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Diva Musing: What about Spirit?

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Article # 3: What about Spirit

In the previous article, I indicated we would be looking into ‘the mind’ next. I decided this was perhaps not the best order of topics, so we will take a peek at “spirit”.

The word “spirit”, from the Latin spiritus, refers to “breath”, which was taken from the Greek “pneuma”.

Spirit may be thought of as Essential Energy — present everywhere, eternal, un-changeable. Let us think of Energy also as Light and also as Love, as in the Light of Love. Light is an attribute of Spirit. Love is an attribute of Spirit. This analogy may not be perfect but we may find it helpful and we need all the help we can get in order to talk about something that is not readily visible nor readily discernable by the senses of our bodies.

There is no good Energy or bad Energy, no negative and no positive Energy. There is only Energy. Negative Energy is a mistaken identification, simply a misunderstanding. What we used to think of as negative Energy turns out to be a temporary observation where a limited ‘time-space’ appears to have less Energy when compared to another ‘time-space’ that appears to have more Energy.

The intensity of Energy appears temporarily less here and temporarily more there. We have mistakenly described these observations as ‘this place has negative Energy while that other place has positive Energy. This is simply a misnomer, a mis-understanding, a mis-take.

Perception, that which the body’s eyes can see, is not Truth. Perception may show us that the magician has just sawed a lady in half, and then, somehow, managed to put her back together again. This is not Truth. The lady was never sawed in half, it only looked that way. It was only perceived that way. It never really happened at all.

Perception can be easily deceived. The old saying, “seeing is believing”, is inaccurate. “Believing is Seeing” is far more relevant.

Energy is simply Energy, Spirit is simply Spirit, it is as simple as that. Neither positive nor negative, it simply is. The ‘Law of Conservation of Energy’ implies that Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy is eternal and unchangeable, having always been, always will be. Its form may change, but the Energy remains the un-changed. By considering Energy as Light, it may be easier to see how Light, how Spirit, expresses Itself.

Giving and receiving are united, they only appear separate to separate minds who see everything as separate from themselves.

Giving is proof of having. We cannot give what we do not have. By giving the Light of Love, this Light returns to us, and lovingly witnesses to us that we have given It.

  • Spirit is Source. Spirit shares It’s Light because that is how It expresses Itself.

  • Spirit knows only Truth, being only Truth. It is from Truth that Mind receives It’s inspiration.

  • Spirit inspires. The Mind focuses this inspiration to manifest in the physical world.

Our next article will be about the ‘Mind-mind’ and how we use it for making mistakes or for correcting, forgiving, them. The choice is always open for us to decide.

http://foundationforwellbeing.org/mind-thoughts-thinking.php

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Diva Musing: What About Spirit…

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I was asked to post this again so here it is.  Namaste…
Article # 3: What about Spirit
In the previous article, I indicated we would be looking into ‘the mind’ next. I decided this was perhaps not the best order of topics, so we will take a peek at “spirit”.
The word “spirit”, from the Latin spiritus, refers to “breath”, which was taken from the Greek “pneuma”.
Spirit may be thought of as Essential Energy — present everywhere, eternal, un-changeable. Let us think of Energy also as Light and also as Love, as in the Light of Love. Light is an attribute of Spirit. Love is an attribute of Spirit. This analogy may not be perfect but we may find it helpful and we need all the help we can get in order to talk about something that is not readily visible nor readily discernable by the senses of our bodies.
There is no good Energy or bad Energy, no negative and no positive Energy. There is only Energy. Negative Energy is a mistaken identification, simply a misunderstanding. What we used to think of as negative Energy turns out to be a temporary observation where a limited ‘time-space’ appears to have less Energy when compared to another ‘time-space’ that appears to have more Energy.
The intensity of Energy appears temporarily less here and temporarily more there. We have mistakenly described these observations as ‘this place has negative Energy while that other place has positive Energy. This is simply a misnomer, a mis-understanding, a mis-take.
Perception, that which the body’s eyes can see, is not Truth. Perception may show us that the magician has just sawed a lady in half, and then, somehow, managed to put her back together again. This is not Truth. The lady was never sawed in half, it only looked that way. It was only perceived that way. It never really happened at all.
Perception can be easily deceived. The old saying, “seeing is believing”, is inaccurate. “Believing is Seeing” is far more relevant.
Energy is simply Energy, Spirit is simply Spirit, it is as simple as that. Neither positive nor negative, it simply is. The ‘Law of Conservation of Energy’ implies that Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy is eternal and unchangeable, having always been, always will be. Its form may change, but the Energy remains the un-changed. By considering Energy as Light, it may be easier to see how Light, how Spirit, expresses Itself.
Giving and receiving are united, they only appear separate to separate minds who see everything as separate from themselves.
Giving is proof of having. We cannot give what we do not have. By giving the Light of Love, this Light returns to us, and lovingly witnesses to us that we have given It.
  • Spirit is Source. Spirit shares It’s Light because that is how It expresses Itself.
  • Spirit knows only Truth, being only Truth. It is from Truth that Mind receives It’s inspiration.
  • Spirit inspires. The Mind focuses this inspiration to manifest in the physical world.
Our next article will be about the ‘Mind-mind’ and how we use it for making mistakes or for correcting, forgiving, them. The choice is always open for us to decide.
http://foundationforwellbeing.org/mind-thoughts-thinking.php

Diva Musing- Intent

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In·tent\ inˈtent/

noun:   intention or purpose.   “with alarm she realized his intent”

It is with intent that we choose right from wrong.  It is with intent that we choose bad over good,  it is with intent choose compassion over mean spirited-ness.  Remember, whatever choice we make there is an ultimate price to be paid.  

In a chaos filled Universe I still dream that we all learn to make better choices, right choices, choices that fill the well of human existence with water that is compiled of pure energy and light.  When I loose it, like I sometimes do, I immediately try to do something to cancel the bad energy I put out.  If my intent for loosing it was to set a right wrong, then I pray my intent was received in the spirit it was sent.  

Our best spiritual path is often strewn with idiots and bullies.  While I immediately want to hate them I try to shift my energy so theirs will do the same.  When that doesn’t work then the full force of the Diva is released with intent to right a wrong, and that as they say, is their fair warning.  The wisdom of my years still does not let me tolerate it when I see bullies riding over others with whip or tongue.  I’m equally proficient with either and I will take you down.  It still hurts when I see innocents bullied and for my response with intent I will never apologize. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

 

Diva Musing: The Watering Hole…

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After I meditate and leave for the day, I usually eat a light breakfast before work… as I often don’t get to stop, even for a comfort break, all day.  Recently I’ve started going to the Taco Bell near here.  I sit and send my morning motivational texts to friends and family, while listening to music from the 50-60’s which won’t mean much to you younger lot.  However,  I smile and enjoy some of the best coffee ever and ease slowly into my day; thanking the Universe for making such a great way for me to start my mornings.

How about you my “Divakind”? How do you you ease into your day?  Are you kind to your self?  Believe me it makes the day go better and you get more done.

Namaste The Queen Cronista…

Diva Ranting: America…JFK Style…

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What the over entitled, spoiled, unpatriotic American has forgotten, can best be reminded in the words of our late president John F Kennedy. How dare we as humans of the Universe disparage any countries ideals that support freedom, democracy and opportunity?  Leave, go somewhere that will tolerate your stupidity and ingratitude. For the families who have members in the military that have died for your freedoms of stupidity, rampant ingratitude, poor taste,  lack of intelligence, and tantrums, we cannot even apologize enough for the lack of respect by the idiots.  What we can do is pray for those defending the idiots right to act like reprobates.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

KENNEDY’S MOST FAMOUS WORDS: “ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU – ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY”

Most Americans know three of them by heart. Scant phrases which, though spoken in the most ritualistic and formal of settings, commonly define an age, and a speaker. “With malice toward none” Lincoln said in his second inaugural address, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Nothing to fear but fear itself” in his first. John F. Kennedy, whose centenary is celebrated this month, uttered the third such phrase at his only inauguration and it is, in popular memory, recalled the most simply: “Ask not.” Of course, that is not the whole of the quotation, or the whole story, which is told here…

The seventeen most inspiring words in 20th century American history were spoken by John F. Kennedy, around mid-day, on January 20, 1961, in Washington, D.C. The occasion was his Presidential Inauguration, and came as he was concluding his Inaugural Address.  Kennedy, the first President born in the 20th century, and 27 years younger than his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had just declared that the torch had been passed to a new generation of Americans – “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage” – and pledged to “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Then he spoke the seventeen words –

And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you –  ask what you can do for your country.

Those words, when first heard over a half-century ago, were positively electrifying. No president had ever challenged citizens, in peacetime, to sacrifice or commit to a larger vision. With that single sentence, Kennedy inspired people to new possibilities. He raised their expectations of themselves, and of their nation. In response, some joined the Peace Corps, others the Green Berets; thousands flocked to Washington to be part of the “New Frontier.” Students, thinking ahead to government service, went to law school or into programs with social benefit. All across the country, Kennedy’s words changed lives.  “It was a special time,” a Senator remembered years later. “Lord, I’ve never had such a feeling before or since then. It was marvelous; without living it, you can’t express it. It gave the country a lift; it gave the world a lift. People cried in the dusty streets of Africa when he died.” All because of, really, seventeen simple words of inspiration.

Diva Rambling: Elderberry…winter health helper….

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I’m trying to get us all thinking wellness for winter.  Elderberry elixir and cough drops (I order online) were very helpful to me the last couple of winters.  When all the Teachers & Student were home with the flu I was not.  I think the elder helped make that possible.  I’ve always had a great immune system until I move here 5 years ago.  I’m guessing serious trauma and head injury messed it up somewhat.  So I do wellness care to keep things on track.  Here is one you may want to consider for your tool box as well.  Wishing wellness to all of our divas.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista….
Elderberry Benefits: Elder Blossoms as Herbal Medicine
http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/rosalee-de-la-foret.html
Elderflowers have many uses, but they particularly shine in two areas: for fevers and to promote healthy skin. While that may seem an odd pairing, it’s not uncommon that herbs acting as relaxing diaphoretics also support the physiological functions of skin health
In my northern climate, elderberry distinctly marks each season. By late winter and early spring, the elderberry bush begins to leaf out, greening the landscape with its plentiful leaves. As summer approaches, it briefly breaks into a profusion of white blooms. During this season you can easily distinguish the shrubs from other green growths. Take note of where they are! By late summer and early fall, the shrubs will be dripping in heavy bunches of berries. While I love elderflower for medicine, the berries remain one of my favorite herbal medicines of all. 
People have been using the elder herb for thousands of years for food, medicine, and tools. It has a rich folklore and has long been associated with the faery worlds, death, and rebirth. It is still highly revered today as one of our most powerful herbs for preventing and treating colds and influenza. 
Herbalists are not the only ones who are recognizing the amazing benefits of elderberry. Numerous clinical trials have been done with the berries and in 2013 the first international conference on elder was held in Columbia, Missouri. The goal of the conference was to “raise elderberry to the scientific level it deserves.”
John Evelyn, writing in praise of the Elder, says: ‘If the medicinal properties of its leaves, bark and berries were fully known, I cannot tell what our countryman could ail for which he might not fetch a remedy from every hedge, either for sickness, or wounds.’
– Maude Grieve, 
A Modern Herbal
Elderberry Benefits: History and Folklore of Elderberry Uses
There is a long history of elderberry uses in Europe. Archaeological excavations show large numbers of seeds at prehistoric sites, indicating elders were consumed during the Magdalenian era, which was 17,000 to 12,000 BP. It’s been hypothesized that the wood was probably used as well for making tools.1 
Excavations have revealed ceremonial flint spearheads that were modeled after elder leaves, giving us the insight that the elder was probably revered then as it is now. 
Elderberry shrubs were an important plant for the Celtic people. Celtic druids made flutes from elder to communicate with the souls of dead people. Celtic myth says that the spirits of the forest dwell in the hollow wood of the elder tree and that the white blooms in the spring symbolize the reincarnation of the dead. 
During the spring in Austria and in the north of England, people would leave elder cuttings on graves. If the branches flowered then that meant the soul of the dead had joined paradise. Luckily, elder grows really well from cuttings! 
Historically, almost every part of the elder bush was used for medicine, including the flowers, berries, leaves, and bark. This article will specifically look at using elder blossoms and elder berries.
Elderberry Benefits: Elder flowers as a Relaxing Diaphoretic
While mainstream culture often reaches for a pill for fevers, herbalists recognize many types of fevers and use a variety of herbs based on the kind of fever a person has. 
Elderflowers excel for fevers when the person feels hot, is agitated or tense, and isn’t sweating. Drinking the warm tea encourages the capillaries to open up, thus helping to dispel excess heat from the body. A traditional tea remedy for fever that is still common today includes a blend of elderflowers, peppermint, and yarrow
While elderflowers are ideal for this particular type of fever, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them in other feverish cold and influenza situations. The tea blend mentioned above is many people’s favorite tea to take at the onset of a cold or flu to help them shorten the duration of the sickness. 
An almost infallible cure for an attack of influenza in its first stage is a strong infusion of dried Elder Blossoms and Peppermint. Put a handful of each in a jug, pour over them a pint and a half of boiling water, allow to steep, on the stove, for half an hour then strain and sweeten and drink in bed as hot as possible. Heavy perspiration and refreshing sleep will follow, and the patient will wake up well on the way to recovery and the cold or influenza will probably be banished within thirty-six hours. Yarrow may also be added.
– Maude Grieve, 
A Modern Herbal
Like most diaphoretics, when taken as a cool tea rather than a hot one, the diuretic effect is more pronounced, encouraging the healthy flow of urine. 

Diva Musing: Schisandra

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Yesterday I listed a few of the supplements I take to stay healthy.  Today I’m giving you a little tip on Schisandra from one of the medical resources online. This is one of the new ones I started last winter to keep me up and at them all winter.  It is a natural resource for a healthy lifestyle.  As always I remind you to use your own discernment and consult a doctor if you are in need.  (Note: Most traditional doctors pooh, pooh, supplements except vitamins).  This Cronista is healthier than many half her age….I’m just sayin’

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

SCHISANDRA OVERVIEW INFORMATION

Schisandra is a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make medicine.

Schisandra is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

Schisandra is also used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan; normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure; and stimulating the immune system and speeding recovery after surgery.

It is also used for treating liver disease (hepatitis) and protecting the liver from poisons. The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.

Other uses for schisandra include treatment of high cholesterolcoughsasthmasleepproblems (insomnia), nerve painpremenstrual syndrome (PMS), chronic diarrhea, dysentery, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, involuntary discharge of semen, thirst, erectile dysfunction (ED), physical exhaustion, excessive urination, depression, irritability, and memory loss.

Some people use schisandra for improving vision, protecting against radiation, preventing motion sickness, preventing infection, boosting energy at the cellular level, counteracting the effects of sugar, and improving the health of the adrenal glands.

How does it work?

The chemicals in schisandra improve liver function by stimulating enzymes (proteins that speed up biochemical reactions) in the liver and promoting liver cell growth.

Diva Musing: Healthy Fall…

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Fall is here and the Cronista is on a new lifestyle and movement program! Researching and found these tips from Fit Watch that may help  you as well.  

HEALTHY WAY TO EAT ON A BUDGET…

Top 10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

With the economic situation in the world being what it is, it’s important to find ways of eating healthy on a budget. It’s possible to purchase foods that are good for you and your budget; you merely have to plan ahead to get the best food you can for the money you have available.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help you get more food at less cost and allow you to prepare better, more healthy meals.

Here are some tips to help you succeed in eating healthy on a budget:

Grocery Shopping

1. Set aside time to make your food plan. Find the sales ads for each of the grocery stores in your area and decide on your meals for the coming week ahead of time.

See:  How to Put Together a Meal Plan

2. Make a list. After you’ve planned your meals, write down everything you need for each meal. Check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see if you already have some of the items. Make your grocery list and determine to stick with it!

Include what you’ll need for drinks, snacks and desserts.

  • Remember your ingredients for preparation, such as butter, flour, sugar, and spices.

  • Replenish cleaning supplies.

3. Clip coupons for items you know you’ll use. Leave the remainder of the coupons at home so you’re not tempted to “save” money on items you don’t need.

4. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach because you’re more likely to buy items that look good rather than those on your list.

  • If you can’t go to the store right after a meal, take along a light snack to help you resist temptation while in the store.

5. Buy items on the perimeter of the store first because these items are the healthiest choices. This will include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy items. The center items are processed or convenience foods. Not only are they more expensive, but they aren’t healthy.

6. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season as these will often be cheaper than non-seasonal choices. While you’re looking at the fruits and vegetables, see if there are any sales on these healthy, nutrient rich foods.

  • Choose large bags rather than individual pieces of fruit. The larger bags are often cheaper by the pound.

See:  Top 7 Healthy Orange Fruits and Vegetables

7. Buy store or generic brands. There usually isn’t much difference in the way the foods taste but you can definitely see a difference in the price.

Other Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

8. Make your own snacks for your family’s time away from home rather than allowing them to purchase food from vending machines. Fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with dip are much healthier than the bags of chips or crackers that come from the machines.

See:  7 Health Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 

9. Eat at home. Whenever possible, make your food from scratch and eat it at home. Not only will this give you more control over what your family eats, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money.

  • Eating out also encourages overeating because portion sizes are massive.

10. Drink healthy. Finally, when eating healthy on a budget, don’t forget to think about what you’re drinking. Expensive, sugar-laden drinks are the bane of your budget and counter-productive to healthy eating.

  • Look for 100% pure juices.

  • Drink low fat milk. Get calcium from fruits and vegetables

  • Drink more water. Get more water in fruits and vegetables

  • Cut out soft drinks.

If you follow these tips, you’ll soon discover the joys of healthy eating and you’ll save money in the process. You may have to spend some extra time preparing food, but the benefits are astounding!

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About the Author

Suzanne is the owner of FitWatch. She’s had strong interest in nutrition and exercise for over 20 years, and is an ACE-certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach. Back in 2002, she started FitWatch.com because she wanted to help people lose weight by creating helpful tools and calculators. A huge fan of calorie counting, Suzanne created the FitWatch Fitness Tracker to make it easy for people to count their calories.

Is It Just Me!!! Stupid

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“Stupid is as Stupid does”  Forest Gump

I have a tolerance for most things. I cannot, however,  get past my prejudices against stupid, intentionally mean spited, rude people with no respect or manners against all people.  These rotten behaviors are not limited to any one race, color or creed.  It is, in fact these behaviors that make people focus on certain groups when they are only a small minority of humans. 

Well, having said that I am noticing that more and more of the last two generations of humans seem to be getting infiltrated with these unacceptable behaviors.  In NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) we talk about mirroring others behavior to get their attention.  Unfortunately, I think that the mirroring concept has become too popular with too many people.  

In order for the world to get to middle ground of peace and tolerance, we need to work on our manners and respect.  Myself included.  I find I’m getting irritated with stupidity more often because I’m seeing it more often.  I’ll meditate and work on it today.  What will you do to improve the vibration of your Universe today?

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: 4 Wheeling….

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Well the Diva went 4-Wheeling for the first time ever on Saturday.  Why have I never done this before?  It’s not just the majesty of creation and all of nature you see, you get the overwhelming sense of peace that comes with the quiet time in nature.  We spotted no wildlife this trip.  The acorns are falling so the animals are in the wood foraging instead of in the open fields.  

My driver only splashed me with mud twice and even that was fun. I got several specimens of rock for my collection and discovered a new plant not indigenous t this area.  What a treat it was…all of it.  Not many young folks would even take a near 70 year old Diva 4-Wheeling let alone splash and hop over mud and dirt for the full effect.  Hats off to Hoss, my driver.  What fun.  

I haven’t enjoyed nature that way in a long, long time….shame on me!  I’ve tried to copy some of my pictures but the blog won’t let me???  The point being…get out in nature and remove your angst.  It works every time. I’ll try to learn how to get the photos on the cite when the leaves turn and the mountains are alive with rainbows of color.  

I wish you each a trip into nature that heals and calms.  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista.