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11th. Ancestors’ Day

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On the 11th of every month, we celebrate ancestors Day.  through this ceremony we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors, and those who have contributed to our lives in a way that has shaped us into the person(s) we are today.

I speak often of appreciation, and gratitude, why because it is important to realize and remember that we do have much to be thankful for.   I thank the Universe every day for the blessings in my life.  I am alive and able to experience the joys that come my way.  Sometimes I don’t realize it is a joy, I “react” but.. in the long and short of things… usually, almost always, I come to realize that the obstacle or challenge was a gift.

Sometimes we forget how wonderful something is, till it reappears in our lives.  Be open to the “adventures” that come your way.  Believe that if it is “in your face” there is a good reason for it.

Pl Precept # 15    All is a mirror

PL Precept # 11     Always be with God

Service is at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday 11th

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some days, we see something

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the flower

or the leaves

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Today is the 11th of the month

we celebrate Ancestors’ day

through this ceremony, we express our

gratitude for the love and virtues

of our ancestors and those who have

helped us along the way

Have a good day everyone,

I’m off to pray.

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Good morning on yet another sun filled day.  Going through my morning mail I had the pleasure of finding this beautiful piece of music.  As I enjoyed the ambiance it surrounded me with, I thought about Ancestors’ Day, in Perfect Liberty (PL) it takes place on the 11th of each month.

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Through this ceremony we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors and ask for their protection and guidance se we can continue to live the PL Way.  In today’s world, it also embraces our friends, mentors,peers, all those who have through their interaction with us, have helped us understand life, and grow in a positive and meaningful way.  This ceremony is performed every 11th. at 10 am. in the church.  All ar welcome to join us.

Someone once wrote that they discovered that talking to people anywhere, whether on plans, trains, busses, standing in line at the supermarket,being open to listen, to share, smile… often turns into a valuable lesson.

When we live the PL Way,(with GOD) we always have the JOY and AWARENESS that is not affected by life’s ups and downs.

namaste          –          oyashikiri

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Ancestors Day is celebrated in the church of PL (Perfect Liberty on the 11th of every month)..  During and through out this ceremony we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors,

An ancestor is  someone who you are thankful was in your life, and helped form the person you are today.  They had impact and brought positive, loving “gifts” into your life.  Many people can bring awareness into our lives, usually we take for granted those who love us, we are so embraced by their love that we don’t realize till they are gone that there is a void.

Love comes in many guises, I speak not of the physical intercourse/ fornication of man, but of  a mating that begins in the heart, that is given life by mutual respect and enduring love.  Genuine caring.  To find and share in such a partnership there has to be dialogue/communication that is heartfelt and stems from mutual desires and a respect for self.  Love begins within. . .Love is trust/ faith

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Give and forget

Receive and remember…

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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Time was

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Time was…. when we all gathered to listen, learn and enjoy the experience of sharing new products, new techniques, new ideas.   Then we would have time to process the information with an informal gathering around a light refreshment table…

Having worked in a large teaching hospital, I often got to speak in such rooms,lecture rooms, or auditorium.  Talking to the assembled group, I could watch their faces, and body language, I often knew the ones who would be full of questions, and interested to know more.    lt was fun, we all got to know more about the other person, and we could talk right then and there about what we had seen or heard.

Now I’m told that often if there are still such rooms in use,  the audience is head down with technology that allows them to be miles away, even if they are sitting in the room with you.    Often there is little dialogue between the group, rather questions are asked and answered online,   Therefore others in the room do  not benefit from the exchange.

Time was when we could help one another because as individuals we all see and think in our own unique way.  Often, a different view point leads to a greater indepth understanding of a topic or situation… and in some cases, makes us even more comfortable and confident with our own decision, and chosen path.

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Time was, and time is… always going to be changing.  we exists today because of the past. Today in the PL churches across the world we are celebrating Ancestor’s Day.  It is a time we have where through ceremony we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors… Services on the 11th. are at 10 a.m.. We know people cannot always attend at that time of day.. closing your eyes for a moment and silently sharing our prayer, goes a long way in bringing a peaceful moment to your day. =^_^=

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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Chop Suey

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Today we celebrated Ancestor’s Day, we do this on the 11th of every month.  It is a time to pray and give thanks for the lessons and teachings that we learned  in life as we progressed along the journey through our days and nights.  It is not only our parents, it it is teachers, friends, other family members. neighbours, health care professionals , anyone we come in contact with  who  may have an affect of influence us, in some way shape form or other.

chop-suey-1929.jpg!BlogThe name of this piece where the two ladies are sitting at a table in a Chinese Restaurant is Chop Suey.  This is an oil painting done by Edward Hopper in 1929.  It is currently in a private collection, I found this copy on wikipaintings.org.  This picture brings back memories of the restaurants many decades ago.   As soon as we sat down, a waiter in a smart uniform of black pants and a white jacket would appear with a pot of hot tea and cups.  Rice was always free with your meal.  It seems that every town or city had a Chinese restaurant and each one had on the menu, a version of Chop Suey.

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Cooks back then were very adaptable to the region they were cooking in.  The ingredients used back in China were not readily available in the city never mind the smaller towns, so they grew bean sprouts and served a variety of meats with sprouts, celery,onion and a few slivers of peppers for colour.  If they used chicken it was chicken shop suey, if it was pork, pork choe suey etc., when crispy noodles were sprinkled on top the dish became a chow mein.  NO we didn’t eat chop suey at  home.

Today there are Asian grocery stores almost everywhere, even the big super markets have sections dedicated to the products and vegetables used in Asian cuisine.  The ingredients are there for the actual meal, but the ambiance and customer service of yesteryear.  Now you pay for the tea, and the rice, and yes you have a lot to pick from on the menu, it is no longer the simple menu of choosing from  column A, B or C.

We can’t go back, but when I think of the ancestors or people who influenced some of my behaviour, the cooks and waiters who came to Canada to start new lives, their beliefs that hard work and dedication to the task before them, come to mind.  They came to a country where they didn’t know the language to earn money so they could send or go back for their families,  They wanted a better quality of life for those they loved, so they applied Makoto (sincerity) to their lives and earnestly did what needed to be done.

I am humbled by such dedication & selfless giving for the next generation.  I give thanks for this memory, and I pray that I in turn will do something worthwhile that will help those around me and who will come after me.

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Veggie chop suey – Yum….  (food pictures from Pinterest)

 

Namaste  Oyashikiri

 

life and aging –

We have life today because of the ancestors that came before us.  Utilize the Makoto )sincerity left by your ancestors to live today to the fullest.

Haga valer en el presente el Makoto de sus antepasados.  (Spanish)

O hoje existe gracas aos antepassados. (Portuguese)

Love translates into any language, it is easy to forget as we ourselves age, that our elders have lived and experienced the same joys and sorrows over their lifetime. Try not to squander your days and nights on actions or non actions that you may at a later time come to regret.

Never forget to express love and appreciation to those in your life that matter.

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Chinese Moon Gates, symbolize gateways, passage ways to a mystical “beyond”… their architecture in gardens had them so one could see the full moon, and enjoy the vista beyond.  Some day we will all cross over the threshold of today, and when we do we will be ancestors to those we have left behind.

By increasing the feeling of appreciation to your ancestors, your life will be more enriched.

And remember to do your best to smile, sharing a cheerful smile and expression makes everyone around you happy.

Realize tudo com um sorriso!

Irradie su entorno con sonrissas y expresiones alegres.

Namaste   – Oyashikiri

Please note that I will be in holiday mode for the next week or so,  posts may not be consistent.

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