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Waves like Queen 'We will rock you.'

Waves ”We will rock you.’ like Queen.

Mindful.

Some can handle the waves.

Notice some can handle these waves.

Aware, alert, focused and attentive all similar words but the word mindful fits what I am writing about. To be mindful of our thoughts and emotions and the effect they have on our wellbeing. We need to understanding how a sensory perception or a subliminal perception triggers a thought in our mind and gives rise to waves of emotion. with this understanding we pause before these waves break.

Stay safe ride the waves to the beach.

Stay safe ride the waves to the beach.

A thought has no power of its own, till the person experiencing that thought grants it the power. Discernment is needed before we act on a thought and the emotion it gave rise to. Mindful of these thoughts and emotions, pause and realize the feeling being experienced. Unmindful of strong emotional waves breaking in our mind, we are like a ship in heavy seas off a rocky shore. Aware of these emotions in our mind we have the power to steer clear of the hazards that can wreck our life.

These wawes can be handled.

These waves can be handled.

Aware that a wide range of thoughts and emotion can be prompted by our daily encounters. We are mindful of what is harmful and beneficial sensory input. What we surround ourselves with will reflect our thoughts, in a positive or negative way. Life today is full of distractions to be wary of, negative media reports and entertainment and unethical people create negative emotion. Such as impatience, anger, jealousy, hate, and other unhelpful emotional states to enter our mind. If mindful we pause and correct these negative thoughts. To be conscious of impatience and realize it is unproductive and if unmindful develops into anger. If anger is not controlled, like a fire it burns the one closest to it. Why do we upset ourselves in this way?

A fire out of control.

A fire out of control.

In heavy traffic impatience and anger often get out of control. Curtsy and consideration are The antidote. If someone lacks courtesy, anger is not the answer. Consideration is the answer. Perhaps the driver is under life threatening pressure, probably not, but to assume so is to lower our tension. Life is not always to our liking. We must be cooperative and obliging, going with life’s flow. Thoughts give rise to emotions, watchful of these thoughts and arising emotions gives us more control over events in our life.

Stopped by Bushfire.

Stopped by Bushfire.

Aware, alert and focused is not all, we need mindful as well. Aware and alert can avoid an accident but if we are not mindful of our thoughts and emotions we could react in a foolish way. By honking the horn in anger, alarming other drivers unnecessarily, or stick our arm out the window to make a rude gesture at the offending driver, thoughtless of passing vehicles. Unmindful we have lost our composure and our focus on what we are doing.  Letting the outside sensory perceptions run our mind unconsciously is to be out of control. Mindfulness is the first step in taking control of our life.

Natures restful cathedral.

Natures restful cathedral.

Meditation helps one understand how thoughts can disturb us. In breathing meditation when we are concentrating on the breath we should not be upset by invasive thoughts, this is how we learn to let thoughts come and go while staying focused on what we are doing. We become mindful of what is important to us in the now and, unflustered, can return to our practice. This is the way to become tranquil and undisturbed by the unimportant.

reflect on a peaceul mind.

Reflect on a peaceful mind.

Where do these invasive thoughts come from? If they are prompted by a noise directly experienced that is obvious. Some time they are a mystery. In our quiet secluded well-chosen meditation sanctuary, a gentle breeze touches us softly bringing the fragrance of frangipani. Concentrating on our breath we are only subliminally aware of the breeze and the scent but a thought from the past comes into our mind. We have a lifetime of memories waiting to be aroused. Mindful of pleasant or unpleasant thoughts we stay focused not distracted in this way we learn self-control.

The frangipani sent Pauline the thought in prompted.

The frangipani scent prompted the thought of Pauline.

Impatience, anger, hate and thoughts of revenge are not going to help anyone. Instead we can feel sorry for the drivers with problems. They will have  accidents hurting their self or someone else. Actions always have consequences and thoughts come before actions. Those wild, angry, hateful thoughts and actions will one day hatch into monsters that will bite the one who gave them birth. No need to be the judge and executioner that is a thankless task.  Kind and caring thoughts and actions will enhance our life. Meditate or sit quietly and think about being aware of emotional states as they arise in the mind.  Emotional states shape our life. To be mindful and have control of our emotions will bring peace into our life.

Devilish thoughts.

Devilish thoughts.

 

 

 

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Twilight, between the night and sunrise.

Twilight, between the night and sunrise.

Ocean of Joy.

A sole surfes.

A sole surfer.

The earth orbits around the sun. The knight dresses in golden armor, refreshed after a vacation in the land of oblivion. Beta waves with amplitudes of varying frequency signal consciousness this is a better way to be, to feel, to think, and to act.

Oh what a beautiful morning.

Oh what a beautiful morning.

The big swell, light offshore wind, the surf is up. I am up and the conditions are ideal for being with nature. My bare feet touch the wet sand, I earth-out, bearing my board to face the challenging waves. The battle starts the turbulent white-water has to be overcome, to reach the trysting place, where the engagement takes place. This is the challenging moment where man and nature connect, to go with the flow,in the now. Wu wei, this is the breaking, or the making moment of ecstasy, living in the now, with the force of nature.

Early birds of a feather.

Early birds of a feather.

People fight life wanting, grasping, and hording not understanding all material things are impermanent and everything transient. Like the passing wave, we can only go, with the flow of nature. The time is now, the wave will not wait, life is now do not waste it. The most important thing is what you are doing now; the most important person is the one that is with you now. Travel light laiden down with pockets full of coins the surfer would drown. Some possessions we use, the ones we do not use are a burden needing protection and maintenance. To the needy and the greedy flaunting wealth causes envy, jealousy, and hate. Enjoying nature’s free gifts, sharing our gifts is in tune with nature way.

Just another day in Paradise.

Just another day in Paradise.

Beginning your day in the twilight you will catch the sun’s brilliant display. This is the photographers ‘Golden Hour’ at sunrise and the brief time of long shadows and warm glowing colour or sometimes misty affects, a challenge to capture and keep to share with others. Any activity that inspires you to rise early full of enthusiasm will enhance your life. I have always been an up with the birds sort of person. I enjoyed my work, there was no drudgery in doing what I liked, building dams, power stations, bridges, pipelines and roads. An occupation should be chosen that does service, rather than harm. That was my pleasure in getting my nourishment working not purely for money.

Self sculpture, Jack and hot little board.

Self sculpture, Jack and hot little board.

As a youth I got an adrenalin buzz riding the crane hook or feeding my ego up in the purlins. Today safety regulations have taken the excitement and the expertise out of rigging and construction work. A young man has to get his excitement from less practical activities. Does the way you ‘earn a crust’ bring you joy and satisfaction? Do you work for ‘big bickies’ to buy status symbols and luxuries beyond what you need? I am not averse to earning large sums of money as long as it is earned in an ethical way and spent on unselfish things.

A boy at heart.

A boy at heart.

At the end of the day what have we achieved, can we sleep with an untroubled mind? A joyous day full of good activity aids a restful night. Enjoy today in a pleasant way for it will pass. Leave no more than foot prints in your travels and take only pictures. Have respect for age, Mother Earth is extremely old. Some say about 5 billion years others only 6,ooo years, let us not get diverted, extremely old we can all agree on. We must be mindful of the beta wave frequency and amplitude.

Natures sacredcathedral.

Natures cathedral.

Take a walk in natures garden hear her music the rustle of the leaves caressed by the gentle breeze aware of her breath of life. Breath in the life-giving air, exhale the negative waste. You can focus on your breath; you can count on this to calm an agitated mind. Your emotions becoming tranquil, you can now see the beauty everywhere. Conversely an angry person cannot taste the food in his mouth. This is meditation on the breath, concentrate on the breath of life and you will appreciate what a wondrous world we live in. this is to love life and all creation.

A leaf out of natures good-book.

A leaf out of natures good-book.

Not wasting time on fighting over who has found the truth. The truth is elusive and is also subject to change. The irony is the only thing that does not alter is the fact that ‘everything is subject to change.’ I will be generous and say to the waiter accept the change.

While the heighrise sleeps.

While the highrise sleeps.

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Drovers use motor bikes and helicopters nowadays.

Drovers use motor bikes and helicopters nowadays.

The words of Uncle sham.

What is for dinner?

What is for dinner?

Uncle Sam never lies; instead he invented a fertilizer and spread it all over the world garden and production flourished. USA, Us of A, us of Australia, have changed the English language, calling this type of fertilizer advertising. As in the conversation Humpty Dumpty had with Alice in. “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carrolls. “When I say a word,” Humpty said in a rather scornful tone, “It means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is“said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many things.”

Pauline questions Humpty Dumpty.

Pauline questions Humpty Dumpty.

The slaughter–house was demolished and in its place the abattoir was established. The meat industry still was not happy with sales. Meat processing plant was the phrase adopted, cut short, with a sharp knife, to processing plant. Flesh covered in hair has no resemblance to meat wrapped in plastic. The rainforests in Brazil are becoming grass lands for vast cattle-stations. Livestock use up more than a quarter of the earth’s surface and contribute to polluting precious water systems.

What is for lunch.

What is for lunch.

Ronald McDonald decided to dress up as a clown and put play grounds in his fast food outlets. If we can get the kids in mum and dad will follow. Advertising invades almost every area of our garden. Our only escape is a date with Mother Nature, to meditate and gain control of our thoughts. How much fertilizer can be put on the garden before it destroys our source of nourishment, killing our garden paradise, banishing us once more from Eden? Too much of a good thing is growth without attention to sustainability. There is a difference between useful necessities and luxuries or useless trinkets. We horde and want too much and share too little.

How about that?

How about that?

TV is a habit, especially if you have been on the tread mill all day trying to keep up with the Joneses. Leaving no time to quietly meditate or think is this really a good way to live? The Joneses are not content with all their toys advertising keeps showing them a new and better version they must have. This is dynamic lifter (The trade name for chicken manure) and is being tipped in our lounge rooms via the TV. TV is the secret weapon for the effluent that is spread to the affluent. Politicians keep you in a job so you will keep them in a job. The buy-buy materialistic economy is unsustainable. 

I don't want to be The Red Rooster.

I don’t want to be The Red Rooster.

Too exhausted to cook a wholesome meal, take the family to Ronald’s or to Colonel Saunders if you prefer eating dead chicken. There is no cleanup after, just dump all the superfluous packaging in the rubbish bin, if you can muster up the energy. Then home to sit back and watch TV commercials, interrupted by a frivolous show that some viewers value more than the ads. No need to think, the canned-laughter and applause from the studio audience will let you know how to react; they are shown sign boards so they know when to laugh. This is an example of the vicious tread mill where the rodents train for the rat race.

Scrap metal collector.

Scrap metal collector.

The endless growth of materialistic economics combined with the imbalanced distribution to regions where life’s needs are lacking, has caused the increase of global temperatures and hostility between people. Freedom-fighters, guerrilla armies or are they terrorists it depends on whose side you are on. Today let us not call a spade a spade that would be ruled out-of-order. Social justice must prevail. Spade and Sambo are derogatory terms for Afro-American.

Can Barak Obama clean up the mess or is he going to be blamed for the chaos left in the wake of the Bush administration.  Someone is always the fall guy. I would like to see Uncle Sambo out-wit the tiger as in the cartoon link. Those old cartoons full of racial slurs were considered harmless fun by white people. As a child I could not see how harmful and hurtful they were.

All car parts of a days work.

All car parts of a days work.

It is a war of words it takes our mind off the real issues. Words have become weapons of mass deception. Uncle Sam needs you to fight for truth and justice and the American way. Play it again Sam, you cannot have it both ways, it is either truth and justice or the American way. Ironically many Americans would agree, they have lost faith in their political system. Intent on promoting the American way in the world and neglecting the flood banks in New Orleans. Where mother Nature put on a little demonstration of her power.

Just a wave from Nature.

Just a wave from Nature.

Australia is indebted to America, in that it saved us from the Japanese invasion. Supplying us with armaments at a reasonable cost, then when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor they actually entered the war to save Australia. The war took a decided turn when Uncle Sam arrived with the cavalry. In typical Hollywood fashion they were heroes to the rescue, no vengeful motives. Japan was on her last legs when America dropped atomic bombs on two cities that ended the war days, perhaps weeks, quicker than it would have. I am not going to say it was wrong to drop those bombs or the methane bombs on Vietnam or any of the other conflicts Sam has entered into in the name of truth and justice. I do know the armaments industry is big business also the construction industry. Well-off nations are always ready to help rebuild demolished cities and they are conversely expert in demolishing them.

Think food for thought, food for all.

Think food for thought, food for all.

We are all involved in the biggest battle in history. Can America help in the fight Mother Nature has declared on the human race? I do not think we will win without the super powers contributing. The best thing we can do is surrender our materialistic way of life. Giving what is surplus to our needs to those who are ravenous for life’s necessities. Saying the words clean air, food and shelter, will not help one deprived of these necessities. You may give to charities but how much cream is skimmed off your milk of kindness.

All he needs to be happy.

All he needs to be happy.

A cliché is an overused phrase, but often true. Charity begins at home, another is if you want to change the world start with yourself. Try to live an exemplary life, I say try, as I try to follow the Buddha’s wise philosophy and I find it is very easy to step off the path he taught. With all my harsh criticism of Uncle Sam I am no doubt straying, hurting some people’s feelings. But it is the intention more than the action that governs the merit of an action. My intention is not to be hurtful they are ideas to assist people with good intentions, stop and think how can I best help the suffering in the world today. Without violently protesting or getting distressed. It is impossible to win a fight with Mother Nature, we must cooperate. Some of my ideas I hope may be a step on the path to understanding.

Awesome sky, watch it.

Awesome sky, watch it.

  

   

 

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An old favourite.

An old favourite.

No worries so simple.

Glass House Mountains.

Glass House Mountains.

We grow attached to things that are close to us. Not close like a pair of undies, not that kind of snuggly close. More the being together of a warm wooly jumper on a bleak winter day, the something or someone who shared the wins and the losses and kept you smiling when it was all up hill. Through the sun shine and storms, time takes its toll, the shine and sparkle diminishes but the fondness grows for the tried and true the familiar and reliable.

Softened by Nature.

Softened by Nature.

I am pleased with the fad that made faded, frayed and tattered jeans and other garments fashionable. Stressed furniture with artificial crackling and peeling paint showing the under layers became the in-thing. Now I can take pride in my old weathered and worn comfortable things that I find appealing, without feeling inferior to the upwardly mobile fashion conscious crowd. Not that it worries me what people think now that I have my ego subdued and under control.

Nature's art.

Nature’s art.

At twenty I worried about these things, at forty I lost interest in what they thought, at sixty I realized no one was even noticing me, at eighty I am pleased if people smile at the way I dress so I wear what is functional and comfortable.

Nature are is every where.

Nature’s art is everywhere.

Our friends will excuse our idiosyncrasies and we should not grieve over unjust criticism. Most of the things I worried about never happened. So is worrying a way to prevent misfortune happening?  I stopped worrying a long time ago and the answer is worrying does not help in any way.

Their passing is beautiful.

Their passing is beautiful.

I genuinely like things that Mother Nature has aged, mellowed and softened. Perhaps it is because it reminds us that all things are impermanent and wanting this to be otherwise can only bring sorrow.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

 The child builds castles of sand the tide comes in, the child cries, that is one of the first lessons nothing lasts. Childhood passes also, have we learned we cannot cling to impermanent things. The flower blooms, fades and dies, the brilliant sunset fades into the dark night.

Past Reflections.

Past Reflections.

Nature’s lessons teach us not to cling and hoard but to freely share. The truth may well be, though I am well past my use by date, I still feel useful and am pleased I have not been discarded as worthless. I live in the now, sharing the good before it passes into infinity.

A beautiful fraim of a picture.

A beautiful frame for a picture.

There needs to be balance as one can get too fond of old things. I worked with a bloke; he was built like a brick chicken coop, but gentle as washing up liquid. One day to attract his attention I pulled on his shirt and a button popped off under the strain. The passive, massive man turned on me like a wounded buffalo, eyes flashing like hazard lights on a road train. He took off his shirt and tossed it on the floor shouting “You have wrecked my shirt!” “Sorry mate, I did not mean to, it’s an old shirt.” I should not have said it was old. “I’ve had that shirt since I was an apprentice, I only wear it on special occasions now.” He raved on about the places he wore that shirt, wakes and weddings, sporting events and music festivals. It took a lot of diplomatic bull dung to calm him down. Actually I did not say a word. I let him call me names that indicated I was far from dexterous and my mother let her heart rule her head. I used this opportunity to practice my exercise on staying calm under pressure. The fire burned down the pot went off the boil, he turned and left.

Dramatic departure.

Dramatic departure.

Next day I saw him and gave him back his shirt washed, ironed and with a new golden button in place of the lost one. I explained how sorry I was and returned his repaired shirt. He smiled and said he regretted losing his temper over an old shirt. “No worries the new button can remind you nothing lasts forever.” I said. He put out his hand in a gesture of friendship. I shook his hand and the rest of me stopped shaking. I felt so relieved and happy, over the moon as they say. I felt like laughing, so jokingly said “You were lucky I did not lose my temper too or you would have been in trouble.”  “Yes, I would have been up on a man slaughter charge.” He replied. We both cracked up laughing. It is so simple just do the right thing and you have no worries.

Natures amazing beauty.

Natures amazing beauty.

 

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Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Finding peace.

Kookaburras pay a visit.

kookaburra pay a visit.

The white dove, symbol of peace, will not land on a grasping hand. Everyone is chasing after the blue bird of happiness. Hunting the elusive blue bird of happiness, we realize if you succeed in capturing it you cannot imprisoned it. The happiness soon diminishes and dies and you are off on safari again. Happiness needs to be let free for everyone’s pleasure. There is not much rest for a person obsessed with desire always wanting pleasure and happiness. Pleasures are fleeting the only joy is in being free and sharing.

 Corellas  stand in for white doves

Corellas stand in for white doves

To have the pure white dove alight on your open hand is a truly worthwhile goal in life. The line between these metaphors and actual reality merges. An open hand like an open heart brings peace and contentment. Relaxed, calm and tranquil not wanting to possess offering a welcoming open helpful hand. I have found birds and most creatures sense danger and recognize kindness. With time and patience we can create peace around us. To quote Confucius “One step is the beginning of a thousand mile journey”. Opening our hand and our hearts brings us one step closer to a world of peace.

Blue Wren for happiness.

Blue Wren for happiness.

The blue bird sings for our happiness and we should recognize the power of a song. I am occasionally over taken by a negative frame of mind. To be mindful of our thoughts is the first step in the process of correcting unhelpful thoughts. The way to peace and contentment is to control unsavory thoughts that arise in our mind. For a quick short-term fix I use music. To cure the blues, I may get Fleetwood Mac to give Doctor Brown a call, he is that loving man if Doctor Brown doesn’t cure you, nobody can do you no good. With Credence Clearwater Revival and Jeremiah the bullfrog it is joy to the world all the boys and girls, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

I call some songs mood music depending on the mood I want to encourage. I may want recovery music if I am fatigued or get-up-and–go music if I am lethargic. I have music that inspires me. According to Doctor Brown with music you don’t need any prescriptions you don’t have to pay no bills. You can choose the music that presses your buttons, we all have different tastes. Music can temporarily alleviate minor upsets. For prolonged peace and contentment it takes meditation practice. This is the aim of meditation to calm and gain control of the mind. Thoughts can invade our minds arising from conscious sensory input and also subliminal causes. Thoughts precede actions repeated actions, become habits that form our character. Understanding basic things that govern our life are often overlooked in the frantic hunt for, the passing blue bird, the fleeting pleasure of possessing.

Love at first sight.

Love at first sight.

A long time ago a million years it seems. The best things in life were free. But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue. And no one congratulated a moon that was always new. So it was planned that they would vanish now and then. And we must pay before we get them back again. That’s what storms were made for and you should not be afraid for, that is the beginning of an old song that helps me appreciate what a wonderful world it is. Although it is not always as we would like it to be. But every time it rains it rains pennies from heaven. Since the days of pennies, it seems a million years now with the flood of inflation; it is now a deluge of dollars.

Birds of a different feather get together.

Birds of a different feather get together.

The sky is not always blue, not only because of rain clouds but because of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The best things in life are becoming polluted. Air the number one free necessity in life, cleansing fresh free water and wholesome vegetables to sustain life are no longer free. Is it in natures plan or God’s plan that we must pay before we get them back again? Is that what the extreme weather is made for, should we be afraid for, this being the end to our carefree sing along?

I lend my friends a hand.

I lend my friends a hand.

There is a true blue bird of happiness. Life is sweet tender and complete when you find this blue bird of happiness. You will find perfect peace of mind when you find the blue bird of happiness. When he sings to you though you are deep in blue you will see a ray of light come shining through. Yes somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly, so why can’t you and I.

My wild Aussie friends.

My wild Aussie friends.

 

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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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City life.

City life.

Understanding.

 Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Intent on completing an activity to get to the next experience, what you are engaged in becomes a bother. The modern utilitarian attitude disregards the pleasurable aspects of every day activity. On a journey the destination is focused on. Speeding along the highway the scenery flashes by in a blur. The danger on today’s roads is greater than from venomous snakes and spiders. People fear nature’s creatures because they spend little time with nature. Their time is consumed working to buy fast cars, power tools and home appliances to save time.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

The full enjoyment of walking is missed when the object, is only, to get physically fit or hurrying to the walks end. Walking can be an all round benefit to the health of body and mind, with awareness. When walking be aware of your thoughts and surroundings, be alive to nature. You experience the scent on the air, the sights and sounds unimpaired by wanting some future experience. It is nice to earth-out, barefoot on a beach or walk on wet grass in in the morning sun.

The  sand the sky the ocean and me.

The sand the sky the ocean and me.

Intent only on completing an activity to get to the next experience you loose interest in what you are engaged in and you miss the essence of now. It is a bad habit wanting something else, not giving our attention to what we are engaged in. Paying attention, interested and taking a pride in our activity gives joy and satisfaction. Few mistakes are made when focused on doing a job properly. To do a thing properly without error saves precious time and gives satisfaction.

Full concentration in the now.

Full concentration in the now.

Affluent countries are spoilt and miss the simple joys in life. I have noticed people not so well off still relaxed and smiling, while people with all life’s needs appear tense and serious. The wealthy have too many choices; this makes decisions perplexing and stressful. The enormous amount of tempting things advertised, we are told buy now pay later, this offer will not last, and all the psychological tricks to get us to buy what we frequently do not need and often cannot afford. This fuels people’s greed and keeps them enslaved in the race of the humans. The focus should be on humanitarian ideals not on a race to acquire.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

How can we fix the problems in the environment, when we are the problem? Nothing is made to last and things can no longer be repaired. Cars were once made to last and could be repaired, electric toasters, jugs and stove elements could be easily replaced. Machinery today needs special tools to dismantle them some are sealed so they cannot be fixed. Commerce is focused on profit not the environment. Where are our priorities? We are making work for ourselves by making things that do not last. Our politicians are concerned in creating employment keeping the production at a peak. To counter this only buy what is necessary, do not be wasteful. Buying and investing discriminately is everyone’s responsibility.

Friends are their only riches.

No sandy beach, friends are their only riches.

Finding pleasure in natures free gifts needs no special equipment. Appreciating and understanding are the best things in life. Things made by hand are crafts and there is pleasure in working with our hands. If time is money, as people say, a dish-washing machine does not save time. There is the cost of the machine and the power it uses and in time it needs replacing. The same applies to most labor saving machines. Work can be a pleasure or drudgery depending on your state of mind. It is subject to our attitude, I like to work with my hands and take pride in doing my best. I do not play golf; it would be hard work for me. Considering the cost of the equipment and land producing only grass seems a waste. I would have to change my attitude to become a golfer.

This is Bangkok's way of sweeping the street.

This is Bangkok’s way of sweeping the street.

Ignorance is not realizing that craving is the cause of` many of our problems. The purpose of our life, and our life long goal, surely is to improve our understanding and correct our failings. Contributing to the wellbeing of all is the right way to live.  Love life and life will respond with rewards. It is good to calm down, think and change our outlook this will change our life for the better.

Not just another brick in the wall.

Not just another brick in the wall.

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Do you believe in dreams?

Almost bed time.

Almost bed time.

I had this dream.

One of Gabriel's friends.

One of Gabriel’s friends.

It is the middle of night, am I dreaming? Perched on the foot of my bed is a winged intruder. I have this strange feeling of déjà vu. My vision is clearing the intruder is an angel, that would explain how it got in here with the door locked and the apartment on the thirteenth floor. I understand that angels are capable of flight; also if I am dreaming anything is possible. Cogito ego sum or je pense donc je suis, I am dreaming I am not multilingual, I think therefore I am, I must be wide awake because I recognize this bloke invading my space.

“ G’day Gabriel what are you doing in Aussie? I inquire.

“I am like the Blues Brothers Jack, I am on a mission from God.”

“More like you are Down-under up to mischief as usual.” fearlessly I tell him.

“I am here to save God’s children; you still carry the sins of your convict fathers.”

I ignore this remark and hit him with one below the belt.

“Are you going to pollinate any virgin flowers this time?” I ask defiantly.

“You got it all wrong that was the Holy Ghost Jack, have you no faith?”

“I suppose the world is ready for another prophet, Mahomet’s poetic words are being undermined by terrorists.” I reply cynically.

“Exactly the world is in a devastating situation.” He says giving me a pleading look.

Here we go again, I Imagine I got that old feeling, this music is going round in my head, like a haunting refrain.  All I can think to say to Gabriel is in Olivia Newton John’s song, “Please mister please I don’t want to ever hear that song again.”

“What song?  Amazing Grace you like all the feeling in that one.”  He said in his coaxing angelic voice.

Not a nice way to spend Easter.

Not a nice way to spend Easter.

“I know what your mission is, to find another prophet like Mahomet or Jesus. No way, Jesus was literally, double crossed, and there’s been nothing but problems since that apple episode in the garden.” Having said that I stop and think, they still have dire straits in Iraq, it is said that was the site of the garden of Eden. I must be coming down with industrial disease or something. I plug-in some music, roll over and to the sound of music and go back to sleep.

Is he dreaming he is a butterfly.

Is he dreaming he is a butterfly.

Next morning I think maybe I have turned down my big chance but I believe it was all a dream. In the light of day I know I am not a butterfly dreaming I am a man. In China a man dreamt he was a butterfly, next day he thought am I a butterfly dreaming I am man. I have read of other similar cases, a man dreamt he was in a garden, picks a flower and when he woke up he has the flower in his hand. There are people who believe in dreams and people who do not. Do you believe the dream I had or do you think am I crazy or just fabricating this story to get you thinking?

Is he dreaming he is a man?

Is he dreaming he is a man?

 

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There may calibration better not Sean, heard or spoken of.

There may be celebrations better not seen, heard or spoken of.

Jam-Packed With Goodies.

It pays to advertise.

It pays to advertise.

This jotting is jam-packed with goodies like a Christmas pudding, to be shared with all. Jesus may have soul rites but has not got sole patent rights out on peace and goodwill it should be practiced on everyone’s birthday. Now is a present we need to share in the now. Not last Christmas, or next, the past is history the future is a mystery. The most important thing you are doing is, now, the most important person is the person you are with, now. Be attentive and mindful of the present, impatiently hurrying to some future event, that may not be as anticipated, or fretting about the past, is to waste precious time. Time is irreplaceable more important than possessions.

Good Advertising.

Good Advertising.

Those that know they have enough are satisfied. Not to want is to be rich. When the glass is full stop pouring, greed is wasteful, so fill another’s glass and share the joy. Sharing is the way to peace. Selfishly, wanting and hording impermanent things, and all things are impermanent, is not the way to lasting happiness. Do not let the gold in your pockets weigh you down; traveling light is the way to enjoy your journey. Possessions come with responsibilities they need maintenance and protecting. Flaunting your affluence creates envy and promotes wrong doing. Sharing brings happiness to all. To know and not to do is still not to know.

Tip recycle shop at Hobart.

Tip recycle shop at Hobart.

Accept constructive criticism or you will never learn your failings. You do not need to accept unhelpful or spiteful criticism. Treat it as you would an unwanted gift and let it remain with the giver. Some comments and criticism are designed to cause trouble. A wise person does not get emotional when criticized. They do not retaliate with anger they remain calm. Anger is a fire that burns without regard to who struck the match. Angry people cannot taste the food they are eating or feel the poison in their system nor see reason. To an  angry person everything is tasteless.

Give what you can.

Give what you can.

Do not praise me for these words they are second-hand. I stand on the shoulders of giants for a better view of our world. Though, I would appreciate your comments to let me know if passing on these words has contributed to promoting some good in our world. They may be rephrased second-hand clichés; I have read so much, it is difficult for me to know. In my blog I try to condense what I have found useful. Then recycle it like pre-loved garments in a charity opportunity-shop. All things of value should be passed on; they may be of use to some needy person. I am not too concerned who donated the gift; only that it is made available for someone to benefit. Take a look, there may be some item you can use. A need is essential, a wanting is a luxury.

Atherton Red Cross Opp. Shop.

Atherton Red Cross Opp. Shop.

Buying second-hand may trouble a big ego. If you buy a new item with printed advertising promoting a company on it, you are being cheated. A person of note would be paid to be a company’s bill board. Especially if they are like most big named brands getting their product made in a sweatshop overseas. This uses precious resources on transport and causes local unemployment. Think where you’re spending your money and how many hours of your irreplaceable time you are trading. Ask yourself is it necessary and is it worth it?  The ego is vanity it can never be satisfied it must be controlled. The wise understand the ego and check in second-hand and opportunity shops when they need to buy.

Some times there are new cloths in opp.-shops.

Some times there are new cloths in opp.-shops.

Second hand shops are jam-packed with goodies. There are charity shops, they can help the buyer as well as help a good cause and the environment. There are second-hand shops run as a business, sometimes specializing, in furniture, electrical appliances, and other things. They fill a real need sometimes having things found no were else and at bargain prices. There are also curio shops and antique shops, they may be less practical but are like museums, packed with interesting things. I enjoy these shops it is surprising the wondrous things you see. There is no need to buy, just take pleasure in looking, it is not necessary to own something to enjoy its beauty. 

A antique or second hand come collectables shop.

An antique or second-hand come collectables shop.

  

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Without wheels.

Without wheels.

Wheels of Progress.

This is the way, bikes for hire.

This is the way, bikes for hire.

The invention of the wheel took a load off mans shoulders. It has many commercial uses one of its first uses was the wheelbarrow, carts and chariots. Today we have a vast array of uses for the wheel it is seen everywhere from the push-bike to the locomotive, the family car to the huge road-trains, big trucks pulling a string of trailers all with many pneumatic duel wheels.  On the water the wheel has mostly replaced the tiller.

road trains

road-trains

In the late sixth century BC, before Christ, a man called Siddhartha Gautama lived, commonly known as the Buddha. Buddha found and taught others how to free themselves from life’s suffering. His teaching is called the Dharma by his followers. The basic teachings, fundamental to all schools of Buddhism, are known as The Four Noble truths and The Eight Fold Path. They are simple to understand but not so easy to put into practice as it takes mindfulness and self-discipline, without any supernatural assistance.

The wheel symbol on Thai Watt.

The wheel is symbol on a Thai Watt. (Thailand temple)

The symbol adopted to represent the eight ethical steps of the eightfold path is an eight spoke wheel. Each spoke represents a teaching to master. The first step is ‘right understanding, as outlined in The Four Noble truths, understanding that all things are passing. With right understanding the passing of people and material things no longer brings anguish and suffering. Through meditation on the impermanence of all things one learns equanimity. Also the futility of greed and clinging are realized. This is as big a step as the invention of the wheel but not in a commercial sense.

Cooktown foot-path.

A Cooktown foot-path decorated with indigenous peoples design.

If you are ignorant of right understanding, the first step on the path, the other seven steps will be harder to keep to. The steps are not necessarily in any order each one must be practiced when the occasion arises. To be aware and mindful therefore is an important step on the moral path to contentment. Every step is important the second step right thoughts are just as important as, right speech, right actions, right effort and right occupation, earning our living in a way that does not adversely affect other beings. The sixth step is equally important the right effort to practice this honourable path to peace of mind is critical. All the steps combined are vital. Our right thoughts lead to right action. Just as all things are interconnected and essential in the balance of nature, so all steps on this intelligent path need following and practicing equally.

The wheel spokes remind us to be cantered.

The wheel spokes remind us to be centered.

Evert time I see a wheel it reminds me of those eight steps, that when practiced take me closer to perfection. This is the under laying goal in my life. Often I find myself straying from the right path unmindful, distracted and heading to an unsavoury destination, not a burning hell nothing as drastic as that. It is a worldly mercenary hell of greed and aversion, a world that is lacking in consideration, compassion, reciprocity and respect. I have trained my mind to respond to other symbols as a reminder of the path I am following.

Road-train overtaking, all things are passing.

Road-train overtaking, all things are passing.

I am reminded of the fleeting nature of all things when I see a flower, a sunset or the face of a clock. This natural law that we are all subject to is not a case of being singled out and persecuted, victimized or picked on. Things are just as they are. Realizing all things are subject to change we become less grasping and clinging more caring and sharing  and appreciate the simple pleasures in our life. Happy to be well and when plagued by misfortune knowing it will also pass. All things can be used to keep one focused, following the spiritual. I have no organized religion dictating to me but everyone needs a guiding ethical path. Man has created many Gods there is, I believe, only one with many names

Inventions are often misused.

Inventions are often misused.

The wheel can be used for commercial purposes or ethical. How we use the wheel and other inventions is the critical point. The wheels on a car must be kept in balance for safe and comfortable travel. Our symbolic spiritual wheel also needs attention to keep it in good running order. When you see a wheel you may recall the Eight Fold Path as I do and try to practice the eight steps. They will not clash with or change any of your existing beliefs. But may change your life by providing direction and meaning. To conclude I wish you a wheel good life.

Warn -out and retired.

Worn out and retired.

Please look at the link, I have highlighted, it is well worth the effort. Another tip on effort the push has been taken out of the push-bike  with the invention of the powered bicycles. You will conserve more energy if you purchase one. Remember only if you need and do not just want to hang it on the garage wall. Like the Eight Fold Path it must be used to do any good.

Take care and stay on the  on the right  path.

Take care and stay on the right path.

     

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