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the legend of mistletoe

"Mystical power of mistletoe and the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe owe itself to the legend of Goddess Frigga and her son Balder. Frigga was the Goddess of Love and her son, Balder, was the God of the Summer Sun. Once, Balder dreamt of his death. He was worried and told his mother about the strange dream. Frigga was worried not only for the life of her son but also for the life on Earth because she knew that without Balder, all life on Earth would come to an end. Thus, she did her utmost to avoid such a mishap and went everywhere and to every being in air, water, fire and earth to extract a promise that they would never harm her son. She was promised safety of her son by every animal and plant under and above the Earth. However, Loki, the God of Evil, who was the enemy of Balder and always had evil designs in his mind, was aware that there was one plant that Frigga had overlooked. It grew on apple and oak trees and was known as Mistletoe. Thus, Loki made …

the importance of being grateful

On Thanksgiving Day, many American families celebrate the tradition of sitting around the dinner table and taking a few minutes to reflect on and share with others what they are grateful for.

It doesn’t matter that we live in difficult times. It doesn’t matter that we may feel insecure, depressed, disappointed or even angry. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on the good things in our lives and to celebrate abundance. There is always a silver lining, no matter what. We may not always see it, but a shift in our perception of reality will help us change the way we experience everything that is coming our way. At first it may be difficult to understand that the glass is never empty. It may come in a wrong size at times, but it is always full. There is always something to fill our hearts with joy, something to fill our minds with wonder, something to be grateful for. If we remember this, we will easily find the strength to continue no matter how difficult our circumstan…

ginko biloba

In my garden’s care and favor
From the East this tree’s leaf shows
Secret sense for us to savor
And uplifts the one who knows.
Is it but one being single
Which as same itself divides?
Are there two which choose to mingle
So that each as one now hides?
As the answer to such question
I have found a sense that’s true:
Is it not my songs’ suggestion
That I’m one and also two?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1815
Translated by John Whaley

no limits

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. - Ronald Reagan

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learning to live in free fall

I always hear the saying "Think outside the box." Here is my response: There is no box other than the one you imagine yourself to be in.
Don't waste a precious moment pondering the ideas that constrain you. Break away. Tear free of your self limiting anchors and take that leap into the unknown. Sure it will hurt, but only for a moment.
Fly with a fierce grin on your face. Soar, loop, dive and glide while screaming with joy. Just remember, as you skim past the face of God... give him a nod and a wink and whisper...
"Thank you, Sir!"
James W. Allmon
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dreaming and consciousness

The Stuff that Dreams are made of by John Anster Fitzgerald, 1858 
By Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.
Whether awake or asleep, our consciousness functions as a model of the world constructed by the brain from the best available sources of information. During waking conditions, this model is derived primarily from sensory input, which provides the most current information about present circumstances, and secondarily from contextual and motivational information. While we sleep, very little sensory input is available, so the world model we experience is constructed from what remains, contextual information from our lives, that is, expectations derived from past experience, and motivations (e.g., wishes, as Freud observed, but also fears). As a result, the content of our dreams is largely determined by what we fear, hope for, and expect.

From this perspective, dreaming can be viewed as the special case of perception without the constraints of external sensory input. Conversely, percept…

let the masks come off

Love takes off masks that we fear  we cannot live without  and know we cannot live within. 
James Baldwin

healing properties of amazonite

Amazonite is a silicate mineral from a feldspar family of minerals that share  similar crystalline structure and chemical composition.
amazonite cluster
Amazonite forms short prismatic or tabular crystals and masses. Its color ranges from light blue, blue-green, turquoise to light green with white or grayish veins. Latest research suggests that the blue-green color derives from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar and not from copper as was previously assumed.

It is not quite clear whether amazonite was named after the Amazon river or the mythological tribe of women warriors called Amazons. Although amazonite occurs in Brazil, no deposits were found near the Amazon river.
Amazonite is rather rare and is usually mined in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, Mozambique, Namibia, Brazil and even Austria.

Amazonite was known in Ancient Israel. It is believed that the green stone in the High Priest Aaron's breast plate was in fact amazonite and not emerald. 

Ancien…

a course of action

The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills. To embark on such a therapy is not designed to bring one any closer to ‘the Truth’ but to enable one’s life to flourish here and now, hopefully leaving a legacy that will continue to have beneficial repercussions after one’s death. - Stephen Batchelorin Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
 Buddha on a bookshelf

seeing magic in ordinary things

The magic happened as I watched a frail-looking Joseph Cornell, who stood very still in one corner, observe the children as they touched and explored the boxes. 

Many of the boxes - like the so-called “Medici Princess”- had a drawer, which each child surreptitiously opened, peeked in, closed and then walked over to another child and whispered in his or her ear. That child promptly walked over to the box or often just any box with a drawer and then passed on the “secret.”  
Within a very short time, Cornell’s initially sullen face was beaming and smiling and his whole body seemed more alive and energetic. The master conjurer of beauty in ordinary things had found his audience and their secrets floated in the air evoking pure joy in the children and apparently in the artist and a vague nostalgia and longing in the adults. 
By Dr. Renata Karlin
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let's celebrate love

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou

the end of friendship

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts. It is a sword that kills. - Attributed to Buddha

When people you trusted and loved suddenly believe in evil gossip and innuendo; when they trust a vicious liar rather than your word; when they forget who you are and believe that you should be shot dead for things you did not do; when they have doubts about your noble character and your moral standing; when they need time to think whether you did what you are accused of doing; when they need "experts" to make sure that you are indeed innocent; then there is nothing left for you in such relationship.

Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken, it can rarely be put back together in exactly the same way. - Charles Kingsley

Sometimes the most dreadful things happen to you and you notice that suddenly you are all alone…

worry about tomorrow, tomorrow...

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. - Michel de Montaigne

Most people I know worry about something from time to time. Most of the time these worries are completely unwarranted or even irrational; some are temporary, others quite persistent. The fear of the unknown prevents many people from living their lives to the fullest. 
Some people worry out of habit,  others simply because they do not believe in themselves and their own capability to master life. 
The worriers often believe that they were able to prevent many disasters simply because they worried in advance and could foresee all eventualities. 
Worrying takes a lot of energy. It requires as much energy as the action the worriers are afraid to take. Worse even, worriers are often completely “incapacitated” and unable to think clearly. They are in a constant state of anxiety. 
The fear of failure, fear of success, fear of some impending disaster, or the fear of who-knows-what, are …

the most important fact of life

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. - Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross
transient beauty

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first step to knowledge

The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination. - Joseph Campbell



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