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Quiet time.

Quiet time in our garden.

My Way of Coping.

Quiet time in garden above a busy city.

Quiet time in a garden above a busy city.

We would like a peaceful world no agitation no hatred. I found it was useless grumbling and complaining. I wrote letters to politicians and received printed sheets back with their party’s answers. The only hand written part was the signature. No more acknowledgement than a two-fingered salute. Complaining is useless even to those with some power to change things. Expecting others to fix things by stirring and organising people to protest only adds to the problem and makes you unhappy. Mass protests only aggravate the problem and it becomes a highly explosive situation.

a smile from my grandson Geoff.

a smile from my grandson Geoff.

I have come to the conclusion, mindfulness of others feelings, showing friendliness, being kind caring and sharing is the only way to reverse the downward spiral taking us into the wasteland, created by our greedy throwaway society.

A smile from Jade.

A smile from Jade.

My challenge is in the now, mindful of my thoughts, emotions and action. That is the first step mindful of my thoughts and emotions and understanding grasping and clinging is not the answer, caring and sharing is the only way to alleviate the problem. We must be aware all things are passing and subject to change and everything is interconnected; therefore I must change myself to become a better person. Changing my faults has an effect on all my surroundings. A good attitude and wholesome thoughts brings about a positive change in my immediate world. A smile is infectious and a person’s attitude is passed on.

Jasmine shows a sweet smile.

Jasmine shows a sweet smile.

Practice starts at home with you and I, then will expand to the rest of the world. This is a slow process and we are living in a fast paced age.

Michael is bursting with smiles.

Michael is bursting with smiles.

If we plant and cultivate nourishing seeds of kindness and compassion we will harvest a storehouse of happiness. I am not religious but I am guided by the Buddhist Eightfold Path and helpful wisdom from all beliefs. We need an ethical set of precepts to follow. We do not need a bigoted hierarchy type religion. We need to think for our self and in our heart we know what kindness is. We only have to imagine how we would feel in another sentient beings circumstance.

Amie the newest member of a smiling family.

Amie the newest member of a smiling family.

A smile is a good start to promote friendship; a smile is the seed that love grows from. Be aware of your emotional state, it is difficult to smile if your attitude is negative. A gloomy or tense face can be mistaken for an unfriendly face. Start with a smile then a kind word or deed. Then the true practice starts where effort to be a better person is needed. To be trusted you must be honest and trustworthy.

My grand children follow Jesus I learn from all.

My grand children follow Jesus I learn from all.

So smile be happy stop grumbling, complaining and getting upset. All the worry only upsets you and disturbs your mind and the downward spiral starts. It is this disease that leads to anger, hate and bad actions.

Look above the muddy water to see beauty.

Look above the muddy water to see the beauty.

Change and love life do not destroy it. Meditate on peace, dispelling anger promoting all the virtues, to a point where you glimpse Nirvana. At times I feel everyone is my friend and I am in tune with all that surrounds me. I have reached a point of tranquillity where the outside hustle and bustle has little effect on my inside tranquillity.

Unaffected by the mud the lotus blooms.

Unaffected by the mud the lotus blooms.

 The TV stirs the mud by bringing the problems of the world and tempting advertising into our homes. Inflaming desire and greedy wanting for unnecessary luxuries. When you feel the pressure of commerce and the worries of the world getting to you take a deep breath and if necessary keep quietly concentrating on your breath till you find your mind clear and settle. With regular meditation the turbulent muddy water settles and clear crystal understanding emerges.

Find peace beyond the city.

Find peace beyond the city.

You need to take a rest from the rat race at every opportunity, in nature’s garden. Cultivating and caring, appreciating the wondrous things created for all to enjoy. Be patient, it will take time, but will never happen till you take that first step on the path to paradise. It is a slow process reaching the stage where your part of the world is at peace. It will take much longer for your achievement to inspire others. At least you will have the joy surrounding you. It is up to you the ball is in your court as they  say.

A quiet place is never far away.

A quiet place is never far away.

 

 

 

 

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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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Love and smiles go together.

Love and smiles go together.

Spreading love.

Jasmine freely gives its cent with love.

Jasmine freely gives its scent with love.

The fragrance of Jasmine on the evening breeze, every sight and every sound love is all around. It started at my nose; I can feel it in my toes. I see it in your loving eyes; it stretches to the bright blue skies. I hear music in your name; I know you feel the same.

Together in sunny weather.

Together in sunny weather.

You and I will dance together through every kind of weather. Waltzing through this world of wonder, we will smile through storms and thunder. We can dance in the rain, knowing the sun will shine again.

Sharing the sunrise together.

Sharing the sunrise together.

Till the dawning of a glorious brand new day, rest and pleasantly dream the night away. What wonders will the new day hold for the adventurous to unfold?  All these gifts are given free from the powers that be. No need to push and shove, for these presents that we love. Like a little girl and boy we jump with joy.

Smiles are infectious.

Smiles are infectious.

When you are having fun the time just seems to run. Sad but true my friend, all good times come to an end. Forced off the stage by the starry night, the sun gives us a parting delight by setting the clouds alight. The perfume is back once more, as delightful as before. Enjoying the gentle moonlight, we listen to the sounds of night. The sound of a wave breaking on a distant beach, or music almost beyond our audible reach; this is a perfect way to complete our day.

The tranquil restful moon or a symbol of romance.

The tranquil restful moon or a symbol of romance.

The sun shone bright in the golden morning light. There have been clouds and rain, then the sun shone again. Like children at play we are tired after a busy day. In the twilight hour smell the Frangipani flower, it is time to reflect, did we spend the hours giving complements and flowers, helping those in need of care, and smiling in times of despair?

Frangipani a pleasure to the eye and a joy to the nose.

Frangipani a pleasure to the eye and a joy to the nose.

We have learned a thing or two today, we can tackle tomorrow in a better way. Now it is time to rest knowing we have done our best. We rest our heads in the land of the unknown, not knowing if we can find our way back home. So never forget to say good night my dear I love you. Do not leave the world any sorrow, if you cannot find your way back tomorrow.

A glorious sunset. hope to see many more.

A glorious sunset. hope to see many more.

When we live our life with love and thank the stars above, grateful for nature’s gifts, we find our fortune lifts. Instead of greed and sorrow we look forward to tomorrow. Every day is full of fun to be shared with everyone. With kind thoughts and compassion, love will become the fashion. Everyone will see your smile and want to join the style.

Only a vegetable  could  resist her smile.

Only a vegetable could resist her smile.

Love is a contagious condition with no regard to your position. The poor and wealthy, the sick and the healthy, they all fall in love, all it takes is a little shove. Greet everyone in the street, smile at every one you meet. See how love spreads like wild-fire, its warmth killing greed and desire. Smiles give a better return, than your money can earn.

Music, smiles and beautiful people are priceless.

Music, smiles and beautiful people are priceless.

“Did I hear you yawn? Come sleep with me till dawn.” Did I leave something out, is that all love is about? “Good golly Miss Molly, we sure had a ball! Yes, that was fun, but now I am eighty-one.”  I will give you a hug and say, “I will love you forever and a day, or till the world runs out of time.” Those are words of a song, it’s time for bed not a sing along.

 

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This was home not so long ago.

This was home not so long ago.

Good fortune.

Ring of friends or birds of a feather.

Ring of friends or birds of a feather.

Your luck depends on your attitude. If you throw a smile into a pool of people, it will radiate out same as a ripple from a stone would in a pool of water in ever enlarging circle. Smiles are very infectious if you smile, somewhere in that pool of people, a smile will bounce right back. That is a link in your chain of luck.

Linked together.

Linked together.

The more links in your chain of luck the more you will smile. This increases your circle of friends like ripples around you changing your luck. It is a chain reaction that changes your outlook. A positive optimistic attitude increases your popularity and you will want to respond with cheerful kind and caring actions. You will attract positive like-minded people increasing the links in your long chain of friends. Here is a cliché ‘friends are worth more than gold’ this has been repeated so often because it is true. Friends have your welfare at heart they tip you off to good stuff and warn you of dangers.

This spideris beautiful and not dangerous.

This spider is beautiful and not dangerous.

Smile, be mister nice guy and you will have luck, but for your luck to last you must strengthen those links in your chain of friends. To do this you need to be reciprocal by caring and sharing. Out in the big pond it is the people with the right attitude, honest and trustworthy that are always welcome. The irony of luck is when you share your good fortune your luck increases. When you achieve this you will be respected and opportunities will pop up from unexpected places. The more links in your chain the more chances you have of winning and the stronger the links the luckier you will be.

Everyone is beautiful when they smile.

Everyone is beautiful when they smile.

In business this is called networking, like a web stretching out in all directions, catching food for the big business spider. Statistic shows that networking pays off for business people but this is not luck this is a numbers game and not always sincere. Links built on genuine unselfishness that are of mutual benefit will bring rewards of happiness and contentment. Sales people who work in a forthright way do well in the long run by referrals. To share and help others does have a chain reaction that brings good fortune.

Don't push your luck.

Don’t push your luck.

These are old hackney clichés ‘It is better to give than receive,’ ‘As you sow so will you reap’. We have stopped repeating them because they are not original. You do not have to be a parrot repeating them, you only need to remember them and practice them and you will have good fortune. If you want to become a lucky person you must share your good fortune. Then you will not want luck you will have all you want in abundance, no chains attached, a free windfall, a winner without even buying a ticket you will be a smiling success. You will live a charmed life protected from harm and be a positive force attracting favorable conditions.

Web

Like a web attracts morning dew drops.

Your destiny is governed by your deeds. Knowing yourself is to become aware of your moods and feelings. With this knowledge you can control your thoughts. Your thoughts have the power to elevate you from depression to joy. Think of all you have, not what you are lacking. Concentrate on the blessings in your life and be thankful. There are many less fortunate, concentrate on how you can help them. Forget yourself and your attitude will change from ‘poor me’  to “I am lucky”.

Beauty reflected in the circle.

Beauty reflected in the circle.

Unaware of your feelings of impatience you will become agitated, and then get angry. Ignorant of your feelings of anger you blame others. When you are mindful, observing your feelings, you will change your thoughts and stay calm. Look at inconveniences as an opportunity to practice patience and self-control. No one makes you angry they may irritate, annoy and test your patience, but you are at fault if you allow yourself to lose your temper. When people criticize you do not be upset, if it is valid they are doing you a favor, as when you are aware of faults you can take steps to fix them. If the censure is groundless or hurtful it is foolish to get annoyed, stay calm and composed. Thoughtful, right actions contribute to your wellbeing as well as your good fortune. This is how to become one of the lucky ones.

Don't worry he will not hurt you.

Don’t worry he will not hurt you.

Does worry help, most of the things we worry about never happen?  

   

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 My Lady Friend.

Smile and be beautiful.

Smile and be beautiful.

My lady friend is everything to me. She is a goddess her beauty is beyond compare. I am in love. When you are in love life takes on a new wonderful dimension. It is marvelous, every sight and every sound is full of delight. It is glorious to be alive and to bask in this divine enchantment.

A flowers bloom is it's smile.

A flowers bloom is its smile.

It sounds possessive to say my lady friend. I cannot claim sole rights to her charms. She is too generous to give herself to one man. Her boundless beauty is a gift she freely gives to all who pay her attention. I am not envious; I am delighted, when others appreciate and join in sharing her delights and loveliness.

Painted lady.

Painted lady.

Actually she is not really a lady.  She can be rough and wild, cruel and harsh; she is capricious, awesome, amusing, gentle, bright and sparkling but never dull. Because in all her moods, in whatever she does, she is supreme. No mortal can surpass her accomplishments in any art or craft. She is not young, yet she is not an old spinster, she can show all the freshness of springtime.  She is ageless and eternal in her magnificence. How can I describe her?

Natural beauty.

Natural beauty.

As a matter of fact she is affectionately described as Mother Nature our ultimate provider. Her laws control everything from the minute to the magnificent. Her law balances our interdependent ecosystem as well as the stars orbiting in the cosmos. She makes the rules; if her children are unruly she will deal out her tough love.

A promis in the rainbow, the bird is sign of peace.

A promise in the rainbow, the bird is a sign of peace.

Please be kind to my lady friend paying her the respect she deserves. Love is a two-way deal, to receive love you must give love.   What you give you receive this is another ancient law, the law of karma.

She represents Krushna.

She represents Krishna.

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In Tune With Love.

Happy Jug band.

Intune With love.

The thoughts that invade my monkey mind are often of a musical kind.

I ask the moon and the stars above, what is this thing called love?

Beyond control my thoughts take wings, a symphony of horns and strings.

Music like love makes the world go around. Romantic love is the drama, music the sound.

Beautiful Chinese music.

The sound of love in a squeaky bed, is music not discussed, better left unsaid.

 My mind runs away to love and passion, in the Frankie and Johnny fashion.

Or like the south Texas town down El Paso way, for the love of a maiden there was gun play.

Good entertainment.

These songs of passion entertain but there are songs in another vain.

Uplifting singing.

Sacred music, songs of love Soul and Gospels to the lord above.

When the slaves pick cotton they do not despair, they believe heaven is waiting, the lord is up there.

The mind drifts up to the starry sky above, all soft and cuddly immersed in love.

The best music.

 Singing hymns like “Amazing Grace” in a church or some sacred place.

 An ex slave trader wrote the words to Amazing Grace.  So anyone can change no matter what their disgrace.

There are uplifting popular songs, songs that suit sing-a-longs.

Bo Jangles.

Oh! What a wonderful world, starry starry night these are loving songs of delight.

Cradled in loving arms we heard our first song and remember it all lifelong.

The lullaby a mother sings, unaccompanied by any strings.

Just the sound of a comforting voice is every child’s choice.

A mother’s love, does not stand alone, a farther is needed to complete the family home.

Like yin and yang in harmony, all in tune in a loving family.

Three beat time on one guitar.

To gather together to sing for pleasure is a good way to spend our leisure.

With a song on our lips and a smile on our face we can make the world a better place.

Smiles are infectious, hope you catch one.

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The shadow taking it easy.

 

Shadow on the wall.

Slow down to the movement of the shadow on the wall. This is how time was first measured and it is more in tune with the natural rhythm of our body. That prompts us to take a deep breath and exhale like a sigh that takes with it the tension in our body. To breathe in the life force to nourish our body and breathe out all the impurities built up in our blood. To become aware of our breath is to return to our inner being.

Sola time piece or smiling sun dile.

Who lives in tune with nature in the modern lifestyle today? Things are now measured in milliseconds. Our stressful way of doing things makes us huff and puff. It is no wonder we are more dissatisfied and no happier than in the past although we have more luxuries than a Roman Emperor. We have lost sight of the really important things in life. The close knit family life has broken down, other people care for our children. We are alone in a crowded city; communities live in isolation not knowing their neighbors.

Time and commercial progress.

Although you would die deprived of air you are conscious of your breath only when lacking in air. To be conscious of your breath is to return to a relaxed state of being and our racing thoughts slow down. We need to think, but most of our thoughts are unnecessary and can have a negative effect, making us worried and unhappy. We need control over our thoughts to be able to concentrate on what is important to us in life. This can be achieved by practicing meditation.

Taking a breather.

There are so many different ways to practice meditation and things to chose from and focus on to meditation. All the advice and rules about the correct way to meditate, what object to focus on and the when, where and how, confuses and deters the average person from practicing. If this is your problem there is an easier approach to meditate, it is the just do it method.

It is tough at the top.

You only have to become aware of that life giving force your breath. Not necessarily in a special place under ideal conditions, try it in a traffic jam, or anywhere you would become impatient or stressed by having to wait. All you have to do is take a deep breath in and a long exhale and concentrate on the relaxing feeling. Feel the air pump you up as you inhale and the tension flow out with the out breath.   Repeat this in, out aware breathing.

Haven in the city.

Of course this is only a basic way of using meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. To control those racing thoughts you will need to set-aside some time each day to practice this method. This will make you aware of how easily your irrelevant thoughts distract your concentration. With practice your thoughts will quieten down and you will find the habit, taking an aware deep breath, brings you back to a calm, natural, relaxed state of being.

smiling are infectious.

You will smile once more and look upon adversity as just one of life’s challenges. Your problems will become opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and serenity. It will be a case of less haste more efficiency, less futile effort more productive and more rewarding achievement.

Parked up in Seoul.

What are we hurrying for, are we not aware of our ultimate end? It is the joy and beauty on the path, not the destination. Let our travels on this one way journey not be rushed. Be patient take the time to do only good and your reward will be happy smiles everywhere you go.

Time marches on.

 

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The smile and body language says it all.

Miss who?

Misunderstanding, most of the problems, arguments and even wars, I believe are caused by misunderstanding and ignorance. With ignorance of the full facts a person misjudges a situation. There are other factors that contribute to our difficulty in living in harmony with our fellow man or should I say fellow person?

Here is an example of misunderstanding. Some woman may have had a bad experience with a macho man with a big ego. Then she reads, Miss who? Picks up on misunderstanding, ignorance and fellowman, she could easily wrongly assess the motive in my writing. My intention is to promote understanding. Miss Who? Was my idea of humor, I did not go too far and mention misbehave, that would be a misdemeanor, this is probably not funny to most people.

Stress of modern life.

We have to be very careful with humor. Normally no one minds you laughing with them but usually people do mind you laughing at them and often someone is the brunt of the joke. Remember moderation in all things especially humor, Still never lose your sense of humor, it can keep you smiling over those tough times.

No mistaking these smiles.

Hitch hiking back in the 60s sometimes, when the lifts were few and far between and the situation was getting desperate. I would think of something funny as a prospective lift approached this put a smile on my face. I had noticed other hitch hikers with grim looks on their faces, they were worried looks but to the drivers they looked unfriendly and desperate and fear prevented them from stopping.

Sam, I call him Sam Simardi.

Unsmiling worried looking faces can give the wrong impression to people making snap judgments. When a person is stressed and has troubles they may not only look uninviting, their disposition can also be unfriendly. In most cases this is only temporary. We need to have full understanding of any situation before we start making judgments and airing our views.

Fear contributes to a good deal of our problems; fear is often used by manipulative, ignorant, and greedy people to achieve their objectives. Armies and weapons of mass destruction, we are told, protect us from invasion. Conversely other countries aware of the buildup of forces, in fear, increase their weaponry. This fear is a waste of effort and resources that could be put to better causes. When we smile we send a message that is understood in all languages. Kindness and a helping hand promotes reciprocity.

All children are special.

You now have a positive and a negative list of words. Negative words are misunderstanding, ignorance, fear and greed, positive words are understanding, trust, kindness, moderation and balance.

People in love are beautiful.

This leads me to think, if less was spent by the rich countries on weapons of mass destruction and more on foreign aid, there would be less envy, discontentment and hate. There would be less damage to environment as our resources are wasted on blowing up cities, then rebuilding them.  Have you wondered who profits from war?

This is someones happy home.

I have traveled alone in foreign lands and been treated kindly by the locals. I have tried to smile and look friendly, respected their ways and never flaunted my affluence. I have been more a traveler than a rich tourist wanting a good time. My aim has been to experience their way of life and see the wonders of their country.

Finish on a happy note.

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