Right. If only life were that simple..
Oophs sorry, wrong door, and you can simply close it and go to the next one. It happens more often than we would like to acknowledge. Another project, another impossible discussion with ?, a deadline looming and we’ve not come to a decision.
If we landed in a bit of a pickle, chances are, we by our own actions had a hand in lading us there. Time to stand back and really examine the “door/issue/challenge”. See it as an opportunity.
Don’t be deterred by how it looks, if you want inside, or to know what is behind the doors, then you will need to creatively find a way to do just that.
A door big or small, any shape at all, has always fascinated me, I doubt that will change anytime soon. Even when I know what is behind the door. I want to open the door and go inside. Unless of course it is housework, and dirty dishes waiting on the other side.
green door by Jim Gove on flickr
plain on the outside maybe, but inside…comforts of home in a land far far away
Where would you like to be today?
Come on, come outside and play..
we can each take a turn
at having our own way…
do you believe me?
sure you do
I am after all
an another version
To the Chinese and other Asian cultures, the turtle is a symbol of longevity. My Mother had a collection of turtles, I remember he coming home from her travels abroad with another turtle for her charm bracelet or for the collection that was growing in leaps and bounds in the curio cabinet. When the turtle comes to mind for me is when I am having what I call a “Turtle Day:”… Usually a mental health day, a day where I know I want to retreat into my “make believe” shell and just sleep or day dream.
Today is the 21st of the month, the day that in PL (Perfect Liberty) we gather to show our appreciation , saying Thank you, for all that we have experienced in the previous days and weeks. We pray for guidance and renew our dedication to live with full Makoto (sincerity) following the practices and instructions as laid out in Perfect Liberty. Just as we must eat and sleep regularly to refresh our bodies, so too must we pray and give thanks to God on a regular basis and say Thank you for the blessings of life.
Whatever is meant to be, will be. The results may not be what we expected or even wanted, but we are open to what life brings our way, we will be truly blessed. Feelings of appreciation become real when you express them and mean them.
*turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity
( *Lena Townsend)
*green sea turtle swimming among coral -Lee Rentz – Flickr
** found on contentinacottage.blogspot.ca
Yesterday was the first of the month.
On the first day of every month, in PL (Perfect Liberty) we gather at the church for a ceremony that reaffirms our dedication to World Peace. We pray for World Peace, we pray that we will continue to live in a manner that will lead us to our goal and encourage us to live the PL Way. The ceremony doesn’t last long, I’m now familiar with it, and find that I am energized as the “officiant” speaks the words, I am drawn into the purpose of the process. I become part of the ceremony, in a way that is like a daydream. I am enveloped in the essence of “Spirit”.
Daydreams are important in life. One that is inspired by spiritual thought/teachings is even more rewarding and fulfilling. There is a lot of strife in the world, drama and jarring moments. For our own peace of mind, and well being, it is important to dedicate time to inner peace.
PL Principle # 3 – I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.
PL Precept # 3 – God appears through One’s Self.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
* found on scienceray.com
**Pinterest, Sugar Luvs Puppies
*** Lotus flower by Denise Warden -Flickr
We have all at one time or another been in such a place, either an airport, train station, bus station, exhibition grounds, it could be anywhere. There is a constant flow of activity around you. You need to unwind, slow down, chill. what do you do?
For me, I turn off, I zone out. This skill didn’t come to me overnight, it is a life long practice that is akin to prayer and meditation. I close my eyes and turn inward to the quiet within me. Serenity,peace, joy… these are inner qualities of “self”. Our connection to God/Tao… Life. PL Precept # 3, God appears through One’s Self... We can’t always travel to distant lands to meditate and pray in temples and at shrines. There are countries where the churches and temples are open for those who wish to pray and communicate with “the Divine”. In North America this is not always possible except at given times and days.
When we learn to meditate/pray in a way that connects to our inner “Self”, then no matter where we are, even in a crowded room. we can connect to the quiet and peace within. we rejuvenate, energize and mend the tired/shattered psyche .. giving us that needed extra boost to get on with creativity of our day/night. PL Precept #21 – Live in Perfect Liberty
Namaste – Oyashikiri
pictures 1 & 2 Japan, #1 tokyo airport #2, Kenroku-en gardens, Kanazawa
#3 lotus flowr macro by Bahman Farzad on flickr
Today in PL (Perfect Liberty) we will celebrate Ancestors Day in a ceremony at 10 a.m. in the church. This ceremony is performed every month on the 11th. 10:a.m.
Through this ceremony, we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors. The word “ancestors” applies not only to family but to people who have influenced our lives, helped and guided us to live the PL WAY.
What do we teach the youth of today. What values do we impart. These are not questions requiring an immediate answer, these are the thoughts to reflect on while living our daily lives. With all due respect, I wish you all the blessing of a life filled with love, awareness and caring for your fellow man.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
* Ireland,old graveyard, by Twowheelsonly on Flickr
** found on boredpanda.com (Pascal Champagne)
Brazil on a foggy day *
My heart and prayers go out today to the readers who are presently suffering tragedy and sorrow, to the friends who are facing challenges that required a lot of inner strength. Those of us who today have extra energy and love to share, please, let us put our hands together in prayer and silently send Oyashikiri to our brothers and sisters out there.
The Tao – Over and over, sages have told us that the world is but a dream, and when one wakes on a foggy morning, with mists obscuring hills and valleys, we might even agree with them. Reality can often be phantasmagoria. The world is a dream from which there is no escaping.
Tough times never last, but tough people do – Robert H. Schuller
“take a chance, take charge, take control” Robert H. Schuller
Upon awakening, decide to do something – anything – that will improve the quality of life for someone. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I love each and everyone of you with all my heart. I have been so blessed to be able to share this time with you. If you have something to do today, do it with joy and enthusiasm.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
Joie de vivre
* Found on Sakurako22.tumblr.com
** found on dailyscreens.com – Brazil, views at Christ the Redeemer,Rio de Janeiro
*** Flickr – Brazil, Lencois,Bahia (Angelo nero (angel preto) by Cigh!
White Rabbit 1-b by Doreen A Smaltigirl on Flickr.
Mosaics – how time-consuming a real work of love. Not something I would attempt. Nor do I always feel an appreciation for the craft. Seeing this piece on a rabbit running, looking at his time piece, reminded me of the Alice in Wonderland story and the Mad Hatter. To achieve this delightful piece of art, the artist had to first visualize what he/she wanted to achieve. The many hours (days,nights, even weeks) would have been spent putting it all together.
So it is for many of the projects we begin in life that are part of our own “make over”. There isn’t a day goes by where someone I know isn’t doing something or preparing something for … when??? If I do this now I’ll have time to do XYZ later. Its called planning ahead. Me, I no longer maintain that activity in my “top drawer” I don’t really know when this “habit” changed, somewhere along the way, unconsciously it went down to a “when I get to it” drawer.
Found on delphiglass.com – 2014 Online Art Glass Festival Mosaics – 3rd Place – Willie in Shades by Tom
This is another craft that requires attention to detail, planning and patience. I look at this and my mind is in awe of the time and the focus that this artist had to have had to complete this piece. My kudos to both creators of the works shown in this blog today. My hat is off to both of you.
My creative level today leans towards scrambled eggs. I kid you not…
Found on worthpinning.com Easter Bunny thanks to @Sylvie Chen – pinned by Jane Wang
I was late, I was late
for a very important date
you were not forgotten !
it was only a question of when
finally, the moment came
happily my enthusiasm hadn’t waned
I may get behind
but YOU dear God, are always
ever present in my mind
namaste – oyashikiri