Category Archives: Health and Beauty

Meet Dawn Collins

ImageAdmittedly, I am a hippie. A yoga practicing, Birkenstock wearing, tree hugging, vegetarian, peace, love and happiness hippie. I’d rather go the holistic route than any other because that’s what works for me. I don’t want or even try to impose my ideas on others, I don’t want the responsibility for one thing and who am I to tell anyone what to believe or how to live. All I do is offer my views when asked for them and sometimes when not asked for them and share my experiences. Here’s one of the things I have learned. Mind is over matter. Don’t believe it? That’s ok you don’t have to. But here’s the thing. It’s easier, I think, to allow something to happen if you first believe, BELIEVE, it can actually happen. If it could happen then it just may actually happen. The mind has to be open and accept the ‘thing’ for it to happen though. If someone said to me that I would get a million dollars next June I would be like, ‘yeah right’. My mind can’t accept that, it won’t although I wish it would! I think you have to start with something you actually believe. I believe I can get well, I believe I can find love, I believe I can be successful, I believe I can make that move. My mind finally became willing to accept that my path, my gift was that of an artist and you know what? I started selling my art. I went from painting and stacking my work against the wall to gallery shows where my art sold for 500.00! A piece! Just because my mind believed it could happen and gave me the courage to approach galleries and show my work. I think with life and all it’s clutter it’s easy to go through the motions and tread water but what if you carved out just 10 minutes a day, just 10! and started to meditate. I’m not talking about sitting in a twisted yoga pose on the floor in silence, that’s ok for some but for me the best meditation is outdoors by the frog pond or out walking or getting lost in music. Meditation isn’t meant to stress you out by trying to do it. The toes twitch, the nose itches, the phone rings and meditation becomes an unwelcome chore rather than a spirit booster. So don’t stress over meditation do something you enjoy and let the meditation happen. I used to teach relaxation and meditation at a wellness school for massage therapy students. I would guide them through meditation relaxing the body limb by limb and guiding them toward enlightenment for lack of a better word. Pictures would unfold differently for all of them but show them little insights and nuances they were too bogged down to notice. When the mind slows down and focuses only on the here and now and actually allows the mind to open and show images like a movie on a screen they’ll see all they need to know. Maybe it won’t even be images it just be a knowing, a feeling that runs through you, head to toe and leaves you not, but spurs you on till next time. I had a student who suffered from migraines and would sometimes get an attack in class. She would stop, focus, acknowledge the pain she felt so she could focus on letting it go. Breathing in and out, letting the body relax and release and allow the mind to accept healing. It would subside and she would feel better and better. If she hadn’t first believed it would work, it wouldn’t have. The mind needs to believe it can happen, it is true, it is feasible. Convincing the mind is half the battle. If you are in chemo or on a dating site or thinking of new career or going back to school or writing that novel, then make sure your mind believes it all can happen, own your truth and believe your treatment will work, believe you love is out there, believe you can have the job you want, believe you can start school again, believe you do have a novel in you. You already have the answers, you already have the healing, you already have the love…you just need to accept it, allow the heart and the mind to accept it as truth and watch the magic happen. Don’t be afraid to get your hopes up, hope is a lot to grow on, yes I meant grow on, because hope gives us something to hold onto when all else seems to be slipping. Hope is like roots that lets belief grow and bloom into the ‘thing’ we hoped for. See how that works?! I think that’s where God is, He is in the hope, it’s his gift to us. I think he left us with all we needed…the earth, it’s trees, it’s herbs it’s beauty and love and the hope and each other. When we, body mind and spirit, are open and ready to see, believe and accept then the sky is the limit! I believe, do you? Peace & Hugs y’all 🙂 zetasatticart.blogspot.com

Ashes to ashes . . .

In reading and thinking about Lent and what to share I read this article by Sandy. I thought it can’t get much better. With Sandy’s permission I am sharing with you.
MARCH 11, 2011
by ssalvin
“Late winter-early spring was different before I knew about Lent. I think that my introduction to Lent may have actually been my introduction to spiritual disciplines in general. Before when I didn’t know about any spiritual disciplines – besides praying and reading my Bible, neither of which were accomplished with anything resembling “discipline” – I didn’t think about any of my indulgences. I’m talking about the way I spent my money, the things I chose to eat and drink, or how I chose to spend my time. I didn’t worry so much about how I could be a better neighbor or even a randomly-kind stranger.

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Downsizing

In the news lately we hear of ways that people are dealing with the economic crisis.

People are downsizing their cars and homes. People are going room by room and getting rid of clutter, even their clothes closets have been put on a diet. We are told how people are helping each other not to gather clutter as they shop (in other words being accountable to each other). Many express the freedom they have with less or living minimalistic. What does the Bible say about compulsivity and then de-cluttering of our lives?

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Fashion Show-Barbara

I love fashion and dressing up! Dressing up is what we called fashion when Barbara and I were teens. My teen friend, Barbara, and I had a little fashion show and entertained our dailylily.com friends. What a blast! No Starbuck coffee or Barbara ice tea. Just cold water and that was the drink to beat the heat! She even knows how to make that taste just right. You go girl!

We sure missed Needles (Tammy) and Chickenfarmer (Wendy) but, they were riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens with their boys. I invite you now just click and enjoy the show with my friend, Barbara.

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Fig Tree Study

“He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. ” (Proverbs 27:18)

I have two little figs on my fig tree in Virginia. Not many! I feel sad seeing only two little green figs on a tree with lots of green leaves. I have just been in NC where I always seem to have found a fig tree and figs flourishing when I was growing up. But in the more recent years not so many. People have said, “lack of rain or no care takers.”
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Lavender

This is my lavender plant. I am thrilled with its size and beauty. The bees must be also because they won’t leave it alone. I saw a moth flying nearby also. I’m not sure what variety my lavender is since I planted it last summer and must have discarded the tag. It may be either Munstead or Hidcote. It stayed fairly small and did not bloom last year probably because I planted it later in the summer. It overwintered well and really took off growing this year, perhaps because we had such good spring rains.

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Frankfurt and Amsterdam 2008

Chris and Tammy have just returned from the tulip fields of Holland. For the ones of us that are just seeing the beginnings of spring and planning of our gardens, or the ones of us, like myself, that only dreams about gardens we might enjoy Chris and Tammy’s photos. Looking at the beauty of the fields in Holland makes one wonder could heaven be any more beautiful. Yet, I believe it must be.
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Frankfurt and Amsterdam 2008
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Is Doubt Benefical

I’ve always thought of “doubt” as a BIG NEGATIVE. It is true that doubt
can “nullify your prayers, make you lose your witness”, according to the
sermon I heard at church this past Sunday. This sermon gave some “twist of
thought”, for me to feed on. The minister used the scripture reading in
Luke1:5-25. We can read in verse 18, that even Zechariah doubted. The
minister said that sometimes, doubt is beneficial for those of us who seek
truth. He said that “doubt is benefical, if it causes us to investigate the
facts.” “If we don’t doubt some things, we will eventually be lead astray.”
(Matt. 24:4) He gave us two steps to overcome doubt: 1) examine the evidence
(by researching God’s Word) 2)determine that you are going to obey the
results of your research (obeying God’s Word) Wow, what a change in my
perspective on the word “doubt”.

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