“Don’t chase after your thoughts
as a shadow follows it’s object.
Find joy and peace in this very moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart.
Let go of thinking.
“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts,
happiness follows them
like a never-departing shadow'”
** photo by W. Holcombe. My shadow. all rights reserved.
“Meditation practice isn’t about
trying to throw ourselves away and
become something better.
It’s about befriending
who we are already.”
~ Pema Chödrön
“Meditation brings wisdom;
lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
Know what leads you forward
and what holds you back
and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
~ The Buddha (Dhammapada, verse 282)
“The thing about meditation is:
you become more and more you.”
~ David Lynch
*photo by W. Holcombe. All rights reserved. Please do not use without permission.
“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world.
By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased.
this is a law eternal.”
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,
I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind,
I’d still be in prison.”
~ Nelson Mandela
*photo by W. Holcombe. Love everyone always. xo
“The first thing is to love yourself.
You cannot progress by self doubt and self hatred.
You can only progress by self love.”
~ Dipa Ma
“You can search throughout the entire universe
for someone who is more deserving
of your love and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection”
**another photo by my friend Kara. All rights reserved. Please do not use.
“When asked what he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied:
‘I wish not gifts, only presence.'”
~ Author Unknown
“Each morning we are born again.
What we do today is what matters most.”
*please note, all images on Picnic with Ants are created by W. Holcombe unless otherwise specified. Please do not use images without permission.
“The way is not the sky.
The way is in the heart.”
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
“Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
*all artwork on Picnic with Ants created by Wendy Holcombe, unless otherwise noted. Please do not use without permission.