Sunday, July 31, 2005

he cooks the brigadoon dinner

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

just plain beautiful

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Saturday, July 09, 2005

Being Peace

I had started this post a few months back, but never posted it. I guess now is the time.
From a wonderful book: Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.[...]
If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? Do we have to practice to be able to enjoy it? No, we just enjoy it. Wherever we are, any time, have have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing. We don't need to go to China to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to travel into the future to enjoy our breathing. We can be in touch with these things right now. It would be a pity if we were only aware of suffering.
We are so busy we hardley have time to look at the people we love, even in our own household, and to look at ourselves. Society is organized in a way that even when we have some leisure time, we don't know how to use it to get back in touch with ourselves. We have millions of ways to lose this precious time-we turn on the tv or pick up the telephone, or start the car and go somewhere. We are not used to being ourselves, and we act as if we don't like ourselves and are trying to escape from ourselves.
Meditation is to be aware of what is going on-in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world. Each day 40,000 children die of hunger. The superpowers now have more than 50,000 nuclear warheads, enough to destroy our planet many times. Yet the sunrise is beautiful, and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle. Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. Please do no thinkwe must be solomn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot.

May the world find this truth.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Salty Springs

Out of the grid pattern and away from the cookie cutters. Into the random, the idiosyncratic, the unique and the beautiful. Three days and two nights have left me speachless. Down classic country roads with the floyd in my ears, the sun in my eyes, your hand in mine. Tranquil walks through golden fields. Mud baths and lavender fields. Naps in the sun and peaceful dusk on the beach at high tide. Quaint shops and cafes, filled with smiling singing dancing people. Dinners with peaceful lively harbour views and the best of company. So pampered and so utterly grateful.
I'm high on the bliss of it all. Euphoric.

Sunday, July 03, 2005


A little bit of the cameleon in me comes out with poofy hair and big makeup eyes. But really, I'm not even going to try to explain this one.