Francis Friday: Welcoming the Pope!

Pope Francis is visiting the United States for the first time! I could hardly believe my ears when I tuned in to the 5:00 news (which I seldom watch, as most news is negative) on Tuesday, to discover that His Holiness had just stepped off the plane a few hours before in Washington, D.C. What an auspicious occasion for President Obama, Michelle Obama and their daughters to meet and greet the Pope! One cardinal on the plane joked about trading his “zucchetto” with the Pope’s, and I had no idea what he meant. So I looked up that word on Wikipedia, and found out it’s the skull cap worn by high officials in the Roman Catholic Church. Apparently, Pope Francis had a difficult time keeping his zucchetto on, as it was very windy and it kept blowing off. 🙂 Cardinals wear a scarlet red zucchetto, and the white is exclusively reserved for the Bishop of Rome (other name for Pope).

From Wikipedia: The zucchetto originated as the Greek pilos and is related to the beret (which itself was originally a large zucchetto). It was adopted circa the Early Middle Ages, if not earlier, to keep clerics’ heads warm. Its name derives from its resemblance to half a pumpkin. Its appearance is almost identical to the Jewish kippah (yarmulke), though its significance is quite different.[4][5]

I think it’s great that Pope Francis is referred to as “The People’s Pope”, and reminds me of Princess Diana (Queen of People’s Hearts). His approval rating in our country is close to 90% and he’s venturing into areas of discussion and debate that most Popes have never considered before. Pope Francis is humble, modest, charming, merciful and accessible, which the public loves! Although I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am certainly grateful for what Pope Francis represents, which is the Unconditional Love of Christ, mercy, forgiveness and charity. His generosity is clearly evident in his behavior toward the “common people”.

Pope Francis even embraced a handicapped man who had a disfigured face. This picture brings tears to my eyes, as an example of genuine compassion. Reminds me of Princess Diana and her volunteer work with lepers in the hospital:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/07/world/europe/pope-francis-embrace/

Our Pope is living up to the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, as he’s stated that He’s very proud to be named after this compassionate saint, who loved ALL of God’s creatures, and was a champion of the poor and destitute. The Pope is building bridges and healing wounds on a grand scale, such as the work he’s been doing in Cuba.

I’m very encouraged by Pope Francis’s “Encyclical Letter”. What a tremendous Wake Up Call about despoiling the environment and exploitation/abuse of wildlife, careless disregard of the sacredness of biodiversity. Hunting God’s creatures to extinction is an abomination and a SIN against Nature, when we should consider them our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters. That belief comes across very strongly in Pope Francis’s Chapter IV and pays tribute to St. Francis with Verse 87 which is the Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis’s heartwarming hymn to God’s Creations.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

And here’s Pope Francis’s stance on Animal Protection:

http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/06/pope-encyclical-embraces-animal-protection.html

Even the Pope’s dietary regimen is influenced by his respect for animals, and his repulsion for  industrialized factory farming, which is the prime contributor of Greenhouse Gases – the cause of global warming. He is essentially a Vegetarian, and eats mostly organically grown produce, following a simple Jesuit tradition.

Here’s the latest itinerary for the Pontiff’s travels:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/22/pope-visit-washington-new-york-philadelphia-united-states/72073294/

I only wish that Pope Francis would come to the west coast, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. After all, like the Pope himself, the city was named after Saint Francis of Assisi!

What are your views on the Pope’s historic visit?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

4th of July? You kidding? I’m busy with quadruplets!!!!

I have no time for 4th of July “Independence Day”, or fireworks celebrations. Our only celebration is birthing 4 (Yes, Four!) healthy babies who are all actively breastfeeding- getting plenty of mother’s milk! So important to stay well hydrated for the mother, as I’m learning now… OH the sleepless nights, the strange cravings, the demands of newborns – I’m exhausted!  Yikkes, will it ever end??

Yes, when they are all weaned at about 6 weeks! (lol!)

As of today, these “weensie” (term my mom always used), little ones are just 6 days old, and the mother cat is doing fine. So I’m feeling not very “independent” this day, or enjoying my freedom, as I have a solemn responsibility to care for and protect our kitties. This keeps me at home just as much as if I had given birth to them myself (though I’m glad I didn’t!) and really curtails my socializing.

Hey that’s okay with me, as I am a dedicated Pet Mom, and ohmygosh they are soooo adorable!! So my time is taken up with “dependents”, as we have two other cats, a big dog and three birds – whew! 🙂

Pictures of the momma and babies forthcoming, whenever I get a chance. She’s meowing again, and needs me…

It’s a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Serene Sunday: A Sneak Peek into My World

I am a Sacred Life Coach, and my intention is to create an oasis of peace where my clients can refresh themselves, be renewed, and finally find deep, lasting contentment. This is an important part of my Divine Life’s purpose, and the reason I wish to be of service as a coach and author. I began this blog to find my own “voice” and have it be truly authentic, so people can get a glimpse of my life’s philosophy. It’s definitely a work-in-progress, very experimental and always “in the moment”, as I love to be spontaneous. My writings are deliberately eclectic and free-flowing because I am that way. 🙂

That gorgeous bouquet of flowers you see on my Home page symbolizes the abundance of beauty all around us. We’ve all been to beautiful places where we can connect with Nature. But the “oasis of peace” I’ve found isn’t any particular place; it resides in your own heart. This photo inspired my blog and I didn’t notice the plastic card holder at first. Then when I looked at it with fresh eyes, it appeared as a stiff, little figure of a man amidst a jungle of blooms. Oh my gosh, what does that mean? Have we hardened our hearts and forsaken the natural world in favor of technology? I can’t believe that such a cynical view defines us as humans. So what I’ve chosen to do is gently guide my clients back to the basics, and help them see the sacredness in all of God’s creations, much as they did as children. Ah, how delightfully refreshing that is!

After a busy, hectic week of appointments and training seminars, come Sunday I just want to kick back and relax. This is serenity at its best! I might see a hummingbird in our backyard, or be laying on the hammock with a good book, or crocheting a baby’s cap for my friend’s first child. I am blissfully refreshed and renewed. 

Thankful Thursday: Oh Boy! Look What I Found!

I love it when, in the course of my web surfing, I come across someone who is making choices in their life using their powers of discernment, and not caving into peer pressure. Just earlier today, due to the wealth of information within my Twitter timeline on a healthy Vegan diet, I happened to check out the Dali Lama’s personal stance on eating animal products. In a nutshell, he made some half-hearted attempt at a vegetarian diet decades ago, but on advice of his physician was told he actually needed meat products. Meat-free choices were very limited back then. My research revealed that the Dali Lama followed what’s known today as a “junk food vegetarian diet”, so he became anemic and his doctors made an incorrect assumption. A healthy, well balanced Vegan diet (no meat, no dairy) by and large, does NOT cause health problems, and in fact is great for losing weight and building muscle. Many world-class Vegan athletes can attest to that!

While the Dali Lama is known to publicly denounce cruelty to animals, including raising them for food, he continues to consume meat 2-3 times a week. He seems to think being a “part-time vegetarian” is good enough. That may well be for the general public, but the Dali Lama is a spiritual leader and as such must be held to a higher standard. Otherwise, he is basically behaving like a hypocrite, which can’t help but seriously undermine his credibility as a peace advocate and compassionate leader. But all this is for another blog, which would include the many ways the Dali Lama has been an inspiration to his people and the world. His dietary choices are but one aspect of a basically decent human being.

That said, I did come across a very interesting blog entitled, “Why I’m Thinking About Going Vegan” which I must share with my readers. I am thankful to this beautiful woman, a former hair and beauty editor for her insightful comments on Veganism and what she’s learned from her health advocate boyfriend. She says they watched the health-conscious movies on Netflix, Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, and that’s what inspired them to phase out meat from their diets… Read and enjoy!

http://bit.ly/1Kyj3re

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Dali Lama read this blog too? Better yet, he could watch those two films and enlighten himself. He has much to learn about a truly healthy AND compassionate dietary regimen!

Serene Sunday: Selected Poems to Soothe the Soul :-)

I found these poems through “PoetrySoup”, and I think they are delightfully sweet and soothing. I hope you think so too – Enjoy! ~

Test Of Time

Secrets blowing in the wind

Another gift, another lift

Words whispered from the soul

Echoing in the chamber of my heart

Looking ahead to the dreams we’ll have

It’s what we believe in

No turning back

Chosen —– Frozen

Lost in love

Lost in life

Wiping away all the tears

Soothing all our fears

Together our friendship

will survive the test of time

 by Tim Smith

Inner Peace

Unspoken word

Nothing is heard

Thoughts now deferred

Float in my mind

Safe from all harm

Peaceful and calm

Soothing with balm

Time to unwind

by Jan Allison

Love

Star wishes, fantasies, and dreams

Fairy dust, wool gather, moon beams

Hope and desires coming true

  The day I fell in love with you

Sharing all your secrets

 Comforting all your fears

Soothing all that ails you

Drying away your tears

I live to light up your evenings

Hold you close beneath the stars

Drench myself in your holy waters

The future is finally ours

My love for you gets stronger

the more of you I know

The sun is shining brighter

my love for you now grows

by Tim Smith

Thankful Thursday: Gratitude Knows NO Bounds :-)

Today, April 2nd, is the birthday of a famous author who wrote fairy tales that became an treasured part of children’s literature. He was born a long time ago (Doesn’t this sound like I’m talking to my little girl? Good. I want it to!) in Copenhagen, Denmark and wrote tales like “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “Thumbalina” and “The Little Mermaid”… (My little one perks up, as she loves that movie!) AND “The Snow Queen”. (She looks a little confused now…) That story became another Disney movie, “Frozen”. (Well, now she’s jumping up and starting to sing “Let it Go!” – Omygosh, she’s a bundle of whirling energy!) You’d be surprised, even after all the hoopla and media coverage, and box office blockbuster sales, with “Frozen” the #1 highest grossing animated film of all time, having made over a billion $$$~! that most people don’t know who wrote the original story! And I don’t know why Disney chose to change the title for the animated film.

I am very grateful to Hans Christian Anderson for his beautiful picture storybooks, whether or not they ever became popular films. Though he’s from another era and died 140 years ago, his legacy of literature lives on! There is a place in California, near Santa Barbara called Solvang (means “sunny field”), that has a statue of Hans Christian Anderson in the town square. Every year on this date, the people of Solvang have a celebration of his life in a town that simulates Copenhagen, Denmark (great danish pastries there!): http://www.solvangusa.com/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON !

Wisdom Wednesday: Humor in Nature’s Little Wonders :-)

Here is another 15 minute “free write”, just as I did 3 weeks ago. Pardon the time lapse, and I have no excuse! My intention is to post on my blog at least twice a week, and I have more than enough material, believe you me! 🙂

Sometimes we find wisdom in unusual places, or from unexpected situations that often go unnoticed. Witness the following, and bear in mind my writing here is free-flowing, unedited, no spell check, and uncensored!

“How doth the busy little bumble bee go about her daily spree? She is heavyweight, not at all lite enough for flight. Does it matter in the least, tho she be quite a tiny beast! Stories say the bumble bee is industrious as can possibly be. She defies the law of gravity by flying high and defty moving from blossum to blossum and fulfilling her dream… The busy little bumblebee is so coordinated and graceful. So why should it matter that she has a fat ass? When you watch this fair creature in action, you have to marvel at her ease and grace, despite her amply endowed midriff. Bees don’t care about that “Fol de Rol” and such a discriminatory frame of mind. Let’s bee more generous about all beings who are larger than “normal” and admire and appreciate their many attributes. There is much to admire about the bumblebee. I have to watch myself around her, lest I get stung. However, I am careful and I don’t bother her, as she goes about her buzzing business, and she probably doesn’t notice me. All bees are hardworkers in the aminal kingdom and always fulfill their purpose each day. They have an innate wisdom and built-in time clock, knowing they have to finish their work before dusk or sundown, and be back at the hive well before dark. That’s why you never see a bee at night. I have encountered them in and around swimming pools. One time, I had to rescue a bee in the water, and get her to safety just outside the pool. I set her down gently, said a prayer and blew on her — what I call the “breath of life”. It would be rather difficult to give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a honeybee, wouldn’t it? Anywho, the honeybee did recover and flew away.  I was happy and so relieved.  I had just saved a life~!”