Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Heavenly Scented Irises

Irises are blooming now. Even though they don't last long, they are one of my favorite flowers. I stick to the old-fashioned ones that have a heavenly scent; i try not to be tempted by the new varieties of large pink or blue ruffles.

In meditation, we also stick to the basics without adding anything fancy. We watch the breath or we focus on hearing or we soak into the sensations of the body. We could also practice the Heavenly Homes of loving-kindness or compassion--toward ourselves first of all and then toward others.

Eventually, we relax into the present moment and experience the flavor of calm.

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