“I open my heart and send forth my energy of love and understanding to everyone who has made me suffer, to those who have destroyed much of my life and the lives of those I love. I know now that these people have themselves undergone a lot of suffering and that their hearts are overloaded with pain, anger, and hatred. I pray that they can be transformed to experience the joy of living, so that they will not continue to make themselves and others suffer. I see their suffering and do not want to hold any feelings of hatred or anger in myself toward them. I do not want them to suffer. I channel my energy of love and understanding to them and ask all my ancestors to help them.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Manasā ce pasannena
bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ sukhamanveti
Mind precedes all things;
mind is their chief, mind is their maker.
If one speaks or does a deed
with a mind that is pure within,
happiness then follows along
like a never departing shadow.
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika
Welina mai a Hau’ōli Aloha Lā’pūle ʻōukou. ‘Ohoihoi nāni lā nōu. Ō kā maluhia nō me ‘oe.
Warmest greetings and Happy Aloha Sunday, everyone. Enjoy this beautiful day. Peace be with you.
Oh fried rice, how I love you. Seriously, fried rice is such an awesome comfort food. It also is a fast, cheap and easy way to repurpose leftovers! But you can’t have good fried rice without a good sauce. This is a sauce Amelia developed years ago. It’s crazy good! I use the sauce to make fried rice but my niece Julia loves to put it on plain white rice. I like to make this sauce by the gallon and store it in the freezer in 8 oz. deli containers for a really easy leftovers-meets-rice dinner. Here is the sauce recipe. Instructions on frying rice follows.
Amelia’s Fried Rice Sauce
1 1/5 part soy sauce
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part brown sugar
freshly minced garlic (to taste – I like lots)
freshly grated ginger (again, to taste)
splash of vinegar (I like to use rice wine vinegar)
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As June, 2019, comes to a close, it ends with nothing less than a speed bump. These travel barriers exist everywhere, in some way, shape, or form, designed to make you slow your roll, and to procee […]
“Sounds when you hit both hands. But what does it sound with one hand.”
Master: “Stop separating!”
-The Zen Mind 2019
In the beginning, a spiritual journey is a transition from living in various states of denial to discovering an insatiable love for truth. When living in denial, your focus is more concerned with anticipating fearful possibilities, while making choices to avert the very fearful things that only you may be imagining. Most of the time, even if something you fear becomes a reality – the experience itself is never as scary, daunting, or hopeless as it was imagined to be.
When run by fear, your self-worth lives and dies by the outcomes you face or how others view you, while responding to life in a distrusting or defensive manner. In denial, you are unaware that each moment was created to assist you in opening up and evolving to your absolute potential. When this truth is denied or overlooked, happiness and fulfillment is imagined as fleeting moments in time when life goes your way.
In essence, denial means that you are choosing to see life in a way that denies you the right to consider a greater divine source within you that ensures the perfection and completion of your journey, no matter how different it seems from the way you want it to be. As a love of truth opens up within you, you begin to question, “Is my view of life the way it actually is or just my personal version of it?” Once everything can be seen as a subjective version of absolute potential, there is an inner sense of permission to consider other viewpoints with the courage to select a point of view that is less fearful and more supportive to the evolution of the whole.
While a love for truth creates an initial spark of inner spiritual exploration, it is certainly not the end-all-be-all of your adventure. It is actually just the beginning. When confusing the beginning of your journey with any imagined end point, you tend to rely on knowledge instead of love throughout your encounters. When this occurs, spiritual concepts become extensions of ego to defend against those who oppose your view or seem uninformed. This can even lead to the impulse of needing to constantly correct those, who in your perception of experience, are clearly out of touch with reality.
They may be as asleep as you sense them to be, but when relying on knowledge, you tend to be life’s exhausting rescuer that unknowingly attempts to rob them of their journey. You may even wonder, “How do I know the difference between being a rescuer and serving the evolution of someone’s journey?” The answer is astoundingly simple: when you are meant to pass along your knowledge to another, they will ask you a direct question.
If you are offering your knowledge before someone has personally asked you to be their bearer of higher wisdom, some form of projection or rescuing is occurring. If you see someone who can benefit from your knowledge, but hasn’t asked for it, maybe it can become a moment where you ask yourself: what are they here to teach me? What if I became the one who acted upon the very advice I’m waiting to dispense, instead of assuming my role in someone else’s journey?
When not relying so heavily on your library of knowledge, you become a living blessing of love. From this space, you are free to honor how each character in your play provides you opportunities to act upon your best advice as a way of making your love even more unconditional and potent in power.
When being rooted in love guides you beyond the love for truth, each fight against injustice, or judgment towards those who aren’t as knowledgeable as you, becomes a living prayer for the salvation of every heart. As this occurs, the unsavory actions of others can inspire a more powerful response of blessings and conscious action for the well-being of all.
Those who rely on their knowledge often imagine hypothetical circumstances to justify why loving what arises seems too passive in response. They are the ones who insist the people of this planet come together in greater conscious action, while being too consumed in righteousness to act upon the very suggestions they project. One who is rooted in love, feeds a hungry person in sight. One who relies on knowledge believes they are helping by trying to rally others into the very actions they have yet to choose.
This is why for some, loving what arises is the ultimate leap of faith one must take in order for attachments to knowledge to be living transmissions of heart-centered wisdom in action. In heart-centered consciousness, we don’t love instead of help. Instead, we help from a space of love by allowing love’s infinite wisdom to determine how our help is offered.
Relying on your knowledge also acts as a double-edged sword: when good things seem to happen, you may think you are being rewarded for what you know. Equally so, when you interpret your life circumstances as “bad”, “adverse”, or “wrong”, you may believe that if only you knew more than you do things would’ve been different.
At certain stages of your spiritual journey, you can be so knowledgeable, while still living in subtle realms of denial. When this occurs, there are reasons why your life happens that are superstitious, creative, and intriguing, while unrelated to the greater good of life’s eternal truth that only brings forth experiences to assist you in making more room for love to emerge.
This is why, further along the spiritual journey, a love for truth must transition into the truth of love, in order for the spiritually-hungry mind to merge into emotional oneness with the actions and integrity of an open loving heart. Once this merging occurs, truth is no longer something to know, keep straight, argue with others, attempt to defend, or in need of being remembered, but a fully-embodied expression of your highest self in form.
Inevitably, truth is not what you know, but how often you love. This is today’s moment of insight.
– Matt Kahn
By mapping notes to letters, some musicians sneak secret words into tunes.
The ancient Egyptian amulet of the Tiet (also Tyet or Tet) is also known as the Girdle of Isis, the Buckle of Isis, the Knot of Isis, orthe Blood of Isis. Appropriately, the amulet was often made of blood-red jasper, carnelian, or even red glass. (Red glass, by the way, is a precious material and quite difficultto make; the red color comes from the addition of gold to the molten glass.)
When paired with the Djed of Osiris, theTiet can be seen as the feminine symbol of the Goddess’ womb just as the Djed can be seen as the masculine symbol of the God’s phallus.
The redness of the Tiet may represent the red lifeblood a mother sheds while giving birth. On the other hand, it might represent menstrual blood. Some say the amulet is shaped like the cloth worn by…
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Japanese artist Akie Nakata turns found stones and rocks into adorable animal paintings you can hold in the palm of your hand. Each of her stone paintings are inspired by the natural shapes of each rock she finds, believing they already have their own destined characters.
Slippery Elm is a perennial tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada, and can reach a height of 60-80 feet. They can live up to 200 years. Slippery Elm is also called Red Elm or Indian Elm. Native Americans used the inner bark for its soothing effect on the digestive tract and to heal wounds. Today, Herbalists use Slippery Elm for its mucilaginous and nutritive properties, for a sore throat, and for soothing the mucous membranes lining the stomach and intestines. The inner bark is the only part used for therapeutic purposes. When it is moistened, the gummy mucilaginous substance surrounding its fibers swell, producing a soothing softening remedy. This gooey ingredient is very similar to Flaxseed. Slippery Elm is known by Herbalists for its soothing effect on whatever part of your body it comes into contact with. Slippery Elm has also been used during times of stress. Given that our mental…
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The prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is increasing globally as people live longer. Vascular dementia (VaD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are the most common forms of dementia, and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is often concomitant with AD (AD + CVD). The goal of treatment is to stabilize or slow disease progression, reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), improve quality of life, and reduce caregiver burden. In Asia, the first-line therapies for dementia are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), N‐methyl‐D‐aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists (e.g., memantine) are second-line therapies, and the proprietary ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) leaf extract EGb761 (Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG; Karlsruhe, Germany) is also used. In China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, EGb 761 is classified as a drug; in Malaysia and Singapore, it is regulated as a supplement; and in Indonesia, it is classified as a “phytopharmaceutical.” To help guide clinical practice in…
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am feeling the pre- Mercury Retrograde shadow shit show already. How about you?
well there’s lots happening today.
MOON moves from fast to smelling the roses speed as it mozzies through Taurus over the next couple of days.
VENUS in GEMINI and PLUTO in Capricorn inconjunct each other
Venus and Pluto are not seeing eye to eye today. Power struggles jealousy, secret clandestine trysts? They are certainly rubbing each other the wrong way, power struggles, clandestine affairs, indecision, avoidance, even Venus in her Golden girdle will find it awkward trying to charm the Lord of Death.
Taurus moon squares Mercury in LEO
Taurus talk slow. Mercury in Leo doesn’t have the patience to wait.
SUN sextiles URANUS in TAURUS and squares CHIRON in ARIES
its a day of whacka doodle energy with a chance of de-armoring.
I’m so busy prepping to do a 3 day workshop I;ll just…
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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common community-acquired infections, and it has a very high rate of recurrence. Of women diagnosed with UTI, 35% to 53% have a recurrence within 12 months. The standard treatment for UTI is a course of antibiotics; however, there is not a standard prophylactic treatment for recurrent UTI. Now that the relationship is understood between overuse of antibiotics and the development of multidrug-resistant strains within microbial populations, the authors argue that it is imperative to develop a long-term standard preventive therapy for recurrent UTI.
In this prospective, non-randomized phase II clinical trial, researchers at the Department of Urology at the Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy evaluated a combination of natural therapy for recurrent UTI. The product is produced by Anatek Health Italia, Milan, Italy, and is sold under the name AVIUR Retard. Each tablet contains the following combination of proprietary products:…
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What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Do you stretch? Of course you don’t. Most people reach for their coffee mug or cigarettes. Well, we will give you a few reasons to stretch in the morning. First, your body needs to get loose, and you need to get that heart pumping. Do you […]
A new immunotherapy approach using a patient’s own tumor targeting T-cells has shown impressive results in a woman with metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live. […]
cittaṃ rakkhetha medhāvī,
cittaṃ guttaṃ sukhāvahaṃ.
Difficult to detect and very subtle,
the mind seizes whatever it wants;
so let a wise one guard one’s mind,
for a guarded mind brings happiness.
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika
Welina mai a me hau’ōli lā Pō’aono. Ūa maikā’i no Pūle kikipani me ‘ohana a me nā hoaloha! Ō kā maluhia no me oe.
Warmest greetings and a Happy Saturday. Have a good weekend with family and with friends. Peace be with you.
Card of the Day – 5 of Pentacles – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Welina mai a Hau’ōli Aloha Pōʻalima ‘ōukōu. Aloha pauʻōle. Ō ka maluhīa nō me ʻoe.
Warmest greetings and a Happy Aloha Friday, everyone. Love without end. Peace be with you.
Mercury is the messenger planet and is the ruler of Gemini. Leo is our second fire sign, ruling the 5th house of joy, royalty and childlike energy. These merged together brings in wonderful and expressive energy to our communications and we dare to communicate our unique essence. This will also affect Geminis and Virgos a bit extra and is a great time for you who need to communicate before big audiences, online and in social media. Social media might get even more extravagant here and we can see big personalities being even more expressed in media and around us.
Aloha kākahiāka ā me Hauʻōli aloha Pōʻahā … Ī lā āwaiwa nōu ōukōu! Ō kā maluhia nō me ʻoe.
Good morning and Happy Aloha Thursday … Have a fantastic day, everyone! Peace be with you.
Aloha kākahiāka ōukōu e Hau’ōli aloha Pō’akolu. Kā maluhia a me ka maʻalahi a me nā ‘ohana e hoaloha. Ī lā nani nou.
Good morning and Happy Aloha Wednesday, everyone … Wishing peace and contentment to our family and friends. Have a beautiful day!
Forced vaccinations now can be legally stopped-no quality control for 32 years Wide ramifications for Australia Go to: https://www.aimintegrativemedicine.com/aim-integrative-medicine-blog/why-kennedy-sued-the-government-over-vaccine-safety-won http://icandecide.org/governments/ Case 1:18-cv-03215-JMF Document 18 Filed 07/09/18 Vaccine injury lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Del Bigtree, producer of the suppressed anti-vaccine documentary, Vaxxed and the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) are credited with this victory. They demanded…
— Read on cairnsnews.org/2018/11/19/u-s-govt-loses-landmark-vaccine-lawsuit/