Nurturing Thursday: Meditation

I took this photo around a month ago and like it very much. I call this photo “meditation”.

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These days I am reading a book “The Sun my heart” by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. I love the “apple juice story” in which he explains how meditation helps us to let our mind settle. For Nurturing Thursday this week I would like to share it with you all.

I got this version of story from internet which is slightly different than in the book but I hope you like it.

One day, Thuy (a five year old girl) and a few other girls were playing near the hermitage, and they came in to ask for water to drink. I had some organic apple juice a neighbor had given me. I offered each child a glass. The last serving of apple juice went to Thuy, who did not want to drink it because there was a lot of pulp inside. She left it on the table and went out again to play. About an hour later, she came back very thirsty, looking for water. I pointed to her glass of apple juice and asked, “Why don’t you drink that? It’s very delicious.” She looked at the apple juice and saw that it was now very clear, because after an hour or so, all the pulp had sunk to the bottom. She was very happy to drink it.

Then she asked me why the apple juice had become clear, and I answered that it had been practicing sitting meditation for an hour. And she understood! Because we left the glass there for one hour, it kept still and became clear. She said, “Now I understand why you practice sitting meditation—you want to be clear.” I said, “Yes, you understand what sitting meditation means. If you know how to sit, how to put yourself in a stable physical position, if you know how to handle your in-breath and out-breath, then after some time, you become peaceful and clear.” That is why we like to do sitting meditation every day. We imitate the glass of apple juice, or the apple juice imitates us!

 

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Nurturing Thursday: Awakening

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Last two days I am watching and enjoying these crocus flowers. Until a few days ago they didnot exist but with a help of little sunshine, they are happily blooming. Today I spend some time trying to capture them with different angles. It was really hard. May be I should have had overalls. Do you know the best place to find wild crocus in abundant is an old graveyard.

Few days ago there was little discussion on a fellow blogger’s post about difficult times and how life is not fair for all. These crocus flowers inspired me to share a zen quote,

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate ~ Zhuangzi

For Becca’s Nurturting Thursday and Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

Nurturing Thursday: Resting and Relaxing

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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For Nurturing Thursday this week.

Not everyone has to go to mountains or to woods. It is your life and so it is your choice 😀 Just make sure that you get proper rest and you relax 😉

 

Nurturing Thursday: You decide

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For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday:

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them ~Maya Angelou

I was watching the sea gull for quite some time and could see that she had pain in her right foot but she didnot give up and was busy in her regular activities.

The weather is very unusual this year and is breaking records in various ways. Recently there were many sunny (white winter snow) days and temperature was constantly below zero. Suddenly it crossed the zero mark yesterday, melted some snow and without any warnings it was below zero again.

This temperature game put lot of pressure at the emergency clinic this morning. There were more than 50 casualties just between 8 – 10 am with fractures. People had to wait for more than an hour or two to get x-rays.

Last week I hurted my fingers and today I fell down. It happened so quickly, one moment I was crossing the road and just as I was on pavement I fell down. There was no snow, no ice but the stones on pavement were super slippery. Uff!!! Luckily I was wearing thick winter jacket and good mittens. It was and is hurting but is under control. The thought of going back home didnot come to my mind. I decided to be at work. I hope all is fine with bones and the pain will go away.

Dear readers take care of yourself.

 

 

Nurturing Thursday: Consistency

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For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday this week I would like to share Edmond Mbiaka quote “actions become very effective when they meet the habit of consistency”.

Last three days I tried to capture moon rise from my kitchen but still I am not happy with my work. I shall not stop but will try more. By the way temperature was below -10C during my practice sessions and the kitchen window needed to be kept open.