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Finding shapes everywhere
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Fractal patterns appear frequently in nature. When we look at the patterns on a leaf or an animal’s fur, we see them easily. In other areas of nature we can also find shapes pretty quickly. Looking at clouds or rock formations remind us of all types of creatures, human and otherwise. Don’t forget to look at the empty spaces too. Looking through the trees at an evening twilight can have unexpected results—the shape of a...

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Practicing non-conceptual awareness
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“…the lilacs flung their fragrance to the air” (from “The Lilacs Mother Planted” by Ed Blair) Lilacs, so fragrant and fresh at this time of year, remind us of the fleeting moments we share with nature every day. Buddhist teachings about “non-conceptual awareness” encourage us to experience the natural world without preconceptions. Rather than seeing a lilac as a white or purple flower, we should enjoy each facet of it and how it...

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Watching the garden dance
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“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.” ~Rumi Wide angle vision is a concept that was introduced to me by Donna Brickwood, founder of Sacred Space. It extends our vision to the most outer edges of the periphery. It is amazing how it increases your awareness of your surroundings and anchors you more firmly into the present...

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The Power of Kuan Yin
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The Power of Kuan Yin

Mar 31, 2013

Abundance and love are always there Known as The Goddess of Mercy, Gentle Protectoress, Bodhisattva of Compassion, even the savior of seamen and fishermen, Kuan Yin holds many titles. The spelling of her name varies, but it is not so much the arrangement of letters as it is the effect that her spoken name produces on those with a Buddhist background, similar to a reaction in the West when one is speaking of the Virgin...

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Welcoming Winter
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Welcoming Winter

Nov 26, 2012

“Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” –Rumi As winter approaches we may have to work harder to find beauty and warmth—look for it everywhere; in the cold blue stone and frozen purple skies that will soon begin to surround...

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