Walking

In Pennsylvania, we’re having a warm stretch… Temps today are going to be in the high 50s. Which means that I am going to practice my walking meditation on my way home from driving my daughter to work. There is a little park on the edge of Lancaster, on my way home, which has a few small level trails, just perfect for about 20 minutes or so of quiet contemplation.

It’s a start.

RIP

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh,

#thichnhathanh #nodeathnofear

Wabi sabi

I’ve read recently about the Japanese idea of “wabi-sabi”…

Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
In essence, there’s no reason to herniate over imperfection, because perfection does not exist. All art is meant to evoke an emotional response, and it will be different for each person. If the work you are doing makes You happy, then that’s all that matter. Anyone else who sees it will appreciate it, and if they don’t, then it’s not meant for them anyway.

Create for yourself. Create for your own happiness. The rest will come. 💜

Bliss

My fiancé and I are in Sedona.. Lost night we took a, jeep tour to the top of a rock formation called “Merry-go-round”. The view inspired me to sit for a few minutes while the rest of our tour group scrambled up the rocks to take pics. He took this pic of me in the setting sun. It’s a beautiful Pic, but doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the place and the absolute peace I felt in those few minutes of mindfulness.

Look within..

“The kingdom of heaven is within you.” -Christianity
“Those who know themselves know the Lord.” -Islam
“He is in all, and all is in Him.” -Judaism
“Those who know their own nature, know heaven.” -Confucianism
“In the depths of the soul, one sees the Divine, the One.” -Taoism
“Look within, you are the Buddha.” -Buddhism
“Atman (individual consciousness) and Brahman (universal consciousness) are one.” -Hinduism

Buddha Lotus

It’s done, finally! Projects are taking me longer lately. I still love to paint, but the weight of the world around me gives me less motivation. I need someone to paint for.