I have been following Sue Dreamwalkers blog for quite a while and her concern for the plight in the world is inspiring. This post is in my view the key to peace in our world. If we were to use this key oh what a wonderful world it would be.
Originally posted on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary:
Many people will be in fear right now as the mighty unleash their might to stop those Free Thinking Human Beings Becoming Free to chose their rulers.. Those who are mighty themselves live in Fear that they will lose control of their Domain.. So they exert their control by Fear!
We all have become so conditioned in the role of mind games. Be it from being told what to buy, eat, drink, wear.. To being conditioned to the violence on TV, video games, Cartoons or Films. It’s been projected in our minds to fight and control. We all at some point in our lives have exerted control over another, for its Ego’s Power wanting to be better and best.
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Pauline hiking to Volcanic Valley.
Pauline upwardly mobile.
We are all moving on even if we are stationary, nothing stays the same. I believe it is better to move, go with the flow rather than stagnate. To wear out is healthier than rusting out. Change is inevitable do not resist it. Pauline and I are always on the move there is never a dull moment and no time on our hands to dwell on life’s knocks and difficulties.
All down hill now.
I also find there is not much time to blog as I said in my last post. Since then I have been enjoying getting back fit. Biking down to the beach for my morning dip in the ocean I passed a new gym so I called in and they were offering a five-day introductory deal that suited me fine. As in seven days we would be flying from the Gold Coast Queensland to Auckland N. Z.
Since we arrived in Aotearoa (The Maori name for New Zealand, meaning the land of the long white cloud.) we have been on the move. This is a beautiful country that keeps one wanting to discover what is over the next hill or around the next corner. This has given me the motivation to push myself just that little bit further hiking in the bush to see more. The exercise is good for Pauline too.
Thermal hot pool revival.
These photos will give you a sample of our adventure in Kiwi Country. No photos of the Kiwi bird as they are nocturnal and we are early to bed. I have not even had time to finish the books I downloaded onto the iPad. I will let you know if they were worth spending time reading, in my next post. Pauline will no doubt give you more details in her next post.
It is getting to be a habit to celebrate my birthday by doing the most scenic short walk I know. Mt Maunganui N.Z. My photos do not do it justice but they may prompt you to go see for yourself. This has been one wonderful day it started out cloudy and I did the uphill slog then it turned out fine. Like a boy scout I was prepared for the worst and took a big umbrella. It came in handy as a walking stick over the rough bits. Talk about lucky if I fell in the water I would come up with a pocket full of fish.
The mount has it all.
The rough bit.
Eighty two what a view.
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Window of reflection.
Stop to think.
Why am I writing this blog? Who wants to hear what an old uneducated self-appointed guru is waffling about? What would I know that is not available on your smart phone or PC device? You have an encyclopedia and more at your finger tips. So stop reading rubbish and playing games. Be selective in what you fill your head with. There is so much information available, why are so many people acting so stupid? At the risk of being put in the know all category I will tell you. Most of the information is misinformation. we accept comments, opinions and gossip as facts. Think, who is this writer, commentator or critic, is his opinion based on proven facts or hearsay, have they an ulterior motive that suites some personal needs or political genders?
Cathedral masonry showing a square eye. What is the message?
All I have is eighty years in life’s unstable, ever-changing and challenging school of hard knocks as qualifications. I have not repeated many lessons and have survived with a smile on my face and I am looking forward to more challenges.
My Photoshop fun.
Just when I thought I had all the answers, they changed the questions.
Children enjoy Chinese New Years celebrations.
As for motives, it could be ego driven, but I have fooled myself into believing it was helpful advice to some young inexperienced people. But when I look at my blog comments and likes, it appears the people visiting my blog are not in that category.
Family fun ,note tattooed hand.
The people who could benefit from my knowledge are watching TV or recovering from last night’s party or on their mobile phone chatting up their latest heart-throb. I think that is a natural and a good thing. How can one really learn if not by experience? They have the resilience and stamina to bounce back. Some who push the limits may be cut down permanently because of their folly. As Ned Kelly said as they slipped the noose over his head, “Such is life.”
Candid camera almost.
I now stop and think, I will change my style of blog. I will put in a few of my photos, more appropriate quotes and less of my words. I will mention books I believe are worth reading. That will give me more time to meditate, read more, exercise and practice what I have been preaching.
In their way windows appreciate a beautiful day.
I have learned by writing my thoughts and ideas they are now clarified in my own mind. My blog has actually coached me in kindness, respect and appreciation of natures gifts. I smile at everyone I meet with the feeling that we are all one family.
Look out, look in and look at surprises are everywhere.
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I have followed this blog for a for more than a year.
The photography is unique and the words appeal to me.
Originally posted on Life is but a dream!:
Tempus Fugit… Time flies… When I watch the date of my latest post I must admit that my writing becomes very rare these times. Being too much involved into mundane concerns I find my blog standing still. Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi once said “God never forsakes one who has surrendered.” These days I work very hard to acquire some knowledge to help people in most difficult mental situations. We are the world that we have created and we are the only ones that can change ourselves and hence, change the world. The change is not out there. It is not in time or in space. It is in this present moment, in this precious moment… Have you ever found a solution in the future or in the past? Where is the solution to our problems? If you go deep into it you might say that the solution is always in the present now. But what is the size of this present NOW? Can we measure it? Is it a second, or a fraction of a second, or may be a fraction of a fraction of a second? We can continue like that endlessly, dividing this fraction into new fractions and still we will find a lapse of “time” with a beginning and an end. How tiny is then NOW? Is it measurable? If you really go very deep into that question you might discover that NOW is beyond time, immeasurable… infinity. It is the gate to love, compassion and empathy as it destroys all distance. In NOW there is no space anymore. Time and space always come together. Empathy occurs only if we listen with our whole being. It is not listening that is in the ears, neither the understanding of listening that is in the mind. It is the direct reflection of what is here right now in our awareness. There is not the tiniest amount of space possible between awareness and its content. We create that space in time with our preconceived ideas and judgments. Empathy and compassion occurs when there is no space and hence no time; in this precious, vast, infinite present moment that is the NOW.
— Personal reflections
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Town hall clock Brisbane.
The Grandfather Clock.
Facing up to the times.
I am like the grandfather clock, obsolete. I have been ticking for a long time now. This old ticker of mine has pumped enough blood to fill a Lake Argyle. Round and round I go in the same old circles, repeating the same repetitive chimes everyone has heard before. I used to be more like an alarm clock, wind me up and I could be relied on to go off like crazy. Other people, not educated ornithologists, associate me with the cuckoo clock.
A bird in a clock is not worth one in the bush.
Life was leisurely before we became so reliant on the chronometer. The rooster crowed and it roused us from dream land. It was time to think about what we needed to do that day. To put food on the table and protection from the elements. Through the day the position of the sun let us know how we were doing.
Cloudy days were declared holidays.
We looked forward to a beautiful sun set to let us know it was time to rest. To sit around the camp fire till it turned to embers and another day was done.
Grandmother and Grandfather clocks.
Then some fool invented the clock, a dictator to rule our life. The clock has become so precise one can lose the race by a fraction of a second. There are no ties or dead-heats, you either win or lose in the digital rodent event. The sundial was not too hard to adapt to. The hour-glass was a bit disturbing, what will happen when the sand runs out and no one is around to put it right? Then the villain with face and hands came along. Telling us to hurry up or be left behind. Left behind, what a cheek, it is not right!
Buy one if you are looking for trouble.
We may protest but still want a Rolex, not to tell us the time but as a status symbol. A Rolex is unnecessary we have our mobile phone for telling us the time and heaps of other stuff to clutter our life. We do not have to wind the clock up we are the ones whose main spring is being put under tension. Stop being so preoccupied with time. You do not need all these precision instruments to be happy. All that is necessary is the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
Time does not stop Watchers do.
A book of verses under the bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou,
Beside me in the wilderness,
O, wilderness, were paradise anon!
…………. I only know two verses…
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too unto the dust descend
Dust unto dust and under dust to lie,
San wine, san song, san singer and san end.
These lines are an English translation of a poem attributed to Omar Khayyam.
Time has run out.
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Waves ”We will rock you.’ like Queen.
Notice some can handle these waves.
Aware, alert, focused and attentive all similar words but the word mindful fits what I am writing about. To be mindful of our thoughts and emotions and the effect they have on our wellbeing. We need to understanding how a sensory perception or a subliminal perception triggers a thought in our mind and gives rise to waves of emotion. with this understanding we pause before these waves break.
Stay safe ride the waves to the beach.
A thought has no power of its own, till the person experiencing that thought grants it the power. Discernment is needed before we act on a thought and the emotion it gave rise to. Mindful of these thoughts and emotions, pause and realize the feeling being experienced. Unmindful of strong emotional waves breaking in our mind, we are like a ship in heavy seas off a rocky shore. Aware of these emotions in our mind we have the power to steer clear of the hazards that can wreck our life.
These waves can be handled.
Aware that a wide range of thoughts and emotion can be prompted by our daily encounters. We are mindful of what is harmful and beneficial sensory input. What we surround ourselves with will reflect our thoughts, in a positive or negative way. Life today is full of distractions to be wary of, negative media reports and entertainment and unethical people create negative emotion. Such as impatience, anger, jealousy, hate, and other unhelpful emotional states to enter our mind. If mindful we pause and correct these negative thoughts. To be conscious of impatience and realize it is unproductive and if unmindful develops into anger. If anger is not controlled, like a fire it burns the one closest to it. Why do we upset ourselves in this way?
A fire out of control.
In heavy traffic impatience and anger often get out of control. Curtsy and consideration are The antidote. If someone lacks courtesy, anger is not the answer. Consideration is the answer. Perhaps the driver is under life threatening pressure, probably not, but to assume so is to lower our tension. Life is not always to our liking. We must be cooperative and obliging, going with life’s flow. Thoughts give rise to emotions, watchful of these thoughts and arising emotions gives us more control over events in our life.
Stopped by Bushfire.
Aware, alert and focused is not all, we need mindful as well. Aware and alert can avoid an accident but if we are not mindful of our thoughts and emotions we could react in a foolish way. By honking the horn in anger, alarming other drivers unnecessarily, or stick our arm out the window to make a rude gesture at the offending driver, thoughtless of passing vehicles. Unmindful we have lost our composure and our focus on what we are doing. Letting the outside sensory perceptions run our mind unconsciously is to be out of control. Mindfulness is the first step in taking control of our life.
Natures restful cathedral.
Meditation helps one understand how thoughts can disturb us. In breathing meditation when we are concentrating on the breath we should not be upset by invasive thoughts, this is how we learn to let thoughts come and go while staying focused on what we are doing. We become mindful of what is important to us in the now and, unflustered, can return to our practice. This is the way to become tranquil and undisturbed by the unimportant.
Reflect on a peaceful mind.
Where do these invasive thoughts come from? If they are prompted by a noise directly experienced that is obvious. Some time they are a mystery. In our quiet secluded well-chosen meditation sanctuary, a gentle breeze touches us softly bringing the fragrance of frangipani. Concentrating on our breath we are only subliminally aware of the breeze and the scent but a thought from the past comes into our mind. We have a lifetime of memories waiting to be aroused. Mindful of pleasant or unpleasant thoughts we stay focused not distracted in this way we learn self-control.
The frangipani scent prompted the thought of Pauline.
Impatience, anger, hate and thoughts of revenge are not going to help anyone. Instead we can feel sorry for the drivers with problems. They will have accidents hurting their self or someone else. Actions always have consequences and thoughts come before actions. Those wild, angry, hateful thoughts and actions will one day hatch into monsters that will bite the one who gave them birth. No need to be the judge and executioner that is a thankless task. Kind and caring thoughts and actions will enhance our life. Meditate or sit quietly and think about being aware of emotional states as they arise in the mind. Emotional states shape our life. To be mindful and have control of our emotions will bring peace into our life.
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