‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for July 13

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

What is it that keeps us from doing the creative things we want to do? Fear of venturing and losing, fear of the unknown? And yet, every day of our lives we venture and seldom acknowledge the fact that we didn’t lose. We too often accomplish something because circumstances forced a courage we could not muster from mere desire.

Frequently we must simply have the audacity to lay aside the taboos we have built for ourselves, for fear of appearing foolish, and follow a creative curiosity.

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Give me a young man with brains enough to make a fool of himself,” he didn’t mean intentionally acting foolishly. He meant that a fearlessness of appearing foolish can enable us to step outside the realms of what others would call the limits.

The simplest ventures often bring joy to many, particularly to those who in the beginning dared to stand on their own chances of winning or losing.


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 13

Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 13

“Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and You are older than all need, older than all prayer…You are the life of all things.”


Great Spirit – Sometimes I don’t feel like praying. Sometimes when I have done something wrong, I’m ashamed to come to You. Even though You have always been there for me, I sometimes choose to stay away. It’s hard for me to understand what all knowing is. Sometimes it’s hard for me to see how much You really care. But I know if I take a few minutes and think about what I know to be true about You, the things change and I am able to realize Your power and Your love. Today, I’ll start by thinking of You. I’ll think about all the times You have helped and guided me in the past. You are life, You are love, You are power, You are desire, You are truth, Your are principle, You are intelligence, You are courage. With You I am everything; without You I am nothing.

Creator, thank You for allowing me to start my day with You.


July 13 – Daily Feast

July 13 – Daily Feast

Summer heat has brought a lull to the meadows. Tiny titmice and bright yellow warblers stay close to watering places, and only the locust sings on in its raspy tones. It sings to remind us that it is summer and time to slow our pace. Hay meadows are dotted with bales, and wheat and beans are ready for harvest. Evening is alive with the songs of meadowlarks and killdeer, and the mockingbird is the comic that sings in all the other bird’s voices. It would be impossible to live among the things of nature and not pace oneself to them. It is the nature of the Cherokee to go to a flowing stream with any problem he may have. And he comes away with the best harvest of all, a quiet eye and the peaceful harmony of summer.

~ I have a good heart, and I want no mistake made this time, to live with a good heart and talk truth. ~


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

Daily Motivator for July 13 – Simply get it done

Simply get it done

What you must do is a blessing. For it enables you to make a difference, to  have an impact and to express your significance.

Do not fight against what you must do, or run from it, or put it off until  later. Simply, and joyfully, and thankfully, get it done.

Find great fulfillment in every moment by giving your worthwhile efforts to  the moment. Embrace every opportunity to make a positive contribution to the  magnificent flow of life.

Don’t worry that there’s not enough time or that you’re missing out on  something else. This is life, right here and now, as it is, and you have the  outstanding privilege of experiencing it.

Experience it to the fullest, by putting all of your focus and your  enthusiasm into doing what must now be done. Feel the matchless joy of authentic  being.

Each task is a powerful opportunity to add to the richness of your life. Give  yourself to the effort, whatever it is, and give yourself more and more  fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator 

Daily OM for Friday, July 13 – Connection


The Truth of Interdependence

by Madisyn Taylor


Earth is home to a web of living things that are connected to each other through a kaleidoscope of relationships.


Picking a leaf off the ground and contemplating it as an object in and of itself is very inspiring. Its shape and color, the way it feels in your hand, its delicate veins and the stem that once held it fast to the branch of a tree—all of these qualities reveal a leaf to be a miniature work of natural art. As we contemplate this small object more deeply and consider where it came from and what purpose it has served, we find that the leaf is one small but essential part of a system that harnesses the energy of the sun, plumbs the depths of the earth, and in the process brings into being the oxygen many living things rely on to live.

A leaf transforms the elements of its environment—sunlight, carbon dioxide, rain—into nourishment for its tree. This beautiful, nearly weightless, ephemeral piece of nature is a vital conduit to the branch that is a conduit to the trunk that is a conduit to the roots of the tree. The roots, in turn, draw nourishment from the earth to feed the trunk, the branches, and the leaves. The living beings that inhale the oxygen that comes from this process exhale the carbon dioxide that feeds the leaves through which the tree is fed. It is difficult to know where one cycle ends and another one begins.

One of the many gifts that nature offers us is a clear demonstration of the interdependence between all living things. The person who exhales the carbon dioxide, the clouds that produce the rain, the sun that gives light, the leaf that transforms all these things into sustenance for a tree—not one of these could survive without being part of this cycle.

Each living being is dependent upon other living things for its survival. When we look at the world, we see that this is not a place where different beings survive independently of one another. Earth is home to a web of living things that are connected to each other through a spinning kaleidoscope of relationships. We need each other to survive and thrive.

3 Spa Ideas to Try at Home

3 Spa Ideas to Try at Home

The very word “spa” conjures up images of restfulness, radiance and  rejuvenation. Much as we long to pamper ourselves in those luxurious environs,  it is sometimes difficult to afford the time or the budget for it.

That’s why I thought of three easy ways to create a spa experience in the  comfort of your home, at your own pace, and without stretching your pocket.

Spa Salad

The Menu Reads: This beautiful antioxidant-rich salad  will help you flush away toxins while pampering your taste buds.

Do it Yourself:

Power-Packed Chickpea, Mint & Herb Salad Serves  2

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp lightly roasted and ground cumin seeds (optional)
  • A few fresh mint and cilantro leaves, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Make the dressing by whisking together olive oil, lemon juice, the ground  cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Toss the chickpea, cucumber, tomatoes and herbs  together, and mix gently with the dressing. Heart-friendly and fiber-rich  chickpeas, combined with antioxidant-loaded ingredients make this a superbly  delicious and healthful salad.

Spa-Style Face  Mask

The  Menu Reads: The ultimate in organic skin care,  this luxurious facial features vitamin-rich raw ingredients to deeply nourish  and enrich the skin.

Do it Yourself

  • 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • A few drops of honey

Mix yogurt and oatmeal in a bowl. Add in the honey. Apply all over your face  and neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of  warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth. Apply aloe vera gel or moisturizing cream afterwards. Feel the  baby-soft texture of your freshly pampered skin, and look into the mirror to see  yourself glow! The secret is in the ingredients—oatmeal makes a gentle scrub,  while honey and yogurt do a great job of hydrating parched and dull skin.

Spa Foot Therapy

The Menu Reads: Your feet will be soaked in our Vintage  Lavender bath salts, followed by a healing exfoliation with our Vintage Lavender  sugar scrub to slough away dead skin cells. Your treatment will conclude with  the application of rich shea cream.

Do it Yourself:

Buy a sachet of lavender mineral salts and a small bottle of lavender essential oil. Fill comfortably warm water in a deep bowl or  small bucket, add the mineral salts, and slide feet into it. Relax for a few  minutes while you flip through your favorite magazine, listen to music or simply  close your eyes and drift away.

Afterwards, pour a few drops of the lavender oil into half a cup of sugar,  and treat your feet to an exfoliating scrub-cum-massage. Wash it all off and  apply a good quality moisturizing lotion or cream all over feet, again taking  the opportunity to knead stressed-out muscles. Aah! Home sweet spa!

5-Minute Tips for Better Health

5-Minute Tips for Better Health

If you have only 5 extra minutes in your  day, try these simple tips to look and feel better. I’ve tried them all, and  they really work!

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee. Research studies show that caffeine keeps heart  rhythm steady, and strengthens your ticker.
  • Pamper your neglected joints. Mix some lemon juice with a little pure cream  and sugar. Rub this gently all over your elbows and knees. The Vitamin C in  lemon lightens skin, the cream moisturizes it, and the sugar exfoliates.
  • Spend five extra minutes on chewing your food—aim for 20 seconds per bite.  The Red Cross warns in its booklet on cardiopulmonary resuscitation that bolting  food is a common cause of windpipe obstruction and clogged coronaries. Taking  small, slow bites kickstarts your digestive juices even before the food reaches  your stomach. Besides, it makes you mindful of what you are eating, so you tend  to eat less, and feel less stressed.
  • Sip a tall glass of warm water, slowly. It is an excellent way to get the  toxins on their way out of your body.
  • Practice real breathing. When you inhale, try to breathe into your  diaphragm. This will give more oxygen to your brain and lungs and lend a glow to  your skin. Do it for just 10 minutes twice a day, and you will feel the  difference.
  • Trim your toenails. Besides making you feel cleaner, spending time with your  body will also boost self-image

5 Ways to Wind Down Your Evening

5 Ways to Wind Down Your Evening

Hand massage with a lovely essential oil: Choose from among  lavender, chamomile, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang, all of which are known  to promote restful sleep. Pour 2 to 3 drops of your chosen oil into a small  bottle of a ‘carrier’ oil such as almond or sesame oil, and gently massage it  all over your hands. Uncork the bottle and inhale the aroma. You will feel  incredibly relaxed.

Soft, soothing lights: Invest some time and attention on the  lighting in your home. It can make a dramatic difference to the way you feel in  the evening. In rhythm with nature, our bodies crave low light in the evening,  but we deny them that need by surrounding ourselves with bright lights. A dimmer  switch, a set of lovely candles…simple luxuries that will take all your stress  away.

A bowl of cherries: guess what. A small bunch of cherries  can help you sleep better. That’s because cherries are one of the only natural  sources of melatonin, which promotes sleep.  You can also take them along  on a plane journey—rest assured, you’ll have a stress-free flight.

A snug pillow: is your pillow hypoallergenic? When did you  last change it? How well does it hug your head and cradle your neck? A  good-quality pillow is not a luxury, it’s an essential buy—but yes, it can make  you sleep like royalty.

A warm soak: just the thought of relaxing in a warm bath is  enough to make me sigh. As far as I am concerned, its health benefits–better  circulation and relief from aches and pains are only a bonus. The real comfort  is in the way the gentle water soothes your mind and restores your spirits. 

An uplifting book: I love to go to bed with books such as  Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, (even though it’s  described as a ‘daybook’ of comfort and joy), all of Alexandra Stoddard’s  elegant books, and sometimes even a beautiful childrens’ book that brings home a  simple but powerful message.  Just perfect for helping me sleep on a  positive note.


5-Minute Tips for Better Health

5-Minute Tips for Better Health

Night is soft on the senses and soothing to the soul, but can be harsh on the  skin. All that tossing and turning, rubbing your cheeks against the  pillow—especially if you sleep on your side… alas, the creases on your cheeks  and chin keep increasing, night after night. Those ‘pillow lines’ are not  attractive, and can make you look older than your years.

So how can you protect your skin?

The answer is simple: you invest a few minutes of your time in a skin-care  routine.

  • First things first, remove your makeup. This is extremely  important, so that your skin feels clean and gets to breathe during the  night.
  • Next, wash your face, pat it dry, and apply a good quality  night cream. Now you could buy a branded night cream with a three-digit price  tag, or you could stir up your own.

I have, for years, preferred to make my own cream using almonds, which play a  starring role in skin care. Here’s the amazingly simple recipe:

Ready-in-1-Minute Almond Cream

  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • A few drops of almond oil
  • A few drops of lemon juice

Mix everything together. Then, tie your hair back with a soft cloth headband,  and gently apply this cream neck upward, in a light, circular motion. This  mini-massage not only helps keep away wrinkles, but also boosts circulation and  begins that much-coveted ‘glow’ everyone craves. So, let your skin completely  soak in the cream. If it feels greasy, pat it very gently with a soft cloth.  The  lemon juice will provide clarifying assistance.

If your skin is particularly tired on a certain day, treat yourself to a  luscious exfoliating mask before you apply the cream. Here’s how to make it:

Ready-in-2-Minutes Almond Scrub

  • 1 tbsp. cold milk (or more, as required)
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. finely ground almonds (soak them in hot water, take off the skin, and  then grind them)
  • 1 tsp. orange peel powder

Mix together and apply all over face and neck. Leave on for a few minutes,  and wash off with warm water, followed by a cold splash.


16 Things That Really Matter

16 Things That Really Matter


  • Clean breath.
  • Sound digestion.
  • Good quality sleep.
  • A daily connection with nature—even  watering your plants or taking a  walk in the park count!
  • Being able to keep your promises.
  • A dream to aspire to.
  • A hobby or leisure activity that soothes and ignites your soul.
  • A real friend: someone you can really talk to, cry before and laugh  with.
  • The comfort of a meal or movie shared with family.
  • The luxury of a place of your own—even if it is a cosy little nook in a tiny  home.
  • The joy of coming  back to a home that invites you to relax.
  • Celebrating  the small victories and joys of life rather than waiting  for big dollops of good news.
  • Being able to see the silver lining.
  • Being able to listen before you judge.
  • Waking up with something more than just routine work  to look forward  to.
  • Going to bed knowing that you made someone’s day a little happier  today.