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Be happy in your work.

Nature Lover.

When I refer to nature I am referring to the world and its natural occurring phenomena together with all the physical laws that govern them. Nature is the qualities found in all things. When we experience nature uninfluenced by civilization it is a truly spiritual encounter. To take the time to quietly study nature’s wondrous achievements is uplifting. To have no time to appreciate nature is to miss life’s greatest free gifts.

Garden Poppy.

To ignore nature’s beauty is to insult the creator, who or whatever you believe the creator to be. Pantheists hold the view that nature and God are identical; we will not get sidetracked discussing these issues. The wonders and beauty of nature can fill volumes, I will only touch on a few interesting attributes of nature.

Trees have bark patterns.

No human artist can surpass nature’s beauty and perfection in any medium.   The joy of natures patterns both abstract and real are beyond mans capabilities. There are also the cyclic patterns of day and night, the phases of the moon, the seasons. The orbits of the stars and planets all precisely coordinated in the vastness of space and time, without a fraction of error.  Allowing plants to grow and animals to live, making our existence possible.

Blossom

There are spatial patterns working to beautiful numerical patterns often to a Fibonacci series of nembers. Fibonacci numbers are formed by adding the two previous numbers to make the next in the series eg. 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21… What often looks random in nature on closer inspection is a pattern some are obvious others are not so easily seen because of distortions from accidental interference.

Branching trees like rivers do.

By studying nature’s patterns it is obvious how our world, our fellow creatures and our selves are all interconnected and interdependent. There is a chain of circumstances, if one link is damaged it weakens the whole chain. We are becoming aware of the effects of interfering with natures balance.

Blossom.

The industrial age dominated by a capitalist system gave birth to the throwaway society and the breakdown of family life. While our economic system is based on production and profit rather than conserving and making things that last, we cannot stop the damage. We are encouraged by advertising to buy things we do not need and in many cases we cannot afford. This forms a vicious circle to work harder, to produce more to earn money to buy more things to complicate our life. If you watch T.V. pick your programs carefully and mute the advertisings.

Let us get back a little closer to nature. Take a break find a quiet place in a park where the birds still sing. Just sit a while and enjoy making shapes out of the clouds. Get up early not to go to work but to watch the sun rise. Stay up late not to party but to walk beneath the stars. Slow down take a deep breath and enjoy nature. Take off your shoes earth out, on a sandy beach or paddle in a puddle.

Sorry the puddle is dry.

You have the time if you dispose of that T.V. and are then not tempted by those rude T.V. commercials. I say rude because they interrupt a program you are watching to sell things. Come on live your life; you are missing out on life, watching some actor live a fantasy life for you. You can starve to death watching an actor eat for you.

Something nice caught my eye.

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Sunrise on the Gold Coast.

 

The Pantheist.

At the closing of the day nature often gives a spectacular display. To quietly watch the sunset is one of nature’s many magnificent gifts. To quietly focus on the shapes and colours of the clouds, relaxes, rejuvenates us freeing our mind of stress. We often forget, neglecting to appreciate what is freely given.

Nature has no ego to feel insulted and threaten punishment for our insults to Gods beautiful gifts. If we would rather admire man made things, or watch T.V. or make money our god. Nature goes her impartial way; the loss is ours, just another one of nature’s automatic laws.

Paddle your feet.

To get away from the pressures of town, we find peace where we can, earth-out,    paddle bare-foot in the shallow water by the sea, or in a forest stream, or in a puddle as a child would, is a simple pleasure often unrealized by adults.

We do not have to meditate on a mountain top. Our mind can be stilled and our body rejuvenated by time spent in quiet contemplation close to nature’s virgin wonderland. Hearing sounds, seeing visual displays and marveling at the complex system that keeps this ever changing, environmental system in balance, actually the whole cosmos in equilibrium.

W,A. wild flower.

Spirals, eddies, meanders, fractals, trees branching and Fabonacci spiral sequences are all part of natures functional application, of mathematics and physics, where space and time are controlled, using minimal space and effort. Man has only copied from nature and our achievements are only child-like in comparison to nature’s example.

Both flower and seed pod are beautifully aranged.

Though I try, all this complexity is beyond my comprehension. So I just show my respect and admiration as often as I can. In return nature gives me rewards of peace and pleasure. The day will eventually come when I will reluctantly have to leave these marvelous gifts.

The river meanders far below.

I will return to where I came from, as nothing is wasted or destroyed in nature, it only changes and reforms. I may fly with dust-mites in the air, or reappear anywhere. This is why we need a belief in some supreme Force a Tao a God or something to pin our hope on.

Dead branches make beautiful petterns.

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Chanting meditation.

Accept the Gift of Life.

There is nothing beautiful or grotesque in nature. The beauty or obscenity is in mans mind. As the pendulum swings there is a point where it pauses to return. When we breathe in there is an instant before we exhale this is where the life force resides. Grasping for the future or clinging to the past, we can miss this moment and this is all we have.

Into everyone’s hands nature impartially provides her gifts. Do we hurriedly grasp or do we savoir and enjoy? How a gift is received is our choice, how a complement or a criticism is received is also our choice. Everything is governed by our attitude. Our thoughts control our actions our actions in time become habits forming our character and our outlook on life. Try to see the good and beautiful in all you encounter.

Take the criticism objectively, if it helps us see our faults we can correct them, or if it is meant to hurt us we can smile knowing we have matured in our understanding. We have control over one thing in life our attitude we must not let the outside control inside. Peace is not to be in a place where there is no noise or distraction; it is to be in the midst of all this turbulence and still remain calm. Like a stormy sea, deep below the violent foaming waves there lays a calm and undisturbed peace.

Stilling the mind is the whole purpose of meditation, when the mind is still the whole universe surrenders. Take a deep breath focusing on the breath is one of the best ways to meditate. When the mind becomes distracted do not be put off, return to focusing on the breath.  In our everyday lives we let our mind jump from thought to thought this is an ingrained habit and is not easily overcome. With patient and constant meditation practice you will reach a stage where a few deep breaths will bring you back to a calm state.

There are many forms of breathing meditation. Hindus, Taoists and Buddhists all use the breath as a method. The beginner will find being aware of the breath as it enters and leaves the body natural and relaxing. Counting either each inhalation or exhalation up to the count of six breaths, is a good way to begin. Other techniques can be tried like focusing on an object or mantras, repeating sounds, words or phrases. The Sanskrit word Om is used by the Hindus as a mantra and is worth a try. Breathe in gently, and as you exhale, say Om as three sounds: a as in father, oo as in room and ‘mmm’ Try to feel the sounds vibrate in your body.

To become totally absorbed in any mundane activity is a form of meditation. When cleaning metal one can focus on the shine, note the beautiful way the light reflects, people smoke cannabis to tune in on this kind of thing, there is no need for this, or any other drug to find peace, pleasure and wonder in the world around us. A book by Thich Nhat Hanh called The Long Road Turns to Joy. Is about walking meditation, I like this man’s charming, uplifting writing.

Take a deep breath, set aside your stress and discomfort and focus only on good. You can find some quality of beauty and goodness or some redeeming feature in all situations by taking the time to look for the good. You can shift your awareness in this way and change your attitude by looking for the good in all you observe and every activity you do.

When you go rushing breathlessly from one thought to the next, anticipating another problem or hungering for another pleasure, you miss the joy of the present which is constantly unfolding before you. Meditation teaches you to slow down and awaken to the present moment.

The coming and going of our breath is vital to our existence to spend some time contemplating this fact has many rewards helping us to realize that the past is history, a memory and the future a fantasy on the movie screen of our mind and actually a mystery yet to unfold. Relish what you are doing, savor the flavor when you eat, chew every morsel feel the texture smell the aroma enjoy the look.

A person in a hurry, agitated or angry does not taste or enjoy the food it is just devoured and not appreciated. Some people say words of thanks in appreciation for the food they receive. This is a good practice to be thankful but words are not as convincing as actions. So calm down your mind and your body will follow, enjoy the simple pleasures life and nature offers. With this wisdom the balance of the entire universe will fall into place. All things will be just as they are neither good nor bad.

Beautfully relaxed.

 

Smiling gum tree.

 

Banksia and gum nuts.

 

The Banksia Flower.

 

I love a sun burnt country

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