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.

 

 

Mindfulness Monday – Pema Chödrön

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“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us,
we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit
and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”

― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

 

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”

― Pema Chödrön

Mindfulness Monday – Love

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What is the difference between “I like you”
and “I love you”?

Beautifully answered by Buddha:
“When you like a flower, you just pluck it.
But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

 

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

All artwork shown on Picnic with Ants created by W. Holcombe, unless otherwise specified.  All rights reserved.  Please don’t use without permission.

Mindfulness Monday – Change

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photo by S. Holcombe, rights reserved.

“If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.”

~Wayne Dyer

 

“The only way to make sense out of change
is to plunge into it,
more with it,
and join the dance.”

~Alan Watts

Mindfulness Monday – 33

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photo by S. Holcombe

“Don’t believe everything you think.
Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”

~ Allan Lokos

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed,
recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis;
because both are ourselves.
The tangerine I am eating is me.
The mustard greens I am planting are me.
I plant with all my heart and mind.
I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.
Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else.
In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness Monday – Health

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“Health is a large word.
It embraces not the body only,
but the mind and spirit as well;…
and not today’s pain or pleasure alone,
but the whole being and outlook of a man.”

~ James H. West

“The secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
not to worry about the future,
or not to anticipate troubles,
but to live the present moment
wisely and earnestly.”

~Siddartha Guatama Buddha

 

**all artwork on Picnic with Ants has been created by W. Holcombe unless otherwise noted.  This piece was influence by tarren on Etsy, and was a gift to S. Holcombe.