Time was when this was bright and new.
when new it would not have held the same fascination as it does now
While no longer as it was, this fence still stands firmly locked in place. Its purpose has not changed with age. I have loved this place for years, finally the other day, I pulled over and visited.
I suspect it was provincially owned, I have never been there before, yet when I walked around to the back, I felt at peace, the traffic noises drifted away, the moment was pure zen.
This is my idea of a secret garden. =^_^= Find your peace today.
Reminder tomorrow’s Ancestor’s day service is at 10:a.m. Tuesday, June 11.
near Sharon Springs NY.USA
“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.
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
* found on topinspired.com (Great Britain)
In my meditations this morning, I came across a Blessing Chant, I’d kike to share it with you. It is a chant adapted from the Pattanumodana (Teachings of Buddha >edited by Jack Kornnfield)
Just as water flowing in the streams and rivers fills the ocean, thus may all your moments of goodness touch and benefit all beings, those here now and those gone before.
May all your wishes be soon fulfilled as completely as the moon on a full moon night, as successfully as from the Wish-Fulfilling Gem. May all dangers be averted; may all disease leave you.
May no obstacles come across your way and may you enjoy happiness and long life.
May those who are always respectful,honoring the way of the elders, prosper in the four blessings of old age, beauty, happiness, and strength.
PL’s lesson of the day is about being pro-active, in an ever changing society. a reminder to keep our minds and eyes in tune with the changes and to learn to deal with them in a proactive manner. This busy picture taken in Amsterdam, Nederlands (found on Pinterest) while peaceful in it’s own way, is not the tranquility captured by the photographer of the top picture.
Where would you like to be today? Which destination captures your imagination, if you could close your eyes and with a snap of the fingers be right there, in what direction would you go? Choices, ahhhh isn’t life grand! Have a blissful day everyone!
Live in Joy > Live in Peace Oyashikiri
PL Precept #1 life is Art….
PL Precept#2 To live is to express One’s Self
We all have different ways of feeling, thinking and expressing ourselves. The artist that pulled this concept together was “brilliant” When I saw this picture I simply could not pass it by and not share it. Obviously there is a love for biking, but to bring it into the home and use it so creatively … I was impressed, and it brought a big smile .. what a joy it must be for visitors to walk in and find this display. The simplicity of it all … I know a young lady who bikes, she loves being out on her bike, she is a long distance rider, and an off-road biker.. the whole experience for her is spiritual and exhilarating. Much like the feeling of freedom and heart felt connection to nature when one is on a motorcycle, riding the back roads.
We are all unique in our own way. When we live doing our best, and following the laws of “Nature” (God) – trusting and believing in our eternal connection to the “Universe” (Tao) we become more accepting of others’ and their differences, learn to respect each other, one step at a time, we grow towards world peace. A peaceful heart, begins in one’s Self. God is the power, source and law of the Universe! amen.
Blessings to you all on this 13th day of February. Be Happy. Oyashikiri
PL lesson for yesterday was – Act with Enthusiasm – it was something I just couldn’t get enthusiastic about, until I read further, “If you put your whole heart into whatever you do, you will be able to appreciate any task at hand.”
Hmmm – yup I could do that, my objective for the day was to do as little as possible, In the afternoon I actually took a lie down, not to sleep, but to do nothing..
I did doze, but with no telly, no phone,no PC, no radio, I soon drifted into what my mother used to call “daydreaming”
It was nice.
It was rewarding, it was calming and peaceful.
My body rested, and best of all my mind had a holiday away from news,weather and sports. If you get my drift.
My lesson yesterday. enthusiasm = being in the moment and doing it whole-heartedly =^_^=
LOL – I looked at today’s lesson, ‘Just be Yourself” that’s me…. easy peasy. What are your plans for today? Are you making time for yourself during this busy time of the year? LIFE IS ART.
photos are from Second Life (SL) -photographer Q