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MY EXPERIENCES WITH CREATING ABUNDANCE — The Magic Way.

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To me tithing works like magic. One day I was driving and fretting over two bills that had to be paid. I only had enough money for one of them, yet they seemed equally important to me. I wasn’t coming up with any way to pay them, until.. I remembered that I had not tithed yet.

Immediately, I knew tithing came first and I would pay that. In the instant that I decided I would tithe, I was inspired with an idea of how I could pay both bills and tithe.

This is why it is magic to me. I believe if I had not tithed, I would not have been so open to inspiration.

I believe that on some unconscious level, when you tithe, your consciousness knows that you are abundant and grateful and it opens to more abundance.

How do you tithe? Pay 10% of your income to the source of your spiritual teachings. Tithe with an attitude of gratitude for what you have. It is well said here.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Abundance, How to

 

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TRAVEL JAPAN — Sanjusangen-do Temple

Day three in Japan, I took a bus. I’m the kind of person who would walk 5 miles rather than take a bus when I don’t know how to do it. It was less than 5 miles but the tour group gave me such good instructions I figured I could do it. You board the bus in the rear and there are signs in English and Japanese that tell the name of the stop. When you get off you pay 220 yen. I did try to put the money in the wrong place but the driver stopped me and showed me.

So feeling encouraged that I could manage a city bus, I went to Sanjusangendo temple.

I love to be there.

The gardens have wheelchair paths.

You can write a prayer on a piece of paper and tie it here. You can also burn incense or light a candle which reminds me of my Catholic days.

But the really big deal for me is the sense of overwhelming compassion, created by being in a football field size room filled with over 1000 golden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It makes me realize that however challenging things are, there is more than enough mercy to handle it. It fills you with awe. Photographs are not allowed. I don’t think they could do it justice.

Last time I bought my nearly impossible to buy a gift for husband, a Buddhist prayer for health. He kept it so this time I got him one for energy and I forget, well being maybe?

In 2003 I got myself a prayer for relief of headaches. I gave it to my daughter because I don’t often have headaches anymore, I’m just saying.

I love the idea that a person can create a place designed to invoke a response. It makes me want to make my garden invoke peace or at least neatness.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Abundance, Japan, Uncategorized

 

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TRAVEL JAPAN – The Tea Ceremony

One of the prime things I wanted to redo in Japan was the tea ceremony. Esprit travel arranged for me to attend the tea ceremony at Daitokuji Monastery.

First we went to a sub temple, Zuiho-in for an informal tea ceremony with the Abbot. It was another couple and me and our tour guides. My guide Kiyo interpreted.

Here is a photo of the Abbott. No photos are allowed during the tea ceremony.

The Abbot at Zuiho-in

The calligraphy and flower arrangement chosen for that day.

Besides the historic, cultural, beautiful and spiritual aspects, well probably because of the spiritual aspects: it is fun.

The Abbott is totally present and humorous. After serving us our tea sweets that he made with a nattokinase center, he told us about his daily routine. He rises early and chants for half an hour, then he does housework for two hours and then tea cermony and Abbot duties.

He suggested we get rid of our couches. Kiyo told me he is against them. I guess to prevent ‘couch potatoism.’

I told him if I got rid of my couch, my husband would be sitting on it.

He said I needed to make sure my husband took ten deep breaths before I served him breakfast. I didn’t tell him that I don’t serve him breakfast. He told me that I wield the ‘stick’ in our relationship. You could have fooled me.

I know what stick he is talking about. Once before when I was there, the Abbott showed our group the stick they use to whack monks who fall asleep during services. He showed us how placing the stick at your back induces good posture.

Now this Abbot he looks terrific. He asked how old I was and I gave him the age I felt, (jet lag and all), 135.

He is in his 80’s. He attributes it to the respiratory benefits of chanting and all that exhaling.

He admired my Japanese mulberry socks. I told him my grandchildren wanted them but I said no and kept them for myself.

Kiyo told me, he suggested that she take me to a certain temple. We went there but it was closed. Kiyo told me they serve a special Japanese desert there. I never got back to try it but I did buy some chocolate mochi on Saturday, in case that took care of whatever experience the Abbot suggested for me.

Zuiho-in has beautiful gardens, including this dry garden.

The gravel is meant to simulate water.

This garden has references to the cross and Christianity. This temple was founded by the “Christian Lord,” Lord Otomo Sorin.

And a new bathroom with a toilet seat that lifts up as you enter. It has all the amenities and even an uneven floor to massage your feet as you walk on it.

And fragrant plants outside the window.

 

The Abbot chose a blue lacquered tea bowl for my matcha. He picks a unique bowl for each participant. Usually it is tied to the seasons.

It was a deep navy blue color. I never have seen one like it. The Abbot asked me why I was there and I said I wanted to return to Japan before I was too old to get back there. My trip was consumately satisfying. I am content.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Abundance, Japan, Uncategorized

 

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A Handwork Meditation.

Have you ever gotten the handwork bug? If you do handwork, are there times when you just can’t do enough of it?

I have been bitten big time. It started before the holidays which seemed normal enough. I love to give a little handmade something to people at Christmas. Last year I gave everyone dishcloths that I crochet.

This year I started making dude hats. I love them and made all colors. It’s great for using up small amounts of leftover yarn. I let the grandkids pick what colors they wanted. I kept trying them on, hoping I looked ‘cool.’ My husband kept shaking his head, no it’s not working.

My granddaughter put one on and looked so cute. I see her in pictures back home and she is still wearing them.

My sister sent photos and I see she wore one at the back of her head and looked excellent. I tried it and I think I look better, but it is not the dudette look, you get when you wear it down to your eyebrows.

The bug continues. I started thinking I would give everyone homemade gifts from now on. So I went to the store and got some fabric to make a kimono. It is gorgeous – hand painted. Then I realized this cost more than if I just sent a check and that way it wouldn’t be the wrong size or color. 😦

I am working on baby blankets – two new babies coming that I know of. I don’t know what sex they are so I’d like to make two pink and two blue and be ahead.

Throw blankets for a bride and groom. Can you tell I love this knit on the diagonal pattern –  tres easy.

A crochet blanket for a grandson, to match his room colors.

crochet blanket

And a granddaughter.

Another granddaughter got a new bigger bed.

And a grandson asked for this Harry Potter panel to be made into a quilt with silver and gold. His room has a space theme. I don’t do quilts because I can easily make them cattywompus. To make them neat and match up is a challenge to me. But I am working it for him.

The mediation part comes in because I work in a zen like state and send good vibes to the person who will receive the gift. (Must avoid the crazies over quilting!) I think it gives me a sense of purpose. I pray for my loved ones anyway. This way I am accomplishing something while I pray.

What is your favorite handmade gift?

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Abundance, Uncategorized

 

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THE COVE

Last night I watched THE COVE. I who cry so easily didn’t even cry.

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I just became very clear and committed to do what I can to help the dolphins.

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And that means canceling my Trainer for a day with my grandson, that is coming up next month.

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Please consider watching THE COVE.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Abundance, Japan

 

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Feel Good Friday

The Girl Next Door Grows Up started this Feel Good Friday meme. See her blog for the Mclinky.

To join in, follow her steps below:

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog!  You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile.  Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness?  Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it?  Well then, what is your happy place?  What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation?  A childhood memory?  We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to The Girl Next Door Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.  Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun.  Feel good.  Smile.

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This week I decided to confront person A. I was willing to do it and I realized I was judging them, that I thought they should be different.

Then, I had an opportunity to do a telephone conference workshop on Momentum – Letting Love Lead.

By the time I finished the workshop I realized what was really bothering me was that I didn’t want to risk being authentic. I didn’t want to tell people B what I was really thinking and feeling about person A, because it was that I didn’t want to help person A. I didn’t want to get involved in the games they play and I was judging myself as bad or wrong for not wanting to help.

After I realized all this, I felt so much better and free. Hey I get to chose what I do. I’m learning that when I risk being real the relationship is either going deeper or coming apart. Either way it’s a good thing.

Want to happy dance with me?

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Travel To Japan – Hiroshima

The first time I went to Japan, my tour group took a train to Hiroshima. We were having a good old time eating bento boxes and sharing mochi. (Rice sweets.)

Looking out the train window, I noticed suddenly all the majestic trees were gone and there were only younger trees.  It was as if the forest had been mowed by a giant mower.

What happened was we entered the area the atomic bomb had wiped out all trees. What we were seeing were trees that have grown since 1945.

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Jake Keup

This domed building was the only building left standing.

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Nizam Uddin

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This art work shows victims still alive, (but soon to die), whose skin was oozing off them from the radiation.

The area has a peace park and many monuments.

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Lightmatter

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The  Children’s Monument above and the Cennotaph which is a shelter for all the souls and has the names of all the victims in it.

Alexsander Dagnes

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The Japanese don’t teach their children to hate. The park has many glass cases that house chains of 1000 origami paper cranes.

Japanese believe if you make a chain of 1000 paper cranes, all the while holding the focus on a wish – the wish will come true. School children make these chains while holding the focus of peace.  The park receives so many they leave them in the cases for a while and then change them out for the next batch of cranes.

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Strands of 1000 paper cranes

Liddybits

When I came home I made a chain of 1000 cranes and mailed it to the park. While I was making them, some people said they wanted to help me. They made some cranes. I thought I didn’t want to take any chances with my wish for peace so I made 1000 and sent them along with the extras made by others. My husband says they probably think I can’t count. Heh heh.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Japan, Uncategorized

 

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