My Dad Died

Dear readers,

My Dad died yesterday, so I am going to take some time off from blogging for a while…

Thank you so much for reading my posts!

With love, gratitude, and sadness,
Teja

 

Photo by Andy_Bay on Pixabay.

 

Kissing the Earth

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
~ Rumi

Similarly, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, “We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

Dear reader, what ways do you kneel and kiss the ground? Do you walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet? What is the most beautiful place on Earth for you?

Photo of red rocks in Sedona, Arizona taken by me, StarFire Teja. The theme for Sedona is “the most beautiful place on Earth” and I certainly agree. In my mind I am ever kissing the ground of that holy red earth!

 

Something to Ponder: Cats Eat Meat

Unlike humans and elephants, Nature made the cat families with bodies that require meat in their diets. A few vegans claim that it is possible to feed cats an entirely plant-based diet, but it requires extra time and considerable expense that most pet owners cannot handle… And anyway, there are other people who say that a vegan diet is too risky for the cat’s health.

So, the bottom line is that turkeys, chickens, fish, and cows are being tortured and killed for the production of cat food, so that people can have cats as pets.

What are some innovative solutions to this situation?

One of StarFire Teja’s visions for the future: If human beings continue needing to own pets, perhaps they could consider owning plant-based (herbivore) animals such as rabbits…

Something to Ponder:
Cats Eat Meat

 

Tiger image by 1980supra on Pixabay.

 

Sunset Reflection on the Ohio River

Greetings, dear you, from my happy coffee fun writing time… So, did you finish reflecting on 2019? How is day two of 2020 going for you so far?

This is just a short little post because I wanted to share this photo with you:

Sunset_Reflection_OhioRiver_StarFireTeja

Recently Pixabay accepted a few more photos into my portfolio (StarFire Teja on Pixabay), but for some reason they did not accept this photo, which was my very favorite one! I love how you can see the sun through the tree and also the sun’s reflection through the tree!

How do you feel when you look at this photo?

 

 

Respect Your Youngers

You’ve surely heard the expression, “Respect your elders,” but have you heard anyone say “Respect your youngers”?

Respect your “youngers” came to me because both of my sons recently visited, and I was reflecting upon how much I learn from them.

I think it is important to not only respect our elders, but to also respect the younger generations. The young people today have such fascinating ideas and their views of the world are so different from those of the older generations.

How can we respect our youngers? By being genuinely interested in them, asking them questions, and listening to them with open minds. As I told my older son last week, “Even if I don’t always agree with you guys, I still love to hear what you think about everything. Our conversations are so interesting. You make me so woke!”

On the world stage, we see a brilliant example of a very aware young person, the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg… You can watch a three-minute video of her speaking here: Greta.

And, as I quoted in my post “Yoda, Thich Nhat Hanh, & Winnie-the-Pooh,” in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Master Yoda said, “Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”

Indeed, I believe there is wisdom in seeing that the younger generations grow beyond us, no matter how wise we may think we are! True wisdom contains a natural humility within it. When we respect what young people have to say, we model wisdom and humility.

Does this post resonate with you? Do you know any “youngers” who help wake you up?

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo* of Mama Teja and her older son Zak taken in Audubon Woods, Henderson, Kentucky, during his visit last week! 🙂

* If you are viewing this post in an email, please click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the photo!