I am gOOfy delirious about the release of my April Stamp Collection from Unity Stamp Company! These are my first ever journal stamps and I made ones I'd use in my journal - flowery swirls and words that aren't reminders of errands but the important tasks of life: How Did I Love Today?Whether it is yourself or the world, in the end, love is all there is.
I will be putting up examples of how I use these stamps quite soon.
In my Fairy Collection, Gracie-Glitter-Magic was made when my beloved shih-tzu passed away. His name was Finnegan Glitter Sunshine Magic and this fairy was made to protect him. I see them together running through fairy fields and chasing butterflies. She will run and play with you too, just ask her!
Rosie-Peaceful-Posie is a calming fairy and likes to watch over people. She loves flowers and being in the garden. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN to see what we do with her!
I would like to leave for San Diego on May 15th, so anything you purchase from my Etsy shop from now until then will go to my trip. It feels important to me to visit the place where I got him and gain some sort of closure. I need this road trip.
Every day I will post new art until I leave, and will document my trip while I'm on it.
My new hoodie made it’s debut in the Week 18 Paint and Chronicle: My Sacred Narrative video. You might have heard me mention before that Carol was sick and tired of seeing me in my old hoodie that I wore almost everyday and which was worn out and stained. This new hoodie was a gift from my friend, Bettina, and she got it from a free-trade shop that is owned by another friend of hers, Mandala Fashion. You can check out their awesome merchandise at www.mandala-fashion.com. My hoodie was made with non-toxic coloring and the textiles came from certified organically grown cotton!
You got to see the front of my hoodie in the video, but here’s a picture of the back:
If you think about it, the fact that we get to eat anything at all is a miracle. A seed had to be formed, and then grown, sunlight had to happen, and water. A person had to pick the vegetable and make it available for sale. You had to have money to buy it or know someone who does. You have to be healthy enough to hold a fork and raise it to your mouth, or know someone who will do it for you, and hopefully they won't think you are a pain in the ass. The fact that we get to eat and live is a damn miracle.
I don't feel the miracle though, so I'm going to need to pray. I found this Japanese prayer online and I think it is what I need to say before I eat.
"This food is a gift of the entire universe,
and the work of many people.
May I be the presence that deserves to receive this.
May I receive the energy and be protected from illness.
May I walk the path of wisdom and love.
When I eat, may I not forget the people
who are now suffering from hunger in the world.
In this food, I see the presence of the entire universe supporting me."
No matter what we eat this week, be it good for us food or bad, be thankful for it. Say the blessing and hopefully it will become a reminder that even though horrible things may go on in our lives, there are blessings to be grateful for still. We need only to push ourselves a little sometimes to see them.
Whether or not you believe Jesus was the son of God, at the very least he was an intelligent, kind, and gentle soul who taught a message of unconditional love and hope for all. He is someone I strive to be more like.