THE GREAT BELL CHANT ~ THE END OF SUFFERING

 

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May the sound of this bell
penetrate deep into the Cosmos.
Even in the darkest spots,
living beings are able to hear it clearly
so that all suffering in them ceases,
understanding comes to their heart,
and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
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The universal dharma door is already open.
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.
The miracle happens: a beautiful child
appears in the heart of a lotus flower.
One single drop of this compassionate water
is enough to bring back the refreshing spring
to our mountains and rivers.
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Listening to the bell I feel
the afflictions in me begin to dissolve.
My mind calm, my body relaxed,
a smile is born on my lips.
Following the sound of the bell,
my breath brings me back
to the safe island of mindfulness.
In the garden of my heart,
the flowers of Peace bloom beautifully.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Sunshine Yoga & Meditation

Today I embraced the sunshine. After the horrible storms that passed through and 14666134_10211002834926658_1325396280491959193_nknowing that autumn is quickly settling in I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the sunshine in the warmth of lingering summer temperatures.

I’m normally not a morning person at all. I am a bit of an insomniac and have always been a bit of a vampire loving the night and the moonlight. But this morning I was up at sunrise so I started the day with My coffee and watching the sunrise.  I wanted to linger longer in the morning light as I sipped my coffee watching the rays become warm and bright. I decided after a light breakfast to do a sun meditation and follow it up with some much needed stretching and yoga to lengthen and relax my body. I’m thankful I had the time to sit and just be one with the morning light and the beauty of the sunshine. I played with the light in my photo’s because I’ve always been a lover of shadow and light in photography. Usually in black and white, loving the sharp contrast. The black and white would not have done justice to this awesomely cool shirt I wore (INKnBURN, of course – this time a club offering) 😊 And besides the yellow and the outline of the image reminded me once again, of the sun! I am adding a little info below in case you’re intrigued by sun gazing or have an interest in meditation. Plus some little extra sunshine info.

I highly recommend starting a day or two, or even three with the sunrise and stillness. Just drink it in and feel peace. You can hold a yoga pose, sip some coffee or just grab a blanket or chair and just enjoy the beauty of it all.peace-sign

 

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Sunrise meditation
You might like to try this simple exercise when you have a moment to just close your eyes, even for just one minute. Ideally you can practice it for real outside in nature at sunrise, but you can do it by just closing your eyes and using your imagination, perhaps in the morning before you start the day, or at any moment that it feels right to allow more light in to your being.

  • Imagine yourself sitting, standing or lying outside, perhaps in nature where you feel safe and comfortable. It is early morning before sunrise. You are turned to face East, with a clear view in front of you of the horizon. Maybe it’s a lake and mountain tops, trees and grassy fields, the open sea, the desert or the rooftops of the city.
  • You settle in your body and get still. Tune-in to your body sensations as you relax more and more. Feel yourself letting go of all holding and tension. Notice the free-flowing rhythm of your breath.
  • Gradually the sun starts to rise over the horizon. Imagine the light starting to flood over the landscape. The sky, your body and all that is around you is gradually being lit up. Imagine the colours emerging. Nothing can stop it or slow it down – that light is coming no matter what. It is like a warm glow. Relax as you feel the warmth touch different parts of your body and notice the changing light and colours in your eyes.
  • Feel the light of the sun filling you up, healing, awakening and re-energising every cell in your body. Fully surrender your mind and body to this flood of light and feel your own light starting to react and radiate outward in reflection. How does it feel?
  • As you let go completely, acknowledge that you do not have to do or be or achieve anything more to receive this light or to be a source of radiant light. This is what you already are.
  • When you feel complete, give gratitude to this amazing sun, source of life and light.  As you move out of this practice into the rest of your day, let the light glow out through you all of your being, through your eyes, your smile, your heart and your whole body, so that simply being in your presence can light up all those around you.

Source: Georgina Peard

 

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HERE COMES THE SUN…BURST MIRROR CRAFT

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“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” thích nhất hạnh

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Learning to let go of fear has been one of the hardest lessons of my lifetime. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of pain. And for a long long time because of that I suffered from watching life pass by from inside. I created my own illusion of safety. And while it may have been safe, it was also uninspired and sad. It did not resemble life at all. It was a living death I endured. All for the sake of being fearful. Finally like a fireflies spark in the night I realized the simple truth that the pain that I felt from my perceived safety was all along making me more unhappy than what I would suffer even if I tried and failed at something.

For those who are fearless or raised to ignore the fear and do it anyway this logic seems simple. But for someone raise in fear, or abusive situations. Or those who are told as a child you are a failure, or deemed not good enough, this is a hard concept to take in. I am lucky I am learning to live while I am alive. Learning to grasp that fear and make it the rock I stand upon. Let it go.

Let it go…..

Namaste’