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This was taken on the last day at the Montfort before hubby was transferred to a larger hospital in the city.  Isn’t this just the most welcoming space.

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My nephew took this other one a while back, for me it give me the same sense of tranquility as the one I took the other day when leaving the Montfort.

Whatever, or where you find your “calm” today…. enjoy it.

Oyashikiri

 

 

just a little farther

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There are times when you travel down a back road,  that the country side beckons to travel just a little further, and even lures you down a long forgotten,overgrown dirt road.  Just enough width for you to slowly inch your way, so that the brush doesn’t leave a trail on the side of the vehicle, and your muffler if you are lucky, will make it intact, till you find a place to turn around.

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You see signs of previous activities, but little else, the farther you go, the land opens up, and you see nature the way it is intended to be enjoyed. No parking lots, and fast food shacks, just the outdoors.

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We were able to find a place to park off the single road we’d been on, and made the time to climb the embankment and sit a spell..  The dogs loved it, even though they had to dive, they swam and played, enjoying the freedom of being in that space and time, just as we did.  What is it about the human race that we all want to travel to foreign lands, and only feel that we’ve been on a holiday, if we fight the traffic to the airport, wait in airport lobbies, and sit like sardines in metal contraptions that fly us through congested skies.  To arrive in an exotic place that isn’t home, (to us) rush around to try to see everything there is to see, then tired and over spent, we head home.  Back into the crowded airports, stand in line to go through customs, maybe even be detained.  Then on arrival back home, we still have to get to our homes.. only to be faced with a pile of mail we have to deal with, maybe a good night’s sleep, and then we are back at work, dealing with the backlog of “stuff” that was what we wanted to escape with our well-earned holiday.

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When really, not very far from where you live now, just by driving off the main roads. you will find a wonderland, that is pure, unpopulated by commerce and just a little farther, down the road waiting to be discovered.

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Every time we venture off the tedious road of routine, we allow our “selves” to really holiday.  A holiday is when we re-energize, re-group, reconnect with the person we are.  Nature is the only true balm for the “soul”

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Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

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Pictures were taken in the Province of Quebec, near Rubert and Lac Peche

 

 

calm, confident and centered

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What are my 3 wishes for today.  I pray that I remain, calm, confident and centered. It is not because I’m concerned or worried about the hospital procedure, but rather it is the coping with my inner disquiet when I am asked to drink something that I find totally distasteful, and it produces a physical reaction from my body that I don’t enjoy living through.

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Have you seen what they are doing to watermelons in Japan?  They are growing them in clear square containers, more convenient to the consumer I would guess, but that is not what nature intended of the fruit.  I have gone now a long time without solid food, and truth be known except for the first couple of hours when I got hungry, I’ve not really thought much of food, since I had to deal with my diabetic self, reacting to the lack of food and the awful sickly sweet liquid they want me to force down.

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Unlike the helpless fruits that are forced to grow in confined spaces, I have choices.  The procedure today is a simple one, done I’m sure zillions of times on adult humans everywhere, a must in the course of our regular health check ups.  So thought my body will have to endure this interruption in its daily routines, my mind, and focus will be on this New England get away.  I will be calm, because I’m happier in a calm state, and I will stay centered knowing that nature is all around me. Nature will continue to provide serenity to all those who seek the freedom  of God’s  embrace  and the blessings that are ours when we live in a state of prayer, keeping our connection to the Universe alive.. always in our hearts.

Life is God

God is Life

Centered in God, I am

Confident, and I am

Calm…

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How are you today?

PL Precept #21   Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter…

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This lovely picturesque grouping is of Giethoom in the Nederlands where there are no roads.  It is a beautiful and quiet village unique in that you will not find a single road in the entire town. Instead it is connected with paths, bike trails and a canal system. Visitors are welcome to explore by renting a noiseless, electric “whisper boat”.  I have been enchanted with the idea of visiting ever since I read about the place.

We all lead busy, at times hectic lives, and finding that quiet time we need so much often eludes us.  We grab moments here and there, but often they just are not enough. In PL we have a Precept, # 5 that says.. One’s self is lost by being emotional.

The 21 PL Principles help us to achieve the 21 PL Precepts that we live by.  Like everyone we struggle at the best of times to get then right, or to effortlessly follow them, but in following PL Principle #1 – I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto into all I say and do (Makoto/sincerity)  as best we can, dedication towards that goal helps enormously.

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To be easy going, and to live life constantly in a cheerful and calm state is something to strive for.  When I’m challenged, then I revisit the Holland of my dreams, and let my mind wander effortlessly through the gardens, and sail the waterways.  Care to join me today?   You are all so precious to me, I wish for you a glorious sun filled day , no matter where you are, no matter the weather, let the joy of life, bless you with a soothing balm of love.  Thank you for sharing this moment with me, I really truly appreciate the time you spend with me.  (I would burst out  into song, “love is in the air” but that dear reader would really send you into hiding )  liefde + kus  xxxoo

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

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Hjelle, Norway

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To dream, to wake, to live and follow the  trail

always aware, always prepared to stop and gaze

when my eyes would behold the object of my  quest.

life can be a dream, it really can,

one need only to believe, is Hjelle Norway so very far away?

some one else captured this moment in time

now here I am, enjoying the calm and serene

of this artists gift, of this captivating scene.

because a stranger shared

my day is blessed with time spent in 

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all because I followed the trail

and let God lead the way.

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thank you SO much

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“Thank you so very much” said the voice, it was soft and cultured, without turning I knew that it would be someone older, of an “age” when courtesy and etiquette mattered.  I heard rather than saw the smile in the young woman’s voice that was serving the client.  The store was busy, crowded with shoppers looking for that special gift at the advertised discounted prices.”You are so welcome, it has been my pleasure” was the reply. The interchange between customer and sales associate  made me smile, I felt a nice feeling and thought what a wonderful way to start a day.  When I turned to the area where the voices had come from I was surprised to see not an elderly woman, but a young girl with faded jeans, and a torn T-shirt, her hair was dyed a fluorescent pink, her lips and nails were an ebony black, studded with blinking gems. When she smiled at me I saw that she had a tattoo of a rose on her  cheek and a gold ring in her nose. I must have stared, because she gave me a knowing smile, while   flashing me the sweetest of looks from the  bluest of eyes under the longest lashes I’ve ever seen.  With a mischievous nod of her head, she winked at me and said “A very good day to you Mam” and gracefully turned and walked away.

The sales associate who had witnessed this exchange gave a little giggle, and said, “isn’t she just the greatest”  I recovered my surprise and agreed with her that yes,  “she” certainly was.  That was …… and she named the actress who was playing at the theatre up the way.  Ah…. a light bulb went on in my gray matter….yes there was a play happening in the city, and they could have been having a dress rehearsal … yet … I knew I had just been given a “lesson”  a reminder, that I should not be judging a book by its cover, and I for sure, should not have made assumptions…. PL Precept # 18 – each moment is a turning point.

PL Principle #2 … … …. I will look for and be aware of shortcomings in my own thinking and actions  **the exact wording to this Principle is  “I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather.  Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.

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Take a moment to say Thank You for the lessons you have learned today.  I like to begin and end each day with a sense of appreciation for the gifts I have been blessed with, and the lessons I have yet to learn. To know true meaning in our lives, we have to sincerely believe and appreciate the blessings we receive.

Namaste  – Oyashikiri

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Road Block

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Good Morning everyone…..

It happens to all of us, at some time in our lives, we come across a “road block”… as a writer, writer’s block, when I’m in a creative mood with my sculptures, and suddenly my creative moment goes on sabbatical, it is another form of “road block”    In PL we are taught to take a step back, and to look at how we have been tackling our “challenge” (task at hand).   If I walk away do something else, then come back, I am often able to “see” with a different set of eyes.  When I was painting, I’d find that there were some forms of expression that I just couldn’t agree with.  I would keep wanting to add more paint, or take some away, make adjustments, this would go on till my canvas looked like one big mess of colour. Instinctively I would know that I had “missed” the moment…. the ah ha… of the expression was gone, no matter how much I was to persist, it would not come back. It was time to acknowledge that I had not been working with my full makoto, and the result was before me.  Like it or not,  what I had achieved was putting my “mixed emotions/feelings” on the canvas, there was nothing to do but accept it and move on.  Trying to accept the abstract mess of colour was never satisfying, especially if I tried to convince myself that this is what I must have been trying to express.  What is the expression, you can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all of the  people all the time???   And, you may try to fool yourself, the reality is, your inner self always knows what is real and what is not.

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In Norman Rockwell’s print, you can see that everyone is giving their full attention to getting the “road block” to move out-of-the-way. (found on imachild.wordpress.com)  When we are faced with a difficulty,challenge, obstacle, if we step back and think about how we can creatively get around our problem… usually with patience, the obstacle will move along.

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Have a wonderful day today, may your day be filled with calm, serene and beautiful moments!!

Namaste  – Oyashikiri

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