Mindfulness Monday – Shadow


“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.

~ Rumi


“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts,

happiness follows them

like a never-departing shadow'”

~ Buddha


** photo by W. Holcombe. My shadow.  all rights reserved.




Mindfulness Monday – change



“Some changes look negative on the surface

but you will soon realize that space is being created

in your life for something new to emerge.”

~ Eckhart Tolle


“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



**photo by W. Holcombe.  Tulip Magnolia in my backyard, the beginning of Spring 2018

All rights reserved.  Please do not copy without permission.


Mindfulness Monday – How to


“Respond; don’t react.

Listen; don’t talk.

Think; don’t assume.”


~ Raji Lukkoor



“Begin at once to live,

and count each day as a separate life.”


~ Seneca



“The way to live in the present is to remember that

‘This too shall pass.’

When you experience joy, remembering that

‘This too shall pass’

helps you savor the here and now.

‘This too shall pass’

Reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.”


~ Joey Green



** Early Spring Daffodil photo by W. Holcombe.  All rights reserved.



Mindfulness Monday – Self Love



“Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’
is because you’re not broken.
Let today be the day you
stop living within the confines
of how others define or judge you.
You have a unique beauty and purpose;
live accordingly.”

~ Steve Maraboli

“Be nice to yourself.
It’s hard to be happy when someone
is mean to you all the time.”

~ Christine Arylo

“View your life with kindsight.
Stop beating yourself up
about things from your past.
Instead of slapping your forehead and asking,
‘What was I thinking,’
breathe and ask yourself the kinder question,
‘What was I learning?'”

~ Karen Salmnsohn

Always remember, you are doing the best you can; be gentle with yourself.

**self portrait by W. Holcombe. Please do not use without permission.





Mindfulness Monday – walking


“Step outside for a while –
calm your mind.
It is better to hug a tree than
to bang your head against a wall continually.”

~ Rasheed Ogunlaru



“Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk without
thinking of arriving anywhere.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh



We’ve been having some nice days here, which means I’ve been able to get out of the house and walk a bit more.  The photo above shows something I saw on my walk.  It made me happy.

Come, walk with me.  Oh the wonders we shall see.  From the mountains to the sea.


*photo  by W. Holcombe.  All rights reserved.  Do not use without permission.


Mindfulness Monday – animals



“When I look into the eyes of an animal
I do not see an animal.
I see a living being.
I see a friend.
I feel a soul.”

~ A.D. Williams


“Petting a dog can be one of the most
and spiritual
moments you can have.”

~ Nicholas Montemarano


“I have lived with several Zen masters –
all of them cats.”

~ Eckhart Tolle


*all artwork created by W. Holcombe.  Please do not use without permission.  All rights reserved.



Mindfulness Monday – Relax

tumacacori column

“Relaxation means releasing
all concern and tension and
letting the natural order of life
flow through one’s being.”

~ Donald Curtis


“Meditation is all about the
pursuit of nothingness.
It’s like the ultimate rest.
It’s better than
the best sleep you’ve ever had.
It’s a quieting of the mind.”

~ Hugh Jackman


“And sometimes
the most important thing
in a day is
the rest we take

~ Etty Hillesum


*photo by S. Holcombe, please do not use without permission.  (Tumacácori National Park)