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  • Spring 2015 Update

    Written by Jasmine

    (Webmistress The Majickal Garden)

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    Warm greetings in this most welcome time of new growth! For some it has been a very long Winter laden with record breaking snowfalls. Here in the Pacific Northwest, with not a flake in sight all season where I live, it turned out to be wet and mild temps from the norm. Even our beautiful mountains have suffered with a much depleted snow pack.

    I feel the urge to get busy in clearing out the cob webs and clutter that manages to appear during the dormant time and freshen the place up.

    I started with this website for a garden-fresh change that has been long overdue! It is requiring some education on my part in working the updated program which I find rather stimulating in the results it produces. I hope the new look and features are pleasing for you. : )

    The latest battle in the news is over Net Neutrality over ISP companies (Internet Service Providers) like Comcast, AT&T and some other interconnect companies. When we access the internet via phone, tablet or computer we get to view websites and videos at pretty much the same speed as everyone else does. The conflict was in the ISP’s desire to control their data pipes from flowing at the speed we have been used to during peak times and in busier areas unless customers were signed up with paying premium payments. Of course they would deem where and when this would happen!

    The defense is that the internet belongs to everyone and it was the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) that met these corporations in court and ruled:

    “When these rules take effect, broadband service providers will not be allowed to:

    • “Block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices,”
    • “impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content, application, or service, or use of a non-harmful device,” or
    • “engage in paid prioritization.

    (Quoted from an article in “The Motley Fool” website)

    They will contest the ruling as is their right; however it looks like the ruling was solid. I feel this is a huge win for “We The People” against the money grubbin’ corporations that would see us bled dry in order to maintain their quarterly earnings!

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    The other day I was doing my yoga routine and injured my elbow. I did not feel it until hours later and quickly my elbow had swollen up, very sore with a significant lack of bending range. I went back over my session and remembered my mind had wandered from the moment to somewhere totally inconsequential to what I was doing. At the time I realized my posture in the pose was off and corrected it but I must have damaged the muscle in the process. I immediately set about using an ice pack every couple hours throughout the rest of the day with limited activity. I had to go out and take care of some business so I pared down my normal prep to only necessary to get myself reasonably presentable. Just putting a scrunchie to a pony tail was a major painful effort! With each step forward I focused solely on that alone. When periods of time came where I had nothing to do but sit calmly still I made sure to savor the moment in awareness and appreciation for  now…everything was alright.

    On the 3rd morning upon awakening I gingerly lifted my wounded “wing” off the pillows I had planted it on for my slumber and gave it a bendy run. I had my movement back with but a little bit of soreness and a lot of gratitude that it was a short injury experience. The next morning it was no worse, which gave me hope. However…everyday uses of my limb became greatly limited and offered much challenge to achieve my goals! After a soothing meditation session I replaced frustration and anger for “allowing” it to happen with the knowledge of the reminder it was…to remain “in the moment” fully.

    It’s so easy to take basic things in life…like use of all our body parts…for granted. I am comforted with the strength and power of positive thinking that willfully living in the moment brings dealing with incapacitating injury or illness. The only thing to do at those times is whatever is within our ability to help our situation be it with medication, healthy food and supplements or simple tender loving care for ourselves. To accept the things I cannot change…the courage to change the things I can…and the Wisdom to know the difference.

    I am looking forward with pleasure to connecting with my awakening garden again as new growth sprouts around me. I hope you find your own connection with nature revitalized and reap the soulful benefits of living in the moment as you doing so.

    Peace On Your Path

    Jasmine

    Webmistress – The Majickal Garden

    “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different;

    being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

    enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will)” – James Baraz

     

  • ▶ Guided Meditation for Sleep… Floating Amongst the Stars – YouTube

    I really like this sleep meditation and have been using it often. Insomnia

    likes to visit my bed at its own discretion and timing. So I have found

    guided imagery with music most helpful during those times.

    The male voice is soothing and soft with a pleasant accent.  It’s counter

    productive to find your mind wandering in noting you really can’t relax

    and follow your guide when all you can think about is how irritating the

    voice is to your ears! It lasts an hour and most nights I don’t get past the

    first half where I am already drifting in my dreams amongst the stars.

    I spend the first 5 min or so lying on my back…mind clear…and allow

    my body to sink into the mattress while focusing on the narrator. As

    I do this I allow each inhale of breath to settle into each section of my

    body and feel it relax…starting with my feet and work upward with

    each slow relaxed inhale. Not thinking any words but only observing

    as I begin to let go of tension in each body part. With one last long

    slow exhale I can feel a slight tingle starting on the top of my head…

    traveling down my arms to my fingers and ending in my toes.

    At that point I turn over to my sleeping position and allow myself to

    be guided to sleep.

    (Commentary written by Jasmine-webmistress of The Majickal Garden)