Monday, February 23, 2015

Contemplative Monday

The following is from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh' (click)
published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'


"We humans think we are intelligent, but an orchid, for example,
knows how to produce symmetrical flowers;
a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell.

Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all.

We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail
and join our palms reverently before the butterfly
and the magnolia tree.

The feeling of respect for all species will help us to recognize and 
cultivate the noblest nature in ourselves."

Close-up of the Star Magnolia in our garden last summer.
I see what Thich Nhat Hanh was getting at.


  1. Replies
    1. Happy you appreciated it, Robert.

  2. Great post, Jim! This really get you thinking.

    1. Martha, I am sure you have realized this when you out there with your camera.
      Your subjects are always approached with the utmost respect.

  3. So true Jim I've been watching more and more videos on flowers and from birth to bloom and it is amazing, you should visit Sandy, two of post are of videos one on flower and one on peacocks, you won't believe how stunning.......Living In Crestline is Sandy's blog it's worth looking at or find her on my blog you won't regret it will take your breath away, I promise

    1. Thanks Lorraine. I will take a look at Sandy's blog.

  4. Very lovely Jim. Coincidentally, I just ordered a relatively rare (for the UK anyway) yellow magnolia tree (a small one) for our garden. I'll try to find sheltered spot for it!

    1. Hi Craig. Yes, find a good spot for it and it will flourish.
      We have one called 'Butterfly'. It took a few years to bloom but when it did, it blew us over with its beauty.

  5. Wow! We share this world with so many wonderful living things! We do not give them the respect they deserve. Gorgeous blossom, Jim!


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