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Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise...

Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, and then we must stop. Put a stop to the braying and turn within… all answers are there. We are enough. Below are a few Zen stories and a blog hop. I will add the blog hop rules below shortly. How do you simplify your life to become more zen like?

Simple Miracles
Bankei was a renowned Japanese Zen master who was honored with the title of “national teacher” after his death.
One day the disciple of another master met him and inquired, “My master can perform many miracles. He can walk on water. When his disciples stand on one river bank with a sheet of paper, he can write on it standing on the other bank. What can you do?”
“Here we don’t do much. When we’re hungry, we eat. When we’re thirsty, we drink. When sleepy, we sleep. That’s all. No Miracles,” replied Bankei.

The Burden
Two monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. It had rained and there were puddles of water on the road sides. At one place a beautiful young woman was standing unable to walk across because of a puddle of water. The elder of the two monks went up to a her lifted her and left her on the other side of the road, and continued his way to the monastery.
In the evening the younger monk came to the elder monk and said, “Sir, as monks, we cannot touch a woman ?”
The elder monk answered “yes, brother”.
Then the younger monk asks again, “but then Sir, how is that you lifted that woman on the roadside ?”
The elder monk smiled at him and told him ” I left her on the other side of the road, but you are still carrying her.”

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“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” Frederic Chopin

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... if you are going round the bend... simplify

Empty Your Cup
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”

More Is Not Enough – The Stone Cutter
There was once a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.
To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”
Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. “How powerful that storm cloud is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a cloud!”

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!” Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge, towering rock. “How powerful that rock is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a rock!”
Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the rock?” he thought.
He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter.

Some of us look at what we have with dissatisfaction, ignoring the gift of our skills, and then we complicate our lives by working ourselves up into a frenzy over things that are not ours to have. We lose our calm, our focus, our center because our wants have overtaken our wisdom and then, in a flash of recognition, in a eureka moment, we find ourselves back where we belong; at square one… Wherever we go, there we are. Simplify the wants, the desires… what is ours will always come back looking for us. More Below. ;-)

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Reflections: Changes & A Blog Hop…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller

Reflections: Changes & A Blog Hop... Going with the flow...

We often talk about change and how change is good… Yes, it is up to a point, and then we must make sure to not let the stress and petty annoyances of change get to us… We are going through many changes in my circle of friends and family. Of late, a number of my blog buddies have moved homes; Marcia, Jackie , Chris and Cecilia (in process). We will be contemplating same as the fall comes around and our children settle into life as college students. We have sent one of our twins off to college and are preparing the other for same.

In the interim, I celebrated a birthday and my gift was tickets to Janet Jackson‘s Number Ones: Up Close and Personal World Tour, in Holmdel, NJ. I will be posting about it by Thursday and will include some fabulous photographs I took; up close and personal.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.” Gail Sheehy

Reflections: Changes & A Blog Hop... Change be easy or hard like mountain climbing...

Stacy of Survey Junkie Blog has generously added me as a Guest Host for this week’s Follow Me Back Tuesday Blog Hop. Please join in and spread the love! Many Thanks Stacy! :-) More on blog hop and link-up below :-)

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the week again, Tuesday..
So that means it’s time to link up & follow for
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With Guest Hosts:
Kari from Shining2Save and Elizabeth from Positive Kismet

How it Works

  • Follow hosts and guest hosts – spot’s 1 -4
  • Snag our FMBT button & make a FMBT post (not mandatory)
  • After you post use that link and add your blogs name to the link up NO BLOG HOPS OR GIVEAWAYS PLEASE (these entries will be deleted)
  • Follow the blogs you like and follow back the blogs that follow you and leave you a comment

Have fun and we hope to see you every Tuesday!

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Summer in NY: Top Things to Do…

“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ”Embraceable You” in spats.” Woody Allen

Summer in NY: Top Things to Do...

Summer in NY: Top Things to Do… Central Park & Bridge

We had a brutal winter and a wet spring, but in less than a month, we will be ready for the colors, heat and outdoors of summertime in NYC and State.  Summer is almost upon us and we can feel the excitement in the air.. While the first day of our summer solstice is not till June 21st, most of us are gearing up, mentally and physically, to get our summer groove on. New York is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but our summers are packed with loads of things to do and places to go. Since it is also a tourist friendly state, you are bound to meet people from around the world or, perhaps, from your neck of the wood and take home wonderful memories of your time here.

Summer in NY: Top Things to Do… Lincoln Center

To help us get the most our time here this summer, I have pulled together a list of top things to do while you make your pit stop in NY. I included some things outside the city because there is plenty to see within a a few hours ride by train or car. So don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy trips inside and outside NY. Below are Ten plus more things to do in NY this summer… Additional resources are here. NYCgo, NYMag, Attractions and Tours. What else would you like to do? Blog Hop continues below!  :-)

“How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer’s pride.” William Blake

Summer in NY: Top Things to Do… Empire State Building NYC

Summer in NY: Top Things to Do… The Met (Metropolitan Museum)

Things To Do in NY During The Summer
❤Do Tours of NYC; from food, to places, events, rooftop movies series, Governor’s Island, Central Park, Bronx & Central Park zoo, High Line Park, visit the Museums: from the MET to the Frick, Times Square, Lincoln Center, Storm King (outside NY), Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Tenement Museum, Hester street fair, Chinatown, Grand Central Station,  NYC Subway, H&H bagel shop, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rockefeller Center Observatory, ground zero museum workshop and more
❤Kayaking or a Boat Cruise on the Hudson River, ride the Staten Island Ferry,
❤Go to the Beach: Rockaway, Jones, & The Hamptons in Long Island and more, visit the boardwalk & rides on Coney Island
❤Check out Central Park Summer Stage Concerts & Prospect Park Celebrate Brooklyn, NY Philharmonic at Central Park
❤Attend a Yankees and/or a Mets Game **Continued below…

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