Girlfriends at My Side ~

I am on a path of Enlightenment just like the Goddess Arya Tara who we chose to represent us here on Tara Cronica over 3 years ago. I am growing and unfolding along the way, learning life lessons, making memories and expanding my circle of friends. I believe I have evolved as a woman while writing what’s on my mind each week. Writing is my passion and it has also been therapeutic. Women communicate and learn from speaking to, and listening to, other women, it’s what we do.

I have had so many laughs and shed many tears along the way. One thing that has been consistent are the girlfriends who stand at my side day and night, 24/7. Men have come and gone but the beautiful nurturing souls who I am blessed to say are my girlfriends stand strong at my side. I need my girlfriends, it’s that simple. I love the male energy as you all know, great men inspire me to be a better me.

Life would not be the same without my beautiful soul sisters!

My Mom shared this link with me (she is more than my Mom she is also my girlfriend) and it rung so true to me I needed to share it with you. Thanks Mom I love you!  xo

They Teach it at Stanford;

“In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other thing, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physcially this quality ‘girlfriend time’ helps to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. (Hallelujah to that!) There’s a tendency to think that when we are ‘exercising’ we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged – not true! (I know not ONE of my girlfriends agrees with that statement!) In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!”

So every time you grab a java with friends or chat over a glass of wine, keep in mind it’s good for your well being! It soothes the soul!

This does not mean I am not going to go on and on about the male energy, that will never change! I love my friends male and female!

Svaha Girlfriends…and Man-friends!

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Celebrating Vesakha (Wesak) Day ~

Arya Tara is the Buddhist Goddess we chose to represent us here on Tara Cronica. Today those who practise Buddhism will celebrate the day in many different ways. Vesakha or Wesak day is an annual holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in South Asia and South East Asian countries. Informally called Buddha’s Birthday, it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana) and passing away (Parinivana) of Gautama Buddha, the Supreme Buddha. What attracted me to this celebration was that on this day everyone makes a special effort to bring happiness to the unfortunate.

Vesakha is also a time for great joy and happiness with such activities like decorating and illuminating temples with candles, painting and creating exquisite scenes from the life of the Buddha. It is a time of giving, good deeds, setting animals free and pilgrimage. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it.

Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings are to remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers would wither away after a short while and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, so too is life subject to decay and destruction. To me this day is a reminder that life is short and we need to embrace our lives and live each moment with pure intent. To give to those less fortunate not just on this day but everyday.

Happy Vesakha day everyone!

Svaha ~

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Clever Crows

Bonnie's PostI have a pile of cracked walnuts underneath a telephone pole on the corner of our property by the road.  I couldn’t figure out where they were coming from for the longest time.  Recently as I was leaving the house I heard a “ting” and glanced over just in time to see a walnut hit the pavement.  When I looked up there was a large crow/raven? sitting on the top of the pole.  He then glided gently down and began eating the walnut from the cracked open shell.  Very clever!

I have to admit I call any large black bird a “crow” because I can’t tell the difference is between a raven and a crow.  I finally looked it up and discovered that ravens are about 1/3rd larger which still doesn’t help me because I’d have to have them stand side by side to see which was bigger and that will never happen because apparently they don’t ever occupy the same territory.

One of Goddess Arya Tara’s animal representatives is the raven.  The raven aspects represent:

  • higher thought
  • higher intelligence
  • higher ideals
  • mystery
  • magic
  • secrets, and
  • even deception

Wow!  I have never really enjoyed the sound of crows cawing and had never had much respect for them before now.   I’m changing my tune regarding these very intelligent birds…I just wish they could change their tune to sound more like robin!

Here’s to Goddess Tara’s Raven!  A great choice!

Bonnie

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