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china

179. gondolas flying over a mountain pass

we are all in this together

no matter how separate

how individual we may think we are from one another

flying in our little bubbles

we are all part of each other

all one

what you see

is a reflection of your self

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175. light between two hong kong skyscrapers

when a dream is born inside

and you feel the call to create your vision

fear may come into your mind

disguised as doubt

it can creep into your heart and kill your dreams

paralyzing your creative impulse

release the illusion of fear

there is a unique voice inside

seek it

go within

find your voice

bring your light into the world


168. elderly woman sitting by the red gate

past the little narrow alleys

winding into canals with ancient stone bridges

chinese gondolas gliding underneath

the humble woman sits

and watches the people go by


143. rain

just like sun, we need rain

without the wet, there is no dry

if it was never cold, gray, tempestuous and dark,

how could we ever understand and appreciate bright, sunny, hot, breezy days?

neither is better

both are essential

opposite elements in nature give us a clue as to what opposite forces live within us

rain invites us to go inside

dwell inside to contemplate our self

go to the opposite places in your mind, heart, body and soul

know them well

with this knowledge, you can live in the middle

live in love

rediscovering the love that always is, you are in complete balance

thank you rain


142. the great wall

snaking along the northern asian mountains

the great wall of china still stands

a testimony to the lack of unity in mankind

a reminder that we must all get past history

past our differences, shed all fear

that biggest of illusions, that impedes us

from remembering that the only reality is love

that we are all part of one loving one

the great monument is not the stones, the parapets, the steps

it is the majestic mountain range

undulating the surface of the earth as far as my eyes can see

that display of nature’s magnificence is greatness, beauty, awe

humbled by the great mother

gratitude for life fills my soul

 


131. go forth

get on the boat and navigate

sometimes you sail

sometimes you fail

but every single time you live and learn on the trail

every moment of life is a precious gift

a chance to grow that is only there at this present moment, so live in it

be it

make it

live it

do it!


117. old loneliness

sitting alone on a cold bench in the middle of a stairwell in hong kong, an old lady rests her tired, anguishing bones.

clutching at her belongings, she seems to be hanging on to life itself.

a ray of warm light bursts through the clouds, slips between the oppressive buildings, lighting her soul on white  fire.


101. love chain

in the courtyard garden of a temple outside of the city, prayers are tied into magnolia trees and sacred chains.

red ribbons with golden writing are ceremoniously tied with a breath and a blessing.

locks of love clasp to the chain, in hopes that their loves will be bound, as unbreakable and holy as these.

incense and bells ring and fill the air.

this is a place where dreams set sail, where wishes begin to construct themselves around us.


87. babies

babies!

i just got back from watching a film about them.

the joy of a mother and a father at their creation is contagious.

their infant, pure spirit and genuine inquisitive behavior is gripping.

it is illuminating.

that we make it past being a helpless little ball is nothing short of a miracle.

we have a lot to learn from these simple, energetic beings.

maybe one day i will get the joy of learning from one of these wise teachers.


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trekking up the side of this mountain peak, one can feel the ancient energies all around you. as you ascend the face of the mountain, faces start appearing out of the rock. indeed, more than five hundred buddhas are said to have been carved in the stone, dating from around the 10th century on. even more impressive are the naturally occurring rock formations that take all kinds of shapes and forms. this is one rare, pure limestone mountain, more than two hundred meters tall. it is so unique among the common sandstone found in the area, that an indian monk named it fei lai feng, the ‘peak flown from afar’. it is said that the buddhas were carved to keep the mountain from flying off.