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Man’s True Nature

Cristian Thirteen

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The most joyful thing a man can learn in this life is to live an inner life.
— O.G. Torsunov

A man’s true nature reflects very strongly in his plans for the future. If he aspires firstly to spiritual progress and builds his life around his spiritual aspirations. His plans are not necessarily based on the things he wants to acquire in life, or the positions he wants to hold in life, but rather on cultivating a life that allows himself to develop happiness and spirituality, and of course bring that into the life of the people he shares his time with. The plans he does make on decisions to give to charity, to visit sacred places, to engage in various activities to clear his consciousness.

 

Source: Malavika Suresh

Compassion Is the Ultimate Expression of Our Better Selves

Cristian Thirteen

All of the spiritual traditions of the world agree that compassion is the ultimate expression of our better selves, of human morality.
— Matthew Fox The Hidden Spirituality of Men
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This morning’s meditation focused on compassion and nonjudgment. This is something that we and the entire world need a lot more of. Do you ever think about compassion and how you can bring more of it to yourself and to those around you? It’s true that it can be hard sometimes as the people that need compassion the most can also be those who push our buttons and make us want to close up and pull away.

I love the expression “Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” Over the years, I’ve learned to be much softer with people in my life that I perceived as being hard on me. I now know that they treated me the way they treat themselves which is with judgment and not a lot of love.

I used to be frustrated and disappointed that I wasn’t getting the love or approval I needed but now I understand it’s because they don’t have that to give (to themselves or others) and that is actually sad. So today, when I am in contact with such a person, I don’t waste energy on getting upset. I just send some compassion their way and move on.

It’s not to say to let people walk all over you but just try to find the balance between letting your ego take over because it has been hurt and seeing if maybe kindness and acceptance are the answers to the situation. Rise above the drama and the fear. Tap into your source of compassion and be the highest version of your Self. Have a lovely day! xx

Words by: Geneviève Colmer
Source: The Red Fairy Project

Designed for the Distinguished Gentleman

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Our Men's Products are designed for the Distinguished Gentleman. Manly, Rugged and Sophisticated. We are offering our shave kit in a convenient sample size. Sampler includes one 1/5 oz Unscented Shave Cream, one each in a 2 Dram size of our No 21 Nourishing Oil, Unscented AHA After Shave, and Unscented Shave Oil.

RIP Mel Tillis

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Yet another sad day... he had a hell of Life. Guess the only thing fitting in this situation is to have one more drink and then I’ll go #meltillis#countrylegend

When I was a kid, every Sunday after church, we would go over to our step father's parents house. I would sit and play in the dining room at times; the radio seemed always to be on, it was playing either Spanish music or old-timey country music. Mel Tillis is one of the people I recognized years later as we would watch The Grand Ole Opry or some other program on the country music channel. I never appreciated his style until later in life when I would reminisce about listening to those old country songs. He had a good full life and cheers to his memory.

RIP Malcolm Young

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It is a sad day for sure... Chris Griffy stated in the article for Axs "It's hard to think of any list of AC/DC songs without their signature hit “Back in Black.” But the song also highlights just how much Malcolm Young was instrumental in AC/DC becoming the band that is recognized the world over. The opening riff for “Back in Black” is considered one of the most instantly recognizable in all of rock, and that riff was all Malcolm Young. Young had written the riff years before Back in Black was recorded, dating back to their days with vocalist Bon Scott, and used it as a warmup riff before gigs."

One of my favorite and the most memorable songs from High School. The whole album was a huge influence on my life during those years.

Nothing That I Can Do Will Change the Structure of the Universe

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Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth.
— Albert Einstein

The voice is so powerful that we forget just how influential it can be. The voice can be a healing source, but it can also destroy a person and leave numerous scars on them and their psyche. The voice can relay our emotions, our thoughts, and our needs. It can motivate us, or punish us. We can melt when we hear I love you, and fall into a dark hole when we hear the same person say they hate us. The voice is so beautiful and has so many layers and depths it becomes exceptional.

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The Caral Supe or Norte Chico (Little North) Traditions

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It's so fascinating to read about these discoveries. The most recent discovery of Göbekli Tepe, which is estimated as being in existence between 11,300 and 11,500, definetlyB.C.E. These sites have definitely caused some head scratchin' being that we were taught that civilization began about 5,000 to 5,500 with ancient Sumeria.

 

The Caral Supe or Norte Chico (Little North) Traditions are two names archaeologists have given to the same complex society. That society arose in four valleys in northwestern Peru about 6,000 years ago. The Norte Chico / Caral Supe people built settlements and monumental architecture in the valleys arising from the arid Pacific coast, during the Preceramic VI period in Andean chronology, some 5,800-3,800 cal BP, or between 3000-1800 B.C.E.

There are at least 30 archaeological sites that are ascribed to this society, each with large-scale ceremonial structures, with open plazas. The ceremonial centers each span several hectares, and all are located within four river valleys, an area of only 1,800 square kilometers (or 700 square miles). There are numerous smaller sites within that area as well, who have complex ritual features on a smaller scale, that scholars have interpreted as representing places where elite leaders or kin groups could meet privately.

CEREMONIAL LANDSCAPES

The Norte Chico / Caral Supe archaeological region has a ceremonial landscape that is so densely packed that people at the larger centers could see other larger centers. Architecture within the smaller sites also includes complex ceremonial landscapes, including numerous small scale ceremonial structures among the monumental platform mounds and sunken circular plazas.

Each site contains between one and six platform mounds ranging in volume from about 14,000–300,000 cubic meters (18,000–400,000 cubic yards). The platform mounds are rectangular terraced stone structures built with 2–3 m (6.5-10 ft) high retaining walls filled with a combination of soil, loose rocks, and woven bags called shicra which contained stones.

The platform mounds vary in size between and within sites. At the top of most of the mounds are walled enclosures arranged to form a U-shape around an open atrium. Stairs lead down from the atria to sunken circular plazas ranging from 15–45 m (50–159 ft) across and from 1–3 m (2.3–10 ft) deep.

SUBSISTENCE

The first intensive investigations began in the 1990's, and the Caral Supe / Norte Chico subsistence was in debate for some time. At first, the society was believed to have been built by hunter-gatherer-fishers, people who tended orchards but otherwise primarily relied on maritime resources. However, additional evidence in the form of phytoliths, pollen, starch grains on stone tools, and in dog and human coprolites has proven that a wide variety of crops including maize were grown and tended by the residents.

Some of the coastal residents did rely on fishing, people living in the interior communities away from the coast grew crops. Food crops grown by the Norte Chico / Caral Supe farmers included three trees: guayaba (Psidium guajava), avocado (Persea americana) and pacae (Inga feuillei). Root crops included achira (Canna edulis) and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), and vegetables included maize (Zea mays), chili pepper (Capsicum annuum), beans (both Phaseolus lunatus and Phaseolus vulgaris), squash (Cucurbita moschata), and bottle gourd(Lagenaria siceraria).

Cotton (Gossypium barbadense) was cultivated for fishing nets.

SCHOLARS DEBATE: WHY DID THEY BUILD MONUMENTS? 

Since the 1990s, two independent groups have been actively excavating in the region: the Proyecto Arqueológico Norte Chico (PANC), led by Peruvian archaeologist Ruth Shady Solis, and the Caral-Supe Project, led by American archaeologists Jonathon Haas and Winifred Creamer. The two groups have different understandings of the society, which at times has led to friction.

There have been several points of contention, most conspicuously leading to the two different names, but perhaps the most basic difference between the two interpretive structures is one that at the moment can only be hypothesized: what drove mobile hunter-gatherers to build monumental structures.

The group led by Shady suggests that Norte Chico necessitated a complex level of organization to engineer the ceremonial structures.

Creamer and Haas suggest instead that the Caral Supe constructions were the result of corporate efforts that brought together different communities to create a communal place for rituals and public ceremonies.

Does the construction of monumental architecture necessarily require the structural organization provided by a state level society? There are definitely monumental structures which have been built by Pre-Pottery Neolithicsocieties in Western Asia such as at Jericho and Gobekli Tepe. But nonetheless, identifying what level of complexity the Norte Chico / Caral Supe people had has yet to be determined.

CARAL SITE

One of the largest ceremonial centers is the Caral site. It includes extensive residential occupation and it is located some 23 km (14 mi) inland from the mouth of the Supe river as it flows into the Pacific. The site covers ~110 ha (270 ac) and contains six large platform mounds, three sunken circular plazas, and numerous smaller mounds. The largest mound is called Piramide Mayor, it measures 150x100 m (500x328 ft) at its base and is 18 m (60 ft) high. The smallest mound is 65x45 m (210x150 ft) and 10 m (33 ft) high. Radiocarbon dates from Caral range between 2630-1900 cal B.C.E.

All of the mounds were built within one or two building periods, which suggests a high level of planning. The public architecture has stairs, rooms, and courtyards; and the sunken plazas suggest society-wide religion.

ASPERO

Another important site is Aspero, a 15 ha (37 ac) site at the mouth of the Supe River, which includes at least six platform mounds, the largest of which has a volume of 3,200 cu m (4200 cu yd), stands 4 m (13 ft) high and covers an area of 40x40 m (130x130 ft). Built of cobble and basalt block masonry plastered with clay and shicra fill, the mounds have U-shaped atria and several clusters of decorated rooms that exhibit increasingly restricted access. The site has two huge platform mounds: Huaca de los Sacrificios and Huaca de los Idolos, and another 15 smaller mounds.

Other constructions include plazas, terraces and large refuse areas.

Ceremonial buildings at Aspero, such as the Huaca del los Sacrificios and Huaca de los Idolos, represent some of the oldest examples of public architecture in the Americas. The name, Huaca de los Idolos, comes from an offering of several human figurines (interpreted as idols) recovered from the top of the platform. Aspero's radiocarbon dates fall between 3650-2420 cal BCE.

END OF CARAL SUPE / NORTE CHICO

Whatever drove the hunter/gatherer/agriculturalists to build monumental structures, the end of the Peruvian society is fairly clear—earthquakes and flooding and climate change associated with the El Nino Oscillation Current. Beginning about 3,600 cal BP, a series of environmental disasters struck the people living in the Supe and adjacent valleys, impacting both marine and terrestrial environments.

Written by K. Kris Hirst
Source: ThoughtCo.
Photo: Kyle Thayer

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The Art of Peace

Cristian Thirteen

When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.

It isn’t that we say, “It doesn’t matter about me all that much, but if I changed the world, it would be better for other people.” It’s less complicated than that. We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts. - Pema Chödron. 

Courtesy of @thismoment.thisbreath

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All Soul's Day

Cristian Thirteen

We dedicate All Souls’ Day to our loved ones and our ancestors, a day to remember and pray for all those who have died. Offer a moment of silence & prayers for the many dearly departed family members, and friends

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All Saint’s Day

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The Christian holiday of All Saint’s Day honors and recognizes all of the saints of the christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000 recognized saints. Historically, All Saints Day was known as Hallomas.

Fun Fact. All Saints Day and All Souls Day was originally in May. They were moved to November 1st and 2and to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos. Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved the christian holidays to this time periods, the pagan holidays would slowly die away

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5 Ways Halloween can Lead to Spiritual Growth.

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Some Deeper Reflections on Fall’s Spookiest Celebration.

It’s that time of year when ghosts are free to adorn our front door and carved pumpkins light up the night. Halloween is here, and we’re getting ready for spooky delights and trick-or-treat!

But there’s more to Halloween than bats, pumpkins, and skeletons. Deeper meanings, for those who care to look, lie hidden in the symbolism of this festive and playfully frightening holiday. If you’re into personal and spiritual growth, you can honor and explore these opportunities uniquely available during this seasonal celebration.

Overcome Your Fears.

Halloween is the perfect time of year to face what we fear. In fact, this celebration is a lot about embracing the scary things and even having fun with them.

Explore what it feels like to wear a costume of something that scares you, like a spider. Perhaps you can embrace your fears in more healthy ways, develop empathy for that being, and learn to have fun with what you fear.

What do we usually fear the most? The dark—because the dark is the symbol of the unknown. If we can’t see it, we can’t know it, and we believe it’s something to fear.

Going through a haunted house in the dark can be a way of looking fear in the eye and saying, “Hey, you don’t have power over me!” We can practice trusting in ourselves, believing that whatever unknown lies around the corner, we can handle it and maybe even laugh in its face.

We can also recognize that most of what we fear is in our imagination, not in reality. We create scary thoughts all the time that never come true—what would happen if my car got totaled by a big rig?! Chances are, that will never happen. In taking some pause, we can choose to laugh at our catastrophizing just like we would at the skeleton that pops out of a coffin.

Play a New Role.

This holiday is the ultimate costume party. Kids love the opportunity to pick out a costume and become an alter-ego for a day.

But we don’t have to let the kids have all the fun! Who would you like to be for Halloween? Practice taking on the role like an actor and see what it feels like. We can dress up as someone we admire and imagine embodying those qualities. We could be Godzilla and feel big and powerful, playfully releasing any pent-up anger with a terrifying roar.

Given that you are safe and respectful in the roles you explore, allow the spirit of Halloween to broaden your vistas of who you allow yourself to be.

Face your Shadow Self.

When we see the kids come out in monster costumes, we can reflect on our own inner monsters—the parts of ourselves we don’t like to look at. We fear that others will see our selfishness or neediness, our mean streak, or the mistakes we’ve made in the past, so we conceal these disliked qualities and behaviors from others—and even from our own awareness.

This aspect of self that we like to hide in the closet is called the Shadow in Jungian psychology. But Halloween is a great time of year to do some inner healing on our shadow self. To acknowledge these shamed parts of self, bring them into the light and recognize that although they exist, they don’t define who we are, and were probably reactions to events in our lives when we were afraid or felt powerless.

I can’t do shadow work justice in such a brief article, but if you have things about yourself that you haven’t forgiven, shame that weighs you down, or negative beliefs about who you are, this time of year when all the creepies are out of the closet is a powerful time to work with a counselor or mentor on self-forgiveness and healing. It’s possible for those monsters to be transformed into healed and whole aspects of yourself.

Honor your Ancestors.

Halloween is short for All Hallow’s Eve—the day before All Saints Day on November 1st, and All Souls Day on the 2nd. It’s the perfect time to honor our own family lineage or do an ancestry search. We can create a special altar for our ancestors with photos, mementos, and meaningful objects that represent aspects of their lives, occupations, and traditions.

In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is celebrated exuberantly, with elaborate ancestral altars, colorful dress, and spending time at the cemetery. Similarly, we can honor our passed-on family and friends at Halloween—as joyfully or solemnly as we wish.

Accept Death and Reflect on Your Life.

Another aspect of Dia de los Muertos is the acceptance of death as part of life. On this holiday, many Mexicans love to dress up as the dead, with elaborate makeup to mimic skulls and bones. In the United States, we lack a true embrace of death, keeping it more under wraps. But at Halloween, we can take a look at those skeletons and tombstones and reflect on how death brings meaning to life.

We may fear death or look at it as our demise—but is it? The truth is, we really don’t know. All we can say with certainty is that we are here right now. The fact that we will die someday gives meaning to this moment. Each moment we live is precious, and as Krishnamurti said, “[It] is far more important to find out what happens before dying than what happens after.”

The autumn season and Halloween can give us pause to reflect on life and look to death as our ultimate advisor, as Don Juan says in Carlos Castaneda’s books. We can ask, are things really so bad right now? Am I living the life I truly wish to be? Well, I take a look at my death and realize I’m not dead yet, so maybe it’s not so bad. Maybe the fact that someone cut me off on the freeway isn’t so important, after all.

At this time of year, let’s consider what would make our lives more joyful and fulfilling. Facing fear and death might seem scary, but we can choose to reframe our reaction to it and allow it to help us take things a little less seriously, and recognize what is truly meaningful to us.

Whether you want to explore Halloween in a more reflective way or revel in playfulness, a deeper meaning lies under the candy and costumes.

Let October 31st bring you new insights and a transformation in your life!

 

Author: Rev. Connie L. Habash
Source: Elephant Journal

Image: Wikimedia
Editor: Callie Rushton

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Memories

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We use the best essential oils available to us and the combinations we feel reflect our passion for being mindful while also providing some positive energy to you and your body. We offer five choices from our signature scents and 2 exclusive scents. Our core products are designed to fit any mood, any occasion, and are especially perfect for those guys who wear cologne, your beard will not be competing for dominance. For those guys that don't wear cologne, use a little extra on your neck, behind your ears, and dab a little on your wrists a couple inches from the palm of your hand.

Our Signature Scents are;

• Unscented No 00 You see "Unscented" because we do not add any additional fragrance or essential oils to this blend, we could also use fragrance-free if we were technical, our "Unscented" will give you a pleasant nutty and grassy aroma that dissipates quickly after application.

• Natural Orange 01 Loved by both men and women this scent is fresh, light, and tangy. We blend orange essential oil, juicy grapefruit, and crisp bergamot, when combined, awards your olfactory with a complexity you did not expect. 

• Plague Doctor No 27 is a delicious infusion of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. The smell is inviting, spicy, and warm. 

•Classic Wooded Spice No 29; You will fall in love with our Classic Wooded Spice the minute you smell this masculine aromatic combination of Pine and Clove essential oils. We know you will love this robust and stimulating blend.

• Rich Forest No 34; We use essential oils to recreate a magnificent forest experience with pine, juniper, and cedarwood balanced with rosemary and mint to harmonize your spirit. 

• Vanilla Bourbon No 73; Our Vanilla Bourbon is a pleasure to the senses with a twist of creamy, warm vanilla and a welcoming bourbon essence. This oil is our best selling scent for a reason.

• Tobacco Bourbon No 77; Our newest and limited seasonal scent has a soft, woodsy scent like fine pipe tobacco or just cut tobacco leaves, with just a whiff of cherry wood. You will also notice a fresh, citrus top with juniper berries.

Whatever your preferences are, you will find something that you will love from thirteenthievesshop.com

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Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

What Not to Wear

Cristian Thirteen

I came across this video and thought I would share it. As you look at your personal style, do you incorporate some of these 21 elements? Do you agree with her list? I agree with most of the things she mentions and most fashion related blogs and videos will concur. I admittingly wear skinny jeans which were on her list, but I like how they fit. So that one may take me longer to lose if indeed it is faux pas.