Where ever you footsteps take you today, may the day be one of many blessings. Each day, a new door opens, and often another will close. Nothing is forever, trying to hold back the ongoing changes that are the essence of life. Church, (temple) is where you find your spiritual calm, your inner Self, Some find it in the quiet communion with the Universe while they wander the sea-shore, or kayak into isolated bays. Other’s feel it the moment they walk into their favourite place of worship.
Transform your day today, visit your quiet place, experience the true happiness of connecting with the Divine Energy that is life. Strive each day to improve yourself. Sincere prayer and meditation is a gift we give ourselves. Rewards are one hundredfold
* Temple entrance,Kamakura,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by hanabi.on Flickr
**Garden by Teruhide Tomori on Flickr
*** by Eliji Murakami on Flickr
The tree is one of the most essential of traditional symbols. the oak was sacred to the Celts; the ash to the Scandinavians, the lime tree Germany, the fig tree India, etc. Trees express an selective correspondence, symbolism of the tree denotes the life of the cosmos, its consistence, growth, proliferation, generative and regenerative process. It stands for inexhaustible life. The tree with its roots in the ground and its branches reaching towards the sky, symbolizes and upward trend, which it relates to other symbolism as well.
The above picture for me reminded me so much of a passage written by Kahlil Gibran, that i went in search of it to share it with you today.
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Read and take in his words today…. let it fill your meditation, find how it applies to your life/circumstances today. Respect and courtesy are reflections of how much we value others. ” Pay particular attention to the continuing development of your character, you have the Potential Energy for an enlightened insight that could change your life.” Tao.
“that which holds you back.. in fact can be helping in your growth” Q Oyashikiri
a fig tree strangling its host
Could I travel back in time… I can close my eyes and imagine standing outside this temple gate when it was still new on the earth. How big was the original foot print, would the daily activities of the monks have been so public to tourists and strangers. Japan is a land of history and that history contains many temples. There was an activity in the part of the temple that I would really have loved to explore, alas, it was not to be. To get to this temple, my friends took me through a restored and maintained part of “old Japan”
Yes, I’m back in Canada, but a part of me is still in Japan.
The doorway beckons, there is more for me to explore and discover. If you missed it last time, this is one of the things that I am really missing, the great abundance of good food.
I’m sure there are great Japanese restaurants here in Canada, but they are few where I live. My version of what I’d like is no where close to what is available in the many many restaurants in Japan.
I was so busy living the moment and taking in all the sights and sounds, that my camera was dormant in my purse. Eat, take a picture, the eating won out. =^_^= Choices, we all have to make them, they are a constant in our lives. We are still preparing for winter here, Husband has scheduled the car for the changing over to winter tires, and the car tune up, we are thinking of getting our flu shots, and on it goes,
Like fireworks dazzling across the night time sky, I send out loving blessings to each and everyone of you.
Have a great Tuesday!
PL teaching for day #20
> Have a Good Balance Between Mind and Body…………..Being overly concerned ab out things, or overexerting yourself physically will cause you to be off balance mentally and physically. Be careful not to overdo things.
I read an article today by Geri Larkin, founder of the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in Detroit, Fashionista as Monk. It was in the March/April 2012 issue of Spirituality & Health, if you can find it, it is a good read. Probably more for the women then the men, however, it applies to both if you’ve ever shopped and found that you are one size larger than you thought you should be. After reading her fun thought provoking piece, I know that I will be more mindful of not what I eat, but of how much I eat. I’m already a conscientious eater, my problem is quantity. Today’s lesson today will be applied to my eating habits.
This teaching comes up every month on the 20th. And every month, it has a different meaning for me. Time to remember and put into practice, PL Principle 13. Concerning food, I will not have complaints, likes and dislikes nor preferences; nor will I overeat, over drink nor eat irregularly.
PL Principle # 15 I will not do anything overly.
A balanced life, takes into account, all our needs. Lets take a moment to reflect on how balanced our personal scales are. For myself, I will work harder towards achieving balance