One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned is simply to relax with what is.
No matter what happens, pleasant or unpleasant, it will pass.
So just relax with it.
Appreciate it while it is here if it is pleasant.
Relax and know it will pass if it is unpleasant.
Cultivate a relationship with the impermanent nature of things.
Let things be as they are.
Let them come.
Let them go.
Just be here now,
Centered in the heart,
And relax with whatever arises. 🌿
Madhubani paintings are traditionally practiced as a form of wall art, which recently developed towards painting on paper, canvas and other fabrics. This Madhubani Artwork depicts Buddha and the sacred Bodhi tree in fine lines and geometrical patterns. It took 50 long hours to complete this detailed artwork on canvas.
Artwork by: Kajal Singh
Displayed at @treeofliferesortsandhotels (Varanasi)
DM us for the price and buying link of this painting. #indianfolkart#incredibleindia#womensart#buddha#varanasi#folkart
The Buddha seated at the roots of the Bodhi tree. Also known as the sacred fig tree, significant to three of the planets’ major religions. And yeah...there’s a reason I like that the Buddha sits in enlightenment at the apex of this sacred “V”. Nature never lies. #divinefeminine
This week, we discussed how we can reduce certain behaviors or habits that are negatively impacting our lives. We brought in the concept of clinging through the Upadana Sutta, which has the analogy of truckloads of timber burning. If we were to focus on the temporary pleasant feelings we get through our actions, it is equivalent to feeding dried grass, cow dung and timber into the fire, craving and clinging will continue. We cling onto objects, beliefs, words, because they give us good feelings, and sometimes we also cling onto unpleasant feelings because we believe them as true.
To reduce our unhappiness caused by our clinging, we can learn to be aware when we are feeding timber into the fire, and then to stop ourselves. Remind ourselves of the drawbacks of clinging, not to go along with the craving sensation. Awareness / Mindfulness is core in Buddhism – everything starts with a thought. We mentioned how Right Effort can be a good tool in building our awareness – to discern wholesome and unwholesome thoughts, and to be aware of and avoid the possible stimulus that will lead us away from our goals through our Six Sense Doors (Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue, Skin, Mind).
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There are two ways to win in life.
Stop comparing yourself and keep going. PERIOD.
#Thailand - One of the very few countries which was never colonized in Asia with > 95% #Buddhism . Hinduism and Buddhism seeped into this region apparently when the trade routes were set during King Ashoka’s reign (~300 BCE). The feel of the region is very tropical and weather was hot which was good for a change. North of #Bangkok (capital city) is more mountainous & south more beachy.
Thai people seemed super nice & warm especially when you meet them in non touristy places but felt very isolated and curt in their transactions in big touristy places as if tired from their day to day interactions. The whole country seemed over burdened with tourism. That’s when you realize tourism is a double edged sword. It does feed the locals with booming economy but takes away so much from their original self and essence. Everything starts getting commercialized and only money speaks the language.
The temples are very big, majestic and pictures don’t do a justice at all. Such a diversity when Bangkok is also well known for it’s #sextourism . Saw some very beautiful use of golden color in their temple designs and #Buddha statues. I feel each religion has adopted a color and stuck with it’s usage to push their influence on the vast vulnerable majority (eg Christianity - white, Islam - Green, Hinduism - Saffron etc). Buddhism seemed to have adopted Golden in Thailand.
Local markets are big, pulsating with energy and over crowded. Surprisingly Thai houses don't intentionally have big kitchens in their houses and people don't cook much at home. Idea is lack of elaborate kitchens in houses also promotes equal women participation in the workforce.
While walking around found so many similarities with India, similar kind of chaos, similar negotiation mindset especially in bigger cities like Bangkok. Southern beach cities were all party towns for young travelers and few isolated islands inhabited by #hippies and backpackers. Heavy open use of marijuana, mushroom and more potent drugs surprised me since #Asia tends to be a bit more conservative. Towards the end of the trip start growing some weird attachment to the place & like any other travel you feel a bit sad to leave it.
Yujie’s takeaway from our session “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”: Last week, we learnt about how we can lead a more peaceful life by having a more peaceful mind. It starts with something really small everyday, e.g: by observing our slightest irritation or happiness that pops up in our minds without even us realizing. We can also start by changing our unwholesome habits through consistency and determination.