Celebrating Buddha Day

Pewter BuddhaBuddha Day is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which means that this year it’s on the 6th May, when Buddhists all over the world will be celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha over 2,500 years ago.

Yet another reason to celebrate here at Cosmic HQ!

Buddhism is becoming more popular in the Western world as people discover its spiritual wisdom, and personally I love surrounding myself with Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes. A Buddha in your home is said to bring health and good luck.

Place a Buddha figure in a position, where it faces the entrance to your home, so it invites positive energies, peace and happiness into your living space.

A meditating Buddha invokes an atmosphere of tranquillity and relaxation and also encourages you to meditate and explore spiritual truths.

Buddha Day is a joyful festival, when devout Buddhists and followers offer flowers and food as gifts to Buddha when visiting the temple. They also make a special effort to bring happiness to disadvantaged people like the elderly, sick and handicapped by distributing gifts and money to care homes, hospitals and other charitable organisations.

Celebrate Buddha Day by starting the day with a short meditation just after you get up – ten minutes in a quiet space, when you let your mind focus on positive thoughts and affirmations.

Meditation is an important component of Buddhism as it promotes the development of mindfulness and concentration.

Light a candle and if you wish you can play relaxing music. You don’t need to be a master of any meditation technique; it is more important that you feel calm and positive by the time you have finished.

Enjoy the process and think about how you can help someone on that day; spending money isn’t always necessary; instead it may be more worthwhile spending time with someone who tends to be alone or supporting a work colleague under pressure.

There are many ways, how you can make a positive move towards your fellow human beings, which is one of the key elements of Buddhist teachings. Most of all enjoy the day, and perhaps the constructive actions you take on that day may well have beneficial effects beyond the Buddha celebrations.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Go shopping for Buddha Day supplies:

Buddha Figures and CandleholdersIncenseCandlesHanging CrystalsSoft Furnishings

How To Create DIY Happy Jars

happy jars

Here at Cosmic HQ we love creative ideas that are inspirational and fun. 

Our guest blogger Laura Fernandez shows you how you can record and collect your happy moments in a simple yet imaginative way, and even turn them into a gift:

There is nothing like happiness coming from one simple jar and that is exactly the purpose of happy jars.

The do-it-yourself, happy jar also called as ‘a jar of happiness’ was created to bring back smiles and laughter amongst friends and family. One simple concept of happiness can take a person a long way and that it exactly what this jar does.

People have confused happy jars with cupcake jars or candy jars but this concept is completely new.

The basic purpose of a happy jar is that it acts like a simple reminder of all the good things that happened in a month or a year. With small things a person can go back into time and remember all the small, but important things about his or her life.

The do-it-yourself process is simple and requires just a handful of items. This is how it works:

 Things Required

A person takes a large or medium sized jar with a lid. Some people like using fish bowls instead as well.

He or she needs to place it in one of the busiest parts of the house, let’s say the kitchen or the sitting lounge. Next to the jar should be a pen and a notepad containing small pieces of paper.

Some people also like to add instructions next to the happy jar so that anyone passing by can read the instructions first.

The Setup

The best part about happiness jars is the personal touch. Some people keep candies next to the jar and some people keep photo frames to remind them of best times and close relationships. However the main step comes next.

The Purpose

An individual is required to write what made him or her happy that particular day, fold it and throw it in the jar.

The essential part is to add the date so that it could be recorded. Happiness has no boundaries and so doesn’t the happiness jar.

A person can write anything or everything that made him or her happy, whether it was a newly bought piece of clothing or an act of kindness that someone else did.

happy jar ideas

Some people also like to add receipts of memorable times or trinkets of any kind.

Opening the Happy Jar

An individual carries out this practice of writing on small pieces of paper and putting it in the jar for an entire year.

It is usually opened up again on New Year’s Eve, which makes it a perfect time to reminisce about the past.

The happy jar reminds a person of all the good things that happened to him or her throughout the year and makes the person thankful for all the blessings.

Make it a present

When a happy jar is shared with another person, he or she can give it to the partner as a gift. The jar or the bowl can be wrapped up in a nice wrapping with a bow and can be presented on New Year’s Eve because that is the time to share the happy jar.

A happy jar is a happiness recording system which might not be a famous concept but it is certainly a unique one. Years pass by for people and they hardly remember what they did all year. With the help of a happy jar, special or happy moments can never be forgotten; in fact they will always be remembered and cherished till the happy jar exists.

Author’s bio: Laura Fernandez is a content marketing writer working for an established marketing agency in NYC. She loves re-doing her interiors over and over again and is usually on the phone with Homejoy making plans with the staff there.

Have fun creating your own personal happy jar!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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