Cat’s Morning Bits for May 23, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 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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Now the nightingale, the pretty nightingale,
The sweetest singer in all the forest quire,
Entreats thee, sweet Peggy, to hear thy true love’s tale:
Lo, yonder she sitteth, her breast against a brier.
-Thomas Dekker (c. 1572-1632)

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Spiritual Unite: What Happens After Merkaba Activation?

Merkaba activation is the process of activating the Merkaba by getting it spinning at the right speed and with the right balance.
Activating your Merkaba will give you access to your light body.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/what-happens-after-merkaba-activation/

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ThoughtCo: Threshold Blessing
How to Bless the Entrance to Your Home

If you’ve moved into a new home, it’s not a bad idea to do a magical or spiritual cleansing of the place before you get truly settled in. In addition to ritually purifying the interior of the home, many people like to do a threshold blessing, which creates a symbolic doorway to the home. You can use this blessing ritual to keep negative energy out, while allowing for positive energy to enter.

https://www.learnreligions.com/performing-threshold-blessing-2562847

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MBG: 3 Super Simple Ways To Get Your Kids To Hug More Trees

Ah, the great indoors. These days, our kids are growing up expert navigators of touchscreens, smartphones, and technology—all between four walls. But the reality is that they’ll be inheriting a planet that (still) needs all the love it can get.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/3-easy-ways-to-raise-the-next-gen-of-environmental-activists

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Tetraktys: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Negativity – Warding for Beginners

There are a lot of perks of being a witch. You have a stronger intuition, a higher sensitivity to the energy around you, and a sense of empowerment over your life. However, witchcraft also has some disadvantages. Indeed, being more sensitive to energy makes you more vulnerable to the negativity around you.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/10-ways-protect-home-from-negativity-warding/

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MNN: 5 ways mindfulness improves your brain
The benefits of this simple and free practice keep piling up.

You’ve heard how good mindfulness is for you, but did you know it helps you grow new brain cells, changes how your brain functions on a day-to-day level, and even resets your perception of pain?

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/mindfulness-builds-grey-matter-brain

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EarthSky News: Look for the beautiful Northern Crown

Tonight, look for a constellation that’s easy to see on the sky’s dome, if your sky is dark enough. Corona Borealis – aka the Northern Crown – is exciting to find. It’s an almost-perfect semi-circle of stars. You’ll find this beautiful pattern in the evening sky from now until October.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/in-a-dark-sky-look-for-the-northern-crown

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Patheos-Pagan: Seeking the Magick of Enough in the Too Much: Calling on Allies

I am grateful for the magick of moments. Ordinary and necessary.
I was sitting at my desk the other day, trying and failing to avoid the news, and I looked out the window. The winds were blowing, fresh green leaves swaying and bouncing against each other.
And in that moment, I noticed my lungs move in time with the breeze. Like the world was breathing with me. Like the world was trying to find its center too

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2019/05/seeking-the-magick-of-enough-in-the-too-much-calling-on-allies/

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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 magic when 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

The next time life tosses you a multiples choice test remember…

1.The more time you give it, the more choices you’ll have.
2.There’ll always be more than one right answer. And,
3.Waiting for divine intervention is almost never a good idea.
Poised for greatness,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Deity: Ishtar

Ishtar, (Akkadian), Sumerian Inanna, in Mesopotamian religion, goddess of war and sexual love. Ishtar is the Akkadian counterpart of the West Semitic goddess Astarte. Inanna, an important goddess in the Sumerian pantheon, came to be identified with Ishtar, but it is uncertain whether Inanna is also of Semitic origin or whether, as is more likely, her similarity to Ishtar caused the two to be identified.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ishtar-Mesopotamian-goddess

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Today’s Recipe: Baby Kale Walnut Orange Salad

This salad came about when we had an overabundance of baby kale and oranges in our garden, and walnuts were on sale for 75% off. How could I not? Packed full of nice textures, sweetness, and savouriness, this is a simple and delicious dish!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Baby-Kale-Walnut-Orange-Salad.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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Spirit Library: Saturn & the South Node: Seeing the Past in a New Way

We recently talked about the effect of Pluto, Saturn and the South Node being together in the skies this year. Today we’re going to focus on Saturn and the South Node as these two are pretty much side by side for the next 4 months until the end of September. This is a huge time for getting your act together, letting go of what needs to be let go of, and moving forward with purpose

https://spiritlibrary.com/dana-mrkich/saturn-the-south-node-seeing-the-past-in-a-new-way

c) Dana Mrkich 2019. Permission is granted to share this article freely on the condition that the author is credited, and the URL http://www.danamrkich.com is included.

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Everybody falls victim to a misjudgment or a faulty calculation sometimes, so don’t let that be a reason to grind to a halt and stop working on what matters to you. Sometimes deception is involved, but that does not free you from the obligation to try and set things right. It’s all about being responsible, and that’s what you want to be, anyway.

astrology.com (email newsletter)

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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 April 5, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 5, 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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April is here!
Blithest season of the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play.
-Eben E. Rexford (1848-1916)

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Spirit Library: Integrity of Mind Body & Spirit

Integrity sounds like a moral issue, but it really isn’t. It’s just plain common sense.

Integrity means wholeness, completeness. A person with wholeness can focus their energies in one direction. A whole person achieves their life’s purpose without the dissipation of energies caused by internal conflicts. They get things done with ease, and then move on to the next activity which further pursues their sense of inner joy

https://spiritlibrary.com/owen-waters/integrity-of-mind-body-spirit

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MBG: PSA: Tonight’s New Moon Is A ‘Personal New Year’ For This One Sign

It’s your time to shine, Aries! The Sun is blazing through your sign until April 20, waking you up to your passion and purpose. You’re in the zone. and it’s only getting stronger, especially once the year’s only Aries new moon arrives on April 5.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-april-2019-what-it-means-for-aries

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Elephant Journal: If you Hate Meditating, here are 5 Mindful Things to do Instead.

Most of us are maniacs these days.
Life is busy with a seemingly endless list of tasks, commitments, priorities, and responsibilities. The breakneck speed of technological development and the rushed pace of urban life create the perfect storm. In summation, many of us are currently more productive—and more stressed out—than ever.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/5-mindfulness-practices-michelle-margaret-fajkus/

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MNN: How to connect children with the natural world in your own backyard

People of a certain age have fond memories of playing in nature as children – scaling a fence at a nearby farm to climb apple trees and eat the fruit while perched on a sturdy branch, building forts in woods near their homes, picking wildflowers in fields or roadside ditches for their moms, walking with a fishing pole to a nearby pond. They also remember that their parents weren’t always sure or even particularly concerned about exactly where they were at any given moment.

https://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/nature-play-book-nancy-stiniste

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EarthSky News: Follow the arc to Arcturus, drive a spike to Spica

Follow the arc to Arcturus, and drive a spike to Spica. Scouts learn this phrase. Grandparents teach it to kids. It was one of the first sky tools I learned to use in astronomy.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/follow-the-arc-to-arcturus

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Patheos-Pagan: The Story of the Labyrinth

You have heard the stories. There was a monster born in Crete, a monster with the body of a person but the head of a bull. The son of King Minos, the bull of Minos: the Minotaur. The Minotaur, it was said, would only eat human flesh, and needed to be contained. So the king called Daedalus, the craftsman, and ordered him to build an unnavigable maze, one that no one could find their way through, which would hold the monster. Monster that he was, though the Minotaur was still a prince, so people were sent into the maze to feed the monster, never to be heard from again.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/04/story-labyrinth/

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Inner Journey:

CO-CREATION STARTS WITH IMAGINATION

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions and purpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity, purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Never underestimate your own importance in the world today and in worlds to come.I can’t even wrap my mind around it.

Truly,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Vietnamese Shrimp, Pork and Egg Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu)

Typically authentic bun rieu contains crab but it is optional. This is a delicious and healthy meal.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Vietnamese-Shrimp-Pork-and-Egg-Noodle-Soup-Bun-Rieu.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
April 5, 2019

Originality

“Originality is… a by-product of sincerity.”

-Marianne Moore, in Vogue, 1963

Sincerity is honesty, truth, meaningfulness. And when we share who we really are, we are absolutely original and true to ourselves. What a wonderful thing it is to be an original!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet:  A Dark Night of the Soul Experience

Finding the richness in a “Dark Night of the Soul’ experience is profoundly cathartic. They provide a huge psychological relief through an open expression of the emotions. The emotional release provides cleansing, releasing, and purging of what no longer serves you or your growth
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/angelguidance/2019/04/dark-night-soul.html#mDjeLefFjgpXkrmc.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 February 20, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 20, 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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When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
Slow unfold,
And show the golden summer there.

-Philip Savage (1868-99)

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ThoughtCo. : Bird Medicine: Totem Messages and Meanings

Birds in general, are survivalists. They will first choose flight over fight. They instinctively know that fighting is a dangerous endeavor. Whereas flight is avoiding trouble: possible injury or death. Birds have superb reflexes. They teach us awareness and adaptability

https://www.thoughtco.com/bird-totems-4062050

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Spirit Library: New Energies in an Old World ( a message from Mary Magdalene channeled by Pamela Kribbe)

Dear courageous men and women,

I greet you all, I am Mary Magdalene. I was here on Earth in a time of change, at a time when many people were looking for a way out of the restrictive situation. The Earth was then shrouded with an energy that kept people small and gave them a feeling of having no worth. That veil is thinning now; more light is coming from above, and that light comes from your souls which remain outside the veil.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jeshua-channelings/new-energies-in-an-old-world

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Daily Good: Sacred Instructions: Creation Songs

“The relationships that exist between people and place are often memorialized through defining words that merge into story. As Indigenous people, our lives comprise these words and the stories that they illustrate. These words and stories paint a picture that brings into form all of the elements of our existence. They provide a clear view of our unique cultural landscape, and they offer us a defined sense of place within the world. In order to fully recognize our place in creation, we must realize that our stories are not the only stories that are being told. Every living thing has its own creation song,

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2232/sacred-instructions-creation-songs-sherri-mitchell/

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Elephant Journal: Being Mindful isn’t a “New Age” Thing.

There was a moment when I could feel my body tense.
My heart rate was speeding up, and it quickly turned into something like panic as I remembered that I had to go on a business trip that required flying in two weeks.

Would I be able to get my license renewed in time? Such a small thing, but it could be a real problem. How could I let this happen?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/being-mindful-isnt-a-new-age-thing/

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MNN: Scratches made by ancient witches discovered in UK cave
Markings have long been known to exist at the 60,000-year-old limestone gorge known as Creswell Crags in the United Kingdom, but visitors to these ancient rocks typically shrug them off as unfortunate graffiti. Subterranean explorers Hayley Clark and Ed Waters saw something different, however

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/scratches-made-ancient-witches-discovered-uk-cave

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EarthSky News: Have you seen Mercury yet?

Live in the Northern Hemisphere? If so and you’ve never seen the planet Mercury before – or even if you have – take advantage of your golden opportunity to see Mercury after sunset these next few weeks. Late February and early March, 2019, showcase Mercury’s best appearance in the evening sky for this year for northerly latitudes. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you might glimpse Mercury, too, but it’ll be tougher. Your best evening view of Mercury will come in October 2019

https://earthsky.org/tonight/mercury-returns-to-evening-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: Coming Out Of The Broom Closet: You’re Doing It Wrong

Just kidding.
You probably came out of that broom closet just fine.
Or maybe you’re still in that closet, which is fine, too.
Or maybe you are doing it wrong? Maybe I am. Maybe we all are.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/doubletoilandresist/2019/02/coming-out-of-the-broom-closet-youre-doing-it-wrong/

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Inner Journey:

EXPERIENCE STILLNESS

“My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If our minds are always busy, they don’t get time to do basic maintenance – to sort, tidy up and take out the trash. If we don’t periodically clear out space in our minds, there’s no room for new ideas to take root.

Where do you find stillness each day and each week? Plan for quiet time, relaxation and stillness daily, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes.

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”
— Larry Eisenberg

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

At long last a 3 Point Spiritual Litmus Test to see whether or not any old religious doctrine or modern day “ism” is worthy of celebration:

1.Does it speak of life’s beauty? Or,
2.Does it speak of our power? And,
3.Does it include everyone, everywhere, no matter what?

Hallelujah!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Orange Cinnamon Coffee

Gourmet coffee without the gourmet price!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Orange-Cinnamon-Coffee.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
February  20, 2019

Giving

“The one desire which grows more and more is to give… Giving and receiving are at bottom one thing, dependent upon whether one lives open or closed. Living openly one becomes a medium, a transmitter; living thus, as a river, one experiences life to the full, flows along with the current of life, and dies in order to live again as an ocean.”

-Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Let’s look at the process of giving, and how much the simple, and natural, act of giving contributes to our spiritual growth. Giving opens us up, it opens our hearts. The more we give, it seems, the more we want to give, because we experience that current in our lives and are energized by it. It just feels good!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Simple Steps for Feeling More Peaceful
Sometimes, we need to shut down everything around us and simply breathe so we connect with our inner selves. Once you find that mental peace, you are able to find a little more happiness and a…

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 February 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 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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There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons-
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes-
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Tetraktys:  Self-Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day: How to Make a Self-Love Witch Bottle

Hey witches! It’s almost Valentine’s Day! At this time of the year, we spend a lot of efforts to show our love to our partner. However, there is always someone we forget: ourselves! After all, how can you expect others to love you if you don’t love yourself?

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/self-love-ritual-valentines-day-witch-bottle/

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Spirit Library: Innocence

Blessed Being, as you incarnate into the Earth experience, you are subject to the collective field of creation. It is the nature of this connected physicality to reflect the inner into the outer experience. The reflexive nature of duality is that the mirror offers perspective and ultimately, choice.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jamye-price/innocence

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Daily Good: Embracing the Great Fullness of Life

“We all have our ideas about how life should go. Ideas painted within us as hopes, longings, opinions. Those painted around us as cultural norms, trajectories, worthwhile goals. We have ideas in mind about most everything how our bodies should work, how love should work, how the world should work. Politics. Sleep. Weather. What we want and do not want. Ideas that make things bad or good, yes or no. And while these concepts can offer us valuable guidance about how we might approach life, they can also obscure and conflict with the vast majority of what is actually unfolding and is bound to unfold in our moment-to-moment, unpredictable lives and world.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2222/embracing-the-great-fullness-of-life-kristi-nelson/

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Spiritual Unite: Spruce Tree Symbolism – Resilience And Strength

The spruce tree is one of the most famous trees in western and Mediterranean culture and has been for thousands of years.
Perhaps the most famous use of the spruce tree is as a Christmas tree.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/spruce-tree-symbolism-resilience-and-strength/

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EarthSky News: Shedding light on the moon’s dark side

Tonight – February 12, 2019 – the moon is at or near its first quarter phase, which means the portion of the moon we see from Earth is 50% illuminated by sunshine and 50% engulfed in the moon’s own shadow. What’s more, the lit side of the moon is pointing right at the red planet Mars, and with binoculars, Mars and Uranus can be seen to occupy a single binocular field. See chart below.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/shedding-light-on-the-dark-side-of-the-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: The Pictish Oracle, Symbols from Ancient Scotland

I have a bit of an obsession with history. Things left behind, sometimes easy to find but we can only guess at their meanings or uses. Symbols, pictures, difficult-to-interpret alphabets; I could look at them for hours, full of meaning that we are simply unable to understand.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/02/the-pictish-oracle/

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

“There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart.”
— Elizabeth J. Canham

“If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”
— John Steinbeck

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s kind of strange but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result.

And then you have to physically move toward it, without defining the hows.

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected.

Not unlike a cat,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Potato Broccoli Soup

This hearty, creamy soup is actually made from leftover baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. It really takes something that’s not so great reheated and turns it into a super delicious new dish.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Baked-Potato-Broccoli-Soup.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
February 12, 2019

Spirituality

“Peace is a necessary condition of spirituality, no less than an inevitable result of it.”

-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Peace is reason enough for each of us to pursue our spirituality, and to encourage and support others who wish to do so, also. We experience inner peace through prayer, meditation, and spiritual activity. And that peace radiates outwards to affect our homes and communities. The more of us who live spiritually, the more peace there will be in the world!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Daily Blessings in Disguise

There are so many expectations that are packed into a day. From getting the kids to school in the morning to making a decision as to what’s for dinner, each day seems to have an endless list of to-do’s. And the hustle and bustle infiltrates a cloud that engulfs our day-to-day, making it difficult to come up for air and recognize the many blessings that embody our life each day.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/articles/daily-blessings-in-disguise.aspx#Fro8y15LMe1D8J1R.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 January 15, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 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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We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
-Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Reasons Why Skeptics Should Believe In Astrology

It happens quite often: you tentatively check out your daily horoscope, hoping to read some exciting news about your love prospects, and bigger financial opportunities.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/5-reasons-why-skeptics-should-believe-in-astrology/

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MBG: Prep For This Weekend’s Rare Supermoon With This Eclipse Explainer

Dragging your feet? Avoiding the inevitable? Resistance and procrastination are natural; we tend to avoid what’s painful and stay in our comfort zones. Solar and lunar eclipses are dramatic turning points. They provide the cosmic kick in the pants to push us off the fence and into action.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/everything-you-need-to-know-about-solar-and-lunar-eclipses

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Tetrakyts: What Is Karma? – Everything You Need to Know

Throughout history, one question has preoccupied scholars of every religion and become central to the philosophies of said religions, and…

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/what-is-karma-everything-you-need-to-know%ef%bb%bf/

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Elephant Journal: The Good & the Bad will Happen: How Mindfulness can help us decide what Matters

Shortly after returning to work following the birth of my eldest son, I awoke to the sound of rain.
I could hear it pattering against the windowpanes and splashing on the roof of the girls’ dormitory where I lived and worked as a school counselor. My mood soured immediately. Returning to work meant leaving my three-month-old son in the campus day care center—a painfully ambivalent experience to begin with

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/rain-is-just-rain-a-lesson-in-mindfulness/

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MNN: 5 strangely cat-like traits of gray foxes

Gray foxes seem in many ways like the unsung bridge between the cat and dog world. They’re a canid species, related to foxes, coyotes and wolves. But they have some unusually cat-like features that help them get by in a tough, wild world.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/strangely-cat-like-trait-of-gray-foxes

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EarthSky News: Sirius, future South Pole Star

Tonight, as darkness falls, use Orion’s Belt to star-hop to Sirius, a future South Pole Star. Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. It’s sometimes called the Dog Star. It’s easy to see, since it’s the brightest star in the night sky. You’ll always know you’ve found Sirius if you notice that the three stars in Orion’s Belt point to it

https://earthsky.org/tonight/sirius-future-south-pole-star

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Patheos-Pagan: The Sacred Pause of Winter

The past four years or so have been busy. I’d like to tell you they have been productive-busy years but in truth, they have been exhausting. By the end of last year, I’d had enough. Bone-weary and depressed, I knew I couldn’t sustain my busy-ness. I breathed deeply and welcomed the spirit of winter.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/awaywiththewitch/2019/01/the-sacred-pause-of-winter/

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE YOU ARE A CREATOR

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”
— Shakti Gawain

We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.

With this understanding, we, as individuals and as society, can design a whole new future for ourselves. Our challenge is to break free of society’s world view, to truly empower our imaginations to create brand new realities. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘vision.’

What do you passionately desire for your own life? For the planet?

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
— Nikos Kazantzakis

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A Note from the Universe

Oh yes, yes indeed. Today you are going to be enveloped by the magic. It will be in the air you breathe, the sounds you hear, and the sights you see. Play off the moments in-between the moments, look to the unseen, and give thanks.

Feel it, enjoy it, but most important, use it!

It’s already begun,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Beef and Bean Sprout Soup

This week’s soup is a delicious combination of Asian flavors. Using bean sprouts instead of noodles makes this soup low carb and friendly to most diets. Feel free to add chopped mint or basil to balance the spicy sriracha or chili paste.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Week-2-Spicy-Beef-and-Bean-Sprout-Soup.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
January 15, 2019

Moments

“Let me tell thee, time is a very precious gift of God, so precious that it’s only given to us moment by moment.”

-Amelia Barr

Have you ever watched a television game show? In most of the games, there is an element of time involved. You’re up against the clock. You have 2 minutes to race through a grocery story, or 30 seconds to come up with the right answer. If you happen to be the person playing that game, you realize just how precious each one of those moments are! You focus your attention, and use the time wisely to win the game. Well, we’re lucky that life is not a game show! We have all the time we need to learn and grow and accomplish what we need to in this life. And we can start anytime, so why not start now? The prizes are all around us, just waiting to be won.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras

The entire universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. Long before modern technology and science came along, ancient cultures studied the energy that lives inside each living being. There are seven energies that move inside of us, called the seven chakras.

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 14, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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A shadow rests upon the fields.
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age,
Its silken tresses netting.
–Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)

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Spiritual Unite: Effective Methods For Healing The Crown Chakra

Crown chakra healing can be achieved by making some changes in your daily routine. This seventh chakra is located at the top of your head and associated with spirituality. The blockage of this chakra is responsible for many adverse physical as well as spiritual conditions. Confusion, tension, drowsiness, headaches, depression, chronic fatigue, and materialism, are few of the many things

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/crown-chakra-healing/

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MBG: Why Mindfulness Can Actually Make You Feel Less Pain

By now, the enormously powerful effects mindfulness can have on your mind and soul are well-documented: A good mindfulness meditation can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and other depressive symptoms, and being mindful can also help you process emotions more clearly, improve your memory and other cognitive functions, and even make sex more enjoyable.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-mindfulness-can-make-you-feel-less-pain

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Daily Good: Barbara Kingsolver: My Crazy Summer of Squash

Summer is the time of abundant harvest. In this humorous essay on the tribulations of too many zucchini, acclaimed writer, Barbara Kingsolver explains why country people lock their doors and cars and even gates at the end of the summer. { read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2082/my-crazy-summer-of-squash-barbara-kingsolver/

Be The Change

Where in your life do you feel a blessed abundance? Reflect on how you can share your bounty whether material or otherwise with those around you.

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Elephant Journal: Reigniting our Creativity & our Hunger for Life.

Happy is the chef whose labors satisfy and create appetite.
This chef, through an activity that she takes delight in and strives to be creative in, obtains fulfillment when she witnesses her customers with sated faces.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/reigniting-our-creativity-our-hunger-for-life/

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MNN: Watch as a bee covered in honey gets a hand from its fellow bees

We’ve all been told at one point or another that we should help a friend in need. While not every organism on the planet sets a good example, the bees shown in the video above certainly do.

Read more…………….

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EarthSky News: Tonight … Moon closest to Jupiter

The young moon has been waxing larger, and appearing higher each evening in the west after sunset. The very bright object near it Thursday evening is Jupiter

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-antares-september-13-to-15

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Patheos-Pagan: The Witch and the Wild Rose

The Wild Rose’s botanical name is “species rose”, which in essence is a species that develops naturally with no help from man. A true flower of the wild, which is one of the many reasons I adore these magickal hedges. Originating mostly from Europe as well as the Orient, roses have been cultivated for over 5000 years.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchofthewoodwithravenwood/2018/07/the-witch-and-the-wild-rose/

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Inner Journey: 

LIFE COMES WITH PROBLEMS

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Life always brings problems. We really can’t live without them.

And so it helps to shift our perspective. We can stop trying to avoid the problems. We can stop feeling victimized by what’s happening. Instead, we can consciously work with the challenge of the moment to learn more about ourselves and the world. When we make this shift in attitude, we discover ourselves to be strong and powerful.

“Every lesson is a widening and deepening of consciousness. It is a stretching of the mind beyond its conceptual limits and a stretching of the heart beyond its emotional boundaries. It is a bringing of unconscious material into consciousness, a healing of past wounds, and a discovery of new faith and trust.”
— Paul Ferrini

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A Note from the Universe

If you can dream it, we can do it.

Notice the “you” and “we” bits, and where they apply?

Go!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn squash pairs nicely with spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to make this warm and comforting soup.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spicy-Acorn-Squash-Soup.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
September 14, 2018

Awareness
“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”

-Adrienne Rich

Our spiritual pursuits open up our awareness to everything – and sometimes that can be difficult when emotions come to the surface, and stress bubbles up and away. When we know that this is all temporary, and a part of the process, we can observe its happening without allowing it to get us caught up in the drama of it all. We can focus on the big picture – we can see what is truly important, truly real. It is exhilarating, and liberating!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Things to Do When Haters Tell You “You Can’t”
Haters are inevitable, but it’s how you handle them that makes the difference.

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 August 23, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 23, 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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The sun is set; the swallows are asleep;
The bats are flitting fast in the gray air;
The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep,
And evening’s breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Spiritual Unite: These Are the Symptoms of Lightbody Activation

Merkaba or light body is a state of complete awareness. When endless amounts of light and love enter your spiritual being, they fuel the awakening of Merkaba. You currently reside in a three-dimensional plane. Once your light body awakens, your mind gets access to the 4th and 5th-dimensional planes, which introduces you to a new world of endless possibilities

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/light-body-activation-symptoms/

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MBG: This Mind-Clearing Yoga Sequence Is Perfect For The Inevitable Midweek Slump

f you woke up refreshed and feeling ready to take on the day, good for you! If you could use a little pick-me-up, keep reading.
There’s nothing like a midweek slump to wear away at your willpower and your spirit. Fatigue and exhaustion are the culprits of ordering takeout, skipping your meditation, or consuming one too many of those delicious dark chocolate squares.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/mind-clearing-yoga-sequence

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Daily Good: Nature and the Serious Business of Joy

Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.

– Rachel Carson

Nature and the Serious Business of Joy

British naturalist and environmental writer Michael McCarthy writes in The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy —part memoir and part manifesto. The natural world can offer us more than the means to survive, on the one hand, or mortal risks to be avoided, on the other: it can offer us joy.” { read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2078/nature-and-the-serious-business-of-joy-maria-popova/

Be The Change

Walk into nature in any of its forms today, and as you look and listen and receive the impression, also notice within yourself its effect on you. Is there some simple way you can return to nature its great gift to us, by planting or weeding or caring for an animal

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Elephant Journal: Why Mindfulness is Worth it, Even when it Feels Totally Unsatisfying.

Several days ago, my mom seemed bent on picking a fight with me.
As she stood in my doorway, I looked at her and realized that I was simultaneously experiencing multiple thoughts and emotions. I was perplexed about how my picking up three cigarettes off of the stairs could have elicited her reaction. I was thinking about all of the mean things I wanted to say to her in response. And, I was feeling the physical heat of irritation rising inside of me.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/now/why-mindfulness-is-worth-it-even-when-it-feels-totally-unsatisfying/

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MNN: 7 mind-bending facts about magic mushrooms
From ancient shamans (and Santa Claus?) to scientists studying mental health, humans have a long fascination with ‘magic’ fungi.

Fungi have flourished on Earth for quite a while, possibly more than 2 billion years. They’ve evolved some impressive tricks during that time, including many that are either fascinating or frightening to humans — and sometimes a bit of both.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/facts-about-magic-mushrooms

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mars couple up on August 23

This evening – August 23, 2018 – as soon as darkness falls, enjoy the beautiful presence of the moon and Mars in your southeast sky. They can be viewed from all over the world, except at the far-northern Arctic latitudes. These two worlds – the moon and Mars – rank as the brightest and third-brightest celestial luminaries to light up the nighttime sky, respectively. So you should have little or no trouble spotting this august couple before nightfall, or at evening dusk.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-mars-couple-up-on-august-23

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Patheos-Pagan: Apple Head Dolls and the Autumn Equinox

One of the bittersweet aspects of being a Virgo is that every experience carries light and darkness for me. Even at the height of something joyous—perhaps a marriage or a birth, for instance—I’m keenly aware of death waiting in the wings. I don’t walk around feeling morose all the time, and I do enjoy the heck out of my life on most days. It’s just that every high has its equal and opposite low, and that is what I feel even more intensely than usual at this time of transition from summer to autumn.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/quillofthegoddess/2017/09/apple-head-dolls-and-the-autumn-equinox/

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Inner Journey: 

THREE LEVELS OF PROSPERITY

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
— Woody Allen

To become more prosperous, we need to change on at least two levels. First, we must ensure our financial affairs are in order. We need an income that at least covers our expenses. And we need a foundation of habits, tools and skills so we achieve some financial stability in our day-to-day experience.

Second, we must become aware of the beliefs we hold around money and prosperity. If we unconsciously believe we are lacking in some way, then no matter what we do, we will unconsciously sabotage our own efforts to improve our finances.

And third, it’s helpful to understand the spiritual principles that govern our level of abundance. Once we know those principles, we can work effectively within them to attract abundance to us.

“If you’re prosperous in soul, you’ll be prosperous in whole.”
— Mark Victor Hansen

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A Note from the Universe

If you only knew how normal you were when you thought you were weird.

How strong you were when you thought you were weak.

And how ready you were when you thought you weren’t.

You’d think again, oh Great One Revered by All in the Unseen –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Black Bean-Cauliflower Rice-Mushroom Medley

I had half a bag of riced cauliflower left over, a can of black beans, and got a great deal on mushrooms. This was a very satisfying meal.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Black-Bean-Cauliflower-Rice-Mushroom-Medley.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
August 23, 2018

Patience

“Patience is not passive: on the contrary it is active; it is concentrated strength.”

-Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist

Look at people who are patient. Along with patience comes a kind of calm, a deep faith, a beautiful presence. Compared with people who are impatient – who seem stressed out, angry, and hurried. Who has more strength? The patient person can do anything because that person recognizes his or her connection with the Universe. Patience can move mountains!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 10 Reasons to Make Gratitude Lists
Read about reasons why it’s important to remember and acknowledge the blessings in your life.

One of my spiritual practices is to make regular gratitude lists. I aim for every day. Lately I’ve gotten a couple of notes, both from strangers and friends, saying this jotting down of thanks helps them. It’s certainly not news–people have been counting their blessings since the first breath, I imagine. But here are some reasons you might want to add it to your handful of spiritual supplements.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/10-reasons-to-make-gratitude-lists.aspx#WO12kk5slXDK0jbe.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/