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Ataraxia.

Eyes for each other.

Eyes for each other.

Ataraxia.

The only care is a caring Dad.

The only care is a caring Dad.

Ataraxia is peace and freedom from fear and aponia means absence from pain.
The Greek philosopher Epicurus believed the goal in life was happiness and pleasure, he defined pleasure as the absence of pain.

A simple joy for Mum and her boy.

A simple joy for Mum and her boy.

Aponia is the pleasure one has when they are free from want or pain. He advocated a simple life, this is more like Minimalist, than Hedonism.

What a way to spend the day.

What a way to spend the day.

A couple of hundred years before Epicurus the Buddha found freedom from pain and suffering in a similar way.

Especially if you catch something.

Especially if you catch something.

Epicurus school of thinkers met in a garden and were the first to admit women into their school and he emphasised friendship as an important ingredient to happiness. Like The Buddha he said nothing should be believed till tested by practice and logical deduction.

I feel for the fish but he was trying to steal my bait.

I feel for the fish but he was trying to steal my bait.

The Buddha never entered into the God debate. Whereas to Epicurus fearing and worshiping gods did not fit in with ataraxy.

This is better than watching some one TV, have fun.

This is better than watching some one on TV, having fun.

To quote Epicurous, ‘It is preferable not to commit crimes, even secret ones, since there will always be anxiety over the possibility of detection, and this will disrupt the tranquility or ataraxy that is the chief basis of happiness in life.’ Gods were unnecessary in his opinion, gods were useful only as an example in life.

This is not John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.

This is not John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.

Like  Democritus he believed in the atomic theory. That matter is made up of tiny particles called atoms, from the Greek word indivisible.

 

My pommepal miles from home.

My pommepal miles from home.

Our understanding of atoms has come a long way since then. The cathode ray tube the basis of television, x-ray and nuclear fission.

Creating not spoiling.

Creating not spoiling.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945 is a long way from ataraxy.

Enjoying life with loved ones.

Enjoying life with loved ones.

Can we get back to Ataraxia, a state of freedom from anxiety and distress, to
tranquility and a peaceful state of mind?

This is how it is done.

This is how it is done.

It will take some education in understanding the true nature of things.
If we have not got the self-control to stay thinking and acting decently.
We need an ethical personal trainer in the gym of life,

Here is my personal trainer.

Here is my personal trainer.

May be this is where the God-fearing idea originated.

Together and looking with appreciation.

Together and looking with appreciation.

We should be able to live without fear, fear is a poison that kills loving kindness.
We are made up of atoms that will one day disperse and become part of the cosmic eternal oneness.

All together in the swim.

All together in the swim

As we all bleed the same colour we all decompose to feed the circle of everlasting life, There is no need to fear death while enjoying life and when dead sentient beings feel nothing. Dead men don’t cry.
Death is going home to where we came from before birth, at one connected with all.

Just take it easy.

Just take it easy.

Get with it! Live life with respect and appreciation, savour the taste of this passing experience. Delight in friendship, relish the nourishment that sustains you, love life and it will love you. I hope after this somewhat heavy meal you do not suffer indigestion.

Pushing up daisies..

Pushing up daisies..

Opportunity Knocks.

Denise Kirk's calling card.

Denise Kirk’s calling card.

PC Problems Bring Opportunities.

Stay calm, put the jug on for a cup of tea.

Stay calm, put the jug on for a cup of tea.

I am not Robinson Crusoe, you have all been marooned, cut off from the cyber space world  by a computer glitche.
This creates no real problem, unless you are not relying on your PC for your living.

Waiting for the bus.

Waiting for the bus.

As a mater of fact it did me a favour.
I got back into enjoying some basic activities.
One was my art, I will never be a Leonardo but that does not matter. What matters is it is a relaxing pass time that opens ones eyes to the natural wonders surrounding us.

A reminder not to have too many cakes with your cup of tea.

A reminder not to have too many cakes with your cup of tea.

Pauline was inspired to try her hand at drawing, when she saw, how a small pad and box of pencils could keep me amused while waiting on delayed transport and like situations.
With free time we joined an art group. The teacher Denise Kirk has for 35 years been teaching people how to really see the world around them.

154 pages of enjoyment.

154 pages of enjoyment.

An ex commercial artist who has written and illustrated a book, called Art Workshop. This book teaches one how to draw and paint. It is a well written book that contains wisdom quite beyond a mere art book.
It motivates ones to observe beauty in the every day common place things we have come to disregard.

See the improvement already.

See the improvement already.

In a light-hearted way we are taught to see again with the fresh eyes of a child.
Computers are wonderful but like all the fantastic inventions they have a tendency to take over our life. We no longer have time for the simple enjoyment of hands on activity.

This post is appropriate for Zeebra’s post Time Out For Art. Lisa is another inspirational artist.

You don't need glasses to see I am having fun.

You don’t need glasses to see I am having fun.

We Are One.

Weight for it or wait for it.

Weight for it or wait for it.

We Are One.

Is beauty only skin deep.

Is beauty only skin deep?

Taking the time to look after our own health and welfare rather than leaving it up to doctors and drug companies.

Number one or number 5 keep smiling.

Number one or number 5 keep smiling.

Our first concern should be for our own welfare.

He has a date with Mother Nature.

He has a date with Mother Nature.

This is not a selfish attitude because a healthy person can help others instead of being a sickly burden on the community.

Knees up and this is not mother Brown.

Knees up and this is not mother Brown.

It takes effort and willpower to maintain a healthy body and wholesome outlook. Restraint is needed on the amount of food and what we drink. Balancing, exercise activity against the intake of calories consumed. Learning what is beneficial for us and how to cope with the stress of modern life.

Or father Time.

Or father Time.

People respond positively to a smile. When we are in pain or suffering in any way it is not easy to smile and a stressed look is often interpreted as unfriendliness. So it is very important not to look dejected but smile and not complain. Do not burden other people with your problems.

It is Jack kicking up his heels.

It is Jack kicking up his heels.

An unsmiling face is not always a sign that a person is unfriendly. People in unfamiliar surroundings, amongst strangers, can feel pressures the locals are unaware of. They need a friendly smile and a kind word of reassurance. Vary rarely will this bring a negative response.

Some think I am unbalanced.

Some think I am unbalanced.

To travel in foreign lands makes one realise simple things like shopping for groceries can be stressful. It is easy to get lost or commit a faux pas in a foreign land. So a traveller is cautious and can look unfriendly.

Keeping in balance is important to prevent falls.

Keeping in balance is important to prevent falls.

A smile can transform an old wrinkly face into a charming beautiful one. A smile makes the whole interconnected world sparkle. We realise we are one in the cosmic creation and all the silly differences vanish.

Especially for old push bikies.

Especially for old push bikers.

Do You Count?

Wild Aussie Hibiscus.

Wild Aussie Hibiscus.

You are the one accountable. 

Pelican Lake two minutes from my home.

Pelican Lake two minutes from my home.

 I count: I count my blessings and I am accountable.

The Dog Park at the end of my street.

The Dog Park at the end of my street.

My cups full and running over. I am aware of all the good things in my life. All the free gifts bestowed on me by Mother Nature. Life is full of joy. What do I need, I all I need is the air I breath, food and shelter from the elements. I want for nothing, therefore I have it all.

Dog Park. BMX track and Nature Bush Reserve.

Dog Park. BMX track and Nature Bush Reserve.

The sun is shining the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. I don’t think of money, we all have this honey. If  you’ve got your health it is the greatest wealth.

Heavy rain tree up rooted at Burleigh Beach.

Heavy rain, tree up rooted at Burleigh Beach.

If you are challenged and the sun is not shining and raindrops are falling on your head.  Look around and see there are worse off than you. That is when you count what you have. Not what you want.

Amazing things can be seen if we look. Green Bug.

Amazing things can be seen if we look. Green Bug.

To want is to invite trouble. If you get what you want the pleasure soon passes. Everything is changing, rearranging, growing old, wearing out. Nothing remains the same.

See the bee flying past.

See the bee flying past.

The beauty of life is, everything is passing. All we have is the now. This moment in time to make count. Be mindful of now, the most important thing is what you are involved in now. Pay attention, the most important person is the one you are with now.

Clouds depart, flowers soon die, that's the way it is.

Clouds depart, flowers soon die, that’s the way it is.

So when the storm clouds gather and life is not all good, remember the clouds will blow away revealing a sunny day. You can count on them passing.

Yellow, blue, green and  the prettiest  clouds I have seen.

Yellow, blue, green and the prettiest clouds I have seen.

Into our life some rain must fall. Without the rain the flowers cannot grow. we must have the down to know what’s up, We must have the right to know what’s left. Do not be distressed it does not last, all that’s now will soon be past. Don’t be sad take the good with the bad. Things are just as they are. Make your days count and it will all add up to the right change.

A golden Banksia leaf for a change.

A golden Banksia leaf for a change.

Animal Lovers.

Animals love people raw.

Animals love people raw.

 MOST PEOPLE LOVE ANIMALS, WHEN COOKED.

You are well liked regardless of race, colour or creed.

You are well liked regardless of race, colour or creed.

This food for thought is not in good taste, you will find it not fit for human consumption.

Pig by any other name would smell the same.

Pig by any other name would smell the same.

 Do you love rare animals raw or would you rather them well done?

No Bull.

No Bull.

Venison is deer, barring lamb is more than dear it is expensive.

Lamb looking sheepish.

Lamb looking sheepish.

Pig can be disguised as pork, ham or bacon. Your best buy is fruit and vegetables at any price.

Spiders eat flies cows attract them.

Spiders eat flies cows attract them.

Health statistics show,

vegetarian is the way to go.

Cows and sheep would agree,

 this is the way to be.

If you think animal lovers are sentimental.

You can just try this out as experimental.

Try to look a cow in the eye,

while eating a steak and kidney pie.

This has nothing to do with piety.

This has nothing to do with piety.

Could you eat dog or horse?

 Then eat a cat for second course.

People may think pigs dirty and unclean,

 but not worry where a pork chop’s been.

People may think me very rude,

 turning them off their favourite food.

Duck into Mc Donald's..

Duck into Mc Donald’s..

  Are you over weight at all?

How is your cholesterol?

My words are quiet humane,

 what you’re eating is insane.

Eating dead bodies does not sound healthy or nice;

Say abattoirs instead of slaughterhouse and you won’t think twice.

You probably will not like what I have said,

if your stomach’s a grave yard for the dead.

This dog would rock you.

To eat this dog would rock you.

 

Where is the Answer?

Wondrous.

Wondrous.

Where is the Answer?

Fantastic.

Fantastic.

If I believed in miracles I would pray, the unanswered prayer, peace on earth and good will to all mankind.

My quiet tranquil hide away.

My quiet tranquil hide away.

If I were a believer in the patriarchal God I would spend Jesus’s birthday in a secluded quiet place, calm and relaxed, paying thanks to my God for the natural wonders surrounding me. No matter what your beliefs are, being thankful, sharing and appreciating nature’s free gifts is a stress free way to spend every day.

There is serenity here also.

There is serenity here also.

From all the accounts I have read Jesus was a kind compassionate pacifist. I really do not think he would appreciate the frantic way many of his followers are celebrating his birthday. He would be appalled at the way our commercial society has capitalised on his birthday.

Love past present and future.

Love past present and future.

Love is not something you can buy and wrap up in coloured paper.

Pretty decorations.

Pretty decorations.

Just because I cannot bring myself to believe in miracles does not stop me from appreciating those that sincerely do believe. I still respect a person that follows an ethical path of loving kindness like Jesus exemplified.

Crucifixion Orchards.

Crucifixion Orchards.

Those that feel the need to visit loved ones during the festive season drive curiously, cautiously and carefully. To those that feel obligated to give gifts, be wise in what you can afford. Those with a weight problem, have the will power to show restraint. All things in moderation, never forget alcohol is a criminal, safe till it escapes from the bottle.

Enjoy the wonder of it all.

Enjoy the wonder of it all.

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.

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