Which queue shall we join?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend”.~ Melody Beattie.

I very much believe in the above quote. Why then do we get swept away in the deluge of ungratefulness in its different forms such as complaining, getting anger, dissatisfaction and so on? A ‘why me’ attitude is another expression of our ungratefulness. If we are  not grateful means we have lost faith in our Creator. Whereas we need to thank the Almighty for ever breath that we take.

Melody Beattie’s wisdom equates gratitude to “being content” which is a state of bliss. And that state as so many masters say even heals the sick.

Let’s try it out and be thankful to God for all that he has provided – our Life, nature and everything else. I know many of you already do. :)

 

Lets remember  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” ~ Aesop

Have a great day folks :)

 

 

 

 

 

A golden sunset in Texas

Mahatma Gandhi words are so true ~ “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator”!

A golden sunset is always beautiful anywhere in the world. I was blessed to experience this blissful moment in my walk last evening.

 

 

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In India most people consider it auspicious to say their prayers during Sunrise and Sunset. I am sure you too must’ve felt the peace and serenity of a beautiful sunset in your part of the word.

Cheers my friends and have a wonderful day :)

 

God’s presence

Friends it is only in a state of awareness that we can feel and hear God. Because God’s speaks in silence and to understand God we ourselves need to be in silence by being mindful and aware of the present moment.

Please do listen and enjoy this beautiful video message below:

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls” ~ Mother Teresa

Have a lovely day :)

 

Let’s count our blessings always!

A very good morning my friends . Sharing my resolution for the day with you :)

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Wish you a very beautiful day. Cheers :)

 

The Fascinating Bluebonnet

The beautiful bluebonnet flowers bloom only for a couple of months during March – April in Texas.  It was in my last visit to Texas that I first sited these flowers and was fascinated by them ‘love at first sight’ :)  No wonder the bluebonnet was designated the official state flower of Texas in 1901 and Texan children and grown-ups alike love them.

 

The Bluebonnet

Often during my morning walks I enjoyed watching young parents park their cars on the roadside to take pictures of their kids posing cheerfully amidst the wonderful bluebonnet. But of course they took great care not to trample them.

We leaving for a few months to Texas so it will be off season for the bluebonnets :( But Texas and the people there are wonderful and life will be enjoyable for sure :)

Cheers folks :)

Make friends with yourself

 

“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely” ~ Albert Einstein

Isn’t this true? We all want have a wide circle of friends but when one or more of them do not act according to our wishes we become unhappy. At times there can be a misunderstanding with friends and negativity creeps in. Don’t we know in-spite of being  popular and liked by many friends there are moments when we still feel lonely and blue? :( :( Having many friends can at times be stressful as we need to fulfill their expectations and perhaps even cater to their whims and fancies.

I wonder what ‘making friends with yourself’ means? To me it means not being dependent on the praise and admiration of friends to feel happy but to draw a deep sense of satisfaction and contentment from within ourselves. Whether it be our work our hobbies we do it to feel good ourselves and not to impress others.

We know of artists, painters, writers, gardeners, mountain climbers and scientists who spend a lot of ‘me time’ for fulfilling their passion. Spending such moments with yourself is said to be stress free, relaxing and energizing. Rarely are such folk ever lonely. :)

Here’s what Henry David Thoreau has to say ~ “I never found a companion that was more companionable than solitude”.

 

 

 

A Lotus for you ……

A Lotus for you … a Buddha to be!

This is a common greetings between Buddhists at temples and meditation centers. With half cupped palms symbolizing a lotus flower yet to bloom, you prayerfully greet the other by saying the beautiful words “A Lotus for you … a Buddha to be”! ‘Buddha to be’ implies the other person is a potential Buddha yet to be realized.

In the words of the great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ~ “The meditation practitioner is like a lotus flower in the process of blooming. Buddhas are fully bloomed flowers, beautiful and refreshing. All of us are Buddhas-to-be.”

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Among other colors of the lotus flowers it is the Pink lotus which is held as the supreme lotus and considered to be the Buddha’s lotus.

The pond is the golf course water hazard

The lotus pond here is a golf course water hazard

What can we learn?

The beautiful lotus emerges from muddy waters in its natural beauty and purity unaffected by the mud around it. So can man remain healthy and happy despite the suffering and greed in his life. There is no place in the world where suffering does not exist. Yet without suffering it may be difficult to understand the supreme reality of compassion and love.

So my dear friends here’s “A Lotus for you … oh Buddha to be”!

 

Satori – sudden enlightenment

Chiyono studied and meditated  for years but was unable to find enlightenment. One night she was carrying an old pail, filled with water. As chiyonoshe was walking, she watched the full moon reflect in the pail of water. Suddenly, the bamboo strips that held the pail together broke and the pail fell apart. The water rushed out; the moon’s reflection disappeared. And Chiyono became enlightened. 

She wrote this verse:

This way and that way,

I tried to keep the pail together,

Hoping the weak bamboo would never break.

Suddenly the bottom fell out.

No more water, no more moon in the water - emptiness in my hand!

Zen stories are so simple yet filled with profound wisdom. This story tells us that when a person goes about his daily chores peacefully with a calm mind enlightenment may happen. The suddenness of the pail breaking flipped Chiyono to a “No Mind” state that is Satori.

Enlightenment or self realizations are a result of ‘letting be’ not of strive and effort. Meditation and simple living help in making us hollow and empty and the emptiness in Chiyono’s verse signifies a total surrender of ego.

Thank you my friends and have a lovely day.  :)

What more do I want?

“He who is contented is rich” ~ Lao Tzu

Being deeply grateful for what you have is the key to happiness. It is believed by people who practice awareness that there are unlimited things for us to be grateful for. Gratefulness comes more easily with humility and having respect for others but with minimal or no expectations. It is important to remember that we need to focus on the good we have and not on what we don’t have.

In spiritual retreats and programs we are asked to list five or ten reasons every night for which we ought to be grateful and in just a few days beautiful changes start taking place – we feel more at peace and our anxiety levels reduce. It is also amazing that the reasons for which we need to be grateful also keep increasing more and more.

Lets welcome gratitude and contentment in our thoughts and actions and be happy. What more do we need? :)

 

So-Grateful

 

Cheers friends and have a lovely weekend :)

 

Never Give Up!

                                                   Cute Mouse Never Give Up

“Don’t give up, okay ?    
I know you’ve been hurt,
I know how it feels.
Believe me, I do.
But the feeling will pass.
The tears will stop falling.
Your heart will heal itself.”

(by anon)

 

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”~ Dr. Roopleen

Lets all resolve to “Never Give Up”! And have a beautiful week-end my dear friends :)