It's officially Spring

posted 11 Mar 2018, 10:28 by jay mason

I now know it is Spring - the pond in the garden is now full of mating frogs and large clumps of frog spawn.

I am now starting to get a bit concerned about how much preparation I have to do to get the beehives ready for the anticipated population explosion in bees.

Nearly Spring

posted 8 Mar 2018, 07:48 by jay mason

Although as I write this it has started raining, and the temperature has dropped, so perhaps the title is a little premature.

Good to feel the energy levels rising as the days lengthen.  I feel like taking more exercise, and hope to be getting back to pre-operation levels of fitness in the months to come.

I'm back again!

posted 6 Feb 2018, 10:12 by jay mason

It has been a long time since I last posted anything here.  This has been due to ill health; I had heart surgery in September 2017, and am now well on the road to recovery.

What an interesting journey that has been, facing my mortality.  I am still coming to terms with it, trying to work out what it all means for how I live my life. 

At present I am still counselling, and enjoying the work.

Ripples

posted 10 Apr 2017, 12:03 by jay mason

I have been reflecting more recently about the effects of my words and actions, and how I am frequently unaware of how powerful they can be, and how far-reaching.  On meeting and talking with a friend they may say " Do you remember when you said to me....?" and I may have little or no recollection, or feel it was nothing very profound.  Obviously to them it was, and I wonder how many more of my words and actions have consequences of which I am not aware.  

Perhaps I need to be more aware of what I say and do.

It must be Spring

posted 29 Mar 2017, 04:04 by jay mason

I'm noticing an increased level of unease and frustration recently.  I think it's due to the onset of Spring.  This is always a time when my energy levels rise, and this year I'm not sure what to do with it.  

There is plenty to do - in the garden, with the beehives, going for walks - but there is a need for something else.  So I am looking for ways in which I can be more outgoing, and push myself beyond my limits of comfort.  I already have several ideas.  I wonder if any of them will happen, or if inertia will prevail?

The Bees

posted 13 Mar 2017, 02:50 by jay mason

Since the weather warmed up there has been the renewal of sounds in the garden - the coming and going of bees.  I like to take a break from working in the garden, stand near the beehives, and watch the bees bringing in their loads of pollen and nectar.  It is a real reminder of the coming of Spring.

Worship

posted 10 Mar 2017, 09:19 by jay mason

I'm going out to the Buddhist Centre tonight, and the activity will be an act of worship.  This often confuses people, knowing as they do that Buddhism is a non-theistic religion.  The question then arises "So what do you worship?"

The answer is really simple; I worship the Buddha as the ideal of human perfection, the techniques such as meditation to follow that path, and the people who follow that same path.

'Worship' can be redefined as 'worthship' - valuing things in life that are worth valuing.

And it's not a duty - I will probably enjoy it!

Regular practice

posted 8 Mar 2017, 09:48 by jay mason

Tonight is the regular practice night at the Buddhist Centre, and is a reminder that I need to keep practising if I am to make any headway.  If I miss even a few days practice I notice how my states of mind become less clear and less positive.  Another reminder of the impermanence of everything!

All Change

posted 3 Mar 2017, 12:25 by jay mason

Just being aware today of the constant change in my life, and how that is sometimes painful.  I want some things to stay as they are - people, good health, having money.  And yet I know that everything is changing all the time - there is nothing but change.  If I could only get my heart in sync with my mind!

Is Spring on the way?

posted 2 Mar 2017, 11:22 by jay mason

Spent some time in the garden this afternoon, and it felt as if Spring is a possibility!  I am looking forward to more light and warmth.

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