Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Opening of Lotus

 There are lessons to be learned, if we allow ourselves to sit with the stillness. Yesterday I was sitting next to a lilt pond at Duke Gardens, and I saw a lotus open in the sunlight. It was amazing- it came up out of the water as a hard, green bud, and within minutes had transformed into a huge white flower. It took no more than three minutes from start to finish- slowly twisting it's green leaves to reveal a stark, creamy whiteness which burst into a star, it's center glistening. Inspiration comes from moments like these.
Words From The Dalai Lama

* Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
* When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
* Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
* Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
* Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
* Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
* When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

* Spend some time alone every day.

* Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

* A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

* In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

* Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

* Be gentle with the earth.

* Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

* Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

* Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

* Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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