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Ma’at is the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, harmony, and balance (a concept known as ma’at in Egyptian) who first appears during the period known as the Old Kingdom ( 2613 – 2181 BCE ) but no doubt existed in some form earlier. She is depicted in anthropomorphic form as a winged woman, often in profile with an ostrich feather on her head, or simply as a white ostrich feather. The feather of Ma’at was an integral part of the Weighing of the Heart of the Soul ceremony in the afterlife where the heart of the soul of the dead person was weighed in the scales of justice against the feather.
Maat or Maʽat, refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.
The fundamental order of the universe.
The Egyptians believed strongly that every individual was responsible for his or her own life and that life should be lived with other people and the earth in mind. In the same way that the gods cared for humanity, so should humans care for each other and the earth which they had been provided with. This philosophy is evident in every aspect of Egyptian culture from the way they constructed their cities to the balance and symmetry of their temples and monuments. If one lived harmoniously in the will of the gods, then one was living in harmony with the concept of ma’at and the goddess who embodied that concept. One was free to live however one wanted, of course, and completely ignore the principle of ma’at, but eventually one would face the trial which awaited everyone: judgment in the Hall of Truth (also known as The Hall of Two Truths) in the afterlife.
The 42 Ideals of Ma’at of the Temple of Isis.
1. I honor virtue
2. I benefit with gratitude
3. I am peaceful
4. I respect the property of others
5. I affirm that all life is sacred
6. I give offerings that are genuine
7. I live in truth
8. I regard all altars with respect
9. I speak with sincerity
10. I consume only my fair share
11. I offer words of good intent
12. I relate in peace
13. I honor animals with reverence
14. I can be trusted
15. I care for the earth
16. I keep my own council
17. I speak positively of others
18. I remain in balance with my emotions
19. I am trustful in my relationships
20. I hold purity in high esteem
21. I spread joy
22. I do the best I can
23. I communicate with compassion
24. I listen to opposing opinions
25. I create harmony
26. I invoke laughter
27. I am open to love in various forms
28. I am forgiving
29. I am kind
30. I act respectfully
31. I am accepting
32. I follow my inner guidance
33. I converse with awareness
34. I do good
35. I give blessings
36. I keep the waters pure
37. I speak with good intent
38. I praise the Goddess and the God
39. I am humble
40. I achieve with integrity
41. I advance through my own abilities
42. I embrace the All
Mark and I have been on this health and wellness journey for years, mainly sharing our knowledge with family and close friends, but now we feel it’s time to share with people beyond our circle. We are looking forward to sharing and learning with as many people as possible. While traveling on this journey, we learned that you have to seek your truth! What works for me may not work for Mark. What works for Mark may not work for you, but we believe everybody feels better when their spirit, mind, and body are in harmony. Breathe With The Flow Of Life!!!!
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A LONG Time AGO…,
A pig was locked in a cage. Everyday, he hopelessly tried to squeeze through the steel bars.
By chance a man came walking by.
“Free me, please free me!” cried the pig.
“No way,” replied the man, “you probably beat me if I did.”
“No, not at all!” swore the pig with many oaths; “On the contrary, I will be grateful and serve your community like I serve mine!”
The pig sobbed and sighed and wept and begged, the man’s heart softened, and he agreed to open the cage and release the pig.
The pig pounced on the man, “What a fool you are! Nothing is going to stop me from beating you NOW!
The man pleaded with the pig to fulfill his oath, but the pig only promised to accept the decision of the first three things the man chose to ask regarding his actions.
So the man first asked a baobab tree what it thought of the matter, but the baobab tree replied coldly, “What are you talking about? Don’t I give you plenty of shade, and don’t you in return break my branches for fun? Don’t whine, be a man!”
The man walked further down the road until he saw a cow turning a well-wheel; but this chance in counter didn’t go well either, for the cow was pissed.
“You are a fool! How can you expect gratitude? When I produced milk, you fed me grass and vegetables, but now that I am dry, you watch me starve!”
Finally, the man asked the road to be his judge and jury.
“My dear friend,” said the road, “how foolish you must be. Here am I, useful to everybody, yet you, break bottles and throw trash on me constantly.”
After hearing how the road really felt, the man turned around, and on his way back he met a peace officer, who asked him why he was looking so miserable?
The man told the peace officer everything that happened.
“The pig is going to do what???” said the peace officer. “Hold on, I’m confused, tell me that story again.”
The man told the story again, but the peace officer scratched his head and still didn’t understand any of it.
“I am terribly hard of hearing,” said the peace officer, sadly, “it seems to go in one ear and out the other. Can you please show me the place where it all happened, and then perhaps I shall be able to understand your story.”
So, the two returned to the cage.
“You’ve been gone a long time!” squealed the pig, “but now let’s begin our beating.”
“OUR BEATING!” yelled the man as he pleaded with the pig. “Give me five minutes. I need to explain what happened to this peace officer, he’s clueless.”
The pig agreed to freeze, and the man began to tell the whole story again.
“I GOT IT!” yelled the peace officer. “The man was in the cage when the pig came walking by?”
“Dumb, dumb,” interrupted the pig, “I was in the cage.”
“Really?” replied the peace officer. “Ok, I got it now. The pig was in the man, and the cage came walking by. No, that’s not right either. You might want to start beating him while I try to figure this out.”
“No, it can wait. You need to understand what happened!” agreed the pig.
“Ok, tell me what happened again,” said the peace officer.
“I’m the pig, he’s the man, and that’s the cage!” said the pig. “And, I was in the cage. Now, do you understand?”
“I think so,” said the peace officer. “But, may I ask a question.”
“Ask away,” said the pig.
“How did you get in the cage?” asked the peace officer.
“In the usual way,” answered the pig.
“But, what’s the usual way?” asked the peace officer.
The pig lost his patience, jumped into the cage, and screamed, “NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!”
“Completely!” responded the peace officer as he smiled and shut the cage door for good.
To Every Spiritual Being living the human existence this second edition of The Preamble of the United States Constitution is for YOU. First and foremost, WE, The United States of America, acknowledge and wholeheartedly apologize for our lies against YOU. Moreover, WE promise these words in the second edition of the Preamble will not ring hollow like its predecessor. Now in Order to form a more Perfect Union, establish Righteousness, insure inner Peace, promote Unity, foster Love, and secure the Mental, Physical, and Financial future of Ourselves and our Posterity, we must TRUST one another!
Society is constantly on the go. We move fast and we want things convenient. Which got us thinking about how this fast-paced everything convenient world is affecting our children’s health and wellness?
Far too many times, I have seen students come to school with a hand full of junk. Chips, honey buns, pop, candy bars, you name it. They would gobble down some of their unhealthy snacks for breakfast. The rest they would save for lunch.
The convenience store was their after school supermarket as well. A friend that would feed them until their parents got home from work, school, or both. Not knowing how to pick healthier foods from the corner store, they once again turned to chips, pop, and candy for dinner.
Knowing this, we thought it would be a great idea to show them how to make healthier choices from their local convenience store.
So, Mark and I visited corner stores all around metro Detroit to see what healthy options were available for children. We discovered that the majority of them sold the same foods.
Here’s a list of those foods: Bread, both white and wheat, eggs, tuna, salmon, ramen noodles, baked beans, canned peas, canned green beans, canned mixed vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, mushrooms, tomato soup, fruit cups, mackerel (surprisingly), sardines, pickles, Simply Orange juice, and pasta sauce.
They also had bacon, sausage, and baloney, however, the goal is to teach them healthier options beyond what they may be used to.
After categorizing the list of foods available at convenience stores, we decided to put a few go-to meals together for children whose only option for feeding themselves is eating at the corner store.
Some meals may be out of a child’s comfort zone, but that’s the whole point!
Baked beans, eggs, and wheat toast
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Salmon sandwich with orange juice
Egg sandwich with orange juice
Tomato soup with toast
Tuna or salmon sandwich with a pickle
Tomato soup with green beans
Ramen noodles with a can of mixed veggies
Salmon, mackerel, or tuna sandwich with a pickle
Ramen noodles with peas and mushrooms
I think it’s time for us to teach our children how to choose a healthier lifestyle, no matter where they have to eat. The rise in obesity, diabetes, and depression is too alarming. We are what we eat. Let’s help them know better SO THEY CAN DO BETTER!