Random Thoughts 12-27-2009

I hope everyone had a good Christmas.  

Do you buy yourself a Christmas gift?  I usually do, one way or another.  This year, my coffee maker died a week before Christmas so I had to get myself a new one.  Now it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions.

I hope you remembered to send gifts to your favorite charities.  If not, there is still time before the end of the year.

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. ~Cindy Lew

Nova isn’t going to let a little thing like two feet of snow stop her from sitting out in the sun.


Scripture: The Atma Upanishad 3 Excerpt

The supreme Self is neither born nor dies.
He cannot be burned, moved, pierced, cut nor dried.
Beyond all attributes, the supreme Self
Is the eternal witness, ever pure,
Indivisible and uncompounded,
Far beyond the senses and the ego.

The supreme Self, the spiritual Self is immortal.  It cannot be killed, but it can be ignored or corrupted.  There are people who spend a great deal of time and money searching for immortality, but it there all the time, available to everyone.  We just have to develop it.


Healing Herbs: Marshmallow

Marshmallow!  That gooey whit stuff kids put on peanut butter sandwiches!  That’s a healing herb?

    No, sorry kids.  That stuff is imitation marshmallow.  It doesn’t contain any of the real herb anymore.  I’m talking about the actual plant.  Real marshmallow is a plant found in swampy areas.  The roots, when boiled, produce a thick goo that was mixed with sugar and other ingredients to made the real marshmallow desert.  For health purposes though, it’s usually taken in capsule form.  
    Marshmallow is used by herbologists to treat ulcers and other stomach and intestinal problems.  the gooey mucilage of marshmallow creates a soothing, protective coating.  It has a calming effect on the body and is also used as an expectorant.  It can also sooth a sore or scratchy throat.  It is also used to treat kidney stone and urinary tract problems.
    Romans and Greeks ate the flowers of the plant as a preventive tonic.  The gel created when the roots are boiled can be used to treat dry hands and dry hair. 


Merry Christmas

Some interesting Christmas traditions from around the world: 

In Germany, a pickle ornament is put on the Christmas tree for good luck

In Brazil, Santa enters the house through a window

In Italy, rather than a  tree, a wooden pyramid is decorated with fruit

A British tradition says that a wish made while stirring the Christmas
pudding in a clockwise direction will come true

Don’t send red Christmas cards to friends in Japan where a red card
is traditionally used for funeral notices

During the Christmas parade each year, Hollywood Boulevard in
Hollywood is officially renamed Santa Claus Lane for the day

The Czech people have a lot of traditions and superstitions for Christmas.
One is that everyone gets up from the dinner table at the same time, otherwise,
the first person to get up will be the first to die in the next year.

A Happy & Blessed Christmas to All

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