Saturday, August 1, 2020

images for meditation

photos: (c) bruce behnke

Friday, July 31, 2020

waiting... a different perspective

In due course, we shall come back to the point: Time cannot take us out of time, as space cannot take us out of space. All you get by waiting is more waiting. Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action-here and now. It is your behavior that binds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect-- whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage.

My grace is telling you now: look within. All you need, you have. Use it. Behave as best you know, do what you think you should. Don't be afraid of mistakes; you can always correct them; only intentions matter. The shape things take is not within your power: the motives of your actions are.

(1897 – 1981)

photo: bruce behnke

Monday, July 27, 2020

no hurricane, thank you

After a weekend of hurricane preparation, "Douglas" decided to breeze by the Hawaiian Islands in pursuit of destruction elsewhere.

Peace returns to the Islands.

Doing everything within one's power to prepare 
and then patiently waiting out the results 
is, perhaps, a lesson for the remainder of the year.

Monday, July 20, 2020

wisdom of interconnectedness

A huge heart deeply feels interconnection with every other person, animal, and environment on the planet. When you understand that everything is interconnected and you cannot produce happiness just for yourself alone, you begin to understand the words of a Zen master when he said, "enlightenment is intimacy with all things".

The pure intentions that stem from wisdom boil down to thinking of others as much as you think of yourself.  As the Dalai Lama often says: "My religion is kindness."  That’s not some cliché, it’s his deeply held conviction that the essence of everything he represents is kindness towards others, based on the wisdom of inter-connection. 

distilled from an article by Chad Foreman

photo: bruce behnke 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

the bud

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;

though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;

~ Galway Kinnell 

photo: bruce behnke 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

one day

This iris flower in my garden bathes in dew, soon to be dried by the first rays of the morning sun.  The blooms last but a single day.

if you had but a single day, how would you use it?

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

dream time

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2020