THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
A new galaxy of shining promises made to oneself are resolutions made with the utmost faith that self is listening and will carry out the plans.
But self is as unpredictable as a child playing in the street; it may dart in any direction, according to the mood and to whatever catches its attention. At the first sign of a challenge, self may race back and lean hard upon the old ways of doing things, no matter how wrong it may be. Resolutions do very little to change a way of living. They are easily made and easily forgotten. They may be a sincere desire to keep a resolution, but if self has not changed inwardly, little depend on the outward change.
It is said that we promise according to our hopes and perform according to our selfishness. Failure to keep our promises to others is a disappointment, but failure within oneself is a disaster.
A little performance is worth a host of promises on any day that starts a new year.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 23
“We’re sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility-all the beautiful attributes that we’ve been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters-because that’s life itself!”
–Phil Lane, Sr. YANKTON SIOUX
Our entire point of view can be altered by making one change to align with the principles of the Great Spirit. Let’s say we decide to become respectful. As we become respectful, our attitude will change. We will automatically draw into our lives knowledge about the other principles of the Great Spirit such as love, appreciation, trust, beauty, peace of mind. By focusing on these principles, we will let go of selfishness, self centeredness, self pity, dishonesty and fear. You focus on respect, you get respect; you focus on love, you get love; you focus on the Red Road, you get peace of mind.
Great Spirit, let me learn the lessons of respect.
November 23 – Daily Feast
Saying is claiming and claiming is putting a brand on something – not so different from the rancher that brands his cattle. Be careful what you claim as your own, because you will get it whether it is good for you or not. Old decrepit age is claimed by more people than anything else. They listen to advertising and medical reports and believe they are supposed to begin giving up when they are just past forty. Many things “could” happen, as the reporters say, but not if we stop claiming we are susceptible to every passing germ and every aging day. Speak the word and know it is right for us to brand our cattle any way we see fit – the very best, the very best.
~ Our old chiefs thought to show their friendship and good will, when they allowed this dangerous snake into our minds… ~
MAHPIUA LUTA – OGLALA SIOUX, 1800s
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Not just the easiest
Taking the easy way out does not usually end up being very easy. Taking the easy way out in the short run will make things much more difficult in the long run.
You have the choice to completely deal with each problem when it arises. That’s much better, and ultimately easier, than simply delaying the consequences until later.
You have the ability to speak the truth, and to take responsibility for your actions. In the end, that’s easier than making increasingly difficult efforts to hide who you are and what you’ve done.
The life you experience in the future is determined by the way you act right now. Consider each of your choices in light of its overall impact on your life, not just based on what’s easiest for the moment.
The quick and easy answers can often lead to lingering, difficult consequences. The way to live a life that’s good is to honestly work through the difficulties rather than avoid them.
You deserve the best in life, and not just the easiest, least effective answers. You deserve the richness and fulfillment that a life of responsibility brings.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
Witnessing Nature through Meditation
by Madisyn Taylor
When it becomes too cold to be outside with nature, bring her inside through your meditation.
When the weather gets colder it can be more difficult to get in touch with the marvel of nature as it exists around us. Finding innovative ways to really connect with nature brings us closer to the wonders that envelop our lives. One way to do this is to perform a meditation with our feathered friends, the bird kingdom.
Just by taking a few moments each day to watch the bird activity that goes on in our backyards through our windows can bring a sense of calm and well-being to our lives. Watching and being with the birds that we share our garden space with us allows us to experience greater feelings of relaxation and gratitude for the diversity that is always present around us. Simply watching, without judgment or expectations, heightens our awareness of the beauty of nature. If you watch the birds for a long enough period of time you will begin to feel a great sense of deep joy within you knowing we are all truly divine. Doing this with our family members will in turn introduce a meditative practice that can easily be shared and appreciated by all, as well as create deeper bonds with each other through the joy of experiencing the healing power of nature.
Looking through our windows and placing a feeder and bird bath in our gardens to attract the birds is a way to call forth beauty into our lives. As we consciously connect with our outer world—even when the weather inhibits us from physically being in it—we see that the splendor we view outside of our windows is simply a reflection of what lies within us.
Gemstone of the Day
Color: White to tan with a milky sheen Magical Properties: The energy is balancing, introspective and lunar. It is a stone for hoping and wishing. Alleviates emotional tension and enhances positive attributes of creativity and self expression. Stimulates confidence and composure. Brings calmness and awareness. Eliminates insomnia. Eases PMS and the change-of-life. Helps with dieting.
Herb of the Day
To grow: Perennial herb. Grows to 2 ft. It’s leaves are heavily veined, light green leaves with a lemony scent. It’s white flowers are unimportant and need to be cut occasionally to keep compact. Spreads rapidly. Grow in rich, moist soil in sun or part shade. Balm is very hardy and you can propagate from seed or root divisions. Self sows.
Uses: Balm is an excellent carminative herb that relieves spasms in the digestive tract and is used in flatulent dyspepsia. The gently sedative oils relieve tension and stress reactions, therefore, acting to lighten depression. It has a tonic effect on the circulatory system and heart, thus lowering blood pressure. It can be used in feverish conditions such as flu.
Parts used: Dried aerial parts or fresh in season. Pick the leaves two or three times a year between early summer and early fall. Cut off the young shoots when they are approximately 12 in long. They should be dried in the shade at a temperature not more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 2-3 teaspoons of the dried herb or 4-6 fresh leaves and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes, well covered. Drink a cup in the morning and the evening or when needed.
Tincture: Take 2-6 ml of the tincture three times a day.
Deity of the Day
Hera, queen of the gods, the daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, and the sister and wife of the god Zeus. Hera was the goddess of marriage and protector of married women. She was the mother of Ares, god of war; Hephaestus, god of fire; Hebe, goddess of youth; and Ilithyia, goddess of childbirth. A jealous wife, she often persecuted Zeus’s mistresses and children, especially the half- god Hercules, and was known for her vindictive nature.
To REMAIN SILENT
Speak not of Your Spells. For every thought placed into your magick, affects it.
The Day After Thanksgiving
I ate too much Turkey, I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie.
I’m stuffed up with muffins and too much stuffin’
I’m probably going to die.
I piled up my plate and I ate and I ate.
But I wish I had known when to stop,
For I’m so crammed with yams, sauces, gravies, and jams
That my buttons are starting to pop!
I’m full of tomatoes and French fried potatoes
My stomach is swollen and sore,
But there’s still some dessert so I guess it won’t hurt if
I eat just a little bit more!
If you must get up before sunrise to take advantage of ‘Black Friday’ sales, let’s at least try to keep you in the red. On this day, take a gold marker or gold ink pen and draw the infinity symbol (the number eight on its side) on a piece of red paper. Write this Florence Shinn affirmative action mantra on the back, ‘My Universal Supply is endless,’ and then place this paper in the ‘Wealth’ area of main floor or bedroom. Leave this supercharged symbol in place for nine or 27 days. This Friday might be black, but your bottom line will be in red and gold!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com