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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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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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Bark of Cork Oak.

Bark of Cork Oak.

The Way to Go.

Flowing water'

Flowing water’

 Wanting respect is the ego. Earning respect is gratifying; gratitude is appreciation of all the good surrounding us. This good does not come uninvited it must be encouraged by noble effort. Everything is interrelated, every action has a like reaction. Nothing exists alone, everything is interconnected. The ego’s wanting is the cause of our discontent this causes much of our unhappiness. Everything is in the flux of change, this is a natural law. Not to be in tune with this natural flow is to fight with the inevitable. Peace and contentment cannot be found in conflict.

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Sharing what I have found helpful, in my life experience and other people’s writing, I would like to pass on to others.  I have found much joy in this troubled world only because I have searched for knowledge. Ignorance is another cause of our sorrow. I have learned in life’s school of personal experience that happiness cannot be found at the expense of the world around us. Now aware that my obsessive desires for the unnecessary things brought costs I had not envisaged.  The cost of storage, maintaining and protecting those unnecessary things added to the initial cost. Extravagance by the greedy creates envy in the needy, gratifying the egos wanting causes much unhappiness.

ATM then shop till you drop.

ATM then shop till you drop.

Caring and sharing and endeavouring to overcome our faults leads to peace and contentment. The quest for peace and contentment should be our lifelong goal. Found by practicing noble ethics from all dogmas. Ethics obscured by religious hierarchies arguing about minor technicalities in their power struggle for supremacy. We must put these differences aside and get to the basic worthy points of agreement.  Equanimity is the ability to remain calm in the midst of turmoil, free from unproductive emotions. The quest to become a better person by learning our faults and trying to stop repeating them should be our reason to live. Pleasures are fleeting, joy and happiness never lasts, peace, contentment and equanimity are a more worthy and lasting goal.

Soft early morning mist.

Soft early morning mist.

This is my belief and I am grateful to have found much more peace and contentment following this philosophy. I may never reach my ultimate goal of perfect peace, contentment and equanimity in my life on earth.  Ironically wanting this state would cause me grief. It is a great quest that keeps me occupied and I know when I transcend this life this perfect state will be reached. Returning to the great unknown from where I came, perhaps returning home to join the vastness of infinity. At the end of my day I will be ready to rest in oblivion or paradise in the unknown.

flowers

The way to go is to keep an open mind and feed the mind on the most ethical and wholesome examples available. If you eat rubbish your physical health will suffer and you will not be able to carry out your obligations. Whatever your senses absorb will reflect in your actions. Food, entertainment and all you encounter has an effect on the development of your character. This is the law of action and reaction, force creates a like response. You reflect life as a mirror except in more depth. It is no good being superficial you cannot accept a complement when it is not directed at what you know to be truly you. Do not hide behind subterfuge or you will never know truth.

A natural Aussie White Cockatoo.

A natural Aussie White Cockatoo.

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 Beauty in Meditation.

Statue of Contentment.

Statue of Contentment.

Stilling the mind is the whole purpose of meditation.

When the mind is tranquil the whole universe surrenders.

Take a deep breath, set aside your stress and discomfort and focus only on good.

Beauty and the beast.

Beauty and the beast.

You can find some quality of beauty and goodness or some redeeming feature in all situations by taking a moment to look for its merit.

Ideal  place for meditation.

Ideal place for meditation.

You can shift your awareness in this way and change your attitude by looking for the excellence in all situations.

Up to great the sunrise.

Up to greet the sunrise.

When you rush breathlessly from one moment to the next anticipating another problem or hungering for another pleasure, you miss the beauty and the nearness of the present, which is constantly unfolding before you.

A magic time of day.

A magic time of day.

Meditation teaches you to take the necessary time to be conscious of the present moment, aware of each moment as it comes – the sound of traffic, the smell of mowed grass, the laughter of a child, the worried look on a shopper’s face, the coming and going of your own breath.

Only me and the seagulls.

Only me and the seagulls.

In fact, as meditation traditions remind us, only the present moment exists anyway – past is a memory and the future is a fantasy on the movie screen of our mind.

The lucky old son and me.

The lucky old sun and me.

Savor what you are doing, when you eat, enjoy the appearance, smell the aroma, taste the flavor, feel the texture and appreciate. Be aware of those without enough food and you will be thankful. Where food is scarce the starved can be excused for hasty eating.

Meditation focising on the ocean.

Meditation focusing on the ocean.

By regularly practicing following the breath meditation the static like thoughts, that disturb clear thinking, can in time be controlled. Making it possible to fully focus our attention on any activity we are engaged in, free of distraction from an over excited mind. It becomes possible to be mindful of our thoughts and fully engage in the present. To be fully mindful is to be fully alive in the now. The past is set in concrete the future a vision in the mind. All we have control of is now.

Go with the flow in tune with nature.

Go with the flow in tune with nature.

Peace is not the serenity found in an idyllic silent, sheltered sanctuary. To be at peace is to be in the midst of noisy activity and life’s turmoil and remain calm. Making meditation a daily practice will bring about peace in your mind and all you encounter will be beautifully enhanced.

Round up and bike back for breakfast.

Round up and bike back for breakfast.

   

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Happy barth time.

Pleasure, Happiness and

contentment.

Pleasure is on the outside, happiness is on the inside.

Pleasure is subject to situations and conditions; happiness is controlled by the mind.

Books are pleasure for the mind.

The mind can get addicted to happiness; contentment lets the mind stay free.

With contentment there can be no craving.

Let the desire to want and the need to shun or avoid evaporate like dewdrops in the morning sun.

Happy and contented doing good work.

A grasping person does not find lasting happiness or contentment.

To understand the true nature of things is to be in tune with nature and dance to the music of joy.

All music is good if you have the right frame of mind.

Accidents or luck do not just happen, luck is attracted by thoughtfulness, good deeds and a smiling good disposition.

These good qualities foster friendships and friends give help and support to one another.

Friends give ideas, inspiration and encouragement as well as constructive criticism about faults we need to be aware of.

Skillful exabition.

There are many things we need to know, still it is not only what you know it is also who you know.

Follow only those on the righteous path and those who are straying from what is right lead by your example.

This is the only way to make a change in your world and it is in your immediate environment that it will take effect first.

This is a lifelong endeavor, leaving little room for complaining, gossiping or worry about your aches and pains.

Complaining, arguing and getting angry will not contribute to your luck.

The more you practice being a nice person the luckier you will be.

There will still be times when your luck appears to have deserted you; this is when you need to test your ability to cope.

Remember everything is subject to change both the good times and the bad times in time change.

Behind the clouds the sun still shines, every adversity you have survived has made you stronger.

To break or lose some passion is not the problem it is fretting and getting upset that is causing all your troubles.

Pain is something we have to put up with; suffering is something we choose to do.

Why is she so happy? She has the right attitude.

Look at the less fortunate the ones worse off; do not envy those that appear to have it all.

You can have fleeting pleasures, some happiness or lasting contentment it is your choice.

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