Cat’s Morning Bits for December 11, 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.
Heap on more wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
―Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
Pioneer Thinking: Using Cinnamon for Winter Decorating
Cinnamon comes from a small evergreen tree, native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. It comes from the bark, and is widely used as a spice. The flavor of cinnamon is due to an aromatic oil, which actually makes up less than one per cent of its composition.
Spiritual Unite: Higher Realms Of Existence – A New Energy Coming
In total, there are twelve realms of existence or dimensions of consciousness.
Most of the time, we are only really concerned with our physical world – but there are higher realms of existence that we encounter during our journeys.
Daily Good: Hats Warm Heads and Hearts of Kids with Cancer
What started as an entrepreneurship project of two college students, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller, grew into something much greater. Love Your Melon, founded in 2012, has taken the nation by storm and is supporting thousands of children with cancer each year. For every hat sold, one hat is donated to a child with cancer, helping to alleviate the shame and embarrassment that often accompanies the hair loss resulting from chemotherapy. The two founders view the hats as an icebreaker, providing physical and emotional warmth to the children they hope to get to know better during hospital visits. “We want to inspire communities to make this their own,” says Quinn. “And be able to continue it forever.”
Did You Know?
Pollen never deteriorates. It is one of the few natural substances that lasts indefinitely.
MNN: What is wassailing?
This tradition once got Christmas banned
You may be familiar with the first verse and the chorus of the Christmas carol “Here We Come A Wassailing.”
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.
Patheos-Pagan: 8 Things to do for Winter Solstice as a Solitary Pagan
Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But a lot of Pagan activities for the Solstice are designed for large groups. In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a series of rituals for those working alone on the Wheel of the Year. Every year they’re near the top of the list of most popular posts – here’s the Winter Solstice ritual.
YOU ARE BIGGER THAN YOU THINK
“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
— Meister Eckhart
We are the ocean — vast, deep, powerful and rich. Nourishing and nurturing. Dive down into the dark stillness of being. Sense the rising and falling of surface thoughts and emotions, sometimes gentle, sometimes violent. Always shifting. Always in motion. Draw back and watch the waves of your life at play. Know you are the unfathomable depths — surface agitations can’t disturb you. Know that you are bigger than the little things that aggravate you.
“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
— John Berry
“It’s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of life.”
— Dalai Lama
A Note from the Universe
After all these years, can you believe most people still think time is real, space is cold, and matter is solid?
If there’s anything you want to change in your experience, imagine it changed.
Today’s Recipe: Jalapeño Cheese Sauce
I put this recipe together for one of my best friends who adores spicy cheese sauce, mostly for steamed veggies and French fries. We used to order spicy cheese fries on indulgence-days, but soon realized they always cost way too much for what they were. Give this super creamy cheese sauce a try!
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
December 11, 2018
“Serve self you serve society
Serve society serve yourself.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Besides helping other people, service has the added benefit of helping the person doing the serving! How could this be? Because service makes us feel good, it helps us to grow spiritually, it helps us to gain compassion. Service helps to make our society a better place, and it’s a place we all share! Because we are all one, what we do for others, we do for ourselves.
Beliefnet: Looking on the Bright Side – Quotes to Stay Positive
Here are ten inspirational quotes to help you stay positive and carry you on to your good day.
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