Have a Lot of Faith in Myself

mind, like pond, moves towards clarity & stillness ~d nelson

Looks like they are practicing Zen
sitting, walking, eating
& working meditations.
But are they really practicing?
Are we sure? And what about us?
Perhaps 50 percent,
or maybe just
10 percent of the time
or less, if being honest
with ourselves.

But part-time Buddha’s
are capable of strong aspirations
for diligently practicing virtues
with all their hearts
in order to transform
suffering & find peace
& well-being for self & others.

Mindfulness is to recognize
& know we have a body at this moment.
Mind may be shy to acknowledge this.
But then, with body, speech & mind
in perfect oneness it’s possible
to stand & truly behold
the expansive sky, the deep-rooted tree
and hear their whole stories.

When we plant a tree
& have faith it will thrive,
there’s hope for its future.
A mother’s belief that her child
will grow up is also necessary.
Without faith the tree & the child will prematurely die.
The same is true of our practice.
We may have failed a thousand times
but with faith in wholeheartedly practiced noble teachings
our full potential for awakening remains achievable.

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72 thoughts on “Have a Lot of Faith in Myself

  1. Tom Cummings

    What an inspiring verse: “We may have failed a thousand times / but with faith in wholeheartedly practiced noble teachings / our full potential for awakening remains achievable.” Thanks, David!

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  2. JoAnn Chateau

    Inspiring. The trying is the doing. No such thing as perfection.

    You’re rubbing off on me, my Dear Poet — I think I just accidentally wrote a haiku! And, of course, feel a strong urge to meditate. πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for being an inspiration
      with your actions & poetic words, JoAnn!
      wishing you moments of relaxed, conscious breathing.
      just like that, you’re meditating πŸ™‚

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  3. ViewPacific

    Thanks for the inspirations, both in your words and photos.
    I’m reminded of a time when I heard Thay talk about walking in the direction of the moon. We continue in that direction even while knowing we won’t quite reach it. Isn’t it about steps in the right direction?
    Vincent

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      gratitude for your recollection of Thay’s teachings, dear Vincent!
      diligently we following the finger
      and the moon’s direction
      with faithful patience. πŸ™‚

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  4. JoAnna

    Thank you for this deep sigh. And another. I needed them. Your pictures are perfectly beautiful with the earthy golds and deep greens, then the purplely pink flower. I shall keep this page open for a while and come back and breathe more deeply.

    Reply
    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m touched how you found so much
      in the images & words, JoAnna!
      it was peacefully awesome
      most of the time.
      wishing you happiness
      with the earth & sky
      right there with you πŸ™‚

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  5. Sue Dreamwalker

    Always when I visit here dear David, I feel peace and it confirms to me, there are wonderful souls upon this journey, who are holding that Peace and stillness within themselves to help this world pass more peacefully through her transformation.
    May we all keep going within and learn to hold faith in the flow we find ourselves travelling in.. ❀
    Love and Hugs dear friend..
    Sue

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      your presence certainly help make this space
      even more peaceful & welcoming, Sue!
      holding on, holding on
      that’s what we’re doing.
      wishing you embraces
      from the conditions of happiness
      already there πŸ™‚

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker

        Many thanks dear David. You know my friend, this word has many individuals within it who hold the light and conditions for happiness to prosper.. You dear friend are one of them.
        Blessings your way.. ❀

  6. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com

    Despite your beautiful photo narrative display, and your in-depth poetic verse,
    I’m whole-y captured by your title, “Have a Lot of Faith in Myself.”
    May this be true for all of us, as, “When we plant a tree
    & have faith it will thrive, there’s hope for its future.”
    my best regards, Ka

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      I believe
      that you believe
      in your path,
      trainings & guidance, dear Ka!
      yea, the title was enough
      but I added the other words & images
      for extra clarity πŸ™‚

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  7. Carol A. Hand

    Beautiful photos and reflections, David. It is not easy to have faith in one’s self, and yet it is an essential foundation for living with compassion, wisdom, and joy.Thank you for sharing examples of faith in action. ❀

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for this wise, helpful expression, Carol!
      In meditation we study & practice the 5 powers,
      being faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration & insight.
      occasional glimpses of insight keep faith alive πŸ™‚

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  8. AmyRose🌹

    What a beautiful reminder to be present in the moment, David. What a sacred post just filled with peace and centeredness. Thank you for being you. πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ˜šπŸŒΉπŸ’•

    Reply

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