All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? – Buddha
The following plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs:
1. Blue Echeveria
3. Areca or Golden Palm
4. Burro’s Tail or Lamb’s Tail
5. Christmas Cactus
6. Cliff Brake or Button Fern
7. Hens and Chickens
8. Pearl Plant
9. Pony Tail Palm
10. Spice Orchid
~~and Pepearoma is also safe
But hey, don’t limit yourself to my choices. For hundreds more healthy plant options, check out APSCA’s full database.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Recorded August 6th, 2007 … Somewhere near Haiti And The Dominican Republic…from my ufo of universal connections
May Lord Ganesha Bestow Success, Happiness…. And Prosperity, Upon You, And Your Family~~(This is a mantra…not religion.)
“Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~Rumi
The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute……The good news is there’s no ground.”
~ Chögyam Trungpa
After the end, and before the beginning, we searched across the silent wastes. From horizon to horizon, we saw only, emptiness, and we knew: we had always been, we had never existed....
A great Zen Buddhist master, who was in charge of the Mayu Kagi monastery, had a cat which was his true passion in life. So, during meditation classes, he kept the cat by his side – in order to make the most of his company. One morning, the master – who was already quite old – passed away. His best disciple took his place. – What shall we do with the cat? – asked the other monks. As a tribute to the memory of their old instructor, the new master decided to allow the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Some disciples from the neighboring monasteries, traveling through those parts, discovered that, in one of the region’s most renowned temples, a cat took part in the meditation sessions. The story began to spread. Many years passed. The cat died, but as the students at the monastery were so used to its presence, they soon found another cat. Meanwhile, the other temples began introducing cats in their meditation sessions: they believed the cat was truly responsible for the fame and excellence of Mayu Kagi’s teaching. A university professor developed a thesis – which was accepted by the academic community – that felines have the ability to increase human concentration, and eliminate negative energy. And so, for a whole century, the cat was considered an essential part of Zen Buddhist studies in that region. From the Book: Like a flowing river~
When I meditate I my cat usually ends by my side, or in my lap, as I sit cross-legged on the floor. I call this practice Cat Meditation. As others have said, cats don’t come looking for attention, they simply approach and settle in. It’s quite powerful. The cat’s purr has a healing vibration and I find it one of the most soothing sounds and sensations. What’s better than having a peaceful, warm and loving companion who is an expert at meditation to accompany one’s practice? I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly sensitive to energy, cats are.
"The following text is possibly the first guided meditation ever”. ..It was composed 26 centuries ago, and appears in the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing” …. …. The practitioner sits in a stable position, holding his or her body quite straight, and practices like this: ………….Body
1. Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out……
2. Breathing in, I am aware of the length of my breath. Breathing out, I am aware of the length of my breath.
3. Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I am aware of my whole body.
4. Breathing in, I calm my whole body. Breathing out, I calm my whole body. Feelings
5. Breathing in, I feel joyful. Breathing out, I feel joyful.
6. Breathing in, I feel happy. Breathing out, I feel happy.
7. Breathing in, I am aware of my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I am aware of my feelings and emotions.
8. Breathing in, I calm my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I calm my feelings and emotions Mind
9. Breathing in, I am aware of my mind. Breathing out, I am aware of my mind.
10. Breathing in, I gladden my mind. Breathing out, I gladden my mind
11. Breathing in, I concentrate my mind. Breathing out, I concentrate my mind.
12. Breathing in, I liberate my mind. Breathing out, I liberate my mind. Perceptions
13. Breathing in, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena.
14. Breathing in, I observe the disappearance of craving. Breathing out, I observe the disappearance of craving.
15. Breathing in, I observe the interbeing nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the inter being nature of all phenomena. 16. Breathing in, I let go. Breathing out, I let go.
….Please repeat this affirmation daily…
“I am loved.”
“I forgive naturally and easily.”
“It is my nature to love.”
“I welcome the differences of others.”
“My heart is full.”
“I see evidence of love all around me.”
“I am open to love.”
“I give and receive love freely.”
“It is my nature to heal.”
“Love is everywhere.”
“I forgive myself.”
“I am at peace.”
“I have so much to be grateful for.”
“The love that I give comes back to me many times over.”
“I am connected to everything in the universe.”
A Heart Chakra Blessing
I wish you abundant love and compassion, flowing both in to and out from you, in a never-ending, radiant stream. May you experience the sea of love in which your being floats; may you feel your essential connection to all things….via ozonebabys-temple
The Bells of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the root of all the methods that tame the mind. First it focuses the mind. Then it eases the mind. Finally it is the luminous nature, beyond thoughts. ~Paul Rinpoche~
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment. Accepting what is. Because it is already here. Regaining focus, bringing peace and centredness. The practice of mindfulness through meditation defuses our negativity, aggression, and turbulent emotions. The following method The Bells of Mindfulness is a simple method of mindfulness you can do anywhere at any time, and pefect for us with busy lifestyles..
"The bell of mindfulness is the voice of the Buddha calling us back to ourselves. We have to respect each sound of the bell, stop our thinking and talking, and get in touch with ourselves, breathing and smiling. This is not a Buddha from the outside. It is our own Buddha calling us home." —Thich Nhat Hanh
Bells of Mindfulness In Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist tradition they use temple bells to remind them to come back to the present moment. Every time they hear the bell, they stop talking, stop their thinking, and return to themselves, breathing in and out, and smiling. Whatever they are doing, they pause for a moment and just enjoy breathing. Sometimes they also recite this verse “Listen, listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self.” If you have a bell at home, you can practice breathing and smiling with its lovely sound. This is a simple practice to find peace, calm and bring your mind back to the present moment..~~Thich Nhat Hanh~~
Not everyone can understand someone else’s journey in life, as it is a very highly personal thing…(via ozonebabys-temple)
“Earthlight is the partial illumination of the dark portion of the moon’s surface by light reflected from the Earth and from the Earth’s airglow. It is also known as Earthshine [or] Planetshine, the Moon’s ashen glow, or the old Moon in the new Moon’s arms.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”
― Rumi (via ozonebabys-temple)