Gratitude

Celebrating Spring in sun kissed room …

Tulips came from a friend visiting from Portland; a beautiful white calla lilies from a yoga student I find endearing; An angel wings hanging came from a girlfriend returning from a trip… all unexpected gifts for no reasons … Each one I don’t usually get to see too often, all leading busy lives.  These sweet gestures teaches me that I too want to become more like them – a human being who knows how to make another being happy for no reasons other than to … it’s not obligatory, with no fancy fanfare, simply from the heart; to give with no expectations; to give without expecting a return.  I want to be more like them – someone who brings joy and light with unexpected small things and subtle gestures.  Let’s all “Be a Nice Human” like these lovely thoughtful beings.  Fuzzy warm feelings all inside thanks to these nice human beings.

Calla Lilies symbolism according to a flower language site is as follows:  “The most common meaning for calla lilies is purity, holiness, and faithfulness. It’s commonly depicted in images of the Virgin Mary. Calla lilies are also symbols for rebirth and resurrection, tied to the resurrection of Jesus in part because they bloom around Easter and in part because they are shaped like trumpets which symbolize triumph.”

& Yellow Tulips?  Apparently according to the same site, it symbolizes “cheerful thoughts” and that they definitely bring.

& a golden heart with angel wings?  To me, it’s something about  holding onto memories of loved ones  … it’s about honoring something so precious as eternal … ultimately it’s about … gratitude.

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ポートランドのお友達からチューリップを頂き、ヨガクラスの生徒さんから思いがけなくお庭からのお花で用意された花束を…壁には妹のようにかわいがってくださるお友達からの(エンジェルの羽だそう) 可愛いハートの飾ワォ―ルアートオブジェを頂き、胸がキュンキュン… 送主の皆様なかなか日常ではお会いできない方々ばかりなのですよ~なので余計に感謝の気持ちで一杯です。私もさりげなく人を喜ばせる素手を知っているような人間になりたいな。改めて気がつくと周りにはそういった進化を遂げてる女神がいっぱい…物々交換になってしまうけど楽しくありませんか?中でもうれしかったのはアップルビネガーの一瓶だったり…さりげなくスタイリッシュなお方…私も見習いたいです。そういった何気ない肩が凝らないシェアリングって…いいな。美しい物、体にいい食材などに出会ったら自分だけで独り占めにするのではなく、シェアするって。ヨガもそんな感じでしょうか。良い物、心地よい、体にいいプラクティスはシャアリング、すると自分だけでなく、周りの笑顔がもっと増え、ポジティブな波動が波のように打ち寄せ皆いい物を持ち寄るあのエネルギー補給…するとそれぞれ内面に秘めていた要らないものは処分され、スーと波のように引き寛大な海、大きな宇宙がどんよりした毒素や不安やストレスなど…吸い取ってくれるのですよね。いつもお荷物をしょって負担が重い方こそ得にこの心身共スッキリした身軽くなった心地良さ…味わってもらいたいな… 色々な良き変化が感じとれるプラクティスを捧げます。

ホームプラクティスも場を掃除し、整える作業から始まるので、この頃あちこちでエネルギーを無駄使いしてる愚かな私にとって特効薬:)先日交通事故に遭いました~身にはかすり傷一つもなさそうなので、ラッキーなものの愛車は修理に預けなくては。車生活にどっぷり頼っているアメリカ生活のなかではここ数週間余計不便になる予定ですが…ヨガナウ。

 

“Straw Wars”

All those plastic straws invariably end up in landfills and ocean waters … harming our whales and sea turtles among many many more – sadly polluting the marine ecosystem. So doing a little part by using fewer straws and plastics – been drinking without straws but THESE are perfect!

Nice gift item from a very conscious Silicon Valley company. No they are not chopsticks in Ohashi bag – nor a flute … 2 sizes of straws and bristle brush cleaner even … so one can carry them around and reuse these straws over and over – for those warm weather tapioca boba drinks and smoothies:)

Matcha & Chai Blend

Matcha Almond Milk Latte with Chai spices – very hipster barista offered with such pride.  A departure from the Matcha idea in Japan – after all – we are in USA A stop over returning to the Bay Area – so much driving looms ahead – definitely need to yoga tonight.  Will be seeking that healing from  – Stiff shoulders and neck; achy lower back; tired eyes; tight sore hips; sore cranky legs … a remedy to sleep better.  Yoga works.

Grapefruit Thyme:)  Lovely scent.

Moon Valley also has a MUSCLE RUB that is organic and natural vs. some of the other brands I used to use. It’s not as strong as others that smell like Ben-Gay-ish products (that may have stuff like Triethanolamine (a skin, immune system, and respiratory toxin), DMDM Hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser), and dyes like Blue 1 (CI 42090) and artificial colors )  –  but feel I rather go for gentle but good stuff for long term use, that can be trusted for it’s purity.  Per their label –

PURE INGREDIENTS ! Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Safflower Herb, Orange Essential oil, Organic Cayenne, Organic Ginger, Organic Lobelia, Organic Arnica, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Habanero, Organic Clove oil, and Natural vitamin E made from sunflowers. That’s it.

Yes, it’s USA here – a snowboarders, skiers and locals getting their Java – Stars & Stripes – so bright in this dim lit hole in the wall.