Saturday, November 22, 2008

Opening the Heart Center

"According to yoga scriptures, the heart center can be opened indirectly by cultivating compassion and kindness, calmness and dispassion, or directly through the focused practice of pranayama, or both." Berly Bender Birch

It would seem like this week's post for SSS is intentional in relation to last Sunday's post. But, really, it is much more random than it appears to be. At least, in my eyes it seems. And, although it is still Saturday as I write this, in Austrailia, it is indeed already Sunday. I'm good to go!

Fall is still unfolding itself to us here. Winter is getting closer as the biggest milestone for us at the homestead is the advent of our fruitless mulberry tree dropping its leaves. It usually does so right before Thanksgiving. And, when it does, it drops ALL its leaves in one day. It's weird as when it does this, it looks like the tree is raining leaves all day. I had hoped to do a time lasp image of the leaves dropping, but most of it occured during the night as I slept. I guess I'll have to wait another year to try it again.

My parting shot is going back to the quote at the beginning of this post. The question is, how does one live this in our daily lives? I think for me, the answer is to ask myself in each and every action, does it fit this criteria or not? If not, then I need to go back and keep trying to incorporate this practice into my day to day life.


High Desert Diva said...

A nice fall shadow shot.

I like the opening quote, too.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a lovely shot..Isn't it funny how they can drop all leaves at once?

Anonymous said...

hello paula! it is good to be home :) i love the bright light that shines from these yellow leaves... it seems they carry the light within rather than it coming from without. i truly connect with the quote and your comment on it. for me if i can live within a state of kindness and compassion all that follows is good.
have a great sunday!

A Wild Thing said...

If you have ever witnessed the opening of the heart chakra, there is never a more more truly exhilarating experience in all life and to be able to recognize and learn from it, truly a gift, life-changing.

Beautiful photo.

Alissa Nicolau said...

I love yellow leaves. Nice shadow shot.

Dianne said...

being present in the moment - my lifelong struggle :)

lovely shot, I love how transparent the leaves are.

Jan said...

Great shadows cast upon the leaves. I've never seen a mulberry tree drop all it's leaves in one day. Amazing.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Beautiful shot!


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