Gemstone of the Day
Iron Pyrite Cluster
The resemblance of pyrite to gold has made it a traditional symbol for money and good luck. It’s sunny golden color associates it with the sun, and with fortification and strengthening of the mind. The name comes from the Greek word meaning “a stone which strikes fire”.
Iron Pyrite makes a wonderful energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. Some of its properties include:
- Overcomes inertia and feelings of inadequacy
- Energizes the area where you place it (such as on a desk where you work)
- Helps you to see behind a facade
Healing with Iron Pyrite
Use this stone to overcome lethargy and fatigue. It increases the oxygen supply to the blood and strengthens the circulatory system. It is beneficial for the lungs, alleviating bronchitis and asthma.
Herb of the Day
(Cyperus rotundas), “musta,” is a common weed used to alleviate menstrual disorders and irregularity. It is not recommended if constipation simultaneously occurs. To make a tea, steep one teaspoon of dried and powdered nutgrass in half a cup of boiled water for ten minutes before drinking. It may be repeated on or two times daily until menstrual pain abates. Then, discontinue.
Deity of the Day
COCOMAMA: Goddess of Health, Happiness and Recreational Drug-taking. But not the Goddess of Chocolate!
In fact, she was a flirty female who was cut in half by jealous lovers and subsequently transformed into the world’s first coca plant. Men who managed to satisify their woman’s sexual needs were rewarded with a munch on the coca leaves afterwards. From which possibly springs the tradition of having a cigarette after sex.
Although the coca plant does contain a tiny amount of cocaine, it also contains many other nutrients and stimulants that are extremely good for you if you want to keep on the go without dangerous after-effects. (At least, according to this month’s scientific reports — next month there’ll be another with opposing views).
We could also mention a certain well-known brand of soft drink, but we don’t want to get sued. If you live in Peru at a high altitude it is up to you. Coca leaves are not illegal as far as we know. Who needs chocolate?
‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The setting of the sun on an old year is a kind of summing up time. What have you accomplished? What were your goals? Will they be higher in the new year?
Whatever your personal plans and whatever the reasons back of them, there are common everyday kinds of people that should be kept in view. They have positive outlooks, and are best recognized when sincerely listening to a child’s words.
You will see them when they steady the elderly, you will know them by their kindnesses. You will not often hear their prayers as they are for their God. But you will know they are to be depended upon and that they will not tire of these things, for it is their natural role.
Think about these people when you set your plans. They are good to remember. Your success or failure depends upon these people being you.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 31
“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew the lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence.”
–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX
When we live in nature it’s like constantly being in school. We are in an environment that is always teaching. We are constantly being reminded hat there are laws, Natural Laws, which are running the universe. Once we know these laws and we drift from them, we start to live our lives in a different way. Soon we become discontent, selfish and disrespectful. Then, we get in trouble. If our lives have become this way, it can be reversed by going back to nature to be among our teachers.
Great Spirit, teach men, again, the Natural Laws.
March 31 – Daily Feast
Be strong, be of good courage – so much we worry about will never happen. Put things in order, change what needs to be changed, but begin at once to count the wi Tsa to li gi, the blessings that the Cherokee knows must be told again so we will not forget. Forget the past by which so much of life is marked. Painful things happen – and we take a little of all of it with us. This is a new day, I ga, a new time to be renewed. The more we let yesterdays unhappiness slide away, the sooner we come into the fullness of the present. Sorrow will fade. The new hour will bring new experiences, new jobs to do, and even a few negatives may line up to be counted. Don’t do it. We can begin at once to call for what we want. We will coax all the sweetness out of every hour and it will sing for us like a bird.
~ We can’t go back. The bridge is gone. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Rise above the troubles
Many of the things that trouble you are not nearly as troubling as you make them out to be. Much of what frustrates you is frustrating primarily because you have chosen to see it that way.
Certainly there are very real and important challenges that you must give your time and serious attention to. Yet how many of the other, more trivial things, keep you feeling down simply because you’ve blown them out of perspective?
Every so often as you go through the day, take just a moment to remind yourself how truly blessed you are. When you catch yourself feeling sorry for yourself, choose to turn it around and feel sincerely thankful instead.
Even the difficulties remind you of how fully alive you are. And alive in this world of endless possibilities is a very good thing to be.
Rise above the troubles. From a perspective of gratitude, you’ll see most of them are not nearly as troubling as you once thought.
— Ralph Marston
Healing Your Sole
Our feet contain thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points which can support all over health.
Our feet are home to literally thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points, which is why foot reflexology is so effective. By massaging and stimulating specific areas on the soles of our feet, we can provide general support for our entire body, improve sleep patterns, increase physical and mental wellbeing and also alleviate chronic conditions such as sinusitis and digestive upset. Although it is wonderful to work with an experienced foot reflexologist whenever possible, we can also develop a practice of treating ourselves to a self-reflexology treatment if we take some time for this purpose before we begin our day or in the evening to relax before going to bed.
There are a number of different ways to work the soles of your feet, including walking barefoot on river stones, rolling each foot over a golf or tennis ball, or just using your fingers and hands to massage your feet. When starting a reflexology session, it’s a good idea to begin with loosening up your ankles – rotate each foot clockwise then counterclockwise about ten times. You might also want to pinch the end of your toes, which can increase circulation and drainage in your sinuses and stimulate your pituitary and pineal glands. Then you can begin massaging the ball of your foot, the arch, and the heel. If you find that an area is tender, it may indicate some distress or dysfunction occurring in the corresponding area of the body. You may want to explore what is going on with that organ or system.
Whether we are able to spend just a few minutes a day on this kind of self-care or a full half hour, our efforts are never wasted. By taking responsibility for our own health and taking time every day to connect with our body, we can not only assist our body in letting go of stress and dysfunction, but we can also continue to support an ongoing sense of wellness and vitality.
When A Winner Loses, He Always Comes Back
To Be A Better Winner
Refuse to remain fallen.
Refuse to quit.
Refuse to give up.
Refuse to accept a ‘No’ from life.
To fail without putting in the efforts is wrong, but failure in itself can never be wrong. Dare to fail, for only those who fail enough can succeed enough. More than any one single factor, it is your fear of failure that is going to leave you as a failure.
No new venture guarantees success and no new diversification promises profits. Champions understand that it is better to face outstanding failures than mediocre successes. Only those who are willing to persist in spite of temporary set backs, only those who are willing to persevere in spite of midway failures, only those who would not succumb to defeats, can finally sign their own success stories.
Failure is a parenthesis inside which success hides and history makers dig them out through relentless striving against all those failures. Life cannot be punctuated with success alone; failure too will find its imprints.
There is no sunrise without sunset.
There is no life without death.
There is no success without failures.
Learn from your failures and move on. Keep on keeping on. When a winner loses, always come back to be better winner.
— Sri T. T. Rangarajan, Editor, Frozen Thoughts