Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Backyard Artist Date- December 2014

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We've had snow and ice and rain and cold these final autumn days. Today there is melt and thaw, and so I wandered the field looking for signs of life. What I found were evergreens. Glorious, sturdy, vibrant evergreens. In the darkness and grey and dimly lit days, there is still green. And even the winter angle of the Earth cannot thwart it. Solstice is almost here.






Monday, December 15, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Balance Wednesday- Consider the Dalai Lama

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I have a page-a-day calendar at my desk called Insight from the Dalai Lama. Many thoughts recur in differing compositions: compassion, karma, human suffering, hope. Most pages get stuffed into a drawer for possible rereading later. But every now and then, I rip off a day and find myself sucking in my breath and saying, Oh yeah, that’s it! Those pages end up tacked to my window trim, where I can daily read the reminders and dig down into the wisdom.

The Dalai Lama has been my touchstone for how to live my life for some time. In recent years, some personal troubles faded, while others arose. And more so now than before, I find myself able to look into the face of a very challenging situation and remember the words of the Dalai Lama. Or perhaps I’ll ask myself, What would the Dalai Lama do in this situation? Or I pull out the little paper picture of him I carry around in my wallet, and grab hold of the truth I want to create in my life.

Everyone has their thing, religion, spirituality, connection to whatever they believe. I don’t do religion, but I do do what the Dalai Lama suggests: Think for yourself; believe only the truths that you have experienced yourself; seek understanding within your own mind.

I thought I’d share my favorite insights from the Dalai Lama, while at the same time encouraging you, me, each of us, to seek out the truth resonates for us. These are truths that resonate with me.


  • Whatever actions you do will follow you, just like the shadow of a bird flying in the sky.
  • Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind.
  • Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.
  • Sometimes one makes a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • The essence of compassion is the desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being.
  • There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how it is you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
  • All human life is some part failure and some part achievement.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014