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Happy Thursday morning all.

I went to take a picture yesterday of a door.  That was my intention, unfortunately, I drove by, missed the laneway, and could not get back.  It was rush hour in Ottawa, and for some reason, where usually traffic flowing west on this road, is usually pretty good at this time of day, yesterday it wasn’t.  Missed opportunity.  I will go back another time.

Last night, looking for something else, look what I found.  No, no way it is a door, but gall darn, could I figure out what it was.   I know it is familiar.  but it just wouldn’t come to me.  Certainly I was intrigued.

This morning with a new day on the horizon, I had a “bingo” moment.

Here is a second picture the elf in my camera took.

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How I managed this, I’ll have to ponder on a bit longer.  Does anyone out there, recognized what this is?

Life is full of surprises.  We need only take out our phones sometimes, to discover a whole new world.  For sure we meet new friends  =^_^=   My Chinese name, associates me with the moon, I believe that a “moon spirit” has drifted into my virtual world……

=^_^=  sunshine smiles to everyone today.  May your day be blessed with the happiness and joyful memories that last today, tomorrow and always.

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Our thanks to you all for your prayers, and healing thoughts, my husband begins his “treatments” next week, starting on Monday.  23 days of radiation and 5 weeks of chemo.  We appreciate each and everyone of you!



Oyashikiri



 

Thank you Thank you

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Faith and Prayer

I was so overcome with emotion when I saw all your comments and encouragement on FB about our recent loss (Canaille) and my husband’s cancer.  We know we are facing a long road ahead, the treatment will be aggressive.

Your thoughtful words of encouragement, and empathy for our situation, is so heart warming.

Each day is a new beginning, tomorrow we hope for word on just what the team of doctors have  laid out as a game plan.

I feel so blessed to have shared time on this planet with each and everyone on of you. You are part of my happiness and joy.

Knowing and feeling the healing energy that is being sent our way, is a balm…

I pray that the Universe will embrace each of you with heaven-sent blessings.

Dymoon aka.Q

Oyashikiri

PL Precept 11  Always be with God
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Wordless Wednesday 8.9.17

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Life happens.

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My must heart felt thanks for your kindness, and prayers.  We appreciate the healing energy and caring that is coming our way.  We both appreciate your comforting thoughts and messages.  Thank YOU

PL Precept #15  All is a mirror

PL Precept #11   Always be with God

PL Precept # 7  Everything exists in Relativity.

I believe in the power of prayer.. Surgery should be in the next few days.. Please pray that my husband will receive the best care that he can, and that soon, he will be on the road to recovery.

Japanese bath and…..

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The sign points the way to the ladies bathing area

this time around, I didn’t get the sliding doors into the area

once inside, we remove our shoes

and put them in the slots allotted for guests

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On entering into the first room, there are sinks on the left

 to the right an area to remove and put  your clothes in a designated shelf box

once you have removed all your clothes

you can enter into the bathing area,

it is again through a pair of sliding doors.

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the chair you see in the back corner

is a massage chair,

I regret to say, I never had the opportunity to try it

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on entering there is one north american type stall

next to it is a sauna,

which again, I did not get to use

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the next picture will show you the most popular way

to shower and remove the day’s “grime”

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I have found that this is the most comfortable and practical

way to wash.  You do your hair, and rinse off well

before you can get into the bath itself.

Soaps, shampoo and conditioner is provided

Once you are all cleaned and rinsed off,

only then, do you enter the bath.

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then it is back to the dorm

refreshed and relaxed

ready to roll out your futon

and tuck yourself in

This picture was taken after

some of the participants had gone

we were 12 to a room

what you see is what was in front of me,

from my little “home” while there

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this little nook, is where we could get hot/cold water

or cold drinks (vending machines)

just outside our room.  Where the two ladies

are looking is into another smaller bathing area

International visitors are welcomed once a year

we came from North American, Brazil, Argentina

Spain, and, and….. the North American participants were from the States

except for moi,  the only Canadian.

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This delightful woman was like our “den” Mother, she

and her crew, manned the International Office,

took our keys, gave out the keys.. rooms were always

locked when no one was in the room

The staff worked from the wee hours till late into the evening

answering questions, helping with our needs,

ensuring we got to meals on time

We always knew we had them there to look out for us.

Even though the majority of them could not speak English

it is amazing how efficient they were

and how we all managed to communicate

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it is a VERY  long journey from where I live

to Osaka, Japan, and from there to PL headquarters,  about another hour away.

was it worth it

yes, every minute, second of the pilgrimage

was a blessing

my sincere gratitude and love  goes to all

who shared this journey with me

making it an unforgetable experience.

Oyashikiri

ralentissez!

slow down

Today I saw a transformation that until I witnessed it, I had only heard about.  In the PL church, not so much in North America but in Japan, and Brazil, during service, members of the congregation will stand and testify of the changes, positive and affirmative that Pl has made in their lives.  I myself have felt and been blessed with knowing the wonder, contentment, joy and rewards of having a profound experience.  Today I saw it.

A friend was in a very anxious state, and asked if she could come to our church and pray.  She is not a member, nor had ever expressed any interest, I was surprised but pleased that she felt that coming to the church would help her to cope with her current “problems”  I called ahead to know if a minister would be available, and yes there would be.

This friend is a strong woman of faith, she attends her church on a regular basis, and makes every effort to do a pilgrimage   yearly to the bigger cities and the shrines there.  I had not seen her in a number of weeks and was taken a back when I saw her, she had aged, and seemed totally defeated and sad.  Life had been throwing her “a lot of curve balls.”

We get busy in life, and I immediately felt a pang of guilt that I had not kept in touch, but life is what it is, and there simply had not been the “right” moment.  Our church as I have mentioned is non-denominational, I knew my friend to be a very staunch catholic and I wondered what had brought her to this moment, where she wanted to pray in “my” church. If you are aware of the inside of a catholic church and the inside of a Japanese, zen type room, this would have been a totally “new” experience for her.

She walked in with what appeared to be the burdens of the world on her shoulders.. When she came out of her consultation with Rev. Tiago, she literally glided out into the area where I was sitting.  Her face was radiant, and as she threw her arms wide, she said,”I feel a hundred pounds lighter”.  She glowed.  Her face, her posture, her voice, it was amazing.

The 21st is Thanksgiving in PL (Perfect Liberty),  I will give thanks for having been a part of this wonderful day, I myself had to slow down, I had to go into waiting mode… while she was with Rev. T.  and I really really enjoyed it. I was present in the now, and simply B E I N G.

“A Thankful Heart leads to Happiness”

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri

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Do you remember who Eddie Cantor was?

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

 

 

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

 

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