Sweet lessons on life

 

Howdy folk

Howdy folk

In my Texas neighborhood, I always looked in wonder at the carefree cute little squirrels flitting about playfully enjoying their acorn meal :) Light on their feet and mischievous taking a photo was always an exciting challenge. This lovely poem (by AB) brings out my true feelings of those moments.  :)

As I walked, my head bowed down,
With the weight of all worldly matters,
I saw this squirrel merrily running around as if the world belonged to him,
But it did belong to him.

I saw him going about his task joyfully without a care in the world.
He was performing the most mundane task of searching for something to eat, or perhaps playing around after he had his fill,
But he, just like me is God’s creature. I marveled at the difference between him and me.
He lived on trust, knowing he will be taken care of.

As he scampered, climbed trees, ran down again, performing in his own little theater as he was the actor and also the audience. He knew the secret of the universe and practiced it,
Whereas I, despite knowing the secret of the universe still believed it was I, who was doing everything, :(
And instead of walking joyfully without a care in the world, I was dragging my feet as if they were in chains.

Oh, to take some life lessons from a squirrel; for he is as much His creation as I am.

I'm relaxing

I’m relaxing

Howdy

Enjoying my acorn feast

Have a wonderful weekend all you lovely folk :)

 

Relaxing is an art!

“Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being” ~ Donald Curtis

Life is getting more and more stressful for everyone if only  we could learn the art of true and deep relaxation. In the picture below at the beautiful Andy Brown Park in Coppell Texas I witnessed a flock of geese swimming peacefully. Though calm and orderly above the water below they must’ve been paddling vigorously – another example of balancing ‘action with inaction’ and both are necessary!

 

Relaxation

Flowing with nature

 

Why do we find it difficult to meditate? We may sit quiet outwardly yet our mind is not relaxed and remains full of thoughts.  It is the art of relaxing within that we need to learn and one way is to have faith in the natural order of life and flow with it.

Would you like to share with us your way of relaxing? 🙋

 

Colour in the sky

” If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” ~Toni Morrison

Hi folks Just sharing a few pictures of the balloon festival here in Plano TX . For the thousands of young and old it was a fun day the main attractions were the colourful hot air balloons and the skydivers in full flow. With everyone in high spirits enjoying the festive fervour on the ground and in the air :) The food stalls made brisk sale all the day. :)

 

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Crowded snack stalls behind

Crowded snack stalls behind

 

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Lady bug - me wanna fly too

Lady bug “me wanna fly too” :)

 

 

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time to go home

time to go home

 

“Out of the 10,000 feet of fall, always remember that the last half inch hurts the most” ~ Charles Purcell

 

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”!