It can only be what it is...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year approaches

New Year approaches, change is in the wind.
Funny how every new year brings in a sense of hope that the new year will be better than last. I suppose it's human nature to think this way. I have long since stopped the creation of resolutions that I cannot seem to maintain past two months.
With a goal in mind of improving my health I had made some changes to my diet and exercise routines that was paying off real dividends in the last few months of 2011. Then hit a little set back that ended up with a backslide and a return to old habits.
I plan on tackling this in 2012 , not with just a simple resolution but more of a shift in thinking that needs to stick, not just for me but for the others that are counting on me.
Step 1. Sit in meditation more.
Step 2. Find my Way
Step 3. Should an emergency situation present itself, break glass of illusion and meditate some more.

For everyone out there, Sincere best wishes with whatever endeavors , asprirations you are striving for in 2012.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All things come back to their roots-Lao-Tzu

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Returning Empty Handed

Shih-tou Hsi-chien (700-790) was a very well known Chinese Ch'an master.
As a young monk, he was one of the disciples of the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng.
After Hui-neng passed away, Shih-tou continued his pilgrimage...
He paid a vist to the Great master Hsing-szu at the Ching-yuan mountain.
Hsing-szu asked:
-Where did you come from?
Shih-tou replied:
-From Tsao-chi [referring where Hui-neng resided].
-What did you get at Tsao-chi?
-Before I was at Tsao-chi, I was not lacking anything.
-If so, why were you there?
-If I were not there, how could I know I did not lack anything?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Time and Hell,

I met a new resident at where I work yesterday, her name is Norma. Norma was a WREN (
back in WWII.
Norma had a great pair of glasses on. Revealing her once fiery character, they were multicoloured frames, that made me think of rainbows.
Two things that struck me with Norma, (by the way she has moderate alzheimers)
1. When I showed her the picture that I took of her, she said to me  "Oh my... I look old, when did that happen" and
2. When I mentioned the town she came from trying to make small talk as we waited together -she said "oh I was in hell before, but then what can you expect when you have one foot in the grave"

I found them to be interesting observations that are applicable to all of us in some ways and at some point in time or another.

We rarely feel time pass, it's only when we really look in earnest that we realize that our bodies have changed, faces have wrinkles, more gray hairs etc.

As for her other observation, it really becomes a glass half empty or full analogy to some extent. Without really knowing her exact situation before coming to where I work, I imagine if you are anywhere you don't want to be , it is a hell of sorts.

Life has a way of providing lessons it seems,  just need to be open and receptive in order to see and receive.