The Buddha That Got Away

As I have mentioned in previous posts, our trip to Thailand was very Buddha centric. We traveled from one city to the next visiting pristine golden temples and ancient crumbling ruins to see incredible images of the Buddha.

Some of the Buddhas were newly made while others were hundreds of years old. I was excited to learn that we were going to see the one Buddha I had seen on the Internet and wanted to see in person, the Phra Atchana Buddha. This particular Buddha is one of the largest, but I had never seen an image of the whole statue, just the hand. I have a great appreciation for hands and images of hands;  it was the hand of this particular Buddha that I found quite intriguing.

The day we arrived at the site of the Phra Atchana Buddha it was an incredible 105 degrees with humidity that seemed just as high. As I made my way off the air condition bus and headed towards the Phra Atchana Buddha, all I could see was the upper part of this huge, white colored Buddha. So I had no idea this was the Buddha I had been longing to see, the one with the larger than life, graceful, golden hand. I had always assumed the Buddha with the graceful golden hand was  golden all over. Later I was  informed that devotees purchase real gold foil and as an offering and place the gold foil onto the white hand of this statue, making it appear golden.

As I made my way towards this Buddha, I felt overwhelmed by the heat and humidity. The three women I traveled with, along with a few others on our tour, quite aware of the heat didn’t attempt to leave the bus. As I stepped off the bus, the air seemed incredibly thick and the Buddha appeared half of a football field away. As I walked a sharp pain entered my left eye and traveled to my head. I wondered if I might have a heat stroke if I proceeded. I was a quarter way there, when I turned back. Once on the bus, I refreshed myself with cold water and Anu Essentials Refresh Spritzer.

I was bothered by the fact that I didn’t get to see this one Buddha that I had long imagined seeing. In this instance, perhaps it was ignorance that saved me. Had I known this was the Golden Hand Buddha, I might have pushed on to my demise. I’ve asked myself what does it mean that I didn’t get to see this particular Buddha? Was it symbolic, indicating that I wasn’t spiritually ready? I don’t know, but I do know I feel like this was the “Buddha that got away.”  It is for this reason and many others, that I will have to return to Thailand one day. It just won’t be during their summer. And just imagine, days in a row of 105 degree and this was considered the start of the Thai summer season.

This photo by our tour guide, Kanokwan Taewattana.  Thank you Nok!

 

 

Clearing, Cleaning and Cleansing

Spring is on the horizon, the perfect season for clearing, cleaning, cleansing and throwing it away. Giving us a jump-start in this direction was the full moon in Virgo this past Sunday.  This is the planet in charge of structure and putting things in order, including ourselves. It’s not just cluttered drawers and closets that need clearing out, there’s a whole cadre of categories that are in need of “throwing it away.”

The Home ~ Though we may ignore it, we know when things need to be cleared out of closets, drawers, basements, attics, etc.  Perhaps it’s our office or the car that’s sorted with grime and or clutter. When we clear our physical spaces, it allows more mental space, for a clearer mind. Spring is the perfect season to throw it away or give it away, all those things that are taking up space in our physical world that we no longer use, want, or that no longer addresses who and where we are today. If you’re ready to seriously de-clutter, be careful to not go overboard. If you share a space with others, don’t assume it’s okay to thin their herd.  What may mean nothing to you could have great value to them. It’s wise to be both considerate and strategic on how you de-clutter. It will offer an opportunity to refresh and realign the energy in your space and within you.

The Body ~ Spring is the perfect season for internal cleansing. We are soon approaching the Spring Equinox, a time of the year for renewal, for clearing out the accumulation in our bodies from the winter season.  We can assist this process by including bitters into our diet, eating dandelion, chicory, plenty of fruits and increasing the intake of fresh, green juices into our diet.  The seasonal remedies of our grandparents, castor oil, cod liver oil, Swedish bitters and other home remedies worked back then and they are valuable now.  Cleansing the body is an uplifting and proactive way of welcoming spring and rejuvenating ourselves.

Many will “catch” a cold, in other words, will begin an internal cleansing. The mucous coming out of the body is the body’s natural way of cleaning out.  Instead of trying to suppress this cleansing with medications, assist this natural process by drinking plenty of fresh green juices, citrus juices and water to help flush out all the gook that has been storing up. Yes, it can be a bit snotty, but in the end your body will thank you.

The outer body needs clearing to. Exfoliating is a rejuvenating way to clear and reveal the silky, smooth skin under all the accumulated, dead skin cells. Exfoliation also stimulates the lymphatic system. Follow up exfoliation with smooth, hydrating moisturizers.

The Mind ~ During winter we may not be aware of the many subtle ways in which we hibernate. Winter is a time for resting, ruminating and planning, but we may gather a bit of mind clutter during that time with thoughts, ideas and perceptions that don’t serve us. Spring is a great time to let go of the mind clutter weighing us down. We may seek the help of a support group or therapist to guide us with freeing and clearing our minds and finding peace. Exercising can also help with mind clutter – aerobics, yoga, tai-chi, bicycling etc. and connecting with a spiritual practice can help release mind clutter.

Social Media ~ I recently took just two days off from social media and I can’t begin to tell you the level relief I felt, and the space in my head (peace) from not habitually checking my digital devices to see, to respond, assess and process image after image and idea after idea. For someone who is “required” to be on social media for work and who is in the habit of being there, taking that little break was a welcome reminder of the good old days of living only in the real world, leaving the virtual world behind. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with mind clutter, clocking out from social media for a spell can be very helpful with becoming centered again, of checking in and being present with the real you and your ‘real’ world. Perhaps you’re not on social media but there’s some other activity that you habitually partake in that’s draining you. Consider taking a break from it and experience the peace of mind.

Spirit ~ Last but not least, spiritual clutter. If your heart is not centered at this time, “spring can really hang you up the most”. It’s more difficult to hide inside the home or inside of ourselves once spring arrives. But nature knows best. Spring may just be the ticket we need to free ourselves from spiritual stagnation.

Consider spending time in nature. Go to the park or botanic gardens. Or if you’re able, take a trip to a place where nature abounds. It could be just an hour’s drive outside the city or hop on a plane to someplace that inspires. Just don’t forget, your spirit needs space too. Perhaps you already live around nature and instead you need a cultural excursion. Do that! Take some time alone away from all the many things, people and ways we distract ourselves from checking in with what’s really going on with us. Tap in and address what you’re truly feeling in a meaningful way, follow your soul’s call and give it what it needs.

Clear, clean, cleanse and throw it away ~ all that does not serve your highest good. In-joy spring!

How To Be Fresh When Traveling

There are many times upon entering a room when I’ve had the desire to be refreshed by the
aromatic smell and healing power of a botanical element. To me, the way an environment
smells is more important than the way it looks. Nothing enhances a room more than a fresh
aromatic delight. Then it occurred to me that others might feel the same way that I do. So I developed
a line of Refresh Spritzers, blending naturally fragrant, botanical elixirs, that will refresh you and the air around you, but do not take your breathe away.

Rosemary oil. Rosemary essential oil jar glass bottle and branches of plant rosemary with flowers on rustic background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synthetically scented freshners with their overbearing odors sometimes cause a choking
feeling. However, our botanical Refresh Spritzers prompt a natural reflex, a willingness to
inhale deeply in order to fully experience their smell. In this line of Spritzers you will inhale
elements from nature, flowers, herbs, and oils. Their DNA is similar to our own human DNA;
and is instantly recognizable by our senses as something good for us. The body, mind and spirit
intuitively know these smells are in-tune with our bodies, and that they are safe.  This makes
them a joy to experience.
The Refresh Spritzers come in three different aromas:
Citrus is comprised of a mélange of citrus oils, sweet orange, Mandarin & Bitter Orange to
name a few. Our Citrus Spritzer has an uplifting, inspiring and refreshing affect on the mind and
body.
Forest has a soft herbal aroma, a blend of French lavender and Fir needle essences to
inspire and transport you to the great outdoors.
Fleur is a blend of real rose and ylang ylang for those who like floral aromas. Often times
there is no sense of how real rose smells. Real rose has an earthy quality that offers a soft,
velvety essence. And then there’s a little ylang ylang to make it pop.

Fresh lavender flowers and bottle of oil on wooden background

If you’re feeling down, tired, exhausted, or perhaps not so fresh, gently spray one of our Spritzers towards your face and inhale slowly, deeply.  This will relax  you and give you a sense of well-being.  You can repeat this several times with no harm to your or your environment. You can repeat this several times with no harm to you or your environment.
In addition, to refreshing you, our Refresh Spritzers address unpleasant odors in the air quickly
and gently. Recently on a relatively long flight (5 hours)  the person sitting next to me was unable to
keep their natural gases to themselves. Oh yes! I’m going to tell you the truth. I cannot judge her for we all have this gas that can escape from us at any time.  So I would have had the same solution, had I been the culprit. I graciously pulled out my Forest Spritzer and dispersed the botanical compounds into the air in a safe, softly fragrant and reliable way. It’s not uncommon to feel kind of depleted after a long flight and spraying the Spritzer towards your face and inhaling deeply several times is a great way to instantly, refresh.  In other words, don’t leave home without our Refresh Spritzers. I carry at least one in my purse at all times and I keep one in my car.

Check them out at AnuEssentials.com

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