The Night of Miracles

Whether we celebrate Christmas or Chanukah, we celebrate the night of miracles. Each of us may need to believe in miracles, because we live in a cynical age when wars, suffering and death of thousands are watched on TV at breakfast.

Belief in miracles brings hope, that one day we ourselves are going to become part of a miracle. It encourages us to overcome obstacles and not to be indifferent to the surrounding life. Belief in miracles doesn’t mean to wait for them at home and doing nothing.

So let’s celebrate! Happy Christmas and Chanukah!

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Award Nomination

I’ve been surprisingly nominated by Jewish Thoughts for this aword!

I’m writting my blog for a while, so I am really thankful for it. I’m also thankful to Okoto Enigma for creating this fantastic award.

If I’ve nominated you, the rules are as follows:

List the rules.
Put the award logo/image in your blog.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. Tell your readers three things about yourself. Nominate 10-20 people. Notify your nominees. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify) Share a link to your best posts.

Next, I’ll answer to the questions of Jewish Thoughts:

  1. What’s one small thing you’re thankful for?
    Even though it is not the small thing, I’m thankful for current state of my health. Since my summer’s lyme disease I’m improving slowly, but I’m very thankful for any small progress.

2. Do you prefer books or music? Definitely books.

3. What’s your best tip for successful blogging? As I’m a blogger beginner I would like to know it as wel 🙂

4. What was the best day of your life? To be honest, it was more than one day, it was whole journey through national parks in the western part of U.S. few years ago.

5. Do you believe in a Creator? Yes I do. Even though it was a long process into depths of my heart.

And now, three things about myself:

1. I’m red-haired fan of trees, herbs and forest.

2. I like to create edible and inedible things from herbs and natural ingredients. Soups and soaps etc.

3. I love to share my space and creative products with group of my soulmates.

And now, my best favorite nominees at the moment:
1. Aquarian Soap

2. Misty Meadows

3. Reflections of Existence

4. Jessica Baker

5. The Zero-Waste Chef

And here are five questiones for the nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite plant (herb or tree) and why?
  2. Do you prefer city or nature?
  3. What’s your favorite activity?
  4. What you ask for if you catch the gold fish and your wish is valid only one day.
  5. What’s your favorite color and why?

The links to my ‘best’ posts:

Wild Rose: Beauty among thorns

Yarrow, the medicinal hero

Nettle: Excellent Blood Purificator

Enjoy!

Ivana

Between Life and Death: Poisonous Ivy

For me, Ivy has always symbolized something mysterious. And if I had to tell where I mostly see to grow Ivy, it is a cemetery for sure. There are many old trees, providing a shady retreat for grieving, and around their trunks grow layers of Ivy. The abundance and symbolism stand out especially in the autumn.

Colorful leaves fall from the trees as well as the youth gradually leaves our physical body. But Ivy remains green despite of frost as well as the soul is able to cross the gate of physical death. For me, Ivy is a symbol of rebirth and a new beginning.

I remember one day a few years ago when I walked to a cemetery just because of Ivy. I felt so strong calling to go there, so I did. I spent few hours in contemplation at the cemetery, where did not rest any of my friends or relatives. And when I returned home, I found unexpected dismissal in my mailbox. I was so sorry, but all the Ivy at the cemetery helped me to better accept this situation. Suddenly I knew deeply in my heart, that this end is simply a door to a new beginning. And it was.

Perhaps I have a strong connection to Ivy because of the name. My first name is Ivana and Ivy is one of possible short versions of it. And if you ask, I don’t mind that Ivy is poisonous. Even I know how to be poisonous. And no wonder, I am born under Scorpio sign. In addition, I am well aware that a lot of poisonous substances are healing. As well as Ivy and maybe sometimes like me and like my doing.

I fully believe that not only sweet and harmonious are important in the life. We can be greatly enriched by what we fear, and from what we run away.