Cat’s Morning Bits for May 22 , 2018
Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Spirituality and Healing: 3 Steps to Detox your Emotions
Emotional detox is not to rid your body of what you may consider negative emotions, but rather to clear out the ones that have stagnated.
Emotions are one of life’s gifts; they offer us a way to experience the full spectrum of what it means to be alive. When we have a healthy relationship to our emotional experience, we can appreciate what each has to offer, from sadness to joy.
MBG: Holy Basil: Benefits For Your Mood, Mind & Body
Holy basil is a plant native to India, where it has been cultivated for nearly 2,000 years. Healers call it tulsi, the Queen of Herbs, the “Incomparable One,” and it is prominent in ayurveda and Hinduism for its various therapeutic applications. Its reputation makes it one of the most prized healing plants in the Orient. Healers from past and present have used the leaf, stem, flower, root, and seeds of holy basil, Latin name Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum, commonly called tulsi in therapeutic tradition.
Elephant Journal: An Open Letter to the Hardened Pieces of my Heart
I’ve met too many hardened hearts thus far.
I’ve engaged with too many steel walls, spiked barracks, and stone-cold defenses.
I’ve felt my own torn, scarred, dragon-skin heart go thick in protection.
But, in my safest moments, I remember what it feels like to be soft.
MNN: Naturalist uses cartoons to advocate for the planet
As animals adapt to a rapidly changing planet, wildlife conservation has become a critical issue. Many scientific books have been written on the issue, but none like Rosemary Mosco’s “Birding Is My Favorite Video Game.”
Her whimsical book features cartoons that are both funny and jam-packed with important facts about animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and most importantly, conservation. She artfully weaves together science and art — something we explored when we first introduced you to her Bird and Moon comics. Her uniquely unstuffy approach teaches readers surprising and unusual facts about nature that they may not have known.
EarthSky News: Deneb, tail of Cygnus the Swan
Tonight, look for Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. The night sky chart at the top of this post presents the view toward the northeast in mid-to-late evening during the month of May. It’s the view from mid-northern latitudes. It’s by looking in this direction that you can get a good look at the bright star Deneb, which should be visible even in tonight’s moon-drenched skies
Patheos-Pagan: What do Millennial Witches need from the Craft?
This question was recently posed to me: What does the “millennial generation” need from witchcraft? Which witchery will they adopt and adapt for their time? Which witchery do they reject and will allow to die out?
ON DEATH AND DYING
“Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!”
— Thomas F. Healey
“The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.”
— Hermann Hesse
“What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.”
— Katha Upanishad
“Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.”
— Sir Walter Scott
A Note from the Universe
What if the coolest person on the planet didn’t know they were the coolest person on the planet, because of a few self-doubts, a few trace fears, or the occasional twang of inadequacy. Or because they somehow thought fame, or wealth, or popularity mattered. Or because they just didn’t know the effect they had on others.
It would be a pity, huh? A real travesty. And, of course, telling them wouldn’t achieve much because they’d never believe you. Never. They’d be too modest to accept it. Too naïve to see it. And, well, too cool to think it mattered.
So… well… ah… let’s just leave it at that –
Today’s Recipe: Watermelon Pineapple Salsa
Give your typical salsa a delightful upgrade by adding watermelon and pineapple, which are both good sources of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help boost immunity.
Magical Correspondences for Tuesday
Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
May 22, 2018
“That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself.”-Fanny Lewald, in Hanna Ballin Lewis, “The Education of Fanny Lewald” (1871)
If there is a lesson in our struggle for freedom, (and there always is a lesson, in any struggle) then it is that there is no separation between us. We are all one. We are not truly free until each and every one of us is free.
Beliefnet: 7 Ways to Find Your Inner Hero
We watch the news and wish there was something we could do to right wrongs. We see our neighbors struggle with issues in their lives and want to help. Or, we face a monster of a challenge in our own lives, but fear, and insecurity hold us back from taking action. As the song goes, there’s a hero inside of you and me, just waiting to rise up. Yes, there is! And here are seven ways to find that hero and let him or her go to work:
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