Archive | August 16, 2013

Barbara Mertz, Egyptologist and Mystery Writer, Dies at 85 – NYTimes.com

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I’m going to missher beautiful writing.

(Almost) Modern Priestesses & Priests of Isis

Isiopolis

We often talk about Isis and Her priestesses and priests in ancient days, but today, I’d like to go a bit more modern. It’s important because those of us who are attracted to Isis today have a modern Isis heritage, too. Exploring that heritage helps us understand why Isis continued and continues to be a potent presence in much of society even today.

Isis today lends Her name to a variety of medical, scientific, and technology companies, an institute working for international peace, a superheroine who rights wrongs, and parent-training classes. And this list by no means exhausts the subject.

All these organizations chose to use Her name for a reason—besides the awesome acronym-creating symmetry of I-S-I-S. Their choice surely has to do with the well known ancient character of the Goddess. (Except for the folks responsible for the Isis mobile payment system. Know what they or their PR folks…

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Q is for Quiet

Q is for Quiet

With all the running around we do sometimes it’s really hard to be quiet. I don’t mean meditation. I mean to just sit some place outside and to be quiet and listen. If you live in a city find a park or someplace you can be safe and sit with your eyes closed.

Sit down because standing would be one more thing to think about. Close your eyes. And for a moment just be. You can also do this when you wake up in the morning.

With your eyes closed, listen.

I mean actively listen. This is not a passive exercise.

What do your hear?

It’s okay if the first think you hear is the trash truck or a car alarm or the buzz of your cell phone by the bed but go deeper.

Can you hear the neighbor’s sprinkler?

Count the birds you hear. Who is singing in that morning chorus?

If you have mockingbirds in your area see if you can identify all the different calls they are mimicking. How many car alarms, other birds or animals are you hearing from them.

Who else is making noise? What directions are they coming from?

Can you hear the wind?

What other weather do you hear?

Lie or sit there a while in stillness.

Just be, quietly.