Thought For The Day: July 23, 2019 ” Baby Steps”

Happy Tuesday,

We tend to forget that solution to our problems never happen all at once. Fear and impatience and two of the major causes of anxiety and stress. In my Daily Angel Messages ( available on The Desert Path) we talk about “Baby Steps” and how they can help us to achieve our goals. Taking small steps can also help when anxiety tells us that a solution “must be found now”. Set a plan in motion and take steps every day to reach your desired outcome.

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 15, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 15, 2019

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.

Blessings, Cat

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May is bee in blossom,
May is birds a-nesting,
May is picking violets on a hill;
May is young and twenty,
May is Sunday-besting,
May is eager Jack and willing Jill.

-The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1961

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Spirit Library: Why Not a Kingdom? (a message from Brenda Hoffman)

Dear Ones,

There are undercurrents within your societies different from outward appearances. So it is you become upset when someone does this or that even though their actions – unknown to you – are fulfilling your dreams.

You are in the midst of crumbling world structures as you wait for some knight to make everything right – in your mind. That knight is not going to appear for you are the creator of your life.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/why-not-a-kingdom

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ThoughtCo: Purple Dead Nettle

Like many of the herbs that we can use in magic, purple dead nettle is, for all intents and purposes, a weed. It will take over a spring garden in no time at all, spreading with wild abandon through your yard. So why not take advantage of its folklore and magic, and use it in your workings? It’s a handy little herb to harvest.

https://www.learnreligions.com/purple-dead-nettle-magic-and-folklore-2562033

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MBG: Dealing With Anxiety? Here Are 4 Simple Steps To Clear Your Mind

Growing up, we learn math and reading, history and geography, but nobody teaches us about the logic of the mind and how to navigate the internal geography of our mental landscape. A significant aspect of anxiety arises when we don’t understand how to work with the normal and necessary thoughts that dart and dash through the mind every minute of every day. The most painful and alarming of these thoughts, the ones that can cascade into anxiety and panic and cause untold mental suffering, are what we call intrusive thoughts.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/4-steps-to-break-free-from-intrusive-thoughts

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Clear up a misunderstanding and free up some time and space to begin something you’ve been wanting to do but felt beyond your means. You might also come to an understanding with someone who has been an obstacle for you, whether because of pride, some power struggle, or other kind of competition or misconstrued sense of prestige or self-importance. Today, you are the equal of anyone. Be gracious

astrology.com (daily newsletter)

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Elephant Journal: A Full Moon Meditation for Releasing our Troubles.

In metaphysical circles it is widely held that the energy of the new moon supports us in sowing new seeds, or intentions, for what we wish to create in our lives.
And the energy around the full moon supports us in letting go of what no longer serves us.
Of course, we can set such intentions at any time. However, working with the energies of the moon can help to super-charge those intentions

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/a-releasing-meditation-for-the-upcoming-full-moon/

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MNN: New panda park in China will be much bigger than Yellowstone

Long the iconic face of endangered species, the giant panda has made significant progress in recent years. In the 1980s, only about 1,216 pandas were left in the wild, but the most recent census in 2015 counted 1,864 adult bears, prompting the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to downgrade the species’ threat level on the Red List from endangered to threatened in 2016.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-panda-park-china-will-be-much-bigger-yellowstone

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on May 15 and 16

These next few nights – May 15 and 16, 2019 – the bright waxing gibbous moon passes to the north of Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Spica serves as a prime example of a 1st-magnitude star, so this star will probably be bright enough to overcome the moonlit glare

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-may-15-and-16

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3 Pagans & A Cat: Green Witchcraft – Embracing Nature’s Rhythm

Well, I live in modest hope that sunshine and warmer temperatures are in my near future. The sun made a grand appearance after several weeks of rain and chilly temperatures which even by Michigan standards are unusual by this point in May. Oh, we’ve had a smattering of sunshine pushing through the clouds. Enough for me to begin harvesting dandelions and newly discovered common blue violets in my back yard, anyway.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/05/3-pagans-a-cat-green-witchcraft-embracing-the-rhythm-of-nature/

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Inner Journey:

PRACTICE DETACHMENT

As our consciousness rises, our perspective becomes more and more impersonal. What does this mean?

It means we are increasingly able to view our lives and the rest of the world with detachment. This does not mean we are cold and uncaring. Rather, we are self- contained. We have well-defined boundaries and we are able to think and act objectively, clearly and responsibly.

When we have learned detachment, we do not get hooked into the thoughts and feelings of others. We are not easily upset or manipulated. We may feel compassion for others but this does not cloud our ability to choose how we think, feel and behave. We also do not need others to behave in any particular way.

“Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.”
— Stephen Covey

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Apples

This is a great way to use up apples that may be getting a little old and wrinkly. I had some Honeycrisp apples that I didn’t have the heart to throw away, so I decided to turn them into cinnamon apples.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cinnamon-Apples.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
May 15, 2019

Body

“The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.”

-Martha Graham, Blood Memory, 1991

Dancers know, as Martha Graham so beautifully states, that our bodies respond to the attention that we give them. When we take care of the body with nutrition and exercise and personal care, we can trust the body to function optimally.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Today’s Deity: Devi Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and the learning. She is the part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. This trinity helps Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to create, maintain and destroy (to regenerate) the universe respectively. As per Devi Bhagwat, Goddess Saraswati is the wife of Lord Brahma. She abodes in Brahmapura, the abode of Lord Brahma…..

Read more………. https://www.drikpanchang.com/hindu-goddesses/saraswati/goddess-saraswati.html

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 22, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 22, 2019

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.

Blessings, Cat

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The Sun, with all those planets
revolving around it
and dependent on it,
can still ripen a bunch of grapes
as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

-Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

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The Wild Hunt: New Merlin tale discovered in archives

BRISTOL, United Kingdom – Most of us, as Pagans, are familiar with the tales of King Arthur. The ‘Matter of Britain’ proves perennially popular, with a regular output of films, TV shows and fantasy novels based on the Arthurian cycle.

Read More……

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MBG: We’re Obsessed With These 7 Earth-Friendly Feng Shui Tweaks

Feng shui helps you create a home that makes you feel at home. As a feng shui designer, I’ve seen firsthand how when our physical surroundings make us feel grounded and secure, the rest of our life can open up and flourish as a result.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/feng-shui-design-tips-that-are-also-eco-friendly

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Elephant Journal: What it actually means to “Sit with our Emotions & Let them Go.”

Most everywhere we turn in this new age of spirituality, there is a positive saying or quote to lift us up into personal bliss and nirvana.
I love these sentiments. I eat them for breakfast, salivating on how it feels inside when I’m right in that place or need a quick pick-me-up throughout the day and then eyeing one more in the evening to get my fix

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/what-it-actually-means-to-sit-with-our-emotions-let-them-go/

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MNN: You know it’s winter when it snows in the desert

It’s been a strange winter, with a polar vortex and other storm systems popping up across the country.

The ice and snow even found its way to the California desert. Even Yucca Valley, which lies east of Los Angeles and just outside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park, got some snow — and it led to some incredible photos.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/beautiful-snow-photos-desert-yucca-valley-joshua-tree

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica rise at late evening

On February 22, 2019, you’ll have to stay up fairly late to view the moon and Spica, the constellation Virgo’s brightest star, rising into your eastern sky. At mid-northern latitudes, look for the twosome to be up by around 10 to 11 p.m. At more southerly latitudes, the moon and Spica will rise earlier in the evening

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-spica-rise-at-late-evening

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Patheos-Pagan: Anxiety and Witchcraft

I used to thrive off of adrenaline. Once upon a time I did really well with a long to-do list and a short deadline. I don’t know when things changed, but things did change. My capacity to hold high levels of stress has greatly diminished, with the added bonus of occasional anxiety attacks. In order to stay as mentally healthy as possible I let my anxiety inform my Witchcraft and vice versa.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/02/anxiety-and-witchcraft/

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Inner Journey:

LOOKING FOR SAFETY?

“Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.”
— Germaine Greer

Our personality likes to be in control. It likes to know how things are and what’s going to happen. Underlying this desire for stability and predictability is a deep fear that the world is a dangerous place. The personality fears it will not survive without continually being on guard.

The truth is: we cannot control what happens in life. And under the natural law of attraction, we tend to attract to us what we focus on. EXPLORE SUBSTITUTING TRUST FOR FEAR and the world becomes a gentler, happier place.

“There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.”
— Emmanuel

“One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety.”
— Deepak Chopra

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

People believe what they want to believe. And this, alone, explains what they have or don’t have.

Does that make your entire flippin’ day, or what?!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chai Spiced Coffee Creamer Recipe

Chai spices include cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and others. This spice combination can be used to make a delicious coffee creamer at home.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chai-Spiced-Coffee-Creamer-Recipe-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Beliefnet: 4 Ways To Find Quiet In Your Day

It will surprise many, who know me to find that I’d rather do the dishes in the kitchen than talk to a stranger at a party, (shhh, don’t tell my husband). I like the quiet work of the chore. The alone time to regroup
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/4-ways-to-find-quiet-in-your-day.aspx#cvHb2HH5PxrKOhxo.99

 

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 30, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 30, 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.

Blessings, Cat

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In the cloud-grey mornings
I heard the herons flying;
And when I came into my garden,
My silken outer-garment
Trailed over withered leaves.
A dried leaf crumbles at a touch,
But I have seen many Autumns
With herons blowing like smoke
Across the sky.
-Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

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MBG: This Common Strategy For Handling Anxiety Actually Makes It Worse

Anxiety is primarily a mental state, meaning that when we’re in anxiety, we’re cut off from our bodies. So in order to shift from an anxious state to one informed by well-being, we must be willing to look beyond simply reframing or challenging our thoughts and instead look to the messages that anxiety is attempting to deliver.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/strategy-for-handling-anxiety-makes-worse

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Daily Good: Living Simply in a Tiny Off-Grid Cabin

Meet Tom, Sarah and their daughter, Neesa. They live in a 20 square meter off-grid cabin on property in New Zealand. Instead of paying rent, they share the work of looking after the land with the owners. Tom is a medical doctor and Sarah is an illustrator. Both have chosen to reduce their work to almost nothing in order to have more time to focus on living well. This short film is an example of Happen Films’ Living the Change, a feature-length documentary which explores solutions of which any one of us can be a part

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7495

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Elephant Journal: The Buddhist Principle we should never Leave Home Without.

My friend and I sat at a wooden patio table overlooking the Tuscan countryside, casually sharing five bottles of wine with a couple we’d just met over the course of a sun-draped afternoon.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/11/the-buddhist-principle-we-should-never-leave-home-without/

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MNN: How to be more patient
A guide for anyone who’s ever wanted anything right this second.

You may not consider yourself the patient type.
Maybe you came to that conclusion at an early age, when your exhausted parents relented to your demands — and let you tear into those Christmas presents early.

Maybe your first-grade teacher pointed this out when you were squirming out the door before the recess bell even sounded.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/how-be-more-patient-health-benefits

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EarthSky News: Sun enters Ophiuchus on November 30

November 30, 2018. If you could see the stars in the daytime, you’d see the sun shining in front of the border of the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius on this date. The sun crosses a constellation boundary, into Ophiuchus.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/sun-in-ophiuchus-november-30-to-december-18

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Patheos-Pagan: CONVERSATION WITH OR ABOUT THE CARDS?

There are many kinds of conversations in cartomancy, but two of them are dominant: about the cards and with the cards.
People interested in the history of the cards have conversations about the cards.
People interested in divination and fortunetelling have conversations with the cards.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/cartomancer/2018/11/27/conversation-with-or-about-the-cards/

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Inner Journey:

ONE STEP AT A TIME

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
— Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Does the prospect of changing and growing seem monumental to you? Just too much to tackle?

Then consider this approach. Take a simple step of affirming your openness to experience more or something new. Or a different first step might be to let go of judgment by embracing the neutral. Begin to see the people, activities and things around you asneither good nor bad.

A journey is made of many small steps. Don’t focus on a far-off destination if you’re not clear how to get there. Build a foundation that is solid for you. We get to new places one step at a time.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.”
— John Wanamaker

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The great perfection lies in the fact that no matter what happens next, you’ll be richer for it.

Much richer,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Stovetop Cornbread for One

First let’s get out of the way what traditional cornbread ain’t. Delicious cornbread is simple cornbread. It is meant to accompany vegetables, not compete with them. Therefore, it should not have added ingredients such as cream style corn, peppers or other ingredients to make it reminiscent of another country’s cuisine.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Stovetop-Cornbread-for-One-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday 

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
November 30, 2018

Time

“There is a time to be born, and a time to die, says Solomon, and it is the memento of a truly wise man; but there is an interval between these two times of infinite importance.”

-Leigh Richmond (1772-1827)

How do we live our lives? How do we spend our time? Are we learning and growing, serving and loving? We are given this magnificent gift of time, and how we use it is up to us individually. We’re making choices constantly. Choose wisely, with intention.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 4 Ways to Be Your Authentic Self

Forget about conforming to societal ideals and what others try to you mold you to be. Here are four ways to be your true, authentic self.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/4-ways-to-be-your-authentic-self.aspx#G17FAg0PmQZwTUqp.99

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 3, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 3, 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.

Blessings, Cat

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Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done!
-Thomas Constable (1812-81)

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Spiritual Unite: Orbs Color Meaning: What Do The Different Colors Mean?

Orbs Color Meaning: Have you ever seen someone share a picture, where something orb like appeared in the photograph? Well orbs are very debated phenomena in the spiritual groups. Many say they are evidence of sentient being or spirits. However researchers have dismissed that idea of orbs being ghosts. There are many cases where orbs have shown up where some form …

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/orbs-color-meaning/

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MBG: How To Help Your Kids Cope With Back-To-School Anxiety

It is 8:25 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in July. I leisurely stroke Cam’s tan face and hair that feels thick with leftover sunblock. “Time to get up, sweetie. You have camp.” I love my summer days at the beach, late family nights listening to audiobooks, and road trips to Maine and beyond. My husband and I whisper about how nice the summer has been, hoping not to jinx it. The ease of summer is so much healthier—sports-free weekends, no homework, and unstructured time to just be a family. To be calm, bored even.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-help-your-kids-cope-with-back-to-school-anxiety

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KarmaTube: The Missing People Choir

Located in London, the Missing People Choir consists of families with missing loved ones and volunteers who want to sing with them, bringing powerful support at times of tremendous grief. By coming together with others who have experienced such a traumatic loss, people are given strength and hope. “Where words end, music carries on” as choir members reach out to their missing loved ones by raising their voices in unison. The Choir has performed on Britain’s Got Talent to much acclaim.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7844

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Elephant Journal: The Struggle we Can’t See: How to Support our Friends with Mental Illness.

Imagine for a moment that you’ve made dinner plans with a friend.
You’re excited to check out the new swanky place downtown that recently opened. You go to the website and check out the menu, and you’ve really got your heart set on their crème brûlée when your friend sends you a text message.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/the-struggle-we-cant-see-how-to-support-our-friends-with-mental-illness/

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MNN: Denmark’s hygge isn’t the only snuggly tradition in the world

Hygge is a warm and cozy concept that’s difficult to define. You’ll know it when you feel it and you typically feel it — at least in Danish culture — when the calendar turns to the cold, solitude-filled days of wintertime.

It’s a feeling and way of life that centers around coziness and companionship, including family and warm food as a buffer against loneliness, darkness and the cold.

Read more……………..

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EarthSky News: Which bird migrates the farthest?

Over its lifetime of about 25 years, an Arctic tern can fly nearly 3 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

http://earthsky.org/earth/which-bird-migrates-the-farthest

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Patheos-Pagan: Everyone Loves a Witch Store in October

Everybody wants my job, or so I laughingly say. Customers check out with a wistful look, saying “It must be so great working here!” It is, and I am very happy. I manage a witch shop in Asheville, North Carolina. Or to cushion the shock for some people, I say it’s a “metaphysical book store.” It is both that, and so much more. It’s a community center, a hub, a respite, a place to feel empowered.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/10/everyone-loves-a-witch-store-in-october/

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

“…for magic to happen in your life, you must believe in magic.”
— Grandmother, quoted by Lynn Andrews

“Most of the time, we fall in love but can’t remain there. The world then calls the state we were in a delusion or infatuation … But we merely lacked, or someone else lacked, the emotional skills to hold on to the magicwhen the morning came. …In truth, we can go to the moon and retain its magic for a lifetime.”
— Marianne Williamson

“We think, sometimes, there’s not a dragon left. Not one brave knight, not a single princess gliding through secret forests … What a pleasure to be wrong. Princesses, knights, enchantments and dragons, mystery and adventure… not only are they here-and-now, they’re all that ever lived on earth! Masters of reality still meet us in dreams to tell us that we’ve never lost the shield we need against dragons, that blue-fire voltage arcs through us now to change our world as we wish.Intuition whispers true: We’re not dust, we’re magic!”
— Richard Bach

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Sometimes instead of running from something scary in your life, it’s easier to learn not to be scared of it.

Let it stay. Pull up a chair. Share some iced tea.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cider Gelatin Salad 

Apple cider is used to flavor gelatin in this refreshing fruit salad.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cider-Gelatin-Salad-Recipe.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday 

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
October 3, 2018

Nature

“Nothing in nature is isolated. Nothing is without reference to something else. Nothing achieves meaning apart from that which neighbors it.”

-Goethe (1749-1832)

Everything we have, everything we see, everything we are, has its roots in nature. We are all made up of the same basic materials! Look at your desk, the paper, wood and wicker that come from the trees, which grow from the earth. We feel disassociated from nature when we work in an office, and yet we can never get away from it. The water that runs through the rivers, and through our taps, and through our bodies, is all a part of nature. We are connected to the planet, and to each other, in ways seen and unseen

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 10 Things Money Can’t Do For You
True wealth is not in the money you have, but is made of those things that can never go away. Take a moment to focus on ten things that money can’t buy.
Read more….

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 5, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 5, 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.

Blessings, Cat

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There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
–Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

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Tetraktys: How to Connect with Nature – A Short Guide on Spirituality, Nature and Awareness
Nowadays, most people are aware that the natural world is more than the sum of its components. Nature embodies the sacred, the untouched creation and the “perfect” world that would be if mankind didn’t exist. Although a very non-humanistic view, it has become somewhat widespread in the modern world as people are feeling more and more that humanity is distancing itself from nature.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/how-to-connect-with-nature-a-short-guide-on-spirituality-nature-and-awareness/

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MBG: I Stopped Trying To ‘Fix’ My Anxiety. It Changed My Life

There is a third person in my marriage, and its name is Anxiety. Little did my husband know that when he married me, he was also marrying it. I have tried to feed it, please it, yell at it, ignore it, but despite my efforts, it remains. Sometimes its hands are around my neck, and I’m frozen

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-do-you-fix-anxiety-happiness-isnt-the-answer

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Spirituality & Health: 5 Reasons for a Fall Vacation

Summer is the prime season for traveling. This past Memorial Day, for example, AAA estimated that roughly 41.5 million Americans hit planes, trains and automobiles to play on the long weekend. But just because fall has arrived and the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time for some rest and relaxation. Here are five reasons to rejuvenate your body and mind with a fall vacation.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2018/09/02/5-reasons-to-take-a-fall-vacation

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Elephant Journal: 5 Ways to Find the Light again after Trauma, Loss, or Depression.

“What you’re experiencing is typical of PTSD,” my psychologist told me.
Wait…what?
I hadn’t been to war. I wasn’t a survivor of some large-scale disastrous event. I had never been physically assaulted.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/5-ways-to-get-your-life-back-after-trauma-ptsd-partner/

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MNN: Paul Barton brings his music — and a moment of peace — to rescued elephants

The first time Paul Barton played a piano for elephants, an old, blind male named Plara was closest to the piano. He was one of the many residents at Elephants World, a sanctuary for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in Thailand, where Barton had decided to volunteer.

Read more………………….

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EarthSky News: Meet the Gemini “twins” before sunup on September 5 or 6

The next two mornings – September 5 and 6, 2018 – you can see see the moon near the two brightest stars of the constellation Gemini the Twins. They’re called Castor and Pollux, and they’re good stars to come to know.

See how bright they are, and how close together? Even without the moon, they’re noticeable on the sky’s dome.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-castor-pollux-september-5-and-6

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Patheos-Pagan: Chaos Brings Challenges, Chaos Brings Opportunities

It’s been two years since I saw a bird glowing green in a way that birds don’t do. My conclusion at the time was that the Otherworld is bleeding over into the ordinary world. Different people related similar experiences, and we tried to come up with an explanation that would help us understand what is happening and what it means for us.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/09/chaos-brings-challenges-opportunities.html

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Inner Journey:

REAWAKEN YOUR CURIOSITY

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”
— Sigmund Freud

Why is this so?

Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.

For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.

The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.

“The mind WILL be free, or it will be dead.”
— Grace Llewellyn

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

While it’s often fashionable to dwell upon what might have been, what’s usually overlooked is that, really and truly, it couldn’t have.

Because, invariably, any romanticized versions of how things “might have been,” are based upon fictionalized versions of the past.

Uh-huh,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Summer Fresh Tomato Pie for One

This is a very juicy pie. It’s tomatoes after all, so be prepared for drippage! If you don’t care for tomato skins like me, they pull right off with your fork.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Summer-Fresh-Tomato-Pie-for-One-2.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Beliefnet: 8 Ways Kissing Boosts Your Health
The smooch or the kiss–nothing is so sweet in a relationship.

The kiss can mean various things. It can be subtle, sweet, passionate and even boring! Yet, this act is often overlooked as more emphasis is always on the benefits of sex

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/8-ways-kissing-boosts-your-health.aspx#BuevXjllwfGo1YSI.99

About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 29 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 29 , 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.

Blessings, Cat

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As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
-Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

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Spiritual Unite: Peacock Feathers Bad Luck | Myth Debunked

Peacock feathers bad luck or superstition? In spirituality, the Peacock holds a sacred place. It is regarded as a symbol of protection, spirituality, intuition and transformation. Not only does it protect us from external dangers, but it also safeguards us from within. Our emotions, subconscious and consciousness.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/peacock-feathers-bad-luck-myth-debunked/

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MBG: Believe It Or Not, I’m Grateful For My Anxiety. Here’s Why

As a young psychologist, I was taught to tell my anxious clients they’d suffer from panic attacks their whole lives. Yet as someone who suffered from high-functioning anxiety, I can tell you that you can learn to master your mind. Yes, there will be moments when you tumble down an existential rabbit hole, but you can learn to find your way back out again and enjoy the good times without the ever-present fear of anxiety’s return.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-im-grateful-for-my-anxiety

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Elephant Journal: Overwhelmed? Learn the Ancient Practice of Pratyahara 

Are you in control of your senses, or are they in control of you?
For most of us, our senses are in control in an attempt to ward off any rejection or disappointment while boosting joy, happiness, and stimulation when good things happen.
https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/overwhelmed-learn-the-ancient-practice-of-pratyahara/

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MNN: 14 Dogs that really love sticks

Many dogs love sticks. For some, it’s the thrill of the chase when the stick is thrown. Others just like the satisfaction of gnawing on wood. And some just like carrying around their prize like a trophy. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that sticks look a lot like bones. What’s not to love?

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/dogs-really-really-love-sticks

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EarthSky News: 3rd of this season’s 3 full moons May 29

May 29, 2018 ushers in the third of this season’s three full moons. In this case, when we say season, we mean the time period between an equinox and solstice. The March equinox was March 20. We had full moons on March 31, and April 30, and now this May 29 full moon.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/third-of-seasons-3-full-moons-on-may-29

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Patheos-Pagan: Life Lessons from Artemis: Aim for the Heart

She was revered as compassionate to those in crisis and revealed herself to those needing her help. From the stories of Atalanta and Iphigenia, we learn that Artemis was a goddess who set things right. In all these ways, she aimed for the heart through merciful arrows or letting others speak their truth and live on.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2018/05/life-lessons-from-artemis-aim-for-the-heart/

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Inner Journey: 

IT’S A MATTER OF BALANCE.

“My soul is the bridge between spirit and body and, as such, is a uniter of opposites. …Without soul at center, I would either transcend into spirit or become mired in matter.”
— Marion Woodman

Ram Dass talks of how his first spiritual goal was to be rid of his physical existence. He came to understand, though, that our spirituality lies in bringing higher consciousness to our world of form. When we can do so, we can delight in all aspects of creation.

Soul exists in the balance of spirit and matter. For a soulful life, we pay attention to both, seeing spiritual qualities in material forms. As our awareness grows, we begin to use consciousness to influence and create form. It’s through form that our spirit expresses.

“Walk in balance with one foot in your spiritual understanding and one foot in your physical world of accomplishment.”
— Lynn V. Andrews

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

So many claim to believe.

So here’s what I’m going to start asking them: If you really believed you were guided, wouldn’t you begin listening?

And if you really believed you were powerful, wouldn’t every true desire be followed by action?

And if you really believed your life was about to be transformed, wouldn’t the celebration have already begun?

That ought to stir up their coffee, huh?

Let’s rock-and-roll,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Vegan French Toast with Strawberry Compote

This is an egg and dairy free French toast that has a crispy outside and custardy middle. Flax and nut milk are used in place of eggs and milk. Use any type of bread you like (I used sourdough here). You can add a bit of cinnamon in the mix if you like, but I wanted the homemade strawberry compote to shine.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Vegan-French-Toast-with-Strawberry-Compote.html

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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
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
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

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Daily Wisdom
May 29 , 2018

The present

“Stay present. You’ll always have time to worry later on if you want to.” -Dan Millman

Do we worry because we want to? If everything is a choice, and it is, then why would we choose to worry? When we stay present, we can’t be worried, because this moment is all there is. One moment at a time, we allow ourselves to see the perfection of the Universe, in all its glory! The present moment is where we are, it’s where we find out who we really are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The Wisdom of Mother Theresa’s Poem ‘Anyway’
Mother Theresa’s words continue to inspire and teach a decade after her death.
Read more………….

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/