11 Aug 2018 Canvas of the Self

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https://gabbybernstein.com/bookbonus/ and https://www.facebook.com/gabriellebernstein/ – I’ve never heard of Gabrielle Bernstein before this morning.  I found her when I was looking for a message about love and gratitude.  This message is from her Facebook page.  Her message was in line with my desire to share about a simple thing I do with the God of my understanding when I pray and meditate – “Thank you, I love you.”  Just that!  No extensive laundry list of all I could whine or complain about or ask for.  I’m trying to work on getting a more quiet mind and it remains quite a challenge.

https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – Spin of the Prayer Wheel brought me this profound message:

On the vast canvas of the self,
the self itself paints
the picture of the various worlds
and the supreme-self itself
derives extreme bliss
from seeing that picture.

shir adi sankara – 8th century ce

Excerpt from the Select Works of Sri Sankaracharya,
translated from Sanskrit by S. Venkataramanan.
A little time traveling now back to August of 2005.  I took this picture at a place Kyle and I used to walk with Sam when we lived in Newark Delaware.  It was off of US-40.  This park had a grove of trees I loved to stand in.  It was like a cathedral to me complete with music and perfect climate control lol.

Aug 2005- US-40 path walk Newark DE “The Forest Shrine”

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9 Aug 2018 – Tis the gift to be simple

Hello to you.  Not much to say today.  The dogs and I have been kind of “off” today.  Spot’s tummy has been upset so much she hasn’t wanted her normal indulgences, I’ve been teary and Link has been worried about the two of us!   Kyle is fine….he has video games lol.  My dreams had a music theme last night.  I dreamt about Prince and I had a dream about singing a song I’d never heard before but of course I can’t remember the words.  Before I woke up I was hearing Rod Stewart singing a song with the phrase “Becky’s coming home tonight”  in it.  I looked and that isn’t in the songs I know by him so my mind was off on it’s own with that one!   I need a dream recorder thingy!

Anyhew – I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are.  My prayers go out to all the folks being traumatized right now in big or small ways by forces they can’t control.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/grieving-orca-still-swimming-with-her-dead-calf-in-northwest/ar-BBLGcdF?OCID=ansmsnnews11 – Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest  – we aren’t the only ones who grieve the loss of those we love.

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of southern resident killer whales that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.(Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

© The Associated Press FILE – In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of southern resident killer whales that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.(Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the prayer wheel today brought me to the shaker’s

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

shaker song – simple gifts – elder joseph brackett – 1848

21 July 2018 Mary and the Witch’s Flower (animated film), chalk drawings, lovely before dark and painting progress

Hello to you in your where, when, here and now as you stop by.  How are you?  I hope you are well in mind, body and spirit and if your not that you are on your way to attaining healing and peace in whatever areas ail you.  I’ve been kind of grumpy lately about things that I have little to no control over.  I’m working on it.  Got a sweet letter from my Mom yesterday and that helps turn a frown upside down!  She mentioned having read some of my blogs and that meant a lot to me.  She is always so busy with living and loving life – activities that usually involve helping others and aren’t on the computer.  For her to take the time for me like that is a pretty big deal to me!

So Kyle and I did that thing we do a lot living so closely connected to each other.  I had gone out and did a drawing with what I perceived as a powerful flower as the focus.  Later in the evening Kyle chose, at random, a delightful animated film called Mary and the Witch’s Flower.  It had a very Harry Potter theme.  One of the voices in the version we watched was actually from the Harry Potter verse!  The voice of Dr. Dee was Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn from Harry Potter.)  One of my favorite aspects of the film was how beautifully rendered the nature aspects were done.  In a few frames it was hard to tell if I was looking at an actual scene from nature or a painting.   We like animated films a lot.  The one we are anticipating is the sequel to Castlevania in October!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_and_the_Witch%27s_Flower – for plot etc. if your curious

Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Official Trailer –

Will close – sending positive vibes through the wires to you.

https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the World Prayer Wheel today

Do everything with a mind that lets go.
Do not expect any praise or reward.
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.
If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.
Your struggles with the world
will have come to an end.

insight meditation – achaan chah
19 11 25
S K Y = 55/10/1
13 15 15 14
M O O N = 57/12/3 cycle
19 21 14
S U N = 54/9 cycle
6 12 15 23 5 18
F L O W E R = 79/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
23 9 20 3 8
W I T C H = 63/9 cycle
19 16 5 12 12
S P E L L = 64/10/1
16 18 1 25 5 18
P R A Y E R = 83/11/2/1