Nurturing Thursday: Time

For Nurturing Thursday,

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive ~Unknown

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I shall be away for almost 3 weeks from Saturday. I planned the tour in due haste. According to writer and cartoonist Allen Saunders (first published in Reader’s Digest in January 1957):  “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans”.  Next two weeks shall be spending  time with my aai (mother). I am sure she is going to love it.  Getting internet connection will be difficult and more over I might not have time for it.

I hope you guys will have good time on wordpress and in your lives. Take care.

PS: Today is Norwegian national day (constitution day). It is celebrated in a very special way. I was in town attending the parades, taking photos and even I got some beautiful spring shots. The above shot is one among many. Sooner or later you will get to see the rest.

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Nurturing Thursday And WPC: Unlikely

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We in this part of the world are used to gray and wet days. You may remember from my earlier post that last year in June it rained for 26 days in a row. In such default weather settings getting some colours on the sky are one of the most “Unlikely” events but a little sun shine is enough to brighten our day and make us active ( hyperactive in my case 🙂 ). These two photos were captured unexpectedly.

Along the same lineof thought,  I would like to share a quote by Deepak Chopra for Nurturing Thursday

“Embrace the unpredictable and unexpected. It is the path to the infinitely creative in you.”

Nurturing Thursday: Lines or Illusions

The story behind this Nurturing Thursday post begins during my time with the book “The sun my heart” by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. I am in love with the book and read every page at least twice. I try to relate the stories in the book by what I have heard/learned in different situations  from different people in my life.

Then comes the weekly photo challenge theme: lines. I started looking for a photo with some interesting lines and I found one abstract phtograph. But with a questions, are these lines or just illusions? The line in this frame has only present neither past nor future.

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As Alan Watts has said, ” I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is”.

Now its time to share some lines from the book to nuture ourselves:

“From time to time you may become restless, and the restlessness will not go away. At such times, just sit quietly, follow your breathing, smile a halfsmile, and shine your awareness on the restlessness. Don’t judge it or try to destroy it, because this
restlessness is you yourself. It is born, has some period of existence, and fades away, quite naturally. Don’t be in too big a hurry to find its source. Don’t try too hard to make it disappear. …

Do not turn your mind into a battlefield. Do not have a war there; for all your feelings-joy, sorrow, anger, hatred-are part of yourself. … To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe. Your smile proves it. It proves that you are being gentle with yourself, that the sun of awareness is shining in you, that you have control of your situation.

 

 

 

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!

 

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 😉