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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Elves and Fairies

Blythe doll with New Year sentiment courtesy Janet at Spiegelhouse.

Dear Ones,

I wrote this on my Facebook page:
"So long, 2009, sayonara. Don't let the door hit you on your way out."

I do have some complaints about 2009, it wasn't easy. But it was full of growth opportunities and new friendships. All in all, a very good year for change and setting goals. And art! I'm ready for a change. Let's see some new things in the world in 2010.

This photo is for Nancy, who couldn't receive it through email. It's a rough shot of three happy little custom malas that couldn't get through because of Full Moon elves and fairies. You can see tape on the amber one, holding it together in case we decide to change to a crystal guru bead.

May you all be well! Next holiday is...Valentine's Day? (If you don't count the President's Day shenanigans.) I have some little "Love" pocket malas in the works.

All blessings to you.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Recognize the dreamlike qualities of life..."

A Buddha at HomeGoods Store in Encinitas, seeing all but letting it come and go...

This time of year I always have a beautiful chance to reflect, as the year teeters on its last legs, veering towards its end and the beginning of the New Year. It's my chance to write, listen to music, be sort of a slug, and go within. A reevaluation goes on—where am I and where am I going. Am I still standing in the way I want to in this life? For some people this might feel heavy, for me it's unpacking. Wherever I am each year, whatever I'm doing that year, my mind draws me back to this centering exercise. It's quite lovely feeling.

So many changes this year, for so many people! I can't help feeling that we're reorganizing our way of existing as a species. Our old feelings of security based on money and social status just don't work right now. It's hard to feel the same when you've watched the restructuring of the banking institutions and watched thousands lose their homes. And I've watched my family restructure, too. This Christmas we visited Mom in her new board and care home, then we went to Dad's to hang out with the cousins and my sister's family. It was kind of strange not to have Mom there, yes. But we decorated the tree, exchanged presents, made each other feel loved. Wonderful, really.
So everyone is okay, but things aren't the same.

Now I'm digesting all the rich food that passed through my lips over the past week. I feel like eating nothing richer than miso broth and broccoli for about a week. Anyone else feel like that after the holidays? The world must consume so much butter between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Way, way too much butter. Poor overworked cows.

This morning I awoke thinking about crystal malas, as symbols of clarity and purity, and as inspiration for letting go of the old. Crystals cleanse the palate, especially plain old quartz crystal, the simplest of crystals but by far the most beautiful. For me they enhance the awareness that, real as this life feels, it is but a dream.

"Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality."

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in Life in Relation to Death

Life sure seems dreamlike to me these days. The right people and situations appear for our growth, as if by magic. The loving qualities of the universe show themselves readily. And right now, I am so thankful for what has appeared in my life, this Dharma, these friends, this online community.

Bless you!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Happy Hanukkah Christmas Solstice Kwaanza

Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Happy Kwaanza, and everything else.

I would write Happy Hanukkah too, but I'm a day late.

There was a rousing discussion on Etsy recently about whether people in the U.S. have become so P.C. that they're afraid to say Merry Christmas. It made me think about so many things. I always say Happy Holidays because I don't know what beliefs the person I'm greeting has. I'm such a blend of beliefs and backgrounds that I have the utmost respect and sensitivity to those of other religious backgrounds to my own, so when I say anything, it's usually Happy Holidays.

Isn't it delicious that tomorrow the nights will start getting shorter? I LOVE Winter Solstice. It has always been the time when my family rings bells and lights candles. I love the Jethro Tull song Ring Out Solstice Bells. It is so joyful. Leave it on while you go about doing your things.

I've been playing Etsy holiday elf for the past couple of weeks. It makes me so grateful for all the hard workers out there who put our holiday gifts together. Holiday elves, wherever you are, Thank you!

Merry Happy Hanukkah Christmas Solstice Kwaanza.

Wherever you are, ring a bell tomorrow.