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Language Stories

The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

We made a design for Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा) in the Devanagari Script (देवनागरी), and then we put the design on a shirt. A simple two color print with a graffiti-based style. So? What’s the story, morning glory?

What is Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा)?

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), is the Sanskrit word for ‘non-violence’. The word is specific to Sanskrit, one of the underpinning languages for the philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is a word composed of a prefix ‘a’ (अ) and a roothiṁs’ (हिंस्) (as described by the rules of Sanskrit grammar).

The word Ahimsa—sometimes spelled Ahinsa[2][16]—is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs, meaning to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, while a-hiṃsā, its opposite, is non-harming or nonviolence.[2][17]

~wikipedia

Being familiar with the basics: language, etymology, the actual location in canonical texts, are simple ways to set the stage for study. Bringing these practices into a practical routine is a subtle way of transforming habits for the better and making everybody’s Kali Yuga (कलियुग) a little gentler… Onward and upward!

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), can be found in the Vedas (Rigveda: ऋग्वेदः), Yajurveda,: यजुर्वेदः) and in the Upanishads (Chāndogya Upaniṣad: छान्दोग्योपनिषद्, Sandilya Upanishad: शाण्डिल्य उपनिषत्). It is also featured in the Mahabharata and documents concerning Yoga (one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism), specifically the Yoga Sutras (2.30-35) and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika(1.16).

अहिंसा
Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), in Devanagri (देवनागरी)script.

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Buddhism?

The Buddhist ‘Five Precepts‘ from the Dhammika Sutta has non-harm listed as the first of five guidelines. For the laymen of Buddhism, non-harm is a guideline. However, for monks and nuns, transgressing against the rule of non-violence may result in severe punishment… It is also a frequent subject in the Buddha’s discourses and stories. Since Buddhism has a range of languages representing the canon of work, it’s worthwhile to mention that the cognate of ahimsa in Pali is ‘avihiṃsā‘. It is also noteworthy that in Buddhist thought, the concept of non-harm extends to economics and trade (Anguttara Nikaya V177).

These five trades, O monks, should not be taken up by a lay follower: trading with weapons, trading in living beings, trading in meat, trading in intoxicants, trading in poison.

Anguttara Nikaya V.177, Translated by Martine Batchelor[115]

Up next? Jainism… The folks that went straight edge on non-violence… enjoy!

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Botanical Identification Flower Design

Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch!

Nemacladus rubescens
Nemacladus rubescens

There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium’s description of Nemacladus Rubescens.

While they are not “rare,” due to their size, they are hard to find. A great resource for locating California native plants is Calflora, which shows the distribution of Nemacladus Rubescens based on observations.

For amazing macro shots of Nemacladus and illustrations of its anatomy, check out (the appropriately subtitled) Minute Beautiful Wildflowers That Are Difficult To Photograph. The same website provides a possible explanation of the “glistening cells” that are so distinctive to Nemcladus. Possibly to attract insects, as seen by these bees and wasps.

But wait, there’s more! More photographs from a different siting location, Henderson Canyon. And then there are watercolor botanical illustrations of three species of Nemacladus, including rubescens. And multiple species of Nemacladus on Tom Chester’s website.

Happy Nemacladus!

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A Perfumed Garden ApothecaryCo Blog

Up Thomas Mountain in early May, 2018

When we camped up on Thomas Mountain a couple weeks ago, we saw a fuzzy plant near our tent that was just starting to bud. We had no idea what it was. Actually, we still have no idea what it is, even after returning to find the flower!

And that’s not all that’s flowering up the mountain. We captured what we could and will return to take more pictures.

One of the first flowers we encountered was this pink flower. It looks like a primrose… It was early in the morning (and cold) so it wasn’t fully open.

Next, we saw a cluster of these little yellow flowers. I’m pretty sure it’s not chinchweed… 

As we drove up higher, we saw manzanitas blooming and this small tree covered in blue flowers. They were fragrant, if not a wee bit stinky.

At the peak of Thomas Mountain, we saw:

Geoff’s mystery flower with the downy-soft leaves.

Overview of G's mystery flower at the peak of Thomas mountain
The entire plant

G's mystery flower at the peak of Thomas mountain

 

This flower that reminds me of wood sorrel in Maine.

Wood sorrel-like flower from the peak of Thomas Mountain
I was in a rush so these turned out blurry…

I forget the name of this mustard-like flower, which we’ve seen up in Mount San Jacinto State Park.

We had our picnic at a campsite at the peak, walked around, then headed back down the mountain. Of course we stopped and took more pictures of wildflowers…duh!

On the way down, we saw one side of the mountain covered in these blue flowers, poking out amongst the lupine leaves.

Nearby were these monkey flowers? They look like the monkey flowers from Mount San Jacinto State Park, but bigger.

As we’re driving down, we stop again for these purple flowers!

And these desert dandelions?!

And, one of my favorite little flowers, the gilia. But which gilia?

A pink gilia sp

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How to

How to Favorite Our Shop and Items on Etsy

Here’s a short article on how to favorite our shop (The Lazy Beetle) and shop items on Etsy.com, complete with pictures!

Before we begin, do you have an Etsy account? If not, you’ll want to register for an Etsy account first! If you have an Etsy account, let’s begin.

Step 1: Go to Etsy.com

Begin by visiting the Etsy website at www.Etsy.com. Click on the “Sign in” button on the upper right-hand side of the screen.

Step 2: Log in with your email and password

Type in the email address that you used to register with Etsy.com and enter your password.

Step 3: Search by shop name

In the search bar, type in (without spaces): thelazybeetle

Step 3 - Search by Shop (thelazybeetle)

Step 4: Favorite The Lazy Beetle shop

Now you should be on The Lazy Beetle shop page. Next to The Lazy Beetle logo and under the Shop info, you’ll see “Favorite shop.” If the heart is empty (i.e., not filled in with a red heart), click on it.

Step 4 - Favorite The Lazy Beetle Shop

Step 5: Favorite all (or as many as you wish) shop items

Scroll down the shop page until the shop items appear (you’ll have to scroll past the row of Featured Shop Items and Announcement). You’ll know you’re there when the left-hand side menu of all shop items appear under “Items.”

If you hover your mouse arrow over the top right-hand corner of each item, you’ll see a heart outlined in white. Click on the heart to show that you’ve favorited the item. Continuing scrolling down to see, and favorite, all shop items!

Step 5 - Favorite All The Lazy Beetle Shop Items

And that’s all folks! Easy-peasy. If you have any questions or encounter any problems, let us know.

Thank you for support and patronage!

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Stories Travel

Our favorite local BBQ place…

Is not a restaurant. It’s actually a park: Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert.

We’ve been inviting friends for impromptu grillin’ and BBQ parties for the past two months! We have our setup down—from folding table, lanterns, dinner & drinkware (comprised of TMNT and Star Wars plates and tiki cups) to a bag of grilling implements.

The grill is fine for a few people, but any more and we’d need another personal grill. Unfortunately, park rules dictate that “the use of personal grills is prohibited.”

 

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Botanical Identification

Sandpaper Plant has nice flowers

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Stories

Night and Day…

Yep, and there’s a song that goes along with that… Frank Sinatra, and Ella sang it too.

 

 

Like the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom
When the jungle shadows fall
Like the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock
As it stands against the wall
Like the drip, drip drip of the rain drops
When the summer showers through
A voice within me keeps repeating
You, you, you

Night and day you are the one
Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
Wheather near to me or far it’s no matter darling
Where you are
I think of you
Day and night, night and day
Why is it so that this longing for you
Follows where ever I go
In the roaring trffics boom, in the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
Night and day, day and night
Under the hyde of me, theres an oh such a hungry yearning
Inside of me
And this torment wont be through
Till you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day

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Botanical Identification

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet–Acaaaaaaaaciaaa….

Some sweet looking Acacia, with it’s infructescence not spent,
said “my get up and go, just got up and went”.

If you like the featured image, then feast your eyes on this!

And this is a detail from the featured image.

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Botanical Identification Flowers of San Jacinto

Nemacladus tenuis

If we could have a small area in our garden dedicated to Nemacladus, including Nemacladus tenuis, we would! These little wildflowers have A LOT of personality.

Nemacladus tenuis, close up
Nemacladus tenuis, close up

These pictures don’t do it justice, but the Nemacladus rubescens that G took with his 1:1 macro lens does. They have little faces and features inside the flower that are astounding considering how tiny this flower is (at a mere few millimeters).

You can see the scale of the entire plant with my Ollo Clip macro lens from my iPhone5. The Nemacladus glanduliferus is about the same size as well.

Nemacladus tenuis, the plant
Nemacladus tenuis, the plant

All of the Nemacladus flowers that we found were just flowering when we photographed them back in March of 2017. Otherwise, I would’ve collected seeds…

UPDATE! April 2019

We found these Nemacladus tenuis beauties at Joshua Tree National Park. The entire plant is just bushier because of all the rain. And look at ALL the flowers!

Overview of Nemacladus tenuis
Overview of Nemacladus tenuis

 

Side view of Nemacladus tenuis
Side view of Nemacladus tenuis

 

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis
Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (1)

 

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis
Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (2)

 

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A Perfumed Garden Botanical Identification Flowers of San Jacinto

Nemacladus glanduliferus

As with all tiny flowers, the Nemacladus glanduliferus was hard to capture on camera, especially with an iPhone camera! The lightest breeze or breath will send it quivering. But it sure is pretty.

It seems that all the flowers in this genus (and by all, I mean the three species we’ve found) share similar qualities in that they have some very interesting features inside the flower. As much as I love my Ollo clip macro lens, it doesn’t quite compare to a real macro lens. Like G’s 1:1 macro lens which he used to capture Nemacladus rubescens.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, close up

This particular plant grew a few feet from another Nemacladus, the Nemacladus tenuis, and in the same general area as the Nemacladus rubescens.

The entire plant is tiny! I didn’t include anything for scale, but if you look at the post for Nemacladus tenuis, you’ll see that I included my Ollo Clip macro lens for the iPhone5.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, the plant

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Language

Paul Antonio and Textualis Quadrata

 

Oh, and there’s more!

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A Perfumed Garden Botanical Identification Desert Gallery Flowers of San Jacinto

Fagonia laevis flower

Who would’ve thought that this little shrub would pack such a punch in terms of fragrance! Fagonia laevis, a native to California, is a cousin of the Creosote bush. It blooms from March to May and grows in a most symmetrical pattern. Fagonia grows along rocky hillsides (like the mountain next to us) and sandy washes.

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Botanical Identification Desert Gallery Flowers of San Jacinto

There’s no flower like Snowflower, like no flower I know…

The Snow flower, or Snow plant, (Sarcodes sanguinea) inhabits mountainous regions from Oregon down to California. They are found growing near conifers as a parasitic plant that derives nutrients from the mycorrhizal fungi attached to the roots of trees.

We normally see them popping up around this time (and earlier) up at Mount San Jacinto State Park. They are hard to miss with their vibrant red color amidst a floor of dried pine needles! Our friend Luis spotted this one from over 100 feet away.

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Desert Gallery Flowers of San Jacinto

Sandpaper Plant

Sandpaper plant flower clusters

Every spring, we look forward to finding new wildflowers as well as re-visiting our favorites. And the Sandpaper plant (Petalonyx thurberi) is one of our absolute favs! First, the Sandpaper plant is native to California and it gets its name from it’s sandpaper-y feel. The flowers, which start blooming in May, are all bundled up at the tips and smell absolutely amazing! It reminds me of my first, and the original, Cabbage Patch Kid doll. I realize this is a most obscure reference so, suffice it to say, the scent is almost like a sweet baby powder. The fragrance fills the air as you walk past it and you can’t help but stop and lean down to smell it, or at the very least, drink in the fragrant air.

G smelling Sandpaper plant in bloom

Whenever we smell something so amazing, we automatically think about obtaining the essential oil. And why not? After all, we have our home essential oil steam distillation kit. Since the flowers are teeny, we’d need A LOT of material. So that’s what we were out doing today—reconnaissance. The flowers don’t seem quite ready as there are still many unopened buds at the tip. But, soon; very, very soon. And as with all of our essential oil steam distillations, how do we test for compounds? That’s where gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) comes in. Except, we don’t own said machine (due to the $$$ price tag) and most GC-MS tests cost $300 a pop, per sample. The other unknown is how much oil can be extracted from 8 cups of material. To perform a GC-MS analysis, we would need perhaps 1-3 mL. So…that leads to our next pursuit.

How do we propagate Sandpaper plant?! This is not a plant you can pick up at your local nursery or home improvement store. Is it best to propagate by cutting, transplanting a young plant, or by seed? There isn’t a whole lot of information on the Internet, but I did find an outstanding resource through the Native Plant Network from Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Research (RNGR). They provide very specific protocols for seed propagation! Hello! This is exactly what we were looking for. Thank you RNGR! We know what we’ll be doing in a few weeks time…

 

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Anatomy Selfcare

How is understanding breathing practical and/or useful to me?

It all started with a simple and innocent question: what is breathing and is it different from respiration? We answered the question, which led us to our first follow-up question, how do other systems of the body contribute to and/or affect respiration? This, naturally, led to the second follow-up question: how is this information practical and/or useful to me? Well, if I can control my rate of breathing, this may be a good (or bad) thing. For instance, when I need to calm down, I can take deeper, slower breaths to breathe easy. On the flip side, when I need to speed up, I can huff and puff. This knowledge is useful in training because respiration can affect metabolism. Of course, the opposite is also true as the metabolic state can affect respiration. So the chicken or the egg, fight or digest?

Since the process of respiration includes internal processes (i.e., internal transport of blood), I know that I need to keep my cardiovascular system (heart, arteries, blood, etc.) healthy. After all, it’s pumping blood and aiding in respiration (among other duties!). So the question begs, what do I need to do to keep my cardiovascular system healthy? The American Medical Association offers tips for heart health and the American Heart Association recommends physical activity. Both associations, as well as every other medical tradition (ever), also stress diet in keeping the heart functioning in optimal order. So, understanding the chemicals, elements, compounds for healthy cellular function is paramount.

Lastly, it’s good to become familiar with the most important thing you do daily. And, in the future, if you take some sort of physically oriented class (anything physical), when the teacher says breathe, you aren’t confused that the teacher wants you to stimulate your mitochondria or increase the efficacy of your ATP reactions or willfully dilate the apertures in your alveoli. Cause if you could do that, then do you really need to take classes…?