Monday, February 28, 2011

Meditation Monday: Without Haste

Sutra: Quietly consider what is right and what is wrong. Receiving all opinions equally. Without haste, wisely, observe the law. ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. 500BC~

Don't have any prejudice. And we are so full of prejudices, we are bundles of prejudices. And whenever we think that we have come to a conclusion, it is just a deception -- you have again come to a prejudice which has already been put inside you by the society, by the church, by the state. You are victims of so many vested interests, which are all sitting around you with greedy eyes to exploit you, to suck your blood and soul. Watch, the next time you feel that you have understood somethig, observed something. Go back and try to see: is it some past prejudice that has again popped up in a new form, in a new format, with new words? And you will be surprised: it is so.

When Buddha says "quietly consider" he means don't think -- drop all thinking and see. That is the only way to know things as they are...because if you are thinking, you are bringing your prejudices in. If you are thinking, you are bringing your past conclusions in. If you are thinking, your mind is functioning -- and mind is past, and the past never allows you to see the present. Thinking has to stop for meditation to be. Thinking has to evaporate totally. In that state of no-thought you can see.
Buddha says: Meditate quietly. Be silent and see. And in that seeing you will know -- without any logical process you will simply know: This is this. This is good and this is bad. Not that you have to decide it according to the Bible or the Koran or the Gita. If you have eyes you know where the wall is and where the door is. Do you have to think about it? Each time you go out of your room do you have to think agai and agai where the door is and where the wall is? You simply go out of the door without thinking at all, because you can see! But if you are blind, each time you will have to think again and again, "Where is the door?" You will have to grope for the door.
Thinking is a blind state, it is a groping in the darkness.
Meditation is a state of having eyes, you are capable of seeing. You simply see what is right and what is wrong. And when you see what is right and what is wrong you can't do the wrong, you can't go against the right.
A meditator naturally follows that which is good -- not that he decides to follow it -- and naturally avoids that which is bad. Not that he decides to avoid it; a meditator never takes any vows -- there is no need. A man with eyes never takes the vow that "I will always enter from the door, go out from the door. I promise you, God, that I will never try to enter from the wall. Believe me, I am a ma of my word, I will keep it, although I know there will be many temptations." If somebody is saying that, you will laugh. "What nonsense is he talking! What temptations?" Have you ever been tempted by the wall to get in and out through it? No such temptation is there.
Buddha says, "receiving all opinions equally" -- without any prejudice, without any opinion already arrived at. Just listen to, and watch, all kinds of things. Be a pure mirror -- that is meditation. And without haste, because if you are in a hurry you will jump upon the conclusion. You are not really concerned with truth, you are more concerned with a conclusion, because the conclusion gives comfort, the conclusion gives you a security, the conclusion makes you feel that you know. It covers up your ignorance, it makes you feel sure and certain.
Hence people are so ready to become part of any church. They are not ready to become free. Even if sometimes they leave a church, they leave only to join another church. The Hindu becomes the Mohammedan, the Mohammedan becomes the Christian, the Christian becomes the Hindu. And this way they go on moving from one church to another, but they remain the same people because their approach remains the same.
Without haste, wisely, obersve the law. Don't be in a hurry. I hurrying you may decide something which is not true. Just for the longing to make a decision, you may conclude, you may start believing. A real inquirer is ready to wait, he is very patient. Even if it takes lives he is ready to devote lives.

Truth is worth devoting as much time to as you can.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Full Moon Beauty

So...this is a crappy picture taken with my cell phone from the highway out of a moving car last night. I couldn't resist snapping a quick one as She rose up over the horizon of my beautiful city. My observance of her was done on Thursday was a lot more clear and there was no chance of rain, so it made sense.

Now...anybody who knows me well can tell you that I'm a water baby. Me and water go together like peanut butter and jelly. So...with all that's been going on, I figured it would make sense to get out there and revel in the beauty of the moon with my feet being embraced by the water that I love. Well...we got out to the lake and went to the water and I felt off. It just wasn't what I needed. I felt almost anxious and really uncomfortable. Thinking about it in hindsight...water dealing with emotions and made sense. So....we went to find another spot (away from water) and found this awesome clearing in some trees and just plopped down to do our own things. My whole objective was to go out there....ask the Goddess for guidance and to apologize for being the laziest Pagan on the planet. I went out there to reconnect with the Divine and recommit myself to my path. Again. I'm horrible ya'll...truly.

So...we get to our clearing and go off to do our own things. I plopped down on what looked like a comfy poof of grass and threw myself on the ground. Laid down, absorbed the light of the moon, breathed in the sweet, clean fresh air and planted my bare feet on the rock solid earth. Instantly I felt better than I have in a week. It was like everything that had been wrong, all the emotions that have been raging through my brain just went away. They flowed from top to bottom out of me and into Mother Earth. And I gave them away....just let them go. And I cried....silent tears just made their way out of my eyes and onto the ground. It was amazing. When I felt ready, I opened my eyes and marveled at the Moon and the stars and then I saw this cloud....and I swear to you it was the Goddess in cloud formation. She was awesomely beautiful. My heart and soul were filled with peace and love. I laid there for what felt like hours....realistically it wasn't even 30 minutes. But it was the best thing I've done in a long time.

I have promised Her to be more diligent in my (for lack of better wording) get off my damn ass and be spiritually productive. LOL

So...dear readers and friends....tell me...what do you do when you feel you've let yourself wander off your path? How do you bring yourself back to where you need to be?

Friday, February 18, 2011

You can come out now....

Ok, break time is over. I can't stand it anymore. I thought I needed silence...but really I need an outlet for my brain. I've thought about doing the 750 words site for all this (and truth be told, I probably will do that too) but I want to share this here. Just because the more I share this with people the better I feel.

My husband is a jackass. He's a lying, cheating bastard. And I mean that quite literally. We've been together almost six years, married for almost five and I found out the day before Valentine's Day that he cheated on me. He betrayed me. He lied about it. Asshole. And he did it with someone he works with....someone who dared to call me a friend. Ho-bag.

Yeah...I'm angry. I'm hurt. I feel so many emotions and feeling coursing through my brain over the past week that most of them don't even have names at this point...they just are. We are currently separated and I have no idea if I'm ever going to be able to forgive him for this. The general consensus of most of my friends is that I should file for divorce....yesterday. LOL. I love them for that. Unfortunately (or not...depending on how you look at it), he's still paying all the bills. Well...his money is. I have full access to his money and I pull it out as needed and pay what I need to pay. I even went out yesterday and bought myself $60 worth of new bras. And today I'm getting shoes for work....on his dime. So, this could work out to my advantage in some respect. *sigh* I don't know.

I'm not sure how I'm supposed to deal with all this. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to feel or say or believe anymore. I'm just very, very tired.

So...there you have it. An abbreviated version of what's been going on the past week. I'm going to give myself over the weekend to deal with it some more and then we will be back to our regularly scheduled line-up on Monday.

Love and tea-cozies!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Time for a Break

Due to some personal issues that have occured over the weekend...I will be taking a small break.

I hope to be back next monday (after all the v-day crap) and back to my regularly scheduled (or not now) life.

For those of you who have other ways to contact me.....feel free to talk to me during my blog break. I might even catch you up and let you be angry/hurt with me :)

Love to all my tea-drinkin witches (and non-witches)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wow I just noticed that I hit the 50 follower mark. Plus one. That's awesome...I'm overjoyed. Truly. I never thought that many people would be all that interested in anything that I have to say. I started this on a do most bloggers I suppose....because I love tea and decided to attempt to share my love for it with the world.

I never thought for one minute that I would end up having 10 people following me...let alone 50+. Wow...that's awesome.

I'm thinking of doing something to mark this momentous occasion. I just don't know what, stay tuned my friends. I'll let you know either later today or tomorrow what I decide to do.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday: Chai Recipie we are. I can't believe it's Tuesday again already. Seems like I was just doing this the other day. We're preparing for round 2 of nasty winter weather. Hard to believe that Spring is supposed to be right around the corner. I've decided to post a recipie for Chai. A drink that is thick and creamy and warms you from the inside out. It's a make it yourself kinda you can adjust the measurements of the spices until you find a combination that works for you.

Masala Spice Mixture

2 Tblsps. Ground Cardamom
2 Tblsps. Ground Cloves
2 Tblsps. Ground Cinnamon
2 Tblsps. Powdered Ginger
1 Tblsp. Ground Black Pepper

~Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Store in a tightly lidded glass jar in a cool dark place. Yields 1/4 cup of spice mixture.~

To use Spice Mixture:

1/2 cup water
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. Assam or Darjeeling Tea Leaves
1/8 tsp. Masala Spice Mixture
1/2 cup milk

~Bring water, sugar and tea leaves to a boil. Add Masala Spice Mixture and bring to a second boil. Add milk and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pre-heat cups. Strain chai, pour into cups and serve. Yields 2 servings~

**Recipies obtained from the book: "Chai, the Spice Tea of India" by Diana Rosen**

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meditation Monday: The Simple Teaching

Sutra: Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened. ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. 500BC~
Man is born unconsciously, although he has the potential to become conscious. And the potential will remain only a potential unless you work hard to actualize it. One is born with an intrinsic capacity to conquer oneself, but your whole energy becomes extrovert. Living with people who are extrovert, ambitious, desiring this and that, the child also starts imitating. He learns from others -- from his parents, teachers, priests, politicians -- and these are all in the same boat. Somebody is after money, somebody is after power, somebody is after fame, but nobody seems to be interested in one's own self. Nobody seems to be ready to go on that great pilgrimage of self-discovery. Buddha says master yourself. If you are at all interested in mastery -- and who is not interested? -- then become interested in self-mastery. Don't waste your time in trying to domintate others.

"According to the law" does not mean the law of the state or the law given by the priests. "According to the law" for Buddha means according to the ultimate law of life and existence. There is a tremendous harmony -- anybody just a little bit sensitive, intelligent, can feel it -- life is a harmonious whole. It is not a chaos, it is a cosmos. Why is it not a chaos? Because a law runs through and through it like a thread in a garland. That thread is invisible, you see only the flowers, but that thread is keeping them together. Existence is a garland; there is a thread, a sutra (sutra means thread) a very thin thread, almost invisible, running through the whole of existence, that makes it a cosmos instead of a chaos.
"According to the law" in the words of Buddha means: Be in harmony with nature, existence. Don't fight it, don't go against it. Don't try to go upstream, to flow upstream. To be in a let-go with existence is to follow the law. aes dhammo sanantano - this is the inexhaustible law. If you relax, if you allow the law to take you over, to possess you, you will be overflooded with it. You need not go on an ego trip. The river is already flowing to the ocean -- you will simply flow with the river. No need to swim either - float, and you will reach the ocean.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fairies Everywhere

So....The Whimsical Cottage is hosting a month long event of the awesomeness of the fairie culture.

Today...I got to guest post for her. :) Head over there and check it out would you??? It's got some pretty cool stuff so far...can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings.

To read my blog post click here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WW: Imbolc Edition

One more of my ideas for this little corner of cyberspace.....I've seen a lot of people do this on their own blogs and after considering if I wanted to join in it or not....I've decided to. Wednesday is usually a pretty hectic day for most people. I'm going to use it as a way to get my readers ( there) to smile. I'm going to use pictures based on my 14,000 things to be happy about book. That's 14,000 Wednesdays to post on....that's a lot guys. Starting next Wed. there will be no words (beyond the title) in my WW posts...just the picture. I would love it if you guys would let me know if it's something that makes you happy....or reminds you of something that makes you happy.

Also....I want to wish you all a Blessed Imbolc and a prosperous New Moon. I think it's awesome that they coincide with each other this year. I plan on using this to my advantage today. we go, in honor of the Sabbat.....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday: Imbolc Edition

In keeping with the spirit of the season I've decided to post about teas that you can drink for the Imbolc holiday. Teas that are cleansing and purifying. Teas that can help to cleanse your body and your spirit. Sounds yummy huh?? I thought without further is your list of Imbolc teas.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments or tell me if you use something else from what I list...I love to get new ideas for teas.
Red Clover
Valerian (use with caution...can also make you sleepy)
Vervain's a yummy treat I found while trolling around the internet one day. I can't remember the site exactly but if someone recognizes where it's from please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.

Lemon Rosemary Tea Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. grated or finely chopped lemon zest (yellow part of the rind only)
2 tsp. minced dried rosemary leaves or fresh rosemary stripped of stems, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
2-3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325. Lightly oil 9x5 loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and rosemary in a med. sized bowl, stir together till blended. In a large bowl, beat oil and sugar until blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one until mix is a pale yellow.
Add 1/3 of flour mix and 1/2 the buttermilk to egg mixture and blend together. Add the rest of the buttermilk, stir to blend completely. Add the rest of the flour mixture (1/3 at a time) stirring to blend after each addition. Spread batter in loaf pan.
Bake until golden and bread starts to pull away from sides of pan, about 55 minutes.

Glaze: In a med. bowl mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle or spread on warm loaf. Allow to cool completely. Use a knife to loosen bread from pan and remove. Slice, serve and enjoy!