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Golden october sunday

Today has been all about the pursuit of Carpe Diem – spending the first half of the day outside on a long photo walk- and the second half at the open Windows of my favourite room in my Appartement, sketching, drawing, colouring the latest ideas from the bottom of my heart.

Here are some impressions:

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As to the drawings – imagine being invited to have a peak at my vw campervan – Daydream-Edition 🙂

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A mindful walk with a dear friend and our cameras: some impressions

Cherry blossoms in early January. A rare guest

Cherry blossoms in early January. A rare guest

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tree bark – might serve as reference for my upcoming painting Project. Just have to purchase some new gesso before starting. 🙂

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The “dancing tree”

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Magnolia

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the Beauty of complementary colours

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Bridge perspective

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My favourite. so much grace in this twig …

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twig network

Amazing bark

Amazing bark

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Heart-shaped

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Birch bark heart

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Wood impression

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seagulls on the parkpond. where do they travel to? Where do they come from?

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smile for the camera

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Birch bark heart

Birch bark heart

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Beauty of the tree

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Heart shape on the street

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what a colour combination on one bark…

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Happy new year with a prayer from Plum Village

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Happy new year to everyone who is reading this post. May you have a wonderful year!

I want to post a prayer from Plum Village. For this purpose I copied the text here:

http://plumvillage.org/news/new-years-prayer-2014/

 

This prayer was offered by the Plum Village fourfold sangha as part of the midnight ceremony to mark the dawn of the New Year 2014.

“Dear Beloved Father Sun – Bodhisattva Mahavairocana Tathagata,

Dear Beloved Mother Earth – Bodhisattva Mahagaia,

Dear Beloved Ancestors, both Spiritual and Genetic,

 

We present ourselves before you at this solemn moment of the New Year to express our gratitude and deep aspiration as a spiritual family.

Dear Father Sun, your infinite light is the nourishing source of all species. You are our Sun, a great Buddha, a great Bodhisattva, our Great Tathagata Sun,our source of limitless light and life. You are not only in the sky but you are also ever-present in Mother Earth and in us. Just as our life depends on our heart, so too does our life depend on you. We bow our heads this evening with gratitude for your radiant non-discrimination and gift of life.

Dear Mother Earth, with your patience, stability, endurance and creativity you have nourished and guided us through many lifetimes. You have given birth to us and to countless, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Saints. You, our beautiful blue planet, are the Earth Refreshing Bodhisattva–fragrant, cool, and kind. Yet for many lifetimes we have suffered, and made you suffer, because we have been unable to see you as the Pure Land, as the very Kingdom of God: the most beautiful place in the Heavens. Despite our many mistakes, you have always forgiven us, and are always ready to open your arms and embrace us.

Because of our wrong perceptions and discrimination we have lived a life of separation, hatred, loneliness, violence and despair. We have allowed individualism to prevail, causing great damage and hardship to ourselves and to you, dear Mother Earth. We have run after fame, wealth, power, and sensual pleasures, forgetting that these pursuits can never bring us true happiness. We have become restless and distracted, running away from ourselves, our beloved ones and from you, dear Mother Earth. As a society and as a civilization we know we are going in the wrong direction.

Dear Mother Earth, Dear Father Sun and Dear Ancestors, tonight, on the occasion of the New Year 2014, we give rise to the deep aspiration to begin anew, to go in a new direction and request your forgiveness for all our mistakes. With great respect we make the deep aspiration to live mindfully each moment of our daily life. We promise to stop running away from our suffering, losing ourselves in consumption. We promise to come home to ourselves with compassion, to recognize, embrace and look deeply into our suffering. We promise to take refuge in you, dear Mother Earth, and your capacity to nourish, heal and embrace all that is. We promise to offer our true presence to our beloved ones and not to get too busy, striving for success – even in pursuit of our dreams. We know that we can realize our dreams in every moment, and we vow to live every day of 2014 as a realization of our dream. We know that time is not money. Time is life, and time is love. We promise to live simply, to love one another with non-discrimination, to build true brotherhood and sisterhood and respect our deepest aspiration.

Dear Mother Earth, you have been calling out to us for many lifetimes, and some of us have been able to hear your pain. You have asked if you can count on us, your children, to lovingly heal and transform ourselves and the present situation. In this solemn moment of the New Year, with our palms joined and body and mind united, we promise that you can count on us. You can have faith and confidence in us.

We shall practice for you, Mother Earth, Father Sun, for all our ancestors and future generations so that joy, peace, harmony and love will always be present in this world. Please accept our offerings of incense, flowers, fruit, tea, and love. Respected Father Sun, Respected Mother Earth, Dear Ancestors, please have trust in us.”

Namasté

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Photo walk in golden autumn sunshine

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This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It's a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn't believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him....

This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It’s a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn’t believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him….

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Autumn is the time of books, apple-cinnamon-streusel-cake, my favourite tea from a local herbal-tea-store, music by Elvis Perkins or The Swell Season…and feeding the soul with amazing colours of this famous artist called nature. Today: focussing on an autumn-ish book by Helene Hanff.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Cover of "Letter from New York: BBC Woman...

Cover via Amazon

Today is Thursday. Some friends I know call it vice-friday, haha. Nice. It’d be even nicer if I had Friday off..but let’s not complain. On Fridays I have a Group of four very unique and inspiring Kids aged 7-11 for a combined social skills – art therapy – mindfulness Training…a group who always makes my heart grow and gives me plenty of reasons to smile.Also, I can say that all desk-work is done for today. So I am facing a late-afternoon and evening off work, cooking veggie soup, enjoying my The Simple Things Magazine…. and look at the pile of books lurking at me to finish the wonderful one I am just reading (the very new one by Susanna Tamaro: “Per sempre” is the original title, not sure if it’s released in english yet, the german title would be translated as “my heart calls out your Name”)These days when autumn knocks on the door (very suddenly this year) I am in the mood for seasonal things, such as:

-Books, books and books (and then: audiobooks),

-Creating things, like painting, crafting/decorating with coloured leaves, and all the usual inclination to draw on index Cards and such (while listening to audiobooks)

English: Cinnamon

English: Cinnamon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-soup,
Extended walks in the park with or without camera (with or without Memory Card^^)

-cake with apples and cinnamon -cinnamon rolls (oh goodness, yes!!)                                                                                               

-tea – my favourite herbal tea with a slightly oriental note – freshly made by a “herbal pharmacy” in my hometown.

Just when I stood in front of my book shelf, a dearly loved book caught my Attention:

Letter from New York, by Helene Hanff

This book is a love letter to New York, a book which wraps you in pure atmosphere and a book which is best recommended to be read in autumn!  It makes you want to book your flight and walk a dog in central park. (for example). Helene Hanff describes her unique everyday-life as an author living near Central Park in a house with a bunch of Apartments. You’ll get to know her neighbours and I felt like I was her room-mate during the time I read her beautiful takes on her living in her beloved City.

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Nationalpark Eifel – sparrows with parking spots, geese, water, woods, pebbles … impressions of a wonderful day

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Gänsefamilie unterwegsJunge Gans in EinruhrRetro_Schaukelsaftig grüner NationalparkSchieferfelsenSchoene Stelle am Ufer
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Nationalpark Eifel, ein Album auf Flickr.

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Yeah. Finally back on ! :) Back here with photos of the Lake area in the Nationalpark Eifel

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schoene Steine Rurberg (427x640)After a couple of days offline due to changing wireless contracts – having a little “grrrr” because I could not finish the August Break online… I am back on with fast Internet and quite a few new photos and ideas as well.

The two photos you see here are the first 2 of about 40 of yesterday’s daytrip to the Nationalpark Eifel (just 35 car minutes from my home) – and this time

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my Memory Card in the camera!

It was a blissful day from beginning to ending and I made a promise to myself that I will go there more often and get to know the area better.. it’s so wonderful to spend all day in this beautiful nature and close to the water.

So – as no slowmotion Internet stick is keeping me from continuing the Blogging: expect to see more photos, especially the very overdue leftover photos of The August Break!

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The August Break – Day # 24 – “hear”

Hearing the sound of water is quality time to me. – I often record the sound of the ocean on trips…

 

A ranting seagull 🙂

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Seagull cries in the air in Tadoussac, Bretagne, France

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Those waves splashing were actually really loud. Bliss to me, stayed there for 2 hours watching the water, soaking up as much of this spectacular nature Scene as possible – in Ploumanach, Bretagne, France

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The August Break – Day # 19 – “white”

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The August Break – Day # 17 – “touch”

This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it...of course.

This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it…of course.

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This charming nose stands for both of my rabbits, the other one made very clear he wasn't in the mood to be photographed when I approached him with the camera. Their fur is wonderful to touch and it's so funny how they rub their chins on my finger, telling me that my finger is considered to be theirs. :)

This charming nose stands for both of my rabbits, the other one made very clear he wasn’t in the mood to be photographed when I approached him with the camera. Their fur is wonderful to touch and it’s so funny how they rub their chins on my finger, telling me that my finger is considered to be theirs. 🙂

Pebbles from Eftalou beach, Greece. Picking them up and holding them, especially when they are warm from Greece's sun..is just a bliss.

Pebbles from Eftalou beach, Greece. Picking them up and holding them, especially when they are warm from Greece’s sun..is just a bliss.

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