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Monday, June 30, 2008
This weekend I had the opportunity to get away for the weekend at my friends trailer at a campsite in Cape May. It wasn't exactly camping nor roughing it in the woods. Unlike some, we had all the amenities of home...running water, a bathroom/shower, wide screen TV, electric, stove etc..
But, we still had the feeling of being in the woods...connecting with nature. With the other campers, we lit our fire at night in the fire pit, we sat around just bonding and talking. It was a great feeling. The air was clean and the smell of the fires lingered in the air. It was just so peaceful and quiet.
The best part was that we were only 10 minutes away from the ocean. In the morning, we packed up and went to the beach. Spent the day absorbing the sun, listening to the sound of the waves and then the most wonderful, peaceful thing happened. We were able to watch dolphins frolic in the water. They came in pairs... jumping out of the water for us to watch. More came, then a mother and her babies. The dolphins stayed in front of us for like 15 minutes. I just wanted to swim out to them and play along...
The dolphins weren't that far off from the beach. It was the most beautiful thing to watch and a calm feeling came over me.
When we were ready to leave, we packed up and headed back to the campsite. Barbecued dinner and then relaxed...and we knew we could do it all over again the next day.
It was a really great weekend. I felt I was able to get a piece of my perfect world, even if it was only for the weekend. A getaway that was much needed...
In a perfect world, where would you live?
Decorative tile provides added value to your home and uniqueness. I have found a place that is quite impressive to purchase unique tiles for a variety of uses. Jerusalem Pottery offers hand painted tiles that are glazed and fired to last a lifetime. They have been in the decorative tile business for 85 years and are one of the last remaining places in the world where you can find Armenian ceramic tile.
Aremenian tile is a style of hand painted pottery and ceramic tile making founded in Jerusalem in the early twentieth century. Although you can find Aremenian tile in other places, they are usually imitations, lack the quality and are mass produced. One way to tell the difference between an original and an imitation, are the brush strokes on the back of the piece. An original will also have the signature of the Karakashian family on the back.
At Jerusalem Pottery you will find an assortment of beautiful decorative tiles, unique designs, themes for murals and the classic Arememian designs. Their tiles are richly colored and will stand out in any room.
If you are thinking of adding tiles to your home, check out their site before purchasing elsewhere.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I know this is a rather long post, but this message may speak to you...
THE THREE MYSTERIES
When man lives in darkness it is because he has shadowed himself by his past which brings back the memories of his yesteryear. By not letting go of it, he creates for himself struggles that he does not need to experience again.
It is of truth that in your world there are many locks to the door to your past emotions. The lock that keeps you most tied to your past is the emotions that you fear confronting. When you hold yourself back to the emotions of the past, you recreate them in your future. Even though you may not understand why you do this, it creates for you a sense of safety, for you believe that by holding on to these difficult memories it will keep them from happening once again.
All of you have experienced parts of your life that you would not want to re-experience, and yet each of you holds on to these difficult memories as though they are a tomb in your heart that you can never forget. But in truth you must confront the seeds, the events, from which they grew. And, that my dear one is the only part that must remain in your memory.
When you hold on to your past, you are blinding yourself to the gains of your future. It is difficult for you to understand this because your future is a mystery, but that is the purpose of life.
It is truth that in life there are many mysteries, but to us there are only three major mysteries in your Earth. The first one is silence. Silence comes from vision. From knowing a part of you that is old and wise, having no need to change you but just accept you. That is silence. When you begin to truly hear life you hear the silence of which that is. You can then hear the voice of each other because you are not distracted by the puzzlement of yourself.
Perhaps you do not understand the power of silence. You believe that in order to find silence in your world you have to live quietly in life, but that is not silence. Silence is a knowing of you without feeling the need to change you. When you are silent within you, you are at peace with yourself. You are in comfort of your own knowing and you are able to look at yourself completely without fault, without honor, without fear, but just as you are. When silence falls upon you it brings to you humility because you truly begin to see that in you there is a world beyond you. However, you cannot find the silence within you without removing the mask of knowing you.
The second mystery in life is abundance. How to conquer it, how to achieve it, how to explore it -
What is abundance? Abundance in knowing your own rightfulness - what is yours and what is not yours. You believe that in order to have something you must work toward it to acquire it.
In order to have, all you must do is ask for it with pure intentions in your heart. For if you believe you do not earn it, you will not have it and that is why you create such war zones in your life. If you believe you are not worthy of good health, you will not have it. If you believe you are not worthy of food, you will not have food. You must learn to feel abundant in order to be abundant.
You will have an abundant life if you create a positive flow in life. So, you must look at yourself and wonder: What is in you that has not been given freedom?
For instance, if you feel guilty for not exercising your mind, you will never seek to hold your concentration. If you feel guilty about not exercising your body, you will create for yourself bad health. If you create for yourself guilt in the food of which you eat, you will create for yourself abundance in fat. If you do not allow yourself to feel your sorrow, you will have more grief. Any part of your life that is denied will come through another vessel to show you who you are and what is missing in your heart. Abundance comes from the heart, dear one, not from the head. The need to create is simply abundant. It is for that reason that you seek to have in this life.
You must feel abundant in life; you must feel rich in heart. You must look at that part of you that is constantly scolded by you and then you will know what takes from you the abundance of you. It is that, dear ones, that you must see and understand.
The third mystery is the story. You create for yourself the story line of which you seek to follow. You must act responsible in order to develop the story that you want and need.
It is of truth that there are many story lines that you can follow to get to the point of death that you seek because death creates completion. It means on some level that you have acquired the knowledge, the experience, in living that will give to you the next billfold of your own journey - the value, the worth.
You must have the need to create the story for you. You are your own book. If you were to write a book about you, what would you say concerning you? What would you tell to others about you? Even if you wrote your own history and you buried it deep in the walls in life that no one else could see until the day in which you left the Earth, what would you say? Would you talk about your fears? Would you express your needs? Would you look upon your life as one that was accomplished? Or would you think of yourself as being denied? You have a responsibility to live your story. You came here with a story. It is your importance of self that must be found in that story. If you do not think well of you no one else will. If you do not love you no one else can. If you do not know you no one sees you. It is important that you begin to understand those truths.
You have a story, a story to tell, a story to live out, a story to pass on. Your impact in life will be shown to many beyond your life, by the roots that you provided, the anchor that you offered, for those who you loved and adored in your heart and through your heart. And, so it is of importance that all of you learn about your story.
What do you believe your purpose is on this Earth? You already know. Do not ask us. You know your purpose. It does not take you long to look at the falls that you have experienced. It does not take you long to find the greatest joys in your heart. It does not take you long to find the feet on your legs, but you must know the direction your feet are pointing. If your feet are pointed in the past, you will experience life over and over and over and never move forward.
If you want to know if that is the way in which you are standing, look at your life today, what is the message of it? Are you bored with the lessons in life that are given to you? What do you like about your life? What don't you like about your life? What do want to repair in life? These are necessary steps in order to understand the value of letting go of the past. Remember the past is important only if you can see the seed that was sown for you from it. What did it start you out in? What did it create for you? What is it offering you today? Only you can identify that.
So you see, dear ones, everyone has a part of them that is not yet pure in spirit. But you must know that in coming into the physical life there are many things that you must learn in order to find life. The first one is silence, the second is that of abundance, and the third is your story.
What is your story? What is the story line in which you are following?
Let us tell you a story. When man came to the Earth, he looked upon the different waters of the Earth. He saw the waters that had salt in them he saw the waters that were clear and you could not find the difference. And so he comes back into the spirit world and he asked that of his teachers, why are there 2 different types of water on the Earth? And the great teachers of time said, "So that one can remind you of the wounds in which you still hold and the other can remind you of the clarity, the sparkling of life when the wounds are no longer there."
And so it is your choice today. Do you want to live where things are not clear? The water is of purpose but you cannot drink it nor can you see the salt that is in it. But here you have water that flows gently that has a beautiful flow about it, its clarity its taste a wonder. You see water is the substance of man. It is what provides for him the cloak that he needs to wear. Without water, man cannot survive in his Earth. And without the need for water, man cannot find himself in life.
There are many things that man questions before coming into his world. The first thing he questions is justice. What is the purpose of it? No one in our world will give to him that answer, because he has to first find the answer within himself in order to endure the life path.
Do you know the purpose of your life? Why do you think you are here? Everyone is given a tree to decorate, but everyone chooses to decorate it his or her own way. The tree has no life to it when it is taken from its root. Then why do we decorate something that is dead? Because many souls on your Earth live dead, they are living in memory of the past. And yes, you can decorate it any way you want, but it is still dead there is no life in it.
So, why do you continually pursue that of the past when there is no life in it? You decorate the past by holding on to it, by clinging to it. You have to determine how you're going to decorate it. If you light it up it will let you see the gain of it. If you decorate it with heavy ornaments it will only pull you down. Light it up. See the sparkle of life that awakened you to you, the seed of which it gave to you. By lighting your past, you begin to light your future.
Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large
raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man
prayed: 'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'
Poof! . God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim
across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.
After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me
strength and the tools to cross the river'
Poof! .. God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he
was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.
Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: 'God,
Please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the
Poof! .. He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one
hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It contains fatty acids and omegas, which helps lowers harmful cholesterol and sterols that helps in the reduction of blood plasma cholesterol. The acai berry is also an excellant source of dietary fiber.
I had posted a three part series about this berry and it's benefits on my blog: Mind,Body & Soul back in March.
The Benefits of the Acai Berry-Part 1
26 Reasons to Drink Acai Berry Juice-Part 2
26 Reasons to Drink Acai Berry Juice-Part 3
The acai berry grows on palm trees in the amazon rain forest. They are considered to be the most nutritious and edible berry on the planet. The berries are dark purple and about the size of a blueberry with a thin layer of edible pulp surrounding a large seed.
I found that at The Total Health Shop, they provide not only the best price, but their unique blend of juice provides the best benefits. In their acai berry juice, you will also find additional ingredients.
Pomegranate Juice Concentrate
~ Helps maintain a healthy heart
~ Has naturally occurring high levels of ellagic acid
~ Helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
~ Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure
~ Helps to alleviate symptoms commonly associated with menopause
~ Pomegranate is a natural astrigent and is high in both Vitamin C and Iron
Raspberry Juice Concentrate
~ Helps to rid the body of phlegm
~ Strengthens and vitalizes blood circulation
~ Natural source of ellagic acid which can help protect against cell damage
~ Raspberries are rich in antioxidants; both phytonutrients and vitamin compounds
Blueberry Juice Concentrate
~ Helps maintain eye and vision health
~ Contains powerful, active antioxidant compounds which combat free radicals and help protect against cell damage
~Helps maintain Heart Health
~Helps maintain healthy Kidney and Urinary Tract function
~ Blueberries can help to prevent premature aging
~ Blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties
Essential Vitamins and Minerals: B1, B2, B3, C & E, Calcium and Potassium.
Essential Fatty Acids: (Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9). These polyunsaturated essential fatty acids help lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol). This unique ratio resembles the same combination as olive oil. Omega fatty acids can increase healthy cell development. Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy nervous system development and regeneration. They help rapidly repair and rejuvenate muscles after intense exercise. Essential fatty acids (Omega-3 in particular) help the brain to run smoothly.
You can visit the Total Health Shop if you want to purchase or just learn more about acai berry.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
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And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting.' Regardin g body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said this:
'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'
'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'
'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'
'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'
'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'
'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.'
'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'
'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'
'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.'
'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.'
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I really never used Ebay to shop for anything before. Surprising I know...
My son had used eBay to sell items and he was completely satisfied with his experience. He made a ton of money selling sport related items.
The other day while putting on one of my favorite perfumes, I realized the bottle was just about empty. I wear this perfume mostly in the spring/summer. It's a perfume I had bought from MaryKay awhile ago and I know they don't make it anymore.I always see advertisements for eBay and decided to take a look.
To my surprise I found several sellers offering this perfume. I placed a bid and in the end I won. For $6 and a few bucks for shipping, I'll be receiving a full bottle of my favorite perfume. What a bargin!
Now I know I'll be using eBay more often. If you are a buyer or seller on eBay, has your experience been a positive one?
If You Broke It, Lost It, Need It Cheap, Or Just Can't Find It Anywhere Else, Find It At eBay!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If my son leaves the water running at the sink, I ask him to turn it off. Not unusual, right? but when he doesn't do it right away, it really annoys me. Ok...I want to save some pennies by not wasting water, but I find that if I am near the sink and I leave the water running while I turn to do something, it doesn't bother me.
Tonight, I realized I was sitting at the computer in the office while the TV was on in the living room. No one was in the living room. The thing is, I have a TV in the computer room and it wasn't on.
If my son had left the TV on in a room when no one was watching it, it would have bothered me, but here I did the same thing...
I am the same way with lights. I'm always turning the lights off after my son. He is not in the habit of turning off the lights when he leaves a room. I've caught myself leaving a light on once in awhile and it doesn't bother me.
Why is it when I do something that otherwise would bother me if my son did it, I don't give it a second thought? until now...
Can anyone identify with this?
Sunday, June 15, 2008
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
He called it ... Dad
Have you ever wasted time wondering if you could have, should have reacted differently? If you should have said something else? I think we've all been there, done that.
When we can not handle emotions, it can lead to conflict, miscommunication, cloud the real issue, inhibit problem solving and maybe even threaten a relationship. Sometimes getting a grip on our own feelings and reactions to a situation is hard to do.
How Can We Handle Our Emotions?
Try to keep a cool head.
Talk to a friend or other person you trust who is not involved directly in the situation.
Take a deep breath and count to 10
Think ahead. Think about how your reaction may affect the situation
Put yourself in the other persons shoes. How will feel after hearing your reaction?
Be silent until you have had a chance to cool down and relax
Be aware and try to manage impulse feelings. Stay composed, positive, focus and think clearly
Friday, June 13, 2008
Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this", or
"Why did God have to do this to me". Here is a wonderful
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going
wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her
and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her
daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says,
"Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."
"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.
"Yuck" says her daughter.
"How about a couple raw eggs?"
"Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad
all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right
way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He
would let us go through such bad and difficult times. For God
knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they
always work for good! We just have to trust Him and,
eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
Always remember, God is crazy about you.
He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in
the universe, and He chose your heart.
Now I hope your day is a "piece of cake!" After all, Life may
not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might
as well dance.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Have you ever built something up in your mind....maybe a gift you thought you were going to receive from someone or a party you were going to...only to feel disappointed when you received a different gift or the party wasn't as you planned it in your mind?
Have you ever passed up on an opportunity because you thought something better might come along? That old saying...the grass in greener on the other side of the fence comes to mind, but the grass may not be greener. You may think the other side of the fence will bring happiness until you look back...
I believe at one time or another we have all done it. I wonder why? Why don't we accept or are our expectations too high?
I have found the greatest surprises or happiness when I least expect it. I try not to expect...try to be happy with the 'now' and don't take things for granted.
I knew someone that when her husband sent her flowers for no reason, she was annoyed they weren't a larger bouquet. I was floored...how could she not be happy that her husband was thinking of her and sent her these beautiful flowers to say I love you...she wasn't happy because her blessing didn't arrive in the package she wanted. I think her blessing was having a man who loved her and wanted to show it in this lovely way.
We should never miss out on a blessing, happiness or opportunity because it is not packaged the way we expected or imagined...
Saturday, June 7, 2008
will be found when you use your natural abilities
to their fullest extent.
Happiness is not in having or being, it's in the doing
The essence of true wisdom is to know that rest is rust,
and that real life is activity, laughter and love.
You were created to conquer your environment,
to solve problems and to achieve goals.
You'll find no real satisfaction or happiness in life
without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
Yes, there is true happiness.
It's found in doing a job well done, in achieving a worthy goal,
in putting your child to sleep and in writing the last line of your poem.
Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness.
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Friday, June 6, 2008
My niece loves books. She can't seem to get enough. We all have been reading to her since she was an infant and that is probably why she loves books so much. I buy her a book every time I know I'll be seeing her. When she sees the book, she gets all excited... immediately sits down and waits for me to read it to her.
Leketha Marie Johnson wrote a wonderful book called Sunny's Adventures. Sunny is a little girl that loves to solves mysteries. This requires thinking on her part and she has to solve the clues she finds along the way.
As you read this book to your child, he or she must use their own minds as they listen to the story. It also gives them the opportunity to try and solve problems. Sunny also teaches how to help others because she needs to help find a lost puppy, a turtle, a stolen pie and other missing items.
Choosing books that teaches a life lesson is so valuable to your child. You will be helping them fulfil their potential. Reading is also a great way to give your pre-school aged child a head start.
Leketha Marie Johnson has a great website dedicated to Sunny's Adventures at www.sunnysadventures.com
For parents and for teachers, she offers many resources on her Home page. You can download a free Sunny's Adventures coloring book or decide to implement the educational activities she provides. She also offers a newsletter you can register to receive.
Buy The Book and read the best children's mystery book to your child.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Only you can make it happen.
No one can do it for you.
No one will do it for you.
Always accept the responsibility for your actions.
Always set a higher standard for yourself.
Choose the thoughts and actions that will lead
you on to success.
Your success is but a determined action away..
Monday, June 2, 2008
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is when you discover that you can do
what you were afraid you couldn't do.
Your obstacles will melt away,
if instead of cowering before them,
you make up your mind to walk boldly through them.
Do the thing you fear and fear disappears.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them
and only then will you be able to put them aside
and move ahead.
When you face the things that scare you,
you open the door to freedom.
The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself..
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