Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 3 of A Virgin A Day

A late night offering three days in a row for Day 3 of A Virgin A Day an event organized by Rebecca from http://corazon.typepad.com/recuerda_mi_corazon/virgin_mary/


Nurturing gaze of mother and child .... in an olive green color !
This statue is available for sale ... click here ...
Statue is available for sale
https://www.etsy.com/listing/70583957/antique-olive-green-virgin-mary-madonna

 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Virgin A Day ... Day 2

 
 
"Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."
Mathew 21:22
 

A late night inspirational offering for Day 2 of A Virgin A Day .... I wanted to share with you one verse that gives me the confidence and will to keep going day after day even when the going gets tough ...

Hope you enjoy! xoxo
Sweet dreams ...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Virgin A Day ... Day 1

Good evening everyone,

It has been a while since our last post  .... and I must say we have Rebecca from recuerda mi corazon to thank for the kind nudge :) .... an invitation to take part in A Virgin A Day ... and her kind lovely link to our blog. This is the second year for us taking part in this event organized by Rebecca ... The wonderful sharing last year makes it a pleasure to relive those experiences again and am looking forward to enjoying all the posts this year and reconnect with the lovely souls I have gotten to know and make some new connections along the way ....

For this post, I invite you to join me as I take a little road down memory lane and share some objects from the long lost past. As we all start our own spiritual journeys, it does help to contemplate where our love or spiritual connection for Mary, Jesus, Buddha, Guan Yin, Green Tara, Shiva, Ganesh ... (I am just trying to include examples of many spiritual connections that could be the inspiration for you at this time) .... just perhaps, there was a past to your love ... be it Mary, Buddha, Shiva, Tara, Kwan Yin and so on....

today I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the grandmother I never met... I take the opportunity to share, savor and contemplate some of the artifacts that were passed down to me from her .... thank you for taking time to join me on this contemplation journey as I share them with you .... it is my greatest honor to have you as company ....



Here is an old Mater Dolorosa bust that belonged to Grandma.... So I sit here and wonder... what was her relationship with Mary .... ??? For some reason, I knew sooo little about her ... However I do know that she was an orphan in a nunnery started by French brothers and sisters.

On to the next artifact .... an old old dilapidated framed print of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.



Onto the last pair of small statues passed down to me.... looks like they are St Therese and St Bernadette....







As I pay tribute to the grandmother I never met, it is a warm thought to contemplate on these cherished artifacts from the long lost past. I go to sleep contemplating on  these two saints and how my grandparents practised their faith ... I ask you to take a moment to ponder on your inspirations and spiritual connections and if you so wish.... to join me ...  if you have some to share on your end.... i would be most pleased and honored to join you on your sharing and journey from your long lost past.... what inspires you and how you got to be inspired .... Sweet Dreams :)

LOVE and PEACE
Melinda

Don't forget to check out our store moXieantiques for more lovely inspiring things from our long lost past ....
http://www.moxieantiques.etsy.com

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thoughts .... Was Jesus Married?

An article in NY Times 3 days ago talks about a very controversial topic ...

"A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a papyrus fragment in the Coptic language that she says contains the first known statement saying that Jesus was married"

Here is the link to the article ....
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/us/historian-says-piece-of-papyrus-refers-to-jesus-wife.html?_r=0

Well.... how should we handle this news if it was proven true based on facts and science?

Will it change the Christian faith that much? Will it change our established belief systems, that of our Christian Faith?

It sounds incredible and heretical to many now ... but this has been in the news more than once and brought up by professors from more than one top university ... well... many have expressed that this is definitely not the case .... because of what they believe from the gospels and church authorities ....

Well .... my opinion is that the gospels can and should work with science. Our beliefs are very much just that ... they represent our faith ... what we believe .... 
it is sort of like the scene of  " Was the Earth round" ... and despite all our preconceived beliefs... we have to accept the reality that the Earth is indeed round! So, just an analogy that if indeed that fact was proven about Jesus .... we will have to accept it ... but will it really change our faith that much? If so, how?

Just food for thought .... and a reminder that some things never change like those below.... They transcend all people and cultures .... let us put our minds on those universal thoughts instead....

LOVE
PEACE
HOPE

Thanks for stopping by ! Blessings to you and yours!









Monday, July 23, 2012

Good and Evil ... They do Exist!

It has been a while since my last blog post and thought I'd do one today!

The movie theatre massacre in Colorado brings to mind how one individual, a 24 year old graduate student (James E. Holmes) through the power of his mind and actions, can in 1 night create so much destruction to humanity.... while we are all clamoring for more information as to why this young man would harm his fellow beings ... it is natural to want to come to conclusions for the sake of needing some sort of closure...

I urge all to take time away from the craziness of this world we live in and take time for YOU.

As many victims, their families and friends go through the long road to healing, ... we are reminded that to heal ... we need to forgive.... that is the only way.... and that is what meditation helps us do...to go into our hearts and seek that inner peace that defies all human understanding.... we are reminded that to love our neighbor also means loving our enemies too.... I recall from personal experience... how this made no sense to me at all for a long, long time.... until one day, I realized the freedom I got from finally forgiving my enemies! I recall feeling liberated and light.... it was like a stone was removed from my heart ... I then knew that was the answer to relieving much human suffering!

So we wonder ... how can we love our enemies... when they are so unloveable ? Well, I describe forgiveness as the type of love that we need to train our hearts to do.... it is an extremely effortful sort of love (at first at least)... that is difficult yet necessary.... it is like LOVE on STEROIDS!  There is one requirement to be successful in FORGIVENESS ... that is, it calls for us not to JUDGE ... now that is another difficult one, isn’t it? But one cannot LOVE and JUDGE at the same time. And our challenge is letting go of our emotions... some are angry, some are upset, some are confused... but we know we are all hurt  ...

If you encounter this message .... please ponder on your lives and just know how important  we are to one another ... and how when we are united in our desire to do good for one another... we can create a better world... 

We see how one man can in one night  wreck so many lives through the power of his mind and hands.... Evil does exist!

May we rise beyond politics and stand united ... I am honestly tired of the political campaigns and the type of political brainwashing I hear on TV, radio and even a homily at a respectable church last night (go figure!!!) ... and I think we need to quietly observe, discern and contemplate with none of this BS and look for the true substance that will lead us down the good path. But truly, wouldn't it be nice if the loopholes in our system be worked out before tragedy like this strike??? It blows my mind how a 24 year old boy can get his sophisticated weapons and ammunition legally??? This is a whole other topic and I think it is time to digress ...

Love ... Peace .... Blessings to one and all....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jeanne d' Arc Living Orders

Just a reminder to our past and future customers that we are still taking orders for Jeanne d' Arc Living products... Below are some of the items we have in stock...  If you would like to place any orders, pls contact us directly at moxie.antiques@gmail.com

Below are just some of the lovely offerings we have .... They are of course subject to availability ... as they do sell out!














Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to Meditate by Colin Boone

The following article was contributed to our blog @ moXieantiques by Colin Boone.
Colin is a retired glassblower and artist who currently resides in UK. In his earlier life, he had lived in Tibet for more than a decade learning the art of Thangka painting in the Tibetan tradition... Colin will share with us the first of more articles below... We hope you enjoy the fruits of his kindness and generosity....



How to Meditate by Colin Boone



… It is often asked, How to Meditate? Tibetan Buddhists have thousands of meditation techniques, each with different styles to suit personality types and objectives, but from a general Buddhist perspective, the reason is to travel into the vastness called Nirvana.

There is no mystery to meditation and I can only explain my own practice which I am sure will guide you with helpful direction.

I find at least three things essential to myself personally which you may also wish to consider.

*Tingsha cymbals. 

An external object of observation: Such as a Buddha, or a White Tara statuette, figurine, or a *wall plaque for example, or a Thangka.    

1.          Firstly you must create calmness and make yourself comfortable by sitting upon the floor if you can, or even on a chair.

2.          Before your meditation begins Tingsha (cymbals) are used to bring forth your awareness.

Striking these small cymbals together will produce a clear lasting tone. These perfectly matched tones, benefit meditation by ensuring clearness & calm. A further strike is also used when your meditation is ample and complete, which returns your mind back to certainty.

3.          Having made yourself comfortably sat, arranging your legs in the most comfortable position, straighten your back so that your backbone is straight & narrow.

4.          You now need to rest your hands in the meditative pose, by placing your left hand at the bottom and your right at the top, palms facing upwards. Your thumbs should be touching so as to form a triangle and your hands rested just below your navel at say 2 inches below it. You are now in the gesture of meditation.

5.          Now bend your neck down slightly and let the top of your tongue rest upon the roof of your mouth near the top of your teeth.

If this is your first attempt, then for this exercise you may wish to take things no further and to practice the above posture so that it becomes second nature. I have witnessed many who give up with learning how to mediate, simply due to an expectation of some miraculous experience occurring as if meditation is a magic…

Your goal is only to sustain the stability of your mental inner observation, of the Buddha that you yourself have created in your mind’s eye and with clarity and steadiness. Being able to control your thoughts and observing the mental image, which is called “introspection” by Tibetan Buddhists.

In some Tibetan practices the eyes are focussed looking at the tip of one’s nose, however I let my eyes gaze gently downwards towards the floor in front of me and without straining them…

6.          Allow your eyelids to relax, do not open them wide and do not worry if they open and close naturally, for once that your mental evenness & steadiness has been achieved your gaze shall fix naturally. Learn to become aware of how your breathing has slowed down and how quiet your mind is.

There are “no set rules of time” and only you can sense once your own mental equilibrium is steady.

7.          Then and now is the time that you move your attention away from the mind and meditate (think about, consider and contemplate) upon your external object of observation… Such as those previously described 

And that shall be my next lesson, so that you have opportunity here to absorb and to understand and to practice the fundamental basics as provided here for your perusal, as best that I am able to describe and express.


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*If you are unable to find good Tingsha (or Buddha wall plaques for your external object of observation) I am able to locate these items such as those pictured and mail them from England at cost price. This is not an advertisement to sell, however if I can be of any assistance then please do contact me via messaging on this site.

Blessings & Enlightenment,
to all.  

Om mani padme hum




If any of this interests you, pls stay tuned for more contributions from Colin on the topic of meditation on our blog @ http://www.moxieantiques-us.blogspot.com/

Many thanks to Colin Boone for kindly contributing art work and this article on meditation to our blog @ moxieantiques...
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The way I understood Meditation

Sorry for being MIA for a while... My shop @ moXieantiques is up and running again ... so shop your hearts out!
The word “meditation” has been on my mind more and more ... and I wanted to share my journey with anyone and everyone that would care to listen... This sharing is not about the sharing of any sophisticated messages ... but just simple everyday efforts at making small discoveries on our journey to learn meditation... just some place to start ... So what is meditation? How does one meditate? Where does one start?
I will be sharing meditation articles ... from kind spirits I have crossed paths with on this journey...
Tomorrow, I will publish the first of a series of articles contributed by Thangka artist Colin Boone to my blog @
moXieantiques
Colin will share his own knowledge of meditation in the Tibetan tradition... Stay tuned!
So, what is meditation to you? Feel free to share yours ... leave a message here...
If you would like to contribute an article to this blog, pls feel free to email
moxie.antiques@gmail.com


We accept articles from all faith traditions. Please remember that this is about sharing and learning ... We encourage and support diversity on this journey.




Monday, January 30, 2012

Where will moXieantiques be headed in 2012?

My pleasure to be back after a whirlwind rollercoaster!

The deal with the house did not go through .... but I learnt many lessons and gained understanding which I otherwise would not... so all is good .... time and forgiveness will heal all and as we head right into 2012.... I wanted to touch base with everyone and just simply connect ....

moXieantiques has been at this for 1 year now and I would like to share with everyone our vision of what is ahead ....

Our vision of moXieantiques continues to be helping one another keep their faith one day at a time, whatever that faith means .... We seek to accomplish this by providing unique vintage and inspiring home decor... We have succeeded in  providing faith inspirations through specializing in european antique religious statues in 2011... We are being known for lovely french madonnas and european religious statues that show love and beauty through their age...

They were a hit and we are amazed at how many statues we have hand picked, sold and shipped to our customers in 2011...

Now what about 2012.. what are our plans? Some of my wonderful customers have asked us to get more word out about our shop on etsy... very kind of them... They think we have fabulous items hidden in a little alley here on moxieantiques.etsy.com .... waiting to be discovered.... We thank them for their encouraging words of hope. Here are our thoughts .... Our business will continue to be online and through word of mouth .... we believe that as long as we can continue to work hard to help you keep faith one day at a time by sourcing wonders for your home and heart, we will continue to be around for you. We reward customer loyalty and appreciate referrals to your friends!

In 2012, we will not only provide antique european statues, but will branch into higher end sculptures ... We will also head on to providing eastern statues and home decor!Think Green Tara, Kwan Yin, Avalokitesvara... as new additions...We would like to provide diverse faith inspirations to you and yours over the years ...

We are also contemplating on providing our services sourcing antiques you love.  We have an extensive network to pull from and would be glad to assist you. Interior Designers or Decorators are welcome to contact us if they see wonders in using our finds in their clients' home.. 

We also provide help selecting statues or items from our shop,and will objectively propose colors or items that work with your current home decor. We will require pictures in order to assist you.

In 2012, we are also working to become a real estate agent here in The Woodlands, Texas .... Will keep you posted on our progress...
You are right... we are adding more on our plate .... and by accident.... but we have a feeling the dots will all connect ... whether we realize them now or later....

We also have thoughts about other ventures like writing books to share our journey... but one at a time... will keep you posted every step of the way!!!!

thanks for reading and listening... !!!

Hugs

xoxo

Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Choose My Statue !

Some of my customers have asked me "How do I know I have found a good statue? Can you pls help me find the perfect statue?"

And here are my thoughts and they come from my heart...

A statue that is perfect for you is one that speaks to you in words you cannot describe.  It speaks volumes to you, yet saying nothing!

A lovely statue is one that you can gaze at, be inspired and/or evoke an expression of awe.

A great statue helps you contemplate, pray and inspire you to beauty, truth and light!

A wonderful statue is one that inspires you to faith .... and helps you keep faith one day at a time in this sometimes crazy and turbulent times.

A statue that works for you is tasteful and has colors that fit your color theme and home decor style.. This is more important to some than others... but we have found that an important one...

To keep it simple, the perfect statue for you is the one you LOVE .... and is special to you... There are no rules to this ....

We wish you beauty, peace and love! And may you enjoy them all around you!

Here is a statue of mine that achieves the above!


Joan of Arc
 For more statues, check out moXieantiques

We just got a load of statues to list ... so please check in from time to time!

xoxo

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thought for the day!

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.
-- St Therese of Lisieux

Friday, January 6, 2012

Appreciation to our Wonderful Customers !!!

As we reflect, we are pleased to announce that moXieantiques has sold more than 65 statues in their various venues, mostly european antique statues of madonnas and saints in 2011 !!! Considering that this is our first year in business, there is something to be said !!!.... and I have been so touched by some of my wonderful buyers whom I have come to know and who have left me such wonderful feedback that it has inspired me to continue doing what I love and to bring you more beautiful old statues and home decor from the long lost past!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my customers who have left us such wonderful feedback here and our other venues .... you know who you are ....

http://www.etsy.com/people/MoxieAntiques/feedback

Just wanted to let you know that your uplifting words are so appreciated, encouraging and uplifting ....





Let us always uplift and help one another keep their faith one day at a time !!! Stay positive!

Wishing you a wonderful year ahead ... and may love and light fill your homes!!!

Thank you! You are loved! We look forward to finding you more wonderful treasures in 2012!

Please feel free to drop me an email anytime you think of anything !!! Or what you would like me to find for you!