Zen Reflections

July 23rd, 2012

If something displeases me, I could become consumed with anger.  Better to choose acceptance and move forward with new understanding. 


December 2nd, 2011

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

~ Baba Ram Dass

August 6th, 2011

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be “happy.” I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

~ Leo C. Rosten

March 13th, 2011

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
~ Buddha

February 24th, 2011

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
~John LennonFebruary 17th, 2011

Beautiful music, vocals and visuals. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.


February 16th, 2011

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
~ John F. Kennedy

February 2nd, 2011

We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we’re fussin’ n fighting like we ain’t supposed to be.

~Bob Marley

February 1st, 2011

“Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou.”

~  Akhenaton (King of Egypt, 14th century BC)

January 27th, 2011

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.

Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

November 16th, 2010

We look forward to the time

when the Power of Love will replace

the Love of Power.

Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

~William Ewart Gladstone

October 25th, 2010

Enjoy the little things,

for one day you may look back

and realize they were the big things.

~Robert Brault

September  30th, 2010

Real generosity

is doing something nice

for someone who will never find out.

~Frank A. Clark

September  22th, 2010

The more we sweat in peace
the less we bleed in war.

~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

September  20th, 2010

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this prison by widening our circles of compassion

to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

~Albert Einstein 

British Columbia Wildflowers

September  14th, 2010

Those who bring sunshine

to the lives of others

cannot keep it from themselves.

~James Matthew Barrie

September  10th, 2010

If we have no peace,

it is because

we have forgotten

that we belong to each other.

~Mother Teresa


From Lindy’s garden in Huntley, Scotland

September  4th, 2010
In memory of (Uncle) Harry Young
Passed away Monday, August 16th, 2010

If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought
into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.

~George MacDonald, Scottish Author and Poet

photo by Alison Richards - all rights reserved

September  3, 2010

Don’t be yourself
be someone a little nicer

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

August 31, 2010

World peace must develop from inner peace.

Peace is not just the absence of violence.

Peace is the manifestation of human compassion.

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

August 26, 2010

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody,

it saves so much trouble.

~Rudyard Kipling

August 15, 2010

when we finally know we are dying,

and all other beings are dying with us,

we start to have a burning,

almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility

and preciousness of each moment and each being,

and from this can grow

a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings

~Songyal Rinpoche

August 14, 2010

Never look down on anybody

unless you’re helping him up

~Jesse Jackson

August 12, 2010

How far you go in life

depends on your being tender with the young,

compassionate with the aged,

sympathetic with the striving

and tolerant of the weak and strong.

Because someday in your life

you will have been all of these.

~George Washington Carver

August 9, 2010

Wisdom without compassion is a heartless wisdom

Compassion without wisdom is a fools compassion


August 6, 2010

Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human ‘brain’ with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human ‘heart’ with compassion.

~HH 14th Dalai Lama

August 4, 2010

When you hold anger and hatred towards someone
At that moment
The greatest difficulty
Is letting go
And finding love for that person


August 2, 2010

If you haven’t any charity in your heart,

you have the worst kind of heart trouble

~Bob Hope

July 30, 2010

We often think of peace as the absence of war; that if the powerful countries would reduce their arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds – our prejudices, fears, and ignorance. Even if we transported all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the reasons for bombs would still be here, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we would make new bombs. Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully

~Thich Nhat Hahn

July 29, 2010

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering.

Some suffer too much, others too little.

~HH 14thDalai Lama

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.

When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

~Thich Nhat Hahn

July 27, 2010

Kindness is the language which

the deaf can hear and the blind can see

~Mark Twain

July 26, 2010

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles

It might be the only sunshine seen all day

~Jackson Brown


  1. Got to your blog today to look around your space and read some of your articles. Good stuff …




    • thanks Fran! Glad you found something of value here.


  2. Exploring Noni-ville is like looking into a mirror.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks for your comment on my post, Alison. Wow, you’re busy! I ish you the best of success in ALL of these endeavors.


    • Thanks Robert! Wishing you the best on your fabulous projects as well.


  4. “In beauty may I walk.
    All day long may I walk.
    Through the returning seasons may I walk.
    On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
    With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
    With dew about my feet may I walk.
    With beauty may I walk.
    With beauty before me, may I walk.
    With beauty behind me, may I walk.
    With beauty above me, may I walk.
    With beauty below me, may I walk.
    With beauty all around me, may I walk.
    In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
    In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
    It is finished in beauty.
    It is finished in beauty.

    ― Navajo Blessingway
    tags: beauty, blessingway, navajo

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    • A beautiful blessing. Thanks for sharing.


      Liked by 1 person

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