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By cooky
Anthony de Mello wasn't a Buddhist, he was Indian, a Jesuit priest, a writer and a psychotherapist. He wrote some wonderful books on spirituality, life skills and self help that cross all religious and cultural boundaries. His message was awareness of self and others and he mixed Buddhist parables with Hindu breathing and Christian spirituality.

"The greatest learning of the ages lies in accepting life exactly as it comes to us."

Hope you all have a good Saturday.


Tags: Leaves Black and white Buddha Shadow and light

Voters: Sylviwhalley, HobbitDave, smut01 and 39 more

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4 Sep 2021 11:06AM
One to savour, Kath, indeed!

Dave 🙂
4 Sep 2021 11:08AM
Beautiful shot and amazing light. It certainly is peace!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
4 Sep 2021 11:24AM
An inspirational quote, but - for me - only a part of the whole. There is also a place for something far more active and restless, the desire and the will to shape the world when it is unfair or unkind to others... As St. Ignatius Loyola put it, 'to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.'

But not everyone shares that view, I know!

Sorry - a little off topic, when your image is about calm acceptance!
4 Sep 2021 11:47AM
Buddha in the bushes, Kath.
And wise words from the woods.

cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 11:48AM
Thank you Tony, John and Dave for your lovely comments and Dave for your award. Much appreciated.

Don't think we are far apart really John. First action is acceptance, not denial and then we can act. It isn't calm acceptance unless that's your choice but acceptance of a situation gives time for reflection and thought and then it's down to personal choice. If governments the world over accepted life as it happens and then reflected, there may be better decisions made about all kinds of issues, not just wars but poverty, health and support.

If I personalise it, accepting a serious or chronic illness means you are not going to ignore it, pretend it isn't happening. You've accepted the fact and then personal choice on where you go next. Often unfortunately, the choice isn't ours and maybe that's when a calm acceptance comes in for everybody. Does that explain it better?

There's a bit of Dylan Thomas in me too, railing against the dying of the light. Don't think the founder of the Jesuit Order would have liked me much!

Philosophy for EPZ - classes begin soon! WinkWinkWink


cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 11:49AM
John, thank heavens for your gifted poetry! SmileSmileSmile

4 Sep 2021 12:16PM
Good morning Gromit, very philosophical today... nice shot you have created ...Wallace.SmileSmileSmile
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 12:26PM
Hello Wallace! Thank you for dropping by - obviously that 'tinternet' is fixed!

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
4 Sep 2021 1:02PM
Very nice, Kath 😃 It's all about the light, and it's wonderful light here 👍
Trev 😀
4 Sep 2021 2:02PM
an award-winning, Kath, pity i have none left at this moment
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
4 Sep 2021 2:08PM
The quietness of the mind. Lovely light.
4 Sep 2021 2:34PM
If I were to sign up for your classes, Kath it would mean that you would have to accept me as I am.
And that could be a little difficult to deal with. Wink
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 3:45PM
I've dealt with much worse! 😉 My middle name is Unconditional! 👍😊🤫
4 Sep 2021 4:20PM
Wall-art seen on the Isle of Mull - ‘Oh what bliss, oh what joy, I got here before Kilroy!’ 😎
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 5:02PM
So appealing ... Beautiful image and content...
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ZenTony Plus
5 9 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 5:46PM
Wow young lady you have created some discussion. All of course is relevant.
MY problem is with religion. If we could only take that out of the equation mankind would benefit enormously.
Then maybe we could all focus on kindness, thoughtfulness, respect, equality and love for all. Yeh...dream on !
Sign me up Kath.
Oh yes nearly forgot. Love the photo too.
Nice one Kath
4 Sep 2021 8:00PM
No matter what religion or creed ------ if everyone loved others as one's self we would have a paradise of a world!

bye the way fantastic shot and subject matter!!!
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 10:22PM
An image of serenity.Smile
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2021 10:31PM
Oh little Buddha in the garden and a bit of de Mello and off we go! Many thanks for all your comments and all views respected. Some really good thoughts - thank you all.

Thank you Dave, Trev and Tony for your awards, much appreciated.

richmowil Plus
12 465 2 England
4 Sep 2021 10:58PM
Good calming image Kath. It isn't what happens to us that matters it is how we deal with it that does matter.
Very wise words. Taking a little bit of every religion may be the answer and may save a lot of the problems in the world if it caught on

5 Sep 2021 9:26AM
revisiting with a 🏆
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2021 10:16AM
Thank you for your wise comments Bill and Rae. Thank you for coming back with your award Leo, that's lovely. Thank you Gerry too, much appreciated.

Kath 😊
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
5 Sep 2021 10:38AM
I don't think we're far apart on all of that, Kath...

Just worth making explicit, I think - I have one friend who disengages from so much of the world when he ought to be doing stuff like, for instance, voting.
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2021 11:42AM
Thank you for coming back John, no we are not far apart and like you I hate the unfairness in our world and think that we can and do all do small things that adds some good energy into the mix. That may be something as simple as a smile to a stranger or voting!

From one none fence sitter to another - thank you! WinkSmileWink


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
6 Sep 2021 4:18PM
I have no time for fence-sitting: even though Harold Wilson was once described as sitting firmly between two stools, I feel he did it tactically, maybe even strategically. If only Theresa May had his ability to craft impossible solutions: I realised we were in trouble when I thought 'I WISH HW was still active in politics' somewhere around 2017...
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2021 9:27PM
Oh Harold! I remember as a child when he became Prime Minister and my Grandad, a gardener, staunch Labour and WW1 survivor, gave us huge yellow incurve Chrysanthemums to put in the window. Obviously back in the day when Labour was a yellow rosette not red! Now who was this Theresa person...? WinkWinkWink


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
7 Sep 2021 7:14PM
Who indeed?

Harold could have sorted the referendum vote. Nobody would have been terribly happy, but we'd have avoided Boris.

(And I shudder to think of what Ted Heath would make of Johnson. Up the grammar school boys, say I. (And the grammar school girls, who still haunt my dreams... And the Comp Kids, as well.)

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