Cat’s Morning Bits for November 20, 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.
Bending above the spicy woods which blaze,
Arch skies so blue they flash, and hold the sun
Immeasurably far; the waters run
Too slow, so freighted are the river-ways
With gold of elms and birches from the maze
-Helen Hunt Jackson (1930-85)
Pioneer Thinking: Healthy Holiday Mocktails
Festive parties do not have to wreak havoc on your health during the holidays. Replace cocktails with a healthy alternative — mocktails. By ditching the alcohol for nutrient-rich fruit, herbs and fermented ingredients, you can create nutritious holiday drinks that will not only look stunning, but also nourish your body to boot.
MBG: 8 Tension-Relieving Yoga Postures To Soothe The Body & Mind
As our culture is deeply intertwined in and consistently hunching over our beloved devices, it is no surprise that the modern-day human complains of not only aching backs but also scattered brains. The physical and mental stress is detrimental to our health as a whole—both the body (organs, muscles, bones, discomfort/disease) and mind (anxiety, worry, guilt, fear).
Daily Good: Gardening and the Secret of Happiness
“By a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons,” a good mother loves her children. This is how author and botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer came to the awakening of true happiness as she realized that the time spent and lost in her garden were the happiest moments of her days. Like her children lost in the wonder of digging in the soil, Kimmerer saw what was most important in her life as she was picking beans from within the “spiraling vines of her tepee trellis.” Kimmerer awakened to the beauty of being on this earth as part of a loving relationship with the Otherwith Mother Earth and all she nurtures. Read and listen to more of Kimmerer’s thoughts on nature.
MNN: Wyoming billionaire pledges to protect 30% of the planet by 2030
If you follow global conservation and don’t already know the name Hansjörg Wyss, there’s a good chance you soon will.
Born in Bern, Switzerland, the 83-year-old entrepreneur and businessman first made his fortune in the Belgian steel industry before establishing the U.S. division of Synthes, a multinational medical device manufacturer best known for producing internal screws and plates used to help mend fractured bones. (The company has since been acquired by Johnson & Johnson.)
EarthSky News: Moon near Uranus on November 20
Tonight – November 20, 2018 – as the moon travels in front of the constellations of the zodiac, it’ll appear in the general direction of the planet Uranus. Both the moon and Uranus are near the border of the constellations Pisces and Aries tonight. Although the bright moon will drown out Uranus from view tonight, the moon will mark the approximate position of Uranus in the starry sky.
Patheos-Pagan: Kitchen Witchcraft: Garden Magic
It doesn’t matter if you only have a window sill with a pot plant on it, a small city terrace, a playing field or several acres, you can always work with the magic in your garden. The kitchen extends into the garden anyway and a Kitchen Witch will often be found pottering around in amongst the plants.
“I’d gone through life believing in the strength and competence of others; never in my own. Now, dazzled, I discovered that my capacities were real. It was like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat.”
— Joan Mills
Take a moment to stop and think about what you give to the people and life around you. Don’t think about what you’re not doing right. Look instead at all you do that is a blessing. Many of us continually beat ourselves up for not doing or being enough. Butimagine for a moment that you are great just as you are. Feel the relief this brings! Now open to the possibility that this is not a daydream. It’s true! Believe it!
“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
“We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.”
— Orison Swett Marden
A Note from the Universe
An old soul is not an old soul by virtue of age, but for their patience, self-measure, and happy tears for no apparent reason.
Today’s Recipe: One Bowl Cinnamon Banana Muffins
There are a lot of delicious ways to use up overripe bananas. An added advantage of the recipe is the ability to prepare the batter using one bowl, making cleanup easy. Then just sit back and indulge
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
November 20, 2018
“It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.”
-Rebecca West (1985)
Something within us helps us to find our passions. It’s not like a conscious choice, like looking through a catalog and picking a hobby or something. We are drawn to things that we feel passionate about. We can’t help but move towards things that give us that drive, that energy, that life force that is so all-encompassing. We have the desires, and the passions that we have for a reason. And pursuing our passions is one of the most important things we can do while we’re living our lives.
Beliefnet: How Does Responsibility Relate To Peace?
Responsibility is a companion of freedom. When we take responsibility for our actions, we are free to act. We are free to act when we know that we can accept the consequences. When the consequences are unfavorable, we accept the challenge to take action toward a favorable direction.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/love-family/how-does-responsibility-relate-to-peace.aspx#MfK7DO1BvU9l5Ffh.99
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