The beauty and mystery of this world
only emerges through affection, attention,
interest and compassion . . .
open your eyes wide and actually see this world
by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
“Once again, we are reminded that awakening,
or enlightenment is not the property of Buddhism,
any more than Truth is the property of Christianity.
Neither the Buddha nor the Christ
belongs exclusively to the communities
that were founded in their names.
They belong to all people of goodwill,
all who are attentive to the secret
which lives in the depths
of their breath and their consciousness.”
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.
This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
Mindfulness means being awake.
It means knowing what you are doing.”
“Miracles… seem to me to rest not so much
upon… healing power coming suddenly
near us from afar but upon our perceptions
being made finer, so that, for a moment,
our eyes can see and our ears can hear
what is there around us always.”
Appreciation to Tina, at My Gardener Says, for hosting Wildlife Wednesday the first Wednesday of each month. She has hosted this meme for a little more than two years now, encouraging all of us to notice the wildlife sharing our gardens.
Tina writes: ” Especially in urban areas, planting for birds, pollinators, and other wild animals helps balance ongoing damage to natural zones and allows our world to heal–if just a little bit–by providing for those who can’t speak for themselves and with whom we share our world.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016