Rider: “PAW Patrol, it’s time for an Ultimate Rescue!”. These words illustrate our kids attitude when watching the show. They enjoy it so much, even with a super simple setting: group of dogs protecting the town, solving problems and having fun… Simple as child’s life.
Kids need to constantly have fun, and they actually have it even in front of the TV. I like this cartoon, because with some elements: a mission, a couple of characters other than the patrol; they generate so much entertainment. This is actually the purpose, to entertain beyond the screen… Secondary gains, like profits from the trademark, sales of toys, and so on will be consequent.
Good things grow, same as their earnings. So why not create an NFT of this awesome cartoon (the created NFT can be seen here). The digital art may not be the same as expected, but that is the fun of NFTs. I have been dedicating myself to NFT for a couple of months with astounding results, even for me.
Yesterday I chose two public figures: Prince Harry of England, and Reese Witherspoon from the big screen, and made a moving NFT. I used the Wombo Apo for mobile devices: because yes, I minted the NFT with my celular phone (it was not complicated). You may remember these faces mixed in the computer:
As you know, NFTs are originals whose authenticity is verified with a public key. They are stored in the blockchain with an IPFS address, (what is an IPFS address?). They can be owned with crypto. Many tutorials are out there, here are more examples I made with the same app:
Even though it is recommended to pray with simple words and sincere ideas; I occasionally assist myself with this video: “Prayer in Difficult Times”. I find it practical to follow its inspiring voice, and complement it with my own made-up-in-the-moment prays. A transcript of each prayer is below (you can turn on the captions if you prefer):
Confort me in suffering
Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering. Lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence and the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid I may put my whole trust in you, through my savior Jesus Christ. Amen
Patience in Sickness
Lord Jesus Christ by your patience and suffering you hallowed the earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your father’s will, be near my time of weakness and pain. Sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail. Heal me according to your will, and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of a little account if you hold me in eternal life, my lord and my god. Amen.
Eyes of mercy
Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May your healing hand rest upon me. May your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body; and into the depths of my soul; cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in your kingdom. Amen.
Quiet Mind, Expectant heart
Merciful Jesus, you are my guide the joy of my heart, the author of my hope, and the object of my love. I come seeking refreshment and peace; show me your mercy. Relieve my fears and anxieties. and grant me a quiet and an expectant heart; that by the assurance of your presence, I may learn to abide in You, Who is my Lord and my God. Amen.
Prayer For Self-Care
Lord, lift me up for your blessings today. I pray that you will anoint me strength and self-care today, tomorrow, and always. I pray that you will grace me with patience and wisdom. I pray that you will encourage me throughout the day; to take the correct steps to walk proudly, and to behave well. I pray all of these things in your name. Amen
Healing A Broken Heart
Lord, please heal my broken heart. Fill me with peace and joy. I know can only come from you during this hard time. Walk closely besides me during my journey to healing and recovery that I know it is only possible through your power alone; in Jesus name. Amen.
Healing From The Past
Blessed Jesus, in the comfort of your love, I lay before you the memories that haunt me, the anxieties that perplex me, the despair that frightens me, and my frustration at the inability to think clearly. Help me to discover your forgiveness in my memories, and to know your peace in my distress. Touch me, oh Lord, and fill me with your light and your hope. Amen.
Dear God, I know that the first step in all spiritual healing is to believe. I believe. I open my mind and heart believing in your infinite power and possibility. I believe that healing is a dynamic and reachable experience: a reality that can be experienced right now. I maintain a patient and loving attitude, for I believe that your healing activity is now at work in my mind and body. I look forward with joyful expectation to the perfect wholeness that you are now bringing into manifestation through me. I believe in your constant expression of perfect good at and through me. I rest in the certainty of your healing power. I know that with you all things are possible; in Jesus Christ name, Amen.
Prayer For Mental Healing
Jesus I know that when you walked on the earth, you trot upon hard places. You felt the strain of this world and the pressures of mental torment. So I ask that you would come besides me now. Lead me through this time where my mind cannot cope. Help me to find peace and calming inner thoughts. You hold me safe lord. I trust in you. Amen.
Healing Prayer Of Surrender
Dear Lord, it is my will to surrender to you everything that I am, and everything that I am striving to be. I open the deepest recesses of my heart and invite your holy and invite your holy spirit to dwell inside of me. I offer you my life, heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. I surrender to you my past, present, and future problems. I ask you to take hold over every aspect of my life. I surrender to you all my hurt, pain, worry, doubt, fear, and anxiety; and I ask you to wash me clean. I release everything into your compassionate care. Please speak to me clearly Lord. Open my ears to hear your voice. Open my heart to commune with you deeply. I want to feel your loving embrace. Open the doors that need to be opened, and close the doors that need to be closed. Please set my feet upon the straight and narrow road that leads to everlasting life, Amen.
Healing With Your Creative Hand
Jesus, with just one touch from your almighty creative hand, You have healed the sick and raised the dead. How amazing is your lordship all over the earth. How powerful is your redeeming love. How great was your sacrifice to go before us and bring forgiveness and hope. By your stripes, I ask for healing. Standing within your reign and rule, I ask for restoration. May life and wellness grow in fullness until it overflows. Amen.
Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
Lord, I come before you today, in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body and soul. I am lost, but I am singing. You gave us life, and you also gave us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward onto the path you have laid out for me. Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me, to help me get better. In your name I pray, Amen.
From Bad Comes Good
Heavenly Father, it hurts so bad! Build the pain with your love. Blur the sharp edges by reminding me that from bad comes good. Help me appreciate that after the sorrow, joy is sweeter. I look forward to better times. I can endure anything with you by my side, Amen.
Blessing Prayer for Another’s Healing
May you desire to be healed. May what is wounded in your life be restored to good health. May you be receptive to the ways in which healing needs to happen. May you take good care of yourself. May you extend compassion to all that hurts within your body, mind and spirit. May you be patient with the time it takes to heal. May you be aware of the wonders of your body, mind and spirit an the ability in returning you to good health. May you be open to receive from those who extend kindness, care and compassion to you. May you rest peacefully under the sheltering wings of divine love, trusting in this gracious presence. May you find little moments of beauty and joy to sustain you. May you keep hope in your heart, Amen.
Restoration and Trust
Lord of heaven, I rest underneath your mighty wings of love. I dwell within your gentle heart. I know there is healing in your touch. Through the sufferings of Christ. I can ask for restoration and trust in your goodness. You are my lord, my savior, my healer and my friend. I dwell within your gentle embrace, Amen.
Prayer for the Trials of Life
Lord Christ, you came into the world as one of us, and suffered as we do. As I go to the trials of life, help me to realize that you are with me at all times, and in all things. That I have no secrets from you and that your loving grace enfolds me for eternity. In the security of your embrace I pray. Amen.
Prayer for the Sick
May you be wrapped-up in God’s love. Founded deep in his everlasting wings. Carried, and kept safe, and cherished. May the healing power of Christ breath across your being now. Amen.
Broken Hearted Prayer
Heavenly Father, there is a pain implanted in my heart that doesn’t seem to go away. It has crushed me, it aches, I can no longer bear it. This pain of the past consumes my thoughts daily. It hurts so much, Father: these tears that fall along to see joy once again. Give me peace in my heart, please. I am crying out to you. Hear my prayer, Amen.
Dear Jesus, divine physician and healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. Oh dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear god, we place our words in your hands; we place our sick under your care, and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will; and know that whatever you do, you do it for the love of us. Amen.
I have practiced both Catholicism, and Buddhism. I had also gone through other systems like Taoism, Yoga, Reiki and more. But at the end I preferred Catholicism. This is my opinion in this important topic:
Catholicism is a faith, which began in Jesus, who said I am the Truth. Buddhism, on the other hand, is an interesting philosophy, an intelligent system with outstanding thinking. In fact, explanations and narratives can be more stimulating in Buddhism than in Catholicism. But the Buddha is not the Lord. As you can see, this is a different conception, a different view which cannot be compared.
If we focus only on the material world without God’s acting; or to say it differently, if we think only in matter and its consequences, as buddhism claims, we end up with a temporarily world that will pass away, with no meaning and no higher purpose. Life on the contrary, our world is full of purpose, God is in everything, in every movement. Life is vast and rich, with grace all around. There is grace in the sun and in the air. God is in the creatures and also in humans. There is an immense complexity in all the ecosystems, in living entities, even in observable landscapes. Intelligent order like this doesn’t happen alone out of nothing. There has to be a Creator, there is one.
And most important is to test it for yourself. If you are from a different tradition (as the buddhist I was before) , I encourage you to test Catholicism. See what happens with the sacraments. No one can tell you that this is good or bad; look for yourself. You can always come back if it doesn’t convince you. Or it could occur what happened to me, when I went to Medjugorge within a group: I liked it, I preferred it, and I converted. Try it for a month, I think it is worth a lifetime! 😀
Grizzly bears move across landscapes as many people do: favoring flat paths and gentle speeds. According to a New York Time’s study, its animal behavior helps them to save energy and could be compared to human’s.
Once I painted a journal entry about it. In Spanish, the meaning of the word “Merodea” is similar to a bear’s walking:
I am always impressed by the hair-ly skin of this mammals. They have hair throughout the entire body with bald spots almost nonexistent. Instantly we can remember Chewbaca from Starwars. What would it feel to be clothed with hair all around the body? Would I feel cold in a hairly skin? Would mosquitos bite? like Chewbaca, or like this panda bear:
There are many things to consider when having hair in the face. Remember that we evolved from monkeys, which also have a lot of hair… ✝✝✝Concerning us, humans, if we are intending a better life, I mean: as Catholics, and it is expected for us to move as bears do, in a slow rhythm pace, from one side to the other, and interrupting our itinerary to smell the ground… Being like this –and it is perfectly okay to be slow and distracted– how could we pretend a better life? how are we aiming for higher goals? Is there a way to eventually reach heaven? For us is impossible, for God it isn’t.
I like to see my life as a celebration. Birthday parties are not the same all around the globe. Here in Mexico, the “cumpleañero” (celebrated) is free to go on his way, all day long. He or she gets to chose where to start cutting the cake. Being a circled one, this decision doesn’t really matter. Also deciding on serving sizes. Of course, if someone is on a diet, he will prefer specific amounts, or no serving at all. But most importantly, the “cumpleañero” decides weather to have a bite and let people scramble his face deep into the pudding. Because if he or she permits to have a bite, guests will stamp his or her face badly, while laughing and taking pictures for sharing. We have also a saying about “choosing the best slice of the cake” which are birthdate presents. And like in the poker game, nobody knows the cards you will get. Decisions, always decisions… Have a nice day.
Every person has internal business going on. No one sees, but this inner life need to be feed. In this case, he has a plant in his interior, and he carries it along the city.
Life is so delicate, it must be treated with care to flourish one day. But not because its fragility, it will become a thin bush. If the seed inside grows continuously, it will go higher and higher, reach the character’s head, pass throw the eyes and beyond (see the image). Eventually it will grow far away to the stars. But in order to grow, the owner need to take care of it. Three conditions are needed:
Light, preferably by the sun (I have heard of weird cases that go with other kinds)
Who knows what is the interior activity this person. He maybe thinking on his kids, or something weirs like the craters in the third moon?. In this painting, done in acrylic in 2018, stars represent its goal, maybe something dreamed or desired. Maybe the goal of this plant is to become a tree. However, life is not so pink. Isn’t it?