Sunday Church No. 27

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.  When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.  If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.  When your beloved is suffering, you need to recognize her suffering, anxiety, and worries, and just by doing that, you already offer some relief. Mindfulness relieves suffering because it is filled with understanding and compassion. When you are really there, showing your loving-kindness and understanding, the energy of the Holy Spirit is in you. - Thich Nhat Hanh from "Living Buddha, Living Christ"
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. When your beloved is suffering, you need to recognize her suffering, anxiety, and worries, and just by doing that, you already offer some relief. Mindfulness relieves suffering because it is filled with understanding and compassion. When you are really there, showing your loving-kindness and understanding, the energy of the Holy Spirit is in you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh from “Living Buddha, Living Christ”

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times. 

Photography by Ajua Akilah Hawkins.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

Sunday Church No. 17

"The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence." - Thich Nhat Hanh from "True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart"
“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh from “True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart”

Photograph taken in Aruba by Kenny Thiesen of Timeless Pixx.

Happy Bodhi Day!

Meditating Buddha

Saturday (Dec. 8) was Bodhi Day, the Buddhist holy day celebrating the enlightenment of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha, whose teachings form the foundation of Buddhist philosophy.  During his awakening, the Buddha: 1) came to the realization that he had been born and reborn many times, 2) uncovered the Law of Karma and recognized the importance of the Noble Eightfold Path, and 3) discovered the Four Noble Truths, before ultimately reaching Nirvana.

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