Mindfulness Monday – Hatred

20170806_110406

“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world.
By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased.
this is a law eternal.”

~ Buddha

“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

Mindfulness Monday – Patience

butterfly and bee

“Adopt the pace of nature;
her secret is patience.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“When I run after ehat I think I want,
my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;
if I sit in my own place of patience,
what I need flows to me,
and without pain.”

~ Rumi

 

“Do you have patience to wait until your mud settles,
and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arrives by itself?

~ Lao Tzu (Toa Te Ching)

 

*photo by W. Holcombe, all rights reserved.  Please do not use without permission.

Mindfulness Monday – words I needed to hear

crepe myrtle

“Feel the feeling but don’t become the emotion.
Witness it.
Allow it.
Release it.”

~ Crystal Andrus

 

“You’re so hard on yourself.
Take a moment. Sit back.
Marvel at your life:
at the grief that softened you,
at the hearache that wisened you,
at the suffering that strengthened you.
Despite everything, you still grow.
Be proud of this.”

~ unknown

 

 

*image by w. holcombe.  all rights reserved.

Mindfulness Monday – Self Love

karas flower

“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”

~Buddha

 

**another photo by my friend Kara.  All rights reserved.  Please do not use.

Mindfulness Monday – Laughter

karas bee

“Live simply.
Dream big.
Be grateful.
Give love.
Laugh lots.”

~Paulo Coelho

 

“When you realize how perfect everything is,
you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”

~Buddha

 

“The body heals with play,
the mind heals with laughter
and the spirit heals with joy.”

~ unknown

 

*photo by my friend Kara.

Mindfulness Monday – Toni Bernhard

 

butterfly color

“Without the bitterest cold that penetrates to the very bone,
how can plum blossoms send forth their fragrance all over the universe?”

~ Toni Bernhard, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

 

“Behind every stressful thought is the desire for things to be other than they are.”

~ Toni Bernhard

 

*artwork by Wendy Holcombe.  Do not use without permission.

Mindfulness Monday – Birthday

Pooh Bear with Blue Baloon1

“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.”

~ Buddha

 

 

*please note, all images on Picnic with Ants are created by W. Holcombe unless otherwise specified.  Please do not use images without permission.