Touchstones meditations for July 31

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Catherine Bauby, and it states “Look at the past as a bullet. Once it’s fired it’s finished. I will let go of the past by learning from it. I give myself to shaping today.”

Card Reading for Sunday, 7.31.16                             

The 6 of Pentacles card displays a happy man with his arms wide open. You arrive at an end of a chapter in your life, and now you are looking at new opportunities that are available to you. You are filled with optimism and enthusiasm.

The 7 of Cups card has to do with dreams and aspirations, such as love, career, and particular wants.

The Chariot card, 7th card, is in reverse, which indicates that you now need to plan for the future to make your dreams come true.

These three cards add up to 20, and the number 20 reduces to 2. The number 2 means relationship, cooperation, and your engagement to make things happen.

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Touchstones meditation for July 30

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Mohandas Gandhi, and it states “Many could forgo heavy meals, a full wardrobe, a fine house, et cetera; it is the ego they cannot forgo. I will let go of external images and use my faith to take the leap forward.”

Card Reading for Saturday, July 30, 2016

The 10 of Wands card is in reverse, which indicates opportunities open up for you on Saturday, and these opportunities are likely to lead to expansion and growth in your life. You have good luck and good fortune on Saturday. There is a lot of ease and freedom. (I decided today that I need to work on doing more videos)

The Strength card, 11th card, indicates that you have the strength to deal with whatever comes up in your life. And, you don’t really need to use your strength today because everything is easy for you.

The Devil card, 15th card, indicates you might make fun of the difficult things because you can handle anything. You are now able to have fun as you prosper because nothing is hard for you.

These three cards add up to 36, and the number 36 reduces to 9. The number 9 means spirituality and completion. God will help you overcome any obstacles and succeed.

I slept late last night, which is way into the morning hours because I was playing a stupid game on Facebook and I just didn’t realize the actual time, which is much later than usual. So, I woke up late, as well, around 11am. I don’t have any plans today, except the usual things, blogging, drawing, and making some videos. I should go out somewhere, maybe just riding my Huffy around for a little exercise. I seem to do a variety of exercises, from yoga, riding bicycle, walking and hiking. Since 24 Hour Fitness aren’t fixing their stationary bikes and treadmills, I have been look to outdoor activities because who knows when all the 24 Hour Fitness gyms will suddenly close down.

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Touchstones meditation for July 29

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Herbert Otto, and it states “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Today, I am grateful for the rewards in my life from this experiment in recovery.”

I like this quote, and I enjoy experimenting in my life to learn and grow, hopefully to improve myself and my life.

Wild Unknown Card Reading for Friday, July 29, 2016

The 4 of Swords card is in reverse, and it depicts a cute little lamb sitting like a sweet baby, and its third eye is shining brightly. Since it is in reverse, it means that you are already enlightened, and the sun is “shining brightly,” which indicates you have all the information you need to take action that will improve your current life.  (Wow, that sounds good).

The 10 of Pentacles card is also in reverse, and it indicates that you might not feel everything in your life is structured and rooted the way you want it to be. (I understand this one, too, because sometimes I am not sure what action I should take next).

The 8 of Swords card is also in reverse, and it depicts a cocoon, where a caterpillar has turned into a monarch butterfly. You are about to break free into the world to create wonderful things. Since it is in reverse, it indicates that it is safe for you to go out into the world and spread your butterfly wings. Don’t hold anything back. Unfold the truth into the world. Let your light shine and express yourself truthfully to the world. (I think I have been already doing that on the internet since 2008).

Accept the past negativity for what it is because it has made you who you are today, which is more intelligent, wise, and enlightened to your surroundings, and move on forward to a positive future ahead.

These three cards add up to 22, and the number 22 means builder and creator of something magical and cool from a truthful place because it appears to be useful and noteworthy.

Today, I plan to check out a photography seminar at Canon.

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Changing My Menu for Hay Fever Issues

Thursday, July 28, 2016

By 12:12am, as I am watching youtube videos, I suddenly notice that I am feeling much better. My nose seems better, and I haven’t since three hours ago. But it is still a little bit stuffy.  I now have a stomachache because I ate too much pistachio nuts. I love nuts! So, I will just blog for tonight and go relax in bed, maybe do some reading or listen to music.

I should go to sleep upright for this hay fever duration. I will also change my bed sheets tomorrow morning.

I think, instead of coffee for breakfast, I will drink some green tea as well as at a raw vegan wrap that I recently made. And, I need to make sure I drink a lot of liquids to drain the mucus. This hay fever is really annoying.

Signing off tonight because I need my rest. I hope I can sleep better tonight, and my nose isn’t stuffy anymore because I really want to continue with nostrils cleansing until I get rid of all the mucus.

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Touchstones meditations for July 28

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday’s Touchstone meditation quote is by Karen Giordino, and it states “I am ill because my mind is in a rut and refuses to leave. Today, I will remember that I am a whole man, with body and spirit as one. As I turn to the Steps, my whole being is healed.”

Card Reading for Thursday, 7.28.16

From the three major arcana cards, he states that it appears to be a major day.

The Strength card, 8th card, involves having strength to deal with minor issues on Thursday morning. (In my case, I think it is this irritating Hay Fever and trying to rid all the mucus from my nostrils).

The Devil card, 15th card, indicates that this minor issue will make you miserable because it is uncomfortable. (Yeah, this hay fever and mucus is really making me miserable with my stuffy nose, runny nose, and sneezing).

The World card, 21st card, indicates that connecting with God on this day will help you solve this minor issue by guiding you towards what you need. (I have been googling natural methods to deal with this hay fever, on Wednesday night, and I have found interesting information, such as I should try NOT to sneeze or blow my nose because sneezing and blowing my nose can worsen my situation. Wow, I didn’t know that. Other good natural remedies include stinging nettle extract, capsaicin, chili peppers, capsicum, aromatherapy oils—menthol, eucalyptus, and lavender, vaporizer, green tea, unprocessed honey, raw honey, fruits and veggies, but NOT tomatoes and oranges, and drink lots of water. (I knew drink a lot of water was important). Other good foods include beans, lentils, garlic, onion, warm soup, broths, carrots, sweet potatoes, green pepper, and pumpkin. I still have some of these foods left, but I don’t have any soup because I don’t sip soup in the summertime. I think tomorrow I will add some garlic in my vegan wrap).

These three cards add up to 44, and the number 44. The number 44 is about listening to your guidance in order to help you heal.

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My Condition is Hay Fever

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Although I had planned to go to yoga class at noon, I woke up in the morning and decided to skip yoga. My nose was stuffy and runny because of allergies, and it bothered my all night that I couldn’t sleep much. I just turned on the radio and listened to relaxing songs until I fell asleep. I decided to do some laundry, and I decided to place the pet cushion into the washer because I don’t know how else to wash this kind of big piece. There is no laundromat in my area, although there use to be but they eventually closed down. I hope it doesn’t break my new washer and dryer. After washing it, along with other pieces that I felt needed to be sanitized, I noticed that the pet cushion looked out of shape. Oh, well, that is the best I can do. I placed these items into the drier, and again under sanitized. I do have four more loads to do, which include whites, colored, delicate hand wash, and rags. But the rags are a very small group. I might even divide the colored clothes into normal machine wash and delicate machine wash, depending on the items. I need to go through each piece carefully, before I accidentally place one into the wrong group and mess it up. I continue to sneeze, which I think might be a good thing because I sneeze out more mucus. But I feel like I need to do more nostril cleansing. I drank a cup of Echinacea herbal tea, and I noticed it was my last tea bag for this flavor.

I had made some vegan taco fillings, which was good, because I used the Raw Food recipes, which included Tamari sauce, and I added some extras, such as chopped onions, tomato, and cucumber, into a raw vegan wrap. I didn’t have any taco shells. Maybe next time, I will try this recipe with taco shells, filled with some vegan shredded cheese, shredded lettuce as well as other ingredients.

I googled natural ways to rid mucus from my body, especially my nostrils, and I found some good ideas I want to try out, such as placing a hot towel on my face to soften mucus, and maybe it will help it all get out, God Willing. I also want to try cleansing with sea salt and baking soda.

I googled more information about my allergy, and I have the symptoms for hay fever.

I did two loads of laundry—group that needs to be sanitized and machine wash gentle cycle, in which some might requires hang dry. I have three more loads left, as well as hand wash, in which I will finish tomorrow. I will do the hand wash last because I don’t like dealing with hand wash.

Although I now understand that I currently have hay fever, I hope I can still remove all the mucus in my nostril to bring back my normal smelling.


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Touchstones meditations for July 27

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Zenrin Poem, and it states “You cannot get it by taking thought; You cannot seek it by not taking thought. I must give this program first priority in my life, remembering my spirituality progress comes as a gift, not as an achievement.”

Card Reading for Wednesday, 7.27.16

The Sun card, 19th card, depicts happiness and joy with a large and bright yellow sun smiling a bit smiley face, and a cute blond cupid baby laughing joyously as he rides a white horse. There are sunflowers in the background as well as a grass pasture. This card has to do with life, energy, and doing whatever you want to do in your life.

The 5 of Rods card indicates that you might encounter some minor conflict in your day, maybe crazy people doing stupid things for no reason.

The Devil card, 15th card, indicates that there might be too much focus on material things.

These three cards add up to 39, and the number 39 reduces to 12, which reduces to 3. The number 3 means expression. It is best to express yourself clearly during this minor conflict so that it doesn’t get worse.

He adds a fourth card, the 3 of Cups card, which depicts three girls hanging out together and having fun.

I don’t have anything planned for Wednesday, except go to yoga class at noon and maybe draw.

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Touchstones meditations for July 26

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Erich Fromm, and it states “The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness. Today, I will let go of my grasping for more. I will let go of it again and again throughout the day so I am not ruled by this weakness.”

Wild Unknown Card Reading for Tuesday, 7.26.16

This card deck has mostly ink drawings of simple scenes, which doesn’t really tell much because it isn’t very visual.

The 5 of Wands card has to do with conflict and chaos, and it depicts five sticks. It appears to be minor conflict. (I didn’t really experience any conflict or chaos of any kind. But when I was chatting with someone I know in Yoworld, I realized that he has the same sinus problem that I have been having for a while know, but it really hasn’t bothered me, except it has messed up my smelling. So, he mentioned he had lack of smelling problem, too. And, his doctor told him about using chamomile tea to cleanse his nostrils. So, I decided to try that, too. I have only used saline solution to cleanse my nostrils via neti pot, and I really need to do it more often, like once a day, if I don’t forget or just get too tired. Anyway, his success story with chamomile tea encouraged to try it, and, God Willing, I will get my smell back soon after).

The 3 of Cups card depicts three birds hanging out together on a branch during sunset. They seem to be chatting and having fun in their group. They are sharing with each other positive ideas or news, and their life seems colorful and happy. (At 6:30pm, I went on a 5-mile walk at the Woodbridge Lake area, and it was a relaxing walk with a big group of people. But some people didn’t do all five miles. Some only did half the hike, although it was on flat sidewalks with nice view. At 8:45pm, I decided to go to Urban Plates with three other people, and get something to eat. I ate the Margharite Flatbread Pizzettes. Then, around 9:45pm, I drove back home, changed my clothes, gave Gumby some dry food snacks, and made a cup of chamomile herb tea to drink).

The 5 of Swords card has to do with a conflict that has impact because the sword was used to cut something in half and end something in some way. The minor conflict can lead to this serious conflict. (I don’t really have any minor conflict, but I hope this lack of smell and too much mucus in my nostrils isn’t serious. When I did the cleansing earlier, I got rid of a lot of mucus because I end up blowing my nose a lot. Hopefully, with a couple of more cleansing, my smell will come back).

He adds a fourth card to see how to avoid this conflict. The Emperor card, 4th card, is in reverse, which indicates that you should ignore the minor conflict and any negativity, and just have fun with your group. (Actually, I always ignore negativity that pops up now and then because it is mostly garbage).

These four cards add up to 17, and the number 17 reduces to 8. The number 8 means power. (I hope this is telling me that I have the power to fully cleanse my nostrils with neti pot, and get my smell back soon).

When I arrived home, my nose felt kind of stuffy, like I have a cold, but I think it is just allergy or sinus.

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Setting My Agenda for Last Week of July

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tonight, I decided to set my agenda for the week.

On Monday, I am aware that there will be a power outage all day, in which I will not be able to do much. So, I plan to do some errands and maybe draw something outside somewhere. I plan to skip the yoga class on Monday to do other tasks. Then, I will return home, check on things, and maybe drive to the Writers group to draw another scene at a different location from 6pm to 9pm. I will return home at 9pm, enter the Internet and check on things before bedtime.

On Tuesday evening, I plan to go on a Woodbridge Lake hike, which is about 4 to 5 miles. And, maybe, grab a snack afterwards, at wherever the people in the group plan to meet. I plan to draw some more during the earlier hours.

On Wednesday, I plan to go to a yoga class at noon, and hopefully draw more as well as do whatever I need to do.

On Friday, I plan to check out a Canon seminar about photography in the evening hours, as well as a yoga class at noon. So, maybe I will take my sketchbook with me and draw a scene at the mall, after yoga, and then I will drive home to get ready for the seminar.

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Touchstone Meditation for July 25

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday’s Touchstone meditation quote is by Rainer Maria Rilke, and it states “Everyone once, once only. Just once and no more. And we also once. Never again. But this having been once, although only once, to have been of the earth, seems irrevocable. In choosing to be totally on the side of life, I step further into the care of God. Whatever I must meet, God is with me.”

I think the first part of this quote doesn’t make any sense because “once” is kept being used for no reason at all, like the person who wrote this quote had some mental illness. But the last part of the quote makes sense, when this mental case finally decides to turn to God to help her through her troubles and live life.

Wild Unknown Card Reading for Monday, 7.25.16

I notice all three cards are in reverse, and these cards are drawn in black ink against white background, with an accent on a particular color, whether orange fire blaze or pink, yellow and blue energy flowing through your body to get things done.

The 7 of Wands card is in reverse, and it indicates that you don’t need to do any searching or research for anything. You start your week with great energy and strength as well as very productive.

The 4 of Cups card is also in reverse, and it indicates there won’t be any negative situations or occurrences happening today, and you want be dealing with any crap. Everything will be positive.

The 4 of Pentacles card is also in reverse, and this card indicates you are letting go and moving on to a better future.

These three cards add up to 15, and the number 15 reduces to 6. The number 6 means temporary window of opportunity that opens up on Monday. Focus on what you want to do and let your light shine brightly in order to see the window of opportunity ahead, and quickly move forward.

Well, this Monday is going to be another full outage day, as I have been warned earlier. I plan to do some errands, and maybe go to a movie, if there is anything good playing. Then, I probably will draw for the rest of the day and night. I think I will skip Monday’s yoga class in order to get other things done. The power will come back around 7pm to 8pm.

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