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Stones In The Pond Meditation


  Purpose

The purpose is to open your sensory awareness to your immediate 
environment, 
helping you to reconnect with it. 
Ideally do this meditation in the countryside, a park or garden. 

Outline 

Stand somewhere you won't be disturbed 
Settle your body 
Flex your knees 
Feel the weight of your feet on the ground 
Wiggle your bum 
Shake your shoulders 
Take a few deep breaths into your lungs and belly

Keeping your eyes open, visualize a very still pond all around you. 

Let the focus of your awareness sit on the smooth surface of the 
middle of the pond. 

Take a deep breath in, 
and as you breath out visualize a small stone dropping into the 
water, 
right where your awareness is. Plop! 

As the ripples run out from the centre, 
let your sense of hearing follow them. 

Open your ears wide, reach out with your hearing, following the 
ripples out into the world. 

Reach out your hearing as far as you can.

In your own time, take another deep breath in 
and as before breath out visualizing another stone dropping into the 
water. Plop! 

This time as the ripples run out from the centre, 
let your sense of sight follow them. 

Open your eyes wide, reach out with your vision, 
expanding your peripheral vision on each side of your head and out in 
front as far as you can.

Then once more, take a deep breath in, and see the stone fall. Plop! 

As the ripples flow out, let your sense of smell follow them. 

Open your nostrils wide, reach out for the most subtle scents.

When your ready, 
visualize the pond slowly becoming calm again. 

Sense your feet on the ground. 
Take a breath and come back to yourself.

~by Adrian Harris

Essential Oils that Repel Bugs

Listed below are some natural alternatives for insect repellants, these
essential oils have been found to have a moderate to a high
effectiveness in repelling insects.
 
Basil oil, Cedarwood oil, Citronella oil, Geranium oil, Juniper oil and
Rosemary oil work to repel mosquitoes.
 
Citronella oil, Geranium oil and Juniper oil work to repel house flies.
 
All Mints oils work to repel ants.
 
Cajeput oil, Lemon oil and Pine oil work to repel fleas.

Quick Munchies Mix

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted nuts (peanuts, cashews, or almonds)

1/2 cup chocolate M&M candies

1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a bowl and toss to mix. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 2 cups
Category: Snacks

Calumba

Botanical: Jateorhiza calumba (MIERS)
Family: N.O. Menispermaceae
—Synonyms—Cocculus Palmatus. Colombo.
—Part Used—The dried root sliced transversely.
—Habitat—Forests of Eastern Africa. Indigenous to Mozambique, where it is abundant in the forests.

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—Description—A dioecious climbing plant with a perennial root, consisting of several tuberous portions, flowers small and inconspicuous, the root is dug in dry weather, in March, but only the fusiform offsets are used; the old root is rejected and the brightest, least worm-eaten and well-shaped pieces are preferred. The root and powder, if kept any length of time, are liable to be attacked by worms; the colour of the freshly prepared powder is greenish, later on it turns brown and when moistened very dark; it quickly absorbs moisture from the air and is apt to decompose, so only a small quantity should be prepared at a time. Odour aromatic, taste very bitter, rind more so than the central pith, which is somewhat mucilaginous. It is rarely adulterated since the price has been lowered.
—Constituents—Columbamine, Jateorhizine and Palmatine, three yellow crystalline alkaloids closely allied to berberine; also a colourless crystalline principle, Columbine, and an abundance of starch and mucilage.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—A bitter tonic without astringency, does not produce nausea, headache, sickness or feverishness as other remedies of the same class. It is best given as a cold infusion; it is a most valuable agent for weakness of the digestive organs. In pulmonary consumption it is useful, as it never debilitates or purges the bowels. The natives of Mozambique use it for dysentery It allays the sickness of pregnancy and gastric irritation. In Africa and the East Indies it is cultivated for dyeing purposes.

—Preparations—Calumba is generally combined with other tonics. For flatulence, 1/2 oz. of Calumba, 1/2 oz. of ginger 1 drachm of senna, added to 1 pint of boiling water, is taken three times daily in wineglassful doses.

Calumba can be safely combined with salts of iron and alkalies, as it does not contain tannic or gallic acid. The powdered root, 10 to 15 grains. The solid extract, 2 grains. The powdered extract, 2 grains. The fluid extract, 10 to 30 minims. The infusion, B.P., 1/2 to 1 drachm. The tincture, B.P. and U.S.P., 1/2 to 1 drachm. The concentrated solution, B.P. 1/2 to 1 drachm.

Tashmit

 
Theme: Prayer, blessing, unity & hope
Symbols: Folded hands
 
About Tashmit: The Goddess is timeless and eternal, and she has many
faces with which she conveys the concepts of truth and beauty to the
world’s people. Tashmit, the Chaldean goddess of wisdom and teaching, in
particular, stands ready today. Her name means “hearing”; it is she who
listens intently to our prayers.
 
To Do Today: On the first Friday in March, people in over 170 countries
join in prayer, and the goddess asks that we do similarly. Prayer is
something that seems to have gone by the wayside in our “instant” world.
Yet it takes only a moment to honour the sacred. This prayer is but one
example; change or adapt it liberally to suit your needs and vision:
 
Lady of Wisdom, Tashmit, I come to you for guidance. Shine on my path
today that I might see others in an equal light, that I might speak
with truth and kindness, that I might walk the Path of Beauty with a
loving heart and peaceful spirit.
 
Hear the voices of your people raised together today in oneness; hear
our prayers. Let us find unity in diversity, heal the world; let us know
peace and guard it as sacred. With a thankful heart, so be it.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation
Hail to the goddess of song, the one who feeds the singer
on milk and melted butter and purest water.
Hail to Sarasvati, she who gives us treasure.
She of the marvelous gifts, she of the best of luck,
she of the greatest wealth, we hail her.
May she bring me fortune. May she bring me luck.
May she bring me protection as she answers my prayers.
~ Indian Rig Veda
 
The dance of the seasons is moving  toward a new moment. Spring stirs
the body just as it stirs the sap in the trees. We are part of this
world, however much we may sometimes feel disconnected from it. And
within ourselves, each year, we live through the entire cycle of life.
 
Something within each of us, at this time, yearns to be born, to rise,
to flow. The weeks before spring actually arrives are difficult ones. We
have grown impatient with the gray sterility of winter; we are ready for
green growth. We are ready for our fortunes to change, for luck to smile
upon us. But just because we are ready does not mean that the world is
ready to meet those needs. So we pray, and we hope, and we long for what
will come. And it will, in its own good time..

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

The LightWorker’s Prayer

“I choose to stay centered in the awareness of love, God, and my true self. In this center, like the eye of a hurricane, all is tranquil, safe, and peaceful. My power, wisdom, and peace comes from staying in this center, and I ask for spiritual support from God and His angels to keep my mind aligned with the truth.

I willingly detach from the material world, know that that by so doing, I can effectively heal others. I trust God to provide my every need, and I allow His omnipotent wisdom to direct me in all ways.

I accept a steady diet of love and joy, knowing that I deserve happiness and health. I willingly and lovingly release all ego judgments about myself and other people, knowing that everything I want comes from my decision to experience the oneness of all life.

I know I am meant to be a healer and a teacher for God, and I now accept my mission fully without delay or reservation. I surrender all behaviors that would block me from hearing my inner voice, and I happily trust my inner guide to lead me along the lightworker’s way, where I joyfully serve as an instrument of love. I release any doubts or fears I may have about fulfilling my Divine mission, and I now commit to staying aware of my inner Voice of God. I know that this is the only tool I will ever need for my own healing and the healing of the world.

Amen.”

From the book “The LightWorker’s Way” by Doreen Virtue.

We all have a creator. This prayer is beautiful and wise in its statement. I use this one frequently because of all the healing work I do for myself and for others around the world. Instead of saying Amen I say Aho. This is my own special way. So change the wording for you as only you know who your creator is and what feels good and right to your spirit. I respect all religions and feel that this is very important to do as God, Goddess, Great Spirit, Creator and all are present in our daily lives.

I welcome your sharing your prayers or affirmations within this group.

Sending rainbow spirals of healing love, light, energy and protection to you and yours.

Much Love,
Susan ~ Dancing Butterfly

Herbal Bathing By Kami McBride

Herbal bathing is a great way to relax, heal and support healthy
skin function. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It
contributes to many important functions such as secretion,
absorption, excretion, temperature regulation, immune function, and
sensory reception. The skin has receptor sites that transfer
information through the nervous system to the spinal cord and brain.
It not only provides a boundary between us and the rest of the
world, but because of its millions of receptor sites, is a major
player in how we perceive, experience, and interact with the world.

The skin is also a major organ of elimination just like our lungs,
kidneys and colon. It plays a key role in helping our body to
eliminate toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogenic substances. Herbs
have many healing benefits for the skin and there are many simple
herbal bathing treatments that can help our skin do its job of
keeping us healthy.

Herbal Baths

Nerve Tonic Bath
4 gallons water
½ cup lavender leaf and flower
½ cup oatstraw
½ cup lemon balm
1 cup whole oats

Invigorating Bath
4 gallons water
½ cup rosemary
½ cup calendula
½ cup yarrow leaf
and flower

Bedtime Bath
4 gallons water
2 cups lavender
1 cup chamomile

Pleasure Bath
4 gallons water
4 cups rose petals

De-tox Bath
4 gallons water
1 cup burdock root
1 cup elder flowers
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup Epsom salts

Kami’s Calming Garden Bath
2 cups lavender flowers
2 cups lemon verbena leaf
1 cup rosemary leaf and flower
1 cup California poppy leaf and flower
½ cup catnip leaf

Healing flower Bath
½ cup fresh calendula flowers
½ cup fresh lavender flowers
½ cup rose geranium leaf
½ cup fresh rose petals
¼ cup fresh peppermint leaf

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Apple Head Dolls

By Brenda Hyde
Dried apple head dolls evoke fond childhood memories for many of us. The early pioneers made dolls out of whatever was on hand, and apple dolls became cherished toys for many young girls. In 1914, Mary McAboy, a homemaker in Montana, began selling handcrafted Native American dolls wrapped in blankets, with dried apple heads. She lovingly pinched and carved the apple into a face, adding pins for eyes and string for hair. Her dolls were called “Skookums”, and are highly collectible today.

Children love making apple dolls, and are fascinated with the process. I’ve seen ideas ranging from spooky to silly, and everything inbetween. It’s a great project for one child or an entire group. It allows the kids to use their imagination. When you are finished with your creations use them as decorations for the autumn season!

Here’s the basic things you’ll need:
1 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
apples

There are so many different methods that have been developed over the years, that you will eventually find your own once you do this a few times. After peeling, (you can leave some peel at the top and bottom.) the apples need to be coated with the above mixture of lemon juice and salt to keep them from turning brown, BUT if you want a darker skinned doll you won’t need to soak the apples. To maintain the light color soak them in the lemon mixture for about 45 minutes. You’ll need to do this with each apple, so you may need to double the amounts if you have quite a few. This is not exact-you can soak longer or shorter if you wish. A favorite apple to use for this is a Golden Delicious-they are large and have a nice color. You can however use any apple. If you have a large group of kids I would buy inexpensive varieties by the bag to save money. Choose apples without bruises or other markings.

After you have soaked your apple you’ll need to carve it. Use a small knife that you can have good control over. You want to make eyes, nose and a mouth, but you don’t want to cut too deeply, this could cause rotting. Also, don’t make slits in the apple, try to carve out the spots for the features. You can carve out ears as well. A small spoon, such as a stainless steel baby spoon can work well for carving too.

Drying your apple heads can be done in a few ways. You can take a large paper clip or a heavy piece of wire and carefully run it through the middle of the apple. Bend it at the bottom, and form a little loop at the top. You can then hang it to dry. Choose a place without direct sunlight. It will take 2-3 weeks to dry. If you can use a hot attic or a furnace room it may speed it up a little. The apples can be dried on a tray or screen as well, but be carefully not to handle them as they dry. Or try a dehydrator at 135 degrees or below if you own one-this will need to be checked frequently. You can also dry the apples by placing in your oven with the door slightly ajar for 4-5 hours at 200 degrees, then leave them to dry on a tray or screen for several days. I think it’s better to plan ahead though and use the air dry method if you can.
Finishing Your Apple Head Doll
Your apple heads are dry and now you need to do something with them. You can use many things as a base for your doll: a wooden dowel, heavy wire, twigs, a doll body from a craft store, or an old one you have laying around, Styrofoam cones, or any other base you can think of! You can make or buy doll clothes and stuff them with batting. You could even attach little fake doll arms and legs. Or keep it extremely simple and make a little ornament by decorating only the head. Create a wreath by attaching several heads to a grapevine base. You can use yarn or fake hair on the head, paint on the eyes, cheeks and “lips”. There are many artists who create pieces from dried apple heads, so use your imagination and items you have on hand. They are a wonderful old fashioned craft that shouldn’t be left behind!

About the Author
Brenda is the owner of OldFashionedLiving.com. She is a wife, mom to three and a freelance writer as well.

http://oldfashionedliving.com/appledolls.html

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