H. P. Blavatsky said so poetically in The Voice of the Silence, “Even ignorance is better than headlearning with no Soul-Wisdom to illuminate and guide it.”

An instance of “character without learning” was given by the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger in his book Arabian Sands. Thesiger was the first European to cross the Empty Quarter of the southern Arabian Peninsula on foot, a dangerous and desolate region which contains the largest sand desert in the world. Although he was well educated, Thesiger had this to say about the nomadic desert people whom he came to respect and love: “I shall always remember how often I was humbled by those illiterate herdsmen who possessed, in so much greater measure than I, generosity and courage, endurance, patience, and lighthearted gallantry. Among no other people have I ever felt the same sense of personal inferiority.”

David P. Bruce is the National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in America.

Tarot Contemplation – Death

An ending before an utter transformation, like the caterpillar in a cocoon … on the verge of becoming a butterfly.  It is time to get rid of what is no longer useful.  Seek closure before moving on.  You may be about to end a job, move house, or end a relationship.  This may not be an easy change, but it is necessary for your maturation and well-being.  If you’ve been feeling stuck, this card advises you to look around and decide what to let go of.  Only when you free up stagnant energy will new things come to you.  If you are going through a time of painful loss, find solace in knowing that you will look back at this time as the beginning of a new chapter in your life.  Let go and trust in the universe.

Independent Cinema: “Te Ata” — Chickasaw Storyteller – American Treasure

Mary Thompson Fisher was born Dec. 3, 1895, near Emet, Oklahoma, in what was then called Indian Territory. Mary later took the stage name and became well known as “Te Ata” which means “Bearer of the Morning.” A citizen of The Chickasaw Nation, Te Ata was an accomplished actor and teller of Native American stories.

During the prime of her more than 60-year career, she performed in England and Scandinavia, at the White House for President Franklin Roosevelt, for the King and Queen of Great Britain, and on stages across the United States. Among her accomplishments was appearing on Broadway before taking her career down a path that honored her Native American heritage.

This year, the Chickasaw Nation will release a new feature film based on the inspiring and true story of her life called Te Ata. The film tells the story of how this young girl in Indian Territory followed her dreams to perform and share the stories of her culture to the world. Starring as “Te Ata” is actress Q’orianka Kilcher. Mackenzie Astin portrays Clyde Fisher. Also in the movie is well-known Native American actor Graham Greene (actor). This film has been approved by The Dove Foundation for family viewing.

There are two great books about Te Ata available:
“Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller – American Treasure” by Richard Green is available through the Chickasaw Press. (https://www.chickasawpress.com/Books/Te-Ata-br-Chickasaw-Storyteller-•-American-Treas.aspx)

“Te Ata: Oklahoma Cultural Treasuer” by Pati Hailey is part of the “I Am Oklahoma Children’s Series” through Oklahoma Heritage Association Publishing. (http://store.oklahomaheritage.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ChildrensSeries_Ata)

The book written by Te Ata, “Baby Rattlesnake” is available at Lee & Low Books. (https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2806)