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It is Friday, how are you today?  Happy sunny wishes to start your day!

Scotland, Shetland islands, 400-200BC

A look at the past, poignant yet alluring, we are drawn to explore, to wander to be awed.  Another time, a time when life was very different from what it is today.  Shetland Islands, Scotland  Does it capture your imagination, snare your attention, do you want to walk the path that so many have walked in bygone years,  Even now, today there are echos of visitors footsteps and the sound of distant conversation as people went about their day.

We live our lives everyday with a certain routine, we take certain roads, drive or walk along streets we see every day. If you work and take a bus to work, it  is usually the same bus and it follows the same route, day after day.  We shop in the same malls, or go to the usual markets all the time. Do you put your heart into all you do? Or because we have done it a thousand times  before, so you just get it done? In Asian teachings, we are asked to put our best effort into everything we do, whether or not it is a daily and repetitive task/chore or not.

While in Japan this past summer, in one of our assignments we were asked to do certain tasks, depending on which  group you were in, the tasks were different, some got to wash the bathrooms, some got to clean mats, sweep the roads, my group was asked to wash the hall floors.  Teachers, students, professionals, we all grabbed rags and down on our knees we cleaned the floors inch by  inch. (Noooooooooooooo I do not do this at home, it wasn’t a task I perform on a regular basis and certainly not on my knees, so what do you think my immediate reaction was!)  Old and young, we applied ourselves to working together and doing it.  Those who could no longer get down to the floor due to age, or physical limitations, manned the buckets, and rinsed the rags, ringing them out to hand to us as we brought a used one back.  Getting up and down from our knees and working in unison we chanted to stay focused and in step with each other.   To a city born and bred woman, it peeled away layers of self imposed thought patterns and opened up space in my “brain” for a greater and deeper awareness of being alive  and experiencing life.

Irealnd, DublinThis picture of Dublin in Ireland had me looking at it several times and finally with a magnifier because of the way the photographer shot the picture and how my eyes were seeing it.  The lights reflecting off the water had me wondering and trying to discern just what that was going across the river.  On closer inspection and because I made time to really look, I saw that it was the reflection of the bridge,

Today lets take the time, (make time) to enjoy every second of our day, even if you are doing something you have always done before, try to be mindful of your actions. Put makoto (sincerity) into all you do and say,   Have a good day everyone!  Where ever you are in your day when you read this.. smile.. I’m sending lots of love and positive energy your way… always, today, tomorrow.   Blessings…..     Oyashikiri 

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Goooood Morning everyone!!!

8a05040ff63bf636578dce8a44dcf019I have no idea why, but I woke up this morning and the found a song running through my head.  “It’s Saturday night and I just got married la la la”  I have no idea where that came from, why its there,   I’m trying to recall if I had a vivid dream, or what I was thinking of last night, but it escapes me.  I don’t even think I watched the telly last night… chuckles… oh well, at least its a peppy song, happily I don’t recall any of the words to the song except the first few lines.

It produces a wonderful, fresh and rather enticing picture for us to look at =^_^=.  How was is your day so far?  Are you enjoying it? The PL lesson for the day is about being proactive and flowing with the “joys” and never ending challenges of  life.  It is about being present, mindful, and honest with yourSELF in your reactions to what comes your way. Hmm  doesn’t look like Mother Nature is going to give me outdoor sunshine today,  BUT, my day starts with sunshine, because.. you ready for it.  I’ve started my day with YOU.

e1aa40ffc0eb9fbd1dcb9225c571640fEvery bloom holds a hug and prayer, just for you.  Happiness is sharing.  Its LOVE pure and TRUE > Oyashikiri

“Mine is the joy that comes from the path of liberation, and my secret I share with all, for in giving it I do not lose it” (Buddha-the Quest for Serenity)

Keep your eyes,mind and heart in tune with the changes, learn to deal with them proactively, and always keep a smile in your heart, share it as often as you can.

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Mindful

Being aware. involved, each day, almost every moment of our waking hours when we are mindful, we have pathways that open up and we are faced with what path we will follow.

Good Morning everyone =^_^= I have enjoyed researching how I would present this today, thank you for this opportunity and for the moment we are now sharing.

802ae102e1e78e7bba5162a4b3382da3Calm, peaceful, less journeyed, pristine, the photographer captured the silence of the moment, even though it shows that a vehicle can travel this road, it doesn’t capture that, the picture draws us in, so that if we are very quiet,we will hear the birds  and the rustle of leaves as the forest animals go about their business.It is very inviting.

bbcea7536952526366ec1d1d2c53f6d9This amazing shot was posted by visitjapan.com it is of Yuki-no-Otani snow canyon road in Japan.  The walls of snow are approximately 5 stories high.  Whew I see a car driving along there, hmmm do I want to be in it?  Actually if you really look there are many other cars so it is a well traveled road, still as beautiful as it is I might like to travel the road in a different season.

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LOL now this picture, taken in New Zealand, where it seems there are many such roads to entice the adventurous soul, is approx. 22 km of winding treacherous road with no guard rails (Skippers Canyon near Queenstown) Look at the country side, I would love to be  there, however I don’t think in that particular vehicle pulling a load.

Being mindful, means choices, participating in the decisions/challenges the Universe provides us with.  Nature gives us the landscapes/tools, God provides! What path will you take today?

The leading line of the path leads the eye directly to the maple tree.

 

Good morning, good morning

I’m still reading yesterday’s lesson, “Begin each day with a renewed sense of appreciation”  the sun is streaming in my office window… I slept in late, feeling lazy and happy.  Nice way to start the day, don’t you think?  Had a short conversation of sorts with a young woman from Brazil (Rio) who didn’t speak English, and I don’t speak Portuguese, so it was brief, but enjoyable, we both grabbed a dictionary and did our best.  =^_^=

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In doing our best, in putting our heart and soul into what we are doing – being present/focused – we always achieve  a “connection.” In giving our best, we are rewarded with a result, it isn’t always the result we set out for, but it is a result never-the-less.  I’ve learned to appreciate the little detours that the Universe provides, makes learning my “lessons” much more of an adventure … after all…. Life is Art.

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The top photograph was taken in Japan, the magnificent sculptured Tower/building can be found on the Perfect Liberty campus in Tondabayashi, Osaka, Japan. (The PL Peace Tower)  The view from the upper rooms is breathtaking.  The second photo is part of the landscaping on campus.

Make today count!  

May your day be filled with warmth, happiness and love.  Always and forever.  Oyashikiri

The great escape

Tired of all that snow, ice and weather roulette that Mother Nature has been throwing our way. In many places in North America, she has been having her fun doling out a droll mixture of nasty and nice.  While cities and towns around NY city were being bombarded with a nasty snow and ice storm, NY city itself was a balmy 70 degrees.   Totally unexpected for the unlucky tourists who arrived in their winter togs for Christmas in New York.  That is what life is, isn’t it. One adventure after another. No matter how well we think we have prepared for the day, something usually crops up that is totally not in the plans.

Instead of snow, I went in search of some tropical holiday ambiance.  Since it wasn’t practical for me to try to actually travel at this time of year,  like you I’ve seen the television coverage of the over crowded airports and all the delayed and cancelled flights, I went into the virtual world of Second Life.  In SL I can listen and watch the world go by in the comfort of my home.  Today I visited Eliza Wierwight’s Art of Christmas at PATRON,  it was my first time to visit her build , it won’t be the last.   She is a gifted artist.  Her art works are available for sale, with some items shown as 100% profit to one of her causes.

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She not only creates an amazing world for you to visit, she has an interest in saving the elephants of Asia.  There are places one can donate all through her build. Save the elephant Foundation.  http://www.saveelephant.org/index.html   (a Thai non profit organization)

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I went in to escape from the snow and the constant talk about the weather.  In doing so, I spent a pleasant half hour exploring the creativity of an artist till today that was unknown to me, and discovering  a cause that was also new to me.  In Canada, elephants are not top of mind.

December is a month of STRESS in capital letters.  Whether it is happy stress or anxious, sad, worrisome stress, no matter how you cut the cake, it is stress.  It seems everyone around me is being “stressed” about something,  There are warnings galore about making sure you don’t over exert when shoveling, that seniors dress properly for the cold weather, children and adults are being warned about the dangers of catching a virus/flu,  Of course a biggie is “don’t drink and drive”.  My two cents.  Remember to take time to pray/ meditate.    Make time for YOU.   Stay mindful and present.  No one else can do these things for you. You are the master/mistress of your life.

It isn’t enough to just do things that make us happy, we need to find outcomes that include those around us.  Like that little pebble that drops into pond.  It creates a little plop, and slowly one ripple begins, then two, three and soon the pond has many expanding ripples that reach out and merge  till all the water has felt the impact of the little pebble.   Be the catalyst of a  happy day.  Share your smile, keep your internal batteries charged, stay tuned to GOD/TAO and bring your mega watt smile along with you in all you do.   LIFE IS ART

smilePencilThe challenges we deal with in life make us stronger!

PL Precept # 11  Always be with God   (PL Church of Perfect Liberty)

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