‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for June 20

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

At those times when we have planned for something and have our hearts set on our affairs going in a certain direction but they fail to materialize, we are disappointed. If we have any faith at all, we must remember that one door never closes but another opens. That which once seemed the right thing to plan for may not hold all the things that would be for our good in the long run. It may have been right in the beginning, but as time passes and other events come into being, a change may be necessary for the benefit of the over-all picture.

Sometimes we fix our attention so rigidly on one thing, one part of life, one person, that a change throws us into a state of extreme disappointment. But disappointment, like all of the emotions, can serve to strengthen rather than take away. The attitude with which we face life can determine its outcome.

We can look with woeful eyes on the negative mental attitude and wallow in self-pity, or we can flip the mind to the upper side and let the positive mental attitude bring to us the strength and peace we need.

Disappointment is something no one has escaped. The many plans we make sometimes fade like mist in the sunlight. A cherished dream may take another shape and to lose that vision can throw a dim view on all of life. Because one tiny part could not be fulfilled, we are so tempted to let all of the rest go with it.

But if only we could wait a bit. So often we then come to realize the reason for our change in plans.

Sometimes disappointment is the very thing that keeps us mounting the steps upward, keeps us stretching our minds to understand. And it may test our spirits. For if disappointment can make a spirit bitter, the joy of accomplishment would have soon soured.

There is no joy in a disappointment, but it may be the thing to save us from a life of mediocrity.

English novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton wrote, “Man must be disappointed with the lesser things in life before he can accomplish the full value of the greater.”


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day June 20

“But in the Indian Spirit the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers’ bones.”

–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth’s rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you’ll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you’ll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization.

Great Spirit, today, teach me to respect the Earth Mother.


June 20 – Daily Feast


Everything is fresh and new on a June morning. Someone performed a miracle while we slept. The air was cleaned to crystal clarity, the rising sun glistens on every leaf and blade of grass. The hills are new green from spring rains and the horses that graze there are sleek and shiny. Such rewards, such a as s dv, are for the early riser, the one who greets the day with thanksgiving and praise. Regardless of how many tagalongs from yesterday threaten, they cannot break the spell of the beauty at hand. Another opportunity, another splendid day that is so oblivious to the schemes of man. To go with it, to rise with the morning mist, is to know the freedom and restoration in the soul of the American Indian.

~ To the Indian, words that are true sink deep into his heart where they remain; he never forgets them. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Motivator for June 20 – Out of your rut

You don’t have to continue doing things the way you’ve always done them.  Today is a new day, filled with new possibilities, so remember to treat it as  such.

You don’t have to be held prisoner by your old, familiar habits and  assumptions. There’s a whole world of goodness and abundance beyond what you  already know, so get out there and experience some of it.

Does it seem like you’ve run out of energy and enthusiasm? Maybe you’re just  tired of the same old things.

Does it feel like you’re stuck? If you’re just living on autopilot, then you  are indeed stuck.

Take the helm of your life and steer it in some new, exciting, fulfilling and  energizing directions. Discover again and again how adaptable and interesting  and joyful you can be.

The world is a never-ending source of beauty and wonder. Climb up out of your  self-imposed rut and live the richness.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Motivator

Allowing Our Light to Shine

Removing Obstructions

by Madisyn Taylor

When we remove obstructions in our path our light can more easily come forth.


There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those times we can take a look at what we might do to let our inner light shine to the fullest. Because we are physical, mental and spiritual beings, we need to determine where our spiritual light is being filtered or blocked. We can work from the outside inward, knowing that we are the only ones with the power to dim our lights, and as we clear away the layers we can get out of our own way to feel the warmth of our own light shining again.

As vehicles for our mind and spirit, our bodies require proper maintenance. Caring for ourselves is like polishing–helping to clear away the accumulation of physical debris that keeps us from operating at our fullest capacity. A simple shift in our thoughts can positively affect our mental state, moving from complaints to gratitude and applying the powerful light of love to any shadowy thoughts. A change of scenery can allow us to see the world in new ways too.

Once we are free of our restrictions, we can become still and connect to the power at the center of our being. It is always there for us, but when we forget to connect, or siphon our power in too many directions, we cannot make the most of our energy. Starting from the inside out may direct us to take the right steps for our journeys back to the light, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the stillness if our bodies and minds are in the way. As we practice steps to keep our energy flowing freely and without obstruction, we shine our light brightly, illuminating our own paths and making the world around us glow as well.


Daily OM 

Mom Dies in Pool Accident: Pool Slide Recalled

by Ann Pietrangelo

A 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her  neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over  the concrete edge of a pool. The woman hit her head at the bottom of the  slide because it had partially deflated.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, NJ,  in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are  announcing a recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user  to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also  unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries  inadequate warnings and instructions.

The CPSC and the retailers have been notified of two other injuries which  occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo.  who became a quadriplegic, and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her  neck.

The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for  use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow  sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to  the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words  ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and  white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd,  were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005  through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode  number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model  number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

What to do if you own the Bonzai slide: Immediately stop  using the slide and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full  refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide  and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call  (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the  firm’s website at http://www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R  Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and  between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at  www.toysrus.com.




To report an incident involving the Bonzai slide: Contact the CPSC at SaferProducts.gov or call the CPSC Hotline: (800)  638-2772

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


Baby Rattles and Sippy Cups Recalled

by:     Ann Pietrangelo


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in  cooperation with Manhattan Group LLC, of Minneapolis, Minn., announced a  voluntary recall of the Whoozit® Starry Time Rattle.

Hazard: The clear spheres on each end of the rattle can  break, releasing small parts, posing a choking hazard to small children.

Injuries/Incidents: Manhattan Group has received  two reports of rattles breaking. No injuries have been  reported.

Description: This recall involves Whoozit® Starry Time baby  rattles. The plastic rattles feature three colored (orange, aqua blue and  purple) stars stacked front to back between two clear spheres on a flexible  stem. The rattle measures about 5-1/2-inches long. Each clear ball, located  at the end of the rattle, measures 1-3/4 inches in diameter. The clear rattles  contain small multi-colored beads and a white plastic disc featuring a blue  smiling character face inside. The name of the product is printed on the hang  tag.

About 3,000 units were sold in specialty toy and baby stores nationwide, in  Canada, and online at http://www.manhattantoy.com from September 2011 through March  2012 for about $15. The product was manufactured in China and imported by  Manhattan Group LLC, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these rattles away  from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a full  refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact  Manhattan Group toll-free at (800) 541-1345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday  through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.manhattantoy.com.



In another recall, The CPSC and Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn.,  announced a voluntary recall of the Target Home Bunny Sippy  Cup.

Hazard: The ear on the bunny sippy cup can poke a child in  the eye area while using the cup for drinking, posing an injury hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received six reports of  incidents where the plastic ear poked children during routine use of the  product. Cuts and bruises were reported in three of these reports.

Description: The recall involves two styles of Target Home  Bunny Sippy Cups. The cups come with handles on both sides in pink and blue,  female and male. Each contains a corresponding white bunny head screw-on lid and  one bent ear and one straight ear. The cups can be identified by imprints on the  bottom: “TARGET 200020683″ for pink and “TARGET 200020884″ for the blue.

About 264,000 units were manufactured in China and imported by Target  Corporation; Minneapolis, Minn. The sippy cups were sold exclusively at Target  stores nationwide from February 2012 through April 5, 2012 for $3.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled  sippy cups and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target  at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit  the firm’s website at www.target.com

To make a report to the CPSC visit SaferProducts.gov or call (800) 638-2772.

Source: PR Newswire/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Falls Prompt Convertible High Chair Recall

by Ann Pietrangelo

Evenflo has received eight reports of children falling from high chairs and  sustaining bumps and bruises and at least 18 incidents of trays that  detached.

Evenflo Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer  Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling the convertible high  chairs.

Hazard: The activity tray on the high chair can unexpectedly  detach and allow an unrestrained child to fall, posing a risk of injury to the  child.

Description: This recall involves Evenflo high chairs that  convert from a high chair to toddler-size table and chair. Model numbers are  located on a label on the lower portion of one of the high chair’s legs. The  convertible high chair can be identified by the model names and numbers listed  below.

Model: Dottie Lime, model #29111259 Model: Dottie Rose, model  #29111271 Model: Marianna, model #29111234


About 35,000 chairs have been sold at Toys “R” Us and Walmart stores in the  United States, and online at Walmart.com and Wayfair.com between December 2011  and June 2012 for about $40. The chair was manufactured in China.

Remedy: If you own the recalled highchair you should  immediately contact Evenflo for a replacement tray with installation and use  instructions. Consumers can call Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m.  through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://safety.evenflo.co