Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tonglen is a Tibetan word for a "sending and receiving" practice. As a Buddhist layperson, I practice this often. However, you do not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from this most compassionate form of healing as it can be done by anyone.
What does it do? In my way of describing it, Tonglen is a visualization technique to receive the pain, hurt and suffering from others, as well as yourself, and to send out healing love, peace and happiness.
How do you do it? It can be done in full meditation style or anywhere, even in line at the grocery store. Visualize the person (eventually we want to visualize the world as a whole, but it's easier to start with yourself or another person). While breathing in, visualize dark black smoke - this is the pain and suffering. Turn this pain and suffering into healing love, peace and happiness while breathing out clean white smoke. Repeat this during your meditation period or for as long as you want. It actually makes you feel as though you are healing the other person, even though in reality we do not have that full power, yet. You, in return, receive healing from this practice.
Here's a quote from Pema Chodron's book "In Start Where You Are":
"When we encounter life situations that spontaneously evoke compassion, it is not necessary to go through all four stages. It's fine to begin with the third stage, the stage of breathing in the pain in the situation that confronts us and breathing out something that will help. It's fine to breathe in the pain and send out relief or love. There is no need to do the other parts-flashing absolute bodhichitta or working with the black, heavy, and hot and white, light, and cool. These can be skipped in daily life when you do tonglen on the spot."
So today I'm doing this practice for a someone near and dear to my heart that is going through a rough time right now. I hope she feels the healing love, peace and happiness that is in my heart.
Much love to all,
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Speaking of hoops.
Above are my Big Egg Hoops. Big is hot right now, oval is a nice shape and hoops are always in style. What else could I do but name them as I did?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Happy Manic Monday ;)
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Only her hair dresser knows for sure - and Mark, but he's sworn to secrecy.
I've had a couple friends ask how my hair turned out. Well, since I'm not able to take any pictures until this weekend, I'll let you wonder with this picture.
Nawwwwwww! I can't do that to you! I didn't go as drastic as I wanted to, but I did get my hair cut much shorter and a more versatile style that I really like. I can funk it up, go casual (me), spike it, smooth it, bedhead (me) dress it up... love it! Next visit I will go more blond though.
I'll have Mark take pics this weekend and promise I will post them.
Oh and I was tagged as well, but running short on time so hopefully I will do my part later this week.
Happy Bluesday ;)
p.s. no, I did not go blue... but I DID think about pink!
Monday, February 9, 2009
I haven't flown a kite in years, until now. Well, sort of . While sitting at my bench, I came up with a fun idea for an earwire and these are it. They remind me of kites, so I just had to name them "Go Fly A Kite". Funny, but true, "go fly a kite" was one of my mom's favorite sayings. I can't repeat the other one.
That's it for this morning. Just a shameless plug for one of my new creations. Oh! Wait, one other little tidbit. Even though I'm working this morning (which I need to get into the studio, like now), I worked most of the day yesterday so that I could get into the salon for a cut & color. Long overdue, as always. This go around I want something very different. My hair is already short, but too long for me and out of shape. I want something bold, drastic, different, unique... we shall soon see.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Did that tickle your funny bone? Are you snickering at least a little? Are you rolling over with laughter? Do you need to excuse yourself? I about fell off my chair when reading the descriptions for these "Quirky folk art dolls in the primitive style" from Gravel Alley Primatives (pocomedio's) Etsy Shop.
I came across this shop one day from one of my Team ESST member's blogs. Let me tell you, just looking at these "rag stuffed for that old time, heavy, lumpity bumpity" handmade dolls, will make you smile - and then wet your pants after reading the descriptions! Like this one:
Just one more doll to share with you then whether you are in need of a smile, chuckle or laugh until you... well, cry? You MUST go check out her shop. You won't regret it. Promise.
Oh, and the Menopausal Matriarch? Stand back... she's mine! Yup, just bought her. I can hear Mark laughing right now. Or is that the laugh of fear wondering what it will be like with two of of us in the same house?
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Mark & I are planning our summer vacation! We didn't go on one last year, so this summer we are going Knotts Berry Farm! We haven't been there since we were kids. In fact, the last time I was there the only ride was the Log Ride. Before that - it was a live giant turtle that you got to sit on for about 30 seconds and then it was the next kids turn.
Monday, February 2, 2009
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The deadline for shipping for Valentine's Day is February 9th for US shipping and February 2nd for international shipping.
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Have a beautiful day,