Saturday, March 30, 2013
Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in you can enjoy the silence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Heart of the Matter”
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
...A validated life gives one the support and encouragement to truly live the American dream...LIBERTY must not fail us. WE ARE AMERICANS! ~David Christian Hamblin David Christian Hamblin is a decedent of colonist and freedom speaker Jonathan Fairbanks 1594-1668. Mr. Fairbanks immigrated to New England from Yorkshire in 1633, established his family at the oldest surviving post&beam house, now a family museum in Dedham, Massachusetts. Jonathan Fairbanks was known for his out-spoken views in the creation of his 'utopia'.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In Buddhism, the point is not simply to be accomplished meditators but to change our whole approach to life. Meditation is not merely a useful technique or mental gymnastic, but part of a balanced system designed to change the way we go about things at the most fundamental level. ~Judy Lief, "Is Meditation Enough?"
Monday, March 25, 2013
Closure can help you let go of feelings of anger or uncertainty regarding your past even as you honor your experience – whether good or bad - as a necessary step on your life’s path. Closure allows you to emotionally lay to rest issues and feelings that may be weighing down your spirit. When you create closure, you affirm that you have done what was needed, are wiser because of your experience, and are ready for whatever life wants to bring you next....the fabulous dailyOM.
Twinings' Everyday Blend...establishing it as the ‘everyday’ choice for Downton Abbey fans like me and you! oh the new tea line-up has also been extended to include four NPD ‘everyday extra’ blends: Redbush,(for Edith fans) Green Tea,(O'Brien'sfans) Echinacea (Daisy's fanbase) and Peppermint(Isobel's fans). I think the new design is for Downton fans who want the reassurance of their everyday cuppa but are intrigued by the benefit of herbal blends, and they are designed to 'drunk' with a splash of milk....just like Violet! PBS should be proud for inspiring more Americans to drink TEA in the afternoon....Fabulous!
OH Baby...this pickle just about threw me under the table...what a wild-HOT surprise....oh I love some spice darling but this baby came up on me and whacked my taste buds!...can't wait for another one of Gordy's pickles...
Amazing that after so many years a scent should bring about a vivid memory or an instant reflection of someone. I was wandering around a local pharmacy recently and came upon the iconic OLD SPICE cologne...my father use to splash himself with it when I was young boy...after opening the bottle in the store I was instantly transported to that 6 year old boy recalling how my dad smelled...a scent that wafted through the years....I stood in the store aisle welling-up with grief...my father died 11 years ago this week...I bought that ole bottle and it sits in the linen closet- so when I need to recall a moment with dad I just open the cap...it's almost like he is in the room with me...almost.
Yogandhaa of 100% natural yoga oils created by Distinctive Repetition....now I am a Ralph Lauren BLUE fan...but I love wearing my Yogandhaa oils to my YOGA class...the scent is subtle...and lifts me to a sense of enlightenment...on my mat with YOGANDHAA...
Madhava launched a line of certified organic honey that is as close to being straight OUT of the hive as you can get. The Sweet Earth Project which donates 10 cents of every jar sold to non-profit organizations working to save the bees and enhance sustainability....a fabu way to connect with Mother Earth!
The problem with our life does not lie in the individual circumstances or occurrences of our day-to-day existence. It’s not that they’re inherently meaningless and boring. The problem is that we make them meaningless and boring; because we are so invested in maintaining our own sense of self, we actually don’t relate to anything in a direct way. Unwilling to fully live the life that is arriving in our bodies moment by moment, we find ourselves left with no real life at all. ~ Reggie Ray, "Touching Enlightenment"
Monday, August 23, 2010
WOW!!! I say for Canadian TV Chef Christine Cushing's gourmet tomato sauces by Trish Papadakos...oh yummers....Love the jars and lids with tons of info and the sauces are soooo FABULOUS tasting...yup I said it here...F.A.G Food for your F.A.G Kitchen pantry!!
I could use a pantry filled with this fabulous coffee....Verve is one of the nations leading roasters...I adore the design and packaging of this over-the-top great coffee...Check them out at Whole Foods!!....So F.A.G Good!!...
Developing genuine compassion for our loved ones is the obvious and appropriate place to start in our spiritual practice. The impact our actions have on our close ones will generally be much greater than on others, and therefore our responsibilities toward them are greater. Yet we need to recognize that, ultimately, there are no grounds for discriminating in their favor: all beings equally deserve our compassion. ~ Dalai Lama
Mulligan Stew is a natural pet food!!.... A fabulous new baked kibble marries scientific and a PET healthy approach to pet food....Perfect for your fabulous and gay pup!!...My little Tallulah blu loves it!!...
Since impermanence defies our attempts to hold onto anything, outer pleasures can never bring lasting joy. Even when we manage to get short-term gratification, it doesn't heal our longing for happiness; it only enhances our shenpa (getting hooked). As my teacher Dzigar Kongtrul once said, “Trying to find lasting happiness from relationships or possessions is like drinking salt water to quench your thirst.”
~ Pema Chödrön, "Cutting Ties: The Fruits of Solitude"
When we take the vows of refuge, we are also pledging to find the refuge that exists within our own lives. This taking of refuge is not some kind of evasion or escape, but is the planting of our "selves" deeply in the nature of what surrounds us. We lodge ourselves in the deep waves and in the shallow pools, in the crests and depressions of our lives. Sometimes, even wreckage can make a temporary resting place. A person whose life is in tatters might have nothing much else left to do but relax and look at the pieces of what's left. Maybe this is the reason that so many of us are drawn to the sea and to the wildness of its coasts. The beaches display a confused but somehow soothing amalgam of particles: bits and pieces of once-living organisms, cracked plastic remnants of human creation, tubber wheels, oilcloth, mesh, fishing line. The sands are a haven for the dense and the reflective, the many failed items that were meant to last forever. This evidence of the transitory is really what Buddhism is all about: the daily give-and-take of living, the constant awareness of time, the fleeting opportunities for new discovery. ~ Gary Thorp, "Shelter from the Storm"
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We all know what it’s like to get trapped in dark, constricting states of mind—and how useless it is, in terms of awakening, to dwell there. That is exactly what the Buddha taught: we don’t need to stay stuck in greed, hatred, and delusion. Life can be lighter, more workable, even when it’s challenging. This lightening up, which I see as an aspect of joy, is the fruit of insight into anatta, the selfless nature of reality, and anicca, the truth of impermanence. When we are not attached to who we think we are, life can move through us, playing us like an instrument. Understanding how everything is in continual transformation, we release our futile attempts to control circumstances. When we live in this easy connection with life, we live in joy.
~ James Baraz, "Lighten Up!"
If we can remember that our response to others is important, we can begin to realize that trust and forgiveness go hand in hand. And when we react in a way that engenders a greater amount of honesty and candor, we will establish a more positive and empowering way of being and interacting others....the fabulousdailyOM speaks directly to me today...Happy Travels...