Sunday, July 31, 2016

let the sunrise break your heart open...

Do not seek the light.
See it.
Do not look for beauty.
Be it.
Do not search for Self.
Know it.
Let the birdsong teach you.
Let the sunrise break your heart open.
Let every breath remind you of sudden miracles.
~ Jeff Foster
Siesta Key Beach, sunrise

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

everything already is infinite...

Sometimes I lie outside on the grass with my two beloved furkids in the daytime. If I allow my vision to soften while gazing at my cat's hair I begin to see tiny, rainbow colored orbs on one strand of hair. And softening my gaze even more I can see there are many many of those orbs. And, clearly, there's movement. Each orb is an entire universe unto itself. I imagine what, if any, kind of beings live there? ~Sarah

Monday, July 25, 2016

identification in Belovedness...

“While the impostor draws his identity from past achievements and the adulation of others, the true self claims identity in its belovedness. We encounter God in the ordinariness of life: not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary, mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life.”
~ Brennan Manning

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

my daily affairs are quite ordi­nary...

"My daily affairs are quite ordi­nary;
but I’m in total har­mony with them.
I don’t hold on to any­thing, don’t reject any­thing;
nowhere an obsta­cle or con­flict.
Who cares about wealth and honor?
Even the poor­est thing shines.
My mirac­u­lous power and spir­i­tual activ­ity:
draw­ing water and car­ry­ing wood."
 ~Layman P’ang
lemongrass plant and Smoky

Sunday, July 17, 2016

in harmony...


Friday, July 15, 2016

healing power of three things...


Thursday, July 14, 2016

practically speaking...

the choice for laughter seems like a no-brainer anyway
Wendell Berry's 9 Rules for Consumption:
1. Be happy with what you’ve got. Don’t be always looking for something better.
2. Don’t buy anything you don’t need.
3. Don’t buy what you ought to save. Don’t buy what you ought to make.
4. Unless you absolutely have got to do it, don’t buy anything new.
5. If somebody tries to sell you something to “save labor,” look out. If you can work, then work.
6. If other people want to buy a lot of new stuff and fill up the country with junk, use the junk.
7. Some good things are cheap, even free. Use them first.
8. Keep watch for what nobody wants. Sort through the leavings.
9. You might know, or find out, what it is to need help. So help people.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

spirituality is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being...

“Sometimes people get the mistaken notion
Brother David Steindl-Rast

that spirituality is a separate department of life,
 the penthouse of our existence. But
rightly understood, it is a vital awareness
 that pervades all realms of our being." 
~Brother David Steindl-Rast

  Brother David had a  90th birthday on July 12th

Thursday, July 7, 2016

remaining steady in unbroken Bliss...

Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, 
Talk 95.
Patchwork Heart Zafu

Q.: What are the obstacles
to remaining steady in unbroken Bliss?
How can they be overcome?
M.: The obstacles are:
(1) Ignorance which is
forgetfulness of one’s pure being.
(2) Doubt which consists
in wondering if even the experience
was of the Real or of the unreal.
(3) Error which consists in
the “I-am-the-body” idea,
and thinking that the world is real.
These are overcome by hearing the truth,
reflection on it and concentration.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

in otter news...

River Otter (google images)
Yesterday I saw two river otter playing on a lake bank on my morning walk. (photo - google images)
"Otter--- Living a well-rounded life. Playful, joyful nature, likes games of all sorts, bring laughter wherever they go, letting go of the need to control, surrender to fate. Otter aids the individual in search of joyful expression in life and promotes a harmony between pure play and skillful provision. Native American Totem Animal for "Aquarius"
Sea Otter -- The sea otter brings understanding of our childlike self and asks us to rediscover our playful side. In its wisdom it advises us to nurture our talents and make good use of them. Call upon her for the energies of resourcefulness and inventiveness"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

inside you there is a power to make you laugh, to be happy, to fall in love...

Dictionary Page, Anatomy Heart Wall Decor
'Put your hand on your heart,'
the old man said,
'inside you, there is a power,
there are ideas and thoughts,
that no one has ever thought of,
there is the strength to love,
purely and intensely,
and to have someone love you back,
there is the power to make people happy,
and to make people laugh,
and to fall in love,
to change lives and futures.
Don't forget that power,
and don't ever give up on it.'
~ Atticus ~
 featuring the artwork of
etsy artist PrintsVariete

Sunday, July 3, 2016

treasure house within - sand dollars and starfish

Sand Dollars and Starfish 

 today's featured artist is:
photography by BeachCottageLife on etsy...

“The treasure house
within you contains everything,
and you are free to use it.
You don’t need to seek outside.” 
~ Dazhu (487–593)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

a day in the life of a genuine wayfarer...

featuring the mala jewelry of
Golden Buddha Mala Beads- 21 Wrist Mala Beads - Buddhist Prayer Beads - Mala Stack - Opal, Pyrite, Sandalwood
"You have obstacles only because you have not realized
 the emptiness of the eons. 
Genuine wayfarers are never like this; 
they just dissolve their history according to conditions, 
dressing according to circumstances, acting when they need to act, 
and sitting when they need to sit, 
without any idea of seeking the fruits of buddhahood."
~ Lin Chi
The Five Houses of Zen
White Tara Mala Beads - Morganite and White Opal - Malas, Buddhist Prayer Beads, 108 Mala Beads - Divine love