Thursday, June 30, 2011

Giveaway Goodies



I got goodies!!!!  Look at em....aren't they pretty???  Many, many thanks to Ms. Lilypads for sponsering this awesome giveaway on her blog.  Everyone who entered was fortuanate to get a "Thanks for participating" gift.  My candle smells delicious...although I'm still trying to figure out the scent.  There is a slight citrus smell....which I'm totally diggin right now.

Thanks so much for the plethora of awesomeness :) 

Wordless Wednesday: Breakfast this morning

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meditation Monday: Giddy and Distracted


Sutra:  Death overtakes the man who, giddy and distracted by the world, cares only for his flock and his children.  Death fetches him away as a flood carries off a sleeping village.  ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. CA 500 B.C.~

Remember death.  Remember death always.  Never forget death for a single moment.  Why?  Why is Buddha so much interested in death? -- for the simple reason that it is only death that can keep you aware.  If you forget death you will become immediately unconscious.  It is because of death that only man can become enlightened and no other animal, because no other animal is aware of death.  It is only man who is aware of death.

Let this awareness become more and more penetrating.  Let it sink in your heart, so it remains there like a thorn, continuously reminding you that life is a shifting sand, that "Don't make your house here.  Remember death is coming and whatsoever you do will be undone by death, so what is the point of becoming so much worried, becoming so much concerned, remaining in such anxiety when death is going to take everything away?"

So....here we are...another death card this week.  A sign of a huge transformation on the horizon....I've got some plans for the New Moon to help release some of the mental, emotional and spiritual baggage that has massed up over the past few weeks.  It should be an interesting process.  I'm buckling myself in and preparing for the ride.....who wants to come with me??

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Meditation Monday: The Yellow Leaf


Sutra:  You are as the yellow leaf.  The messengers of death are at hand.  You are to travel far away.   What will you take with you?  ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha.  CA.  500 B.C.~

Dust unto dust, any moment and death is going to possess you.  Tomorrow may never come, even the next moment is not certain.  This is the only moment you can be certain of, next moment you may not be here.  What are you doing to prepare for that great jouney into the unknown?  Have you earned anything that you can take with you?  If you have not earned anything, then your life has been a sheer waste.  You may have accumulated much wealth, you may have become very famous, but all that is futile.  You cannot take it with you.  Your degrees, your titles, your awards, all will be left behind.  You will be going utterly alone.  Is there something which you can take with you?  There is only one thing that you can take with you, and that is true wealth.  Buddha calls it meditation, awareness, watchfulness, mindfulness, consciousness.  If you become more and more conscious, you can take that consciousness with you.


On a personal note...I never see these kinds of cards foretelling of an actual death (although that's not to say that they can't).  What I see in this, for me, is the fact that something major is about to happen.  An inevitable shift in my own reality.  Which is true....I've had a lot of upheavals lately.  My financial situation, my job satisfaction level, my home life has changed a lot over the last four months.  Things are about to put into motion which will make several of these huge changes a lot more permanent and to be completely honest...it scares the shit out of me.  But this card has reminded me that I need to live in the now, be present in the now (while preparing for the future), live with no regrets and be more mindful.  What does it say to you??

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday: Dandelion Tea

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Today we're going to start a little something different.....I have this collection of cards that I got from something called The Complete Guide to Natural Healing.  I don't have all the cards that are supposed to go in the collection....but I've got quite a few to run on.  So....during the weeks that I'm actually healthy (lol),  I will pull a card from this collection and write about that specific tea.  Eventually, I'm sure, I'll run out of cards and will have to come up with another approach (like actually doing some research...lol) but until then....I'm going to use what's available to me.

So this weeks tea is Dandelion.  This humble little weed is actually quite useful to those of us that prefer to use natural ingredients to help with physical ailments.  Dandelion can be used to assist in the treatment of kidney and bladder stones, reduction of bloating and fluid retention, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  It can be used to stimulate the appetite by promoting digestion, and to alleviate intestinal gas problems.  Dandelion is also useful to use for skin cleansing and as a rejuvenating regimen for the body.  People will sometimes use this to clean out the body after a long winter in preperation of the lighter foods/activities/etc. of the forecoming spring.  I think the most interesting use for dandelion is the roasting of the roots in order to use them as a substitute for coffee.  Yes folks....this Tea Witch does love herself a good cup of coffee :)

If you would like any of the recipies for the above issues that use dandelion, please let me know and I will be happy to either post them or send them to you directly.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Meditation Monday: Do Your Work

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Sutra:  Live in love.  Do your work.  Make an end of your sorrows.  ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. CA.  500 BC~

Unless you do the work that is close to your heart you will remain unfulfilled.  And the meditator finds immediately what his work is.  The meditator finds intrinsically that this is his work; he does not have to think about it.  It is so clear and so loud that he knows that he has to be a musician or he has to be a poet or he has to be this or that.  It comes so clear that there is no question of doubt.  And then he starts working; that work is his meditation.

Do what you love people...do what you love.  And if you're not doing what you love...why not?  What stands between you and happiness in what you do? 

I currently work in a pet store...and while I like my job...it is in no way what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I have become (especially lately) disenchanted with my job.  There is actually a part of me that loathes it.  Why haven't I left yet...well, a few reasons.  I'm sure they will all ring a bell with you.....my husband decided that our marriage was over so I'm now living on less income (despite the fact that he's paying bills), I am a single mom again (despite that fact we have a "village" of people to help if needed....I don't ask unless desperate), I lack a college degree so I can't really get any higher than what I am until I get off my ass and do something and last, but certainly not least, I had no clear idea of what direction I wanted my life to go in for the longest time.

That is until a week or so ago....when I went to New Mexico to visit my family and pick up the kidlet.  I was standing outside with my sister, chatting with her and looking at the stars.  It hit me.....kinda like one of the stars just fell out and walloped me upside the head.  I've decided that I want to be a Science Teacher.  At first I thought maybe I was just bedazzled at all the stars in the night sky...you don't see that in the city ya'll....so I slept on it.  Well....I didn't sleep well at all.  Between a pain in my tooth (another story) and the prospect of finally doing something with my life; I was way too antsy to really get any sleep.  I promptly told my mom in the morning and she is uber-excited.  Although, I think she's more pleased with the fact that her oldest child has finally decided to be constructive with her life.  LOL.  Either way though.....this is what I want to do...it feels right :)  Bonus...I get weekends, holidays and all sorts of time off throughout the year.  Time to spend pursuing my passions...or grading papers or attending workshops...you know, whatever.  LOL

What do you want to be when you grow up??

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

I'm turning 31 today :)  And I'm uber-excited about the whole thing :)  I was actually giddy with anticipation starting about 9pm last night.  I went to the mail box and checked the mail....anticipating birthday cards.  Alas...there were none in sight but I did have a package.  My giveaway goodies from Rue had finally arrived.  I won the Self Care cards in a giveaway she held a few months back...and after some waiting and a pretty long delay (all due to someone breaking into my mailbox and scratching my name off the card in it)....I finally got the cards.  As well as some unexpected treats.....a braid of sweet grass and some uber-yummy absinthe lip balm.  Happy Birthday to me!!!  Thanks so much Rue...you rock!!!!

Aren't they pretty???

My morning was awesome.....quiet time w/ my computer and coffee.  Much love from friends on my Facebook wall, a few text messages and calls from two of my best friends.  Last night was positively awesome though.....I, in a painkiller induced haze, decided to clean my desk (which took 2 hours) and bake some pumpkin bread to enjoy w/ this mornings coffee.  K (the wonderful human she is) had some last night when it was done.  She broke off one of the corners, stuck a toothpick in it, put flame to that little stick of wood and sang me "Happy Birthday".  For two chicks on a budget....I applaud her inventive thinking :)  Thanks K....it was an awesome B-day cake :) 

Today will consist of lounging....I will have to do some laundry at some point.  And then here in a few hours it's off to a friends house for a spaghetti dinner (to celebrate mine and another's birthdays) and watching the kiddos play on a slip and slide.  It will be an aweome day :)

I hope you all have an awesome Saturday!!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday: Licorice Tea


I am fortunate that when I actually get around to doing a Tea Time Tuesday post that I'm suffering from one malady or another so that I can do a little research and share with the rest of you. Or is this really a good thing after all??? Currently....I'm suffering from a wisdom tooth that has broken off on the top and is now trying to come up. Causing the ragged edges of my tooth to press against the gum...causing swelling. Yay.....not.
So....today's tea is Licorice. You can also use Echinacea or a Tumeric and Calendula blend. Green teas have also been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. I, personally, am going to find some Licorice tea and see how effective it will be. Wish me luck.

Meditation Monday: You Are The Source


Sutra: Mischief is yours. Sorrow is yours. But virtue also is yours. And purity. You are the source of all purity and all impurity. ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. CA 500BC~
The mistake, the greatest mistake
a man can commit,
is to think that the climate
is created by outside forces.
It is not created by outside forces;
it is your inner decision,
your inner will. It is your choice.
It happens on the outside,
but it arises from the deepest core
of your being. It needs very alert
watchfulness to see this point.
Once you have seen it you need not
live in hell at all. Why should you choose
hell once this is understood,
that it is your choice?
A completely transformed human being is born the moment you accept your responsibility for yourself, the moment you say, "Whatsoever I am is my choice -- not of the past but of the present. It is my choice of this moment, and if I want to change it I am absolutely free to change it. Nobody can hinder me -- no social force, no state, no history, no economics, no unconscious, can hinder me. If I am determined to change it, I can change it." ~Osho~
Alright people....here it is. The message for the week. Accept responsibility for yourself, your life, your personal sitation and all the rest. If there is something about any of the above that you don't like....get up and do something about it. Ah...this is a perfect message for me this week. I will be taking this one to heart my friends. As someone who has been thrown into an emotional upheaval for the past few months....it's time to get off my duff and do something. I can only allow myself to wallow for so long before it just becomes annoying. I will stand up, take responisibility for my actions, reactions, feelings, etc. Snap out of it!! Stand up and get moving...make the change you find so necessary! Nobody else is going to do it for you......if you need help...ask; but don't expect necessary change to happen overnight and without some sacrifice from your own self.
How many of you will stand with me???