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the gifts of creation
for all the love
around us
Greetings & Thanks

Two ladies looking up (Big Sky Wide)

Looking up and sunshine bound…

Try for Body Conscious Balance instead of the ‘Trap’
Freedom instead of Victim
Rejoice at all times Possible since Action keeps us Clear

Brand new baby, near death perspectives…

The new ‘Maleficent’ movie champions duality as I love it.  Fantasy and Reality.  Love and Hatred.  Man-made and Natural.  Bravery and Fear.  Life and Death.

Our new baby boy was born strong and spunky, then suddenly was on the brink, teetering and with much coaxing is now fully functioning and recovered.  In these moments, there is no hiding, no escape from reality – it is square in your view and I enjoyed taking the opportunity to feel the revitalization to my core.  It is a jolt to the system, a reset of sorts, that compliments our daily rhythm as a balancing point.

‘Tis the gift to be simple,
’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves
in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

“Simple Gifts”: Shaker song believed written by Joseph Brackett

See Theater Trailer Here

Faerie girl Maleficent by Disney

sunset over pond

This is a day of enormous power. The whole planet is turned fully to the brilliance of the sun. Remember that all cycles have a left and right, an up side and a down side, a zenith and a nadir. All of life is cycles. All of life is balance.
So celebrate, but be not proud. For whenever you celebrate high achievement, the antithesis is also approaching. Likewise, in misfortune, be not sad. For whenever you mourn in grief, the antithesis is also approaching. Those who know how to reach the peak of any cycle and remain glorious are the wisest of all.

Renunciation: Duty is inevitable, but we need not saddle ourselves with extra responsibilities. Keep life simple. Give up as much as possible. Renounce unnecessary cravings and desires. Leave behind the trappings of wealth and success. Turn toward the divine.

Armor:

Ripe fruit, crisp greens, live grain,
Vital roots, tender meat, spring water.
Growing essence nourishes your own.
Essence alloyed with breath makes you flexible, but hard.
The sage’s body is armored.
The sage is impervious to death.

Three treasures in the body: essence, breath, and spirit.
Essence is the biochemical aspect of your body, nurtured by the food you eat, and regulated by the quality of your hormones. Therefore, all your food should be packed and glowing with energy. Eat food as close to its source as possible. Pray before you eat, for everything that you take, whether plant or animal, is living. You must consume to survive, but when you die, acknowledge that you will become food for others.
To build the breath, work and exercise diligently. Build stamina and discipline yourself. You will gain great flexibility combined with hardened flesh, and you will be graceful. Immunity to minor physical traumas as well as many kinds of illness will be yours.
The ultimate training of the spirit begins with the question of death. The sages see beyond dying. Though they must die, they also know that nothing is lost because no one owns body or mind anyway. Those who follow Tao safeguard themselves and live their spirituality with a realistic appreciation of death, The establishment of essence, breath, and spirit is like wearing armor; the travails of the world mean nothing.

Deng Ming-Dao