1. Talking Leaves

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    Happiness… is always Free!
    Doesn’t cost you a dime, not even one penny.
    Open your heart… look closely…
    You will see, Happiness in your eyes.

    Look at those falling leaves!
    Do you feel Peace, in your heart?
    Leaves… of course, are free of charge,
    Rich or Poor, can enjoy.

    Leaves are talking to you!
    Do you know, what they are saying?
    Flying closer and closer,
    Like messengers, from the Heaven.
    Delivering an important message,
    That will read, as follows:

    Life is too short,
    So be kind to one another.
    Learn to share your smile,
    Even with strangers.
    Cherish Life Today,
    For Tomorrow, May Never Come…

    ~by Jendhamuni Sos
    February 22, 2013

    ….•*•.¸¸. ♥

    Watching leaves is my favorite hobby.
    Some of you may think I’m crazy,
    But this is the reality of my life.
    I’m not a poet, just putting my thoughts together.

  2. Anyone who proposes to do good

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    Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it. ~Albert Schweitzer

     

  3. Be calm in your heart

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    Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work;
    it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~Unknown

  4. Serenity will be yours

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    Let loose of what you can’t control. Serenity will be yours.

    End each day with thoughts of peace. Begin each day with thoughts of peace. Continue thinking thoughts of peace throughout your precious day and happiness will be yours. ~Unknown

  5. Peace comes from within

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    Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha

    Sometimes people are beautiful.
    Not in looks.
    Not in what they say.
    Just in what they are.

    ~Markus Zusak

  6. Resting in the River

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    By Thich Nhat Hanh

    My dear friends, suppose someone is holding a pebble and throws it in the air and the pebble begins to fall down into a river. After the pebble touches the surface of the water, it allows itself to sink slowly into the river.

    It will reach the bed of the river without any effort. Once the pebble is at the bottom of the river, it continues to rest. It allows the water to pass by.

    I think the pebble reaches the bed of the river by the shortest path because it allows itself to fall without making any effort. During our sitting meditation we can allow ourselves to rest like a pebble. We can allow ourselves to sink naturally without effort to the position of sitting, the position of resting.

    Resting is a very important practice; we have to learn the art of resting. Resting is the first part of Buddhist meditation. You should allow your body and your mind to rest. Our mind as well as our body needs to rest.

    The problem is that not many of us know how to allow our body and mind to rest. We are always struggling; struggling has become a kind of habit. We cannot resist being active, struggling all the time. We struggle even during our sleep.

    It is very important to realize that we have the habit energy of struggling. We have to be able to recognize a habit when it manifests itself because if we know how to recognize our habit, it will lose its energy and will not be able to push us anymore.

    Ten years ago I was in India visiting the ex-untouchable community of Buddhists. A friend who belonged to the caste organized the trip for me. I was sitting on the bus, enjoying the landscape outside, contemplating the palm trees and the vegetation. Suddenly I turned and I saw him looking very tense. There was no reason why he had to be tense like that. I thought that he was trying to make my visit pleasant and maybe that was the reason he was so tense. I told him, “Dear friend, I know that you want to make my trip pleasant, but I am already very happy. I’ve already enjoyed the trip. So why don’t you sit back, smile, and relax?” He said, “Okay,” and he sat back and he tried to relax. Continue reading


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Just the way it is

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