Experience of a Lifetime with the Gaden Shartse Monks

January 20 2018:

Thomas and I attended Green Tara ~ Empowerment *Ritual tonight. So much WOW!! Has anyone experienced something like this?

I was going to attend alone and a barefoot Thomas came chasing me as I was leaving saying he felt compelled to come too. We each received this golden chord blessed by the Dalai Lama. What an incredibly beautiful experience. xoxoxo 🙏🙏🙏💜💜💜

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Thomas had an amazing experience right before bed and we stayed up until midnight talking so I could help him process it. In an instant, he had a wave of compassion come over him for one he does not think highly of and one he as judged harshly. He was looking at a “dark” drawing of this person and saw himself as this person, in this person’s shoes. It was incredibly powerful! The power of knowing we are all ONE, will absolutely shift this world to a higher plane. We need more monks to visit more places … xoxo

Thomas had an amazing experience right before bed and we stayed up until midnight talking so I could help him process it. In an instant, he had a wave of compassion come over him for one he does not think highly of and one he as judged harshly. He was looking at a “dark” drawing of this person and saw himself as this person, in this person’s shoes. It was incredibly powerful! The power of knowing we are all ONE, will absolutely shift this world to a higher plane. We need more monks to visit more places … xoxo

January 21 2018:

Single Pointed Meditation this afternoon at Carson City Yoga with Tibetan Heart visiting monks. They are on a Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet Tour. Just WOW again. Does anyone else practice meditation?

We meditated on compassion, loving kindness, and attempting to pinpoint the self (which can’t be done) as believing there is a solid self is where suffering arises. (Paraphrasing the lama’s teaching.)

Thomas and I attended an event last night too. And it was amazing. I am so incredibly grateful to have experienced both of these events. We will try and make at least one of the South Lake Tahoe events. xoxo

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January 26 2018:

The Lama trains for 25 years from 5 am to midnight, six days a week and then he attends 2-3 years of a specialized training/college to be able to offer the ceremonies like he did tonight.

Tonight Thomas and I attended a Chay Drol Healing Ceremony at Blue Angel Cafe in South Lake Tahoe facilitated by the Gaden Shartse Monks (Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet Tour). Their tour is almost complete in this area. Two more days, I believe. One can literally feel the kindness and compassion vibrating from this beautiful Lama and his monk companions.

Anyone who has done energy, healing work for me knows that I have issues that flare at times on the right side of my gut area/gall bladder area.

I was extremely blessed to feel moved to ask the lama to bless this area for me. I released much during the ceremony, yet felt the need for this too. Green Tara worked her mojo on me! HA! I could feel things shooting out me.

He ever so gently stood next to me and placed his hands in this area while chanting blessings. The picture of us is afterwards.

Thomas asked the Lama to bless his metal water bottle, also. These are such beautiful souls spreading the message of non-violence, compassion, love, kindness and enlightenment for all who wish to receive.

Description of the ceremony: Chay Drol Healing Ceremony

Literally translated, ‘Chay Drol’ means to make free of obstacles. Chay Drol is a ritual that helps to remove the obstacles that prevent one from achieving enlightenment.
The procedure begins with the Lama going into deep meditation and generating himself in the form of a deity. He then places colored strings and pieces of cloth on various parts of the participant’s body.

Through ritual, the strings and pieces of cloth will be transformed to physically represent the obstacles of the participant.

Finally, the Lama will use ‘Wisdom Weapons’ to cut the ‘obstacles’ from the participant, thereby freeing him/her and opening the door to liberation. A colorful and participatory ceremony.

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He Helps Keep Life Un-Boring

January 13 2018:

Conversations with Thomas are always interesting and varied …

“The Dalai Lama has a twitter account and I’m following him.” ….

This after talking about the FBI and the CIA and the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet …

I like him. He helps to keep life un-boring …. xoxo

January 19 2018:

“In politics it doesn’t matter your morals, it just matters how you deliver it.” – Thomas

Yep. I like him!

He Brings Incredible Joy

**THROWBACK POST**

November 28 2011:

One more of my favorites from today at Red Rock Canyon . . . I’ve got to get this kid in some type of drama/acting/improv class . . . he cracks me up!!

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What’s “interesting” is that not even a month after this I won a semester of classes at a local acting/dance/theater agency and Thomas did indeed take some acting classes!!

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January 12 2018:

Thomas and Camilla January 2018 Date Day!

Last stop – Quick and short detour to admire this view!!! WOW!!

Next! – A short walk. My favorite part of our date!!

Next stop – Sledding! Thomas is the small speck near the top of the hill in the first picture. He had great fun!

Second stop – Kings Beach … We’ve never stopped at this little park! Just beautiful!! I just love having conversations with Thomas. More and more they are philosophical and I feel so inept! HA! Even though! I adore it!!

First stop – India Kabob & Curry as he requested Indian food. We had India Kabob on a date day years ago so he requested a revisit!
Two plates of assorted vegetarian dishes for me. Loved the peas and potatoes. That was my favorite!!

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I Get This Funny Good Feeling

**THROWBACK POST**

November 27 2013:

“Whenever I build Lego sets I get this funny, really good feeling!” -Thomas …

He’s so excited, his eyes are almost sweating! This afternoon he received the two sets he ordered with birthday money .. The cottage and the treehouse! Cottage is put together. Now he’s working on the treehouse.

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Solo Dance Party and Soul Book and Fuji Apple and Veggie Chili and Peace and Love

January 7 2018:

Just finished a solo dance party …. The Bee Gees, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Chic, and Lipps Inc …. Felt so good!

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Ending the day with a food-for-the-soul book and a juicy, crisp Fuji apple. xoxo

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January 8 2018:

Veggie Chili tonight …. from beginning to end. So beautiful. And delicious with a piece of sour dough garlic bread! Mmmmmmm ….. xoxo

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January 9 2018:

Peace. And. Love. And arts and crafts with Lillian.

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January 10 2018:

The stuffed little vegan chili burger that could ………..
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……. fall apart with the first bite!!!! So, so yummy!!!

Foodies artichoke burger, sautéed sweet onions and mushrooms, Roma tomato, mustard, ketchup, sea salt, black pepper, sweet & hot jalapeños, a dollop of my veggie chili, and romaine lettuce …. all snug inside of two slices of garlic sour dough bread with a cute lil kosher dill pickle.

I knew there was a reason I chose a bowl instead of a plate. Ha!!!

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Lillian and Thomas are not vegetarian. I made a cheese, mushroom, and onion quiche for Thomas (which I haven’t made in years and years). I mostly don’t eat eggs so he gets it all to himself!

Thomas moans and groans about me being vegetarian leaning towards vegan; yet, he will scarf down that yummy vegetarian goodness!! Steals my food all the time! I prefer to let them make their own choice about becoming vegetarian. I am at about a year and a half of being vegetarian.

January 11 2018:

It may look odd, yet it’s one of my favorite dessert type treats. Frozen wild blueberries in almond milk. Some of the milk freezes into blueberry milk ice chunks. I let it sit for 5-10 minutes before devouring! Yum!!

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Patience is the Word of the Day

**THROWBACK POST**

November 27 2012:

Invested about an hour of time after school with Team Member T working on emotions/anger/appropriate responses and suggesting different alternatives when anger begins to set in …. (with an uncooperative Mr. T) …

He was returning to an awesome young man by the end of our time … He offered to do the dishes after dinner and then wanted to clean the stove!!! Man, that 80/20 rule is right on!! 20% invested gives you 80% of the results or something like that!!

Word for the day for ME ….. PATIENCE!!!

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Dearest Thomas: May You Ever Know

January 19 2018:

Finished Thomas’ Gift! Now I can move on to the 2018 Theme Poster!!

Who else likes to use recycled items for gift making?

I so much loved making this. I like to use recycled items so this is on a piece of cardboard. The top and bottom border, flower stem, and two hearts are candy wrapper (Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints) as Thomas loves the color and we save them (and I love that they are only 3 ingredients).

The tree is from an old calendar, the cow is from an old issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, the house and cat are from an old Trader Joe’s circular, and the rest is glitter glue! Made to hang with a piece of old hemp shoe string. About 5 years ago a friend gave us rolls and rolls of this hemp string. Still using it!

He loves trees, cows, and cats, and I know he would love living in that house … xoxo

Dearest Thomas

May you always ask questions,
May you always engage others in conversation,
May you always seek to understand.

May you ever know there are times when silence is the Way.

May you continue to be an explorer in the sea of knowledge,
May you filter that knowledge through the knowing of the Heart,
May you love this life and live it to the fullest.

May you ever be connected to the knowing of your Heart,
May you ever still …. Go here to read more …

Poetry: May You Ever Know

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Beautiful and Majestic Moon and Poetic and Cold and Wet and Smile

January 1 2018:

First walk of 2018 with Lillian. Incredibly beautiful and mild. And WOW! What a moon! Big, majestic, and graceful!! xoxo

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January 3 2017:

Solo walk this morning. Stood next to this tree for a bit. To quote Thomas, “Incredibly poetic.”

I just love it when he notices and says this about scenery and events.

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January 5 2017:

Wee little adventure this afternoon. We drove to Boca Reservoir. So incredibly beautiful. And. Cold. And. Wet. I swear the heart shaped rock has a face and is smiling!

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