It reminded me of an experience I had a couple of days before Christmas while shopping at the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City. My granddaughter was visiting L.A., as was I, and she wanted to stretch her $40 to get a few gifts. So, my mom and niece suggested she start at the Wal-Mart located in the mall.
After I made certain the girls kept a good eye on their grandmother/great-grandmother, my plan was to sneak out and get a “Hello Kitty” bracelet made for my granddaughter without her getting a whiff of the surprise. As I began walking from the back of the huge store to the exit, a little girl, I’ll call “Brandy,” with stringy blonde hair and the sweetest face appeared just a couple of feet from the end of the aisle. Brandy called out to me. Surprised, I continued toward her and she asked me for help.
It’s amazing when little people have the veracity and calm to approach a stranger for help and know exactly who to trust. Brandy told me that she had lost her family, but when I asked about her mother, she said she was at home. My first fear was that she had been abandoned, but in her gibberish, I realized that Brandy had been with other family members.
Brandy quickly grabbed my hand and we started walking as I called out to the shoppers, “Small child lost! Anyone looking for their daughter?” I asked Brandy if it was alright for me to pick her up so people could see her better. (It was also better for my back.) She gave me a darling smile. Apparently, she, too, wanted to be carried.
Brandy had a remarkably calm demeanor and conversed with me like we were old friends. I was particularly touched by her comfort with me. She kept one arm gripped around my neck, and at times placed her head on my shoulder, drawing my motherly love around her like a protective tigress.
Hearing my call to the Wal-Mart shoppers, a young male security guard walked up to us and said he’d take the child. I politely refused and could feel her relief as her grip tightened. Our bond had become special and she felt assured I’d take her to safety. I offered the guard to walk with us, guide us to the customer service, and, most importantly, to make a “lost child” store announcement. I convinced the guard, “it’s not personal, dear, but the little sweetheart chose me to help her find her family because she felt safe with me.” It was clear that I wasn’t going to release her to anyone that was not her family.
The security guard left us, but crossed paths with us again a few minutes later. Again, I requested that he make an announcement that a little child was looking to be reunited with her family. It irked me that something as simple as making a full store announcement was not the immediate response of the store security. By now, a male and female security guard were aware of the child’s dilemma, but neither had made any motion to make an announcement.
In the meantime, I heard a voice a few feet away, “Picking up strays now, are you?” Then, laughter ensued as my niece and granddaughter walked up looking amazed and amused. Little Brandy waved her hand from left to right at them both and asked, “Is this your family?” The gesture was so cute that we all burst out laughing. I managed to answer affirmatively. The three of them began a conversation, and then, my mom appeared looking bewildered. She thought I should turn the child over to the store security. We all exclaimed, “No!” That’s when Mom really saw Brandy. That darling child had engaged her, too. A few moments later, a tattered looking young man with a boy about 5 years old spotted us.
Brandy’s wide smile was indication enough to let us know that they were her family. Still holding on to me like I was her dear friend, she cheered, “That’s my daddy!” It took her a second to let me go, as she thanked me with a squeeze. I handed her over to her worried-looking father. With a look of embarrassment and relief, he thanked me profusely.
Mom, the quintessential grandmother and great-grandmother walked over to Brandy’s father and had a grandmotherly chat with him. As we were leaving Wal-Mart, we asked her what she told him. Mom shared, with raised brow, that Brandy and her brother had been allowed to play hide ‘n’ seek under the clothing racks (something her children would have never been allowed to do, by the way) when Brandy got lost. Mom’s wise words to the father were, “This is not the climate to leave your children unattended, even for a moment.” He seemed to digest her words well and with appreciation. We were all glad it turned out so gracefully.
My best advice for a parent is that you teach your children good survival skills while keeping them prayed up. Watch them with a hawk’s eye, as much as you are able. That 7-year-old who was almost kidnapped fortunately got away. It’s often not the case. Keep your little ones close to you, especially when you are in places where they can easily become lost or get snatched. The beasts who steal children are hunters and have the patience of hunters.
Build a trustworthy network. Your children are worth every moment of your time. Above all treat your children with love and respect. They grow up faster than you can imagine.
- Mapping History (craftyweetzie.wordpress.com)
- Mom. (amyboughner.ca)
- I Have A Brand New Baby Granddaughter To Spoil And Liam Becomes A Big Brother (archemdis.wordpress.com)
- Reminiscing: My Grandmother Was the Chuck Norris of Our Family. (insolenceandimpertinence.wordpress.com)
- Md. Woman Must Avoid Wal-Mart After Bleach Fight (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
Sleep for five to eight hours and then,
Look around you,
See the love and support that has remained with your
Through all of your difficult encounters.
No matter where you have roamed or what you have done,
You have always remained loved and support.
What have you given back to those who have NEVER forsaken you?
Love, complaints, a helpful hand, lies, excuses?
Yes, you have changed your program, but was it by choice or did it
Prove to be the wrong path for one as gifted as yourself?
WAKE UP, CHILD!
Time moves on and waits for no one!
Be not the fool, the dog who barks at the flying bird.
This is your time. Use it well and it will be kind to you later.
Misuse it and you will be constantly reminded, embittered by the waste.
You have left a messy trail.
It led you to the streets and then to jail.
Achievement in school remains the best way forward.
Education is priceless. If you don’t believe me, try living without it.
Plant the seed now and later the harvest will feed you.
Work hard NOW and the benefits will surprise you.
No matter what you think, NO ONE owes you.
You owe yourself, more than you’ve been willing to admit.
So OWN yourself!
WAKE UP, CHILD!
Stop acting the fool, do well in school.
Be thankful you have a home, the streets are no where to roam.
WAKE UP, CHILD!
This is YOUR life!
Stop spitting on the hands that feed you.
Be loyal to your family.
Look nowhere but within.
Be true to yourself.
No more lies, inside or out!
The truth will set you FREE!
Clean up your trail! No more running! Check out your mind!
WAKE UP, CHILD!
The clock is ticking, ticking, ticking!
It’s about you! What will YOU do for YOU!
C’MON NOW, WAKE UP, CHILD!
© 1989 Dafina Kuficha
- Wake Up (witsblog.org)
- To Oakland with Love: Choose Humanity NOT Insanity… (tidbitsforthesoul.wordpress.com)
These days are filled with fascinating natural occurrences. Arizona has experienced its second major dust storm in a month. Over 241 tornados touched down in Alabama and the midwest, leaving uncountable and in some cases, insurmountable, damages, including loss of life and property. The news is not reassuring but actually serves to keep fear at the forefront of our lives. Stress plays an all too major role in our everyday lives and many of us need a way to handle it effectively. Well, here’s a 10-20 breathing exercise that may not be able to prevent high blood pressure but it can keep it from rising. Sometimes we just need an easy way to handle our stress and the right type of breathing can be the answer. Your breath can be of great aid to your process or it can hinder your process by keeping you feeling fearful and inflexible. Remember, deep breathing is essential to good health.
Acupuncture also aids you in deepening your breathing practice as it aids the respiratory system in improving its function. Choose to have vibrant health by taking time to deepen your breathing with the Hara Breathing Exercise Technique and open yourself to practices that improve your health.
HARA BREATHING EXERCISE TECHNIQUE
Hara breathing is done to relieve the body, mind, and spirit of all types of stress. If you feel weak or overwhelmed, scared or angry, breathing into the hara will ease these feelings. Breathing into the hara region allows you to contact your reservoir of energy, and then helps you to root it.
Find a place of quiet, peacefulness. Make sure the clothes you are wearing are loose fitting, especially around your waist. You may lie down, sit down or stand up to perform this breathing technique. It may feel more comfortable to either lie down with your knees slightly bent (to take pressure off your lower back), or to sit in the lotus (crossed-legged) position. (Careful of too placing much pressure on sore knees) Begin with natural breathing, allowing your body, especially your jaws, neck and shoulders, to relax.
Begin by taking three deep, cleansing breaths, inhaling slowly through your nostrils, while expanding your abdomen, and finish by exhaling slowly through your mouth.
Now, inhale slowly through your nostrils to the count of five (“one thousand one” and so on). Place your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Feel your inhalation all the way down to your hara, the region located about one inch below your navel. As you inhale to the count of five, your abdomen should be expanding as your diaphragm is moving downward. Hold the breath for another five counts. Exhale by removing your tongue from the roof of your mouth keeping your mouth slightly open. To the count of five, slowly, quietly exhale like a cool breeze. If a feather were placed in front of your mouth during the exhalation, it would not be moved, so quiet and calm is the exhaling breath. Continue this exercise without pause between inhalation and exhalation. As you become more adept with this breathing exercise, you may wish to hold the breath longer. Increase the count gradually as you are ready for it.
Practice hara breathing daily for at least ten to twenty minutes in the mornings and evenings. You will immediately notice improvement in your inner feelings and in your overall physical health. Feel free to use this breathing technique when you are facing challenges in your life’s daily activities. You can do the exercise for a few moments or for ten to twenty minutes, once a day or twice a day or throughout the day. At the end you’ll feel much calmer and refreshed. Your choices, options, possibilities and opportunities become clearer when you are calmer. Enjoy deeper breathing and better health. Ashay!
It has long been written that the world as we know it will be forever altered by 2012. The need for a global consciousness of global respect, love and appreciation for all life cannot be understated. We have passed the time for only having recognition and concern for our own problems. Yes, the spiritually-disenfranchised of this nation continue to support devastating wars and conflicts around the world. In so doing, the propagation of fear and terrorism is being used to further us away from our goal of global harmony. Spring is the season of new thought and new ways of looking at old situations. We are charged with taking evolutionary steps in the direction of inner peace, then world peace. We have many movements coming forth to allow bring this goal to its fruition. One such goal is A Day of Global Silence. The first date is07/07/07. Spread the world and read the article on this website that will tell you how to use silence to create inner and global peace. Please lend yourself to this effort and spread the word for Silence. Shhh…”Be still and know that ye are daughters and sons of the Most High!”
It is through honoring the truth in our spirits, taking care to rest, eat well, speak truth, speak kindness, think high thoughts, and by respecting all life that we are most likely to remain strong, centered, focused, loving, caring, considerate, enthusiastic, helpful, encouraged and encouraging, motivated and motivating, inspired and inspiring. Many of us will suffer through our own or through the sufferings of others. One thing is certain, no matter how difficult, ridiculous, or fearful things may appear, ALL IS IN DIVINE ORDER. Take quiet time to honor yourself, your thoughts, feelings, fears, or confidences and to attune with greater frequency to the Divine Self, whatever you name IT, God, Allah, Jah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Mother Spirit, Infinite Spirit, Wakan Tanka, Holy Breath of All Life, Jesus, Buddha,Krishna, and so on. Remember also to honor the ancestors of ancient or recent past without whose lives yours would not be. The old folks put it aptly, “always remember where you’ve come from.”
In the Huang Ti Nei Ching Su Wen, the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, asks Ch’i Po, “How can one achieve a tranquil atmosphere?” She answers, “By avoiding transgressions of the laws of nature.” One of the ways to avoid (too many) transgressions is through proper use of the breath. Perhaps one or all of the following three qi gong exercises will lively up your qi.
HARA BREATHING TECHNIQUE
Two important reasons for performing Hara breathing technique are to relieve the body, mind, and spirit of any type of stress and to circulate and strengthen the body’s qi (vital energy). If you feel weak, overwhelmed, scared, angry, or just stressed out, breathing into the hara region will ease these feelings. Breathing into the hara allows you to contact your reservoir of energy, and then helps you root it. In so doing, you are bringing in the vibration of optimal health to your being.
Find a place of quiet peacefulness. Make sure the clothes you are wearing are loose fitting, especially around your waist. You may lie down, sit down or stand up to perform this breathing technique. I find it more comfortable to either lie down with knees slightly bent or place a pillow under them to take pressure off the lower back, or sit in lotus (crossed-legged) position. Begin with natural breathing, allowing your body, especially your jaws, neck and shoulders, to relax.
Take three deep, cleansing breaths, inhaling slowly through your nose, expanding your abdomen, and exhaling slowly through your mouth. Now, slowly inhale through your nose to the count of five (“one thousand one” and so on). Place your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Feel your inhalation all the way down to your hara, the place located about one inch below your navel. As you inhale, your abdomen is expanding and your diaphragm moves down in a full breath. Hold the breath for another five counts. While exhaling, remove your tongue from the roof of the mouth, and slightly open it. To the count of five, slowly and quietly exhale through your mouth likening the breath to a cool breeze. NOTE: If a feather were to be placed in front of your mouth during exhalation, it would not be moved, so quiet and calm is the breath of the exhalation. Breathe continuously without pause between inhalation and exhalation.
Practice this technique daily for at least ten to twenty minutes in the morning and evening. You will soon notice improvement in your inner feelings and in your overall physical health.
Copyright 1996 Dafina Kuficha, L.Ac.
My heart is heavy and my prayers are ceaseless. Where any of us suffer, we all suffer. We are one world here and our connection is clear. The tsunami that hit Japan reached the U.S. within hours. Though the damage here was less than minimal in comparison, lives were lost and to those families, it was just as devastating.
Now, as Japan faces even more problems and potential nuclear power plant meltdowns, neighboring countries fear the worse for Japan and themselves. American scientists say we have nothing to worry about in the U.S. Yet, who really knows, and why should they be believed? Since when are governments transparent? Panic has become widespread in northern California, particularly.
At the end of this blog, I have listed a number of websites that provide unbiased information about the state of affairs from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Let us be conscious in how we use and direct our thoughts. Panic is never the answer and can cause more trouble than what the fearful imagined.
These are a few of the posts I posted on my Facebook page. There were many beautiful, powerful comments posted by others in response. I am thankful to live in this country, to know such beauty and to be supported by such love! I know that many in Japan were living a similar life and it hurts tremendously to know so many perished in a swoop of a shake and a wave. Whew…
Please take moments of Silence throughout your day. Let us focus on Japan, Haiti, war torn areas throughout our planet, on anyone suffering any place in the world. Focus on an upliftment of consciousness. We are the world, we are one, we are not our things. We are not our suffering. Attune to gratitude.
When I heard all the iodine sources had dried up, it popped in my head: Hey, folks have bought it up for resale! Damn Americans! No heart…Their god is money and money is their god! Geez…So you know what that means? 2011: chickens coming home to roost. Watch out gougers! If you ain’t about Love, you ain’t about nuthin’!
The idea of panicking means folks aren’t spiritually secure. I would say that’s the first thing to get: an enhanced relationship with the DIVINE SELF. I’m taking a bit of a “break” from the news and all. I’ve personal reasons and it’s hard to watch others suffer so. Knowing my focus is good enough for me.
Calm, cool collectedness will be more aid than iodine. When we really tune in, we can connect to the Divine directives we receive. This is the time when we get to truly uplift our faith. Folks are panicking. Nothing good comes from panic. Breathe, be still and listen. Proceed with wisdom.
Prayers for our Japanese neighbors/family, especially for those who are need rescue, and for all those seeking assistance. This is why the call to Love is so crucial. Life changes can be swift. We truly never know. Rising to love releases us from our pettiness and allows for the breath of harmony to pervade in our earthly atmosphere. Can that diminish radiation?
Our Japanese family needs so much of our loving thoughts, prayers, & love! They also need financial support for food & shelter. Here’s the latest. Pray ceaselessly. We can see we are all connected by how quickly that tsunami hit the U.S. It’s hard to imagine how the survivors feel, but we must send them our strength. The radiation leaked won’t stay in Japan. Like the tsunami, it will travel. Continue reading
I am Global Peace!
Rather than complain about all the things
going wrong on Earth planet,
I choose to give thanks for all that goes right.
I choose to focus on the loving care I witness, receive and give daily.
As I focus on that love, I am strengthened,
and have more love to give to myself and to others.
As I focus on that love, I am compassion,
and have more compassion for myself and for others.
As I focus on that love, I am forgiveness,
and have more forgiveness for myself and for others.
As I focus on that love, I enter into the golden Silence,
and in the golden Silence I connect with peace.
As I connect with my inner peace,
I connect with the global vision of peace, with Immaculate Love
and harmony for all life and its conditions.
In the holy Silence, the answer to “how” is revealed.
It starts with me, with every “me” in the world .
The peace piece is an inward journey.
The world will not know peace without it!
Peace Be still and know that we are
Daughters & Sons of the Most High.
- Peace Be With You. (eliseonlife.wordpress.com)
- How Do I Enter the Silence (treasureyourhealth.wordpress.com)
- World Peace starts in your HEART (mjsen.wordpress.com)
- Finding Peace Within (angelicmaria.wordpress.com)
- She is Silence… (xseverinx.wordpress.com)
- A Slow March Towards Global Peace? (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
I AM THAT I AM!
I AM THAT I AM!
I AM BLESSED!
I AM BRIGHT!
I AM RADIANT!
I AM LIGHT!
I AM PROSPEROUS!
I AM STRONG!
I AM ACTIVE WHERE I BELONG!
I AM SUCCESS!
I AM SERENITY!
I AM POWERFUL!
I AM FREE!
I AM MOUNTAINS!
I AM TREES!
I AM RIVERS!
I AM OTTER!
I AM BEAR!
I AM EAGLE!
I AM ME!
I AM CHILD OF THE HOLY ONE!
I AM THAT I AM!
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