Learn To Be Still February 25, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
Tags: Eagles, Just Be, Learn To Be Still, Meditation, Mindfulness
Learn to be still
At Times, I Am A Turtle January 8, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
Tags: Breathe, Humor, Just Be, Life Balance, Turtle, Victor Hugo
Skittish, I dive below the surface of the sea, unseen.
I float on currents, without charting a course.
Content to just be.
Sunlight enters the watery womb, gentle rays urging me to emerge and breathe.
Sense of humor, restored.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~ Victor Hugo
For more cartoons by John Bell . . . The Bell Curve Cartoons.
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Follow Your Star November 16, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Lessons, Mindfulness, People.
Tags: Dreams, Happiness, Just Be, Life Lessons, Mindfulness
Hardship is inevitable; misery is optional.
We are here to find out who we are
Don’t be afraid to follow your star
Don’t put your dreams on hold
Follow your own road
Our purpose is to find our purpose, and then pursue it with passion.
Claim what isn’t, as if it were, until it becomes.
Aah . . . that’s better!
Related posts: Getting Your Feet Wet (Water Witch’s Daughter) * The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Judith Baxter) * Whose Shoes Are They Anyway? * Stop Playing “Follow The Leader” * Life Is Not One-Size-Fits-All * Live Your Life
Spirit Just Smiles September 8, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Poetry, Spirituality & Faith.
Tags: Haiku, Just Be, Monkey Mind, New Age, Poetry, Spirit
We search for the truth
Hastening along our path
To learn who we are
Opportunities for growth
Spirit won’t falter
We are here to learn
It won’t always be pleasant
And starts all over again
Each time we fall short
Watch that monkey mind
Racing, racing, all the time
Sit still and just be
The inner critic
Passes judgment too quickly
Learn to ignore it
Accept the “what is”
Even amid pain and tears
Smiles release joy
The thinking brain frets
No snub or slight it forgets
Spirit just smiles
Aah . . . that’s better!
Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts. The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.
The Lotus Flower April 30, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature.
Tags: Just Be, Lotus, Nature
Yesterday, we bought a painting of a Blue Lotus . . . gently unfolding. We hung our purchase above the sofa as a reminder to stay in the moment and let the path unfold before us.
This morning, inspired by the painting, I researched the Lotus Flower and its symbolism in the Buddhist religion and learned:
This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.
According to another scholar, “the heart of the being is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossoms.”
Excerpts from: The Lotus Symbol in Buddhism.
The color of the lotus impacts the symbolism associated with it:
White Lotus: A state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity.
Pink Lotus: The supreme lotus, reserved for the highest deity ~ the Great Buddha himself.
Red Lotus: The original nature and purity of the heart ~ the lotus of love, compassion, and passion.
Blue Lotus: The victory of Spirit over the senses ~ true inner wisdom and knowledge.
Ahh . . . a Blue Lotus, symbolizing the victory of spirit over the senses . . . and the dawning of inner wisdom.
What a wonderful symbol to have hanging in our living room.
And, now, for a surprising twist to our tale ~ turns out the painting we purchased yesterday is an Agave Flower, not a Blue Lotus!
The Agave Flower, a succulent, grows in the desert, not in the mud beneath ponds.
And . . . it has thorns!
Rather than being dismayed by this turn of events, I’m delighted.
It will also remind me to bloom where I’m planted . . .
And embrace all with joy!
Agave Flower by Jill Barton
M.E.D.I.T.A.T.I.O.N. March 7, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Meditation, Mindfulness, Poetry, Word Play.
Tags: Just Be, Meditation, Mindfulness, Present Moment
Exploring the silent stillness
Discovering the timeless truths
In between passing thoughts
Touching the eternal present
Anchored in our breath
Time to just be.
Inspired we realize
Our thoughts mean nothing
Now is all there is.
Photo Credit ~ SoulDipper