Cat’s Morning Bits for April 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 2, 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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The beautiful spring came, and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
-Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-97)

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Spirit Library: Empathy Matters

Empathy is the ability to understand and relate to other people and animals.

Empathy is being able to see the world or a situation from someone else’s perspective and also appreciate how they might feel.

Empathy can even be in walking in someone else’s shoes, so to speak

https://spiritlibrary.com/david-r-hamilton-phd/empathy-matters

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MNN: How to improve your mood in 12 minutes

What do you do when you’re in a bad mood? Maybe you grab a bowl of ice cream or plop down in front of the TV. Or perhaps you do something healthier like go for a walk or write in a journal.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/how-improve-your-mood-12-minutes

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Daily Good: Befriending Our Despair

Joanna Rogers Macy is an environmental activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. In this short video she advises that pain alerts us to what needs attention. Pain is not the enemy of cheerfulness, but tells us there is suffering. When we face suffering, our hearts and eyes open to beauty. We are not alone in our despair and when we have the courage to speak of it, it cracks open so the love can be found. The key is not being afraid of the pain, not being afraid of the worlds suffering. If you arent afraid, nothing can stop you

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8159

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Elephant Journal: Discover your Celtic Tree Zodiac Sign & what it Means.

Not everyone resonates with the characteristics set out in traditional Western Zodiac signs.
Fortunately, there is another way of discovering more about personalities and behaviours than simply looking at constellations.
The Celts hold an ancient belief that we all derive from trees, and our date of birth is interconnected with the qualities found in nature. They say that the season we were born in is pivotal to the formation of our individual tendencies and traits

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/12/cr-discover-your-celtic-tree-zodiac-sign-what-it-means/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: This Planetary Face-Off Will Start The Week Off On A Dreamy Note

This week, the AstroTwins unpack why Monday and Tuesday could be off to a slow start. But have no fear: Friday will more than make up for it.
On Tuesday, Mercury and Neptune will make everything feel a little hazy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins-april-1-7-2019

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EarthSky News: Use the Big Dipper to find the Little Dipper

So you say you can find the Big Dipper, but not the Little Dipper? This post is for you. Here’s the view northward on April evenings. At present the Big Dipper is high in the north during the evening hours. Notice the two outer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper. These two stars – called Duhbe and Merak – always point to Polaris, the North Star. Find Polaris, and you can find the Little Dipper.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/use-big-dipper-to-find-polaris-and-little-dipper

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Patheos-Pagan: Following Your Own Path to Paganism

We know that everyone’s journey to paganism, witchy-ness and polytheism is their own, yet I’ve seen so many people hesitate even starting their path or learning more for fear of doing things the “wrong way” or being told to do things a certain way.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/03/following-your-own-path-to-paganism/

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Inner Journey:

HOW DO YOU WORK WITH ANGER?

“Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.”
— Helen Douglas

How do you feel about anger, in yourself and in others?
How do you deal with it?

Anger is powerful energy. If we are afraid of this energy, we may attempt to deny or hide it. And when we lack control of the energy of anger, we impose it on other people or things.

The ways we react to anger usually reflect how we experienced anger as children and how our own anger when we were young was handled by the adults at the time.

In reality, anger, like any emotion, brings us information. It tells us how we feel about what is being experienced. If we receive anger’s message and learn more about ourselves, the energy will pass.

“Too often we underestimate how quickly our feelings are going to change because we underestimate our ability to change them.”
— David Gilbert

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Yes it’s true. There are so many things you don’t know. Things, quite frankly, that you can’t know. About the magic, the unseen, and the miraculous logistics that can so swiftly change a life. It’s enough to daunt even the hardiest of souls.

But, then again one needn’t learn the mysteries of the wind, to sail effortlessly around the world, either.

Actually, you got a pretty good deal.

Land ho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fresh Papaya Chutney

This flavorful fruit based condiment complements many Indian dishes. Chutney can also be used as a sandwich spread and as topping on various meats, either when cooking or later on the side

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Fresh-Papaya-Chutney-1.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
April 2, 2019

Originality

“People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. What can we call our own except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor.”

-Goethe (1749-1832)

Some people say that there is nothing original anymore, that it’s all “been done.” But how can that be? There are infinite possibilities out there, even the “same thing” can be done in infinitely different ways. The originality comes from ourselves, and what we bring to the task at hand. We can be inspired from those whose work has come before, but we can never re-create it in exactly the same way.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 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.

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 24, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 24,  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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Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun-
burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery
seeds,
And August passeth by.
-Edith Matilda Thomas (1854-1925)

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KarmaTube: Smuggling Hope

What would you think if you heard of two people smuggling 500 pieces of children’s artwork into the Guggenheim, one of the most famous art museums in the world? Would it sound ridiculous? Beautiful? Funny? Like a waste of time? Well, in this fun video, you’ll get to see this happen thanks to Brad and Kristi Montague of the Montague Workshop, a project dedicated to doing things for kids—including smuggling artwork. And though Brad and Kristi succeed, their endeavor bears a surprise message about hope, one that startlingly reminds us that things don’t necessarily have to be the way we think they are.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7642

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Spiritual Unite: Empaths And Relationships: 5 Things To Consider Loving An Empath

Empath’s are people who have personality types that are very unique. The empaths sensory levels are on a constant high alert. They are very sensitive to the vibrations of energy levels around them and are also incredibly intuitive with a high sense of self-awareness.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/empaths-and-relationships-loving-an-empath/

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MBG: How To Create A Sacred Morning, Afternoon, & Bedtime Routine

Falling into a routine doesn’t necessarily sound like the most exciting thing to happen to your life. By definition, the very word “routine” implies the opposite of special, and often, it’s something to break free from, especially when it involves less-than-beneficial habits (gluing ourselves to the couch or blankly scrolling through our phones at bedtime—we’ve all been there!).

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-create-sacred-routines-throughout-the-day

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Elephant Journal: How each Equinox & Solstice teaches us to Honor Ourselves. 

Growing up, I had the privilege of experiencing a childhood where I had the opportunity to connect with and develop a love of nature.
Because of this, I’ve always appreciated Earth and all that she gives us. Being from Northern Ontario, I have experienced not only the extremes of each season, but also the beauty.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/how-each-equinox-solstice-teach-us-to-honor-ourselves/

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MNN: Rest easy, lazy bones: Evolution is on your side

Be as the mollusk — and embrace ‘survival of the sluggish.’

You may not have to get off the couch after all.
In fact, from an evolutionary standpoint, laziness may actually do you good — at least, if you have certain mollusk-like habits.

In a new study of bivalves and gastropods, University of Kansas researchers have found chronic lethargy to be an underrated survival strategy.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/survival-laziest-mollusk-study

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EarthSky News: How to catch Mercury before sunrise

Want to see Mercury? If you do spot it before dawn in the coming two weeks, you’ll be joining an exclusive club. It’s said that only a small fraction of Earth’s population ever knowingly sees our solar system’s innermost planet.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/how-to-catch-mercury-before-sunrise

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Patheos-Pagan: Which Pagan Path Should I Follow? | John Beckett

I wrote a book called The Path of Paganism. The irony is that once you get past the beginner stage, you realize there are many Pagan paths, not just one. Like a lot of people, I started out with Wicca – that didn’t work for me. Eventually I found Druidry, and through Druidry I found the ancestral, devotional, ecstatic, oracular, magical, public, Pagan polytheism I practice today.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/08/which-pagan-path-should-i-follow.html

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Inner Journey: 

CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES

“Souls don’t have races or sexes or religions. They are beyond artificial divisions.”
— Brian Weiss

Intolerance of differences always exists in people who don’t know who they are, people who don’t have a strong sense of their own authentic self, the soul within.

Intolerance is rooted in fear.

The basis for having a strong sense of self-esteem is to replace our unconscious idea of basic unworthiness with a conscious knowing of our fundamental inherent goodness. As Matthew Fox argues in Original Blessing, the notion of ‘original sin’ must be replacedwith the truth of ‘original blessing.’

Being in touch with our essential goodness, we can see the essential goodness in others as well.

“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.”
— Paul Ferrini

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The light is getting brighter.

The path is getting clearer.

And you are getting closer.

That’s all I’m saying,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

If you like pickles and have lots of zucchini, you will appreciate this recipe. Please note that this is not for long-term storage, as you are not canning it. I substituted dill weed for the dill seed.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Zucchini-Refrigerator-Pickles-2.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
August 24, 2018

Patience

“Steady, patient, persevering thinking, will generally surmount every obstacle in the search after truth.”

-Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840)

Aren’t we all together in this search for Truth? Our quest for spiritual growth is impressive! And that’s what will get us there – the way that we surmount those obstacles and continue on. We know that we must be patient with our journey, and patient with ourselves. We know that there is no “instant” answer, but that answers unfold before us with wisdom and grace. We know that our patience is rewarded continually as we grow and experience more of who we really are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Tips to Find Your Confidence

Confidence is an assurance that we can make it. It is the uncanny ability to crush the inner fear and draw power when you are on empty. The definition of “confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Oftentimes when we do have the determination to move forward and step out in faith, we do fail. Experiencing the ebbs and flows of life is part of the human experience. To be honest, finding confidence is not easy.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/5-tips-to-find-your-confidence.aspx#LaHtOi80B6FDVD4e.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/