22 Mar 2013

Spring Clean Out

Spring is here, I have cleaned my windows :-)
With the re-birth of Nature comes the urge for a "re-birth" at home: the big Spring Clean Out. I have too much stuff, while others have too little, and I lose overview.  So what has not been used for a year (and that goes for EVERYthing) goes to charity. And it will definitely not be replaced.
To speak with Thich Nhat Hanh:
"Live simply and share time, energy and material resources with those who are in need."

Spring Symbols

14 Mar 2013

On the Verge

This not yet out
That not yet in
A pause

My mind goes blank

The gap needed
to make space
for the new

I smile into the emptiness


8 Mar 2013

I am a Sun

On fuzzy days like these
Wrapped in greyness
Energy too low:

Don't despair
Don't sink into lethargy
Never give up

Be a Sun yourself!
Shine within
Radiate out

Light through your eyes
Love from your heart

Another little sun 

2 Mar 2013

Dream Scenes

You know how often negative or stressful thoughts come up in a day... Someone says something "wrong", you suddenly get an extra task to do, you're kept waiting at the doctor's or your child comes home with bad grades. Anything and everything can trigger your tensing up, feeling negative.
Going back to your breath is one way out, but my dear sister C taught me another very efficient one: go back to the feeling of your Dream Scene. I have several favorite dream scenes, the latest one when C and I shared a wonderful dinner on the terrace of a lovely Italian restaurant on a mild summer evening in Santiago - and the warmth, closeness and love of that moment.
So after a long and tiresome flight back home, during which a hyper active child prevented me from sleeping, I just dropped that irritation  and went back to the sweet feeling at that wooden dinner table...
Little sister's fragrant giant pizza