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a quiet interlude

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Fingal’s Cave off the coast of Scotland

Good Morning, thought I’d share a little more of yesterday’s experience.  Like many others around me, I live life at a rather “active” pace.  True not always, I know to take breaks, and  have a slow down time, the key words here, are I know… just because I know, doesn’t mean that I do it.  I was happy yesterday to disrobe and get on the waiting table in the small room I’d been assigned to.  Nothing magical, just a quiet place, soothing music and the implements used for doing facials.  The table was the ordinary table used in spas, and salons all over.  The table had been prepared, the colours of the towels and sheets were calm, soothing colours, the terry towels were big a fluffy.  Already I could feel myself relaxing, and when I slipped unto the table and felt the warmth on my back (the table was heated) I knew I had made a good choice.

Our minds are chatty little characters,  often even if we want to rest and know we are tired, the little voice just keeps babbling away at times like a broken record. I closed my eyes, letting the moment surround me.  I was getting a holistic facial, the herbal fragrances were intoxicating, never mind the knowing trained hands working their magic. My mind began to still, my thoughts drifted into quiet spaces that’s I’d found along the way and wanted to explore.

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Melissani Cave, Greece

There is no rhyme or reason for where the thoughts will drift.  The mind and body are strongly connected and tuned to one another.  When the body begins to let go and release pent-up stress, the mind feeling less smothered and pressured, will also relax.  Being able to find, quiet moments where the body truly let’s go of the daily ritual of “activity” is an awesome experience.  It really truly is.

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The promise of spring, a new season, when we see the first signs of new growth peaking through the soil…. this is rejuvenation.  we see it and we love the discovery, it is pleasing, it is a new moment. Our bodies deserve the same care and attention that we give to our gardens, our hobbies, crafts, work, it is ours.

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When we invest in ourselves, in having a facial, a massage, a skin and body treatment, we are looking after ourselves, the part of us that often is taken for granted until it nudges and pushes back at us.

 PL Precept# 20   Live Maintaining Equilibrium between Mind and Matter

Having a quiet interlude, enjoying the moment, was a re-energizing experience.  I had booked a full hour of body massage after the facial, needless to say, my mind took itself to exactly where it wanted to be…. my smile was a mile wide… total immersion in a happy reverie is good for the soul, you really should try it.

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Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

ps. am I still smiling, you betcha!

Dear God

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Prayer

 keeps me

strong and centered

Namaste     –      Oyashikiri

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Money and “things”

This is one of the seasons where it seems a lot of money is either being spent, or credit is being used. We all know that when we use credit, the debt is one more thing added to the financial stress we carry most of the year.  Many do it anyway.  It is very hard to resist all the marketing and highly paid for advertisements that bombard us from all directions.  If you live in an urban area, and visit any shopping center or mall, you are blinded by colourful lights and beckoning elves and snowmen.  I must get a zillion sale notices starting in  November about just what I need added to my already cluttered life if I am to enjoy a good “Christmas”

The truth is,  we don’t need anything from a retail store to make us happy.  Happiness is a state of mind.  Happiness that is acquired through a purchase soon losses its luster and appeal.  That electronic must have soon is replaced by something fancier and more sophisticated. The dress or outfit once worn a few times is no longer to be seen in.

The Value of Money and Things Depends on How you Choose to Use Them. (PL teaching)  Money and things are materials for your self-expression. Use them to their fullest for the sake of others and society. (Church of Perfect Liberty)

World Peace starts from Peace at Home and in Our Hearts.  Inner Peace is the greatest gift of all.

Have a wonderful day everyone, be happy.

Blessings, Oyashikiri

photography – Q                smilePencil

Always Live with “World Peace” In Your Heart

June already, today is the start of another month, May seems to have gone by so quickly.  The PL teaching for June 1 is ” Always Live With “World Peace” In Your Heart.  If each one of us sincerely prays for peace on earth, our combined efforts can change the world”  During a service, when we read this teaching. the official that is leading us, reads the part that is in bold, and we repeat it.  Then the rest is read for us to think and meditate on.  Then we all repeat together the main sentence,” Always Live With “World Peace” In Your Heart” .  The teachings come in the form of a Perfect Liberty calendar.  This calendar consists of 31 pages.  We use this calendar all year.  A new one comes out at the start of each new year. They are available in English, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish

The teachings of PL focus on everyday daily living to help people be all they can be in  this life.  I am very fortunate in that I live in a city where there is an actual physical Perfect Liberty Church.  That said, you have access to the church, the ministers via the internet (see web site ) http://www.perfectliberty.ca  If you live close to any of the churches ( PL is International) you are always welcome to drop in, and/or contact the ministers in person.  It is so positive and exhilarating to have such open and effective communications with the ministers.

In June, the heat and humidity can soar in these parts,tempers can flare up, often there is a yearning to get away, to experience a change from the usual day to day.  Already at the gym that I attend, I see the decline in members hitting the machines in the early day.  It is vacation time, schools will be out soon, and the highways and roads into cottage country are getting busier.  Yet home is where I find my greatest sense of “well being” .  In following PL teachings on a regular basis, I am finding that often the inner contentment has me smiling what I call a Buddha smile..  From ear to ear, head to toe and through and through. =^_^=    Always live with “world Peace” in your Heart.

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