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The November of Ensos – Day 1

 

 

Acrylics on scrapbook paper

Acrylics on scrapbook paper

So – November first means Day 1 of the announced Enso Project. Here it is – apologies for the low photo Quality, this will improve in the course of this month as I hope wireless will be back to its usual …. good to medium quality ūüėČ

I am not likely to post every day, rather you will find a post of the latest 3-4 ensos every couple of days. And it is my ambitious Intention to offer an inspiring Quote alongside the photos – today’s Quote is from the insightful, wonderful Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh:

“A work of art can help people understand the nature of their suffering, and have insight into how to transform the negative and develop the positive in themselves. Writing, making a film, creating a work of art can be a act of love. That act of love nourishes you and nourishes others. If you’re happy, you know how to live deeply every Moment of your life, then deep understanding, joy, and compassion can come. Your art will reflect this understanding and will share it with others”
-from: Your True Home, by Thich Nhat Hanh, No.206, “An Act of Love”

 

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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 ‚Äď Bodhisattva Mahavairocana Tathagata,

Dear Beloved Mother Earth ‚Äď 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‚Äďfragrant, 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 ‚Äď 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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The season of books… the very, very season of books I mean. Recommendations very welcome!

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Cover of "84, Charing Cross Road"

On a Monday which was very much like its reputation …(you bet) – and facing an intense Tuesday .. I am dreaming of my tea- or coffeescented Loggia, the sunshine, the armchair and…books. Piles of them. Well, there is the perspective of a national Holiday on Thursday – so no reason to complain.

Who of you knows this feeling that Special books are for special seasons? I have posted about books and autumn before…and Helene Hanff, being mentioned in this other post, says herself in “Letter from New York” that october is the season to find yourself new books.

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Shakespeare and Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s one other Quote I really adore – it’s by Helene Hanff as well, from 84, Charing Cross Road:

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!” to whoever owned it before me.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
‚ÄĒ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Helene Hanff¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (84, Charing Cross Road)

In Autumn, more than in any other season, my books have to be all about atmosphere. The colours and pictures¬†in my imaginations while reading the¬†book¬†kind of have to match the outside world. Yes, I might have a certain nerd-factor… haha, and I can live with it.

Books which – so far – match this, are (hooorray, an excuse to write a list ; ) )

 РLetter from New York, Helene Hanff (very surprisingly)

-The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

-The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

-A Monster Calls, Ness, Patrick and Siobhan Dowd

-Fool On The Hill, Matt Ruff

-Cookbooks with soup recipes

-Cookbooks like those by Cynthia Barcomi

-This I know, Susannah Conway

-The Hobbit …well you know by whom ūüôā

-Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse,

-“Liebesn√§he” by Hanns-Josef Ortheil, not available in English yet

– lots of non-fiction books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh¬†and Matthias Ennenbach about Buddhism, mindfulness, buddhistic psychology…

 

Now you. Anything to recommend? I am listening. ūüôā ¬†Do you have favourite autumn reads?¬†my shelf isn’t breaking yet. (yet)¬†¬†

 

 

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Meditation flash mob and Calligraphic meditation in New York – I’ll be there in spirit.

1239288_10151577745120759_1016271964_oTomorrow in New York: an Event I would so love to be part of. I mean, both physically and mentally there: In New York City. As this is not possible I am grateful for the time difference and will make sure to do my one-person-meditation-“Breathing-room”-Flash mob at home (accompanied by one of my rabbits maybe who loves to keep me quiet company during Meditation here and there. ūüôā )

Also: Today the Plum Village Website announced that there will be a calligraphy exhibit in New York, showing about 80 of the original calligraphy works by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have seen prints and also purchased a small postcard and print of this calligraphy at the EIAB in Waldbroel this year, and the grace and simplicity of these calligraphic meditations keep touching me deeply.

If this is something you find interesting, here you can find more detailed Information:

http://plumvillage.org/events/calligraphic-meditation/

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Nature. A truly gifted artist.

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An almost clear sky after a very cloudy and stormy day, with those paintbrush lines in it and the little half moon on the left.

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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Buddha Garden

 

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

Photo credit: European Institute of Applied Buddhism

 

As I am not always able to drive the 150 kilometres to sit in this wonderful garden I started to wonder, like always, when returning from an extraordinary place, whether or not I appreciate my immediate surroundings enough and if there is a place, which might become my personal Buddha garden. Besides my breathing room, I mean. I did come up with a spot in a park with very old trees here in my hometown.

Now I am asking you – do you have happy places nearby you really like and which have dropped out of your mind lately?

Maybe you could make a list for yourself of places nearby you might want to visit (with or without camera), being aware of the details you love about this place.

I recommend bringing a thermos with tea, maybe you are like me and enjoying tea slows you down in a healing way, too. ….so you are likely to sit down at your special place, slowly drink your tea,¬†breathing in¬†the scent of the tea…breathing out¬†and living in the very moment.

 

Drink Your Tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,

as if it is the axis

on which the world earth revolves –

slowly, evenly, without

rushing toward the future;

Live the actual moment.

Only this moment is life.

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

 

 

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Day of Mindfulness – June 2nd, 2013 – an attempt to describe this day in words (ending up by posting 2 clips)

On Sunday, June 2nd, the European Institute of Applied Buddhism, EIAB, invited for the Day of Mindfulness – with a Dharma Talk and a Walking Meditatio with Thich Nhat Hanh -[ Thay, as he is being called, which is Vietnames for¬†“teacher” or even “precious/beloved teacher” as I was told]¬† This blog entry is my attempt to convey the impressions of this day in words.¬†¬†

And it strikes me as a challenge. Despite being a word-gourmet of some sorts..probably everyone knows that there are experiences which lack any expression …maybe because they are made not¬†through the over-hyperactive-analyzing rational mind but are deeply heart-felt.

¬†¬†¬†¬† The Headline of this Day of Mindfulness was “Healing Through Reconciliation”

     Рthis starts with your own healing Рyour own understanding of inner pain and

      sorrows Рbecause, like Thay said, you are only able to love and forgive others,

      when you are able to be kind to yourself.

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Sunday night, after having returned home from the EIAB, especially after these outstanding moments of the Dharma Talk and quite a few sunny hours in the Buddha Garden, I felt like sketching something which was “heart-related” …

¬†The Plum Village monastery made a clip of a bit more than an hour of this talk which you can see in this post. It will not be the same as being there in this exceptional presence of Thich Nhat Hanh and the wonderful nuns and monks of Plum Village and the EIAB…

Maybe you feel¬†a bit thirsty for inner peace and healing, some Inspiration to remind you of life-essentials…then you are invited to watch this clip…

This is the reciting of Avalokiteshvara’s Name. It was part of the Dharma Talk…you will probably grasp how deep it went even through this YouTube Clip

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Love of mornings

IMG_1761 (800x561)IMG_1262 (800x534) There are lots of good things about Weekend Mornings. 

They¬†¬†¬†feel…like…

let me Quote Thich Nhat Hanh for this:

“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion”

What do your mornings consist of?

If you keep reading, you will find a few Pictures of what my mornings consist of. And some of you might understand, what made me choose the headline.

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        Coffee from a bretonic boule, coming from St. Malo, France. Lovely memories of a vacation at the sea, and listening to Coeur de Pirate.

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                A very curious rabbit-nose right in front of the camera.  

Finn

There’s the next curious one. Or maybe just hungry. Probably.

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As it is very much a morning off… there’s not only coffee, there’s tea as well. Taken in the smallest room with the biggest windows, the Loggia.

It’s about the being, unlike the doing.

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Special treat for today: the first strawberries this year!

 

After this: farmer’s market down the street. (see former blog post: why getting up early on a Saturday is a treat)

Good morning to everyone one who reads this in the early hours ūüôā

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365 days of meditation. Some thoughts on this.

IMG_1284 (341x512)    May I introduce to you:

¬†¬† this is my dear zafu, which accompanies me for a while now. It’s¬†already traveled¬†to places with me, it has seen earliest¬† morning, deepest night, worries, gratitude, anger, luckily also peace, loving kindness, equanamity. happiness…¬†¬†¬†non-attachment, balance.

  In June, it will be at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, at the Day of Mindfulness with    Thich Nhat Hanh.

I cannot really say when exactly was the first day ever to meditate in some way. I’ve been doing it the one or other¬†

   way for quite a while.

What I do know for sure is, that for the past 365 days there has been not a single day without Meditation, even if it

¬† ¬†was only for 20 breaths as the roads were full of snow and I had to get to work ….

 

 

If you come to think that my middle name is “discipline” then please listen closely: It’s so not!!

A person I know, who¬†published wonderful books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Matthias Ennenbach,¬†[he works in hospitals and Clients in a private practice applying his own new form of psychotherapy,¬†built by long personal experience, with heart and love,¬† called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT ¬ģ” (=buddhistic psychotherapy)], has found a way to introduce, explain and recommend¬†meditation which was so motivating, so encouraging, so touching, so structured…¬†that I asked myself what I did all the years before getting my zafu….? ūüôā When the Edition of his first book will be released in English, you’ll probably find me posting quotes here.

However: When he said “why not getting up half an hour earlier in the morning and by this spend time meditating?…, I did the maths and got the 05:00 a.m. result. Oh yes. ūüôāIMG_1262 (800x534)

about 200 and more of the past 365 days I did just this:

getting up at about 5 a.m., lighting a candle, lighting some incense, sitting down,¬†more¬†or less making sure to know I am¬†breathing in, more or less making sure I am aware of¬† breathing out, trying not to attach to thoughts, whatever crosses my mind, enjoying inner peace (which comes and goes ^^) …

Besides noticing how really packed work days or emotionally charged situations started to become clearly¬†less stress-loaded (and add this up for a couple of¬†months and find yourself no¬†longer counting down the days til the next¬†Weekend or vacation so badly anymore….!!) ¬†the morning Meditation had another wonderful effect:

 

 

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before starting, the mornings were scheduled for the usual stuff: shower, breakfast, a Cup of coffee Maximum, everything, just everything more or less for the next Phase of the morning to come: going to work. It all had no meaning in itself.

 

 

One important¬†reason why getting up early stopped being hard is that by taking time to slow down even before you go to work or do other things at the Weekend,¬† you give your Mornings such a calm, friendly, peacful, healthy&healing purpose.No, it’s not always that peaceful, bright and happy¬†in my head all the time but it is possible to shift to healing thoughts when you become aware of what is going on in your mind. Again: nope, not wearing a purple-sparkle unicornshirt over here, what I am writing is from experience which I am happy to make.

For this reason: the next 365 days have just started!

Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on Meditation, your Habits and your happy places with me if you like.

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…. at the end of the day

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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:

http://eiab.eu/about/tea-meditation/

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

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