Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 7
“I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit. All things- and I mean ALL things-have their own will and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to be respected.”
–Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
Everything on earth has a purpose and is designed special. No two things are created identical. Sometimes in our minds we have a picture of how things should be, and often what we see is different from what they really are. When this happens we often want to control how things are, making them act or behave according to our picture. We need to leave things alone. God is running all things. How do we do this? In out minds we tell ourselves to love all things and respect all things just as they are. Accept what we cannot change.
Great Spirit, teach me the value of respect and help me to accept people, places and things just as they are.
February 7 – Daily Feast
Always remember that certain circumstances are not ours to alter. We make the most of them and go on. We can only be examples, never controllers of other people’s lives, other peoples children, other people’s circumstances. Some would have us believe we contribute to harsh events by doing nothing. But some of the best work, some of the deepest caring and doing is not physically evident in the beginning. Help of any kind must be wanted and recognized before it can do any good. Too much help where it is not appreciated can make even a good person helpless. We have to be wise in our giving, and particularly wise in what we withhold, because it may be what we withhold helps the most.
~ We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit made them. ~
CHIEF JOSEPH, 1873
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Co-Creating with Nature
Think about gardening in a new way; work with your garden on a co-creative way, asking permission and listening to her.
Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder.
To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your garden in partnership with nature, you can respect the earth, water, insects and animals by using organic seeds, soil and fertilizers. You can also communicate with the plants, insects and elements involved in your garden, and create a regular practice of stillness to listen for any messages they may have for you. When it comes time for harvesting fresh vegetables or picking beautiful blooms, you might even ask permission first. If you ask with an open heart, you will always receive an answer.
Imagine what it would be like to surrender certain aspects of your human world to the precision and surety of the natural environment. You might decide, for example, to forego your calendar and plant in rhythm with the cycles of the moon. Or, you might choose to ignore clock time and water your garden when the sun hits a certain position in the sky. By opening your garden experience to more of nature’s input, you can become available to witness a whole universe of miracles, while engendering a greater sense of honor between the two worlds.
When we recognize ourselves as allies, co-creators, with the earth and the natural world, our relationship to our environment begins to change. We no longer feel the need to control the circumstances around us and can relish in the perfection of all that is.
Upon one face, the full moon
flanked by crescent moons.
Upon the reverse,these words:
That I may wane
what I lose
Then shoult thou gain.
Upon one face,a seed of the sun-flower,
contained within curved stem,leaves
and blossom of this plant.
Upon the reverse,these words:
I bear thy power.
Upon one face, an eye rayed
with flames as the sun.Upon the reverse these words:
His pain must fly.
Upon one face, a hand from
whose fingertops spring flames,
as from candles.Upon the reverse
May health command.
Upon one face,the sun rayed with alternate
flames and leaves
upon the reverse these words:
Arise and burn that all may live.
accents. Freshen the air with jasmine perfume, sip a blend of
floral-flavored tea and enjoy the scent of a jasmine topiary.
Are you having ‘spring guests’? Delight them, or yourself, with a basket
of fluffy towels scented with a linen spray. Be aware of Nature’s beauty
and indulge yourself with fragrant flowers…Her most precious perfumes.
To make visitors, and yourself, feel very special, leave a basket
brimming with plush towels in the bathroom. Enclose a bottle of jasmine
linen spray to freshen and scent the towels. To make the spray, simply
add 6 drops jasmine essential oil to four ounces distilled water. Pour
the mixture into a spray bottle and tuck into the basket of towels. Add
a sprig of fresh jasmine, if available. The spray also makes a
wonderful, effective room freshener.
Jasmine in a Jar:
To one cup boiling water, add four packages unflavored gelatin and two
tablespoons salt. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 15 drops
jasmine oil and one drop food coloring. Pour into a jar and cover with
plastic wrap; let set overnight. Remove plastic, place a doily over jar
and set on table to use as an air freshener. The scent will last for
about two weeks.
Jasmine Eau De Toilette:
For a beautifully scented toilette water, pour the following ingredients
into a glass bottle and shake well; Three fourths cup citrus-flavored
vodka, one fourth cup orange blossom water and six drops jasmine
essential oil. Allow to steep for one week before use. This eau de
toilette is deliciously fragrant and pleasant to use.
Entwined in an imaginative shape, a jasmine vine creates a perfect
topiary. Place the jasmine plant in a terra-cotta pot and insert the
round wire topiary form….gently wrap vine around the wire until it’s
covered completely. Water well and trim occasionally, shaping as you go.
Enjoy a delicious tea blend made with one cup black tea leaves and two
cups fresh jasmine flowers. Scoop a one inch layer of tea leaves into a
jar; place a one inch layer of jasmine flowers on top. Alternate layers
until all ingredients are used. Secure lid on jar; let jasmine permeate
tea leaves for a few days, then remove flowers from loose tea by hand.
To use, add one teaspoon tea to one cup hot water; let steep a few
Jasmine essential oil has an exotic fragrance, making it a popular
choice for perfumes and colognes. Because of its softening effect, the
oil is often found in skin-care products. Jasmine oil is used to relieve
depression, tension, fear and listlessness.
About the author:
Karen is a master gardener specializing in herbs and a crafter. She and
her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus ‘Fairy Gardens’ where
the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story
about the Garden Fairies and Flowers.
An aromatherapy massage is probably the most effective method
of relieving stress, anxiety, tension and insomnia. Some oils to
choose from are Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Neroli and
Chamomile. Use up to a total of 15 drops of selected essential oils
to 1 oz. carrier oil. Try Sweet Almond or Fractionated Coconut oil
which won’t stain sheets or clothing. You can do this at home easily.
For self treatment massage hands, feet ( especially important)
arms and legs ( use long strokes and work towards the heart ).