Dangerous Notions of Happiness

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“Please remember that your notions of  happiness may be very dangerous. The Buddha said happiness can only be possible in the here and now. So go back and examine deeply your notions and ideas of happiness. You may recognize that the conditions of happiness that are already there in your life are enough. Then happiness can be instantly yours.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

*Photo by Nicholas Bell

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Cosmic Renewal

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Forgiveness of self

Slowly opens a closed heart

Lotus reflections

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“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower grow. There cannot be a lotus flower without the mud.” -Thich Nhat Hanh-

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*lotus photo by Bahman Farzad

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21644167@N04/3030351845/

*no mud, no lotus inscription found on:

https://www.tumblr.com/search/inspired+by+Thich+Nhat+Hanh

The Child Within

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“A child is always able to live in the present moment.”

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“The child in us is always alive.”

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“Maybe we have not had enough time to take care of the child within us.”

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Walking on Earth

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“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

*photograher Peter Zabulis  https://www.flickr.com/photos/petezab/

 

 

 

Nice Smile

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“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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Video with Charlie Chaplin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rkNBH5fbMk

Song “Smile” by Nat King Cole