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Want a good tip for the human race.

Want a good tip for the human race.

 Is My Writing Useless Rubbish?

You will not get better than this.

You will not get better tip than this.

 Why make a new New Year Resolution? What was wrong with the old one? Didn’t last years work?

 Entering to the Tip Shop, Hobart Tasmania.

Entering the Tip Shop, Hobart Tasmania. Note the gate made from scrap.

 I suggest there was nothing wrong with it. The fault lay with you. The old one was still ok you just decided you wanted a new one.

It is history now.

It is history now.

 This is happening too often these days. If your neighbour gets a new one you want one too.

They look trendy bags.

They look trendy bags.

 This goes further than New Year resolutions that we did not persevere with to make work. We give up too easy, making no effort to fix anything faulty.  We used to make them work. Now we have given up, it is too easy to get a new one.

Art and crafts made from discarded items.

Art and crafts made from discarded items.

What Has Gone Wrong?

Better Art than some modern art.

Better Art than some modern art.

 Not only with broken resolutions it is the whole commercial system. We have become a throwaway society. If it does not work do not try and fix it, toss it out. If our neighbour has one, we want one too, whether it is necessary or just because it is the flavour of the month, fashions in thing. “I can’t wear that, it is last year’s colour.”  “It will still protect you from the weather, but send it to the opp shop ( an opportunity shop that gives the profits to charity) some person will need it that has no big ego.”

Wow about this.

Wow about this.

It is not always just the ego that motivates this behaviour. It is peer pressure and constant advertising. Also not your fault entirely because things are made cheaply these days, but not to last. How can you fix it if you need special tools, or they are sealed and have to be broken into to get at worn or faulty parts? With the materials, technology and know-how we have today most machines could be manufactured to last our life time.

More Rubbish someone wants.

More Rubbish someone wants.

The problem is what would happen to all the people working in advertising and production jobs. It would affect every one’s job, no one would be safe. Politicians would have a major disaster on their hands to fix the economy. Only a major world war could get things up and percolating. There is something radically wrong with the capitalist system. How can we protect the ecosystem, the complex biological network of organisms and their environment? The big multinational businesses are designed to make a profit and the men who are running them are out of a job if the company is not paying a dividend.

This is like something out of Star Wars.

This is like something out of Star Wars.

I don’t think it will directly come to a world war. We like our status symbols, T shirts with the brand name vividly shown on them. I remember back when a firm gave you an item of clothing if it had them advertised on it. Now celebrities are given them and paid to wear them and all the sheep follow.

what is this

what is this

  I will not make a New Year’s resolution the old ones have serve me well.

 If I don’t need it, I will not buy it.

 Be careful of how much processed food I eat. Balanced food intake with how much exercise I do.

 Try to stay on my unitarian ethical path to improve my understanding of this wondrous world.

Is this rubbish, art or a mobile BBQ.

Is this rubbish, art or a mobile BBQ.

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Holding hands in paradise.

Holding hands in paradise.

Wake up call.

Wisdom mixed with folklore.

Wisdom mixed with folklore.

The wisdom of the sages
has been passed down through the ages.
Still we do not know,
Love is the way to go.

Rainbows must have been a real puzzle.

Rainbows must have been a real puzzle.

Man could not explain,
the sunshine and the rain.
Only Gods could know,
so they were made to show.

I would rather marching girls.

I would rather marching girls.

The perplexing mystery of all creation,
Was solved by gods from every nation.
Then the arguments began,
who had the correct plan.

Is this the right foot.

Is this the right foot.

To keep control it would seem,
One God must be made supreme.
His foot prints in the sands of time,
still appear to many as sublime.

An awesome example of nature.

An awesome example of nature.

Mother Nature still exists,
though patriarchal Gods persist.
The puzzle still remains today,
Can science now show the way?

A digital camera, computer and Photoshop technology.

A digital camera, computer and Photoshop technology.

Or will technology be used to fight,
to see who’s God is in the right.
All the good we have today
Could just be thrown away.

Do not waste the free gifts of Mother Nature.

Do not waste the free gifts of Mother Nature.

Appreciation, love and trust,
in today’s world is a must.
Ignorance, greed, fear and hate,
Mother Nature will not tolerate.

You can copy my photo, the real thing cannot be replaced.

You can copy my photo, the real thing cannot be replaced.

Mother Nature is eternally sublime.
Man is mortal and will pass on in time.
A grain of sand or the starry sky,
it will not matter as time passes by.

How many grains of sand or stars in the sky.

How many grains of sand or stars in the sky.

All the blood sweat and tears,
all our stupid arguments and fears.
Why waste our time on pie in the sky?
When it is only a few years before we die.

Another example of Mother Natures, sun rise, sun set are constant reminders.

Another example of Mother Natures, sun rise, sun set are constant reminders.

Do not cry, we never die, we only change.
Atoms do not perish they only rearrange.
We may turn into dust mites floating on the morning breeze,
or into song birds singing in the tall green trees.

In a tree or warbling on my windowsill.

In a tree or warbling on my windowsill.

Let us prepare here today,
to live our life in a better way.
Caring and sharing in peace and calm.
Wake up! these words are your clock alarm.

Technology can be used in better way, I have fun  doing my best.

Technology can be used in better way, I have fun doing my best.

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Does Mother need more cloths or would she rather you took her on a picnic.

Does Mother need more cloths or would she rather you took her on a picnic.

The Cure.

It is MADNESS but some will not see.

It is MADNESS but some will not see.

What is the cure for the stress in the fast pace modern world?

We could pray.

We could pray.

 Is the detrimental effect the commercial system has on the environment causing us anxiety? Are we worrying that our protesting and complaining is futile against the multinational take over? Are we frustrated because advertising has invaded every available public space, as well as our home?

We could just drop out of the rat-race.

We could just drop out of the rat-race.

 Should we just sit back and let the TV ads induce us to buy things we do not need?  Advertising plays on our ego enticing us to buy superfluous things, brand names are only superfluous status symbols. Ads keep us working at the treadmills turning the wheels of production. It is a vicious circle this tread mill, known as ‘the rat race’. How can one escape?

You may think I am full of rubbish.

You may think I am full of rubbish.

There is a way to stop this stress, it has been around for 2500 years, but The Buddha’s philosophy has been distorted. There is another easier way to escape the ‘rat race’. I could write volumes explaining this method and not do it as good as putting in a few link, for you to click on. If you are interested in taking some steps that will benefit you, the environment and the community in general, look at these links.

This is all unnecessary rubbish.

This is all unnecessary rubbish.

Books are better than passive TV watching. Most worthwhile things in life take an effort. Make the small effort to hit these links and learn what they have to say and from there to further helpful reading links.

Can you see, 'we are living in this as if there was another to go to.'

Can you see, ‘we are living on this planet as if there is another one to go to.’

We would all like to help right the wrongs in the world.

I ask myself, what am I doing, helping or hindering the problems in the world today?

I do not sign partitions or join in protests, I do write my blog, but is appealing to others going to fix anything.

I actually do nothing because this is an important concept in Taoism. What Lau Tzu calls ‘wu wei’: the action of non-action.

who said you need shoes like these?

Who said you need shoes like these?

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Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Finding peace.

Kookaburras pay a visit.

kookaburra pay a visit.

The white dove, symbol of peace, will not land on a grasping hand. Everyone is chasing after the blue bird of happiness. Hunting the elusive blue bird of happiness, we realize if you succeed in capturing it you cannot imprisoned it. The happiness soon diminishes and dies and you are off on safari again. Happiness needs to be let free for everyone’s pleasure. There is not much rest for a person obsessed with desire always wanting pleasure and happiness. Pleasures are fleeting the only joy is in being free and sharing.

 Corellas  stand in for white doves

Corellas stand in for white doves

To have the pure white dove alight on your open hand is a truly worthwhile goal in life. The line between these metaphors and actual reality merges. An open hand like an open heart brings peace and contentment. Relaxed, calm and tranquil not wanting to possess offering a welcoming open helpful hand. I have found birds and most creatures sense danger and recognize kindness. With time and patience we can create peace around us. To quote Confucius “One step is the beginning of a thousand mile journey”. Opening our hand and our hearts brings us one step closer to a world of peace.

Blue Wren for happiness.

Blue Wren for happiness.

The blue bird sings for our happiness and we should recognize the power of a song. I am occasionally over taken by a negative frame of mind. To be mindful of our thoughts is the first step in the process of correcting unhelpful thoughts. The way to peace and contentment is to control unsavory thoughts that arise in our mind. For a quick short-term fix I use music. To cure the blues, I may get Fleetwood Mac to give Doctor Brown a call, he is that loving man if Doctor Brown doesn’t cure you, nobody can do you no good. With Credence Clearwater Revival and Jeremiah the bullfrog it is joy to the world all the boys and girls, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

I call some songs mood music depending on the mood I want to encourage. I may want recovery music if I am fatigued or get-up-and–go music if I am lethargic. I have music that inspires me. According to Doctor Brown with music you don’t need any prescriptions you don’t have to pay no bills. You can choose the music that presses your buttons, we all have different tastes. Music can temporarily alleviate minor upsets. For prolonged peace and contentment it takes meditation practice. This is the aim of meditation to calm and gain control of the mind. Thoughts can invade our minds arising from conscious sensory input and also subliminal causes. Thoughts precede actions repeated actions, become habits that form our character. Understanding basic things that govern our life are often overlooked in the frantic hunt for, the passing blue bird, the fleeting pleasure of possessing.

Love at first sight.

Love at first sight.

A long time ago a million years it seems. The best things in life were free. But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue. And no one congratulated a moon that was always new. So it was planned that they would vanish now and then. And we must pay before we get them back again. That’s what storms were made for and you should not be afraid for, that is the beginning of an old song that helps me appreciate what a wonderful world it is. Although it is not always as we would like it to be. But every time it rains it rains pennies from heaven. Since the days of pennies, it seems a million years now with the flood of inflation; it is now a deluge of dollars.

Birds of a different feather get together.

Birds of a different feather get together.

The sky is not always blue, not only because of rain clouds but because of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The best things in life are becoming polluted. Air the number one free necessity in life, cleansing fresh free water and wholesome vegetables to sustain life are no longer free. Is it in natures plan or God’s plan that we must pay before we get them back again? Is that what the extreme weather is made for, should we be afraid for, this being the end to our carefree sing along?

I lend my friends a hand.

I lend my friends a hand.

There is a true blue bird of happiness. Life is sweet tender and complete when you find this blue bird of happiness. You will find perfect peace of mind when you find the blue bird of happiness. When he sings to you though you are deep in blue you will see a ray of light come shining through. Yes somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly, so why can’t you and I.

My wild Aussie friends.

My wild Aussie friends.

 

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City life.

City life.

Understanding.

 Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Intent on completing an activity to get to the next experience, what you are engaged in becomes a bother. The modern utilitarian attitude disregards the pleasurable aspects of every day activity. On a journey the destination is focused on. Speeding along the highway the scenery flashes by in a blur. The danger on today’s roads is greater than from venomous snakes and spiders. People fear nature’s creatures because they spend little time with nature. Their time is consumed working to buy fast cars, power tools and home appliances to save time.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

The full enjoyment of walking is missed when the object, is only, to get physically fit or hurrying to the walks end. Walking can be an all round benefit to the health of body and mind, with awareness. When walking be aware of your thoughts and surroundings, be alive to nature. You experience the scent on the air, the sights and sounds unimpaired by wanting some future experience. It is nice to earth-out, barefoot on a beach or walk on wet grass in in the morning sun.

The  sand the sky the ocean and me.

The sand the sky the ocean and me.

Intent only on completing an activity to get to the next experience you loose interest in what you are engaged in and you miss the essence of now. It is a bad habit wanting something else, not giving our attention to what we are engaged in. Paying attention, interested and taking a pride in our activity gives joy and satisfaction. Few mistakes are made when focused on doing a job properly. To do a thing properly without error saves precious time and gives satisfaction.

Full concentration in the now.

Full concentration in the now.

Affluent countries are spoilt and miss the simple joys in life. I have noticed people not so well off still relaxed and smiling, while people with all life’s needs appear tense and serious. The wealthy have too many choices; this makes decisions perplexing and stressful. The enormous amount of tempting things advertised, we are told buy now pay later, this offer will not last, and all the psychological tricks to get us to buy what we frequently do not need and often cannot afford. This fuels people’s greed and keeps them enslaved in the race of the humans. The focus should be on humanitarian ideals not on a race to acquire.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

How can we fix the problems in the environment, when we are the problem? Nothing is made to last and things can no longer be repaired. Cars were once made to last and could be repaired, electric toasters, jugs and stove elements could be easily replaced. Machinery today needs special tools to dismantle them some are sealed so they cannot be fixed. Commerce is focused on profit not the environment. Where are our priorities? We are making work for ourselves by making things that do not last. Our politicians are concerned in creating employment keeping the production at a peak. To counter this only buy what is necessary, do not be wasteful. Buying and investing discriminately is everyone’s responsibility.

Friends are their only riches.

No sandy beach, friends are their only riches.

Finding pleasure in natures free gifts needs no special equipment. Appreciating and understanding are the best things in life. Things made by hand are crafts and there is pleasure in working with our hands. If time is money, as people say, a dish-washing machine does not save time. There is the cost of the machine and the power it uses and in time it needs replacing. The same applies to most labor saving machines. Work can be a pleasure or drudgery depending on your state of mind. It is subject to our attitude, I like to work with my hands and take pride in doing my best. I do not play golf; it would be hard work for me. Considering the cost of the equipment and land producing only grass seems a waste. I would have to change my attitude to become a golfer.

This is Bangkok's way of sweeping the street.

This is Bangkok’s way of sweeping the street.

Ignorance is not realizing that craving is the cause of` many of our problems. The purpose of our life, and our life long goal, surely is to improve our understanding and correct our failings. Contributing to the wellbeing of all is the right way to live.  Love life and life will respond with rewards. It is good to calm down, think and change our outlook this will change our life for the better.

Not just another brick in the wall.

Not just another brick in the wall.

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There may calibration better not Sean, heard or spoken of.

There may be celebrations better not seen, heard or spoken of.

Jam-Packed With Goodies.

It pays to advertise.

It pays to advertise.

This jotting is jam-packed with goodies like a Christmas pudding, to be shared with all. Jesus may have soul rites but has not got sole patent rights out on peace and goodwill it should be practiced on everyone’s birthday. Now is a present we need to share in the now. Not last Christmas, or next, the past is history the future is a mystery. The most important thing you are doing is, now, the most important person is the person you are with, now. Be attentive and mindful of the present, impatiently hurrying to some future event, that may not be as anticipated, or fretting about the past, is to waste precious time. Time is irreplaceable more important than possessions.

Good Advertising.

Good Advertising.

Those that know they have enough are satisfied. Not to want is to be rich. When the glass is full stop pouring, greed is wasteful, so fill another’s glass and share the joy. Sharing is the way to peace. Selfishly, wanting and hording impermanent things, and all things are impermanent, is not the way to lasting happiness. Do not let the gold in your pockets weigh you down; traveling light is the way to enjoy your journey. Possessions come with responsibilities they need maintenance and protecting. Flaunting your affluence creates envy and promotes wrong doing. Sharing brings happiness to all. To know and not to do is still not to know.

Tip recycle shop at Hobart.

Tip recycle shop at Hobart.

Accept constructive criticism or you will never learn your failings. You do not need to accept unhelpful or spiteful criticism. Treat it as you would an unwanted gift and let it remain with the giver. Some comments and criticism are designed to cause trouble. A wise person does not get emotional when criticized. They do not retaliate with anger they remain calm. Anger is a fire that burns without regard to who struck the match. Angry people cannot taste the food they are eating or feel the poison in their system nor see reason. To an  angry person everything is tasteless.

Give what you can.

Give what you can.

Do not praise me for these words they are second-hand. I stand on the shoulders of giants for a better view of our world. Though, I would appreciate your comments to let me know if passing on these words has contributed to promoting some good in our world. They may be rephrased second-hand clichés; I have read so much, it is difficult for me to know. In my blog I try to condense what I have found useful. Then recycle it like pre-loved garments in a charity opportunity-shop. All things of value should be passed on; they may be of use to some needy person. I am not too concerned who donated the gift; only that it is made available for someone to benefit. Take a look, there may be some item you can use. A need is essential, a wanting is a luxury.

Atherton Red Cross Opp. Shop.

Atherton Red Cross Opp. Shop.

Buying second-hand may trouble a big ego. If you buy a new item with printed advertising promoting a company on it, you are being cheated. A person of note would be paid to be a company’s bill board. Especially if they are like most big named brands getting their product made in a sweatshop overseas. This uses precious resources on transport and causes local unemployment. Think where you’re spending your money and how many hours of your irreplaceable time you are trading. Ask yourself is it necessary and is it worth it?  The ego is vanity it can never be satisfied it must be controlled. The wise understand the ego and check in second-hand and opportunity shops when they need to buy.

Some times there are new cloths in opp.-shops.

Some times there are new cloths in opp.-shops.

Second hand shops are jam-packed with goodies. There are charity shops, they can help the buyer as well as help a good cause and the environment. There are second-hand shops run as a business, sometimes specializing, in furniture, electrical appliances, and other things. They fill a real need sometimes having things found no were else and at bargain prices. There are also curio shops and antique shops, they may be less practical but are like museums, packed with interesting things. I enjoy these shops it is surprising the wondrous things you see. There is no need to buy, just take pleasure in looking, it is not necessary to own something to enjoy its beauty. 

A antique or second hand come collectables shop.

An antique or second-hand come collectables shop.

  

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Without wheels.

Without wheels.

Wheels of Progress.

This is the way, bikes for hire.

This is the way, bikes for hire.

The invention of the wheel took a load off mans shoulders. It has many commercial uses one of its first uses was the wheelbarrow, carts and chariots. Today we have a vast array of uses for the wheel it is seen everywhere from the push-bike to the locomotive, the family car to the huge road-trains, big trucks pulling a string of trailers all with many pneumatic duel wheels.  On the water the wheel has mostly replaced the tiller.

road trains

road-trains

In the late sixth century BC, before Christ, a man called Siddhartha Gautama lived, commonly known as the Buddha. Buddha found and taught others how to free themselves from life’s suffering. His teaching is called the Dharma by his followers. The basic teachings, fundamental to all schools of Buddhism, are known as The Four Noble truths and The Eight Fold Path. They are simple to understand but not so easy to put into practice as it takes mindfulness and self-discipline, without any supernatural assistance.

The wheel symbol on Thai Watt.

The wheel is symbol on a Thai Watt. (Thailand temple)

The symbol adopted to represent the eight ethical steps of the eightfold path is an eight spoke wheel. Each spoke represents a teaching to master. The first step is ‘right understanding, as outlined in The Four Noble truths, understanding that all things are passing. With right understanding the passing of people and material things no longer brings anguish and suffering. Through meditation on the impermanence of all things one learns equanimity. Also the futility of greed and clinging are realized. This is as big a step as the invention of the wheel but not in a commercial sense.

Cooktown foot-path.

A Cooktown foot-path decorated with indigenous peoples design.

If you are ignorant of right understanding, the first step on the path, the other seven steps will be harder to keep to. The steps are not necessarily in any order each one must be practiced when the occasion arises. To be aware and mindful therefore is an important step on the moral path to contentment. Every step is important the second step right thoughts are just as important as, right speech, right actions, right effort and right occupation, earning our living in a way that does not adversely affect other beings. The sixth step is equally important the right effort to practice this honourable path to peace of mind is critical. All the steps combined are vital. Our right thoughts lead to right action. Just as all things are interconnected and essential in the balance of nature, so all steps on this intelligent path need following and practicing equally.

The wheel spokes remind us to be cantered.

The wheel spokes remind us to be centered.

Evert time I see a wheel it reminds me of those eight steps, that when practiced take me closer to perfection. This is the under laying goal in my life. Often I find myself straying from the right path unmindful, distracted and heading to an unsavoury destination, not a burning hell nothing as drastic as that. It is a worldly mercenary hell of greed and aversion, a world that is lacking in consideration, compassion, reciprocity and respect. I have trained my mind to respond to other symbols as a reminder of the path I am following.

Road-train overtaking, all things are passing.

Road-train overtaking, all things are passing.

I am reminded of the fleeting nature of all things when I see a flower, a sunset or the face of a clock. This natural law that we are all subject to is not a case of being singled out and persecuted, victimized or picked on. Things are just as they are. Realizing all things are subject to change we become less grasping and clinging more caring and sharing  and appreciate the simple pleasures in our life. Happy to be well and when plagued by misfortune knowing it will also pass. All things can be used to keep one focused, following the spiritual. I have no organized religion dictating to me but everyone needs a guiding ethical path. Man has created many Gods there is, I believe, only one with many names

Inventions are often misused.

Inventions are often misused.

The wheel can be used for commercial purposes or ethical. How we use the wheel and other inventions is the critical point. The wheels on a car must be kept in balance for safe and comfortable travel. Our symbolic spiritual wheel also needs attention to keep it in good running order. When you see a wheel you may recall the Eight Fold Path as I do and try to practice the eight steps. They will not clash with or change any of your existing beliefs. But may change your life by providing direction and meaning. To conclude I wish you a wheel good life.

Warn -out and retired.

Worn out and retired.

Please look at the link, I have highlighted, it is well worth the effort. Another tip on effort the push has been taken out of the push-bike  with the invention of the powered bicycles. You will conserve more energy if you purchase one. Remember only if you need and do not just want to hang it on the garage wall. Like the Eight Fold Path it must be used to do any good.

Take care and stay on the  on the right  path.

Take care and stay on the right path.

     

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This is a Photoshop mirical.

This is a Photoshop mirical.

   Do you believe in fairies?

down to earth view of our garden.

down to earth view of our garden.

If you have read my blog you will know I do not believe in the supernatural, just the facts. So there are no fairies at the bottom of our garden. But some strange things are happening a photo of a dish of fruit was gmailed to me from Google, taken on my iphone, great idea, Google you have done it again. This is not magic but it is close to it.

The wonderful world.

The wonderful world.

Things these days make it hard to believe our eyes. Working on my P.C. and out of the blue a message comes up on the monitor telling me not to switch off, updates are down loading from Microsoft. Has the machine got a mind of its own? There is a logical reason I just do not know all the tricks. I do know some of Photoshop’s tricks that look like magic.

The Hyacinth flower lasts only one day.

The Hyacinth flower lasts only one day.

I want you to reassure me there are no fairies, elves or little people invading my home. I have some little people decorating the garden made out of clay they are not to blame. You can check them out if you like.

In our water garden.

In our water garden.

Could some mischievous goblin have taken my camera into the garden and had some fun at my expense. Look at these pictures; I am now over eighty years young, could I bend down low enough to take them.

Under our van Matilda.

Under our van Matilda.

Pauline my pommepal believes I am capable of getting up to many things but doubts that I could get down that low. There has to be a logical explanation, may be I am getting old-timers dis-ease. Do you think Pauline is having a joke with me? This is something for you to explain, who took the photos? How could someone take photos from an ant’s perspective? When I put photos in my blog I always use my own or acknowledge. As I did in the post The Montage of Religion to make that montage I got some of the pictures from the internet.

Reflect on this photo it is not Photoshoped.

Reflect on this photo it is not Photoshoped.

These photos are a different way of seeing things. We get attached in the way we view the world. The world is constantly changing and we need to try and adjust. Accepting the useful logic and rejecting the unacceptable nonsense. Believing in the logic of today not stuck in obsolete old ways. Consider all the visual angles and other aspects of our life. The detrimental parts of the old myths and fairytales can then be discarded.

This is the low down on fairytailes.

This is the low down on fairytailes.

Fairy stories can be entertaining and may have some moral lessons we can use. As long as we understand what is fact and what is fiction we will not argue about irrelevant stupidity.  Magic and miracles all have an explanation if we can see through the trickery, sleight-of-hand, deceit and subterfuge. Mysteries exist that man cannot explain and a hypothesis is put forward to work by. With advancements in understanding the old ideas are replaced by feasible ones.

A fairytail or a naughty gnomes trail.

A fairytail or a naughty gnomes trail.

People are naturally reluctant to change and some people have ulterior reason to not want change. Men in high positions of power suppress the facts that would put them out of business. They suppressed truth and their followers are encouraged to continue in their ignorance. Fear and promises are used to keep their gullible supporters under their control. Greed, fear and ignorance are the three poisons our magnificent natural world is stressed by. If as individuals we do not yield to the evil of greed, bribery or fear, remaining reciprocal, unbiased and learning from all of life teachings, the world will benefit.

looking up at all the angles.

looking up at all the angles.

While greed and lies prevail and men fight over the small issues of power, the hungry starve and nature suffers under the pressures of a system based on acquisition. Fairies in our garden are for the enjoyment of children. Adults can have a laugh too and then look at all the angles without fairies, angels and divine messengers. Arguing about who created our wonderful world is destroying it. By taking only what you need appreciating and sharing natures wondrous free gifts. Our individual personal actions may make our world a better place. 

Follow The Path to contentment.

Follow The Path to contentment.

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.htmlto  I would recomond following this path.

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A heart beat in eternity.

Mountains appear permenent to man.

Mountains appear permanent to man.

This earth mans residence is a speck of dust in the cosmos. Steel rusts, rocks erode, water pollutes, flesh decays, man suffers. The wheel turns, the wind blows, the clouds gather, the rain falls, the water washes the earth, the rivers run. The sediment is cleared and washed to the oceans, like chloesterol washers from our arteries with exercise, clearing the blockages.  The sediment settles, the water clears the silt compacts, completing the cycle.The sun shines the plants grow man rejoices.

Children appreciate water.

Children appreciate water

The flesh is tender our time is fleeting. Like a heart beat in eternity man will not witness the metamorphic action that completes the cycle. Man is only an infinitesimal part of creation. So look within for all without. If we have the gift we know to give. To want for nothing is to have it all.

Clouds reflected in water.

Clouds reflected in water.

An inherent force dominates all things. The power under laying all phenomena can move the largest obstacle and balance every minute detail of action and reaction, relentlessly changing everything to a state of equilibrium. Such a power will have no problem in dispensing with mans efforts to alter this process to his desire. Care has to be taken when interfering with this power. Man’s life is limited the force that governs all is eternal. Call this force by any name you wish as long as you respect the ultimate power I am referring to.

Not all times doing.

Man created these ruins at Ayatia Thailand time softened blow.

We should live our lives with this thought. All things, both good and bad, change in time. What we perceive as good will not last. So why grieve when the unavoidable happens, change is the way of all things. What we find both pleasant and unpleasant passes, change is neither good nor bad it is only the nature of all things. For peace of mind we have to accept this reality graciously.

Time takes over.

Time takes over.

Time passes the result is change. We also change and if we understand that greed, fear, hate and delusion are the cause of our problems we can change these faults compassionately sharing instead of greedily hording. Learning and practicing the truth, instead of fearing the unknown and lying because of ignorance, greed, hate or fear. Try to cooperate and appreciate our heart beat in eternity.

One of natures gift or Gods, take your pick when the Paw Paws are ripe.

One of natures gift or Gods, take your pick when the Paw Paws are ripe.

 

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What shall I DO?

“What’s all the stink about?”

What is going on out there?

according to the media it is mostly all mayhem. Watching world news on T.V. can be very disturbing. It would be irresponsible to take no interest, The question is what can we do as individuals to fix these problems?

I am not looking for trouble.

Reinhold Niebuhr came up with, “The Serenity Prayer.” To quote it “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and to have the wisdom to know the difference.” This is good advice, but without his faith in God, what shall I do!

Keep quiet.

We have little control over the outside. Therefore we should direct our time and energy, not dwelling on the things of the material world. We should concentrate on what emotional effect all this-worldly turmoil is having on our mind.

Racing in the rain,

Is our mind racing around juggling thoughts, frantically pursuing answers, to no avail? What shall I do? Become apathetic and chase after pleasurable distractions and finding no lasting satisfaction from that, chase what is pleasant only to find that it is only a temporary distraction. Hurrying to what we want or scurry away from the unpleasant, on the go never calm. We become unhappy, even disturbed, and emotionally unstable. In this state of mind we can not do anything or help anyone, we will then need help. What shall I do!

The ostrich, it is said, sticks its head in the ground.

Stop it is as simple as that, meditate, calm down, concentrate get those disturbing thoughts under your control. Like a radio when static interferes we have to tune in and stop the mind static by meditation. An unsettled mind cannot think clearly. Practicing meditation you become mindful of your thoughts and your emotional state.

Takeing it easy, in deep thought.

Be aware of those negative mind states and how they feel and what they are. When you are delayed or have to wait, recognize impatience arising, when you are mindful the impatience will not escalate into anger that can turn to what is known as road rage. There are many bad feelings, fear, envy, jealousy, hate, greed and anger. Anger is ruinous a person consumed by the fire of anger enjoys nothing. Under strong negative emotions the joy in your life disappears. The antidote for the negative is to fill your heart with positive kind loving and caring feelings for others. There are always people with more, do not envy them, think of the less fortunate and be grateful.

Put on a brave face.

When something breaks or is lost in some way, getting upset will not bring it back, you may feel the loss but does it do any good to let it spoil your day. We can be injured or sick and in pain but is there any need to suffer, crying and making other lives miserable. When in pain you are unhappy and when the pain stops you are happy. Therefore anytime you are not in pain, should be a reason to be happy. What shall I do?

I don’t want to hear it.

Look on the inside; think what is happening inside your mind. What effect is the outside environment having on your mind and take control of your thoughts. Thoughts lead to actions and actions become habits. You can cultivate good or bad habits and as you sow so shall you reap, that sentiment is quoted in all major ideologies.

The Buddha.

What you can do, is to make your goal in life, to change the world by your example. To do that, you need to be aware of your thoughts and their effect on your feelings and behavior. This is not easy it takes practice, another quote, “To know and not to do, is still not to know.” I have found that meditation has helped me to be a better person and being a better person has brought its own rewards. There is no action without reaction; this is the law of Karma.

The indigenous Australian have been persecuted suffered.

What shall I do? Start with a smile and the world will return your smiles. That was my first lesson on Karma. Taking a deep breath and trying to follow only my breathing was the beginning of meditation practice. The Buddha gave us a wonderful guide in, “The Eight Fold Path, it is a lifelong endeavor of self-improvement. In this world of many distractions you will often take wrong turns, but as in meditation just refocus, put it behind you and continue.

When you are smiling the whole world smiles with you.

Your smile will be infectious. Your courtesy when driving will alleviate stress in others. Your kindness will be appreciated; your honesty will breed trust. If you want to conserve be conservative not extravagant. Your appreciation will be appreciated and your respect will bring you respect. In heavy traffic you will have the opportunity to practice your patience and if you do you will not promote that dreaded “road rage”. There will be many opportunities in life to change the world, around you for the better, by your actions.

In the temple meditating.

Do not expect others to do this for you. Wish in one hand and cry into the other and see which gets full first. You can protest, you can pray or Keep asking, what shall I do?

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