mine mine mine

Our suffering is the suffering of the deer, the fish, and the squirrel.

Thich Nhát Hanh, The Other Shore

What am I grasping at now? Are we chasing a butterfly? Are we chasing a cloud? So many things can pull us away from our loved ones and make us runaway… If you’re still demanding something, thinking it’s essential to your happiness, or rushing around in search of something, then you are still caught in the idea of attainment.

into the light

A lotus is very beautiful as a lotus. It doesn’t need to become a daffodil. The truth is that in the lotus there is a daffodil and in the daffodil there is a lotus. We can be the flower and we can be ourselves at the same time.

We are the deer, the fish, the squirrel; and the squirrel, the deer, and the fish are us. Our suffering is the suffering of the deer, the fish, and the squirrel. When we are able to see that the nature of all things is our own nature, we become free.

(cited: Thich Nhát Hanh, The Other Shore)

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dandelions in the wind

My heart aches with the awareness of how the sudden environment of panic, confusion, and anger overtook the lives of so many children…innocent children…this past weekend. This video is an attempt to silence my anger, my despair, and my helplessness by nourishing seeds of beauty, of inclusion, of togetherness.

dandelions in the wind

May each of us know peace through the embrace of loving-kindness and compassion.

dogwood photography’s photo challenge: composition – depth of field

Week 29 Composition: Depth of Field (Depth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger.)

Nikon D750 f/7,1 1/160s 28mm 100 ISO

Beginner Photography Tip: Mastering Depth of Field from Photography Talk

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

dogwood photography’s photo challenge: story telling – your culture

Week 28 Story Telling: Your Culture (Photographers participating in the challenge come from nearly every country and culture. Tell us the story of your culture.)

Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/60s 85mm ISO 100

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.