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1st-Apr-2012 02:44 pm - Welcome to my journal...
ariestess stonehenge -- from dhamphir
This post is here to help you get a snapshot of who I am and what you'll find in this journal.

Before you do anything else, I request that you read the following three posts.
  • The AJ FAQs... aka What you'll see in my LJ... aka My Friend/Defriend Policy :: DW // LJ
  • On Writing and Feedback... :: DW // LJ

Other Posts of Note
  • Divination Readings Options :: DW // LJ
    A list of all of the readings and divination methods I offer for people.
  • Free One Card Day :: Welcome page coming soon
    This is a monthly tarot draw done to celebrate the full moon, or sometimes the new moon.
  • Free Poem Day :: Welcome page coming soon
    This is done in even-numbered months to celebrate the opposite moon of the free tarot draw.
  • Free Microfic Day :: Welcome page coming soon
    This is done in odd-numbered months to celebrate the opposite moon of the free tarot draw.
  • 101 in 1001 - Round 3 :: DW // LJ
    This is my third round of having a major ToDo list of future accomplishments.

Public vs. Filtered Posts
For the most part, the entries in this journal are public. There are some that are filtered to circle/flist only, and I also employ some custom filters. There are 5 opt-in filters that you can request to be put on, once you've been granted access/friended on my journals. Those filters are as follows, in order of use...the 5 filters to choose from...Collapse )

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regina apple -- from miz_tith
  1. Freak :: show
  2. Thrown out :: trash
  3. Wedding :: jitters
  4. 99 percent :: 1%
  5. Terminal :: illness
  6. Culprit :: culpable
  7. Bows :: braids
  8. Stock :: bonds
  9. Hospital :: staff
  10. Dodge :: Ram

Play every week over at LunaNiñ

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regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 19, 2014
With Innovative Eyes
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may take an enterprising approach when addressing your obligations today. Since you are likely eager to be as productive as possible and revisit goals that have fallen by the wayside, you may find yourself seeking innovative solutions to everyday issues. This can be a wonderful time to revisit seemingly unsolvable projects in your home or workplace to determine whether your newly imaginative attitude can puzzle out solutions. You may also feel inspired to explore new disciplines, take on new responsibilities, or take up a fresh hobby. Your dedication to looking at life from multiple perspectives can help you make the most of your working hours and your playtime. If you examine the validity of every avenue today, you’re bound to find the perfect path.

When we accept that there are many routes we can take to achieve our goals, we empower ourselves to explore a wider range of possibilities than ever before. Frequently, people limit themselves without realizing they are doing so, goaded into conformity by erroneous ideas about accomplishment and fulfillment. To fully explore our potential, however, we must think outside the box when drafting our life plans and understand that fate may call us to walk down unexpected paths. As we pledge to be ever enterprising in our quest for personal and professional satisfaction, our eyes are opened to alternate and innovative options we might have otherwise missed. You’ll see myriad opportunities today because you have chosen to open your mind and heart to the possibilities.

October 19, 2014
Just for Fun
Remembering Childhood Joys

by Madisyn Taylor

Fun isn’t something that is given or done to you, it is something that you allow yourself to experience.

As adults, we often get so caught up in “grown up” business that we can forget how to have pure fun. This isn’t the kind of fun that comes from doing a specific kind of activity or being in a specific mood for fun. Rather, this is the fun born from the state of pure being. You see this kind of fun in small children who are so busy being fully present to their lives and in their own bodies that the glow of fun radiates from them just because they are alive: the delight that flashes across the eyes of a child who discovers that water flows with the turn of the tap knob or the squeal of pleasure from a young baby whose tongue is being tickled by cold ice cream; then there’s the full, infectious laughter of a child watching the same hat trick for the fiftieth time.

Back when we were children, this experience of pure delight didn’t have to come from a heightened, heady event in order for us to feel like our day had been made; and it can be that way for us again - if we are willing to remember and reconnect with that part of ourselves that knows how to be in the flow of fun. You can begin this process by reminiscing on what was fun for you as a child. Think about what caused you to giggle in delight or wriggle in pleasure or burst into endless laughter that you couldn’t sit up straight no matter how much you wanted to. Try to spend a few moments with each memory, and really feel what it was like to be in those experiences – allowing that feeling of pure fun to wash over you. It lives, in you – that feeling. It can’t be bottled, manufactured, or sold. You just have to call it back up in order to experience it again.

Pure fun happens when we are fully engaged with ourselves and our world in each moment. It is the spontaneous delight that bubbles out of us when we let go long enough to bring it through; it is the experience of natural, organic pleasure that springs up from our bellies, through our souls, up through our faces, and down to our toes. We’ve naturally known how to have pure fun since we were babies and the flicker of lights caused us to jump to attention from the sheer enjoyment of being able to see. Approach your life today with the knowledge that pure fun isn’t something that is given or done to you; rather, it is something that you allow yourself to experience.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 18, 2014
Breaking for Balance
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may yearn to travel to new shores or escape your usual routine today. Feelings of restlessness or agitation could cause you to resent your duties or to question the validity of their purpose. You may feel trapped in a cycle of tasks that seems to go on and on without allowing you a moment’s respite. Consider giving in to your urge for novelty and taking a break. If you are feeling stressed, the lull in activity a break provides can help restore your vitality and sense of balance. You may find that putting aside your routine activities and focusing on something more enjoyable today will help you feel well-rounded.

Regular breaks that take you out of your routine can make your existence more exciting and represent an important part of a balanced life. Though our routines can ground us and give a sense of security, they can also lead to feelings of boredom and restlessness. Stepping out of your habitual schedule by taking a break affords you an opportunity to experience your world with a mind unfettered by your responsibilities, even if for just a few moments. Breaks provide a much-needed rest and a chance for you to switch gears. They also give your life a variety of pace. Taking a break today will help you recall that there is more to life than obligation.
eastern diamondback -- from meathiel
October 17, 2014
Holy Harmony
Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan Goldman is a composer and innovator in using sound frequencies for healing purposes.Collapse )

October 17, 2014
Changing Routine
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

Your life may seem dull and colorless today, leading you to long for new adventures or a greater sense of significance.Collapse )

October 17, 2014
Unconscious Communication
Chronic Lateness

by Madisyn Taylor

When people are chronically late, they are in essence saying that their time is more important than yours.

Being late for an appointment or a date can seem like a small thing that really doesn’t matter, but it communicates volumes, whether we mean it to or not. Being kept waiting is an experience that almost no one enjoys, because at best, it wastes their time, and at worst, it indicates a lack of regard. It’s as if we’re saying that our time is more important than their time, so we don’t need to honor them by showing up when we said we would. When we are running late, it means a lot if we call and let the person know, especially if it’s going to be more than ten minutes. However, if we are chronically late, it may take more than a phone call to properly address the issue.

If it’s become a habit of ours not to be on time, we may want to look inside ourselves and see what’s going on. It’s easy enough to make excuses about our behavior, or to project responsibility on the other person, perceiving them to be uptight if they are irritated by our tardiness. What’s more difficult, and more meaningful, is looking at ourselves and asking why it is that we always, or often, show up late. Sometimes this happens out of a lack of self-regard, as if we aren’t really important anyway, so why will anyone care if we’re late, or don’t show up at all. Chronic lateness can also stem from being disorganized, or simply trying to do too much in one day. Another possible reason for being late to a particular appointment, or date, is that we don’t really want to be there. We communicate our disinterest or boredom by not showing up on time.

Whatever our reasons, if we raise them to the conscious level, we have an opportunity to live a more conscious life. As we begin to understand the deeper reasons behind our inability to show up on time, we have the option to communicate clearly and consciously about how we really feel, rather than communicating unconsciously by being late.
blair blah! -- from a_gal_icons
  1. Crime :: story
  2. Whoops :: Goldberg
  3. Lipstick :: stain
  4. Linda :: Lovelace
  5. Triple :: decker
  6. Badge :: shiny
  7. Contempt :: constant
  8. Stunt :: man
  9. Van :: guard
  10. Judge :: Judy

Play every week over at LunaNiñ

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regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 16, 2014
A Broader View
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

An adventurous mood can lead you to seek travel opportunities or embrace a new intellectual discipline today.Collapse )

October 16, 2014
Empowered Storytelling
Create a Supportive Life Story

by Madisyn Taylor

We all have a story to tell, but sometimes we get stuck in that story and become our story.

We all have our own life story. It is filled with relationships and events that help shape who we are and what we believe to be true about the world. Depending on our perspective and willingness to grow, our experiences can become fodder for negativity and patterns of playing the victim, or they can fuel a life of empowerment and continued self-development. It is the story we tell ourselves about what happens that makes all the difference.

Take a moment to look at the life story you create for yourself on an ongoing basis. If you generally feel peaceful about the past and trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way, then you are framing circumstances in a manner that serves you well. On the other hand, if you retain a lot of guilt or resentment and often feel weighed down by life, you may want to start telling yourself a new version of past and present events. No matter who the characters are in your story or what they have done, you are the only one who can give their actions the meaning they will have for you. You are the only one who can define what role you will play in your own life. By taking responsibility for your story, you are able to learn and grow, forgive and find compassion, and most importantly, move on into a brighter future.

From now on, you can choose a life story that supports you. Let it be proof of your own resilience and creativity. Be kind with the roles you give yourself and generous with how many chances you get to learn what you need to know. When you remember that you are the author of your own story, you are free to create a masterpiece.

October 16, 2014
Sustainable Joy Tee, Believe in Yourself Pendant and Earrings
Gift of the Week

This week's gifts...Collapse )
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 15, 2014
Teachings on Love
Thich Nhat Hanh

In the practice of mindfulness, your complete awareness in the moment opens the door to every possibility.Collapse )

October 15, 2014
People of Promise
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may be suspicious of your associates today and unsure as to whether their words and actions reflect their true thoughts.Collapse )

October 15, 2014
Changing Roles
As We Ebb and Flow through Life

by Madisyn Taylor

We all change throughout life trying new and different things, but the core of who we really are remains the same.

As we bob and weave with the ebb and flow of life our roles change, but our true self remains constant. As spiritual beings having a human experience, we go through many aspects of humanity in one lifetime. Living in the material world of opposites, labels, and classifications, we often identify ourselves by the roles we play, forgetting that these aspects shift and change throughout our lives. But when we anchor ourselves in the truth of our being, that core of spirit within us, we can choose to embrace the new roles as they come, knowing that they give us fresh perspective on life and a greater understanding of the lives of others.

As children, we anticipated role changes eagerly in our rush to grow up. Though fairy tales led us to believe that “happily ever after” was a final destination, the truth is that life is a series of destinations, mere stops on a long journey filled with differing terrain. We may need to move through a feeling of resistance as we shift from spouse to parent, leader to subordinate, caregiver to receiver, or even local to newcomer. It can be helpful to bid a fond farewell to the role that we are leaving before we welcome the new. This is the purpose of ceremonies in cultures throughout the world and across time. We can choose from any in existence or create our own to help us celebrate our life shifts and embrace our new adventures.

Like actors on the stage of the world, our different roles are just costumes that we inhabit and then shed. Each role we play gives us another perspective through which to understand ourselves and the nature of the universe. When we take a moment to see that each change can be an adventure, a celebration, and a chance to play a new part, we may even be able to recapture the joyful anticipation of our youth as we transition from one role to the next.
evil cleavage -- from chloris
Title: Pros & Cons of "A Tale of Two Sisters"
Author: A. Magiluna Stormwriter
Rating: PG
Focus: Regina, Emma, Robin, Hook, Marian, Snow, Elsa, and ensemble
Date Written: 15 October 2014
Word Count: 614
Written for: onceuponaland's Round 9 "Pros & Cons" challenge
Summary: My thoughts on the Season 4 premier.
Spoilers: Heavily for ep 04x01 "A Tale of Two Sisters"
Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Website: ShatterStorm Productions – Doggie Duo
Link to:
Archive: ShatterStorm Productions & AO3 only…all others ask for permission & we'll see…
Feedback: Constructive criticism is always welcome.

Author’s Disclaimer: "Once Upon a Time," the characters, and situations depicted are the property of Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Kitsis/Horowitz, and ABC Studios. This piece of fan fiction was created for entertainment not monetary purposes. Previously unrecognized characters and places, and this story, are copyrighted to the author. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. This site is in no way affiliated with "Once Upon a Time," ABC, or any representatives of the actors.

Author’s Notes: See info below…

Beta: None, so all mistakes are mine.

Pros & Cons of "A Tale of Two Sisters"
By A. Magiluna Stormwriter

I had far more positive moments in this that could be delineated out than negatives. This actually surprises me. But I'll find a way to condense my top five good moments. Among my other favorites were the scene in Regina's office with Robin and the fact that Lana apparently got to play a little trick on the viewers with Regina's access code, which clearly shows to be 7-1-5-7, which is close enough to Lana's birthday of 7-15-77. I'm amused by that particular little Easter egg.

Overall, I was able to give this premier a 7 out of 10. Most of my issues with the show were with Rumbelle and Captain Swan, because I despise both pairings.

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regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 14, 2014
Chakra Balance
David & Steve Gordon

Let go of stress and immerse yourself in sacred healing sound.Collapse )

October 14, 2014
Impassioned Admissions
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

A persuasive, persistent attitude can have an intense effect on your overall mood today by causing you to become outspoken and passionate about your beliefs.Collapse )

October 14, 2014
Floating Amidst the Stars
Stargazing Meditation

by Madisyn Taylor

Stargazing meditation is an easy and readily available way to connect with self and Universe.

Since the beginning of time, humans have gazed at the stars in the night sky with awe, seeking in their luminosity everything from answers to inspiration to guidance. We have emerged from our contemplations with stories of gods and goddesses, maps of the universe, astrology, astronomy, math, and art. We have worshipped, wondered, and even projected ourselves out into space in an attempt to understand their magical essence. We know more now than we ever have about what those celestial lights are, how far away they reside, and what will happen to them over time, but facts and information are still no substitute for experiencing them yourself.

Gazing at the stars is no doubt one of the earliest forms of meditation practiced by human beings, and it is readily available to this day. If you live in a city, you may have a hard time seeing the stars, but a short drive can take you far enough beyond the city lights to reveal their glory. If you live in a rural setting, all you have to do is wait for the sun to set and the night to settle to get the show of your life, every night. If you make a habit of it, you will begin to know the seasonal changes of the night sky, deepening your connection to the earth and the universe in which you live.

One of the best ways to stargaze is to lie down on a blanket so that your body can fully relax. This position allows your breath to move easily through your tranquil form as you settle down into the earth, connecting your consciousness to the sky. As you look deeply into its vastness, allowing your awareness to alternate between the pinpoints of light and the blue-black space that holds them, your breath expands and contracts your body, just as the universe expands and contracts to its own eternal rhythm. You may feel as if you are floating amidst the stars or that they are raining down upon you. You may feel peacefulness, joy, and connectedness, or any of a full range of emotions. Simply continue to breathe, experiencing the wonder of this universe and your place within it.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 13, 2014
Self-Healing with Energy Medicine
Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil is a leading figure in merging mind-body integrative medicine into the western medical canon.Collapse )

October 13, 2014
Strength of Loved Ones
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may feel committed to your loved ones today, and they may be similarly devoted to you.Collapse )

October 13, 2014
Universal Awakening
Rippling and Tipping

by Madisyn Taylor

Like the ripple on a lake spreading out, humanity is awakening at an ever increasing speed.

A snowball at the top of a mountain has the potential to become huge, just by rolling down the mountain and gathering more snow. In a short time, this tiny snowball can become a force to be reckoned with. We humans are like this when it comes to exchanging energy and vision, and no matter how few people are involved at the beginning, there is the potential for massive change. As consciousness seekers, we are in the midst of this process, and it is amazing to see people we thought might never come around, waking up to their truth. Each time we see this, we can count ourselves blessed to be living at a time when the awareness of humanity seems to be at a tipping point, as more and more individuals open their minds and change their ways.

For some people, this revolves around an awareness of the environment, for others it is a spiritual awakening, and for many it is both. A great change in consciousness is sweeping through us all, as we recognize that things are not what they have seemed to be, that there is more to our lives than meets the eye. Many of us have the awareness and the energy at this time to break through old, outmoded ways of seeing things and to move into a new way of being in the world, and it is essential that we do so. The beauty of living at this time is that even small actions have a powerful ripple effect, and the reverberations of what we do have the power to reach and open many minds.

It is as if a scale is about to tip in favor of higher consciousness, and each one of us has the power to bring humanity closer to that point with the smallest of actions. Each time we move in the direction of our dreams and visions, we can visualize another small pebble dropping into the pond, or another gold weight on the scale, rippling and tipping our way to universal awakening.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 12, 2014
Love through Action
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

A desire to love and be loved could move you to express your affections today. You may desire the companionship of a particular close friend, beloved relative, or romantic partner, or you may simply want to develop a closer connection with the people you care about. In your quest for warmth and camaraderie, you will likely discover that it is the love you give that invites the love you receive into your life. A gesture of caring, such as a gift, a kind word, or the comfort of your presence, can show your loved ones how much you value their being a part of your life. The bond you share can grow stronger as you demonstrate the strength of your feelings through word and deed. By giving your love freely today, you can ensure that your relationships never stop evolving.

Acting more lovingly toward the people that are important to you can help you develop a more profound and rewarding relationship with them. Often, we wait to express love until we feeling loving. But it is in the act of loving others that we grow closer and develop a strong emotional bond. Your actions are representative of how you feel about the people in your life, and loving actions show those individuals that you trust, respect, and care for them. What you choose to do and say has the potential to touch the hearts and souls of your loved ones, inspiring them to place great importance on your relationship. The love and affection you show others today will help you draw even more love and affection into your life.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 11, 2014
Making Your Needs Known
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

A sense of isolation may come over you today. Though the loneliness you feel can be distressing, it may compel you to reach out to your loved ones. You may desire a closer connection with the important people in your life because you sense that it will ease your feelings of isolation. As you contact your loved ones, you may be surprised to discover that they were not aware you were feeling lonely and are glad that you chose to reach out to them. Your loved ones will likely give you affection in return, making you feel loved and reminding you that people care. Today can be a wonderful day to call or write to someone you care about but seldom see.

Reaching out to others is often the best way to cure a sense of isolation. Many people, when lonely, wait for people to approach them and are disappointed when no one steps forward with kind words or companionship. Your loved ones, however, may not realize that you are feeling isolated unless you let them know. Your overture of attention will inspire your loved ones to respond to you in kind. If you can openly ask for what you need, it will be easier for the people in your life to meet that need. When you reach out to your loved ones today, you will likely find them to be receptive and attentive.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 10, 2014
Garden of Serenity
David & Steve Gordon

Musicians David and Steve Gordon are established icons of New Age music, and Garden of Serenity is one of their earlier and most beloved collaborations.Collapse )

October 10, 2014
Meaningful Empowerment
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may feel supportive today and devote more time to assisting others with their obligations.Collapse )

October 10, 2014
Universal Timing
Life’s Natural Rhythm

by Madisyn Taylor

Slowing down and listening to your own natural rhythm can quickly connect you to the Universe.

Nature’s natural rhythms orchestrate when day turns to night, when flowers must bloom, and provides the cue for when it is time for red and brown leaves to fall from trees. As human beings, our own inner rhythm is attuned to this universal sense of timing. Guided by the rising and setting of the sun, changes in temperature, and our own internal rhythm, we know when it is time to sleep, eat, or be active. While our minds and spirits are free to focus on other pursuits, our breath and our heartbeat are always there to remind us of life’s pulsing rhythm that moves within and around us.

Moving to this rhythm, we know when it is time to stop working and when to rest. Pushing our bodies to work beyond their natural rhythm diminishes our ability to renew and recharge. A feeling much like jet lag lets us know when we’ve overridden our own natural rhythm. When we feel the frantic calls of all we want to accomplish impelling us to move faster than is natural for us, we may want to breathe deeply instead and look at nature moving to its own organic timing: birds flying south, leaves shedding, or snow falling. A walk in nature can also let us re-attune is to her organic rhythm, while allowing us to move back in time with our own. When we move to our natural rhythm, we can achieve all we need to do with less effort.

We may even notice that our soul moves to its own internal, natural rhythm – especially when it comes to our personal evolution. Comparing ourselves to others is unnecessary. Our best guide is to move to our own internal timing, while keeping time with the rhythm of nature.
sleepy bashful stasia
October 9, 2014
Mantra for Efficiency
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may be in a productive and hardworking mood today and have the determination to take care of your responsibilities.Collapse )

October 9, 2014
Personal Satisfaction
Doing Our Best

by Madisyn Taylor

Your best is always good enough, because it comes from you, and you are always good enough.

We often come into contact with the idea that our best isn’t good enough, as if this were actually possible. If you examine this notion, you will begin to see that it doesn’t make much sense. Your best is always good enough, because it comes from you, and you are always good enough. You may not be able to deliver someone else’s idea of the best, but the good news is that’s not your burden. You only need to fulfill your own potential, and as long as you remain true to that calling, and always do your best to fulfill your purpose, you don’t need to expect anything more from yourself.

It’s easy to get tangled up with the idea of trying to be the best—the best parent, the best employee, the best child, or best friend. If we try to be the best, we run the risk of short-circuiting our originality because we are striving to fit into someone else’s vision of success. In addition, if everyone is striving for the same outcome, we lose out on creativity, diversity, and visionary alternatives to the way things are done. On another note, there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve, but examining where this feeling comes from is important because wanting to be better than others is our ego coming into play.

Letting go of the tendency to hold ourselves up to other people’s standards, and letting go of the belief that we need to compete and win, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in doing the best job we can. We always strive to do our best, because when we do we create a life free of regret, knowing we have performed to the best of our ability. This allows us to feel great personal satisfaction in all of our efforts, regardless of how others perceive the outcome.

October 9, 2014
Open Doors Spray, Om Necklace, Soul Clarity Cards & more gifts!
Gift of the Week

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regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 8, 2014
Guided Meditations for Self-Healing
Jack Kornfield

Meditation brings you into a deep communion with your own body and heart, but what happens when you are sick or in pain?Collapse )

October 8, 2014
Playful Bonding
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may feel a strong sense of joy today that inspires playful feelings within you.Collapse )

October 8, 2014
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.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
October 7, 2014
Chanting the Chakras
Layne Redmond

In India's Nada Yoga (Sound Yoga) tradition, sacred music has been revered for centuries for its power to attune and balance our physical, mental, and spiritual energies.Collapse )

October 7, 2014
Nurturing Creativity through Play
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

A playful mood could inspire you to want to be entertained today.Collapse )

October 7, 2014
The Friend We Want To Be
Evaluating Our Relationships

by Madisyn Taylor

Be the friend to others that you wish them to be to you.

There comes a time in all our lives when we may need to evaluate our relationships, making sure that they are having a positive effect on us, rather than dragging us down. Without realizing it, we may be spending precious time and energy engaging in friendships that let us down, rather than cultivating ones that support and nourish us along our path. Life, with its many twists, turns, and challenges, is difficult enough without us entertaining people in our inner circle who drain our energy. We can do so much more in this world when we are surrounded by people who understand what we’re trying to do and who positively support our efforts to walk our path.

We can begin this evaluation process by simply noticing how we feel in the context of each one of our close relationships. We may begin to see that an old friend is still carrying negative attitudes or ideas that we ourselves need to let go of in order to move forward. Or we may find that we have a long-term relationship with someone who has a habit of letting us down, or not showing up for us when we need support. There are many ways to go about changing the status quo in situations like this, having a heart to heart with our friend showing through example. This process isn’t so much about abandoning old friends as it is about shifting our relationships so that they support us on our journey rather than holding us back.

An important part of this process is looking at ourselves and noticing what kind of friend we are to the people in our lives. We might find that as we adjust our own approach to a relationship, challenging ourselves to be more supportive and positive, our friends make adjustments as well and the whole world benefits.
regina apple -- from miz_tith
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WEEK 610
  1. Candle light :: comforting
  2. Kevin :: Bacon
  3. Fireplace :: grate
  4. Pots :: pans
  5. Scarf :: mittens
  6. Colossal :: mistake
  7. Golf :: club
  8. Construction :: zone
  9. Reason :: reality
  10. Washington :: apples

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bev wtf? -- from mesh
October 6, 2014
Finding Faith in Difficult Times
Iyanla Vanzant

'Each of us is alive for a divine purpose,' notes celebrated inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, 'to facilitate the unfolding of a divine plan.'Collapse )

October 6, 2014
Lasting Expressions of Care
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may feel caring and considerate toward your loved ones today, which could lead you to spend time helping family members and friends with everything from domestic chores to life challenges.Collapse )

October 6, 2014
Recharging Your Batteries
Getting Run Down

by Madisyn Taylor

Getting worn out and run down robs you of receiving what you need from the universe.

Our natural state of being is vibrant, happy to be alive. Yet, there can be times when we feel run down and worn out. This does not mean that we are lazy or unfit for the tasks in our lives; it means that we need to recharge our batteries and find a way of keeping them charged. Vitamins and extra rest can be very helpful in restoring our physical bodies. And if we are willing to delve deeper, we may discover that there is an underlying cause for our exhaustion.

Whenever you are feeling run down, take an honest look at how you have been thinking, feeling and acting. You will likely find a belief, behavior pattern or even a relationship that is out of alignment with who you really are. Perhaps you believe you have to be perfect at everything or you have been bending over backwards to get people to like you. Maybe you are dealing with mild depression or simply have too much on your plate right now. There may also be people or situations in your life which are draining your energy. Once you get clear on the root cause, you can weed it out and better direct your flow of energy in the future.

In time, you might notice that the reasons you feel run down have less to do with how much you are doing and more to do with the fact that in your heart, you would rather be doing something else entirely. From now on, try and listen to what your heart really wants. It may take meditation, or just a moment of silent tuning in to gain the clarity you need, but it is well worth the effort. When you know what you truly want to do, and honor that in all situations, you will find that getting run down is a thing of the past.
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October 5, 2014
Support Begins Within
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may feel supportive and compassionate as you make home and family affairs a priority today. While the bonds you share with your loved ones could inspire a stronger sense of obligation to do as much as you can for them, it may also lead to the neglect of your own needs for rest and personal time. By choosing to make your own self-care of equal importance to the time you devote to others today, you can meet both responsibilities easily. One good way to do this is by scheduling time in advance to engage in exercise, self-pampering activities, and rest, while also deciding ahead of time exactly how much time you can realistically devote to others.

Making our self-care a priority helps us feel more positive and generous about the time we devote to helping others. It is easy to let our sense of obligation lead us down the path of burnout and resentment, but doing this detracts from ourselves and others. If we instead learn to make our own needs a strong priority in our schedule, we contribute to a greater sense of well-being and inner peace that can inspire us to help others in more meaningful ways. The better we feel about ourselves, the more eager we are to help others, and the greater difference we can make in the lives of those we love. The support and compassion you express to others will be stronger and more beneficial if you begin by supporting yourself today.
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