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"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.



Saturday, December 09, 2017

Saturn-Pluto, Love and Trust

"...
things are only likely to get more (shall we say) impressive as the next few seasons and years unfold.
The central feature is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, synonymous with the U.S. Pluto return. The New York Times quoted me recently as saying that “we are entering the biggest point of reckoning in American history since the Civil War.”
...
The current astrology is a mash-up in Sagittarius, as Saturn clears the Galactic Core and heads to Capricorn and an aspect to the Aries Point. Mercury retrograde lasts through Dec. 22, three days after Saturn enters Capricorn and a whole new phase of history begins.

In these weeks, pay attention to what you do, say, sign or otherwise commit to. Keep your priorities set on the truly meaningful matters of life.

What we’re witnessing isn’t even the new normal. It’s the opening act to what will be a kind of endgame. And we will need one another’s love and support — beginning right now. I mean this literally, and directly. Help anyone you can, so long as nobody is hurt in the process. Offer your support wherever you notice it’s needed. Solve any problem that you can. Use your resources to make things easier for people. Buy meals for homeless people. Refer people to those who can help them. Whatever you can do. Think of this kind of transaction as your basic function in life.

Through this time it’s going to be essential that we keep our spiritual footing. This might involve meditation (I keep hearing people say they’ve started up their practice again). Really, though, it’s about being friendly. To sum up the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and the Beatles in a few words, we need to be friendly to one another.

We need to remember that trust is a voluntary act; and that as a poet once wrote, without love in a day, insanity is king. Most of all, we need to remember that our healing process is not about what happens out there but rather what happens in here. We are past the point where spirituality can be some abstract philosophy.
..."   
Eric Francis Coppolino, Not Just Strangers in a Strange Land

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gaia, Pachamama, Mother Earth and for all her children... we give thanks!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Khusugtun - Mongolian music


"Khusugtun - Mongolian music in London - BBC Proms 2011 Human Planet

Inspired by the landmark BBC One natural history documentary, Human Planet, this Prom will feature music from the series performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, alongside musicians from Greenland, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Sakha republic and Zambia. Presented by John Hurt, the voice of the BBC One series, the Prom includes big-screen highlights from the programme."

Throat Singing Music for Sleeping and Deep Relaxation


Monday, October 30, 2017

Regrets

Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote,
“Regrets are illuminations come too late.”

Monday, September 25, 2017

Silence

Greek philosopher Xenocrates wrote,
“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Ave Maria ~ Ashana



Ave Maria  ~ Ashana

 Ave Maria
 
Áve María, grátia pléna,
Dóminus técum.
Benedícta tū in muliéribus,
et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae. Ámen.
 
Source


http://www.soundofashana.com/lyrics/gloriosa.html
Gloriosa
Hildegard von Bingen was an 11th century mystic born into a noble family near Bingen, in Germany's Rhineland. As a child she saw and spoke with angelic messengers regularly. As an adult she founded and led two Benedictine monasteries for women, traveled and spoke publicly to great crowds, and was a renowned healer. Her advice was sought by the church hierarchy and kings alike, while her writings received the papal blessings. She was also a prolific playright and musician. Hildegard spoke of her music as being a translation of the "Cosmic Symphony" which she heard during her visions. Gloriosa is an adaptation of lyrics from Hildegard’s “Ave Generosa,” set to new music.

Ave Maria generosa
Sancta Maria gloriosa

O pulcherrima, et dulcissima, quam valde Deus in te delectabatur.
Venter enim tuus gaudium habuit cum omnis celestis sonuit.
Tu candidum lilium quod deus ante omnem creaturam inspexit

Hail noble Mary!
Holy glorious Mary!
O lovely and tender one, how greatly has God delighted in you.
Your womb held joy with all the celestial symphony sounding through you.
You appeared as a shining white lily, as God looked upon you before all of Creation.

“Ave Generosa” translation and excerpted notes by Norma Gentile, used with permission. Please see Norma’s exquisite translations of Hildegaard’s words at http://www.healingchants.com

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Anger

"Anger is the elephant in the room. We give it many different names, and dress it up in different issues, which can all feel righteous one way or another. It’s still just anger. Coming along with it is plenty of the usual (or excess) guilt, which is just resentment directed inwardly. Said another way, guilt is a form of repressed rage directed at oneself. It has nothing to do with the alleged thing about which one feels guilty; that’s a ruse." — Eric Francis, It's Gonna Get Stranger

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Love InSight

"As pessoas dizem que o amor é cego
porque elas não sabem o que é o amor.
Só o amor tem olhos.
Além do amor, tudo é cego."
OSHO
via

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Super Highway to Nowhere

Eric Francis writes, and quotes Lakota Shaman Lame Deer :

"Where do we think we’re going? Lakota Shaman Lame Deer wrote many years ago that Americans are on 'the road to nowhere — a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that [humans] can get faster to the big empty hole which they’ll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up.' He may as well have been referring to the “information superhighway,” which is an early term for the internet. It’s definitely starting to feel like a road to nowhere."


John “Lame Deer, Tahca Ushte” Fire, author of Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions.
Only humans have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist. They don’t use their brains, and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don’t use the knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere — a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big empty hole which they’ll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It’s a quick comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I’ve seen it. I’ve been there in my vision, and it makes me shudder to think about it.
The Lakota Shaman Lame Deer
Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

Those Little Gaps of Silence

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 09, 2017

Wild World



... feeling a little peculiaarrr...
WHAT'S GOING ON???!!!

Yes, that about sums it up on certain nights... and days... of this wordly ride!

Note: I see from the comments that it was on a recently cancelled, and much bereaved, Netflix program, or from some He Man meme. But, I just hear it on the radio now and then, and it always caught my attention. Finally sat down and youtubed it!

Twenty-five years and my life is still 
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope 
For a destination

And I realized quickly 
When I knew I should 
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of men 
For whatever that means

And so I cry sometimes 
When I'm lying in bed 
Just to get it all out 
What's in my head 
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning 
And I step outside 
And I take a deep breath and I get real high 
And I scream at the top of my lungs 
WHAT'S GOING ON???

And I say, hey-ey-ey-ey Hey-ey-ey 
I said Hey! What's going on?
And I say hey-ey-ey-ey Hey-ey-ey 
I said HEY!!! WHAT'S GOING ON???
Ooh, ooh, ooh

And I try, oh my God, do I try 
I try all the time, in this institution 
And I pray, oh my God, do I pray 
I pray every single day 
For a revolution

Twenty-five years and my life is still 
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope 
For a destination
by Linda Perry
What's Up? © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Love, Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. said,
"Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend."

—  Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

Thursday, May 18, 2017

And on it goes!...


Originais do Samba - Se Gritar Pega Ladrão
(ou Melô dos P-p-p...)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Perfect System - Leo Baubata

I have been reading his blog and receiving newsletters from Leo Baubata for some years now.
This email is soooo timely, that just have to post all of it!!!

And, in checking to reblog, just found out that he has chosen something that in this day and age is amazing, and truly inspiring, which is "Open Source Blogging".

zen habits: The Perfect System





Posted: 14 Apr 2017 10:41 AM PDT
By Leo Babauta
Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System:
§ The perfect morning routine
§ The perfect system for dealing with email
§ The perfect system for productivity, to end procrastination
§ The perfect system for finances or building wealth
§ The perfect system for learning anything
§ The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing weight, decluttering, building new habits, being a parent, building a new career, and on and on
Entire industries are built off of this desire to find the perfect system for anything that you have uncertainty about.
I know, because I’ve spent a good deal of my life looking for the Perfect System in so many areas. I’ve developed nearly perfect systems in many parts of my life.
But today, I’m going to share something I’ve worked years developing: my Perfect System.
Perfect System for what? For anything, my friend. Anything in life. All of it.
But first, let’s look at why other systems fail.

Why All Other Systems are Crushed

You can put your morning routine into the perfect order, but it won’t solve your problems. Why not? Because it doesn’t address your root problem. It’s only a surface solution.
The root problem is uncertainty.
Let me repeat that, because it’s the key to all of this: the root problem we’re trying to solve when we’re looking for the perfect system in any area of our life is uncertainty.
Does your day feel chaotic, overwhelming, uncontrolled? Then you try to address that chaos by finding a perfect system.
Are you entering a new, scary area in your life? Then you try to find out how others conquered the uncertainty of this area, what their perfect system was. You’d probably be willing to pay hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, for their perfect system.
Are you overwhelmed by email, social media, finances, habits, diet and exercise, clutter, and more? Then you try to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of all of that by buying a book, a program, a course that teaches you the perfect system. I have a few to sell you.
But the certainty you’re looking for doesn’t come, no matter how much you pay. No matter what system you try. It might seem like it at first, so you feel some temporary relief. But in the end, the uncertainty comes back, because you still don’t know what the hell you’re doing. The fear arises. You search some more.
Uncertainty, and the fear and discomfort that arises from uncertainty, will always be there, unless you’re doing something you absolutely know how to do (like watching TV, checking Facebook or playing games). And who wants to only do the easy stuff in life? You’ll never learn anything new, never push into greatness, always run from the fear.
Doing the easy stuff and running from the fear doesn’t work anyway. You still have uncertainty, but you try to ignore it, assuage it with the distractions.
All other systems but mine are crushed by uncertainty, fear, discomfort, and running from these difficulties.

The Perfect System to Crush All Others

OK, so now we see why the other systems are all weak, scrawny, laughable attempts at making our lives better. We scoff at them!
I have a system that will destroy all others, crush them like soft peaches. The Perfect System.
I am going to give it to you for free. Unfortunately, it won’t work for you unless you’re willing to push yourself a bit and do a bit of work. I realize that means it’s not perfect for most of you, who want something easy and certain. You are not worthy of my Perfect System, so don’t read it.
The rest of you (both of you), read on!
Here’s the system:
1.       Notice when you are looking for certainty from a system, course, book, and so on. Notice when you’re procrastinating or running to distraction because of uncertainty.
2.       Acknowledge that you are feeling uncertainty. That you are trying to find certainty.
3.       Say to yourself, “Certainty is the enemy of awesome. Uncertainty is the fuel for an amazing life.” Repeat it until you believe it. Say it with gusto, zest and verve! Yell it out loud until your neighbors look up from their phones in dismay!
4.       Resolve yourself to not run from uncertainty like a coward, but to face it like a warrior, like a goddess, like a Jedi Ninja Pirate Demigod.
5.       Stay with the feeling of fear and uncertainty. It is uncomfortable. You laugh at the discomfort in derision, laugh at its pathetic attempts at making you flee.
6.       Push further into uncertainty and fear by doing whatever you are afraid of. Feel the fear. Feel the uncertainty. Feel it transforming you into a powerful being, trembling with the discomfort of being amazing and delicious. Cry out from the pain of it all, the pain of being beautiful and alive, the pain of joining with the likes of Odysseus and Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc, the anguish of your divinity, the pangs and torment of becoming a celestial deity.
Repeat until whatever you’re doing becomes comfortable. Then push into new uncertain territory, feeling the groundlessness of growth and learning and fearlessness.
You no longer need to run. You can stay in courage and awesomeness.
You no longer need to find certainty or answers or systems. You have all you need inside you, bursting with light and goodness, shining your powers into the vast and tremulous universe.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Epistemic Closure

"It is frustrating: this thing that sociologists call epistemic closure. There’s a term for it, which in essence means a closed information loop." ...
"Epistemology is the study of how we know what we think we know. Smart people ask themselves: how do I know this? Other people hear something and believe it if they like it — and for sure, mere belief as the standard for truth is most of the problem. (It’s most of the problem with astrology; most astrologers have not a scant clue how they know what they know, which I call the epistemology problem.)
People whose lives are dictated by epistemic closure are unlikely to change. For them, it’s an urgently necessary defense mechanism. And if nobody has said it recently, we don’t need them to change. In fact, the notion that they can change and that we might help them change is a trap. The alternate is not preaching to the choir; rather, we who approach existence with some curiosity and a touch of humor are the ones who need to get smarter, and teach one another to be smarter and more effective.
Practicing your religion is not about all those sinners; it’s about you being more faithful. This is the way out of ‘us and them’ thinking. Also, in no way must you be unkind to anyone; you just don’t need to give them your precious time and energy. You don’t owe your blood to any vampires."
— Eric Francis, What Do We Do About These Flesh-Eating Zombies?