merck forest outing

relaxation: 

relaxation and yoga:  after forty years of yoga, i’m learning that brute stregth, pushing my musclels to stretch more, is not what improves one’s practice.  It’s relaxing those muscles to let gravity do its work and help stretch farther.  Relaxing into poses.

relaxation and gonygo( nichiren buddhism’s morning and evening prayers):  doing gonygo by relaxing into it.  I, due to extreme tiredness, had to take the session slowly or not do it at all.  

by the end of the half hour chanting-nam myoho renge kyo, i felt revived and regenerated, which is a good energy lift for me and a benefit of chanting and practicing this buddhism with the 12-milllion strong SGI.  Doing to the best of my ability, that day, without brute force, but by relaxing into it.  Relax, but not lax.

merck forest outing pix 001

merck forest outiing

2landscapes, donkey eeyore and clock 001

2landscapes, donkey eeyore and clock 001

“When all else…

“When all else fails, be more enunciative.”  Isn’t that a great new word?  It means to try to form words with the mouth, clearly and distinctly.  Enunciate is the verb so enunciative would be… what? an adjective?  So that’s part of my today’s revelation.  I chant nam myoho renge kyo as a prayer.  Listening to myself  mouthing these words, i decided to try to enunciate more clearly, not just when i chant, but all the time.  Not needlessly concentrating on enunciation when i chant, but all the time.  Hooray!  Eureka!  That’s a concrete example of doing my best at every single second, a concrete example of a concept that’s difficult to define.  “Do your best”  i hear you, oh mighty donna, you’re transforming yourself.  congratulations.

gourds, leaves, tomato 001

gourds, leaves, tomato 001

     This i…

     This is a controur drawing of ellen sweeping up the leaves that had dropped from the trees in her shady garden.  She swept them off the various flagstone patios a local stone mason had created.  I joined her in her work and then ellen decided to find the tarp.  Without much trouble, we found several in the garage, picked the smallest-looking one, opened it up at the site of our leaf piles, and sweep, sweep, sweep, got the leaves on it and transported them to the roadside.  The village dept. of public works picks them up from there.  The day was bright and sunny and we made the patios inviting.  i sat at one and did some of my evening devotionals. 

contour drawing of ellen faber 001

contour drawing of ellen faber 001

contour drawing of ellen faber 001

contour drawing of ellen faber 001

contour drawing of ellen faber 001

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