How To Clean White Clothes
- A sense of wholeness; purity or marriage. Attitudes that express or allow a lot of your core energy.
- (White clothing (religious)) White clothing has significance in many religious faith traditions. Some of these traditions include: * Christianity: Christian baptismal garments are traditionally white.
- Providing detailed and practical advice
- A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts, may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic.
- Practical advice on a particular subject; that gives advice or instruction on a particular topic
- (How To’s) Multi-Speed Animations
- make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
- Remove the innards of (fish or poultry) prior to cooking
- free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"
- Make (something or someone) free of dirt, marks, or mess, esp. by washing, wiping, or brushing
- clean and jerk: a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
~day 107: stability is good (too)~
This evening, I attended vespers with my mother and husband at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, GA. We listened to the soft echoes of the chanted prayers and watched the evening light splash patches of clear blue and deep purple across the clean, white Gothic vaulting of the abbey church. I was contemplating the changelessness of God. Human beings are always begging for change and variety; indeed, Thomas Merton said: ‘to change is to become holy.’ But what sort of change is the right sort?
Take a quick glance down the histories, up to our own time; people have always been swayed this way and that by a quickly-founded belief in a change that was necessary and a truth recently discovered. Today, more than ever, we are at the mercy of what it is fashionable to think—a new ethos founded on a whim, or a reflex against some other long-standing cultural force. Obama’s platform was simply, ‘Change,’ and he won; we elect our leaders now on the ethos of Change. We are a youthful society that likes variety and always to be discovering the better, new thing. But St. Teresa of Avila said: ‘God never changes.’ In fact, if God was changeable, He would fall short of our concept of the infinite God. For only a finite creature is subject to change; change implies a limited being moving towards an improved state of awareness.
‘Change is good.’ As a culture obsessed with change, we do not often stop to reflect on the value of changelessness. The vespers we attended tonight was chanted by a community of Cistercian monks, who are part of a monastic tradition based on the Rule of St. Benedict. This Rule was written by St. Benedict fifteen centuries ago. The Benedictine and Cistercian monastic orders base themselves and the lives of those within their community, on the changelessness of this Rule. They apply the same rule to their lives today as their predecessors did a thousand years ago. And people of all faiths, or none at all, are still drawn towards monasteries as centers of peace---of quiet---of changelessness. People want to step beyond the constraints of time and space---and especially, the narrow boundary of the self.
A concentration on the present has gone awry if the ‘here and now’ becomes too proud to be the link in the chain it belongs to. What connects the past to the future is the present---but what defines the present is the wisdom of the past, and the hope for the future. The purpose of the present is the amalgamation of past and future. It’s a possibility, that many people are drawn to spend time in contemplative spaces like monasteries, because they enjoy that sense of being apart of something greater than themselves---simply ‘a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.’ There is value in knowing that certain things have always been, and shall outlast us.
I reflected tonight that a man who lived in fifteen centuries ago is still having a positive influence in my own life. He helped to bring my mother, husband and I together tonight, in a beautiful moment of worship and spirit of fellowship. St. Benedict continues to help thousands of people solidify their bond with God. Through his Rule and its great trajectory of orders and monasteries around the world, he has given a space to millions of people for contemplation, prayer, redemption, healing, and salvation. What is the communion of saints? That a man who lives fifteen hundred years ago is still ‘a bond of connection between persons’ (Blessed John Henry Newman).
Take this moment as an opportunity to reflect on figures from the past that are still influencing your life in a positive way today. What were their characters, their creeds? What characteristics in their beliefs and practices gave them this quality---that their example and teachings should stand the test of time? How do these ‘figures of changelessness’ reflect an outlook that differs from that of our own contemporary culture? What are we creating, believing in now, that will truly outlast us, and have a far-reaching and positive trajectory down the ages?
Here’s some monastic wisdom from the Rule of St. Benedict:
Chapter IV: The Tools of Good Works
1.In the first place to love the Lord God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, and with all one’s strength.
2.Then to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
3.Then not to kill.
4.Not to commit adultery.
5.Not to steal.
6.Not to covet.
7.Not to bear false witness.
8.To honour all men
9.Not to do to another what one would not wish to have done to onself
10.To deny oneself in order to follow Christ
11.To punish one’s body
12.Not to seek pleasures
13.To love fasting
14.To relieve the poor
15.To clothe the naked
16.To visit the sick
17.To bury the dead
18.To give help in trouble
19.To console the sorrowful
20.To avoid worldly behavior
21.To set nothing before the love of Christ
22.Not to give way to anger
23.Not to cherish an opportunity for displaying one’s anger
24.Not to preserve deceit
day one hundred and fiftysix. i feel naked...
it's funny how naked i feel trying to pull off body shots wearing clothes... it's so much harder to make my body look elegent and elongated (i don't know if i ever told you this am but 5"4 and weigh around 13 stones - i don't kow how stones relate to how you yanks measure but i'm sure ya'll figure it out i'm no slight thing!)
i've always had body issues and had my weight fluctuate and then decrease through serious dieting. infact around the time i started my first 365 (about a year and a half ago) i was probably nearly 3 and a half stones heavier than i am now - that's a fuck load... about 4 dress sizes.
I've learned through 365 to love my body and grow in confidence in terms of self image. but i still feel very chunky and very unlike these small girls you see floating in their self portraits like tiny perfect angels in white dresses or bed sheets... rosie hardy and love,loren spring to mind but there are so many of you i envy!
i have found it easier to pull off pretty body shots naked because your lines become instantly cleaner and more defined. in clothes i feel clumpy and whenever i try and make shapes, the clothes get in the way.
anyway. rant over. in essence? i just feel more self conscious putting my body on show in clothes than i do naked. how odd.
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