Sound of many Left Hands clapping

birthday bath petals ~d nelson

 

I’m the sound of one hand clapping
deeply peaceful in near silence.
Among a cohort of other one-hands clapping
calm thickly absorbing into concentration
at any moment bursting into insightful rose petals of colors.

in my heart singing

there comes a time
when kids of all ages
must put down the frown
and put on the deer antlers

mariposa attends Vesak ceremony

diligence and patience
along with luck and grace
have their just reward
upon emerging
wings spread
free.

happiness practice diagram

happiness practice diagram

This is our happiness practice!
Are we ready, willing and able
to have some success
following the basic outline?
I hope so!

Mindful living retreats are held in nature
where lessons are taught
by the plants, trees, streams, blue sky
who then nourish grateful tummies
with vitamins, minerals, sunshine and love.

breathe please

breathe please

“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.

Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunder-clap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.

When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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53 thoughts on “Sound of many Left Hands clapping

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks for singing along, Elise!
      i suppose putting a link to the song we are singing would be useful so others can sing along, too!

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  1. lorriebowden

    Oh how I love this post!!! Everything about it…I feel such joy after reading it and I know today is a magnificent miracle!! I love the diagram…so so perfect…did you make it? It is something that everyone should see…it is all right there!! Blessings to you on this beautiful day 🙂

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  2. ivonprefontaine

    Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    There is beautiful poetry written accompanying the photography. The final line, a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh is what represents the importance of mindfulness in daily life. Mindfulness reveals the miracles of ordinary life elevating it to the extraordinary.

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  3. Marty

    “Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.

    Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunder-clap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.

    When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    All of this is seems to exist below judgement, below the cognitive, the ego.
    .
    Happiness is something we may bring with us on this journey.

    Beautiful visual blended with words.

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  4. roughghosts

    I am very grateful that you stopped by my brand new blog. I work with adults who have acquired brain injury and we are developing our peer support program to include a relaxation/stress relief group. We will be drawing on many resources including mindfulness meditation. You have a richly inspirational space here. Thank you.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind words!
      wishing you success in your efforts
      to support well being, healing and happiness to those wounded 🙂

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  5. ♡eM

    Smile, this Sunday sermon is beautiful in its brilliance. And it is just what I wanted to see and read this morning. Now it is time to get out onto the earth, help dig holes, and plant trees. There is such beauty to behold and co-create! Smiles, and thanks!

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  6. harulawordsthatserve

    Wonderful post
    images and words
    bowing to each other
    to honour
    the beauty in both
    may all life’s miracles
    be so honoured
    for if I bowed to them
    each in turn
    there is nothing more I could need
    to fill my life with…H xxx

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  7. talkingnow

    what a wonderful blog post – so full of joy, impressions and wisdom! thank you smilecalm
    – judih

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m happy hearing of a wonderful experience, judih!
      may today’s gifts, which offer their presence each moment
      bring a smile 🙂

      Reply
  8. talkingnow

    Reblogged this on Omeditation and commented:
    Scroll through this wonderful blog post by Smilecalm. Photos, poetry, and children singing! What’s not to like
    – judih, omeditation

    Reply

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