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On a retreat this past week-end, my sister thought to share some pictures with me.  In one of them, I was very taken by these big white berries.  They are so plump and lush. She is in California, so her countryside where she was visiting was very different from what I have now here in the Ottawa area,

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I thought at first to crop out the shadows, but then I realized that it lent a very human element to the picture.  the retreat took place on a large acreage owned by the diocese of the church she belongs to.  Her church and another one were holding their annual fall retreat. Before the heat of the day set  in, her group, were walking some of the pathways, exploring.

The picture isn’t perfect the wildflowers look a tad blurred, but I think the reason I liked it s much was that it was being shared with me, and it had been part of her journey that day. So often in life, we want everything to be perfect, I am guilty of cropping, removing, using photo shop at times to get what I call an artist visual of whatever it is I want to express.  My sister, was taking a picture simply to share her happy moment, the joy we all feel when we are outdoors on a sunny day, being warmed by the sun, perhaps a gentle breeze and fellowship.

Realizing that the  sharing of a special moment was more important and let’s face it precious, than a perfect picture.  Appreciation of all that comes our way, is a gift.  I like many others have to practice every day, giving thanks, and being grateful for all life has to offer. ALL, not just what I pick and choose . When we learn appreciation, only then can we truly be of service to others.

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Look at the view ,for as far as they eye can see .  No highrise to block our view,, no constant roar of traffic.  Just open land.  I wasn’t there at the time she was, but I am sure enjoying it now.

It is Canadian Thanksgiving today, but appreciation and knowing how blessed we are, is something to give thanks for every day.

Oyashikiri

There is no such thing as true perfection, but happiness, and Love/GOD are very real…

PL Precept #11   Always be with God

sometimes in dreams

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To achieve a quiet heart, so that we can live in greater harmony with the world around us, takes an effort.  In life, when we are balanced, grounded, we are capable of better decisions, and more effective results to our actions.

If we are active, when we should be at rest, then when it is time to act, we are often ill prepared.  We can miss opportunities that had we been rested and ready, would have been easy to deal with.

For the last many days I have been living with a sinus infection.  Ok it is not the end of the world, however, when the symptoms gang up on me, I really do find myself leaning towards,a complaining mind. (that is not the right way/direction to go)

Like a hamster in a cage, running, running on my wheel, running and getting nowhere.  After chasing around looking for a clinic that was open today, I finally gave up and came home.  I will take the time to reflect on just why this physical annoyance is giving me grief.

It is said, that the “superior” person, first achieves quiet heart, and then acts.   Hmmmmp I have some serious winding down to do, 1st step, when my body says rest, I need to listen.

PL Precept # 18  Each moment is a turning Point

PL Precept #17  Grasp what is most essential

Wordless Wednesday -location location

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Have a sun filled day everyone!

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bears repeating, just saying

Oyashikiri

stop and …

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gaze on my face

see the heavens

far off in space

somewhere in the debris

is a story of days gone by

my soul is free

with God I am ONE

what you see

before you

is physical evidence

of a past

when we live

in the present

we are alive and free

to BE

for our home is carried

in our heart

I am….. now

forever…. and….. always

PL Precept # 2   To live is to express One’s Self

giving thanks

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a pile of wood you say

more a work of art

I’d say

look at the array of colour

the texture and the pattern

of each and every

piece

come winter

someone will find

comfort and warmth

to bring peace

and sanctuary

on a cold winters day

on this 21st

day of August

thanksgiving day

for those of us

who walk the PL “way”

I give thanks

and pray

with gratitude

in appreciation

for all that comes

my way.

Oyashikiri

PL Precept # 11  Always be with God

sometimes

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sometimes

what I saw yesterday

has no meaning for me

today

such is life

what was previously

is not in our

now

still it did happen

the memory is

there if it

was captured

but other

memories

come and go

leaving

barely an impression

and yet

sometimes

then and now

come together at the

same time

like

now

Namaste       –       Oyashikiri

Wordless Wednesday

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chill, relax

tomorrow is another day

Namaste       –       Oyashikiri

 

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