Cat’s Morning Bits for December 4, 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.
a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known autumn too long.
–E. E. Cummings (1894–1962)
Did You Know?
Millions of monarch butterflies fly to Mexico for the winter. They are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year. Additionally, they like to hibernate in the same trees every year.
Daily Good: An Unlikely Friendship Reignites Two Artists
Brian Peterson didn’t know what he had in common with Matt Faris when he went out of his way to meet his Santa Ana, Calif., neighbor. Every day, Peterson would pass by Faris, who has been homeless for more than a decade. But it took some guts, Peterson admits, to finally walk up to him. It was during that first conversation that they discovered they shared the pursuit of art. And Peterson, a car designer who hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in eight years, found inspiration in Faris. Read on to see how these two former strangers ignited the inner artist in each other.
Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Find Courage when we’re Suicidal.
There is no way around it—we have to take responsibility for our own happiness.
I have been plagued with thoughts of death and suicide my entire life. I attempted suicide once, 25 years ago. And more recently, my first thoughts in the mornings have been how to kill myself.
These thoughts are not new; what’s new is my aspiration to address them—authentically and publicly.
MNN: Why do we hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree?
My family’s Christmas Eve tradition is to visit our friends’ house before we go to a late service at church. For years, our hosts have hidden a pickle ornament in their Christmas tree, and all the kids at the party search for it. The one who finds it gets a really big candy bar.
EarthSky News: Can you see stars’ different colors?
Tonight … notice that the stars are like wildflowers, in that each star radiates with a different color of the rainbow. Have you ever noticed their various hues? Let’s explore some of the stars that you’ll see in the meadow of night tonight.
Patheos-Pagan: Winter Trepidation
I used to tolerate winter. I grew up with huge snowstorms in New York City (we walked for MILES in the snow to the subway station), and most of my family lived like polar bears in upstate New York, where it seemed to snow about seven months out of twelve. Enjoying the snow, skiing, traveling to wintry places on purpose (just WHY?), people rhapsodizing poetically about snow and snow activities.
HOW CAN I SERVE TODAY?
“God has no other hands than ours.”
— Dorothee Solle
“One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.”
— Ann Radcliffe
“Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them… he cried, ‘Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?’… God said,’I did do something. I made you.'”
— Sufi Teaching
“To learn to get along without, to realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important than what we are entitled to demand of it — this is a hard lesson.”
— Bruce Catton
A Note from the Universe
When was the last time you pleasantly surprised or even shocked someone and remained anonymous?
Well, it just may be the most fun one can have in time and space.
Today’s Recipe: Lemon Everything Cake
I call this the Lemon Everything cake because it encompasses all types of lemon desserts all in one dish. The bottom is like the center of a lemon meringue; custardy and dense. The middle is lighter but still dense, like a standard lemon cake. The top is airy and super light, like lemon angel food cake. The icing on top is thin and crisp. This is a lemon lover’s dream dessert!
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
Beliefnet: 7 Rules For a Prosperous Life
Finding a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and prosperous might seem like an unachievable goal, but that’s absolutely not true. With a little bit of effort and a willingness to grow your life can be transformed. Here is a list of things that you can start doing now, so that your future will be exactly what you’ve dreamed of it to be.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/7-rules-for-a-prosperous-life.aspx#b2662COjGCvERbTz.99
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