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Wild but not angry.

Wild but not angry.

Back home grazing on the plains.

He looks friendly.

He looks friendly.

There once was a wild buffalo that roamed the muddy swamp lands of the young mind.

Rice field in Thailand.

Rice field in Thailand.

Things must change the swamp was drained the ox was tamed. It was a savage youthful game the picador, matador or bull, one must meet disaster. Death was flaunted in those adventurous, hectic years of joy and tears.

This is not a bullfight.

This is not a bullfight.

Let us not forget those naïve years and judge unfairly the youth of today. To tame the bull takes calm and patient contemplation. In time with practice a state of peace and contentment can be achieved. The ox is free from yoke and harness to roam the fertile grassland of the mind. It is now tamed and does not stray as in those stressful, boisterous party years.

An attractive flower.

An attractive flower.

Life is a challenging jungle to adventurer in, full of wonderful exotic things to tempt us from the virtuous safe path. To become the prey of some greedy hateful thing and be devoured by the beast of ignorance.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Carried away by the turbulent flow of life we desire the flowers blooming on the roadside. These flowers never last they wither fade and die. We crave for more and are led astray into the danger zone. We can be aware that we are straying from the path this is not enough we must be mindful of the danger in these misadventures and return to focus on the destination.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

There are always wondrous temptations to distract the unmindful from the path that leads to the fertile grassy plain where true understanding resides and peace and contentment reigns. This is where the calm serene ox grazes.

Fertile land.

Fertile land.

 You may see this as bull but this is wisdom to the wise.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

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Flower Boganvillia.

Bougainvillia beautiful flowers painful thorns.

Who is suffering?

Franklin Park Hobart.

Franklin Park Hobart.

Some people do not understand when I say “You can be in pain but there is no need to suffer.” Let me explain this so you will understand. Our thoughts have power over our feelings. If we can control our thoughts we have control of much of what is happening in our life. Our thoughts influence our actions. If we dwell on unsavory thoughts those thoughts lead to destructive actions.

Convict window now part of Salamanca Market.

Convict window now part of Salamanca Market.

It is said that after practicing doing something for twenty days it becomes a habit. If we constantly have negative thoughts, it becomes a bad habit that leads us to bad actions. We must become aware that as we think so will we act. To be mindful of our thoughts we can correct those negative thoughts and turn our life around for the better. If we let our mind run wild, filling our head with all kinds of wild thoughts, from outside distractions and past  experiences, we have lost control of our thoughts.

A cold hard lion.

A cold hard lion.

A chain reaction then takes place. Our random thoughts lead to random actions and we have lost control of our life. It all comes down to awareness of our thoughts and mind control. How can we control those thoughts that constantly fill our mind? Like static on the radio interfering with the enjoyment of our program. This is what is called the monkey mind. Irresponsible, active, mischievous thoughts like monkeys swinging around in the jungle of branches in our brain.

Haer no evil, speak no evil. see no evil and guess who?

Haer no evil, speak no evil. see no evil and guess who?

Metaphorically speaking, take control of the jungle full of wild creatures. Calm those animal-like thoughts in the jungle of your mind. This is done by becoming aware of our thoughts and practicing mind control. I find the best way to do this, is by regularly practicing breathing meditation till it becomes a habit. When meditation becomes a habit it can be called upon any time you are under stress or pressure. You will be mindful and the calming technique of a few deep breaths, to stabilize you, will be all that is needed.

Buddha In Hobart C B D.

Buddha In Hobart C B D.

When you first begin trying to concentrate on your breath in meditation, you will be distracted by invasive thoughts. This is the first step in your awareness of how distracting your thoughts can be. Do not let this put you off, just focus your attention back to your breath. You may use any of a number of methods. You could count each inhalation and out breath as one breath and count to six and then start over from one again. Another method is to follow the breath, as you think in with good out with stress. There are many variations on breathing meditation, find one that suits you and practice it.

The ripples will deminish in time.

The ripples will deminish in time.

To know and not to do is still not to know. All the knowledge is useless without putting it into practice. Practicing meditation you become aware of the constant monkey mind chatter. With practice you learn not to allow them to play in the jungle of your mind. You become mindful and aware. You can then take control of your life. By practicing you learn to focus on what is important to you. You calm down, your concentration improves and your whole outlook is better. Be mindful and aware; come back to focusing on your life giving calming breath.

Calm reflection.

Calm reflection.

To understand the full meaning of my words “You can be in pain but there is no need to suffer.” You need awareness of your thoughts and have mind control over them. You must not dwell on pain by complaining about your pain and misfortune. When you do this you are reinforcing the negative and the pain, this is suffering.

The way out of pain and suffering.

The way out of pain and suffering.

Get your thoughts back on track. Think of the doughnut not the hole. Think companionably of others less fortunate than you. Instead of suffering do something constructive as a diversion. Concentrate on taking those essential life giving calming deep breaths. Realize in time all things are subject to change. Both the pleasant and the unpleasant will inevitably pass. No one can escape this universal truth; we are all subject to pain. Some suffer and complain others bare the pain and get on with the only life they are blessed with.

Autom teaves on the path.

Autumn leaves on the path.

A shaman said to me “Think less and do more.” We are all in pain if we think about it. Do not suffer do something constructive.

The end of a perfect day.

The end of a perfect day.

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