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Furry nice blanket.

Furry nice blanket.

What do you want?

She was drawing a heart on her hand.

She was drawing a heart on her hand.

I would like to weave, warm, woolly, words, into a blanket to protect and comfort you on a cold dismal day. To do more than please you, like the fleeting pleasure of youthful love. Like those wonderful shooting stars of pleasure that burnt out in our atmosphere.

They look stable and contented.

They look stable and contented.

Happiness is more stable than pleasure. Happiness is where the bubbling mountain streams combined their strengths, flowing together forming the source of a mighty river. Sharing and appreciating all that passes. Happiness is living with love.

 Happy and couldn't care less what you think.

Happy and couldn’t care less what you think.

To know pleasures pass and although happiness can stay with us to the end, the end is inevitable.   This is not a morbid way to think, it is a fact and when realised, brings joy. Understanding our life is passing, we stop cling to the fleeting pleasures and share happiness and good fortune.

Sharing there joy with "Mustang Sally.

Sharing their joy with “Mustang Sally.

Loving and sharing is the key to the treasures of happiness and the joy locked in life’s treasure chest. Life’s treasures cannot be hoarded in a bank to appreciate. They must be shared to appreciate and be appreciated by everyone, to bring peace and contentment to the world.

I good way to spend the day and you don't need a lot of money.

I good way to spend the day and you don’t need a lot of money.

Wisdom is knowing as the poet said “Pleasures are like snowflakes on the river one moment white then lost forever”. Letting go and sharing brings happiness.

The closest to snow in Queensland.

The closest to snow in Queensland.

Desiring more is disastrous; wanting is the problem child that is conceived of lust. The offspring of wisdom is contentment.

This is not the Suwannee River.

This is not the Swannee River.

Wanting for nothing, ironically, is to have all we need. The struggle for more never brings lasting happiness. Luxuries and status symbols are not necessary. Understanding this promotes love, happiness and contentment. Appreciating what you have, is to be wrapped in a blanket of contentment, protected from the cold, outside world, warm in your inner world with peace of mind. You cannot control the outer world; you can control peace in your own mind.

Keep it wall in balance.

Keep it all in balance.

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This is better than seeing me stretching.

This is better than seeing me stretching.

Beneficial Breathing Meditation.

A stretching demonstration in a shop window.

A stretching demonstration in a shop window.

After doing my morning exercises a mix of Pilates, Tai- Chi and yoga. I do not do this routine as regularly as I should. Why fight the inevitable. I try to be accepting of the prevailing circumstances. Balance and flexibility are not only a physical concern.

You will have to put up with me for this one.

You will have to put up with me for this one.

I usually finish off in the lotus position then meditate on the breath. Actually the whole exercise session is meditating on the breath as the breath is an important part of exercise. Expansion  and contraction, inhaling and exhaling in co-ordination with the movements. Relaxing into a stretch, using the breath helps further the range of movement.

A panting by Elioth Gruner Spring frost, to get over the last photo.

A panting by Elioth Gruner Spring frost, to get over the last photo.

Focusing on the breath for a few minutes settles me down. Breathing is the most basic and important thing in life, it simply is life. Sportsmen especially swimmers know the importance of coordinating the breath with actions. Speakers and performers know a few deep breaths calms the nerves before going on stage.

Ox herding sculpture, taken in a watt in Bangkok.

Ox herding sculpture, taken in a watt in Bangkok.

Concentrating on the breath is a perfect focus for meditation practice. When the mind is calmed by focusing on counting each breath, you can progress to other methods of meditation. There are many ways to practice breathing meditation.

One of the ox herding pictures on a temple in Korea.

One of the 10 ox herding pictures on a temple in Korea.

One may think, ‘one, inhaling with love’ and on the exhale, ‘out with hate.’ ‘Two in with good,’ then ‘out with bad, continuing in this way to six. Then repeat these steps. Using any positive word on the ins and a negative for out. You will find your mind wanders, when this happens do the same as you would if disturbed when reading a book.

Reading an E-book in a quiet place.

Reading an E-book in a quiet place.

We can develop our own method of meditation once the basic breath method is mastered. You will know  this when the invasive thoughts die-down. Like a radio tuned in properly there will be no static  or what is called the monkey-mind stops its monkey business. Like the ox in the ‘ten ox herding pictures’ the beast is trained it will no longer stray. The mind is still and concentration is not difficult.

This picture shows the trained ox will not stray.

This picture shows the trained ox will not stray.

Some days you are focused, other days are difficult the mind wanders and you lose count. Do not let this upset you just return to your chosen focus. If things are too disturbing it is like with reading a book, either put it away till later or move to where there is less distraction. When the mind is calm and under control. Advanced meditations can be practiced to further your understanding of the true nature of things. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhist meditation to reach a state of perfect understanding.

The monkey mind up to mischief.

The monkey mind up to mischief.

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Get out and see the light.

Get out and see the light.

Windows are inciting opportunities.

Some one saw an opportunity here.

Someone saw an opportunity here.

Our dwellings should have many windows to let in the light. To live in a house with one window is to dwell in darkness.

Go around obstacles.

Go around obstacles.

Only looking out one window is to have a limited view. Fill your house with windows to see the world from different viewpoints.

Accept the challenges.

Accept the challenges.

I cannot see things as you do from where I am standing and you cannot see things as I do from your location. Maybe we should change positions and we would see things undistorted in true perspective.

The more windows the more the more you see.

The more windows the more you see.

The more windows the wider our outlook, to look out of only one window is to see only one side of our wondrous world.

See more than you REALEYES.

See more than you REALEYES.

The person with one window is like the person with only one book. They are limited in their views; one should never draw the curtains on other views. Look and see the many possibilities.

Lots of windows but some never look.

Lots of windows but some never look.

A house full of windows is a house full of light, light that makes it possible to see all viewpoints. Look out of every window and into every window to see the vast range of opportunity, to paint or photograph your beautiful picture.

There are many opportunities missed in hast.

There are many opportunities missed in haste.

 Build your house with many windows take the best from all view points and your wisdom will grow. Never limiting ones view from one window, one book, one country or one belief broadens your horizons.

Look everywhere and broaden any limited views.

Look everywhere and broaden any limited views.

Dawn inspired me to photograph windows. You may like to go to her site “The day after” to see what has inspired others.

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No monkey buisness.

No monkey business.

The circus.

Ox sculpture Wat Pho Bangkok.

Ox sculpture Wat Pho Bangkok.

The mind is pestered by irrelevant intrusive thoughts prompting the phrase “monkey mind.” The exponential rapid progress in technology has far out run mans ability to evolve and adjust. With the fast pace of modern society our sensory input is working to saturation point. The “Monkey Mind’ is bombarded, the chimpanzee is hyperactive. To the point it is hard to concentrate, meditation is needed to calm the raging bull, another metaphor for the uncontrolled mind.

Korean Temple mural.

The concept of the bull is attributed to a Taoist scholar and enlarged on by Chinese Chan later adopted by Japanese Zen Buddhists. Ten pictures of a man taming a bull, the bull represents the mind, the pictures progressively show the process from unruly, through to calm, symbolic of how meditation can calm the mind to enlightenment. These series of pictures are called the Ten Ox Herding or The Ten Bull Herding pictures. In South Korea Buddhist temples are beautiful decorated with these colourful pictures.

Not a black dog day.

Not a black dog day.

These are not the only animals I am working with. I had an unruly puppy, spoilt rotten, it grew into an ill-tempered savage dog. Ego was his name he was defiantly not man’s best friend. I chained him up and threw him a bone now and again. I have muzzled him and can now take him for walks. Ego follows wagging his tail but cannot be trusted he needs constant supervision. I keep a watchful eye on him but he still shows off a bit. That is alright as long as ego’s little antics remain harmless and amusing.

Let us to eat out tonight.

Let us eat out tonight.

Now the monkey, the bull, and the dog are performing reasonably. No need to train my pig I never had a greed problem I was lucky having enough healthy food to keep him satisfied. The one stupid animal I am still working on is the ass or is it a donkey? I will have to Google to find out.

Define ass: 1. it is a hoofed mammal of the horse family smaller and with longer ears than a horse.

2. Informal, a stupid or inept person.

A little Horse.

A little Horse.

I go to the public library for books, mostly nonfiction, written by qualified people who have a back ground in the subject. It is important to learn from someone who is a genuine authority on the subject. Having said that I would advise you to confirm what I write using Google. We should always get conformation and facts never taking someone’s opinion on trust. They may be well-meaning but misguided because they accepted on faith alone.

A little cutie.

A male donkey is Jack  donkey or ass.

There is a lot of propaganda floating around, half-truths and unsubstantiated comment. Pick your TV programs carefully, record them and watch them at your leisure, fast forwarding the “Monkey Ads”. Feeding garbage into your mind is probably as bad as eating rubbish. As they say you are what you eat (if this is true, be brave, do not eat chicken) eat nourishing healthy food. There are loads of negative, violent and stupid entertainment, if we fill our mind with too much of this rubbish it affects our thinking. Our thoughts effect our actions, actions repeated become habits.

Another example.

Another example of taming the ox.

It is a never-ending struggle keeping my circus performing well. I honestly believe I am making good progress. I had a slow start and was left behind in the “Rat Race”. I am not that fond of rats and their treadmill. That is why I stopped competing and it left me more time to train my unruly menagerie. I am now less hasty but progressing faster. I believe I have overcome most of the obstacles blocking my joy of life, or is that the dog barking, “Get in behind Ego.” As the Kiwi sheep farmer said.

 Ox mural showing tempol decoration.

Ox mural showing temple decoration.

The dictionary defined philosophy as 1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.  Forget about the other seven definitions the first one fits me like hot pants on Kylie Minogue. Does that make me a philosopher? I hear the dog barking again and the monkey is starting to chatter. I have been reading James Lovelock’s theories about earth as a living organism. I have to be ever mindful, I relax, and although it is on the endangered list of species a Caquetá titi monkey swings down in the jungle of my mind, I grab its tail and start to swing with it.

Carved wood decoration on Korean temple.

Carved wood decoration on Korean temple.

Up in the branches of the “Thinking Tree” that was the thought that hooked onto my mind; I am away with the hairy-fairies. Trees must have feeling they sense the sun and turn in its direction to do their photosynthesis work as all plants do. This process turns light energy into chemical energy that can be used to take up nutrients from the soil for its growth.  Carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water, oxygen is released. Trees maintain our atmosphere, give us food and shelter from a hot sunny day or a rainy one. This shows trees are capable of love, trees love us and I love trees. You can call me a tree hugger or greenie I will not be upset, love is all we have to save our demise. I take a few deep breaths and come back to earth.

Caught in the act hugging a Z.N. Kauri.

Caught in the act hugging a NZ Kauri.

Everything is interdependent, everything relies on something else to survive. This is how nature works, animals depend on plants and other animals for sustenance, they in turn provide food for other creatures and plants need nutrients from composted, decaying matter. Everything is used, nothing wasted in nature’s cycle. Nature does not encourage greed in its delicate balance. Yes, it is time for the dangerous, death-defying, high-wire act performance by a crazy troop of tightrope walkers; this is the greatest show on earth.

The clown did not use the zoom.

The clown did not use the zoom.

Forgive my rambling stupidity, but every circus has a clown and I let the monkey out to play in safe areas where he cannot escape and get up to serious mischief. Comment and let me know if you have found a true word in my humor. You know the cliché, many a true word is said in jest. Are you reading between the lines? That is why I put in my photos between the lines. There are many ways of looking at things and interpreting them. If we are not in a hurry we will see more. I hope the tips in my post are not rubbish tips.

Zen include a circle as an emlty vesal holds more.

Zen include a circle as an empty vessle holds more.

 

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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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In Tune with life.

Jack’s Cantina

Marty Robbins’ songs date back to the 50’s, the gun slinger ballads. “El Paso,” “Night time would find me at Rosas cantina, music would play and Filina would whirl, one night a wild young cowboy comes in, dancing and daring a drink he was sharing, with wicked Felina the girl that I love, I challenged his right for the hand of this maiden, down went his hand for the gun that he wore, in less than a heart beat his challenge was answered, the handsome young cowboy lay dead on the floor.” Hollywood movies and songs like this made me a milk-bar cowboy. It was a red sports coat and no white carnation; I was the Milky Bar Kid pushing juke box buttons.

The Milky Bar Kid On The Dominator.

“Kaw-Liga (Kalayja) was a wooden Indian standing by the door. He fell in love with an Indian maid over at the antique store, Kaw-Liga too stubborn to let it show, so she could never answer yes or no.” Marty’s hit song “The Story Of My Life,” was written with a Dobro guitar and a Dodge car. The music we encountered in our travels makes us think of our life story, the people, places and all that we once held dear perhaps loved . Memories we recalled when songs are played, take us back down that long road of no return to the land of what might have been.

Cowboys.

“When some button pushing cowboy plays that love song and here I am just missing you again.” Olivia Newton John sings that song and some songs affect you in that way. “The Carnival Is Over.” I first heard Judith Durham sing back in the mid sixties and it still causes strong emotions in me. Those two Australian singers I like, not only because of their voices, but also the choice of songs and the memories they bring back. Music touches our heart in a way no other art form can. It is mood provoking. We must be mindful of the music we listen to because it can change our mood. Some songs from a joyous youthful era lift our mood. Then there are the bitter sweet songs of the past with their pensive recollections. That can provoke a melancholy, sentimental feeling of indecision of its merits. This is the time to remind ourselves, it is the now we are living in.

The cowboy out back with the FJ.

I do not regret the decision to sail off to foreign lands I was not ready to settle down. “My heart knows what the wild goose knows and I must go where the wild goose goes”, Frankie Laine, back then I empathized with those words. Like in the movie I escaped through those “Sliding Doors” to Napoli. “La Paloma”, no language barrier, music and a smile are the universal language. “Her eyes were deeper than the bay of Napoli.” Did she return to the Trevi Fountain was thirty lira enough, “I wonder who is kissing her now. I wonder who is teaching her how, Breathing sighs, telling lies; I wonder who’s buying the wine for those lips that I used to call mine. I wonder if she ever tells him of me.” Had the doors not closed my life would have been different but still full of “Heart Ache By The Number,” I was ignorant, a wild goose ready for plucking.

James with geese Pukekura Park.

The carnival is not over I am riding on a merry-go-round, with ups and downs and around and rounds.  “Hot Chocolate”, “You Sexy Thing.” “Mississippi” the Pussycats only hit. “That was my song that was her song but it’s over.” Like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, was her song. “Up in the morning out on the job work like the devil for my pay, but that lucky old sun got nothing to do but roll around the heavens all day.“ That was my song. “Dire Straits,” would have diagnosed “Industrial Disease.” No letter, no “Dear John.” “I heard it through the grape vine and I nearly lost my mind.” “Only The Lonely.” Mick was right, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Some songs can motivate and keep us going.

Blues on Broad Beach.

“Xanadu.” “Magic,” you have to believe we are magic. Nothing can stand in our way. If all your hopes survive, your destiny will arrive, and bring all your dreams alive for you.” Then “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” “Jumping Jack Flash,” You know “Thin Lizzy,” well “The Boys Are Back In Town.” “Cream”, “The Sunshine of Your Love,” “Eric Clapton.”  “Stand By Me” “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” “A Whole Lot a Lovin’,”  “Leo Sayer” would sing, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.” “With a Rebel Yell, “Billy Idol cried “More, more, more,” and “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Queen,” “Rolling On The River,” Tom Jones. It was “Late In the Evening,” with “Paul Simon,” “Love Is in The Air,“ not “Under The Boardwalk,”  “Down Under,” “Men at Work,” “When They Begin The Begin,” N.Z. 1982 “Hands Up,” eight weeks the top hit, still my top hit.

Jumping Jacks son Jason.

There is a lot more memorable music we embrace and hold tightly to our hearts. We all have our own personal favorites, the music that activates our emotions and shrinks time, taking us back to a long lost past. Like “The Ghost Riders in the Sky,” to an almost forgotten lullaby, that tempts us to break down and cry. But “Even the Bad Times Are Good,”  “There are times in this life of mine. That I think the sun forgot to shine. But as long as you are always there, it don’t bother me for why should I care, when all I got to do is run to you.” “You are My Sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear how much I love you; please don’t take my sunshine away.”  We will be, “On The Road Again,” with ”Mustang Sally,” at the wheel. “Get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes our way. Like a true nature’s child, we were borne to be wild. Yeah! Darling, going to make it happen and take the world in a loving embrace.

More adventure off the highway.

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Trip to nowhere.

Flash back to the 60’s.

That fabulous trip in paradise, I never took it serious in retrospect. Back in the 60’s and 70’s Nimbin, in the shadow of Mt.Warning, 70 km from Byron Bay; was the centre of Australia’s counter culture, self-sufficiency, sustainability and communal living.

Not for real.

Unfortunately it was run over by the big wheels of capitalism. The flowers, the recycled cloths, the amulets, beads and symbols of peace, were capitalized upon by the fashion trade.  There was freedom from many laws requiring permits and licenses and from inhibiting conventional values. That allowed uninhibited sex and equality of sex, colour and race. The media sensationalized this as, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. The corporate community and the military industrial complex had to squash the Vietnam protesters. “The dawning of the age of Aquarius,” love, peace and all this free love, had to be stopped or the wheels of progress would seize up.

This is a job for Superman in his fight for justice and the American way. The U.S.A. needed a film star president, one who could present their script convincingly. They wanted it the American way and told Superman he could not have it both ways. So they hid the truth in the Bushes, with words of mass seduction. Australia’s Prime Minister John Howards response would be to follow, as usual mother England and her American boy friend Uncle Sam, with all the dollars.

We had high hopes back in the 60’s but now we realize the American dollar has god printed on its side. We were living at the pinnacle of mans exploitation of nature and the good life and those medicinal herbs tended to take away our initiative and drive. The T.V. watchers are slowly becoming aware that nature is violently responding to the disruption of her laws that keep everything in balance. All things are interdependent and if anything becomes a threat it is not disposed, it is changed into something that is in tune with her plan.

This is for real.

In reference to my previous post The Trip into Paradise it never actually happened. It was just a flash back to the 60’s that indicates I was not too involved with, drugs, protests or hippies.

 

Seeing things.

 

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