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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

Appreciation

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Do you get angry?  I have been sitting here thinking about anger.  I react, and I do get ticked off, but do I get angry.  My frustration, or disappointment to a situation is usually short lived.  I tend to blow, verbalize, get it out of my system and move on.  For sure my fuse has gotten longer the older I get.  Plus, I believe that when one appreciates and lives in the moment, anger is a waste of emotion.  Living in the moment, also means that it doesn’t matter what day it is, because every day is a moment and opportunity for something awesome to happen.  Just walking out into the sunshine on the back deck can fill me with the joy of being alive to enjoy that moment.

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Buddha was asked “What have you gained from meditation? ”   He replied.  “Nothing!    However, let me tell you what I have lost, anger, anxiety,depression, insecurity, fear of old age, and death”

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Walk softly today, celebrate the day, appreciate the moment..   Travel through space to share this place with me, by simply closing your eyes and hearing the sound of your heart beat.  Colour your day with the blessings of life.  May the blessings of the day fill your heart with gladness, today, tomorrow and always.            Oyashikiri

 

 Thanksgiving Service is at  7 pm. (Church of Perfect Liberty)

 

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bottom picture – by Christoph Zurbuchen on Flickr

trust, faith,friendships

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Really now?  You think you thought this out carefully…

Would you like to rethink your position on the situation….

Have you really thought this through….

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Did you hear about the parrot that sat on a cat’s tail the other day?

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Sweet… heh!

Life is good when we live side by side in harmony!      Oyashikiri

 

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