Daily Words of the Buddha for April 19, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for April 19, 2019 — juṇhā — moonlight, a moonlit night, the bright fortnight of the month

Mettañca sabbalokasmi,
mānasaṃ bhāvaye aparimāṇaṃ:
Uddhaṃ adho ca tiriyañca,
asambādhaṃ averamasapattaṃ.

With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.

Sutta Nipāta 1.150
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Hawaiian Culture | Who Owns Aloha? Hawaii Considers Protections For Native Culture

(AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant and a Native Hawaiian-operated restaurant in Anchorage, among others. […]

Read article here: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/04/who-owns-aloha-hawaii-considers-protections-for-native-culture/

Card of the Day – 8 of Wands – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tarot by Cecelia

And away we go! Today is the first full day of Mercury in Aries, and, with the Sun at the tail-end of this fiery sign, the time is here to spring into action!. With the 8 of Wands, rapid developments can occur on multiple fronts, and news and information may be coming at you from all directions. The energy may feel like a slingshot which has been released, propelling you forward quickly.

There is a Full Moon in the works, and it will peak tomorrow at 29° Libra. Remember, that your words can pierce like arrows, and with this Aries energy pushing you, you do not want to say something that you may later wish you could take back. Arguments can occur under such a karmic Full Moon with the 8 of Wands present, so again, be careful what you say, or how you react. I go into greater detail…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 18, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for April 18, 2019 — jotaka — illuminating, making light; explaining

Attānaṃ ce tathā kayirā;
yathāññamanusāsati,
sudanto vata dametha.
Attā hi kira duddamo.

One should do what one teaches others to do;
if one would train others,
one should be well controlled oneself.
Difficult, indeed, is self-control.

Dhammapada 12.159
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

A Shamans View of Mental Illness

A West African shaman by the name of Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé has a different view of mental illness compared to that of people in the western world, where we focus on pathology and the idea that the behavior exhibited by those diagnosed with the condition is something that needs to stop. Dr. Somé proposes […]

Source: A Shamans View of Mental Illness – Forever Conscious

What is the ego tendency? || Acharya Prashant (2018)

Acharya Prashant - Words into Silence

What is the ego tendency

Question: What is ego tendency? What is maya? Why does the mind get distracted? How to be attentive?

Acharya Prashant: You see, we often say that suffering is when things start cluttering the mind. Kabir Sahib says, “Maya is that, which occupies your mind.” We need to ask, “To whom is the occupation?”

Let us say a girl keeps dancing in your mind. To whom is she dancing? Who is watching her? To whom has she come? Has she come to a nobody? Has she come to an empty house? She is dancing in your mind. To whom has she come? Had you not been there, would she have come? That’s the ego tendency.

Whenever you see something, you must that, that which you are seeing, is for you. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been there. Your universe is, for you. Otherwise, it is not there. That…

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Card of the Day – 2 of Pentacles – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tarot by Cecelia

Today is the first real day of escape from Mercury retrograde in Pisces. If you thought it was brutal, you would not be alone. Now that Mercury will be zipping along in Aries until the first week of May, there is much to be done. Oh, and of course, the Moon is now in Libra, where we will have a Full Moon at 29° in two days.

The 2 of Pentacles is all about maintaining balance in your life, as in between work and home, managing to keep your priorities straight, and making it all look effortless at times. Between Mercury and the Moon (after all, Libra is all about balance) you will be moving to beat the band. This card very often depicts holding it all together, in spite of chaos in the background. Now that we are in Full Moon territory, there will be no shortage of chaos…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 17, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for April 17, 2019 aniñjita — immoveable, undisturbed, unshaken, without desiress

Kalyāṇamitto yo bhikkhu, sappatisso sagāravo;
Karaṃ mittānaṃ vacanaṃ, sampajāno patissato;
Pāpuṇe anupubbena, sabbasaṃyojanakkhayaṃ.

When a bhikkhu has good friends, and is reverential and respectful;
Doing what one’s friends advise, clearly comprehending and mindful;
One may progressively attain the destruction of all fetters.

Itivuttaka 1.17
The Udāna and the Itivuttaka, trans. John D. Ireland

2019 Libra Full Moon in Dragon Month

Susan Levitt

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April 19 2019 is a full Moon in Libra. Air sign Libra rules the 7th house of partnership, so focus is on your most close and intimate connections. Libra is ruled by Venus that brings peace and harmony. And Venus squares Jupiter, a favorable square to do what you enjoy! So relax into this festive Pig year. Eat, drink, and be merry this full Moon weekend.

The Sun conjuncts Uranus for independence and self sufficiency. There’s a desire for exciting new experiences, and to break from habits that feel restrictive. The full Moon is opposite this Sun and Uranus conjunction so if you are restless, now is excellent to make creative change, and to let go of old relationship patterns that don’t allow for freedom of expression.

Communication is good as Mercury conjuncts Venus. There can be kind discussions about love and affection, increased appreciation of art and beauty, and…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Clinical Efficacy of Fennel Cream for Improved Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women

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Sexual dysfunction is a common complication of menopause. Estrogen therapy, administered orally or vaginally, can reduce symptoms of vaginal atrophy and improve sexual function in postmenopausal women. However, estrogen therapy can be associated with serious side effects and may not be appropriate for some women. Effective alternative non-hormonal options are needed for postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) seeds have been used medicinally for centuries and reported to have estrogenic effects. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of fennel vaginal cream on sexual function in postmenopausal women.

Postmenopausal women (n = 60, aged 45-65 years) were enrolled at Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Ahvaz, Iran. Included patients had confirmed menopause, lived with their husbands, were sexually active, and had sexual dysfunction (scoring < 26 on the Female Sexual Function Index [FSFI]). Excluded patients had vaginal bleeding…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | CARVACROL IMPROVES RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS AND PULMONARY FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA

Asthma, a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, causes wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Carvacrol is the main phenol of the essential oil of plants including oregano (Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Lamiaceae), and has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. T[…]

Read arēticle here: https://crookedbearcreekorganicherbs.com/2019/04/17/carvacrol-improves-respiratory-symptoms-and-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-asthma/

Daily Meditation

As you become more aware of who you are, you become more aware of how the Creator moves in your being through each step that you take, especially within your meditative state. If you invoke the Creator within and ask of that Creator to move through you this day, as all days, and to express itself to you in a way in which you are able to discern that there is an expansion of your awareness occurring throughout the day that you experience, then you become more and more familiar with this quality of the Creator that resides within your very being. Then when you invoke it, you are calling upon the greater portion of your being to make itself apparent to you, that you may see how the Creator meets you in every experience, in every day, throughout your life, so that you may see with clearer eyes, with an open heart, with clear communication, with the ability to create changes in your own consciousness as a result of processing the catalyst that you find yourself emerged in throughout every day.

– Q’uo, The Law Of One

Artist: Jacki May

Cartomancy | Card of the Day – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Two of Pentacles

Today is the first real day of escape from Mercury retrograde in Pisces. If you thought it was brutal, you would not be alone. Now that Mercury will be zipping along in Aries until the first week of May, there is much to be done. Oh, and of course, the Moon is now in Libra, where we will have a Full Moon at 29° in two days. […]

Read article here: https://tarotbycecelia.com/2019/04/16/card-of-the-day-2-of-pentacles-wednesday-april-17-2019/

“TO BE EVERYTHING AND NOTHING AT THE SAME TIME”, by Adyashanti

Is it possible to start to feel, in this very moment, that our bodies, our minds, and even our personalities are ways through which our spiritual essence connects with the world around us? That these bodies and minds are actually sensing organs for spirit? Our physical forms are the vehicle through which spiritual essence gets to experience its own mysterious creation to be bewildered by its creation, shocked by it, in awe of it, and even confused by it. Spirit is pure potential that contains every possible outcome. From the standpoint of our spiritual essence, nothing is to be avoided. No experiences need to be turned from. Everything, in its way, is a gift even the painful things. In reality, all of life every moment, every experience is an expression of spirit.”

– Adyashanti

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | The Tradition of Working With Sacred Oils, by Anaiya Sophia

A long, long time ago, there was an ancient tradition of women who worked with sacred oils for the highest good of All. These women were called Myrrhophores, also known as myrrh-bearers or mistresses of the oils. They were priestesses of an even older order whose time has returned and is with us once again.

The work of these women was to anoint those approaching death and to prepare the way for the soul to soar. The sacred oil would realign people with their true soul essence, and carry them to ‘other side’. The Myrrhophore would hold a vigil (usually three days) whilst praying and uttering the intonation of the oil. The combination of softly spoken voice and perfume healed the wounds in the soul caused by events not only in this life but also in the past.

This myrrh-bearing tradition has its earthly roots in the ancient temples of Egypt and is still kept alive by a few practitioners today. However, the oil itself is the High Priestess and gateway to the inner temple. Mary Magdalene was a Myrrhophore. Isis was a Myrrhophore. Cleopatra, Hatshepsut…, the names are many, and the tradition is one.

The myrrhophore not only works with dis “ease” in the spirit and soul but also the disharmony within the environment. She tunes in to the subtle discordance and acknowledges its unrest. Turning to the oils, and its pure expression of the Divine, she offers herself as a bridge bringing the gift of wholeness and healing.

In the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, the Third Sunday of Pascha (i.e. the second Sunday after Easter) is called the ‘Sunday of the Myrrhbearers’. It is clear that during the time of Christ being a Myrrhophore was a very esteemed and honourable position to hold. So much so, that it was the most famous Myrrhophore, Mary Magdalene that got to see and speak with the resurrected Christ.

I first realised I was a Myrrhophore when I inhaled Spikenard. I became initiated right there and then on the spot. I was instantly catapulted into a dark cave, warmed by ritual and intense prayer. The pungent fragrance opened a secret chamber in my heart as it stripped me bare to the memory of holding this medicine and decanting it to others, and the land. My love and adoration for Christ revealed its immensity as I keeled over and wept.

I had remembered what lay hidden in my soul, and now I am here to remind you.

Cartomancy | Card of the Day – Monday, April 15, 2019 – Ace of Wands

Grab the gusto as the week begins, with this powerful Ace up your sleeve. The air is ripe for change, and you have entered Full Moon territory, as the Full Moon in Libra on the 19th is now in view. Let your creativity soar today, as lightbulb moments become a thing this week. Mercury leaves Pisces and shadow tomorrow, and enters Aries on the 17th, with thoughts and communications firing on all cylinders. […]

Read article here: https://tarotbycecelia.com/2019/04/14/card-of-the-day-ace-of-wands-monday-april-15-2019-2/

Daily Words of the Buddha for April 15, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for April 15, 2019 — ajjava — straight, upright, direct, honest

Phuṭṭhassa lokadhammehi,
cittaṃ yassa na kampati,
asokaṃ virajaṃ khemaṃ;
etaṃ maṅgalamuttamaṃ.

When faced with the vicissitudes of life,
one’s mind remains unshaken,
sorrowless, stainless, secure;
this is the greatest welfare.

Sutta Nipāta 2.271
The Discourse Summaries by S.N. Goenka