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bom dia…bon jour…. hello!

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life itself is simple

it really is

it is the human mind

that complicates

what IS

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I am sometimes at a loss

not necessarily for words

but for the “music” or visual if you like

to accompany the words

in life, there is always a positive and a negative

you cannot have one

without the other

one person speaks, the other listens

the start of a conversation

one sees something, and captures it on film/photo

they have already seen it,

what they are doing is capturing the moment

to share, to show, to express

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one picture, a thousand stories

not one person wil have the same reaction

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however, we will each have a unique response

if we stop long enough

to allow the moment to speak to us

Namaste     –      Oyashikiri

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meditation

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Those were not my words back when I was actively working … because  back  then we didnt’ text, there wasn’t a cell phone attached to almost every household, in fact likely none.   But to those who came wanting to learn to meditate, it was almost always about their  need to find a quiet place for themselves, within the confines of their busy lives.  Young professionals needing and wanting grounding.

6c47982c55dc9ff0276b38741f33e1aaJust  Be………  so easy to say, so hard to do.

Common when I asked, “Did you get to meditate since we last met?” Answer, “Only, a few times, but each time I was interrupted, or the neighbour, (or children etc.) were making so much noise, I couldn’t concentrate”

And there lies the problem. meditation isn’t about concentration, it isn’t about having candles in the room, or soothing music with a nice incense happening.  Meditation is the art of staying in touch with your own personal connection to the “Divine”.  God lives in us all…  the Energy of Life is the force that makes us all  ONE.

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If ever you have been blessed with someone in your life where just being together, or knowing that the other is close by, is comforting, and an extension of YOU, that is a special bond, and one that – simply is –  We can’t manufacture this sense of extension, sense of Oneness, it simply is.  You just are….   and if someone hasn’t had that experience it is hard to explain it to them.  They have to find it in themselves.  Because  a state of peaceful existence begins within.

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So many quotes, so many words…” meditation is inaction.”.. do you believe that?  There is active meditation for example when one is practicing or  engrossed in working out,, dancing, focused on the moment,  you are so intent on the moment, although you hear the world around you, it is lost to you in that moment.  In that moment, all that is …. is where you are… and what you are doing…   that is a form of meditation.  That is meditation.. it is you “BEING”

Namaste     –      Oyashikiri

Happy July 4th

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Happy July 4th. to all of you who are having a week-end of celebrations.  When we were in Upper NY State at the start of the week, we saw many preparations already being put into place. Banners and flags, it was very festive, now that the day is here, I expect there will be dazzling fireworks and a lot of get togethers.  Somehow when I think of July 1st (Canada Day) and July 4th. (American Independence Day) I relate it to happy get togethers with friends and family.

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If we approach everything in life with the firm belief that everything is for the best, and that the experience, or moment will be one that will provide growth and development,… what a positive it will be,

The days have been full of sunshine, although I’m told that in Texas it is also VERY hot.  Holland has been going through its own heat spell. Where I am i Canada, I look out and see the cherries ripening on the tree, the birds have been flying in and out of the branches having their morning treats.  Until  recently the Saskatoon berries were in abundance, if you drove by you would have seen me reaching up into the tree taking my share. =^_^=      Nature provides.

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BLESSINGS OF THE DAY

namaste     –     oyashikiri

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Valentines and Winnie the Pooh

wedding shoeLOL, got you there, what have a pair of shoes got to do with Winnie the Pooh and Valentines…. smiles… I really don’t know but this is where I am this morning.  Have more coffee, it might help.  I was going through my mail when I came across this picture.  I am so blessed to have friends that share…  These shoes which I love btw, except I’d wear different laces, are featured in weddingonmania.com in an article on gorgeous …. wait for it…. vintage wedding shoes.

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That set me drifting off on weddings, tulle, flowers, balloons, fanciful stuff, then I remembered Saturday is Valentines day and my mind went to thinking if I’d done all my valentines… ( you can see why I needed a day of quiet yesterday!)

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I recalled a book put out by Scholastic, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Valentines, Too, by Liza Alexander illustrated by Carol C. Haantz.  It is a wonderful little story that reminds us to not jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts, and that knowing only a little bit about something, worrying and fretting can cause a lot of anxiety and stress, that could be avoided, if we believe and trust in our own strengths and knowledge about ourselves.

 

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In the Pooh story, Winnie couldn’t find  his friend Christopher Robin, then he saw him sitting on his own busy writing something, looking over, he saw the letters W – I – N and felt rather pleased, but then his friend kept writing, and in the end it wasn’t his name at all.  I won’t spoil the story for you, but it was near Valentines day, and Winnie felt sad thinking his friend had a new friend now, and….. well you know…. how thoughts  run through different scenarios.   Of course it all ends well, Valentines day came and Winnie got a card from Christopher addressed to him and he was very happy.  He told Christopher, “But, we thought you found a new friend”… to which the reply was “oh, Pooh Bear, just because I care about someone else, it doesn’t mean I care any less for you.” =^_^=

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Here is a Valentine for you dear reader.. get out your crayons and have some fun, or print it out for someone who will enjoy a few minutes of R & R with Pooh.  Remember. I LOVE YOU….

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Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

Bruce Lee

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In my younger years, I remembered Bruce Lee as Kato, the actor who played along side the Green Hornet on a television show that I watched on the black and white telly we had, with the one station.  Being Chinese in Canada in years gone by meant you were a an oddity.  You stood out like a sore thumb and there was no way you could not know that you were “different:  from the other people in the community in which you lived.  My Father was a wise man who taught me to live life with appreciation. To accept and do my best to understand the difference we all have, and how unique each individual is.  By seeing those who taunted and rejected me without really knowing me, as a lesson, teachers of another side of a coin if you will. I learned to dismiss their actions as a part of who they were, and to move on.  These same youngsters were soon my playmates.  We are still in contact today.    I have been blessed with knowing that they feel that in getting to know me  they learned about an other culture and how it was a positive in their lives.

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During the early years of my practice, martial arts became the “new fad”  The buzz was to take up a discipline and become another “Bruce Lee”.. It was always an honour for me when  young man/woman would come to my door asking for assistance in his/her developement.  NO I was not teaching a Martial Art technique, I was a teacher of the TAO, and worked with students and clients to help them deal with the daily stress they encountered in navigating their lives.

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I soon learned that my childhood hero Kato, was Bruce Lee and that he had a lot of things to say about life.  I also learned that he had a huge following.  His wisdom,  dedication and focus on his craft was legendary.

bc3d9a0df3f80e6d654a0a48848454a8There has been so much written about him and his philosophy on life.  You can find all kinds of information by just typing in his name in a search engine, and reams of info will pop up.  I shared his thoughts with you today because so much of it is the wisdom of the TAO and the philosophy I was weaned on.  Asked the other day, why I am now with the Church of Perfect Liberty, my answer is … because it is the teaching of the TAO … that the church embodies.  I’ve lived long enough to know that the TAO is life itself, and not everyone wants to be a warrior, even though if you think about it, we all are in our own way.  What everyone does want is to find peace of mind. We all treasure those moments in our lives when life is uncomplicated and we feel totally at ONE with the world.

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Please, allow me one more.. on love. friendship and lasting relationships.  Thank you for sharing this trip down memory lane with me,  You are very special and kind, I truly appreciate your company as I travel along this journey called life.

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Namaste    –     Oyashikiri

 

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Every morning, part of the wake up routine is that before the dogs get fed and let out, I turn on the computer so it can do its thing and be ready for me when i get back into my office.  “efficient use of time”  I feed the dogs, and wander back into the office with my huge over-sized mug of very cold water. This was part of a message I got from a friend today.

!cid_part3_04090709_09020106@shawAt first I just stared at it, humour isn’t one of my strong points, then the funny bone kicked in and …… well …… I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.  There were several such pictures, I’m sure you are all familiar with this type of e-mail.. They must land on in your in- boxes as much as they do mine, probably more so, since I’m known for my lack of humour.  This is the only other one I’ll share with you, because it too, gave me cause for reflection.

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How we start our day, often sets the tone for the rest of the day/night.  If we get up thinking, omg! another day of sunshine and blue skies, it will be soooo hot  outside. and list off all the negatives of how you perceive your day will be… then you are programming your self to look for and “complain” about each new discovery you make.  On the other “paw” if you wake up and see the sun shining on the ice formed on the tree branches outside your window, and enjoy the beauty of the diamond like rays of light that reflect off the ice crystals, and see the floating hazy mist that is drifting by on a blast of wind and think of how nice and crunchy the snow will be underfoot while you trundle off to work, your mood will be much more positive.  When you  greet others you will be more likely to have a happy positive tone in your voice.  Guess what…. a happy greeting and a smile, will reward you with a cheerful nod or greeting back.

c5a363300e0ff83760f63b49e973ec7bOK … LOL this will be a most interesting day… I keyed in crunchy snow, and I got this… a recipe for snow pea pods   It wasn’t what I was looking for but it was so yummy looking .. this dish was grilled but  “me thinks” it will make a great salad.  Cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and GARLIC.  (erecipecards.blogspot.com ) .. below is the crunchy snow.. =^_^=

2d30d78bd2a092f0fd23044004a48993Where-ever you go, what ever you do today, Make it a day you’ll remember,  Make a determined effort to share sunshine and happiness with others.  A wishy washy attitude will not give you a good st art to the day.  Be proactive and positive.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri

Thank you Miss E for the funnies

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vocations – relationships

“Tell me and I will forget

Show me and I will remember

Involve me and I will understand”

Confucius

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At 24 young Dorothy Hart a successful actress in Hollywood, left her career to become a Catholic nun, Mother Prioress Dolores Hart  What a change this young lady made in her life…  Thomas Merton said “A man knows he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.”  We are guided in life though an interplay of human responsibilities and divine directives.  Spiritual maturity  requires diligence, a clever mind and a trusting /loving heart.

c464e1442818105ebe86231e6b8dafb5A few ingredients for a good relationship are, respect, courtesy, appreciation and a dedication to the commitment, whatever that may be.  Negative thinking is something that afflicts us all at one time or another.  PL Precept # 15, All is a Mirror. No matter how often I revisit this Precept, it always presents me with a new perspective, life is an ongoing lesson, and I am the dedicated student.  Part of living in the moment is accepting the feelings that can wash over me at any  given time,  The homework is applying myself to understanding the moment, and then letting it go. A negative moment, will only be so, if we don’t apply positive action (s).

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Wherever life leads you

With whoever you are sharing

with another or on your own

“Always be with God”

(PL Precept #11)

Namaste     –   Oyashikiri

 

 

*Cathedral rocks,Yosemite National Park by Noreo (Flickr)

** Boulder Creek lake, autumnejohnson.tumblr.com

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