Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Serenity

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. --

--The Dhammapada




Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be. - Thich Naht Hahn








You can use your life in a very useful and intelligent way. You can very well transform that negative energy into a positive energy that empowers you and makes life meaningful. - Thich Nhat Hanh







If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech. - Thich Nhat Hanh







Just a few peaceful thoughts for the day ~ given that this will be a day filled with angry thoughts, sadness and thoughts that are intended to instill fear. Carry these thoughts with you.

Wishing that all beings will be free from the causes of suffering.


~Chani
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22 comments:

Christine said...

i love that first quote, chani. reminds me of hel's post from yesterday.

and someday i'd love to learn some of those colorful thai phrases!

Trenting said...

Wondeful peaceful thoughts, beautiful flower pics, I feel relaxed all ready..

Mary said...

Very nice, Chani. Peace to you :o)

Are those flowers from your gardens?

Suebob said...

Nice, Chani. Thank you.

Cardozo said...

"Our life is shaped by our mind."

And our mind, in turn...is shaped by life, yes? In other words, our experiences (reading quotes from The Dhammapada, for example!) impact the direction our mind takes.

The chicken, or the egg?

Julie Pippert said...

Oh I like the third one, next to the white star flowers.

Julie
Using My Words

Pam said...

Thank you, Chani, this was a lovely post on a most difficult day.

flutter said...

Peace be with you friend

painted maypole said...

thank you for these positive thoughts

blooming desertpea said...

These are great thoughts, Chani. Some are easy to follow, others are more difficult but well worth keeping in mind - especially in difficult times ...

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Thank you, Chani, for these lovely antidotes to the sadness and helplessness this anniversary brings forth.

Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we are more powerful than evil if we but choose to be, and that we can change our own corner of the world for the better every day.

jen said...

i love the piece about kind speech. sometimes that is all we can offer and yet it matters so much.

KC said...

Lovely thoughts and a nice change for today.

bohemiangirl said...

I'm so happy I drifted over to your site before heading to bed. These positive messages were like a lullaby. Thank you beautiful Chani.

Namaste and Good Night.

Janet said...

My favourite is the one that begins "Be Yourself."

Thanks for sharing these, on today of all days.

enigma4ever said...

so lovely...thank you...namaste...

liv said...

One of my clients flew to Boston to see Thich Nhat Hanh just a couple of weeks ago and she has brought such kernels of wisdom back. True heart wisdom. Thanks for the word blossoms tonight.

Kyla said...

Beautiful words.

MsLittlePea said...

I'm a day late, but what a great post on a date so many feel sadness and loss. Just lovely.

Molly said...

Beautiful words and pictures. This is my second trip over here to read them!I've only read a little of TNH, but he slows you down and makes you think----good thoughts.

crazymumma said...

You bring 'kind speech' Chani.

Thank you for reminding me that one can move through the world with a different state of mind.

Angela said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. Would it be okay if I blogroll you? Thanks for sending this my way. It's always good to meet a kindred spirit.