Random Sticky Notes, Rainy Weekend Version

I love to lay in bed, in the early morning hours, and listen to the rain outside my window. It is even better if the wind chimes softly join with the breeze. Together they make such a lovely way to awaken.

Gratitude is a great way to lift your spirits, re-energize your mood. I am so very grateful for laughter and learning, that I am able to enjoy my home everyday without strife, and that I am loved. 

Mental clutter:

What do you make of THIS? Wow! Chuck said absolutely not. Not even a chance. 

Random Latin snips from the beginner:

moneo, monere, monui, monatus - (verb) to warn, remind, or advise

lex, legis, (noun, f.) law

caecus, -a, -um, (adj.) blind; hidden, secret, dark

Hmmm...I sense a theme here!

Now, this is INTERESTING.

"The practice of generosity can serve as a corrective to addictive consumerism. Generosity enacts the quality of non-greed; it is a willingness to give, to share, to let go. It may be the giving of time, energy, resources, love, and even in rare cases, one's own life for the benefit and welfare of others. Generosity weakens the tendency of attachment and grasping and is intimately connected with the feeling of lovingkindness." ~Joseph Goldstein, from Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, ad the Urge to Consume, 2005, pp. 23)

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. ~Sophocles

Sophocles - Athens, Greece
497 - 406 BCE

Fun fact to know and tell your friends:
Each of the plays written by Sophocles relates to the tale of the mythological Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother without knowledge that they were his parents. His family is fated to be doomed for three generations.

I wonder how Sophocles would feel about someone running over his food with their car...


On the Wish List:

The last work of the late Rita Gross, a feminist and Buddhist that I have read in the course of my studies in Women and Gender. She will be missed.


Now, here is something to augment the rain falling outside your window, or, to set the mood for a creepy Halloweeny-fall evening, perhaps...LISTEN.  Speaking of Halloween, I heard about this bit of cuteness:

In the rainy-day,  kitchen: how about THIS?

Always music:

After the fabulous Celtic Music Festival, here in Ocean Shores, I am still humming Celtic tunes in my head. I think I may have to add this haunting piece to the playlist:

Improving Awareness -- how about taking THIS?

Faddish Sticky:  MNDFL. Only in NY.

ON the do-list:

  • first outline for capstone literature review
  • hours and hours (and hours) of Latin homework
  • registration for J-Term and last term at PLU
  • breathe

About that breathing...

Indulge in a deep breath in.

Then, let it out.

Think before you speak. Breathe in the wisdom of the ages, the life-giving compassion from the deep well of oneness.  Breathe out your pride, anger, and selfishness.


Breathe in beauty and peace. Breathe in the relationships of love and care. Breathe out gossip and malicious judgement.

Breathe in all that is good, right and lovely – that which protects and provides. Breathe out greed, jealousy, and hatred.

Breathe in the rich heritage of life and history. Breathe out violence, hurt, and fear. Yes, you can do it...just breathe.

Breathe in contentedness. Let go of the desire for things and unhealthy attachment. Breathe it away in a sigh.

Breathe in the calm presence of the moment, and let go of meaningless agendas, expectations, and motives.

Breathe in the life energy that flows in and around you – fill every cell with gratitude, awareness, and acceptance.

Just breathe.

And, one last sticky to clear the clutter: