Cat’s Morning Bits for May 23 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 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 earth is waking at the voice of May,
The new grass brightens by the trodden way,
The woods wave welcome to the sweet spring day,
And the sea is growing summer blue.

-Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911)

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The Wild Hunt: People make offerings to Tutu Pelé as the lava flows
HAWAII — While a Hawaiian volcano continues to spew forth destruction on one Hawaiian island, many forget that it was this same activity that created all the Hawaiian Islands. Destruction transforms into creation. The Hawaiian goddess, Tutu Pelé (Madame Pele) lives in, or is, the Kilauea Volcano. She has become one of the most well-known […] Read More:

 http://wildhunt.org/2018/05/people-make-offerings-to-tutu-pele-as-the-lava-flows.html

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MBG: 4 Steps To Manifesting Abundance When You’re Always Worried About Not Having Enough

Why do we work so hard every day? To live an abundant, happy life in which all our financial needs are met. But when working harder and longer hours isn’t being reflected back to us in our bank balance, we need to look at our mindset about money.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/4-steps-to-manifest-abundance

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Elephant Journal: How Energy Healing helped me Discover who I am & Create a Life I Love.

Who else has ever felt disconnected from themselves and their lives—like something is wrong, or they’re not quite whole?
It’s common for many of us, especially those who were raised to follow others’ expectations regarding what we should do with our lives.
I used to feel this way.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/now/how-energy-healing-really-works/

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MNN: Uncovering the mysterious origins of the mima mounds

From the otherworldly rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula to the towering volcanic peak of Mount Rainier, the state of Washington is land of many grand natural wonders. While these larger-than-life destinations are bound to dominate a Pacific Northwest travel itinerary, one other fascinating yet little-known locale is Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/blogs/uncovering-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-mima-mounds

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EarthSky News: Mars brighter in 2018 than since 2003
Mars is getting bright! But it’s still up between midnight and dawn. Between now and July, the Red Planet will shift over into the evening sky … and then the drama will begin!

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/why-is-mars-sometimes-bright-and-sometimes-faint

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Patheos-Pagan: Searing Sun, the Hurricane’s Howl: What Can We Do About Climate Change?

When we think of the Divine in Nature, we think of nature’s beauty – the green earth and the white moon among the stars – but nature can be frightening as well as beautiful. Our ancestors venerated nature because they feared as well as loved it, because they knew they were totally dependent on something more powerful than themselves. In contemporary Pagan rituals, we domesticate the elements.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/viviannecrowley/2014/07/searing-sun-the-hurricanes-howl-what-can-we-do-about-climate-change/

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Inner Journey: 

TIME TO CHANGE DIRECTION?

“Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire. When you quit all the things that aren’t working for you, when you quit tolerating all the negative things that hold you back, you’ll create a positive ‘charge’ in your life as well as create the space in your life for more positive experiences.”
— Jim Allen

“I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I’ve learned, is to be awake to the moment.”
— Doug Hall

“Persons and societies do not submit passively to surroundings and events. They make choices as to the places where they live and the activities in which they engage — choices based on what they want to be, to do and to become. Furthermore, persons and societies often change their goals and ways; they can even retrace their steps and start in a new direction if they believe they are on a wrong course. Thus, whereas animal life is prisoner of biological evolution which is essentially irreversible, human life has the wonderful freedom of social evolution which is rapidly reversible and creative. Wherever human beings are concerned, trend is not destiny.”
— Rene Dubos

higherawareness.com

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the highest within.the

Whenever conferring with another – either face to face or across the miles – whether a human being, departed spirit, or sentient tree, always speak to the highest within them.

It makes such a difference.

Amen,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Horseradish Sauce Recipes

Horseradish is a food you either love or hate. Follow precautions if grinding the root to make your sauce.

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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
May 23 , 2018

Freedom

“I believe in freedom – social, economical, domestic, political, mental and spiritual.” -Elbert Hubbard

Freedom is all-encompassing; you can’t have one “kind” of freedom without all the others. I remember Deepak Chopra talking about the 25 qualities of the Unified Field. Scientists have studied this Field, which could also be called “all of nature,” and identified 25 qualities that it has. Because we are one with this Field, these are qualities inherent in each of us, too. Number 24 on the list: Freedom.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The 7 Greatest Strengths of an Introvert

What others might call weakness is an introvert’s greatest strength.

If you’re an introvert, it can seem like the world just isn’t built for you. From the very beginning, others have tried to change you, telling you to “come out of your shell” so that you can get the most out of life.

But, as an introvert, you know that some of the greatest pleasures of life come from within. What others take for shyness, you know to be thoughtfulness.

 http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/the-7-greatest-strengths-of-an-introvert.aspx#99lUBeo0RKi6qTIY.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! Visit the Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 22 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 22 , 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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And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere.

-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Spirituality and Healing: 3 Steps to Detox your Emotions

Emotional detox is not to rid your body of what you may consider negative emotions, but rather to clear out the ones that have stagnated.

Emotions are one of life’s gifts; they offer us a way to experience the full spectrum of what it means to be alive. When we have a healthy relationship to our emotional experience, we can appreciate what each has to offer, from sadness to joy.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/the-present-moment/2018/05/15/3-steps-to-detox-your-emotions

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MBG: Holy Basil: Benefits For Your Mood, Mind & Body

Holy basil is a plant native to India, where it has been cultivated for nearly 2,000 years. Healers call it tulsi, the Queen of Herbs, the “Incomparable One,” and it is prominent in ayurveda and Hinduism for its various therapeutic applications. Its reputation makes it one of the most prized healing plants in the Orient. Healers from past and present have used the leaf, stem, flower, root, and seeds of holy basil, Latin name Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum, commonly called tulsi in therapeutic tradition.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-side-effects-of-holy-basil-you-may-not-know-about-seo

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Elephant Journal: An Open Letter to the Hardened Pieces of my Heart

I’ve met too many hardened hearts thus far.
I’ve engaged with too many steel walls, spiked barracks, and stone-cold defenses.
I’ve felt my own torn, scarred, dragon-skin heart go thick in protection.

But, in my safest moments, I remember what it feels like to be soft.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/an-open-letter-to-the-hardened-pieces-of-my-heart/

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MNN: Naturalist uses cartoons to advocate for the planet

As animals adapt to a rapidly changing planet, wildlife conservation has become a critical issue. Many scientific books have been written on the issue, but none like Rosemary Mosco’s “Birding Is My Favorite Video Game.”

Her whimsical book features cartoons that are both funny and jam-packed with important facts about animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and most importantly, conservation. She artfully weaves together science and art — something we explored when we first introduced you to her Bird and Moon comics. Her uniquely unstuffy approach teaches readers surprising and unusual facts about nature that they may not have known.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/naturalist-rosemary-mosco-cartoons-advocate-conservation-book

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EarthSky News: Deneb, tail of Cygnus the Swan

Tonight, look for Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. The night sky chart at the top of this post presents the view toward the northeast in mid-to-late evening during the month of May. It’s the view from mid-northern latitudes. It’s by looking in this direction that you can get a good look at the bright star Deneb, which should be visible even in tonight’s moon-drenched skies

http://earthsky.org/tonight/deneb-belongs-to-a-cross-like-star-pattern

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Patheos-Pagan: What do Millennial Witches need from the Craft?

This question was recently posed to me: What does the “millennial generation” need from witchcraft? Which witchery will they adopt and adapt for their time? Which witchery do they reject and will allow to die out?

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2018/05/millennial-witches/

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Inner Journey: 

ON DEATH AND DYING

“Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!”
— Thomas F. Healey

“The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.”
— Hermann Hesse

“What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.”
— Katha Upanishad

“Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.”
— Sir Walter Scott

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

What if the coolest person on the planet didn’t know they were the coolest person on the planet, because of a few self-doubts, a few trace fears, or the occasional twang of inadequacy. Or because they somehow thought fame, or wealth, or popularity mattered. Or because they just didn’t know the effect they had on others.

It would be a pity, huh? A real travesty. And, of course, telling them wouldn’t achieve much because they’d never believe you. Never. They’d be too modest to accept it. Too naïve to see it. And, well, too cool to think it mattered.

So… well… ah… let’s just leave it at that –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Watermelon Pineapple Salsa

Give your typical salsa a delightful upgrade by adding watermelon and pineapple, which are both good sources of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help boost immunity.

https://pioneerthinking.com/watermelon-pineapple-salsa

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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
May 22, 2018

Freedom

“That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself.”-Fanny Lewald, in Hanna Ballin Lewis, “The Education of Fanny Lewald” (1871)

If there is a lesson in our struggle for freedom, (and there always is a lesson, in any struggle) then it is that there is no separation between us. We are all one. We are not truly free until each and every one of us is free.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Ways to Find Your Inner Hero

We watch the news and wish there was something we could do to right wrongs. We see our neighbors struggle with issues in their lives and want to help. Or, we face a monster of a challenge in our own lives, but fear, and insecurity hold us back from taking action. As the song goes, there’s a hero inside of you and me, just waiting to rise up. Yes, there is! And here are seven ways to find that hero and let him or her go to work:

 http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/7-ways-to-find-your-inner-hero.aspx#byTOpsJvy5V0lRI7.99

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

 Cat’s Morning Bits for May 21 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 21 , 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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It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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Spiritual Unite: When You Are Connected To Someone’s Soul

Most of our relationships are ephemeral; rarely do they last. In times like these, a soul-to-soul connection doesn’t even exist between family members. We can share our darkest and deepest secrets with another human being, but still feel emotionally detached. And yet, one day, out-of-the-blue, we meet someone.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/connected-to-someones-soul-soulmate/

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MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope: Get Ready For Tons Of Intuitive Hits

On Monday, the quarter moon in Virgo will serve up a reality check.

Can sensuality and sensibility coexist? That’s the theme of the week as planets dance between the two realms. It begins on Monday, May 21, with the quarter moon in earthy, efficient Virgo. This lunar leveling may force us to deal with the not-so-dreamy aspects of a plan, like structure, organization, and budgets. Don’t resist the reality checks. What you discover could be heartening! Perhaps your wild hares are more doable than you realized.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/horoscope-for-may-21-27-2018

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Did You Know?

A beehive in summer can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees. A bee must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. Bees fly more than once around the world to gather a pound of honey.

 

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MNN: Photographer captures real-life purple rain

When photographer Joshua Moore set up his tripod along the Blue Ridge Parkway about 25 miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, one Sunday in May, he was planning to shoot a sunset. Instead, he got something more breathtaking: a captivating image of purple rain.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/photographer-captures-real-life-purple-rain

 

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EarthSky News: First Quarter Moon, Regulus on May 21

Tonight – May 21, 2018 – the half-lit first quarter moon passes 1.5o (3 moon-diameters) north of Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Although our sky chart at the top of this post is specifically designed for mid-northern latitudes in North America, nearly everyone worldwide can use the moon to find the star Regulus tonight. Just look for the moon in the evening sky. The nearby bright star will be Regulus.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-regulus-light-up-evening-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: What To Look For In a Spiritual Or Magical Organization

Recently I posted a list of red flags to look for in spiritual and magical orders and organizations, as in, what NOT to look for.

Today I will post a things to actually look for. Peachy, huh? Emphasis on the positive! Here we go!

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/01/spiritual-magical-organization-tips/

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Inner Journey:  WORK WITH TENSION

“You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”
— James G. Bilkey

We need tension in our lives. It’s the force of personal evolution — it sparks creativity and higher consciousness. If we’re not comfortable with a situation, we try to improve it, right?

Tension arises through our experience of opposites. These opposites fight each other as each one struggles for dominance. Tension is transformed when two opposite dimensions of reality are brought together in balance and in wholeness.

Know that tension is an integral part of growth. Instead of avoiding or resisting tension when it arises, identify the opposing forces at play. Make space for each of them to be there together and the tension will transform.

We encounter tensions between positives and negatives, mind and body, self and environment, self and others, and personality and soul – the dualities in our lives.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
— Neale Donald Walsch

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

There isn’t a moment in any day, when someone, somewhere, isn’t better off because of something you’ve done.

And no matter what you do, or don’t do, with the rest of your life, you cannot now comprehend the amounts of love, joy, and personal assistance that are already being pressed out to you in gratitude.

Must be nice,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Honey Turnip Cough Syrup

My parents have been using this all-natural method to make their own cough syrup since I can remember. Turnips and honey have awesome natural antibiotic qualities to them. When they meld together, they make a fantastic medicine. This is just as effective as store-bought syrups for cough and congestion, yet it has no side effects. You can keep refilling the turnip with honey to make more of the medicine.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Honey-Turnip-Cough-Syrup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
May 21, 2018

Freedom

“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.”–Helen Gahagan Douglas (1945)

It is essential for our souls to feel free. We need freedom of expression, freedom of choice, to learn and grow. And yet, so many of our brothers and sisters all over the world live without that freedom. We are all one, and we feel their pain. Amidst the politics and controversy, what can we do? We can hold them in our hearts and in our minds, lift them up and know the Highest Truth for all of us. We can express gratitude for the freedom that we experience every day.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: A Monday through Friday Happiness Plan

Like you, my weeks are busy. Some weeks it feels like Monday through Friday is one long day with a few naps sprinkled in. However, over the years, I’ve developed a plan – a happiness plan.

This plan helps me remember to do things that bring me joy, comfort and happiness even on the blue Mondays and the frantic Thursdays.

http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/monday-friday-happiness-plan.aspx#SlqIkqosB8SChbHW.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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 18 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 18 , 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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“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”
-Voltaire (1694-1778)

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Spiritual Unite: The Five Best Books On Astral Projection That You Must Read

Learning is the first step towards achieving your goal; however, it is essential to learn from the right resources. Astral projection is a very sensitive practice. It is necessary to gain the proper knowledge before you astral travel so you can know all the aspects of this unseen world.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/best-books-on-astral-projection/

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MBG: Want To Raise Kids Who Value Gender Inclusivity? Start With These 7 New Books

While there’s a growing awareness around the importance of prioritizing gender inclusivity in young kids, taking action on this topic is often tricky. There are now dolls that nurture boys’ empathy, and schools are working harder than ever to address gender inclusion in the classroom.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/books-for-kids-who-value-gender-inclusivity

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Elephant Journal: 4 Buddhist Tips to Help Quell Loneliness

Bad news, guys. New research (that was recently conducted by a top national health insurer) shows that Americans are, by far, some of the loneliest people on the planet.

Far more than half of the 20,000 people surveyed reported feeling lonely much of the time. They say that the people who are around them don’t necessarily feel like they are “with them”—and that most of the time, they “lack companionship” and don’t feel connected to the…

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/4-buddhist-tips-to-help-quell-loneliness/

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MNN: Do pit bulls make good therapy dogs?

Just a few months into his new life, King seemed to have his paws firmly on the ground — and his heart high up in the clouds.

As a registered therapy dog, the big, slow-moving lug with impeccable manners seemed a natural with children and anyone looking for a little heartfelt inspiration.

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/pit-bull-therapy-dog-king-florida

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EarthSky News: Wall-E and Eva set record, snag pic

The 1st-ever interplanetary CubeSats – nicknamed Wall-E and Eva – are now on their way to Mars. They set a new CubeSat distance record on May 8. Then Wall-E turned back and grabbed an image of the Earth and moon.

http://earthsky.org/space/marco-cubesat-wall-e-distance-record-pale-blue-dot

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Patheos-Pagan: Get Over Your Fear of Religion!

A couple weeks ago I made a comment on a friend’s Facebook post about the differences between Christian religion and Pagan religion. In response, someone else (who I don’t know and therefore won’t name) said:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/03/get-fear-religion.html

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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

higherawareness.com

 

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A Note from the Universe

Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done is not among them.

Chill,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Caramel Apple Crisps

Enjoy the flavour of caramel apples? These rose-shaped dessert cups are full of caramel and apple, and only have a handful ingredients in them. They’re so easy to put together and they won’t weigh you down. You don’t need special tools or techniques to make these super pretty rose-like goodies; I even used my toaster oven!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Caramel-Apple-Crisps.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, Chalchiuhtlicue

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Daily Wisdom
May 18, 2018

Dreams

“When you dream, you dialogue with aspects of yourself that normally are not with you in the daytime and you discover that you know a great deal more than you thought you did.” -Toni Cade Bambara, in Sturdy Black Bridges (1979)

Dreams are a place where we can figure things out about ourselves. They help us to see what motivates us, what our true desires are, and where we are headed. They help us to become more of who we really are!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Ways to Find Peace in Nature

Allow nature to be your personal therapist and find peace in knowing that you always have a place to find hope.

 http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/5-ways-to-find-peace-in-nature.aspx#qZmwKjbGfO6ypVBP.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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 17 , 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 17 , 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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“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
-Claude Monet (1840-1926)

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Spiritual Unite: White Owl Meaning | Owl Totem And Symbolism

The owl is a symbol of wisdom in many parts of the world. It holds intelligence and sees what others can not. Owls have the power of shapeshifting. They could change from animal form to human form. They are closely related to Moon and Night. Their insight has provided them night vision.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/white-owl-meaning/

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MBG: Your Sex Life Is Missing These 4 Essential Oil Blends

Our sex lives and libido can be tricky topics, as society continues to insinuate that we should be supercharged and ready to get it on at any given moment. Many of us hide in the shadows and avoid the situation altogether since things aren’t exactly, well, happening as quickly or in the way we think they should.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/essential-oils-sex

 

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Elephant Journal: This is Why only You can Stop World War 3

The headlines that tease us about another “world war”? It’s not about them—“the other”—it’s about us.
It’s about you—and me.

The external war might all be our fault. We might be to blame—in our comfortable homes, with our eyes buzzing with the glare of the smartphones we spend half the day on. (Hard to admit that one, isn’t it?) We caused it. We are to blame.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/this-is-why-only-you-can-stop-world-war-3/

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MNN: Zoos ‘rename’ animals with hilarious results

From ‘Floaty River Unit’ to ‘Hidey McSlowpoke,’ here are some memorable new monikers.

Zoos and aquariums have been busy with a clever animal rebranding effort, posting photos of animals with less subtle names that are less about science and more about human psychology — like Stabby Rainbow Chicken or Barking Fuzz Potato. Here are just some of the best ones making the rounds on the Internet.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/boaty-mcboatface-inspires-internet-rename-animals

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Patheos-Pagan: A Presence Beneath Our Feet: An Anecdote on Communing with the Mountain

Previously on Outside the Charmed Circle, I introduced the subject of an animistic, relational approach to working with the spirits of the land on which we live, and discussed both the inherent dangers and the absolute necessity of taking such an approach in a Pagan, polytheist, and occult context. It was suggested to me by a dear friend that, while my points may have been perfectly valid, they came across more as “avuncular advice from your wise old Misha” than might’ve been useful, and certainly more so than I’d intended.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mishamagdalene/2018/05/presence-beneath-feet-paris-mountain/

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Inner Journey:  Give yourself free time

“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”
— Jacob Needleman

How can you free up more time for yourself?

All of the great masters counsel that we need time daily for solitude. And if our journey in life is to become more aware of who we are, then surely we need some free time each day to explore our inner landscapes and uncover our passions.

What activities can you cut out of your life to give you more growing room?

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long, stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”
— Anna Quindlen

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Inevitably  somewhere on that path between “have not” and “have,” you’re going to suddenly know in your bones that the tide has turned, the pendulum has swung, and the floodgates have begun “a-tremblin’.”

How? Email. This one.

Know it,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Simple Oatmeal Muffins

Making simple muffins with oatmeal is a great option for a quick breakfast.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Simple-Oatmeal-Muffins.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
May 17 , 2018

Dreams

“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847)

Whether we’re talking about dreams that occur in our sleep state, or dreams as ambitions, we have these experiences for a reason. Dreams become a part of us, a part of who we are, and a factor in the decisions that we make. Embrace your dreams, pursue them, and watch them change and grow as you do.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Tips for Coping with Anxiety in the Moment
You’re in public and you can feel your heart racing. Do you know how to stay relaxed?
It is quite common to feel anxious at various points throughout the day or during specific events. Whether you are overwhelmed at home or about to do a work presentation, anxiety may manifest with certain signs. You may feel physical symptoms like a fast heartrate, sweaty palms, shallow breathing, tense muscles or shakiness. Or you may feel it more emotionally with a million thoughts racing through your head.
http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/emotional-health/stress/5-tips-for-coping-with-anxiety-in-the-moment.aspx#lqPbjFL1204lGpFg.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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 16, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 16, 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 apple-trees with bloom are all aglow-
Soft drifts of perfumed light-
A miracle of mingled fire and snow-
A laugh of Spring’s delight!
-Horatio Nelson Powers (1826-90)

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Spiritual Unite: What Are The Best Throat Chakra Crystals?

The throat chakra is an important energy centre in the body that is broadly responsible for things like expression, self-esteem, confidence and relationships. When there are problems in the throat chakra there are a variety of crystals that can be used to recover balance, cleanse and clear blockages

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/what-are-the-best-throat-chakra-crystals/

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MBG: This Spiritual Philosophy Could Transform Your Relationships

You can’t have unity without diversity. The trick is to find the unity in diversity. Hear me out: Many spiritual philosophies say that while we are all different, our collective evolution—as people, as a society—unifies us. While no two people are the same, two people can still be one. As evidenced by mindbodygreen’s mantra, You. We. All., our true power comes through when we understand and respect one another, when we connect through our common purpose as people on this planet.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-relate-to-others-in-a-more-meaningful-way

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Spirituality & Healing: 6 Ways to Deal with Nighttime Anxiety

Wake up! It’s 2:40 a.m., prime time for feeling panicky and dyspeptic. Let’s ruminate! Let’s go over everything on the to-do list! Let’s feel overwhelmed, maybe with a little side sauce of guilt. What’s that, brain? You want to go deeper, ponder the very point of our lives? Sure… Until 4:55, when we finally doze back off. Ugh. My internist told me that insomnia like this is sometimes caused by our brains being “too full,” which certainly resonated with me. So, what to do with a too-full brain at 3 a.m.?

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2018/05/14/6-ways-to-deal-with-nighttime-anxiety

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Elephant Journal: 4 Ways to “Let it Go” even when we’re Still really Stinking Mad

When confiding in a trusted friend or family member about something that is bothering me, I am often told to just “let it go.”
“Yes, great, I would love that,” I think to myself. “But how exactly do I do that?”
We usually know when we need to let go, but what if we aren’t quite ready or we are really stinking mad and need to sit with those feelings for a minute? Sometimes someone suggesting we just “let it go” seems a little harsh and can anger us even more.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/4-ways-to-let-it-go-even-when-were-still-really-stinking-mad/

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MNN: More than 100 new species found in newly discovered Bermuda ocean zone

The ocean never ceases to surprise us, even in waters we’ve studied for decades.

Take, for instance, the waters off the coast of Bermuda. Scientists have discovered a whole new ocean zone that’s home to previously undiscovered species of marine life.

Read more…………

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EarthSky News: Young moon beneath Venus May 16

Tonight – May 16, 2018 – seek for the the young moon beneath the dazzling planet Venus at evening dusk. Since this whisker-thin and pale lunar crescent will be sitting low in the sky, it’ll be to your advantage to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset. If you miss the moon after sunset today (May 16), try your luck after sunset tomorrow

http://earthsky.org/tonight/young-moon-beneath-venus-may-16

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Patheos-Pagan: Salt City Pagan: I’m Not Ready to Label Myself, Are You?

Let’s have a quick chat about why I am not ready to embrace labels as part of my path quite yet but that one day I hope to have something that I can identify with. As many people already know I have SOME labels that I freely embrace and they feel quite comfortable. Things like: gay, kitchen-witch, son, brother, uncle (guncle if you please), and all of the mundane work labels that come with my job. What I am not comfortable embracing is the title of Druid or Wiccan as of yet.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2018/05/salt-city-pagan-im-not-ready-to-label-myself-are-you/

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Inner Journey: Befriend yourself

“Self-contempt never inspires lasting change.”
— Jane R. Hirschmann & Carol H. Munter

The journey to know ourselves ideally brings us to self-understanding and acceptance. It is NOT a quest for self-improvement.

When we open to love and accept ourselves, no matter what, we allow our innate love, power and wisdom to emerge naturally.

“Who you really are is enough.”
— Oriah Mountain Dreamer

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

The easiest way to avoid letdowns and disappointments,  is…

No, it’s not lowering your standards. That’s quitting.

No, it’s not releasing expectations. That’s an old wives’ tale.

And no, it’s not relinquishing all mortal desires. That’s an ancient religion.

It’s never tricking yourself into thinking that your happiness is dependent upon the things and events of time and space, or what other people think, say, and do.

So go ahead, aim high, expect a miracle, and want it all…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ginger and chicken is a popular combination in Chinese cuisine as well as in many other Asian countries.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Ginger-Chicken-Stir-Fry-Recipes.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
May 16, 2018

Dreams

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

What is real? It has been said that the first three states of consciousness (sleeping, dreaming and waking) are just an illusion. That “reality” comes with higher states of consciousness, when we can see God in all things, and when we can see the Oneness of all creation. When we “wake up” to reality, we will see the beauty of life all around us at all times.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet:5 Ways Archangel Michael has Your Back

All of the archangels are helpful entities, but Archangel Michael appears to be the archangel who shows up most regularly in our lives. While each archangel has access to enormous power and grace, archangels can at times have a subtle presence, or be working on your behalf behind the scenes without your knowledge, but Archangel Michael seems to have a more immediate, pronounced presence. Archangel Michael is an especially “hands on” archangel.

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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! Visit our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 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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And Phillida, with garlands gay,
Was made the Lady of the May.
-Nicholas Breton (1545-1626)

almanac.com

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“How fair doth Nature
Appear again!
How bright the sunbeams!
How smiles the plain!
The flow’rs are bursting
From ev’ry bough,
And thousand voices
Each bush yields now.
And joy and gladness
Fill ev’ry breast!
Oh earth!–oh sunlight!
Oh rapture blest!
Oh love! oh loved one!”
– Goethe, May Song

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MNN: Why we should live our lives more like sloths do

‘Life in the Sloth Lane’ embraces a slower, more mindful approach

Sloths  they’re the adorable, slow-moving mammals that many people have grown to love. These peaceful animals can also teach us a thing or two about how we should live our lives, according to zoologist Lucy Cooke  author of “Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus,” a photo book filled with inspirational quotes about embracing and enjoying life

Cooke spoke with MNN about her love and commitment to sloths, and why they’re one of her favorite animals.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/why-we-should-live-our-lives-more-like-sloths-do

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A Bountiful Moment

Daily Thought: Take each new day as an opportunity to learn something new. Challenge yourself. Learn to become comfortable with the unknown by looking at it as a chance to grow. Not only will this keep you moving forward toward achieving things you never thought possible it will also help keep you young.

Daily Practice: Challenge yourself today by trying or learning something new. It can be as simple as learning a new word to as challenge as training to run a marathon. Put this practice on repeat and make sure to incorporate into your daily routine.

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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MNN: Why you should grow a lawn for bees

If your landscape goal is to have the perfect lawn, who is it for? Yourself? Your neighbors? If the answer is both, perhaps you should expand your definition of neighbors and rise to a different challenge: Try growing a perfect lawn for bees.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/bee-lawn-leave-certain-weed-flowers-intact-help-pollinators

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EarthSky News: May guide to the bright planets

Jupiter rules! This month, it shines at its brightest best for 2018 and is out all night. Venus blazes in early evening. Saturn and Mars rise late and ornament the predawn hours.

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

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Patheos-Pagan: Sensual Healing Bath Ritual For Beltane

Beltane is often thought of as a sensual, sexual holiday. There may be expectations of mingling with others, celebration, dancing, and intimacy. If you’re single, solitary, or just not feeling that celebratory/sensual, you might be feeling left out. Celebrating Beltane doesn’t have to be a wild romp in the woods. It can be on your own terms. I created this solitary healing bath ritual to heal and to honor where you are at this point in your life and at Beltane.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2018/04/bath-ritual-beltane/

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Inner Journey: Speak Kindly To Yourself

“What is this self inside us, this silent observer, Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us, And urge us on to futile activity, And in the end, judge us still more severely, For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?”
— T. S. Eliot

How do you talk to yourself? Would you talk that way to anyone else?

Our thoughts create our reality. How do you typically think about yourself? Do you berate yourself for being stupid, sloppy, forgetful or insensitive? Do you watch yourself with interest, respect and compassion? Stay alert to your self-talk and let go of judgments that don’t serve you.

“Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself.”
— Nathaniel Branden

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Little is more impressive, inspirational, or sexy,  than watching someone in the throes of action, driven by purpose, oblivious to all but their aim.

Today has your name all over it –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fruity Sangria

This adult party drink can be made with a combination of fresh fruit and red wine.

I made this for a summer party just after harvesting my cherry tree. Many people loved it but some thought it was too sour. You may want to consider increasing the sugar if you like it sweet. It is a strong and fruity flavor so be sure to adjust the ratios to best suit your tastes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Fruity-Sangria.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
May 1, 2018

Friendship

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is ours to give. It is a gift that multiplies when it comes back to us. Friends help us to be more of who we are, they help us to feel our connection to the world. With the support of friends we can achieve more, enjoy more, and appreciate more. And we can do the same for our friends! Friendship works both ways.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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“The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes the dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.”
– Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/