A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Lighten up, no seriously

Kindness starts with ourselves

It’s Sunday here, and the middle of the Labour Day long weekend, or as my American relatives and friends would say Labor Day. So I thought it would be the perfect day for more about lightening up. Seriously, it will do you a world of good, and will do the world some good as well. We all have busy lives, so take the time to get out and enjoy life. Don’t worry about making time to meditate today, or packing away the summer clothes, and finding all your fall gear. Instead ask your spouse or ask a friend to go for a walk, and enjoy the day, the world, and even a coffee or tea. The point is that there is always more to learn, more to do, sometimes we need to just stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes. As I am out walking, enjoying the day, I will confess, I wrote this post on Saturday, and set it to publish today.

Take the long way or take the short cut, is something that we all end up choosing at some point. On your walk take the scenic route, and enjoy the time just chatting with the people you are strolling with. You might even decide to skip cooking dinner tonight, and pick something up instead. It’s not about the journey, it’s about the people along the way.

A place to remember the past, think about the future, and enjoy the present

Located in historic Chinatown here in Vancouver, this is one of the oasis’s that reminds me that we are part of the natural world. For city dwellers, it’s important to reconnect with nature, it will have a calming effect.

We all feel like this somedays

At times you may feel like you missed the boat, or life has passed you by. It is important at these times to enjoy what you have, not what might have been. If you ask most people in the world, they would rather be someplace else, yet if the 50 or 60 million who wish they could be on Bali or the Phi Phi islands, were all to get their wish right now, it wouldn’t be paradise, rather a lot like a subway car during rush hour.

So although yes, we need to gain knowledge about how to live a more wholesome life, we also need to live our lives. We have to treat all beings with dignity and respect. However we are to live our life, not avoid living. So today just go out and enjoy, and if your face starts to hurt from smiling, it just means you need more practice. With metta until tomorrow.

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3 thoughts on “Lighten up, no seriously

  1. Love the photos Keith, important and beautiful message. Thank you. Enjoy your Sunday.

  2. Wonderful post Keith – with a simple yet essential message. Live life, take it all in. Thank you and happy long weekend..m

  3. I would argue that we’re always gaining knowlege and learning even when we walk with a friend. Great post and Happy Sunday to you!

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