Today is the official first day of Summer, so I thought I would take you on a little flower trip through my Spring garden.
The Osho News site has done a nice job of taking my pictures and making them into a slide show.
This past Spring was truly more like summer, but since it is my favorite season, I really savor it, no matter how it’s served up by Mother Nature. It’s kind of like life: I am starting to get into it more, enjoying the ride, really. Maybe it’s the nice thing about getting older? You start to realize that it’s all about squeezing the juice out of life. Just click on the picture of the flowers below and enjoy!
It’s National Book Week. Or that is what I was told by a friend on Facebook. I thought it was a fun 2 minute diversion to an otherwise hectic day.
The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence. Don’t mention the book. Pass it along.
“Every woman wants to kill the husband – it is another matter that she does not kill him – because if she kills him, what will she do?”
*Note: I know this quote seems strange, but just so you know, I was feeling overwhelmed and my husband was adding to the mix; so when I picked a random book from the shelf, and read this quote I had to laugh! I am not a violent person, and I wasn’t thinking to kill him either. Enjoy!
Ok, for the last couple of days, Mercury has been retrograde. Personally speaking, if it gets any more intense in the heavens, I might have to join the “Baptists who Believe and Want Rapture to Happen Yesterday” (BBWRHY) church down the street. A friend recently told me about a quote he read…something about “Nothing can be done. And, nothing matters.” I think it was from Osho. I like it. And I find myself repeating it to myself throughout the day. You might want to do the same…just find something you like and resonate with.
Here are some suggestions to get you thinking:
“Don’t Worry, be Happy.”
“Everything is OK unless you think about it.”
“Through Chaos Stars are Born”
You get the idea, right?
What does mercury retro mean to you and me? Well, here is what my favorite astrologers at StarIQ have to say about it:
“Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.
Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, spending a bit more than three weeks in “reverse” gear each time. The retrograde cycle is due to the fact that we are viewing the planets from a moving platform, the Earth. The planets, in fact, do not actually change direction, but appear to do so from our perspective. This geocentric, or earth-centered, point of view is the basis for astrological measurements. In a sense, what you see is what you get.
What Does It Mean?
A retrograde planet is generally considered more introverted than when it’s in the normal direct motion mode. Astrologers have traditionally considered Mercury retrograde to be a time of difficulty in Mercury related endeavors like communication, travel and matters of detail. Some counsel the avoidance of launching new projects or signing contracts at this time. Glitches are considered more commonplace now, as are misunderstood or poorly delivered messages.
There are, fortunately, more optimistic views of what Mercury retrograde means. Rather than hunkering down in your bunker, this is a positive time to tie up loose ends, reconnect with people from the past, make mechanical repairs and get systems in order. This can also be a productive period for psychological review as new information can be gleaned from old experiences.
How Long Does It Last?
Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.
I knew the moment we saw our house that it was the one. The place where I would plant the flowers and things that I loved. I didn’t do much the first summer, wanting to see what kind of things were here…an old snowball tree, lots of “Rose of Sharon”, an old Lilac tree, a huge Oak tree, and lots of hemlocks. That was also the first year they started to die off around here; some sort of aphid was killing them. It also started to get warmer and we went from Zone 6 to Zone 7.
I got a tree man to come and treat all 24 hemlocks, and they are still standing.
I feel cozy and protected with those hemlocks surrounding our little half acre. This month it’ll be 9 years living in this old farmhouse. It was so much work to gut it and redo it, but it’s wonderful having a place that feels like a haven from the world each night when I come home.
Each year what grows and blooms is a little bit different, and maybe in a different spot. It’s as if the plants and flowers start to have a life of their own – and I love that.
I guess just about everyone who knows me knows my story about changing my name in 1980 to “Sadhvi” after taking sannyas from Osho Rajneesh, the Indian mystic. I had started to meditate before, when meditating was still considered kind of weird. Actually, being a vegetarian was also weird back then! One of these days I am going to write about my experiences at the Ranch in Oregon because it was the best time of my life, and no one would believe what we did or what we accomplished.
Nowadays it seems that just about everyone you meet meditates, or has a guru or is following someone or something that is getting them closer to peace and enlightenment.
I feel that Eckhart Tolle is definitely one of those people, and Oprah just happens to like him a lot, so she’s created the first ever online web class with him after she read his book, “A New Earth”.
On July 1, 2009, in response to what he calls “the evolutionary impulse,” Eckhart presented his first streaming video teachings. He addresses topics not ordinarily covered in his public talks-including the current economic climate-and responds directly to members’ personal inquiries.
I find it incredible that this is happening, and I hope that my fellow oops50 readers will too. Do take a look at the first three that are available and free. Click on the link below and watch, and then let me know what you felt, thought, experienced, ok?