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The Coming of Spring and Easter February 19

DSCF2598 I’ve always loved the sound of bells: whether they be church bells, wind chimes, handbells, or the peaceful sound of the Tibetan bowl, pictured above.
Thich Nhat Hanh writes:
When I was a young monk in Vietnam, each village temple had a big bell, like those in Christian churches in Europe and America. Whenever the bell was invited to sound (in Buddhist circles, we never say “hit” or “strike” a bell), all the villagers would stop what they were doing and pause for a few moments to breathe in and out in mindfulness. At Plum Village, every time we hear the bell, we do the same.  We go back to ourselves and enjoy breathing. Breathing in, we say silently, “Listen, listen,” and breathing out, we say, “This wonderful sound brings me back to my true home.” Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment.

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature photography. Using a standard point-and-shoot camera, I celebrate the nature found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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