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Some think it grows on trees.

Some think it grows on trees.

That’s what I want.

This is what they want for Christmas.

This is what they want for Christmas.

Too busy getting what I want to be aware of my surroundings. Preparing for tomorrow I miss out on today. I don’t like pain and suffering, still I may forget to appreciate and enjoy when I am well.

May be this is your Christmas wish.

May be this is your Christmas wish.

 I need to slow down, become mindful, fully alert and aware. That life is passing me by while I want to be some were else. By clinging to the past or racing to the future and never at rest and not appreciating all I have now.

Just laid-back and enjoying life.

Just laid-back and enjoying life.

 Stop take a deep breath of fresh air and realise it is a necessity you cannot live without. Appreciate the free fresh air and all the free gifts of nature missed while living in the past or desiring the impermanent fancies that never bring lasting satisfaction.

Some appear to have it all.

Some appear to have it all.

 There is no time like the present. That present we are presented with is a gift; do not waste it, fretting over the past or dreaming of the future. The most important thing is what you are doing now.

Some cling to the past.

Some cling to the past.

Pay full attention the most important person in the world is the one you are with now.

Some want it all laid out.

Some want it all laid out.

Be fully engaged in whatever you are doing now.

Neat and tidy.

Neat and tidy.

A Buddhist saying is, ‘When you are washing dishes, wash dishes.’

Others want more.

Others want more.

This would still be applicable except for dishwashing machines. In our fast pace modern world we have exchanged washing dishes by hand for working to pay off a car to get us to work on time to pay off the vacuum cleaner, dishwasher and all the other wants, to keep up with the Joneses.

It don't come cheap.

It don’t come cheap.

 Take a few deep breaths, calm the mind, meditate and focus on what is essential in your life. Concentrate on the natural beauty surrounding you. Look at what you have and be thankful

Simply the best.

Simply the best, sing-along..

.The choice is ours, what we want and what we need, what we own and what owns us, to follow the Joneses or think for ourselves. Decide what you want and give it your full attention.

Picture, as good as it gets.

Picture, as good as it gets.

Read the Book.

Australian Hibiscus grows on this coast.

Australian Hibiscus grows on this coast.

An Inspiring Book.

Surfers Paradise from N. Burleigh headland.

Surfers Paradise from N. Burleigh headland.

This post is from a book that impressed me. The words are exactly how I try to live. But I could never convey them as well as, the book “Blossom,” by Michelle Merrifield. The author is a beautiful lady from the Gold Coast, Queensland, which accounts for her love of surfing.  The sample below may prompt you to read to the book.

Dietes saying good morning.

Dietes saying good morning.

“Blossom.”

The words are Michelle’s but the photos are mine.

Watching the action from S. Burleigh Headland.

Watching the action from S. Burleigh Headland.

I always say that, as a teacher I am merely a messenger passing along what I have learnt from all the incredible gurus I have been blessed to work with.

The entertaining action.

The entertaining action.

Breath, bend, blossom is my humble interpretation of what they have taught me over the years and how I have come to apply lessons of yoga in my life;

Everyone can enjoy.

Everyone can enjoy.

That it starts with the breath, the life-force, the union between our individual spirits and the divine universal energy.

That our body is the temple that houses the spirit, so we bend and stretch and twist and fold to keep that temple healthy and strong;

The watchful eye in the sky keeps everyone safe.

The watchful eye in the sky keeps everyone safe.

It is only when we have trained the body, mind and soul that we can truly blossom and use the lessons of yoga to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place.

S. Burleigh from Ambience Apartment building.

S. Burleigh from Ambience Apartment building.

The first thing we do when we are borne is inhale. Last thing we do is exhale. In-between is life.

Gold Coast Highway and beach front apartments.

Gold Coast Highway and beach front apartments.

Like a find tuned woodwind instrument, our bodies need oxygen in order to sing and play. You will find the sweeter the quality of the breath the sweeter the harmony in our lives.

Our family often meet at Burleigh Beach.

Our family often meet at Burleigh Beach.

If you desire to live your life in a state of peace and serenity take control of your breath and inhale slowly, deeply, with deliberate conscious thought.

Jasmine being kind to the Sea Gulls.

Jasmine being kind to the Sea Gulls.

Notice too all the emotions associated with fast breathing, stress, anger, fear, uncertainty and panic.

Jason gives us a song.

Jason gives us a song.

The quality of your breath is directly related to the quality of your posture. By lengthening of the spine you naturally lengthen the breath. By rolling your shoulders back and down opens a clear passage to inhalation.

Jade looks mischievous with a bucket of water.

Jade looks mischievous with a bucket of water.

Maintaining good posture takes concentration and self-awareness at first, in time it becomes natural.

Pauline and Jason wrapping while James gives a tune.

Pauline and Jason wrapping while James gives a tune.

Every breath is a connection with the universal life force. The air we inhale has been purified by trees and vegetation. We breathe out all the toxins and negative waste.

Thanks to the Indigenous People.

Thanks to the Indigenous People.

Living meditation is about being totally president in everything I do and making it a sacred experience. When eating a meal focus on smell, flavour, texture and savour every morsel. Imagine how your life would change, if you could just be aware and present in every moment. Breathe in the sweet fresh air. Smell the perfume of flowers. Hear the birds sing. Look up to the clouds. Let go of thoughts and just breathe.

Respect is not much for what they gave up.

Respect is not much for what they gave up.

Question.

Do not believe all you see and hear.

Do not believe all you see and hear.

Question the Source.

He repeats anything he rears.

He repeats anything he hears.

A fact is something known to be true an opinion is something said by someone it could be true or false.

Who advises the politicians at Parliament House, the White House and all the little houses.

Who advises the politicians at Parliament House, the White House and all the little houses.

An opinion is what someone thinks. It could be incorrect because they were misinformed or are deliberately lying to influence you.

The Indigenes People  house at Canberra.

The Indigen0us People’s house at Canberra.

Question, have they an ulterior motive? Who is this person, can they be trusted, what are their qualifications and are they in a rational state of mind?

The other side of it.

The other side of it.

Assumptions and opinions can cause stress. Stress creates strong emotions and emotions strengthen our opinions. Someone walks past me in the street without speaking. Do I think, this person does not like me? This is not a fact; the fact is ‘they walked past me.’ It could be they did not see me. Knowing the facts helps us make wise unemotional decisions. We should ascertain if it is a fact, opinion, fiction, rumour, speculation or a lie before making a decision.

Respect is not too much to ask.

Respect is not too much to ask.

It may not be a proven fact and could be an opinion.  There are verifiable opinions, expert opinions and personal opinions. A Verifiable opinion is valid. An expert opinion is made by a person that has studied the subject and is an authority. A personal opinion, what a person believes is governed by his values, beliefs and emotions. We must ask where did this statement come from, did it come from the media? Then ask who owns the media, who has vested interest in these stories? An editor earns his living doing what the person in charge wants and he will be out of a job if he goes against the boss.

What a lot of garbage.

What a lot of garbage.

We need to think seriously about this because people like Rupert Murdoch own the media; you have to be sceptical when you know his history. It is interesting reading, though he would rather you read his newspaper or watch a soap opera on TV than read up on Wikipedia. This is an outline of what you will read on Wikipedia about him.

They have made a feature of it in Canberra.

They have made a feature of it in Canberra.

He inherited News Corporation, the second largest media conglomerate. He has been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and the public. Refer to the Leveson Enquiry. He faced police and government investigation for bribery and corruption by the British Government and US FBI. He has a history of biased political support. If you like a love story there is something for you he has had three wives. The truth is hard to ascertain when we blithely listen to comment from the media.

There have been many distortions of the truth. I was told to fear people who are now our friends and trading partners. Any source of information that uses advertising to finance its operation is to be questioned. Do not believe all you see and hear no matter where it came from. Although this is my personal opinion, as I am not on anyone’s pay-roll.  You should still question it, by searching out the facts from a reliable source.

This is a better way.

This is a better attitude.

 

Pure Sweet Water.

Running free.

Running free.

Thirst.

Beautiful water, falls for you.

Beautiful water, falls for you.

The pure sweet water skips and dances down the mountain. People cup their hands and drink and cleanse themselves. Then a clever engineer wanting hydro power, built a dam. Chemists added colour and flavours to the water and they called this progress. The simple people had to be taught what was good, this they called promotion. The advertising industry was born. This came at a price in time and effort that needed to be paid for. The naive accepted the cost of the system without question and those running the scheme called it capitalism and were richly rewarded.

All need water.

All need water.

Lower down the rungs of the hierarchy questions of corruption in top management were raised and high profits and exorbitant executives salaries.  One who knew how the setup worked decided he would fence off a spring of water and control this gift of nature. He now had divine right to this water. He called it Holy water, without his blessing it did no good. He did not need to sell shares to construct dams, a fence was too easy. The money rolled in because gentle people believed his story and promises of everlasting life. Fencing operations flourished around springs everywhere with religious fervour. Guidelines were needed to control the lawless competition and keep the people submissive. Religion put in place laws to live by so peace would prevail. The commercial interests added their input and used police and soldiers to enforce them. Lawyers, barristers and judges were needed to rule on points of law and impose an appropriate penalty for those disregarding  their laws. Not trusting in an almighty god to do the job. This system was adopted in many countries and took over from war lords, dictators and royalty. It was called democracy.

Farms need water the fences are questionable.

Farms need water the fences are questionable.

Thinkers did not accept the divine laws, they were called scientists. Those that questioned the manmade laws were outlaws. The scientists had theories, if they could be proven they became facts, till in time some were disproven. They are still debating the issues to this day. This was called progress, it is something we do not know how to stop. Scientific discoveries and wondrous inventions have taken man out of this world. To live like a god, a god that has forgotten he is mortal, grasping, clinging and hording more than is needed to sustain life.

CSIRO museum Canberra, Commonwealth scientific research org.

CSIRO museum Canberra, Commonwealth scientific research org.

Hording riches and treasures creates envy, jealousy and hatred. The strong decided they would take what they wanted from the vulnerable. The clever invented patriotism and instilled fear in the people to heroically defend their land.  There was no shortage of exuberant, youthful warriors, on either side, fighting for different causes, but often praying to the same god for his blessings.

Another angle on water.

Another angle on water.

 Where did all our problems spring from?  Not being satisfied to quench the thirst, desiring more than necessary, wanting power over others. All things are passing as water in the mountain stream, the hand cannot grasp. All things are subject to change and wanting them to remain the same is a futile effort. This wanting is the problem, it is the cause of unhappiness. Man has been stirring the water till it is contaminated with muddy greed, jealousy and hate.

Sea Gulls need fresh sweet water.

Sea Gulls need fresh sweet water.

We need to calm down, be still, till the water settles and we will see clearly the errors of our ways. Understanding, caring and sharing, love and compassion can save us from drowning in our own pool of possessions. To once more let the mountain stream flow free for all to enjoy. Terra nullus,  the land belongs to no one.

Still water is needed to reflect.

Still water is needed to reflect.

 

Jonny Cash walking the line.

Johnny Cash walking the line.

Get On The Right Path.

Don't be tempted off it.

Don’t be tempted off it.

The irony of my cryptic writing is, if you understand it you have no need to read it. Many will not understand, they have lost the Way. They have lost the balance, they do not understand the true nature of things. They look for happiness in impermanent things. They have cleared the trees to see the light. Had the carpenter been a gardener things may have
been different. We now realise we are not the centre of the universe.

This Buddha and the amulets helped me write this post.

This Buddha and the amulets helped me write this post.

We still do not understand the Way, the Way is beyond our understanding. It is the force that keeps the whole cosmos in equilibrium. When the opposing forces are in balance we find a state of perfect bliss.

The tranquil unspoilt quiet.

The tranquil unspoilt quiet.

There is another way, it is the path called the middle way. The path of understanding, walking this path we find peace, contentment and true understanding. Peace can never be found with violence. Peace is understanding, it is the turbulence that creates the muddy undrinkable water.

There is salt in this water but the water is wonderful.

There is salt in this water but the water is wonderful.

Still  the mind to find the clear crystal water.  Thirst for nothing else, to want for nothing is to have it all.

The wild steeds, wild water.

The wild steeds, wild water.

Remain calm under pressure allow the angry mud to settle. Anger is mud polluting the pure water, rise above it as the  lotus flower opening to the sunshine.

Unblemished by the mud to the light.

Unblemished by the mud to the light.

To become unbalanced by the anger in another being is to blame the sufferer for the dis-ease they are suffering from. Do not become infected by the disease yourself and spread the pain and suffering. Do not mistake the pure water for the mud spoiling it. Do not blame the person for what ales them. There are no bad people only the unbalanced, the  ignorant and infected. The only cure to their problem is understanding what they are suffering from.

More reminders of balance in music and life.

More reminders of balance in music and life.

Suffering could be caused by dehydration, lack of water, a necessary need, or fear could be causing their foolish actions. The coward dies a 1000 deaths the hero dies but once. With help and compassion we can ease their pain and calm their fear. Those that suffer the pain of greed and aversion, chasing their desires and running from their dislikes, they are never at rest. We must try to understand their pain and treated them accordingly. The greedy are suffering a dis-ease that can never be killed by force. They will struggle in the dense jungle with the wild beasts of envy, hatred, ignorance and anger. Till they find their way back on a righteous path or suffer their obesity and choke on their greedy hoard.

No longer Jungle, it is rain forest.

No longer Jungle, it is rain forest.

We cannot help them by slashing our way into their violent jungle of venomous, vile, vengeful beasts. We must walk the path step-by-step, each step bringing us closer to perfection.
Walk in comfortable shoes with souls of love, kindness and compassion.
Understanding is a giant stride, with knowledge  skip  along the path. Ever mindful of hazards on our joyous Way. It is inevitable in our exuberance we will stumble off our righteous path. When this happens it is not a sin, it is a lesson we can learn from. It is like when distracted in meditation – calm down and return to your focus.

I know the path he is focused on.

I know the path he is focused on.

All is good on the right path, critics tell us our faults so we can correct them. Adversity and accidents are our teachers.
Even the bad times are good with the right attitude and understanding.

Be mindful of very step.

Be mindful of very step.

You can be given a map showing the path to perfection. But to know and not to do is still not to know. No one can carry you all the way, you have to make the effort. Knowing the steps and not dancing is to waste the music. Life is a song to be sung. Love life and appreciate all the gifts and you will be appreciated and life will be reciprocal.

Your views will be enhanced.

Your views will be enhanced.

jacksjottings:

This is a just so good it is a win win situation.

Originally posted on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary:

Its time for some light refreshment dear people, and after the depth of my last out pouring of feeling from my last post I though a nice simple little post of what I was up to with my Granddaughter this week.

We spent the morning making painting and sticking an empty tea-bag cardboard box and converting it into a small peg-doll house. For some reason after our previous  primitive attempts which my Granddaughter was well and truly in charge of construction with sticky tape in hand. Her mum said she did nothing but play with it until it disintegrated under someone’s foot!  So I thought we would make another a little more up market and more sturdy.

Mr and Mrs Peg

So in picture form, here is the unveiling of Peggy’s House Introducing Mr and Mrs Peg. Standing by their settee- Sofa.

Mr and Mrs Pegs House

Here is there Dwelling place. the front view . Complete with round…

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Tan Mr Cool.

Tan the man, Mr Cool.

The Ice Dragon.

Early stages.

Early stages.

 A slim Asian man looking after a photography exhibition at Robina library complex asked me which photograph I thought was the best. I chose a clear crisp picture of a white cockatoo in flight. He said “Thank you my name is Tan.” I introduced myself and we discussed photography. I then realized Tan had taken that photo. He shared his lunch of berries and vegetarian treats, a delightful change to my usual lunch.

Chain saw rips into the ice.

Chain saw rips into the ice.

That is how we became friends. Tan was very generous giving not only material things he shared his wisdom with me.

Taking shape hours of artistic action.

Taking shape hours of artistic action.

I think Tan had suffered a lot of racial prejudice, probably because of his talent and good ethics. Also Tan would not bend to please bigots or fools.
Visiting the Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at Southbank, Brisbane, I was surprised to find Tan carving a large dragon out of ice using power tools. Just another one of Tan’s many talents.

Detail.

Detail.

The picture of me and the Ice Dragon hangs in my room reminding me of many things. I learned from Tan and the Ice Dragon.
Our paths meet up only occasionally. Men rarely keep in contact but no matter how long it is when they meet again it is like yesterday.

The tail.

Detail now the tail.

Voyaging on the vast ocean of life ships may sail together in a fleet for a time then drift apart.  Reciprocity and commitment is needed for people to stay together for any length of time. If we are fortunate sailing in the same direction we find good company.
If the company is really good  we change course. So if you are fortunate enough to find a really compatible companion appreciate and change your way to suit. The scenic route may be longer but more enjoyable.

Tan was fully in the now.

Tan was fully in the now.

 The photo of the Ice Sculpture Dragon reminds me.

Out of the ice the dragon appears.

Out of the ice the dragon appears

Born in fire and made of clay.

I thought myself very clever.

To make a dragon that would last forever.

Your ice dragon will not last

But you are wise as well as clever,

Giving is how you get your pleasure.

Better and bibber than the pottery I did.

Better and bigger than the pottery dragon I did.

 We are aware an ice sculpture will melt and appreciate its beauty without clinging.

Tan smiles at his achievement.

Tan smiles at his achievement.

 It is not so obvious that all things change regardless of what they are made of.

The ice dragon made me more aware as it melted, that the joy of doing anything is to be absorbed in the delight of doing.

I no longer cling to my pottery dragon it has shattered. Not a smooth expected transition like the beautiful ice dragon as it melting.

I asked for a pose.

I asked for a pose.

We cling to a fragile memory that time will inevitably consume.

Reluctantly we must let our past slip into the abyss of time. Time is the ultimate winner.

 The ice dragon teaches pleasure is doing,

 joy is giving and that sorrow of cling.

This is my reminder of impermanence motivates me.

This is my reminder of impermanence that motivates me.

 

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