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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.

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First Choice Fitness, on my way to the beach.

The burliegh beach is around the corner.

Turn in and Tone up.

Hard work pays off.

Hard work pays off.

We have been busy traveling and although we both have not been taking it easy. As we have been gardening, biking and a lot of walking and for me the occasional swim. We also have been spending a lot of time on the computer since we started blogging.

Go at your own pace.

Go at your own pace.

I realized I was loosing what little muscle I still had and stiffening up in all the wrong places. Travelling is wonderful but it is easy to get out of the exercise routine. Casual visits to gyms are more expensive and a bit inconvenient.

It all helps.

It all helps.

That is only an excuse if I make the effort I could have fitted in a visit to a gym. Like I am now doing, three weeks in one place then miss a week then start again at a gym in another place. I will do it and also keep to my morning stretching exercises where ever I am.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

All exercise is good but I find I need to get into a habit of systematically doing a variety of exercises. We need stretching exercises to keep supple, resistance to tone up the muscles and strengthen our bones.

I do not let my ego stop me.

I do not let my ego stop me.

Weights are good for this but at my age it is better to do more repetitions with relatively light weights. I am not trying to get big muscles, just tone up. The cardio vascular exercises are for the heart and lungs.

Same exercise but more weight.

Same exercise but more weight.

I like the cross-trainer as I can monitor my progress, time, resistance; cadence and heart rate are shown on the dash-board.

On the cross-trainer.

On the cross-trainer.

I try to beat my best effort and it gets easier after a few weeks then I add five more minutes or put up the resistance. At least twenty minutes at a challenging pace is advisable for best results. Work hard as possible but not to the point that you cannot carry on a conversation.

They say no pain, no gain but there should never be pain, just a demanding uneasiness. Get out of your comfort zone, but not to the point of hurting. Challenge yourself; you only need to compete against your best performance. There are days you will not quite reach your best performance, but with effort and perseverance we do improve.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

I hope this post inspires any one that needs reminding, that doctors are not responsible for our health. It is our responsibility to respect and not abuse the gifts we are given.

82 year olders are prone  to falls, practice balance.

We are prone to falls at 82, so I practice balance.

Like yin and yang balance is needed for a healthful life. Balance food intake against calories burnt. Balance physical exercise against mental exercises, the body needs its quiet time to rejuvenate. Meditation is a part of this process.

I think they are over dressed.

I think they are over dressed.

Blogging helps me and perhaps may help others. If nothing else it reinforces and reminds me of the important things to value in life.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

This world, regardless of dukkha http://buddhism.about.com/od/thefournobletruths/a/dukkhaexplain.htm, world is a wondrous place, with the right attitude and understanding. I rave on a bit but when you are in love you are apt to do this. I am in love with Mother Nature and this wondrous life I am blessed with.

They can't keep up with Pauline on her bike.

They can’t keep up with Pauline on her bike.

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Natures Way.

Natures Way.

Natures way.

Simply beautiful.

Simply beautiful.

Standing in natures green cathedral blessed by serenity,

The forest is sacred; there is no better place to be.

Slow down to appreciate the beauty, smell the scent upon the breeze.

Listen to the bird songs and appreciate the trees.

Lao Tzu rode a buffalo that is considered slow today.

Lao Tzu trained his buffalo to support him on his ‘Way’.

Training the bufflo.

Training the buffalo.

Haste was not a priority he just went with the flow.

Today out on the road that is something we should know.

Walk to the valley, follow the mountain stream.

Meander to enjoy all nature’s gifts supreme.

Waddle by the watter.

Waddle by the water.

Stroll to the ocean, earth-out bare foot on the ground.

Let others wanting more, power the tread mill round.

Bath in the cleansing water, glad to be alive,

The wisdom is you need few things to survive.

Go with the flow.

Go with the flow.

The importance of time spent this way,

Is we are refreshed to earn our pay.

For necessities needed to sustain life.

Wanting more brings trouble and strife.

Lau Tzu spoke of yin and yang to balance work with play.

The Buddha taught wanting was a problem that got in the way.

Garden ornament.

Garden ornament.

To understand all in life flows like a mountain stream.

We cannot cling to water or capture a sunbeam.

When we have surplus to what we need,

Then to hoard not share is only greed.

Balance greed with kindness is wisdom too,

As helping others, brings happiness to you.

To give thanks to the inexplicable Tao, what’s in a name anyhow?

Nature's symble for The Eightfold Path.

Nature’s symbol for The Eightfold Path.

Appreciate with joy and delight,

Do not argue over who is right.

To appreciation nature’s gifts is a prayer to the supreme.

To argue over a name makes the beauty all obscene.

The stream runs to the ocean, every tear drop becomes one.

We all bleed the same colour, why can’t our life be more fun.

The storm has passed.

The storm has passed.

The tear drops fall like rain,

 All this fighting is insane.

Like the Christian who has found God I want to share with you.

A way to peace and contentment, that’s an admirable thing to do.

The joy that I have found.

I want to share around.

The light is behind the clouds and trees.

The light is behind the clouds and trees.

I do not think God was ever lost,

Man gets lost and pays the cost.

Lost unmindful of our emotion,

Like a storm raging on the ocean.

Stop look up at the stars above.

Do not kill the things you love.

The sand on the beach the stars in the sky,

We are so small you and I.

Thanks for another good morning.

Thanks for another good morning.

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An old favourite.

An old favourite.

No worries so simple.

Glass House Mountains.

Glass House Mountains.

We grow attached to things that are close to us. Not close like a pair of undies, not that kind of snuggly close. More the being together of a warm wooly jumper on a bleak winter day, the something or someone who shared the wins and the losses and kept you smiling when it was all up hill. Through the sun shine and storms, time takes its toll, the shine and sparkle diminishes but the fondness grows for the tried and true the familiar and reliable.

Softened by Nature.

Softened by Nature.

I am pleased with the fad that made faded, frayed and tattered jeans and other garments fashionable. Stressed furniture with artificial crackling and peeling paint showing the under layers became the in-thing. Now I can take pride in my old weathered and worn comfortable things that I find appealing, without feeling inferior to the upwardly mobile fashion conscious crowd. Not that it worries me what people think now that I have my ego subdued and under control.

Nature's art.

Nature’s art.

At twenty I worried about these things, at forty I lost interest in what they thought, at sixty I realized no one was even noticing me, at eighty I am pleased if people smile at the way I dress so I wear what is functional and comfortable.

Nature are is every where.

Nature’s art is everywhere.

Our friends will excuse our idiosyncrasies and we should not grieve over unjust criticism. Most of the things I worried about never happened. So is worrying a way to prevent misfortune happening?  I stopped worrying a long time ago and the answer is worrying does not help in any way.

Their passing is beautiful.

Their passing is beautiful.

I genuinely like things that Mother Nature has aged, mellowed and softened. Perhaps it is because it reminds us that all things are impermanent and wanting this to be otherwise can only bring sorrow.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

 The child builds castles of sand the tide comes in, the child cries, that is one of the first lessons nothing lasts. Childhood passes also, have we learned we cannot cling to impermanent things. The flower blooms, fades and dies, the brilliant sunset fades into the dark night.

Past Reflections.

Past Reflections.

Nature’s lessons teach us not to cling and hoard but to freely share. The truth may well be, though I am well past my use by date, I still feel useful and am pleased I have not been discarded as worthless. I live in the now, sharing the good before it passes into infinity.

A beautiful fraim of a picture.

A beautiful frame for a picture.

There needs to be balance as one can get too fond of old things. I worked with a bloke; he was built like a brick chicken coop, but gentle as washing up liquid. One day to attract his attention I pulled on his shirt and a button popped off under the strain. The passive, massive man turned on me like a wounded buffalo, eyes flashing like hazard lights on a road train. He took off his shirt and tossed it on the floor shouting “You have wrecked my shirt!” “Sorry mate, I did not mean to, it’s an old shirt.” I should not have said it was old. “I’ve had that shirt since I was an apprentice, I only wear it on special occasions now.” He raved on about the places he wore that shirt, wakes and weddings, sporting events and music festivals. It took a lot of diplomatic bull dung to calm him down. Actually I did not say a word. I let him call me names that indicated I was far from dexterous and my mother let her heart rule her head. I used this opportunity to practice my exercise on staying calm under pressure. The fire burned down the pot went off the boil, he turned and left.

Dramatic departure.

Dramatic departure.

Next day I saw him and gave him back his shirt washed, ironed and with a new golden button in place of the lost one. I explained how sorry I was and returned his repaired shirt. He smiled and said he regretted losing his temper over an old shirt. “No worries the new button can remind you nothing lasts forever.” I said. He put out his hand in a gesture of friendship. I shook his hand and the rest of me stopped shaking. I felt so relieved and happy, over the moon as they say. I felt like laughing, so jokingly said “You were lucky I did not lose my temper too or you would have been in trouble.”  “Yes, I would have been up on a man slaughter charge.” He replied. We both cracked up laughing. It is so simple just do the right thing and you have no worries.

Natures amazing beauty.

Natures amazing beauty.

 

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A peck on the cheek.

A peck on the cheek.

Contentment.

All you need is love.

All you need is love.

Contentment is to have what you need and want no more. To want more than you need is greedy. A greedy person is never satisfied desiring. If that desire is satisfied the pleasure is fleeting, the happiness passes the wanting continues. A new desire becomes the goal thinking it will lead to happiness. A mirage like the end of the rainbow can never be reached.

Rainbows end.

Rainbows end.

Contentment is a balance like when Yin and Yang are in perfect balance, neither too much or too little. In time all things pass it is a fact of life all is impermanent. Understanding this reality brings equanimity. Wanting is no longer a driving force sharing becomes the priority. Sharing is the antidote to greed. Sharing creates friends and friends in turn share their surplus. So sharing ensures you against hunger, needing and wanting.

Picture of contentment, when the bull is themed.

Picture of contentment, when the bull is themed.

Contentment is the balance between deprivation and excess. Without life-sustaining necessities all living things wither and die. The world is a garden of life caring for this world garden is our reason for existence. Not to appreciate and care for our garden we could starve ourselves out of existence. There is life-sustaining necessities we should be contented with. Greedily wanting taking more than we require will only bring sorrow. A fruitful way of life entails effort, an idle life focused on self brings discontentment.

This is the idea of contentment.

This is the idea of contentment

want for nothing is to be satisfied with enough. To know when you have enough is wisdom. Ignorance, always wanting, is the stupidity of the unenlightened. There is a way to find enlightenment a path to follow that leads to contentment and wisdom. It can be followed in conjunction with other ethical beliefs without any difficulty. These steps are a self-imposed set of rules that guide one to self-improvement. No one can walk this path for you. Others may point the way but self effort must be practiced in everyday living to bring peace and contentment.

Jogyesa Temole Seoul.

Jogyesa Temple Seoul.

There are eight basic rules to follow on this path to ethical self-improvement and it is a lifelong journey. One must always be aware of the many pitfalls and diversions along the path. False trails are a part of life’s path. It is human to lose our way. No need to fret over misguided steps. Return to the true path that leads in the direction of peace and contentment. Contentment is the closest man can come to lasting happiness. Pleasures are fleeting; happiness is like snowflakes on the river, to quote Robbie Burns, Or like bubbles on the river, as in  Worlds on worlds are rolling ever.Shelly’s poem, contentment lives within you.

Tappa chanting book Suk lum temple Korea.

Tappa chanting book Suklum temple Korea.

One needs to be aware of their thoughts, speech and actions, concentrating, mindful at all times, of their state of mind and attitude. This is not an easy formula to follow but the amount of effort will directly govern the benefits received. You may have a method you prefer to this. Though I have studied many other philosophies, beliefs and paths and found helpful ideas. I have found this a clear blueprint outlining the steps to follow that, has enhanced the quality of my life, with peace, satisfaction and contentment.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Flowers bring colure to our life birds bring a song. By sharing our gifts we cannot go wrong.

I would like to share this philosophy. Caring and sharing is philanthropy.

Giving brings joy it is a win-win situation. Sharing good fortune is a pleasant sensation.

Wanting, cling and hoarding too is not the decent thing to do.

Be contented with enough, give to those doing it tough.

Bring contentment free from strife. With loving thoughts fill your life.

The birds defy gravity singing for you and me.

Give your gifts as freely as a birds and you will fly these are my words.

Rainbows end.

Rainbows end.

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Nature unspoiled.

Nature unspoiled.

Fear Courage Balance.

Praying mantis hitches a ride.

  Praying mantis hitches a ride.

Fear is a necessary emotion to protect us from danger. Courage allows us to overcome fear. Balance is the skill needed to act sensibly neither cowardly nor reckless. Balance is needed in every aspect of life. When things are in balance they are in perfect harmony. Nature keeps the whole universe in equilibrium. I respect nature as some people respect their god. Nature will restore the unbalance man has created in the world. Some men fear God and have no respect for nature this is reckless ignorance not courage.

The good life.

The good life.

Abrahamic religions use the fear of God to enforce laws. Fear is often used by politicians to sway public opinion. Advertising uses many methods to sell products fear is one of their tactics. Is your house so dirty it is threatening to ruin your health? Insects must be killed and the ads show how to do it. Fear needs to be balanced with caution and common-sense. What kills insects surely is not good for our health. As for germs a healthy person’s immune system can cope with most germs. Bacteria is like cholesterol there are two kinds one kind is good for you the other blocks up your circulatory system. Less than one percent of bacteria are harmful some that live in your body are essential for your health. Cleanliness is very important but advertising has some people frightened of a bit mother earth.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

I grew up with nothing more than water from a well to drink and a bar of plain soap was used to wash with. There were only basic natural things to remedy coughs, cuts and all the usual ailments.  No flush toilets when I was a boy only what we called a dunny. We did not use chemicals unless there was a real problem. We had no air-conditioning we opened a window and had fresh air; it killed germs and toughened me up. I have survived eighty-one years and never been unduly afraid of a bit of dirt. I do not expect doctors to look after my health, it is my responsibility. I try to live a clean and balanced life without all the pills and disinfectants I do not need chemical germ and insect killers to protect me.

All we needed.

All we needed.

We tend to leave it up to bureaucrats to protect us, consequently there are too many laws supposedly to protect the public. Health regulations have gone to extremes. I have eaten food prepared and cooked at food stalls in the streets of other countries and have suffered no ill effects. Seeing the fresh food cooked one can decide if it is fit to eat. In a restaurant, even though health department requirements have been met, one still has to trust the management. These laws cut down competition from the small man and favour the big food chain operators. We have lost control over our own welfare because of imaginary fears.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Safety regulations have a place but they have now taken a lot of the skill, challenge and team effort out of construction work. In general work today is looked upon as making money to buy luxuries. People used to ask “What is your game?” when they wanted to know how you made a living, now it is “What is your job?” Sport has become a job. TV time and sponsoring by big business has taken the fun out of the game. We need some courage to take control and get balance back in our life.

Breakfast  fresh vegetable omelette.

Breakfast fresh vegetable omelette.

I do not fear the Muslims, the Christians or the Hindus. The Islamic Jihad does not scare me as I am no threat to their religion. There may be one religious fanatic in thousands. Should we fear all the others? You have more chance of being killed by a car. Do you hate cars because of this? I do not agree with many religions or their ideas but I find wisdom in some and I do respect the ethics of the sincere followers. I try to live by the five precepts that all major religions incorporate.  There are good people everywhere there are no evil people only the ignorant or sick. We should try to teach the ignorant and show compassion and care for the sick. The incurable cases need special care.  Courage balanced with understanding instead fear is needed.

Picnic lunch with friends.

The white haired boy having a picnic lunch with friends.

We should be weighing up and concentrating on real dangers. Nature is trying to balance everything and man is only trying to balance the budget. Do not trust your health and welfare to doctors, chemists, bureaucrats or big business. Do not believe all the advertising, think for yourself and take responsibility for your own welfare. Do not let fear, greed or ignorance control you. According to Shakespeare, “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant die but once”. Often rephrased as, a coward dies a thousand deaths a hero dies but once. Cowards or heroes death is inevitable so cherish all life and leave something for the next generation. All Mother Nature’s gifts are free and mans incestuous desires are unforgivable. Man’s greed is   reckless unbalancing the ecology there is nothing brave or courageous in raping mother earth.

 Clean and healthy.

Clean and healthy.

 

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A Balancing menagerie.

Beetle mainia.

Beetle mania.

The light outside the toilets attract the Black Beetles, they fly too close, crash into it and fall to the ground stunned. The Green-tree Frogs sit waiting for the beetles. As soon as the beetle recovers and moves the frog sees the movement. In an instant the beetle disappears, the end of the frog’s tongue is the end of the beetle.

I witnessed this with the frogs, beetles and Green Tree Snakes in action at Bunderbreg Qld. .

Australia Christmas beetle.

Australia Christmas beetle.

Snakes are plentiful, in the garden by the toilet, they feed on the frogs. This is nature’s way of keeping things in balance. The snakes eat the frogs, the frogs eat the beetles, and the beetles eat the garden. We need this balance as deprived of plants we would perish.

It is not easy being green.

It is not easy being green.

Everything is interdependent if one creature dies out this has an effect on the whole chain of balance. This is only one simple example of nature’s way of keeping things in balance. There are complex connections only a botanist or scientist studying the food chains in nature would be aware of.

The Green Tree Frog often seen in Queensland.

The Green Tree Frog .

Man has created many problems by interfering with natures balance. Rabbits, foxes, cats, Prickly-pear, Cane Toads even Honey Bees and many more invasive pests have been introduced into Australia.

Often in toilet bowls.

Often in Queensland toilet bowls.

Everything has been tried to eradicate rabbits, a virus causing Myxomatosis, a very inhumane way of killing them, had some success, the longest fence in the world, 1,833 km,1,139 miles, has been built to contain them, rabbits are still a pest.

He does not look wild.

He does not look wild.

Prickly pear invaded 40,000 square km of farm land till a moth was imported from South America its lava ate the Prickly pear. This is claimed to be a success in biological pest control. Drugs cure illness but have side effects and there are side effects from biological cures also.

Carpet Snake actually a python and this one is not real.

Carpet Snake actually a python and this one is not real.

The introduction of the Cane toad brought in to get rid of a beetle that was a problem to the sugar cane industry. It has spread from Queensland to Western Australia it is estimated it migrates at the rate of 140 km per year. Its poison kills any animal that eats it and it competes with native wild life for food. This has causing a decline in the numbers of native creatures.

The Honey Bee.

The Honey Bee.

How could a Honey bee affect our environment?  Many native flowers can only be pollinated by native bees and insects. The flowers are shaped to allow only special insects to spread their pollen to other flowers. Honey bees are not capable of spreading and fertilizing these flowers. The Honey bees swarm and inhabit hollows in trees, depriving the native species of a home.

Another colourful beetle I saw in west Australia.

Another colourful beetle I saw in west Australia.

Natures balance is far more complex than most people realize. In physics there is no action without a reaction. In nature there is no action without repercussions. These are laws man must heed or suffer the consequences. Nature is infinite, man is mortal we either live in harmony with nature or continue to fight her and it is obvious to anyone, that is not blinded by greed, who will win.

The Koala is in danger because of auburn sprawl.

The Koala is in danger because of auburn sprawl.

Man is like the beetle eating up natures green garden, but man destroys any controlling force. Our population explosion is like a cancer on our island planet. The laws of nature cannot be altered without adverse side effects. If natures balance is disturbed in any way nature in its infinite time will restore the balance.

While these fellows are multiplying like crazy.

While both these species are multiplying like crazy.

Do not support wasteful ways and buy only what you need, recycle things. Live peacefully, war is wasteful and investing your money in armaments of destruction is as suicidal as smoking. Nature cannot be destroyed; it changes form, as water freezes or turns to steam. The climate heating up will not destroy any thing it will only alter things. Beatles, frogs and snakes, along with man will change, breaking down into compost for other lower forms of life to feed on. One way or another everything must change. It is mans unavoidable fate so let us do our best to prolong this wonderful life as long as possible.  Man has no answer other than going with the flow of nature to the best of his ability. We cannot fight to put it right, we can only do our own individual best.

An empty case.

An empty case.

 

 

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Barkley H/way.

 

Symbol of Appreciation.

Traveling on the Capricorn Highway from Dingo to Emerald North West Queensland, I was riding in the passenger seat while my pommepal did the driving. I was mesmerized by the panorama passing by and the endless similar landscape appearing before us.

I relaxed into a samadhi state of mind. I thought although all the bush looked very similar in overall pattern it was totally unique in detail. Every plant in nature has its own genetic blue print to follow and if left undisturbed would be perfectly symmetrical in its growth. This would make a very boring world.

So it is fortunate there are interference from the wind as well as birds, animals and insects doing damage, to cause trees to grow in distorted shapes and have interesting notches and hollows. This is what contributes to making the Australian landscape so interesting and beautiful. There are endless wonders to behold, if one takes the time to slow down, stop and look. As 130 km/hr. is the speed limit on many of these outback roads, many people never see the wondrous variety of things to enjoy.

Learning from books is a good way to gain knowledge, but to know and not to do is still not to know. To have knowledge from books and experience from life is truly wisdom. Nature has something for everybody to enjoy and be interested in. Not to be interested in the wondrous beauty of nature is to insult the creator, whoever or what aver you believe that to be. To be in tune with nature is to be in balance. Like a tightrope walker ever mindful, walking the line between ecstasy and doom.     

Traveling the outback in a modern vehicle should never be dull or monotonous. Having said that, these are the longest, straightest and flattest roads in the world and at times we need to get to a camp site before dark so stopping for a break has to be forfeited. When this happens I do need a change, so I do some writing, sometimes in rhyme; with a bit of imagination you could call it poetry.

I drew a symbol on a long run somewhere near Camooweal not far from the border of Northern Territory. It was a rough sketch so I have worked on it in Photoshop.

Guiding symbol.

It incorporates the Four Noble Truths, represented by the square. The eight pointed star for the Eight Fold Path. Yin and yang symbol for balance of opposites. The curved line between Yin and yang is for perfect balance and harmony of all things. The circle is for everlasting never ending eternity of nature.

Barkley Homestead on way to Renner springs.

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Chanting meditation.

Accept the Gift of Life.

There is nothing beautiful or grotesque in nature. The beauty or obscenity is in mans mind. As the pendulum swings there is a point where it pauses to return. When we breathe in there is an instant before we exhale this is where the life force resides. Grasping for the future or clinging to the past, we can miss this moment and this is all we have.

Into everyone’s hands nature impartially provides her gifts. Do we hurriedly grasp or do we savoir and enjoy? How a gift is received is our choice, how a complement or a criticism is received is also our choice. Everything is governed by our attitude. Our thoughts control our actions our actions in time become habits forming our character and our outlook on life. Try to see the good and beautiful in all you encounter.

Take the criticism objectively, if it helps us see our faults we can correct them, or if it is meant to hurt us we can smile knowing we have matured in our understanding. We have control over one thing in life our attitude we must not let the outside control inside. Peace is not to be in a place where there is no noise or distraction; it is to be in the midst of all this turbulence and still remain calm. Like a stormy sea, deep below the violent foaming waves there lays a calm and undisturbed peace.

Stilling the mind is the whole purpose of meditation, when the mind is still the whole universe surrenders. Take a deep breath focusing on the breath is one of the best ways to meditate. When the mind becomes distracted do not be put off, return to focusing on the breath.  In our everyday lives we let our mind jump from thought to thought this is an ingrained habit and is not easily overcome. With patient and constant meditation practice you will reach a stage where a few deep breaths will bring you back to a calm state.

There are many forms of breathing meditation. Hindus, Taoists and Buddhists all use the breath as a method. The beginner will find being aware of the breath as it enters and leaves the body natural and relaxing. Counting either each inhalation or exhalation up to the count of six breaths, is a good way to begin. Other techniques can be tried like focusing on an object or mantras, repeating sounds, words or phrases. The Sanskrit word Om is used by the Hindus as a mantra and is worth a try. Breathe in gently, and as you exhale, say Om as three sounds: a as in father, oo as in room and ‘mmm’ Try to feel the sounds vibrate in your body.

To become totally absorbed in any mundane activity is a form of meditation. When cleaning metal one can focus on the shine, note the beautiful way the light reflects, people smoke cannabis to tune in on this kind of thing, there is no need for this, or any other drug to find peace, pleasure and wonder in the world around us. A book by Thich Nhat Hanh called The Long Road Turns to Joy. Is about walking meditation, I like this man’s charming, uplifting writing.

Take a deep breath, set aside your stress and discomfort and focus only on good. You can find some quality of beauty and goodness or some redeeming feature in all situations by taking the time to look for the good. You can shift your awareness in this way and change your attitude by looking for the good in all you observe and every activity you do.

When you go rushing breathlessly from one thought to the next, anticipating another problem or hungering for another pleasure, you miss the joy of the present which is constantly unfolding before you. Meditation teaches you to slow down and awaken to the present moment.

The coming and going of our breath is vital to our existence to spend some time contemplating this fact has many rewards helping us to realize that the past is history, a memory and the future a fantasy on the movie screen of our mind and actually a mystery yet to unfold. Relish what you are doing, savor the flavor when you eat, chew every morsel feel the texture smell the aroma enjoy the look.

A person in a hurry, agitated or angry does not taste or enjoy the food it is just devoured and not appreciated. Some people say words of thanks in appreciation for the food they receive. This is a good practice to be thankful but words are not as convincing as actions. So calm down your mind and your body will follow, enjoy the simple pleasures life and nature offers. With this wisdom the balance of the entire universe will fall into place. All things will be just as they are neither good nor bad.

Beautfully relaxed.

 

Smiling gum tree.

 

Banksia and gum nuts.

 

The Banksia Flower.

 

I love a sun burnt country

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Surf up, no need to diet.

  Surfies battle to get to where the waves are breaking; this is burning up heaps of calories. They paddle hard to catch a wave. Their glands are secreting hormones, endorphin directly into their veins giving them a high better than drugs. Drugs are like masturbation it feels good but not like the real thing.

This is the real thing, living in the moment, nothing else exists, and the mind is totally focused like when the bat connects with the ball or the few seconds before the parachute opens.      

What exhilaration but the great feeling does not last and it is another struggle out for more of what they love. People can become addicted to physical exercise but most people are more likely to become couch potatoes, addicted to television.

No wonder you never see a fat surfie. They have mastered balance on their boards and in their food intake and energy expenditure.   

 

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