Cat’s Morning Bits for October 31, 2019 “Samhain Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 31, 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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“Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows, they cast the same spell of protection over the household. (The American pumpkin seems to have forever superseded the European gourd as the jack-o-lantern of choice.) Bobbing for apples may well represent the remnants of a Pagan ‘baptism’ rite called a ‘seining’, according to some writers. The water-filled tub is a latter-day Cauldron of Regeneration, into which the novice’s head is immersed. The fact that the participant in this folk game was usually blindfolded with hands tied behind the back also puts one in mind of a traditional Craft initiation ceremony.”
– Mike Nichols, All Hallow’s Eve

gardendigest.com

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Irish Central: Ancient Irish myths that invoke the spirit of Samhain

Ancient Irish myths and legends will get you in the Halloween and Samhain spirit.
Samhain is the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it and its because of these Irish roots that we have plenty of Halloween-worthy Irish legends and myths.
The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Samhain Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Samhain falls on October 31 in the northern hemisphere, and six months earlier if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Samhain, the witches’ new year, and seven plants that often correspond with the season.

Read more…….

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MBG: 2 Tarot Spreads That Are Just Spooky Enough For Halloween

Halloween wasn’t always all about cutting holes in pumpkins and donning cat ears. The holiday we celebrate today is adapted from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. According to Celtic tradition, November 1 marks the official descent into winter, and the night before is a time when the dead visit us here on Earth.

Read more…..

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Pagan Library: Halloween Chant

This chant can be outdoors around a bonfire or inside around an extra largealtar candle.
Fire red, summer’s dead,
Yet shall it return.
Clear and bright in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!

Read more…

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Elephant Journal: A Sacred Shedding Skins Ritual for the Witch’s New Year & Halloween.

This year, October 31 marks not only the pagan high festival of Samhain, but witnesses Mercury’s stationing retrograde.
There is a synchronicity in this, as our most sensitive emotions are dredged up and we are forced into grounding or else!

Read more…..

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Tetraktys: A Simple Samhain Ritual for Modern Witches

Hello witches! This week, I am sharing with you a Samhain ritual that I created last year for my coven. This ritual is so simple that it can be performed in solitary as well. I hope that it will inspire you for your own Samhain ritual!

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon goes by Jupiter on Halloween

On October 30 and 31, 2019, watch for two brilliant luminaries – the crescent moon and the dazzling planet Jupiter – to pop out in close vicinity of one another as dusk deepens into nightfall. Given clear skies, you should have no trouble seeing either world, because the moon and Jupiter rank as the 2nd-brightest and 4th-brightest celestial luminaries, respectively. By early November, a larger crescent moon will leave king planet Jupiter behind to join up with the ringed planet Saturn.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: A Samhain Spell: Protection From Unwanted Spirits

With the coming of Samhain, the veil between worlds thins. It’s long been believed that on this night the spirits of the dead roam freely among the living. As such, we often welcome the spirits of our beloved ancestors to come visit our homes.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2019/10/samhain-protection-unwanted-spirits/

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW AND RECOMMIT

“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
— A. A. Milne

“Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.”
— Chuck Knox

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The way you know you’ll receive 7 times what you give or in some cases 4,900 times what you give, is that the giving gives you true joy without any thought of even receiving 1 times back.

Nice R.O.I.,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Black & Orange Oatmeal Is The Best Way To Kick Off A Healthy Halloween

We prefer our spooky treats with a side of nourishment here at mbg, and what better way to kick off a festive day than with a bowl of warming, fiber-filled oatmeal? This version is gloriously orange and black and can be layered to make a gorgeous Halloween-colored parfait. Let’s talk about the individual layers and how you get those eye-catching colors, along with plenty of health benefits.

Read more…..

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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
October 31, 2019

Vision

“Visionary people are visionary partly because of the very great many things they don’t see.”

Berkeley Rice

Isn’t this so true! Visionary people don’t seem to see obstacles – or at least, they don’t see them as obstacles, maybe just as challenges. I’ve heard so many successful business people say that when going in, they didn’t even know what could go wrong. They were so focused on looking at their vision that all the obstacles were a blur. They were so committed to following through with their vision that they couldn’t even imagine anything stopping them. And they turned something that vision into a reality.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts 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 January 23, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 23, 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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Outside your shadow, I can go
A free moon in a crystal arc;
Circling at dusk with lunar cold
Above, below, your cone of dark.

-Kathryn Worth (1898-1969)

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Patheos: “The Hidden Life of Trees”

As I have been learning more about the hidden life of trees, I have also been paying more attention to how much trees have meant to people over time. Most recently, I was watching the Springsteen on Broadway recording on Netflix, and I was not surprised that as “The Boss” waxed nostalgically about his life, one vignette prominently featured a tree. Remembering his childhood home, he recalled that

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2018/12/the-hidden-life-of-trees/

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Auracacia: lavender and tea tree essential oil cleaning spray

Make a homemade multipurpose home cleaning spray featuring lavender and tea tree essential oils

Get Recipe…….

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Spirit Library: 2019 Open to the Flow a message from Goddess of Creation channeled by Shelly Dressel

The first channel of the new year is always a wonderful time to look at your life, clear the past and open to the future. This channel is very powerful in doing all of these steps.

At the very beginning, the Goddess spoke about the changes taking place and the influx of the crystalline energy. As she spoke she was joined by Archangel Michael, St. Germain, Metatron, Melchizedek, the Universal Light Beings and more.

https://spiritlibrary.com/goddess-light/2019-open-to-the-flow

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Daily Good: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Break Free

For the last 11 years, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been in the public eye for his activism, movement building, work with Earth Guardians, and youth empowerment. In 2013, President Obama awarded Xiuhtezcatl the United States Community Service Award. Xiuhtezcatl was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the presidents youth council.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2212/xiuhtezcatl-martinez-break-free-kari-auerbach/

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual to Close Out the Day & Prevent Tomorrow’s Downward Spiral.

How I heal—one day at a time.
Our thoughts get in the way so much!

They can keep us from healthy relationships, send us into a downward spiral of depression or anxiety, delay our success and promotion at work, and make our physical bodies sick.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/a-ritual-to-close-out-the-day-prevent-tomorrows-downward-spiral/

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MNN: Why you should cultivate your inner dabbler
An essay encourages dilettante, and I couldn’t agree more.

When I was a teenager, I got the impression that dilettante was (almost) a dirty word. It was definitely an insult. A dilettante connoted a person who wasted time, who wasn’t serious, who was probably superficial. If you loved something, you would study it with focused attention, and dedicate your time to it, not fritter away the hours doing something that would never go anywhere

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/blogs/cultivate-your-inner-dilettante-dabbler

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EarthSky News: See daytime moon after sunrise

Starting around January 23 or 24, 2019, look westward after sunrise to see a daytime moon. What’s more, you can watch for the daytime moon all this upcoming week. Look for the moon to rise in the east before going to bed tonight and then seek for the moon low in the west after sunup. Click here for a sky almanac telling you the moon’s rising and setting times in your sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-daytime-moon-after-sunrise-2

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Patheos-Pagan: 8 Things to do for Imbolc as a Solitary Pagan

Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But a lot of Pagan activities for Imbolc 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 Imbolc ritual.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/01/8-things-to-do-for-imbolc-as-a-solitary-pagan.html

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Simply imagine happiness your own happiness. Feel the smile stretching across your face, notice the lightness in your step, hear the sparkle in your voice, and all things, material and spiritual, will soon fall into place.

Happy today!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

I made this for a party recently and it was very well received. One of my friends has allergies to many things so this is a very simple version. It could be spiced up in so many ways to suit your own tastes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spinach-Artichoke-Dip-1.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
January 23, 2019

Truth

“We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.”

-Blaise Pascal (1723-1662)

In many ways, truth is intuitive. We know it when we see it. We recognize it, we feel it. There may be no hard evidence to back something up, but when it is the truth, we don’t need evidence – we understand it without explanation.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Happy Hour: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mood Instantly
We all get in bad moods, here are some tips to help shake-off those bad times.
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 December 14, 2018

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 14, 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 drear nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity-
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.

-John Keats (1795-1821)

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Beliefnet Astrology: Six Ways Crystal can Change your Life

People have been calling me the Crystal Chick for years. I love crystals and their ability to subtly but profoundly change our energy, health and aura. We use crystals in computers and clocks but they can be very helpful in our personal lives. There are six main areas in which crystals can change your life for the better.
https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/astrology/6-ways-crystal-can-change-your-life.aspx#ffhERpcqfDiswcYo.99

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MBG: This Is What Actually Attracts People To You 

Over time, I’ve learned to understand words like “beauty” and “attractiveness” in a different way—not in terms of physical appearances but in terms of what I refer to as radiance. Radiance is that je ne c’est quoi that spins heads when you walk into a room. It creates a door where there was once a wall. It has nothing to do with age, body shape, or physical features.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/more-attractive

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Daily Good: 8 World-Views and Practices by Mark Nepo

Since prehistoric hunters had to work together in order to survive, people have had to learn how to share both the workload and the harvest, and the problems and the joys. Through the centuries, traditions have formed and complexities have grown. But the health of all community depends on how we treat each other. This article explores eight worldviews and the practices they offer. Each can help us stay wholehearted, authentic, and in true relationship to life and each other.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2157/8-world-views-and-practices-by-mark-nepo-mark-nepo/

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MNN: 8 things to know about the winter solstice

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night,” quipped Steve Martin — and indeed, even a day with less sunshine can feel a bit dark. Our world depends on the light radiating from that big star we traipse around, and when it’s in short supply, we feel it. But if you count yourself among those who don’t love waking up before the sun rises and getting off work after it has set, things are about to lighten up. Hello, winter solstice!

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/8-things-know-about-winter-solstice

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EarthSky News: Time to look for Mercury and Jupiter below Venus

Now – mid-December 2018 – it’s time to get outside in the early morning and try to spot our sun’s innermost planet, Mercury. Look east, the sunrise direction. You can’t miss super-bright Venus. Mercury is below it, near the sunrise point. If you look extra hard with the unaided eye or binoculars, you might spot bright Jupiter near the horizon, too, on a line with Venus and Mercury.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/seek-for-mercury-beneath-venus-at-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Yule Shopping? What To Get For The Witch Or Pagan Who Has Everything

Odds are pretty likely you’re still shopping for holiday gifts, or perhaps you haven’t even started yet. And maybe you have that friend whom you know is either a witch, pagan, polytheist, or some general form of occultist. What in the name of the gods above and below can you get them that doesn’t look like some generic “Here’s a random candle, knock yourself out!” type of a present?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/12/yule-shopping-witch-pagan/

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Inner Journey

REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Today don’t think or say, “I’m tired,” “I’m hurt,” “I’m angry.” Don’t even think or say, “I’m happy.”

Instead, think and say, “I’ve chosen to be tired, hurt, angry.” Or better still, “I’m choosing to be happy.”

You don’t get “hit” by feelings, you feel them based on your perceptions, and you perceive based on your beliefs, and you believe as you choose.

You are your words,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Holiday Veggie or Fruit Tree

A festive holiday centerpiece can be created with vegetables or fruits for family gatherings and parties. This page contains holiday veggie or fruit tree.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Holiday-Veggie-or-Fruit-Tree-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
December 14, 2018

Service

“If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burden.”

-Ashleigh Brilliant
We are here as angels, emissaries, to do God’s work, to help each other. We can hear one another’s prayers if we just listen. We are all one in spirit, and we all want the same things – love, respect, acknowledgment, a purpose. Think about all that we can do for each other to provide those very important things. It could be so simple, and so beautiful, and mean so much.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Easy Tricks to Feel More Confident

Confidence is something that almost everyone alive today wants. Single people proclaim loudly that confidence is seen as sexy. Employers claim that confident employees are a must. Even parents teach their children to value confidence.

Read More…………….

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/