Three Line Tales – Awareness

Eightfold it may be

Here’s my entry to week Seventeen of Three Line Tales inspired by the following image.

three line tales week 17: orange rope
photo by Wynand von Poortvliet – click here for full res version 

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Coiled, frayed and twisted,
Life’s Path toward samadhi.
Śrāvakayāna.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page –

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

The Forest Path

Staying in the moment

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The Path
You cannot travel the path
until you have become the path itself.

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Gautama Buddha

Technical Details

This is a scene in Baxter State Park in northern Maine that I captured back in 2006 during a weekend filled with moose!  The weather was pouring rain most of the time and densely overcast on this day.  I wound up shooting this at 1/40 sec, f/5.6 at 800 ISO (handheld).

The camera was a Canon EOS 1D MkII with a Sigma 50-500mm lens attached (it’s a beast!).

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt 3

The universe in a single flower

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Flowers reaching for the sky

The Challenge

On Saturday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. Fleeting Muse
  2. Views from the Edge
  3. JustBlueDutch

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

This quote speaks to me on many levels, from being in the present at all times to truly see the flower, to allowing ourselves to be one with the universe.

What do you take away from this quote?

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt 2

A pure mind…

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Deep does the mind ponder

The Challenge

On Saturday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. like mercury colliding
  2. Wallpaper tadka
  3. MiddleMe

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

Following in the theme of the Buddha, this quote is of tremendous importance, lest we forget that we may be controlled by the very thoughts that we try to control.

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt. 1

We ourselves must walk the path

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Pan knows the path

The Challenge

Yesterday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. HowLynnafull
  2. Haiku Out Of Africa
  3. LiveTheSan

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

The Buddha is a great source for quotes about how me make choices in life, providing great insight rather than a prescriptive recipe.  This one is no exception, as it provides for contemplation and introspection, which can fill us with wisdom.