Put A Sun On It.

Hello dear readers… Greetings from Indiana, where the wind is blowing and clouds are gathering, as the rains from Tropical Storm Barry make their way up here. I am grateful for the cheerful birdsong and for my colorful room, as I write and sip my strong black coffee*.

(*If you would like to order a bag of this coffee, which is my daily favorite, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.)

This morning while eating some soaked oats (watch for a recipe post soon), I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, and I noticed that there was a balance between good happy news and bad sad news, which made me think of the happy-ing up practice I already had in mind for this post… This practice brings a little humor and helps shift your perspective with regards to good and bad times.

Years ago there was an episode in the TV series “Portlandia” (that I never watched but heard about) in which an interior decorator’s solution was to “Put a bird on it.” That expression became a popular catchphrase, and when I heard it, somehow it tickled me deeply, so lately I’ve been playing around with the idea… That is how I came up with today’s practice: “Put a Sun on it.”

Having a bad day? Put a Sun on it.

In the Adhyatma Ramayana (translated by Swami Tapasyananda), Rama’s brother Lakshmana tells Guha, “In the midst of happiness, misery can occur, and in the midst of misery, happiness too can occur.”

So, beyond the humor of “Putting a Sun on it,” in this practice there is also a shift in your perspective. In times of misery, it is all too easy to spot the misery, but can you find the happiness in the midst of the misery?

The next time you feel less than happy, try this practice… Think to yourself, “Put a Sun on it.” Next, ask yourself, “What is right in this situation? What happy thing is happening? What small joy can I find in this moment?”

I hope this practice helps you to happy up… And if you are already feeling happy, that’s awesome… Put a Sun on it, and perhaps you will feel even happier! 🙂

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

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Where Were You During the Facebook Outage of 2019?

March 13th began like an ordinary day. After eating some oatmeal, I sat down with my coffee and posted a blog, “Sauerkraut is the New Yogurt… Or the New Apple” but when I hit the button to share it on Facebook, I got an error message. After trying to share the blog several times unsuccessfully, I googled and was drawn to a site called Down Detector, where I learned about the Facebook Outage of 2019.

On the Down Detector site they had a live map which showed all the places in the world where Facebook was having technical difficulties, and they had a live feed (by Disqus) in which people from all over the world were commenting about the issues they were having with Facebook. That comment feed was very entertaining. It was like a Facebook feed on steroids! One person marked themselves “safe during the Facebook Outage of 2019”, while another person shared that they had just eaten some walnuts and a banana!

But beyond the humor of that comment feed, the range of comments revealed the spectrum of our human condition. Some people were very angry and threatening to quit Facebook, while others were speculating about whether or not China or the aliens were attacking us.

That first day I was quite intrigued by the map, and I posted a few comments referring to how interesting it was that Los Angeles and New York seemed to be “hot spots.” Well, the next day I wasn’t so enchanted with that live feed anymore, because I discovered that they had deleted about 2,000 of the 21,000 comments, including several of mine, which they marked as “detected as spam”… Do I seem like a spammer to you?

Anyhow, let’s get to the emotional center of the matter. Were you affected by the Facebook Outage this week? If so, did it stir up any feelings for you? How do you feel about Facebook in general?

I have always had mixed feelings about Facebook. When I could not get into my account, and I was staring at that white screen with the small letters “Sorry, something went wrong,” I found myself wondering, “Did something go wrong? Or… did something go right?”

What would life be like if we no longer had Facebook?

 

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

StarFire Teja’s Three Tips For the Lonely at Valentine’s Day

Approaching Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for the lonely and broken-hearted. I have been there, so I understand how excruciating that pain can be. If you feel some sadness now, I hope you will happy up through reading the tips in this blog. If you already feel happy now, please forward this blog to someone who feels sad.

1. Try to keep a sense of humor. Laughter is very healing and it uplifts the spirits, so look for funny videos, books, and cartoons to help lighten your mood. To help get your laughter started, here is a hilarious video from nine years ago. In this video my younger son was ten years old, my hair was long, and I still thought that I wanted a romantic partner to make me happy. Thankfully I no longer cry myself to sleep!

2. Here is a list of my previous blog articles which might be helpful to you now. If you’ve already read these, try reading them again because re-reading information helps it to sink in on deeper levels. Whether or not you have read these articles already, try reading them out loud because that also helps the material to go deeper into your mind.

“Into the Fire”
“Divine Feminine & Divine Masculine Union is Within”
“It Is Your Duty to Live”
“StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up”
“StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices”

3. Remember that Valentine’s Day is about all kinds of love, not just romantic love. When I was growing up, each year my Grandma Becker sent hand-made Valentines to all of us grandkids. She mailed them to us with a dollar or two tucked in the cards, and it was always such a thrill to receive them. So remember that you can also share the Valentine’s Love with friends and family. Also practice cultivating self-love, and then extend that love out to all the beings in all the realms. And then, if you find yourself feeling that you love Everyone and Everything, that’s when you are in the Highest Love Vibrations.
Enjoy that love! Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope this blog was helpful to you or to someone you love.

May All Beings Be Elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations!