FREEDOM, FINALLY!

Imagine a life in a cage or being born to be murdered.  This happens everyday for many animals who are caged for milk or meat on a daily basis.  Millions of pigs, chickens, cows, fish and other animals are caged then murdered every year.  All of this genocide for food you don’t really need to have.

I don’t want to focus on the negative aspect of the life span of an animal that eventually ends up on your dinner plate – what I do want to focus on is the freedom some of these precious animals receive after a life of torture, cruelty and abuse.  I have posted these two videos before but thought I would share them again because of the feelings they have invoked in me.

Imagine the lives of animals finally being set free and allowed to live the lives they should:

Enjoy!

Animals have feelings – they cry when their babies are taken away from them, they cry out in pain when they are hurt or beaten and they become sad, angry and happy just as we do.  Isn’t time we gave them the freedom they deserve?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one – not just for people but for our animals friends to.

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ON LOVE – KAHLIL GIBRAN

Kahlil Gibran was born into a Maronite Catholic family in northern Mount Lebanon, a semi-autonomous part of the Ottoman Empire, in 1883, Gibran received no formal education, but was taught by a local priest. When he was 12, he emigrated with his siblings and mother to Boston, Massachussetts. There, Gibran’s art teacher noticed his abilities and found support for him in the Boston art scene.  When he was 15, his mother sent Gibran back to Lebanon to complete his education.

He held his first exhibition in Boston when he was 21 and, apart from his art, he wrote poetry and novels in Arabic and then in English.  The Prophet, written in English, was published when he was 40.  He published more novels, but his health was failing and he died of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis in 1931 in New York City, at the age of 48.  According to his wishes, he was burred in Lebanon.

Kahlil Gibran on Love

THEN said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.  And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.  And with a great voice he said:

  When love beckons to you, follow him. 

  Though his ways are hard and steep.

  And When his wings enfold you yield to him, 

  Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

  And When he speaks to you believe in him, 

  Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

  Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

  Even as he ascends to your heights and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, 

  So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free your from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, 

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,”  but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

***All of the above is included in Kahlil Gibrans book, The Prophet.

I was introduced to the writings of Kahlil Gibran twice in my life.  The first time was when I lost my beloved pet, Freddy.  A good friend and co-worker send me an email message of sympathy with a very lovely quote from Kahlil.  Due to the pain I felt for the loss of my pet, I don’t believe I was ready to receive the message and consciously connect with his writings at that time.  The second time I was introduced to Kahlil’s writings was through another co-worker who read me excerpts from the book, The Prophet.  This time, I was ready to really listen and hear his words.  I was moved and went and purchased the book immediately.  I couldn’t believe that someone could write such words and have them complete move me.

In The Prophet, Kahlil shares his thoughts, ideas and words on love, marriage, children, eating and drinking, living, work, joy and sorrow, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, houses, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.  I take much comfort each time I pick up The Prophet and read his words as it reminds me how important it is to live in each moment and to enjoy that very moment you are in.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

THE CHAKRAS and their FUNCTIONS

What are the chakras and their functions?  According to the book, A Handbook of Chakra Healing Spiritual Practice for Health, Harmony, and Inner Peace written by Kalashatra Govinda, here is her overview:

Chakras are centres of awareness in the human body. These energy centres are neither physical nor anatomical. They are found in the subtle energy system, although their radiant energy does correspond to positions within the body.

The chakras influence cells, organs, and the entire hormone system and affect one’s thoughts and feelings. They are also centres of psychic energy.

The term chakra comes from Sanskrit, the sacred language of ancient India. It literally means “wheel” or “turning.”  In fact, the chakras revolve continuously. Through their rotation, they absorb energies from without and convert them into the subtle material of the astral body. Through the chakras, we take in energy from our surroundings. 

It is said that there are up to 88,000 chakras but I want to focus on the 7 main chakras, their purpose and attributes associated with these chakras.

THE SEVEN MAIN CHAKRAS

CROWN CHAKRA

Colour – Violet

Planet – Neptune

Crystal – Diamond, Rock Crystal

Oils – Rosewood

Healing Foods – Plums and Black Grapes 

Position In Body – The top of the head.

Theme – Spirituality, experience of higher planes, knowledge of God, enlightenment, self-realization.

THIRD EYE CHAKRA

Colour – Indigo

Planet – Uranus

Crystal – Blue Sapphire, Opal, Blue Tourmaline

Oils – Lemongrass, Violet

Healing Foods – Blackberries, Blueberries, Purple Grapes

Position In Body – Middle of the forehead.

Theme – Intuition, wisdom, realization, awareness, fantasy, power of the imagination, self-knowledge.

THROAT CHAKRA

Colour – Blue

Planet – Saturn

Crystal – Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Topaz

Oils – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Camphor

Healing Foods – Blueberries, Blue Plums, Sea Plants, Soups 

Position In Body – Near the larynx.

Theme – Communication, verbal ability, inspiration, truthfulness, intelligence, synthesis, creativity, musical talent.

HEART CHAKRA

Colour – Green

Planet – Jupiter

Crystal – Emerald, Chrysoprase, Jade, Rose Quartz

Oils – Cloves, Rose, Jasmine, Tarragon

Healing Foods – Kale, Spinach, Kiwis, Limes, Green Beans, Peas, Sprouts, Green Grapes, Honeydew

Position In Body – Center of the chest at heart level.

Theme – Love, compassion, humanity, empathy, tolerance, openness, warm-heartedness.

SOLAR PLEXUS/NAVEL CHAKRA

Colour – Yellow/Gold

Planet – Mars

Crystal – Citrine, Chrysoberyl, Amber, Tigers-eye, Yellow Jasper

Oils – Lavender, Chammomile, Lemon, Anise

Healing Foods – Yellow Squash, Corn, Lemons, Whole Grains, Legumes.

Position In Body – Stomach area between the loins and breastbone.

Theme – Willpower, self-confidence, personality, self-development, self-control, feelings, sensitivity, power, forcefulness.

SACRAL CHAKRA

Colour – Orange

Planet – Venus

Crystal – Gold Topaz, Aventurine, Coral, Fire Opal

Oils – Sandalwood, Myrrh, Bitter Orange, Pepper, Vanilla

Healing Foods – Carrots, Papaya, Oranges, Cantaloupes, Nuts, Seeds, Peaches, Apricots.

Position In Body – Above the sexual organs.

Theme – Sexuality, sensuality, fertility, creative life energy.

ROOT CHAKRA

Colour – Red

Planet – Mercury

Crystal – Ruby, Garnet, Hematite

Oils – Clove, Rosemary, Cypress, Cedar

Healing Foods – Beets, Red Cabbage, Root Vegetables, Red Grapes, Cherries.

Position In Body – Between anus and the perineum.

Theme – Stability, the will to live, self-preservation, sense of trust and security, groundedness.

Based on the information above about each chakra, you can possibly get a better understanding of which chakra you need balanced and which chakra you are tuned into to.  You may not be completely aware that you are in tune with any given chakra based on what colour of clothing you wear most.  You can do energy work to balance your chakras through massage, aromatherapy, diet and nutrition, reiki and gemstone work.

To take a more in-depth look at the chakras, their functions, possible ailments and healing energy work, I recommend the following:

  • The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with the Chakras, Patricia Mercier
  • A Handbook of Chakra Healing Spiritual Practice for Health, Harmony, and Inner Peace, Kalashatra Govinda
  • Enroll in certification courses in Spiritual Psychotherapy/Holistic Health/Reiki

It is not only important to exercise your body and feeding it the proper nutrients, it is also vital to invest time to exercise the mind in order to have inner-peace and harmony for you and for everyone around you.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

MY MOTHER – MY HERO and INSPIRATION

Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Goodall, Ingrid Newkirk, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela are some of the people who have inspired me to create positive change in the world.  These people were pivotal in starting movements or giving people inspiration to create their own movements.  I admire them and look up to them but there is no other person that has inspired me more in my life than my mother.  She may have not have inspired millions to join a political or social cause but she did save my life more than once.

The first time my mom saved my life, was shortly after I was born.  Due to minor birthing complications, I was told that I needed to see a specialist and that I required a blood transfusion.  With the lack of financial resources and much determination to save my life – my mother managed to get me to a specialist and I received the blood transfusion.  The specialist told my mother that modern medicine could only do so much and that my life was in the hands of a greater power.  My mother believes that God saved me and I love her for that.  I believe that it was her determination and her love for me that gave me a chance to live.

Throughout my life’s journey, I have had moments of insecurity, doubt and I have often thought about suicide.  My mother and the thought of her strength, dedication and love that allowed me to find the light each time I came out of those dark moments.  I truly believe that her love, her smile, her belief in me and kind words gave me my courage, my strength and my will to live each day.

Looking back throughout my childhood and throughout my life, I have never heard my mother maliciously cause pain and grief for any other person.  She was always kind, respectful and loyal.  My mother ensured all of her children (7 girls and 2 boys) all received love and attention.  Despite the fact that she not only raised 9 children, she worked throughout the day and came home to ensure we had food on our plates and that we were all taken care of.

Remember all the good that your mother gave and all the sacrifices your mother has made to ensure you were loved.  Not only on THIS mother’s day but everyday you are lucky enough to have your mother with you.  I celebrate my mother today and everyday.  I also give love to all those who were unfortunate to lose their mother’s too early and were not able to allow their relationships to flourish.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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My groovy mother. So pretty.

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My young mother, just before coming to Canada.

Mom and I.

Mom and I.

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My mother and I.

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Mother and I and at my one of my sister's (Paula) wedding.

Mother and I and at my one of my sister’s (Paula) wedding.

Another picture of mom and I.

Another picture of mom and I.

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My mother and I at my nephews (Romalito) wedding reception.