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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 Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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