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
Artistic expressions are what makes life a work of art. Your life is your very own unique work of art. If you cut corners are miss important details, you will not be able to live up to your fullest potential. If you ignore truths, and live life half heartedly you will not live a full life. Life is full of an accumulation of small moments.
Where-ever you are, you are a living person, you interact with others, and situations, circumstances that come you way. In order to do so you express your feelings. Your life is shaped by the way you express yourself, each and every day.
In PL, Perfect Liberty, on the 1st day of every month we celebrate – Day of Peace – through a ceremony where we pray for World Peace. We rededicate our purpose in life to live as peaceful human beings in our own worlds. January 1, is not only the first day of the month, but the first day of a new year. In PL this is one of four major ceremonies. We affirm our sincere desire to begin anew, living an artistic life according to the teachings of the PL.
PL Precept # 3. God appears through One’s Self.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
** Camogli,liguria, Province of Genoa, Italy – Flickr.com
No matter how hard life can seem at times, face it head on. Live in the present, deal with today, every moment is a chance to approach the challenge in an artistic way. If you have already tried to deal with it one way, and that way didn’t satisfy your requirements, then re-evaluate the situation. If it involves someone else, or others, then you have to really understand your motivation for the change(s). The only person you can change is yourself. You can present options, and suggest when it comes to others, but you yourself cannot change them. They might try to change for you, but it will be short lived, if it is not something that they themselves really want to do..
Second chances, when you ask about how others feel about second chances, you get mixed responses. Some feel that there is no such thing as a second chance, you either work out a situation or you move on, the world is full of new beginnings. Others will say, if you are given a second chance it is because the first time, was the wrong time. Tao, belief is that there is always Yin/Yang in life. Two sides to a coin if you will. I have found that in life, we flow from one side to the other, that is our “Divine” gift. The Universe balances our lives with rain, sunshine, clouds and clear skies. When we make time to reflect/pray/meditate, we find the beauty in our lives, and appreciate them for what they are, “moments in time”…. Good Day Everyone… may your day be blessed with love and activities that make for happy memories. Oyashikiri
The skills and patience, the eye of the photographer, never cease to amaze and delight. Often the photographer is not listed, I hope that they eventually get to see just how much their “art” is appreciated and enjoyed.
This is a picture of acid lakes in the Dallol volcano * beautiful sight isn’t it. Zillions of tiny mineral deposits come together to form magnificent little rosettes that in turn, weave and join together to form natural basins for the acid waters to form. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how often have we heard that!
It is interesting how different cultures, we go about finding a mate, or partner. In traveling to the East, I had occasion to speak with a number of different women who were in(what appeared) very happy relationships, and who were all from arranged marriages. I say arranged, not the way necessarily that the west has portrayed them but arranged never-the-less. Having spent the majority of my working life working as a Stress Management Specialist in Health Care, where over 65% of the issues I dealt with stemmed from unhappy relationships, and in many ways very unhealthy “coupling”. I was impressed with the natural harmony I saw and felt when talking to these woman. They found men with common interests and goals, learned what they could about whether or not their goals were similar and found out if their paths were on the same playing field. Then made a decision on whether or not to go forward in a relationship. This also applied to the men, looking for a wife. Two criteria, practical and long term. I’ve simplified this of course , more at another time.
In the culture I’ve lived in here in North America, and the social interactions that I’ve even participated in, is very different. We seem to be attracted first to the “looks” (outer wrappings ) of the object we “desire”. We can date someone for months and yes even years, and know deep down they are not satisfying our inner needs, yet …we hold on….. why…. out of fear of being alone. Not having someone to be part of a couple with, so when we go out with friends, or go places we are doing it with someone else. EVEN WHEN, the activities we are attending or doing (and this applies to both men and women) are not what we really want to be doing. Ah HAH!!!! ring any bells. If you are going to do something, do it because you want to, do it with sincerity in your heart. If you choose to do something, then do it with joy and enthusiasm, you are the only person who is in control of your choices.
I like to live quietly in harmony with Nature. To know what you find compatible with your way of life, you first have to know your SELF, and what you want!. By doing this, you will find a greater sense of inner beauty and calm. God/Nature/Universe is with us always! Oyashikiri
I have no idea why, but I woke up this morning and the found a song running through my head. “It’s Saturday night and I just got married la la la” I have no idea where that came from, why its there, I’m trying to recall if I had a vivid dream, or what I was thinking of last night, but it escapes me. I don’t even think I watched the telly last night… chuckles… oh well, at least its a peppy song, happily I don’t recall any of the words to the song except the first few lines.
It produces a wonderful, fresh and rather enticing picture for us to look at =^_^=. How was is your day so far? Are you enjoying it? The PL lesson for the day is about being proactive and flowing with the “joys” and never ending challenges of life. It is about being present, mindful, and honest with yourSELF in your reactions to what comes your way. Hmm doesn’t look like Mother Nature is going to give me outdoor sunshine today, BUT, my day starts with sunshine, because.. you ready for it. I’ve started my day with YOU.
Every bloom holds a hug and prayer, just for you. Happiness is sharing. Its LOVE pure and TRUE > Oyashikiri
“Mine is the joy that comes from the path of liberation, and my secret I share with all, for in giving it I do not lose it” (Buddha-the Quest for Serenity)
Keep your eyes,mind and heart in tune with the changes, learn to deal with them proactively, and always keep a smile in your heart, share it as often as you can.
Feel like you have eyes in your back! Worried you stepped on a crack! Whoaaa, wonder who has your back!
Such days are part of life, we all get them. The trick is to be able to recognize that its just a moment in time, it will pass. A quick pick me up is time spent with God. A visit to the church for a quite moment in a dedicated place of worship. If that is not possible, then sit somewhere, anywhere, and close your eyes. Take a nice long deep breath in, hold it for the count of 3 and then slowly exhale.. Feel your shoulders and facial muscles relax, your eyelids will want to remain closed. Allow yourself to do it one more time, and you will notice your head will start to slowly lean forward. SMILE… You’ve just shared with a higher power. It feels so good and oh so right. Oyashikiri
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
Always be with GOD/Nature ( philosophy of Perfect Liberty)