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207df0687ad2dc783be2eb1f0d2a476fGood morning everyone:

How is your day going so far?  I know that many of you are in completely different time zones.  For me it is the start of my day, albeit a late start.  Lately I have been enjoying long fitful sleeps  Yesterday I ran around like a woman on a mission, (that is because I was) I had things to do, people to see, and then a 7 pm Thanksgiving service at the church.

It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t get everything done, I just set out to do it and it all fell easily into place.  However, by end of day, I was ready for my trip into slumber land. I am working on my virtual blog which takes days and sometimes weeks to do because I have to coordinate with other artists.

One of the artists is an amazing  talent, she does shapes and skins for the virtual world as well as clothes and accessories. Even the virtual name she uses tells you she is going to be an interesting person to get to know. (Lush Meme)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the virtual worlds, everyone entering into a virtual world has to create an avatar for themselves.  Obviously we are all different and our likes and wants are going to be different.

Some visitors to the virtual worlds, don’t really care about their appearance, they get an avatar on entering into the new world, and they keep it, maybe change their clothes to better reflect what they like to wear and personalize themselves. but aside from that they are content to be the avatar that they used to come inworld.  The virtual worlds are full of mentors, people with experience and years in the virtual environment and are willing to help out and put their experiences to use to help others wanting to grow within the community.  With some it is building, creating the architecture, homes,fantasy builds more to do with lifestyles of the inhabitants.

Others, like Lush provide the body of the person (shape, size of your shoulders, length of your arms, waist, hip etc. ) and the skin,(colour or tone of your skin, make ups etc)  The women more than the men tend to want to look a “certain” way, and they are apt to change their makeup, and hairstyles often.  Men do however, like to (most of them)  want to look presentable, once they find the shape, skin and hairstyle they like they are more likely to change outfits for different occasions, but their basic look stays the same.

It is always an interesting exercise when someone new to the world joins us and they being their transformation.  There are many artists in the virtual worlds and some are more creative than others.   You have to look around, you have to try the demos provided.  Otherwise you will look like the person beside you.  In the virtual world you get to build and create what you want to look like.

Now in the day-to-day world, it is not so easy, we are born with our bodies, skin tone and hair colour.  changing is a natural process, nature dictates pretty much our rate and speed of growth etc. And to many it is a life long battle to try to fit in to the “social/fashion norms” or  Photoshop pictures we have put in front of us on a daily basis.

I have to fast today for a hospital visit tomorrow.. That got me thinking of bodies/shapes, and our sometimes out of kilter food decision and choices…. what can I say I got carried away after looking in the mirror this morning.  Hope you survived the visit.  Love you all.

224c2f0f0f0ebf2be5c8d52959b8aba8Sincere apologies to those of you, who prefer my shorter blogs.. Thankfully I don’t have to fast often.  =^_^=  meanwhile blessings all, and where-ever you are, have a super grand day.  Be Happy.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

for more on Lush, my virtual blog will be posted later today.

http://virtualluna.blogspot.ca/

somedays !

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no matter what

it just happens

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yup, you could have made a better choice

but you didn’t

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now, could we please

just move on

get over it.

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

warm fuzzy moment

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A warm embrace, another warm body lying close beside you, their warmth and gentle breathing so calming.  Oh.. so very nice.

I’ve noticed in the last many years, that a common farewell greeting ending a conversation, text especially will be to sign off with a hug.  or xxoo  I do it myself, sometimes without thinking

What does a hug imply.  To me it  implies affectionate, so a hug at the end of a text would (for me) be a way of saying “affectionately yours”

I realized this morning when ending a conversation with someone, that when that person used it when terminating our conversation, I was actually taken aback.  Me who is a user of this expression.!! Wow…

Food for thought.. This person  is rather new to my work world, and I know a much younger person.  So now I am reviewing my use of the term, and will consider carefully how and when I use it.  I think I do, but this morning’s experience has made me aware of something in my behaviour that could be easily “misconstrued”  if I am cavalier in my use of the word.  I believe that we should all do things with a prayerful mind, speak with sincerity.  Live life with makoto (sincerity), and strive to build strong friendships and good vibes with all we encounter.

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We are all unique in our personalities and character, some love to cuddle up close and personal, others may not feel that comfortable being so close.  I like air climate control and the crispness of a fall day while someone else wants the warmth of the mid day sun on the hottest day before their purr engine starts.

3f440064-a9d7-4d93-bdf6-e08af052bfaa‘Friends that get to know one another, really learn to care, in that caring, they find trust, and share common bonds The the hug is really and truly a warm and fuzzy moment.   Not just a hug of passing strangers, like the European kiss on the cheek that was a custom, thing to do, and had nothing to do with warm and fuzzy.

mmmmmm I like  hugs, not that I’m a hugger, but I do like the word because it does imply a deep affection.  And so… after all of this… I say to you… I want to HUG YOU ALL.

so saying I pounce………………

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

photos http://www.ba-bamail.com

Now is always a new beginning.

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This mouse hitched a ride with a frog during a monsoon flooding in India (National Geographic).  Opportunity knocks, you don’t waste time thinking about it, you “do it”.

d1353ab0e356801629734d3eaa45b42dThis mother bear takes her young cub up the hillside, I doubt she contemplated too much before beginning her trip.  She needed to reach her destination, so she simply took the path as it opened up for her.

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Me,I contemplate, cogitate, explore, and dwell on things far too much.  I know that is one of my lessons in life, I still do it. Intellectually I know that, now is what counts, now is what matters.  I also know the choices I make I’m responsible for, and I have to take ownership for whatever choices I make.

Out today, the 24th of December, the day was gray, dull, overcast, with a light rain as our constant companion while outdoors.  Inside the shops, last-minute shoppers were busy scurrying around trying to beat the clock.  Stores were closing early so employees could get home to start their own holiday activities.

I was waiting for the phone call that would tell me my husband would be on the way to pick me up.  I had time on my hands, so I began to pick up the stuffed animals left on the floor by previous shoppers.  I picked each animal up and put him/her on display on the empty racks that were at the end of the aisles.  Many at least over half of the toys were barely played with, if at all.

Their soft cuteness made it a temptation to bring them all home. So many children do without at this time of year.

39387660feb3b0bb6702509a40f9ac1bOk there are no easy answers to the philosophical questions that come up at this time of year.  But I know that I want to make a difference.  Can I, will I, only time will tell..  I do know that NOW, is the time for me to make a new start, to really apply myself with makoto (sincerity) at being more aware of how choices I make impact others and society.

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Life is a gift, and how much we appreciate this gift, comes back to the choices we make.  Life presents the opportunities it is up to us to make the best of the challenges that come our way.

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Hang in there

Today is  Now

You are doing just fine

In time

It will be tomorrow

and tomorrow will be NOW.

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Mama bear made it to the top!

There is nothing you can’t do!

I believe in you.

Namaste   – Oyashikiri

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A turtle day

a5af37145413a2c598e3eb044df0540fTo the Chinese and other Asian cultures, the turtle is a symbol of longevity.  My Mother had a collection of turtles,  I remember he coming home from her travels abroad with another turtle for her charm bracelet or for the collection that was growing in leaps and bounds in the curio cabinet.  When the turtle comes to mind for me is when I am having what I call a “Turtle Day:”…   Usually a mental health day, a day where I know I want to retreat into my “make believe” shell and just sleep or day dream.

Today is the 21st of the month, the day that in PL (Perfect Liberty) we gather to show our appreciation , saying Thank you, for all that we have experienced in the previous days and weeks.  We pray for guidance and renew our dedication to live with full Makoto (sincerity)  following the practices and instructions as laid out in Perfect Liberty.  Just as we must eat and sleep regularly to refresh our bodies, so too must we  pray and give thanks to God on a regular basis and say Thank you for the blessings of life.

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Whatever is meant to be, will be.  The results may not be what we expected or even wanted, but we are open to what life brings our way, we will be truly blessed.  Feelings of appreciation become real when you express them and mean them.

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*turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity

( *Lena Townsend)

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BLESSINGS 

Namaste -Oyashikiri

*green sea turtle swimming among coral -Lee Rentz – Flickr

** found on contentinacottage.blogspot.ca

****pictures. furkl.com

 

 

llamas & Alpacas bring joy

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These animals bring smiles  everywhere they go

Young or old, we cannot resist them

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meet one face to face

their gentle nature and soulful eyes will  put a smile on your face

 

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This Austrian alpaca was given a retro hairstyle at  an event in 2012

published May 2012 James Titcomb

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Smile for the pure joy of how good it will make you feel.

 

 

A floral greeting for you today…

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Strolling through the agricultural park in the heart of the city yesterday brought back a lot of memories.  My parents especially my Dad ( the avid photographer that he was) loved to bring us here for a day trip and to take pictures.  The farm has wonderful beds of flowers of every colour one can imagine.  Rock gardens, and  a small oasis tucked here and there of trees and evergreens.  Along with what I will call domestic plants, the farm also has fields of corn and other crops.  The Dept. of Agriculture has several office buildings and laboratories there, it is a big area, however, as long as I can remember, they have had a portion of it open to the public so that “city folk” can come and learn about crops, animals etc.  Yes one of the big attractions is a cow barn.  And no, we didn’t get to see the cows, that will be another time.

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On a summer day, it wasn’t unusual to have to fight your way to through a crowd of tourists with cameras all clicking away, at the thousands of plants in various stages of their blooming cycles.  It was and likely still is a place for wedding pictures.  Yes there was a hit of rain in the air, and late afternoon so the place was quiet.  The heat of the day was being  tossed about by a wind that was testing its wings, it was still in a playful mood.  A rain cloud was nudged and some drops did fall, but all in all, it was a wonderful hour away from the hustle and bustle of the rush hour traffic that was happening all around this patch of “Agricultural farm land”

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While we hurry about, driving here and there, there is another style of living that is very close by, and unless we stop, we don’t see it.  How often have I driven by and not stopped.  For years I’ve taken this place for granted.  Already the reality of modern day life in 2014, with budget cuts and the  need  or is it greed, for space to build, sources have tried to cut into this land,  ” Master Gardeners” and” Friends of the Farm” volunteer and work hard to maintain the land for people to enjoy.

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It takes years for  trees to  develop, grow and mature into the works of natural art they become.  We are much like the nature around us, to live we need the freedom to grow, most of all we need love in our lives, in all its various forms.  We need to stop looking out, and begin to look at what IS. The expression, “stop and smell the roses” certainly applied in my day yesterday.  To quote from a church lesson ” With a humble mind, take a second look ” make time to reflect on where you are, sincerely pray that you will live with love at the core of your actions.

Good morning dear readers…..  I hope you get to enjoy a breath of fresh air today, after yesterday, I want more.. =^_^= is that a snippet of greed? Oh gosh and golly gee, I hope not.   SMILE… pass it on.

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Big, small, tall, I love you all

Namaste –  Oyashikiri

except last one, all pictures are mine,Q

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