Living Now

Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now ~ Roy T. Bennett

Life is no different than the weather. Not only is it unpredictable, but it shows us a new perspective of the world every day ~ Suzy Kassem

Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never ~ Alan Bennett

At any point in time you can always find something more pressing to do than that one vital but not immediately necessary task, and it’s only once it’s too late that you look back on your decisions and your mistake becomes painfully obvious. The trick is to substitute thinking ‘do I do this now or later?’ with ‘do I do this now or never?’, because all too often that’s the choice you actually end up making ~ Anonymous

Since April we started exploring our surroundings. We go on walks/hikes almost everyday with some rare exceptions. For Lens artists photo challenge this week, Amy proposed the theme “Now and then“. I decided to stick to the first part “Now”. Sometimes I like to dwell on the past and check our travellings photos but for now let us enjoy the beauty of November. I hope Amy wouldn’t mind either.

I am listening this piece while working on the post:

Nurturing Thursday

Weekend 110: A walk in the mist

After one week we were back on one of our favourite trails. The actual weather decided to show significant difference from what the meterological institute had forecasted and I am glad. We had an amazing experience.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky ~Rabindranath Tagore

It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful ~ Oscar Wilde 

We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be— to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now ~ Eckhart Tolle (Stillness Speaks)

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

We walked in the mist hiking up and also coming down. Needless to say, we were happy with our decision of going out.

No cloud is so dark that the sun can’t shine through ~ Unknown

Friday Fun – still

Lens artisits photo challenge

Jo’s Monday walk

Weekend 108: Autumnal stroll

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The images of wild roses were taken a couple of weeks ago. The colours were so different. Some trees were showing yellow shades but all was mostly green.

On Sunday we had been on our usual hike/walk. Unsure of weather in near future I insisted to go on a nearby mountain. It was perfect for hiking cold but sunny. Autumn sun makes every thing beautiful.

Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done ~ Lao Tzu.

The last eight months we are at home and trying to cope with our new normals. Instead of discussing things which are out of our control we focused our energy on simple feasible tasks. We are happy with what we achieved.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. ~Henry David Thoreau

Festival of leaves

Walktober

Nurturing Thursday

Hope you enjoy the post. Stay healthy and happy.

Weekend 101 – Hiking 919 moh

Knowing our strength is not impossible. ~Six word Saturday

Yesterday was a fantastic day, we achieved something great.  It was last sunny day before a wet week so we decided to go on hiking. It was a day tour and we hiked up to 919 m above sea level while covering 17.5 km distance in total.

At home we are working on our “terrace”. Terrace decking is finished and painting is going on but we didn’t want to miss the hiking opportunity.  We didn’t have a lot of rain in last couple of days so the mountain trail was perfect for hiking. The route was well marked (which means one has to keep eye on wooden stumps, trees,  and even the stones in the forest). There were some wet places but managed them in good way. Just that our shoes need good washing 😂😂😂

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling. ~Shanti

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Marking

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.~ Rachel Carsonweekend101_5weekend101_6weekend101_7

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. ~Henry David Thoreau

Security – Friday fun.

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday & Sunday Trees

Jo’s Monday Walk

Sunday – Say hello!

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The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.                                                                                    Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.                                                It’s not complex or elaborate.                                                                                                      The real knowledge is free.                                                                                                         It’s encoded in your DNA.                                                                                                                All you need is within you.                                                                                                          Great teachers have said that from the beginning.                                                           Find your heart, and you will find your way.                                                                            ~Carlos Barrios

Weekend 97

My weekend begins with this glorious image

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Today at 2:20 am

HEARTWORK

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.
~ Suzy Kassem

to be continued …

Weekend 95 -At home

Today is 16th May 2020 and here is what it looks like outside my window

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Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while  ~Kin Hubbard

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Being a Saturday we decided to stay home until afternoon and the result is not bad at all.

Cakes are like books, there are new ones you like to read and old ones you want to reread ~ Ellen Rose

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Banana Bread

Food cannot take care of spiritual, psychological and emotional problems, but the feeling of being loved and cared for, the actual comfort of the beauty and flavour of food, the increase of blood sugar and physical well-being, help one to go on during the next hours better equipped to meet the problems. ~                                               Edith Schaeffer (The Hidden Art of Homemaking)

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Moongdal ki kachori

Kachori is a spicy snack, originating from the Indian subcontinent, and common in places with Indian diaspora and other South Asian diaspora. Alternative names for the snack include kachauri, kachodi and katchuri. Kachoris were popular in old Indore, even before samosas gained popularity after the partition of India.

 

Hope

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Hope is sweet.
Hope is illumining.
Hope is fulfilling.
Hope can be everlasting.
Therefore, do not give up hope,
Even in the sunset of your life.
~ Sri Chinmoy (My Life’s Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment)

Weekend 88 : Distance

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For Becca’s Sunday Trees

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There is a silent deference for one another, a distance that is kept, and lines that aren’t crossed, but in their sharing, they each try to pay tribute to the bond in their own way. As often as possible, they open up a little and give what they can.          Dan Groat

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Friendships – and indeed most relationships – are measured in the closeness of hearts, minds and soul ties… not in the distance of physical miles or even the passing of time. ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

Jo’s Monday Walk

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Friday Fun – New normality