Cat’s Morning Bits for January 3, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 3, 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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January is here,
With eyes that keenly glow-
A frost-mailed warrior striding
A shadowy steed of snow.
-Edgar Fawcett (1847-1904)

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MBG: The Best Guided Journals For 2019 Organized By Personality Type

Ever open a fresh notebook you bought specifically for the purpose of journaling for the new year and feel completely overwhelmed by the sight of a honking blank page? Same here. Making the first mark in a new journal feels like a big deal, and it’s because most of us are hard-wired to follow some kind of structure. Without a container for our thoughts and words and doodles, knowing where to begin can be disorienting. Last year’s inaugural list of guided journals was a huge hit, so we wanted to serve you some newness for 2019, plus a bonus at the end. Happy journaling!

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/best-guided-journals-for-2019

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Daily Good: The Gift of Presence and the Perils of Advice

Parker Palmer is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. His work teaches us to connect with others through our authentic self. His courses help to develop courageous leadership and collectively evolve our spirits for social change. With humor and heart, Parker shares his perspectives on advice giving vs the gift of our presence. Leading us into presence with unconditional listening and loving.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2152/the-gift-of-presence-and-the-perils-of-advice-parker-j-palmer/

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Elephant Journal: 8 Reminders for how to be a Real Ass, Heart-on-your-Sleeve Human in 2019.

I don’t know about anyone else, but in my life, 2018 was one hell of a year.
Those 365 days were filled with an incredible combination of wonderful and devastating events. And while I cherish the wonders of 2018, I’m feeling ready to learn my lessons from the devastation.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/12/8-reminders-for-how-to-be-a-real-ass-heart-on-your-sleeve-human-in-2019/

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MNN: Meet India’s beautiful technicolor squirrels

We’re used to squirrels that are gray or a coppery red and relatively small. Sure, we may come across a squirrel that has had a few too many acorns, but that’s about it.
This isn’t the case in India, however. The country is home to a very colorful and large squirrel species, Ratufa indica, otherwise known as the Indian giant squirrel or the Malabar giant squirrel.
Just take a look!

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/indias-beautiful-giant-colorful-squirrels

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EarthSky News: Latest sunrises (north) and sunsets (south) in early January

So you like to sleep late, but don’t want to miss the sunrise? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year is for you. Sleep on! The latest sunrises of 2019 are happening around now for mid-latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. For example, sunrise time in the central U.S. – say, around Wichita, Kansas – for the next several days will be around 7:45 a.m.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/latest-sunrises-for-midnorthern-latitudes-in-early-january

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DailyOM: Taking  a Snow Day     by Madisyn Taylor
Feed your soul, and briefly separate yourself from life’s frenetic pace, by taking a snow day.
With so much to do all the time, it can be difficult to find time to simply breathe, think, and explore our inner landscapes. It is still possible, however, to feed your soul and to briefly separate yourself from life’s frenetic pace by taking a snow day. Personal snow days are best taken when you feel like you are running on empty with no chance of respite in sight or when you begin to resent the life you once loved.

https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=66400

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Patheos-Pagan: New Year, Witches: Do the Work

Last year was a challenge for many. It doesn’t matter what year it was, each year has challenges, although lately they seem to multiply as the years whirl by. At the start of a new year, one tends to make resolutions, new plans, new goals. To this I add my bit of advice: do the work.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/01/new-year-witches-do-the-work/

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Inner Journey:

LIVE NOW

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
— Annie Dillard

We lose the power of the moment because we’re so rarely in it. We’re reliving the past or speculating about the future. We continue to believe that tomorrow’s the day when I’ll be more capable, more wealthy, more fit and more loving. Meanwhile, I’m just putting in time, dreaming of better things but not making any concrete move to realize them.

When you find yourself thinking of the future or the past, bring your awareness into the present moment. Really experience how you feel and what’s happening around you, without judgment. If we can treasure each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what we have accomplished.

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”
— Horace Mann

“If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, ‘there goes another day of my life, never to return,’ you will become time conscious.”
— A. B. Zu Tavern

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A Note from the Universe

The questions you have to answer pertain to what, where, when, and why.

Mine pertain to how and with whom.

Fair?

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
January 3, 2019

Authenticity

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”

-William Shakespeare
I love the word authentic. Authentic means genuine, real, true – and when applied to people it means being true to yourself, being your TRUE self, expressing yourself, and nothing less. We sense when people are authentic, just as we can tell when they are imitating, or role playing. When we are authentic, our light shines through, and our path is illuminated. “This above all…” Shakespeare says. It is important to be authentic, important for our well-being and for our spiritual growth.

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: 8 Facts to Remember When Life is Unbearable

A friend stepped over the smoldering debris of where her house once stood. Tripping over melted photo frames, broken pieces of furniture, the sound of broken glass being crushed beneath her feet added to the misery

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 November 19, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 19, 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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Besides the Autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze.
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Tetraktys: Zen, Stoicism and How to Deal With Difficulties

We all face difficulties from time to time. Nobody can go through life without having to deal with all sorts of tough decisions and situations, and thus, we need to learn to face those. Sadly, it’s not always easy, and therefore, one might feel overwhelmed when the time comes to actually respond to those situations if he has no clue on how to approach them.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/zen-stoicism-and-how-to-deal-with-difficulties-a-short-guide/

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MBG: Why You Need To Release Your Emotions — For The Sake Of Your Health 

How many times have you heard this advice about dealing with painful emotions? “Stop being so sensitive. Suck it up and move on.”
When others tell you to bury your feelings, it makes you question yourself and the messages your body is trying to send to you. Think about how many times today you’ve attempted to push away a painful feeling by scrolling through social media, bingeing on Netflix, or using food, alcohol, or addictive substances to avoid emotions.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/suppressing-your-emotions-physical-health

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Karma Tube: The Man on a Mission to End Loneliness

Mike Niles had a high paying job in London, but felt that something was missing from his life. He gave up his lucrative position to start a charity, b:Friend, to help to eliminate loneliness among isolated elders. In Niles’ home town of Doncaster, a quarter of its elderly population is classified as “chronically lonely” by Age UK. An idea that took root after he visited an elderly neighbor who was lonely has led to what he calls the best job he has ever had. The companionship among the befrienders and their older neighbors show the true meaning of community.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8240

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Elephant Journal: Not today, Gratitude: when Being Real is better than Being Grateful

Sometimes gratitude is hard.
Yesterday a friend of mine texted me a link to an online gratitude course, with the reminder: “We all need gratitude!” and my immediate thought was, “Nope, not today we don’t.”
And I closed that text like a cyber hot potato.

I felt a fleeting twinge of guilt. Because practicing gratitude is so good, and so important, and so helpful.
I know this.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/11/not-today-gratitude-when-being-real-is-better-than-being-grateful/

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MNN: 5 animal tracks you can identify in your yard

Have you ever wondered who visits you backyard when you aren’t paying attention? Or perhaps you don’t suspect anyone at all … though you’d probably be surprised to know how many critters come visiting your yard or the park down the street.
If you’re interested in growing your skills as a naturalist, learning animal tracks is an excellent place to start. There are a handful of common species likely to hang out in most suburban and even urban yards, which means you might not even have to leave your own neighborhood to gain skills in animal tracking.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/animal-tracks-you-can-identify-your-own-yard

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EarthSky News:  Use Big Dipper to find star Capella

Tonight – or any autumn or winter evening – if you can see the Big Dipper, use its famous pointer stars (which point to Polaris, the North Star) to find the bright golden star Capella in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. The top two bowl stars point toward Capella, as we depict on the chart at the top of this post.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/big-dipper-bowl-points-to-bright-star-capella

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Patheos-Pagan: What Fictional Witches Can Teach Us About Pursuing What We Really Want

The Book of the Beast is a plot device in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It exists in that fictional universe and nowhere else.1
About three episodes into The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a thought occurred to me. If I had seen this show when I was 16 or so, I would have been saying to myself “where is that book? I want to sign it!”
And a moment later I realized that thought was revisionist history. I would have done no such thing.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/11/fictional-witches-teach-what-we-really-want.html

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Inner Journey:

LIFE AS A MIRROR

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— C.G. Jung

We get clues about our unconscious programming if we watch our reactions, responses, feelings and thoughts about other people and events. Ask yourself: How do I judge or stereotype people? What pushes my buttons? What makes me angry or fearful or sad?

The outer incidents that trigger these reactions in me simply MIRROR my own nature. If I didn’t have beliefs around the issues that upset me, where would my reactions come from? If I didn’t have some internal reference, I wouldn’t react at all.

When outer events spark a reaction, we need to look inside to explore what’s going on.

“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.”
— Vauvenargues

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A Note from the Universe

Next time you feel fear either right after a major decision or just before one, it usually means you’re exactly where you need to be.

Nice,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Recipes Using Acorn Squash

There are many delicious ways to use this nutritious fall vegetable in casseroles, soups, pies and filled with stuffing

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Recipes-Using-Acorn-Squash.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
November 19, 2018

Passion

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

-Henri Amiel (1821-1881)

Passion is such a primal human trait. We all know what it is, what it feels like. Whether it is passion for a person, place, or activity, passion is what carries us forward to new and greater heights of life experiences. And it is through these experiences that we learn more about ourselves, and are able to express ourselves. Our passions show us who we are, and what we can do.

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: Lessons From the Peanuts Gang

Has it really been over 60 years since we first laid eyes on Charles M. Schultz’s first “Peanut” comic strip? What started as a comic strip in the 1950s became a legacy to readers young and old. Our favorite baldy Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and Pigpen will always be the bedrock in pop culture. As the holidays approach us, one can’t help to think of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” as part of your tradition and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/lessons-from-the-peanuts-gang.aspx#dToLsvKRAZTJqXzM.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 July 19, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 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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this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
this is the garden: pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms, and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.
-e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

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Thoughtco: Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-lammas-harvest-celebration-2562170

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MBG: A Mantra To Help You Own Your Feminine Energy (Regardless Of Your Gender)

Real talk: I don’t think the future is female.

Hear me out. This catchy phrase implies implies that there’s an inherent imbalance between female and male, and such labels and categorizations serve to only further divide us. Truly positive change can come only when we are all-encompassing rather than exclusive.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/a-mantra-to-help-you-own-your-feminine-energy

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Daily Good: A Heartmindfulness Revolution

From a young age, the current mode of education encourages us to develop our intellects and to find success by getting a prestigious job, making large sums of money and acquiring things. But what happens when the mind is sharp but the heart is neglected and becomes numb? The unfortunate outcome is seen all around us in a culture rife with attitudes and technology that dehumanizes our most basic sense of goodness.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2051/a-heartmindfulness-revolution-pancho-ramos-stierle/

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual for those Impossible Mornings. 

Every morning was a surprise.
In another life, not so long ago, the journey from my sheets to the coffee pot seemed impossible.
Morning was a foggy mystery full of unwelcome clues from the night before and too much wine. Sunlight was an aggressive force against the slicing pain between my eyes. Every day felt like a continuation of confusion from all the nights before. I did not feel real. I could not seem to step into myself and start my day effectively. Something needed to change.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/07/a-morning-ritual-for-those-impossible-mornings/

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MNN: This tiny fern could help fight climate change

A fern with leaves no larger than a gnat could be one of the most important plants on Earth.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of Azolla filiculoides, a bright green fern with a long history, and they’ve discovered the genes that give the fern some incredible abilities: It’s able to “fix” nitrogen on its own, to ward off insects and to be a carbon sink.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/tiny-fern-could-reduce-climate-change

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EarthSky News: Tonight  Altair and Aquila

You’ll recognize Altair for the 2 fainter stars on either side of it, as if the 3 were “walking the Milky Way hand in hand and three abreast.”

Read more……………

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Patheos-Pagan: Tarot, Snakes & Ladybugs; or, What the Hell, Universe

The day I decided to pursue the idea of witchcraft, a ladybug nestled into the tread of my shoe.
This, I think, will be the title of my autobiography. Ladybug in My Shoe: a memoir by K. C. Alexander. People will wonder why there’s not enough sex in it. I’ll tell them ladybugs aren’t my type. They will look at me oddly. I will smile.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kacealexander/2018/06/tarot-snakes-ladybugs/

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Inner Journey: 

FEEL YOUR EMOTIONS

“The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.”
— Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don’t let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Oncem they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.”
— Deepak Chopra

“We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past.”
— Doc Childre

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
— Audre Lorde

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A Note from the Universe 

Go for it, not once, but again and again and again. Whatever it takes. Because in the end, with arms held high in the winner’s circle, beaming with joy, as light as a feather, crying your eyes out, you’ll see how fantastically disproportionate the rewards are for the effort expended, the risks taken, and the price paid – no matter how many false starts you endured. And you’ll be astounded by how quickly you made it, even though, when the going got tough and your spirits ebbed, you thought you’d never, ever, ever, “see the day.”

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins

You will taste the chocolate, but not the beans that give these muffins a lot of protein. I used mini semi-sweet chips instead of bittersweet and Truvia Nectar instead of honey.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Black-Bean-Blender-Muffins.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
July 19, 2018

Enthusiasm

“The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.”

-Edwin Way Teale

Can’t you just picture this scenario? A fisherman who LOVES to fish doesn’t just love those moments when he actually lands one – he loves the whole process. Similarly, an actor with an enthusiasm for his craft is just as happy doing a part in a community theatre play as he would be starring in a feature film. What makes for an “interesting event?” What compels us to hang in there? It’s the whole process that generates enthusiasm when we truly love to do what we do.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Ways to Create Lasting Change in Your Life
When you think about how hard it is to make changes in your life, you’re tempted to give up before you even start. It’s easier to coast through a good enough life. Everywhere you look, another…

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/