Monthly Archives: April 2013

…. at the end of the day


Almost every evening before going to bed I spend about 20 minutes drinking¬†a “mindful cup of tea”

This is what inspired me a while ago and which is lovely to read from time to time:

Do you do something similar, too? I would love to hear about it.

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Sunday stroll/Sonntagsrumstreunerei : )

Sunday stroll/Sonntagsrumstreunerei : ).

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Sunday stroll/Sonntagsrumstreunerei : )

Pre-stroll ūüôā lazy in the loggia


No, I am¬†not living in Amsterdam. Though I wouldn’t mind sometimes ūüôā


And now I know who made the paw-traces in the garden this winter ūüôā ..There.

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And just a few minutes ago…looking up from the Screen:

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Love of mornings and simple things – 3191 miles apart

IMG_1566 (800x533)This is for all those, who are deeply able to look at a picture and feel (almost) as if being on a vacation.

Who love “photo-still-lifes” …¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Who love simple things and are able to see the beauty in it.

A couple of years ago two women had -each – a flickr account of their own. Due to similar interests they came

across each other’s account and noticed how similar their style of photography is.

Online they developed a contact, then a friendship, then met.

And the “fruit” of them Meeting has become their first book “A year of Mornings”:

about 250 photos!

The two live in (!) Portland, Maine and Portland Oregon.

Every weekday morning, they took, without communicating with the other (and this is a very important and fascinating fact to know), a picture of their morning setting. May it be a Cup of coffee, a pair of shoes, a view out of the window.

The fascinating thing is how those photos match! Sometimes there are very similar colour or Motive schemes, sometimes somehow the theme is the same.

They made further Projects such as “A year of evenings”, unfortunately this book seems unavailable,


here  comes the treat, dear Reader

online free accessible:

A year of Sundays.

You might want to take some time, like 20 minutes, and a cup of coffee or tea.


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How about…. ?

cropped-img_1556-800x5331.jpgHow about you took a blanket, chair, stool or cushion (zafu) today,DSCF0769 (633x800)

  sat down

in a stable, comfortable upright position

and breathe in

perfectly and completely aware of breathing in?


breathe out

perfectly and completely aware of breathing out

How about

you continue this

for maybe 3-5-10 times, just as you like?

Possibly you do not even want to stop so soon

How about realizing all those thoughts running through your head                                                                       DSCF0770 (600x800)

just like a little paper boat Floating by on a river,

wearing little flags which just “lable” your thoughts in

“past” or “future” …

and then go back

breathing in knowing you’re breathing in

breathing out knowing you are breathing out


How does this feel for you?

What happens inside?



Yes, there will be thoughts.

Possibly: tons of

Possibly hurtful or angry ones

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having those little flags attached where you can put your thoughts

without giving them a closer look



You might, like in this photo of this mountain hike

not know what comes next

Another angry Memory? Another sad note?

Or maybe a happy one? Or maybe the raisins in your breakfast and the laundry to make?

Very likely.

Every time you catch yourself getting caught

in past, future, planning, analyzing, attachment, resistance

be kind to yourself

and kindly return to

breathing in knowing you are breathing in

breathing out knowing you are breathing out                                                                                                                              DSCF0914 (800x600)




How does it feel in your body?

There is a good Chance

that your mind become still                                                                                                                         DSCF0910 (600x800)

that your thougths stop coming

that you feel peaceful

that you feel connected without having to think the word “connected”

that you are able to have a very deep look – like into very clear water

which lets you look down to the ground


I love to do all this

every morning

many afternoons

almost every evening

How about you?

What is Meditation to you and how do you practice?

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Beauty unfolding overnight

IMG_1722 (660x800)Last night I sat in the loggia, wondering when the beautiful little Japanese cherry tree would start blooming. The buds had been developing and slightly opening these past sunny days.

This morning, 6.15 a.m., it looked about the same…

and then

coming home from work.

Was I really only gone for a few hours?

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The World We Are!

This is a very inspiring and precious blog post I feel like sharing. Enjoy the positive energy coming from it, and those colourful unique photos!


The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us,

trying to wake us up to look deeply

at our impact on the planet. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The Earth Day SF festival was an informative & enjoyable bell of mindfulness to wake up and consider sustainable alternatives to consumption, to live simply and healthfully. I mingled with crowds of other earthlings who seemed happy to enjoy the warm spring weather as they strolled among the booths of recycled jewelry, solar power vendors and organic T-shirts, plus many organic and vegan food options. Enjoyed a group meditative period, then freely swaying with the music of Lis Addison and her circle of song and dance honoring body, mind, spirit, voice and the wisdom of mother earth. Good music filled the afternoon space.

The emphasis of this SF festival was on do-it-yourself projects and teaching people how to bring sustainable practices into their homes, or…

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Keeping Quiet – by Pablo Neruda

IMG_1262 (800x534)Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still

¬†for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language;

let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms too much.

It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines;

 we would all be together in a sudden strangeness.

 Fisherman in the cold sea would not harm the whales

and the man gathering salt would not hurt his hands.

Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire,

 victories with no survivors, would put on clean clothes

 and walk about with their brothers in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about…

If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving,

 and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence

 might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves

and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us as when everything seems to be dead in winter and later proves to be alive.¬† Now I’ll count to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go.

                                                                                          Pablo Neruda

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Mindful Photography

IMG_1631 (800x691)Thanks to the wonderful book “this i know – notes on unraveling the heart” by wonderful Susannah Conway and her e-course “Exploring the Senses” which I just started …today… I had a very visual, very content and also very mindful day.

Susannah publishes wonderful things. Photography and writing, journaling and Blogging are very important to her – she takes you by the Hand and invites you to take some really mindful perspective of your life from different angles.

Treat yourself and check out her blog:

But now back to the Headline. Mindful photography. So what is she saying now? Why mindful again? Oh, you better get used to it, because I got the taste of it and will pursue it as much as possible.

And photography. Next to painting, sitting Meditation and yoga this is – to me – a very healing and joyful way to be mindful. Because when you are ready to take a walk or “just” wander around, having your camera (I highly recommend not to take photos looking on the Display but take the seeker so you automatically focus) your perception will change.

Of course I don’t mean things like “Oh, by four this afternoon, I have to have a hundred proper photos”… guess you got the idea, eh?

No, you go and look at your surroundings, both aimlessly because you don’t plan to see a ladybird just when you want to take a photo of one, and very clearly oriented.

Susannah Conway developed the exercise to go look for particular colours at different places. This was the first “assignment” in her “Exploring the senses” e-book and this is how I spent parts of my day today.

She suggests to go look for something red, something yellow, something purple, heart shapes and your Initials. She doesn’t¬†say it has to be photographed, she just wants to give you¬†these colours and shapes to watch out¬†for. ¬†To find those, she recommends to go look inside your Appartement or house, outside, look up, look down, find it in tje concrete and the¬†abstract.

A few months earlier I followed her advise in one of her book chapters to take one photo every hour of the day for one day. So I already knew what would gradually happen to my perception. It would shift. The Quality of my consciousness will shift. And before starting the whole “assignment” today, I was looking forward to this.

What happens when you watch out for particular things is that you are very aware of where you are and what surrounds you. And as your senses are not limited to the visual, your other senses Kind of follow. When I took the photo (see below) of the red Icecream sign “Eis”, I smelled the icecream coming from the Caf√© and I can still smell it looking at the photo now.

Matthias Ennenbach¬†refers to ¬†mindfulness¬†as “panoramic consciousness”. Instead your mind being focussed like when you concentrate on a maths test for example..compared to an electric torch beam which just lights a small area, your attention widens like sunlight flooding.

At some Point this afternoon I caught myself thinking “I need a break”. ūüôā

Well – here you can take a virtual walk with me now, seeing something red, something yellow, something purple, heart shapes and my Initials. Enjoy

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Here are some of the results of just being aware of the surroundings…


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Here’s a campaign by the poet Shane Koyczan, hoping to develop compassion:”To this day”

First of all let me say that I saw just a small Quote of this Poem somewhere lately and it Kind of touched my heart very deeply.

.”….and if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better
mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s
something inside you that made you Keep trying despite everyone who
told you to quit…”

Then I made a little research about the author of this Poem, many of you might tell me I am quite late in finding out about him but however…better late than never.

Here’s the moving Video of “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan.

May we all be able to have compassion and think twice before we say…”get over it” instead of really listening to someone.

Talk soon.


– Nic –

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