These fluorescent-orange flower like a stop symbol for me
ability to stop what I am doing is an important practice
so when I notice I am off-target, I can stop, make adjustments
stop when the day is done, and not over-do, be in balance
“The path of loving trust means to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on the Lord, and to walk in total freedom.”
– Mother Teresa
“…take the opportunity to stop and listen to the sounds of Sacred Unity all around you. In each, there is a drop of the One, and in that drop is the ocean of all divine qualities.”
—Sufi Book of Life, Neil Douglas-Klotz
When I saw this magnolia flower on a newly blossoming tree, I had to stop and breathe in its smile, its freshness.
Also, it was a reflection image for me in the Lenten Photo-A-Day activity I spoke of yesterday. The focus word was: alone.
Continue reading A Smile for You
The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”
“To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure.”
– Lao Tzu
Continue reading We Already Have Enough
“Stop! The street sign reminds you. Stop running, because life is here, in the present moment. We have to train in that. As you breathe out, you say, “I am home.” I am already home, I don’t have to run. I am at home, in my true home. The address of my true home is clear: life, here and now. Peace is something that becomes possible the moment you stop.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, “You are Here” p. 37
Continue reading Like a Stop Sign
the frame of the present moment
is free from worries,
a place where your heart is undivided
and free to live life fully in all its richness and glory
a place of stillness, as the mind
stops running into the past and future
a place of growing wisdom,
as mindfulness and breath awareness is practiced
a place of healing,
a final destination for your burdens of the past
it is your kingdom, queendom,
a place where the powers of
love, peace, beauty and understanding reign
a place where you can breathe with ease and be nourished
it is a gift for you every moment
Continue reading Inner Sovereingty, Knowing How to Live Alone
I had walked past this sculpture many times at Foothill College, but one day when I was not in a hurry, enjoying the fresh air, I peered up at the trees through the sculpture and was amazed at what I saw. Even without the camera as a frame, I could see an “X”. “X” marked the spot, the point from which I saw magic.
For me, that particular “X” symbolizes the present moment, through which I can see things I may miss. There is no hurry here. The frame of the sculpture helped me to appreciate the tree and all its curves. It became a kind of lens, causing me to see in a more concentrated way, just as if I were looking through the view-finder on my camera. It caused me to stop for awhile.
The present moment can become a frame of wonder. You can begin to see things newly. You do not need a camera. You don’t need the sculpture. Just stop for awhile. Breathe. Relax. Notice. Wonder. Enjoy. Create that frame. Be like a child and look out at the world through the lens of wonder.