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Mother’s Day – Mary mother of Jesus; Queen Maya mother of Buddha…

Mary the Mother of Jesus

Mary was a young virgin girl, most likely around the age of 12 or 13, who was to marry a man named Joseph.  However, it is written in the Holy Bible that Mary was visited by an angel of God.

“26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledthe Son of God.” – Luke 1:26-35 (1)

In biblical Jewish culture, when a woman is engaged to a man, they are actually officially married, therefore, the fact that Mary was pregnant and the child was not Joseph’s, he could have had her stoned to death.  Nevertheless, Joseph knew that it was a miracle and allowed Mary to live and accepted Jesus as his own.  While Mary was pregnant, a census of the land was declared causing Joseph and Mary to travel about 80 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  Since many people were traveling at that time and they would have had to travel slowly since Mary was pregnant, Mary and Joseph were unable to find lodging.  Therefore, they found a person willing to let them stay in a barn.  After Jesus’ birth, Mary would have been as any other house wife in that time.  After Joseph died, it would have been Jesus’ responsibility to care for his mother, since he was the eldest son.  For this reason, Mary traveled with Jesus as he preached.

Queen Maya the Mother of Buddha

Queen Maya, also known as Mahamaya or Mayadevi, means illusion or enchantment in Pali language.  Queen Maya was born in Devadha in the kingdom of Nepal sometime in the 1st century BCE.  She was married to King Suddhodana the king of the Sakya clan of Kapilvastu.  The king and Queen Maya were unable to have children for twenty years of their marriage.  One night on a full moon, Queen Maya had a dream about a white elephant. “She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the lake, the devas clothed her in heavenly cloths, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Soon after a white elephant, holding a white lotus flower in its trunk, appeared and went round her three times, entering her womb through her right side. Finally the elephant disappeared and the queen awoke, knowing she had been delivered an important message, as the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal” (2).

Queen Maya was said to be pregnant for ten lunar months. She then began traveling back to her own home to give birth to her baby.  However, the baby came before she reached her home. She walked to a Sal Tree which is thought to be in the beautiful flower garden of Lumbina Park, Nepal.  Queen Maya Devi gave birth standing while holding onto a Sal Tree branch.  It is thought that she died seven days after giving birth.

All mothers are great as all mothers give birth to someone special.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12 (1)

“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” (3)

(1) – Holy Bible. New International Version.

(2) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_%28mother_of_Buddha%29

(3) – http://thinkexist.com/quotation/love_the_whole_world_as_a_mother_lovers_her_only/296857.html

Sitting on the Buddha’s Face

Very interesting case study… Interesting how people don’t respect other cultures as they do the majority culture they know… Thanks Rougebuddha…

Rougebuddha's Blog

I picked up this postcard at a Buddhist meditation last year.

I enjoyed the meditation. I appreciated the discussion afterward. But the little yellow postcard with the serene image of the Buddha’s face, that listed other events the group would host on the back, is what I liked most.

I liked it so much I gave it a designated display spot on my coffee table, next to a decorative red bowl and a collection of small rare books.

I’ve noticed visitors sitting on my sofa will sit their drinks on top of this postcard. How rude. “Don’t sit on the Buddha’s face!” I tell them and they quickly move their glass or cup and tell me, “Sorry.”

I guess they assume the postcard is a coaster, and that the vintage glass coasters with my initials on them are art – art they wouldn’t dare rest their drinks on.

No, my…

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Mindfulness!

Great thoughts on mindfulness.. Thanks for the reblog lijiun…

lijiun

A lot of time, we complained about our unhappiness in life.

Ask yourself WHY?

The reason is we are not practicing mindfulness in every second of our life.

Just spent some time quietly to observe a little changes around us especially on the beauty of nature.

It’s give “Happiness & Joy” to us  for 24 hours with FREE of Charge.

What we need to do?  Just be “Mindfulness”, you’ll discover the beauty of life around us in every moment.

Like the photo, you can’t see the Grasshopper if you are not “MINDFULNESS”. It’s integrated with the leaves.

After you’ve discovered it, you are TRULY HAPPY. You are Smiling, Right? Cheers!

To me, This happiness is far more than when I bought a “Branded” handbag long time ago.

It can’t last, immediately there is another arisen of desire which “seduce” you to buy  more and more …

It’ll never end and…

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Day 1 – May Meditation

Here we are at the first day of the May Meditation Challenge.  I look forward to see how meditation will aid in my daily life.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I know that studies have shown that meditations can help alleviate a variety of health conditions such as anxiety and depression.  Meditation can make a person calmer and happier as it effects brain waves.  This shift in the brain waves aids in decreasing “the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear” (1). Other key benefits of meditation include increasing concentration, becoming more aware of yourself, and just simply slowing down your body and mind to help you relax.  No matter what your religion, meditation can benefit your spirituality, by benefiting your life.

As stated in an earlier post, I am not properly trained in meditation.  For this reason, I am going to use a guided mediation that helps one focus on specific body areas known as chakras in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism meditation practices.  As I gain the ability to concentrate longer, I will continue my meditation and focus on Theravada Buddhism meditation practices.  These practices include: Anapanasati (focusing on breathing), Metta (cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness), Vipassana (meditation that aids in insight into the true nature of reality), Mahasati Meditation (form of mindfulness meditation that uses body movements to bring about self-awareness), Kammatthana (a complex advance meditation), Samatha (another complex advance meditation used for concentration practices designed to enhance sustained voluntary attention, and culminates in an attention that can be sustained effortlessly for several hours). (2)

The chakra guided meditation that I will begin with is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_DuZigRzY and attached below.  The chakra meditation is a 10 minute video that aids in being aware of specific body areas of circulating energy from the base of the spine up to the crown of ones head.  It helps in refreshing and energizing ones body.  So, take 10 minutes out of your day today and meditate.

“In this very one fathom long body along with perception and thoughts, I proclaim the world, the origin of the world, the cessation of the world, and the path leading to the end of the world.” – Buddha  (3)


(1) – http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-benefits-meditation

(2) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_meditation#Adoption_by_non-Buddhists

(3) – (1995). Sayings of the buddha. (10th ed.). Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia: Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

It will be okay

Another great post from istopforsuffering…

Low Energy in Los Angeles.. or maybe not?

See what 20 minutes of meditation can do to your outlook… Thanks for the great post…

The Responsive Universe

I am born and raised in Southern California; South Orange County to be exact. Now I live in Chicagoland. I am here in Los Angeles for the week. There is so much wellness out here in the LA basin. I see yoga and pilates studios on every other corner – especially in newer developments. During my travels, I was worried about not juicing – not a problem as there is a Jamba Juice next to almost every Starbucks. Still, Los Angeles is a busy place: Just drive north up the 405 freeway and you are greeted by unrelenting traffic, oil refineries, concrete and a mess of power lines. There is a controlled chaos here that reverberates this buzz that seems to stay in your head even in the sanctuary of my Double Tree hotel. There are even ear plugs next to my bed with a note from the hotel apologizing for…

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