Mindfulness Monday – Loss

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“Everything that has a beginning, has an ending.
Make your peace with all that and all will be well.”

~ Buddha

“Compassion invites us to open our heart
to everyone who experiences
joy and loss,
pleasure and pain,
hope and despair.
This includes ourselves.

~Heather Strong, Mindfulness and Grief

 

*all artwork and photos on Picnic with Ants created by W. Holcombe, unless otherwise noted.

Mindfulness Monday – abandon

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“Sometimes people hunger for more than bread.
It is possible that
our children, or husband, our wife,
do not hunger for bread,
do not need clothes,
do not lack a house.
But are we equally sure that
none of them feels alone,
abandoned,
neglected,
needing some affection?
That too is poverty.”

~ Mother Teresa

“Even if others abandon you
You must never abandon yourself.”

~T. Helwig

 

Mindfulness Monday – Change

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.”

~ Leo Tolstoy

 

*all photos on Picnic with Ants taken by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.

Mindfulness Monday – Marriage

“Marriage is three parts love and
seven parts forgiveness of sins.”

~ Lao Tzu

 

“Mindful time spent with the person we love
is the fullest expression of
true love and real generosity”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

photos taken at Wendy and Stuart Holcombe’s wedding.

Mindfulness Monday – Pets

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“Some of the best teachers of mindfulness and
‘being in the moment’ are animals.”

~Richard J. Brewer

 

 

“with some dogs you just look at them –
just a little look is enough –
and their tail goes
Life is Good!
Life is Good!

And they are not telling themselves the story of why life is good.
It’s a direct realization.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

 

* photo taken by W. Holcombe.  Kiki playing.

 

Mindfulness Monday – Acceptance

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Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation;
it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary,
it means accepting it as it comes,
with all the handicaps of heredity,
of suffering,
of psychological complexes and injustices.

~ Paul Tournier

 

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them;
that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

~ Lao Tzu

 

*all artwork on Picnic with Ants is created by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.

Mindfulness Monday – Anxiety

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“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life,
live in the moment,
live in the breath.”

~Amit Ray

 

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

~ Victor Frankl

 

Note:  Severe anxiety takes a lot more than a couple of quotes to make it better.  These are just thoughts one can try to keep in mind.

All artwork on Picnic With Ants are created by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.