Daily Words of the Buddha for June 22, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 22, 2018 — assāsa — breathing freely; ease, relief; comfort, encouragement; self-confidence

Jayaṃ veraṃ pasavati.
Dukkhaṃ seti parājito.
Upasanto sukhaṃ seti,
hitvā jayaparājayaṃ.

Winning gives birth to hostility.
Losing, one lies down in pain.
The calmed lie down with ease,
having set winning & losing aside.

Dhammapada 15.201
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Hau’ōli Aloha Pō’alima

Welina mai a Hau’ōli Aloha Pō’alima a me nā kānaka! ‘Ua maikā’i ī nō pule kikipani me ‘ohana a me nā hoaloha. Ō kā maluhia nō me ‘oe.

Warmest greetings and Happy Aloha Friday, People! Have a great weekend with family and friends. Peace be with you.

Contemplations …

Forty years ago, The Beatles asked the world a simple question: they wanted to know where all the lonely people came from. My latest theory is that at the end of the day, all we really have is ourselves and nothing can make you feel lonelier than that. Four-hundred years ago, another well known English guy had an opinion about being alone, John Dunn. He thought we were never alone. Of course, it was fancier when he said it. “No man is an island entire unto himself.” Boil down that island talk and he just meant that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we’re not alone. And, who’s to say that someone can’t have four legs? Someone to play with, or run around with, or just hang out.

The Path You’ve Chosen – June, 2018

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Over the last five to ten years, many of you have likely experienced more low moments than high ones, or, at the very least the low ones felt as though they far outweighed the good. The time has come to take the wisdom which you have gained through these experiences, and work with the messages the Universe is sending your way now. Through what you are manifesting it is possible to put things back on a more even keel. The opportunites await you, however, you must be willing to turn away from life’s disappointments and betrayals and switch your focus to making things happen for yourself. No pity parties allowed. Remain grounded, and remember to nurture yourself in the process, while still putting yourself out there for others on a more balanced scale.

Do not allow yourself to be caught off guard when the Universe offers you an incredible opportunity…

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Reiki | It’s All About The Attitude Of Gratitude

Gratitude. Appreciation. Giving thanks. No matter what words you use it all means the same thing. Happy. We’re supposed to be happy … grateful for friends, family … happy to just be alive. Maybe we’re not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is, admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we’re thankful for the familiar things we know … and maybe we’re thankful for the things we’ll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

Contemplations …

Hhhmm … maybe we like the pain of pushing ourselves beyond our limits. Maybe we’re wired that way. Because without it … I don’t know … maybe we just wouldn’t feel real. What’s that saying? Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.

Angel Wisdom | For June 13, 2018

Respect the beauty and vastness of the universe, remember that there is always something more to learn and be humble before the vastness of universal wisdom.  The angels want to remind you that it is never too late to start studying, get a new qualification, or get more deeply involved in some area, so perhaps now is the time to apply for a Master’s degree, specialization or directly a whole new education in the field that is of interest to you.  Also, the angels would like t mention again that knowledge and wisdom are two different things.  In order to be able to call yourself a wise person, apart from the purely rational knowledge and logic, it is also necessary to refract everything through your own life experiences, emotional intelligence and steady value system.

If you’re wondering about some important issue, this message is a clear sign that you have been given the necessary wisdom to make the right decision, or that you have a very wise person next to you who’s ready to give you the right advice … so do not hesitate.

Contemplations …

A couple hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success: “never leave that to tomorrow what you can do today.” This is the man who discovered electricity. You’d think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess I’d say that it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of pain. Fear of rejection. Sometimes, the fear is just in making a decision because … what if you’re wrong? What if you’re making a mistake you can’t undo? Whatever it is we’re afraid of, one thing is true. By the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we’re carrying around a giant tumor. The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can’t pretend we haven’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs. We’ve heard the philosophers. We’ve heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time. We’ve even heard the damn poets urging us to “seize the day”. Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibilities under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore … until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant when he said that knowing is better than wondering … that waking is better than sleeping … and that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying.

Contemplations …

“There is no method of self-knowledge. Seeking a method invariably implies the desire to attain some result – and that is what we all want. We follow authority – if not that of a person, then of a system, of an ideology – because we want a result that will be satisfactory, which will give us security. We really do not want to understand ourselves, our impulses and reactions, the whole process of our thinking, the conscious as well as the unconscious; we would rather pursue a system that assures us of a result. But the pursuit of a system is invariably the outcome of our desire for security, for certainty, and the result is obviously not the understanding of oneself. When we follow a method, we must have authorities – the teacher, the guru, the savior, the Master – who will guarantee us what we desire, and surely that is not the way of self-knowledge. Authority prevents the understanding of oneself, does it not? Under the shelter of an authority, a guide, you may have temporarily a sense of security, a sense of well-being, but that is not the understanding of the total process of oneself. Authority in its very nature prevents the full awareness of oneself and therefore ultimately destroys freedom; in freedom alone can there be creativeness. There can be creativeness only through self-knowledge.”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Contemplations …

Life … there’s another way to survive this competition, a way no one seems to tell you about … one you have to learn for yourself. It’s not about the race, at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives you save. And, once in a while … if you’re smart … a life you save could be your own. Life was surely made for fools like me.

Intimacy is a four-syllable word for “here are my heart and soul; please grind them into hamburger, and enjoy!” It’s both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to life’s Three R’s: Relatives, Romance and Roommates. There are some things you can’t escape, and others you just don’t want to know. I wish there were a rule book for intimacy. Some kind of a guide that can tell you when you’ve crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming, but I don’t know how you could fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it and keep it as long as you can. And, as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you’ve got to define for yourself.

Remember when you were a kid, and your biggest worry was if you’d get a bike for your birthday, or, if you’d get to eat cookies for breakfast. Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean, seriously. Don’t be fooled by all the hot shoes, and the great sex, and the no-parents-anywhere-telling-you-what-to-do. Adulthood is a great responsibility. Responsibility? It really does suck … it really, really sucks. Adults have to be places, and do things, and earn a living and pay the rent. Hello!? Talk about responsibility! It all kinda makes just wanting bikes and cookies look really, really good. The scariest part of responsibility: when you screw up and let it slip right through your fingers. Responsibility: it really does suck. Unfortunately, once you get past the ages of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn’t go away. It can’t be avoided. Either someone makes us face it, or we suffer the consequences. And still, adulthood has its perks. I mean … the shoes, the sex, the no-parents-anywhere-telling-you-what-to-do … that’s pretty damn good.

Angel Messages | For June 10, 2018

Daily dedication and pursuit of true values and principles is important and necessary for a person to follow their path.  This angel wants to remind you that it is exactly the small steps we make every day that are the most important, because they lead to major changes.  As this card has not come to you by chance, it may be time to make a self-analysis with the angels’ assistance and clarify for yourself what are the most important values to you in life.  Family, friends, health, work, personal development — arrange things according to your priorities and set in your daily routine time for each of them; what is it that’s really worth committing yourself to at this time of your life?  Devotion can also be interpreted as loyalty, giving yourself away for someone or something else.

Perhaps a situation will happen in your life when you yourself will want to step outside the boundaries of your ego and do for someone else things that would have been unthinkable to you until recently.  In any case, such an experience would be of great benefit to you and after that you will be a more complete and more real person. The opposite is also possible — someone you have not considered very close may unexpectedly prove that they care about you — through support at the right time.

Angel Messages | For June 8, 2018

“Love is the main way to God; love the others and you will naturally be connected with God.”  This message can be viewed in several aspects.  On the one hand, it shows that in your life, on the love front, things are going very well.  If you currently have a long-term relationship, it may pass to the next level — marriage/children, or you can achieve a new, greater depth of spiritual unity with your partner.  If you do not have such a relationship, it is possible that you meet a very suitable person quite soon.  Don’t refuse invitations to outings, meetings with new people and casual dating; it’s a big world out there and love can find you anywhere.  Whatever we do, we ought to do it with love because this is the creative energy of life and the feeling that can make us happy.

Lāʻau Lapaʻau | Administration and Dosing of Medical Cannabis

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Despite centuries of medical use and several modern studies, 80 years of cannabis (Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae) prohibition have left clinicians undereducated about its therapeutic uses. A 2017 US study found that 89.5% of surveyed residents and fellows felt unprepared to prescribe cannabis and just 35.5% felt prepared to answer patients’ questions about it. Only 9% of US medical schools include clinical cannabis content in curricula.* While there is a lack of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in cannabis therapeutics, researchers and caregivers are recognizing RCTs’ limitations in applicability to individual patients, who may be better served by individualized evidence-based practices. Cannabis’ effects vary depending on many factors. It is desirable to find a “sweet spot” of dosing that provides symptom relief without adverse effects (AEs) like unwanted euphoria. The authors combine a review of the literature and their own clinical observations to offer guidance on Good Clinical Practices (GCPs)…

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Lāʻau Lapaʻau | Bergamot

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Botanical Name Citrus Bergamia.  

Common Name Bergamot Orange, Bergamott (Swedish), Bergamottorange (Danish), Bergamotte, (German), Bergamotier (French).

Family Name Rutaceae

Ayurvedic/ Tcm Name: Fo Shou Gan

Meridians: Liver, Spleen, Stomach, Heart

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Liver and Spleen Qi Stagnation/Moves Qi: digestive disorders, gas, depression, emptiness, grief, nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, vomiting. Lifts and Harmonizes Qi/Calms Shen: mental fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings.

Parts Used The Essential Oil, Which Is A Light Yellow Or Pale Green Liquid With An Extremely Rich, Sweet And Fruity Taste.

Native Region The Plant Is Endemic To Tropical Southeast Asia. Today It Is Cultivated In Many Subtropical Areas Around The World, Especially In Southern Italy And The Ivory Coast.

Botanical Description Bergamot Is A Small Tree Of The Rutaceae Family (The Rue Or Citrus Family). It Can Grow Up To 4.5 M High And Has Smooth, Oval Leaves And…

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Angel Messages | For June 6, 2018

This message only shows the potential of the day; whether or how you will use it depends only on you.

Love is the main way to God; love the others and you will naturally be connected with God.”  This is one of the nicest angelic messages to receive and it can be viewed in several aspects.  On the one hand, it shows that in your life, on the love front, things are going very well.  If you currently have a long-term relationship, it may pass to the next level — marriage/children, or you can achieve a new, greater depth of spiritual unity with your partner.

If you do not have such a relationship, it is very possible that you meet a very suitable person quite soon.  Don’t refuse invitations to outings, meetings with new people and casual dating; it’s a big world out there and love can find you anywhere.

The next aspect of this message points to the fact that whatever we do, we ought to do it with love because this is the creative energy of life and the feeling that can make us happy.

Spirituality | Angel Signs ~ 13 Signs Your Angels Are With You!

13 Real Angel Signs You Might Be Experiencing! Angel signs are the signals, clues and omens that signify the presence of angels in your life. Angels are very real, but they are spiritual beings with a much different frequency compared to humans. Increasing your present moment awareness of the angels is one of the best ways to start noticing their guidance, especially when you know some of the common signs to look for. Angelic guidance can and does come in the form of channeled messages, dreams, and directly receiving insight… You may receive flashes of inspiration, learn from your angels during  […]

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Lāʻau Lapaʻau | Health Benefits of Reishi {Ganoderma lucidum}

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Also, Known As:

  • Ling Chi
  • Ling Zhi
  • Reishi

Known in Japan as the ‘phantom mushroom’ because it can be so very difficult to find, the reishi generally grows on old Japanese plum trees. Reishi is so rare that only about 10 mushrooms would be found growing on about 100,000 plum trees. Finally, it was the Japanese Shigeaki Mori who perfected the art of growing the reishi indoors. This art involved culturing wild reishi spores on plum-tree sawdust over an elaborate and arduous two-year time period. The fruiting body of the reishi can be used medicinally.

Also popularly known as the hing zhi “herb of spiritual potency”, the reishi is, in essence, a mushroom that can grow on old rotten logs, fallen tree stumps and other similar areas throughout the coastal regions of China. However, reishi is cultivated in areas as diverse as North America, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China for…

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Lāʻau Lapaʻau | Harvesting Herbs

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Whether you are collecting the flowers, leaves or stems, you should always harvest them on a sunlit day and only when the dew has dispersed from the plants and prior to the garden being filled with the day’s full heat. In case the plants contain volatile oils, for instance, lemon balm and mints, it is best to harvest them immediately prior to noon. This is because the oils get enough time to move to the leaves, but they have not been evaporated by the heat of the day. As it has been found that rain sweeps away some amount of the aromatic volatile oils, it is advisable that you should wait for at least one day after a rainstorm and then harvest the leaves. Preferably, you should wait for two to three days prior to harvesting, as this will give the plants sufficient time to gather their essential oils.


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