Wednesday, September 23, 2015

drink your tea slowly...

"Drink your tea slowly
and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which
the earth revolves -
slowly, evenly,
without rushing
toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life."
~Thich Nhat Hanh 

Tea Time Train

art print available by TinyRed on etsy 


Monday, September 21, 2015

All the elements for your happiness are already here...

"Be yourself. Life is precious as it is.
All the elements for your happiness
are already here.There is no need
to run, strive, search or struggle.
Just Be."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"Just Be" Poster

Friday, September 18, 2015

let go...


"Don’t recall.
Don’t imagine.
Don’t think.
Don’t examine.
Don’t control.

This advice consists of only six words in Tibetan. 
The above translation was developed 
to capture its brevity and directness. 
Some years ago, Michael K. Nisch 
developed the translation shown below, 
which some people prefer:
"Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest."
Michael K. Nisch

Fine Art Print with Hermann Hesse Quote

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In nature every moment is new

"In nature every moment is new;
the past is always swallowed and forgotten;
the coming only is sacred.
Nothing is secure but life, transition and the energizing spirit."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Winter Landscape" painting

available on etsy at 1000PaintedTrees 

"Winter Snow Geisha" print zafu 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

a secret path is there for you that no one knows...

"Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. 
Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path 
will be there for you that no one knows. 
You can’t see it yet but so many paradises 
are at the end of this path. Be grateful! 
It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, 
thank before having what you want."
~ Shams Tabrizi

"Secret Garden"

available on etsy by PattiPettysCards 


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Let go of how you thought your life should be.

"Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, 
and embrace the life that is trying 
to work its way into your consciousness."
~ Caroline Myss

Watercolor Print Dandelion


Life is a Balance Between Holding on and Letting go

watercolor artwork available on etsy by KateBoyingtonArt 

Friday, September 11, 2015

balance the polarities...

"All truth is in tai chi:
 to cultivate the mind, body, or spirit, 
simply balance the polarities. 
But forget about understanding and harmonizing 
and making all things one. 
The universe is already a harmonious oneness; 
 just realize it. 
If you scramble about in search of inner peace, 
you will lose your inner peace."
(quote and photo posted on facebook) 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

nirvana is available in the here and now...

"Nirvana is available in the here and now. 
It is not a place to go to when we pass away. 
It is available to all of us when we are alive. 
The word “nirvana" was used by peasant farmers
 in India to describe the cooling down of the ashes 
after the fire is out. The Buddha used “nirvana” 
to describe the cooling of the fire of afflictions - 
namely the cooling of anger, fear, anxiety, 
and so on. With mindfulness, concentration 
and insight, each one of us can refresh our spirit, 
cool our afflictions and touch nirvana 
in the very here and now."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

NIRVANA Necklace

Japanese calligraphy, Hills with forest trees in tan peach cream, 

Heaven, Spiritual art, Gift for him or her

available by HighwayGlass on etsy 

Monday, September 7, 2015

ten thousand things rise and fall...

"Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall
while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish
and then Return to the Source.
Returning to the Source is stillness,
which is the Way of Nature."
~ Lao Tsu
Be still, and know... 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

each little gift you offer...

"Life is a journey from hypocrisy to sincerity,
from self-centeredness to other-centeredness and love,
from self-deception, ignorance and illusion to self-honesty clarity and truth.
As long as people are content not to look,
not to embrace their ultimate vocation to become deified beings,
they will chase after every distraction
that comes along as a substitute for a life of depth."
~Wayne Teasdale, The Mystic Heart

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

breathing with awareness is needful...

"Sometimes, we just need
to hear ourselves breathe."
~ Jeff Foster
 Machine stitched reeds

 "People think happiness is a faraway thing," thought Francie, 
"something complicated and hard to get. 
Yet, what little things can make it up; 
a place of shelter when it rains - 
a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; 
for a man, a cigarette for contentment; 
a book to read when you’re alone -
 just to be with someone you love. 
Those things make happiness."
~ Betty Smith

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn