Thursday, 28 August 2014

Model, Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel is a South African fashion model best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. In this pose she effortlessly captures the quality of alert stillness. Models practice posing for long periods of time, so when they're required to be still and alert they can do so easily. Through her eyes I can see that her mind is clear and at ease.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Actress and Singer, Nora Arnezeder

Nora Arnezeder

This is a picture of the beautiful French actress, Nora Arnezeder. Her beauty is effortless, exotic, and simple. Here the camera captures her in alert stillness, her eyes fixed on the lens and her body still and relaxed as she holds her pose.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Vow Of Silence

Tibetan Monks
Tibetan Monks
A vow of silence is usually a religious vow, usually taken in a monastic context, to maintain silence. Known as Mauna in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, the practice is integral to many Christian traditions as well. Apart from that it is also followed as a spiritual practice. Pythagoras imposed a strict rule of silence on his disciples; the Vestal virgins also were bound to severe silence for long years.
There is also the use of a vow of silence done in order to sharpen other senses, whether they be physical or mental, or to discover certain aspects of oneself.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Breathe

Meditating on pier

Get quiet, breathe in, and breathe out. Don't force yourself into doing anything, don't say a word, watch thoughts come and go. In this space we can hear our inner voice, our heart and intuition. That’s when we can experience our own Divinity, our own beauty and perfection. It all starts with the breath - so breathe.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Precious Gift Of Alert Stillness

Buddha sitting

Alert Stillness is a precious gift. In that space between our actions and thoughts we find ourselves. When the mind is quiet, when there are no thoughts and no words to be said, when the body is still and under our control, we can hear our own heart talking to us. We can hear our own soul and our own intuition. I think Buddhist practice is the simplest way of achieving this.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Silence While Eating, A Buddhist Practice - Try It!

Buddhist practice of silence at meal time

Buddhist monks eat in silence because for them, eating is part of mindfulness training. In Western cultures, eating is viewed as a time for socialising, talking, watching TV, etc. Most of us think eating is only a physical activity but it has a spiritual impact on us as well. It not only important what we eat, but also how we eat it.

Buddhist practice of silence at meal time

Many people like to talk while eating. Others get lost in worries instead of being mindful of what they are doing. This pattern of eating fosters an unsteady mind which cannot concentrate. But if we eat in the right way, with alert stillness, not only do we nourish ourselves physically but also renew our mind.

Buddhist shares a meal with tiger

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Kauai Hawaii

Kauai Hawaii

Blessed with spectacular natural panoramas and lush vegetation, some call Kauai Hawaii’s most scenic island. Although it is the oldest among the Hawaiian islands, Kauai has only become more beautiful with age.