The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

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Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

Laura Bruno Lilly, nominated me for The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for the nomination, I feel honored. This is day two in the challenge. I’m taking you straight from the adrenaline pumping action at the rodeo in yesterday’s post, to the peaceful setting of my own back yard. I have never been a party girl. Home, wherever that is, is always more appealing to me. The outdoor part more important, than then indoor. I like keeping both spaces simple, clean, and inviting in a minimalistic kind of way. I live by the rule, less is more, but LOVE to surround myself with beauty.

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

I can not take credit for these beautiful roses, since I recently moved, and I did not plant them. My little sister was the one who knew everything about flowers. That was her thing. Vegetables, and fruit was my thing. Unfortunately she’s a few thousand miles away, and can’t help me now. I’m just going to do my best to not kill the existing flowers in my garden (except the ones I had cut down..I guess..)

In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go. – Jack Kornfield

 

The rules for the challenge are:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day.
I guess I kind of slightly bend, the 1 quote a day rule. I’ve never been good at following rules.)
– Share why this quote appeals to you so much
– Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

 

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Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

– Sylvia Boorstein

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In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility. – Victoria Moran

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When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

I like starting, and ending each day with my eyes closed, meditating for a brief moment about all the things I have to be grateful for. I encourage my 5 year old to do the same. It helps me to realize that I have everything I need, and to appreciate it more. I believe that being happy is a choice. My mother taught me that. Not that she ever told me those words, but she lived them (while the cancer slowly ate her alive.) It took me a while for that lesson to sink in.

 My three nominees for the quote challenge today is;

Andy, from City Jackdaw.

My friend Colline.

And Aya, from Weekend Campervanning.

Looking forward to seeing their entries!

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Embracing Happiness

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This past weekend I’ve spent some time meditating on things that makes me happy. A conversation with my best friend triggered a storm in my mind. Not in a bad way.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. 
― Mahatma Gandhi

I ended up scrolling through hundreds of photos that I’ve taken the past five years. The ones that makes me feel something are all horse related.

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I need to get back into making Equine Photography a priority. The connection I feel with the horses while taking them, learning more about their way of communicating, and the conversations with the people in that world, is actually something that I miss more than I thought I did.

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Maybe my recent purchase of a young horse have something to do with my thoughts as well? Maybe it’s the beginning of the year that makes me feel that there’s a new world of opportunities, and adventures waiting out there?

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I don’t know exactly how I am going to take this to the next level, but I trust the universe to show me the way. There’s a lot of anticipation, and excitement in the air. Here’s some of the photos I found on my computer this past weekend. It’s that feel that I’m after.

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I hope YOU had a wonderful weekend. Do you have any new goals that your working towards 2018? Tell me about them!

Love,

Ms Zen

Elemental

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Exploring the elements of earth, air, water, and fire through the landscapes that surround us.

The inspirational post at The Daily Post, for this week’s photo challenge, is from Arizona. After seeing their photo from Sedona, I could not force my brain to stop thinking about Arizona.

The desert have always been very attractive to me. I’ve spent a lot of time in the desert (not so much in Arizona, as in Nevada.) It’s on my list to explore more of Arizona’s desert. At some point, little by little.

The two photos in this post is from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. My daughter and I went there on a road trip, a couple years ago. Experiencing the grand canyon is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. No photos can give the experience justice. The overwhelming feelings that takes you out of space and time. I need to go back soon!

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Love,

Ms Zen