Monday, December 19, 2011

Contemplative Monday



Being so close to Christmas I thought this to be appropriate and a way to remain focused on what is really important in life.




"What can we do about the high level of materialism in our culture?"




"You can set up an environment where people live simply and happily, and invite others to come and observe.




"That is the only thing that will convince them to abandon their materialistic idea of happiness.




"They think that only when you have a lot to consume can you be happy, but many are very rich without being happy at all.




"And there are those who consume much less, but who are happier."




Question asked by Andrea Miller in her interview with Thich Nhat Hanh in the Shambhala Sun January 2012 edition.









19 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, Jim! Yes, we would live happier, but maybe not so long. I am for the happier, myself!

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  2. Beautiful pictures Jim! And who wouldn't be happy surrounded by that beauty!!

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  3. The "voluntary simplicity" movement has been embraced by some people in our culture but is still very much a minority lifestyle. It's hard to compete against the Consumerism Machine.

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  4. Debra....yes, it sure is hard to compete with it!

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  5. Mark....you are certainly heading in that direction, now if Fred would only comply! lol

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  6. Bobbi....you are so right! The ocean makes us very happy indeed!

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  7. Great post! What calming pictures for this time of year. Thanks.

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  8. Sharon....good point! Me too, I'd rather have a short happy life than a long miserable, wealthy one!

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  9. Balance is everything. I can't say I'm good at maintaining it, though.
    These are gorgeous shots, Jim!

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  10. Living here in the mountains has made it so easy to have just what you need and to wake up happy every morning. The challenge would be greater, I think, were one to live in an apartment in, say, New York City. But then, I don't know, there are museums there, yoga classes, and other good things.

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  11. As always, breathtaking photos. And a beautiful life philosophy!

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  12. Mitch.....I forgot to give credit where it was due! Ron took all these photos! Ooops. He has it down to an art now.

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  13. Very true Jim.

    But there are also those who are both very rich AND very happy too.

    I hate those bastards LOL. ;-)

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  14. Chris.....so true. There is nothing wrong in being rich and happy! As long as the driving force is not 'being rich at all costs.

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  15. There is pleasure and beauty in simplicity.. and the older I get, the more simply I live and am happy for what I already have.

    Lovely thoughts as always, Jim.

    Merry Christmas from my world to yours, Ron's and Miss Sophie's.
    Y'all be well n be happy,
    Pam i am :)

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  16. Wonderful shots and lovely words. Luckily consumerism isn't so prolific over here...

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  17. I have witnessed the building of McMantions all around me. My way of keeping it simple is Loving my little house and never stuffing it too full. My travels have taught me to appreciate the little things and not want for more.
    Good words to live by here.

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