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February 13, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Daily Wisdom

February 11, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

There is no fire like passion
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Buddha


Herb of the Month – Amla

February 09, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

Amla Herb

English Name:        Indian Gooseberry, Emblic Myrobalan
Hindu Name:        Amla
Sanskrit Name:        Amalakai
Botanical Name:    Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, Euphorbiaceae

Amla (Amalakai) is a jivaniya herb or life-giving herb.  The amla fruit and its versatile strengths are considered to work like a mother.  This nutritive plant provides extreme protection against the harshness of the environment making your hair strong and preventing premature graying.  Caring for all of your hair needs, its potent anti-oxidants provide shine and luster, while the rich mineral content prevents breakage and hair loss.

The amla fruit is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C providing the equivalent of 26 oranges, and it is said to increase vitality or rasa (the sweetness of life).  It has been known to enhance cellular growth causing the hair to grow thick and full.  It helps reduce the pitta dosha (characteristic), which in Ayurveda is the dosha that is responsible for hair loss and graying when it is out of balance.

Amla is a natural astringent and skin toner that works on both hair and skin.  It helps to promote luxuriant hair even as it controls hair loss.  It may also remove mild dandruff from hair scalp while giving body to the hair.

Amla  is one of the world’s oldest and most effective natural hair conditioners.  It provides a protective coating and helps make your hair shiny.  A good oil massage with Better Botanicals Herbal Hair Oil (with Amla) also helps stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.


The Blessing of Community

February 09, 2011 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

Waves at Sea Ranch

It is Sunday, February 6th and I am sitting in a beautiful home at the edge of the ocean at Sea Ranch in California. The weather is spectacular. The sun is glistening on the water and sends sparkles into the foam that sprays fiercely into the air from the crashing waves.

There are 24 of us here to celebrate my dear friend’s 50th birthday. We have watched sunsets together, gathered in circles, had a heart rendering ritual; we have meditated together, danced our asses off , played music, laughed hysterically, met new friends and deepened relationships.

For me, cultivating conscious community has been foundational to life. Years ago, my community become my family, then, my “real” family suddenly grew to include three consecutive years of new grandchildren and life quickly changed. I have no doubt that those years, those hundreds of circles, all the sharing from a place of ever deepening presence and vulnerability led to a growing reflection of my own true nature that has allowed me to love more completely. I saw this in them; they saw it in me and we all grew. It made me a better person, a better grandmother, a better mother, a better friend.

Community is a social construct based on a group of people coming together with shared expectations, values, beliefs and meanings. It is a coming together of kindred spirits. I delight in the fact that now, eleven years later, the space is opening again for creating community in my life and for that, I am so deeply grateful.

So much love and blessings,

Celedra


Buddha and The Goddess – by Rick Fields

February 01, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom, Uncategorized

woman meet buddha

This is simply beautiful and profound.

Thus have I made up:

Once the Buddha was walking
along the forest path in the Oak Grove at Ojai,
walking without arriving anywhere or having any
thought of arriving or not arriving.
And lotuses, shining with the morning dew
miraculously appeared under every step
Soft as silk beneath the toes of the Buddha.
When suddenly, out of the turquoise sky,
dancing in front of his half-shut inward-looking
eyes, shimmering like a rainbow
or a spider’s web
transparent as the dew on a lotus flower
–the Goddess appeared quivering
like a hummingbird in the air before him.
She, for she was surely a she
as the Buddha could clearly see
with his eye of discriminating awareness wisdom,
was mostly red in color
though when the light shifted
she flashed like a rainbow.
She was naked except
for the usual flower ornaments
goddesses wear.
Her long hair
was deep blue, her eyes fathomless pits
of space, and her third eye a bloodshot
song of fire.
The Buddha folded his hands together
and greeted the Goddess thus:
“O goddess, why are you blocking my path?
Before I saw you I was happily going nowhere.
Now I’m not so sure where I go.”
“You can go around me,”
said the Goddess, twirling on her heel like a bird
darting away,
but just a little way away,
“or you can come after me
but you can’t pretend I’m not here,
This is my forest, too.”
With that the Buddha sat
supple as a snake
solid as a rock
beneath a Bo tree
that sprang full-leaved
to shade him.
“Perhaps we should have a chat,”
he said.
“After years of arduous practice
at the time of the morning star
I penetrated reality and.”
“Not so fast, Buddha,” the Goddess said,
“I am reality.”

The earth stood still,
the oceans paused,
the wind itself listened
–a thousand arhats, bodhisattvas and dakinis
magically appeared to hear
what would happen in the conversation.
“I know I take my life in my hands,”
said the Buddha,
“But I am known as the Fearless One
–so here goes.”
And he and the Goddess
without further words
exchanged glances.
Light rays like sun beams
shot forth
so brightly that even
Sariputra, the All-Seeing One,
had to turn away.
And then they exchanged thoughts
And the illumination was as bright as a diamond candle
And then they exchanged minds
And there was a great silence as vast as the universe
that
contains everything
And then they exchanged bodies
And then clothes
And the Buddha arose
as the Goddess
and the Goddess arose as the Buddha.
And so on back and forth
for a hundred thousand hundred thousand kalpas.
If you meet the Buddha
you meet the Goddess.
If you meet the Goddess,
you meet the Buddha.
Not only that. This:
The Buddha is emptiness,
The Goddess is bliss.
The Goddess is emptiness,
The Buddha is bliss.
And that is what
And what-not you are
It’s true.
So here comes the mantra of the Goddess and the
Buddha,
the unsurpassed non-dual mantra. Just to say this
mantra,
just to hear this mantra once, just to hear one word
of this
mantra once makes everything the way it truly is: OK.
So here it is:
Earth-walker/sky-walker
Hey silent one, Hey great talker
Not two/ not one
Not separate/ not apart
This is the heart
Bliss is emptiness
Emptiness is bliss
Be your breath, Ah
Smile, Hey, And relax, Ho
Remember: You can’t miss.

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