Right Path

*No special effects done with image. The white round structure has the diameter about that of a human hair.*

04 14 14_0177 jpg 4-14-14Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment. You don’t need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy.

The right path refers to the very concrete ways you live your life in every moment. In Buddhism, we speak of Noble Eightfold Path:Β  Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. It’s possible for us to live the Noble Eightfold Path every moment of our daily lives. That not only makes you happy, it makes people around us happy. If you practice the path, you become very pleasant, very fresh, and very compassionate.

Look at the tree in the front yard. (Or in this case, the photograph I included with this post above. MY WORDS) The tree (plant MY WORDS) doesn’t seem to be doing anything. It stands there, vigorous, fresh, and beautiful, and everyone profits from it. That’s the miracle of being. If a tree were less then a tree (if a plant were less then a plant MY WORDS), all of us would be in a lot of trouble. But if a tree (plant MY WORDS) is just a real tree (plant MY WORDS), then there is hope and joy. …

… When you have a path and you enjoy every step on your path, you are already someone; you don’t need to become someone. … You don’t need to be someone else; you’re already a wonder of life.

–Thich Nhat Hanh–

Source:Β  “The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh”

Shambala Pocket Classics

Photography 2014Β©AmyRose

NOTE:Β  You do not need to follow Buddhism to practice the Eightfold Path.

27 thoughts on “Right Path

  1. Very suggestive read,with unlimited perspectives,marvellous your image like a guiding star !!! Loved how you simplified the Noble Eightfold Path,dear Amy !
    Stay well , ((( hugs ))) , Doda πŸ™‚ xxx

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      1. Amy,Dear ! Came back here again just to thank you for the Totem concept you mentioned in your comment.I don’t know why,but it made me happy.You have your own unique way to touch people and to give very special dimensions to every situation … Love & ((( hugs ))) Doda πŸ™‚ xxx

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    1. Kathy, I too am glad, and I am thrilled you are enjoying my work. Bless you for encouraging me. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed at the prospect of all I must do in my gardens. I don’t know right now how I am going to do it all. I’ll figure something out. Love and (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. Happy to do so. Bet your garden will be great. Looking forward to doing that when we get a home. With the apartment I live in now I am kinda restricted. Thanks for the Love and Hugs β™₯

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