Happiness is…We’re Home!

dwelling happily in the present moment ~ d. nelson

Abiding happily
here, now
nowhere to go,
nothing to do,
no longer
in a hurry. (click this link for sweet song)
Hay, let’s smell that beautiful flower!

blooming in dry conditions

May gratitude
for sweet moments
of this precious, short life
until us cows
come home.

i am here for you

Contentedly we cows
chew, chew, chew
getting the most
of mother earth’s nutritious gift,
before stepping out peacefully,
graciously on our earth.

our hillside

A lesson offered
by meek, modest beings
who wish to be safe,
& free from harm
while moooooving slowly,
already home in the present moment.
Happiness dwells following
their slow, non-harming way.

Humankind’s survival depends on our ability to stop rushing.Β  “Stopping” is not only to stop the negative, but to allow positive healing to take place.Β  That is the purpose of our practice–not to avoid life, but to experience and demonstrate that happiness in life is possible now, and also in the future. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

62 Replies to “Happiness is…We’re Home!”

  1. This reminds me of my grandmothers’ farm. Many a day we spent watching the cows come home to the front pasture full of flowers, teaming with life that included. us. Those were good days as is today… jc

  2. The perfect animal for demonstrating slow-moving, ruminating, and groundedness. Wonderful photos and very special reminders, David. My warm thanks, dear friend.

    1. smiling to your kind rumination, dear Jet!
      I’m remembering marveling at cows on the other side of the fence from my Sonoma home
      just standing, chewing and seemingly doing
      nothing else πŸ™‚

    1. thank you for your kind words, plantsandbeyond!
      these cows were encountered on my cycles
      around nearby hills.
      i’ve seen others living in crowded
      unpleasant conditions.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

  3. Bovine appreciation! Love these images, and the peaceful meditation celebrating their simple, wise way of being. Both exude restfulness. Thanks, David!

  4. I love the cows, purple flowers, and words of wisdom that come to me now with perfect timing. I have much I wanted to do today, but feeling a little under the weather. It’s nice to just stay home and rest in gratitude for the gifts of the present.

  5. Free-range cows enjoy a “slow, non-harming way” of life. For many of us humans, life is a hustle to survive. Those “sweet moments” that you share are, indeed, to be treasured.

    1. thank you for understanding the metaphor, dear Rosaliene!
      sadly, many of us rush around
      like Bob Marley refers to as “rat race”.
      may all find that slow, calm,
      nowhere to go place,
      at least momentarily,
      inside πŸ™‚

    1. make me smile when you visit, dear susan!
      i’ve certainly been less drawn to being online this year.
      may we enjoy some spacious
      nowhere to go, nothing to do
      like cows on a hillside πŸ™‚

  6. David, how your post today speaks to those who don’t know how to be happy. Happy can be found in the chewing, in the mooing, in the grazing, anytime, anywhere. SO much wisdom within this post and I Loved that sweet song you linked us to. Your picture of the dainty flowers exquisite! The composition and contrast are absolutely perfect. Thank you for this wondrous post. Happy Heart to you! πŸ’

    1. smiling to your kind words of understanding, dear Amy!
      i’m glad you like that sweet little song, also.
      such happiness can be found
      in the here and now
      with nothing else to do,
      nowhere else to go,
      except an occasional
      photograph πŸ™‚

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      2. thanks for letting me know, Amy.
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  7. hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay home is definitly my fayvrit playse!!! i am always glad to git bak to it wen we go owt ennyware eeven if we went sumplayse fun like the store or to see owr frends and not sumplayse skarry like the vetnameez playse!!! ok bye

    1. that song spontaneously comes to mind
      when i’m sitting or walking.
      i’ve sung it lots of times over the years, with others.
      wishing you relaxed moments with nothing
      to do and nowhere to go, Linda πŸ™‚

    1. makes me smile knowing
      that even in the chewing
      there’s relaxation & ease
      with nothing else to do
      or think about, dear Betty!
      wishing you a peaceful moment πŸ™‚

  8. The clear-eyed gentleness of the cow gives rise to my sadness, knowing that their lives are shortened by those who don’t see their sovereignty. So bittersweet to see the calves playing, the elders taking care–May all cows find joy and ease in their lifetimes.

    1. “Humankind’s survival depends on our ability to stop rushing” and to stop using animals as products. I have sad memories of cows and other farm animals where I was growing up. I always saw the sadness in their eyes. May all beings find joy and happiness.

      1. thank you for sharing your experience & compassionate insight, dear Anarette!
        yes, may we consume in such a way that a future is possible.
        wishing you a happy moment, david πŸ™‚

    2. thank you for bringing steer’s fate into view, dear Celia!
      initially, this post intended to be more clear about that,
      but instead, i choose to focus on aimlessness, letting
      their wish to be safe & free from harm
      bring awareness of their situation.
      wishing you a happy moment πŸ™‚

    1. smiling to your kind words, dear one.
      yes, the fate of beings
      raised “for consumption”
      is a sad contemplation.
      wishing you a happy day πŸ™‚

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