Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 19
“I am building myself. There are many roots. I plant, I pick, I prune. I consume.”
–Wendy Rose, HOPI/MIWOK
The most sacred thing on this Mother Earth is life. My life on this earth is governed by God’s laws, principles and spiritual values. These things are my roots. Let me see Your gifts of growing and becoming a spiritual warrior. Make my strength based on values – spiritual values; on principles and laws, the laws of God that really run the universe. We need to realize the seeds we plant in the spring will be what shows up in our summer season of growth and will be the fruits that we will harvest in our fall season. We really have a lot to do with what shows up in our lives.
Great Spirit, let my seed that I plant today be based on values that will make You pleased with my selection.
September 19 – Daily Feast
Eagles soar more surely than we walk – but even so we are eagles in spirit. Physical wings are not so important to us if we can free our spirits to soar. As a symbol of freedom, the eagle builds its nest higher than any other nests and its eyes have vision that can survey anything moving far below. It sets its wings to catch the wind and its flight is graceful and beautiful. Unlike us, it takes time to renew and restore – even its beak is renewed and its old feathers replaced with new ones. When we set our minds and spirits to do something, nothing can bring us down. But rest and renewal are necessary – and never just luxuries to be avoided.
~ I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by His will I am chief. ~
SITTING BULL – SIOUX
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Enjoy the big rewards
Small things can make a big difference. This moment is no exception.
It may seem like just another minute, just another second among the thousands that make up this day. Yet it is the time you now have, and you can now put it to valuable use.
All the power you have to make a difference is focused on now, so use it now. Now is your opportunity to make real progress, so do it now.
You can come away from this moment with new value, or you can come away with regrets. Avoid the regrets and create the value by filling your moments as they come with meaningful action.
This moment may seem small, yet what you do with it can have a profound and lasting effect on your life. Live it now with richness, with purpose, with integrity and love.
Give your best to this moment, and to the next, and to each one that comes your way. Make good use of the small opportunities, and you’ll enjoy the big rewards.
— Ralph Marston
Things That Make You Go Hummmm….
- What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?
- If it’s true that we are here to help others, then… what exactly are the OTHERS here for?
- Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
OH MY AGING FUNNY BONE…
Nothing external has any power over me. My inner strength is a mighty fortress.
September 19, 2011
Photographer: Zoltan Nemeth
Summary Authors: Zoltan Nemeth; Stu Witmer
Recently my friends and I climbed the Weissmies massif (13,198 ft or 4,023 m) in southern Switzerland. We began our climb early in the morning, and by the time the Sun rose we had reached an altitude of 9,495 ft (2,894 m) and the climber’s base at the Almageller hut. The clouds parted and the brilliant Sun filled the landscape dominated by the neighboring Portjengrat peak (11,995 ft or 3,656 m) shown above, which stands on the border between Switzerland and Italy where it’s known as Pizzo d’Andolla. These peaks are part of the Pennine Alps, relatively new mountains that were created during the last 30 million years (Oligocene and Miocene epochs) by the tectonic collision of Africa against Eurasia. Photo taken July 7, 2011.
Photo details: Camera Model: Panasonic DMC-TZ6; Focal Length: 5mm; Aperture: f4.5/5; Exposure Time: 1/500s; ISO equiv: 80; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Light Source: Unknown; Flash Fired: No; Color Space: sRGB.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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2011 September 19
The South Pole of Asteroid Vesta
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS, DLR, IDA
Explanation: What created the circular structure around the south pole of asteroid Vesta? Pictured above, the bottom of the second largest object in the asteroid belt was recently imaged for the first time by the robotic Dawn satellite that arrived last month. A close inspection of the 260-meter resolution image shows not only hills and craters and cliffs and more craters, but ragged circular features that cover most of the lower right of the 500-kilometer sized object. Early speculation posits that the structure might have been created by a collision and coalescence with a smaller asteroid. Alternatively, the features might have originated in an internal process soon after the asteroid formed. New clues might come in the next few months as Dawn spirals down toward the rocky world and obtains images of increasingly high resolution.