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As someone who personally struggles with anxiety, I know that thing can be a monster. Though invisible, it can range from nerves about an upcoming meeting to crawl-out-of-my-skin-lions-thrashing-from-within for no actual reason at all. And particularly when the latter version hits in full force, it’s always comforting to have that one person who can be the calm in your storm. For Nikki Pennington, that person was her mom. The day her mom died, piled on top of the grief, was the fear that she had lost the person who understood her best and who she could pour her heart out to when she became anxious. Little did she know, her sweet mama had a secret plan in store to make sure her daughter would be taken good care of long after she was gone. Nikki shared the heartbreakingly beautiful story on her Grief To Hope Facebook page, and I pray it can be an encouragement to anyone who struggles with anxiety. In this battle, you are never alone. Read Nikki’s post in full below: Anxiety has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. It’s been there for so long that I don’t really recall a time in my life without it. If you have anxiety then you know you have that one person. The one person that knows just how to help calm you down in the midst of the anxiety fog. That one person for me was my Mom. She knew just what to say, how to say it and the right moment to say it to help bring me back to reality. Her words and comfort were always stronger than my anxiety. I always just assumed she would always be there to be my person but that all changed. It was a few weeks after my husband and I were married and my anxiety kicked in, I said, “I have to call my Mom” he paused and said, “How about you talk to me instead? Just give me a try and see if I can compare.” So I did, I gave him a chance to help ease my anxiety and it was as if I was talking to my Mom, it was as if I was talking to my person. The calls to my Mom when my anxiety was in full force became less and less.
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Scissor Productions "Missing" This Music Video is our little help to all the missing people and their families. Young or Old, Rich or Poor never to give up hope of finding their loved ones. Special Thanks to Sky News, GM TV and Youtube for their footage. Song Title "Whats on your mind" Music Composed by Mario Alaimo Filmed & Edited by Genavieve scissorproductionsyahoo****
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*******SupremeMasterTV**** – Ullambana – Remembering the Divine Love that Saves Humanity. Episode: 1795, Air Date: 14 August 2011. Greetings, wonderful viewers. Once again it is the middle of the seventh lunar month. Once again it is time to rejoice in the Ullambana Festival, an occasion to celebrate the Divine love that helps and saves humanity. The Ullambana Festival has long been a tradition wherever Buddhism is cherished, and is particularly well-known in India, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), China, Japan, Singapore, Formosa (Taiwan) and South Korea. The word Ullambana is a Sanskrit term literally meaning “rescue those who are hanging upside down,” and translates to mean “deliverance from suffering.” It originates from the tale of Maudgalyanana, a disciple of Shakyamanu Buddha who wished to save his mother from hell. The filial practitioner was only able to do so through the compassionate help of his Master and other spiritual practitioners. Ms. Joyce Lye, co-founder of the charity group Kampung Senang in Singapore, shared the story of Maudgalyayana in more detail. He was diligent in spiritual practice and had great magical power. After his mother passed away, he missed her very much, and therefore used his magical power to look for her. When his mother was alive she was often greedy. Therefore, after she died, she entered into the state of a hungry ghost. Maudgalyayana found his mother in this state and so he really wished to relieve her hunger. So he used his magical power to manifest some food for his mother. Unfortunately, his mother’s greedy thoughts arose again. She was afraid that other beings would share her food. As soon as this thought arose, all the food turned into fire and she couldn’t eat it. So Maudgalyayana returned to the Buddha, asking for his advice on how to help his mother. The Buddha reminded him of the collective spiritual power of the sangha (spiritual practitioner community). Mr. Takuji Iizuka is a respected Buddhist monk from the Zojyoji Buddhist Temple in Japan. In Japan we call this Obon or Bon Festival, but it comes from the Ullambana sutra of Buddhism. When Maudgalyayana, who was a Buddha’s disciple, used his supernatural power to search how his mother was doing after passing on, he saw her suffering after she had fallen into the realm of Preta, or realm of hungry ghosts. She was hung upside down there. Then, honorable Mokuren begged his Master Buddha to tell him how to release his mother. Buddha instructed him to make offerings to many Buddhist ascetic monks, such as various delicacies, food to drink, which is called ango. This act of charity would become a merit which enables him to save his mother. Based on this legend, Obon takes place every year in July or August in summer in the Japanese culture. At Ullambana, people pray and offer fruits at the temples or at home, chant sutras, make lanterns to put on the rivers, dance, and/or gather with parents. In Japan, Ullambana is one the nation’s most important festivals. In the temple, a Buddhist memorial service is performed. In addition, we display a family's Buddhist altar at home and make an altar for the ancestral spirits of the deceased. I understand that it is our custom that relatives gather at home on this occasion in order for a priest to hold a service with sutra chanting, and to make offerings of food and flowers. During Obon, many events are performed all over Japan in order to console and cheer up the ancestral spirits of the deceased, including Bon dance, bonfire of Kyoto, and floating a straw boat or lanterns or offerings on the water at the end of the Bon Festival. Inspired by Maudgalyayana’s filial piety to his mother, some countries like Âu Lạc (Vietnam) celebrate Ullambana in thanksgiving to the mother or both parents. We spoke with some Aulacese (Vietnamese) citizens about how they observe the festival, which they call Lễ Vu Lan. On Lễ Vu Lan Day, one often goes to the pagoda. Children whose parents are alive often pin a red rose on their chest and white roses are for those whose parents are deceased. When going to the temple, we can commemorate our parents’ favor of raising us. We can do charity work or do good deeds as a dutiful child. The Lễ Vu Lan Festival is very meaningful to the Aulacese (Vietnamese). There’s a saying: “Father’s favor is as high as the tallest mountain. Mother’s kindness is like the water flowing from the source.” We should always remember our parents’ favor of raising us. It is a day for children to have a chance to show gratitude to our parents and ancestors. One can go to the pagoda or stay at home to get together with one’s family, parents, grandparents. Such days are to give the descendants a chance to know more about their ancestors and parents. Lễ Vu Lan is the day when children can show their filial piety to their parents who gave birth and bring them up. Usually, our Aulacese people celebrate Lễ Vu Lan by activities such as going to the pagoda, praying for the liberation of our parents’ souls, floating paper lanterns to pray for the salvation of the dead. I think that the Lễ Vu Lan festival is the day to fulfill our filial duty to our mother. If our mother is alive, we pray for our mother’s peace. If our mother is not alive, we also pray for the salvation of our mother’s soul. On that day, Aulacese people go to the pagoda, setting free animals, praying for our mother’s peace, and doing good deeds to pray for blessings. The 10th Vice President of Formosa (Taiwan) Annette Lu also shared precious memory of her late mother, while expanding the love for her biological mother to embrace Mother Earth, the planet. My mother, for her background, she was a very typical Formosan (Taiwanese) woman. She was adopted since little, so in that environment, she was not able to receive a very good education like we modern women. Nevertheless, she had a strong sense of independence. She and my father fell in love and married each other in that kind of era. They worked very hard. Her daughter went as far as being a vice president. I think they never expected that. I feel that all women are very hard working and very amazing. When there’s something good, they always think of their daughters, their husbands, and their children first. And they take up the hardest work themselves. Of course, our shared mother is the Earth, so I also hope everyone together takes good care of the Earth. In Formosa (Taiwan), China, and Singapore, the Ullambana Festival has found affinity with non-Buddhist traditions and has become one of the most auspicious festivals during the year. In Singapore, the festival in July is usually not called Ullambana, it’s called the Middle Yuan Festival. Historically, people started to celebrate the Middle Yuan Festival after the Wei Dynasty. According to the historical record, it says that there are three Yuans in a year: the first one is the Upper Yuan, which is January 15 of the Lunar Calendar, the Middle Yuan falls on July 15, and October 15 is the Lower Yuan. To celebrate the Upper Yuan Festival, people express their gratitude to the Lord of Heaven. Then in July, they show gratitude to the Lord of the Earth. Why should we thank the Lord of the Earth? It’s because the Earth is our mother who nourishes all the crops to ensure harvests and to provide bountiful food for us to eat. Therefore, it’s a festival to show respect to Heaven and gratitude to the Earth. And that’s the meaning of this festival from the Wei Dynasty. Here in Singapore, we have Indian culture, the Buddhist culture, and folk traditions, or the local customs. Therefore, the celebrations of the Middle Yuan Festival can be completely different depending on the organizer. The Buddhists celebrate the Middle Yuan Festival in their own way. They think about all the beings who are like their mother, and deliver them. Then the Taoists make offerings to thank the Earth. For major cities, Ullambana is an occasion for many eateries to offer vegan cuisine. Many people, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, are able to enjoy the lighter feeling of consuming food that is free of suffering. According to the teachings of the Buddha, all sentient beings in all realms and in nature are like our mothers. They were once our mother. Therefore, on such a festive day, also known as the Ullambana Day, they would help sentient beings to recognize the Truth. They would spread the nectar water, and even give medicines to relieve pains caused by people’s greed, hatred and ignorance. Therefore, it’s a very meaningful festival and a very auspicious day, because many spiritual practitioners would gather together and many hearts would become sincere. The Ullambana Festival also reminds us about the merits of offering vegetarian or vegan food to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and others. During a February 2011 videoconference Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed that food is a significant medium through which spiritual Masters can assist humanity, and shared new insights about food and merits through the Maudgalyayana story. So, food, drinks are a convenient tool for masters to intervene in the give-and-take drama of this world. It connects almost all members of our society, from farmers, harvesters, etc., down to machine operators, refinery workers, and even builders for storage, for road, for transport, you see? So, as we consume even vegan food, we have to also practice diligently in order to have enough merit to repay the kindness of all the workers involved, as well as to cleanse the bad karma (retribution) of the things that we use in this world, and to bless whichever trees or plants that give us food, or their groups, for example, so that they also can elevate in the spiritual evolution. Remember when the Buddha’s disciple, Maudgalyāyana, his mother was punished in hell because she because she made meat to feed the sangha and lied to them, saying it was vegetarian. So after Maudgalyāyana brought the food and fruit offering to the whole congregation of monks there, then his mother was liberated immediately. Yes, because when they partake of this food, then they partake of the connection with the humankind in this world – you see what I mean? – (Yes, Master.) including the mother of Maudgalyāyana. That’s why she was liberated. So it took a lot of monks, everybody took a little bit of bad karma (retribution), so she was liberated. We wish everyone who is celebrating, a joyful and meaningful Ullambana Festival. May it be for everyone a time to reflect on Heaven’s grace and the virtuous, filial, and spiritual way of life. Cherished viewers, thank you for your company today. Please stay tuned to Supreme Master Television. Our Noble Lineage is up next after Noteworthy News. Wishing you and your loved ones Heaven’s all-encompassing grace.
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THE WHOLE OFFICE MAKES IT WORTH EVE... I drive over 30 miles to bring my daughter to Dr. Kate McGrory. The whole office makes it worth every mile! My daughter has always dreaded going to the dentist, but her trips to the ortho have been quite pleasant for the both of us! We love you guys and I'm going to miss you when her braces come off!!! MY DAUGHTER AND HUSBAND LOVE DR. MCGRORY... My daughter had braces, my husband currently is in treatment & I have the wonderful privilege of working for Dr. McGrory. She is a FABULOUS orthodontist whose patients and staff become part of her family. She does fabulous work and ALWAYS listens to her patients' concerns to ensure she gives them the beautiful smile they love and deserve. If you are looking for an Orthodontic Team that will not just give you a beautiful smile but a friendship that will last a lifetime.....then you found us!!!!! :D
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EVERYONE HAS BEEN VERY PROFESSIONAL... Everyone has been very professional and extremely helpful. It is obvious that everyone gets along and enjoys their job. Not only is Dr. Gray a great orthodontist, he runs a pretty amazing office too. Also, thanks to Jana for reassuring me that I wasn't the only adult patient! MY HUSBAND IS JUST GETTING STARTED ... Dr Gray has been both my daughters, my husband & MY orthodontist. We are very happy with our oldest daughters & MY end result! Our middle daughter is in her 2nd Phase, rounding 3rd base & looking amazing. My husband is just getting started and already impressed w/his changes. The office is beautiful & the staff ROCKS!!! I would recommend OUR office to EVERYBODY, not only because I work here but because you truly get the best top of the line treatment here! Come in and see for yourself!!! Tracy Haro I am truly blessed Holly
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EVERYONE HAS BEEN VERY PROFESSIONAL... Everyone has been very professional and extremely helpful. It is obvious that everyone gets along and enjoys their job. Not only is Dr. Gray a great orthodontist, he runs a pretty amazing office too. Also, thanks to Jana for reassuring me that I wasn't the only adult patient! MY HUSBAND IS JUST GETTING STARTED ... Dr Gray has been both my daughters, my husband & MY orthodontist. We are very happy with our oldest daughters & MY end result! Our middle daughter is in her 2nd Phase, rounding 3rd base & looking amazing. My husband is just getting started and already impressed w/his changes. The office is beautiful & the staff ROCKS!!! I would recommend OUR office to EVERYBODY, not only because I work here but because you truly get the best top of the line treatment here! Come in and see for yourself!!! Tracy Haro I am truly blessed Holly
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EVERYONE HAS BEEN VERY PROFESSIONAL... Everyone has been very professional and extremely helpful. It is obvious that everyone gets along and enjoys their job. Not only is Dr. Gray a great orthodontist, he runs a pretty amazing office too. Also, thanks to Jana for reassuring me that I wasn't the only adult patient! MY HUSBAND IS JUST GETTING STARTED ... Dr Gray has been both my daughters, my husband & MY orthodontist. We are very happy with our oldest daughters & MY end result! Our middle daughter is in her 2nd Phase, rounding 3rd base & looking amazing. My husband is just getting started and already impressed w/his changes. The office is beautiful & the staff ROCKS!!! I would recommend OUR office to EVERYBODY, not only because I work here but because you truly get the best top of the line treatment here! Come in and see for yourself!!! Tracy Haro I am truly blessed Holly
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Emily Burns is being held captive in a room with no idea as to why or how she got there. Determined to escape and return to her daughter and husband, Emily discovers clues within the room that help explain what she's doing there. They even provide clues about who she is...but will they help her escape?
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The worldly life is of father-son, mother-son or daughter, wife-husband, etc., relationships. Another delicate but important relationship is the guru-disciple relationship. What is the need for a guru? What are the different types of guru? Why is a living guru important? What is the difference between a guru and a Gnani?
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