With ephemeral traits hallmarking the gate to past and future, have you considered gifting a hibiscus for the New Year?
Once it’s Gone, it’s Gone
You know the sayings, “Out with the old and in with the new,” or “Here today, gone tomorrow.” True for so many things — like each year, our youth, good health, and hibiscus flowers. “Hibiscus flowers?” Yes, lovely hibiscus flowers last only one day.
“Appreciate what you have in this very moment,” the flower bewails. It’s spectacular bloom will be gone by night.
For Yesterday or Tomorrow
Yet as short-lived as hibiscus blooms may be, this plant offers medicinal properties to improve health and hopefully extend longevity! Tea made from Hibiscus sabdariffa has been known to lower LDL cholesterol, blood sugar levels and blood pressure as well as aid digestion, weight management, and the immune system.
Preferring complementary and alternative medicine, I’ve been drinking organic Hibiscus with Tropical Fruit tea by Celebration Herbals. My recent blood pressure was 99/69!
Capturing a Moment in Time
The antioxidants in Hibiscus sabdariffa tea also help skin remain youthful by improving moisture and elasticity, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Considered a feminine flower, and often symbolizing young women, hibiscus was given in Victorian times to recognize the receiver’s beauty. No wonder Hawaiian females tuck anti-aging hibiscus flowers behind their tender ears.
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I had to reblog this post; it seemed so apropos for where my thoughts are today. Perhaps yours too?
via How to Have Healthy Alone Time — MakeItUltra™
By Eric Perry, PhD-“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle When was the last time you had a day to yourself? If you are like most people it was probably a while ago. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by external stimuli. […]
I’ve just returned from a smooth jazz festival in Cancun. Based on the line-up, I knew the music would be excellent but I hadn’t counted on it raining every day. This could have ruined a beach vacation but instead restored my hope in humankind.
Moving the outdoor stage indoors due to the rain created extremely long delays. Attendees grew agitated standing in the hot, crowded lobby waiting for a show 2 hours past due. Several shrieking whistle calls and nearly universal “Shhh!” tried to temper angry shouts from the crowd blaring out explanation of the delay. Even after the update, offer of chairs and cold drinks, some stiffly crossed their arms while drilling holes into the doors with their glaring eyes.
And then something happened. Programmed music came on and a few started dancing. And then a few more. I could feel the shift. More and more people began dancing until most of the grumbling lobby turned into a dance floor of good vibes and smiles.
Watching the people transform an unpleasant situation into an uplifting one was magic before my eyes. (After that night, attendees danced to programmed music from any delay until show time.)
I think a lot of us learned from that experience — if the people come together and choose light, it will be light. Just ask, “Do I feel better complaining or does it make me feel more miserable? Does staying angry make me feel powerful, in control? Or do I feel better being part of the solution?”
A postscript…message received from a friend this evening…
“Peace of mind is an internal matter.
It must begin with your own thoughts
and then extend outward.
It is from your peace of mind
that a peaceful perception of the world
— A Course in Miracles
And so it is. I have seen it before my own eyes.
There’s been a lot of hype about the impending total solar eclipse. I’ve never been one to do something just because “everyone else is doing it.” The same with technology. I don’t have to have the latest and greatest, or any at all because “everyone else has one.” To me, that’s a lazy excuse for not making conscious choices and for robbing myself of my individuality. I’ve felt the same about the upcoming solar eclipse.
I haven’t had a desire to view the eclipse, even when friends are traveling for optimal viewing or scrambling for special glasses. I don’t know what your plans are but you may want to take into account the less discussed ill effects of the total solar eclipse, and some protective measures you can take at the time.
According to Indian rishis, the energy field is so strong when there is an absence of lunar or solar electromagnetic radiation that these ecliptic areas of space become unique fields of electromagnetic radiation and affect man’s duality of consciousness. Exposing oneself to the vibratory effects of an eclipse is unfavorable. Be vigilant to avoid being affected by the eclipse’s inauspicious influence and adjust your actions and awareness to accommodate larger universal energies:
- Being outside amplifies the effects on one’s electrical body. Instead, stay indoors and chant mantras such as the protective Maha Mritunjaya mantra.
- Do not cook food, and fast if possible. If any food is sitting around, keep it covered.
- Three days before and after an eclipse are considered unlucky for important new beginnings such as marriage, starting a business, and other important actions.
Someone who traveled to Ayers Rock in the Outback of central Australia to have a full vision of the sky and developing full solar eclipse said that almost immediately, and for the following year, he experienced enormous loss and difficulties. He deeply regrets viewing the eclipse and said he would never do it again.
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I have felt exhausted as the eclipse approaches and have cancelled many activities in the name of self-care. My conscience would not rest easy if I did not pass along this less-known information on the approaching eclipse.
However, as a tiny update to this post, since sharing this info with friends has created lively discussion on various interpretations on this eclipse, I have now personalized my own observance of this significant day. Moments before the eclipse began, I picked a colorful garden bouquet. Now, I am staying inside listening to the Maha Mritunjaya mantra and writing my intentions for the coming year. I will then shower away past emotional baggage during the height of the eclipse.
This is all in the spirit of “Take what you like and leave the rest.” I would love to hear how the total solar eclipse affects you and what you decide to do during this time.
When is the last time you were alone in the forest
and heard creaking wood?
What did you think? Were you no longer alone?
Have you ever looked up to see sun rays
streaming through the clouds?
What did you think? Did it give you hope?