Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Words Of Wisdom

A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the minds most marvelous qualities is that it can be transformed. I have no doubt that those who attempt to transform their minds, overcome their difficult emotions and achieve a sense of inner peace, will, over a period of time notice a change in their mental attitudes and responses to people and events. Their minds will become more disciplined and positive. And I am sure they will find their own sense of happiness
grow as they contribute to the greater happiness of others.

~The Dalai Lama ~
Hindustan Times, India


Sharon said...

The yellow birds amidst the red leaves make a stunning picture. I was glad to see you had the dead tree removed - no good comes of a dead tree that close to the house. I came across a poem by Mary Oliver about the rose breasted grosbeak that I will send you later.

Balisha said...

I agree with your post. I find that through meditation or prayer I can calm my mind. Since I've been doing this...I've a brand new outlook on problems.. that once I thought were so big. In our busy world we could all use a tool such as this to slow us down, perhaps.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon, I took this image yesterday. There were more yellow birds in the tree but could not get them all - thank you.
Balisha, it is the only way. With children, grandchildren, health and so much to do - I stay in a state of meditation and prayer.
Could not do without it....

Megan said...

I adore the Dalai Lama, and your picture was so lovely!

mermaid said...

I adore the contrast between the yellow birds and the flowers. The woods and photography help to soothe your mind. Good for you. Good for us.

I think the Dalai Lama's quote is spot on. It's what positive psychology and self-compassion are all about.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ernestine, I tried to comment several times last week but could not get it to post. Had the same problem with Balisha, too. I am anxious to see what you catch in that trap. My Bob has the same problem under his patio. Glad that you are well. We had 2 pretty days on Friday and Saturday and back to the storms this morning. We have been so fortunate to not have any damage. Have a great week.

the wild magnolia said...

The yellow birds resting in the dark red shrubs are lovely. So peaceful!

Thank you for posting your sympathy for our families loss! I appreciate this and you!

MsGraysea said...

A stunningly beautiful photo!
So many facets of loveliness.

Meditation is the only place where I can feel unfrazzled and filled with calmness. Your devotion to the practice is such an inspiration.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Megan, Mermaid,Judy, Sandra and Marcia, thanks for visiting.
That is a redbud tree in front of my front door. Was pleased I could get this image...