Monthly Archives: July 2015

108, A SACRED NUMBER?

Counting, 1, 2, 3 is one of the first thing we’re taught as little children. At first counting is just a repetition of sounds, but eventually we understand, in a limited way, what the numbers mean. I had an experience recently that got me thinking more deeply about numbers and their meaning. But first I need to set the scene:

Recently I had the good fortune of having my Happiness Cards featured in the Science of Mind magazine (August issue) on page 108. I thought that was pretty cool, but when I showed it to a friend he said, “Wow! The number 108 is a sacred number.”  Even cooler! He got my attention, and I wanted to know more. Where did I go? Google, of course. Here are a few interesting facts I turned  up:

  • Number 108 is a sacred number to several Eastern religions, among them Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and certain yoga practices.
  • Because the number 108 is considered a complete circle, or the ultimate end of an event, malas or rosaries with 108 beads are worn by Buddhists to count mantras. Zen priests wear bracelets with the same number.
  • One hundred eight Sun Salutations are performed by yoga  practitioners during the spring equinox. (makes me tired to think about that.)
  • There are 108 energy lines converging in our bodies to form the heart chakra.

Things got even more interesting when I looked at how the number 108 appears in astronomy and mathematics:

  • The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter, and the distance between the moon and earth is 108 times the moon’s diameter.
  • In a mathematical a context 108 is arrived at by (1x1x2x2x3x3x3=108) or 1 to the 1st power times 2 to the second power times 3 to the 3rd power equals 108.
  • In the Sanskrit alphabet there are 54 letters. Each letter has a masculine and feminine form, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
  • In Islam the number 108 is sometimes used to refer to God.

So what does that have to do with my endorsement appearing on page 108? Maybe nothing at all, but I like to think it’s foretelling great things to come.       SoM_Aug2015_Happiness_Cards

SEEING THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES

I recently had the joy of spending time with my 15 month great-granddaughter. Her parents were with her so I had lots of time to watch as she learned new skills and experienced things for the first time. Much spiritual literature advises we see the world as a child does, with wonder and freshness devoid of opinions and judgements from past experiences.

I thought a lot about that as I watched Naomi negotiate her way around new environments. We in Ft. Bragg are blessed with a wonderful aquatic center. One pool is designed like a beach where the water washes up with no barrier, just a gentle slope as the water gets gradually deeper.

Naomi and her dadNaomi had only begun walking on dry land 3 months previously. Here was a new challenge. With her parents by her side she timidly approached the water. With a firm grasp of her father’s had she waded into deeper and deeper water. After several minutes she decided to try it on her own. Falling face forward into the water didn’t discourage her for long. Mom or Dad were close by to set her upright again.

There was a basket of beach balls for kids to use. Many trips were made from the pool to the basket and back again. Look what happens when Dad holds the ball under water and lets it go! Does a blue ball behave like the yellow one? She had to try them all.

Let’s try getting out of the water along the edge with a bank. That required different skills. In and out several times with a determined look .

If you’ve had your own children or been around young ones much, it won’t surprise you to learn that her parents wore out before she did. Naomi was active for more than an hour, practicing, learning, and observing. What a lesson in perseverance!

It isn’t easy, or perhaps even possible, for adults to look at the world without opinions, preconceptions and judgements, but it’s sure fun observing a small child doing so. Perhaps some of her vision will inspire me to be more observant.

“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus

NEW WAYS TO SPREAD HAPPINESS…

One of my greatest joys is to select my photos and others’ quotations for a new edition of Happiness Cards. Here are 6 new ones I’m adding this week.

Pink Azaleas                        The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. Carl Sandburg

HydrangeaPeople take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road  doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. Dalai Lama

Banana Leaves        Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.             Eleanor Roosevelt                                                                                     

Begonia Close up            Always remember you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead

Pink Begonias                          The whole worth of a kind deed is in the love it inspires.   The Talmud

Dahlia Close Up       If you want happiness for an hour take a nap. If you want happiness for a day go fishing. If you want happiness for a year inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime help someone else. Chinese Proverb

These Happiness Cards and 24 more are available in boxes of 30 on my website www.happinesscards.net