Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
So it’s time to make a New Year’s Resolution. This is the time of the year when so many decide that it’s time to go on a diet or exercise more or join a gym. While all of that is a very good idea my resolution for the year is to treat everyone with more kindness and respect. Remembering not to judge a book by it’s cover. Why not join me in adding this to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Just in case you wanted to know how it started. Beginning in the late 19th century as the trade union and labor movements grew, the unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state to make it an official l public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Monday was chosen to give workers a three day weekend.
Just in case you wanted to know how this all started. Mother’s Day in the United States was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Ann Jarvis cared for wounded Confederate and Union soldiers during the American Civil Way. She also created “Mothers’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she had started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers.
In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis by 1911 most states observed the holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, to be held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday.
Wesak is widely celebrated throughout the East as the Festival of the Buddha. It is considered the high point of the spiritual year when forces of enlightenment flow from the higher worlds into the mind of humanity.
While Buddhists celebrate Wesak as the time that marks the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha, ageless wisdom students regard it as a living event. At the exact moment of the Taurus full moon, the Buddha is said to return momentarily to earth, appearing to those gathered in a secluded valley in the Himalayas. The Christ stands before the Buddha and receives the Buddha’s blessings for the coming spiritual year on behalf of humanity sending it out to all human beings.
The Wesak full moon will be on April 26th at 8:32 pm PST. The Wesak full moon is the first full moon following Easter Sunday.
A few years ago during a group meditation I channeled the following Peace Mantra. As always during this time of year our hearts and minds turn to Peace on Earth so I thought I would share it with you.
I call upon the Angelic Host led by Archangel Michael to blaze through this county bringing freedom and peace to this land.
I hope you will adopt this mantra and use it often.
The choice is yours. I was reading a book the other day (no surprise there) and ran across an interesting paragraph something for us to ponder. The Light and Dark were talking and Light said to the Dark, fear, pain and grief give you power. Dark replies, dark will always smother the light. I choose its strength and while those who strive to preserve the Light are distracted in battle and polities, in diplomacy and rules of combat. I use the Dark.
I wonder how many of us are distracted. Just something to think about.