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Especially for you.

Especially for you.

Love potion number 1965.

Click link to 1965.

Love potion use as instructions specified.

Love potion use as instructions specified.

When I asked, “Do you believe in god.”

she said “No there is only a devil. If there was a god bad things would not happen.”

“You don’t believe the stories in the bible?”

“Not all the stories.”

“Why not?”

“Because it was written by men for men they made God a man. There is no missus God.”
“So what do you believe?”

“I believe greed is a sin, if there was not greed everyone would have enough and be happy.”

“Is greed the cause of all the problems in the world?”

“Ignorance, fear and greed are the causes of all evil, all good things are the result of kindness.”

“You sound like a Buddhist.”

“Religion causes arguments. Let’s change the subject, or we will finish up fighting, let’s make love not war.”

Comferdentually.

Not from the mouths of these babes,

By love she meant adult play, it was uninhibited physical passionate engagement.
The word love used loosely, as I often do, is ambiguous the word love needs adjectives to define it. Unconditional love – agape in Greek as apposed to Eros or the word meta the Pali word – like parental love.

Wise words.

Wise words.

 My inhibitions prevented me from acting in a totally relaxed and natural way. I loved her and always will remember her free uninhibited love.
Religion gets people mixed up and perverted about their body. Causing natural behaviour to be distorted and can be the cause of mental disorders. Priests, monks and nuns, forced to live an unnatural life, come under a lot of pressure. Recently the Catholic Church has been embarrassed by priests charged with paedophilia.

A red rose has thorns.

A red rose has thorns.

I do not believe these people are evil it is what they are afflicted with that is the problem. Removing these impurities and defilements would restore the person. As waste water is filtered and becomes useful so can corrupt humans, in most cases be reformed.

Passion flower.

Passion flower.

Circumstances play a big part in our life. Life can be turbulent or calm; when we are having a bad hair day we are not at our best. Aussies are good sports men, no underhand play (bowling), when they are winning.
The point is get all the facts don’t be quick to condemn. There is a lot of good in the worst of us and a lot of bad in the best of us, so it is not right for the best of us to judge the rest of us. Who is going to cast the first stone?

More wisdom.

More wisdom.

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Memory enhanced.

Memory enhanced.

Click on the link below for the music accompaniment.

SONGS HAVE MEMORIES.

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As I remember we fitted together like a key in a lock. Until the way-would gypsy in me broke the lock that held us together. I was not ready to nest, I wanted to spread my wings and fly. Like the wild goose Frankie Lain sang about, in the 50s. But it was Judith Durham’s The Carnival is over that was haunting me in the 60s those harbour lights had mesmerised me.

We like to think we are wild geese.

We like to think we are wild geese.

 Life is a puzzle, full of ironies, and words are an imperfect medium to explain it. To allowed the monkey in our mind to wilfully swing from thought to thought is not mindful.  When one consciously lets the mind recall the past, or purposely plan for the future, it is alright. It is when we let our mind run on auto pilot and allow our subconscious to take the wheel we are in danger of losing control.

Who wants a better stove?

Who wants a better stove?

Hurrying to the future is prevalent in the technological world of today. Oblivious of our tasty breakfast we gulp our food to rush to a mundane job. Toiling for more than we need, desiring status symbols or devices we are told will save us time. Time cannot be saved; it is a passing thing that cannot be clung to. Aware, but not consciously aware and mindful, mindful is to be consciously aware, not running on auto pilot.

Full of youthful bounce.

Full of youthful bounce.

Knowing I am dwelling in the past is not fretting or regretting, it is recalling those passionate hot to trot youthful days, when love was synonymous with romance, infatuation and conquest. It is good not to forget those days and criticise the youth of today. Our vocabulary has improved now we know the meaning of reciprocity. Aware that true love is giving more than taking. True love is one thing that the more you give the more you receive.

Will they fall.... in-love ?

Will they fall…. in-love ?

Ignorant of the wisdom of the sages passed down through the ages. Back in my youth I had two gypsies in me, called curiosity and adventure, goading me on. The warm bed the tender caresses forfeited for faraway fields. There is no remorse, only a bitter sweet feeling of what might have been. I am sure I did the right thing; I needed to grow in understanding.

You see a lot when you travel.

You see a lot when you travel.

Traveling alone in foreign lands is the best teacher one can ever have.

May be this is your Christmas wish.

May be this is your Christmas wish.

In my memory she will remain a golden haired girl full of life. In reality I can imagine a grey and wrinkled woman. Our memory can span the ocean of time but an ocean of water has flown under the bridge since the 60s. Perhaps after a long tiresome journey she has gone home to rest. To be a billion dust-mites floating on the morning breeze to sparkle in the morning sun as new life.

A lovely person from the 60s.

A lovely person from the 60s.

Who knows?

I will end my love story here I have revealed enough. I have given you more than you realise, if not what you expected. Sorry if the ending was not a wonderful exciting climax. But this is not a TV romance made to make millions. It is just a story similar to many stories that leave us wondering.

This is the fruity ending, not as you pictured.

This is the fruity ending, not as you pictured.

 

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A Thought.

Some one planted a Sunflower seed.

Some one planted a Sunflower seed.

A Thought.

I took the time to look into this Bromeliad.

I took the time to look into this Bromeliad.

A thought is like a seed, will this seed grow? You will have to be patient you cannot hurry the process. Are you thinking about what you are doing now or are you thinking about something in the future? To make a good garden we must plant good seeds and take care how we plant them. You know the saying about sowing seed. The saying in one form or another has been attributed to many wise men. But my mother said “Be aware, as you sow so you reap.” Perhaps one of those wise guys got it from his mother but is a woman going to get credit. We often fail to follow the advice regardless of where it came from.

This leaf reminded me of an Indian Chief.

This leaf reminded me of an Indian Chief.

Mindful is more than aware, just as hearing is not the same as listening, it is like seeing but not observing. Busy people can be unaware of the scent of Jasmine on the air they breathe; or notice the white flowers standing out like stars on the green foliage or the blue sky. Intent on being somewhere else the present of now is lost. Not consciously aware as if flying in a fog on auto pilot we are not present for nature’s presents.

Not like an Indian any more a  Banksia and seed head.

Not like an Indian any more a Banksia and seed head.

Slow down let the world catch up to you.

You see more if you slow down.

You see more if you slow down.

If I am mindful my world is changed to peace and beauty. If everyone was mindful the world would become a pleasant, peaceful, paradise. There would be no more fast food or take away, we would sit down, savour our food, every tasty morsel. No more unaware gobbling our food while watching TV. Mindless eating causes over weight and bad health.

Everything is beautiful.

Everything is beautiful.

What about earning a living? Yes we would still need to work but being consciously aware we would take pride in our work. Not rushing it to get to some future want.

Some are obvious.

Some are obvious.

Problems are caused because we want to be somewhere other than in the here and now.

Some not so easily noticed.

Some not so easily noticed.

Wanting is not the same a needing. We need to be present in the now not wanting to be somewhere in the future. Missing the wonder of now we waste our life. It is the journey not the destination. When your journey is over you can say, been there done that but I still don’t know what it was all about.

All are worth spending time with.

All are worth spending time with.

The result is a shoddy job, half done giving us no sense of achievement. When we work with enthusiasm with the feeling we are doing something worthwhile. Taking the time necessary to do things properly is worthwhile. When our mind is engaged in what we are doing we are alive.

You may find some miracle of engineering.

You may find some miracle of engineering.

A thought repeated becomes a habit. Our thoughts govern our actions. Think wholesome thoughts, to do this feed the mind nourishing vitalising food. You will not find much wholesome food advertised on TV.

Hurry and you miss even the obvious.

Hurry and you miss even the obvious.

 

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Fully Absorber in the Now.

Watching the action.

Watching the action.

“Jack!”

I put the finishing touches to the picture.

Fully focused on what I am doing and thinking of nothing else.

Now I think I’ll pencil it in the calligraphy, then I hear but am not listening.

“Jack!!”

‘Then see how it looks before using the ink.’

“Jack!!!”

I am aware of the irritable emotion but answer without thinking.

“What’s the problem?”

“You are the problem, I don’t know if you can hear me or are ignoring me.”

“I am absorbed, doing some art.”

“Can’t you just say YES so I know you have heard?”

Aware I am getting annoyed, I should have done my little, count to ten, few deep breaths, unmindful I just respond.

! YES! YES!” Then I realise I am losing my temper.

“Just go back to your art sorry I interrupted you!”

 “No I want to know, should I ring the fire brigade or the police what is the emergency?” That was I realise nasty, sarcasm.

“It is not important, I just wanted to know where you hid the rake, it is not where it should be kept.”

“Sorry, last time I saw it was when we were mulching up the pruning.”

“Well it is not where it should be kept.”

 I am trying to recall what happened.

“I was raking up the last of the leaves; yes, you called me to help put the tarp around the mulching machine. Have you looked in where the mulcher is?”

“No, did you leave it there?”

“May be I was raking up and you asked me to help you with the mulcher I probably just put it down without thinking, I remember putting my gloves back on the bench but can’t remember what I did with the rake.”

“You remember all that but can’t remember where you put the rake.”

“Well I was not thinking at the time I was running on auto pilot, unmindful just responding not fully aware.”

“What’s all this living in the now you have been reading about?”

Two minutes later “I found the rake, where you left it in by the mulcher.”

“That’s great, come and have a look at what I’ve done.”

“I like the surfer catching the wave, but what has that got to do with the writing,

“We only have one moment to live and that is NOW.”

“Well the wave is passing but the surfer has caught it, he is living right in the now.”

“And you left the rake in the past.”

“Let’s not live in the past”

“If you want to live in the now, be mindful of where you leave the rake in future.”

Some times we get dumped.

This is the drawing I was fully absorbed in.

 

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My foot in on a wonderful world.

My foot in on a wonderful world.

Tolerance and respect..

on Newtons recommendation I am off to see the sea.

On Newtons recommendation I am off to see the sea.

I am not as clever as some may think so writing my blog is a challenge. Everything I write has been picked up from other people. Throughout my working career I took notice of those with the knowhow. Also I learned the value of nonfiction books. In recreational activities every skill that would help me in what I was trying to achieve, I would swat up on. No one can claim to be a self-made man.

As Sir Isaac Newton in 1679 is quoted as saying in a letter to Robert Hooke, “If I have seen further than others it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” A similar observation was made earlier in 1159 by John of Salisbury in a book, written in Latin translated as. “We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants.”

I am so fortunate.

I am so fortunate.

So we have a lot to thank those that showed us the way. Lau Tzu showed me one Way, Buddha showed me another Path. My belief is, whatever religious differences we have, we must practice tolerance and respect for others beliefs. Even if we cannot accept it all, there will be a lot we can agree on.

Who wants a chlorinated pool this needs no upkeep.

Who wants a chlorinated pool this needs no upkeep.

For peace and harmony in the world today we need to meet on this neutral ground.

Looking from Burleigh Headland to Surfers Paradise.

Looking from Burleigh Headland to Surfers Paradise.

All major religions preach loving kindness, morality and generosity. If we have faith in a God we should show our faith by keeping his commandments and not take over the divine reins of life and death. If you have faith and trust there is no need to take over this responsibility. Let your God do the driving, you have not got a licence to kill. This would be the right way to promote your religion.

Looking south to Coolangatta.

Looking south to Coolangatta.

Writing my blog required me to revise my ideas and rethink everything. This gave me a clearer understanding in my own mind. Owing to practically no schooling the English language was another learning curve. A blog is a lot more difficult than a job report. Even then I always had a dictionary on hand.

Clear water at Tallebudgera Creek bridge.

Clear water at Tallebudgera Creek bridge.

There is an incident that demonstrates this. At a meeting one of the engineers criticised my spelling. I immediately replied “I will scribble my report in future then the spelling will be less of a problem.” His writing was as difficult to decipher as a doctor’s prescription.

Everything changes look at the sky.

Everything changes look at the sky.

My blog helps me improve in more ways than one. Everything I decide to do is a benefit to me. If reading my blog inspires others to follow what I have found beneficial, that is a bonus.

On rush if it rains before I get home, it is not cold.

No rush if it rains before I get home, it is not cold.

That prompts another quote, from Little John Salisbury.”One who comprehends truth is wise. One who loves truth is good. One who orders his life by truth is happy”.

Selfies are in fashion.

Selfies are in fashion.

Buddhism reminds us of a universal truth “Everything is subject to change.” Aware of that truth will help you improve your happiness. As you will accept change and not cling to passing things.

A gift from our garden.

A gift from our garden, a Walking Iris grows easy from a cutting.

There is a lot I still have to pick up, while wandering along the vast ocean seashore. That is a more enjoyable pass-time than blogging. The sun is shining the surf is rolling in I am on my bike to enjoy these gifts of nature , have a nice day see you later.

Back home just before the rain.

Back home just before the rain.

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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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The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo can mimic us.

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo can mimic us.

I would like to  know Phyllis and Sophia. 

A few windows at Surfers Paradise.

A few windows at Surfers Paradise.

I am an insignificant speck of dust on one of the many windows of this world. A world that is only a dust mite, orbiting in a ray of sunlight, compared to our galaxy of billions of stars. I am a short sounding noise made to attract attention, only a beep in cosmic time.

Droplets of moisture show up the suns rays the same as dost mites.

Droplets of moisture show up the suns rays the same as do dust mites.

Not realising our place in the big picture. We want to be the star attraction, taking a major role on the stage of life. We are taught our lines and how to play our part. This education fits us for our part in life’s socioeconomic drama.

Some never learn.

Some never learn.

Education teaches us what to think, not how to think. Learning from experience, gives us more than telling the time by the clock on the wall, the sun is a clock and compass. It can give us direction and tell us when to rise and retire. The sun shows the way to see the big picture in all its natural warmth and wonder.

Pandanus silhouette.

Pandanus silhouette.

Why not enjoy this wondrous world. There is no need to buy a chronometer to get synchronised to compete in the nine to five race of the humans or measure the fleeting moments left in our life.

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What are you hurrying to, is the destination paradise? If that is what you have been indoctrinated to believe. It may comfort you to think you can depart this world, with its greed, hate and religious arguments, to an existence of eternal boredom. As they say, “ignorance is bliss.”

Beautiful aerial perspective.

Beautiful aerial perspective.

The sun’s radiant light waves take about eight minutes to reach earth to keep everything alive and we think Usain Bolt is fast.

Montage of Religions.

Montage of Religions.

When religion was invented no one was aware of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes, in order of increasing frequency and decreasing wavelength: radio waves, microwaves, inferred radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, x-ray and gamma rays. Yet they say “I’ve seen the light.” These kind people that have “seen the light” may want to share this light with you. These evangelists are good people not evil they are doing what they think right. Like people water sometimes gets polluted but if the impurities are removed the water is pure. Trouble starts when others try to remove, what they think are impurities in people of a different belief or put out their ‘lights.”

Artificial lights reflecting on ocean water.

Artificial lights reflecting on ocean water.

Physics is the general analysis of nature, conducted to understand how the universe works. Philosophy comes from the Greek word, (Philia) meaning “to love” or “befriend” and (Sophia) meaning “wisdom”. Socrates used the word philosophy to mean a search for wisdom. It has a much wider meaning today. It now includes the theory of everything and has specialised branches. As no one can know it all, except a “know all”.

Who is responsible for this Native Australian Hibiscus.

Who is responsible for this Native Australian Hibiscus.

There is only one “know all” and we have been arguing on who that “know all” is through our history.

Ocean water after desalination is pure fresh, sweet water.

Ocean water after desalination is pure fresh, sweet water.

Who’s argument are we going to accept. Science has given us all the technology we have today. People in their ignorance often abuse the technology, do not condemn science for that. Religion has given us nothing but arguments. A believer, in a religion is not evil, it is their dogmatic beliefs that create evil. Ocean water is drinkable if the salt is removed.

What a wonderful world.

What a wonderful world.

When we talk of God first we must define which God. Discussing religion, find out what religion and what branch, school or denomination. There are so many it is no wonder they argue among themselves.

Who's side was God on?

Who’s side was God on?

Jews, Christians and Muslims, have the same God but they fight. Even with in their own many breakaway groups they fight.

Ned Kelly was of Irish of decent.

Ned Kelly was of Irish decent.

The Irish are admirable people. They have a nice way with words.

The sun shines on Glasshouse Mountain.

The sun shines on  Mt Warning.

“May the sun shine, all day long, everything go right, nothing wrong.

May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true.”

Split by two Christian denominations the Irish are a disgrace killing each other, though their god commands, “Thou shall not kill.”

Thought you would like to see a contented man.

Thought you would like to see a contented man.

What would I know, I would wait to be attacked, then run away, rather than fight. Fighting would be my last resource. Most animals only fight if they are attacked, or their home invaded and kill for food to survive. I have faith that people are not borne sinful or bad. They become corrupted by greed and hate. I feel safe in believing people are like any other animal. Give them respect.

Finish with a tranquil sunset.

Finish with a tranquil sunset.

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It is just the way the cads fall.

It is just the way the cards fall.

Note you may like to look at Pauline’s post first as the photos relate to it.

The master plan.

I am the one made them fall this way.

I am the one made them fall this way.

The wisdom of the sages

passed down through the ages.

Still we do not know,

Love is the way to go.

It is not too bad at all.

It is not too bad at all.

Man could not explain,

the sunshine and the rain.

Only Gods could know,

so they were made to show.

These photos are not related to this post.

These photos are not related to this post.

The perplexing mystery of all creation,

was solved by gods from every nation.

Then the arguments began,

who had the correct plan.

Ironic my previous post was 'Enjoy Your Trip.

Ironic my previous post was ‘Enjoy Your Trip.

To keep control it would seem,

One God must be made supreme.

His foot prints in the sands of time,

Can appear to this day as sublime.

I put a photo in it titled ' We Do not know what pain is.'

I put a photo in it titled ‘ We Do not know what pain is.’

Mother Nature still exists,

though patriarchal Gods persist.

The puzzle still remains today,

Can science now show the way?

It is true I was given Penthrox Inhaler and later Brufin pill and water.

It is true I was given Penthrox Inhaler and later Brufin pills and water.

Or will technology be used to fight,

to see who’s God is in the right.

All the good we have today

Could be just blown away.

I am now ok the pain has gone away.

I am now ok the pain has gone away.

Appreciation, love and trust,

in today’s world it is a must.

Ignorance, greed, fear and hate,

Mother Nature will not tolerate.

Pauline told you of my strife, now sparkle is back in my life.

Pauline told you of my strife, now the sparkle is back in my life.

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.

I reminded her to record drama, as it was related to my Dharma.

I reminded her to record the drama, as it was related to my Dharma.

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.

I am back at the Gym, trying to keep in trim.

I am back at the Gym, trying to keep in trim.

Do not cry, we never die, we only change.

Atoms never destruct they only rearrange.

We may turn into dust mites floating on the morning breeze,

or into song birds singing in the tall green trees.

Jack and Tim at the Gym.

Jack and Tim at the Gym.

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.

Jason and me and eye Candy.

Jason and me and eye Candy.

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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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Running free.

Running free.

Thirst.

Beautiful water, falls for you.

Beautiful water, falls for you.

The pure sweet water skips and dances down the mountain. People cup their hands and drink and cleanse themselves. Then a clever engineer wanting hydro power, built a dam. Chemists added colour and flavours to the water and they called this progress. The simple people had to be taught what was good, this they called promotion. The advertising industry was born. This came at a price in time and effort that needed to be paid for. The naive accepted the cost of the system without question and those running the scheme called it capitalism and were richly rewarded.

All need water.

All need water.

Lower down the rungs of the hierarchy questions of corruption in top management were raised and high profits and exorbitant executives salaries.  One who knew how the setup worked decided he would fence off a spring of water and control this gift of nature. He now had divine right to this water. He called it Holy water, without his blessing it did no good. He did not need to sell shares to construct dams, a fence was too easy. The money rolled in because gentle people believed his story and promises of everlasting life. Fencing operations flourished around springs everywhere with religious fervour. Guidelines were needed to control the lawless competition and keep the people submissive. Religion put in place laws to live by so peace would prevail. The commercial interests added their input and used police and soldiers to enforce them. Lawyers, barristers and judges were needed to rule on points of law and impose an appropriate penalty for those disregarding  their laws. Not trusting in an almighty god to do the job. This system was adopted in many countries and took over from war lords, dictators and royalty. It was called democracy.

Farms need water the fences are questionable.

Farms need water the fences are questionable.

Thinkers did not accept the divine laws, they were called scientists. Those that questioned the manmade laws were outlaws. The scientists had theories, if they could be proven they became facts, till in time some were disproven. They are still debating the issues to this day. This was called progress, it is something we do not know how to stop. Scientific discoveries and wondrous inventions have taken man out of this world. To live like a god, a god that has forgotten he is mortal, grasping, clinging and hording more than is needed to sustain life.

CSIRO museum Canberra, Commonwealth scientific research org.

CSIRO museum Canberra, Commonwealth scientific research org.

Hording riches and treasures creates envy, jealousy and hatred. The strong decided they would take what they wanted from the vulnerable. The clever invented patriotism and instilled fear in the people to heroically defend their land.  There was no shortage of exuberant, youthful warriors, on either side, fighting for different causes, but often praying to the same god for his blessings.

Another angle on water.

Another angle on water.

 Where did all our problems spring from?  Not being satisfied to quench the thirst, desiring more than necessary, wanting power over others. All things are passing as water in the mountain stream, the hand cannot grasp. All things are subject to change and wanting them to remain the same is a futile effort. This wanting is the problem, it is the cause of unhappiness. Man has been stirring the water till it is contaminated with muddy greed, jealousy and hate.

Sea Gulls need fresh sweet water.

Sea Gulls need fresh sweet water.

We need to calm down, be still, till the water settles and we will see clearly the errors of our ways. Understanding, caring and sharing, love and compassion can save us from drowning in our own pool of possessions. To once more let the mountain stream flow free for all to enjoy. Terra nullus,  the land belongs to no one.

Still water is needed to reflect.

Still water is needed to reflect.

 

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