Honesty of the Heart and Soul

We have all heard the statement, “Honesty is the best policy,” but we always make that refer to other people. I believe we need to apply that to our inner-selves. Let us be honest with ourselves.

Embrace who you are. You cannot accept yourself, how can you expect others to accept you for who you are?

“The truth will set you free,” and that is correct. If you are true to yourself you can never go wrong. Don’t be what you think you should be, be what you feel you want to be. In our hearts we will find the answers to what our exterior needs to be.

Don’t hide in the darkness of uncertainty. Bring forth the light of love in yourself and it will shine through you and everyone will love you also.

Have a wonderful day,

Blessed Be!

The Senses we Love

The importance of the senses…Let’s ponder this for a moment.

To live without a sense would be drastic. A part of your life would be taken and there is very little chance of getting it back. Appreciation of the beautiful gifts that the God and Goddess have given us must be attained.

Here is an old exercise to help strengthen your senses as well as allowing you time to meditate and appreciate what has been given to you!

Choose five days and for each day pick a sense to really meditate on. For example, Monday can be scent. Therefore, all day notice the smells that you encounter, what have you smelled that is new or old. Then that night write down every thing you smelled that day, and how it made you feel. Did it bring up any memories? Did you try to flee from the smell?

Do this for each sense. I would recommend doing this exercise at least twice and see if you get any better.

Also, at the end of the five days go back and re-read what you wrote, which sense was strongest? Weakest?

Have blessed day,

Sheldon

p.s. I’m sorry for these late posts, I will be putting them up daily in the coming week.

Herb of the Week: Thyme

I apologize, this is a little late.

This weeks herb of the week is Thyme. This herb is very versatile in its uses. Thyme most likely got its name from the Greek work Thymus which means “Courage,” but there is some debate in the meaning because it could also mean to “fumigate,” I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Use Thyme to treat:

  • Upper Respitory problems: Coughing, Bronchitis, Whooping cough, Congestion.
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Gastrointestinal Ailments: Ulcers, Stomach Aches, Diarrhea
  • Laryngitis
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Depression
  • Anticeptic
  • Antifungal Agent

 

How to use Thyme:

For any internal sickness, i.e. Upper Respitory problems, Worms, Gastrointestinal issues etc. Make a tea.

Bring about 2 cups of water to a rolling boil then remove from heat, add about 1/2 cup of fresh Thyme to the water for about 10 minutes. Remove the herb and add honey and a bit of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

For really bad symptoms here is a way to make a homemade cough Syrup/Decongestant.

Place 3 Tablespoons of dried thyme in a quart jar. Add 1 pint of boiling water to the jar, then 1 cup raw unpaturized honey. Mix well. Cover with lid and place in refrigerator for up to 3 months. To administer: 1 Tablespoon of the misxture every hour until symptoms subside.

For External uses, i.e. Anticeptic and Antifungal agent:

Add 4 Ounces of Thyme to a pint of Alchohol. Let it settle for about 2 hours. Then apply conservatively to the affected area every hour until symptoms subside.

A Recipe:

Lemon Thyme Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and stir in the rice. Cook rice, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix chicken broth, lemon juice and thyme into the rice. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.

(Recipe from www.allrecipes.com)

Well, that’s about it everyone!

Have a great day!

Blessed Be!

A Touch from the Goddess

Today I was on a popular networking site and I came across this picture. It struck me so profoundly.

The use of the moon as an artistic medium is so powerful. Of course we have all seen the photos of people holding the sun on the beach or shaking hands with giant statues, but this photo was breathtaking. I could feel the Goddess in every photo as if she was calling out to me. I felt like sharing this photo to hopefully show that the beauty of the God and Goddess is all around us, it just takes open eyes and an open heart to be affected.

A Challenge: This week, I challenge everyone here, even myself to find at least TEN representations of the God or Goddess. A natural site, a physical manifestation of creativity, the smile of a child, anything that causes you to feel connected with the God or Goddess. If you have a photo of it, please post it in the comment section and explain why it struck you so deeply.

 

 

 

Have a wonderful day!

Blessed be.

Horoscopes

If any one is interested in horoscopes or astrology, the website http://www.dailyhoroscope.com, in my opinion has some top notch horoscopes, and you can sign up for a daily alert.

Why read horoscopes?

Well to be honest there are only a few things one would use a horoscope, 1) For and overview of what will happen that day, and the mentality one must have going into it, and 2)It is pure fun. I love waiting until the end of the day to see if my horoscope has played the way it was predicted.

Astrology is found all over the world and can be seen in many cultures. The Egyptians, the Mayans, Indian, and Asian communities also use astrology. The way astrology works: There is a complex number system, where certain constellations are in certain positions in the sky, this is also compared to the Ruling Planets of each constellation. For example: Virgo is ruled by Mercury. If it is in Retrograde, Virgo’s attitude and outlook on life changes a quite a bit, during this period, according to Astrology. Then there are houses, which are simply the positions of the stars, The house of finance, of love etc. When reading your horoscope, read it with a light heart. Don’t go looking for these events to occur. If it says, “You’re lover will be distant today.” Don’t think it is because they are cheating on you, it simply could mean that within their planetary/star alignment they are full of innovative energy, making them more inside themselves.

 

 

Well, That’s about it.

Have a great day!

Blessed Be!

Hospitality

These past few days I have been met with the most hospitable family ever!

They have given to me more than friendship, they have given me a place to live over the summer, clean water, and hope that this world is not as dark as many newscasters wish to convey.

After these encounters I have been thinking. Why is it so surprising when someone is hospitable and truly loving towards us? I think it is because we are not as open to caring as we should. Of course this does not apply to everyone, but let us look into ourselves. Would we shelter someone in their time of need and ask for nothing in return?

I think that is the lesson of the day is to…Be loving to your human counterpart. Kindness speaks volumes. I cannot begin to thank this family in any way without it falling short. My gratitude is beyond vocal appreciation.

Let us all “Pay it forward,” in a sense and thank those who have helped us by helping others. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Have a blessed day,

Blessed Be! Sheldon