This is the Chapel at the Old Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas. If you are ever in the are take a look…It’s a great place to spend a day or an hour. The season doesn’t matter… There is always something in bloom.
For the past month or so this is the image that greats me when I turn on the computer. I took this just before the Easter weekend. The place was packed as they were hosting egg hunts and train rides and all kinds of activities for the kids.
My wife and I went back last week and had the place to ourselves. It seems no one else wanted to brave the high heat to wander through the plantings. We enjoyed the time we spent.
For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace.
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Driving through the mountains of northwestern North Carolina in November of 2010 this image flashed past on my left. I had to turn around and drive back to snap a few shots. This is the one I liked best.
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On this day, a late afternoon drive back to North Carolina and our cabin, the sun was just catching the top of the mill as it set in the west.
“In the beginner’s mind,” the Zen masterShunryu Suzuki once wrote, “there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are only a few.” The implication for Suzuki was that all that is new originates from a mind free of preconceptions. Here, in this brief eBook, former Harvard Business School professor and movie producer John Kao tells you how to achieve your own beginner’s mind and unleash your creativity.“In the beginner’s mind,” the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki once wrot
If ever a time in the political life of this country needed a dose of Molly Ivins, this is it…Can’t you just imagine what she could have done with this years Republican race? Two dubious Texans and Newt running for President…What a joke!